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Nationwide emergency alert test set for Wednesday

Emergency alert system

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (E

Fire safety workshop set for Oct. 7

toddler dressed as firefighter

An award-winning fire safety education program created especially for children ages 3-5 will be held Saturday, Oct.  7, including breakfast, booths, drawings and a fascinating and entertaining look into the preschooler's perception of fire, the surprising frequency of children's misuse of fire, practical approaches to teach young children fire safety, and an introduction to the award-winning play safe! be safe! kit.

Is your child in the right seat?

child looking out of car

Find out on Saturday, Sept. 23 (National Car Seat Check Saturday) between 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at McCarthy Chevrolet Olathe's Service Dept. at 675 N. Rawhide. Trained car seat safety specialists will examine child car seats for proper use, installation, age/size appropriateness and will alert parents to any recalled products at this event. The free safety checks take approximately 30 minutes per seat. This is a great way for parents to make sure their children are buckled up right. 

Veterans Town Hall meeting set Sept. 27 at Johnson County library

Sponsored by the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center (KCVAMC), a Veterans Town Hall meeting is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Carmack Community Room at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park.

Discussion during the meeting will include updated details about the new outpatient clinic in Shawnee, expansion of KCVAMC services to be closer to local veterans and information on the VA Choice Program and suicide prevention.

Enjoy a fall group hayride

children waving from the back of a hay wagon

Enjoy the outdoors by scheduling your group for a hayride through Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road in Olathe or the beautiful Oak Ridge Parklands in Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road in Shawnee Mission.

The hayrides conclude with a warm campfire where marshmallows and apple cider await. The one-hour hayride and one-hour campfire are just $7 per person, and groups will need to reach an $80 minimum for their ride. Hayrides are available at Shawnee Mission Park seven days a week and Heritage Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Johnson County Museum Foundation receives generous donation

picture of Johnson County Arts & Heritage building exterior

The Johnson County Museum Foundation recently received a donation of $25,000 from Waste Management, Inc. 
 
Area Vice President of Waste Management Mike Watson presented the check to Foundation President Larry Meeker at the museum. In doing so, Watson noted, “We want to support key community organizations that add significant value to the community while aligning with Waste Management’s commitment to investing in the Kansas City area and our company’s values.”

Be a part of the Monarch migration

a monarch butterfly on clovers

This week Johnson County Park and Recreation District has activities around the migration of the Monarch butterfly population. Join in these activities and be part of this royal fun!

50 Plus Monarch Migration and Tagging
Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 10–11:30 a.m.
Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061

Walk-in clinics offer flu shots

yellow street sign which reads Get Your Flu Shot

Flu shots are now available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at our walk-in health clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Dr.) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.). The cost is $30 for a seasonal flu shot and $50 for the high dose flu shot for those age 65 and older. The nasal spray vaccine will not be offered during the 2017-18 flu season.

Johnson County celebrates the DSPs this week

This week is Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. DSPs compose most of the staff at Johnson County Developmental Supports, a county agency that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Welcome to new Planning, Development and Codes Director

Jay Leipzig assumed his duties as the county’s new Planning and Development Director on Sept. 11. He brings 24 years of experience in planning and development and most recently he had served as Community and Economic Development Director for the city of Belton, Missouri, since 2008. 

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