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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

Free Out-Of-Library Storytime programs begin Sept. 8 at Mill Creek Activity Center

The Johnson County Library has teamed with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Mill Creek Activity Center to present a special free storytime experience each Monday for seven weeks beginning in early September.

 

Out-of-Library Storytime is the name of this program, which is for all ages and will feature storytellers offering books, stories, songs, and puppets. This program is an extension of the library's Early Literacy 6 by 6 initiative, which encourages parents and caregivers to help their children develop the six skills needed by age six to learn to read. While selected especially for preschoolers, these programs can be enjoyed by all. To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “storytime.”

 

This program  will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, beginning Sept. 8, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. Out-of-Library Storytime will last about 30 minutes. Registration is not required, so feel free to drop in and enjoy any or all of the programs.

 

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information about this program, call (913) 826-2950. For updated program listings, see the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

New Grandparents and Grandpals Social event is Sept. 7 at Roeland Park Community Center

Show your grandparents or grandpals just how sweet they are this Grandparents' Day during a new special event featuring an ice cream social and more being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.

 

The event, which is for all ages, is called the Grandparents and Grandpals Social and will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Participants will savor ice cream sundaes with all the toppings, play bingo, and preserve memories with a thought book for you and your grandparents or grandpal to fill out together.

 

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 "special event."

 

The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour event is $9 per person. Preregister by calling (913) 826-3160 by Sept. 2.

 

The JCPRD 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 or for updated program listings, see the district’s website at www.jcprd.com.

Presentation of T.A.K.E. Self-Defense Program on the Field at Kauffman Stadium is Sept. 6

A presentation of The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation Self-Defense Seminar on the playing field at Kauffman Stadium will take place on Sept. 6. The Kansas City Royals, 99.7 The Point, and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District have teamed to present this free program.

 

This award-winning program, which is being presented at Kauffman Stadium for the seventh year, will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 and will last about two hours. Participants are asked to complete a registration form they can find online at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/community/take_defense.jsp and bring it with them, but officials said walk-in participants will be accepted on the day of the event. This seminar is taking place on a Saturday when the Royals are out of town.

 

Those planning to arrive from east to west can enter the stadium through Gate 2 and proceed to Gate D. Those planning to arrive from north to south can enter the stadium through Gate 6 and proceed to Gate B.  In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, those planning to attend are asked to call (913) 826-2951 to be advised of cancellation or rescheduling of the event. Participants should consider bringing sunglasses and sunscreen. Bottled water will be provided.

 

JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker said the first half-hour of the class, consisting of verbal instruction and talk about safety awareness, will take place with participants in the stands. For the hands-on training portion, Leiker will move to a stage on the turf and participants will move onto the field.

 

The T.A.K.E. self-defense program represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a 19-year-old Leawood resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and to give women ages 12 and older the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming victims of violent crime. The program has been presented to more than 54,000 women and girls since mid-2004.

 

Ali’s father, Roger Kemp, received the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal in recognition not only for founding her foundation and T.A.K.E. Defense, but also for his campaign using billboards to picture criminal suspects, a tactic which has since been adopted by law enforcement across the United States, including the FBI. In 2005, the Kansas Recreation and Park Association honored the T.A.K.E. program with its Innovative Program of the Year Award. The following year, it won an achievement award in the safety category from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Experience "A Day in Nature" wellness program at Ernie Miller Nature Center on Sept. 6

Tap into the power of nature during a one-session wellness program for adults 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 A Day in Nature and is for ages 14 and older. Recent scientific research has shown that being outdoors is a powerful tool for improving your quality of life. In this program, participants will spend an afternoon surrounded by the beauty of the natural world. The program will begin with some gentle stretching, followed by a relaxing walk in nature and some yoga on the trail. Nature journaling activities are aimed at sparking creativity and the program will conclude with a healthy snack.

 

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 "wellness."

 

A Day in Nature will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. The cost for one two and one-half hour session is $29 for Johnson County residents or $32 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required.

 

The JCPRD 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, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com.

New Fairground Hoe Down event promises fun for 50 Plus on Sept. 5

The Johnson County Fairgrounds are the place for good food, entertainment, and company during a new special event being presented in early September by the 50Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

 

The event is called the Fairground Hoe Down and will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 136 E. Washington St., Gardner.

 

Participants will start the night off with warm chili and tasty cornbread. Also planned is bingo with prizes donated by local businesses, followed by music and square dancing. If you're not a square dancer, don't worry as we'll show you some moves. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

 

To find this event in the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’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.”

 

The cost for one three-hour event, including dinner and entertainment, is $5 per person in advance or $7 at the door. To get the lower price, RSVP no later than Monday, Sept. 1, by calling (913) 826-2859.

 

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 is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, see the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

 

Moths in the Moonlight event is Sept. 5 at Ernie Miller Park

Like a moth to a flame, you can be drawn into the secret lives of moths during a special event set for Friday, Sept. 5, at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

 

Now is its second year, this event, called Moths in the Moonlight, is for children ages seven and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will learn about these fascinating insects, including their lifecycle, and the differences between butterflies and moths.  Black lights will be used to attract moths and  other nocturnal insects and there will also be interactive games to play.

 

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “nature.”

 

This event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost for the one-and-one-half-hour event is $3.50 per person, including adults, and can be paid on-site. Reservations are recommended and can be obtained by calling (913) 764-7759.

 

Both moths and butterflies are members of the order Lepidoptera, which means “scale winged,” a reference to the powdery scales that come off their wings when you touch them.  A celebration of moths' more colorful relatives, the butterflies, is also scheduled at the nature center on Sept. 13  when an event called Monarchs & Wildflowers will be presented.

 

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more about the Butterflies and Wildflowers event, call (913) 764-7759.

New season of 50 Plus Bingo begins on Sept. 2

A new season of themed bingo games is being kicked off  in September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. In all, 12 bingo sessions will alternate between six locations through late December.

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.

"School Days" is the theme for the first bingo session which will take place on Friday, Sept. 2, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. Other September Bingo sessions include one on Wednesday, Sept. 10, with the theme "Scarecrow" at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, and another on Thursday, Sept. 25, with the theme "Tailgate" at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.

Other upcoming fall and winter 50 Plus Bingo programs being planned include: "Cooking Party" on Oct. 1 at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park; "Columbus Day" on Oct. 6 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe;  "Spooky" on Oct. 24 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee; "America" on Nov. 4 at New Century; "Kansas City" on Nov. 19 at Matt Ross; "Winter Bluster" on Dec. 1 at the Sunset Building; "Frosty & Friends" on Dec. 11 at the Roeland Park Community Center; "White Elephant" on Dec. 17 at Tomahawk Ridge; and "Gift Wrapped" on Dec. 19 at Mill Creek.

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 “bingo.”

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, 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. For updated program listings, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com.

New Hip Hop Dance classes for youth and adults begin in early September

Four new hip hop dance classes, including three for youth and one for adults, are being offered in early September by the  Johnson County Park and Recreation District .

 

The classes are: Hip Hop Children's Dance for ages five and older; Hip Hop Open for ages eight to 12; Hip Hop Advanced for ages eight to 16; and Adult Hip Hop for ages 16 and older. All four classes have sessions beginning Sept. 2 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. For any of these classes, the cost for six 45-minue sessions is $60 per person for Johnson County residents or $66 per person for nonresidents.

 

Hip Hop Children's Dance invites participants to bring their energy, creativity, and imagination on a cultural adventure through hip hop. Using the foundational movement of this dance form, participants will build on rhythm and musicality to create the same kind of fund foundation in which hip hop dance was created. This program meets at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday beginning Sept. 2.

 

In Hip Hop Open, participants can build their skills at their own pace in a comfortable environment using foundational movements to become the best dancer they can be. The emphasis is on commitment rather than levels of difficulty. This program meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, also beginning Sept. 2.

 

Hip Hop Advanced will let dancers test their limits and build skills through advanced movements in all the street styles of the hip hop culture. Participants will be  exposed to dance styles including breakdance, krump, house, locking, popping, nae nae, doggie, and more through highly technical and energetic choreography. This program meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, also beginning Sept. 2.

 

Adult Hip Hop offers the "best workout you didn't even realize you were doing." Participants will have a blast from the past enjoying the original movement and music that created the culture of hip hop. Each week, the class will take a journey through everything from 90's hip hop to the dances of today. A stated goal of this class is " to build a smile and break a sweat at the same time." Two adults classes are offered on Tuesday beginning in Sept 2 with one starting at 9 a.m. and another starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

To find these programs in the JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth or adult and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “dance.”

 

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, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

 

KC Symphony’s annual free community concert is Labor Day at The Theatre in the Park

The Kansas City Symphony will present its annual "Pops in the Park" concert on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park. The performance is free to audiences of all ages.

 

The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. The symphony's Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 5:30 p.m. Kids will enjoy this pre-concert activity where trained musicians help youngsters try their hands at a variety of orchestral instruments. Entertainment by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m., the orchestra takes the stage for a concert featuring patriotic and familiar classics from Bernstein, to Copeland, to John Williams' Star Wars Suite. Bring your family and friends, plus blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner if you'd like. . The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.

 

Each year, this free community concert attracts thousands from around the metropolitan area and provides the opportunity to hear the Kansas City Symphony in a relaxed, outdoor setting. Sponsors for this year's concert include the Bank of Kansas City with media support from radio stations 99.7 The Point, and 106.5 The Wolf. Visit kcsymphony.org for more information.

Aug. 29 deadline set for mid-October regional trip to central Kansas

Explore a number of attractions and cultures during a three-day regional trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. This trip is scheduled for mid-October, but has an Aug. 29 deadline for registration and payment of a deposit.

 

This trip is called Cultural Tours of Central Kansas: Abilene, Lindsborg, and Hutchison. Participants will travel by motorcoach to Abilene, where they will visit the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, followed by a fried-chicken dinner at the legendary Brookville Hotel. The trip includes two nights at the Comfort Inn in Hutchison, where the group will explore the history of space travel at the Kansas Cosmosphere and visit the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. Dinner on the second night will be at the Amish Community of Yoder, where travelers will enjoy homemade pie, and shopping at Carriage Crossing. The last day of the trip will bring a visit to the town of Lindsborg, also known as Little Sweden, where participants will visit the Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery, the Dala Horse Workshop, and try some traditional dishes during lunch at the Swedish Crown Restaurant.

 

To find this trip 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 "regional travel."

 

This trip will leave on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 15, and return the evening of Friday, October 17. In addition to bus transportation, two nights lodging, tours, and attraction admissions, this trip includes six meals. The cost is $439 per person for double occupancy or $549 per person for single occupancy. A deposit of $50 for this trip is due by Aug. 29.

 

For more information about this trip, call Sherri at (913) 826-3030. The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. To register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

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