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JCPRD hayrides open for booking on Friday
September 16, 2014

Fall is time for changing leaves, warm campfires and delicious apple cider. Enjoy all three during a JCPRD hayride!

This year’s organized hayrides for groups begin Sept. 20 and the first of two public hayrides for individuals or families is scheduled for Sept. 28. Both types of hayrides let participants enjoy the crisp autumn air and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await.

Group hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 20 and Nov. 23 in Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Hayrides take place seven days a week at Oak Ridge in Shawnee Mission Park, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Heritage Park. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride.

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $6.50 per person or a minimum of $75 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required.

Prime hayride dates are from mid-October to mid-November, and these fill quickly, so be sure to sign up early for your best choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call 913-831-3359.

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or juggling multiple schedules, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall.

The first Public Hayride of 2014 takes place on Sept. 28, while the second is set for Nov. 2. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge in Shawnee Mission Park. The cost is also $6.50 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. To register, call 913-831-3359, or go to www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 23718 for the Sept. 28 hayride or 23719 for the Nov. 2 hayride.

The Oak Ridge area in Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee. Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.

Library kicks off financial literacy series for women
September 15, 2014

Are you currently managing your family's resources or would you like to take a larger role in handling money matters in the future? Starting tonight, the Johnson County Library is presenting a free seven-part financial literacy series, "Women and Money," on Monday evenings in September and October. It was developed "by women, for women" and is presented by Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. The series features expert speakers and is intended to develop confidence in decision-making, and improve how women manage money.

All sessions are on Monday evenings
Sept. 15 - Oct. 27
7 -  8:30 p.m.
Central Resource Library

Sept. 15 - Your Personal Spending and Savings Plan

Sept. 22 - Credit Reports Matter

Sept. 29 - Your Options for Borrowing: What You Need to Know When You Borrow Money

Oct. 6 - Insurance - Home, Auto, Life 

Oct. 13 - Women and Investing: Stocks,  Bonds, Mutual Funds, IRAs

Oct. 20 - All About Social Security Benefits for Wage Earners, Spouses and Dependents 

Oct. 27 - Life Planning for Your Future: Wills and Power of Attorney for Health and Financial Decisions


Register online for the entire series; attend the topics that interest you. Get more details at the Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc (HCCI) website or by calling (800) 383-0217.


Bonus! HCCI’s Money Talk Discussion Groups

Mondays, Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 13
6 - 6:50 p.m.
Central Resource Library

Sept. 22 - Credit Unions & Banks

Sept. 29 - Personal Branding

Oct. 13 - Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act - Your questions answered​

No registration required.

Co-sponsored by Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. and the Kansas Office of the Securities Commissioner.

New Century AirCenter to host WWII Warbirds air show
September 12, 2014

This weekend the New Century AirCenter will serve as the site for a welcome back celebration for a unique World War II Bomber. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Heart of America Wing will host Air Expo 2014: Remember, Honor, Inspire at New Century AirCenter on September 13 – 14.

Nearly 70 years after rolling off the production line in Kansas City at Fairfax Airport, the B-25 Show Me! serves as the centerpiece of a full weekend of aviation commemoration. Honored guest Mary White, a true Kansas City “Rosie the Riveter” who helped build Show Me! in 1945, will attend the weekend’s events.

Joining the B-25 from the Missouri Wing of the CAF will be:

  • a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber on display.
  • the B-17 Texas Raiders, operated by the CAF Gulf Coast Wing will be available for rides and tours.
  • the CAF P-51 Gunfighter will be available for rides and will also perform a thrilling aerobatic routine in each day’s airshow starting at 1:00pm. The airshow will feature a variety of warbirds in flight, with the highlight being a re-enactment of a WWII dogfight between a Japanese Zero replica and P-51 Gunfighter.

Rides will be available in the B-25, the B-17, the TBM, the P-51, an AT-6 Texan, and a variety of WWII trainer aircraft. Attendees who wish to participate in these ultimate Living History Flight Experiences can make reservations now for one of the limited seats available on these historical aircraft by visiting www.kcghostsquadron.org. In addition to warbird rides and the daily airshow, guests of Air Expo can tour the CAF hangar and museum, visit the kids’ hangar, interact with WWII veterans, and enjoy numerous vintage military aircraft and vehicles on display.

The public is invited to come out to the CAF Hangar at New Century AirCenter, 6 Aero Plaza, New Century, KS 66031 to view the aircraft, visit with veterans, and see the daily airshow. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. Those who wish to fly in a warbird are encouraged to visit www.kcghostsquadron.org to make a reservation.

JoCo departments to be at Wonderscope's Super Safety Saturday
September 11, 2014

Johnson County Government departments will be participating in the second annual Super Safety Saturday event hosted by Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City, Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This free family event will feature bicycle helmet fittings and a toddler tricycle safety course by the MED-ACT Bike Medic Team. A limited number of children's helmets will be given away.

Johnson County Health and Environment will provide information about car seat, water, and life vest safety and the Sheriff's Office is providing gun locks.

Other topics will include internet safety from Google Fiber and home safety from Charlie's House. In addition, a fire truck, ambulance, and police vehicle will be on site for children to explore.

Inside the museum, families can enjoy the musical stylings of Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band, playing ukulele at 10:30 am.


JoCo employees to participate in National 9/11 Day of Service
September 9, 2014

Johnson County Government employees will join forces with the 30 million Americans engaging in the annual national day of service and remembrance on September 11. Johnson County will host its second annual Day of Service and Remembrance events, when County employees and residents come together in the spirit of service and sustainability.

From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 11, the 3,800 employees with the County can participate in one of 10 service projects at the Sunset Campus (11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe) such as volunteering in the WIC Community Garden, placing markers on stormwater drains and cleaning up trash. Johnson County Government urges residents to serve alongside employees in several ways:

  • Give blood (this event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments can be made online at savealifenow.org, sponsor code: JCDHEOlathe
  • Ride along with a Meals on Wheels volunteer
  • Donate gently used clothing, shoes, bicycles, eyeglasses, garden tools and purses
  • Dispose of unwanted electronics or unused prescription drugs
  • Donate high nutritional food pantry items along with a recipe


  1. Learn Hands Only CPR! Employees and residents are invited to take part in Johnson County HeartSafe’s Initiative to train 25,000 Johnson County residents in Hands Only CPR. This service project is open to the public and takes place at Johnson County Library’s Central Resource Branch (9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park) from 7 to 8:45 p.m.
  2. New location! We’ve opened up a second Day of Observance site at the Northeast Office (6000 Lamar, Mission) where employees and residents can donate healthy food and materials to those in need.
Johnson County programs receive national attention
September 8, 2014

Johnson County Library and NotifyJoCo took home awards from the Annual City County Communications and Marketing Association Conference (3CMA) that took place September 4th in Minneapolis.

The Johnson County Library won the Award of Excellence in the Graphic Design category for its Summer Reading Clubs online Kids Reading Log. The organization received this award due its superb organic elements on the site.

NotifyJoCo, a public notification system designed to inform residents of any local emergencies, won two awards: The Savvy Award for Marketing and Tools and the Silver Circle Award for Communication or Marketing Programs. NotifyJoCo was awarded the Savvy Award for its creative and informative campaign, in addition to displaying an outstanding collaborative effort for the county. Judges’ awarded NotifyJoCo the Silver Circle Award because it exemplified a creative solution-oriented process that brought various groups together in order to develop a unified logo and campaign.

For 26 years, 3CMA has given recognition to outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships.