Category: Life at The Cottages of Carmel

July 9, 2019

The Cottages of Carmel Joins the Fight to End Alzheimer’s

Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association marks the summer solstice with its annual The Longest Day fundraising event. The goal of The Longest Day is to end the “darkness of Alzheimer’s” on the day with the most light. Watermark communities around the country participated by hosting a variety of fundraisers such as bowling outings, luncheons and […]

June 7, 2019

Memorial Day at The Cottages

The lobby and dining room were decorated in red, white and blue, including lots of American Flags.  A beautiful buffet was served for residents and their guests which included barbecued ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad, fruit salad, baked beans, hot dogs and cake. For entertainment, Bob Phillips played patriotic songs and the theme […]

May 13, 2019

I Remember Mama

The Alliance on Aging, Monterey County's largest nonprofit organization providing senior support services, has made advancements with the "I Remember Mama" event. This event has brightened the lives of senior women for the past 24 years. On Mother's Day weekend, CAL Fire visited The Cottages of Carmel delivering orchids to our mothers. The event took […]

May 9, 2019

Celebrating Mothers

As spring turns toward summer and Mother’s Day draws nearer, our thoughts turn to those who have nurtured, loved and supported us throughout our lives. Let’s take a moment to reflect, celebrate and remember with a look back on the women who have helped us become who we are today. We offer thanks to Paul […]

May 6, 2019

Thank a Nurse

May 6 is National Nurses Day, which kicks off Nurses Week. We’re grateful for all the ways these dedicated women and men contribute to our well-being. They take care of us in doctors’ offices, hospitals, schools and workplaces, in our homes and of course right here in our community. Their knowledge, skills and TLC help […]

April 29, 2019

Summer 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 […]

April 15, 2019

Volunteer in April

April is a great time to volunteer for your favorite cause and it’s a wonderful opportunity to try something new and make friends. Get involved in a local project with family and friends. You’ll be doing your part to help others–and yourself! Volunteering is great for your mental and physical health and can even help […]

March 18, 2019

Dr. Seuss Social

On March 2nd, residents at The Cottages celebrated the author & illustrator Dr. Seuss's birthday. Community Life Director, Kathy Odom, talked about Dr. Seuss's life. Residents found it fascinating that he had no children until later after his first wife passed away, he remarried to a woman that had two girls. Dr. Seuss was always asked where he came […]

February 13, 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 are […]

February 8, 2019

Chinese New Year Tea

On February 5, The Cottages of Carmel hosted a Chinese New Year Tea.  The main dining room and tables were decorated with all the Chinese zodiac signs. A variety of green tea and ginger tea was served along with the traditional black tea.  Chef Abel made Chinese almond cookies and tea scones that were absolutely delicious.  […]

January 7, 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 13, 2018

The Holiday Season

The Cottages of Carmel started the holiday season off with Brotherly Love doing their special holiday performance.  All the residents enjoyed hors d' oeuvres and wine.  Ray and Lee performed all the traditional Christmas songs.  The one Christmas song that seems to tug on our resident's heart strings is "I'll Be Home for Christmas". On […]

November 19, 2018

Celebrating Our Veterans

On November 11th we honored our veterans and the spouses of those veterans who are no longer with us. We partnered with Javier Blanco, Hospice Consultant for Bridge Hospice for this special event. Javier presented Certificates of Appreciation to the veterans for serving our country as well as a United States flag lapel pin. Javier thanked each veteran for serving […]

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 12, 2018

Watermark University: How to Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

On November 7th residents enjoyed a festive Watermark University class on How to Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece. Sadie Kvenild demonstrated with a variety of pumpkins and gourds. First Sadie showed our residents how to cut a piece of moss out and apply it to the pumpkin or gourd. The residents picked from a variety of different succulents and then they secured […]

November 5, 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 celebration on November 11th at […]

October 26, 2018

Courtyard Concert with Terrance Farrell, Classical Guitarist

It was one of those days were the sun finally decided to come out and make its debut for our "Concert in the Courtyard". Terrance Farrell, well known classical guitarist, performed for our residents and guests. It was so perfect!  Residents and guests enjoyed the weather with some wine, champagne and tasty hors d'oeuvres. The Cottages of […]

August 20, 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 almost 30 different classes with everything from Pen to Printing Press to How to Bling a Western Shirt & Denim Jacket to World Series Appetizers to Thanksgiving Centerpieces and even Planning for an Overseas Vacation, we are sure you will […]

August 20, 2018

Summer Luau

On Saturday August 11, 2018 we celebrated summer here at The Cottages of Carmel with our annual Luau. The Bixby and Stillwater dining room were decorated in a village Hawaiian theme. Our residents wore their Hawaiian shirts and island colors. The Ukulele Songbirds performed for us while we dined on Kahlua Pork Sliders and Luau Pineapple Cole […]

July 30, 2018

The Tap Bananas

The Cottages had the pleasure of having The Tap Bananas, a tap dancing group come perform. Their age ranges from 52 to 92 years of age.  The group was formed back in 1991 and has performed around Monterey County at Assisted Living Communities, Senior Centers and Social Clubs.  Their shows consist of dance routines performed to music […]

June 18, 2018

Mad Hatter Tea

On June 14th, residents of The Cottages of Carmel had their monthly themed tea. This month was the "Mad Hatter Tea". Tables were decorated with Alice In Wonderland flare. Large playing cards were used for place mats and decoration on the walls. Vintage tea pots, cups and saucers decorated each table with a touch of elegance. Ladies wore crazy different […]

May 22, 2018

Mother’s Day Tea

Mother's Day Tea was held on May 10th. The tables were decorated with balloons, vintage Victorian tea cups, tea pots and fans to set the mood. There was a variety of teas to choose from. There were blueberry scones, jam-filled shortbread cookies and Chef Abel's to die for lemon bars! The Cottages have decided to make the lemon bar […]

March 21, 2018

Watermark University Craft Project – Miniature Terrariums

Our residents gathered with Peggy and Katie of Peggy's Home Care. With spring just around the corner, the miniature terrariums were a perfect project for everyone to work on and the ladies graciously brought in everything to make the terrariums. Peggy explained how she likes to recycle or re-purpose items she collects from estate sales or thrift […]

February 26, 2018

Valentine’s Cottage Style

Here at The Cottages of Carmel we started Valentine's celebrations early. Our residents helped make heart candy grams which were then sold to benefit our Watermark for Kids fund. On February 8th, Stillwater residents toured Lula's chocolate factory in Ryan Ranch. We also sampled the candies and did some shopping. Our Inn residents went shopping at Lula's store in […]

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 […]

October 16, 2017

“Untold Stories” by Steve Hauk

It was a full house on November 12th when local author and playwright Steve Hauk shared his latest work, Steinbeck: The "Untold Stories." Steve's power point presentation with illustrations by C. Kline showed copies of letters and documents. Steve shared snips of sixteen stories that help bring the presentation to life. Some of the stories were about a rodeo cowboy […]

September 18, 2017

Carmel Middle School String Orchestra

Carmel Middle School String Orchestra under the leadership of teacher Sarah Prusasky came to share their music on Friday, September 15th. The students range from 5th to 8th grade. The 2017-2018 school year started in mid August, so the 5th graders have only been with the orchestra for approximately 4 weeks. They performed a collection of three  musical pieces. They started […]

August 22, 2017

Fall 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 20 different classes with everything from Foot Health Tips to Retrospect Through Technology to Fall Mocktails to Cooking Demonstrations and even Quilting, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

August 10, 2017

Watermark for Kids Bake Sale

Sunday, August 6th was a "sweet day" at The Cottages of Carmel. Our 2017 Watermark Kids, Kyra and Kamori Rogers, along with their mother joined our residents for a bake sale. They had cookies, cupcakes, and brownies too. If you have a sweet tooth this was the place to be. Community Liaison Yolanda Thompson, with resident Donna […]

June 27, 2017

Staff Appreciation BBQ

It was a gorgeous day in Carmel. You couldn't ask for better weather for our Staff Appreciation BBQ. Managers set up the Bixby Patio with buffet tables and colorful balloons all in appreciation for our Associates who work hard and diligently to make The Cottages of Carmel a great place for our residents to live. Managers served […]

April 25, 2017

The Cottages of Carmel Welcomes New Watermark Kids, Kamori and Kyra Rogers

Today was the day that The Cottages of Carmel and Watermark Retirement Communities had the honor of presenting Kamori Rogers and Kyra Rogers, who are sisters and also The Cottages of Carmel's very first Watermark Kids with checks that will enable them to expand their educational and personal horizons. Watermark for Kids is a non-profit organization created by Watermark Retirement […]

April 24, 2017

April in Paris Dinner

The anticipation of the "April in Paris" dinner finally arrived with the main dining room decorated with French décor. Dining staff were dressed with berets and songs from France were performed by Nick Williams. The dinner menu was exquisite. For starters, they had French Onion Soup, Salade Russe(Classic Potato and Beet Salad in a Lemon Dressing), Coq Au Vin […]

March 31, 2017

Sunday Matinee Concert Series

On March 26th, The Cottages of Carmel had the pleasure of welcoming back pianist Michael Martinez. Michael used to be one of our main entertainers a few years back.  Since then, Michael went on to explore new musical endeavors. Michael is currently working on his second CD. We had the pleasure of hearing him play some of the songs from his up […]

March 13, 2017

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana go way back in time. In 1875 the Governor signed the Mardi Gras Act, and Mardi Gras became a legal holiday in Louisiana. Today we celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) the day before Lent, with all its parades and celebrations. Here at The Cottages we celebrated in grand style. Pianist Bob Phillips […]

February 23, 2017

Valentines Celebration

No Valentines Day would be the same without champagne and chocolates. Everyone enjoyed the variety of different chocolates and champagne. We also had the pleasure of having The Moon Glow Jazz Band performing some great music for our residents, their family members and friends. Great fun was had by all!

February 14, 2017

Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program

One of our projects in January was to collect used eyeglasses that our residents no longer had any use for. These eyeglasses would change another person's life or help a senior maintain their independence and provide a community to grow and thrive. This project was in conjunction with the Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program. Throughout the year, Lions and other volunteers collect eyeglasses […]

January 19, 2017

Classical Concert

On Sunday, January 15th The Cottages of Carmel welcomed David Dally on the violin and Melinda Coffey Armstead on piano to kick off our "Sunday Matinee Series". The concert was fantastic! All the residents enjoyed the performance. They performed Vivaldi's "Fall" and "Winter" from the "Four Seasons" as well as J.S. Bach's "Violin Concerto in […]

December 19, 2016

Beth El Temple Sunday School Children

On Sunday, December 18th we had the pleasure of having the Beth El Temple Children here for their annual Hanukkah celebration. The children sang songs and told stories. Afterwards the children played dreidel with our residents. The residents enjoyed playing the game with the children. Then after that, we offered the children a wonderful treat to end their time […]

December 16, 2016

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 almost 30 different classes with everything from Arts & Crafts to Eating Healthy to Designing Your Own Jewelry to Dessert Tasting and even Armchair Travels: The Grand Canyon, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While […]

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 15, 2016

Art Impression Winner

The Cottages of Carmel is proud to announce that Dell Rourk was awarded a feature spot in Watermark's award winning calendar Expressions. Out of hundreds of submissions Dell's oil painting Mt. Fuji will be featured in May in the 2017 Expressions calendar. Congratulations to Dell for sharing her beautiful painting for all to see!

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 […]

September 26, 2016

Welcome Angelica Williams – New Sales Director

The Cottages of Carmel is happy to introduce Angelica Williams, our new Sales Director. Angelica has 4 years of previous experience in banking and real estate. Angelica's mom also works in real estate. You could say Angelica grew up in the real estate business. Angelica expressed "I love working here. It is a warm and caring environment. Everyone is kind and nice. I am really […]

August 24, 2016

The Cutest Pet

Rooney is a long haired Chihuahua that is 12 years old. The owner of Rooney is Ms. Joan De Regt. Joan has had Rooney since he was 3 months old.  Rooney was given to her by her son Jim. "He thinks he is a big guard dog," replies Joan.

August 15, 2016

Mobility Event

We held a Mobility Event today at The Cottages of Carmel. Each participant received a complimentary mobility device inspection, tune up and cleaning. A raffle was held and 5 residents walked away with some great prizes! Thanks Scott Julian for making this event possible! ‪

July 20, 2016

Flourishing Garden

The vegetable garden at The Cottages of Carmel is ready for the picking. The Chef has used the leeks and celery for the soups. The herb garden has been used daily. The spinach and butter leaf lettuce is ready to be picked. We are still waiting on the carrots and the tomatoes. Great job to all the […]

July 11, 2016

Caring for Your Pet on a Fixed Income

Roxane Fritz, the Executive Director of the Animal Welfare Assistance Group, was our guest speaker for our most recent Watermark University class: Caring for Your Pet on a Fixed Income. Roxane explained to our residents what A.W.A.G represents. A.W.A.G. arranges for veterinary care for pets of economically disadvantaged responsible pet owners. Depending on the economic situation of […]

June 30, 2016

Dimensions of Well Being

One of the Seven Dimensions of Well Being is Vocational Opportunities. It helps the residents stay active in their surrounding community. The Cottages of Carmel has been incorporating the "Seven Dimensions of Well Being" in their everyday living in the community. One of their favorite charities is The Veterans Transition Center. Over the past six months they […]

June 2, 2016

Watercolor Class

On May 28th Karvin Domingo held a Watermark University course in Watercolors. Karvin taught our residents how to pick colors out for the sky, then proceeded to teach how to make trees, mountains and moving rivers. Residents were so engaged in learning how to watercolor. Residents walked away with knowledge of watercolors and the desire to do it […]

April 13, 2016

Cultural African-American Poetry Dance

In honor of Black History Month, Community Life Assistant Yolanda Thompson and her niece Tatiana Lee presented African-American Poetry Dance. Both were dressed in African attire. Yolanda recited poetry, expressing the struggles and hardships of African-Americans. Tatiana used flowing movements to physically express the words of the poetry, to bring life not only the hardships, […]

January 21, 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 30 different classes with everything from Fruit Carving Demonstrations to Voice Lessons to Fitness & Strengthening and even Square Dancing, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

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 […]

October 19, 2015

Alice’s Embrace

Alice's Embrace is a non-profit organization founded by Diane and Mike Lewis in memory of Diane's mother Alice who had Alzheimer's. The organization gathers people all across the nation to knit or crochet blankets or prayer shawls. These handmade items are provided to those suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. "It will be a hug or embrace from Mom," says Diane Lewis. […]

August 25, 2015

Tee & Tea

A day out on the putting green with Ramesh Chand, Maintenance Director. Ramesh's Watermark University course "More Golf Tips" was a huge success. This time we added some tea and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies which ended this day out on the green with many making most of their shots! Thanks for the great golf tips Ramesh!

May 13, 2015

Giving Back

On April 30th, Stillwater residents accompanied by Brenda Reese at The Cottages of Carmel delivered 45 lbs of individually bagged pet food to the Veterans Transition Center in Marina, CA. The dog and cat food was donated by the Davies family and bagged by Stillwater residents. Our ladies also met Marlene Baker (Development Director). Marlene explained the […]

December 23, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions

As we enter the new year, it is a tradition for many of us to make new year resolutions of different kinds. We resolve to put an end to our bad habits once and for all. Maybe you have not been good about exercising, for example and it is time for a new active lifestyle. […]

December 23, 2014

Watermark University – Keep Our Community Clean Energy Walk

It all started on our regular energy walks. Barbara Poitras pushing the bark off the sidewalk back into the landscape where it belongs. Jerry Kurz noticing cigarette butts everywhere and wondering why people can't dispose of their cigarettes properly instead of tossing them on sidewalks or parking lots, and nice places where people like to […]

October 27, 2014

Watermark University: Art Connection with Margaret Bernier

The Cottages of Carmel would like to welcome Margaret Bernier who will be leading our Art Connection Program. Margaret has particpated in many aspects of the artistic community functions, events, and fundraising. Margaret donates her time to non-profit organizations by giving art workshops. She has deep interest in the professional arts community and has had […]