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Tallgrass Creek Resident Leaves for Family Reunion -- on Alcatraz

Jul 31, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 31, 2013) - Growing up on Alcatraz Island, Tallgrass Creek retirement community resident Darlyne Sheppeard had a far from typical childhood. She took a boat to school and lived a stone's throw away from hundreds of the country's most notorious criminals. During Sheppeard's time there, the maximum security island prison hosted the infamous likes of  inmates Al Capone and "Machine Gun" Kelly. On Tuesday, August 6, Sheppeard, whose father was a warden at Alcatraz, is headed back to Alcatraz for a reunion of former inmates, guards and residents of the prison. "Usually a handful of inmates...

Tallgrass Creek's Dining Servcies Department Offers Safety Tips for Cookouts and Picnics

Jul 30, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS  (July 30, 2013) -- It's that time of the year for cookouts and picnics. Here are a few food safety tips courtesy Tallgrass Creek retirement community's Dining Service Department:  Wash hands before preparing food and between handling raw and ready-to-eat foods.  Keep raw food separate from cooked food.  Prevent cross contamination from marinades. Always marinate raw food in the refrigerator, never on the counter. If you use marinade as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion of the marinade before putting the raw meat or poultry in it.  Use different plates...

Tallgrass Creek Grandmother of 7 Offers Grandparenting Tips to Prince Charles

Jul 24, 2013
OVERLAND PARK KS (July 23, 2013) - Eva Angell, a resident of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, knows a thing or two about being a grandparent. She has 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. And she respectfully offers the following tips to Prince Charles to help him be a good grandfather to his new Royal grandson, the son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Dutchess of Cambridge, born this week in London.  Angell, who is a self-described "occasional" Royal watcher, said Prince Charles should: Love his grandson -- always. Be proud of him. Encourage him in...

Tallgrass Creek-Kansas University Partnership Proves Lifelong Learning is Ageless

Jul 24, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS  (July 24, 2013) - Residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park have developed an ageless love of learning through a partnership with the Kansas University branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a nonprofit offering courses on a wide range of topics to learners of all ages. Tallgrass Creek residents work closely with the Kansas University Osher Institute to develop courses they find interesting. A hit among Tallgrass Creek residents has been a course focusing on the music of the renowned American composer and pianist, George Gershwin. The work of the Tallgrass Creek education committee,...

Three Johnson County, KS, Students to Receive Scholarships from Tallgrass Creek Residents' Fundraising

Jun 4, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 4, 2013) - Three high school students from Johnson County will receive scholarships to help them attend college at a June 7 ceremony at Tallgrass Creek  retirement community, where they have worked part-time. They will receive a combined total of $11,000 raised by Tallgrass Creek  residents during the past two months to show their appreciation of the students' work and to help assist them financially in their post-secondary education. These students work for at least two years during which time they are trained, mentored, and cared for by the 300  residents who become surrogate grandparents to...

Tallgrass Creek Residents' May 23 Exercise-a-Thon to Celebrate Their Healthy Living

May 22, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS - Hundreds of residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, will celebrate their healthy living by participating in a nonstop series of fitness events on Thursday, May 23. The events will be held on the Tallgrass Creek campus (13800 Metcalf Avenue)  and are as follows: 10 a.m. - Noon: Senior Fitness testing. 10 - 11 a.m.:  Zumba demonstrations every 15 minutes. 10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Yoga demonstrations every 15 minutes. 1 - 2 p.m.: Pool Volleyball. 1 - 2  p.m.:  Putting contest on the green. For Tallgrass Creek residents staying in shape is convenient and...

Rev. Robert Southard, a Tallgrass Creek Resident, Uses Global Trade to Create Income for People Living in Poverty

May 6, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 6, 2013) -- Rev. Robert Southard, D. Min., a retired pastor who lives at Tallgrass Creek retirement community,  travels worldwide in search of third world country crafts to bring to market in the United States. He owns Unique Finds Gifts, a  shop in downtown Overland Park, KS, that specializes in selling crafts by artists from as far away as China, Thailand and Puerto Rico. Southard got the idea for his shop after having spent many years traveling overseas on youth mission trips where he obtained unique handmade items. He always had a fondness for the craftwork...

Tallgrass Creek's Campus is Now a Certified Wildlife Habitat

May 3, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 3, 2013) - The 65-acre campus of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park has been recognized as being an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site by National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The Tallgrass Creek campus attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape. More than 40 different species of birds have been identified on the campus. Squirrels, rabbits, beavers, coyotes, and deer can be seen regularly, and one Tallgrass Creek resident swears she has seen a bobcat. In order to become certified, Tallgrass Creek had to provide the four basic...

April 17 Junior-Senior Prom to Bring Students and Retirees Together on Tallgrass Creek's Dance Floor

Apr 9, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 9, 2013) - A Wednesday, April 17, Junior-Senior Prom at Tallgrass Creek retirement community will bring 30 students from Blue Valley North High School and nearly 100 retirees together on the dance floor. They will do the Electric Slide, Macarena and Booty Call, among other dances. There might even be an impromptu Harlem Shake. The Prom will be a night of dancing and the sharing of life stories. A Dee Jay provided by the students will play an assortment of music genres - everything from Big Band to Rock, from Country to Hip-Hop - as intergenerational...

Late March Snow Fails to Stop Groundbreaking for Tallgrass Creek's New Continuing Care Neighborhood

Apr 8, 2013
 OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 8, 2013) - A late March snowstorm failed to stop Erickson Living from breaking ground on a new Continuing Care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS. The groundbreaking was moved "inside" and was attended by more than 200 residents , future residents and staff. This continuing care neighborhood will immediately create 50 construction jobs and then add 70 health care jobs when it opens later this year. It will generate more than $1 million in annual economic impact to Johnson County and Overland Park. This new neighborhood will allow Tallgrass Creek, which...