Posts by: Kristen Cray

May 31, 2018

Vocational Well Being: Ben’s Bells

This month the residents at The Inn & Gardens tried to focus on their vocational well being. We had many opportunities to fulfill this, but our main activity was painting kindness coins for Ben’s Bells. We try to make a yearly trip to the Ben’s Bell studio to contribute to our community. This year we […]

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May 23, 2018

Whole Community Fashion Show

For the first time, we hosted a fashion show that featured residents from all parts of our community! Ladies from the Town Center, Inn and Gardens walked down the cat walk to show off BonWorth’s Spring clothing. It was a such a great way for the community to get together and meet their neighbors. The […]

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May 23, 2018

Animal of the Month

This past Monday was the first class of our Watermark University course, Animal of the Month. Carol, our head concierge, is a lifetime animal lover who had the brilliant idea to ask our 4-H club to help make her class extra special by bringing in the animal she would tell the residents about. For our […]

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May 9, 2018

A Mother’s Day SPA-rty with Bayada!

The ladies at The Inn & Gardens were treated to a special Mother’s Day treat from our friends at Bayada. They gave the ladies (and some gentlemen) the full spa treatment with essential oil infused water, sugar scrubs, hand massages and manicures! The moms that live here have definitely earned a rejuvenation day! There were delicious cookies […]

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May 8, 2018

Simple Sweets: Fruit Kabobs

Today was the first of a new program called Simple Sweets. We showed residents at The Inn & Gardens how to make a simple dessert using a few simple ingredients. To start this class off we went with a classic, chocolate fruit kabobs. They loved making these yummy (and less guilty) sweet snack that will be […]

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March 21, 2018

Irish Dancers at The Fountains

This weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day The Fountains had a special Irish dancer group preform. These talented young ladies from the McGuire School of Irish Dance wowed all who attended. To make it even more special one of the dancer’s grandparents lives at The Town Center!

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March 16, 2018

April’s Hiking Adventure

Community Life Assistant, April, is going on a 6 month long hike to the Pacific Crest Trail. This hike will take her from the California Mexico boarder up into Canada! The lobby was packed with residents and associates eager to learn how April will be living and all that she needs to make it through […]

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March 16, 2018

Outing to Funny Foot Farm Petting Zoo

Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a day of petting and learning all about different animals! This was not your average petting zoo; aside from having goats, chickens and pigs there were also Patagonia Beras, Capybearas, emus and Monaray lizards! The farm was kind enough to bring the animals to us in a covered […]

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March 7, 2018

Spring Craft with Nikki!

Yesterday we got into the spring spirit by making flower pot Easter baskets. All month long we will be making different Easter and spring items to put in them so by Easter our baskets will be filled! The residents really loved picking out all the fun bright decorations to make their basket as unique as they […]

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March 7, 2018

Tea Party with The Girl Scouts!

Troup 456 visited residents at The Inn and Gardens this past weekend to join us for a tea party. Not only did they come but they brought girl scout cookies too! The residents loved getting to enjoy the delicious cookies along with the company of the girls. We hope that our new friends come visit […]

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February 27, 2018

Lilo’s Surprise Birthday Party!

Today we helped Lilo celebrate her birthday by having her favorite person perform; a clown! Mr. Green Jellybean kept all the residents laughing with silly stunts, juggling and making balloon figures. The birthday girl was completely surprised and had a big smile all day! To add to the fun we passed out clown noses to […]

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February 22, 2018

Family Meal at The Gardens

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 […]

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February 20, 2018

President’s Day Cherry Pie Social

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 […]

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February 15, 2018

Impromptu Drive-In Movie

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 […]

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February 15, 2018

Love is in the Air!

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 […]

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February 14, 2018

Pancake Breakfast

To kick off Valentine’s Day, residents from The Inn and Gardens enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast. Rafael, the assisted living Dining Manager, was cooking up fresh pancakes and then topping them with strawberries or blueberries. It was the perfect treat to start off Valentine’s Day!

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February 13, 2018

Mardi Gras!

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 […]

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February 8, 2018

Cowboy Serenade

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 […]

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February 5, 2018

A Special Visit

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 […]

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February 5, 2018

Black & White Dinner

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.

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October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

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 […]

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October 31, 2017

Employee Pumpkin Carving Contest!

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 […]

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October 23, 2017

The Fountain’s Alzheimer’s Walk

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 […]

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October 19, 2017

Making Popcorn Balls

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 […]

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October 19, 2017

Outing to Reid Park Zoo!

Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed todays beautiful weather with a trip to the zoo! We got lucky that today was not too hot so lots of the animals were out. We got to see a lot of different kinds of animals including lions, otters and elephants. We even got to feed the giraffes! […]

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October 2, 2017

Extraordinary Outing to Patagonia Lake State Park

Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful day by Patagonia Lake. While there they enjoyed activities such as painting, nature walks, card games and fishing! They also enjoyed a tasty lunch of potato salad, chips, sandwiches and yummy chocolate cake! It was the perfect way to celebrate the last day of Summer.

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October 2, 2017

Creative Crafts

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!

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September 29, 2017

Chef Demo at The Gardens

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 […]

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August 31, 2017

Luau Resident Choice Meal

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 […]

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August 31, 2017

Hula Dancers!

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!

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August 21, 2017

National Senior Citizens Day

August 21st was an exciting day here at The Fountains. Not only was the historic eclipse happening it was also Senior Citizens Day and we made sure we celebrated! The whole day was filled with all The Inn’s favorite activities. We did manicures in the morning, watched the eclipse, played bingo, drank margaritas and played […]

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August 21, 2017

UNO Tournament!

Residents at The Inn held another UNO tournament and the turn out was great! April in Community Life was dealer and server. There was beer, soda and snacks to have while competing. In the end, it was Flo who was victorious! Her prize was a free lunch for the next lunch out. We can’t wait […]

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August 21, 2017

Outing to the Arizona History Museum

Residents from The Inn & Gardens went on an engaging outing to the Arizona History Museum near the University of Arizona. We learned about life in Arizona throughout the years. We can’t wait to go back and see more exhibits that this amazing museum holds.

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August 4, 2017

Tohono Chul Presentation

Tohono Chul has been coming to give presentations on different topics about our Sonoran Desert. This past presentation was extra special because we learned all about how Native Americans used different plants to survive in the desert. We even got to taste some of the things they would eat like the prickly pear fruit. It was sweet […]

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August 4, 2017

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 2nd was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and residents at The Inn & Gardens celebrated by making their own! They got to choose the cookie and the yummy ice cream for the middle. The most popular ice cream flavor for this sweet messy treat was Mocha Fudge. Yum!

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July 25, 2017

Outing to The Center for Creative Photography

Residents from The Inn & Gardens went to the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. The exhibit featured was the work of Wynn Bullock. It showed all of his creative techniques and his artistic progression through out the years. The residents really enjoyed the exhibit. It was a great way to get out for […]

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July 18, 2017

Reminiscing with Friends

There is nothing better to do on a gloomy day than getting together with friends and pulling out photo albums. That is what the ladies at The Gardens did today and they had a blast! They got to look back on some wonderful memories and talk about them with friends. It’s the little things that […]

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July 17, 2017

Random Act of Kindness

Today residents form the Casitas dropped off scrapbooks for The Gardens residents. The ladies made these books after attending our Alzheimer’s Support Group. They learned that people with Alzheimer’s respond well and enjoy looking at pictures from magazines. The scrapbooks are filled with great photos that The Gardens residents are really enjoying. Thank you so […]

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July 14, 2017

Delicious Family BBQ at The Gardens!

Residents and family members at The Gardens really loved our BBQ yesterday. Dinning Manger Rafael did a great job manning the grill filled with delicious kabobs! The beef tenderloin was tender and cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed asparagus, rice and then peach cobbler! Yum! We can’t wait to taste what he will cook at […]

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July 7, 2017

Watermelon Eating Contest

Residents and staff from The Inn & Gardens participated in a watermelon eating contest. Every year we like to hold this traditional summer game and always have a blast. Prizes were awarded and everyone that cheered them on also got some delicious watermelon to eat!

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