Virtual Programs

50 Plus Anniversary LogoExplore with JCPRD 50 Plus here, “there," or anywhere! We welcome participation in our virtual programs from all, regardless of your geographic location. Come connect with us!

The courses listed below are offered via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Advanced registration is required. Programs are subject to meeting minimum registrations. Information on how to access the program will be sent no later than 9:00 am the day of the program to those who register/RSVP. Please register/RSVP for all programs at least 24 hours in advance.

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Enrichment & Special Interest

Cooking: Food After 50
As we age, things change - and so should our eating habits. Tweaking your diet to match energy needs and activity levels is a smart way to maintain a good body weight and stay healthy. This class is presented over Zoom by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Department.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

14471             Virtual  Program        12/9           Thu           10 am - Canceled

16947             Virtual Program          1/13          Thu           1 pm


Cooking: Making Macarons Demo 
Delicate and delightful, macarons are becoming a popular dessert for the home baker to attempt. Our experienced macaron maker will walk you through the steps while giving tips and tricks for making a successful macaron. The best part, a sample of these delicious treats are included for you to enjoy at home while watching the program! Macaron pickup is Oct. 5 from 8 am to noon at Roeland Park Community Center.
1 - 1 hr. session - $15 / $17 nonresidents

16967             Virtual Program     4/8      Fri       1:30 pm


Games: Road Trip Trivia 
Which state claims to have roadside attraction of the world’s largest frying pan? What’s the longest road in the world? Compete against fellow participants in this fun virtual game.
1 - 1 hr. session - FREE

17000              Virtual Program        3/8      Tue      10 am


Games: Virtual Scattergories 
Think fast and write faster in this quick-paced game of alliterative words and categories.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

17002             Virtual Program             2/2      Wed      10 am


Special Interest: Coffee and Gardening
Beat the winter blues and cozy up with a cup of coffee as we discuss all things gardening! Join in and connect with your gardening community. Come with your list of gardening questions to be answered by Johnson County Extension Master Gardener, Mae Christenson. Mae Christenson is an avid nature learner.  She learns something new each day through the Johnson County Extension training as well as through the gardening communities.  There are always knowledgeable people willing to share their wisdom.  The best way to learn is by sharing individual knowledge for collective benefits.  
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

16959              Virtual Program                1/12    Wed     10 am


Special Interest: Dark Sky-Light Pollution
Looking up, the sky can look very different from the country to the city.  Join Jackie Beucher as she discusses how light pollution is negatively affecting the dark sky.  
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE    

17053              Virtual Program      3/15     Tue      1:00 pm


Special Interest: Kansas City PBS Studio Tour - Virtual
Take a look behind the scenes at the Kansas City PBS studio and hear an overview of their three brands, which include The Hale Journalism Center and The Bridge history and acquisition, learn about old equipment as well as new, and much more.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

17050              Virtual Program      1/20      Thu      1:30 pm


Special Interest: Picture Perfect - Digitizing Your Negatives (Virtual)
Do you have a ton of random negatives hanging around?  Preserve your memories by digitizing them.  Watch a demonstration of a simple machine that helps you scan, edit, and save your photos right to your phone.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

17052             Virtual Program                 2/17         Thu      1:30 pm


Special Interest: Pruning Basics
The thought of pruning is overwhelming.  When, where, how? There are just so many decisions to make. This class will help you take some of the guess work out of pruning and give you the confidence to prune like a pro. Programs presented by Dennis Patton, Johnson County K-State Extension Horticulture Agent. 
1 - 1 1/2 hrs. class - FREE  

Virtual Program                  4/12         Wed     10:00am  


Special Interest: Seeds to Table - Virtual
As soon as a vegetable is harvested, the nutrition is lost by the minutes.  Organic produce may not be as organic as you think.  If you want a high-quality harvest, then learn to grow your own.  Here is your chance to explore that route of producing your own food. Nancy Chapman is passionate about respecting mother nature and extracting what it can provide to nourish us.  She has been spreading her message about the importance of healthy soil in order to have success in the garden.  “No matter what you are growing if you make the roots happy, the top will turn out just fine.  Combined that with planting the right plant for the right site, it’s the recipe for success.”
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

17119              Virtual Program                  2/23         Wed     10:00am  


Special Interest: A SPAM®azing Museum Tour
The SPAM™mazing Live Virtual Tour! The SPAM® Museum virtual tour gives an inside look into the SPAM® Museum , telling of Hormel Foods and the growth of the SPAM® brand throughout history and throughout the world. You’ll learn how Hormel Foods started 130 years ago, how SPAM® products played a role in WWII, what REALLY makes up SPAM® Classic, the story behind the Hormel® Black Label® bacon motorcycle and so much more!
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

14776                Virtual Program                        11/16     Tue       10:30 am


Special Interest: Spring Garden Preparation - Ornamental
Often, we do things to our gardens out of habit instead of knowing the reasons why. Discover how to improve efficiencies by understanding these reasons. Program presented by K-State Extension.
1 - 1 ½ hr. class - FREE           

17215                   Virtual Program                        3/10     Thu       1 pm

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Fitness & Health

Exercise: AEA Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) – Virtual 

LOW INTENSITY: AFEP has now gone virtual! Enjoy this low intensity, chair-based exercise from the comfort of your own home.  

 Virtual courses are offered via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Advanced registration is required. Programs are subject to meeting minimum registrations. Information on how to access the program will be sent no later than 9:00 am the day of the program to those who register/RSVP. Please register/RSVP for all programs at least 24 hours in advance.

1 – 45 min. workout - FREE

14365              Virtual Program            Wed        11 am


Exercise: Virtual Chair Yoga 

Take yoga off the mat and onto the chair, incorporating breathing with movement while retaining all the benefits of yoga. Use the chair for support if needed during standing poses. This class will take place every Tuesday for 4 consecutive weeks. If you are unable to attend class at the scheduled time, you will receive a link to watch the recorded class at your convenience within 48 hours.     

5- 50 min. sessions - $40 / $44 nonresidents

14600       Virtual Program             11/9         Tue    9:30 am

7 - 50 min. sessions - $56 / $62 nonresidents

17037      Virtual Program                1/4       Tue    9:30 am

6 - 50 min. sessions - $48/ $53 nonresidents

17039      Virtual Program               2/22     Tue    9:30 am

6- 50 min. sessions - $48/ $53 nonresidents

17040      Virtual Program                4/5       Tue    9:30 am


Exercise: Virtual Strength and Stretching 

A stretching and strengthening class designed to increase strength and range of motion helping with activities of daily living. This class will take place on Zoom every Thursday. If you are unable to attend class at the scheduled time, you can request a link to watch the recorded class within 7 days.

 6- 50 min. sessions - $48 / $53 nonresidents     

14575       Virtual Program        11/18        Thu        11:30 am

7 - 50 min. sessions - $56 / $62 nonresidents

17056             Virtual                1/6       Thu  11:30 am

6 - 50 min. sessions - $48 / $53 nonresidents

17057             Virtual                2/24    Thu    11:30 am

6 - 50 min. sessions - $48 / $53 nonresidents

17058             Virtual                4/7    Thu      11:30 am

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Complimentary Virtual Programs

Cooking: Food After 50
As we age, things change - and so should our eating habits. Tweaking your diet to match energy needs and activity levels is a smart way to maintain a good body weight and stay healthy. This class is presented over Zoom by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Department.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

16947             Virtual Program          1/13          Thu           1 pm


Exercise: AEA Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) – Virtual 
LOW INTENSITY: AFEP has now gone virtual! Enjoy this low intensity, chair-based exercise from the comfort of your own home.  Virtual courses are offered via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Advanced registration is required. Programs are subject to meeting minimum registrations. Information on how to access the program will be sent no later than 9:00 am the day of the program to those who register/RSVP. Please register/RSVP for all programs at least 24 hours in advance.

1 – 45 min. workout - FREE

14365           Virtual Program                Wed         11 am


Games: Road Trip Trivia 
Which state claims to have roadside attraction of the world’s largest frying pan? What’s the longest road in the world? Compete against fellow participants in this fun virtual game.
1 - 1 hr. session - FREE

17000              Virtual Program        3/8      Tue      10 am


Games: Virtual Scattergories 
Think fast and write faster in this quick-paced game of alliterative words and categories.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

14478  Virtual Program             12/15   Wed     10 am

17002   Virtual Program             2/2      Wed      10 am


Special Interest:  Virtual Armchair Travel to Frankenmuth, MI
Named one of the Best Christmas Towns in America by Country Living Magazine, Frankenmuth, Michigan is a quaint little town located 90 miles north of Detroit, that is all about family traditions....and Christmas! From the World's Largest Christmas store to a one-of-a-kind 40ft spectacular Christmas tree in the heart of downtown - Frankenmuth turns into something extra magical at Christmas time. Join Lydia Wilder with the Frankenmuth Visitors Center for a virtual presentation on the history of this charming town and all that it offers during the holidays.  
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

14905   Virtual Program         12/14     Tue     1:30 pm



Special Interest: Coffee and Gardening
Beat the winter blues and cozy up with a cup of coffee as we discuss all things gardening! Join in and connect with your gardening community. Come with your list of gardening questions to be answered by Johnson County Extension Master Gardener, Mae Christenson. Mae Christenson is an avid nature learner.  She learns something new each day through the Johnson County Extension training as well as through the gardening communities.  There are always knowledgeable people willing to share their wisdom.  The best way to learn is by sharing individual knowledge for collective benefits.  
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

16959   Virtual Program                1/13    Wed     10 am


Special Interest: Dark Sky-Light Pollution
Looking up, the sky can look very different from the country to the city.  Join Jackie Beucher as she discusses how light pollution is negatively affecting the dark sky.  
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE    

17053    Virtual Program      3/15     Tue      1:00 pm


Special Interest: Kansas City PBS Studio Tour - Virtual
Take a look behind the scenes at the Kansas City PBS studio and hear an overview of their three brands, which include The Hale Journalism Center and The Bridge history and acquisition, learn about old equipment as well as new, and much more.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

17050  Virtual Program      1/20      Thu      1:30 pm


Special Interest: Navigating the Holidays  
The holidays, whatever that means for you, can bring with it various thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  This session will provide tips and strategies to help you navigate the holidays in a way that is both healthy and effective. Program presented by Katherine Melton from Johnson County Mental Health Center.  
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

14406  Virtual Program                      11/2     Tue         10 am 


Special Interest: Picture Perfect - Digitizing Your Negatives (Virtual)
Do you have a ton of random negatives hanging around?  Preserve your memories by digitizing them.  Watch a demonstration of a simple machine that helps you scan, edit, and save your photos right to your phone.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

17052  Virtual Program      2/17            Thu      1:30 pm


Special Interest: Seeds to Table - Virtual
As soon as a vegetable is harvested, the nutrition is lost by the minutes.  Organic produce may not be as organic as you think.  If you want a high-quality harvest, then learn to grow your own.  Here is your chance to explore that route of producing your own food. Nancy Chapman is passionate about respecting mother nature and extracting what it can provide to nourish us.  She has been spreading her message about the importance of healthy soil in order to have success in the garden.  “No matter what you are growing if you make the roots happy, the top will turn out just fine.  Combined that with planting the right plant for the right site, it’s the recipe for success.”
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

17119  Virtual Program    2/23               Wed     10:00am  


Special Interest: Spring Garden Preparation - Ornamental
Often, we do things to our gardens out of habit instead of knowing the reasons why. Discover how to improve efficiencies by understanding these reasons. Program presented by K-State Extension.
1 - 1 ½ hr. class - FREE           

17215   Virtual Program            4/12     Tue      10 am