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County offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Johnson County Government would like all of our county residents and visitors to have a safe and happy thanksgiving holiday weekend. County office buildings will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the thanksgiving holiday weekend.

All Johnson County Library locations will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 – although we remind you that their eLibrary is always open. Visit jocolibrary.org.

Experts offer food safety and wellness tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, county staff ask you to be mindful of health and safety. Be cautious when buying fresh turkeys; do not put fats, oils and grease down the drain; and remember your general well-being during the holidays.

Fresh turkeys

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension urges caution in buying fresh turkeys too early before Thanksgiving.

Free admission to county museum on Wednesday, Nov. 22

Two adults at looking at museum exhibit

This Wednesday, Nov. 22, the Johnson County Museum will be offering free admission. The museum is located inside of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, with hours from 9 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.

Bring your family to enjoy the exhibits including "Becoming Johnson County," the 1950s All Electric House and the musuem's 50th anniversay exhibit entitled "Let's Celebrate!"

For more information, visit the Johnson County Museum webpage.

Johnson County court celebrates National Adoption Day

Families will be made on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Johnson County Courthouse in celebration of National Adoption Day when 14 children, ranging from toddlers to early teens, are scheduled for adoption by seven families in the courtroom of District Court Judge Kathleen Sloan.

Medicare open enrollment runs until Dec. 7

Medicare enrollment

Whether you’re new to Medicare, getting ready to turn 65 or planning your retirement, you’ll soon need to make important decisions about your health coverage.

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office offers free Medicare open enrollment programming and assistance through the enrollment period’s Dec. 7 end date.

For Johnson County residents, Medicare enrollment assistance is a three-step process:

Recycling is a good thing to do every day

America Recycles Day

Today is America Recycles Day, but recycling is an activity many practice daily.  Did you know that nearly 80 percent of your trash is recyclable or that household hazardous waste (HHW) such as paint, oil, batteries and pesticides shouldn't be placed in the trash?

Still time to get your season flu shot

Woman receiving shot

The best way to protect yourself and your family from getting influenza is to receive a flu shot. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) encourages all residents over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot.

Although the Center for Disease Control recommends getting your flu shot before the end of October, there are still benefits to receiving the shot after that time. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against the flu. It’s best to receive your flu shot before the flu starts spreading in the community.

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