Posts by: Abbie Stone

August 30, 2019

Exploring History & Culture At The Arizona State Museum

The Fountains at La Cholla residents recently visited the Arizona State Museum, which was founded in 1893 as one of the University of Arizona’s original research units. The museum is the oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the U.S. Southwest, as it houses expansive collections that are exceptional resources for the teaching, study, and […]

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July 1, 2019

Picnic Outing at Rose Canyon Lake on Mt. Lemmon

Mount Lemmon has a summit elevation of 9,159 feet and is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is located in the Coronado National Forest just north of Tucson. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and […]

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June 10, 2019

Meet the Great Horned Owls, our Most Popular Residents

A very smart great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl, has chosen tour community to nest and raise her owlet… and we couldn’t be happier! There are gatherings of residents most mornings and evenings to catch a glimpse of this magnificent bird. We are so very lucky to have an abundance […]

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May 20, 2019

The Fountains at La Cholla Residents Dine at Hacienda del Sol

We were honored to be lunch guests at the historic Hacienda del Sol. The food was delicious and we were hosted by one of the owners who shared the history of this iconic Tucson treasure. In 1929 John and Helen Murphey created Hacienda del Sol; a desert retreat inspired by early Moorish architecture. The property […]

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May 14, 2019

#NationalDayofDecency at The Fountains

Today, May 14, 2019, we joined the nation in celebrating basic civility that we all deserve as human beings. The group of residents that met had very powerful things to share. They commented on how they feel our community is warm and  that compassion and respect is exercised here daily. There was agreement that we […]

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May 13, 2019

Visiting The Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography, at the University of Arizona, is recognized as one of the world’s finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography. The Center opened on the University campus in 1975. The Center also has acquired individual photographs by modern and contemporary photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston […]

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April 25, 2019

Passover Seder

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring. Passover commemorates the Israelites escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven products, and highlighted by the Seder meals. In Hebrew Passover is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”). On Tuesday evening we hosted our annual Passover Seder […]

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April 22, 2019

Food Trucks and Music!!!

It is spring, and the perfect time to enjoy bluegrass music and incredible food! We had a Food Truck Roundup with five food trucks and the talented Ocotillo Rain & Thunder Bluegrass Band. The food vendors included, Road Running (wood fired pizzas), Haus of Brats (delicious german food and brats), Burgeritto (which served everything from fried […]

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April 8, 2019

Look Who’s In The Kitchen!

The Fountains welcome culinary students from nearby Marana High School so they could get a birds eye view of our community’s commercial kitchen. The students had great curiosity and enthusiasm as the met with Mike Beck, Head Chef at Town Center and Rafael Rodriquez, Assistant Dining Director. The two shared their joy and passion with […]

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April 1, 2019

Rails, Trails and Museums: Amtrak, Horseshoe Cafe & The Amerind Museum

We departed The Fountains at 6:45am on Thursday and headed downtown to the Amtrak station. We boarded the the Number 2 train heading east to Benson, AZ. We spotted coyotes, rabbits, wildflowers and pristine open desert. We deboarded the train at the Benson stop and headed across the street to the well known Horseshoe Cafe […]

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March 25, 2019

The Fountain’s Spring Fling Dance

On Thursday, March 13, 2019 we had our Spring Fling Dance with special musical guests Heather O’Day and Stephen Anthony with Mass Transit Band. The evening was fun filled, dancing and of course lots of PIE to celebrate Pi day, which is traditionally celebrated on 3/14. We all got to sample our favorite pies and our dance […]

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February 25, 2019

Ballroom Dance Showcase: For The Love of Dance

We have a group of very dedicated residents who learn and perfect dance routines every Saturday afternoon with instructor Sandi Garrick. Last week, we had the chance to watch their grace and ease on the dance floor. This group has been meeting up for years now and we have some very gifted dancers. We enjoyed […]

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February 25, 2019

All We Need Is Love

We celebrated Valentine’s Day starting with a special surf and turf buffet that got rave reviews. In the evening, The Desert Diva’s nationally known entertainers, Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen, provided us with songs celebrating love through the ages. There was dancing, a mobile photo booth, singing, champagne and delicious sweet treats for all […]

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February 22, 2019

Barleens Arizona Opry Theater Outing

We set out early Saturday morning and headed north to the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, about a 2 hour ride. We arrived and were escorted to our front row tables in the Barleen’s Arizona Opry Dinner Theater. The talented Barleens family opened their second music venue in Apache Junction, AZ in 1987. The family […]

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January 30, 2019

The Fountains Remembrance Service

Our community gathered last Thursday to honor our friends and loved ones who have left us this year. We are grateful to George Pike who arranged to have several spiritual leaders from our Fountains community and the Tucson community here as well to conduct the service. The names of our loved ones were read at the […]

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January 22, 2019

Visiting the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center

The Jewish History Museum, formerly known as the Jewish Heritage Center of the Southwest, is a museum housed in a historic synagogue building in Tucson, Arizona. The museum’s building, which housed the first synagogue in the Arizona Territory, is the oldest synagogue building in the state. The building operated as a synagogue until 2008 when it […]

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January 4, 2019

Creating Soul Boxes at The Fountains

The idea for Soul Box began in Portland, Oregon in 2017. People wondered what can they could do to raise awareness about gun violence. The idea to make a visual statement honoring the victims by using something very simple: little paper origami boxes. Right now all that’s needed are two squares of paper and some creative […]

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January 3, 2019

Tucson Mural Tour

On a chilly morning with snow capped mountains we ventured downtown for a tour of the highly acclaimed murals found in clear site throughout downtown Tucson. The Mural program was the brainchild of the Tucson Arts Brigade and has been an incredible success. The program was intended as a beautification effort that involved residents of all […]

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December 10, 2018

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah, which means “dedication,” is the festival that commemorates the rededication of the Temple following the destruction of that holy place and the miracle of having enough oil to light the lamp for eight days. Today, the holiday reminds Jews to rededicate themselves to keeping alive the flame of Jewish religion, culture, and traditions so that […]

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December 10, 2018

Generation to Generation, Plastic Bags to Mats

Recently the Arizona Daily Star’s reporter, Johanna Eubank, did a piece on recycling those plastic bags that we all have and try to find practical and ecological ways to reuse. Johanna learned of a group of very talented residents who have met nearly every Saturday for over five years, turning those plastic bags into sleeping […]

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November 26, 2018

Congratulations Donna Porter!

Donna’s oil painting “Blooming Cactus,” received Honorable Mention and is recognized in the 2019 Watermark Retirement Communities 2019 Calendar – Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts. Donna lights up our community, she has a beautiful smile and stays active with her artwork, ballroom dancing and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Thank you Donna for all you bring […]

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November 8, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

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October 22, 2018

Extraordinary Community Adventure to Canyon Lake!

We had an extraordinary community adventure last week! We filled two of our community buses and headed 150 miles north. Our destination, Canyon Lake, which is nestled in the Superstition Mountains and the Historic Apache Trail. We boarded the Dolly Steamboat for a ninety minute lake cruise of the secluded inner waterways, referred to as Arizona’s […]

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October 2, 2018

Recycled Plastic Bags Put to Extraordinary Use at The Fountains!

For years now, a talented group of residents have been doing their part to recycle plastic bags into beautiful works of art in form of crocheted colorful mats. The seven feet by four feet crocheted mats are then donated to local individuals that are housing challenged. The group was originally started by Dwaine Greer, who […]

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September 25, 2018

Watermark University: Native American Flutes

If you are an early riser and strolling around the campus at The Fountains, you will be delighted to hear Joe Spitler playing his Native American flutes. Joe crafts his own flutes and they are truly a work of art. Last week, Joe shared how he makes the delicate instruments and treated us to beautiful […]

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September 14, 2018

Watermark University Presents Traditions of the Jewish New Year

Residents gathered to share the traditions passed from generation to generation celebrating the Jewish New Year 5779. Rosh Hashanah is the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year. In addition to spending time with families and eating special food, individuals attend services at synagogues and recite ritual prayers. It is customary to wish each other a Sweet New […]

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September 14, 2018

September 2018 Community Life Calendars & Newsletters

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. Beautiful sweaters crafted by our own residents for the Annual Sweater Exhibit will be up through the […]

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August 15, 2018

University of Arizona Museum of Art Outing

The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) opened in 1924 under the leadership of UA professor Katherine Kitt, who was the founder of the UA Art Department. The museum has been the beneficiary of several seminal donations of artwork since its inception. The generosity of donors of art over the years has made it […]

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July 24, 2018

Kartchner Caverns

In November 1974, two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, were exploring the limestone hills at the base of the Whetstone Mountains. In the bottom of a sinkhole they found a narrow crack leading into the hillside. Warm, moist air flowed out, signaling the existence of a cave. After several hours of crawling, they […]

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July 11, 2018

Annual Mt. Lemmon Picnic

Mount Lemmon has a summit elevation of 9,159 feet and is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is located in the Coronado National Forest just north of Tucson. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and […]

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June 1, 2018

The Fountains Celebrates 30 Years!

The Fountains at La Cholla opened its door in December of 1987 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the best retirement options available in the nation. In the years that followed, our community has been the recipient of numerous awards and today we remain the largest community of its kind in Southern Arizona. On May 24, 2018, we hosted a […]

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June 1, 2018

June 2018 Thrive Newsletter and Calendar for The Town Center

We welcome summer to the desert and patiently await our refreshing monsoons to cool our days with gentle rains. Looking forward to the longest day of the year with our Summer Solstice Celebration, with summer songs and treats! We will leave the city heat at the end of the month and adventure up to Mt. Lemmon […]

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May 11, 2018

Spring Concert with Mass Transit

We had a delightful evening at our Spring Evening Concert with Mass Transit. We all enjoyed the talents of Heather, Steve and Bob singing tunes from the Beatles to Dean Martin. It was a really entertaining evening!

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May 11, 2018

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is celebrated to honor Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Despite having a small band of fighters, the Mexicans were able to defeat the massive French army on May 5, 1862. A long-standing tradition in our community we started the day […]

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May 2, 2018

Get Smart! Tech Help

We welcomed students from neighboring Flowing Wells High School to our community last Saturday. The students arrived eager to share their knowledge and offer new tips for us to navigate with ease on our smart devices. The students provided us with techniques to optimize using our phones, tablets, and laptops. We are really grateful to have […]

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May 2, 2018

May 2018 Thrive Newsletter and Calendar for The Town Center

May is magnificent and filled with celebrations from the beginning of the month to the end! We start with our annual Cinco de Mayo Breakfast on May 5th, honoring Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. The Fountains at La Cholla is celebrating its 30th year and we will be honoring our community on […]

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April 24, 2018

Extraordinary Overnight Trip to Phoenix

A group of us ventured north to Phoenix for an extraordinary adventure. We visited the world famous Heard Museum located in downtown Phoenix, enjoyed a delicious lunch at SWITCH, a new restaurant. Our overnight stay included fine Italian dining and wonderful accommodations with a full continental breakfast before heading out to the Phoenix Musem of Art. We had an […]

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April 9, 2018

Passover Seder at The Fountains

The Passover story is from the Biblical book of Exodus, which tells the story of the ancient the Jews enslavement in Egypt. Passover is a holiday about freedom because it celebrates the Jews’ liberation from slavery. Because the Seder (the traditional Passover dinner) is focused around telling the Passover story, it’s an opportunity for Jews to […]

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April 4, 2018

Catalina State Park Picnic and Hike

This is the park to visit for a great hike and picnic! We had a shady ramada, with easy access to a delightful trail. There were wildflowers, birds, and glorious sunshine! We had a delicious picnic lunch and the most extraordinary game of trivia!

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April 2, 2018

Happy Easter!

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter! We had a delicious Easter Brunch that was enjoyed by families and friends. The food was spectacular!

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March 30, 2018

Centenarian Birthday Celebration!

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Fountains resident Martin Allen’s monumental one-hundredth birthday this week. Martin is very active in the community and an avid reader. He can be found reading the local newspapers as well as the New York Times in our community library. He enjoys visiting the Tucson Public Library when we visit every other week. […]

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March 27, 2018

Fountains Residents Join March For Our Lives Rally

Residents of The Fountains, students and their supporters took to the streets in Tucson as a part nationwide rally for gun reform. Authorities estimated eight-thousand people showed up to support the March for Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. Protestors gathered at Jacome Plaza downtown in the morning and marched to the University of Arizona […]

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March 22, 2018

Watermark University Presents “You Be The Judge” with Kenny Hegland

Kenny Hegland, a Law Professor at the University of Arizona, has been offering this extraordinary six-part law program. Law is fascinating and being involved is challenging, exciting, and fun. This program throws our residents into the thick of things, as jurors, judges, lawyers, and legislators facing difficult decisions. Each one hour segment is anchored by a […]

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March 22, 2018

The Eyes Have It – Low Vision Support Group

“The Eyes Have It,” is a resident-initiated and driven, Low Vision Support Group. They have been meeting monthly for the last two years and invite speakers in from the greater Tucson community to share resources that enhance independence for those living with low vision. Today we were honored to have our very own resident Alice Wilse and […]

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March 14, 2018

Pi Day Social 3.14 at The Fountains

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Today we took advantage and celebrated at our weekly social with an assortment […]

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March 14, 2018

Watermark University “Mapping Edible Trees” with Dr. Barbara Eiswerth

Last week we were fortunate to welcome Dr. Barbara Eiswerth, who holds a Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Management and is the founder and director of the Iskashitaa Refugee Network. Iskashitaa is a grassroots organization based in Tucson, Arizona that partners with volunteers and local organizations to provide various supplemental services to refugees. Iskashitaa has a number of programs designed […]

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