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Johnson County Museum to participate in Blue Star Museums
May 21, 2021

The Johnson County Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The Johnson County Museum will offer free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer through 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.

The promotion runs from Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 15) through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 6). 

"Johnson Countians have served our country from the Civil War through the present," said Museum Director Mary McMurray. "We honor them on the walls of our exhibits and in the history we preserve. This summer, it is our privilege to join Blue Star Museums in thanking those currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families by offering free admission to the Johnson County Museum – one of our community’s cultural treasures."

The Johnson County Museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., in 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.

In addition to the museum’s signature exhibition - Becoming Johnson County - and popular children’s experience - KidScape, visitors will be able to experience two temporary exhibits:

  • Paul McCobb: America’s Designer (opening May 22)
  • Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times

Regular admission prices are $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students with ID and military members, and $4 for children.

JCMHC offers resilience training for first responders
May 20, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center is hosting free resilience trainings for Johnson County first responders. Join Kim Colegrove from Pause First Academy to discover tools to mitigate stress, regulation emotions and improve overall health. 

  • Friday, May 21, noon - 1 p.m. - Mindful Self Care - How to care for ourselves so we can care for those we love, lead and serve. 
  • Wednesday, May 26, 4 - 5 p.m. - Assess and Address Your Stress - Learn how better self-awareness can lead to better health
  • Tuesday, June 1, 7 - 8 p.m. - Developing Mindful Habits - 3 micro-practices for stress relief and self-regulation throughout the day
  • Tuesday, June 8, noon - 1 p.m. - Mindful Resilience - Discover two types of awareness that can help you navigate stress and cope with adversity

Register for this event at tinyurl.com/jchmc-pausefirst-training. Get more information by calling 913-715-7880 or by emailing [email protected].

MED-ACT celebrating National Emergency Medical Services Week
May 18, 2021

This week at Johnson County MED-ACT, we’re celebrating not only 46 years of service, but the 46th Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. A week that was first nationally recognized in 1974 by President Gerald Ford, this week celebrates all the men and women of the emergency services family. Each year, the week is represented by a theme, which is created annually by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMTs. The theme this year is, “This is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.

The week is showcased across the country with themed days Monday through Friday, starting with EMS Education Day, and heading through Safety Tuesday, EMS for Children Wednesday, Save-a-Life Thursday and EMS Recognition Friday. In honor of the theme days, MED-ACT will be posting information on social media (@jocomedact) about each day, as well as paramedic profiles showcasing a few of their medics who volunteered their time to interview. 

We asked J. Paul Davis, MED-ACT director and chief what EMS Week and the department meant to him, and he gave us insight into his vision and mission. 

“Our mission is enlivened by our excellent corps of personnel,” Davis said. Through their dedication to service and compassionate care, they ensure medical emergencies in Johnson County have the best possible outcome. By ensuring the continuum of out-of-hospital care and helping to prepare our community, their work results in a community-wide feeling of safety and confidence.”

A special letter from the chief went out to all of the paramedics this morning, as well as posted online to share with all the EMS personnel in the area. The next few days, paramedics will have a chance to have breakfast together for the first time in over a year, and celebrate while still social distancing at different hospital hosted events. We look forward to a quiet but fun week as we continue to celebrate another year in service to the community. We thank everyone for their support during this week.

County celebrates Armed Forces Appreciation Day
May 18, 2021

An early morning rain and lingering cloudy skies on Saturday, May 15, did not dampen Johnson County’s celebration of Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the New Century AirCenter.

Sponsored by the Friends in Service of Heroes (FISH), the free six-hour event attracted a steady stream of hundreds of attendees, including the general public, veterans of all ages, active members of the armed forces and military reservists. 

The event featured an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, vintage and current military vehicles, live entertainment and food trucks. Featured speakers included Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab.

FISH presented a service dog to a disabled Army veteran from Iraq and an all-terrain, tracked wheelchair to a disabled Marine veteran from Desert Storm.

Imagine your new library
May 17, 2021

Johnson County Library is excited to have begun the design process for the new Library in Merriam. And it’s time to hear from you!

On Wed., May 19, our first public input session will be held virtually. In this session, you’ll have a chance to meet the architects, become familiar with their community involvement approach, learn about the project, and talk about your future library.

The current Antioch Library has been a fixture in the Merriam community for over 60 years; staff and patrons alike have many fond memories of the building – some having visited Antioch their entire lives.

The new building will be located just a few blocks away on the campus of the Merriam Community Center. This summer, the design for the replacement Library is being developed with an eye toward the future, ensuring the ability to meet the changing needs of the community. Construction is anticipated to occur after the design is finalized with completion in 2023.

For more information about the new Library in Merriam, visit the Antioch Library Replacement Project page. Additional public input sessions will be announced on this page and @jocolibrary on social media.

Popular Johnson County Extension Master Gardener Tour Returns
May 14, 2021

Five private gardens will be opened to the public during the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Public Tour, May 21 and 22. Kansas City’s premier garden tour is an opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful private gardens in Kansas City. The tour was originally scheduled for 2020 but was  postponed due to COVID.

Each garden is owned and maintained by an Extension Master Gardener. The gardens are selected for their individual qualities and personalities with something for every taste. Learn about Extension Master Gardener volunteers in The Best Times May-June 2021 issue. 

This tour is popular because the owners are passionate about gardening and have transformed suburban lots into their own personal oasis. The garden owners and Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Visitors receive information about the garden’s development, along with educational tips to take home and incorporate into their own landscapes. Photography is encouraged.

Tour tickets for this springtime, rain-or-shine event are $20. Tickets are available through Johnson County Extension beginning April 1. Check the website for additional outlets for purchasing tickets. Maps and directions are provided with each ticket. Learn more and take a virtual tour at www.johnson.k-state.edu or call 913-715-7000