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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

Sailing II class offered for adults beginning July 10

Intermediate skills for sailing will be covered through a class being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The class is called Sailing II and is for ages 18 and older. 

Participants will learn to sail a Sweet 16 sailboat. Sailing II will cover weather observation, two-sail rigging, twin-hull nomenclature, safety, trailering, and trailer maintenance. As a prerequisite, participants must have completed either an American Red Cross or JCPRD Sailing I class prior to enrollment. Basic swimming skills are also required. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “boating.” 

This class consists of two two-hour indoor lecture sessions and three three-hour outdoor water sessions. The indoor sessions will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 12, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The water sessions will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday beginning July 14 at the Shawnee Mission Park Boat Ramp, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. The cost  for 13 hours of instruction is $68 per person for Johnson County residents or $74 for nonresidents.

For more information or to register 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 7207. 

If you have your own boat and wish to use it for this class, please call Officer Seth Salmans at (913) 826-3491. 

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

Next JCPRD youth and preschool summer swim lessons begin July 9

The next opportunity for preschoolers and youth to learn to swim or improve their existing swimming skills this summer is being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and at the Prairie Village Pool at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village.

These lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. This convenient class format also takes the guesswork out of trying to determine what level you or your child should be in. These progressive lessons involve an assessment at the beginning of each daily class and let individuals move through the program at their own pace, learning new skills during the same session.

Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.

Preschool offerings include a Parent & Tot class for ages six months to two and one-half years with a parent, and an Aqua Tot Class for ages two and one-half to five. Youth classes for ages five and older are generally skill-based and are not age specific. Levels include Novice, Advance Novice, and Intermediate. All of these programs have classes beginning July 9. 

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online at jcprd.com, browse first under preschool or youth and then under aquatics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “swim lesson.” For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.

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

Register by July 3 for Water Gardens Day Trip with 50 Plus on July 7

Take in the beauty and serenity of some of the area’s finest water gardens during an early July day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Water Gardens of Kansas City 2.0 is the name of this trip. Participants will visit entries on the 25th Annual Water Garden Society of Kansas City Water Gardens Tour. From free-form ponds and streams to expansive waterfalls, these homeowners and businesses share their unique experiences designing, planning, and caring for water gardens. Lunch will be at Bravo Cucina Italiana. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7,  from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is for this eight-and-one-half-hour day trip, including admission, lunch, and transportation,  is $72 per person. The registration deadline for this trip is Tuesday, July 3. For more information or to register 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 7064. 

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.

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs continue on July 6, 13, & 20

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during June and July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free.  Preregistration is not required for these programs.

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

July presentations are:

July 6:  Animal Clues - investigate different animal clues and see a live animal that often leaves signs for us to find.

July 13Wildlife Webs - Help construct three food chains and see a live animal from each one. Find out who eats who.

July 20: Bats - Explore the dark and mysterious world of Kansas bats. Discover how we benefit from them and how we can help protect them.

For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 826-2800.

Beginning Archery program offered for ages 8 - 12 beginning June 26 & July 10

Youth ages eight to 12 can experience the challenging sport of archery in a coed class designed for beginners being offered twice this summer in late June and early July by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Beginning Archery will cover safety, basic fundamentals, techniques, and equipment for this challenging outdoor sport. Participants will have practice time to develop their skills. Equipment is provided.  

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “outdoor skills.”

One offering of this program will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 28, while a second will take place on Tuesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 12. Both programs take place at the  TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for  two 90-minute sessions  is $34 per person for Johnson County residents or $37 per person for nonresidents.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. or register online for the program beginning June 26, or for the program beginning July 10.

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

New Squirt Gun Fun event planned for June 22 at Roeland Park Community Center

Brave kids are invited to take part in a day of water battles during a new special event being planned in late June at the Roeland Park Community Center by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event  is called Squirt Gun Fun and is for age eight to 12. Participants are invited to their squirt gun, swim suit, towel, sunscreen, and running shoes. In addition to epic water battles,  there will be a break to make a pizza for lunch, supplies included.

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

Squirt Gun Fun will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Roland Park Community Center, located at 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this four-hour event, including lunch, is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $22 per person for nonresidents.  For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online.

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

Johnson County Museum to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

The Johnson County Museum is pleased to announce its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a great way for the Johnson County Museum to support our active duty military families,” said Museum Director Mindi Love. “We’re pleased to welcome families to explore our local history and heritage in our new facility, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, which celebrates its first anniversary this June,”

The museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.  Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday and major holidays.

Visitors may tour the museum’s signature exhibition “Becoming Johnson County,” our children’s experience KidScape, and the changing exhibit gallery which features “Let’s Celebrate:  Johnson County Museum Turns 50!” on display through Aug. 4  Regular admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children.

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community-whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums.

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

About the Johnson County Museum
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the JCM offers exhibitions and programs for visitors of all ages to explore the community’s heritage and history. The museum collects and preserves objects, photographs and archival materials that document the area. Visit online to learn more.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.
 

Summer camp guide now online; registration underway

Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 2018 Camp Guide is now available online, and hard copies are available in all Johnson County Libraries.

Registration for camps begin Monday, Jan. 29. Online registration starts at 6 a.m., and in-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the JCPRD registration office located in Building D in Antioch Park at 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam. 

Camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Many camps fill quickly, so don’t delay or you may find your first choices unavailable. 

For faster, easier registration go to jcprd.com and create an account before searching or registering for camps. 

In all, nearly 60 camp programs are listed in this year’s guide, including camps for ages 3 through 18. Camps range from full-day to partial-day programs serving a variety of interests, including more than 25 camps new in 2018.

Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions with weekly start dates from June 4 through July 30; other camps begin throughout the summer. This year’s camps take place at locations throughout Johnson County. For the convenience of working parents, most full-day programs provide supervision and self-directed activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

 

Johnson County celebrates Kansas Day

Kansas is turning 157 years old on Monday, Jan. 29, and Johnson County is offering three activities to join the celebration, have fun and learn more about state symbols.

Kansas Day is celebrated annually to commemorate when Kansas became the 34th state entered into the Union, after statehood was approved by U.S. Congress on Jan. 29, 1861.

Johnson County’s events will take place a couple of days ahead of Kansas Day, beginning on Jan. 27, when residents are invited to “Meet the Animals of Kansas” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Johnson County Museum in the county’s Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The program will feature the American Bison and tiger salamander; information about the state’s natural symbols, including the sunflower; details about the Kansas flag; and the opportunity to interact with hands-on items and live animals.

Also on Jan. 27, the museum is planning a “Happy Birthday Kansas” celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include the opportunity to explore the museum’s signature exhibition, featuring the 1950s All-Electric House; play in KidScape; tour the temporary exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate: Johnson County Museum is 50!” and enjoy hands-on fun with activities and crafts for all ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No pre-registration required for either event with admission upon arrival. Admission for each activity is $5 for adult, $4 for senior (60+) and $3 for children. Museum members are free.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North K-7 Highway, Olathe, will showcase “Kansas Symbols as part of its Sunday Family Nature Services from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Jan. 28.

The program will feature some of the state’s natural symbols, including live animals. The cost of the program, with payment on site, is $3 per person, including adults (ages 2 and under are free). Pre-registration is not required. More information is available by calling 913-764-7759.

Latest issue of The Best Times Magazine hits the streets

Look for the new issue of The Best Times, the county’s publication informing and supporting Johnson County’s 60+ adults. This month’s cover story is about preventing falls, the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Other articles include topics such as the Veterans Treatment Court, improved access to health and human services and preparing for severe weather season. The Best Times Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed six times per year to Johnson County residents who are 60 plus.  

The March/April 2017 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on The Best Times Magazine page of our website.

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