Resident Irma Zimmer of The Fountains at Rosewood Gardens shares her first name with one of the most destructive hurricanes ever, but while hurricane Irma destroys everything in her path leaving many displaced, Irma Zimmer embodies love, warmth and compassion. Yesterday Mrs. Zimmer enjoyed a wonderful celebration with family & friends for her birthday, which took place […]
Category: Life at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens
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. […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 25 different classes with everything from Tai Chi for Beginners to Nutrition Through the Holidays to Introduction to Computers & Life Online to Health Rhythms Drumming and even Mindful Meditation, we are sure you will find something to pique your […]
Watermark for Kids has donated $4,300 to Livermore Fusion Soccer Club’s scholarship fund. Nancy Harrison, Executive Director of The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens commented, “Watermark for Kids allows us to help kids achieve their dreams. Fusion Soccer is such a great avenue, through sportsmanship, hard work, great fun, and leadership, for young people to experience […]
We are happy to welcome Lucy from the state of Texas to The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens. Recently a group of our residents enjoyed a housewarming for Lucy where they nibbled on fancy sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cowboy cookies! Well, maybe they were cowGIRL cookies… All of us extended a warm howdy to welcome Lucy to her new home with […]
It was a gorgeous day for a housewarming! Joleen’s friends traveled from Los Gatos to spend the afternoon with her and see her apartment here at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens. They enjoyed tea sandwiches and fresh fruit, and said the strawberries were the best… we think Joleen is the best! Thanks to everyone for […]
Happy Birthday to Juanita Gates! Juanita celebrated with festive party decorations and a beautiful cake provided by her daughter Lita. Fancy eye glasses, beads, party hats, and radiant smiles were required attire! Guitarist and singer Steve Kritzer serenaded the birthday guests with all their favorite tunes. Juanita even snuck a taste of the cake frosting when she thought no […]
After much anticipation and many rain delays, we finally have our new, beautiful Bocce Court up and running. We are so thrilled to have had our inaugural game played last week with many enthusiastic residents. This court is the result of the generosity of the Betty Short Award Committee of 2016, who bestowed a great honor […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 25 different classes with everything from Easy Chair Yoga to Nutrition Talk to American Sign Language to Teas of the World and even Documentary Film Viewing Club, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]
Recently our creative team together with our wildly fun residents enjoyed our first ever Sleepless Sluber Party, themed dinner. Everyone enjoyed coming out for cocktails and dinner in their pajamas, and writing Mad Lib bedtime stories. “Breakfast for Dinner,” prepared by our top notch dining team, was a huge hit as were they Teddy Bear Cereal […]
The gang was all there for this fantastic event complete with Prime Rib, Crab Egg heaven, Mango Mimosas and napkins shaped like bunnies! We all enjoyed the beautiful music of Angel the harpist and much anticipated visit from the one and only EASTER BUNNY!
Watermark University guest presenter, 6-year old Luke, shared his experience spending the night in The Swamp at The California Academy of Science Museum. With help from his Nani (grandmother) our own Executive Director Nancy Harrison, Luke narrated a slide show of photos he took during his experience. Luke shared fascinating details about his favorite subject, […]
We were recently thrilled to welcome June Blackwell, a young up and coming artist who volunteered to create unique sketches of some of our art loving residents. Each resident sat for June and was presented with their own sketched portrait at the end of the sitting. We can’t wait to have June back again so […]
It is important to all of us at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens to help each and every resident thrive. One of the ways we do this it through enhancing their everyday experiences through parties, themed events, adventures and other memorable experiences. Recently we held a cocktail party to celebrate Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras and the beginning of […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 25 different classes with everything from Tai Chi for Beginners to Introduction to Computers & Life Online to Painting 101 to Health Rhythms Drumming and even The Tasting Hour, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. […]
Resident Irma Zimmer’s art piece Posies appears in the Honorable Mention section of Expressions 2017, a national calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. News of the feature was also covered by local publication The Independent. You may read that article here: ‘Posies’ Receives Honorable Mention in Expressions 2017 Copies of the calendar will be available […]
After a full afternoon of celebrating the holidays at our Resident & Associate Holiday Party (complete with live rock) and having a gift raffle during dinner, these residents were so full of the Christmas spirit they brought it right upstairs with them tonight. With the direction of Madeline the Med Tech, their joyous voices rang all the […]
Trimming the Christmas Tree is especially fun when we do it together! Making memories, sipping eggnog and warm spiced cider brought smiles and laughter along with the familiar sounds of Christmas music. The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens wishes everyone warm memories this holiday season!
There were lots of smiling faces on Thanksgiving day and also on Saturday, when we invited families to join us to Keep Thanksgiving Flowing. We had a spectacular buffet that made for a lovely meal and time to celebrate what we’re thankful for. At The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens, we’re grateful for our opportunities to […]
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 […]
The Swingin’ Blue Stars performd close harmony, swing style music made popular by 1940’s female vocal groups such as the Andrews Sisters. Their song and dance to “people-pleasing” music, mixing saucy and romantic WWII tunes were a huge hit at our USO Theme Dinner. The music brought a tear to the eye of our resident Marsha, pictured […]
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 […]
Family and friends joined in to welcome Barbara to her new home here at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens. Barbara was an avid golfer with several hole in ones to her credit so we celebrated her housewarming with a “Tee Party” complete with Arnold Palmer beverages, golf balls, and… tees!
Happy Birthday to Mary! Mary was surrounded by multiple generations of family and close friends as she celebrated her 100th birthday. Some traveled from across the country to be here with Mary. The meal was catered by our own Chef Yamil and his talented team. All of us at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens wish […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 25 different classes with everything from Teas of The World to Wii Sports to Nutrition Talk to Poker Class and even The Painting Hour, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]
ALL HAIL TO DOROTHY! This month we celebrated the 77th anniversary of one of America’s most classic films. Our Wizard of Oz Themed Dinner was a smashing success, complete with Good Witch/Bad Witch Punch, Dorthy, Toto, Glinda, a falling house, Munchkinland and the emerald City. A great time was had by all!
Our monthly Themed Dinners here at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens have become legendary. We have taken people to fantasy lands like our Mad Hatter Tea Party and sent them back in time during nostalgic events like our Prohibition Dinner. But this month, we took a trip across the globe to Cuba! Our Cuba Night […]
What a joy for all of our residents last month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of our very favorite neighbors, Juanita Gates. Although normaly she is not a fan of a “fuss,” she really enjoyed being the center of attention for just a short while. A huge thanks to her […]
That’s why this amazing organization created “Watermark for Kids,” a 501c3 whose mission is to “empower underserved kids to express their character, leadership, creativity, compassion and spirit – to express their true selves and thrive.” For more information on Watermark for Kids please click here. Watermark is also a great friend of LVJUSD schools & […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 25 different classes with everything from Easy Chair Yoga to Wii Sports to Introduction to Computers & and Life Online to Drama Club and even Tai Chi for Beginners, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 25 different classes with everything from The Tasting Hour to Documentary Film Viewing Club to Introduction to Computers & and Life Online to Walking Fit Club and even Tai Chi for Beginners, we are sure you will find something to […]
Gladys Walker has been a resident here at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens for almost fifteen years. During this time, she has been involved in just about every activity we offer. She has always been avid about her fitness routines and reading as well as enjoying crafts and social gatherings. This week we were all thrilled […]
This past Tuesday, The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens was thrilled to host its first ever Inventors Fair. Billed as “Seniors helping Seniors” This collaboration with the Green Engineering Program at Livermore High School has been a semester long project for both the 4th year students at the school and our residents here at Rosewood. The […]
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 […]
We always like to give the holidays a run for their money. So, this year instead of just a traditional Halloween party (which we also had) we held our first ever Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Residents arrived to find the living room transformed into a cobweb laden creaky old mansion. They were all treated to […]
What a glorious day! We woke up and opened the drapes and there before us was the Queen Mary! This historic ship was docked just a few feet from ours. Our plans for the day began to form immediately. Of course they could not fully form until we all met on deck for a breakfast […]
This morning we all woke up in port (sort of) in Santa Barbara. Stephanie and Bruce ordered coffee to be delivered to the room but we must have slept through the delivery and until breakfast we were operating on low caffeine reserves. We made it work though, because that is the kind of rock stars […]
What a great and relaxing day it has been. Today we were at sea all day. It seemed strange to us that we can drive to Santa Barbara in just a few hours but it is taking us a day and a half to get there by boat (something about having to go 100 miles […]
It seems everyone woke up early this morning to be ready to leave. We decided at the last minute last night that we might want to get an earlier start than originally planned since it turns out the President is in San Francisco today and it’s also fleet week. Somehow though even with our best […]
Our Vacation Blog: We have just returned from a glorious California Costal Cruise and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. So stay tuned for the next 7 days as we recount in hilarious detail all of our joys, mishaps, gastronomical adventures, excursions and interesting people watching. We will post one day at […]
Recently we at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens have been spending time getting back to our high school roots. First with our “Senior” Prom themed dinner, complete with live entertainment, dancing, photo booth and the crowing of a Prom King and Queen. And then… with our first ever movie/sing-a-long under the stars, where we showed […]
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 Wii Sports to Recycled Crafts to Tai Chi for Beginners and even Story Telling, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, […]
There are many many great things about life at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens, not the least of which is the fact that it is located in Livermore, CA. Livermore is a perfect combination of the wine and cheese culture, the Urban life of the East Bay and the wonderful neighborliness of Mayberry. Livermore is […]
Our smart pets joined in for the “dictionary game.” Community Life Associate Jessica’s dog, Gia, and resident Chris’ cat, Shadow, joined our residents for the game. Nothing like a friendly rub or tail wag to bring a smile to your face. Encouraged by the friendly critters, some new words were suggested for the game’s white […]
How did everyone celebrate the 4th of July this year? Well, if you were here at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens, you might have created a homemade firecracker in art class (don’t worry they just looked explosive). Or You might have entered our Second Annual Watermelon eating contest. This year we had four brave eating […]
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 Drama Club to Introduction to American Sign Language to Chair Yoga and even Teas of the World, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]
Today our Watermark University Class Teas of the World; sampled a trio of Chai Teas from Teavana’s exclusive Chai collection. We learned about all of the varieties of Chai, the correct and traditional way to brew it as well as the many variations made famous by Oprah. In addition we sampled some imported German Rock […]
Documentary Film Club Each month our Watermark University Group “Documentary Film Club” views a different film on a different topic. We have enjoyed and discussed films about celebrities, conservation, the school system and American heroes and much more. Today we had a film that was so much enjoyed that it required two showings. We all […]
After much planning and countless rehearsals, we are proud to announce that the very successful and well received first live performance of The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens Drama Club took place last Friday April 17th, 2015! Residents gathered in our living room and café area to find it had been transformed into an old fashioned radio […]
Every month here at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens we explore a different culture, era or holiday with our themed meals. We have hosted many, from “An Evening in Paris” to “Prohibition Night” to our fabulous “50’s Diner,” we always have the best time dressing up and creating a memorable menu, taking pictures with silly […]
Both Maggie and Mary are longtime residents of The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens. They met years ago when they were both residents in our Assisted Living Neighborhood. They shared common interests and attended many of the same outings and the occasional Bingo game. We would often see them sitting together during our weekly Happy Hour […]
Joyce wanted a little more pizzazz so she consulted with hairdresser Michelle and went bold with red highlights for the new year! Joyce looks amazing and loves her new style. When you are looking for a new style or a refresh of your favorite style, visit Michelle in our hair and nail salon, Indulge. Special […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. Almost 30 different classes with everything from Wii Sports to Introduction to American Sign Language to Ethnic Food Demonstrations and even Teas of the World. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our residents and associates, we […]
Executive Director, Nancy Harrison, joined our resident baker, Norman, and his daughter to bake cookies for our Resident and Associate Christmas Party on Friday afternoon (Dec. 12th). Norm frequently bakes cookies to share with our community. For Christmas, Norm used his mother’s favorite recipe for an aromatic, spice laden German cookie, Lebkuchen. We are looking forward […]
One of our newest residents, Arvilla, invited resident friends Angie and Eleonora to make a Gingerbread House. Community Driver, Chelsey, joined the fun creating a lovely house. The Gingerbread House kit was donated by Arvilla’s niece, Glenda. There will be more Gingerbread Houses being created before Christmas!
October’s Cooking Demonstration had a Fall / Halloween theme. Gary Christo, Director of Environment Services and Denise Dugan, Director of Business Office, demonstrated how to prepare Frankenstein Finger Cookies and Pumpkin Soup served in mini pumpkins. The soup was warm and yummy and the Frankenstein Cookies were creepy and tasty!
Flappers and Gangsters were the theme of our Prohibition Dinner on October 30th. Password required to enter the Dining Room: “Joe sent me.” Music of the Roaring ’20s filled the room and drinks were served from paper bags… Shhh!
Rosewood Gardens extends a special Thank You to Big Dawgs Rescue (Livermore, CA) for joining us with puppies and dogs ready for adoption at our Dog Show Benefit for Watermark for Kids on October 18th. If you are looking to adopt a dog for your family, give them a call or check their website: www.BigDawgsRescue.org
Our first Dog Show benefiting Watermark for Kids was a huge hit! Lots of dogs and kids and families and fun for everyone. We had popcorn and hot dogs, face painting, and live entertainment provided by Gary and Joy Christo. Thanks to everyone for bringing their wonderful dogs and families for such a fun day!
Join us at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens on Saturday, October 18th for a fun filled, family friendly event with a snack bar and free entertainment! Enter your dog in the show (entry fee for dogs in the show is $25, to benefit Watermark for Kids) and compete for Best Dressed, Curliest Hair or other […]
Wednesday, October 15th, started like any other day for Fern. Little did she know that her friends were preparing to surprise her! The party was held in our Café. The tables were set with white table cloths, tea cups and saucers, glasses and bright colored plates and napkins. The tables looked fantastic! Our pumpkin bread […]
Residents are having fun creating greeting cards with Joanne! Join us on Tuesdays at 10am in the Cafe.
Norman our Amazing 88 year old resident started cooking Thursday evening! We could smell those incredible Portuguese Beans in the parking lot all day on Friday so by Saturday all of our mouths were watering. Norman Mueller has been a resident here at The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens for about two years. In that time […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. More than 30 different classes with everything from Walking Fit Club to Introduction to American Sign Language to Blokus an abstract strategy board game and even Teas of the World. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our […]
We all have dreams and hopes… No matter what our age. Sometimes we get to a certain place in life and we tell ourselves it is simply too late to think any more about dreams, desires and wants. Once we hit a “certain age” we are essentially done. Well we at The Watermark at Rosewood […]
Each month here at the Watermark at Rosewood Gardens we throw a theme dinner. In the past we have had “Springtime in Paris”, “Indoor Garden Party”, Traditional Halloween and many others. In July we held one of our favorite dinners themed “50’s Diner Dinner”. Our residents had the best time. With the old fashioned glass Coca Cola […]
Our artists in residence showcased their works of art and competed for a spot in Expressions, Watermark’s award-winning national calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. We are so please by our amazing artists and all the work they allowed us to show.
Our full-service beauty salon and barber shop Indulge is now open and we want to welcome you to stop by and treat yourself to a salon service. Our residents are already taking advantage of this great perk, so come on in and take a look, it’s one of many amenities we have here at The Watermark at […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. Almost 30 different classes with everything from Walking Fit Club to Tai Chi for Beginners to Basic Spanish and even Wii Sports. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our residents and associates, we always love having […]