Members of the Tallgrass Tasters gather around a table at a local Italian restaurant.

According to renowned chef and television personality Julia Child, “People who love to eat well are the best people.” That may be the mantra for the Tallgrass Tasters, a group of neighbors who eat well together each month at unique restaurants around the Kansas City metro area.

Future Hummingbird Square neighbors (from left) Imogene Player and Monet and Sharon Drake chat with Executive Director Jean Landreville (center) at a luncheon held earlier this year at Tallgrass Creek.

Construction workers are hard at work these days putting the final touches on Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, scheduled for completion later this fall.

(Top row, from left) Lorie Stapp, Fran Schrunk, Betty Reinig, Phyllis Calvert, Jennie Pumphrey, Georgia Oehrle, Marge Arnott, Tippy McMorris, Elaine Alexander, and (bottom row, from left) Arlene Lindley, Betsy Heimke, and Ann Brazil.

Five years ago, retired nurses Ann Brazil, Betsy Heimke, and Paua Dunmire gathered several of their fellow retired nurse neighbors to celebrate National Nurses Week.

Four generations see each other every day at Tallgrass Creek. (From left) Finance Director Lynn Schaffer; her mother Karen Kelly and grandmother Ginny Caldwell, both residents; and Schaffer’s daughter Lauren, who works in dining services.

When Tallgrass Creek Finance Director Lynn Schaffer goes to work each day, she typically meets up with three members of her family. Actually, make that three generations of her family. 

Sales Director Blake Marshall (left) and Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr (right) welcome Tallgrass Creek priority list member Harriet Darling to the exciting announcement introducing Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building.

There were smiles all around earlier this year as more than a hundred Tallgrass Creek priority list members enjoyed a gourmet lunch followed up with some exciting news. 

Chef Torrey Hill (center) pictured here during the intense top chef competition with resident and volunteer assistant Wanda Schwarz (left) and Tallgrass Creek Executive Chef James Braddock, who timed the competition.

It was standing-room only in the Sunflower Bistro as community members and staff watched Tallgrass Creek chefs compete in a cook-off just like the TV show Top Chef

Mystery ingredients

(From left) Bernie Benson, Phyllis McCalmon, Bonnie Buckley, and Conk Buckley enjoy Tallgrass Creek’s volunteer appreciation breakfast.

Volunteering is part of everyday life for many Tallgrass Creek neighbors. Earlier this year, more than a hundred residents at the Overland Park, Kans., Erickson Living community gathered to honor their fellow volunteers at a celebration breakfast hosted by Tallgrass Creek’s resident life team. 

(From left) Sharad Gavankar, Dick Robison, Conk Buckley, and Bill Klasinski warm up with wooden dowels in the Men’s Only Strength Training class at Tallgrass Creek.

The wide array of exercise classes offered at Tallgrass Creek just keeps growing. Three more aquatics classes were recently added to the already-packed fitness schedule, resulting in a total of 28 land and aquatics fitness classes each week. 

Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr (left) welcomes future Hummingbird Square resident Karen Keenan to Tallgrass Creek’s Home Resource Fair.

Earlier this year, the Blue Sky Restaurant was abuzz with activity as about 80 future Tallgrass Creek residents attended the community’s home resource fair.