Forget about traveling over the river and through the woods. For many children, a trip to visit their grandparents is just a few miles away. And for grandparents living at Erickson communities in the D.C. area, their new lifestyle means they can spend more time doing fun and interesting activities with their grandchildren.

Eagle's Trace
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Ronnie Cutlip, community outreach specialist for the Houston FBI, tells the Eagle s Trace Men s Club about a drug trafficking stop. One group at Eagle s Trace won t be discussing sewing, jewelry, or even the latest soap-operas or hairstyles. The newly formed Men s Club is dedicated to all things guy.

Highland Springs
When asked what the Highland Springs World War II Club does, member Melvin Waters says wryly, Aaah, we don t do a whole lot. We are just a bunch of old codgers who sit around and tell stories you know, the stories our families are sick of hearing over and over again.
Tallgrass Creek
At Tallgrass Creek, wellness isn t just about being healthy; it s about living well.
Tallgrass Creek
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"John Belden" When John Belden kept reading about the changing face of print communication, from newspapers to newsmagazines, he didn t see a dying breed; he saw an opportunity.

Tallgrass Creek
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John Belden doesn t just like being Several Tallgrass Creek residents raised their hands to take an educational bus tour that included barbeque, blues, and jazz. This photo was featured in the KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute s fall catalog. involved in the community where he lives; for him, getting active was as important as unpacking after moving there last year.

Wind Crest
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This Santa Fe-inspired work by Wind Crest artist Anita Jones hangs in the community s creative arts studio. For Anita Jones, moving to Wind Crest allowed her to reconnect with an old friend. But it wasn t someone from school or her childhood. I had painted for years, Jones says. But with everyday worries and distractions, I sort of got away from it.

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Carolyn Hustis, Jim Fenn, and Jim Mallin pause after some putts at the Wind Crest green. Whether for fun or competition, Wind Crest residents are hitting the local links and on-campus putting green daily. We ve got a campus full of Jack Nicklauses, says Jason Atwell, director of sales and marketing at Wind Crest, the Erickson community in Highlands Ranch.

Fox Run
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Light carpeting and walls helped sell Harriet Fairbrother s house in near-record time and for more money. Even the dark family room paneling was painted a soft cream color. When Harriet Fairbrother decided to move from Farmington Hills to Fox Run, in Novi, she invited Mary Wolfe, personal moving consultant for Erickson Realty & Moving Services, to assess her house for buyer appeal.