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Art is a Serious Creative Pursuit at Tallgrass Creek

Jan 8, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (January 6, 2015) -- Painting is more than a pastime for 20 creative Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents who gather weekly to hone their artistic talents.

The participating artists meet every Wednesday in the community's classroom for two-hour painting classes taught by Alysia Quisenberry, a former art teacher in the local Blue Valley School District with a college degree in painting and printmaking. Quisenberry, who is the daughter of late Kansas City Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry, has taught acrylic/oil painting classes at Tallgrass Creek for four years and enjoys sharing her love of art...

Tallgrass Creek's Betsy Heimke is "Unbroken" by Her WWII Teenage POW Ordeal

Jan 8, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (December 25, 2014) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community resident Betsy Heimke doesn’t need to see “Unbroken,” the Angelina Jolie- directed movie opening on Christmas Day based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book about Louis Zamperini and the torture he endured at the hands of the Japanese in a WWII prison camp. She lived her own version of it.

Zamperini’s story is one of survival, resilience and redemption (he traveled to Japan before his death and forgave his captors). Heimke’s story is also one of survival and resilience. She, however, will never forgive her captors....

October 10 "Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS and Sweep Out Hunger" KC Royals Pep Rally/Food Drive at Tallgrass Creek

Oct 8, 2014


A Friday, October 10, "Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS and Sweep Out Hunger" Kansas city Royals Pep Rally/Food Drive by more than 300 residents and staff of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS. This event is being held in conjunction with Harvesters, a regional food bank serving a 25-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.

Tallgrass Creek resident and staff will donate food and related household products during an 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pep Rally to cheer their beloved Kansas City Royals onto an ALCS victory over the Baltimore Orioles....

Ancient Chinese Discipline Finds a Home at Tallgrass Creek

Oct 6, 2014

If you peek into Tallgrass Creek retirement community's classroom any Friday morning at 8:30, you'll see around 22 residents performing the ancient Chinese discipline known as tai chi. But you won't hear the usual chatter of many group functions because the precise, meditative movements are performed slowly with lights dimmed, in silence. Tai chi, it appears, has found a home in Overland Park, KS.

"It is a very quiet, peaceful 'meditation in movement,'" says resident Merrill Stiles, a retired physician who began teaching tai chi to interested Tallgrass Creek residents in 2009. "It is a time when you are...

Tallgrass Creek's Executive Team Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 27, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 27, 2014) - Eight members of the Executive Team at Tallgrass Creek retirement community late yesterday dumped buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. They did this to join a viral movement called the "Ice Bucket Challenge." The Tallgrass Creek employees posted their ice bucket video to social media and issued a challenge to Village Shalom, Santa Marta, Lakeview Village, and Bishop Spencer  to also  take the plunge and keep the cycle going. If those challenged don't accept within 24 hours,...

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff to "Walk Across America" in September

Aug 26, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 26, 2014) - Residents and staff of Tallgrass Creek retirement community will participate September 1 -30 in a "Walk Across America" fitness project in which they will keep track of the time -- and distances --  they walk. They will walk each day in and around their 65-acre campus in Overland Park, KS. They will be able to count time spent in gardening, exercise classes, golfing, and swimming. Health tips and factoids will be delivered to residents and staff. A celebration at the conclusion of the fitness project will tabulate results and determine if residents, or...

Carl Scavuzzo, Jr is Named Executive Chef at Tallgrass Creek

Aug 5, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 5, 2014) -- Carl Scavuzzo, Jr., a chef who has more than 20 years of culinary and hospitality experience in a variety of settings including restaurant, hotel and senior living, has been named Executive Chef at Tallgrass Creek retirement community. Chef Carl is a graduate of the University of Kansas, as well as the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. His career has taken him to past employment with the Marriott Hotel at four different locations including Kansas City, The Art Museum Café (St. Louis), Hotel Philips (Kansas City), Scavuzzo's Italian Restaurant (Kansas...

Gardeners Galore at Tallgrass Creek

Aug 4, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 4, 2014) - Walkers strolling Tallgrass Creek's campus on a sunny morning in Overland Park, KS, are often drawn to a fenced area located just north of the community's main entrance. A quick peek behind the slatted wooden fence will usually find several residents planting, weeding, or harvesting in plentiful, well-maintained gardens. The 48 garden spaces are provided by Tallgrass Creek to its resident gardeners and measure 10 feet by 10 feet. Tallgrass Creek is responsible for the soil, water, and rototilling, while residents take care of the design, planting, and maintenance of their individual gardens...

Tallgrass Creek Residents to Spit Watermelon Seeds in July 15 Contest

Jul 8, 2014
WHAT: A Tuesday, July 15, free-style Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest by Overland Park, KS, retirees during Tallgrass Creek retirement community's Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. The event, which will begin at 10:45 a.m. immediately following a summer Watermelon Social, will showcase spitting techniques that promise to be the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. PARTICULARS: Scores of residents will spit seeds on an officially-designated watermelon seed spitting course (actually the sidewalk next to the pool) on the Terrace outside the Tallgrass Creek Marketplace. Wellness Coordinator Amy Stewart and Community Resources Lead Coordinator Jennifer Gray will measure the distances of seeds spit...

Talllgrass Creek Residents Award $27,000 in Scholarships to Student Employees

Jun 4, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 4, 2014) -- Through the generous donations by Tallgrass Creek residents, a total of $27,000 in scholarships today was awarded to seven student employees.  The money was 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. The student scholarship recipients are: Miranda Hall-Aquintania - Blue Valley North High School (will be attending Bowdoin College) Christian Petty - Blue Valley Northwest High School (will be attending the University of Kansas) Conner Richenburg - Blue Valley West High School...