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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

Breakfast Bingo special event for 50 Plus set for Sept. 12 at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center

Join us as we celebrate National American Breakfast Month with assortment of your breakfast favorites and bingo during an event being presented in mid-September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called Breakfast Bingo. Make new friends and enjoy a full meal, prizes, fun, and 12 games of bingo. A variety of prizes will be awarded, including gift certificates.  

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”

Breakfast Bingo will take place beginning  at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12,  at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park. The cost for this two-hour-and-one-half-hour event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents. Cost of admission covers food (or snacks) and staff time to administer the Bingo Program. No additional charge for Bingo.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. Please pre-register at least one week in advance, or by Sept. 5 for this event.

Another Special Event Bingo program is scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Roeland Park Community Center, when the theme is Chili Bingo.

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.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
 

50 Plus Plans Sept. 12 Adventure Walk to visit Southwind Trail

The first of three Adventure Walks being planned this fall  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will take participants to Southwind Rail Trail in Allen County, Kan., in mid-September.

This Southwind Trail Adventure Walk will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Stretching from Iola to Humbolt, this old railway offers a unique trail. The Southwind crosses an old railway bridge, is tree-lined, and offers views of small farms.  

This hike is expected to require an easy 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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walks.”

This program will depart at 8 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. The cost for one nine-hour outing, including transportation to the walk site, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. Lunch will be at Sam and Louie’s in Iola, with costs on your own.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

Other upcoming adventure walk offerings include: Konza Prairie on Oct. 24, and Pershing State Park on Nov. 7.

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 pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches.

Free new storytime program offered at Mill Creek Activity Center beginning Sept. 10

Join us for a free new storytime program being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center beginning in early September.

Called MCAC Storytime, this program is for all ages. This program is meant to be an exciting storytime experience that will vary with new and exciting activities. Presenters may offer books, lessons, songs, and crafts

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment and special interests.

This program will take place weekly at 10:15 a.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 12 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The first program on Sept. 10 will have the theme "Animal Stories." Other programs and their themes are: Sept. 17, "Movement Motivation;" Sept. 24, "Muppets©;" Oct. 1, "Disney© World Day;" Oct. 8, "Krazy Kids;" Oct. 15, "Be Better Than The Bully;" Oct. 22, "Parachute Day;" Oct. 29, "Costume Day;" Nov. 5, "A-MAZE-ING Monday;" Nov. 12,  "Sundae Sundae Sundae."          

There is no cost for these programs, and registration is not required, so feel free to stop by and join us.

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

Family Fishing Night set for Sept. 7 at TimberRidge Adventure Center

Join us for a family fun night of fishing during a special event being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s TimberRidge Adventure Center in Olathe.

Family Fishing Night is for all ages. A dinner of hotdogs, chips, and apples will be provided from 5 to 5:30 pm.  This will be followed by fishing at Catfish Pond (one of three lakes on the property) from 5:30 to 7 pm with boats available.  Parents need to be able to assist their children with fishing.  We will end the evening roasting marshmallows at a campfire from 7 to 7:30 pm.  Staff will assist with boats and can help with basic fishing questions. Note that life vests must be worn when boating.  Bring your own pole and tackle or we can provide a fishing pole.  We will also provide bait and marshmallows. Participants age 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license, which will not be sold on site.

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.”

This program will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the  TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for this three-hour program is $12 per person for Johnson County residents or $13 per person for nonresidents, including adults. Preregistration is required for this program.

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

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Mommy and Me Dance class for ages 3 and under begins Sept. 7

Encourage early social skills and other developmental goals during a class for young children and a parent being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in early September.

Mommy and Me Dance is the name of this program, which is for ages three and under with an adult. This program is meant to give parents opportunities to bond with their young dancer as they work together to discover rhythm and music in this interactive dance class.  This sensory-rich curriculum also encourages balance control, and involves sounds that encourage language and literacy development.  

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

Mommy and Me Dance is offered at 10 a.m. Fridays beginning  Sept. 7 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.The cost for 14 45-minute classes is $100 per parent and child for Johnson County residents or $125 per person for nonresidents. or register online at www.jcprd.com. Interested parties can also attend individual sessions for a drop-in fee of $8 per parent and child.

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

Accessibility project to close SMP Off-Leash Dog Area for five weeks

A construction project which will add an accessible trail to the Off-Leash Dog Area in Shawnee Mission Park will begin on Aug. 13, and will result in the complete closure of the popular off-leash area for about five weeks.

This project involves the construction of approximately one half mile of concrete trail between the parking lot and the existing ramp down to the dog beach area. The new trail will follow the spine of the hill, and will replace the existing wood-chipped trail.

The goal of this project "is to improve ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access to the beach," said Project Manager Megan Merryman. "In general, as an agency, we are making significant efforts to make our parks more accessible for everyone."

Freeman Concrete Construction of Shawnee was the successful bidder for this project. As detailed in the contract, Freeman will have 35 calendar days to complete construction.

In addition to lasting longer, concrete also has advantages in regards to maintenance and repairs.  

"It's easier for us in the future to have to go in and replace just a few sections of damaged concrete as opposed to having to bring in an asphalt truck again," Merryman said. "In theory, we could replace or repair damaged concrete a lot easier with a lot less disturbance to the public than asphalt."

Another minor aspect of the project will involve bringing in fill dirt to improve the trail elevation at a low spot near the parking lot.  

Like the district's streamway trails, the new paved trail will be ten feet wide.

During the scheduled closure, park staff will make additional improvements to the area, including fencing the east and west boundaries to enclose the entire off-leash area. The new fence will ultimately provide a safer area for dogs and their owners.  

Just a friendly reminder that in addition to being potentially hazardous to both dogs and people, entering the off-leash area during this construction closure, which also includes the parking lot, will be considered trespassing.

During the closure, off-leash area patrons are encouraged to use alternative off-leash areas, including three others operated by JCPRD, and others operated by outside agencies. Other JCPRD off-leash areas are located in: Heritage Park 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park; and near the Kill Creek Streamway Park access point at 33460 W. 95th St., De Soto. Other area dog parks include: Leawood Dog Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood; and two areas operated by the city of Kansas City, Mo., in Penn Valley Park at 28th & Wyandotte St., and in Swope Park at 4701 E. Gregory Blvd.
 

JCPRD presents Homeschool Art programs for ages 5 to 15 beginning Sept. 5 & 6

Youth can join their friends and go on an adventure into art during a homeschool program being offered beginning in early September by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Homeschool Art is the name of this program, which is for ages five to 15, and is  designed to supplement homeschool curriculum. Participants will have collaborative experiences meant to encourage them to explore art through consideration, conversation, and creation. Two different themes for Homeschool Art programs with sessions starting in early September are being offered: Art Adventures, for ages five to 15, and Advanced Art Adventures for ages 11 and older.

All of these programs take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. These classes involve 11 two-hour sessions at a cost of $95 per person for Johnson County residents or $99 per person for nonresidents.

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

Two different sessions of Art Adventures and Advanced Art Adventures are offered beginning in early September. One session of Art Adventures meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 5, while the other meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 6. One session of Advanced Art Adventures meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 5, while the other meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 6.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for the code numbers listed above.

Additional Homeschool Art classes with the theme "Clay Creations,"  will be offered for ages five to 15 beginning Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.  

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

New season of Animal Tales Storytime sessions begins Sept. 5 at two locations

The new season of Animal Tales Storytime, which is being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department, includes sessions at two locations . The program will include sessions at  both the Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe, as well as at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park.

Animal Tales Storytime invites young children and their parents to come listen and learn during any or all of the 11sessions scheduled on selected Wednesdays , and one Thursday, between Sept. 5 and Dec. 19.
 
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 “storytelling.”
 
Animal presentations at the Ernie Miller Nature Center include:  a  Sept. 5 session called “Monarch Magic;” a  Sept. 19 session called "Johnny Appleseed;" an Oct. 3 session called "Fall Colors;"   an Oct. 17 session called "Night Critters;" a Nov. 7 session called "Forest Peek-a-boo;" a Dec. 5 session called  "Mrs. Claus Reads;" and a Dec. 19 session called, "A Visit with Santa." Sessions at JCAHC include: an encore presentation of  "Johnny Appleseed;" on Sept. 26;  an  Oct. 18 program called  "Fall Sights & Sounds;" a Nov. 14 program called "Turkey Time;" and a Dec. 12 program called "Feathered Friends."

At either location, the cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. With the sole exception of the Oct. 18 program at JCAHC, which takes place on a Thursday, all other sessions take place on a Wednesday. Sessions at EMNC begin at 10:30 a.m., while JCAHC sessions begin at 10 a.m.
 
Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. For more information about this program, contact the nature center at (913) 826-2800.
 

“The Little Red Hen” is subject of next museum Retro Storytime program on Sept. 5 at the Johnson Cou

Parents and their preschoolers will love stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly from September through December at the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Storytime and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy a craft activity for little hands. Stories change monthly. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month through December at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, 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 this program 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 keywords “museum program.”

The first program in the new season is called “The Little Red Hen,” and will take place on Sept. 5. Published in 1953, this story is a long-time favorite about a hen, hard work, and the benefits of collaborating with friends.

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

Other upcoming Retro Story and Art Fun programs this season will include: “The Happy Man and his Dump Truck”  on Oct. 3, "The Poky Little Puppy" on Nov. 7, and “Frosty the Snow Man" on Dec. 5.
 
The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

 

New Little Critters program begins Sept. 6 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Your Little Critter will enjoy two hours of fun and education on the first Thursday of each month as you enjoy some personal time during a new program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department.

Little Critters is the name of this program for ages three through five, which will take place at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Activities will vary but we will have a snack, make a craft, play games, and see an animal visitor each day.  Each month's program has a theme. For the Sept. 6 session, the theme is "Fall Fairytale Forest". Other themes this season are: "Slimy, Scaly, Not So Creepy” on Oct. 4, "Feathers, Beaks & Feet" on Nov. 1, and "Holiday Animal Party" on Dec. 6. All sessions take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday.

To find these 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 keywords “nature & outdoors.”
 
The cost per two-hour session is $14 per person for Johnson County residents, or $16 per person for nonresidents. Participants must be potty trained.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a search for any of the course ID numbers above.  
 
Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information about this program, contact the nature center at (913) 826-2800.

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

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