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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Coming up the week of Oct. 24-30...tricks and treats!

News Flash - Weekly Programs 100621

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.

A reminder that 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) 826-2975 for space availability.

The 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 Oct. 24 through 30: 

Oct. 25 - NEW! Art: Spooky Studio (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 16 & Older, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $25 per person, $28 nonresidents) - Sew some spiderwebs, bind a spell book, and make jack-o-lantern string art during this Halloween-themed art class. Activity number 14677.

Oct. 26 - Art: Petite Picassos (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 3 to 6 with an adult, 10 to 10:50 a.m., $8 per person, $9 nonresidents) - Bring your budding artists into the Art Studio for a mini art project made just for them. We’ll explore different media and techniques of art while building on early learning skills during this mini class. Students will need an adult to attend class with them. Activity number 14673. Same date, 11 to 11:50 a.m. session, activity number 14675.

Oct. 26 - NEW! Reading: Meet the Author Lisa Stewart - “The Big Quiet” (Meadowbrook Park  Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $5 per person, $6 nonresidents) - Let's get excited for our November book club read and meet “The Big Quiet's” Author, Lisa Stewart. She will discuss the book, how it was written, sign books and answer any questions you might have. Activity number 14520. To get the book at a discount with free shipping, email Lisa Stewart at

Oct. 27 - NEW! Early Learning: Curiosity Corner (Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 3 to 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m., $7 per person, $8 nonresidents) - Let their minds run wild with their friends. Children will engage in a fun book, craft, snack, and active play. Activity number 14649. 

Oct. 27 - Reading: Wanderlust Book Club (Meadowbrook Park  Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., $5 per person, $6 nonresidents) - Intertwine your love of travel and a good book with a travel-themed book club. Each month enjoy the selected book from the list and conclude the month at the clubhouse with a group discussion on how it relates to your travel and how it may inspire your Wanderlust. This month’s book is “Worldwalk” in which author Steven M. Newman relates his four-year walk around the world in which he traverses 20 counties and 10,000 miles.  Activity number 14517.

Oct. 28 - Games: Mah Jongg Halloween Party (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, Ages 50 Plus, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $15 per person, $16 nonresidents) - You’ll have a ghoul-ish good time at this marathon of Mah Jongg! Bring your friends, favorite foursome, or meet new players and enter to win prizes. Players rotate tables and track wins; no bracket play. We’ll keep you energized with coffee, lunch, and dessert. Cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the Mah Jongg event. No additional charge for Mah Jongg. Activity number 14543. 

Oct. 28 - Special Interest: Alzheimer's 10 Warning Signs (Meadowbrook Park  Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 50 Plus, 3 to 4 p.m., FREE) - Learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer's Association resources. Presentation brought to you by Alzheimer's Association. Activity number 14546.

Oct. 29 - NEW! Preschool: Creepy Crawly Halloween Party (Meadowbrook Park  Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, Ages 2 to 5 with an Adult, 10 to 11  a.m., $7 per person, $8 nonresidents) - Take a spooky trip to the clubhouse! Enjoy a morning of Halloween activities, costumes, and fun including a snack and take-home craft. Activity number 14661.

Oct. 29 - NEW! Special Event: JCPRD’s Trail of Treats (Sertoma Trail south of the Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park with separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, Ages 14 & Under, 5 to 8 p.m., FREE) - Join us for a Boo-tiful night in Shawnee Mission Park featuring Halloween-themed activities, thrills, chills, and treats! This event is free to the community with a donation of a canned food item (at least one per person) for those in need in the Johnson County community. Come dressed in your Halloween best and be sure to enter into our social media costume contest. Contest winner will receive a spook-tacular prize! For more information call (913) 826-2950. Activity number 14042.

Oct. 30 - Gymnastics: Handspring Clinic (Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, Noon to 1 p.m., Ages 6 to 14, $15 per person, $17 nonresidents) - This skill clinic is designed for gymnasts interested in improving or mastering their back and front handsprings. Participants should already have Level 2 / 3 gymnastics skills. For an optimal learning experience, it is encouraged for participants to have a round off, front limber, and back bend kick over. Activity number 13802.

Oct. 30 - NEW! Camping: TimberRidge Haunted Campground (TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, Ages 4 & Older, 2 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, $30 per family of up to two adults and three children, $33 nonresidents, $6 each for additional participants) - Come enjoy a night of family camping at TimberRidge campgrounds. Staff will check you in between 2 and 2:30 pm. Families should bring their own equipment and food. No staff will be onsite overnight. Families need to be packed up and offsite by 9 am. Alcohol of any kind is prohibited during this event. Included with camping is Halloween Heavens, a 45-minute celestial experience at 8 pm which will discuss visible constellations in the October sky, presented by Park Naturalist Amber Lamble. Event may be cancelled and refunded for inclement weather. Activity number 15322. For more information, call Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Jess Rice at (913) 856-8849.

Oct. 30 - NEW! Family Fun: TimberRidge Fall Haunt (Whispering Pines Shelter at TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, All Ages, 4 to 8 p.m., $14 per person, $15 nonresidents) - Join us for a festive soiree you’ll not soon forget! Fall activities abound at this event. Come in costume to fish from the dock, create a Halloween themed craft, go boating, try your hand at an apple ring toss or embark on a hike in the TimberRidge Haunted Forest! These scares will be fun for the whole family to enjoy. End the evening with hotdogs and s’mores. For more information contact Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Jess Rice at (913) 856-8849. Program fee is per person and nonrefundable. Program may be cancelled and refunded for inclement weather. Preregistration is required. Activity number 15323.

Oct. 30 - Family Fun: Mildale Farm Fall Fest (Mildale Farm, 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton, All Ages, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., FREE) - Come explore this beautiful and amazing location and enjoy awesome fall activities including: a pumpkin patch for ages 12 and under, tractor-drawn hayrides, a fire circle where visitors can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling and outdoor education presentations, a petting zoo, a putting green with kid-sized clubs, and catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds on the property. The only items which cost will be feed for the animals, and pancakes and sausage plates from Chris Cakes from 9 a.m. to noon. This a chance to explore the 90-acre ground and its centerpiece, a high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. 

Oct. 30 - Museum: Lanesfield School Fall Open House (Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, All Ages, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE) - Experience autumn in a one-room schoolhouse built in 1869 and restored to its appearance of 1904. This event also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, which passes nearby. Meet a costumed teacher and work on penmanship or spelling. Visitors can dance to the Missouri Town Band, play with old-fashioned toys and games, see a quilting demonstration, explore trade items from the Santa Fe Trail, learn about animals on the trail, and make memories at the Santa Fe Trail Selfie Station. Refreshments will be available. Also, stop by our exhibits in the visitor center to learn about Lanesfield and life for teachers and children in Johnson County. Note: this is a companion seven to the Mildale Farm Fall Fest, which is located about three miles away.

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