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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...

Ozzie Esseson, One of Last Living WWII Marine Paratroopers, to be Honored April 18 at Tallgrass Creek

Apr 8, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 8, 2013) - Ozzie Eggeson, one the last living WWII Marine Paratroopers, will be honored by Tallgrass Creek retirement community on Thursday, April 18, at a Quilts of Valor Ceremony in Overland Park, KS. Thirteen WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who live at Tallgrass Creek retirement community along with Eggeson will receive Quilts of Valor. Each quilt will have a special patch on it that lists the veteran's name, military branch and years of service. There were 3,500 Marine Paratroopers in WWII. Just a few hundred are said to be alive today. Eggeson, who...

Rib Cook-Off at Tallgrass Creek

Apr 3, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 3, 2013) -- Two of the culinary teams this week at Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park decided to out-do each other and hold a cook-off to see who could make the best ribs. Tension and anticipation was high as Line Cooks Torrey Hill and Aaron Fletcher went head-to-head in a good-hearted competition. With Marc Lewis, Executive Chef, and Faith Poulikidis, Preparation Cook, at the judges table the votes were cast for taste, tenderness and of course best beans. The winner with the best out of 45 points was Torrey Hill. Both chefs were met...

March 28 Groundbreaking for Tallgrass Creek's New Continuing Care Neighborhood

Mar 21, 2013
WHAT: A Thursday, March 28, groundbreaking for a new Continuing Care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek, a  retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living in Overland Park, KS. 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 has more than 300 residents, to offer assisted living, short-term rehab and nursing care, in addition to independent living. The higher level of care programs...

Retirement Living is Going to the Dogs (and Cats) at Tallgrass Creek

Mar 19, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 19, 2013) - Tallgrass Creek is full of hundreds of vibrant and interesting residents. The Overland Park, KS,  retirement community is home to former doctors, lawyers, professors, artists, people who have traveled all over the world, and those who have lived extraordinary lives close to home. Everyone has an amazing story to tell.  And then there are others who live at Tallgrass Creek whose stories are best told by their paw prints, meows and barks. They are the residents'  beloved dogs and cats. The dogs include Frankie, Oliver, Winkie, Goldie, Snoozie, Buffy, Buddy, Sparky, Daisy, Callie, Cleo,...

Zumba Fitness Craze Comes to Tallgrass Creek

Mar 8, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 8, 2013) - The Zumba fitness craze has come to Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, KS, and residents are not about to stop it anytime soon. Zumba is sweeping the nation. Many health clubs and community recreation departments offer Zumba. While Zumba classes differ from club to club and instructor to instructor, all classes use Latin-inspired music and have a dance party atmosphere. The Zumba classes at Tallgrass Creek began this month are already are filled to near capacity because of Zumba's popularity. Zumba Gold, which is offered, takes place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. in...

Public Invited to March 21 "Barrage Balloons and Buzz Bombs!" Presentation at Tallgrass Creek

Mar 4, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 4, 2013) - The public is invited to attend a free Thursday, March 21, "Barrage Balloons and Buzz Bombs!" presentation at Tallgrass Creek retirement community, 13800 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, KS. The presentation, which will be held be held from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., will be a forum in which resident Cliff Rauch, a WWII veteran, will share his experiences in the European Theater.  Seating is limited. To RSVP please contact: Mel.Tansilll@Erickson.com This presentation is sponsored by the Tallgrass Creek Veterans Club, which consists of 103 veterans.  The club's membership includes 45 WWII...