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Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center

  1. Worthy Company -The Poetry and Perspective of William Stafford (Ages 10 & older)

    January 5, 2019, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM @ Ernie Miller Nature Center

    In 2009, Stanford professor John Felstiner published a book titled, Can Poetry Save the Earth? Knowing an entire book of poetry was not something everyone would enjoy, NPR challenged the professor to pick just one poem that could save the world if everyone were to read it. Without pause, Felstiner chose a “The Well Rising,” written by Kansas native William Stafford. This January marks the 105th year since Stafford’s birth, join Olathe author and educator Jeffrey Fouquet for poems, stories, and images that share the concerns, sensibilities, and inspiration of a life lived in awe of the natural world and all it has to teach us. Even if you know nothing of poetry, nature, or William Stafford, we promise that on this blustery afternoon, you will certainly feel like you are in worthy company. *This program is targeted for nature-enthusiasts of all ages, but will be most appreciated by those ten years of age and older.

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  1. Christmas Tree Recycling

    December 26, 2018 - January 31, 2019

    Collection sites are: the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee; the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; the north side of the parking lot at the marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; and new this year, Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton. Trees will be collected 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. For additional information, call Visitor Services at the JCPRD Administration Building in SMP at (913) 888-4713.

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Museum

  1. Museum Tour - Free with Admission

    January 5, 2019, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM @ Arts & Heritage Center - Museum Foyer for Special Events

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Museum free with your admission. Please meet your guide at the bottom of the stairs in the Museum.

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  2. Scandal in the Schoolhouse – A Historic Escape Room Experience (Recommended for Ages 10 & Older)

    January 5, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Lanesfield Historic Site

    Solve the mystery of the missing school marm at this new escape-room style adventure, and learn a little local history on your journey! Best for ages 10 and up. $50 for 2 people, $20 per person for 3-8 people. Must call to register at least one week prior to date (913) 715-2570.

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  3. Museum Tour - Free with Admission

    January 5, 2019, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM @ Arts & Heritage Center - Museum Foyer for Special Events

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Museum free with your admission. Please meet your guide at the bottom of the stairs in the Museum.

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