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Grandkids Retire to Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, KS

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 16, 2013) -- Kid’s say the funniest things, especially about retirement.

Erickson Living, manager of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, asked a group of 4 to 7-year-olds how they plan on spending their golden years. From unicorn parties to ninja grandpas—their answers will make you laugh out loud. 

Please enjoy the following short YouTube video starring real residents and their grandkids.





Tallgrass Creek Resident is Going to Her Family Reunion -- on Alcatraz

OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 5, 2013) – Growing up on Alcatraz Island, Tallgrass Creek retirement community resident Darlyne Sheppeard had a far from typical childhood. She took a boat to school and lived a stone’s throw away from hundreds of the country’s most notorious criminals. During Sheppeard’s time there, the maximum security island prison hosted the infamous likes of  inmates Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.

On Tuesday, August 6, Sheppeard, whose father was a warden at Alcatraz, is headed back to Alcatraz for a reunion of former inmates, guards and residents of the prison.

“Usually a handful of inmates come and they are by far, obviously, the most popular, and that’s fine by me,” Sheppeard said.    

Surrounded by concrete walls and barbed wire fences, the boat to the mainland was a connection to the real world of San Francisco to the 30-odd children who lived on the island, the sons and daughters of Alcatraz guards.

Cat Adoption Fees Reduced for December

Cat Adoption Fees Reduced for December

Is your family looking to adopt a cat? The Lawrence Humane Society has reduced adoption fees for cats during the month of December. Cat and kitten adoption fees will be $10. Regular adoption requirements apply, and pets should not be adopted as a gift to others.

The shelter has taken in nearly 3,500 cats in 2010. Shelter hours are 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 843-6835 or e-mail adoptions@lawrencehumane.org.

Water Fitness Class Available for Mom-to-Be

Exercise is very important for moms-to-be. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Pre-Natal Water Fitness class on  Saturdays from October 23 through December 11.

The program is designed specifically for expectant mothers who want a safe and effective way to stay in shape during pregnancy. The class will be held at the Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Dr. Cost of the program is $18. You can register online lprd.org.

Nordic Heritage Festival, October 2

If you like all things viking, The Nordic Heritage Festival takes place Saturday, October 1. You can checkout Viking living history re-enactors, the Kansas City Scandinavian Dancers, live music, food and more.

Booths and demonstrations are open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with music, dancing and other entertainment after 4:30 p.m. There will also be a Scandinavian potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. To learn more go to www.nordicheritagefes.com.

Become a World Traveler at Fall Fling Around the World Carnival

Families can get a taste of fall and have some fun this weekend at the Hillcrest Elementary School Fall Fling Around the World Carnival. The fling will be held at 1045 Hilltop Drive on Friday, October 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will include carnival games, fortune telling, a moonwalk, maze and more. There will also be food from around the world and a silent auction. All proceeds support the Hillcrest Elementary PTO to purchase items for the school and maintain the Ryan Gray Memorial Playground.

Senior Employment Fair Thursday, September 23

The 4th Annual Senior Employment Fair will be held, Thursday, September 23. There will be presentations on job hunting skills as well as how to use social networking websites to job hunt.

The event is from  9 a.m. to noon at the Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vermont St. in Lawrence. Attendees should bring copies of their resumes and dress in business attire. For more information please contact Douglas County Senior Services at (785) 842-0543, or toll free at (877) 295-3277.