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District Court to host Constitution Day

We the people

On Sept. 17, 1787, our nation’s Founding Fathers signed the Constitution, and this week, Johnson County District Court will host a series of events to celebrate Constitution Day — to honor the formation and signing of the United States and Kansas constitutions.

The public is invited to attend the celebration 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Courthouse, 100 N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

Park Palooza offers fun for all ages on Sept. 17

A new special event, called Park Palooza, will offer a day filled with activities for all ages from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Shawnee Mission Park to thank patrons of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for their support and patronage.

The free, first-ever Park Palooza will take place at The Theatre in the Park (TTIP) complex, featuring  music, entertainment, food trucks and lots of fun. The entrance to TTIP is at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee, just two blocks north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park.

Want to do business with us? Attend our vendor fair!


There are literally thousands of business opportunities within Johnson County Government each year. Because county leaders are interested in providing the best products and services possible for Johnson County residents, they also wish to increase the pool of vendors that do business with the county.

Big Read program includes special exhibit at library

With the launch of a special exhibit, “The Art of War-Gifts of Peace: The Unknowns,” Johnson County Library is participating in the Kansas City metropolitan region’s  2017 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program.

The exhibit is at the Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, through December. The display features works from local artists as well as objects in the “unknown series” from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

Your input is needed for two inclusive playgrounds

kids playing at park

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) is developing its first inclusive playgrounds. JCPRD is planning to build one inclusive playground in Stilwell Community Park and another in Shawnee Mission Park, with construction this fall. Inclusive playgrounds enable all children to play together without physical or social barriers; such playgrounds are new to the JCPRD system, but they are present in communities across the country, including other KC metro communities.

Old Settlers festival features Johnson County booths

The 2017 Johnson County Old Settlers celebration with crowds of people, craft and food booths, carnival rides and nightly live music, is set to return for its 119th year from Thursday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 9 in downtown Olathe.

County offices closed Monday, Sept. 4

Happy Labor Day graphic with flags and star on rustic reclaimed wood

On Monday, Sept. 4, Johnson County Government offices will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen for normal operations on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

In addition, all branches of Johnson County Library will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 4 for the Labor Day holiday. The e-library will still be available online, so check it out.

September is National Preparedness Month

2017 Disasters don't plan ahead. YOU CAN.

This September, National Preparedness Month focuses on planning under the theme — “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.”

As recent severe weather and other event have affected people in Johnson County and communities across the U.S., we can all take appropriate actions to prepare. This prepares you, your family and others how to respond when an emergency or disaster strikes.

Several local and federal preparedness resources are available to our Johnson County residents: