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While people in Johnson County work hard, they like their downtime as well, and we offer many wonderful places for individuals and families to learn, play, relax, be active, and enjoy the outdoors. Johnson County’s dozens of parks, recreation facilities, lakes, and public gardens offer something for everyone. Checkout one of Johnson County’s 13 libraries, spend an afternoon at the Johnson County Museum, or when the weather is warm enjoy a movie or Broadway show at Theatre in The Park. Our recreational amenities play a huge role in Johnson County being a community of choice.

Recreation News

Ernie Miller Nature Center presents new Be Our Guest parent and child dance on Aug. 18

Dress to the nines in your finest frocks and ties for a fairytale night being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in mid-August at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

This event is called Be Our Guest and is a parents and child date night for ages five to 12 with an adult. Participants will experience a live animal program where they will learn why they should never judge a beast by its appearance.  To round out the night, there will be dessert, an opportunity to make an enchanted rose craft, and a chance to dance. This is a new program not listed in the My JCPRD Activities catalog.

Be Our Guest will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The cost is  $18 per couple, and $9 per additional guest.  Fees are nonrefundable.  For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.  To register online, go to www.jcprd.com,  click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen, and perform a barcode search for 39806.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Mystery walk to round out 50 Plus Summer Strolling program on Aug. 16

A location determined by participants themselves will be the final destination for the Summer Strolling program being offered by the  50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Walker's Choice and will conclude a series of four walks which began in May. As the name indicates, the walkers themselves will choose a location within 60 miles of Antioch Park.

This outing will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, as well as a few dollars in case the group decides to stop for ice cream.  Participants are asked to register at least one week prior to the walk.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "Wednesday Walks.” To register online, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39018.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

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

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Johnson County Museum on Aug. 16 or 26

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections storage facility at the new Arts & Heritage Center during a new special event offered two times and mid and late August.

This Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour is for all ages and is offered on Aug. 16 and again on Aug. 26. Visitors will learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance of these efforts to our local community. Our collection features over 17,000 3D objects and over one million images. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center facility holds the museum’s two-dimensional collection, including manuscript collections, maps, photographs, and quilts. Scout groups are welcome!

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

These tours will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. One  tour will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 (barcode 39405), while another will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 (barcode 38811). The cost for one 60-minute program is $10 per person for adults, $8 for children one to 18, $9 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $4 for museum members. Members should call (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount.  For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a search for the barcodes listed above. 

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

Overnight fishing opportunities set for Aug. 12 and 19 at JCPRD lakes

The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays planned this summer at Kill Creek Park, and the fourth of four at Shawnee Mission Park are planned in August. This year's Overnight Fishing Saturdays began in mid-May and involve nine dates at four Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks.

The next Kill Creek Park overnight fishing opportunity is Aug. 12, while the opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park is Aug. 19. After 11 p.m. on these respective dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset.

To find the overnight fishing events in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog the keyword for this program is “fishing.”

Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park & Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building C, 6501 Antioch Road, in the Visitor Services Counter at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

This year’s final Overnight Fishing Saturdays is planned for Sept. 16 at the new Lexington Lake Park, which opened in early July.

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.  Lexington Lake Park is located north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto. To get to Lexington Lake Park, take Kansas10 west from Interstate 435 towards Lawrence. Exit at Lexington Ave in De Soto and turn right going south under K-10 to 95th Street. Turn right (west) onto 95th and go approximately 1 mile to the Sunflower Road intersection. Turn right (north) onto Sunflower Road and go approximately one-half mile, passing back under K-10 to the park entrance on your left.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.

50 Plus Mah Jongg Sizzle ‘N’ Summer Tournament

It’s time to build walls, make sets and pairs. Compete against Mah Jongg enthusiasts in your community.  Enjoy delicious summer snacks and enter to win door prizes. Please register by July 24. This challenging event is $13 per person. Register today by going to www.jcprd.com, and then follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 39164.

Location: Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park, KS 66212

Pee Wee Fall Soccer League deadlines coming up in early August

Deadlines are quickly approaching for signing up for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Pee Wee Soccer League at Thomas S. Stoll Park and New Century Fieldhouse. Aug. 4 is the deadline at Stoll, while Aug. 11 is the final deadline at New Century. This program is designed for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through kindergarten, ages four to six, and games begin Sept. 9.

Like JCPRD leagues for older youth, this league’s philosophy is to enrich the youth of the community via the game of soccer while enhancing participant’s social skills and team play in a fun and exciting sports environment.  Boys and girls will be on separate teams. The Pee Wee League will meet on six Saturdays and/or Sundays at Stoll or New Century for a 25-minute practice followed by a 24-minute game. The format is 4 v 4 with no goalie and volunteer coaches.

Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park is located at 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park, while New Century Fieldhouse is located at 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner.

To find this program in the JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool, then under sports. In the catalog and online at at jcprd.soccer.com, look for the keyword “soccer.” Online, click on the leagues tab.  

The Stoll Park Pee Wee Soccer League cost is $67 per person.  A late registration fee of $15 per person will apply after the Aug. 4 deadline and placement is no longer guaranteed after that date. If your child is new to the league, a jersey must be purchased at a cost of $15. At New Century, the cost is $50 per child until Aug. 4, when it increases to $60, through the final deadline on Aug. 11. Costs for the New Century league include a game day shirt.

For more information,  visit www.jcprdsoccer.com  or www.newcenturyfieldhouse.com or call (913) 826-2850 or (913) 826-2853.

 

2017 Movies in the Park presentations conclude Aug. 1 with “Finding Dory”

The fourth and final presentation in the 2017 Movies in the Park program will take place in early August at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

Pixar Animation Studio’s “Finding Dory” will be shown on Tuesday, Aug. 1, beginning abut 8:30 p.m. Through the Movies in the Park program, films are shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. The cost is only $1 per person. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. “Finding Dory” is Rated PG. For more information, including ratings information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.” This year’s Movies in the Park presentations are sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health.

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 in Shawnee. 

September through December issue of JCPRD Activities Catalog available after July 31

The next issue of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities Catalog will be online at www.jcprd.com on July 28 and in print form the week of July 31. Registration for classes in the catalog begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 31. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between September and December.

The 80-page publication lists more than 500 programs offered by the district through December, plus fall and early winter special events including our new Park Palooza, Fall Hayrides, the Flight of the Monarch event, the JCPRD Women’s Triathlon, Whimsical Woods, Haunted Kansas, the Trick-or-Cache geocaching event, the Mildale Farm Fall Fest, Fall Trout Stockings, Veteran’s Day Celebration, a 50 Plus Travel Show, Breakfast with Santa,  Holiday Marketplace, Winter Solstice Celebration, 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.

My JCPRD Activities catalog is mailed out to approximately 29,000 past participants who have taken part in a district program within the last year. 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

50 Plus plans Catalog Release Party on July 31 in Antioch Park

Celebrate the arrival of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's September through December My JCPRD Activities catalog and get the scoop on the programs it contains during a special event being offered by the 50 Plus Department in late July.

This Catalog Release Party will take place on July 31.  Come meet the recreation coordinators who plan the catalog programs and discuss future activities. Enjoy refreshments, try out some of our classes for free, and enter to win a JCPRD gift card! To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “Life After 50.”

The Catalog Release Party will take place beginning  at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 31, at the Patio Shelter near Building A in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. This two-hour event is free, but please reserve  your spot by calling (913) 642-6410.

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

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

Enjoy a screening of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Johnson County Museum on Aug. 5

Celebrate Route 66 with a special viewing of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Johnson County Museum in early August.

This program is for all ages and is called Matinee at the Museum. Released in 1940,  “The Grapes of Wrath” is a classic drama which demonstrates the hardships of the Great Depression. Follow the Joad Family and the difficulties they endure as they head west from Oklahoma to California seeking work. The movie is adapted from John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which gave Route 66 its nickname, “the Mother Road.” The movie, which stars Henry Fonda and John Carradine,  is rated G and runs 129 minutes. Before or after the movie, explore the museum’s main exhibit, “Becoming Johnson County,” featuring the 1950s All-Electric House and 1955 Chevy inside the exhibit, and the temporary photography exhibit, “Mother Road Revisited: Route Sixty-Six Then and Now.” Concessions will be available for purchase.

Matinee at the Museum will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Johnson County Museum, located at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, inside  the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.  The cost for this two-hour-plus film, including admission to the museum before or after the presentation, is $10 per person for adults, $8 for children one to 18, $9 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $4 for museum members (call (913) 831-3359 to reserve member tickets). Pre-registration is encouraged, but tickets can be purchased the day of event if seats are available.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39035. 

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

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