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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

50 Plus plans new Christmas in July event on July 20 at Cedar Lake Village

Come experience good tidings and cheer during a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Cedar Lake Village, a senior living community in Olathe, is opening their doors for this event, which is called Christmas in July. The program will involve a festive meal with ham and all the fixings, along with sing-along-carolers, a snowball hunt, and bingo.  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 “social event.”

Christmas in July will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at Cedar Creek Village, 15325 S. Lone Elm Road, Olathe. The cost for this two-hour event is $6 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 28624.

While the 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 District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information  or to register, call (913) 826-2859. To register online or for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

July T.A.K.E. Self Defense Seminars for 12 and older set for two locations in Overland Park

The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation recently completed its tenth year of presenting a self-defense program meant to help fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident during the summer of 2002.  You're invited to join the 55,000-plus -strong and growing number of women and girls who have completed the training when the seminar is offered in mid- and late-July during two separate seminars in Overland Park.

A July 18 presentation is set at the Aubry Bend Middle School, 12501 W. 175th St., Overland Park, while a July 25 presentation will take place at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. Both programs begin at 10 a.m. on a Saturday.

"These programs are open to the public including any girl 12 years and older and women of any age" said Corporate Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker. "Our oldest women has been 90 years old so gather your friends, neighbors and family and join us for this life-changing class.  It is the best two hours you will spend this year."

Participants are encouraged to bring a friend as portions of the curriculum use a partner and mothers and daughters or good friends make great teams. Participants will learn basic techniques which could save their lives and thwart an attack.

These programs are being presented by the City of Overland Park and Blue Valley Recreation  in cooperation with The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.

The self-defense seminar was designed by Leiker, a professional self-defense trainer, in consultation with local law enforcement agencies after the idea for the program was brought  to local recreation agencies by representatives of the Kemp family.

A donation of $10 is appreciated, but not required, for each of the two-hour programs.  Advance registration is appreciated but walk ups are welcome. To register for these programs or to check for additional local classes, go to www.takedefense.org.

 

Overnight Fishing Opportunities planned on July 18 & 25

The second of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Heritage Park during 2015 will take place on July 18. Also in the July, the third of four overnight fishing opportunities at Shawnee Mission Park will take place on July 25.

After 11 p.m. on these dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. 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 “fishing.”

Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset. No additional fees are charged for participating in overnight events, but before fishing  in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.   Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

Other upcoming overnight fishing opportunities for 2015 are planned on Aug. 15 at Kill Creek Park and Aug. 22 at Shawnee Mission Park.

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, and Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Shawnee Mission Park's John Barkley Visitor Center at (913) 888-4713.

"Big Hero 6" to be shown as Dive-In Movie at Roeland Park Aquatic Center on July 18

A popular recent Disney film will be shown as a Dive-In Movie at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center during a family fun night in mid-July.                                

"Big Hero 6" will be shown at the main pool beginning at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. Participants are invited to spend some time with the family watching this film from the water. The concession stand will be open late.

The cost for this two-hour event is $3 per person for Johnson County residents or $4 per person for nonresidents.  To register by phone, 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 28004.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is owned by the City of Roeland Park and operated by the Johnson County Park &  Recreation District and is located at 4843 Rosewood, Roeland Park. For more information about this event, call (913) 432-1377.

Johnson County Extension co-sponsoring Family Fun Night

Bring the family to the Farm-to-Table Family Fun Night this Thursday at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. The event is co-sponsored by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension and the Johnson County Farm Bureau. Enjoy oxen training and chuckwagon cooking demonstrations, stagecoach rides, and free "breakfast for dinner" by Chris Cakes for the first 200 visitors!

Click here for more information.

The Sharks and the Jets take the stage this weekend

“West Side Story” is the current production in the 2015 summer season at The Theatre in the Park. The show will be performed June 24-27. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. All performances last approximately 2 ½ hours. The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. Please visit www.theatreinthepark.org for ticket information.

Other upcoming performances at The Theatre in the Park include:

  • “The Secret Garden” on July 3-5 & 8-11. It is rated G.
  • “Annie Warbucks” on July 17-19 & 22-25. It is rated G.
  • “Shrek” on July 31-August 2 & August 5-8. It is rated G
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is next destination for 50 Plus Summer Strolling program on July 15

Burr Oak Woods Nature Center's Bethany Falls Trail in Blue Springs, Mo., is the next destination for the Wednesday Walks program being presented this summer by the  50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The Bethany Falls Trail is considered one of the most beautiful areas to walk in the Kansas City metro area. It includes bluffs you can walk on and through for exciting photo opps. This trip will take place on July 15. Participants are invited to make new friends while exploring the great outdoors during these walks being offered monthly through August. The final Wednesday Walk of the summer will take place on Aug. 12 and will be a walker's choice outing titled "Where Will We Go?"

Each outing will take 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 $18 per person for Johnson County residents or $20 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, and a few dollars in case the group decides 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.” For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359.To register for this walk at www.jcprd.com, complete a barcode search for 28529. For the "Where Will We Go?" walk, search for barcode 28530.

While  the 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 District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Traffic will be restricted during Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon on July 12

Traffic will be restricted at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, during the 31st annual Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon on Sunday, July 12.

In order to make this a safe event for spectators and participants, Shawnee Mission Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 5 a.m. to noon on the morning of the event.  Also closed during this time frame are Milk Creek Streamway Park access points at 19405 Midland Drive west of Interstate 435 at Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee,  and at 19803 W. 87th Lane in Shawnee. Athletes and spectators will be allowed to enter Shawnee Mission Park via The Theatre in the Park entrance at 7710 Renner Road.

Started in 1984, the Shawnee Mission Triathlon and Duathlon is a special event of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for ages 16  and  older. The event  features both a long course and a short course, and a new duathlon option for 2015. For more information, to register go to www.openoptionstri.com.

JCPRD teams up with Olathe Medical Center on new outdoor park

Olathe Medical Center (OMC) and Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) are providing a unique wellness opportunity for community members with the opening of the OMC Fitness Park at Heritage Park. The outdoor equipment is designed to help improve strength, endurance and flexibility. But the greatest advantage comes from combining these benefits with the natural boost users will experience simply from being outdoors.

The fitness park project is part of OMC’s Community Health Improvement Plan, which was developed to address the top health need priorities identified through the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The top health need priority in the service area is to decrease the obesity rate among residents.

The workout equipment includes stair steppers, a weight machine, pull-up bar and more. The park is free and open to the public year round. It’s positioned in perfect proximity to park trails, a marina, playground and other amenities.

“JCPRD’s partnerships with OMC, which began with the creation of the region’s first women’s triathlon in 2009, have always resulted in wonderful benefits for the community,” Jill Geller, Executive Director of JCPRD, said. “The new fitness park in Heritage Park, which would not have been possible without OMC’s encouragement and support, is yet another example of our shared commitment to the health and wellness of Johnson County residents.”

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on July 8 & 22 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The summer season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will wind up with two presentations during July 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 July 8 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 in 2011. 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 keyword "storytelling."

July sessions take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme "Cricket in the Grass" on July 8, and "Creek Discovery" on July 22.

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

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

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