Posts by: Kristen Cray

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!


Halloween was full of treats here at The Inn & Gardens. We started our day with carving pumpkins and getting our walkers and wheelchairs all decorated! We then had lot of yummy Halloween themed treats at our social hour where residents voted for their favorite pumpkins. It was a three way tie! We also learned all […]

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October 31, 2017

Employee Pumpkin Carving Contest!


To get into the Halloween spirit, employees from each department carved their best pumpkins in hopes of winning a pizza or Eegees party for their team! Each department had the same rules: 1.) They had to freehand their design. No stencils allowed. 2.) They were allowed to bring one tool of choice to create their […]

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October 23, 2017

The Fountain’s Alzheimer’s Walk


Every year we host our annual Alzheimer’s Walk here at The Fountains. It is a great way for residents to give back to our community. All the money we raise is donated to the Southwest chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. That means that the money we raise stays in our local surrounding community to help neighbors […]

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October 19, 2017

Making Popcorn Balls


Earlier this week we used The Gardens kitchen to make a fall time favorite treat; popcorn balls! The residents helped with every step, from mixing up the popcorn and marshmallow mixture to forming the popcorn balls and decorating them. We had melted chocolate and Nutella to cover the popcorn balls in as well as peanuts, sprinkles and M&M’S […]

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October 19, 2017

Outing to Reid Park Zoo!


Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed todays beautiful weather with a trip to the zoo! We got lucky that today was not too hot so lots of the animals were out. We got to see a lot of different kinds of animals including lions, otters and elephants. We even got to feed the giraffes! […]

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October 2, 2017

Extraordinary Outing to Patagonia Lake State Park


Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful day by Patagonia Lake. While there they enjoyed activities such as painting, nature walks, card games and fishing! They also enjoyed a tasty lunch of potato salad, chips, sandwiches and yummy chocolate cake! It was the perfect way to celebrate the last day of Summer.

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October 2, 2017

October 2017 Newsletters & Calendars for The Inn & Gardens


It is the start of the holiday season and we have lots of fun activities planed to get you in the spirit! Between Oktoberfest, U of A homecoming and Halloween we have many reasons to celebrate. » October Newsletter & Calendar for The Inn » October Newsletter & Calendar fot The Gardens

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October 2, 2017

Creative Crafts


We have some very talented artists that live in The Gardens. Each Sunday we do a different craft in the afternoon so that our residents can express their talents. This past Sunday it was with watercolor paintings. Afterward we displayed their artwork around the house for all to enjoy!

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September 29, 2017

Chef Demo at The Gardens


The Gardens was filled with an amazing aroma from todays Chef Demo! Chef Mike made a Fountains original, Bosnian Chicken. The recipe was created by the cooks at Town Center and then named after one who is from Bosnia. This flavorful chicken dish is covered in a delicious creamy mushroom sauce. Everyone absolutely loved this dish! It […]

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September 5, 2017

September 2017 Newsletters & Calendars for The Inn & Gardens

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Come join us for these last days of Summer as we celebrate with yummy lunch outings, educational Watermark University classes and an extraordinary outing to Patagonia State Park! » September 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for The Inn » September 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for The Gardens

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August 31, 2017

Luau Resident Choice Meal


Residents at The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a delicious Hawaiian Luau inspired meal! The dining staff went above and beyond with delicious food such as Hawaiian chicken and shrimp. A big hit was also the edible fruit centerpieces at each table. Not only did they look great but tasted great too! All employees were decked […]

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August 31, 2017

Hula Dancers!


Residents from The Inn and Gardens packed the lobby to watch the hula dancers. They performed many traditional dances that had us all captivated. They even got some of our staff to come up and learn to hula! It was a great way to kick off our luau dinner!

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August 21, 2017

National Senior Citizens Day


August 21st was an exciting day here at The Fountains. Not only was the historic eclipse happening it was also Senior Citizens Day and we made sure we celebrated! The whole day was filled with all The Inn’s favorite activities. We did manicures in the morning, watched the eclipse, played bingo, drank margaritas and played […]

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August 21, 2017

UNO Tournament!


Residents at The Inn held another UNO tournament and the turn out was great! April in Community Life was dealer and server. There was beer, soda and snacks to have while competing. In the end, it was Flo who was victorious! Her prize was a free lunch for the next lunch out. We can’t wait […]

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August 21, 2017

Outing to the Arizona History Museum


Residents from The Inn & Gardens went on an engaging outing to the Arizona History Museum near the University of Arizona. We learned about life in Arizona throughout the years. We can’t wait to go back and see more exhibits that this amazing museum holds.

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August 4, 2017

Tohono Chul Presentation


Tohono Chul has been coming to give presentations on different topics about our Sonoran Desert. This past presentation was extra special because we learned all about how Native Americans used different plants to survive in the desert. We even got to taste some of the things they would eat like the prickly pear fruit. It was sweet […]

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August 4, 2017

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day


August 2nd was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and residents at The Inn & Gardens celebrated by making their own! They got to choose the cookie and the yummy ice cream for the middle. The most popular ice cream flavor for this sweet messy treat was Mocha Fudge. Yum!

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July 25, 2017

Outing to The Center for Creative Photography


Residents from The Inn & Gardens went to the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. The exhibit featured was the work of Wynn Bullock. It showed all of his creative techniques and his artistic progression through out the years. The residents really enjoyed the exhibit. It was a great way to get out for […]

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July 18, 2017

Reminiscing with Friends


There is nothing better to do on a gloomy day than getting together with friends and pulling out photo albums. That is what the ladies at The Gardens did today and they had a blast! They got to look back on some wonderful memories and talk about them with friends. It’s the little things that […]

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July 17, 2017

Random Act of Kindness


Today residents form the Casitas dropped off scrapbooks for The Gardens residents. The ladies made these books after attending our Alzheimer’s Support Group. They learned that people with Alzheimer’s respond well and enjoy looking at pictures from magazines. The scrapbooks are filled with great photos that The Gardens residents are really enjoying. Thank you so […]

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July 14, 2017

Delicious Family BBQ at The Gardens!


Residents and family members at The Gardens really loved our BBQ yesterday. Dinning Manger Rafael did a great job manning the grill filled with delicious kabobs! The beef tenderloin was tender and cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed asparagus, rice and then peach cobbler! Yum! We can’t wait to taste what he will cook at […]

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July 7, 2017

Watermelon Eating Contest


Residents and staff from The Inn & Gardens participated in a watermelon eating contest. Every year we like to hold this traditional summer game and always have a blast. Prizes were awarded and everyone that cheered them on also got some delicious watermelon to eat!

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July 6, 2017

Stars & Stripes Craft


For the 4th of July we had residents at The Inn & Gardens help make some patriotic decorations. They always enjoy doing crafts and always make beautiful creations. The ladies loved painting and picking out the fun ribbon to really make their stars shine! It was the perfect way to work up an appetite for […]

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July 6, 2017

Music & Memory at The Gardens


Today the residents at The Gardens got their iPods back from our friends at SAACA, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliances. We have had this program at The Gardens for over a year but with so many new residents we had SAACA come back to interview and show them how to use their iPods. Each […]

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July 6, 2017

Patriotic Bingo


Residents at The Inn really enjoyed our patriotic spin on bingo. April read clues about Washington D.C. that related to a picture on the players cards. Not only did they have fun but they learned new things about our nations capital! Lots of the residents knew the answers and talked about their trips they’ve taken […]

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July 6, 2017

Patriotic Sing Along with Joe Hanson


Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a patriotic sing along with Joe Hanson. They sang all the military songs as well as a few summertime favorites. To go along with the music, the Community Life gals passed out a sweet and salty popcorn mix and a pina colada! The residents really enjoyed the […]

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July 6, 2017

Resident Crazy Hat Dinner


We always have fun at our resident choice crazy hat dinner. This year we made it extra crazy by having balloon artist Uncle Willy help make fun hats, puppy dogs, flowers and hearts! Residents at both The Inn & Gardens had a blast! They also enjoyed the fried chicken and baked beans. Community Life provided hats […]

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June 21, 2017

A Caring Craft


The residents at The Inn & Gardens made kitty scratching posts for the Pawsitivity Cats Shelter. Nikki our SAACA, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliances, provided art teacher is a volunteer there along with our front desk concierge Carol. They came up with the idea to have us help by making something the cats need. […]

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June 20, 2017

Coloring Therapy at The Gardens


The residents at The Gardens in lieu of going on a bus ride, decided to color. This activity not only was relaxing but a fun way for the ladies to catch up while they worked. When the heat has you wanting to stay inside, there is no better activity than getting to be with friends!

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June 15, 2017

UofA History of Pharmacy Museum Outing


Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed an outing to one of the University of Arizona’s best kept secrets! The History of Pharmacy Museum is located in the College of Pharmacy building. There are many displays spread out in the building that replicate old fashion drug stores. The museum houses artifacts dating as far […]

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June 14, 2017

Making Homemade Dog Treats


Residents from The Inn & Gardens made homemade dog treats today! All of the residents love our furry four legged friends and wanted to make them something special when they visit. The treats were made of oatmeal, bananas and peanut butter. It was a easy but delicious recipe. We had Dennis, our Exercise Instructor, give […]

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June 6, 2017

Healthy Brownies!


Yes they do exist! Residents at The Inn & Gardens enjoyed baking a healthier brownie by replacing butter and oil with avocado! Avocados are a great source of potassium and fiber, while also helping to lower bad cholesterols and so many other wonderful health benefits! The best part is, avocados don’t have a strong taste, so the chocolate […]

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May 19, 2017

Extraordinary Outing to Charron Vineyards


Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed the gorgeous weather yesterday by going wine tasting at Vail’s Charron Vineyards. Charron Vineyards is one of Southern Arizona’s oldest vineyards. The residents got to try six different wines and picnic baskets filled with goodies on the patio. They also got to enjoy the scenic view of the vineyards and the […]

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May 16, 2017

Pizza Party with Flowing Wells High School


Our friends at Flowing Wells High School enjoyed a pizza party with the residents at The Inn. The students come every week through out the school year and as a way to say thank you to the residents they wanted to throw an end of the year party! Residents loved getting to have lunch with […]

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May 11, 2017

Geology with Kermit


We had our first Watermark University Geology class with Kermit today, and it was a hit! Kermit is one of our bus drivers that has loads of information to share. He is a Tucson native and worked as a tour guide at the mines. He knows all there is to know about rocks and minerals. […]

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May 3, 2017

May 2017 Newsletters & Calendars for The Inn & Gardens

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May is extraordinary because we are going on a special outing to a Vineyard! We are also having a fashion show and a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Come by to join in on the fun! » May 2017 Newsletter & Calendar – The Inn » May 2017 Newsletter & Calendar – The Gardens

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April 25, 2017

Night Under the Stars!


Even though the stars weren’t quite out yet, we enjoyed our first outdoor entertainment of the year with Amber Norgaard! She is a favorite of residents at The Inn. We also served delicious drinks to go along with the great music. Everyone was singing along! This went so well that we will start providing evening […]

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April 25, 2017

Outing to the Tucson Botanical Gardens


Residents form The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful spring day at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. What made this trip extra special is that the garden was selected to host the Frida Kahlo expo on her life, art and her garden. There was a replica of the garden she kept in her Mexico City home […]

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April 25, 2017

Creative Cocktails: April Showers


Every last Monday of the month we try a fun new drink! This month we had fun making everyone’s favorite drink a little more festive by making it blue! Everyone loved this fun and unexpected color! These drinks are as good as they look.

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April 12, 2017

St. Andrews Sisters Spring Concert


The lobby and library at The Inn was packed with residents from both The Inn & Gardens to listen to the wonderful music of the St. Andrews Sisters. This wonderful group comes twice a year to perform for our residents and they always draw a big crowd! We also had a carrot cake social to go […]

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April 5, 2017

Flower Arrangement Committee


Today we kicked off our new committee at The Inn, The Flower Arrangement Committee! At the beginning of each month, residents will help make flower arrangements to put all throughout the community. Today we made Spring and Easter theme bouquets and they turned out beautiful! It was a fun way to start the day and […]

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April 3, 2017

La Encantada Mall Walk


Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed walking a new mall with Bayada, La Encantada! This gorgeous outdoor mall was great for a warm but cool spring day! We loved getting to go somewhere different and window shop. We will have to return here when the weather permits.

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March 29, 2017

Outing to the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson


Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful day at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, located downtown on Court St. We enjoyed hearing the two docents talk about how life was like back when Tucson was a Presidio in the 1700s. We learned all about how the fort came to Tucson and all […]

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March 28, 2017

Gorgeous Tucson Weather


This past week has been full of beautiful sunny skies and cool breezes. It is the perfect time to grab a sun hat, a cool drink and good friends and head outside! That is exactly what residents at The Gardens did today! They soaked up the gorgeous weather while some waited to go over to […]

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