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Proclamation and events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry Lyons, president of the Olathe NAACP, is expected to receive a proclamation at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, proclaiming Jan. 18, 2016, as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday commemorating the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to King’s birthday on Jan. 15.

Several events are scheduled in the metro area next week, including the following Johnson County events:

Effort to take an exterior photo of every property in Johnson County kicks off today

A countywide property-imaging project kicks off in Johnson County today. The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to take high-resolution street level photos of the exterior of every property in the county. The county uses these photos to create land record information used in the appraisal process. Kansas law requires counties to update property information every six years in an effort to maintain accurate data on every parcel in the county.

Johnson County announces new Citizens Academy

This spring, Johnson County will host a pilot Citizens Academy program. A Citizens Academy is a valuable tool for residents to learn more about the services and programs available in their community. We hope to better inform Johnson County residents about how our government operates and the various ways the public can benefit from and engage with us. This 8-week pilot is scheduled to start in early March.

Need help with health insurance enrollment?

Our Department of Health and Environment is ready to help. We will host three Affordable Care Act enrollment events in January. Certified HealthCare.gov navigators will be available to help individuals and families renew their existing coverage or find plans that meet their health and financial needs. You can get the dates, locations and what you need to bring with you in this news release.

Remember, Jan. 31 is the deadline to enroll.

Are you a foodie? Foodie Fridays may be for you!

Visit a different restaurant for lunch or dinner on the third Friday of each month with a group of fun, active friends through Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Foodie Friday program. The new Foodie Fridays season begins Jan. 15 and ends in April (see dates and restaurant locations below). Registration for each 2.5-hour outing is $10, which covers transportation from Antioch Park (6501 Antioch in Merriam) to the restaurant and back. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own food and drinks.

Recycle your natural Christmas tree and broken lights

Are you taking down your natural Christmas tree this weekend and not sure what to do with it? Dispose of it properly and at no cost by dropping it off at one of three locations listed below where Johnson County Park and Recreation District is collecting holiday trees.

Lower fares and expanded service for transit customers

Great news for transit riders! Beginning Jan. 4, fares on ten local Johnson County Transit bus routes will drop from $2.25 to $1.50 a trip, the same fare as MAX and other local KCATA, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus routes. A $50 31-Day Pass will also be valid for fares on local JCT bus routes. More details are available in this Kansas City Star article.

News about Johnson County Archives

Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, on-site reference services provided by the Johnson County Archives & Records Management staff will be available by appointment only. Currently, the facility, located at 19310 W. 159th Street in Olathe, is open and staffed for on-site reference requests Monday through Friday.  There will be no change in the response time for accessing records or documents; same-day requests may be accommodated if needed.

Baby it's cold outside

Weather experts are forecasting overnight temperatures as low as 10 degrees this week, so it’s a good time to review some cold-weather safety basics. Typical injuries in cold weather include dehydration, frostbite and hypothermia. Here are some tips and resources to help you stay safe:

Holiday schedule for Johnson County Transit

If your holiday plans including taking public transportation, you’ll want to see the latest holiday schedules. Please click here for important transit information.