Wind Crest
Dee O’Donnell sits surrounded by some of her kid-friendly “props” she uses when telling stories to local schoolchildren.

“Turn on your imagination. Open your ears. Zip your mouth, lock it with a key, and put the key in your pocket.”

That’s how Dee O’Donnell starts every storytelling session in which she spins a cunning tale with words and interaction, but never books, to children in preschool through second grade.

Wind Crest
This rendering of the updated Fly’n B Café shows metal and natural wood accents to reflect an aviation theme.

The Fly’n B Café, a casual, station-style restaurant at Wind Crest, will reopen soon with a new, aviation-inspired look; more efficient traffic flow; upgraded equipment; and other updates.

Tallgrass Creek
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.      

Tallgrass Creek
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.

Tallgrass Creek
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.

Tina Ellis says her two cats, Kylee and Darla (Darla's pictured here), have even become more social living at Seabrook.

When Tina Ellis received a call earlier than she had expected that an apartment home had become available at Seabrook, the first thought that entered her mind was, “Why wait a year?”

One of the clubs Carol Hock learned about during her personal tour of Seabrook was the community’s Not Just Knitting and Crocheting Club. Crocheting is just one of Carol’s many artistic talents.

When Carol Hock felt ready to let go of home maintenance, cooking and eating alone, and worrying if another bad winter was on the horizon, she wasted no time. The first thing she did was take a personal tour of Seabrook, the Erickson Living continuing care retirement community in Tinton Falls, N.J.

Clinton Eke, who works as a host in one of Riderwood’s restaurants, was one of the student employees who received a scholarship at the 2018 award ceremony.

Riderwood has a total of seven on-site restaurants and cafes where community members can enjoy everything from a sit-down three-course dinner to a quick sandwich for lunch to a bagel and coffee to go on their way out the door. 

Elenora Giddings-Ivory works part-time as a pastor at a local church and is one of the newly elected members of Riderwood’s Resident Advisory Council.

One of Riderwood’s newly elected Resident Advisory Council (RAC) members is Elenora Giddings-Ivory, who moved to Riderwood in 2017.

Elenora says she decided to run for RAC because she saw it as a good opportunity to become involved in the community and get to know new people.