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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 Pre-Oscars Party on Feb. 18 at Matt Ross Community Center

Celebrate the upcoming 87th annual Academy Awards with a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The event is called the Pre-Oscars party and will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park. Participants will enjoy snacks and refreshments, play tinsel town trivia, guess the Hollywood star, and identify their favorite actors in movie clips. Ballots for the 2015 awards can be completed during the event, and prizes will be awarded for the most correct picks after the show airs on Sunday, Feb. 22.

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 keyword “social event.”

The Pre-Oscars party will begin at 1:30 p.m. The cost for one two-hour event is $5 per person. 

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 see this program online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 26169.

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.

Truman-related sites in Independence are destinations for 50 Plus day trip on Feb. 17

Just in time for the week of President's Day, visit Harry S. Truman-related sites in Independence, Mo, during a day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Presidential Pride is the name of this trip. Participants will Trace the life of the 33rd U.S. President through photos, documents, and interactive exhibits, during a visit to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Travelers will then enjoy lunch sat Cafe Verona Italian restaurant, located just off the Independence square. Other stops will include a visit to the train depot where Truman ended his whistlestop campaign, and a guided tour of the renovated courthouse to see Truman's original office from which he oversaw the daily operations of Jackson County.

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 “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 4 p.m. that day. The cost is $59 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) 831-3359. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 26154.

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.

50 Plus Bridge Tournament at Matt Ross Community Center on Feb. 16

All duplicate bridge players are invited to a new bridge tournament  being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in mid-February.

This Bridge Tournament  will take place at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, on Monday, Feb. 16.  For players who play during the week in a friendly setting, this event ups the ante and lets participants compete for prizes. Prizes will be awarded to East/West and North/South winning partners.

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 keyword “bridge.”

This Bridge Tournament at The Matt Ross Community Center  begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 16 and includes lunch. The cost for this five-hour event is $10 per person. Feb. 9 is the deadline for advance registration.

For more information or 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 26163.

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.

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

 

Valentine's Day Dinner and Bingo event planned on Feb. 14 at RPCC

For Valentine's Day this year, the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District is offering a  Valentine's Day  Dinner and Bingo event at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Now in its third year, Valentine's Day  Dinner and Bingo gives participants the opportunity to avoid crowded restaurants and celebrate the holiday with an evening at the Roeland Park Community Center. This event begins at 5 p.m. Participants will enjoy a special catered dinner followed a dozen  games of bingo. Prizes range from gift bags to gift certificates. The cost for this two and one-half-hour event is $15 per person. Singles and couples are welcome.

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 “holiday event.” For more information or 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 26447.

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 program 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.

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

Be a part of annual international bird count at Free Great Backyard Bird Count event on Feb. 14 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Each year, biologists and researchers count on "you" to help them determine the health of world bird populations. As part of this international annual effort, stop by for 15 minutes or sit a spell during a free public birding event at the Ernie Miller Nature Center on Saturday, Feb. 14. This will be the eighth year the local nature center is participating in the nationwide bird count, which is now in its 18th year.

The event is called the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and will take place from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the comfort of the Wildlife Viewing Room at the nature center located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants can learn about birds which spend their winters in northeast Kansas from experienced birders with the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City. Likely candidates for viewing include northern cardinals, black-capped chickadees, American goldfinches, red-tailed hawks, and more. No reservations or registration is required for this event.

The GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada learn more about how the birds are doing, and how to protect them. Last year, participants from 135 countries turned in more than 144,000 online checklists. Altogether, bird watchers identified 4,296 species, including 644 species in the United States,  with more than 34.5 million bird observations.

More information on the international count can be found at www.birdcount.org. For more information on the local event contact the nature center at (913) 764-7759. 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 “birds.”

The nature center also continues to seek donations of supplies for both the animals kept at the center and the wild animals which come to the feeders.  Among the items being sought are: bags of safflower or black oil sunflower seeds (no mixes, please); suet cakes and dried seed corn on the cob; and rolls of ¼ inch & 3/8 inch sisal rope for the owl perches.

JCPRD Summer Camp Guide available online Jan. 23 and registration begins Feb. 2

Summer may seem a long way off, but it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start planning for summer camp!

Before the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 23, you’ll be able to find a digital version of our 2015 Summer Camp Guide and everything you need to know to reserve a picture perfect summer at www.jcprd.com. Printed copies of the guide will also be available after Feb. 2 at all JCPRD facilities and Johnson County libraries.

Registrations for camps will begin on Monday, Feb. 2. Online registration begins at 6 a.m., and in-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the JCPRD registration offices located in Building D in Antioch Park at 6501 Antioch in Merriam.

Camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Many camps fill quickly, so don’t delay or you may find your first choices unavailable.                                                                                                                                                                                           

In all, 63 camp programs are listed in this year’s guide, including camps for ages three through 17. Camps range from full-day programs to partial-day programs serving a variety of interests. Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions with weekly start dates from June 1 through July 27, while other camps begin throughout the summer. This year’s camps take place at 25 locations throughout Johnson County. For the convenience of working parents, most full-day programs provide supervision and self-directed activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For kids, JCPRD camps offer an opportunity to learn about topics they’re interested in without tests or boring lectures. Areas of emphasis include: recreation, arts and crafts, nature and environment, computers, sports, leadership development, science, field trips, theater, and dance. New camp offerings this year include: Nature Preschool Camp; Young Explorers Camp; Fashionista Camp; Makers Studio Camp; Clues, Crimes, and Culprits Camp; Biking Camp, Summer Daze Camp, and Basketball Camp.

Several additional summer sports camps will be listed in our May through August Activities Catalog, due out March 23.         

Our camps offer parents the comfort of knowing their kids are in a safe, well-supervised, and fun-filled environment. There’s also an emphasis on encouraging healthy, active lifestyles.

All district camp programs fully comply with Kansas Department of Health & Environment requirements. Camp directors possess extensive experience with children and in their specialized areas of expertise.

For specific information on JCPRD summer camps, including schedules, costs and locations, please consult the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or the JCPRD Summer Camp Guide. Keep in mind that camp fees are nonrefundable and most camps do not accept registrations by phone. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.

Next Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun program set for Feb. 12

Youth can spend a non-school day in mid-February learning about a variety of science-related topics during a Mad Science® program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Machine Mania is the theme for this Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun program which is offered at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, Near Gardner, when school is not in session on Feb. 12.

Participants will learn all about how wedges, screws, and levers help us in our daily lives. Young scientists will also run through an obstacle course and use teamwork to show how useful simple machines can be. Along the way, we'll discover the awesome power of pneumatics and hydraulics, participate in a pincher relay, experiment with pulley systems, and investigate the force of friction. Construct your own mega-pinchers, micro-pinchers and a miniature catapult to take home!

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “discovery.” For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” and complete a barcode search for 26482.

Machine Mania will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. For the convenience of working parents, drop off participants as early as 8 a.m. and pick them up as late as 5:30 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle daily. This program is for ages seven to 12 and involves one seven-hour session at a cost of $60 per person for Johnson County residents or $66 per person for nonresidents.

The next Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun program is set for April 27 and has the theme "Space Camp" (barcode 26484).

This program is also eligible for credit in the Intellectual dimension for our new JCPRD U holistic wellness program for ages three to 18. Participants can complete Activities Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Activities Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

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

Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday with Laura's Legacy program at The Ernie Miller Nature Center on Feb. 7

Celebrating the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, early Kansas Pioneer and author of the beloved "Little House on the Prairie" books, is the purpose of a special event planned at the Ernie Miller Nature Center in early February.

Laura's Legacy is the name of this event, which is primarily for ages five and older, and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants are invited to dress like Laura and wear pioneer clothing. There will be a variety of activities for participants to take part in including making rag dolls, experiencing lessons from an 1800's school, and listening to music from the time period. Refreshments will be served as an interpreter tells Laura's favorite stories of her childhood.

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 “history.”

Admission for this two-hour event is paid on-site and is $7 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $8 per person for nonresidents. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling (913) 764-7759. Past  events have drawn more than 100 girls, so make your reservations early!

For more information or 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 26371. Children must be accompanied by one adult chaperone per group of five.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Intellectual dimension for the new JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Activities Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Activities Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

Printed copies of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Love in the Afternoon programs for 50 Plus to feature great music and cuisine on Feb. 6 & 10

A lunch program featuring fine cuisine and exceptional music is being offered twice in early February 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 Friday, Feb. 6, at Lenexa Baptist Church, 15320 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa, and on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall, Kansas City, Mo.

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.

 

Learn about upcoming travel destinations when JCPRD presents a 50 Plus Travel Show on Feb. 5

Learn about domestic and international destinations for upcoming trips being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the  Johnson County Park & Recreation District during a Travel Show in early February.

During this free three-hour event, participants will learn about the exciting trips, including day trips, regional trips, and  extended travel opportunities, which JCPRD has to offer. Meet tour professionals who will answer questions and explain the advantages of traveling with 50 Plus. Presentations with stunning photos, trip overviews, and interesting facts about future tours will be presented.   This free event will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park. Call (913) 826-3030 to RSVP.

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 program, including travel opportunities, are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 826-3359. 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 updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

 

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