Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla

January 7, 2020

Spring 2020 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

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 […]

August 26, 2019

Fall 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

June 25, 2019

Longest Day Celebration!

The Fountain's Longest Day Celebration was a huge hit! On the first day of summer, June 21st, we came together as a community to raise money for the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. On this day, we celebrated all day long with many programs to raise awareness and donations. We started the day with […]

June 10, 2019

Caregivers at The Fountains

The Fountains caregivers are caring, compassionate and committed. Caregiving is not for the faint of heart, but rather for those with a very caring heart. It’s the compassionate care of our residents every day, but so much more that makes Fountains caregivers unique and special. On a daily basis our caregivers may go to retrieve […]

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 […]

May 2, 2019

Arizona Daily Star Honors Local, Active Centenarian from The Fountains at La Cholla

Resident Glen Brady, 99, was on the front page of the Arizona Daily Star as being one of the honorees celebrating Tucson residents who have reached 100 years old. Tucson Medical Center and Pima Council on Aging have been hosting the Centenarians events for the past 32 years. The annual Salute to Centenarians, "Engage at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

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 […]

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 […]

October 29, 2018


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!

October 29, 2018

Carving Pumpkins

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

September 10, 2018

Classic Chevy Car Show

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 […]

August 30, 2018

Health Talks with BAYADA

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 […]

August 23, 2018

Hula Dancers

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 […]

August 16, 2018

Horse Therapy Visit

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 […]

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 […]

July 24, 2018

Gorgeous Grandma Day!

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 […]

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 […]

July 5, 2018

4th of July Fun!

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 […]