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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

Holiday Sweater Party for 50 Plus planned on Dec. 14

Get in the holiday spirit while wearing an ugly or beautiful holiday sweater during a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Holiday Sweater Party is the name of this event. Participants will be treated to traditional favorite holiday songs presented by the Barbershop Harmonizers. You can also enjoy cookies and coffee or cocoa by the cozy fire in the Hearth Room.

To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 “special event.”

The Holiday Sweater Party will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14,  at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. The cost for this one-hour event is $5 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 40311.

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.

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

Hand and Foot card tournament planned for Dec. 20 at New Century Fieldhouse

Hand and Foot is an addictive card game similar to canasta, and those who have caught the bug are invited to an mid-December tournament being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This Hand and Foot Tournament is planned for Thursday, Dec. 20, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. Random partners for this event will be assigned onsite. The tournament setup will include more than two hours of play. Teams with the most points at the end of this time will be the winners. The top three scoring teams will receive prizes. Snacks will be served. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus  and then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “cards.”

This program will begin at 1 p.m.  The cost for this three-hour event is $7 per person for Johnson County residents or $8 per person for nonresidents. For rules or more information about this event, call (913) 826-3054. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 40369.

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. 

Next Nature Time Yoga session set for Dec. 13 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Encouraging creativity, coordination, and enhancing awareness of the natural world are goals of a popular stand-alone yoga program for young children and a parent or guardian being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

The class is called Nature Time Yoga and is for ages two through six with an adult. Participants will see a live animal in each class and experience music, movement, and imagination with nature center staff as they act out stories with animal and yoga moves. 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 keywords “nature & outdoors.”

This program will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. The cost for one 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults. Advance registration is not required for this program. Please pay on-site. Upcoming Nature Time Yoga sessions are set for Jan. 31, Feb. 14, March 28, and April 11.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 831-3359. 

Holiday Lights Social Outing for 50 Plus offered on Dec. 13 & 18

Enjoy the spirit of the season on an outing to the Country Club Plaza being offered twice in mid-December by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Holiday Lights is the name of this social outing. Participants can take time to shop with friends, enjoy the holiday decorations, and even enjoy a meal if they’d like! After some free time at the plaza, the group will take a driving tour of local holiday light displays.

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 “social outing.”

This outing is offered once on Wednesday, Dec. 13, and again on Monday, Dec. 18. Each session will begin  at 4 p.m. and will return about 10 p.m. the same day. The cost for one six-hour outing, including transportation, is $15 per person. The Dec. 13 session will have pick-up locations at the Spring Hill Community Center, 613 Race St, Spring Hill, Edgerton City Hall, 404 E Nelson St, Edgerton, at the Gardner Senior Building, 128 E Park, Gardner, and at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. Be sure to register for this session by Dec. 6, and specify your pickup location at the time of registration. The Dec. 18 session will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. Please register for this session by 12/11.

For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration and perform a barcode search for 40446 for the Dec. 13 session, or 40447 for the Dec. 18 session.

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.

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

Have some Retro Holiday Fun at the Johnson County Museum on Dec. 9

Celebrate the holidays 1950s style during a special event being planned at the Johnson County Museum in early December.

Participants will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum by exploring the museum’s signature exhibition featuring the 1950s All-Electric House decorated for Christmas, and play in the past in KidScape! Tour the museum’s temporary exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate: Johnson County Museum is 50!” Have hands-on fun with retro activities and crafts in the museum from 11:30 to 2:30 pm. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Fun For All and then under special events then look for the keywords “family fun.”

This event will run from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. The museum is located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. No preregistration is required, and the cost for this three-hour event is the usual museum admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 and older, $3 for children, and museum members are free. 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. To learn more about the museum and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, please visit www.jocoahc.com.

17th Annual KC WildLands Native Christmas Tree Event planned on Dec. 2 at Mildale Farm

Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays!

This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at JCPRD's Mildale Farm, 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. A minimum donation of $15 is being suggested for the trees, which have a range of shapes and sizes from “Charlie Brown Specials” to behemoths suitable for a mayor’s Christmas tree. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit future conservation efforts throughout the Greater Kansas City Region. When you take home a native cedar tree, you’ll not only make your house smell great, you’ll be helping restore wild places to their original health.

This will  be the  fourth consecutive year   KC WildLands has presented this event at Mildale Farm. In past years, other  JCPRD properties have intermittently been sites for  previous events.

As part of this event, haywagons will take participants to the tree site and back to their cars. Those who would like to participate should bring hand saws, rope, sturdy boots, and work gloves. Chainsaws and axes are not permitted. KC WildLands volunteers will be on hand to assist with loading trees. For those who would like to cut their own tree, volunteers will point out trees which can be cut. A bonfire, hot cider, and cookies to help warm up participants will also be available.

Removal of eastern red cedar trees is part of a prairie restoration project at the site. The workday effort is designed to remove a native species considered invasive in prairies and old fields. In time, the cedars’ sheer numbers and effects of their shading eliminate sun-loving prairie flora. In the past, naturally-occurring prairie wildfires kept this species in check, but modern fire suppression practices have allowed cedars to spread.

While eastern red cedars were used commonly by early pioneers as Christmas trees, those interested in participating  should be aware this variety does not have the typical needle of the Scotch and white pines now predominantly used as Christmas trees. This gives the eastern red cedar a “leafier” appearance.

For more information on this event, Kansas City WildLands or to volunteer at this event, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816)  561-1061 ext. 116 or linda@bridgingthegap.org, or visit the group’s website at www.kcwildlands.org.

Mildale Farm is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, which is a charter member of Kansas City WildLands, a conservation coalition initiated in 2001. The Mildale site, which is usually only accessible by reservation, is one of the region’s premier venues for weddings, reunions, retreats, and other special occasions.

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn right onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn left onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right.

Prescribed Fire in Parks and Urban Landscapes professional workshop to be presented by JCPRD on Nov. 29

Fire is an essential tool in native habitat management of prairies and woodlands. A training workshop called Prescribed Fire in Parks and Urban Landscapes being planned for Wednesday, Nov. 29 by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Led by JCPRD Field Biologist Matt Garrett, this workshop is geared toward parks staff, land stewards, and volunteers who may be conducting or assisting in fire management. Garrett has successfully used fire to maintain and restore vegetation on hundreds of acres of both remnant and reconstructed landscapes. Weather permitting, the workshop will include a live demonstration of fire techniques and will cover safety, weather, equipment, planning/permitting, operations, and the urban/rural interface.

This workshop will take place from 8:30 am to noon at the JCPRD Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The fee for this three-and-one-half-hour workshop is $10 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Register online at https://kcnpi.eventsmart.com/events/fire.

Turkey Time Pickleball Potluck lunch is Dec. 5 at New Century Fieldhouse

Pickleball players are invited to be thankful for each other and the sport that brings them together during a free lunch gathering begin presented in early December by the 50 Plus Department of  the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This Turkey Time Pickleball Potluck lunch will take place beginning at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. JCPRD will provide the turkey, and there is no fee for this one-hour program, but players are asked to bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert. A sign-up sheet is located at New Century's front desk. Note that this event was originally scheduled for Nov. 14, but was postponed.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under 50 plus and then under sports. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “pickleball.”

Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles. 

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.

Annual Loess Bluffs Days trip offered on Dec. 2

Visit the yearly celebration of “Eagle Days” at the Loess Bluff National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Squaw Creek) through a birdwatching trip being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Always a participant favorite, this trip affords a close-up view of our national bird for ages 18 and older and children accompanied by an adult. The trip will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, and will include a special presentation including  a close-up look at a mature Bald Eagle, a tour of the refuge, and a chance to look through spotting scopes to view this amazing bird.  It is not unusual to observe 150 to 200 bald eagles on the refuge and surrounding area. Other wildlife such as ducks, geese, and deer have also been observed in past years.

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

The trip will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, at 6:45 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. Transportation by small bus is provided. Participants must provide meal expenses for lunch at a stop after birding. Be sure to bring binoculars! The cost is $47 per person for one seven-hour trip. Preregistration is required. For more information about this trip, call (913) 826-3494. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 40022. Registration for this trip closes on Nov. 30.

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

Kids can do their shopping at fifth annual Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 2

A festive morning is planned at the Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 2 when kids can do their Christmas shopping during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Now in its fifth year, Holiday Marketplace is the name of this event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.  While this event is for all ages, it is meant primarily to provide a special holiday shopping experience for youngsters ages two to about nine years old. Participants will find an array of items priced at $10 or less, meant as potential gifts for family and friends. As part of the shopping experience, volunteers will be on hand to help young shoppers make smart decisions with the money that mom or dad has provided for them, and there will be a free gift wrapping station. Children will also enjoy a visit from Santa, and holiday crafts.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. Look for the keywords “holiday event.”

This event is free to attend and lunch and gingerbread house making will be available for purchase. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.

For those interested in selling at the event, booth space is still available. The cost for vendors is $30 for a booth space, including two chairs and a table.  Items being sold must be handmade and be priced under $10, including tax. For more information, call Lisa at (913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org. To register for booth space online at jcprd.com, click on the “Register for Activities” link at www.jcprd.com and search for barcode 40427.

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

Upcoming Events

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November 25, 2017 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

November 29, 2017 | 10:00 am

Doo Dad Mike at the Johnson County Museum

November 29, 2017 | 10:00 am to 11:30 am

50 Plus Coffee, Cakes, and Coordinators

December 2, 2017 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Mental Health First Aid - A Saturday Training

December 2, 2017 | 1:00 pm

Lanesfield School Christmas Concert