Richard Schwarz (right) teaches a sketching class to Eagle’s Trace community members, including (from left) Mercer Helms, Pam Daniels, Lillian Arnold, Lois Roddy, and (back row) Dora Martinez.

At first glance, an art class taught by a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Vietnam may seem like an anomaly.

Judy Doba celebrates her eighth perfect game of the spring Wii bowling season at Eagle’s Trace.

Wii bowling at Eagle’s Trace may be the hottest social ticket of the week. Step into the community’s Audubon Clubhouse on Saturday mornings, and you’ll find the living room swarming with residents, all sporting their team shirts and hoping for that elusive 300 game.

Eagle's Trace Sales Counselor Jodie Schroeder

As a resident ambassador at Eagle’s Trace, Jo Pyle often meets with visitors wondering if a move to the Erickson Living community in West Houston is right for them.

Eagle's Trace residents Irene and Eric Seff.

Family ties drew Eric and Irene Seff to Houston, Tex., from Albuquerque, N.M.

The couple’s daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren live on Houston’s west side, so Eric and Irene explored retirement communities that would give them quick access to family.

Eagle’s Trace residents sample chili at the community’s chili cook-off on Go Texan Day.

Bill Mellin’s career as a computer programmer took him to ten states, finally depositing him and his family in Texas in 1972. 

Betty Finkelman (left) and Wanda Teas

When Joe and Wanda Teas moved to Hilshire Village in the Spring Branch area of Houston in January 1963, they were looking for a community where they could raise their family.

Eagle's Trace resident Jean Nordt

Jean Nordt wasn’t sure which floor plan she wanted when she and her husband L.C. first started looking at apartment homes at Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston, Tex.

August and Mary Look enjoy their patio garden at Eagle’s Trace.

When August and Mary Look moved to Eagle’s Trace from Rockport, Tex., in 2009, they left behind a large vegetable garden filled with tomatoes, bell peppers, and okra.

Personal Moving Consultant Haven Benoit

When Barbara Giddens lost her husband in May 2014, her neighbor suggested she take a look at Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston.