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While people in Johnson County work hard, they like their downtime as well, and we offer many wonderful places for individuals and families to learn, play, relax, be active, and enjoy the outdoors. Johnson County’s dozens of parks, recreation facilities, lakes, and public gardens offer something for everyone. Checkout one of Johnson County’s 13 libraries, spend an afternoon at the Johnson County Museum, or when the weather is warm enjoy a movie or Broadway show at Theatre in The Park. Our recreational amenities play a huge role in Johnson County being a community of choice.

Recreation News

Overnight Fishing at Kill Creek Park is Aug. 11

The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays  planned at Kill Creek Park during 2018 will take place on Aug. 11, while the last of four overnight opportunities at Shawnee Mission Park will take place on Aug. 18.

After 11 p.m. on these dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under fun for all. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “fishing.”

Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset. Before fishing  in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.   Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  Visitors Services in the JCPRD Administration Offices in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

The final Overnight Fishing Saturday of 2018 will take place on Sept. 15 at Lexington Lake Park.

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; and  Lexington Lake Park is located at 8850 Sunflower Road, north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.

 

Come watch Perseid Meteors during astronomy program at TimberRidge Adventure Center on Aug. 12

The opportunity to see some of nature's fireworks streak through the sky is part of a special event planned in mid-August at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s TimberRidge Adventure Center.

The event is called A Trail of Stardust - the Perseid Meteor Shower, and offers a tour of August skies. This program is for all ages, but is recommended for ages five and older with a parent or guardian. There will be a short indoor presentation about the meteor shower and fall constellations, followed by  guided night sky tour. There will also be a short walk in the dark to reach our viewing location.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under  fun for all. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “astronomy.”

A Trail of Stardust will take place from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, Aug. 12, beginning at the Welcome Center of the TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost is $9 per person for Johnson County residents, or $10 for nonresidents. Because space is limited, preregistration is required for this program. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, and star maps, although they are not necessary. Lawn chairs and blankets to sit on are also encouraged.  In the case of rain or clouds, there will be a related indoor program.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is  a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is normally accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
 

Next Listen Local Live free concert is Aug. 10 with Rewound

The last in a series of three free concerts being offered by the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) will take place in early August.

Listen Local Live is the name of this program, which is meant to let participants experience live performances and take part in a conversation about the inspirations behind local musicians. These performances are for all ages, and are a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Fine & Performing Arts Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The third of three Listen Local Live  performances this summer will feature Rewound on Friday, Aug. 10.

JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Each performance will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by an interview with the artists. Admission is free, and concessions will be available.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events and then under adult. In the printed catalog,  look for the keyword “concert.”

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
 

Last summer JCPRD youth and preschool swim lessons begin July 23

The last opportunity of the summer for preschoolers and youth to learn to swim or improve their existing swimming skills is being offered in late July by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and at the Prairie Village Pool at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village.
 
These lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. This convenient class format also takes the guesswork out of trying to determine what level you or your child should be in. These progressive lessons involve an assessment at the beginning of each daily class and let individuals move through the program at their own pace, learning new skills during the same session.

Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.
 
Preschool offerings include a Parent & Tot class for ages six months to two and one-half years with a parent, and an Aqua Tot Class for ages two and one-half to five. Youth classes for ages five and older are generally skill-based and are not age specific. Levels include Novice, Advance Novice, and Intermediate. All of these programs have classes beginning July 23.  Private swim lessons for adults at all skill levels are also available by appointment.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online at jcprd.com, browse first under preschool or youth and then under aquatics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “swim lesson.” For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.
 
Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
 

New Canvas Painting with a Brush and Beans program for 50 Plus is July 23

A fun class of step-by-step canvas painting techniques designed for beginners is being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late July.
 
Canvas Painting with a Brush & Beans is the name of this single-session program. Brushes and art supplies included, coffee beans brewed to enhance friendly conversation! Take home your work of art and feel proud of your new-found talent.  To find this program in the My JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “art.”
 
This program takes place beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 23, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for one two-hour program is $35 per person for Johnson County residents or $38 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.
 
While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.
 
The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

"Blue Ribbon at the County Fair" is subject of next museum storytelling program on July 18

Young children can share in some of the fun of going to a county fair during a late July session of the Johnson County Museum's series of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art, presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho.

Titled simply Jo Ho Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five with an adult. 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.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytime.”

The next program in the series is called “Blue Ribbons at the County Fair,” and will take place on Wednesday, July 18.  July is county fair time and these “blue ribbon best” stories make for a whoopee-filled time. Who raised the grandest pig? Who wins the pie-eating contest? Who stitched the loveliest quilt? Come to the fair and find out!

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. Or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The final Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season is "Under the Sea" on Aug. 15.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
 

Next Wednesday Walk for 50 Plus takes participants to KU Field Station on July 18

The biological field station of the University of Kansas is the destination for the next  monthly Wednesday Walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Summer Strolling and the next outing on July 18 will take participants to the 1,800-acre KU Field Station, located northeast of downtown Lawrence. Established in 1947, the field station's mission is to foster scholarly research, environmental education, and science-based stewardship of natural resources. It is situated within North America's grassland/forest transition zone, where the eastern deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie biomes meet. Participants will choose from a variety of trails through the field station, which includes forest and prairie. This walk is expected to require a moderate level of exertion.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “Wednesday walks.”

True to the name of the program, this outing will take place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk,  and a few dollars in case we decide to stop for ice cream. Bringing a water bottle is also recommended, and use of hiking boots and walking sticks is optional. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. Or register online at www.jcprd.com.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs continue on July 6, 13, & 20

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during June and July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free.  Preregistration is not required for these programs.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events, and then under fun for all. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature & outdoors.”

July presentations are:

July 6:  Animal Clues - investigate different animal clues and see a live animal that often leaves signs for us to find.

July 13Wildlife Webs - Help construct three food chains and see a live animal from each one. Find out who eats who.

July 20: Bats - Explore the dark and mysterious world of Kansas bats. Discover how we benefit from them and how we can help protect them.

For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 826-2800.

Johnson County Museum to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

The Johnson County Museum is pleased to announce its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a great way for the Johnson County Museum to support our active duty military families,” said Museum Director Mindi Love. “We’re pleased to welcome families to explore our local history and heritage in our new facility, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, which celebrates its first anniversary this June,”

The museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.  Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday and major holidays.

Visitors may tour the museum’s signature exhibition “Becoming Johnson County,” our children’s experience KidScape, and the changing exhibit gallery which features “Let’s Celebrate:  Johnson County Museum Turns 50!” on display through Aug. 4  Regular admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children.

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community-whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums.

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

About the Johnson County Museum
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the JCM offers exhibitions and programs for visitors of all ages to explore the community’s heritage and history. The museum collects and preserves objects, photographs and archival materials that document the area. Visit online to learn more.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.
 

Summer camp guide now online; registration underway

Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 2018 Camp Guide is now available online, and hard copies are available in all Johnson County Libraries.

Registration for camps begin Monday, Jan. 29. Online registration starts at 6 a.m., and in-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the JCPRD registration office located in Building D in Antioch Park at 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam. 

Camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Many camps fill quickly, so don’t delay or you may find your first choices unavailable. 

For faster, easier registration go to jcprd.com and create an account before searching or registering for camps. 

In all, nearly 60 camp programs are listed in this year’s guide, including camps for ages 3 through 18. Camps range from full-day to partial-day programs serving a variety of interests, including more than 25 camps new in 2018.

Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions with weekly start dates from June 4 through July 30; other camps begin throughout the summer. This year’s camps take place at locations throughout Johnson County. For the convenience of working parents, most full-day programs provide supervision and self-directed activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

 

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