Judy McLeroy works with student David Joseph, who helped her upload photos and more on her iPad.

Bill Fay watches intently as high school student Ria Dave shows him how to use some apps on his computer. Bill was among many Tallgrass Creek community members who spent time with 15 high school students in several “how-to” technology sessions. The students were all members of nearby Blue Valley High School’s robotics team.

Tallgrass Creek’s sales team (from left) Nancy Worthington, Elaine Bahr, Sue LaBelle, Blake Marshall, Dana Lormor, and Neyam Manohar gather for the special announcement of Fountain View, a new residence building that will open late fall 2020.

Something big is happening at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living-managed community in Overland Park, Kans. 

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (left to right) Anne Broshar, Eileen Swearingen, Marcella Miller, Nancy Davis, and Carole Pugsley show off their Kentucky Derby hats at a neighborly gathering celebrating the famous horse race.

When Barbara Stark moved to Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living-managed community in Overland Park, Kans., she brought her love of entertaining with her.  

(from far right) Residents Karen Keenan and Jane Watts watch as pancakes are flipped onto Resident Life Manager Jan Magee’s plate. Residents were treated to a complimentary pancake breakfast catered by local catering company Chris Cakes.

Several times a month, Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr accompanies prospective residents as they tour Tallgrass Creek’s spacious campus. When Bahr and her guests stop to chat with community members they pass along the way, one particular question comes up.  

Residents Lavetta Miller (left) and Fran Wolfe display a plethora of quilted pumpkins, pot holders, and blankets at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair. Several quilters at Tallgrass Creek contributed to the tableful of colorful creative items.

There were quilts of all sizes and colors, embroidered tea towels, colorful bracelets and necklaces, sophisticated handbags, melt-in-your-mouth banana bread, and much more at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair. 

Enjoying an end-of-summer poolside party are Tallgrass Creek fitness team members (from left) Camin Bell and Ashley Huesers with residents Darlene Bard and Jeff Howell

Enjoying an end-of-summer poolside party are Tallgrass Creek fitness team members (from left) Camin Bell and Ashley Huesers with residents Darlene Bard and Jeff Howell. Everyone enjoyed a light buffet of fresh vegetables and fruit with homemade dips and pita triangles with hummus, while sipping Mai Tai cocktails and lemonade. 

Wanda Schwarz (right) sings “Pennies From Heaven” at Tallgrass Creek’s annual standing-room-only talent show.

Wanda Schwarz (right) sings “Pennies From Heaven” at Tallgrass Creek’s annual standing-room-only talent show. This year’s show featured 15 residents who entertained with vocal numbers, dancing, humorous readings, stand-up comedy, and instrumental performances.

Alan Oehrle adds an adjustable shelf to an end table he made in Tallgrass Creek’s woodshop. In addition to their own projects, Alan and his fellow woodworkers frequently assist their neighbors with individual projects and repairs.

With the holidays right around the corner, Tallgrass Creek’s woodshop frequently resembles Santa’s workshop. 

Along with their normal projects, several residents build doll cradles and colorful children’s stools for a local nonprofit agency that provides toys for low-income families during the holidays. 

Jean Tracy and her sister Nancy Davis (left) use their laptops and smartphones every day. Jean also helps train her fellow neighbors on My Erickson, an app developed by Erickson Living that can be installed on laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.

Jean Tracy smiles as she remembers the first computer she ever used. 

“It was in the early ’80s,” says Jean, who moved from California two years ago to Tallgrass Creek, in Overland Park, Kans. “It was called a ‘luggable’ and was the precursor to a laptop. It weighed so much, I needed a cart to move it around.”