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 […]
Category: Life at The Fountains at La Cholla
Friday, residents were really getting into the holiday spirit! We had a walker & wheelchair decorating station. Residents got to choose their favorite holiday décor to show off on their walkers & wheelchairs.
We visited The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum this month and learned much about the early settlers of Tucson. The museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. We explored the presidio and saw how Tucsonan settlers would have lived. This was an informative opportunity to learn more about the roots of the Sonoran Desert.
Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and Miracles. The word means "to dedicate". On Chanukah, the Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple only to find enough oil to light the eternal lamp for one day, miraculously the oil lasted for eight days. We light a candle on the menorah each night […]
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 […]
This is our favorite time of year here at The Fountains as we gather with friends and family enjoying the celebrations the season brings. We extend warm wishes for joyous holidays and a New Year that brings much happiness and peace to you!
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 […]
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 […]
All Souls Day or Dia de los Muertos is traditionally observed on November 2nd in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, but in recent years, multicultural public celebrations have spread to communities and cities around the world. The holiday honors the departed souls of loved ones with decorated altars, photos, elaborate paper cutouts and […]
Salpointe, one of our local community schools, choose our community to have senior students visit and meet with our residents. The four lovely students spent two days with us. Both mornings they were available for residents to drop in for a GET SMART consult. Residents bring their smart devices, phones, tablets and laptops and the […]
Come join in on all the fun this month!
We had the most fun celebrating Halloween with a costume contest, delicious food and great company! Folks dressed up and we held a contest for the most creative, scariest and most fun. It was hard to choose as all the costumes were fantastic! We had tricks, treats, and the best homemade pumpkin cookies - thank […]
November is filled with celebration and abundant in exciting things to do! Look through the November Thrive Newsletter for descriptions of classes and events in our community.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Holiday Fund was started at The Fountains in 1987 by residents who wanted to acknowledge the associates during the holiday season. Today the Holiday Fund continues to raise funds that are disturbed to associates before the holidays. The generosity of the residents makes a difference for associates and their families during the holidays. Yvonne Shallenbeger has been the […]
The Arizona Jewish Post mentioned The Fountains in an article dedicated to sharing how senior living communities in Tucson help residents stay connected to Judais. “I have a great passion for enabling the residents to celebrate Shabbat and the holidays,” says Abbie Stone, community life director at The Fountains at La Cholla. Stone organizes celebrations […]
Today we were fortunate to have the renown lecturer Vivian Weede who shared the highlights of the composer's life. Puccini was a great musician and an impassioned composer who had an extraordinary genius for melody. We listened to the incredible voices of Soprano Vanessa Salaz, Tenor Francisco Renteria and Baritone Larry Alexander who all perform […]
Last Saturday we celebrated the talented and dedicated residents who dance every Saturday afternoon with a special event showcasing their ballroom dance routines. We gathered together and enjoyed the rhythm, tunes and most of all watching our friends and neighbors perform. It was an afternoon of Dancing with the Stars!
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 […]
We have a month full of exciting and extraordinary things to do!
It is the start of the holiday season and we have lots of fun activities planed to get you in the spirit! Between Oktoberfest, U of A homecoming and Halloween we have many reasons to celebrate.
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!
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 […]
Rabbi Tom Louchheim of Or Chadash congregation joined us today to share with is the meaning and traditions celebrated at Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish holiday marking the first and second days of the Jewish year. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 20th and continues through nightfall on September 22nd. It’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish […]
A very talented group of residents have been meeting every Friday afternoon with Norah Booth, a published author who has provided coaching in this very popular Watermark University offering. Last Friday we had the opportunity to have them share their work. Thirteen writers participated. The group is currently in the process of writing a collection of […]
Many of us gathered Sunday afternoon to meet the talented women celebrating 25 years of dedication and love for making sweaters. They recently hit a milestone of making over 10,000 sweaters through the years. Each sweater is given to child here in Tucson. It was a great pleasure to join in honoring the generosity of this […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
Come join us for these last days of Summer as we celebrate with yummy lunch outings, educational Watermark University classes and an extraordinary outing to Patagonia State Park!
We are off to a great start with the ever popular Holiday Fund Special: French Bread Chili Bowl, followed the next day with our Labor Day BBQ buffet and sing-along. Later in the month we honor the talented Fountains Knitters as they celebrate their 25th anniversary of knitting and crocheting sweaters that are donated locally to underserved children. The sweaters […]
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 […]
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!
Last Thursday evening we held our second Wine and Paint event. Nikki Bellio our very talented art instructor planned an extraordinarily creative evening for us. We took colored tissue paper placed it on a wet canvas, and abstractly or intentionally creating a design. The water allowed for the colors to bled through on the canvas. The results were incredible. […]
On this past Monday morning, residents and associates joined resident Bill Lofquist and Ernie Smith to learn and safely view the extraordinary eclipse. Bill who is an active member of the local Astronomer’s Club shared Alex Filipenko's, Ph.D., video, “Glorious Total Eclipses”. Ernie shared a poem she had written about previous eclipses she has viewed […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Join us this August for all the fun and exciting activities we have to offer!
This August we are having a luau theme! Come join in on all the fun and see what fun holidays we are celebrating this month!
Once again we set out on a great adventure, we headed north to Scottsdale our destination ODYSEA, the new aquarium. Our tour followed a drop of water as it falls from the sky and flows into the lakes and rivers, finding it's way to the shores and into the great oceans. When we entered the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
We started celebrating Independence Day with a pancake breakfast. The morning started off with Cassidy Peeples and Abbie Stone leading a very historic and parotic game of trivia in our lobby. At 7:30am the Catalina Dining Room opened it doors to a festive room with delicious food and patriotic music. The dining room was decorated and breakfast was […]
For the 4th of July we had residents at The Inn & Gardens help make some patriotic decorations. They always enjoy doing crafts and always make beautiful creations. The ladies loved painting and picking out the fun ribbon to really make their stars shine! It was the perfect way to work up an appetite for […]
Today the residents at The Gardens got their iPods back from our friends at SAACA, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliances. We have had this program at The Gardens for over a year but with so many new residents we had SAACA come back to interview and show them how to use their iPods. Each […]
Residents at The Inn really enjoyed our patriotic spin on bingo. April read clues about Washington D.C. that related to a picture on the players cards. Not only did they have fun but they learned new things about our nations capital! Lots of the residents knew the answers and talked about their trips they've taken […]