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111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Hotline offers answers to gardening questions
June 14, 2017

All your gardening questions can be answered this summer with the Johnson County K-State Extension Master Gardener Hotline.

Advice on lawn, flowers, gardening, trees, shrubs and houseplants is available over the phone at 913-715-7050 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. When calling the hotline for assistance, be prepared to supply as much information as possible. The more data you can provide, the easier it is for the trained Extension Master Gardener volunteer to assist.

You can also bring in insects and plants in person for advice at the Extension Office, 11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe.  Be sure to bring in a large enough sample of the plant in question. A large sample of bugs is not required – only a few.

Residents also can email their questions at garden.help@jocogov.org. When emailing, it is also a good idea to attach low-resolution photos to help see the plant  problem. 

More information is available online.

First Ozone Alert of the season issued for today
April 3, 2019

SkyCast forecasts poor air quality for June 9

The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Air Quality Program issued an orange Ozone Alert for June 9. This alert indicates that an unhealthy level of ground-level ozone is expected.

The two most important things residents should do on Ozone Alert days are:


Ozone pollution can cause a variety of problems in healthy adults, including chest pains, coughing, nausea, throat irritation and difficulty breathing. People who are sensitive to air pollution — such as children, seniors, and people with breathing or heart problems — should limit outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Everyone should consider scheduling outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.


More than half of all emissions that lead to ozone pollution are caused by everyday activities — such as driving and doing yard work. Residents can help reduce pollution by carpooling, taking the bus, postponing mowing and postponing refueling vehicles. Fares for regular bus routes are reduced on Ozone Alert days, and B-Cycle users can ride free (up to a 30-minute ride).

Ozone pollution is formed when emissions from vehicles, lawn and garden equipment, and other sources react in heat and sunlight. Other environmental factors — such as warm, sunny weather, low wind speeds and lack of rain — increase the likelihood of poor air quality.

MARC issues the SkyCast, the region’s daily ozone season air quality forecast, each afternoon from March 1 through Oct.31. Find the SkyCast online at AirQKC.org and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/airQKC. SkyCast information is also available via the air quality information line, 816-701-8287, and many area media outlets.

County commission sets maximum expenditure budget
June 9, 2017

The Board of County Commissioners on Thursday authorized the publication of the proposed fiscal year 2018 maximum budget totaling $1.064 billion, composed of $822.8 million in expenditures and $242 million in reserves.

“The FY 2018 proposed budget includes the potential to roll back the mill levy by a quarter mill,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

After today, FY 2018 budgeted expenditures can be decreased, but not increased.

The total estimated county mill levy is 26.607 mills — a constant mill levy when compared to the FY 2017 mill levy. This includes an estimated mill levy of 19.590 for the county taxing district; 3.915 mills for the library taxing district; and 3.102 mills for the park and recreation taxing district.

Total estimated revenue from ad valorem taxes is $250.8 million, comprising $189 million for the county taxing district; $31 million for libraries; and $30 million for parks and recreation.

The county commission authorized two changes from the county manager’s FY 2018 proposed budget, allocating $164,000 for advance voting postcards and $380,510 for the gubernatorial election, fully funding the election office’s requests for additional resources.

“We encourage residents to review our proposed budget online and to attend our public hearing July 31 to learn more about the specifics of our budget and provide us feedback,” said county manager Hannes Zacharias.

Next steps

  • On June 15, assessed valuation estimates will be available for the FY 2018 proposed budget
  • The FY 2018 proposed budget will be published in The Kansas City Star in July
  • The public hearing on the FY 2018 proposed budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 31

FY 2018 budget documents are available online.

Doors open June 10 at Arts & Heritage Center
June 8, 2017

A grand opening celebration is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the recently completed Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park.

The celebration caps more than 18 months of renovations to the former King Louie West building, which opened in 1959, into the new multifunctional Arts & Heritage Center. The building was purchased by Johnson County six years ago to meet the needs of several county-funded operations, including the new location of Johnson County Museum along with programs by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The June 10th event will feature a free day of activities; tours of the venue; museum exhibits and experiences including an expanded KidScape program for children at the Johnson County Museum; dance and art classes; entertainment; and more. The site includes a permanent exhibit called “Becoming Johnson County,” highlighting the history of Johnson County with more than 400 objects and 500 photographs and featuring the 1950s All-Electric House as its centerpiece.

As part of the community celebration, The Theatre in the Park will present “Grease” on the indoor “black box” theater stage at the Arts & Heritage Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, with additional performances through June 25.

The Arts & Heritage Center will be home to the Arts Council of Johnson County and Johnson County Developmental Supports’ Emerging Artists Program. The Overland Park Historical Society will also have a room and exhibits in the facility.

The regular operating hours of the Arts & Heritage Center are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Annual book sale starts June 8
June 27, 2019

The Sizzlin’ Summer Book Sale is about to begin! Residents can find great deals on movies, books, music and more. There’s a selection of thousands of items and most are priced from 25¢ to $2. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

The sale runs from Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10 at the Johnson County Community College gym.

Johnson County Community College Gym
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299

Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 10
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit jocolibrary.org for more information.


Co-sponsored by Friends of Johnson County Library. All proceeds go to the Friends and fund Library materials and events.

Movies in the Park program begins with Moana
June 5, 2017

The 2017 Movies in the Park program kicks off on Tuesday, June 6, with the animated Disney movie Moana at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park complex in Shawnee Mission Park. 

A total of four films will be shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Beginning June 6, films will screen on specific Tuesday nights during the theatre’s regular season. Films will begin between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m., depending on sunset, and the cost is only $1 per person. Gates open on movie nights at 7:30 p.m.

Other upcoming movies include:

  • Sing on June 20 
  • Pitch Perfect on July 18
  • Finding Dory on Aug. 1

With the sole exception of “Pitch Perfect;” which is rated PG-13, all films are rated PG. For more about this year’s film lineup, including ratings information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.

Please note that the theatre’s usual rain-out policy does not apply to movie nights. Due to licensing restrictions, if a movie has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be issued and no tickets will be revalidated.

The Theatre in the Park is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.