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Children three to five can bring a parent and enjoy a morning meal followed by a visit with Santa during a program called Breakfast With Santa being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
Breakfast will take place beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. After a breakfast of pancakes and juice, Santa will explain the winter habits of his animal friends. He will also help participants construct a gift for wildlife. Of course, Santa will have a gift for each child and listen to their Christmas lists. 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 “preschool.”
Breakfast With Santa is offered on Saturday, Dec. 13. The cost for one 90-minute session, including breakfast, is $7 per person, including adults, or $8 per person for nonresidents.
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) 8831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 23628.
A festive holiday morning is planned at the Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 13 when kids can do their Christmas shopping during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
Now in its second year, Holiday Marketplace is the name of this event, which will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. While this event is for all ages, it is meant primarily to provide a special holiday shopping experience for youngsters ages two to about nine years old. Participants will find an array of craft items priced at $10 or less, meant as potential gifts for family and friends. Participants can also meet Santa, and complete a holiday craft project. As part of the shopping experience, volunteers will be on hand to help young shoppers make smart decisions with the money that mom or dad has provided for them, and then they’ll be wrapping the presents as well.
This event is free to attend and there will be doughnuts and cocoa for participants. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.
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 “holiday event.”
For those interested in selling at the event, booth space is still available. The cost for vendors is $25 for a booth space for the two-hour event, including a chair and two tables. To register for booth space, click on the “Register for Activities” link at www.jcprd.com and search for barcode 23466. For more information, contact 50 Plus Center Specialist Libby Scarborough at (913) 826-3160.
The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.
A 1950’s sock hop is the setting for a murder mystery event being planned by JCPRD’s 50 Plus department. The event, called Murder Mystery Sock Hop, promises a fun evening with dinner and interactive entertainment. Tuesday, Dec. 9, is the registration deadline for this event, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 12.
“Participants will enjoy playing a character from the 1950’s during a sock hop,” explained 50 Plus Recreation Coordinator Jenny Smith, who is planning this event and will also be playing a part in the story. “We want everyone to have the chance to play a part in the mystery, enjoy themselves being silly, and have a fun night with us.”
This year’s murder mystery event follows a successful Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery presented last December. This year’s event was originally planned in early October, but was postponed for scheduling reasons.
Participants will receive character descriptions and story history prior to the event. Everyone who solves the mystery will receive a Super Sleuth certificate.
The Murder Mystery event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, in Studio I at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. The cost for this four-hour event is $31 per person and includes dinner, which in keeping with this year’s story set in a diner, will consist of cheeseburgers, fries, and milkshakes.
For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3355. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 22959. Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
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 activity are invited to call our 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.
Friday, Dec. 5, is the registration deadline for a Pickleball Tournament being presented in early December by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
This event will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park. This second annual tournament will present awards for divisions in men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Players are responsible for refereeing their own games.
Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles. To enter, players must be 50 by the registration deadline. Divisional awards will be presented for men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. 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 keyword “pickleball.”
The cost for this eight-hour event is $20 per person. Event T-shirts are available for $6, and lunch is available for $7. For more information or to register, call (913) 642-6410. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 24135.
Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays!
This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Mildale Farm – a JCPRD site - 35250 W 199th St, Edgerton. A minimum donation of $15 is being suggested for the trees, which have a range of shapes and sizes from “Charlie Brown Specials” to trees suitable for a mayor’s Christmas tree. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit future conservation efforts throughout the Greater Kansas City Region.
As part of this event, haywagons will take participants to the tree site and back to their cars. Those who would like to participate should bring hand saws, rope, sturdy boots, and work gloves. Chainsaws and axes are not permitted. KC WildLands volunteers will be on hand to assist with loading trees. For those who would like to cut their own tree, volunteers will point out trees which can be cut. A fire, hot cider, and cookies to help warm up participants will also be available.
Removal of eastern red cedar trees is part of a prairie restoration project at the site. The workday effort is designed to remove a native species considered invasive in prairies and old fields. In time, the cedars’ sheer numbers and effects of their shading eliminate sun-loving prairie flora. In the past, naturally-occurring prairie wildfires kept this species in check, but modern fire suppression practices have allowed cedars to spread.
While eastern red cedars were used commonly by early pioneers as Christmas trees, those interested in participating should be aware this variety does not have the typical needle of the Scotch and white pines now predominantly used as Christmas trees. This gives the eastern red cedar a “leafier” appearance.
For more information on this event, Kansas City WildLands or to volunteer at this event, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 ext. 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the group’s website at www.kcwildlands.org.
Mildale Farm is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, which is a charter member of Kansas City WildLands, a conservation coalition initiated in 2001. The Mildale site, which is usually only accessible by reservation, is one of the region’s premier venues for weddings, reunions, retreats and other special occasions.
Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 South to Exit 210. Merge right (west) onto US-56 W toward Gardner/175th Street. Stay on US-56 W for 5 miles. Turn left at 199th Street and precede quarter-mile ahead Mildale Farm entrance on your left. From the south, take Interstate 35 North to Exit 202. Turn left on Sunflower and proceed about two miles. Turn right on East Fourth in Edgerton and follow it for about three blocks. Turn right on Highway 56 Highway and make a second right on 199th Street. The farm entrance will be about a quarter-mile ahead on the left.
Dec. 5 is the early bird registration deadline for a Winter Volleyball League for youth being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner.
This doubleheader 12-match program is for boys and girls grades three through eight. Both individual and team registrations will be accepted. Play will begin Jan. 11 and should conclude by March 1 or 8. Game times will range from 5:30 to 8:50 p.m. T-shirts will be provided for team uniforms.
A discount of $50 per team or $15 per individual is offered for those who meet the early bird deadline. League fees for teams are $500 by Dec. 5 and $550 by the final deadline on Dec. 12. For individuals, the fees are $75 per person by Dec. 5 and $90 per person by Dec. 12. Registrations are accepted by mail, fax, or in-person at New Century Fieldhouse. For a complete league packet, go to www.newcenturyfieldhouse.com or call (913) 826-2850. Games will not take place on Feb. 1 or 15.
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) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.
A lunch program featuring fine cuisine and exceptional music is being offered twice in early December by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Department.
The event is called Love in the Afternoon. All programs begin at noon. The first program will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall, Kansas City, Mo. and Thursday, Dec. 11, at Lenexa Baptist Church, 15320 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa.
To find these 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 "musical entertainment.”
The cost for each two-hour program, including lunch and a show, is $15 per ticket, and must be purchased in advance by calling Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living at (913) 248-6688.
The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.
Individuals, families, and groups wanting to make a difference are invited to consider contributing a gift to the animals at the Ernie Miller Nature Center through a program called Holidays for the Animals.
The Ernie Miller Nature Center, located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, has ongoing needs for supplies for both the animals kept at the center and the wild animals which come to the feeders.
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 “animals.”
Donations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please look over the following list and consider making a contribution: various sizes of clear critter totes/ pet keepers boxes with lids; bags of reptile bedding; gift certificates to LifeTime Pets, Price Chopper, Walmart, or Petland; pinewood shavings, Mazuri Ferret Diet, cat litter (non-clumping), bleach, laundry soap; bags of safflower or black oil sunflower seeds (no mixes, please); suet cakes and dried seed corn on the cob; rolls of ¼ inch & 3/8 inch sisal rope; white and apple cider vinegar; and quart size ziplock baggies.
Donors who wish to be recognized will have their names listed in the Nature Center’s Tracks newsletter and in an advertisement in the Spring issue of Activities, so please take time to fill out a card at the Nature Center!
For more information, call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.
Look around you, Johnson County is a modern community. You most likely drive past the modern homes and buildings in our communities every day without giving them a second thought. How did these structures become so prevalent in our cities?
Modernism developed in Europe in the aftermath of World War I as a shell-shocked population searched for a new way of life. Innovative European and American designers sought to reshape society through modern architecture and design in the 1920s and 1930s. These ground-breaking concepts helped set the stage for a modern building boom in America.
By 1945, Americans brimmed with optimism and embraced progress and innovation. Advanced technology and revolutionary building techniques allowed modern architecture to flourish from coast to coast. Johnson County was no exception. The mid-century modern homes and buildings in our area represent a time when Americans believed the future was bright and possibilities were endless.
Exhibit open regular museum hours: 10am - 4:30pm. Admission is free.
Visit the yearly celebration of "Eagle Days" at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge through a birdwatching trip being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
Always a participant favorite, this trip affords a close-up view of our national bird. The trip will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, and will include a special presentation including a close-up look at a mature Bald Eagle, a tour of the refuge, and a chance to look through spotting scopes to view this amazing bird. It is not unusual to observe 150 to 200 bald eagles on the refuge and surrounding area. Other wildlife such as ducks, geese, and deer have also been observed in past years.
To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under travel. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "outdoor adventure."
The trip will depart from the north side of Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, at 6:45 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. Transportation by small bus is provided. Participants must provide meal expenses for lunch at a stop after birding. Be sure to bring binoculars! The cost is $47 per person for one seven-hour trip. Preregistration is required.
The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 826-3469. To register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.