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Chance encounter inspires Tallgrass Creek resident to keep people smiling

Oct 5, 2018

More than a half-century ago, Lyndal Holmes – fresh out of school with a degree in dental surgery – found himself in the middle of the fierce brutality of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. It was part of a Communist surge in 1968 that historians now mark as a turning point in that bitter conflict that ended with America’s eventual withdrawal.

Decades later, Holmes, who now lives at Tallgrass Creek , the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kansas, found his life touched again by that long-ago war.

In 2005, Holmes was visiting...

A leap of faith turns into a relaxing, enjoyable lifestyle

Aug 16, 2018

Not long ago, Tallgrass Creek resident Judy Higginbotham assumed she would be in her large, comfortable home for many more years. It was located in a lovely neighborhood, close to a popular golf course in Kansas City, Mo.

Judy and her late husband "Higg", a retired American Airlines pilot, moved into their 6000 square foot home in 1999 and enjoyed the neighborhood and proximity to the golf course. The couple met at American Airlines, where Judy also worked as a stewardess, and were married for 37 years.

"After my husband passed away, I continued living in our home...

Culinary School Grad Megan Sova Finds Meaningful Career at Tallgrass Creek

Mar 5, 2018

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 1, 2018) -- When 25-year-old Megan Sova drove by Tallgrass Creek several years ago, she recalls being impressed with the beauty of the campus.

"I also remember thinking that someday I'd like to work there," says Sova.

Sova, a recent culinary school graduate, had worked in the restaurant business for a while, most recently as a grill cook in a local, upscale bistro. Though very interested in...

Discovering the Inner Artist at Tallgrass Creek

Mar 2, 2018

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- It's never too late to learn something new according to some residents who, after moving to Tallgrass Creek, are discovering their inner artist.

"I've always wanted to learn to paint, and the lessons are right here," says Sharon Slagle, who recently signed up for a beginner watercolor class.

The budding artists can choose watercolor and/or acrylic painting lessons taught by enthusiastic instructor Alysia Quisenberry Carter, a former...

Fitness Thrives at Tallgrass Creek

Nov 13, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 13, 2017) -- The holidays are fast approaching, which means, as one Tallgrass Creek resident notes, "the season of eating is upon us."

But for Tallgrass Creek neighbors, there is an antidote for that typical holiday weight gain. It is steps away in the community's fitness center and in the many group exercise classes available to people who live at this retirement community.

Tallgrass Creek fitness guru...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Conserve Environment and Protect Wildlife

Jul 19, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 13, 2017) – An oasis of nature is thriving in the middle of Overland Park and it may be the city’s best-kept secret.

Its 64-acres of land in the heart of the city’s business district are known affectionately as The Secret Gardens of Tallgrass Creek. And the residents who tend to this park-like site could not be more proud.

Numerous flower garden beds, professionally landscaped grounds, open...

Construction Begins on 78-Apartment Home Goldfinch Lane at Tallgrass Creek

Jul 12, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 1 2 , 2017) – Construction has begun on Goldfinch Lane, the fifth residence building at Tallgrass Creek that will offer 78 spacious apartment homes in 12 different designs, including previously sold-out floor plan styles back by popular demand.

Goldfinch Lane, which is an Erickson Living Management LL-developed project, will also house a 1,200-square-foot multiuse community room that can be reserved for resident meetings or personal gatherings. The four-story building will offer deluxe appliances and finishes, upgraded lighting and...

Java with Jean

Jun 6, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 6, 2017) -- Tallgrass Creek Executive Director Jean Landreville hosts casual coffee and conversation breaks each month with residents so neighbors can hear news about the community and, in turn, ask questions and share their thoughts.

To accommodate as many folks as possible, Landreville hosts two different gatherings in the community’s Cottonwood Room, where residents enjoy coffee and biscotti during the casual open forum.

“We have many talented, accomplished people at Tallgrass Creek...

Forur Generations of One Family Live and/or Work at Tallgrass Creek

May 8, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 8, 2017) – Four-generations of one family have found a home at Tallgrass Creek retirement community where Lynn Schaffer is its Finance Director. Her daughter, Lauren Schaffer, is a student worker in the Dining Services department and her mother, Karen Kelly, and her grammy, Ginny Caldwell, are residents.

“I have peace and comfort in knowing grammy and my mom receive excellent care and services, and in the experience my daughter has gained by working here,” said Lynn, who has...

Chef Torrey Hill Wins Tallgrass Creek’s Chef Cook-Off

May 4, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 4, 2017) – Chef Torrey Hill earned the title Master Chef and a $50 gift certificate by winning a Chef Cook-Off held in the Bistro at Tallgrass Creek retirement community. Nearly 100 people attended this event, which saw Chef Torrey compete against Chef Andy Ward.

Both chefs were provided a mystery bag consisting of three items that needed to be included in their dish. The items were a beef tenderloin (that needed to be trimmed and cut) Sweet Potatoes,...