Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla

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 […]

January 5, 2017

Special Guest Bingo Caller!

Today, residents at The Inn were surprised with a special guest bingo caller, our Dining Manager John! The residents always enjoy when John pops by to see who is winning but they loved it even more today when he volunteered to call a few rounds! He brought lots of luck to people because many bingos […]

January 5, 2017

Hymn Singing with Darryl

One of our most popular artists that performs for us at The Gardens is Darryl Churchill. His hymns on Wednesday mornings always draws a crowd. Residents, associates and family members fill our living room as we listen to the beautiful music. In this picture he brought along his friend. It was a beautiful performance that got […]

December 19, 2016

The Fountains Visits The Tucson Botanical Gardens

On a clear unseasonably warm (record breaking 84 degrees), 20 residents ventured to the mid town Tucson Botanical Gardens, a beautiful oasis consisting of seventeen specialty gardens spread over 5 1/2 acres. The gardens are home to a butterfly exhibit and is hosting The Freda Kahlo Exhibit on loan from New York. Everyone had a wonderful time exploring the gardens and […]

December 15, 2016

Happy Anniversary!

Ted and Elba Visbeek celebrated their 72nd Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday December 14th, 2016. Ted and Elba were serenaded by our performer Wild Bill at our Wednesday social. Everyone enjoyed cake and joined in celebrating their special anniversary!

December 14, 2016

National Geographic voted Tucson one of the 10 best winter trips for 2017!

Looking to retire in the southwest? Tucson offers a unique setting in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Known for its beautiful mountain ranges, sublime sunsets and 350 days of sunshine each year, it’s no wonder so many flock to this incredible city. Tucson is a place known for outstanding hiking and outdoor adventures, rich cultural traditions, a vibrant […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]

November 7, 2016

Opera 101: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Opera lecturer Vivian Weede presented information about Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to a full house. Residents and visitors from the community gathered this week to hear the talented and beautiful soprano Vanessa Salaz , joined by the handsome tenor, Francisco Renteria as they performed portions of this well know Opera. The lobby was filled with the heart rending and […]

October 31, 2016

4H Halloween Petting Zoo

The residents at The Inn were treated on Sunday with a visit from our friends in the 4H. The kids not only dressed in costumes but so did some of the animals! This was a great way to celebrate Halloween. We look forward to when they will come help us decorate yummy gingerbread houses!

October 13, 2016

Trick or Treats!

We have lots of students that come weekly and make our days brighter. To thank the Flowing Wells, CDO and 4-H kids we are making them trick-or-treat bags! We got about half done so far and have more to make! Thank you to the residents that helped out!

October 10, 2016

Sunday Funday!

Sundays are always a blast here at The Fountains! We love to go out to lunch, have ice cream or root beer floats as we enjoy great music and friends! This Sunday we had one of our favorite entertainers, Wild Bill perform! Lucky us because we have him coming back two more time this month!

October 5, 2016

Watermark University: Traditions of the Jewish New Year 5777

Abbie Stone, Community Life Director, joined residents as they celebrated and shared in customs and traditions to usher in the Jewish New Year, 5777. Fountains resident Irwin Brewster brought his Shofar, an antelope antler used as a horn. The shofar is blown each morning the month leading up to the Jewish New Year during morning prayers. We ate round […]