Resident ambassadors (from left) Phyllis McCalmon, Mark Gingrich, and Phyllis and George Chamblin review schematics of Goldfinch Lane, the fifth residence building to be built at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans.

As Tallgrass Creek prepares to welcome community members to its newest residence building, Hummingbird Square, the Overland Park, Kans., community also has its eye on the future. Goldfinch Lane, a fifth residence building on the 65-acre campus, has broken ground and should see completion by fall 2018.

Four women examine the brown-bagged bottles at the event that raised money for the Resident Care Fund.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (front, from left) Linda Sheffield and Jacquie VanMeter watch Jean Janecek choose from a large selection of brown-bagged bottles of wine as Resident Life Manager Jan Magee (in back) looks on.

Retired physician Merrill Stiles (front) demonstrates a tai chi class for his fellow Tallgrass Creek neighbors as part of the community’s celebration of National Senior Fitness Day.

Retired physician and Tallgrass Creek resident Merrill Stiles demonstrated the gentle movements of tai chi earlier this year as part of the community’s National Senior Fitness Day celebration. 

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