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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Several county cancellations today because of weather
February 20, 2018

The ice storm this morning has played havoc with the plans of many in the metro today, including Johnson County Government. Following are several cancellations:

Johnson County Meals on Wheels deliveries for Tuesday, Feb. 20, have been canceled because of icy road conditions in the metropolitan area. Residents who receive Meals on Wheels are asked to use meals previously provided to them today. Catch-a-Ride services have also been suspended for today. For more information, contact Johnson County Human Services at 913-715-8859 or email Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org.

Park & Rec gymnastics classes are canceled for this morning, as well as Out of School Time programming (localized, based on local school closings). The Ernie Miller Nature Center is also closed.

 AARP volunteers will not be providing tax assistance for residents at the Central Resource Library today where the Friends of Johnson County Library bookstore is also closed. Johnson County Library branches in De Soto, Edgerton and Spring Hill are also closed today.

MED-ACT'S HeartSafe Heroes Celebration has been canceled for this afternoon. 

Johnson County WIC is cancelling the breastfeeding class in Mission tonight. If you would like to reschedule to attend a future class in Mission or Olathe, call 913-826-1302 or 913-477-8330. You can find a list of upcoming classes here: https://www.jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/health/wic/wic-breastfeeding-class.

For information about the availability and schedules for special events or other services, please check with the sponsoring department or agency.

Monday is Presidents Day
February 16, 2018

Monday, Feb. 19 is the national holiday known as Presidents Day. Originally, a day to honor the birthday of country’s first president, George Washington, it was later combined to also recognize the birthday of 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.  Now, it serves to honor all persons who have served as the U.S. President.

The Johnson County Courthouse will be closed in observance of President Day. Other county offices and services are open on this Monday.

Free day at the museum

If you’re looking for something to do this Monday – for free, you and your family should visit the Johnson County Museum. There’s no charge on Monday, Feb. 19.

Take advantage of this free admission day to see the 1950s All-Electric House, Kidscape and the 50th Anniversary exhibits. The museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

Free tax preparation is available
February 15, 2018

It's income tax time! Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is again partnering with El Centro and NextStepKC to host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive., Olathe.

The service is available through April 14, during which time the 2017 federal and state returns will be completed beginning in February 2018; past years’ returns will not be done until March.

Anyone whose household income is $60,000 or below may have their state and federal income tax returns completed and e-filed FREE of charge.

All VITA site staff are trained and certified to complete federal income tax returns, as well as returns from any state. Taxpayers are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis, no appointment is needed.

For more information, please visit the extension’s webpage.

Hidden stories of the county's African American community
February 15, 2018

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, the museum is hosting an interactive multi-media exhibit highlighting Johnson County’s African American neighborhoods, institutions and individuals. The exhibit is available through Feb. 28.

The exhibit is free and is located in the common area of the Arts & Heritage Center near the museum’s entrance. The exhibit includes such historical persons in the county as Corinthia Nutter, a central figure in the South Park School desegregation case.

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. To learn more, visit jocoahc.org or call 913-826-2787. Visit the Johnson County Museum for more information.

Sign up for 50-plus Valentine's bingo
February 12, 2018

Join Johnson County Park & Recreation District 9:30 to noon Wednesday for 50-plus Valentine’s Day Breakfast and Bingo. The Valentine's-themed bingo event will be held at Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive in Roeland Park.

Treat yourself to a special Valentine’s Day breakfast and then play 12 games of bingo. Winners are awarded prizes ranging from gift bags to gift certificates. Singles and cou­ples welcome. 

This fun-filled Valentine’s celebration is just $15 per person. Register today at jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and search for 41743. For more information, call 913-826-3160.

Keep your Valentine's flowers fresh
February 9, 2018

The most popular day to give flowers is fast approaching — Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14.

If you’re planning to send or receive flowers, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension offers tips to care for Valentine’s flowers.

Above all else, water is vital. Keep the vase or floral foam soaked with water at all times. Add fresh water daily and use warm water, as this will aid in uptake. 

You can read Extension’s full article on Valentine’s flower care online. The helpful tips include:

  • Provide lots of fresh water
  • Keep ‘em cool
  • Tricks for wilted flowers
  • Care of potted flowers

If you have more questions about caring for Valentine’s Day flowers, contact the garden hotline — staffed by trained volunteers and Extension agents — at 913-715-7050 or garden.help@jocogov.org.