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Pick out a JoCo holiday gift
December 14, 2017

We’re approaching “last-minute” territory for Christmas shopping.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, consider a holiday gift from Johnson County. Here are some thoughtful ideas for the Johnson County fan in your life.

Johnson County Developmental Supports

Pick up a unique piece of art from JCDS’ Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works — programs that develop the artistic skills of JCDS clients to help them reach their full potential while earning income in the process. Learn more about Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works online.

Johnson County Museum

Buy your loved ones a membership to the Johnson County Museum — celebrating its 50th anniversary in a new home, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park. Museum membership includes invitations to exhibit openings and special events, free admission to all programs and a 10 percent discount at the museum gift shop.

Area Agency on Aging

Give an older adult the gift of maintaining independent living with services provided through Johnson County Human Services' Area Agency on Aging. Services include help with chores, housekeeping, meals and medication management. The AAA also offers temporary relief of caregiving responsibilities for primary caregivers. More information is available online.

Park and Recreation District

Pick out a JCPRD gift card for the park-and-rec lover in your life. Gift cards can be used to pay for programs, classes, facility admission, shelter rentals, memberships, golf course fees and pro shop items.

Theatre in the Park

This Christmas, dream of warm temperatures and outdoor theater productions with tickets to Theatre in the Park. You check out the 2018 season calendar online.

Johnson County Library

Give the gift of a membership to Johnson County Library. Friends of Johnson County Library get access to news, information and events to advocate for our libraries. You’ll also receive information on used book sales and other fundraisers that support the library system. Sign up online.

Deadline for marketplace insurance looms
December 13, 2017

There is still time to enroll in or change 2018 Marketplace health insurance. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs until December 15, 2017. It's important to act quickly. If you don't act by December 15, you can't get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Go online to healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 where someone is available to help 24 hours a day.

Looking for some fun?
December 12, 2017

Looking for some fun activites during the holidays? You needn't look any further than programming offered by the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department and the Johnson County Library. Just within the next several days there are a wide variety of things for you and your family to enjoy, including:

Friday, Dec. 15 
Star Wars Takeover from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Corinth Library, 8100 Mission Rd., Prarie Village for ages 5-12. Calling all Jedi, Star Wars is coming to the library. Join us as we hone our Jedi skills through games, crafts and Star Wars-themed treats. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters. The resistance needs you! 

Saturday, Dec. 16 
1 - 2 p.m.  Behind the Scenes Tour at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Museum, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. See the collection storage facility which features over 17,000 3D objects and over one million images. Tour is for all ages. The cost for one 60-minute program is $10 per person for adults, $8 for children one to 18, $9 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $4 for museum members. Members should call 913- 831-3359 to receive their discount. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 40509. Program cost includes admission to the museum and KidScape.

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Winter Solstice Celebration at the  Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. During this year's celebration, participants will hike luminary-lit trails in Ernie Miller Park along Little Cedar Creek to witness the natural display of winter's quiet time. Then warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows while listening to ancient stories about the longest night of the year. Visit live owls and discover animal mysteries of survival during the long winter. Since parts of this program will take place outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, www.jcprd.com, 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 keywords “seasonal event.”

And don't forget about the Johnson County Museum's traditional A Very Fifties Christmas wehich runs through Jan. 6.

These are just a sample of all the fun that is available. Visit the Events tab at www.jocolibrary.org/ for library activities or www.jcprd.com for more events offered by Johnson County Park & Recreation.

Theatre in the Park INDOOR features 'The Happy Elf'
December 12, 2017

A special holiday musical gift has arrived at Theatre in the Park’s (TTIP) INDOOR with the seasonal tale of “The Happy Elf.” 

The festive musical, composed by Grammy winner and American Idol judge Harry Connick, opens Dec. 8 and continues through Dec. 24 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park.

The INDOOR productions will take place in the Black Box Theatre at the AHC at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.theatreinthepark.org or at the theatre box office the nights/afternoons of performance.

“The Happy Elf” is rated G and is appropriate for the entire family. TTIP is a program of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.


Red Flag Warning for fire danger in effect
December 11, 2017

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Kansas City metro area Monday, Dec. 11 until 6 p.m. Issued by the National Weather Service of Kansas City, people are advised to avoid outdoor burning, to secure trailer chains, properly extinguish cigarette butts, and avoid using any equipment which could generate sparks.
Dry relative humidity, strong northwest winds gusting to 35 mph, and very dry surface fuels, will lead to extreme fire danger across the area today. All outdoor burning should be avoided as any fires that start will be capable of rapid spread.
No other hazardous weather is expected after today.

BOCC names interim county manager
December 7, 2017

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today named Penny Postoak Ferguson as interim county manager, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The appointment by the commission was unanimous in a vote following an executive session this afternoon.

Postoak Ferguson has served as deputy county manager since 2012 when she was promoted from assistant county manager. 

“I’ve worked with Ms. Postoak Ferguson at the city level as well as in her current position as deputy county manager and I have every confidence that she will be able to bring the continuity and leadership that will maintain our community as a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said Chairman Ed Eilert. “In addition to her demonstrated talent, she is very well-respected within her profession. I look forward to the important work that must be accomplished and she has my full support.”

Ferguson has served as assistant city manager in San Antonio, Texas; deputy and assistant city manager in Overland Park, Kansas; core manager/executive director of budget and research for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas; and as assistant city manager in Hays, Kansas. 

Today’s vote followed a public comment period in which many employees and members of the public spoke in support of County Manager Hannes Zacharias. By majority vote, the original decision not to renew Zacharias’ contract after Dec. 31, 2017, was upheld.

“Many of us have had the pleasure and honor of working with Mr. Zacharias and we want to thank him for the work he has done for our county the past 16 years,” Eilert said. “Staying true to the Athenian Oath, Hannes is truly leaving our county a much better place than he found it, and for that we are extremely grateful.  We wish him all the best in the future.” 

Ferguson's biography is available online.