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PARKS & RECREATION 2011 Summer Programs

May - August 2011

Merriam Aquatic Center Opens May 29! Season Passes on sale May 2nd!

The mission of the Merriam Parks and Recreation department is to provide first-class facilities and parks, and enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors through education, recreation, and cultural opportunities.


it the Trail This Summer


After a long and snowy winter it is time to get outdoors and get fit. Did you know that every park in Merriam has a walking path or access point to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail? Trail and path lengths vary depending upon the size of the parks, but all paths and trails are long enough to give you a good workout in a beautiful setting.

West of I-35, The Turkey Creek Streamway Trail runs along Turkey Creek from 75th Street north to Merriam Drive and Antioch Road. Paved parking and access points can be found at Kings Cove Drive, Chatlain Park, Campbell Park, Merriam Marketplace, and Waterfall Park. The majority of the trail surface is 10' wide asphalt, but there are two 6' wide concrete sidewalk trail extensions along Merriam Drive. The most recent extension was completed this winter and runs from Waterfall Park at 51st and Merriam Drive, to our northern border at Antioch Rd. and Merriam Drive, bringing the total trail length to almost 4.5 miles. This extension will allow the trail to connect with the future trail being planned by the City of Overland Park. The city will be dedicating the trail extension during National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 and the public is invited to the celebration. Find complete details on page 7. West of I-35, you will also find a walking path at historic Brown Memorial Park, 51st and Grandview. East of I-35 you can find walking paths at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Vavra Park, 61st and Slater, and Quail Creek Park , 71st and Grandview. All paths are paved asphalt and each park has something special to offer to the visitor. For more details on our Merriam Parks and trails, see page 30 in our brochure. See you on the trail!

5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203 Phone: 913-322-5550 Fax: 913-677-1409 e-mail:

HOURS OF OPERATION Monday-Thursday - 8:00am-9:00pm Friday - 8:00am-5:00pm Saturday - 8:00am-4:00pm Sunday - 1:00pm-5:00pm

MEET THE STAFF Susan Hayden, Director Tim Murphy, Assistant Director Dave Smothers, Recreation Supervisor Mary Horsley, Administrative Assistant Dave Leckner, Maintenance Worker II Steve Derindinger, Maintenance Worker I Tonia Morgan, Sr. Adult Program Coordinator Bruce Davis, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Terri Dixson, Fitness Coordinator Amy McClure, Aquatic Center Manager

FACILITY SUPERVISORS Barb Housh • Lori Kopatich Bruce Davis • Lisa Naughton • Diane Timmons Jennifer Taylor • Laura Rangel • Lynn Anderson

PARK & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD Kathy Rowe • LaVera Howard Myra Jenks • Stoney Bogan Brian Knaff • Valerie Kutchko

Susan Hayden, Director

COMMUNITY CENTER CLOSURES Occasionally, portions of the Community Center may be closed for short periods of time due to repairs, maintenance needs or specially scheduled activities and holidays. Anticipated closures will be posted as early as possible.

HOLIDAYS/CLOSINGS Saturday, May 21, 2011 (Turkey Creek Festival) Monday, May 30, 2011 (Memorial Day) Monday, July 4, 2011 (Independence Day)

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CONTENTS SPECIAL EVENTS Merriam Turkey Creek Festival Turkey Creek Festival 5K Run Music at the Marketplace Concert Series Party in YOUR Park Family Night “Dive-In” Movie Community Garage Sale Party in the Park National Trails Day Pooch Paddle at the Aquatic Center

4 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 7

8 9 10 11 12 12 13-14

YOUTH Sport Camps/Fitness Dance Martial Arts/Instructional

15 16-17 17

ADULT Fitness Yoga Martial Arts/Instructional Art/Dance Leagues

18-19 19 20 21 22

50+ PROGRAMS Weekly/Monthly Programs Fitness/Special Programs

23 24

FARMERS’ MARKET Marketplace Rentals


ART GALLERY Schedule of Upcoming Art Exhibits





Rules for facility use are posted throughout the Center. Please help us make your visit to the Community Center an enjoyable experience by observing all facility rules. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in the Community Center and within 10 feet of the entrances.

AQUATIC CENTER Aquatic Center Overview Admission Fees/Season Passes Season Schedule Merriam Dolphins Swim & Dive Team Birthday Party Group Rates Aquatic Center Rentals “Learn to Swim” Program

Irene B. French Community Center Policies: Facility users are expected to respect Center property and fellow users. Destruction of property, profanity, and abusive behavior will not be tolerated. Violators will be asked to leave the facility, and repeat offenders will have their privileges permanently revoked.








The Community Center is not staffed to provide individual child supervision. Please do not drop children off and leave them unattended. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older. Open Gym is defined as a time set aside for individuals to play pick-up basketball. Open Gym times will be set aside each week depending upon gym availability. Every effort will be made to provide an equal number of Open Gym hours for each age group. Community Center scheduled programs will take precedence over Open Gym when there is a scheduling conflict. A schedule will be posted weekly, listing available Open Gym times for each age group. ID Card Admission Policy: Drop-in Open Gym and Fitness Center patrons must furnish photo ID card with proof of residence. If no ID is available we can provide ID cards for a $5.00 charge. Residency information must be updated annually. Gift Certificates: Searching for the perfect gift? Gift certificates are available for classes, programs, and memberships. Ask at our reception desk for further details. Facility Rentals: Community Center rooms will be available for rental when not otherwise occupied by programs. We have rooms which would accommodate groups ranging in size from 10 to 250 people. Let us help you host a party, seminar, reception or meeting. Call 322-5550 for availability and pricing information. Book your event now! Program Instructors Needed: Turn your hobby or skill into a part-time job by teaching a class at the Community Center. Contact Dave Smothers at 322-5550 to discuss your idea for a new program! Register Early! Please register at least 3 working days prior to the start date of the class to prevent cancellation due to low enrollment. Many of our classes fill up early due to popularity. Scholarships A limited number of recreation scholarships are available to help defray the cost of class and membership registration fees. Funding is provided through private and civic group donations on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to Merriam residents; low-income guidelines apply. For an application, contact Merriam Parks & Recreation Department at 913-322-5550.


Turkey Creek Festival MAY-AUGUST, 2011

26th Annual Merriam

Turkey Creek Festival! Saturday, May 21 Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd. 10:00am-5:00pm Mark your calendars for this annual Merriam event! All activities (except 5K Run) take place at the beautiful, scenic Antioch Park. The day is filled with fun events for everyone to enjoy. Choose from the many activities listed below. Most activities are FREE!

Schedule of Events (Tentative Schedule) See updated details at 7:00am-11:00am Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Merriam Lions Club (Shelter #1) - All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee & juice. Adults $5/Children 12 & under $3 8:00am “Turkey Creek Festival 5K Run” - 5K Run/Walk/Youth Sprints. Starts at Irene B. French Community Center. This is a “MARA” grand prix running event on a certified course. To register contact Merriam Parks & Recreation Department at 322-5550 or online at 10:00am-5:00pm Summertime Arts & Crafts and Fine Arts Show (Antioch Park)- Artisans will be selling their handmade arts & crafts. To register contact Marilyn Lyons at 913-826-3163, or go to 10:00am-5:00pm Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Kids Inflatable Games (Antioch Park)-Build a wooden project (sponsored by Home Depot), or take a train ride. Pedal boat rides, roving clowns, and much more! 11:00am Festival Parade - “Field of Dreams” - 70 to 80 units parading from 69th Street north on Antioch Road to 64th Terrace. Parade announcer and awards ceremony at the entrance of Antioch Park. To register download application at 12:00pm-2:00pm (Main Stage) Concert featuring “Toe Jam” (Classic Rock) 1:00pm-3:00pm (Fire Pit Stage) Concert featuring “The Rythmia” (Blue Grass) 3:00pm-5:00pm (Main Stage) Concert featuring “Miss Major & Her Minor Mood Swings” (Rockabilly)




TURKEY CREEK FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! To volunteer to help out with the festival contact Dave Smothers at 913-322-5550. • Building wooden projects with children • Driving a golf cart • Help out at the information booth SHUTTLE BUSES AVAILABLE! Shuttle buses will be leaving every 10 minutes from the following locations (no shuttle bus drop-off during the parade): • Lee Jeans, 9001 W. 67th Street • Merriam Town Center, 5700 Antioch Road (By Quizno’s) • Shawnee Mission Medical Center, 73rd St. & Antioch

“Turkey Creek Festival 5K Run”

Buses will drop off at the front entrance of Antioch Park. Golf courtesy carts will be available to take you from the entrance to the top of the hill.

Walk & Youth Sprint* MARA Grand Prix Event on certified course!

Saturday, May 21 • 8:00am Irene B. French Community Center 5701 Merriam Drive Challenging but FUN run for all ages! Awards will be given for overall male and female 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers in each age group. All paid participants will receive a LEE Brand T-Shirt, goody bag and post-race refreshments! *Youth sprint approx. 40 yards

Entry Fees: 5K Run/Walk (After May 18)


$20.00 $25.00

Corporate Team (After May 18) -

$70.00 (4-team members) $75.00

Youth Sprint (After May 18)

$5.00 (12 & under) $7.00


If you register by May 18th pick up packets will be available on Friday, May 20th at the Irene B. French Community Center. Packets for registrations received on Friday, May 20 will be available for pick up on race day. Registration form at or register on line at ($3.00 surcharge for on-line registrations)




FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY FUN THIS SUMMER IN MERRIAM! Rock’n Party in YOUR Park We are planning a party in “YOUR” Neighborhood Park! 6:30pm-8:30pm Spend a summer evening in your local neighborhood park for a Free concert plus an air structure for the kids! Hot dogs & chips provided. Park Quail Creek (71st & Grandview) Concert featuring “Loozin Sleep” (Classic Rock) August 12 Brown Park (51st & Grandview) Concert featuring “Project Chameleon” (Classic Rock) Mark your calendars for one of the above dates! Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and have some fun with your family and neighbors! Date: June 10

2011 Music at the Marketplace Friday Night Concert Series

6:30pm-8:30pm Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive

Family Night “Dive-In” Theater

Spend an evening listening to the sounds of local musicians under Merriam’s beautiful covered marketplace pavilion. Bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy! Restrooms available.

“FREE” Concert Schedule June 17: June 24: July 1: July 8: July 15: July 22: July 29:

Scott Duncan (Acoustic Guitar) Rick Bacus Duo (Jazz) Blue Gray Brass Brigade (Marches & Band Music) Turpin Tyme Ragsters (Ragtime) Bill Crain Group (Jazz) Sons of Brasil (Brazilian Jazz) Anna Lee & Lucky So and Sos” (Swing)

Merriam Aquatic Center Friday, August 5 9:00pm-10:30pm What’s better than watching a great movie on the big screen? How about watching a movie while floating in the pool under the stars? Join us for this popular event, it’s a great way to spend a warm summer evening with your family. This year’s movie will feature “Despicable Me” Regular admission fees or season passes apply. Concession specials available.

In the event of inclement weather call 322-5591 Concert series sponsored by Merriam Parks, Recreation and Community Center Foundation



Water slides, zero-depth swimming and diving boards not available for this event. Rafts are not permitted for safety reason. (Each adult must be accompanied by a child)


COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE! Saturday, April 30, 8:00am-3:00pm Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive Back by popular demand! Clean out your closets and earn money on those unwanted items! Back your vehicle right into the parking stall and start selling! (Sale of animals and firearms are not allowed)

Party in the Park Sunday, July 17 • 2:00pm-4:00pm Vavra Park, 60th & Slater (South of Merriam Aquatic Center)

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day and National Parks and Recreation Month

Join us for this fun-filled day, complete with

• Games • Air structure • DJ Music • FREE Ice Cream and MORE!

Stalls available for a small fee of $10.00 (Limit 2 stalls per person). Space available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Limit of 36 stalls) You must provide your own tables. For an application contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550 or download an application from our website at

National Trails Day Turkey Creek Streamway Trail Extension Dedication...Roll & Stroll!

Merriam’s Pooch Paddle at the Merriam Aquatic Center

Saturday, June 4, 2011 10:00am Turkey Creek Streamway Trail FREE! Bring the family and your friends for the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail extension dedication ceremony at 10:00am at Waterfall Park (51st & Merriam Drive). We are celebrating the extension of the Streamway Trail from Waterfall Park, north on Merriam Drive to Antioch Road. Future plans are for the City of Overland park to create a trail extension on the East side of Antioch Road and travel south over I-35. There the trail will join Overland Parks’ “future” Turkey Creek Streamway Trail along the bluffs. After the dedication we encourage you to “Roll” ride your bike or “Stroll” walk or jog on the trail. Both North and South routes available. Light refreshments will be served as well as free commemorative t-shirts while supplies last. Plus, shop the Merriam Farmers’ Market at the Marketplace with fresh produce and free entertainment (Saturday 7am-1pm).

Tuesday, September 6 5:45pm-6:45pm or 7:00pm-8:00pm Join us as Merriam Aquatic Center “goes to the dogs...” Bring your favorite pooch for a dip in the pool! Our aquatic center is closed for the human season and open for the canine season (for one night anyway). This special open swim for dogs will sure be a “treat” for you and your special pet. Doggy treats, prizes and toys will be available. Sorry owners, no swimming for you, just your dogs! Social dogs only. Dogs must be on a leash until they are in the water, and be currently vaccinated. (Provide proof of current vaccination) Pre-registration is required. Min. 10-Max. 75 dogs per session. Choose one of 2 sessions Cost: $7.00 per pooch (must be accompanied by a human) Reg. # 240105A1 240105B1

Day(s) TU TU

Time(s) 5:45-6:45pm 7:00-8:00pm

Date(s) 9/6 9/6




Aquatic Center Overview MAY - AUGUST 2011

6040 Slater

(In beautiful Vavra Park) Close to home . . . Fits your Budget . . . Healthy family fun for all ages!

Cashier Phone: 913-322-5518 Manager Phone: 913-322-5517 2011 Manager: Amy McClure

HAVE A “SPLASHING” GOOD TIME! For small children age 8 and younger. . . Our zero depth (beach entry) pool is a special place for your little thrill seekers, with a “New” whale slide for toddlers, and an “old man and the sea” themed slide for older children (maximum height for riders is 41”). Pulsating water jets, 3 water riders and a floating lobster add to the fun. A dolphin fountain spray in the center of the pool is sure to cool you off! A shade awning is provided over part of the pool to protect you from the sun’s harmful elements.

For older children (minimum 42” height required for riders) teenagers, adults, and the young at heart. . . We offer two exciting water slides. A 150’ open flume slide and 135’ enclosed tube slide.

Lap swimmers and divers. . .will love our beautiful 50-meter pool, equipped with two one-meter and one 3-meter diving board. A 25-meter lap lane is available during all operating hours.

Take a break at the MAC Snack Shack . . . Two shaded concession patios seat you comfortably. Our concession stand offers a full variety of reasonably priced snacks.




Fees MAY - AUGUST 2011

Season Pass Fees 3 Great Ways to Visit the Aquatic Center! • Daily drop-in fees . . . for those who want to visit just a few times. • Buy a 10-visit punch card . . . save 10% off daily fees. • Buy a Season pass . . . save even more and visit as often as you like! Free Swim on Opening Day • May 29th! Be our guest on opening day, Sunday, May 29 All Merriam and Johnson County residents receive FREE ADMISSION! You must bring a photo drivers license for proof of residency. Hours are Noon-8:00pm.

Daily Admission Fees Merriam Resident Discount:* All ages - $5.00 *Proof of Merriam residency must be shown to the cashier (valid photo drivers’ license or Merriam Parks & Recreation photo ID card). All non-swimmers will be charged an admission fee. Don’t have a drivers’ license? Photo ID cards are available for purchase at Irene B. French Community Center for you to use as proof of address. The cost is $5.00; you must bring proof of address when purchasing the cards. Johnson County Resident:* All ages - $6.00 *Proof of residency in Johnson County must be shown to cashier (valid photo drivers license or Merriam Parks & Recreation photo ID card). Guest Fees:** All ages - $6.00 **For guests of Merriam Residents or Season Pass Holders. Guest must be accompanied by Merriam resident or pass holder. Punch Cards You may purchase a 10-visit punch card and save 10% off daily fees. Cards will be sold at Irene B. French Community Center and at Merriam Aquatic Center. Please note that we accept cash only at the aquatic center. Merriam resident discount*$45.00 Non-resident $54.00 *Proof of Merriam residency is required to be shown to qualify for resident rate. Cards are non-transferable and not valid after 9/5/11.

Season pass holders must obtain a photo ID card or renew 2010 cards prior to visiting the aquatic center. ID cards will be scanned at the cashier’s desk prior to admission. All “new” season passes include the cost of Photo ID cards. If your ID becomes damaged or is lost, there is a $5.00 replacement charge. The copy of your sales receipt will not be accepted at the aquatic center.

Resident Discount Household Youth (17 & under) Adult Senior (60+)

$100.00 $ 50.00 $ 64.00 $ 50.00

Non-Resident $158.00* $ 79.00 $100.00 $ 79.00

*Limit of six members per non-resident household may be included on season pass. If your household has more than six members, you may purchase additional single passes at a discounted rate of $20 per person, or pay the daily guest fee.

Super Pass Add-On Fee: Resident Non-Resident Household $ 40.00 *$ 55.00 Individual $ 20.00 *$ 30.00 Want some variety in your summer swim experience? Take advantage of the Super Pass add-on option and be able to visit the outdoor pools provided by the cities of Prairie Village, Mission, Fairway, Roeland Park and Leawood. A special sticker will be affixed to your Merriam Aquatic Center ID card which will allow you to visit the other pools as often as you like at no extra charge. Limit of 5 household members per Super pass; additional members above limit are $5.00 each. *To qualify for non-resident Super Pass you must have been a Merriam Season Pass holder in 2009 and 2010

Season Pass Definitions: • Household: More than one person living in the same residence. Proof of address is required for all persons age 18 and over who will be included on the pass. Group home residents must purchase single memberships. • Non-Merriam residents may include up to 6 persons on a household season pass. Proof of address is required for all persons age 18 and over who will be included on the pass. Additional household members may purchase a discounted pass for $20.00. • Babysitters and relatives who are not living in your household will need to purchase their own passes, or may go as your guest and pay the daily fee. • Merriam Resident: A person whose permanent residency is within Merriam city limits . Verification of household address is required to qualify for resident rates. *Proof of residency includes: valid photo drivers license or two pieces of ID that illustrate your Merriam address such as utility bill, lease agreement, or voter registration card.




Information • Schedule MAY - AUGUST 2011

How to Buy or Renew a Season Pass Season Passes Go on Sale May 2nd! Why purchase a season pass? Planning to swim often this summer? A season pass is a convenient, affordable way to swim as often as you like. For example, if a Merriam resident household of 4 persons purchases a season pass for $100 and visits three times per week, the visit costs $.70 per person. New Passes: Season passes are sold at the Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive. Season passes are not sold at the aquatic center. You must bring proof of Merriam residency to qualify for resident rates. Photo identification cards will be created for each member on your season pass. You will need to have your picture taken and ID created prior to visiting the aquatic center. Renewals: If you purchased a 2010 season pass you have the option to renew by phone, or in person at the Irene B. French Community Center. When renewing your season pass we will be updating your 2010 ID cards. If you need new or replacement cards there will be a $5.00 charge per card, you will need to visit the community center to have your ID card created prior to your first visit to the aquatic center. Phone In: Call Merriam Parks and Recreation at 913-3225550 to renew your season pass. Please have your credit card and 2010 ID cards ready prior to calling. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. Please plan in advance, you will need to allow 24 hours for ID card to be activated prior to using the aquatic center. Your renewal sticker will be affixed to your ID card at the aquatic center. Walk In: Visit Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card. PLEASE NOTE: Office hours for season pass sales are as follows: Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-7:30pm Friday: 8:30am-4:00pm* Saturday: 8:30am-3:00pm Sunday: 1:30pm-4:00pm *The community center closes at 5:00pm on Fridays. Our offices will also be closed on Saturday, May 21 (Turkey Creek Festival), Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) and Monday, July 4th


2011 Season Regular Operating Hours May 29 - August 14 12Noon-8:00pm Daily May 29:

Opening Day, Regular Hours (Free Admission for Merriam & Johnson County residents)

May 30: June 1: *June 16: *July 4 : *July 7: August 5:

Memorial Day, Regular Hours Regular Season begins (Tentative) Closed at 4:00pm (Home Swim Meet) Open 10:00am-6:00pm (note changed hours) Closed at 4:00pm (Home Swim Meet) Family Night Dive-In Theater (8:45-10:30pm)

*New! On days when the Merriam Aquatic Center opens late or closes early for a home swim or dive meet, Season pass holders may visit one of the following city pools at no additional charge: Roeland Park, Mission, Fairway, Prairie Village and Leawood. Simply show your Merriam Aquatic Center ID card to the pool cashier. Additional information regarding location, hours and features of each pool will be provided when you purchase your season pass. Zero Depth Family Pool Operating Hours: The Zero Depth Pool will be open from 10:30am-11:45am for families with children age 8 and under during morning swim lessons.* Regular admission policies will apply, Swim lessons are scheduled Monday-Thursday, June 6-July 21* (weather permitting). *No lessons week of 7/4-7/8

End of Season Schedule August 15 - Labor Day We will be closed Monday-Friday and OPEN ONLY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY after August 14th. August 15-19: Closed August 20: Regular Hours, Noon-8:00pm August 21: Noon-7:00pm August 22-26: Closed August 27: Regular Hours, Noon-8:00pm August 28: Noon-7:00pm August 29-Sept. 2: Closed September 3-4: Regular Hours, Noon-8:00pm September 5: Labor Day, Noon-6:00pm September 6: “Pooch Paddle” Special Event (5:45-6:45pm/7:00-8:00pm)


Merriam Dolphins Swim & Dive Team



Join “The Merriam Dolphins� Swim and Dive Team Plan to be a part of one of the oldest and most successful recreational swim and dive teams in Johnson County. The Merriam Dolphins need you! The Dolphins program is cooperatively sponsored by the City of Merriam and the Dolphins Parents Organization. The Dolphins compete in the Johnson County Municipal Swim and Dive League. Team goals emphasize fun, teamwork, community involvement, responsibility, exercise, skill development, and skill improvement. We are a family-oriented team and parent participation is essential to maintain standards of efficiency and fun. Family members, young and old, are encouraged to volunteer to assist with meets, awards, and parties. The Dolphins practice Monday-Friday mornings, and compete at local meets held weekly throughout June and July. Pre-competitive and competitive level swimmers are welcome. Swimmers must be able to swim at least 25 meters (width of the lap lane). Merriam residency is not required to participate.

Registration Days Saturday, April 16: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Monday, June 6: FEES: Resident Individual Resident Family (3+)


Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive Suits will be available to try on for ordering purposes. Suits must be ordered at the meeting on April 16 to be delivered by the 1st swim meet; team suits are not required for participation. First day of practice and registration for those not pre-registered $ 60.00 each $130.00

Non-resident Individual Non-resident Family (3+) -

$ 75.00 each $160.00

For more information contact: Bekci Allen at 785-422-3764; email at or visit Pre-Competitive Swim Practice Times Monday-Thursday: 8:15am-9:30am Friday: 9:00am-10:00am Saturday: There will be 4 swim meets scheduled during the season. Competitive Swim Team Practice Times: Ages 11 & under: Mon-Thur, 7:30am-8:45am Ages 12 & 13: Choice of practice times (with Coach approval) Ages 14-18: Mon-Thur, 8:30am-10:00am All Ages: Friday, 9:00am-10:00am

2011Swim & Dive Team

Dive Team Practice Times Pre-competitive: Mon-Thur, 9:30am-10:00am Ages 11 & under: Mon-Thur, 8:30am-9:30am Ages 12 & 13: Choice of practice times (with Coach approval) Ages 14-18: Mon-Thur, 10:00am-11:00am All Ages: Friday, 10:00am-11:00am




Birthday Parties • Pool Rental


Birthday Party Group Rates Have your child’s birthday party at the Merriam Aquatic Center. Schedule your childs’ party during our normal operating hours at least one week in advance, by contacting the Aquatic Center Manager at (913) 322-5517 after June 1. Groups of 15 or more receive a $1 discount per age/resident category. Party host must be an aquatic center season pass holder, or Merriam or Johnson County resident. Your party includes a reserved space in the shaded south concessions area, arrangements may be made for hot dogs and drinks at an additional fee. You may bring in your own birthday cake!

Private Party Aquatic Center Rentals Enjoy a pool-side private party, family reunion, or office party at the Merriam Aquatic Center! The aquatic center is available for rental in the evenings from 8:15pm-9:45pm or on Saturday mornings from 10:00am11:30am. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning April 4th. The facility will be available for rental June 6-August 13 with the exception of previously scheduled swim meet and special event dates. The following applies to all aquatic center facility rentals: • Maximum number of people in attendance is 75. • Rental fee includes the cost of lifeguards, slide attendants and manager on duty. Payment of fee must be made at time of application. • Food and drink (no alcohol) may be brought in, the concession stand will not be open for private rentals. • All regular facility rules are in effect. • Children and youth groups must provide one adult to every eight children. • Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. Rental payment is due upon reservation. • Rental fees are non-refundable. Rentals may be re-scheduled if cancelled prior to start time (subject to facility availability). The following options are available for rental: Option #1 (Includes use of Zero depth pool and slide pool) #2 (Includes use of Slide pool and 50-meter pool) #3 (Includes use of Zero depth pool and 50-meter pool) #4 (Includes use of entire facility)

Cost $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $250.00

Contact Merriam Parks and Recreation at 913-322-5550 to reserve your date.




Swim Lessons MAY - AUGUST 2011

“Learn to Swim” Program 2011 Merriam Aquatic Center • 6040 Slater • Merriam, KS Learn to Swim Coordinator: TBA

Fees: #210107 Parent/Child Aquatics #210101 Preschool Aquatics

$42 $42

Level I - #210101


Level II - #210102


Level III - #210103


Level IV - #210104


Level V - #210105


Level VI - #210106


Diving -



Session I June 6-16 Mon-Thurs AM P1 9:45am P1 9:45am A1 10:30am A1 10:30am A1 10:30am A1 11:15am A1 11:15am A1 11:15am D1 11:15am

Session II June 20-30 Mon-Thurs AM P2 9:45am P2 9:45am B2 10:30am B2 10:30am B2 10:30am B2 11:15am B2 11:15am B2 11:15am D2 11:15am

Session III July11-21 Mon-Thurs AM P3 9:45am P3 9:45am C3 10:30am C3 10:30am C3 10:30am C3 11:15am C3 11:15am C3 11:15am D3 11:15am

Session IE June 6-16 Mon-Thurs PM P4 5:30pm P4 5:30pm D4 6:15pm D4 6:15pm D4 7:00pm D4 7:00pm

Session IIE June 20-30 Mon-Thurs PM P5 5:30pm P5 5:30pm F5 6:15pm F5 6:15pm F5 7:00pm F5 7:00pm

Session IIIE July 11-21 Mon-Thurs PM P6 5:30pm P6 5:30pm G6 6:15pm G6 6:15pm G6 7:00pm G6 7:00pm

About our swim classes: All morning classes have a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 students; all evening classes have a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 students. The 2011 Red Cross “Learn to Swim” Program will be coordinated and conducted by Merriam Parks and Recreation Aquatic Staff. Experienced Water Safety Instructors will teach all lessons. Class sizes are small in order to give your child individualized attention. Each session includes 8 lessons held Monday-Thursday. If necessary, make-up sessions due to inclement weather will be held on Fridays. Call the Aquatic Center at 913-322-5518 for inclement weather updates. Parents are permitted to observe lessons from the viewing area provided on deck. Evening lessons are conducted while the aquatic center is open to the public. Admission fee or season pass is required for all parents and siblings who wish to swim before, during, or after evening swim lessons. The zero depth pool will be open from 10:30-11:45am during morning swim lessons for parents and children age 8 and under; regular admission fees and policies apply. How to Register? Registration begins April 4. You can register in person at the Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive, by phone with a credit card, by fax at 913-677-1409, or by mail. Fill out the registration form included with this brochure. 913-322-5550



Swim Lessons MAY - AUGUST 2011

“Learn to Swim” Program 2011 Merriam Aquatic Center, 6040 Slater, Merriam, KS How to Choose the Level You Need: Parent/Child Aquatics: (30-minute classes) Developed for children 6 months to 3 years of age and their parents, Parent/Child Aquatics familiarizes young children to the water. It is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own. The class gives parents safety information and teaches techniques to help orient their children to the water. Choose a Parent/Child class if your child is age 6 months to 3 years and still needs assistance in the water by an adult. Preschool Aquatics: (30-minute classes) The primary objective of Preschool Aquatics is to promote the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills by young children about 4 and 5 years of age. Choose this class if your child does not need assistance in the water by an adult, however, does not meet the age requirement for Level 1. This class meets in the zero depth entry pool. Learn to Swim: (30-minute classes) The prerequisite for each level of Red Cross “Learn to Swim” is successful demonstration of the skills learned in the preceding level. Beginners start at Level 1, which has a recommended age of 6. Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills: Students will learn basic personal water safety information and skills to help them feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy water safely. Elementary aquatic skills are taught in this class. Students will start to develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices around the water. There are no skill prerequisites for Level I, however, the age recommendation is 6. This class meets in the 3-foot deep area of the pool, so students should be comfortable with this depth without adult assistance. Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills: Students learn fundamental aquatic skills. Students learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position. This level marks the beginning of true swimming skills. Students will begin to lay the foundation for future strokes. The child will enter the water by stepping or jumping and should be very comfortable with his/her face in the water. Level 3: Stroke Development: Students will learn front crawl, elementary backstroke, and survival float. Students will begin to learn the scissor kick, dolphin kick, and build on the fundamentals of treading water. Students will also learn to enter deep water headfirst at poolside from a seated position. Level 4: Stroke Improvement: Students improve their skills and increase their endurance by swimming basic strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances. Students learn the arm movements with scissor kick for the sidestroke. Students also start to learn the back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly and the basics of turning at a wall. Diving from standing position into deep water is introduced. The child should be comfortable with treading water for 2 minutes. Level 5: Stroke Refinement: Students refine their performance of all strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke) and increase their distances. Flip turns on the front and back are also introduced. Different types of dives are introduced including surface dives and shallow dives. Students will tread water for 5 minutes. Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency: Level 6 is designed to refine strokes so students swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness and over greater distances. This class offers three options that focus on preparing students for more advanced aquatic activities. Options include: Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving and Fitness Swimmer. Any or all of the menu options may be introduced depending on class size. Diving: This introductory level course will emphasize basic diving fundamentals on the 1-meter board. Skills presented include the front and back takeoffs, forward and back dives. The class will also include 3-meter training. Prerequisite: Must have completed “Learn to Swim” Level 3. Private Lessons: Are you looking for one-on-one private instruction for you or your child? Private swimming lessons may be arranged the week of July 26-29 from 9:45-10:15am, 10:30-11:00am, or 11:15-11:45am on a first come-first served basis. Includes four 30-minute lessons. Cost: $65 (For more information call 913-322-5550)




Sport Camps • Fitness MAY - AUGUST 2011

Merriam Soccer Camp Ages Kindergarten-6th Grade

Merriam Basketball Camp

Camps will be broken down from basic individual skills and will move in progression to game situations for each training session. A strong emphasis on the fundamentals of dribbling, passing and shooting to help develop the complete player as well as each excercise will be age appropriate. Individuals who enjoy having fun while learning the great game of soccer are encouraged to sign up for this camp! Min. 10Max. 25 Instructor: Jim Ricker

Ages 6-11

Date(s) 6/6-6/9

Reg. # 211006L5 Fee: Location:

Date(s) 6/27-6/30

Reg. # 211006L6 Fee: Location:

Ages: K-2nd Grade Reg. # 211006L1 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) M-TH 5:30-7:30pm $40.00 (1-week sessions) Brown Park Day(s) Time(s) M-TH 5:30-8:00pm $45.00 (1-week sessions) Brown Park

Day(s) Time(s) M-TH 10:30-12:00pm $40.00 (1-week session) Jenks Gymnasium

Date(s) 7/11-7/14

Day(s) Time(s) M-TH 12:30-2:30pm $40.00 (1-week session) Jenks Gymnasium

Date(s) 7/11-7/14

Ages 9-11:

Ages: 3rd-6th Grade Reg. # 21006L2 Fee: Location:

This week long basketball camp is designed to work on your skills and fundamentals. Fun activities and games everyday! Dribbling, passing, shooting and defense will be emphasized. Monday will feature “Knock Out” Championships; Tuesday “Free Throw Shooting” Championships; Wednesday “Spot Shot Championships”; Thursday “Horse Championships”; and Friday is team competitions. Space is limited so sign up early! Min. 10Max. 12 Instructor: Staff Ages 6-8:

About the instructor:

Jim Ricker, former SME Varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer coach. Jim holds a USSF B Certificate, NSCAA Youth Certificate, NSCAA Goalkeeping 1 and II Certificate, and has been coaching youth soccer in Kansas City for the past 20 years. Jim also has 17 years of teaching experience in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher. Jim currently coaches 5 club teams.

Merriam Volleyball Camp

“NEW” TLS-Shape Up

Ages 8-14

Ages 10-17

This volleyball camp will focus on overall skill development and skills strengthening through strong fundamental techniques. At each session we will work on individual fundamentals: setting, hitting, blocking, defense, passing and receiving while working on game strategies and developing game awareness. Min. 6Max. 18 Instructor: Veronica Mobley

Looking for a program to help your child take control of their life? Losing weight or changing your lifestyle, this program is designed to offer participants 3 days of exercise and education leading to a healthier lifestyle. Whether they need to lose 5 lbs. or 100 lbs. we will give them the personal coaching and the accountability of community meetings and team workout. They will have access to world class coaches to assist them in reaching a healthier lifestyle. Min. 5-Max. 30 Instructor: Corey Burks

Reg. # 211008B1 211008B2 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) TU 6:00-7:00pm TU 6:00-7:00pm $60.00 (6-week sessions) Jenks Gymnasium

Date(s) 5/17-6/21 7/5-8/9

About the instructor: Coach Mobley has played college and professional volleyball overseas, and has been coaching in university camps and clubs for the past 9 years.

Reg. # 210803T1 210803T2 210803T3 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) M/W/F 6:30-7:30pm M/W/F 6:30-7:30pm M/W/F 6:30-7:30pm $48.00 (4-week sessions) 15B (Monday/Wednesday) Merriam Marketplace (Fridays)

Date(s) 6/6-7/1 7/11-8/5 8/8-9/2




Dance MAY - AUGUST 2011

Creative Movement

Developing Dancers

Ages 2 1/2-4

Ages 3 1/2-5

A fun hour of dance & creativity for ages 2 1/2 (potty trained) through 4. Through the use of creative and fun music & song, students learn ballet, galloping, skipping, hopping and basic tumbling skills. Min. 6-Max.12 Instructor: Nallia School of Dance

Come and catch the beat! This dance class is designed for young beginners to develop movement, balance and coordination. Beginning tumbling, ballet and tap are presented in a fun way. Sessions are 10 weeks. Min. 6-Max. 12 Instructor: Tina Mullinix

Reg. # 210601N1 210601N2 210601N3 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) SA 10:00-11:00am SA 10:00-11:00am SA 10:00-11:00am $36.00 (3-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 6/11-6/25 7/16-7/30 8/13-8/27

Reg. # 210601D1 210601D2 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) W 9:30-10:15am W 2:30-3:15pm $42.00 (6-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 6/8-7/13 6/8-7/13

Charm & Modeling Class Grades 1-6 Whatever happened to learning social graces, personal care & hygiene? Learn these things and more. Walking, talking, sitting, posing & modeling will be covered. Min. 6/Max. 12 Instructor: Nallia School of Dance Reg. # 210601N4 210601N5 210601N6 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) SA 11:00-12:00pm SA 11:00-12:00pm SA 11:00-12:00pm $36.00 (3-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 6/11-6/25 7/16-7/30 8/13-8/27

Continuing Ballet, Tap, Jazz Combo Ages 10-14 This class is designed to take the experienced dancer to a higher level. Students will improve techniques in Classical Ballet, Tap, & Jazz. Ballet is a form of classical dance that focuses on grace, precision, poise and proper body placement. Tap is a series of rhymthic beats and patterns using foot movements to help develop concentration and rhythm. Jazz is an energetic dance style that uses body isolations and floor combinations. For questions, please feel to contact DeShonte' Cobin at (913)908-6630. Prior dance training required with instructor approval. Min. 6-Max. 12 Instructor: Creative Movements Dance-DeShonte’ Cobin Reg. # 210601J1 210601J2 210601J3 Fee: Location:


Day(s) Time(s) WE 5:30-8:00pm WE 5:30-8:00pm WE 5:30-8:00pm $40.00 (4-week sessions) *$20.00 (2-week session) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 5/4-5/25 6/1-6/8* 7/6-7/27

Dance “Fun”-damentals Ages 5-7 All the fundamentals of tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling and more! This is the age when children love to be challenged. We’ll introduce the basics, and then we’ll experiment with on-the-fly routines and exercises that will develop rhythm, coordination, body movement, grace and imaginative expression. Min. 6Max. 12 Instructor: Theresa Kelsay Reg. # 210601F1 210601F2 Fee: Location: *No class 5/30


Day(s) Time(s) M 6:30-7:30pm M 6:30-7:30pm $42.00 (6-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 5/16-6/27* 7/11-8/15


Dance • Martial Arts MAY - AUGUST 2011

Dance Technique

Ki Society Aikido

Ages 8-10

Ages 5-12

While still an introduction to all the dance basics, this is the age when students really begin to grasp an understanding and appreciation for technique. Whether it is in ballet, hip-hop, or tap, students gain confidence, personal grace and poise from their connection and experience with accomplishment. In this class students will make individual accomplishments in dance and have fun doing it. Min. 6-Max. 12 Instructor: Theresa Kelsay

Aikido is a martial art that uses joint locks and throws as its self- defense mechanisms. It is a circular, blending art that requires very little physical strength. Our style emphasizes the mental side of martial arts. Both fine and gross motor skills, blended in with some self-defense are learned, with focus and fun at the same time. Min. 4-Max. 15 Instructor: Rob Hafford, Midland Ki Society

Reg. # 210601T1 210601T2 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) TH 6:30-7:30pm TH 6:30-7:30pm $42.00 (6-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 5/19-6/23 7/14-8/18

Reg. # Day(s) Time(s) 210904S1 SA 10:10-11:10am 210904S2 SA 10:10-11:10am Fee: $40.00 (8-week sessions) Location: Midland Ki Society, 9303 Johnson *No classes 5/28, 7/2 , 9/3

Date(s) 5/21-7/23* 8/6-10/1* Drive

Preschool Dance Extravaganza! Ages 3-5

Youth Tae Kwon Do

A fun and stimulating introduction to dance basics that will focus your preschooler’s energy and attention. Tap, jazz, ballet and tumbling will be introduced in a fun, up-beat style by an instructor who has years of experience with this age group. Min. 6-Max. 12 Instructor: Theresa Kelsay

Ages 6-15

Reg. # 210601G1 210601G2 210601G3 210601G4 Fee: Location: *No class 5/30

Reg. # Day(s) Time(s) 210902A1 SA 9:00-10:00am 210902B1 SA 10:00-11:00am 210902A2 SA 9:00-10:00am 210902B2 SA 10:00-11:00am Fee: $50.00 (6-week sessions) Location: Campbell Room Ages 6-10 (9am-10am) Ages 11-15 (10am-11am) *No classes 5/21, 5/28, 7/30

Day(s) Time(s) M 5:30-6:30pm M 5:30-6:30pm TH 5:30-6:30pm TH 5:30-6:30pm $42.00 (6-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 5/16-6/27* 7/11-8/15 5/19-6/23 7/14-8/18

Self-defense will be taught utilizing traditional martial arts techniques. Students work toward the benefits of mind and body coordination. This is an on-going class with testing and ranking offered. Min. 8-Max. 20 Instructor: Steve Schmidt Date(s) 5/7-6/25* 5/7-6/25* 7/9-8/20* 7/9-8/20*


CALL OR FAX: Phone: 322-5550 Fax: 677-1409 Use your VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card 8:30am-8:00pm Monday thru Thursday Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm or 8:30am-3:00pm on Saturday 1:30pm-4:00pm on Sunday




Fitness MAY - AUGUST 2011

Aqua Aerobics

Zumba Fit

Ages 16 & Up

Ages 16 & up

This class consists of aerobic routines, stretching, and toning performed in chest-to shoulder-deep water. Not only is this class fun and much less likely to cause injury, but the natural buoyancy of the water makes even a beginner feel graceful and competent. The resistance from the water gives a first-rate workout. No swimming skills necessary. Min. 6-Max. 24 Instructor: TBA

Looking for variety in workouts and something new? Try the newest fitness craze. . .Zumba! Zumba is a fun series of latinstyle movements set to music. No need to know how to dance, nor have a partner, just the desire to have fun and sweat a bit! Min. 6-Max. 25 Instructor: Jodi Foster

Reg. # 220802Q2 220802Q3 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) M 7:00-8:00pm M 7:00-8:00pm $25.00 (4-week sessions) Merriam Aquatic Center

Date(s) 6/6-6/27 7/11-8/1

Reg. # 220802N1 220802N2 220802N3 Fee: Location: *No class 5/30,

Day(s) Time(s) M 6:00-7:00pm M 6:00-7:00pm M 6:00-7:00pm $36.00 (6-week sessions) Jenks Gymnasium 9/5

Date(s) 5/16-6/27* 7/11-8/15 8/29-10/10*

“NEW” Water Walking

Drums Alive Workout

Ages 16 & up

Ages 16 & up

Cool off this summer by walking in the water at our aquatic center. You will be amazed at the amount of calories you can burn with the added resistance of the water but without the stress to your joints. Try something new, try water walking… for a refreshing change of pace to your workout routine.

Feel and experience the pulsating rhythms, dynamic movements and powerful percussions of this new high-energy dance & rhythm program. This workout for your entire body, mind, & spirit combines traditional aerobics with the powerful beat and rhythm of drums. Drumming rhythms on your stability ball with drumsticks not only works your body, but frees your spirit. Stability ball and drumsticks provided. Min. 6-Max. 12 Instructor: Terri Dixson

Reg. # 220802Q3 220802Q4 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) WE 7:00-8:00pm WE 7:00-8:00pm $20.00 (4-week session) Merriam Aquatic Center

Date(s) 6/8-6/29 7/13-8/3

“NEW” Couch to 5K Ages 9 & up Have you ever wanted to complete a 5K? Are you a runner, jogger, or walker? Whatever your level is we take you from the couch to completing your first 5K. There are many great races available to complete or compete in. We will help you achieve your goals whatever they may be. Min. 5-Max. 20 Instructor: Corey Burks (ACE-Certified Personal Trainer/USATF Coach Level 1)

Reg. # 220802R1 220802R2 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) Date(s) M/W/F 5:30-6:15pm 5/9-7/13* M/W/F 5:30-6:15pm 7/25-9/26* $72.00 (9-week sessions) Merriam Park Room (Monday/Wednesday) Merriam Marketplace (Friday) *No classes 5/30, 7/4, 9/5

Reg. # 220802D1 220802D2 220802D3 Fee: Location:

Date(s) 5/11-6/15 6/29-8/3 8/17-9/21

Step IT Up! Ages 16 & up Step IT Up combines athletic training, toning exercises, core strengthening and cardio to give you that great look and awesome feel! Join us today! Min. 6-Max. 20 Instructor: Phyllis Peterson Reg. # 220802S7 220802S8 220802S9 Fee: Location:

Can’t sign-up for a whole session? Ask about our “NEW” Daily Drop-In Fees for fitness classes. Call 913-322-5550 for information and availability of classes!


Day(s) Time(s) W 6:30-7:30pm W 6:30-7:30pm W 6:30-7:30pm $36.00 (6-week sessions) Campbell Room


Day(s) Time(s) TU/TH 6:00-6:50pm TU/TH 6:00-6:50pm TU/TH 6:00-6:50pm *$27.00 (4-week session) $41.00 (6-week session) Campbell Room

Date(s) 5/10-6/2* 7/5-8/11 8/23-9/29


Fitness • Yoga MAY - AUGUST 2011

“NEW” Losing Big

Yoga Express

Ages 18 & up

Ages 16 & up

Looking to lose weight or change your life? This program is designed to offer participants the accountability of the weighins, the community of the meetings and team workouts, and free walks. Whether it is 5 lbs. or 100 lbs. you will have access to world class coaches to assist you in reaching goals. Min. 5Max. 30 Instructor: Corey Burks (ACE-Certified Personal

Yoga class for time-crunched people. Let go of the stress of the workday by taking this lunchtime class. Yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation work together to strengthen your body and calm your mind. Beginners welcomed. Min. 6-Max.20 Instructor: Cindy Schwartze

Trainer/USATF Coach Level 1)

Reg. # Day(s) Time(s) 220802L1 M/TH 6:30pm-7:30pm Fee: $72.00 (12-week session) Location: 15B *No class 5/30, 7/4

Date(s) 5/9-8/4

Date(s) 5/10-6/16 6/28-8/4 8/16-9/22

Ages 16 & up

Ages 16 & up Once a workout reserved exclusively for Olympians and professional athletes, Max Burn FX is now available for people looking to jump start their metabolism or take their workout to the next level! The class is also great for people looking to mix up their workout and try something new! Min. 5-Max. 20 Instructor: Corey Burks Day(s) Time(s) TU/TH 5:30-6:00pm TU/TH 5:30-6:00pm TU/TH 5:30-6:00pm $48.00 (4-week sessions) 15B

Day(s) Time(s) TU/TH 12:00-12:45pm TU/TH 12:00-12:45pm TU/TH 12:00-12:45pm $41.00 (6-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Hatha Flow Yoga

“NEW” Max Burn FX

Reg. # 220802M2 220802M3 220802M4 Fee: Location:

Reg. # 220803F1 220803F2 220803F3 Fee: Location:

Date(s) 5/3-5/26 6/7-6/30 7/5-7/28

This class blends vinyasa yoga, which is an active, flowing style of yoga, with other styles rooted in the hatha tradition. We focus on building strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Along with the poses, we also learn breathing techniques and calming meditations. This class is open to men and women of all ages and all levels of fitness. Please bring your own yoga mat & towel. Min. 6-Max. 25 Instructor: Joanie Flannagan Reg. # Day(s) Time(s) 220803Y1 M 6:30-8:00pm 220803Y2 M 6:30-8:00pm 220803Y3 M 6:30-8:00pm Fee: $40.00 (6-week sessions) Location: Campbell Room *No classes 5/30, 9/5

Date(s) 5/16-6/27* 7/11-8/15 8/29-10/10*

Belly Dance Workout Ages 16 & up Looking for a new and different type of workout? Belly Dancing is a popular trend in exercise! In this class you’ll get a totalbody workout. You’ll raise your heart rate, burn fat, and tone your muscles. Combine movements and combinations to dance away your worries! We believe that a workout should be fun! Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. No previous dance experience required. Bring water and be ready to sweat! Min. 5-Max. 12 Instructor: Tanya Weaver Reg. # 220807G4 220807G5 220807G6 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) TU/TH 7:00-7:50pm TU/TH 7:00-7:50pm TU/TH 7:00-7:50pm $41.00 (6-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 5/10-6/16 6/28-8/4 8/16-9/22




Martial Arts • Instructional MAY - AUGUST 2011

Tae Kwon Do Ages 16 & up This popular class is a Korean system of self-defense utilizing traditional martial arts techniques including blocks, strikes, kicks and take-downs. Students will learn practical self-defense skills and work toward the benefits of mind and body coordination. This is an ongoing class; testing and ranking are offered. Our highly rated instructor, Steve Schmidt, is a 5th Degree blackbelt. Min. 6-Max. 18 Reg. # 220902T1 220902T2 Fee: Location: *No class 5/21,

Day(s) Time(s) SA 11:00-12:15pm SA 11:00-12:15pm $50.00 (6-weeks sessions) Campbell Room 5/28, 7/30

Date(s) 5/7-6/25* 7/9-8/20*

Tai Chi Ages 16 & up Are you looking for a relaxing way to increase your balance, circulation and overall health? Are you interested in a unique and powerful Martial Art for self-defense? Chen-style Taijiquan has it! Master Chen's traditional training methods come straight from Chen Village and include a complete curriculum of silk-reeling exercises, empty-handed forms, weapons forms, and two-person push-hands routines. Min. 6-Max. 18 Instructor: Chen Huixian Reg. # 220903T1 220903T2 220903T3 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) TU 7:30-8:30pm TU 7:30-8:30pm TU 7:30-8:30pm $70.00 (6-week sessions) Campbell Room

Date(s) 5/10-6/14 6/28-8/2 8/16-9/20

Ki Society Aikido Ages 16 & up Aikido is a martial art that has its roots in Samurai teachings. It is a circular art that uses joint locks to subdue or throws to project an opponent. Aikido uses the attacker’s energy and strength to our advantage. The correct application of Aikido techniques takes very little physical strength. Our style has a strong emphasis on the mental aspects of self defense. We practice relaxation in times of stress and non-competitive outcomes of conflicts. Instructor(s): Bill Keith and Wyatt Henderson, Midland Ki Society Reg. # 220904S1 220904S2 Fee: Location:


“NEW” Magnificent Leadership Workshop: How to Develop Your Employees and Produce a Magnificent Corporation Ages 16 & up In this workshop, participants will learn the leadership principles of a “Magnificent Leader.” In addition, participants will learn the following leadersihp skills and much more! • Discover and maximize employee strengths & unique abilities. • Inspire your employees to work with excellence, even when layoffs are looming. • Get your employees to focus on great performance, instead of a weekly paycheck. • Understand the importance of being interested in your employees passion and dream. • Help your employees connect their dream to the mission of the Corporation. • Get your employees to be self-motivated and loyal to you as their manager. • Inspire yourself to pursue excellence, even when the Corporation does not appreciate all that you do. • End result . . . Becoming a Magnificent Leader and producing a Magnificent Corporation. Min. 6-Max. 24 Instructor: Alexander Mobley

Reg. # 220503L1 220503L2 Fee:

Day(s) Time(s) Date(s) W 6:00-7:00pm 4/13 SA 9:00-10:00am 4/30 $55.00/individual $80.00/couple Location: Kessler Room About the Workshop Presenter: Alexander Mobley, MBA is a Leadership & Pinnacle Success Expert, and the CEO of Alexander Mobley International - a speaking & leadership consulting firm that specializes in developing Great Leaders that produce Magnificent Corporations. You can learn more about Alexander by going to

Day(s) Time(s) Date(s) TH 7:00-8:30pm 5/19-7/7 TH 7:00-8:30pm 8/4-9/22 $50.00 (8-week sessions) Midland Ki Society, 9303 Johnson Dr., Merriam


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Art • Dance MAY - AUGUST 2011

Ballroom Dancing with Paul & Vicki Ages 16 & up If you enjoy “Dancing with the Stars” . . . bring your partner for some ballroom dance lessons followed by a dance to practice what you have learned. Join Vicki and Paul for a wonderful evening of dancing and socializing. (Must register as a couple) Min. 5 couples/Max.12 couples Instructor: Vicki Tsai/Paul Frazier

Paint with the Master Workshops Each workshop includes 16 hours of instruction. Registration for the workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. $100.00 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration may be made by credit card, check or cash. Deadline for initial registration is three weeks before workshop starts. (Once workshop starts, no refunds will be made for any reason). Supply lists will be mailed upon registration. Min. 10-Max. 20. To download the registration form go to our website at: Day(s): Friday, Saturday & Sunday Time(s): 6:30pm-9:30pm (Friday) 9:30am-4:30pm (Saturday & Sunday)* *Lunch is provided Workshops Jeff Sparks, Oil (Beginner-Advanced) Reg. #: Dates 420302-11 June 3-5, 2011 Fee: $250.00 Strengthen your visual sensitivity and creative visual language with the versatile medium of oil paint. This workshop is designed to explore the fundamental reasons behind a painting’s success, ideas you will immediately be able to put to use. Through presentation, informative conversations, handout, and lots of getting into the paint, you will leave the workshop better equipped to create stronger paintings immediately and gain more confidence in your unique, visual voice. Visit Jeff’s website at

Reg. # 220602P1 220602P2 220602P3 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) TH 7:00-9:00pm TH 7:00-9:00pm TH 7:00-9:00pm $60.00 (6-week sessions) Hocker Grove Room

Date(s) 4/28-6/2 6/16-7/21 8/4-9/8

Belly Dance I Ages 16 & up In this beginning belly dance technique class, you’ll learn the foundations of this ethnic dance form and get some great exercise. Belly Dance is an excellent exercise for flexibility, strength, endurance, and weight loss, and is appropriate for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes! Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. Join us for creative movement and exercise in a fun and upbeat setting! Min. 5-Max. 10 Instructor: Tanya Weaver Reg. # 220807G1 220807G2 220807G3 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) TU 6:00-6:50pm TU 6:00-6:50pm TU 6:00-6:50pm $30.00 (6-week sessions) Merriam Park Room

Date(s) 5/10-6/14 6/28-8/2 8/16-9/20

Jim Hamil, Watercolor (Beginner-Advanced) Reg. #: Dates 420302-12 November 4-6, 2011 Fee: $295.00 Back by popular demand, we have scheduled Mr. Hamil to instruct on bringing life to your skies in watercolors. Jim has been teaching workshops for years and frequently does presentations for elementary and middle school students. He has created a video tape of his teaching, which includes a gallery of paintings which instructors can use in teaching their watercolor classes.




Leagues MAY - AUGUST 2011

Adult Leagues Now Forming! Meet and greet new people while playing in one of our adult sports leagues! Are you new to the area or do you just have a few friends, but not enough for a team?

Join our Heinz 57 variety team and play to have fun! We will try and match you up with others to form a team within the league.

Summer Tennis Ladder Leagues Play tennis all summer long and meet new area tennis players! Try our Summer Tennis Ladder League. What is a ladder league? Basically, we will start off by randomly assigning all players a “rung” on the tennis ladder, then you simply challenge a player that is above you on the ladder. If you win you get to move up the ladder, and the other player moves down the ladder. Call the Parks and Recreation department to get your name on the ladder. . .and get ready to climb yourself to the top! Reg. # 221008T1 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) M-SU TBA $20.00 (9-weeks) Brown Park Tennis Court

Date(s) 6/6-8/5

Sand Volleyball League Ages 16 & Up It’s beach volleyball on Merriam Drive. Check out our awesome sand volleyball court just south of the community center. Grab your friends and join our recreational adult co-ed volleyball league. This league will be self-officiated and call your own game. Men’s Sand Volleyball Reg. # 221008V1

Time(s) 6:15-8:15pm

Date(s) 6/13-8/22*

Women’s Sand Volleyball Reg. # Day(s) 221008V2 TU

Time(s) 6:15-8:15pm

Date(s) 6/14-8/23*

Co-Rec Sand Volleyball Reg. # Day(s) 221008V3 SU

Time(s) 6:15-8:15pm

Date(s) 6/12-8/21*

Fee: $50.00 (10-weeks) Location: Sand Volleyball Court *No games 7/3, 7/4, 7/5

“NEW” Co-Rec Kickball League You are invited to revert back and go "old school" by reliving the popular grade school recess game of Kickball. The teams will consist of 8-10 men or women (min. 3 women) and the season will consist of ten games. We will have timed, one hour games. You guessed it…. The big red ball is back... Get ready to have some fun! Reg. # 221008K1 Fee: Location:


Day(s) Time(s) TH 6:15-8:15pm $50.00 (10-weeks) Brown Park

Day(s) M

Date(s) 6/16-8/18



Special Programs MAY - AUGUST 2011

50+ Weekly Programs

50+ Monthly Programs

Monday/Wed/Friday - “Poker Walk”

Potluck Suppers

If you love to walk and love to play poker, we have a program for you! For each lap around the gym you will receive a card. Once you have traveled 7 laps, you will have an official hand and can then walk more laps to improve your hand. Each and every lap you will receive a card. (Max. 20 laps) If you already have seven cards, you simply discard a playing card, to make the best possible 7-card hand of the day. Weekly prizes awarded to the walker with the best hand of the week! Winner of the 2008 Kansas Recreation & Park Assn. Outstanding Program Award

Dates: Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday Time: 8:30am-10:30am (Subject to gym availability) Fee: FREE

Wednesdays - “It’s Show Time!” Join us every Wednesday afternoon to watch a recently released movie (or an oldie but goodie). Schedules are available at the community center. We provide the movie, you can provide your own popcorn. We take requests for future showings. (Movies subject to change) Dates: Every Wednesday, May-August Time: 1:00pm Fee: FREE

Monday thru Friday - “Congregate Meals”

Participate in the Johnson County Nutrition Program Neighborhood Center at the Irene B. French Community Center. This noon meal program is offered on weekdays; home delivered meals are available for anyone who is unable to come to the meal site. For information on the program, or for a reservation, please contact Site Manager at (913) 677-2048. Donation requested.

Fridays - “Merriam 50+ Club”

Meet at the Irene B. French Community Center on Fridays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Join your friends and neighbors for food, fun and a weekly program. New members are always welcome! For more information contact LaNelle Radcliffe at 913-722-1917

Senior “What’s Happening” Monthly Newsletter Every month the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department sends out a Senior Newsletter with listings of that month’s special events, programs and classes. To be placed on our mailing list, call 913-322-5550 or download at

Cook your favorite dish and share it at our potluck suppers, held on the first Wednesday of each month. “Singles” should bring one side-dish to feed six people (casserole, dessert, salad, or vegetable); “Couples” should bring two side-dishes that feed six people. Bring your own table service. Meat and drinks will be provided by the Community Center. Supper time is at 5:30pm. Bingo will be played following supper. Reservations required. Mark your calendars now for the following dates: May 4, June 1 and August 3 (No July Potluck)

Monthly Bingo! Come join the fun and win a prize by yelling “Bingo!” before anyone else. Bingo is played the second Thursday of the month. We play 15 games each time and prizes range from gift certificates at your favorite restaurant to holiday gift packs. Dates: May 12, June 9, July 14 and August 11 Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm Fee: $3.00 at the door (2 cards per person)

Blood Pressure Clinic Have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. Second Tuesday of every month, Johnson County Health Department conducts a blood pressure clinic at Irene B. French Community Center from 10:45am-11:45am. Donation requested. Dates are: May 10, June 14, July 12 and August 9

Streamway Striders Walking Club Hit the trail on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and/or Saturday mornings to enjoy strolling down the Merriam Streamway trail system. Meet at the 71st and Switzer entrance of the trail extension at 6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and/or 10:00am on Saturday mornings. Walk and talk with neighbors, friends, pets (on leash) and relatives. To register contact the Parks and Recreation office at 913-322-5550. Reg. # 230801S4 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) TU/TH/SA 10am/6pm FREE Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

Date(s) 5/3-9/3




Fitness • Programs MAY - AUGUST 2011

Weight Training

“NEW” Fit Flies

(Ages 50+)

(Ages 50+)

A weight training class specially designed for individuals age 50 and over. Class will meet 45 minutes twice a week and will cover cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility exercises. For your safety, a short health history form and medical clearance will need to be completed before participating in any of the class sessions. Min. 6-Max. 15 Instructor: Terri Dixson

A fun unique sensory motor skill program. The program helps promote growth in physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive developments. With music, this program raises the heart rate and works all extremities while utilizing the whole brain. Laugh, swat and tap your way to wellness.. Instructor: Terri Dixson

Reg. # 230801A4 230801A5 230801A6 Fee: Location:

Reg. # 230801F1 230801F2 Fee: Location:

Day(s) TU/TH TU/TH TU/TH $38.00 (6-week Fitness Center

Time(s) 9:00-9:45am 9:00-9:45am 9:00-9:45am sessions)

Date(s) 5/10-6/16 6/28-8/4 8/16-9/22

Day(s) Time(s) WE 11:00-11:30am WE 11:00-11:30am $2.00 Drop-in fee Campbell Room

Date(s) 5/11-6/15 6/29-8/3

AARP Driver Safety Program


Ages 50+

(Ages 60+) This exercise program emphasizes safe and beneficial movements and routines that will increase your flexibility, strength and endurance. The program is held at the Irene B. French Community Center. Donations are accepted at each class. Registration is not required. Day(s): Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Time: 10:00am Fee: $2 donation is suggested (Sponsored by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging in partnership with the neighborhood Merriam Nutrition program, Merriam Parks and Recreation, and conducted by Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Program. Federally funded program thru “Older American Act.”)

Classroom instruction that refines existing skills and develops safe, defensive driving techniques. Produced by AARP and conducted in two half-day sessions, 55 Alive teaches preventive measures to use when driving that saves lives. Min. 10-Max. 24 Pre-registration is required with payment. Make checks payable to “AARP.” Reg. # 230502D4 Fee: Location:

Day(s) Time(s) WE/TH 10:00-3:00pm $14.00 non-member rate $12.00 AARP member rate Kessler Room

Date(s) 5/18 & 5/19

Reservations for lunch at the community center in the Johnson County Nutrition Site can be made the day before by calling 677-2048 between the hours of 9am-11am.

Senior Wii

Historic KC Bus Trip

Ages 50+

(Ages 50+)

Video games aren’t just for the young but the “young at heart.” Bring back the old arcade days . . . just 25 cents per day for 5weeks of FUN! Surprise your grandson or granddaughter when you learn how to play bowling, baseball, golf or tennis. It’s easy to learn and more importantly, a bunch of fun! Meet weekly every Friday morning, and let the games begin!

This historic tour will include stops, drive-bys and lots of Kansas City stories to include: Lewis & Clark’s Kaw Point, the birthplace of KC BBQ, Satchel Paige, KC’s first skyscraper, Nell Donnelly Reed, Santa Fe Trail swales, The Beatles, Charlie Parker, Walt Disney’s studio, Thomas Swope, his park, his alleged murder and much, much more! The tour guide, Bill Nicks, as “Octave Chanute,” the man who, in 1869, put KC on the map and 34 years later put the Wright Brothers in the air. Min. 30-Max. 51

Reg. # 230502W4 230502W5 230502W6 Fee: Location: *No games 7/1,


Day(s) Time(s) FR 10:00-11:30am FR 10:00-11:30am FR 10:00-11:30am $1.00 (5-week sessions) Game room 9/2

Date(s) 5/6-6/3 6/17-7/22* 8/5-9/9*

Reg. # Day(s) Time(s) Date(s) 131301T2 SA 8:30am-3:30pm 5/14 Fee: $40.00 (Does not include cost of lunch) Location: Bus will depart from the Irene B. French Community Center parking lot at 8:30am and return at 3:30pm Deadline to register: 4/29/10



Farmers’ Market MAY - AUGUST 2011

Farmers’ Market at Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive

Saturdays May 7-October 8 7:00am-1:00pm Wednesdays June 1-October 26 7:00am-1:00pm

“Have we got FRESH for YOU!” The Merriam Farmers’ Market had a record year in 2010, with more than 17,000 patrons visiting the market full of produce, plants, honey, handmade arts and crafts, baked goods and more. We look forward to having more patrons in 2011. The Marketplace will feature improvements in 2011. The marketplace will feature a new electronic signboard and a PA system that will be used during market days and special events. The Farmers’ Market is located in the downtown Merriam historic district at 5740 Merriam Drive. Shoppers enjoy park-like setting next to Turkey Creek, with access point to Turkey Creek Streamway Park and Werner Park. We offer the following benefits for our vendors at one of the most beautiful facilities in the metropolitan area: • Free live entertainment each Saturday. (Patrons love it!) • Chef demonstrations and more! • Convenient paved parking for patrons, just steps from our vendor space. • Restroom facility. • 36 covered vendor spaces, access to electricity. • Convenient access from I-35, Johnson & Merriam Drive. • A market supervisor on duty each Saturday.

Merriam Marketplace Rental Information Outdoor rental space is available at the Merriam Marketplace. This facility is perfect for corporate picnics, family reunions and other gatherings. Rental season is April 15th through November 15. Amenities include 156 parking stalls; bridge connecting to Streamway Park Trail; playground equipment and sand volleyball court across the street at the community center and additional electrical hookups for concessions to hold your festive event. (Tables are not provided) During Farmers’ Market season, Wednesday & Saturday rentals will only be available from 4pm-9pm. Half Day: Full Day: Resident-discount Non-Resident Commercial

8am-2pm/3pm-9pm 8am-9pm Half Day $ 72.00 $100.00 $110.00

Full Day $122.00 $132.00 $166.00

To qualify for Merriam resident discounted rate, applicant must furnish proof of residency at the time of application.

To receive information on becoming a market vendor, call 913-322-5550, or email 913-322-5550



Art Gallery • Historic Room MAY - AUGUST 2011

Irene B. French Community Center Art Gallery The Community Center Art Gallery is in its 15th year of operation. Our mission is to increase public awareness of the visual arts by providing a setting for exhibition and education. Gallery space will feature monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. All exhibits are free to the public and many artists will have originals and prints for sale. Gallery Hours Monday-Thursday, 9am-8pm Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday, 2pm-4pm

*Public is invited to attend opening night wine & cheese reception, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Upcoming Exhibit Schedule April 7*-May 7 “Global Youth Murals” by People to People International

Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation “Sharing in Your Community’s Future”

(Mixed Media)

May 12*-June 11 “What We Treasure” featuring Sylvia Rose Augustus & Christi Roberts Bony (Photography & Mixed Media)

June 16*-July16

“Constructing Images” featuring Ted Denton & Lee Knox (Mixed Media & Watercolor)

July 21*-August 20 “Colors of the World” featuring Kay Trieb & Julia Steinberg (Mixed Media & Photography)

Call to get your name on our mailing list for an application to show in 2012 art exhibits. Online application can be found at (Deadline to apply is July 9, 2011) For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550 or email

The Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation was established in 1988 for the purpose of supBoard Members porting City of Merriam recreCarol Eubank, President ational facilities, programs, and Kathy Rowe, Secretary parks. Since that time, the foundaIrene French, Treasurer tion has donated more than $150,000 to purchase equipment Myra Jenks Nancy Hupp and support events and programs. Jane Doerflinger 2010 donations include a purchase Lanny Bachtle award for the 2010 Heartland Lori Hanson Artist Exhibition, fitness center Frank Dover equipment, sponsorship of “Flags 4 Freedom” and summer concerts, city special events & recreation program scholarships. Individuals or groups who would like to make a contribution in honor or memory of a loved one, may contact Susan Hayden at 913-322-5550.

Historic Merriam Museum NOW OPEN ON SATURDAYS 9:30am-1:00pm! Looking for a bit of Merriam history? Visit the Historic Merriam Society’s Museum Room located at the community center. Exhibit includes a working antique model train and trolley exhibit. For more information call Merriam Parks and Recreation at 913-322-5550




Daily Fees • Memberships MAY - AUGUST 2011

FITNESS CENTER INFORMATION Get a great workout in a relaxed and friendly environment, with no contracts to sign. Persons age 16 & over may use our fitness center at a daily fee rate, or may purchase a membership. Youth age 13-15 may use the facility if accompanied by a person age 18 & over, but must have completed a mandatory equipment orientation with our fitness instructor. There is no charge for the equipment orientation appointment. Hours of Operation Monday-Thursday - 8:00am-8:45pm Friday - 8:00am-4:45pm Saturday - 8:00am-3:45pm Sunday - 1:00pm-4:45pm

Daily Health Club Fees Resident discount: $4.00 per day* Non-resident: $5.00 per day *Proof of residency required

Strength Equipment Includes • Paramount Multi-station strength training machines • Smith Machine • Free Weight Dumbbells Cardiovascular Equipment • Precor Treadmills • Precor Elliptical Cross-Trainers • Rowing Machine • Recumbent Bicycles

FREE HEALTH CLUB MEMBERSHIP CONTEST We would like to show our appreciation to our “loyal” health club members who have used our facility on a continuous basis throughout the years. Every quarter we will have a drawing from our Health Club memberships. One lucky member will receive a FREE Quarterly Membership. To qualify you must be a health club member for at least two consecutive quarters.



Family and single Health Club Memberships are available to both Merriam residents and non-residents. MEMBERSHIP FEES (Quarterly) (Fees effective 1/1/11)

Equipment Orientation A certified fitness instructor is available by appointment to provide a free 60-minute personalized orientation to fitness center equipment. The orientation is highly recommended for first time users.

Single Adult (16+) Sr. Adult (60+) Household

Resident discount $ 52.00 $ 40.00 $ 73.00

Non-resident $ 63.00 $ 47.00 $ 89.00

MEMBERSHIP FEES (Annual) Resident discount Single Adult (16+) $178.00 Sr. Adult (60+) $136.00 Sr. Adult Household $210.00 (applies to members 60+) Household $250.00

Non-resident $214.00 $160.00 NA $303.00

“NEW” MEMBERSHIP FEES (Monthly) Resident discount Non-resident Single Adult (16+) $ 21.00 $ 26.00 Sr. Adult (60+) $ 16.00 $ 21.00 Household $ 27.00 $ 34.00 Membership includes unlimited use of the Fitness Center, Open Gym activities at scheduled times, use of game room, locker and shower room privileges, fitness center equipment orientation, and fitness evaluation by appointment with our instructor, plus updated personal programs. Personal training available upon request with our fitness trainer, Terri Dixson. Hourly Fee: $25.00 for members; $50.00 for non-members.

Fitness Evaluation This program is conducted by our fitness instructor and consists of resting heart rate, blood pressure, and measurements. An exercise program will be prescribed based on your needs. There is a $15 charge for non-members, free to health club members. Comprehensive Fitness Testing Measures your overall fitness through the following tests: • 3-minute step test for cardiovascular fitness • A low-back/hamstring flexibility test • A situp test measuring abdominal strength • Upper body strength • Percent body fat analysis There is a $20 charge for non-members, free to members. Body Composition A rapid and easy way to learn proportion of body fat to lean body tissue. This test gives you a good idea for what your percentage of body fat is and where it should be. Each 15-minute appointment is private and includes circumference measurements, body fat measurements, and a short consultation. There is a $10 charge for non-members, free to health club members.




Open Gym • Game Room MAY - AUGUST 2011

MEET OUR FITNESS INSTRUCTORS Phyllis Peterson (Step It Up/) Teaching for more than 20 years, Phyllis has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology & Kinesiology from the University of Kansas; Certifications include Aerobics, “Fitness for Life” Instructor; Massage & Aroma Therapy Therapist; Master Food Volunteer with Johnson County Extension Services & Kansas State University; Certifications in “Fit Careers”; Member of AFAA, IDEA; CPR Certified.

Joanie Flanagan (Yoga) Joanie is a certified personal trainer who has been practicing Yoga for more than 15 years. She teaches a de-mystified, eclectic blend of Yoga styles rooted in the Hatha Yoga tradition. She believes that Yoga is for people of all ages and levels of ability and strives to meet each student where they are. WITS & CPR certified.

Terri Dixson (Senior Weight Training/Drums Alive/Aqua Aerobics/Fitness Specialist) Terri has 25 years of physical fitness experience. Her goal as a professional is for people to be able to enjoy life to its fullest and have comfort in their daily activities. Her certifications include AFAA/AFPA, Aerobics, Personal Training, and Zumba. She also teaches aqua classes and cycle training.

Cindy Schwartze (Yoga Express) Cindy discovered YOGA in 1999 when searching for a way to feel better. Cindy began her teaching journey in the Kansas City area in 2008. Her teaching style is clearly influenced by her training with great teachers Kim Schwartz, David Lipschutz, as well as many of Kansas City’s core YOGA instructors. Cindy is a certified fitness instructor, Yogafit® certified and CPR certified. She especially acknowledges Colleen Boveri and Parri Waldman for inspiring her on the path.

Jodi Foster (Zumba) Jodi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science from Kansas State University in 1996 and received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in 1999. Jodi is passionate about Zumba and wants everyone to experience the physical and emotional benefits it can provide. Jodi welcomes Zumba “veterans” and Zumba newcomers - she is always open to questions/concerns regarding routines, steps, or music.

Chen Huixian (Tai Chi) Master Chen is dedicated to spreading and promoting the traditional art and culture of original Chen Taiji (Tai Chi) in America. She has years of experience in teaching classes ranging from beginner to advanced, children to seniors, and from group seminars to private lessons. She specializes in Tai Chi for health, as well as Tai Chi for combat applications. Master Chen’s traditional training methods come straight from Chen Village and include a complete curriculum of silk-reeling exercises, emptyhanded forms, weapons forms, and two-person push-hands routines.



OPEN GYM Open Gym times are set aside each week depending upon gym availability. A schedule is posted weekly, listing available times for each age group. To participate, all individuals entering the gymnasium must pay the daily admission fee and present a photo ID card with current address to staff on duty. If no ID is available we will provide ID cards at a charge of $5.00. Information must be updated yearly. Youth or adult teams may not utilize Open Gym times to conduct practices, but may rent the gym by following rental policies. Resident $ 3.00 Non-Resident $ 4.00 Punch Cards: (10-visits) Residents $27.00 Non-Resident $36.00 Weekly schedules may be picked up at the front desk of the community center or call 913-322-5550 or check our website at Combined Daily Open Gym and Health Club Fee Includes use of fitness center equipment and drop-in Open Gym subject to age group scheduling. Must be 16 or over to use fitness center. Resident $6.00 Fees: Non-Resident $8.00 Daily Fees:

Noon Basketball Action Join your friends and co-workers over the noon hour for a fun and stimulating game of basketball. (Locker room & shower available; locks and towels not provided). Must bring photo ID card. Fees:

Resident Non-Resident


$3.00 $4.00

Game Room Our game room is available for use on a dropin visit basis. The game room includes lounge furniture, a pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table, and 52” high-definition television. There is a $2.00 per person, per day charge to visit the game room. The use of the game room equipment is included in the fee. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older. The game room is also available for rental for private parties.


Community Center Marketplace • Chatlain Park MAY - AUGUST 2011

Let us host your...Birthday Party...Wedding Reception... Anniversary Celebration...Business/Professional Meeting... Community Center Rooms Available for Rent Include

Jenks Gymnasium (43’ x 64’) accommodates up to 200 people*

Hocker Grove Room

Campbell Room

(21’ x 61’)

(20’ x 61’)

accommodates up to 90 people*

accommodates up to 75 people*

*(Capacity varies depending upon selected room arrangements) Our small classrooms, conference room, game room and kitchen facilities are also available for group rentals. We also offer support equipment for business meetings and functions, including internet access. Our staff will supply the details regarding room availability, rental fees and reservation deposits. Visit our website for further details. Outdoor rental spaces available (seasonally) at the following locations: Perfect for corporate picnics, family reunions and other gatherings

Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive

Chatlain Park 63rd Terrace & Carter

Vavra Park 61st & Slater

Rental Season

Rental Season

Rental Season

April 15-November 15

April 15-November 15

April 15-November 15

For more information call the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550 or send an email to Our staff looks forward to hosting your next event! 913-322-5550



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Walking Path

Turkey Creek Streamway Park Trail 36.91 Vavra Park 4.37 Antioch Park (Owned & operated by Johnson Co. Park Dist.) 44 Campbell Park 1.61 Brown Memorial Park 3.68 Chatlain Park 5.25 Quail Creek Park 5.25 Merriam Marketplace 3.91 Merriam Historic Plaza 1 Werner Park 2.1 Waterfall Park (under construction) 15

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Turkey Creek Streamway Park Trail - Approximately 4.5 miles of paved, multi-use trail running from 75th Street to Waterfall Park. The trail route follows the path of Turkey Creek and passes through wooded areas, a butterfly garden, and several parks. Paved parking and access points provided at 75th Street entrance, Chatlain Park, Campbell Park, Merriam Marketplace, Werner Park, and Waterfall Park. A new trail connection from Waterfall Park to Antioch Road was constructed in 2011. A downloadable trail guide is available at or you can pick one up at Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive. Vavra Park-61st & Slater - This park is newly renovated. New features include new walking path, picnic shelter, restroom, and decorative and landscaped waterfall feature. Antioch Park-6501Antioch Rd.- Owned and operated by Johnson County Park and Recreation District, and home of Merriam’s annual Turkey Creek Festival, celebrated on Saturday, May 21 this year. Campbell Park-61st & Knox - Looking for a quiet place to relax and picnic? Campbell Park overlooks Turkey Creek and provides an access point to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. Werner Park-57th & Knox - West side of Turkey Creek. This 2acre park was named for former Merriam City Council member Roger Werner, whose family donated the park land. Access point to Turkey Creek Streamway Trail and Merriam Marketplace.

Brown Memorial Park-51st & Grandview - Brown Park’s namesake is Esther E. Brown, the local resident who organized citizen support for the 1949 Webb v. School District 90 case. The Webb case helped set the background for the 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education lawsuit that ultimately serves as one of the most recognizable historic victories in the country’s Civil Rights Movement. Chatlain Park-9703 W. 63rd Terr - One of Merriam’s most active and beautiful parks, named for John Chatlain who served as a Merriam City Council member for 31 years. This park provides an access point to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. A picnic shelter is available for rental. Quail Creek Park-71st & Grandview - Named for the creek that meanders along the park boundaries. A beautiful park with passive areas, paved walking path, picnic area and playground. Merriam Marketplace-5740 Merriam Drive - A 10,000 square foot covered pavilion, home of the Merriam Farmers’ Market. Access point to Werner Park and Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. Waterfall Park-51st & Merriam Dr. - Named for its most prominent natural feature, this 15 acre park features an access point to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. This park is under development as funding becomes available. Recent improvements include a new entrance road and paved parking, trail extension, and bench installation. Practice fields are currently under construction.

Merriam Historic Plaza & Visitors Bureau

Merriam Historic Plaza & Visitors Bureau-6304 E. Frontage Rd. - Established in August 2006. This attraction complements other notable historic sites found throughout Merriam and features a walking path with 12 markers depicting the history of Merriam from pre-settlement to current day. The plaza also boasts an original bronze sculpture by local artist Kwan Wu, entitled, “The Bear Pit.” Visitors can enjoy convenient access to Merriam Historic Plaza while traveling through Kansas City along Interstate 35. Site offers helpful travel and tourism information for guests and visitors to our region. Meeting space for up to 50 people also can be reserved in the new conference center. For pricing information call 913-403-8999.



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Registration begins Monday, April 4, 2011 EASY WAYS. . .



Send your registration form and check or money order for total fees to: Merriam Parks & Recreation, 5701 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS 66203


Fax in your registration form with your VISA, MasterCard or Discover by call ing our fax number: (913) 677-1409. (Please be sure your form is filled out completely)


Phone in your registration using your VISA, MasterCard or Discover anytime during office hours: (913) 322-5550


Bring your registration form and fees in person anytime during office hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-8:00pm Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm Saturday: 8:00am-3:00pm Sunday: 1:00pm-4:00pm

1. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. All fees are due at the time of registration. Please keep your brochure; no class confirmations are sent. 2. All classes will have a minimum enrollment. Classes which have not met minimum enrollment 72 hours prior to the first class meeting will be cancelled. Participants will be notified by phone in the event of a class cancellation. 3. Registration may be accepted after classes begin, but fees are NOT PRORATED. 4. Inclement Weather Information: Call Merriam Parks & Recreation after 4:00pm for announcements concerning program cancellation-913-322-5591 or visit our website: REFUND/TRANSFER POLICY: 1. A full refund will be issued in the event of a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. 2. Refunds are available up to 72 hours prior to first class meeting. A $10.00 processing fee will be deducted. 3. Pro-rated refunds due to participant illness are allowed if accompanied by written physician statement, provided class session has not passed halfway point. A $10.00 processing fee will be deducted. 4. Requests for transfers may be made no later than the 2nd class meeting date, subject to class availability. 5. Returned check service fee - $30.00.

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Name as appears on card: The undersigned agrees to hold harmless and release the City of Merriam, its agents and employees from any liability which may be suffered by the above named individuals registered in this program arising out of or in anyway connected with participation in this program. The undersigned and the participant authorize the Merriam Parks & Recreation to use at its discretion, any photograph(s) (black/white or color) taken of the participant while participating in the program and waive any and all claims that the participant or undersigned or their heirs or assigns may have or claim to have resulting from such photograph(s) or reproduction thereof. Signature: Participant





Calendar of Events May 7th 12th






Farmers Market Opening Day Art Exhibit Opening “What We Treasure” (Photography/Mixed Media)

June 4th






Merriam Turkey Creek Festival “Turkey Creek Festival 5K Run” Aquatic Center Opening Day

National Trails Day/ Dedication of Trail Extension Party in YOUR Park (Quail Creek Park) Concert featuring “Loozin Sleep” (Rock) Art Exhibit Opening “Constructing Images” (Mixed Media & Watercolor)







Music at the Marketplace “Scott Duncan” (Acoustic Guitar) Music at the Marketplace “Rick Bacus Duo” Flags 4 Freedom - Field Opening

July 1st-4th 1st 8th




17th 21st






Flags 4 Freedom (Merriam Marketplace) Music at the Marketplace “Blue Gray Brass Brigade” (Marches/Band) Music at the Marketplace “Turpin Tyme Ragsters” (Ragtime) Music at the Marketplace “Bill Crain Group” (Jazz) Party in the Park (Vavra Park) Art Exhibit Opening “Colors of the World” (Mixed Media/Photography)

Music at the Marketplace “The Sons of Brasil” (Brazilian Jazz) Music at the Marketplace “Anna Lee and Lucky So and Sos” (Swing)

August 5th




Family Night “Dive-In” Theater (Merriam Aquatic Center) Party in YOUR Park (Brown Park) Concert featuring “Project Chameleon” (Rock)

September 2010 Turkey Creek Car Show

6th 10th 30th


Pooch Paddle at the Aquatic Center Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show Art Exhibit Opening “Image and Scratched Layers” (Photography & Collage)

Merriam Parks & Recreation - 2011 Summer Programs  

Merriam, Kansas Parks & Recreation Department's 2011 summer program brochure.

Merriam Parks & Recreation - 2011 Summer Programs  

Merriam, Kansas Parks & Recreation Department's 2011 summer program brochure.