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Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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Imagine a Day Without Water
September 15, 2016

No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.

Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. Johnson County Government joins the Value of Water Coalition on September 15, 2016, with a proclamation as we raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

We all depend on freshwater for drinking, food, energy, work, and play. Our waters are overtapped, but we can fix this! For more information, please visit Imagine a Day Without Water.

Johnson County celebrates Constitution Day
March 15, 2017

On Sept. 17, 1787, our nation’s Founding Fathers signed the Constitution of the United States of America.

This week, Johnson County Government will celebrate the birth of American government with Constitution Day.

Johnson County District Court will host evening Constitution Day events 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, that are open to the public. Nearly 900 elementary through high school students will convene on the courthouse 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 16, for student-focused Constitution Day events. Media are invited to attend both the public and school events.

“We're so pleased to have Appeals Court Judge Arnold-Burger here to discuss the Informed Voter Project on both days,” said District Court Judge Keven O’Grady. “It’s important for us who work in the court system every day to do all we can to help everyone understand what we do and how we do it.  Thursday evening is adult-focused and the public will learn about the Jewish Community Center shooting trial of 2015. For Friday, we're ecstatic with the school response and look forward to hosting hundreds of students ranging from third grade to high school seniors.”

Students and members of the public will meet district court legal professionals, be given a tour of the courthouse and attend a presentation on the three branches of government.

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim Sept. 17, 2016, as Constitution Day at the Sept. 15 meeting.

The public events on Sept. 15 are as follows:

  • 4 to 8 p.m., help Center open house;
  • 5 to 5:45, courthouse tour;
  • 5 to 8, ask-a-lawyer, hosted by the Johnson County Bar Association and Inns of Court;
  • 5:45 to 6:30, Informed Voters Project with Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Karen Arnold-Burger;
  • 6:30 to 7:15, courthouse tour;
  • 7:15 to 8, attorney panel about 2015 Jewish Community Center shooting trial.

The public is asked to register to attend the courthouse tours by calling 913-715-3300. For special accommodations, please call 913-715-0725 at least 24 hours in advance.

Honoring 15th anniversary of Sept. 11
April 3, 2019

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.

And in honoring their memory, we pay respect to the men and women here, at home and around the world who protect and defend us — our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan; our firefighters and police officers, emergency medical personnel and emergency communicators. These are the everyday heroes who keep our nation free and keep our homes, neighborhoods and communities safe.

BoCC Chairman Eilert encourages all citizens and businesses in Johnson County to participate and observe a national moment of silence on Sunday, Sept. 11. This moment unifies us as a nation and allows each of us to look back, mourn and honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2011.

It’s time again for Johnson County Old Settlers Days!
April 3, 2019

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.

The festival’s activities include musical entertainment, concerts, a carnival, classic auto show, arts and crafts fair, flower show, an ice cream social, more than 20 food booths operated by local non-profit organizations, horseshoe pitching, and much more.

Several streets around the county square will be closed during the festival to accommodate activities and the carnival. The downtown Olathe parking garage will be accessible during the three-day event.

The largest parade in Kansas, with a theme of “Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks,” begins 10 a.m. on Saturday.

More information about the event is available online at JohnsonCountyOldSettlers.com.

KC Symphony’s free concert is on Labor Day
April 3, 2019

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.

The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. with theatre gates opening at 5 p.m. The symphony's Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 5:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy a special pre-concert activity where trained musicians help youngsters try a variety of orchestral instruments.

Entertainment by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m. The orchestra takes the stage at 7 p.m. for a concert that celebrates the holiday with familiar classics and fun movie music. The program will be the debut of Kansas City Symphony’s new Assistant Conductor Jason Seber.

Visit kcsymphony.org for more information.

Museum on the move!
March 15, 2017

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.

And with every move there is, of course, a moving sale! Items in the gift shop are discounted, so stop by and also pick up a gift and maybe some retro candy (members – don’t forget your ten percent discount).

In the meantime, members and the public can enjoy their favorite programs this fall at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Avenue in Shawnee.

The Johnson County Museum is planning its grand opening at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in May 2017. Museum staff looks forward to moving into the new location and are excited to share with you a brand new signature exhibition, an expanded and updated KidScape and other great programs! 

For more information about the upcoming move please visit the Johnson County Museum Foundation.

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