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 […]
Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla
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 […]
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 […]
Here at The Inn and The Gardens, we are in the festive spirit, thanks to our friends from Bayada. Marianne and Jo came in to help residents decorate their walkers and wheelchairs. From tinsel to jingle bells, everyone is sure in the spirit! Residents stuck around to visit with one another as everyone was getting […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]
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 […]
Oktoberfest was in full swing at The Inn! Residents enjoyed German Beer and Pretzels as they listened to a live polka band, The Bouncing Czech's. Residents were up dancing and having a great time! We can't wait to celebrate another fun filled day here!
With Halloween approaching, residents at The Inn & Gardens were preparing for the ghosts and ghouls that will be arriving soon. Residents got together for a trip to a local pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins that we then brought back to the community to carve. Residents were getting creative with ideas of what type of […]
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 […]
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 […]
Watermark Retirement Communities was ranked among Fortune Magazine’s top places to work in Aging Services. We are proud to be part of Watermark and we thank our associates for bestowing this accolade on The Fountains at La Cholla. Many of the companies featured on the list operate with fewer than 250 employees. Watermark employs over 5,800 […]
In preparation for our Alzheimer's Walk in November, The Garden's sure has been busy! Residents from The Gardens began making thank you cards and purple tye-dye shirts for those who donate to support the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter. Wayne's family donated shirts and his great-grand kids even came by to help! This sure was […]
Come join in on all the spook-tacular fun at The Fountains this October. If you're seeking a new Watermark University class, social gathering or Fountains committee to get involved in, look no further! October at The Fountains is a month full of exciting programs that we are sure you will find something that will pique […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Grandparents Day was in full swing at The Fountains! On Sunday, we had the Classic Chevy Car Club stop by. This group brought 15 different vehicles for us all to see. Residents from the Town Center, The Inn, The Gardens and The Casitas were able to have a great time taking a look at these […]
On the fourth Thursday of every month, Marianne, along with her Bayada team, comes to us to discuss Health related topics. Every session is filled with information that can help all of us ensure our well-being. On August 30th, she discussed one of the seven dimensions of well-being: Environmental. She talked about different things we […]
On Wednesday, August 22nd, we celebrated Hawaii by hosting our very own Luau! Hula Dancers from Hula Halau O'Ualani came to perform for us! Residents from The Inn and Gardens enjoyed the show and afterwards got to join the dancers on stage to learn a hula dance themselves. This took all of us back and […]
On Tuesday, we had the group Step Up into T.L.C join us in the morning to visit with some extraordinary horses! We had a giant named Wally, and a miniature named Buddy come to visit with us on the front patio. Many of us enjoyed petting and brushing their manes. Dr. Bob, a former veterinarian for […]
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 […]
Come join us as we celebrate our annual Hawaiian Luau! We are having hula dancers, a hula hoop contest and a delicious luau meal! See you there!
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 […]
In honor of Gorgeous Grandma Day, July 23rd, we had a glamour party, with the help of Bayada, for all the gorgeous ladies here at The Inn & Gardens. We served cookies, champagne and peach iced tea for the ladies to enjoy. Bayada provided all kinds of glamorous props like faux furs, wraps, pearls, tiaras, gloves […]
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 […]
Happy 4th of July! We had a blast this 4th of July at The Inn & Gardens. We started our day with a patriotic pancake social! Rafael prepared fresh made-to-order pancakes that came with strawberry and blueberry toppings. Later we tested our knowledge of history with some 4th of July themed trivia. To make the […]
Come join in on all the fun going on in July!
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 […]
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 […]
Come spend your summer with us! We have a plethora of offerings including musical performances, happy hours and our first ever over night outing!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Come join in on all the fun this month!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Foodies, Hikers and Art lovers alike come to get their fill in one place, all right here in Tucson, Arizona. At first thought Tucson may seem like your standard desert town, a mixture of mountains and cacti sprawled about, sprinkled with wildlife here and there while decorated by mom and pop stores complimented with a […]
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 […]
April brings an abundance of choices in extraordinary events here at The Fountains!
Wishing all of you a Happy Easter! We had a delicious Easter Brunch that was enjoyed by families and friends. The food was spectacular!
April is full of great programs to be apart of!
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. […]