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Uncover the delights offered by the charming city centers of municipalities just outside the Kansas City metro area during the first of two social outings offered by the by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
The idea behind this program is that before suburban sprawl, each city’s downtown served as a hub of activity, and these areas continue to thrive with their own distinctive shops and restaurants. Participants are invited to relax while JCPRD provides the transportation, and enjoy shopping, and eating at a local restaurant.
This program is called Discover Downtown and the next outing will take place on June 8 when participants will go to Lexington, Mo. Lexington lies about 40 miles east of Kansas City on the bluffs of the Missouri River. Participants can follow in the footsteps of Santa Fe Trail traders in this beautiful historic town. Enjoy antebellum homes, antique and specialty shops, and charming restaurants. Take a self-guided walking tour through town to enjoy architecture and the history of the area. Lunch is on your own at Riley’s Pub and Grill.
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 “social outing.”
Participants will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, and return at approximately 3:30 p.m. that day. The cost is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $23 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own. 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 34269.
The other Discover Downtown outing offered this season will take participants to Lawrence on July 19. For more about that trip, search for barcode 34270.
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’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during June and July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free. Preregistration is not required for these programs.
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 keywords “nature & outdoors.”
June presentations are:
June 3: Owls – Eyes of the Night - Great Horned, Barred and Screech owls make Ernie Miller Park their home. Join two live owls and us as we discover more about these creatures of the night.
June 10: Stories Under the Stars - Enjoy old-fashioned family fun with stories that will delight the young and the young at heart. Join our park staff as we share stories of animal encounters, mysterious legends, and tales to tickle your funny bone. All ages are welcome to experience in the wonder and magic of storytelling.
June 17: Snakes Alive - Why is it that these animals seem so terrifying? Could all the stories you have heard be true? See Kansas snakes and explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders.
June 24: Wildlife Webs - Untangle the Web of Kansas Wildlife as you discover food chains from the forest, pond, and prairie. These food chains will come alive as you learn about a member of each chain. What do these animals eat and who eats them?
Other amphitheater programs planned this summer include: Animal Exploration on July 8, Animal Outhouse on July 15, and Bats! on July 22. For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 764-7759.
Around 12:30 Wednesday morning, the Johnson County Museum's 1950s All-Electric House was pulled into the future Arts & Heritage Center. The arrival time was about four hours earlier than expected. The early arrival time was due in part to good teamwork, fewer technical issues than anticipated and being able to reach a maximum speed of 11 miles per hour rather than the planned 3-5 mph.
Several media outlets covered the move and we've provided links to their coverage. You can also search #JoCoHouseMove on Twitter to see what others had to say about the move throughout the night.
The Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Road, has opened a new exhibition, What’s Going on at King Louie? The exhibit’s focus is one of the most iconic buildings in Johnson County, the old King Louie West bowling alley and ice skating rink at 87th and Metcalf in Overland Park.
Almost two generations of Johnson Countians knew King Louie as a place to meet up with friends and family, and have a good time. When the complex closed its doors in 2009, it marked the end of an era for the local landmark.
In 2017, a new chapter in the building history will begin when it reopens as the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. The center will be the new home for the Johnson County Museum, as well as an indoor home for The Theatre in the Park. The facility will include administrative and program space for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s fine and performing arts department, a large event and rental space, and sufficient space to allow the building to serve as one of the county’s advanced-voting locations.
In preparation for the building’s transformation, the Johnson County Museum’s new temporary exhibit, What’s Going on at King Louie?, will share the history of this local landmark, as well as some of the new and exciting changes that will be a part of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center. During the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to leave their memories of their favorite experiences at King Louie, and vote for which new feature they are most excited to see in the new space.
What’s Going on at King Louie? Opened in late February and will be on exhibit at the Johnson County Museum through Sept. 5. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Summer hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect Tuesday, March 1 for many Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. These summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.
District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Other District parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd St. and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th & Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points.
For more information, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com or call 913-888-4713.
During this season of gift-giving, the staff at the Ernie Miller Nature Center would appreciate being added to your list.They have a variety of needs in order to care for a wide variety of creatures. There are several ways you can help them care for the animals at the nature center. From monetary donations, to gift cards or purchasing items they need.
Snakes, Turtles and Toads
Birds of Prey
Outside critters and general animal care
Donations may be dropped off at 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, KS, Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, you may contact the center’s staff at (913) 764-7759 or @JCPRDemncnature
About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the marina parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.
The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.
The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. The show will conclude with a cruise through Shawnee Mission Park at 2 p.m. For more information, click here or call (913) 831-3359.
The Johnson County Museum will be closed for one day on Tuesday, September 22 for routine exhibit maintenance. The interactive areas of the Museum, especially the popular KidScape exhibit, receive a lot of wear and tear during the summer months when attendance surges to record highs. The 1950s All-Electric House will be closed to the public as well.
“In July we set an all-time high monthly attendance record with 5,634 visitors. This one day of routine maintenance will ensure the exhibitions are in the best working order for our visitors to enjoy,” said Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum director.
The Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House will reopen on Wednesday, September 23. The Museum is located at 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66217. For more information about the Johnson County Museum, click here or call 913-715-2550.
For six decades Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) has been bringing the community together with award-winning parks, recreation and educational programs. Celebrate this milestone with JCPRD this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park (7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66217).
The celebration will include an awesome display of giant kites by the Kansas City Kite Club; an assortment of family-friendly activites; and lively entertainment by popular Beatles tribute band Liverpool, Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, Travis Marvin, Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, StoneLion Puppet Theatre and magic from Abracadabra Extravaganza.
Best of all, entry to this event is free for all ages. For performance schedules and additional details, go to jcprd.com.
Happy birthday! Our 6 by 6, Ready to Read program is turning 6 years old this month and we are ready to celebrate this Saturday! This program emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read. Various celebratory activities are happening at several Johnson County Library locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Click here for details!