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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

Johnson County Sailing Society to conduct “Come Sail With Us” event on July 25

All sailors and sailing enthusiasts are invited to join the Johnson County Sailing Society for a special event on Saturday, July 25, at Shawnee Mission Park Lake, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

This  free event is called “Come Sail With Us” and will take place beginning at noon at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina on the north side of the lake. Participants should bring a sack lunch and dine with Sailing Society members and the recently-completed Sailing I class. Following lunch, participants will be able to take rides in the personal vessels of society members while they take part in water activities such as mock races or a sailing scavenger hunt. While this is listed as a one-hour event, it typically continues until everyone who has shown an interest has an opportunity to take a ride. This event is dependent upon favorable weather.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog, browse first under adult and then under special events. Look for the keyword “boating.”

For more information, or to participate in Johnson County Sailing Society races, please contact Nick Hockman at (913) 268-5683.

Mid-Summer’s Night Cache is July 24 in Shawnee Mission Park

Looking for a way to keep the kids busy this summer? Try a modern-day scavenger hunt during a late July special event being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Mid-Summer’s Night Cache is the name of the event, which is for all ages and will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at  Shelter #2 in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to hide and seek containers called “geocaches,” which contain a logbook and a “treasure” - usually toys or trinkets. Participants will receive use of a GPS device, an introductory “how to” session, and a goody bag at the end of the hunt. After the hunt, participants will gather  around the fire pit for hotdogs and s’mores  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 “geocaching.”

The cost for one two-hour event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. A family rate for up to four people is also offered at a cost of  $27 for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents.  Preregistration is required by July 20 for this program. 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 28605.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental 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, 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. 

New Sunflower Craft Social event for all ages planned on July 22 in Overland Park

Bring your children and grandchildren to celebrate the state flower of Kansas, the sunflower, during a new special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The event is called Sunflower Craft Social and is for all ages. At this event, both children and adults will complete their own sunflower craft keepsakes while enjoying light refreshments on the patio. One lucky participant will win a bouquet of giant sunflowers. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “family fun.”

Sunflower Craft Social will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. The cost for this one and one-half-hour event is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person 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 28511.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social 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, contact Sarah Shaw at (913) 826-2953 or at sarah.shaw@jocogov.org.

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

Buffalo Soldier themed day trip for 50 Plus visits Fort Leavenworth on July 21

Tour the oldest active military post west of the Appalachian Mountains and explore the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers during a late July day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Fort Leavenworth and the Buffalo Soldiers is the name of this trip. Buffalo Soldiers is the nickname was given to the “Negro Cavalry” by the Native American tribes they fought, and the term eventually became to be used for U.S. Army units that trace their direct lineage back to the 9th and 10th Cavalry units whose service earned them an honored place in U.S. history. Participants on this trip will see where the 9th and 10th Cavalry units lived and trained. The group will stop at the Circle of Firsts, which recognizes the first contributions of black Americans in the military. Following lunch at the Frontier Conference Center, travelers will visit the Army Museum featuring artifacts from General Henry Leavenworth and a Buffalo Soldier exhibit. The group will also attend a presentation at the Richard Allen Cultural Center to learn about female Buffalo Soldiers and explore local African-American history.

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 Tuesday, July 21, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is $69 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 28383.

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.

July 4 in JoCo

Looking for something to do this July 4 weekend? There are several public fireworks shows that will light up the Johnson County night skies in local 2015 Independence Day celebrations on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. Activities at various events will include parades, live music, food booths, inflatables, face painting, games, petting zoos, and fun for all ages.

 The holiday celebration will begin a day earlier in Edgerton, which is sponsoring a Community Picnic at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks display at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Friday, July 3, at the Martin Creek Park.

Fairway, in partnership with Westwood and Roeland Park along with funding assistance from Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, is having a fireworks display, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. July 3, at Bishop Miege High School, 5041 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park.

A Flags 4 Freedom display, featuring approximately 1,300 American flags, will be visible until approximately 4 p.m. Monday, July 6. A Patriotic Concert will occur at 1:55 p.m. July 4 at the Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive.

Community events scheduled on July 4 include:

  • Overland Park: Annual Spangled Spectacular Festival at Corporate Woods, 9400 Indian Park Parkway, starting at 4 p.m. with fireworks beginning at approximately 9:40 p.m.
  • Gardner: Activities begin at 4 p.m. at Celebration Park, 32701 West 159th Street, with fireworks occurring at sundown.
  • Stilwell: Fourth of July Parade registration/lineup starts at 5 p.m. along 192nd Street with event beginning at 6 p.m. and ending in downtown Stilwell. Fireworks will follow at about 9:30 p.m.
  • Prairie Village: Annual VillageFest celebration is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Campus, 7700 Mission Road.
  • Olathe: Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 West 151st Street.
  • Leawood: Event starts at 5 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. at Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard.
  • Lenexa: Community Days Parade, with a theme of “The Brightest Star,” starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Lenexa. The 37th Annual Freedom Run occurs at 7 a.m.
  • De Soto: Holiday celebration gets under way at 7 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 10 p.m. at Riverfest Park.
50 Plus plans new Christmas in July event on July 20 at Cedar Lake Village

Come experience good tidings and cheer during a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Cedar Lake Village, a senior living community in Olathe, is opening their doors for this event, which is called Christmas in July. The program will involve a festive meal with ham and all the fixings, along with sing-along-carolers, a snowball hunt, and bingo.  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 “social event.”

Christmas in July will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at Cedar Creek Village, 15325 S. Lone Elm Road, Olathe. The cost for this two-hour event is $6 per person. 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 28624.

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, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information  or to register, call (913) 826-2859. To register online or for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

July T.A.K.E. Self Defense Seminars for 12 and older set for two locations in Overland Park

The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation recently completed its tenth year of presenting a self-defense program meant to help fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident during the summer of 2002.  You're invited to join the 55,000-plus -strong and growing number of women and girls who have completed the training when the seminar is offered in mid- and late-July during two separate seminars in Overland Park.

A July 18 presentation is set at the Aubry Bend Middle School, 12501 W. 175th St., Overland Park, while a July 25 presentation will take place at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. Both programs begin at 10 a.m. on a Saturday.

"These programs are open to the public including any girl 12 years and older and women of any age" said Corporate Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker. "Our oldest women has been 90 years old so gather your friends, neighbors and family and join us for this life-changing class.  It is the best two hours you will spend this year."

Participants are encouraged to bring a friend as portions of the curriculum use a partner and mothers and daughters or good friends make great teams. Participants will learn basic techniques which could save their lives and thwart an attack.

These programs are being presented by the City of Overland Park and Blue Valley Recreation  in cooperation with The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.

The self-defense seminar was designed by Leiker, a professional self-defense trainer, in consultation with local law enforcement agencies after the idea for the program was brought  to local recreation agencies by representatives of the Kemp family.

A donation of $10 is appreciated, but not required, for each of the two-hour programs.  Advance registration is appreciated but walk ups are welcome. To register for these programs or to check for additional local classes, go to www.takedefense.org.

 

Overnight Fishing Opportunities planned on July 18 & 25

The second of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Heritage Park during 2015 will take place on July 18. Also in the July, the third of four overnight fishing opportunities at Shawnee Mission Park will take place on July 25.

After 11 p.m. on these dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. 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 “fishing.”

Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset. No additional fees are charged for participating in overnight events, but before fishing  in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.   Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

Other upcoming overnight fishing opportunities for 2015 are planned on Aug. 15 at Kill Creek Park and Aug. 22 at Shawnee Mission Park.

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, and Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Shawnee Mission Park's John Barkley Visitor Center at (913) 888-4713.

"Big Hero 6" to be shown as Dive-In Movie at Roeland Park Aquatic Center on July 18

A popular recent Disney film will be shown as a Dive-In Movie at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center during a family fun night in mid-July.                                

"Big Hero 6" will be shown at the main pool beginning at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. Participants are invited to spend some time with the family watching this film from the water. The concession stand will be open late.

The cost for this two-hour event is $3 per person for Johnson County residents or $4 per person for nonresidents.  To register by phone, 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 28004.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is owned by the City of Roeland Park and operated by the Johnson County Park &  Recreation District and is located at 4843 Rosewood, Roeland Park. For more information about this event, call (913) 432-1377.

Johnson County Extension co-sponsoring Family Fun Night

Bring the family to the Farm-to-Table Family Fun Night this Thursday at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. The event is co-sponsored by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension and the Johnson County Farm Bureau. Enjoy oxen training and chuckwagon cooking demonstrations, stagecoach rides, and free "breakfast for dinner" by Chris Cakes for the first 200 visitors!

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