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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

Whimsical Woods program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 11

There's nothing scary about a Halloween special event being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park in mid-October. The program is called Whimsical Woods and is for all ages with ages 11 and younger accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants will enjoy a walk on the park's trail with the award-winning staff of the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Costumed storybook characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. This program consists of a short trail walk with stations featuring interpreters who interact with participants. Participants will meet the Good Fairy and Forest Friends. In addition, there will be live animals, stories, songs, and surprises. Group sessions will begin every 15 minutes, and for participants, the program length will be about one and one-half hours. 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 catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword "Halloween."

Whimsical Woods is offered from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, and is payable on-site. Please note that reservations are required and can be made by calling (913) 764-7759.

Sunset Walk for 50 plus takes participants to Black Hoof Park on Oct. 10

Head with us to Lenexa to walk at Black Hoof Park as the sun sets during a program being offered in early October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called the Sunset Walk and will take place on Friday, Oct. 10. Participants will take a mile-long walk up to a great overlook along the park's hard-surface trail. Black Hoof Park has a total of 210 acres, including 35-acre Lake Lenexa and serves functions of flood control while preserving forest, prairie, streamways and wetlands. Pedestrian bridges and boardwalks allow visitors a closer look at wildlife along the waterways. After the walk, participants will dine at the Blue Moose Grill.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword "walks."

The Sunset Walk will take place on Oct. 10. This outing will depart at 5:30 p.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and is expected to require an easy level of exertion. The cost for this five-hour outing, including transportation to the walk site, is $24 per person for Johnson County residents or $28 for nonresidents. Dinner costs will be on your own.

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) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

Teen Career & Life Building program offered on Oct. 10

Equipping young adults with confidence and life skills to help them succeed in future life endeavors is the goal of a new program for teens being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in early October.

The program is called Teen Career & Life Building and is for ages 13 to 18. Teens will learn helpful interviewing skills, job search tips, and proper etiquette, along with conversation skills.

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 catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword "education."

This program will take place at 1:45 on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park. The cost for one one-hour session is $30 for Johnson County residents or $33 for nonresidents.

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.

Lee's Summit's Legacy Park is October destination for 50 Plus fall Strolling program

Leisurely stroll through Lee's Summit's Legacy Park during the next Wednesday Walks  program offering being presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Legacy Park is a 692-acre facility featuring a 22-acre lake, various sports fields, an amphitheater, and a 4.7-mile trail. This one-mile walk is expected to require an easy level of exertion. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "Wednesday walks.”

This outing will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 8,  and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $18 per person for Johnson County residents or $20 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, and some money in case the group decides to stop for ice cream. 

The final Wednesday walk this fall will take place on Nov. 19, when participants will walk the trails at Wyandotte Lake.

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.

 

 

Experience local talent at free Senior Follies on Oct. 5 at Jewish Community Center

This year's Senior Follies promises an exciting afternoon of great entertainment.

Now in its eighth year, the 2014 Follies will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park. The event generally lasts about two hours and is free of charge for both audiences and performers.

About 20 acts were expected for this year's show, including singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians. It's possible there could be space left for additional acts, but anyone interested would need to contact 50 Plus Special Events and Travel Specialist Kari Baesel right away by calling (913) 826-3032.

JCPRD hosted the first follies event at Shawnee Mission South High School in 2007. That event was the Men’s Follies. In 2008, the event moved to the community college. In fall 2010, a Women’s Follies event was introduced and was also well received. In 2011, limited access to a venue resulted in combining the separate men's and women's events into a single Senor Follies, which was another great success.

The JCC location has 500 seats and organizers expect many of them to be full.

Sock hop murder mystery event is Oct. 3 at Mill Creek Activity Center

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. Oct. 1 is the registration deadline for this event, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 3.

 

“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.

 

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, Oct. 3, 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.

 

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.

Love in the Afternoon program for 50 Plus to feature great music and cuisine on Oct. 3

A lunch program featuring fine cuisine and exceptional music is being offered in early October 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, Oct. 3, at the Lenexa Baptist Church,  15320 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa.

 

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 "musical entertainment.”

 

The cost for this 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. Another Love in the Afternoon program is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11.

 

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.

Parent & Child Twilight Hike offered on Oct. 3 at Ernie Miller Park

An intergenerational program being offered in early October in Ernie Miller Park allows children ages two to six with a parent or guardian to explore park trails as the sun sets.

 

The program is called Twilight Hike and is offered at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the park, which is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants will listen for nocturnal sounds such as the cricket's chorus and the barred owl's call and then gather around a cheery fire ring for stories, songs, and a tasty treat. Participants should bring a flashlight. An adult must register with each child.

 

To find this program in the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’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 keywords “adventure walk.”

 

The cost for one 90-minute session is $6 per person, including adults,  for Johnson County residents or $7 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. This program will be offered again on Oct. 24.

 

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.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Oct. 1 & 15 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The fall/winter season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during October at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn on Oct. 1 & 15.

Animal Tales Storytime  is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network in 2011. 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 “storytelling.”

October sessions  take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and include a program with the theme  "Possum & Pals" on Oct. 1, and  "Songs of Nature" on Oct. 15. Other upcoming fall /winter storytime sessions are scheduled for: Nov. 5 ("Animal Peek-a-boo");  Nov. 19 ("Turkeys are Terrific"), Dec. 3 ("Winter Weather"); and Dec. 17 ("A Visit With Santa").

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

JCPRD 50 Plus Bingo continues on Oct. 1, 6, & 24

Three themed bingo sessions at three locations are being planned during October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

 

"Cooking Party" is the theme for a bingo session which will take place on  Oct. 1 at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park. "Columbus Day" is the theme for a session planned on Oct. 6 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe. "Spooky" is the theme for a session on Oct. 24 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.

 

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.

 

Other upcoming fall and winter 50 Plus Bingo programs being planned include: "America" on Nov. 4 at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner; "Kansas City" on Nov. 19  at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park; "Winter Bluster" on Dec. 1 at the Sunset Building; "Frosty & Friends" on Dec. 11 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park; "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 “games.”

 

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. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com.

Upcoming Events

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September 24, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

September 26, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

50 Plus Bridge Tournament

September 27, 2014 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

6th Annual Cars in the Park

September 28, 2014 | 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Fall Public Hayride

September 29, 2014 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Grand Adventure to the Kansas City Zoo