Category: Life at The Town Center – Independent Living

June 2, 2017

June Artist of the Month

At The Fountains, we are surrounded and enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. We could not go along with this mantra without mentioning the June Artist of the Month, Arline Stern (pictured below). Arline started her enjoyment of the arts in the Bronx, NY. She began gracing the art world with her ceramic clay pieces. Shortly […]

June 2, 2017

3 Ways to Engage Residents with Programs that Address their Passions

The following article was featured in McKnight’s Senior Living, published on May 30th, 2017. Author Peggy Beasley, Executive Director of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, was a guest columnist. To read the original article, please click here. If you ask individuals what motivated them to move to an independent or assisted living community, many […]

May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Poolside BBQ

Memorial Day is meant to remember those that passed during active military service for our country. We were able to do this during our Memorial Day Poolside BBQ. We offered a delicious meal for our residents on the pool deck. All of our residents showed up decorated in red, white and blue attire. Some of […]

May 26, 2017

Visit to Solomon’s Castle

As we trekked 30 miles east of Sarasota, we were getting eager to see the magical layout of Solomon’s Castle. We finally arrived at the 90 acre location in Ona, FL. As we walked up to the entrance of the castle, we noticed the glimmering outer walls of the castle. From every angle that you observed at […]

May 22, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Water Aerobics to Influential Rock & Roll to Beginner Spanish to The Art of Mindfulness and even a Butterfly Garden Lecture, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While […]

May 1, 2017

Cultural Fine Arts Excursion to Winter Park, FL

Nineteen of us art loving enthusiasts enjoyed an action packed, two-day cultural arts, charter bus excursion to the beautiful Winter Park, FL area on April 18th & 19th. The trip featured docent-led tours of the historic Alfond Inn contemporary art collection, the Morse Museum – displaying the world’s largest presentation of Louis Comfort Tiffany works, the […]

March 23, 2017

Independent Living Allows Flexibility – Letter to the Editor Published in Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The below letter to the editor was submitted to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, published on March 15th, 2017. To read the original publication, please click here. Independent Living Allows Flexibility As the executive director at the Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, a senior living community in Sarasota, I was surprised and a bit disheartened to read the article […]

January 31, 2017

Lake Pointe Woods Chili Cook-Off

There is no better way to keep warm on a cold afternoon than with chili. Today we had our Annual Chili Cook-Off by the pool. Participating in the event were the following departments: Administration, Marketing, Dining, Nursing and Community Life (Town Center and The Inn), and residents were the judges. Ballots were handed out with instructions on the voting. One sample was handed out […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans Day Ceremony

America is beautiful and we honor the Veterans who have fought and continue fight to keep it that way. Not a dry eye in the room as the video of war hero’s played on the screen. Veterans of the Town Center gathered with The Inn Veterans on this special day to honor each branch of the Armed Forces in […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]

November 8, 2016

Life Lessons Learned by Veterans

An article was recently featured in the Herald-Tribune, published on November 5th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Veterans Share Life Lessons from Military Service For those of us who have never served in the military, it’s hard to fathom the experience. We asked veterans living at The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods […]

September 13, 2016

Fall 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With 30 different classes with everything from Smartphone and Tablet Training to Photography as Art to Movement Magic to How to Play Chess and even Beginner Spanish, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]

May 23, 2016

Summer 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 40 different classes with everything from Balance and Strength to Beer Tasting to Computer Class to Water Aerobics and even Cooking for Canines, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

May 2, 2016

Trip to Saint Augustine

Residents boarded the motor coach departing to St. Augustine early Monday morning. We arrived at the Courtyard Marriott just in time to check in and freshen up. Shortly after, we headed for a private Trolley Tour of the Saint Augustine historic district. There is so much to do and see: the cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, and unique […]

February 2, 2016

Farm-to-Table Dinner

Residents enjoyed a tour of Gamble Creek Farm, a certified organic and hydroponic farm in Parrish, FL, followed by an al fresco Farm-to-Table Dinner. To start, the residents were served salads prepared with organic Mizuna, Mixed Greens and Pomegranate, all harvested that day. The main course featured roast suckling Pig and Chicken, with Cabbage harvested to prepare Cole Slaw, and tender Collard […]

December 16, 2015

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 15th edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. Also, for the first time, we’re pleased to have published an online gallery featuring all the artwork. We’re delighted we […]

November 30, 2015

Sunset Dinner

Town Center residents had a wonderful evening at Turtle Beach with music and dancing, an unforgettable dinner, and a stunning sunset. Dining Services prepared a four-course meal which featured shrimp cocktail, beach-side caesar salad, grilled tri-trip steak served with grilled sweet potato and asparagus. Residents toasted marshmallows for s’mores for dessert!

November 30, 2015

Gardening Club

We strive to make all of our residents happy in any way we can! We hope to do just that with our new Gardening Club. Our first day was a success, the residents enjoyed getting dirty and enjoying the beautiful Florida weather! We of course showed our gratitude of their hard work with a light […]

November 11, 2015

Tribute to Veterans

We honored our Veterans on this 11th day of November at 11:00am in the Key West Auditorium. Our assembly provided a tribute to our Armed Forces.  Donald Bailey, a resident of The Inn, delivered a beautiful remembrance speech of his service to the Marines. We give thanks and honor to all the men and women who have served our […]

November 11, 2015

Town Center Farm-to-Table Dinner

The two day Farm-to-Table event began with a resident trip to Phillippi Farmhouse Market, Sarasota’s only farmers market that requires its vendors to be growers. The residents selected fresh-caught fish, fruits, vegetables, herbs, artisan bread and more! The following evening, dining services presented a pool-side cooking demonstration using the ingredients selected at the farmers market. Nutritional information was provided by Town […]

September 8, 2015

591 Learning Connects our Residents to China

Wendy Kong and Jackie Qian of 591 Learning visited our campus today and assisted two more Town Center residents who have decided to take part in this extraordinary opportunity! Each week, residents are scheduled to speak with his or her student “pen-pal” from China via the internet using video chat to talk about culture, food, interests, hobbies, etc., and the students […]

August 18, 2015

Residents Thrive at Lake Pointe Woods

Each year at Watermark Retirement Communities, residents and associates are recognized for their contributions to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive! This year, Dr. Jules Altenberg was the recipient of the Watermark University Resident Faculty Award. Dr. Altenberg has been passionate about photography since the age of 12! He has been featured at The Fountains as […]

July 13, 2015

Key West Excursion – Two Days in Paradise!

Fountains residents had an unforgettable overnight get-away in Key West, and enjoyed everything from shopping on historic Duval Street & Clinton Street Market at Mallory Square, to seeing what sparked Hemingway’s imagination on a tour of the museum that was his Key West Home. Residents delighted in exceptional dining with live music and took in the beautiful scenery on a […]

June 22, 2015

Big Top Tour – Sarasota’s Circus History

Our guided tour aboard The Fountains bus was both educational and entertaining! We were amazed as we passed dozens of familiar (and not so familiar) locations in Sarasota that have surprising ties to the circus! We learned how John Ringling and his family, colleagues, and successors helped create the cultural and colorful community that Sarasota is today. […]

June 12, 2015

Wedding Day Tea

June gets its name from the ancient Romans in honor of the goddess Juno – patroness of women, marriage and home. Perhaps that is why June is such a popular month for weddings! Fountains residents celebrated with a Wedding Day Tea Party and shared their wedding photos. The photos were on put on display in the […]

April 30, 2015

Meet our Security Team!

At The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods we take security seriously, so we’ve hired the best! This picture of our security team represents a dedicated group of guys that are committed to the safety and security of our residents and the community. Our gated entry is manned by these gentlemen 24 hours a day, every day […]

March 27, 2015

Fountains Wildlife

The wildlife here at the Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods is pretty amazing, and something we all enjoy as we travel throughout the community! We have an active American Bald Eagle nesting here that many of us have seen as they fish from our ponds. Other birds include beautiful Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Cranes and Herons, the occasional […]

March 25, 2015

State Survey Conducted by AHCA

Recently, The Fountains ALF had its annual state survey conducted by AHCA. Its purpose is to inspect the building and how it is run to ensure all policies and procedures outlined by the State of Florida are being followed. We are proud to announce that The Fountains received a “Deficiency-Free” survey, meaning there were no […]

January 15, 2015

Watermark University: “Steal Away” – The Story of a Homestead and an Exoduster

Steal Away is a dramatic one-woman show, which is written and performed by Penny Musco, about a little-known migration of African Americans. The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods is pleased to share that we will host this performance on Monday, January 19th at 11:00am in our Key West Auditorium. Set in 1880, “Steal Away” is told […]

January 9, 2015

Spring 2015 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. More than 50 different classes and events with everything from Acrylic Art Class to Beer Tasting to Computer Basics and even Cooking for Canines. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our residents and associates, we always love having […]

August 6, 2014

Featured Artist: Clyde Foster

Clyde Foster’s love of photography began in the early 1950’s with a point & shoot camera. It wasn’t until last year that he upgraded his equipment, began taking lessons, and started to consider photography as a very serious hobby. He’s gone on to take beautiful photos, including some striking shots of different areas of our […]

June 4, 2014

A Health Fair to Remember

Today’s Health Fair was such a success. We had over 90 residents in attendance and door prizes consisting of $25 gift cards, massage and facial services, goodie baskets, orchids and to one very special guy, a bottle of Grey Goose vodka! The day started out with chair exercises by the lake at 9:00am and continued […]

June 4, 2014

Brunch at the Beach

Our summer Brunch at the Beach continues to be a huge success and many residents have already enjoyed the fellowship, fun in the sun and fabulous food. Come see Ricky Bacher, our Dining Services Director, give a demonstration on paddleboading in the Gulf of Mexico. Sign up for our June 10th outing and see what […]

June 4, 2014

Summer 2014 Watermark University Catalog is Here

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. More than 80 different classes and events with everything from Acrylic Art Class to French Conversation and Reading to Learning Your iPad and even Origami. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our residents and associates, we always […]