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Ride free via RideKC on Election Day

A picture of a public transportation bus decked out in all blue paint and clean windows.

RideKC routes will offer free fares all day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to make it easier for citizens to vote in the General Election.

Fares on Election Day on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free. KCATA paratransit will also be free to ride.

Johnson County voters can access election resources at jocoelection.org.

Hayrides at Shawnee Mission Park Sunday

A tractor pulling a group of people for a hayride.

In addition to fall hayrides for organized groups, Johnson County Park and Recreation District offers an annual opportunity for individuals and family members to enjoy the crisp autumn air from a tractor-drawn haywagon without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit. Like the group program, the hayride will last approximately one hour and will be followed by an hour-long campfire with apple cider and marshmallows. The cost is just $7 per person.

Don't wait in line on Election Day — vote in advance!

All registered voters in Johnson County have the option to vote in person at one of six locations in the county prior to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Just take your government-issued identification to one of the following six locations.

Questions? Contact the Johnson County Election Office at 913-715-6800, election@jocoelection.org or jocoelection.org.

Learn about Gold Star Families Monument initiative

Johnson County's 30th annual Veterans Day observance will also be an opportunity to break ground for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, designed by the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation based in Huntington, West Va.

Winter park hours effective Nov. 1

Johnson County Park and Recreation will have winter hours that go into effect Tuesday, Nov. 1.

JCPRD visitors services hours for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31.

The winter hours for park facilities begin Nov. 1 and last until Feb. 28. A list of each park and its winter hours is available online.

Public safety sales tax is on the General Election ballot

On the General Election ballot, there is a 1/4-cent, 10-year public safety sales tax question to fund a proposed new Johnson County Courthouse and coroner facility. It is the last item on the ballot. Here are some ways you can learn more about the proposed sales tax:

Johnson County to host 30th annual Veterans Day observance

Plans are underway for the 2016 Johnson County Veterans Day observance, recognizing local veterans from all wars, including a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument honoring local Gold Star families of fallen soldiers.

The Veterans Day event will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, at Olathe’s Veterans Memorial Park at Harrison St. and Dennis Ave. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. saluting veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. The celebration marks Johnson County’s 30th anniversary of sponsoring an annual Veterans Day observance.

Donate today to our winter wearables drive

Bins are in most county buildings for employees and members of the public to donate coats and other winter wearable items. This is another opportunity for you to live local/give local, as part of our United Way campaign for 2016. The county is partnering with the city of Olathe in this effort, and all donations are tax deductible. Contact the county manager's office for more information.

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