Category: Life at The Town Center – Independent Living

February 11, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

February 1, 2019

New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Fountains rung in 2019 by throwing an unforgettable celebration. On New Year's Eve, the Key West Auditorium was transformed into a magnificent party atmosphere. Sparkling lights and festive decorations lit up the night of December 31st. The doors opened at 7:00pm and the room was soon filled with music, laughter and merriment. Adorned with fun party favors and beautiful […]

January 24, 2019

Chorus of The Keys

The Fountains of Lake Pointe Woods was honored to be able to host The famous Chorus of The Keys on January 12th. The Chorus of The Keys proudly presented their 70th Annual Show at The Fountains with over 30 quartet members. The Chorus was directed by International Gold Medal Winner Drew Kirkman, and they recently placed […]

January 14, 2019

Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods Resident Lands Calendar Cover

At age 86, artist, William Blumenstein, is featured in the 2019 Expressions Calendar for the month of July. The Expressions Calendar is an award winning calendar that celebrates active aging and the arts. His watercolor painting titled "Quiet Waters," was selected from entries nationwide to be included in the full-color wall calendar.The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, […]

January 3, 2019

Spring 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 […]

December 10, 2018

Fashion Show Luncheon

Resident Kay Day planned and hosted a fashion show on Tuesday, December 4th. The show featured styles from local boutique A 'Tu. The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods residents starred as the models, and we even had a surprise guest appearance by Move-In Coordinator, Sydney! The Dining Room staff provided a beautiful lunch and a […]

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 6, 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 3, 2018

Yom Kippur Resident Tradition

On September 19th, Sarasota residents were celebrating Yom Kippur – the day of atonement after the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. On this holiday, Jews ask God for forgiveness of their sins. It is also typical to fast from sundown to sundown the next day. On the evening of September 19th, a break-fast meal is […]

October 3, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Game

As we left the Lobby to make our way to Tropicana Field, we were all decked out in our favorite team's attire. Hats, jackets and jerseys. You name it, one of us was wearing it. The chatter during the drive to the stadium included who everyone thought would come out victorious between the Cleveland Indians […]

August 23, 2018

Fall 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 20 different classes with everything from Chair Yoga to Yiddish Language & Jewish Culture to Photography as Art to Essential Oil Play Dough and even Understanding Dreams, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. […]

June 21, 2018

Overnight Excursion to West Palm Beach

We jetted off to West Palm Beach for our first Extraordinary Outing of 2018! We left The Fountains on June 13th and returned on June 14th. We stayed at the luxurious Chesterfield West Palm Hotel, where glorious Palm Beach architecture was blended with timeless English values. This was an oasis of old-world charm, in each of the rooms and suites the unique statement of luxury […]

June 5, 2018

June Artist of the Month

At The Fountains, we are surrounded and enriched by extraordinary talented residents. Mary Paul who moved to Sarasota from Maine in 2007, paints in oil, watercolor and mixed media. From an early age, painting and drawing were part of her life. Her childhood was surrounded by creativity both at home and school. She received formal training […]

May 23, 2018

A Bookworm’s Dream Becomes Reality at The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods

An article was recently published on Sarasota Patch on May 11th, 2018. To read the full article, please click here. Fiction, drama, thriller, history – you name it, they’ve stocked it. Every reader is sure to enjoy The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods’ community library thanks to the help of resident volunteers and a dedicated […]

May 18, 2018

Brunch on the Beach

On May 10th we were finally able to have our Brunch on the Beach. It was a lovely, sunny morning fit for a perfect beach outing. In the past we have visited Turtle Beach Pavilion, but this year we were able to utilize the beautiful outdoor space provided by Mr. and Mrs. Grubb's Cabana. The […]

April 26, 2018

Summer 2018 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 Snacks Around the World to Gemstone Jewelry Workshop to Making Your Own Sweet Smells to Beginner Spanish and even Foreign Affairs, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]

March 26, 2018

Sipping on Spirits: Vodka

We hosted another magnificent Watermark University class on Wednesday, March 21st at 3:00pm called Sipping on Spirits. This class discussed a spirit that many are aware of, Vodka! Chef Bryan Allen was able to give us the history of vodka and different types to choose from. He also gave us a description of what it […]

March 20, 2018

Bok Tower Gardens

Looking up at the 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon is an experience like no other. We were able to celebrate Valentine's Day at this one of a kind location! We were greeted at the entrance gate and given the history of the grounds. The tower was designed by famed architect Milton B. […]

March 19, 2018

March Artist of the Month

This month's featured artist is Donna Starnes. Donna started painting with acrylics as an adult with no formal training in art except art appreciation courses in college. She also had a longtime love of art. This year she ventured to try a few new techniques. One was a pair of portraits, done in a monochromatic scheme. In […]

February 9, 2018

Sipping on Spirits with Paul

Do you have any idea how bourbon is made? Our residents that attended the Sipping on Spirits with Paul presentation now do! A group of twenty residents were able to experience the crisp, smooth taste of Knob Creek Bourbon and hear the history of bourbon as well. Chef Paul allowed everyone that attended to sample this […]

February 9, 2018

February Artist of the Month

This month's featured artist is Jay Rabow. Jay was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He owned a successful manufacturing business for packing materials. At the age of 51, he retired and travelled on his 41 ft. sailboat to find a place to settle. Jay found Sarasota to be the most cultured, musical and relaxing. […]

January 30, 2018

Chef Surprise!

Residents were able to enjoy a tasty treat during dinner on Thursday, January 25th. The dining team prepared a delicious Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche. The cooked shrimp and scallops were marinated in a fresh lime broth and tomatoes, cilantro and avocado were added to complete the dish. The appetizer was garnished with crunchy tortilla chips. This was […]

January 17, 2018

January Artist of the Month

This month, we featured Jules Altenberg as the Artist of the Month specifically for his collage works on the Flim Flam performances. The Flim Flam performance was founded in 2012 by Barbara Cornell, Pat Beggan and Cliff Bermann. Their hope and desire was to offer some kind of theater performance because we have so many talented […]

December 15, 2017

Spring 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 20 different classes with everything from Art of Mindfulness to Sipping on Spirits with Paul to Poetry Class to Opera Lecture: Carmen and even Understanding Dreams, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

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

Expressions Calendar Winners!

We are surrounded by many resident artists here at The Fountains. The Expressions Calendar is an award-winning calendar that celebrates active aging and the arts. We were able to have many submissions and even a few winners! Arline Stern submitted a mosaic "Self Portrait" that will be featured on a portion of the front cover. […]

November 8, 2017

Making the Best of the Worst – A Story of Courage and Kindness

Now that we can truly say we’ve weathered the storm, and have since gotten back to filling our days with happy hours, themed parties, Watermark University classes, extraordinary outings and delicious dining, we'd like to take this time to reflect on Hurricane Irma and send a sincere thank you to all of those who heroically […]

November 8, 2017

November Artist of the Month

At The Fountains, we are enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. Meet this month's artist, Kathy McKenzie. Kathy decided at the age of 50 to try her hand at "Art"! She signed up for a drawing class through the local adult education program. There she met an old acquaintance who convinced her to join her at […]

October 12, 2017

Farm to Table Dining

We welcomed fall with our first Farm to Table event of the season. After shopping most of the morning away at the Philippi Creek Farmer's Market, Chef Paul and his staff began prepping the Thai inspired menu for the evening. As the residents began to fill the tables on the pool deck, the appetizer was presented […]

October 9, 2017

Oktoberfest Celebration!

Happy Oktoberfest from The Fountains! On October 4th, our residents at The Inn and Town Center neighborhoods were able to enjoy the best of this German experience. During Happy Hour, our residents indulged in pretzels with a beer cheese dip, puff pastry wrapped sausage with a cheese and mustard dipping sauce and a variety of German […]

September 21, 2017

Titanic Tribute Dinner

We were able to take a culinary adventure aboard the Fountains Titanic Tribute Dinner. Dining Services was able to take us through a Titanic inspired menu during this dinner. The residents taste buds were tingling with all of the amazing courses that were presented. The course included a chilled asparagus salad, roasted duck breast and […]

September 14, 2017

State of the Community

September 14, 2017 Dear Residents, As is our practice of keeping you informed, we just wanted to give you a state of the community update, as of today: All staffing is at a normal level. Café del Sol will be open starting on Thursday for lunch. Normal food service at the Town Center starts on Thursday. […]

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Dear Family Members and Friends of Our Community, As part of our preparation for the coming storm, we have established a 24-hour toll free number you can use to obtain information about our community and residents in the event our local phone number is inoperable. The number is 1-888-694-4517. Rest assured we have been preparing […]

September 5, 2017

September Artist of the Month

At The Fountains, we are enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. Stepping out from behind his camera lens this month is Jules Altenberg. Jules was tucked away in his father's darkroom starting at the age of 12. After assisting with the development process, he decided it was time to purchase his own 35 mm camera. […]

August 25, 2017

Chef’s S’mores Tart Surprise

Surprise: an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing. The residents were in fact astonished Thursday night when Chef Paul did a Chef surprise! The treat he served was a S'mores Tart. He started with a graham cracker crust, filled with Godiva chocolate mousse. Chef Paul finished this delicious, sweet treat with a marshmallow topping that […]

August 24, 2017

School Supply Drive

The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods recently held a School Supply Drive for their associates' children. They were able to provide supplies for 47 children with their efforts. Items collected included backpacks, lunch boxes and various supplies. The community held various fundraising activities to purchase the supplies and also received donations from associates. To view […]

August 21, 2017

Kitchen Tour

Our very own Chef Paul brought back the Kitchen Tours to this month's menu! This experience gives our residents a first hand look into where the delectable creations are prepared and served at each meal. Chef Paul offers this interactive tour for those that have questions about how things are prepared, where they are prepared […]

August 9, 2017

August Artist of the Month

Taking the stage this month is Susan Augenthaler. She is fascinated by the detail and texture she can capture when working in pastels, acrylics and charcoals. As you can see below, her work comes to life with the detail she presents on her canvases. Susan started studying and drawing in Southold, New York in 1986. […]

July 6, 2017

4th of July Poolside BBQ

All of our Town Center residents joined in celebrating the 4th of July at our Poolside BBQ. The scrumptious menu started with shrimp ceviche, spring mixed salad and fruit salad. We continued the feast with an array of hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken drumsticks, mac & cheese and confetti corn. The BBQ was topped off with a […]

July 6, 2017

July Artist of the Month – Resident Lyn Jacobson

At The Fountains, we are enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. Lyn Jacobson is the July resident Artist of the Month, displaying her interesting array of watercolor paintings. She gained a love for both journalism and art over the years. Lyn ultimately focused on art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Lyn was rewarded and recognized […]

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 […]