Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 10, 2018

The New York Times Features Tucson: The City That Encourages You to Explore

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

December 19, 2017

Creative Exercising

Not everyone loves the word "exercise," but it is important to incorporate movement throughout the day. At our residences we have come up with some creative ways to exercise. One of the activities we started is called Balloon Volleyball. There is always a lot of laughter & fun and it has turned out to be a great […]

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 […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 27, 2017

Turkey Trot

The Inn and Gardens decided to have their own version of a Turkey Trot this holiday season. On Tuesday residents took part in baking and decorating cupcakes to hand-deliver the next day to Watermark staff. The giving spirit was in full swing as residents rode a golf cart to deliver the cupcakes. Staff members were incredibly grateful […]

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 […]