Category: Life at The Fountains

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 […]

August 9, 2017

Apple Pie in July

The Fountains has many traditions that we love all year round, but Apple Pie in July is one of our absolute favorites! Each year, we have a competition to determine who on Boca Ciega Bay makes the best apple pie and, while it’s always a tough job being a judge, this year’s was certainly the hardest! […]

August 1, 2017

Advice for a Happy Marriage

During a recent Happily Ever After Two Chef’s Show, community staff asked residents for their advice on how to have a long and happy marriage. Seeing as though many have been married for over 50 years, they had lots of great advice to share. “Never go to bed with conflict on your mind. Life is too short, […]

July 28, 2017

Christmas in July

Santa Claus swapped his red suit for swimming trunks and a bottle of sunscreen on Boca Ciega! We’re five months away from Christmas, but that didn’t keep us from rocking around the Christmas tree! Surrounded by palm trees and sand, our Auditorium was decked out in the traditional holiday fashion with a Florida twist. Buckets […]

July 10, 2017

Girl Scouts Cookie Eating Contest & Fundraiser for Watermark For Kids

We’ve supported our local Girl Scout troop this year by buying an abundance of cookies during cookie season. We put those cookies to good use with a good ol’ cookie eating contest! We asked residents, associates and visitors to drop their spare change into the jars with the candidates pictures at the front desk for […]

May 5, 2017

Gibbs High School Special Needs Talent Show

While the arts are important for all students, it’s crucial for those with special needs. Artistic activities directly exercise and strengthen the cognitive and physical skills that generally challenge special needs children. Gibbs High School is known for their impressive performing arts program and their special needs students are no exception. The Fountains is lucky […]

April 28, 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 more than 100 different classes with everything from Wii Bowling Basics to Water Aerobics to Watercolor Painting to Summer Science and even Nature Photography, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]

April 10, 2017

The Inn’s Spring Family BBQ

Spring means it was time for our quarterly Family Night for our Assisted Living neighborhood! The weather was perfect with spring upon us, and what better way to enjoy it than with a cook-out put on by our chefs in the courtyard while mingling with family, The Fountains Team and residents. The night was surely a gorgeous […]

April 4, 2017

Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Recognizes Donation Efforts to Women’s Shelter

Residents and associates from The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay collected items to donate to a local domestic abuse women’s shelter in the community. Together, we ended up donating over $200 worth of items that weighed over 130 pounds! We had our Gardens, Inn, and Town Center residents accompany us to deliver the items. On […]

March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day

According to their website, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s celebrated in different ways using themes specific to the organization planning the event. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Observed […]

January 6, 2017

Spring 2017 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 90 different classes with everything from Veteran’s Club to Pinterest Planning & Productions to Meditation Hour to Fountains FunMakers and even Fishing Frenzy, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

December 16, 2016

Holly Trolley Jolley Ride!

Hang on to your knickers, The Fountain’s went on one amazing ride! Every year, we do the holiday lights tour at the famous Lake Park Estates neighborhood, where almost every single house is decorated and the nightly event is sponsored by Hospice. The last few years have been a little difficult to see with our bus […]

December 8, 2016

National Calendar Features 98 Year Old Resident, Homer Prentice

An article was recently published in the Tampa Patch, located at on December 6th 2016. To read the full article, please click here. Homer Prentice, a resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay has been featured in the Expressions 2017 Calendar, an award-winning calendar that celebrates active aging and the arts. His oil […]

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 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 7, 2016

Pokemon, Go!

Town Center resident, Mary Cordary, believes in having fun everyday. What started about two months ago when her Grandson, Andrew, who was going to Pokemon tournaments on the Beach and had requested his grandma to make him a Snorlax, has turned into quite the array of Pokemon creatures! Each Pokemon takes about two days to […]

November 3, 2016

Fountains Funmakers Performance

Our Fountains Funmakers made their debut in October with a fantastic performance of an original production called “The Dining Experience.” The Funmakers originated at The Fountains in 2010 and had successful gatherings that produced music and laughter. The group fizzled after a few years, but was sparked back to life thanks to a push by […]

October 31, 2016

Apiculture: The Art of Beekeeping

To honor National Honey Month, we invited the Pinellas Bee Keepers Association to our community for an interesting look at these amazing creatures. They are a volunteer run organization dedicated to the preservation, assisting with the removal of bees to safe locations, and offer the community training opportunities to learn about bees and go through […]

October 31, 2016

Sunset Beach Stroll

The northern states may see the leaves changing colors, but here in Florida, the slight breeze in the air signals autumn for us and we relish every moment! We took an evening stroll along beautiful St. Pete Beach to admire the setting sun and the cool (low 80s!) weather. We took off our shoes and […]

September 27, 2016

Thanking our Local Heroes

Pay it forward is a phrase used to convey the passage of good deeds onto others after receiving your own. The Fountains is grateful for all of our local heroes – firefighters, paramedics, police officers – and we wanted to show our appreciation and pay it forward for all of their kindness by creating care […]

September 12, 2016

The Fountains Olympics!

Every four years, we get to tune into our televisions and watch as the world’s most impressive athletes compete in the Olympic games. This year’s games in August were held in Rio, but they weren’t the only Olympics being held! The Fountains held our own competition to see who’s the best of the best on […]

September 8, 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 more than 100 different classes with everything from Writer’s Workshop to Water Aerobics to Holiday Floral Arrangements to Mom’s Sweet Recipes and even Healthy Smoothies, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

August 3, 2016

Apple Pie in July 2016

Before July was over, we put our baking mitts on and created some delicious apple pies. We held our 6th annual Apple Pie in July contest on July 14th. This year we had a total of eight contestants who were required to bake two separate pies. One would be judged on appearance and the other […]

June 30, 2016

Under the Sea

We’ve got no troubles down in the bubbles Under the Sea! The Seaweed is said to be greener in somebody else’s lake, but The Fountain’s has the greenest seaweed around! Our Mermaids and Mermen casted their sunscreen aside and broke out their flippers! It’s better down where it’s wetter, and we’re ready to embrace the […]

June 10, 2016

An Extraordinary Glamping Trip

We braved the indecisive weather and spent a night “Glamping” at Westgate River Ranch, located near Lake Whales, with residents from The Inn and The Gardens and an awesome team of five associates! This type of glamorous camping makes all other camping seem drab! With plush mattresses inside a canvas covered tent, comfortable furniture, a […]

June 9, 2016

2016 Expressions Art Show

Each year, The Fountains hosts our Expressions Art Show which gives our most talented residents an opportunity to showcase their incredible works of art. This year’s collection featured over 50 pieces of art in a variety of mediums. From counted cross stitch to oil paintings and everything in between, every type of art was represented […]

April 29, 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 100 different classes with everything from Zumba to Wine Making to Water Aerobics to Spanish 101 and even Soap Making, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, […]

April 25, 2016

Fountains Book Buddies

An article was recently published in the Tampa Bay Newswire on Friday, April 21st, 2016 on To see the entire article, please click here. Residents of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay have started a new intergenerational reading partnership with preschoolers from Temple Beth-El. On April 15th residents from The Town Center, The Inn […]

March 31, 2016

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Spring has sprung, and new life has begun! Resident and associates families and friends came to celebrate Easter early with an Easter Egg-stravaganza in our beautiful courtyard. It’s amazing how many kids can find over 200 hidden Easter eggs in less than ten minutes, but can’t find their shoes! While the kiddos were busy finding […]

March 22, 2016

Learning to Sign

Our Watermark University catalog provides opportunities for our residents to learn about different foods, cultures and skills they may have always been interested in, but maybe never pursued or always wanted to gain more knowledge of. It’s also an opportunity for our associates to share their passions. Our Community Life Director, Melissa Goodnow, has a […]

February 17, 2016

Mardi Gras Madness

What do you get when you combine a centuries-old Catholic tradition with a bit of French culture, baubles, beads, parade floats, hot jazz, masked revelers, and a city that knows how to laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)? You get Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Our Mardi Gras Masquerade was an affair […]

February 2, 2016

Toga! Toga! Toga!

We embraced our inner Gods and Goddesses and took a trip to ancient Greece where togas and gold wreath crowns were the fashion and the Acropolis was the place to be. The Auditorium was transformed into a Mediterranean scene with Mount Olympus and ivory and gold draped around the ancient ruins. We kicked off the […]

February 2, 2016

Israel: An Inside Look

Within its small perimeter, Israel packs in abundant riches, from cherished religious sites and plentiful archaeological treasures to spectacular natural wonders. Holy Land to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this is where biblical place names like Jerusalem and the Galilee come vibrantly alive. Our Executive Director, Suzanne, and her husband and community Pastor, Paul Burtzlaff, took […]

January 29, 2016

Mismatched Monday with Sundaes

The best way to start the week off is with a day to wear your most mismatched outfit! Our residents and associates mixed polka dots and stripes, clashing colors, and there were a whole lot of “worst dressed” for our Mismatched Monday with Sundaes Social. From our shirts to our socks, we went all out. We mixed and […]

January 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

The King of Rock and Roll would have been 81 on January 8th so we had to celebrate his life in a true Boca Ciega Bay style. We kicked off the morning with a presentation all about Elvis and his amazing life and rise to fame. In the afternoon, it was time for the jailhouse […]

January 12, 2016

A Perfect Game

Ernie Otto has been an avid team player of The Fountains’ Wii bowling team, Boca Bowls for the Gold. He has made it part of his weekly regiment to host team practices to keep his skills intact. That practice sure does pay off, as he has had yet another perfect score! Most of us are […]

January 5, 2016

Spring 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 85 different classes with everything from Baking Club to American Sign Language to Drum Circle to Cell Phone Basics and even Improvisational Acting Class, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

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 […]

December 11, 2015

The Ugliest Two Chefs Show

December’s Two Chef’s show was the ugliest one we’ve ever had! To be clear, we are not calling our lovely Chefs ugly, just their choice of apparel! The Holiday Season would not be complete without an opportunity to break out that ridiculously over-decorated, tacky Christmas sweater. The more glitter and lights, the better! One of […]

November 10, 2015

Monster Mash Halloween Bash

We waited year long for just such a night, to practice mayhem, mischief and other such frights! This Monster Mash Bash was certainly worth the wait. Residents and associates came dressed in their Halloween best with some of the most unique costume ideas we’ve seen yet! From Assisted Living showing their true colors with the […]

October 12, 2015

A Roasted Harvest Feast!

Our wonderful Chefs sure do love to feed our community, and once a month they show their love and appreciation for the culinary arts to a room full of residents as they wine and dine them before their eyes! Chef Cathy and Chef Johnny pull out all the stops to cook a feast before the […]

October 8, 2015

Two Chefs Tour through Deutschland

This year, Oktoberfest technically started on September 19th and ran through October 4th, but The Fountains is celebrating throughout the whole month! The first event was a Deutschland themed Two Chefs – our monthly cooking show where we sample a three course meal with accompanying wine/beer. The beer was overflowing and was served by our associates […]

September 30, 2015

Hello October!

A new month is here! Check out all of the happenings in October at The Fountains! » Town Center October Activities Calendar » Town Center October Thrive Newsletter » The Inn October Activities Calendar » The Inn October Thrive Newsletter » The Gardens October Activities Calendar » The Gardens October Thrive Newsletter

September 10, 2015

Down, Set, Hike!

Today marks the official kick off to the NFL season and The Fountains celebrated with a tailgate party for our Two Chefs Cooking Show. Before the Steelers take on the Patriots our Fountain’s associates served up delicious game day ready food. With a three course meal that would feel right at home at a parking lot tailgate […]

August 31, 2015

Fall 2015 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 85 different classes with everything from Yoga to Wine Tasting 101 to Understanding Computer Basics and even Music & Movement, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught […]

August 26, 2015

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s Fundraisers

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Residents of The Gardens have been leaders in helping to raise money to support this important cause. Tashaye Johnson, Activities Assistant for The Gardens, has organized successful events that have contributed over $400 […]

August 26, 2015

Apple Pie in July

This year marked the 5th annual Apple Pie in July contest and it certainly didn’t disappoint! With 10 contestants there were a variety of pies to choose from: traditional pies, cheesecake pies, Haitian style pie and more. Our judges definitely had their work cut out for them. This year we welcomed back firefighters from the South […]

August 26, 2015

Pajama Party

Who says you have to get all dressed up for a party? The Fountains threw a pajama party reminiscent of sleepovers of years past. We donned our favorite pair of PJs and slippers and gathered in the Auditorium for some not so sleepy fun. The Just Us Duo kept us moving on the dance floor […]

July 29, 2015

Veterans Get Together

July brings with it warmer days and patriotic parties outside in the fresh air. It’s also the month of an important holiday: Independence Day. The Fountains celebrated the Fourth of July with fun parties and events that brought us back to summers of barbeques and sunshine. The parties were fun and the hot dogs were great, but our […]

July 9, 2015

Assisted Living Celebrates Success – Deficiency Free by AHCA

We are elated to report that Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) found The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay in full compliance and deficiency free during its most recent survey in May 2015. This agency regulates all Assisted Living communities in the state of Florida, conducting biannual surveys to measure how well each one […]

June 25, 2015

Health and Fun Fair

Our health and fun fair is underway! With a variety of vendors that cater to health and wellness, our residents have a chance to ask questions, browse or shop. It’s an environment of education, relaxation and fun! Some of our vendors include Walgreens, Mary Kay, Bayada Home Care, CVS, Mountcastle Vein Center and more.

June 25, 2015

Totally Tiki Luau Party

The Fountains brought the beach inside for a Luau party of Polynesian proportions! With plenty of tiki torches, hula dancers and steel drums, our auditorium became a tropical paradise. Our residents and associates got in on the fun with leis and a couple rounds on the dance floor that worked up an appetite – luckily […]

June 18, 2015

Just Keep Swimming!

Staying active is a way to keep our minds and bodies healthy, but as we age, getting on a treadmill or even taking a walk around the park can be a struggle. Stiff joints, arthritis and other ailments can keep us from getting the movement our bodies need. Here at The Fountains at Boca Ciega […]

June 15, 2015

2015 Expressions Art Show

Every year, Watermark creates a calendar that is comprised of resident artwork across all of their communities. Each community hosts an art show to display the magnificent works of art that our residents have created. This year’s art show at The Fountains held in May was a huge success! We had over 40 pieces of […]

April 20, 2015

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Sometimes it’s the little things like helping clean up after a party or leading a card club. Other times, it’s teaching a Watermark University course and spending hours creating an interesting lesson or being a member of Resident Council working to make The Fountains a great place to live. Every day our resident volunteers help […]

April 2, 2015

Professional Luau Event

The Fountains held a poolside luau for our professional healthcare partners! Throughout the luau, we also held a fundraiser for Lauren Phillips. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who helped by supplying a raffle item. A special thanks to Sue Castonay for the beautiful jewelry. All proceeds raised went to the fundraiser and […]

March 18, 2015

A Three Hour Tour

The best part of living on Boca Ciega Bay is the proximity to the water. With boat rides all around the intercostal, you could definitely say there are no nautical novices here. This month, our boat trip took us out and around Boca Ciega Bay with stops to admire frolicking dolphins and take in the […]

February 26, 2015

Mad for March!

The year is flying by! This weekend brings a new month and a whole new calendar of activities. With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, outings and fascinating Watermark University classes, we can’t wait for March madness! Check out our Thrive newsletter and calendar. There’s always something to do on Boca Ciega Bay! » March Thrive Newsletter […]