Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla

June 23, 2017

All That Jazz!

On one of the hottest days of the year we were treated to an evening of delightful music with Jazz du Jour. The music made its way into the dining room so folks dining could also enjoyed the talented duo. What a “cool” way to spend an evening with friends!

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. […]

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 […]

June 8, 2017

Visit to the New Mormon Temple

Amid the iconic saguaro cactus of southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the LDS Church’s new Tucson Temple opened its doors and welcomed the public for a three-week open house in June. The “art deco” style, 38,000-square-foot structure will close it doors and only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints deemed in good standing […]

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 […]

May 15, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Every year on May 5th we gather early in the morning on the Catalina Patio to celebrate and honor Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla that took place on May 5, 1862. Despite having a small army of fighters, the Mexicans were able to defeat the massive French army. We had delicious food and Mariachi […]

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. […]

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 […]

April 14, 2017

Passover Seder at The Fountains

The Passover Seder (meaning order) is the most celebrated and beloved of Jewish holidays. This holiday is rich in traditions and customs passed from generation to generation. Most Jews hold cherished memories of family times spent at a Seder. Telling the Passover Story is believed to be an obligation observed by Jewish ancestors ever since the Jews fled from slavery […]

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 […]

April 3, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

April is abundant with choices to stay engaged. Be sure to look over our Watermark University offerings and plan to attend a class or an entire series. Highlights include Opera 101 with performers from The Arizona Opera Company, performing lyrics from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, St. Andrew Sisters Spring Concert and ending the month with the popular Rhythm Concert. » April 2017 Town […]

March 30, 2017

March Birthday Celebration

Today we celebrated those of us who have birthdays in March. We enjoyed the music of Homero Ceron, a talented precisionist with the Tucson Symphony and his piano accompanist. Homero played the steel drums and we were treated to Caribbean tunes, birthday cake, ice cream and a raffle drawing!

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 […]

March 22, 2017

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is here, and to celebrate, we made Japanese paper lanterns with Nikki in our visual arts class. Residents not only got to decorate these lamps but they also helped make the stamps that they used to fill the paper lanterns full of beautiful flowers! Some residents kept their lanterns while others let the Community […]

March 22, 2017

Irish Dancing!

This past weekend in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we had dancers from the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance! These dancers put on a wonderful show that had residents at all levels of care got to enjoy. Not only was the dancing great, but so were all the beautiful costumes. We can’t wait until they come […]

March 16, 2017

Watermark University Presents: Native American Artifacts

Residents joined in welcoming back Mr. Guralnick with his extensive collection of Native American artifacts. He shared the histories and customs of the natives who lived in the Sonoran Desert, including the Hohokam, Pima and Tohono O’odham peoples. We all enjoyed hearing about the lifestyles of these groups of proud people who still live in our precious […]

March 16, 2017

Envelope of Life Presentation

We recently had Captain Adam Goldberg from the Northwest Fire Department visit our community to speak with us about “The Envelope of Life”. The program is national program that provides emergency medical personnel with essential medical information for those receiving treatment. We were prepared for Captain Goldberg’s presentation thanks to the dedicated Hall and Casita Friends […]

March 1, 2017

Music Memories

Our most recent Music Memories class was a big hit! We learned all about the top songs and artists of the 1950s. The residents really enjoyed all the Elvis! After the Community Life girls (Abby and Kristen) went over the featured songs, they took requests. Everyone was singing, dancing and smiling with each song! Next class we will […]

March 1, 2017

Mardi Gras Fun

We had a ball yesterday at our Mardi Gras celebration! We started the festivities by making Mardi Gras masks with Nikki, in our visual art class. Everyone’s mask was unique and festive for the day. Then afterward, we had our King Cake social! We learned about Mardi Gras history, traditions, how many people celebrate the holiday and of […]

February 21, 2017

Wine & Paint Night!

Residents at The Inn enjoyed an evening filled with painting, laughter and wine! Nikki, from our Visual Arts class, helped us learn how to create our very own masterpieces. Anyone with any art skill level could join in on the fun. Everyone’s art turned out different and everyone loved the wine! Thank you Nikki and […]

February 21, 2017

Get Smart Event

Last Saturday we had a wonderful opportunity when 14 students from Flowing Wells High School met with residents to share tips on using SMART devices. Residents started gathering at 9:00am with tablets, iPads, smart phones, flip phones and even a laptop or two. Refreshments included Smart Water and Smartees. The interactions between the students and the residents were […]

February 16, 2017

Valentine’s Day 2017

We had a great Valentine’s Day celebration here at The Fountains. Community Life gave red and pink carnations to all the residents, while we were entertained by the talented Wild Bill. Special home made treats were courtesy of our very own Laurie DiBella, the supervisor at our Gallery Café. Laurie made red velvet cupcakes with pink cream […]

February 13, 2017

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Last Thursday, our community took time to recognize the many dedicated resident volunteers who generously contribute to making The Fountains an extraordinary place to live. Over eighty volunteers joined in the lobby and enjoyed a delicious and nutritious lunch. Among the accomplishments of the volunteers: The implementation of FIL, The Fountains Information Line, a dedicated phone line that residents record the daily […]

February 6, 2017

Grapefruit Harvest

We are so lucky to have an abundance of grapefruit trees in our courtyards and fortunately for us long time resident, Allan Ely helps every year to harvest the delicious grapefruits. Thank you Allan for the fresh off the tree treats!

February 2, 2017

February 2017 Thrive Newsletters & Calendars for The Inn & Gardens

This month we are focusing on our emotional well-being! We have an amazing Alzheimer’s Support Group that meets at The Inn every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Call The Inn for more information or come join in on any of our activities! » February 2017 Inn Newsletter & Calendar » February 2017 Gardens Newsletter […]

January 30, 2017

Word Whimsy with Carol

Last week we started a new writing therapy class at The Inn with our front desk receptionist Carol Hayden. Carol has always been a writer and has taught Watermark University writing classes in the past. This class is different from the rest! It is a freestyle poetry and writing class. She took words like happy, calm, […]

January 25, 2017

Ballroom Dance Extravaganza!

This past Saturday the talented ballroom dancers showcased the routines they have mastered over the past few months attending the ballroom dance classes held at The Fountains every Saturday at 1:00pm. The dancers from our community included Carol Barzeele, Paul Bulter, Dee Cohen, Dee Gebhard, Dick Hughes, Don O’Bryan, Yvonne Shallenberg, Edith Troup and Heather Vancranebrock. We […]

January 16, 2017

Sunset at The Fountains

The seasonally warm winter days we so enjoy here in the Sonoran Desert, end almost every evening with incredible sunsets. The sunsets this week have been exceptionally delightful! This is the view from our community Tuesday evening. Tucson is know for many things, our beautiful sunsets  is among them! Enjoy!

January 16, 2017

“The Art of Beading” at The Fountains

Liana Pasquinucci, a resident and very talented jewelry maker is leading the Watermark University class The Art of Beading.  The class will cover designing, stringing and creating personalized jewelry.The class meets every Thursday at 2:00pm in the Art Room. The first class was very well attended and each participant made a wearable strand of beads. Liana expressed that […]