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JoCo on the Go: Summer in the sun, cool in the pool
June 11, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #94, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Stacie Province and Steve Vogelsang. They’ll talk about the dangers of extreme heat  and the importance of keeping a close eye on those most at risk of heat stroke. Find out how you can cool off quickly and help someone showing signs of heat exhaustion. Also, learn how JCDHE is keeping us safe in the pools by monitoring water quality and safety measures.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go.

Project SEARCH classes recognized at graduation ceremony
June 8, 2021

On Friday, Johnson County Developmental Supports and Johnson County Community College held a graduation ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 JCDS Project SEARCH classes!

Project SEARCH is an education and employment program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interested in community employment. In the program, interns spend nine months working at a host business site. They complete three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills.

Due to COVID-19, the class of 2020 did not get a traditional graduating ceremony last year, so this year the ceremony was combined so both classes could walk across the stage and be fully recognized for all their hard work. Even with the hardship brought on by the pandemic, the Johnson County Government Project SEARCH class of 2020 was able to achieve a 70% employment outcome award!

This program will be entering its eighth year with the class of 2022 starting this fall.

We want to thank our program partners, RideKC Freedom, Workforce Partnership KC, and a special thank you to Johnson County Community College Continuing Education for hosting and presenting graduates with Continuing Education Certificates for completing the program.

Congratulations to all the graduates!

2020 Project SEARCH Graduates:

  • Michaela Barry
  • Alexander Gaulke
  • Charity Pennington
  • Roy Hunter Bell
  • Cassandra Kamps
  • Devin Seeger
  • Sean Berrigan
  • Noah Krueger
  • Casi Valadez
  • Jennifer Crabtree
  • Arian Mohammadi

2021 Project SEARCH Graduates:

  • Nikolas Espinoza
  • Rachel Mast
  • Todd Weber
  • Sarah Hamilton
  • Arsha Merchant
  • Rachel Ann Zink
  • Christopher Shawn Larkins

Learn more about Project SEARCH at jcds.org.

Tax foreclosure auction coming soon
June 4, 2021

The next Johnson County tax foreclosure auction is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m., in Room 200 (lower level) of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061. All bidders must register. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 202/204.

Get information about the properties being auctioned by visiting http://jocogov.org/tax-foreclosure-auction

Note: Properties may be redeemed by the parcel owners prior to auction, so the list of parcels for auction may change. Notices the day of sale will take precedence. Check the website for updates/changes.

Johnson County hosts National Co-Responder Conference
June 4, 2021

On Monday, June 7, Johnson County Mental Health Center will host the second annual National Co-Responder Conference, in Olathe. The conference, held in Olathe, will include nearly 300 law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and other first responders from 22 states.

This year’s theme, The Right Response, will address the effectiveness of mental health professionals working along first responders on calls involving behavioral health concerns. Rep. Sharice Davids will provide opening remarks. Keynote speakers include Howard Nathaniel Lee, a former North Carolina mayor whose major projects include the first police social worker initiative; The Billions Institute Managing Director Becky Margiotta; and JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. Read more about the keynote speakers.

The conference wraps up on Wednesday, June 9. Learn more about the conference.
 

Theatre in the Park begins 2021 season
June 4, 2021

On Friday, June 4, the  Johnson County’s Theatre in the Park (TIP) begins its 2021 season of five musical productions after cancelling its outdoor program last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mamma Mia!” opens the summer outdoor performances on June 4-6 and June 10-12 at the TIP complex at Shawnee Mission Park. The theater facility has its own entrance at 7700 Renner Road, Shawnee. 

Cinderella posterOther upcoming performances include:

  • “Curtains” – June 18-20 and June 23-26
  • Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” – July 2-3 (no performance on July 4) and July 7-10
  • “Halftime – Gotta Dance” – July 16-17 and July 21-24
  • Disney’s  “Newsies” – July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-7

Showtime for all outdoor productions is 8:30 p.m. Performances last approximately two hours with a 20-minute intermission. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. followed by the gates to the seating bowl at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are adult admission $10, youth $6 (ages 4-10) and children three and under free (but require a ticket for entrance). Reserved seats and parking are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the box office the nights of performance or online through its website: theatreinthepark.org.

TIP is a program of the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and is the largest community theatre in the nation. The program was created in 1969 and  has presented live-theater outdoor performances since 1970, beginning in Antioch Park, Merriam, before being relocated to Shawnee Mission Park two years later. 

The 2021 season also features two indoor productions with “The Full Monty’ from Oct. 1-17 and TIP’s second annual “Innovative Theatre Challenge” from Dec. 10-24. Both indoor productions will take place in the Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. 

Indoor tickets are reserved seating and prices vary by production.  Tickets may be purchased online at TIP’s website and at the front desk of the Arts and Heritage Center either in person or by phone at 913-826-2787.

More information about Theatre in the Park and its 2021 outdoor and indoor seasons is available by visiting theatreinthepark.org.

Johnson County Museum launches new sensory-friendly programs
June 4, 2021

On June 7, the Johnson County Museum will launch Sensory Friendly Mondays, a new slate of programs designed to make the museum accessible to more people in the community. During Sensory Friendly Days at the Johnson County Museum, the museum’s exhibits, including KidScape – a 3,500 square foot interactive history exhibit designed for children ages two to nine – will be presented in a comfortable, low-sensory way. 

“The Johnson County Museum strives to be a place open and welcoming to all members of our community,” said Museum Director Mary McMurray. “Sensory Friendly Mondays are an exciting new way for the museum to welcome individuals with sensory processing challenges and their families to enjoy a fun experience at the museum.”

Sensory Friendly Mondays were developed with support from Britain Development, a program of AdventHealth Shawnee Mission.

“The Britain Development team is dedicated to providing family-focused developmental services to young children with special needs,” said Leah Palmer, curator of education for the Johnson County Museum. “Their partnership and expertise have been essential to realizing our goal for these programs – creating an experience where those with sensory processing differences feel welcomed, wanted and comfortable exploring all the Johnson County Museum has to offer.” 

"The Johnson County Museum Foundation is grateful to AdventHealth Foundation Shawnee Mission for their generous financial support of the Johnson County Museum's Sensory Friendly Mondays," said Board President Lonita Cook. "Charitable donations such as these make a tremendous impact on the Johnson County Museum Foundation's ability to support the phenomenal work being done at the Johnson County Museum."

The addition of Britain Development as a program partner is an important step in ensuring museum spaces will be welcoming to all visitors. In preparation for the program, Britain Development’s child development experts audited all museum spaces, including galleries, restrooms and common spaces, in preparation of the event. Britain Development staff also developed sensory bags for use during the program so that young visitors have everything they need to enjoy their visit.
 
“AdventHealth Foundation Shawnee Mission is proud to support Britain Development and the Johnson County Museum in the development of Sensory Friendly Mondays,” said Laurie McCormack, executive director for the Foundation. “Community partnerships such as this help bring the expertise of Britain Development staff beyond the walls of the B.E. Smith Family Center to the community. We are thrilled at the opportunity to share this knowledge and serve more members of our community.”

Sensory Friendly Mondays feature limited-occupancy sessions designed specifically for children with sensory processing differences and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families. The programs take place on the first Monday of every month from 9 a.m.  to noon. Learn more and register at jcprd.com/museum.

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