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Posted on: August 26, 2021

See what's coming up for the week of Sept. 12-18

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Notes: For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit and complete a search for any of the activity numbers listed below. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. For all in-person programs, physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be encouraged. 

The new September through December season of JCPRD program information is now online!

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of Sept. 12-18: 

Sept. 12 - Fishing: Get Fired Up About Fishing! (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 5 & Older, 1  to 4 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents) - This introduction to fishing course for families promises an afternoon of learning and fishing. Learn how to tie fishing knots, about different bait you can use, how to cast, and what to do if you catch a fish. We will provide an hour of instruction and then two hours of time for you to fish from the bank in the afternoon. Bring your own pole and tackle or we will provide fishing poles and bait for those without one. A Kansas fishing license is not required while participating in this class. Program fee is per person and nonrefundable. Parents need to be able to assist their children with fishing. Preregistration required. Activity number 14436.

Sept. 12 - Fishing: Sunday Fishing Fun (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 5 & Older, 1  to 4 p.m., $10 per person, $11 nonresidents) - Get outdoors!! Fishing from the bank will be offered from 1 pm - 4 pm. Participants must check in with TimberRidge staff before fishing. Participants age 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license. Licenses will not be sold on site. The JCPRD fishing permit is not required at the TimberRidge site, but fishing is catch and release only. For more information call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak (913) 856-8849. Advanced registration required. Activity number 14437.

Sept. 14 - Art: Clay Creations (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 6 to 12, 10 a.m. to Noon, $20 per person, $22 nonresidents) - Come get creative and explore clay. Students will get the opportunity to hand-build with clay and make one ceramics piece to be fired. Activity number 14611.

Sept. 14 - Birding: Fall Bird Walk (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 18 & Older, 7:30 - 9 a.m., $8 per person, $9 nonresidents) - Join us for a morning walk in the woods to look for fall migrants and resident birds. Get help spotting and identifying different species. Bring binoculars if possible, as limited loaner binoculars will be available. Activity number 14416.

Sept. 14 - Multi-Sport: Amazing Athletes (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 3-5, Tuesdays, 1 to 1:45 p.m., 5 sessions, $98 per child, $108 nonresidents) - Amazing Athletes uses a multi-sport program to introduces the fundamentals of ten different sports in a non-competitive environment. Participants routinely gain greater confidence, learn to combine fitness with fun, and develop six key motor skills. Activity number 14668.

Sept. 15 - Zumba: Zumba Gold (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 14 & Older, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:20 p.m., 5 sessions,  $39 per person, $43 nonresidents) - Perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class. Easy-to-follow choreography focuses on balance, range of motion, coordination and fun! Activity number 14538. Saturday sessions beginning Sept. 25, #14541.

Sept. 16 - Special Interest: The Skeleton Speaks- Solving a Crime (Virtual Program, Ages 50 Plus, 10 to 11 a.m., FREE) - Hear from Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Alexandra Klales, as she presents an interactive discussion on how the human skeleton helps identify unknown persons and how they interpret skeletal trauma to aid in the determination of the cause and manner of death. Participants can try their hand at applying some methods used in forensic anthropology to try and identify characteristics of the remains. This presentation contains photos and remains and may be considered graphic. Activity number 14145.

Sept. 17 - Fishing: Family Fishing Night (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, All Ages, 5 to 8 p.m., $12 per person, $13 nonresidents) - Join us for a family fun night of fishing. A dinner of hotdogs, chips, and apples will be provided from 5 to 5:30 pm. Fishing at Catfish Pond will take place from 5:30 to 7 pm with boats available. End the evening roasting marshmallows at a campfire from 7 to 7:30 pm. Staff will assist with boats and can help with basic fishing questions (life vests must be worn). Bring your own pole and tackle or we can provide a fishing pole. We will also provide bait and marshmallows. Participants ages 16 and older and required to have a current Kansas fishing license, which will not be sold on-site. Parents need to be able to assist their children with fishing. Activity number 14425. 

Sept. 17 - Family Fun: Camping Event (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 4 & Older, 4 p.m. Friday to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, $25 per family of up to two adults and three children, $28 nonresidents, $5 each for additional participants) - Come enjoy a night of family camping at TimberRidge Adventure Center. Staff will check you in between 4 and 6 pm. Families need to bring their own equipment and food. No staff will be onsite overnight. Families need to be packed up and offsite by 8:30 am. Alcohol of any kind and pets are prohibited during this event. Activity number 14426. For the Sept. 18 Family Fun: Camping Event, the activity number is 14427.

Sept. 17 - Teen: Becoming a Babysitter (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 12 to 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $72 per person, $79 nonresidents) - Babysitting requires a lot of responsibility and preparation. Attend this session to learn how to become a babysitter. The class covers: personal safety, job expectations, easy cooking, appropriate activities for different ages, and how to diaper and feed babies. Participants will practice what to do in emergency situations and become First Aid and CPR certified. A babysitting manual is provided. Bring a sack lunch. Activity number 14678.

Sept. 17 - Crafts: CR-afternoon (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 5 to 12 with an adult, 1 to 4 p.m., $31 per adult and child, $43 nonresidents, $8 / $9 per additional child) - Love to create trendy DIY crafts? We’ll have a variety of craft projects for your group to choose from. Staff will be available to assist with instruction and material distribution. Stop in anytime between 1 and 4 pm. Activity number 14779.

Sept. 18 - TimberRidge Adventure Race (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, and will include activities at Kill Creek Park, Kill Creek Streamway Park, and on portions of the adventure course at TimberRidge Adventure Center, 9 a.m., All Ages, fees vary) - This new event offers both two- and six-hour options, both for singles and teams of up to four, which may involve navigation, trekking (running or hiking), mountain biking, paddling, and use of some elements of the TimberRidge Adventure Center. There may also be surprise challenges for all courses. Athletes will have access only to the gear, food, and drink that they carry on their bike or in their pack. Topographic maps will be issued at check-in. The team that completes all the checkpoints (or more than other teams) with the fastest time will win the race. Register for this event at Registration for this event ends Sept. 10.

Sept. 18 - Nature & Outdoors: Monarch Migration Workshop (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Ages 8 & Older - children must be accompanied by Parent/Guardian or one adult chaperone per group of 5, 10 a.m. to Noon, $7 per person, $8 nonresidents, $9 per person onsite day of event, if space available) - Celebrate the Monarch butterfly’s amazing annual migration. Join us in capturing, tagging, and releasing them to continue their journey to Mexico. Learn about these amazing insects and other native butterflies. Wear long pants to protect your legs as you run through the prairie and remember closed toed shoes to protect your feet. Due to a limited amount of insect nets, you are welcome to bring your own. Registration for this event closes on Sept. 9. Activity number 14458.

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