Nancy Hebert runs the Hillcrest Market at Highland Springs.

When Highland Springs opened its doors ten years ago, it was hard to tell who was more excited, the community’s staff members or its pioneer residents. 

Helen and Ray Skiles practice their punches in the Sit ’N Box class at Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas.

“Punch, block, kick,” aren’t words you typically hear in an exercise class geared toward seniors. But that’s exactly what the residents of Highland Springs are doing in the community’s Sit ’N Box fitness class.

Ken and Rosemary Gasper will head back to class this fall, taking lifelong learning courses offered at Collin College.

Students across Texas aren’t the only ones settling into a new school year. Retirees are also headed back to the classroom in search of lifelong education opportunities offered through many colleges and universities.

Jody and Clyde Jackson moved to Highland Springs from Houston to be closer to their daughter and her family in North Dallas.

Highland Springs celebrates its tenth anniversary this month. 

The North Dallas community opened its doors in September 2006 to the first wave of residents, called “pioneers.”

Tom Naylor’s artistic pursuits involve etching and printmaking. Tom recently launched a website to showcase the artists who live at Highland Springs.

Tom Naylor spent his professional life working as a computer scientist. His free time was reserved for artistic pursuits.

“I’ve been studying etching and related forms of printmaking since 1980,” says Tom. “It was my way of taking a break from the daily grind.”

Jack Melick and his Orchestra have been playing at Highland Springs for the past nine years.

Highland Springs is poised to celebrate its tenth anniversary next month, and the community’s first residents are marking the milestone with a look back over the past decade.

Dogs and their owners participate in Highland Springs’ Pet Parade.

Rita Howard may have been the one who signed the paperwork when she moved to Highland Springs, but she settled into her new apartment at the North Dallas community with two others.

Highland Springs residents (from left) Patty Jantho, Marna Keith, and Brad Keith organized the 2016 Earth/Arbor Day Expo at the North Dallas community.

Recycling wasn’t a hot topic when Marna Keith was growing up.

Joanne and Bill Cafiero rehearse their parts for the Drama Club’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace at Highland Springs.

It had all the makings of a great murder mystery—secrets, intrigue, plot turns—but this drama wasn’t found in the pages of a book.