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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

Airport Fun Day at Johnson County Executive Airport: September 19, 2015

Air Associates & KC Copters, a Johnny Rowlands Company, present Airport Fun Day at the Johnson County Executive Airport from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Free Admission for a family friendly day of kids, activities, helicopter & airplane rides, and a sky full of flyovers!  http://www.airportfunday.com/

Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing AirShow: September 26-27, 2015

The Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing presents 2015 Warbirds in Flight AirShow on September 26-27, 2015 at the CAF Hangar-New Century AirCenter, 6 Aero Plaza, New Century, KS 66031.

A Special Event to Honor Legends & Heroes! Honoring special guest Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, USAF, Ret., who will be celebrating his 100th birthday! Among other heroic acts, Lt. Col. Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot in the famous raid against Japan. Click here to learn more about this American Hero!

Join new Tune Time Singers performing group beginning Sept. 14

A new performing vocal group is seeking members through a program being presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The group is called the Tune Time Singers and is seeking men and women who love to sing!  Directed by a former professional opera singer and vocal instructor, Frank Curtis, and accompanied by Phyllis Curtis, this group shows off their vocal ability at performances which form the heart of the popular “Love in the Afternoon” special events. Love in the Afternoon is a lunch program for 50 plus featuring fine cuisine and exceptional music presented at local churches and community centers. Upcoming Love in the Afternoon sessions include: Oct. 1 at Old Shawnee Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Drive Shawnee; Oct. 2 at Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park; Oct. 6 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 10100 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park; Dec. 4 at Roeland Park; Dec. 8 at Emmanuel Baptist; and Dec. 10 at Old Shawnee Town Hall.

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 keywords “performing group vocal.”

The cost for 16 one-hour sessions is $27 for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. 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 29786. To join at any time, call (913) 642-6410.

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

 

Grandparents Day Picnic on Sept. 13 is first of three new Dementia Friendly programs being offered this fall

A Grandparents' Day Picnic in mid-September is the first in a series of three new Dementia Friendly programs being offered this fall by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

These programs are being presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association of Kansas City to begin dementia-friendly activities at JCPRD parks and facilities. They are designed for persons with early stages of memory-loss and their caretakers to enjoy together while living active lifestyles and connecting with others in our community.

The Grandparents' Day Picnic is set for Sunday, Sept. 13. Participants are invited to pack a blanket and bring the entire family for this event, which will include lunch, entertainment, and activities.

To find this program 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 “networking.”

This program takes place beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter #4, located west of the marina on the north side of the lake. The cost for one two-hour event is $10 per adult or $7 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Lisa at (913) 826-3160. To register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 30165.

 

Other programs in the Dementia Friendly series include: a Combination Fitness Class with Caregiver Education on Oct. 9 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park (barcode 30166); and a Social Outing to Wayside Waifs to tour the no-kill animal shelter on Nov. 17 (barcode 30167).

 

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

New Green at Heart Yoga Hike offered on Sept. 12 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Experience the power of a walk in nature fused with the awareness of yoga during a new adult fitness program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

The program is called Green at Heart Yoga Hike and is for ages 16 and older. Participants can workout in the beauty of the natural world, stimulate their senses, and reap the benefits of hiking combined with the centering relaxation of yoga. This program is for all levels and is led by Certified Yoga Instructor Robin Olson, and Park Naturalist Molly Postlewait. In case of inclement weather, activities will take place inside the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under fitness & health. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “yoga.”

Green at Heart Yoga Hike will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The cost for one 90-minute session is $8 for Johnson County residents or $9 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. 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 30159. This program will be offered again on Oct. 31 (barcode 30160).

This program is also eligible for credit in the Physical dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, call (913) 826-2950.

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

Electric vehicle charging station ribbon cutting

The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at Antioch Park to celebrate the placement of electric vehicle charging stations at seven Johnson County Park & Recreation District sites. The new charging stations have been installed at Heritage Park Marina, Heritage Park Golf Course, New Century Fieldhouse, Shawnee Mission Park Marina, Stoll Park and Tomahawk Hills Golf Course.
 
The charging stations are part of KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network, which intends to install 1,001 charging stations throughout the greater Kansas City area. Once all installations are complete, the Kansas City area will have more electric vehicle charging stations than any other U.S. city. More information about this initiative can be found on the utility company’s website: http://www.kcpl.com/CleanCharge.

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Family weekend fun, JoCo-style

There are several opportunities for family-friendly fun through the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) available this weekend. Tonight attend A Trail of Stardust - the Perseid Meteor Shower at TimberRidge Adventure Center (12300 South Homestead Lane in Olathe). The event will begin at 10 p.m. with a 45-minute interpretive educational program about the meteor shower followed by another hour of self-guided stargazing. The cost is $9 per person for Johnson County residents and $10 for nonresidents; register by calling 913-764-7759 before 5 p.m. today.

Like to fish? The summer’s final overnight fishing opportunity at Kill Creek Park will take place Saturday, Aug. 15. After 11 p.m., Kill Creek Park Lake (11670 Homestead Lane in Olathe) will be open strictly for fishing and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. For more information, call (913) 888-4713.

Gridiron Glory exhibit, National Archives, are destinations for Sept. 3 day trip

Visit Union Station to see “The Best of Pro Football Hall of Fame” as well as the nearby branch of the National Archives during an early September day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Gridiron Glory and National Archives is the name of this trip. Gridiron Glory is a blockbuster exhibition with inspiring stories of the game’s greatest players and significant plays throughout the years.  Visitors can immerse themselves in interactive areas, explore the early days of football, and see hundreds of priceless artifacts.  After lunch at Lidia’s Italian restaurant, explore the National Archives, where you can learn about genealogy research and go through their special exhibit, All Sewn Up: The Garment Industry Goes to Court, which explores the relationship between the Federal government and the garment and beauty industry from the 1870s to the 1950s.

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 “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is $79 per person and includes lunch. 

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) 826-3030. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 31028.

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 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.

2015 Fall Hayrides offered for organized groups at two parks

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!

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.

Hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 19 and Nov. 22. Hayrides take place seven days a week during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

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 "hayrides."

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 27, while the other will take place on Nov. 8. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is $6.50 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. To register, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com or 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 29800 for the Sept. 27 ride or 29801 for the Nov. 8 ride.

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September 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

Sensory Time at the Johnson County Museum

September 4, 2015 | 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Patriot Golf Days

September 9, 2015 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum