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111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Honoring 15th anniversary of Sept. 11
September 9, 2016

This Sunday, Sept. 11 marks 15 years since the terrorist attacks on our nation. It’s a bittersweet milestone for citizens across the U.S. as we pause to remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who died on that tragic day.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation of this Sunday as a “Day of Remembrance” in Johnson County. As part of the day of remembrance, we also honor the more than 400 first responders who met the challenges of the tragic day.

And in honoring their memory, we pay respect to the men and women here, at home and around the world who protect and defend us — our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan; our firefighters and police officers, emergency medical personnel and emergency communicators. These are the everyday heroes who keep our nation free and keep our homes, neighborhoods and communities safe.

BoCC Chairman Eilert encourages all citizens and businesses in Johnson County to participate and observe a national moment of silence on Sunday, Sept. 11. This moment unifies us as a nation and allows each of us to look back, mourn and honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2011.

It’s time again for Johnson County Old Settlers Days!
September 8, 2016

A tradition since 1898, the annual festival fills downtown Olathe and runs from Thursday, Sept. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 10.

Johnson County will participate with a booth along with another booth from Department of Health and Environment, where you can talk with a HealthCare.gov Navigator about signing up for health insurance in 2017. The Johnson County Election Office will offer voter registration opportunities at its booth.

The festival’s activities include musical entertainment, concerts, a carnival, classic auto show, arts and crafts fair, flower show, an ice cream social, more than 20 food booths operated by local non-profit organizations, horseshoe pitching, and much more.

Several streets around the county square will be closed during the festival to accommodate activities and the carnival. The downtown Olathe parking garage will be accessible during the three-day event.

The largest parade in Kansas, with a theme of “Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks,” begins 10 a.m. on Saturday.

More information about the event is available online at JohnsonCountyOldSettlers.com.

KC Symphony’s free concert is on Labor Day
September 2, 2016

The Kansas City Symphony will present its free annual "Pops in the Park" concert on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

Concertgoers are invited to bring their family and friends (plus blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner), if they'd like to enjoy the free performance for an audience of all ages. The entrance to The Theatre in the Park is at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee.

The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. with theatre gates opening at 5 p.m. The symphony's Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 5:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy a special pre-concert activity where trained musicians help youngsters try a variety of orchestral instruments.

Entertainment by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m. The orchestra takes the stage at 7 p.m. for a concert that celebrates the holiday with familiar classics and fun movie music. The program will be the debut of Kansas City Symphony’s new Assistant Conductor Jason Seber.

Visit kcsymphony.org for more information.

Museum on the move!
March 15, 2017

The Johnson County Museum is gearing up for its big move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The official closing day of the museum (including KidScape) at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee is set for Saturday, Sept. 3. The museum will be open that last day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to visit one last time.

And with every move there is, of course, a moving sale! Items in the gift shop are discounted, so stop by and also pick up a gift and maybe some retro candy (members – don’t forget your ten percent discount).

In the meantime, members and the public can enjoy their favorite programs this fall at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Avenue in Shawnee.

The Johnson County Museum is planning its grand opening at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in May 2017. Museum staff looks forward to moving into the new location and are excited to share with you a brand new signature exhibition, an expanded and updated KidScape and other great programs! 

For more information about the upcoming move please visit the Johnson County Museum Foundation.

Visitors center in Shawnee Mission Park closed Aug. 31
August 30, 2016

The John Barkley Visitors Center in Shawnee Mission Park will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, as the staff relocates to new office space located behind the existing facility, near the park entrance at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, visitors services, including information and fishing and boating permit sales, will be available in a recently completed addition to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Administration Building. The 8,000 square-foot addition, which has been under construction since November 2015, also houses offices for JCPRD’s park police, and parks and golf courses departments.

A locking vestibule in the new addition contains new climate controlled restrooms that are available all year, during park hours. This new addition will replace the existing John Barkley Visitors Center and Park Police Headquarters that are expected to be demolished by the end of the year.

Information and permit sales will be available on Aug. 31 at the Registration and Reservations Department in Building C in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch. That office can be reached at 913- 831-3359. Permits can also be obtained at several retail outlets including; Bass Pro Shop (customer service counter), Scheels Sporting Goods (upstairs customer service counter) and all Johnson County Wal-Mart locations (except in Roeland Park) at the sporting goods counter.

All outside vendors charge a $1 convenience fee for writing the permit.

Fall lawn care
August 29, 2016

The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office offers some helpful tips for fall preparation for next’s months summer lawn.

September is one of the best times to fertilize a cool season bluegrass or tall fescue lawn to help it recover from the stress of summer.  Nutrients in the fertilizer help form the building blocks to grow new roots and shoots to support growth and a thicker dense lawn next spring.

The ideal time to reseed lawns is in early to mid-September. Seeding later into the fall may result in failure since new seedlings will not have time to establish before the arrival winter. Overseeding is more than just scattering grass seed. Success is achieved when the soil is properly prepared to receive the seed and watering afterwards.

Mid-October through mid-November is also the ideal time to rid the lawn of pesky weeds. Dandelions, henbit and chickweed are best eradicated in the fall. The reason is these weeds have just germinated, started to grow and are not well established. This makes them easy targets for the kill.

Now is the time for fall lawn care. Investing time in your lawn now will give you more time to sit back and enjoy it spring arrives. For more information, visit Johnson County K-State Research and Extension online.