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Honoring 15th anniversary of Sept. 11

This Sunday, Sept. 11 marks 15 years since the terrorist attacks on our nation. It’s a bittersweet milestone for citizens across the U.S. as we pause to remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who died on that tragic day.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation of this Sunday as a “Day of Remembrance” in Johnson County. As part of the day of remembrance, we also honor the more than 400 first responders who met the challenges of the tragic day.

It’s time again for Johnson County Old Settlers Days!

A tradition since 1898, the annual festival fills downtown Olathe and runs from Thursday, Sept. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 10.

Johnson County will participate with a booth along with another booth from Department of Health and Environment, where you can talk with a HealthCare.gov Navigator about signing up for health insurance in 2017. The Johnson County Election Office will offer voter registration opportunities at its booth.

County offices closed for Labor Day

On Monday, Sept. 5, Johnson County Government offices will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

All branches of Johnson County Library will be closed both Sunday, Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 5 and some Johnson County Park and Recreation District facilities will be closed over the weekend. Click here for a listing of JCPRD facility closings.

We hope all county residents and visitors have a safe weekend. Our offices will reopen for regular business on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

KC Symphony’s free concert is on Labor Day

The Kansas City Symphony will present its free annual "Pops in the Park" concert on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

Concertgoers are invited to bring their family and friends (plus blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner), if they'd like to enjoy the free performance for an audience of all ages. The entrance to The Theatre in the Park is at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee.

Museum on the move!

The Johnson County Museum is gearing up for its big move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The official closing day of the museum (including KidScape) at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee is set for Saturday, Sept. 3. The museum will be open that last day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to visit one last time.

Visitors center in Shawnee Mission Park closed Aug. 31

The John Barkley Visitors Center in Shawnee Mission Park will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, as the staff relocates to new office space located behind the existing facility, near the park entrance at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

Fall lawn care

The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office offers some helpful tips for fall preparation for next’s months summer lawn.

September is one of the best times to fertilize a cool season bluegrass or tall fescue lawn to help it recover from the stress of summer.  Nutrients in the fertilizer help form the building blocks to grow new roots and shoots to support growth and a thicker dense lawn next spring.

Don't miss your last chance for night fishing

The final overnight fishing opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, in Shawnee and Lenexa will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27.

From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., the park will be open strictly for fishing, and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or watercraft. Park safety officials are advising that state law requires a white light be visible at all times on boats on the water after sunset.


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