Every month we have a family meal at The Gardens. It is a great way to spend time with loved ones and a wonderful way to connect with other families. This month we had a special meal that was catered by El Molinitos that consisted of delicious steak or chicken fajitas, tortillas, rice, beans and […]
Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla
Residents enjoyed a delicious cherry pie social in honor of Presidents Day. Cherry pie with vanilla ice cream was served to all, even associates got in on the fun. We also learned a lot of presidential facts with our Watermark University class about Presidents Born in the West and other random trivia that we shared. We […]
Today was a rare day full of rain here in Tucson. Residents from The Inn and Gardens were not able to attend their outing to Ben’s Bells. Instead we had an impromptu drive-in movie social featuring Big Jake at The Inn and Beauty and the Beast at The Gardens. Popcorn and sodas were passed around […]
Valentine’s Day at The Inn & Gardens was celebrated by having an amazing performance by Amber Norgaard. Residents listened to her great music while eating tasty Valentine treats. There was also a delicious dinner menu of Spaghetti, Shrimp Scampi and Wine. The residents were also impressed with the amazing ice carving as they entered the […]
The Arizona Daily Star included ongoing health and wellness programs offered in our community in this weeks publication! Photo Credit: Arizona Daily Star » Click to View the Arizona Daily Star Article
Today residents at The Inn & Gardens celebrated the fun holiday of Mardi Gras! We learned all about the history as well as traditions associated with the holiday. We even made Mardi Gras masks during our Visual Arts activity with Nikki! The residents loved when we cut into the king’s cake to see who got […]
We got an early Valentine’s Day treat, a performance by Rick and Margie Jordan. This husband and wife duo performed back in December for a Cowboy Christmas program. The lobby at The Inn was packed then and for this second performance even more residents came to enjoy their country tunes. We can’t wait until this duo […]
The Community Life Director at The Inn & Gardens, Kristen, just had a baby girl. The residents love when baby Emily comes by to say hi. This past Sunday 3 month old Emily and 105 year old resident Hermione met and a friendship was formed. They both had big smiles on their faces. The residents […]
The Inn and Gardens had their annual Black and White Dinner at the end of January. The kitchen staff dressed the part and served up a delicious meal that included lobster tails! The residents loved this special resident choice meal.
February is filled with incredibly exciting things to do with your friends and neighbors in the community. We will be going to the Gem and Mineral Show. Tucson hosts the largest gem show in the world early in the month. We will end the month with The Ocotillio Rain and Thunder Bluegrass Band, kicking off […]
February is full of fun socials, engaging Watermark University classes and an outing to Ben’s Bells. Come join in on all the fun! » February 2018 Inn Newsletter & Calendar » February 2018 Gardens Newsletter & Calendar
Every Saturday a group of very creative, ecologically minded residents meet and transform your basic plastic bags into works of art. They cut the colorful bags into strips and form a ball of “plastic yarn,” which they crochet into a large mat. The mats are then donated to the homeless population. The mats provide insulation and a cushioned […]
Dee Cohen, an extraordinarily active resident of The Fountains, was the topic of front page news in the Arizona Daily Star in Monday’s edition. Dee is amazing, when she isn’t attending daily exercise classes she is line dancing and ballroom dancing, she finds time to volunteer at our weekly social events and serves on many community committees in addition to making […]
Residents had the pleasure of meeting a few swimmers from University of Arizona. Members of the swim team shared their experiences and stories about where they came from and what it’s like to compete on a University team. They were extremely enthusiastic visitors and participated in games as well. They will continue to come and volunteer and […]
2018 offers many opportunities to be engaged and share your talents and interests with friends and neighbors in the community. Have a Happy New Year and Be Well! » Click to view the January 2018 Thrive Newsletter. » Click to view the January 2018 Community Life Calendar.
Not everyone loves the word “exercise,” but it is important to incorporate movement throughout the day. At our residences we have come up with some creative ways to exercise. One of the activities we started is called Balloon Volleyball. There is always a lot of laughter & fun and it has turned out to be a great […]
Every Saturday residents gather and cut plastic bags of many colors into strips and tie them together to create “plastic” yarn which is then crocheted into beautifully designed mats which are donated to local homeless shelters. Dwaine Greer who has been active with this group for years and was on faculty in the Art Department at the University […]
Friday, residents were really getting into the holiday spirit! We had a walker & wheelchair decorating station. Residents got to choose their favorite holiday décor to show off on their walkers & wheelchairs.
We visited The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum this month and learned much about the early settlers of Tucson. The museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. We explored the presidio and saw how Tucsonan settlers would have lived. This was an informative opportunity to learn more about the roots of the Sonoran Desert.
Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and Miracles. The word means “to dedicate”. On Chanukah, the Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple only to find enough oil to light the eternal lamp for one day, miraculously the oil lasted for eight days. We light a candle on the menorah each night […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]
This is our favorite time of year here at The Fountains as we gather with friends and family enjoying the celebrations the season brings. We extend warm wishes for joyous holidays and a New Year that brings much happiness and peace to you! » Click to view the December 2017 Thrive Newsletter. » Click to view […]
The Inn and Gardens decided to have their own version of a Turkey Trot this holiday season. On Tuesday residents took part in baking and decorating cupcakes to hand-deliver the next day to Watermark staff. The giving spirit was in full swing as residents rode a golf cart to deliver the cupcakes. Staff members were incredibly grateful […]
We joined together to recognize the veterans living in our community for their unwavering service to our great nation. On Saturday morning, November 11, 2017 we gathered in front of our community with members of the Flowing Wells ROTC for a flag raising ceremony. Over 25 ROTC students then visited with veterans delivering letters of appreciation and listening to […]
All Souls Day or Dia de los Muertos is traditionally observed on November 2nd in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, but in recent years, multicultural public celebrations have spread to communities and cities around the world. The holiday honors the departed souls of loved ones with decorated altars, photos, elaborate paper cutouts and […]
Salpointe, one of our local community schools, choose our community to have senior students visit and meet with our residents. The four lovely students spent two days with us. Both mornings they were available for residents to drop in for a GET SMART consult. Residents bring their smart devices, phones, tablets and laptops and the […]
Come join in on all the fun this month! » The Inn Newsletter & Calendar » The Gardens Newsletter & Calendar
We had the most fun celebrating Halloween with a costume contest, delicious food and great company! Folks dressed up and we held a contest for the most creative, scariest and most fun. It was hard to choose as all the costumes were fantastic! We had tricks, treats, and the best homemade pumpkin cookies – thank […]
November is filled with celebration and abundant in exciting things to do! Look through the November Thrive Newsletter for descriptions of classes and events in our community. » November 2017 Thrive Newsletter » November 2017 Calendar
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Holiday Fund was started at The Fountains in 1987 by residents who wanted to acknowledge the associates during the holiday season. Today the Holiday Fund continues to raise funds that are disturbed to associates before the holidays. The generosity of the residents makes a difference for associates and their families during the holidays. Yvonne Shallenbeger has been the […]
The Arizona Jewish Post mentioned The Fountains in an article dedicated to sharing how senior living communities in Tucson help residents stay connected to Judais. “I have a great passion for enabling the residents to celebrate Shabbat and the holidays,” says Abbie Stone, community life director at The Fountains at La Cholla. Stone organizes celebrations […]
Today we were fortunate to have the renown lecturer Vivian Weede who shared the highlights of the composer’s life. Puccini was a great musician and an impassioned composer who had an extraordinary genius for melody. We listened to the incredible voices of Soprano Vanessa Salaz, Tenor Francisco Renteria and Baritone Larry Alexander who all perform […]
Last Saturday we celebrated the talented and dedicated residents who dance every Saturday afternoon with a special event showcasing their ballroom dance routines. We gathered together and enjoyed the rhythm, tunes and most of all watching our friends and neighbors perform. It was an afternoon of Dancing with the Stars!
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 […]
We have a month full of exciting and extraordinary things to do! » October 2017 Town Center Newsletter » October 2017 Town Center Calendar
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
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!
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 […]
Rabbi Tom Louchheim of Or Chadash congregation joined us today to share with is the meaning and traditions celebrated at Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish holiday marking the first and second days of the Jewish year. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 20th and continues through nightfall on September 22nd. It’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish […]
A very talented group of residents have been meeting every Friday afternoon with Norah Booth, a published author who has provided coaching in this very popular Watermark University offering. Last Friday we had the opportunity to have them share their work. Thirteen writers participated. The group is currently in the process of writing a collection of […]
Many of us gathered Sunday afternoon to meet the talented women celebrating 25 years of dedication and love for making sweaters. They recently hit a milestone of making over 10,000 sweaters through the years. Each sweater is given to child here in Tucson. It was a great pleasure to join in honoring the generosity of this […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
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
We are off to a great start with the ever popular Holiday Fund Special: French Bread Chili Bowl, followed the next day with our Labor Day BBQ buffet and sing-along. Later in the month we honor the talented Fountains Knitters as they celebrate their 25th anniversary of knitting and crocheting sweaters that are donated locally to underserved children. The sweaters […]
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 […]
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!
Last Thursday evening we held our second Wine and Paint event. Nikki Bellio our very talented art instructor planned an extraordinarily creative evening for us. We took colored tissue paper placed it on a wet canvas, and abstractly or intentionally creating a design. The water allowed for the colors to bled through on the canvas. The results were incredible. […]