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JCPRD's Jan - April 2015 Activities Catalog Now Available!

The JCPRD January - April 2015 Activities catalog is now available to the public in print and on-line the week of November 24th. The catalog lists over 1,000 programs, classes and events. The Activities catalog, in print form, is available at all Johnson County libraries and at all JCPRD facilities. Please call for more information.

Address: All JCPRD offices and facilities and all Johnson County libraries
Phone Number: (913) 438-7275
December 1 - 31

Holidays for the Animals at Ernie Miller Nature Center

The holidays are a time of gifts and generosity. Whether you’re an individual, family, or a group looking to make a difference, how about contributing a gift to the animals at the Ernie Miller Nature Center? The Nature Center has ongoing needs for supplies for both the animals we keep at the center and the wild animals that come to our feeders. Please look over the following list and consider making a contribution: various sizes of clear critter totes/pet keepers boxes with lids; bags of reptile bedding; gift certificates to LifeTime Pets, Price Chopper, Walmart, or Petland; pinewood shavings, Mazuri Ferret Diet, cat litter (non-clumping), bleach, laundry soap; bags of safflower or black oil sunflower seeds (no mixes, please); suet cakes and dried seed corn on the cob; rolls of 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch sisal rope; white and apple cider vinegar; quart size zip lock baggies. Thanks in advance! Donors who wish to be recognized can have their names listed in the Nature Center’s Tracks newsletter, so please take time to record your donation at the Nature Center! Please call for more information.

Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
December 23

Elves Day Off at Roeland Park Aquatic Center

School’s out and the elves want to play! Bring the whole family to the Roeland Park Community and Aquatic centers for a day of sweet treats and pool time. We will make graham cracker houses at 10 am, eat lunch at 11 and then we’ll hit the warm waters of the indoor pool. Lunch will be provided. Please bring one bag of treats to share as we decorate our graham cracker houses. This mischievous event is just $7 per person, including adults. Children 3 and under are free. Register today by going to our Activities page and then click on the “Register for Activities” button and proceed with a barcode search for 23883. Please register by December 16.

Time: 10:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Address: Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, Kansas, 66205
Phone Number: (913) 826-3160
Dec 26 - Jan 31

*New Location* Christmas Tree Recycling at The Theatre, Heritage and Kill Creek Parks

Natural tree collections begin Dec. 26 at The Theatre in the Park, located just north of the main entrance of Shawnee Mission Park, and the marina parking lots of Heritage Park Marina and Kill Creek parks. Trees will be collected at all three sites from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31 during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter. No yard waste will be accepted - only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees as well as any remaining decorations, particularly “icicles” and decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic, or aluminum. There is no charge for the disposal of trees, and this program is open to anyone regardless of residency. Please call for more information.

Time: 07:30 AM To 08:00 PM
Address: The Theatre in the Park - 7710 Renner Road,
Heritage Park Marina - 16050 Pflumm Road
Kill Creek - 11670 South Homestead Lane
Phone Number: (913) 888-4713
December 31

Noon Year’s Eve at Roeland Park Community Center

Celebrate the New Year at noon! You don’t have to stay up late or pack a crowded restaurant to ring in 2015. Enjoy a lunch catered especially for you followed by a balloon drop and 12 games of bingo. Bingo winners will be awarded prizes ranging from gift bags to gift certificates. Everyone’s welcome! This exciting event is just $15 per person. Register today by going to our Activities page and then click on the “Register for Activities” button and proceed with a barcode search for 24199.

Time: 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM
Address: Shawnee Mission Park, 7700 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66205
January 4

Owls: Eyes of the Night at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Bring the family to Ernie Miller Nature Center on Sunday afternoons this winter for our entertaining and informative Sunday Family Series. To kick off the series, we’ll learn all about the Great Horned, Barred, and Screech owls that make Ernie Miller Park their home. Meet three live owls as we discover more about these mysterious creatures of the night. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $3 per person including adults (ages two and under are free). Pre-registration is not required. Please call for more information.

Time: 02:00 PM To 02:45 PM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
January 7

Animal Tales Storytime - Itsy Bitsy Spiders at Ernie Miller Nature Center

EEK! Did someone say spiders? Join us for this listen and learn activity for children ages two to six as we learn all about spiders and why they are important to our lifestyles and environment. The 30-minute program features stories, songs and a visit from a special animal friend. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $2 per person including adults. Pre-registration is not required. Please call for more information.

Time: 10:30 AM To 11:00 AM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
January 11

Snakes Alive at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Why is it that these creatures seem so terrifying? Could all the stories you have heard about snakes be true? See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $3 per person including adults (ages two and under are free). Pre-registration is not required. Call for more information.

Time: 02:00 PM To 02:45 PM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
January 14

50 Plus Art Show at Matt Ross Community Center

Show off your art work while enjoying appetizers and refreshments and discover why your fellow artists love what they do! Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and your entry fee is free. Don’t have time to whip something up? Then the entry fee is just $5. Drop off artwork with table easels from 8-11 a.m. the morning of the event. All artwork must be picked up immediately after the show. Register today by going to our Activities page and then click on the “Register for Activities” button and proceed with a barcode search for 26162.

Time: 02:00 PM To 04:00 PM
Address: Matt Ross Community Center, , 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, Kansas, 66204
Phone Number: (913) 642-6410
January 18

Animal Clues at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Sometimes mysterious clues are left behind by the animals in our parks. Find out what clues to look for on your next walk through the park and meet an animal that leaves tracks in the snow. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $3 per person including adults (ages two and under are free). Pre-registration is not required. Please call for more information.

Time: 02:00 PM To 02:45 PM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
January 21

Animal Tales Storytime - Winter Owl (Follow that Carrot!) at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Today we follow the adventures of Charlie, and adventure-seeking snowman and his friend Sammy, a nervous, young snow owl as we read “Follow that Carrot!” The 30-minute program features stories, songs and a visit from a special animal friend. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $2 per person including adults. Pre-registration is not required. Please call for more information.

Time: 10:30 AM To 11:00 AM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
January 22

50 Plus Breakfast with the Birds at Ernie Miller Nature Center

It’s a bird...it’s a pancake...no...it’s Breakfast with the Birds at Ernie Miller Nature Center! Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, an excellent bird presentation, and a wander around the nature trail is included with this morning of fun. This informative morning is just $14 per person. Register today by going to our Activities page and then click on the “Register for Activities” button and proceed with a barcode search for 26455.

Time: 09:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, Kansas, 66016
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
January 22

50 Plus Breakfast with the Birds at Ernie Miller Nature Center

It’s a bird...it’s a pancake...no...it’s Breakfast with the Birds at Ernie Miller Nature Center! Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, an excellent bird presentation, and a wander around the nature trail is included with this morning of fun. This informative morning is just $14 per person. Register today by going to our Activities page and then click on the “Register for Activities” button and proceed with a barcode search for 26455.

Time: 09:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
January 28

50 Plus Super Bowl Bingo at The Atriums

Become an archeologist and discover who was here before us. Excavate real artifacts during a simulated dig. Then explore how archeologists reconstruct the culture of ancient societies and tell the “story” of those who came before us. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $3 per person including adults (ages two and under are free). Pre-registration is not required.

Time: 02:00 PM To 03:00 PM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
February 1

The Good, the Bad, and the Smelly - Sunday Family Series at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Our popular Sunday Family Series continues as we take a different look at some of the not-so-glamorous animals around such as spiders, snakes, and skunks. These critters may not be loveable to all, but learn why they are important to our lifestyles and environment. Live snakes and spiders will be displayed. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $3 per person including adults (ages two and under are free). Pre-registration is not required.

Time: 02:00 PM To 02:45 PM
Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, Kansas
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
February 4

Amazing Animals Storytime at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Animals are amazing and today we are going to find out why! The 30-minute program features stories, songs and a visit from a special animal friend. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $2 per person including adults. Pre-registration is not required.

Address: Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, Kansas, 66061
Phone Number: (913) 764-7759
February 5

50 Plus Travel Show at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center

Seize the opportunity to check out the amazing adventures we have planned for you! Find out the many advantages to traveling with 50 Plus. Preview travel programs including daytrips, over¬night tours and worldwide destinations. Take home detailed brochures and itineraries. Please call to RSVP for this free event.

Time: 01:00 PM To 04:00 PM
Address: Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park, Kansas, 66213
Phone Number: (913) 826-3030

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