Tallgrass Creek residents (clockwise, from left) Kathy Meyer, Ann Brazil, Doris Jones, and Judy Turner enjoy meditative coloring, a relaxing pastime gaining popularity among people of all ages.

Tallgrass Creek residents (clockwise, from left) Kathy Meyer, Ann Brazil, Doris Jones, and Judy Turner enjoy meditative coloring, a relaxing pastime gaining popularity among people of all ages.

Ruth Holzschuh takes her turn playing Wii Bowling, a video game designed to emulate the feeling and effects of being in a real bowling alley. Ruth is among several neighbors who gather each week to play the game in Tallgrass Creek’s living room. Wii Bowling is one of many activities Tallgrass Creek residents enjoy indoors as fall brings chilly weather.

Residents (from left) Curtis and Mary Sederburg, Mary Fowler, and Mary Jo Ely pause for a photo during a recent tour of Tallgrass Creek’s kitchen, led by Restaurant Manager Megan Sova (far right)

“It’s a busy, hopping place,” says Restaurant General Manager Megan Sova of Tallgrass Creek’s gleaming, restaurant-grade kitchen.

Future neighbors (from left) Gene Meyer, Al Hooker, and Cheri Loudon enjoy a “getting to know you” happy hour for soon-to-be residents of Goldfinch Lane, the newest residence building at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans.

The sunny Cottonwood Room at Tallgrass Creek hummed with conversation and introductions recently as future neighbors of the Overland Park, Kans., retirement community, enjoyed a “getting to know you” happy hour. 

Larry Tolin is one of several green-thumbed gardeners at Tallgrass Creek. He and his wife Diane maintain four garden spaces where they grow okra, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers.

Though fall beckons, Tallgrass Creek gardeners still enjoy some of nature’s bounty from their well-tended gardens.      

Computer tutor Eileen Spickler (middle) helps community members Cary Raetzel (left) and Mark Gingrich in a recent how-to cell phone class.

Computer tutor Eileen Spickler (middle) helps community members Cary Raetzel (left) and Mark Gingrich in a recent how-to cell phone class. Tallgrass Creek hosted Spickler for the weekly, eight-week class geared toward residents with either an iPhone or Android cell phone.

Earlier this year, several residents shared what drove their decision to move to Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans. Sales Director Blake Marshall (far left) hosted the event, which included (from left) Bob Butterworth, Bruce Robb, Judy Higginbotham,

Many people have difficulty deciding if and when is the appropriate time to move to a retirement community. Earlier this year, a roomful of Tallgrass Creek guests heard from several current residents who have walked that same path before moving to the Overland Park, Kans., retirement community.

Lois and Bruce Robb enjoy a cup of  coffee in Milo’s Cafe, a popular lunch spot and market at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans.

When Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building opened last fall, Lois and Bruce Robb were among the first residents.

“We reserved a year earlier, right after the building’s groundbreaking, which was a great decision,” says Lois. “We got the floor plan we wanted in the exact location we wanted.”

(from left) Judy Condray, Judy Turner, and Georgia Oehrle dance the Macarena

Demonstrating the Macarena at Tallgrass Creek’s annual talent show are (from left) Judy Condray, Judy Turner, and Georgia Oehrle. This year’s show highlighted 23 performances that included singing, dancing, poetry reading, stand-up comedy, and hand chime and ukulele performances.