Posts by: Abbie Stone

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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February 15, 2018

The Fountains Visits The Tucson Gem Show

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has been recognized as an international stature since the 1970s and was the first gem and mineral show to bring the hobby enthusiast, the public, and the professionals together in one location. The show exhibits provide a rare window into private and museum collections of the mineral world’s stars. It is […]

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February 2, 2018

February 2018 Thrive Newsletter and Calendar for The Town Center

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 […]

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January 25, 2018

A Gathering of Talented Residents

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 […]

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January 23, 2018

Fountains Resident Dee Cohen Featured in Arizona Daily Star

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 […]

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December 18, 2017

Crocheted Mats at The Fountains

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 […]

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December 15, 2017

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum

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.

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December 15, 2017

Chanukah Celebration at The Fountains

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 […]

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November 16, 2017

The Fountains Salute to Veterans 2017

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 […]

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November 6, 2017

All Souls Day at The Fountains at La Cholla

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 […]

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November 3, 2017

Salpointe High School Impact Day

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 […]

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November 1, 2017

Halloween was Spectacularly Spooky!

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 […]

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October 20, 2017

Holiday Fund Annual Christmas Jewelry Sale Today!

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 […]

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October 20, 2017

The Fountains in the Arizona Jewish Post

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 […]

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October 19, 2017

Opera 101: Tosca – Highlighting the Life & Music of Giacomo Puccini

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 […]

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October 19, 2017

Ballroom Dance Showcase at The Fountains

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!

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October 9, 2017

Ice Carving Demo

We ventured out yesterday to ICE T, the only Ice Sculpting Warehouse in Tucson. We learned the steps behind making ice and the beautiful works of art. Pat Caffrey showed us how the 300 pound blocks of ice are transformed from water to ice and we were able to cool off in the freezer. Then we had the good fortune […]

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September 20, 2017

Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year 5778

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 […]

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September 19, 2017

Memoir Writers Share

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 […]

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September 13, 2017

Fountains Knitters & Crocheters Honored

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 […]

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September 5, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter & Calendar for Town Center

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 […]

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August 28, 2017

Wine and Paint Night

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. […]

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August 24, 2017

Eclipse Experience

On this past Monday morning, residents and associates joined resident Bill Lofquist and Ernie Smith to learn and safely view the extraordinary eclipse. Bill who is an active member of the local Astronomer’s Club shared Alex Filipenko’s, Ph.D., video, “Glorious Total Eclipses”. Ernie shared a poem she had written about previous eclipses she has viewed […]

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August 21, 2017

The Fountains Visits San Agustin Mission Garden Friends of Tucson’s Birth Place

We started out early to beat the heat on our adventure to visit and learn about Mission Garden. Their mission is to preserve, honor, protect, restore and recreate the cultural heritages and landscape of Tucson’s birth place. The gardens are located at the base of A Mountain in the Menlo Park Barrio. There is archeological evidence of irrigation […]

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July 24, 2017

The Fountains Extraordinary Outing to ODYSEA: An Oceanic Adventure

Once again we set out on a great adventure, we headed north to Scottsdale our destination ODYSEA, the new aquarium. Our tour followed a drop of water as it falls from the sky and flows into the lakes and rivers, finding it’s way to the shores and into the great oceans. When we entered the […]

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July 6, 2017

First Annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast!

We started celebrating Independence Day with a pancake breakfast. The morning started off with Cassidy Peeples and Abbie Stone leading a very historic and parotic game of trivia in our lobby. At 7:30am the Catalina Dining Room opened it doors to a festive room with delicious food and patriotic music. The dining room was decorated and breakfast was […]

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July 5, 2017

Our Extraordinarily COOL Trip to Mt. Lemmon

Over fifty of us traveled to Mt. Lemmon leaving behind the 100 degree plus temperatures in Tucson for the cool and comfortable 78 degrees in Rose Canyon on Mt. Lemmon. The pines were aromatic, the air crisp and the sky the bluest of blues without a cloud in sight. We had a delicious picnic lunch, tuna and […]

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