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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 50 years, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 6,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, the District records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 1.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The District's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the District local appreciation and national acclaim.

Department News

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Nov. 1 & 15 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
October 16, 2017

Fall and turkeys are the themes of  November Animal Tales Storytime sessions being planned at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during any or all of the eight sessions scheduled on select Wednesdays through Dec. 20.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytime.”

November sessions include "Fall Sights & Sounds" on Nov. 1, and "Turkey Time" on Nov. 15.  Other upcoming storytime sessions are scheduled for: Dec. 6, "Mrs. Claus Reads;" and Dec. 20, "A Visit with Santa." Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

History of Dixieland Music program for all ages is Nov. 2 at Roeland Park Community Center
October 16, 2017

Experience an oral and visual presentation on the history of Dixieland music, performed by a live band, during an early November special event being planned for all ages by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Back by popular demand, this program is called The History of Dixieland Music. The KC Dixieland Band will interact with the audience to provide an oral and visual presentation on the history of Dixieland music, performed by the entire band, live! Along the way, many famous tunes of the era, several influential composers of the period, and dominant performers will be highlighted. This promises to be an informative and entertaining experience. All ages are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Register in advance to save your spot! 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Fun For All and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

The History of Dixieland Music will take place beginning  at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this two-hour event is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 40759.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

Don’t miss one-of-a-kind free Healthy Halloween Spooktacular event for all ages on Oct. 28
October 16, 2017

Start your family’s Halloween off with a healthy morning that will keep your kids energized throughout the busy day during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.                                

Healthy Halloween Spooktacular! is the name of this event, which is for all ages and which will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Participants are invited to come in person and visit the freaky photo booth, make creepy crafts, enjoy a healthy snack, enter the haunted hallway, and show off on the dance floor to your favorite Halloween beats.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “Halloween.”

This free event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Sponsors for this event are also being sought. For more information, contact Lisa

(913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

"Country Hoedown" is subject of Jo Ho Storyteller program on Oct. 18 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
September 20, 2017

The next session of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art being presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho as part of a storytelling series being offered by the Johnson County Museum is set for mid-October.

Titled simply Jo Ho, Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on one Wednesday each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.  The cost for each one-hour program is $2 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape.

The next program in the series is called  "Country Hoedown" and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Participants are invited to put on their dancing boots and grab a partner as Granny McDonald invites them to some rootin’ and yahooin’ down on the farm yarns.  Whether it’s kissing a cow, givin’ a pig a belly rub, or chasin’ rabbits through the pumpkin patch, it’ll be the fall hootenanny you’re lookin’ for.  Yeehaw!

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40522.

Other upcoming Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season will include: "Fowl Play" (barcode 40523) on Nov. 15, and "Woodland Christmas" (barcode 40524) on Dec. 20.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for Oct. 17 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
September 20, 2017

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

For this event, the entire 45+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog,  look for the keyword “concert.” To see this program online, visit the district's website at jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper right part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40450.

The New Horizons Band is also planning concerts on Dec. 5 at JCAHC, and an annual holiday concert at Kansas City's Union Station on a date that has yet to be announced. Please call (913) 826-3160 for up-to-date information on the Union Station Concert.

The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about 16 years and currently has about 45 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. UMKC music majors assist the band director.

For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the concerts, call (913) 826-3160.

 

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