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Poet Laureate of Kansas Wyatt Townley Inspires Tallgrass Creek Residents

Oct 26, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 26, 2015) -- Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas, visited Tallgrass Creek October 19 to present “Coming Home to Poetry” as part of her poetry readings to 68 organizations across Kansas.

Townley inspired residents with her advocacy of the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans through public presentations and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

Her appearance was arranged by Tallgrass Creek resident Judy Turner, who said Townley’s love of poetry is contagious. Residents, for instance, are now sharing their poetry books with one another as a result of listening...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Taste/Judge 13 Crock Pots of Chili

Oct 19, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- A simmering pot of homemade chili will warm up any occasion which was evident Friday, October 16, when teams of Tallgrass Creek staff members competed in a spirited, chili cook off. As deciding voters, residents flocked to the community's Sunflower Room to taste the competition's 13 crock pots of chili, each representing a different department at Tallgrass Creek.

"It was a tough contest," says resident Anne Kyle, one of about 175 residents who tasted and voted for their favorite chili. "I've never seen that many different kinds of chili together in one place. They were...

Tallgrass Creek Sinatra Look-a-Likes Celebrate His 100th Birthday

Oct 19, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 15, 2015) -- Max Evans won a Frank Sinatra Look-a-Like contest held today at Tallgrass Creek retirement community. The contest celebrated Sinatra's 100th birthday.

Evans moved to Tallgrass Creek from Des Moines, Iowa, and is a former farm manager and agricultural appraiser. He won bragging rights as being the day’s honorary “Chairman of the Board” in Kansas.

Contest participants were George Lund, Lynn Brown, Max Evans, Dave Thomson, and Jim Graham. They sang Sinatra’s hit song “Come Fly with Me.”

All participants received a bottle of bourbon (Sinatra’s favorite drink) and an ample...

Tallgrass Creek Honors, Supports People Who Have Alzheimer's

Oct 6, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 5,2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents today participated in an ‘Alzheimer’s Honor Walk & Roll’ on their 65-acre campus to remember people who have the disease and to pledge support for them.

Seventy-five residents gathered on the community’s front lawn and then walked along marked paths. As each resident walked through an archway they used a megaphone to speak the name of the person who they were honoring.

The residents were given lavender balloons, which they released as a group upon the conclusion of the walk.

This event coincided with the Kansas...

October 15th Frank Sinatra Look-a-Like Contest to be Held at Tallgrass Creek

Oct 6, 2015

OVERLAND PAK, KS -- A Wednesday, October 15, ‘Frank Sinatra Look-a-like Contest’ will be held by residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, to celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday. The contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the community, 13800 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

Each contestant will wear a Sinatra-esque fedora hat and lip-sync to Sinatra’s signature song “New York New York.” He will display his best Sinatra swagger and style.

A winner, who will be will be judged by representatives from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas, will receive a...

"Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music" Coming in October to Tallgrass Creek

Sep 16, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 16, 2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community is partnering with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas to present “Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music,” a series of October interactive courses that will examine the cultural influence of Frank Sinatra.

These courses will examine the man and the trajectory of his singing and acting careers with emphasis on his concerts and television shows.

The courses, which will be held on Thursdays, October 8, 15 and 22 (from 2 - 4 p.m.) at Tallgrass Creek, are being offered as residents celebrate...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Set Monthly Cookie Baking Record to Help Feed the Homeless

Sep 14, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 14, 2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents set a monthly record in August when they baked a total of 2,502 cookies for volunteer Marcia Merrick’s work to provide lunches for homeless men, women and children in Kansas City, Missouri.

They shattered their previous monthly record of 2,000 baked cookies. The residents bake more than 21,000 cookies annually as part of this community outreach project in which they have been involved for the past four years.

About 50 Tallgrass Creek residents bake the cookies. The cookies are part of hundreds of monthly lunches, which...

Tallgrass Creek Server Thomas Tong Stars in Unicorn Theater Play

Aug 31, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 31, 2015) – Thomas Tong, a server at Tallgrass Creek retirement community, is excited to star as a monk in the play, The Oldest Boy, now on stage through September 20 at Unicorn Theater in Overland Park, KS.

Residents from Tallgrass Creek are thrilled about his thespian success, so much so that they are organizing ongoing shuttle bus trips to the theater to see his performances.

In the play when Tibetan monks believe they’ve found the reincarnation of a high Buddhist Lama as a young American boy, his parents must decide whether to hold...

Matt Chatfield is Tallgrass Creek's New Executive Chef

Jul 13, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 13, 2015) -- Matt Chatfield has been named the new Executive Chef for Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS.

Some of Chef Matt’s former positions include Executive Chef at William Jewell College, The Culinary Center of Kansas City, Brandon Woods Senior Living, and Brookridge Country Club.

He completed his Chef Apprenticeship through nationally recognized Johnson County Community College.

Chef Matt is an active member of The American Culinary Federation, and is a sitting member of the board with The Greater Kansas City Chef’s Association.

Chef Matt has led culinary classes...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Raise More Than $26,000 to Help Their Student Scholars

Jun 17, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 17, 2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community has celebrated the eight-member Class of 2015 Student Scholars at a recent Award Ceremony. The student workers earned four-year collegiate scholarships in the amount of $26,500 from money raised by residents.

In the previous seven years, the Tallgrass Creek Scholars Program has raised nearly $160,000, assisting 30 students to advance their collegiate careers.

This year’s student scholarship recipients are:

Phillip Baxter – University of Kansas, Business & Pre-Law

Olivia Degner – University of Arkansas, Computer Science

Wesley Easum – University of Kansas, Mechanical Engineering...