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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

Johnson County Museum to present free Lanesfield School Country Christmas event
November 8, 2019

Drop in for an old-fashioned Christmas during a special event being presented nine times this holiday season by the Johnson County Museum at the Lanesfield Historic Site.

The program is called Lanesfield School Country Christmas and is for all ages. Experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas! Participants can write a letter to Santa with pen and ink, and find old-fashioned stocking stuffers in our gift shop.

Lanesfield School Country Christmas is offered as a free drop-in program from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on the following dates: Nov. 30, and Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.  The session on Saturday, Dec. 14, will include a special Christmas concert in the schoolhouse, featuring the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. The performance will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by a visit from Santa, crafts, and free refreshments. 

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse originally built in 1869, and is the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been restored to its appearance of 1904, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. 

For more information about this program, or to register a group of ten or more, contact the museum at (913) 715-2570. 

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

Enjoy Thanksgiving week performance by Mr. Stinky Feet at Johnson County Museum on Nov. 26
November 8, 2019

Come prepared to sing, dance, and have fun as a family when the Johnson County Museum presents a Kid-Friendly Musical Performance in late November.

Kansas City's own Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove has delighted audiences throughout North America and Europe for about two decades. Jim’s philosophy is that children are the stars of his shows, not him. His approachable style and ability to immediately connect with audiences has made him a cool favorite on the concert tour circuit. 

This program is designed for ages two through ten with an adult and will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26,  at the Johnson County Museum, located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

The cost for this 60-minute program is $5 per person, and museum members save 20 percent, but must call (913) 831-3359 to register and claim their discount. Program registration does not include admission to KidScape and the museum. To register for this program by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities," and complete a course ID search for 21818. 

 The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Savages and Princesses - The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes exhibit begins Nov. 20
November 8, 2019

Giving viewers an opportunity to see artwork by nationally-recognized indigenous artists and starting some conversations around the topic of Native American stereotyping are goals for a second temporary exhibit opening at the Johnson County Museum during November.

Savages and Princesses - The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes, is the name of this exhibit, which opens Nov. 20. First curated by America Meredith, a Native American artist in Oklahoma, this exhibit consists of more than thirty contemporary artworks by 13 nationally-recognized Native American artists, and includes small art objects, framed pieces, and a giant installation.

“The pieces deal with the theme of stereotyping Native Americans and the wide diversity of Native American cultures,” said Museum Curator of Interpretation Andrew Gustafson. “Themes like the ‘savage warrior’ or the ‘drunken Indian’ are everywhere in popular culture, from books to movies to sports team mascots. This exhibit really takes a look at the stereotypes, and through the use of emotion - humor, anger, sadness - helps visitors to reflect on those stereotypes. It is a great opportunity to learn about another point of view, to learn about ourselves, and a chance to make ourselves more aware of other cultures in our own community.”

Gustafson said he believes an art exhibit is a great way to tackle a tough topic like pop culture stereotyping. 

“Art by its very nature creates dialogue - people want to talk about what they are seeing and experiencing in front of them,” he said. “Art also has the power to make us feel what the artist is trying to convey, and does not have to work around the inherent meaning that might be associated with a historical object. I think this exhibit will really pull some emotion of out visitors.”

This exhibit is made possible by Mid-America Arts Alliance and Exhibits USA, as well as through funding from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and the National Endowment for the Arts. The November start of the exhibit ties into National Native American Heritage Month, and Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes will be on display in the museum’s exhibit room through March 14.

Several tie-in programs to this exhibit are being planned, including a panel discussion called Distorted Images: Indians in Popular Culture set for Feb. 17.  This panel will be moderated by the original exhibit’s curator, America Meredith, and will feature local and national Native American artists, curators, and activists. The panel will tackle the tough themes of the exhibit, as well as contemporary realities for Native Americans in the United States, and promises to be a thought-provoking event. Other programs relating to this exhibit include a Lunch & Learn on Nov. 22 called Disruption Then Disease (22947), and another Lunch & Learn on Jan. 23 called Resettlement and Reeducation of Indians in Kansas. Registration for this program begins Nov. 18 with the release of the January through April issue of the My JCPRD Activities catalog.

The museum’s other current temporary exhibit, which opened on Nov. 12, is called Dreaming of a Retro Xmas. It celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Evergleam, the first commercially-successful aluminum Christmas tree. This exhibit features the collection of Johnson County residents Steve and Mary Pruitt, which includes aluminum Christmas trees and other vintage Christmas decorations from the 1950s and 60s, as well as some of the museum’s own collection of Johnson County-based Christmas décor. Dreaming of a Retro Xmas will remain on display in and around All Electric House inside the museum through Jan. 11.

Both temporary exhibits will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Exhibit admission is included with regular museum admission rates of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children, until Jan. 1, when museum admission increases to $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. 


JCPRD January through April Catalog available after Nov. 18
November 8, 2019

The next issue of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities catalog will be online at www.jcprd.com on Nov. 15 and available in print form the week of Nov. 18. Registration for classes in the catalog begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between January and April. 

The 64-page publication lists more than 500 programs, and includes winter special events such as: Christmas Tree Recycling, The Great Backyard Bird Count, two trout stockings at two district lakes, Kansas City Passport to Adventure, Mildale Farm Spring Community Day, Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids, a seasonal 50 Plus Travel Show, an Irish Celebration with Celtique, Spring Fling Fun, the annual TimberRidge Adventure Center Open House, and many more. 

Program offerings range from arts and crafts to sports to nature activities and include leagues, classes, seminars, workshops, and trips. Included are programs for infants through senior adults. The majority of programs start on or after Jan. 1. 

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is mailed out to more than 30,000 past participants who have previously taken part in a district program. Catalogs will also be available at Johnson County Library branches, community centers, various businesses, and at district locations.

Updated JCPRD program listings and 24-hour online registration are available on the district’s website at www.jcprd.com. 

JCPRD’s 2020 Summer Camp Guide will be available online after Jan. 22, and in print after Jan. 23.  Registration begins at 6 a.m. on Jan. 27 at JCPRD.com. The next issue of the My JCPRD Activities, available in late March, will cover programs and events for the months of May through August, and will hit mailboxes the week of March 23.

Tellabration 2019 Set for Nov. 16 At Ernie Miller Nature Center
November 8, 2019

Want to hear a good story? Come celebrate the International Day of Storytelling at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. This event, called Tellabration, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., participants can hear stories with live animals. The stories will combine the themes of environmental awareness and ancient myths that will delight, entertain, and involve audiences of all ages. 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 “storytelling.”

The cost for one one-hour session is $3 per person for Johnson County residents or $4 per person for nonresidents in advance, or $5 per person on-site on the day of the event. For more information, contact the nature center at (913) 826-2800. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and perform a course ID search for 23688.

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