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Reason to celebrate

Life’s a party at Eagle’s Trace

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September 20th, 2011

Valentine s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving official celebrations pepper the calendar. But for those living at Eagle s Trace, an Erickson Living community in West Houston, annual holidays aren t the only reason to have a little fun. When this summer s endless parade of scorching days pushed the mercury into the triple-digits, the folks at Eagle s Trace saw it as the perfect excuse to throw a party. The theme, Hotter than Hades, served as the springboard for the mid-summer gathering of community and priority list members. Decorations in vibrant reds and yellows brightened the dining room of the Audubon Clubhouse. Guests dined on chilled shrimp, crab cakes, and seasonal fruit skewers. Shane Stewart, of Las Cruces, N.M., provided the entertainment with old favorites from Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Elvis. Eagle s Trace community member Marilyn Black invited one of her friends from church to the party. That was Wilma s first visit to Eagle s Trace, Marilyn says. The party gave us a chance to catch up.

Let the good times roll

While summer felt like it would go on forever, Eagle s Trace knows how to beat the heat. Climate-controlled walkways connect the residence buildings to the clubhouse and all its amenities. Our residents can travel to any part of the community, whether it s the fitness center, the caf , the library, the bank, the pharmacy, or the medical center, without ever going outside, says Sales Director Pam Burgeson. They don t have to worry about the weather conditions. So it only seemed fitting that halfway through this year s hurricane season, residents and priority list members pulled on their dancing shoes once more, this time for the community s third annual Hurricane Party. With a spread of Cajun favorites, including chicken and sausage gumbo, stewed okra and tomatoes, and beignets, guests had their fill before hitting the dance floor to the sounds of Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Station. It s great to come to parties like this and reconnect with friends we ve made at the community, says Darrell Lawless, a priority list member with his wife, Mary Jo. The couple plans to move as soon as the apartment home of their choice becomes available. Partygoers also used the opportunity to do good for the surrounding area, donating nonperishables for the Katy Christian Ministries food pantry.