Category: Life at Beverly Hills

December 19, 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 more than 40 different classes with everything from The Greatest Composers of the Classical Period to Theatrical Improvisation and Fundamentals of Character Development to Talmudic Law: Principles and Application to What Washington Isn’t Telling Us and even Appreciation of World Artists […]

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 6, 2017

What an Amazing Haunted Halloween!

The Watermark doubled down on decadence at our Haunted Mansion Tour and Costume Ball this Halloween. Those who dared, ventured into Jill’s Gypsy Wagon, where fortune tellers read futures using tarot cards and their crystal ball! They then visited Annie and Denise in the apothecary and potions lab! Everyone admired the potions and elixirs, and were fearsomely diagnosed by the nurse! They […]

September 1, 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 almost 40 different classes with everything from Appreciating Poetry to Technology 101 to Contemporary International Relations to Creative Art and even Silk Scarf Painting, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

August 11, 2017

Revisiting 1950’s America

Residents revisited the 50’s this past month from a political, cultural, artistic, and musical perspective. We discussed the history of what took place during the 50’s, and what residents were doing at that time. Many were starting families (baby boom), getting promoted in businesses (economic boom), moving to the booming suburbs, and living through changing […]

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 almost 60 different classes with everything from Mindfulness Meditation to Intergenerational Connections to Exploring Fluid Painting to Wii Sports and even Spanish 101, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

March 20, 2017

Visitation to Wilshire Boulevard Temple: Written by Watermark Resident, Betty Denitz

The day was glorious and fulfilling for the residents and staff members in visiting Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. All attendees embraced the beauty and grandeur of the restored temple and the renewed, magnificent Dome and Warner Murals in the Sanctuary. Edna Gonzalez of the Temple staff orchestrated details of the tour in the […]

March 20, 2017

Residents Viewed Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Cranach and Durer at LACMA!

Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach brought to Los Angeles some of the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art. The period under consideration (1460–1580) was marked by profound changes in thought, philosophy, science, and religion, which in turn transformed the work […]

February 28, 2017

Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Red Carpet Extravaganza

Watermark residents are shown below at our Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Red Carpet Extravaganza! We got dressed up and walked down the red carpet, getting our pictures taken by the paparazzi as we made our way in to have dessert, beverages, and watch the reveal of the SAG Awards! After viewing all of the SAG nominated movies the weeks before the […]

December 15, 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 60 different classes with everything from How to Listen to and Understand Music to Technology 101 to Chess Club to Theatrical Improvisation and even Quantum Physics, 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 17, 2016

Introduction to Chinese Culture: Food, Mahjong, Fashion and Medicine with Allison

Qian Wang, also known as Allison, is the Community Life and Marketing intern at The Watermark at Beverly Hills. She is a currently working towards her Master of Science in Gerontology at USC, and she has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCSD. She grew up in Guangzhou, China and came to California after she graduated […]

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 21, 2016

Polynesian Luau 2016

Thank you to all of the residents, family members, and staff for celebrating with us at our Annual Summer Polynesian Luau! It was a huge success, featuring delicious Polynesian food, island themed drinks, Polynesian beats and dancers, and beautifully decorated island scenery. Besides a great event for residents to enjoy, many families interested in The Watermark were able to visit […]

September 21, 2016

Hito Steyerl’s Landmark Video Installation “Factory of the Sun”

Recently our residents visited the MOCA where they presented the U.S. premiere of Hito Steyerl’s landmark video installation Factory of the Sun. Residents found the work to be immersive! Resident Vida G. commented, “Steyerl probes the pleasures of image circulation in a moment defined by the global flow of data.” Ricocheting between genres—news reportage, documentary film, video […]

August 19, 2016

Afternoon Tea Party

Thank you for everyone who attended our Afternoon Tea Party. The event was a warm get-together with friends, light snacks, and hot pots of tea. For those who could not attend, at the event, we served a buffet of scrumptious tarts and scones, bite-sized sandwiches, and delicious cookies. We paired the classic cucumber sandwich with flat-leaf parsley, basil, tarragon, and mint for extra […]

August 19, 2016

Rio 2016 Olympic Week & Dinner

“Watermark had everything needed for a samba-tastic Rio party to celebrate the end of Watermark Olympic Week.” – Resident Marc H. When 2016 Rio Olympic Week kicked off at The Watermark, we challenged all our residents to increase their participation in our Watermark University courses, fitness programs, and outings in order to compete for a Watermark Medal and […]

August 19, 2016

Art Exposed: How to Recognize Great Artists

This course is designed to give residents the opportunity to discover, appreciate, and acquire knowledge of art history through the ages, from the Paleolithic era to contemporary times. Residents will learn to examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from diverse cultures and understand their contributions to the arts. A variety of art media […]

August 18, 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 almost 60 different classes with everything from Spanish 101 to Wahlbanger Drum Circle to Relax and Restore Yoga to Creative Floral Arrangement and even Badminton, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]

July 18, 2016

“Aging in High Heels” Book Signing with Beverlye Hyman Fead

From growing up in the old Beverly Hills, to divorcing and moving to Santa Barbara and making a new life, to being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, author Beverlye Hyman Fead has been through a lot. She found her passion in talking to and inspiring cancer patients, ascribing to the mantra “if I can do this, you can do it too.” She enjoys writing books, […]

July 18, 2016

2016 Expressions Art Show Sneak Peek

Thank you to all of our residents who submitted artwork! Dana Gannaway, “The Lighthouse” (2006) oils, color, canvas Words of Wisdom: “Live life with a smile, because tears will always be there.” Gladys Preuss, “Flowers” (1990’s) watercolor Words of Wisdom: “Paint what you like and how you like it.” Norma Satzman, “Untitled” (2006) yarn, beads Words of Wisdom: “One […]

June 27, 2016

Get Ready For…Take-Off!

Originally founded in 1974 by Donald Douglas Jr. as the Douglas Museum and Library located on the South side of the Santa Monica Airport, the Museum migrated to the North side of the Airport and reopened as the Museum of Flying in April 1989. The Museum gradually grew to a collection of over 50 vintage […]

June 24, 2016

Heritage Square Outing: “Recollections of the Day” – An Incredible Story of Los Angeles History by Betty Denitz

The Watermark residents and staff members arrived mid-morning on the bus filled with excitement. They drove through the entrance of the beautiful Victorian gates and up the road directly to the magnificent Colonial Drug Store. The excited “anxious to see it all” visitors became enraptured with very old prescriptions, medicine bottles and cough syrups from the 1800’s. A […]

May 10, 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 more than 50 different classes with everything from Conversational Hebrew to Chess Club to Mindfulness Meditation to Sketching from Nature and even Social Media and Viral Videos, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]

April 18, 2016

SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel & L’Hommage a Mondrian

Set amid the Sunset Strip’s restaurants and nightlife, this hip concrete-and-glass hotel is a minute walk from the Comedy Store and 2 miles from Beverly Hills. The original Mondrian Hotel is located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. The structure was built in 1959 as an apartment building. It was later renovated and reopened […]

February 23, 2016

“Through the Looking Glass” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Through the Looking Glass seeks to foster a dialogue between the communities of Montebello and Leimert Park by creating a play inspired by individual residents’ autobiographies—written not by themselves but by their counterparts in the other community. For months, playwright and poet Jerry Quickley hosted workshops with groups of residents of Montebello and Leimert Park, […]

February 23, 2016

Watermark University: Modern Directors & The Auteur Theory

In film criticism, auteur theory holds that a film reflects the director’s personal creative vision, as if they were the primary “auteur” (the French word for “author”). The director uses the film to express their thoughts and feelings about the subject matter as well as their world view. An auteur can use lighting, camerawork, staging […]

January 21, 2016

Watermark University Class: Judaism and Classical Music – Jewish and Non-Jewish Composers on Three Continents

Are you fascinated by the dynamic relationship between Judaism and the wider world? Particularly, how individuals have simultaneously defined themselves as Jews, as citizens of their nations, and as members of the global community? Well, if you are, then we have a course for you! In this new class, Dr. Grayson will explore topics including […]

January 21, 2016

‘Guys & Dolls’ at the Wallis Annenberg: Watermark residents put their money on this hilarious musical classic.

“Luck is a fickle lady – Nathan Detroit runs the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York. There are well-heeled shooters everywhere, but it’s no dice unless they have a place to gamble—and that takes dough.” Residents of The Watermark at Beverly Hills had the opportunity to watch director Zimmerman’s efforts in something entirely […]

December 29, 2015

Helping the Homeless: Holiday Spirit Sock Stuffing

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of attending holiday parties, decorating and finding the perfect gift for friends and family. However, the residents at The Watermark at Beverly Hills thought it would be more significant to think about those less fortunate. Residents truly embraced the season of giving by stuffing socks […]

December 29, 2015

Bowling

Every Saturday, residents partake in a thrilling match of Wii bowling. While Wii bowling has allowed the residents to grasp their bowling techniques, they wanted to try their hand at “real” bowling. Recently, residents had a chance to put their skills to the test at Bowlero Mar Vista. The residents played a few exciting games of bowling, filled with […]

December 29, 2015

Watermark University: Table Topics (A Toastmaster’s Tradition)

Most of the talking we do every day – simple conversation – is impromptu speaking. Yet for some residents, Table Topics is the most challenging activity on our calendar. Table Topics continues a long-standing Toastmasters tradition which we include in our daily schedule. When we meet, every resident has the opportunity to speak. But it’s […]

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 18, 2015

Baking Dog Treats for the Local Animal Shelter

In the spirit of giving back, Watermark residents got together to make Homemade Dog Biscuits. We skipped the store-bought dog treats and went with a  homemade, healthy, yummy Martha Stewart inspired dog treat. Resident Joan was surprised to find out that “with just a few key ingredients, you can make homemade dog treats right in your kitchen.” From […]

November 18, 2015

Card-Making for Soldiers

Veterans Day commemorates the extraordinary life led by those in service of the nation. The Watermark at Beverly Hills wanted to take the time to honor the brave soldiers who safeguard our peace and freedom by making cards for soldiers who are currently serving our country. Residents also took the time to recognize fellow resident veterans during out Veterans […]

September 1, 2015

Magical Realism in Cinema Rooftop Screening

To celebrate the end of Sara’s Watermark University class, Magical Realism in Cinema, we took the screening to the Watermark Rooftop where the film was played on a giant inflatable theater system. Watching the movie under the stars put us in the proper place to absorb the film’s imagery, its secrets and especially, to be entertained by “The Grand Budapest’s” very […]

May 5, 2015

Summer 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 45 different classes with everything from Knittervention to Mindfulness Meditation to Wine 101 and even Piano Lessons, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our residents […]

March 4, 2015

Artist’s Showcase – Diane Manning Presents: “Tomorrow is Promised to No One”

This month at The Watermark, resident artist Diane Manning held her art show, showcasing over 20 years worth of her work. The show was a huge success; attendees loved the eclectic and diverse pieces that Diane exhibited, ranging from the abstract to the real. Everyone was blown away by her collection of sketches that featured […]

January 20, 2015

The Getty Center Exhibition Tour: “The Spectacular Reubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist”

Residents enjoyed a 30 minute docent talk that explored the magnificent tapestries of the Eucharist series, which celebrates the glory of the Roman Catholic Church, along with the oil sketches by Peter Paul Rubens that guided their creation. No photos were allowed, but no image could have captured the sheer wonder and awe we all […]

January 6, 2015

Spring 2015 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. More than 25 different classes with everything from Badminton to Creative Floral to Technology 101 and even Piano Lessons. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our residents and associates, we always love having a few guests. […]

December 16, 2014

Diane Manning Shares Her Story

Parkinsons does not fight fair! It has no boundries! These words were spoken by are resident Diane Manning, who is suffering with this disease. As a Visual Artist Diane explained how difficult it was to lose the ability to express herself creatively. Struggling with syptoms such as trembling, depression and the ability to write left […]

November 18, 2014

It’s Tea Time!

This past Sunday our resident Rose Berman hosted a Tea Party in the private dining room. Rose invited all the recent new comers to get to know each other while enjoying tea, finger sandwiches, assorted fruit and dessert prepared by our chef, Gloria Felix. Everyone had a lovely time and really enjoyed the event. » […]

November 18, 2014

Destination: Armenia – with Emmarie & Rochelle and Special Guests The Armenian Dance Group at UCLA

A couple of our wonderful volunteers, Emmarie and Rochelle, ended their popular Watermark University class, Destination: Armenia this Sunday with a grand finale presentation that showcased the beautiful country of Armenia, including a sample of a staple cultural dish and a special guest performance by The Armenian Dance Group at UCLA! The Armenian Dance Group […]

September 23, 2014

Thriving at Every Age

In Beverly Hills, one need not look too far to find inspiring stories for aging well. The Watermark at Beverly Hills, 220 North Clark Drive, is brimming with residents who are embracing what’s next in life. Rather than focus on what they can no longer do, they’re engaging in new passions and pursuits in the […]

September 21, 2014

Extraordinary Outing To Santa Barbara, California!

Extraordinary Outing to Santa Barbara, California! As much as residents love all of our in-house activity offerings, there are those that still want to get out see the world! Twice a year our community plans what we call “extraordinary outings,” that is, outings that go above and beyond visiting just local community sites. This summer, […]

September 16, 2014

Sage Advice

Have you had the opportunity to attend our new Watermark University course Sage Advice? Sage Advice gives residents an opportunity to share their wisdom with others facing life challenges. Twice a month we will answer confidential notes from people in need of your advice. The answers will be posted on our very own Facebook page […]

August 21, 2014

Art Therapy in Crafters Cove

For some, art is a vocation and for others, a hobby. But regardless of a person’s motivation for creating artwork, there is one aspect of art which you might not have considered: creating art has a therapeutic benefit. It has long been known that for people of every age, the act of creation is life-enhancing […]

August 19, 2014

Summer Spotlight on Art

Four artists in residence at The Watermark at Beverly Hills were featured at four different art shows this summer as part of The Watermark’s summer spotlight on art.  The summer shows featured art by Gladys Preuss, Charlotte Smuckler, Al Hoisman, and Dana Gibson Gannaway. Each exhibit was well attended by neighbors, family and friends. Favorite […]

August 7, 2014

Mayor Visits The Watermark at Beverly Hills During #BHHealthyCity Tour

The below article is featured on Patch.com, posted on July 10th, 2014. Click here for the original article published. Beverly Hills, Calif. – During one of her recent “Walks with the Mayor” through a Beverly Hills neighborhood, the Honorable Lili Bosse and about 60 “Healthy City” walkers made a 30-minute pit stop at The Watermark […]

May 12, 2014

Bella Vita Salon Now Open

We have added this exciting new amenity for the convenience of all our residents and guests. Contact us today to book your day of salon treatments as only Bella Vita and The Watermark can do. Full salon services include hair and barber services, manicures and pedicures, as well as massages. Come on in and pamper […]