Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]