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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

New St. Patrick's Day Dance for 50 Plus is March 17 at Matt Ross Community Center

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This St. Patrick's Day Dance will feature 40's and 50's tunes from local group, The Playboys. Be sure to wear green for a chance at prizes for “Best Irish Attire.” Enjoy complimentary coffee and lime green punch. Please bring your favorite sweet treat or dish to share. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “Irish event.”

This event will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park. The cost for this two-hour dance is $5 per person.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36961.

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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Additional vehicle could be added if enough interest shown for March 15 Adventure Walk in Missouri's Prairie State Park

A waiting list is now being taken for a mid-March Adventure Walk at Prairie State Park in southwestern Missouri being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This Prairie State Park Adventure Walk on March 15 has already filled, but if enough additional interest is shown, an additional vehicle could be added to the trip, allowing more folks to enjoy this park which is home to bison, coyotes, elk, the endangered regal fritillary butterfly, and panoramic vistas of swaying grass and wildflowers. If you're interested in this outing, get on the waiting list today by calling (913) 831-3359.

The nearly 4,000-acre Prairie State Park offers opportunities to see this region at its best. Walkers will help choose which trail, or trails, we take. Lunch will be at El Caballo de Oro Mexican Restaurant across the state border in Pittsburg, Kan.

The March 15 adventure walk is considered an easy walk. To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 walk.” To view this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36923.

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, and return about 5 p.m. that day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359.

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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for March 14 at Lakeview Village

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Lakeview Village, 9100 Park St., Lenexa.

This is the only concert the group is offering this winter and spring. For this event, the entire 45+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “concert.” To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36906.

The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about 16 years and currently has about 45 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. UMKC music majors assist the band director.

For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the concerts, call (913) 826-3160.

 

Roeland Park Aquatic Center offers open swimming during Spring Break

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will offer open swim hours during the week in mid-March when Shawnee Mission and other area schools observe spring break.

The facility, which is located at 4843 Rosewood just east of the Roeland Park Community Center, will offer open swimming from noon to 1:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday on March 13-17. 

The cost for individual admission varies by age and residency. For ages three to 59, the cost is $6 per person for Roeland Park residents, $7 per person for Johnson County residents, and $8 per person for non-county residents. For ages 60 and older, the cost is $5.50 per person for Roeland Park residents, $6.50 per person for Johnson County residents, and $7.50 per person for non-county residents. Admission for ages two and under is free, regardless of residency.

The Roeland Park Community Center features an air-supported dome covering an inverted C-shaped 50-meter pool. The pool has a zero-depth entry and a maximum depth of 13 feet. Other features include: a 25 yard by 25 meter competitive area; four 50-meter swimming lanes; and a bath house with lockers and a family change area.

The facility is owned by the City of Roeland Park and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

For information on current happenings at the facility, call the pool hotline at (913) 312-8838 or call the pool at (913) 432-1377.

Irish Celebration with Celtique for 50 Plus is March 8 at Matt Ross Community Center

Celebrate National Irish American Heritage Month during an annual special event being planned by the 50 Plus department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event, called Irish Celebration with Celtique, involves a special performance by this local Irish band. Instruments used by the group include guitar, tenor banjo, bodhran, and keyboards. Participants will also enjoy Irish coffee and refreshments, as well as a chance to learn a basic Gaelic dance. To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 keywords “Irish event.”

This Irish Celebration with Celtique will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. The cost for this 90 minute event is $9 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36959. Please register for this event by March 1 by calling (913) 642-6410.

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

Spring Fling Fun offers nature-related activities during spring break, March 13-17

Bored during Spring Break Week? Bring your family and friends to the annual Spring Fling Fun event at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, where a fun and educational program will be presented  each day.

Each day during spring break week, March 13-17, nature center staff and volunteers will present nature-oriented programs suitable for the entire family beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Monday's program have the theme "Animal Tales," and will let visitors kick off the week by hearing stories and seeing live animals. Tuesday's program is "Birds of Prey," and will be an opportunity for participants to discover the amazing abilities of this region's raptors. Wednesday's theme is "Surprising Snakes" and visitors will learn  to identify some local reptiles. On Thursday, it's "Wildlife Webs," when live animals will be used to tell the story of survival on the prairie, in the forest, and in the streams. Rounding out the week is a Friday program called "Heritage Celebration" when participants are invited to wear green and hear Celtic stories.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, 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 keyword “nature & outdoors.”

Each program is approximately 45 minutes long. The cost is $3 per person, paid on-site. Advance reservations are not required for this program.

For more information on Spring Fling Fun, call the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.  The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

JCPRD 50 Plus Bingo continues on March 10, 23, and 29

Three themed bingo sessions at three locations are being planned during March by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

"Bubbles" is the theme for a bingo session on March 10 which will take place at the  Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee  (barcode 36934).  "Clovers" is the theme for a session on March 23 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park  (barcode 36935). "50’s Fads" is the theme for a session on March 29 at the Matt Ross Community Center , 8108 Marty St., Overland Park (barcode 36937).

Each bingo session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Prizes range from gift certificates to local restaurants to gift packs. The cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required. Please RSVP by calling (913) 831-3359. Participants can pay in advance or at the door.

The final bingo session of the current season is "Cupcake" on April 26  at the  Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park (barcode 36938).

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”                                 

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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Discover Fulton, Mo., during 50 Plus day trip on March 2

National treasures and delights of the small and vibrant town of Fulton in central Missouri are the destinations of an early March day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Postcards From Fulton is the name of this trip. Participants will visit Backer Auto World Museum to see the car collection originally started by William Backer, former owner of Backer's Potato Chips. The museum feature more than 75 cars, including a Model T, a 1907 Reo Touring, and much more. Travelers will stop for lunch at the beautiful dining hall of Westminster College, which include vaulted ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. After lunch, the group will visit the National Churchill Museum on the Westminster Campus. Home to more than 10,000 objects, including many personal papers and articles from the former British Prime Minister's life. 

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at  8  a.m. on Thursday, March 2,  from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is for this nine-hour day trip, including  lunch, museum admissions, and transportation,   is $79 per person.  For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36998.

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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Missouri's Wallace State Park is March 1 destination for 50 Plus Spring Strolling program

Located just north of Kansas City, Missouri's Wallace State Park is the next destination for the Spring Strolling program being  offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This series of three walks are intended as opportunities for participants to make new friends while exploring the great outdoors. The first walk on Feb. 15 took participants out on JCPRD's the Gary L. Haller Trail, and a planned April 5 will take walkers to Prairie Spirit Trail State Park (barcode 36927).

Each outing takes place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for each six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, and a few dollars in case we decide to stop for ice cream.  

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "Wednesday walks.”

The Wallace State Park walk on March 1 will  offer views into the farming and pioneer heritage of the region.  The trails provide a variety of walk options, but do include some inclines, and therefore, this walk will require a moderate level of exertion. For more information or to register for this walk, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36926.

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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on March 1 & 22 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The winter and spring season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during March at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn on March 1 and 22.

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 JCPRD’s 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 “storytelling.”

March sessions include a program on March. 1, when the theme is Animal Babies;" and a March 22 session when the theme is, "Mother Nature Visits." Other upcoming sessions this season include April 5, "Turtle Time;" and April 19, "What's That Bug?"

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

 

Upcoming Events

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March 1, 2017 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Animal Tales Storytime - Animal Babies

March 4, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

2017 Auditions for The Theatre in the Park

March 5, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

2017 Auditions for The Theatre in the Park

March 8, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Irish Celebration with Celtique

March 10, 2017 | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

2017 Spring Break Trout Program