Take a look inside and see what is happening at The Fountains at Greenbriar in May. There are many interesting opportunities that are sure to pique your interest. Mark you calendar to join us on our next big outing or drop by the community and catch class. While you’re here, why not stay for a […]
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The Greenbriar gang ventured to the Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City to tour the church, but in part to see the tucked away artistry of Italian born, and local Kansas Citian, Dominic Zappia and his life-sized sculpture of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo DaVinci. This impressive and monumental sculpture was breathtaking to see […]
The Greenbriar gang recently ventured to the latest exhibit at Union Station in Kansas City to see the acclaimed “13 Best Art Exhibits” in the world…”The Art of the Brick”! Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO art exhibit was breathtaking and amazing to see. It was thoroughly impressive to see such master sculptures recreated from LEGO bricks with […]
Our April 2018 Newsletter and Calendar are in for you to take a sneak peek at. Take a moment to browse all of the fun things going on in April that you can start saving the date for now. Join us on a weekend outing or stop in to the community and join in on […]
Take a peak at the array of happenings and outings going on at Greenbriar this month. We hope that you will set aside some time to join us on a fun day outing or take the opportunity to learn something new with Watermark University. Over 350 opportunities await you in March at The Fountains at […]
Every month we offer a Pet Therapy class with a visiting volunteer, Vanessa Barrett, who brings her lovable and adorable dog, Jack! Jack brings a spark of unconditional love to all he meets. He wants nothing more to be petted and loved…which is quite easy to do. A great friendship has developed between this furry […]
We invite you to take a peek inside and explore all of the wonderful things we have going on at The Fountains at Greenbriar and in our community abroad. There are many interesting and engaging happenings taking place in February so don’t miss out on this opportunity to come thrive with us! We hope to […]
Last week the Greenbriar Gang headed out for a day of “big-kid” frills and fun! We started off at Fritz’s Union Station Restaurant where we ordered up a delicious fare of hamburgers, fries, and shakes all delivered to us via the Fritz Express! If you have never had your food delivered by a train straight […]
“On A Snowy Day” I love to see it snow; it is so white, bright, and deep. The children are so excited to go outside; they get out their boots, sleds, and make snowballs to play. When we get older we view winter a different way. We stay in where it is warm next to […]
Town Center resident, Gisela Voyez, has been selected from hundreds of artists around the U.S. to be featured in Expressions 2018, a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. The inspiring calendar, now in its 18th edition, showcases paintings, sculptures, quilts, ceramics and other creations submitted by artists, both amateur and professional, who […]
Take a moment to look over all of the wonderful happenings and programs that we have planned for you! Pick a few of your personal favorites and join in on the fun at The Fountains at Greenbriar in January. We hope to see you out and about with us!
This year we ventured outside for a very special Greenbriar tradition! Where our prominent fountain once stood before its recent retirement, we decided to share our Christmas joy with the community by bringing our long standing lobby Christmas tree tradition outside for all to enjoy and see! This opportunity has become a great way for […]
Every year, The Fountains at Greenbriar has a story book character theme candy safe house for the resident’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our past themes have ranged from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to The Giving Tree in which we celebrated and the beloved works of children’s authors Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein. This year we […]
Join us at The Fountains at Greenbriar for the holidays. We have an assortment of holiday outings and engaging activities to enjoy with your Greenbriar family and friends. Make sure to save the date so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. We hope to see you out and about with us. Have […]
Get a sneak peek at a plethora of activities, outings and happenings going on in at The Fountains at Canterbury and the community at large! Plan some time this November to venture out with the Greenbriar gang and enjoy an outing or two! We’ll see you soon.
Lately the Greenbriar gang has been enjoying the great outdoors and exploring some of the fun and playful things that nature offers for the explorer at heart. In light of the International Council of Active Aging’s Active Aging Week (September 24th – 30th, 2017), The Fountains at Greenbriar participated, as they do every year, with […]
Our Navigating Nature class just recently took a trip out to the Burr Oak Nature Center in Blue Springs, Missouri to incorporate some class knowledge out in the field. This month we had the overall theme of “Identification”, where we learned about identifying insects, birds, and tree leaves. The rhythm of our class goes like […]
Take a sneak peek into this coming month’s activities and outings. Circle some of your favorites and plan to join us on a fun outing, in a Watermark University class, or a variety of exciting happenings taking place this month. We hope to see you out and about with us!
Earlier in the month we took a trip to the World War I Museum and Liberty Tower sitting atop the hill overlooking historic Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. We toured the museum and saw many artifacts, films, and interactive museum features. However, the trip to Liberty Tower topped our outing with a cherry on […]
Take a peek at what we have in store for this month at The Fountains at Greenbriar. We will be exploring an interactive science museum, traveling in time to the Italian Renaissance, and learning about life in a post colonial fort outpost. Please plan your calendars to join us in an adventurous good time this […]
In preparation of the big event coming this Monday August 21st we tried out some of our solar eclipse glasses to practice safely looking at the sun. The residents are most excited to participate in this event and many have fondly recalled past partial eclipses, but many of them are experiencing a total eclipse for […]
Once again the Greenbriar gang ventures off to another perplexing puzzle of sleuthing and problem solving fun! Our experience at the Kansas City Escape Room lead us to the apartment of one Mr. Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker Street. The adventure awaited through the doors of this precarious London flat. Aloof from his current dwelling, […]
A while back, a group of us went on a day outing to George Owens Nature Center to enjoy a picnic and go fishing! The residents enjoyed a serene summer serenade of crickets, birds, and frogs who accompanied us with a melodic tune to a delicious picnic in the woods. After our lunch was finished […]
Last week, the Greenbriar gang enjoyed a day of fun in the sun at our Family Fun Day. We took advantage of the gorgeous weather to celebrate family and friends the best way we could think of…a carnival and picnic! We celebrated with an array of lawn games from basketball, lawn darts, horse shoes, corn […]
Welcome to August at The Fountains! I bet you can’t wait to take a peek inside the newest Thrive Newsletter & Calendar. We can’t say we blame you because we have some fun summer happenings going on. If you are interested in hanging out with your Greenbriar family and friends, then take a look, mark […]
Come take a peek inside to see all of the wonderful happenings that are in store for this July. We will be venturing out to see mummies of the world, visit a car museum, and explore indoor sky-diving…just to name a few things! Make sure to mark your calendar and join in on our summer […]
Trams, trains, boats, and ski lifts were our modes of transportation for our safari in Africa and Australia! A group of residents set out on a safari to explore the animals of Africa and Australia. The residents saw a variety of animals such as: lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, hippos, gazelles, wallabies, dingoes, wombats, and koalas […]
The residents recently made a trip to the Hallmark Visitor’s Center to tour and view an exhibit of poster art from the Hall’s family art collection. The exhibit featured the poster art of such creators as Toulouse-Lautrec to modern day artist Shepard Fairey. The exhibit taught us a lot about the advertising form of the […]
In May, we concluded our wonderful month with a dance and a festive spring flowers theme! Keeping in step with this theme was one of our residents that dressed the part, Dorothy Erickson! Adorned in her flower dress and flower crown she was dancing up a storm that could have summoned a springtime shower itself, […]
This past weekend a few of our Greenbriar ladies enjoyed a traditional English tea room experience at the Greenwood Antique Mall and Country Tea Room in Greenwood, Missouri. We enjoyed some delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, tea, and of course desserts! Bread pudding and peanut butter and chocolate torte were the dessert hits of the day. […]
Take a peek inside and mark your calendars to join us for some fun and adventurous outings this month! We hope to see you out and about with the Greenbriar gang! See you soon!
At The Fountains at Greenbriar we realize how much of a positive impact pets can have on aging adults. It is a great opportunity for emotional bonding and joy to be a pet owner. However, there are sometimes life events that change our ability to care for a pet’s physically demanding needs. At The Fountains […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Wii Gaming to Social Media 101 to Adult Coloring to Chess Club and even Men’s Health, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]
This past Saturday in acknowledgement for Earth Day some of our residents decided to put the “green” in Greenbriar! We ventured out to Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs, Missouri to participate in a fun Earth Day project making paper with recycled paper pulp and sprinkling native wildflower seeds into the paper. Upon […]
Our Business Office Associate, Jill Hunt, is a connoisseur of all things melted and dipped! Her Fondue Cooking Demonstration class is always a hit with the residents. This time she tantalized our taste buds with two new recipes. Her first being a beer/cheese fondue that features a delicious smoked gouda and a stout beer. She […]
Every year the residents are longingly awaiting for the beautiful tulips, irises, and lilies to come into bloom around the community…and the time is here! It is always a rewarding experience to observe and appreciate the natural wonders around us as the seasons change. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy some beautiful flowers!
Take a sneak peek inside and see all of the fun and adventurous activities and outings going on in May. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a few activities or outings, you’ll be glad you did! An adventure is awaiting at the Zoo in May! Don’t miss out!
The Greenbriar gang ventured out to Kansas City’s best craft brewery, Boulevard Brewing Company! The crew had a fun time at Boulevard’s latest addition, The Beer Hall…which serves a variety of delicious edibles and of course a plethora of beer options on tap. There were some specialty blends that the gang got to try that […]
Come take a peek at all of the fun and exciting things we have going on in April! Make sure to highlight your favorite events, outings, and activities so that you can join the Greenbriar Gang for some spring fun and sun! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to thrive with us this month!
As part of a fun theme for the month we decided to create an intergenerational opportunity to bend the age spectrum and have a little fun while doing it! As part of our intergenerational opportunity we decided to create an experience that would unify and educate our senior population about the sub-culture of “Hipsters”. Our […]
A small group of residents from The Fountains at Greenbriar headed to the National Toy and Miniature Museum to see their latest exhibit, “Toys From The Land Of Oz!” This fun engaging exhibit displayed a collection of toys, games, and wonders all related to Ozian stories. We were even impressed to see some of the […]
Come spring into March with us for a fun variety of happenings and outings at The Fountains at Greenbriar! Take a peek at our newsletter and calendar so you can stay in the loop about all of the wonderful things we have in store for March! Don’t let spring breeze by you without taking the […]
On one of our recent weekend adventures we traveled to Union Station to see the Pompeii Exhibit. This interactive experience brought the experience of this event to life in a way that takes it out of the usual museum realm, but makes it experiential! We were able to see some amazing artifacts, learn about the […]
This past Saturday the Greenbriar Gang took a trip to one of Kansas City’s favorite attractions, The Escape Room! This live-interactive clue game keeps your mind racing and immersed in the wonderfully themed room. This extraordinary outing was a first for all of our residents. Our gang decided to tackle the DaVinci Code Room, where […]
Take a peek inside all of the fun and unique outings that we have in store for February 2017! You will find a variety of Watermark University classes, unique extraordinary outings, and tons of happenings that are sure to pique your interest. Make sure to mark your calendar and join in on all of the […]
Well it is that time of year when the weather can be unpredictable and precarious, which means that we sometimes have to cancel some of our outdoor activities. However, that by no means stops our residents from having fun…we just get creative in our indoor fun! We have resident Bill Harkins playing impromptu piano concerts, […]
Come check out all of the many wonderful things we have going on in January. Set some dates and join us for an activity, outing, or any variety of happenings going on in January. We are very excited about the extraordinary outings that we have in store! We hope to see you out and about […]
Last of our pictures… Enjoy! 🙂
Greenbriar has decked the halls, and we are in full anticipation of the holiday season! Every year we decorate our community with beautiful decorations that bring brightness and glimmers of hope and joy to our Greenbriar family. In many ways the decorations themselves are transcendental of the holiday experience for many of the residents, associates, […]
The residents were very excited to learn from resident Marsha Leizer in her Watermark University Tie Dye Designs, about how to make tie dyed t-shirts! The group learned different folding techniques which created a variety of beautiful designs. Many of the residents received this class so well that we are already looking to have another […]
The Greenbriar gang ventured out to the Prairiefire Museum in Overland Park, which is our local extension of the American Museum of Natural History (New York). The museum opened in 2014 and is created using Dichroic glass created by NASA. As interesting as the architecture of the building is, what really piqued the interest of […]
Take a sneak peek inside to see all of the wonderful things we have going on at The Fountains at Greenbriar in December. Get caught up on all of the wonderful happenings and offerings that are in store for December. Make sure to mark your calendars and join us for an outing, activity, or many […]
An article was recently featured in The Examiner, written by retired community news reporter Frank Haight Jr. and published on October 21st, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Frank Haight: Pen pal program links young and old What do students at Korte Elementary School in western Independence have in common with residents […]
Join us in November for a fun-filled month of activities and happenings at the community and abroad. Take a look at the newsletter and mark your calendar to join the Greenbriar family in on the fun! We’ll see you at Greenbriar soon!
Another activity that we had to celebrate Active Aging Week was a fun nature walk at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. The group had a fun time being silly and enjoying nature! As you can see…we enjoyed the great outdoors and it makes us a little goofy!
During the last week of September we always celebrate Active Aging Week at our community. One of the many things that we did this year to celebrate was a healthy eating picnic. This created a fun opportunity to picnic, but be more health conscious with our eating habits. Fresh vegetables and fruits were definitely a […]
A group from Greenbriar residents took a trip out to Kingsville, MO to Powell Botanical Gardens to see the life-like sculptures of dinosaurs from the Jurassic era. We saw a plethora of dinosaurs and beautifully landscaped gardens that complimented the wonderful scenes of these prehistoric creatures. The groups favorite dinosaur was undoubtedly the Tyrannosaurus Rex! […]
Come check out and see what we have in store for October’s outings and activities! Make sure to plan a date to hang out with your Greenbriar family!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Wii Bowling to Italy Travelogue to Farm to Table: Apple Pie to Caricature Drawings and even Book Club, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]
Take a peek at what is waiting inside for you to do this month! Come join us for an outing, activity or class. We’ll see you soon!
During a recent citywide scavenger hunt, the residents had a ball venturing into Kansas City for a glimpse into its culturally rich history. The mid-summer day’s hunt began at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Restaurant on Brooklyn Avenue for a taste of Kansas City’s iconic barbeque. After lunch, they visited the Lewis and Clark Expedition statue commemorating […]
This month, The residents at The Fountains at Greenbriar took a day trip to Wamego, KS to visit the Oz Museum. There, they enjoyed learning about L. Frank Baum, the author of the books, the history of the classic movie starring Judy Garland and its many influences on popular culture.The group enjoyed reminiscing about their […]
This year at the Resident Art Show we were privileged with the opportunity to showcase our abundant talent at Greenbriar. We had a variety of residents submit pieces of art for the show and many would agree with me in saying, they were all winners to us! Enjoy a view of some of our extraordinary talent […]
The Residents recently got the opportunity to slow down and experience country life in Jamesport, Missouri. We were privileged to have the opportunity to share in on a day outing with the Amish community in Jamesport. We started our morning off with a pleasant drive up to Jamesport with a scenic view of the countryside. […]
Take a sneak peek at all of the wonderful things that we have going on at The Fountains at Greenbriar. Circle some fun outings/activities/opportunities on your calendar and make a plan to spend some time with us in August for all of the amazing and exciting happenings! Here’s your opportunity to come thrive with us! […]
Come check out this months newsletter and calendar and peruse all of the wonderful things that we have going on in the community! We will be exploring many wonderful museums this month with a few to include the Battle of Wesport Museum at Swope Park and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to see the exhibit: […]
This past week we were surprised to have a youth ministry group come and sing for us at The Fountains at Greenbriar. The First Baptist Church of Kingfisher Oklahoma always makes a habit to stop at The Fountains when they are in the Kansas City area doing their summer mission trip. This summer they were working for […]
Just a short while ago, a small group of us went out to a restaurant in Independence to get in on a little bit of Kansas City Barbeque action! When we arrived to this retrofitted former auto repair garage we were in for a treat! The Little BBQ Joint still kept in touch with their […]
This is our first time celebrating the Red Nose Day at The Fountains at Greenbriar. This year we were able to raise a little over $100 through our red nose purchases from our local Walgreens. The proceeds go to the Comic Relief program that help to support children living in poverty in the United States and abroad. At […]
A few weeks ago the Greenbriar gang took a trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to see the Phillip Haas Exhibit, “The Four Seasons” before the exhibit wrapped up and headed to Arkansas for public display. The residents enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the Rozzelle Courtyard Restaurant. After our delicious lunch we headed through […]
A few weeks ago we were fortunate to have a visiting Dining Service Resource at our community, Pat Caffrey! Pat is a wonderfully talented culinary consultant from our Resource Center in Tucson, Arizona. He has spent his career as a Dining Services Director at The Fountains at La Cholla in Tucson. Since his retirement, he has taken on […]
The school year is quickly approaching its end for this year and that means that we get to have one last final hoorah with the children from Nativity of Mary School. Every month during the annual school year, the children come out and visit with the residents to share an activity, build a craft, and […]
Get it hot off the press! June 2016 Newsletter and Calendar is in and you can download your copy here. Make sure to peruse this issue and plan on attending some fun activities and outings with your Greenbriar Gang! Come thrive with us in June!
Hello Greenbriar Friends and Fellow Bloggers, If it seems as though we have taken a hiatus from posting it has been because we’ve been a very busy bunch around Greenbriar lately. There are a lot of posts coming your way in a jiffy! So stay tuned to see some of the wonderful things that we have been doing at Greenbriar and abroad! This […]
Hot off the press! Make sure to take a moment to peruse the wonderful things that we have going on at Greenbriar. Also, make sure to save some dates and come thrive with your Greenbriar family!
On Saturday the Greenbriar gang headed out to two of Kansas City’s fun places for kids of all ages! Our first stop was at Fritz’s Hamburgers in Kansas City, KS, which is renowned for their drive-in style fare with locomotive delivery! The residents seated themselves at the tables in Fritz’s and perused the menu then reached over to […]
This year was another wonderful time with family and friends for our Easter egg hunt! This year we had about 37 children present with about 20 families. In total we had a wonderful turn out of 93 Residents/Family/Friends/Guests present for a fun filled afternoon. The success of this wonderful event couldn’t be done without the […]
Today we took an extraordinary outing with our residents. Traveling 40 miles South of Independence we took a day trip to Belton, Missouri. We enjoyed lunch at Tara’s Café and Malt Shop in historic downtown Belton. After enjoying a delicious lunch of burgers, Rueben’s, onion rings, French fries, malts, shakes, and banana splits (yum) we headed to […]
Take a look inside and see what wonderful things we have going on at Greenbriar! Make sure to join us for an activity or outing too!
Last Saturday some of the Greenbriar gang took a trip to Excelsior Springs, Missouri. On our trip we stopped by the historic Elms Hotel and Spa, which was the ol’ stomping grounds of such famous/infamous characters such as Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Bugs Moran, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Al Capone, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. This […]
A group of our Greenbriar gang ventured into the city to check out a new distillery named after infamous city boss and political machine, Tom Pendergast! This new distillery is harnessing a notorious Kansas City history, mashing it, and bottling it in the form of three popular bootleg specialties: bourbon, gin, and vodka! The names […]
Many of our residents are gifted and talented in the arts. Whether from traditional mediums or experimental mediums they love to create things that speak to the soul! Most recently a resident lead a Watermark University class called Treasure Boxes. This class inspired residents to create beautifully-decorative functional boxes using materials that expressed their inner creativity. […]
Take a look at all of the wonderful things going on in our community! Have fun with us! 🙂
At the end of January the gang took a trip to see the Missouri Maverick’s hockey team take on the Evansville Icemen and win in an upsetting sudden-death play-off with a 4-3 victory! This was a wonderful experience for the residents. For many of them, this was their first time to a hockey game, and […]
For the past 9 years residents at The Fountains at Greenbriar have lead a daily exercise program called, Huff and Puff! This chair aerobics and calisthenics exercise class has had much success in our 9 years, but now more than ever it is getting a great resurgence! Our Huff and Puff class is now holding morning classes […]
This semester in our Watermark University program we have a Tea Tasting class every month to educate our residents and associates about the varieties of teas from around the world. This month we covered “white tea” which is the very finest of the early tea crop. This tea is the least processed off all the […]
Despite the upset against the New England Patriots, the residents are supporting our Kansas City Chiefs loud and proud! For a moment we had our sights set on a magnificent year with the Royals winning the World Series and the prospects of having the Chiefs in the playoffs…and dare I say hopes of a Super […]
Welcoming new year at The Fountains at Greenbriar means welcoming new opportunities for thriving! This new year make a resolution to join us for a lot of fun and exciting opportunities we offer within our community and in our community at large! We hope that you will take some time to spend with the Greenbriar gang […]
Check out this electronic version of our monthly newsletter and calendar. It is busting at the seams with things to do! Join in on our fun at Greenbriar!
On Saturday, December 5th a group of residents headed to Grace Holy Trinity Cathedral to see a spectacular puppet performance of The Nativity. The Paul Mesner Puppets brilliantly created characters that were so whimsical and creative that it felt like we were seeing Jim Hensen at work. The beautiful vocal artist and ensemble performed a […]
Residents enjoyed a recent class called Love Catchers with volunteer Julie Clark, who originally started making these crafts with her mother-in-law (and resident), Pat Westman. The idea behind the love catchers is taken from the Native American design work of Dreamcatchers, but instead of catching dreams, they are a unique self-expressive art form for displaying mementos, pictures, ephemera, […]
Another Saturday fun day with the Greenbriar Gang! A group of us enjoyed a delicious country cooked meal at Jumpin’ Catfish in Lee’s Summit prior to venturing out to Lone Jack to visit the Cockrell Mercantile, which is a delightful blast from the past! This little family owned store has a wonderful varieties of goodies to […]
Hello Folks! I just wanted to inform you that the movie that we have on our calendar to see on January 22nd has been delayed in post-production, and won’t have a nationwide release until February. We intend to see the movie in February and will be notifying you when we are attending. Sorry for any inconveniences. […]
Our December 2015 Newsletter and Calendar is now available for you to download and print at your convenience. Come check out all of the wonderful things that we have going on in our community, and stay tuned for some additional things to come! Happy Holidays!
Our gang of veterans enjoyed the royal treatment out and about on Veterans Day. They enjoyed a complimentary meal from 54th Street Bar and Grill, which was a nice opportunity to acknowledge our country’s veterans, as well as many folks in the community personally stopping them to thank them for their service. The gang was […]
Hop into a time machine and travel back to Renaissance Italy to the booming town of Florence, and there resides a man in a humble abode with nothing more than a candle light and a rampant imagination! Our latest trip to Union Station took us into the creative and imaginative mind of the true renaissance […]
Oompa loompa doopidy-doo…I’ve got another story for you! Every year we host a candy safe house for resident’s and associate’s families, as well as for the community at large. Each year kids come and go after collecting their candy, but they don’t really stick around very long to spend time with their grandparents. In the past we […]
Resident Richard Higgins was extremely excited to go to the Renaissance Festival this year. He hasn’t been since it opened almost 30 years ago, and he was amazed to see how it has changed. We were able to make his request a possibility this year by personally escorting him to the festival. Richard delighted in […]
Celebrating 9 years of delicious barbeque! This year’s Barbeque Blaze-Off & Senior-Q was a wonderful success! We had a total of 28 fun-loving barbeque competitors. Our Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event produced the finest quality Kansas City style barbeque this side of the Missouri River! Competitors created savory meats in four different categories: barbeque brisket, […]