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JCPRD staff share expertise and experiences during two new single-session programs in September

Posted on August 29, 2019 at 10:32 AM by Becky Burnside

Two JCPRD professional staff members who don’t usually teach classes will be sharing their experiences and expertise during new one-time programs scheduled in September. 

The programs are Park Perfect Lawns being presented on Sept. 18 by Meadowbrook Park Worker Kristina Keehn, and Lunch & Learn - Experience in Egypt being presented on Sept. 27 by Park Planner Rick Findley. Both programs will take place at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, and require advance registration.

Aimed at the weekend “do it yourselfer,” Park Perfect Lawns will give participants an understanding of and more confidence in lawn care basics, and the best time of the year to focus on different aspects.

“I was approached about presenting some programs at Meadowbrook, and asked to think of ideas,” Keehn said. “We are approached by park patrons often asking about different aspects of lawn care, so I thought a presentation would be well received.  I have experience in programing, and have missed being able to use some of those skills. This seemed like a good change of pace from what I do every day. It will be informative and fun!” 

Topics to be covered will include the different types of grasses and how that impacts everything else, proper mowing heights, fertilizing basics, the impact of compaction, seeding, watering, and a seasonal timeline. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Park Perfect Lawns will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The cost for this one-hour session is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $16 per person for nonresidents. 

In the Lunch & Learn - Experience in Egypt program, Park Planner Rick Findley will share his experiences as a US Core Fulbright grant recipient when he taught part time at the Ain Shams University Department of Urban Planning & Design in Cairo, Egypt, from Sept. 2011 to June 2012. This was just a few months after Egypt’s “Arab Spring” and the first free election since the advent of the Egypt Republic in 1952. In addition to teaching, Findley spent his time exploring the cities and monuments on the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and Upper Egypt, and drawing and painting historic structures.

Through his program, which will involve a slide presentation, Findley hopes to convey “an awareness of how significant living and working in a Middle Eastern country can be, regarding both the rewards and challenges.”

Lunch & Learn - Experience in Egypt will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. The cost for one two-hour program, including lunch, is $18 per person for Johnson County residents or $20 per person for nonresidents.

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.