A Health Fair for People and Pets! 3rd Annual Wag & Walk is April 15.

Companionship is about taking care of each other and adding joy to one’s life through both two-legged and four-legged friends.

Looking for a great social walk for you and your canine furbaby?

May we suggest our 3rd Annual Wag & Walk Your Way to Health!

Wag & Walk is a free health fair for people and pets.  Join us on Saturday, April 15, 2017,  8 AM – Noon, for a morning of exercise and education for both people and their pets.

What are we doing at the Wag & Walk Health Fair?

  • Fun walk for people and dogs (on a leash) around the scenic La Posada campus-Registration begins 9 AM
  • Learn about great local wellness resources to keep you and your pet healthy and happy
  • Ask questions to a cancer doctor about the latest in cancer care advancements during a free presentation conducted by Dr. Bruce Porterfield with Arizona Oncology
  • Door prizes to those attending

Proceeds from this event benefit the Arizona Oncology Foundation serving the needs of those fighting cancer.

Admission is free. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help support our local food banks.  Also, donations of food, toys, and blankets for local pet rescue organizations accepted.

This event is located in the courtyard at the Shoppes of  La Posada.  The Shoppes is located at 655 South Park Centre Avenue, Green Valley, AZ 85614.

For up to date information about Wag & Walk Your Way to Health, please friend and watch the La Posada Facebook Page.

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is an award-winning, nationally accredited not-for-profit retirement community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.  La Posada offers its residents a lifestyle filled with personal choices to learn, grow, and volunteer within the Southern Arizona community.

Honor Flight Benefit Concert is April 1st!

Arizona Honor Flight

The Willingness of America’s Veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. – Jeff Miller

A free concert for a great cause:  To take World War II and Korean War veterans to their national memorials in Washington, D.C., at no cost to them!

Join us Saturday, April 1st to support  Honor Flight Southern Arizona!  Come to honor, learn, and reminisce with the Greatest Generation. La Posada is honored to host this concert for Veterans.

This benefit concert begins at NOON with the Big Bands Sounds of Green Valley taking the stage to perform lively melodies from the Big Band era of music.  Come early to get a great seat.  Always plenty of room to dance.

Free admission!

This concert is located in the courtyard within The Shoppes at La Posada. The Shoppes is located at 665 South Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, Arizona.

Donations accepted at the concert help Honor Flight Southern Arizona provide travel to deserving WWII and Korean War veterans to visit their national memorials in Washington, D.C.

For further information about Honor Flight Southern Arizona, visit the Honor Flight Southern Arizona website.

To nominate a WWII and Korean War veteran as an Honor Flight recipient, visit this page.

For up to date concert information, please visit The Shoppes at La Posada Facebook Page.

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is an award-winning, nationally accredited not-for-profit retirement community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

La Posada is 30 and Thriving! Come celebrate with us at our Arts Showcase on April 27.

We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary and you’re invited!

Come help us celebrate by attending the La Posada Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 27, 2017,  10:30 AM – 2 PM.  Free admission.

Discover the artwork of over 30 La Posada resident artists in a wide variety of media – clay,  watercolors,  quilting, photography,  woodworking, etc.

Author Lisa Napoli

As part of La Posada’s 30 and Thriving celebration,  we welcome special guest speaker and author, Lisa Napoli!

Lisa will discuss her latest book, Ray & Joan,  The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and The Woman Who Gave It All Away, and her podcast, Gracefully- All About Aging Well.  Lisa speaks at 10:30 AM.

Lisa Napoli is an accomplished multimedia journalist.  Her career is filled with wonderful stories and memories.  She covered technology for the New York Times at the dawn of the Internet and on-air journalism work at MSNBC.  For the past 4 years, Lisa served as art correspondent for KCRW Radio in Santa Monica, California.

Her first book, Radio Shangri-La is about her accidental invitation to the Kingdom of Bhutan to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule. Ray & Joan is her second book.

Refreshments are available.  This free event is located at the Pavilion on the La Posada campus in Green Valley, Arizona. The resident arts showcase is located at the tent.  Download a campus map here! Free parking is available. Also, a shuttle to the exhibit tents is available.

For further information about this event, dial 520-648-8131.

Also, save the date for another free 30th Anniversary celebration event!

Come back to the La Posada campus on Friday, April 28, 2017!  Beginning 11 AM in front of the La Vista apartments, join us for a free musical dedication! Domingo DeGrazia with violinist Beth Daunis and the Degrazia band will perform Spanish and classical music. Degrazia’s music embodies the experience of the Southwest and weaves a delicate tapestry through sound. Free admission.

For up to the minute 30th-anniversary celebration updates please return to this blog post or watch for updates on the La Posada Facebook Page and The Shoppes at La Posada Facebook Page.

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is an award-winning, nationally accredited not-for-profit retirement community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

Navigating Cancer and Beyond – Free Community Seminar is April 1!

If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer we invite you to join us at a free,  1-day community seminar!

The Navigating Cancer and Beyond seminar happens Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Pavilion on the La Posada campus.

Between 9 AM – 2:45 PM, attendees will have their choice of the following learning and exercise opportunities:

  • Workshops with local support groups & resources
  • Denis Cournoyer – American Cancer Society Services
  • Nancy Karsh – Nutrition
  • Karen Rhodes – Palliative Care
  • Seija Snow – Breathing
  • Michael Beale – Tibetan Bowl Meditation
  • Culinary demonstrations and sampling
  • Introduction to Beat Cancer Boot Camp (modified)

Free admission.

To save you seat or have questions, please email Kimberly Murphy at kimberly@laposadagv.com or Jennifer Vandivort at jennifer@laposadagv.com

If you cannot email, please contact Kimberly Murphy at 520-648-4223.

The Pavilion is located at 670 Park Centre Ave., Green Valley, AZ 85614.  Find and download a La Posada campus map here!

For up to date event information please return to this web page or friend and watch the La Posada Facebook Page.

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

Spring Concerts For A Better Community Begin February 11!

Aloha, Green Valley!

Your Southern Arizona Spring Break begins February 11 when Concerts For A Better Community returns to The Shoppes at La Posada for 6 weeks.

First up, Scattered Grass takes the stage with lively Bluegrass and Gospel music to spotlight a vital community resource, Posada Life Adult Day Services, who knows the challenges of caring for a loved one at home.

Posada Life Adult Day Services offers a safe and stimulating environment for your loved one while offering respite to their caregivers. If you are caring for someone with a physical disability, impaired memory or emotional needs, this program may be your answer to helping you take care of yourself while you strive to keep your loved one at home.  Adult Day Service’s state-licensed program is staffed with health aides, activity specialists and licensed nurses. Your mother, father, or spouse will enjoy a variety of individual and group activities, including, exercise, entertainment, monthly theme parties, and field trips. For further information about Posada Life Adult Day Services, please contact Rosanna at 520-393-6835.

FREE ADMISSION to all concerts and the live performances start at noon. If rain, concerts are relocated indoors to Posada Java.

And the 2017 spring concert performers are.

  • Saturday, February 11:  Scattered Grass, Gospel, and Vintage Country Music
  • Saturday, February 18:  Jukebox Junquies, 60’s and 70’s Dancing Music!
  • Saturday, February 25: The Green Valley Stage Band,  Jazz/Pop/Swing music 
  • Saturday, March 4: Two’s Company, Musical and comedy duo. Listen to music from Big Band, soft rock, country, and easy listening.
  • Saturday, March 11:  Retro Rockets, Rock N ‘ Roll with an ATTITUDE
  • Saturday, March 18: Alcan Band, A quintet delivering jazz standards with upbeat creativity and humor!  

Monetary donations accepted for Adult Day Services at all concerts.  During concert hours, 12 PM – 2 PM, Posada Java will donate all sales to Posada Life’s Adult Day Services.

Thank s to our concert series sponsors! Please show love to our concerts sponsors by visiting their websites below:

Come early for a great seat!  Or, bring your own portable chair and find a special place to watch the concert with family and friends. And…there is always plenty of room to dance.

The spring concerts are located in the courtyard at the Shoppes on the La Posada campus in Green Valley, AZ.

For up-to-date concert information, please friend and visit The Shoppes at La Posada Facebook Page.

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

Season’s Greetings from the Inn Artists!

Does your artistic expression and ingenuity take flight during the holiday season?

As sparkly and shiny Christmas decorations descend onto the La Posada campus,  resident artists mix past and present memories into thoughtful holiday wishes filled with soulful ideas needed in today’s  complex world.

The Inn Artists, La Posada resident artists,  exemplary works fill the hallways, common areas, and grounds throughout our retirement community. Their artwork defines La Posada’s whimsical campus and gives our senior living character.

This year,  the Inn Artists want us to share their holiday greetings and wishes with our blog audience. Their greeting cards offer a great array of Happy Holiday greetings.  Some reflective of the southwest culture, others offering “new” ideas of simplicity and kindness in a now “connected” world.

Enjoy our resident artist’s holiday wishes!

Below, Kit Humphries reminds us about the simple idea of home….All are welcome during the holidays.

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Above, La Posada resident Jim Murray offers his season’s greetings from the place he calls HOME!  Home and belonging are what inspires his creativity.  Jim, thank you for the great drawing of one of our Garden Homes.

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Above, Bernice Vertner shares a simple premise those who celebrate Christmas often forget….

Below,  Betty Greeley’s greeting card thought to her peeps: Good will toward people.

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Above,  Jim Murray’s holiday greeting drawing displays a popular Southern Arizona destination, Tumacacori National Historic Park.  This mission building is shown decorated for Christmas with luminaries, a popular Southwestern lantern.

Below, James and Carol Heuser offers a 3D Hanukkah or Festivals of Lights greeting: Tolerance, Peace, Love, & Shalom.

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Above, Frieda Van Houten wishes all tweets, friends, and family: “Wishing You A Season That Sparkles, A New Year That Shines”.

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Above, Serene Rein asks everyone to ponder their blessings!

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Above, James Heuser extends a “digital” dove of peace to all friends, family, and new acquaintances.

Below, Lynn Norred’s Poinsettia is December’s birth flower and instills good cheer, mirth, and happy celebrations to all throughout the holiday season.

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Here’s to a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017!

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: spacious apartments, Garden Homes, and award-winning Park Centre Homes.

Connect: Green Valley App is now available!

Now, there’s an app for the Green Valley, Arizona area!

The Connect: Green Valley app is a convenient source of information and solutions for people seeking life-enriching community services. This is one stop shopping, helping people connect with area health, wellness, and support service providers . This app is FREE and updated frequently by Green Valley community service providers.

Connect: Green Valley is an app (interactive application), designed to streamline your search for adult services in Green Valley. Initially funded by a generous grant from the Freeport – McMoRan Community Investment Foundation, Posada Life set out to create a portable and convenient “one stop” for locating and exploring adult services in Green Valley and our surrounding area.  Posada Life designed the application to be user-friendly and operate across multiple devices.

This application was designed based on three pillars: Learn, Locate and Listen.

Learning: Our education section, powered by our Inspired Living Institute, provides the user with targeted information on a variety of topics, all designed to educate the user and provide a solid foundation of knowledge.

Locate: Using the mapping feature, the user can locate services in the desired area, contact those providers and begin to build a plan of action.

Listen: Users may also send providers correspondence and feedback based on services provided.

Where do I find this free app?

On your desktop computer, visit the Connect: Green Valley website.

Or, download the free app to your mobile portable device to allow instant usage when on the go.

How do I use the Connect: Green Valley app? 

Read the App directions

For further information about the Connect: Green Valley app, dial Community Connect at 520-393-6700.

Do  you want to list your business or organization in the  new Connect: Green Valley app?

Visit provider information for details and sign-up!

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors!

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: spacious apartments, Garden Homes, and award-winning Park Centre Homes.

DREAMS Come True program now accepting nominees!

“The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

DREAMS Come True is a program for area residents age 55+ that can make a lifelong goal become reality or fulfill a new but meaningful life experience that has been out of reach. A committee of community representatives with the staff of Casa Community Services and the Posada Life Foundation make selections twice annually from nominations received throughout the year.  The program is made possible by the Posada Life Foundation, and charitable contributions to DREAMS Come True are most welcome.

The 1st DREAM fulfilled came in the form of a trip for an area woman who longed to see two little granddaughters before her eyesight failed. DREAMS Come True was able to arrange the trip and a family reunion dinner.

The 2nd DREAM brings back memories for a Korean War-era Navy veteran. Kodiak Island is the destination and the veteran and his wife are excited to travel to Alaska where he can see the many changes that have occurred in 60+ years – and to search for what remains of that era of history.

The 3rd DREAM awarded allowed a retired teacher to spend her October birthday with her sick son in Arkansas.

A 4th DREAM was awarded to 2 seniors. One wants the thrill of flying again in a biplane; the other to tap dance in an on-stage performance in front of an audience.

A 5th DREAM is expected to be awarded in Spring 2017.

Do you want to help make someone’s dream a reality?

DREAMS Come True is NOW accepting applications or nominations until March 31, 2017!

Here is the guidelines needing to be fulfilled to nominate a worthy senior:

  • Minimum Age: 55
  • U.S. Citizen or legal U.S. resident
  • Unable to fulfill the dream on their own
  • Capable of experiencing the dream
  • Dreams granted to residents living in the following Arizona geographic areas: Green Valley, Sahuarita, Amado, Arivaca, and Tubac 

Please contact Ellen March, Director of Casa Community Center, for further information at 520-393-6840, or read DREAMS Come True info & guidelines, and submit an application using the below links:

Dreams Come True Information and Guidelines

Dreams Come True Application

Application deadline is March 31, 2017! 

Thank you for helping a friend, neighbor, or good Samaritan’s DREAM Come True!

La Posada’s mission: To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors!

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

How to right-size your move? Tips from La Posada’s Settling-In crew!

“We’re moving!”

Now, take a deep breath and let your body relax….

Moving is one of the most stressful life events one will face.  Moving means leaving what is familiar and taking a chance offering new employment opportunities, life experiences, retirement, or pursuing a dream.  To many, moving is leaving children or grandchildren, good friends, a well-established life, and parting with “stuff” one used throughout the years.

Often, moving means giving up control of the situation to complete strangers: Your placing your stuff, heirlooms, and family history with businesses recommended to you by family and friends.  Further, we haven’t gotten to the issues of switching doctors, transporting pets, and traveling to your new home.

Presently, the Settling-In crew at La Posada coordinates moves for present and future residents to our campus.  In 2005, Settling-In was created by La Posada to address the need of not just downsizing one’s home, but the real need, right-sizing your future place.  The La Posada Settling-In crew  averages 7 – 12 moves every month.

Right-sizing means making better use of existing or future spaces through proper planning. Right-sizing your home means taking inventory of your stuff and making hard decisions about your household items, furniture, and mementos.

In short, people who right-size their homes need to ponder 3 simple list ideas while taking inventory of their present homes:

  • Must haves for your new place: What would you replace if gone?
  • What I can live without in my new place: These are items you could sell, donate, or offer to the kids.  If space becomes a concern, get rid of these items.
  • Things I could replace: These are big items. Consider replacing the  massive sectional couch with a smaller sofa.

Right-sizing  your home doesn’t need to be an unpleasant, intrusive experience! Your investing in a leap of faith. Slow down and listen to the advice from those you hired to do your move.  Sometimes,  one cannot control the moving results but you can take initiative with proper pre-planning and  organizing tips!  

Whether using moving professionals or your self-movers, La Posada’s  Settling-In coordinator Roxanne Duren-Walters offers these moving tips:

During pre-planning your move….

  • Before moving your furniture to a new place, ask for a “to-scale” floor plan. Measure your furniture and determine if there is enough space to place the furniture you wish to bring
  • Dust off your household items before bringing them into your new clean place.
  • Hang pictures, wall art, and place fragile artwork last.
  • Pack an overnight bag for one day or several nights including your prescriptions. After moving day (s), its nice to wake up, take a shower and put on clean clothes.
  • For the pet owner, keep your pet with a friend or your vet until your completely moved. Moving crews are not aware of your pet and are busy moving you into your place.

Right-sizing your move….

  • In a given knickknack category ask the following: If I can take only 3 pieces with me, which would they be? Which items are meaningful?
  • Any room in your present home you don’t use? Would you miss the items in this room?
  • Can you access present furniture easily? Do you need to bend down or use a ladder to get to items? Maybe its time for functional furniture based on your evolving physical needs.
  • Don’t expect your children to have the same taste in furniture.  If they don’t want an item or piece of furniture, consider an estate sale, or a consignment shop.
  • Will you entertain more or less in your next place?  Often, a full service for 8 silverware, glassware, dinnerware, & serving dishes meets your needs.
  • How often will you be cooking?  Limit the number of pots, pans, and casserole dishes. This includes all those small appliances that you watched a 30 minute commercial about.
  • Clothing: If you haven’t warn it in a year, get rid of it! Keep special occasion clothing provided you intend to wear it again.

Moving tips for self-movers….

  • Place glassware inside socks…Saves on bubble wrap costs!
  • Use your clothing to cushion breakables
  • Label your boxes with contents AND what room it goes into
  • Keep Ziploc baggies and a Sharpie pen handy to hold hardware from items the require dissembling and label.
  • Take a picture of the back of your computer and TV so you know which wire goes where.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to pack. Boxes with cut outs for hands are easier to lift or drag.

Need more unusual moving tips?

Often, moving means right-sizing your place to fit into a new home and lifestyle. Your happiness with moving results depends on asking yourself the hard, honest questions about your present and future needs and your “stuff”.

La Posada’s mission :To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.

Summer Concert Series Begins July 15!

We get it Green Valley – Sahuarita,  you need to cool off from the summer heat!

Arizona is known for cool summer nights. Why aren’t you taking advantage of them?

Now, add a frosty, sweet treat, a little live music, and the evening is complete!

Your summer respite begins July 15th when the Ice Cream and Music Friday Nights concert series returns to The Shoppes at La Posada for 6 weeks. All concerts begin 6 PM.

First up, the Sonoran Dogs take the stage with lively Bluegrass and Folk music to spotlight a vital community resource, The Amado-Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Banks!

FREE ADMISSION! If rain, concerts are relocated indoors to Posada Java.

And the 2016 summer concert performers are.

  • Friday, July 15:  The Sonoran Dogs, Bluegrass, Folk and Celtic music
  • Friday, July 22:  The Tucson Retro Rockets, Classic Rock n’Roll
  • Friday, July 29: The Big Band Sounds of Green Valley,  Big Band favorites you know and love
  • Friday, August 5 : The Mary Lou Sextet, Entertaining  Piano
  • Friday, August 12:  ROH Band, Rock, Blues, Ballads songs with an ATTITUDE
  • Friday, August 19: Mariachi La Aguilitas de Davis,  Davis Elementary Schools’ youngest mariachis will perform!  

Both monetary and food donations accepted for the local food bank at all concerts.  During concert hours, 6 PM – 8 PM, Posada Java will donate all sales to the local food bank.

Come early for a great seat!  Always plenty of room to dance in the Shoppes courtyard.

Thank you KGVY -Familiar Favorites for your media sponsorship.

The summer concerts are located in the Shoppes on the La Posada campus in Green Valley, AZ.

For up-to-date concert information, please friend and visit The Shoppes at La Posada Facebook Page.

La Posada’s mission :To Maximize the Well-Being of Seniors.

La Posada at Park Centre is Arizona’s 1st accredited  Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Green Valley, AZ, 23 miles south of Tucson.  We offer maintenance-free living choices: apartments, Garden Homes, and Park Centre Homes.