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Fall and turkeys are the themes of November Animal Tales Storytime sessions being planned at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during any or all of the eight sessions scheduled on select Wednesdays through Dec. 20.
Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytime.”
November sessions include "Fall Sights & Sounds" on Nov. 1, and "Turkey Time" on Nov. 15. Other upcoming storytime sessions are scheduled for: Dec. 6, "Mrs. Claus Reads;" and Dec. 20, "A Visit with Santa." Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.
Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.
Experience an oral and visual presentation on the history of Dixieland music, performed by a live band, during an early November special event being planned for all ages by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
Back by popular demand, this program is called The History of Dixieland Music. The KC Dixieland Band will interact with the audience to provide an oral and visual presentation on the history of Dixieland music, performed by the entire band, live! Along the way, many famous tunes of the era, several influential composers of the period, and dominant performers will be highlighted. This promises to be an informative and entertaining experience. All ages are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Register in advance to save your spot!
To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Fun For All and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “music.”
The History of Dixieland Music will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this two-hour event is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 40759.
Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
Start your family’s Halloween off with a healthy morning that will keep your kids energized throughout the busy day during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
Healthy Halloween Spooktacular! is the name of this event, which is for all ages and which will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Participants are invited to come in person and visit the freaky photo booth, make creepy crafts, enjoy a healthy snack, enter the haunted hallway, and show off on the dance floor to your favorite Halloween beats.
To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “Halloween.”
This free event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Sponsors for this event are also being sought. For more information, contact Lisa
(913) 826-3161 or email email@example.com.
The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from his latest book, Addicted to Americana. It’s a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your national pride to swell, and your American spirit to soar!
BOOK SIGNING RECEPTION: Following the performance, Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, available for purchase at the event. Also enjoy sweetness from the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen after the show! Show time is 3:00 p.m., approx 120 minutes. Museum will be open!
Tickets $39 (members call 913-826-ARTS for 20% discount) http://jcprd.com/park_admin/registrations.cfm to register. Tickets are selling quickly, so don't wait to buy yours!
The next session of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art being presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho as part of a storytelling series being offered by the Johnson County Museum is set for mid-October.
Titled simply Jo Ho, Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on one Wednesday each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $2 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape.
The next program in the series is called "Country Hoedown" and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Participants are invited to put on their dancing boots and grab a partner as Granny McDonald invites them to some rootin’ and yahooin’ down on the farm yarns. Whether it’s kissing a cow, givin’ a pig a belly rub, or chasin’ rabbits through the pumpkin patch, it’ll be the fall hootenanny you’re lookin’ for. Yeehaw!
For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40522.
Other upcoming Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season will include: "Fowl Play" (barcode 40523) on Nov. 15, and "Woodland Christmas" (barcode 40524) on Dec. 20.
To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”
These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.
The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
For this event, the entire 45+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.
To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog, look for the keyword “concert.” To see this program online, visit the district's website at jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper right part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40450.
The New Horizons Band is also planning concerts on Dec. 5 at JCAHC, and an annual holiday concert at Kansas City's Union Station on a date that has yet to be announced. Please call (913) 826-3160 for up-to-date information on the Union Station Concert.
The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about 16 years and currently has about 45 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. UMKC music majors assist the band director.
For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the concerts, call (913) 826-3160.
The Johnson County Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a new exhibition showcasing objects from the museum's collection that relate to the traditional and modern anniversary gifts. From the first anniversary of paper, all the way to the gold for the 50th, come celebrate 50 years with us! The exhibit is on view through April 7, 2018, in the museum's changing gallery. Regular admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), and $3 for children 1-17. Members get in free!
Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!
JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $7 per person or a minimum of $80 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required.
Hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 16 and Nov. 19. Hayrides take place seven days a week during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.
To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “hayrides.”
For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 24, while the other will take place on Nov. 5. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is also $7 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39877 for the Sept. 24 ride or 39878 for the Nov. 5 ride.
Look for the new issue of The Best Times, the county’s publication informing and supporting Johnson County’s 60+ adults. This month’s cover story is about preventing falls, the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Other articles include topics such as the Veterans Treatment Court, improved access to health and human services and preparing for severe weather season. The Best Times Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed six times per year to Johnson County residents who are 60 plus.
The March/April 2017 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on The Best Times Magazine page of our website.
The Johnson County Museum is gearing up for its big move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The official closing day of the museum (including KidScape) at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee is set for Saturday, Sept. 3. The museum will be open that last day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to visit one last time.
And with every move there is, of course, a moving sale! Items in the gift shop are discounted, so stop by and also pick up a gift and maybe some retro candy (members – don’t forget your ten percent discount).
In the meantime, members and the public can enjoy their favorite programs this fall at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Avenue in Shawnee.
The Johnson County Museum is planning its grand opening at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in May 2017. Museum staff looks forward to moving into the new location and are excited to share with you a brand new signature exhibition, an expanded and updated KidScape and other great programs!
For more information about the upcoming move please visit the Johnson County Museum Foundation.