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See the latest happenings at our Denver retirement community.

Wind Crest Sculptor George Blake Interprets Life's Nuances

Jul 15, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (July 15, 2015) – Some people observe life. Others such as Wind Crest retirement community resident George Blake interpret it.

Blake, a former chemical engineer, is a sculptor whose bronze, three-dimensional figurative and wildlife statues have been exhibited and sold in sculpture shows, most notably the prestigious annual one in Loveland, Colorado, where the works of more than 300 sculptors are displayed.

He has been sculpting for 20 years, having learned his craft at the Arts Students League in Denver, where he presently sculpts. His work is complicated and time-consuming. He carves each statue in...

Relentless Love of Music Drives Wind Crest's Band Members

Jul 7, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (July 8, 2015) -- Many of the 14 musicians who are in Wind Crest's band, the Windy’s, have never played their instruments in decades. But this has not stopped them from now performing to standing ovations.

Barrett Hargreaves, for instance, last played trumpet 60 years ago at proms and formal dances. The trumpet he now plays is one he rents for $36 a month.

“I really enjoy playing music with this band,” he said. “I was surprised at how fast everything came back to me.”

A relentless love of music is what drives the...

Wind Crest Resident Bill Carlson Publishes Photography Book

Jun 18, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO -- Wind Crest retirement community resident Bill Carlson has published "Delicate Lily Pads to Sculptured Peaks -- Landscape Photography with Verse Impressions from North America, Scandinavia, and New Zealand" (Outskirts Press).

Carlson's career in geology led him to photography. While performing field and management assignments for oil, mining and utility companies, he became cognizant of the intricate landforms and abstract patterns in Nature.

The desire to capture what he saw became difficult to ignore and he began taking photographs with both 120 and 35mm format film cameras.

His color photograph "Dock" received first place...

Wind Crest's Amazing Grace Fairbanks Celebrates 105th Birthday

Jun 2, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (May 28, 2015) -- Wind Crest retirement community resident Grace Fairbanks today celebrated her 105th birthday by saying her secret to a long and happy life is a glass or two of chardonnay each day.

Grace, who moved to Wind Crest from her former home in Michigan, has hand-made nearly 100 quilts and has written more than 50 poems in the past five years.

She and her late husband Ron owned a bakery. Her favorite food is potatoe dumplings.

Grace has a son and a daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren who...

Wind Crest Residents Award $102,437 in Scholarships to Student Workers

Jun 2, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (May 31, 2015) -- Through the generous donations by Wind Crest retirement community residents, a total of $102,437 in scholarships this week was awarded to 20 student employees.

The money was raised by Wind Crest residents this year to show their appreciation of the students’ work and to help assist them financially in their post-secondary education.

“Many residents think of these high school students like their own grandchildren," said Craig Ellsworth, Philanthropy Manager for Wind Crest. "Residents gave generously because these students have served them with smiles, patience and humor for years. Our residents believe...

Wind Crest Marks 1,000th-Resident Milestone

May 15, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (May 15, 2015) – Wind Crest this week marked its 1,000 th -resident milestone when George Meares, formerly of Sedalia, CO, moved into the retirement community. Meares, whio is retired from Colorado Department of Transportation, moved into a large one-bedroom apartment home in Parry Landing, a new residence building that opened May 1.

The attainment of the 1,000 th - resident milestone by Wind Crest means it is able to able to provide more services and amenities that appeal to what people want, said Senior Director of Sales Jason Atwell.

Wind Crest is in the...

Wind Crest Resident Rev. B. James George is Sky Ridge Medical Center's Volunteer of the Year

May 4, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH , CO (May 4, 2015) – Wind Crest retirement community resident Rev. B. James George is the 2015 recipient of Sky Ridge Medical Center’s Volunteer of the Year award.

This award recognizes Rev. George’s 12 years of service as a volunteer chaplain in which he has offered pastoral care, support, and resources to patients, families, and staff at least three afternoons each week, and often more, when his schedule permits.

And, not to be hindered by holidays, he has also taken time to volunteer on these days, often commenting, “I think the staff and patients need...

Upscale Dining Comes to Wind Crest

Mar 17, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (March 17, 2015) -- Some restaurants have great food, others have an excellent atmosphere and a few have a spectacular view. Windows Restaurant, which has opened at Wind Crest retirement community, hits a home run with all three, according to residents, staff, and public guests who feast on its fine cuisine.

The 80-seat, reservation-only restaurant serves a seasonal dinner menu with two daily chef specials. A wall of windows overlooks the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountain Foothills. Inside, modern light fixtures hang from a vaulted two-story ceiling.

Chef Ed Kent says...

Potbellied Pigs Share Life with Wind Crest Residents

Feb 6, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (February 6, 2015) – Two Vietnamese potbellied pigs are now visiting Wind Crest each month to share their life experiences with residents. And they are fast-becoming darlings of the retirement community.

Boris is one year old and weighs in just shy of 50 pounds. His colleague, Pumba, is 9 months old and weighs about 40 pounds.

The visits by Boris and Pumba provide staff with an opportunity to explore and discuss farm life with residents and to also acquaint residents with the nuances of the potbellied pig breed. “There...

Wind Crest Residents Log 65 Miles in Three Hours in "Lively Link-Up" Fitness Fest

Jan 26, 2015

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (January 26, 2105) – A total of 150 Wind Crest retirement community residents ran/walked their 440-foot-long bridge connecting residence buildings in a January 21 fitness fest.

They logged 65 miles in three hours in the “Lively Link-Up” event, which was held under the auspices of the Wellness Department.

The residents also participated in a walking challenge, health/fitness trivia and raffle prize drawings.