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highlights & recreation

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Building Community, the Merriam Way

Mail-in Vote for New Community Center Ballots due by Sept. 15 page 4

7 // Tourism Works for Merriam

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9 // Ten Codes You Should Know

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10 // Fall Events

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20 // Parks & Rec Classes

CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 1


contact

MERRIAM CITY HALL 9001 W. 62ND ST. MERRIAM, KS 66202 913-322-5500

HOURS M-F 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

IRENE B. FRENCH COMMUNITY CENTER 5701 MERRIAM DR. MERRIAM, KS 66203 913-322-5550

HOURS M-TH 8 a.m.–9 p.m. F 8 a.m.–5 p.m. SA 8 a.m.–4 p.m. SU 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 913-322-5520 FIRE 913-888-6066 MUNICIPAL COURT 913-322-5540 POLICE EMERGENCY: 911 NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH: 913-782-0720 MAIN: 913-322-5560 PUBLIC WORKS 913-322-5570 VISITORS BUREAU 913-403-8999 cityofmerriam@merriam.org

MERRIAM.ORG

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Look us up on Nextdoor, the neighborhoodfocused social network. #MERRIAMKS

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Greetings Merriam Residents,

Hello everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the summer season and aren’t interrupted too much by all the street and sidewalk improvements going on in the neighborhoods. This is all part of the council’s dedication to keep the infrastructure here in Merriam the best in Johnson County. Speaking of infrastructure, I want to call your attention to a mail-in ballot coming your way. For two years, our community has continued talking about the future of recreation in Merriam. We’ve done our homework and gotten feedback from you, our residents, every step of the way. The fact is that the Irene B. French Community Center and Merriam Aquatic Center are on their last legs and need upwards to $20 million in renovations and repairs to bring them up to modern standards. Even for that amount, however, many of the upgrades will take place behind the walls, few new amenities will be added, and we will still have aging facilities that will need continuous care and upkeep. This solution is on the table, but I believe there is a better option – taking out $24 million in bonds to build a new community center and funding it with a 10-year quarter-cent sales tax. The new community center would be built at Vavra Park and feature the top amenities you said you wanted in Merriam – an indoor walking track, expanded fitness facilities, and an indoor and outdoor pool, in addition to community gathering spaces, an art gallery, and child watch. This would be the type of facility that would not only serve our community today, but future generations as well. Merriam was founded on parks and recreation, and we have a strong tradition of investing in our city. This is one of those moments that doesn’t come around often­– we have an opportunity to think big and build a defining space for our community. The decision of how we move forward isn’t up to just me or the city council, though. Every registered voter in Merriam will receive a ballot in the mail, and you can cast your vote by Sept. 15, 2017. I encourage you to spend some time getting educated about this issue and being a part of this milestone decision for Merriam. Your Mayor,

Ken Sissom

City offices will close in observation of holidays on Monday, Sept. 4; Thursday, Nov. 23; Friday, Nov. 24; Monday, Dec. 25; and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. In each case, offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. Closing information for the Irene B. French Community Center is on page 13. PAGE 2 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2017


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Curbside Leaf Pickup! The City of Merriam has arranged for Benjamin Lawn & Landscape to offer a group rate for residential curbside leaf removal in our neighborhoods. This is a voluntary program with two pickup options: DATES

COST

PICKUP #1: Tues., Oct. 31

$39

PICKUP #2: Tues., Nov. 28

$50

Discounted cost for both pickups

$68

Guidelines • Please have leaves ready for pickup by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Pickup may occur anytime on Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon. • Please rake leaves into a pile along the curb (edge of the lawn) that's as long and narrow as possible. Benjamin Lawn & Landscape trucks are equipped with a side mount vacuum designed to pull alongside a long row of leaves. The machines can reach six feet into the yard, so leaves beyond six feet may not be removed. • Leaves should be raked to the edge of the lawn as noted above. It's very important that you don't rake leaves into the street or gutter and don't block the sidewalk.

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6 // Resident Profile 6 // National Night Out 7 // Tourism Works for Merriam 8 // Staff Profile 9 // Ten Codes You Should Know 10 // Fall Events 12 // Turkey Creek Car Show 13 // Irene B. French

Community Center 16 // Art Gallery 17 // Farmers' Market 18 // Fitness Center

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20 // Youth 21 // Adult 24 // 50+

• Leaves only – please remove sticks, rocks, trash, and other debris. • Don't block the leaf row with vehicles on collection day.

To sign up for this optional program visit BenjaminLawn.com and click on “Leaf Removal” or call 913-499-6013 for more information.

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Merriam’s fall large-item pickup service is scheduled for October 16–20 Merriam Public Works provides large-item pickup service for residents during the third full weeks of April and October. Information about accepted items can be found at merriam.org/publicworks or by calling 913-322-5570.

MONDAY, OCT. 16

North of 75th St., south of 67th St., east of Switzer, and west of Antioch.

TUESDAY, OCT. 17

North of 67th St., south of Johnson Drive, east of Switzer, and west of Antioch.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18

North of 67th St., south of 54th Terrace, east of Antioch, and west of Lowell.

THURSDAY, OCT. 19

North of Johnson Drive, south of 53rd St., west of Antioch, and east of Switzer.

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

North of 53rd St., south of 47th St., west of Antioch, and east of Switzer. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 3


MAIL-IN VOTE NEW COMMUNITY CENTER

The Cityvoters asked the recreation amenities they wanted, Merriam will community determinewhat the future of recreation in our and we’ve incorporated the top ifitems into the proposed 66,000 square community. Voters will decide the City should replace the current foot community center at Vavra Park. 100+ year-old Irene B. French Community Center and 30+ year-old Merriam Aquatic Center with a new community center at Vavra Park.

NEW COMMUNITY CENTER

The City asked the community what recreation amenities they wanted. The top items are incorporated into the proposed 66,000 square foot community center at Vavra Park. CONCEPTUAL RENDERING

Proposed amenities include:

HOW WILL WE PAY FOR IT? »»USING SALES TAX: A quarter-cent tax for 10 years

INDOOR POOL

IKEA

SLATER

»» Indoor walking and jogging track »» Fitness center and aerobics room »» Indoor pool with lap lanes, leisure pool, and therapeutic water »» Outdoor pool with spray pad, lap lanes, and leisure pool (lazy river, slides, etc.) »» Full size gymnasium »» Art gallery and senior lounge »» Classrooms »» Party room »» Meeting and event space »» Catering kitchen »» Child watch »» Free social gathering space with WiFi

LOCKER ROOMS + MAINTENANCE GYMNASIUM EVENT / CLASS SPACE LOBBY / PREFUNCTION / CIRCULATION INDOOR AQUATICS

MULTI-USE GYM

»»NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

MERRIAM RESIDENTS NON-MERRIAM RESIDENTS

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FITNESS CENTER

WHO WOULD PAY THE SALES TAX?

»» About 82% of sales tax revenue comes from non-residents »» Balance will come from budgeted Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds

INDOOR TRACK

COMMUNITY ROOM


Today, the City budgets $720,000 per year to cover the gap between the amount of revenue brought in by the community center and pool and the costs required to operate these facilities. The business plan and studies done by the steering committee indicate that even with similar membership rates and conservative membership figures, a new facility would need a subsidy of about $650,000 from the City.

REGISTER TO VOTE BY Aug.

25 BALLOTS MAILED ON Aug. 25 BALLOTS DUE BY Sept. 15 at noon A YES VOTE MEANS

»» City will build a new $30 million community center at Vavra Park with indoor and outdoor pools »» $24 million will be paid in bonds; $6 million is already budgeted »» A new one-quarter percent sales tax will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, for 10 years to help cover the bond payment

$720,000

$650,000

Building Community // Mail-in Vote

VOTE

THE CITY SUBSIDY IS LESS BUILDING NEW

A NO VOTE MEANS

»» City plans to repair/renovate the Irene B. French Community Center and Merriam Aquatic Center for an estimated $20 million »» City will likely use $10 million in bonds; remaining balance paid with CIP fund »» Absence of new revenue source (sales tax) means higher annual bond payment for City »» Still have 100+ year-old building that doesn’t meet our community’s needs

RENOVATE/ REPAIR

BUILD NEW

ANNUAL OPERATIONS SUBSIDY E S T I M AT E D CO S T S

HOW DOES A 1/4-CENT SALES TAX AFFECT YOU?

Add 10¢ to a $40 pair of jeans

Add 2¢ to an $8 fast food meal

Add 25¢ to $100 of groceries

DROP-IN TOURS

The City will offer guided tours highlighting maintenance and repair issues at the Irene B. French Community Center and Merriam Aquatic Center throughout the summer. Check merriam.org/buildingcommunity for dates. The City has prepared this education piece to provide you with information about this initiative and remind you to vote. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 5


Resident Profile

sponsorship of Summer Sundays in Merriam. The Flags 4 Freedom event during the week of July 4 is the largest fundraising activity.

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Carol Eubank .............................................. Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Shawnee and moved to Merriam in 1976. After graduating from KU, I lived abroad for a while and traveled throughout Europe. I returned to Kansas City to start my career in human resources and decided to make Merriam my home. I’ve always been active in the community and in my neighborhood, Sherwood Forest. I was the chairman of the Merriam Chamber of Commerce board in the late 1990s and am currently part of the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation. What is the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation? The purpose of the foundation is to support Merriam's recreational facilities, programs, and parks. Some past projects have included program and membership scholarships for income-qualified Merriam residents, support of the arts in Merriam, equipment for the community center, and

What do you think is the biggest issue facing Merriam right now? I think the biggest issue we have is our aging infrastructure. We’ve always been a community that takes care of our streets, parks, and buildings, but these entities are aging. This includes the Irene B. French Community Center. We need to take a close look at what’s happening with the building, analyze the finances, and make an informed decision about what will be best for the community moving forward. Why do you choose to call Merriam home? Merriam’s small-town feel sets us apart from other communities in the metro. We have a very unique landscape, with homes mixed in with beautiful, natural settings. The parks and recreation amenities are great, of course, and I enjoy gardening and cooking, so I especially love the Farmers’ Market. Our location is ideal – we’re 20 minutes from anywhere in the greater Kansas City! And not everyone may agree with this, but I personally love to hear the friendly whistle of the train.

National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 // 6:30–8:30 p.m. Vavra Park // 6114 Slater St. National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police and community relationships. Merriam police officers will answer questions and talk to residents about the city, the police department, and public safety issues. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. For more information, visit merriam.org/police or call 913-322-5560.

Total Eclipse in the Parks Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 // 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Antioch Park, Shelter 2 // 6501 Antioch Road Merriam will be 99.8% dark as the total solar eclipse passes across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, purchase lunch from a food truck, and settle in to enjoy the celestial event of the century! First 200 people will receive a FREE pair of eclipse viewing glasses! PAGE 6 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2017


Did you know our Visitors Bureau operates solely on the transient guest tax collected from visitors staying in Merriam hotels? Visitor spending is big business in the state of Kansas. In fact, every year, visitors spend BILLIONS of dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, transportation, and more. This spending results in a strong local economy, tax revenues for the City of Merriam, and jobs for our community. Take a peek below at how visitor spending across the state saves YOU money in Merriam!

Merriam // Highlights

Tourism Works for Merriam!

The Power of

KANSAS T R AV E L Kansas welcomed 35.4 MILLION V I S I TO R S I N 2 015

VISITORS SPENT

$10.4+ BILLION

Transient guest tax in Merriam fully funds the Merriam Visitors Bureau, Merriam Historic Plaza, and Merriam Marketplace. The tax partially funds Parks & Rec festivals and events and economic development.

VISITOR SPENDING

Entertaining out-of-towners?

94,000 JOBS

Give the Merriam Visitors Bureau a call at 913-403-8999 for things to do and places to stay! Stop by Merriam Historic Plaza to pick up a copy of the 2017 Merriam Visitors Guide. It’s packed with local resources, events, and visitor information.

HELPS SUPPORT OVER

AND BRINGS IN

$588 MILLION

I N S TAT E A N D L O C A L GOVERNMENT REVENUES

M E R R I A M ACCOL A DE S There’s a reason why Merriam is Just Right! Well, there’s at least four reasons, but who’s counting? Top 100 best small towns in America – Livability

WHICH SAVES YOU

#1 place to start a business in Kansas – NerdWallet

IN PROPERT Y TA XES

#1 most friendly place in Kansas for retirees – Smart Asset

$525 per year

Best cities to start a small business – LendEDU

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CPR saves lives! Learn how to do compressions and you can be someone's best chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. The Overland Park Fire Department offers lifesaving CPR classes for the general public and healthcare and childcare professionals.

Classes for the general public: Hands-only CPR Free! Heartsaver CPR/AED $35

Classes for professionals:

Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider $40 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) $240 Pediatric First Aid/CPR AED $70

Register online at opkansas.org or call 913-895-8444.

The City's 2016 Popular Annual Financial Report is now available at merriam.org/finance. The report provides residents with information about the City's finances in a short, easy-to-read format. It contains highlights from the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial report, which is a more detailed, audited document.

Q+A with Merriam Staff

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Jenna Gant Communications & Public Engagement Manager Admin ................................................................................................................................... Always looking for new story ideas and ways to promote the City of Merriam, Jenna Gant works for you. She joined the City in June and is in charge of all the City’s communications, including this magazine, e-Merriam, and social media among several other different “jobs.” She is a people person and looks forward to learning more about our residents and the great things happening around town. What did you do before you joined the City? I spent the last five years working at the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus. I wrote and produced news stories about courts across the state. Before that, I covered city council for a weekly newspaper. I also was a TV news reporter in Minnesota. What’s your favorite thing to do in Merriam? I love taking my two kids (both under 4!) to Merriam’s local parks. We had a great time at the Turkey Creek Festival and Party in YOUR Park events.

What’s Your First Impression of Merriam? Everyone is really friendly. I’m new to the area and Merriam residents are quick to say ‘Hi!’ and offer help when needed. What project are you most excited to work on? With little kids, community recreation is really important to me. We’ve pushed out a lot of content about the new community center so registered voters can make an informed choice, and I’m excited to see how Merriam residents will vote.

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What Do You Like to Do in Your Free Time? I have extended family in the Kansas City area and love spending time with them, running after my own kids, or playing/watching sports with my husband. We like to attend Swope Park Rangers games. Feel free to say ‘Hi’ when I’m out and about or email me with any story ideas or ways to promote Merriam—jgant@merriam.org, or call 913-322-5507.


Ten City Codes You Should Know The City of Merriam is committed to a clean and inviting community by working with residents to encourage compliance with the City’s municipal code. Let's all do our part to keep our neighborhoods attractive.

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Exterior Building Maintenance

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House Numbers

All exterior building maintenance surfaces including doors, soffits, eaves, windows, porches, and trim must be maintained in good condition. Peeling, flaking, or chipped paint should be eliminated and the surface repaired. All houses must display address numbers that are easily readable from the street. The numbers must be at least four inches in height and in a contrasting color from your house.

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Uncontrolled Vegetation

Lawn mowing is required. Weeds, grasses, and other controlled vegetation must be kept below 10 inches in height on all properties. Property owners are required to mow any area between their property line and the adjacent curb or street.

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Tree Maintenance

Property owners are responsible for tree maintenance on their private property and trees located in the adjacent right-of-way areas. Dead trees and/or fallen tree limbs must be removed from the property.

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Inoperable Vehicles

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Outside Storage

The outside storage of inoperable vehicles isn't allowed. All vehicles must be operable and with current licensing attached. Most household items can't be stored outside. The only items allowed outside without restrictions are lawn furniture, barbecue grills, arbors, trellises, and flagpoles.

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Trash Containers & Collection

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Storage of Firewood & Compost Bins

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Boats, RV’s, Trailers, & Campers

Trash must be collected at least once weekly at all properties. On trash collection day, containers may be placed outside on private property for pickup. On other days, containers must be stored indoors, outside behind the front building line, or screened from view. Firewood and compost bins may be stored outside if they are located behind the front of the house and not within three feet of any property line. Firewood must be neatly stacked and raised to discourage rodent activity. These items may be stored outside if they are located behind the front building line and not within seven feet of the side property line. They must be located on a hard surface (asphalt or concrete) as required for offstreet parking.

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Off-Street Parking

All off-street parking surfaces must be graded and paved with asphalt or concrete and should be maintained free of cracks and potholes. Vehicles parked on the grass or other non-paved parking surfaces isn't allowed. Some homes in Merriam have gravel driveways and parking areas that existed before paving regulations were put in place. They must be maintained free of bare spots and vegetation.

Learn more at merriam.org/codes CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 9


EVENTS Fall Pooch Paddle Tuesday, Sept. 5 // 5:45–6:30 p.m. or 6:45–7:30 p.m. Merriam Aquatic Center // 6040 Slater St. Bring Fido to the biggest doggie dip of the season where they can swim, wade, and chase their favorite water toy. The MAC is closing for the season. This time is for dogs only – no humans allowed in the water. Dogs must be on a leash until they enter the water. Please choose one swim time for your dog. Class #240105A3 and #240105A4 $5 // pooch Early bird special until Sept. 4 $6 // pooch Day of event

Proof of dogs’ vaccinations required – no exceptions.

Funday Sunday & Apple Fest Sunday, Sept. 17 // 4–7:00 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive Don’t miss the last food truck fun of the season! Enjoy both savory and sweet treats from local trucks and live music by Exit 13. Inflatable and face painting for the kiddos, plus we'll celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with an apple craft, some apple games, and a snack that's sure to please. Free except for food purchases A portion of the proceeds from food purchases will be donated to support Flags4Freedom.

Merriam Mutt Strut Saturday, Sept. 23 // 9:30–11:30 a.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive

Bring your furry best friend for some fun at the Market. Merriam Police Department and Merriam Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up for a tail waggin’ good time. Run/walk the trail, shop the market, and play some dog games. Get your photo taken with Merriam's finest. FREE

Halloween Happening Saturday, Oct. 21 // 2–3:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive " On Halloween what do we do? We don' t say ' hi,' we say BOO!" Join us for the biggest pre-Halloween party in Merriam. Costume contest, nine hole mini-golf course, Balloon Monsoon inflatable, storytelling with Johnson County Library, Halloween antics with Shawnee Mission North Repertory Theatre, and more. Sponsored by Antioch Dentistry. FREE Ages 10 and under

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Saturday, Nov. 4 // 5:30-7:30 p.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive Bring Mom and show her your “super human powers.” Batman, Spider Man, Iron Man, or whoever you want to be; wear your costumes and we’ll bring the fun. Relay games, lego build, mask design, cake walk, and superhero pictures with Mom, plus super food. $25 // couple + $8 // additional son Ages 4–11 Registration deadline: Thursday, Nov. 2

Parks & Rec // Events

Mom and Son Superhero Party

Soups on with Santa & the Mayors Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 1 // 6:30–8:30 p.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive “ Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock. Jingle bell swing and jingle bell ring”

Get your holiday jingle on with Santa Claus and Mayor Ken Sissom. Join in this annual tradition of lighting the tree and time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. New this year: soup for supper, holiday games, crafts for the whole family, and take in a holiday movie with popcorn. Admission: Canned food item or new toy for Johnson County Christmas Bureau All ages Registration deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 29

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 2 // 10–11:15 a.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive " For the thing you seek, take a peak, at the shelf, Parks and Rec has an Elf!"

Santa wouldn't be able to get everything on his list done if it wasn’t for his elves. Breakfast with Santa has become a popular community event here in Merriam. No long lines or crowds at the mall. The morning is full of holiday fun. Story time with JoCo Library, face painting, elf craft, elf centerpieces, and maybe even elf food. Best of all, one-on-one time with Santa. $5 // Adult Children FREE with paying adult. Parent(s) must be in attendance. All Ages Registration deadline: Thursday, Nov. 30

Call for Musicians/Bands Music sets the tone for special events. During the summer months, the Merriam Parks & Recreation Department hosts several special events such as the Turkey Creek Festival, Party in YOUR Parks at three locations, Summer Sundays in Merriam with food trucks, Cruise Night, and the ever-popular Merriam Farmers’ Market. Applications for the 2018 special event season will be available starting Sept. 11, 2017, by visiting merriam.org/events. For more information, contact Sara Thompson at 913-322-5550. Submission deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 11


17TH ANNUAL

TURKEY CREEK CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW ...................................................

Saturday, Sept. 9

10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Rain or shine!

Merriam Marketplace

5740 Merriam Drive .................................................... Schedule

7:30 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 a.m.– 2 p.m. 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Parking lot opens Packet pickup Registration Show hours Awards Ceremony

Entry Fee

Pre-Registration $20 Event Day (if space available) $30 Additional Calendars $5 Additional T-Shirts $15 ($17 for XXL)

Lodging

Need a hotel room? Contact the Merriam Visitors Bureau at 913-4038999 or visit exploremerriam.com. More information: merriam.org/carshow

Held annually on the second Saturday in September, Merriam's Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show features all classes of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Enjoy prizes, music by DJ Rick Frederick, great local food vendors, and 250+ entries on display.

Registration

Registration can be completed at merriam.org/carshow or a printed entry form can be mailed to: Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show 5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203 Checks should be made payable to the City of Merriam. Pre-registered participants will receive: • 2017/2018 Calendar featuring 2016 Turkey Creek Car and Motorcycle Calendar Award Winners • Custom designed t-shirt with show logo • Custom designed dash plaque Day of event entries are subject to availability

OVER 50 AWARDS!

Top 20 Cars • Top 5 Motorcycles • Choice Awards • Special Awards • Calendar Award YOUNG GUN AWARD – $500 GOLD SPONSOR gift certificate (participants age 25 and younger) GRAND PRIZE – $4,000 GOLD SPONSOR gift certificate

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SPONSORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Silver: Butler Collision and Damage; Douglas Pump; Downtown Merriam Partnership; Penguin Pawn Award: FSRC; McCarty Mechanical; Merriam Feed, Lawn and Garden; Toner Jewelers Community: The House of Stuart, LTD; Joe Flynn Limited Pawn; Michael Riggs, DDS; Weavers Auto Center

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COMMUNITY CENTER ................................................................

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 educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities.

Merriam Parks and Recreation

5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203 913-322-5550 // merriam.org/parks MONDAY–THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

8 a.m.– 9 p.m. 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. 1–5 p.m.

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Located in a historic school building, the 33,000-square-foot Irene B. French Community Center is home to a majority of Merriam's Parks and Recreation programs. IBFCC Amenities

• Fitness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment • Art Gallery with monthly exhibits • Commercially equipped kitchen • Conference room and event space with Wi-Fi capabilities • Dance studio with wood floor, mirrors, and ballet barre • Game room with pool table, foosball, ping-pong, TV, and Wii® • Gymnasium with built-in stage

Open Gym

Open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Weekly schedules are available at the front desk, at merriam.org/opengym, or by calling 913-322-5550. To participate, all non-members entering the gymnasium must pay a daily admission fee. Youth or adult teams may not use open gym times to conduct practices, but may rent the gym according to rental policies. $3 // person Daily fee

Parks & Rec // IBFCC

IRENE B. FRENCH

Meet our Team Facility Staff

Anna Slocum, Director Dave Smothers, Assistant Director Sara Thompson, Recreation Supervisor Ingrid Berg, Assistant Recreation Coordinator Lisa Naughton, Administrative Assistant Dan Whitmill, Maintenance Worker II Melisa Burns, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Diane Monroe, Farmers’ Market Ast. Coord. Jennifer Reed, Fitness Specialist Amy McClure, Aquatic Center Manager

Facility Supervisors

Diane • Shellie • Joe • Michelle Bobby • Nicole • Mindy • Patty

Community Center Closures

Occasionally, portions of the Irene B. French Community Center may be closed for short periods of time for repairs, maintenance needs, or specially-scheduled activities and holidays. Anticipated closures will be posted as early as possible.

Holidays and Closings

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 Labor Day Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 Christmas

Connect

facebook.com/merriamparks

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Irene B. French Community Center Policies

Facility users are expected to respect community 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 privileges permanently revoked. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in the community center and within 10 feet of the entrances. The community center isn't staffed to provide individual child supervision. Please don't drop children off and leave them unattended. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person age 14 or older. No person under the age of 16 is allowed to participate in, or attend, adult fitness classes.

ID Card Admission Policy

Fitness center patrons must furnish a photo ID card with proof of residency. If no ID is available, an ID card can be provided with proper documentation for $5. Residency information must be updated annually.

Program Instructors Needed

Turn your hobby or skill into a part-time job by teaching a class at the community center. Contact Sara Thompson at 913-322-5550 to discuss your idea for a new program!

Register Early!

Please register at least three (3) working days prior to the start date of the class to prevent cancellation due to low enrollment. Many of our classes fill early due to popularity.

Scholarships

A limited number of recreation scholarships are available to help defray the cost of class and membership registration fees. Limited to Merriam residents; low-income guidelines apply. For an application, contact Merriam Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550.

Refund / Cancellation / Transfer Policy

The City of Merriam Parks and Recreation Department prides itself on providing first-class recreational opportunities to Merriam residents. Although patrons desire to attend all sessions for which they are registered, there may be circumstances that prevent them from completing programs. Recognizing the need to provide assistance with these situations, programs, memberships, and rental refunds will be handled in accordance with the policy posted on the website and available at the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC). All refunds are processed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. For purpose of point of notification, written requests that can be verified by date will be accepted during all hours of operation at the IBFCC front desk. Refunds for transactions paid by credit card, regardless of the amount, will be credited to the account on the day the cancellation is approved. Transactions paid by cash or check will be reimbursed by check, if more than $10. Please allow up to three weeks for payment. Refunds of less than $10 will be reimbursed with cash and will require a signature from the person eligible for the refund. Administration reserves the right to review and alter policies as needed. Policy changes and notifications will be provided in writing on the website and posted at the IBFCC front desk.

...................................................................................... The City of Merriam doesn't discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, or disability in the operation of any activity, program, or service. Merriam Parks and Recreation is committed to making accommodations as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made to Merriam Parks and Recreation one week prior to the start of a program. Please indicate what accommodations are needed.

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Parks & Recreation Advisory Board The Merriam Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center. The board is comprised of one representative from each of the four City wards, three at-large positions, and one youth representative. Contact Anna Slocum by email annas@merriam.org or call 913-322-5550 for more information. WARDS

Suzanne Downey Thelma Fowler LaVera Howard Kathy Stull

AT-LARGE

Tom Heffron Katie Leary Billy Crook Grant Getzlow, youth

Community Center Foundation

Sharing in Your Community’ s Future

Established in 1988 as a means to provide support for Merriam's recreation facilities, programs, and parks, the Merriam Community Center Foundation has provided more than $170,000 to support the Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation’s largest fundraising activity is the annual Flags 4 Freedom event, held during the week of July 4. The Foundation also supports the arts in Merriam, annually donating a piece from the Heartland Artist Exhibition to the permanent collection hanging at the Irene B. French Community Center. Recent programs include scholarship assistance for Merriam Parks and Recreation programs and memberships; sponsorship of Summer Sundays in Merriam; new benches for Chatlain Park; and assistance in the renovation and expansion of the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. Individuals or groups wanting to make a contribution in honor or memory of a loved one should contact Anna Slocum by email annas@merriam.org or call 913-322-5550 for more information. BOARD MEMBERS

Susan Hayden, President Carol Eubank, Secretary Nancy Hupp, Treasurer Lanny Bachtle Jane Doerflinger Frank Dover Lori Hanson LaVera Howard Kathy Rowe


COMMUNITY CENTER

ROOM RENTALS The center's small classrooms, conference room, game room, and kitchen facilities are all available for group rentals. Our classrooms can support equipment for business meetings and functions, including internet access.

Jenks Gymnasium

A great place for:

43’ x 64’

200+ person capacity*

Birthday parties

Anniversary celebrations

Staff can provide details regarding room or park availability, rental fees, and reservation deposits by calling 913-322-5550, or visit merriam.org/parks for more information.

Wedding receptions

Hocker Grove

22’ x 61’

Business meetings

90 person capacity*

Banquets

Corporate picnics Family reunions

Kessler Room

18’ x 23’

. . . and much more!

27 person capacity* *Capacity varies depending on selected room arrangement

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OUTDOOR RENTAL SPACES

Rental Season: First Saturday in April through the fourth Monday in October.

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Brown Park 5040 Booker Drive

Chatlain Park 6300 Carter Avenue

Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive

Vavra Park 6114 Slater Street

Waterfall Park 5191 Merriam Drive

Tucked in the South Park neighborhood, this shelter provides eight picnic tables and a large grill­— perfect for all events. Amenities include a new playground and swings, walking trail, basketball court, and open green space.

This 5.25-acre park provides access to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. The pavilion has eight picnic tables and a large grill. Amenities include new playground equipment, swings, open green space, and paved parking.

This facility is perfect for corporate picnics, family reunions, and other gatherings. Amenities include a bridge to Turkey Creek Streamway Park Trail, electrical hookups, playground equipment, and a sand volleyball court across the street at the community center. Tables and chairs aren't provided.

This shelter is great for family gatherings. Nestled in a wooded area, the pavilion contains eight picnic tables and a large grill. Park amenities include new playground equipment, walking paths, open green space, and is next to the Merriam Aquatic Center.

This park houses Julius McFarlin Fields. There are four soccer fields available for team practices. Fields are reserved by the hour.

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TIM MURPHY

ART GALLERY Upcoming Exhibits The Tim Murphy Art Gallery hosts monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. Opening night receptions are at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. All exhibits are free to the public and many artists will display originals and prints for sale. Exhibits can be viewed online at merriam.org/artgallery.

MID AMERICA PASTEL SOCIETY ARTIST

GRADISCHNIG

NOAH

SCHEISZER

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7 – SATURDAY, SEPT. 30

THURSDAY, OCT. 5 – SATURDAY, OCT. 28

THURSDAY, NOV. 2 – SATURDAY, DEC. 2

THURSDAY, DEC. 7 – SATURDAY, DEC. 30

“Characters & Perceptions”

“Pastel Impressions from the Midwest”

“The Art of Creative Expression”

“21st Annual High School Visual Art Competition”

Sharon Gradischnig Cyncha Jeansonne

This is a regional juried show sponsored by the MidAmerica Pastel Society.

Call for Artists

22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition Saturday, March 3 – March 31, 2018

The 22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition is accepting entries through Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. A maximum of three digital images in jpeg format may be submitted for judging. Accepted mediums include: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, photography, or a mixture of any of the above media. The entry fee of $45 is nonrefundable and payable to the City of Merriam. Find additional details about how to enter at merriam.org/heartland. PAGE 16 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2017

Greg Scheiszer Eric Pape

Local High School Student Artists

Learn more at: merriam.org/hsarts

The mission of the Tim Murphy Art Gallery is to increase public awareness of the visual arts by providing a setting for exhibition and education. Now in its 21st year, the Art Gallery recently underwent a major expansion and renovation, doubling its size! The space features fully restored 1911 hardwood floors, acoustic fabric walls, LED lighting and dedicated reception space.


MERRIAM

FARMERS' MARKET ........................................................................................

The Farmers’ Market at Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive // merriam.org/farmersmarket

SATURDAYS May 6 – Oct. 14 7 a.m.–1 p.m. WEDNESDAYS June 7 – Aug. 30 5–8 p.m. ........................................................................................ On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Farmers' Market will relocate to the community center parking lot during the Turkey Creek Car and Motorcycle show.

Free Children and Family Fun Activities

New this year, families can enjoy fun and free activities at the Merriam Farmers’ Market on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Seed-spitting Contest Saturday, Aug. 26 Enter our good ol’ fashion seed-spitting contest. Yes, distance and style points will be awarded. Either way, you'll eat delicious watermelon!

Family Food Fear Factor Saturday, Sept. 23 Sample food items from the market – some you'll like and some you may not choose to eat. Delicious fruits and vegetables may or may not be altered. Are you brave enough?

Wednesdays: Farmers and Food Trucks

Grab your co-workers, friends, and family and go to the Merriam Marketplace for Farmers and Food Trucks every Wednesday in August. Enjoy food and beverages from a variety of area food trucks each week. While at the market, shop from locally grown and picked fruits and vegetables. By supporting local merchants, you stimulate local economy and save energy resources!

Musical Entertainment at the Marketplace

Enjoy the sounds of local Kansas City musicians when they perform at the Merriam Farmers’ Market. Saturday market music performances are at 10 a.m. and Wednesday market music performances are at 6 p.m.

Stay connected to the market at facebook.com/merriamfarmersmarket CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 17


FITNESS CENTER The Irene B. French Community Center fitness center offers a small, friendly environment with all the essential equipment to help you attain your fitness and health goals. FITNESS CENTER MEMBERSHIPS

Family and individual fitness center memberships are available to both Merriam residents and non-residents, with no contracts required. Youth ages 13-15 must complete a mandatory equipment orientation with a fitness specialist and must be accompanied by a person 18 or older. 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 • Fitness evaluation by appointment with our fitness specialist • Updated personal programs MONTHLY

QUARTERLY

ANNUAL

RESIDENT*

NONRESIDENT

RESIDENT*

NONRESIDENT

RESIDENT*

NONRESIDENT

ADULT (16+)

$25

$30

$60

$70

$190

$230

SENIOR (60+)

$20

$25

$45

$55

$150

$175

HOUSEHOLD

$30

$40

$80

$95

$265**

$330

DAILY PASS FEE: $5 // Resident

$6 // Non-Resident

*Proof of residency required **Senior Household (60+) $225 Who qualifies for resident fees? • Any person owning taxable real estate in the City of Merriam • Any person permanently residing in the City of Merriam What can be used as proof of residency? • A valid Kansas driver’s license or state ID with current address.

Not ready for a membership? Try the center for a day on us! PAGE 18 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2017

Fitness Center Equipment Strength • Life/Hammer Strength selectorized equipment • Dual adjustable pulley machine • Smith machine • Adjustable bench • Dumbbell rack • Free weight dumbbells • Kettlebells • Stability balls Cardiovascular • LifeFitness treadmills (4) • StepMill • LifeFitness recumbent bicycle • LifeFitness upright bicycle • LifeFitness ellipitical (2) • SciFit total body recumbent stepper • LifeFitness row trainer Equipment includes a 900mHz receiver to select from your choice of three televisions.


...................................................... Personalized Fitness Assessment & Equipment Orientation A certified fitness specialist is available by appointment for 60 minute sessions to: • Establish appropriate weight and seat settings for all the LifeFitness machines. • Familiarize users with cardiovascular equipment. • Assess functional range of motion and basic mobility. • Recommend a personalized starting workout based on activity levels and fitness goals.

Free for Fitness Center Members ...................................................... Standardized Four-Part Fitness Evaluation Designed to assess and evaluate your general fitness level. These four simple fitness tasks can test your cardiovascular, upper body strength, abdominal strength, and flexibility. • Three-minute step test • One-minute sit-up test • One-minute push-up test • Hamstring flexibility test

Free for Fitness Center Members ...................................................... Personal Training Hourly personal training sessions are available with Fitness Specialist Jennifer Reed: $25 // hour Members $50 // hour Non-members

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Open Gym Regularly-scheduled open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Weekly schedules are available at the front desk, online at merriam.org/opengym, or by calling 913-322-5550.

Parks & Rec // Fitness Center

ORIENTATION & PERSONAL FITNESS

To participate, all non-members entering the gymnasium must pay a daily admission fee. Youth or adult teams may not use open gym times to conduct practices, but may rent the gym according to rental policies.

Fitness Center Membership Scholarship Program Merriam residents who qualify based on income requirements may receive assistance towards membership. Each applicant/family is eligible for $100 of assistance annually through the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation. More information, including applications, is available at the Irene B. French Community Center or by calling 913-322-5550. Assistance is based on available funds.

Be a regular Fitness Center user and win a FREE Membership! Every quarter, one lucky member will have the opportunity to win a FREE individual quarterly membership! To qualify, you must be a health club member for at least two consecutive quarters.

Renew your membership online at merriam.org/parks.

Call 913-322-5550 or email mprdfitness@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

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Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins on CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center August 7 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center.

Challenger Sports Tiny Tykes

Tiny Tykes is a NEW and EXCITING program focused on developing children aged 2–5 years old. Our soccer experts and child development professionals have designed an innovative curriculum; introducing your young soccer stars to the basic soccer skills, while developing strength, balance, coordination, listening skills, and teamwork. Our British coaches are experts at working with young children, and they'll combine soccer with fun games, stories, and music; keeping your children entertained and enthused. Register by calling 913-599-4884 or at registration.challengersports.com. Program meets at Waterfall Park.

The Ki Society

You're invited to have a new experience. The five disciplines of the Ki Society will be introduced. These include Ki-Breathing, Ki-Meditation, Aikido, Kiatsu, and Bell Meditation. These practices can be life long, and are fundamental to an awareness of our natural state of being. Please wear pants and a shirt that are suitable for mild exercise. Instructor: Montgomery CLASS

Challenger Tiny Tykes Challenger Tiny Tykes

CLASS #

– –

AGES M

2–3 4–5

310904S7 5–12

The Ki Society

310904S8 –

PIP

Game Room

Schools out and you and your friends are bored? Head to the court and shoot some hoops at a great price. Buy one get one FREE. GAME ON!

Preschool Indoor Playground (PIP) Pretend you’re a truck driver, policeman, motorcycle driver, and more. At PIP there are little tyke ride-along toys, and a kitchen. Have fun, make some new friends, run, and be loud. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time. $2 // child. Punch cards available: $10 for 10 visits.

Every Tuesday, all year round!

Game Room

Our game room is available for use on a “drop-in” basis. The game room includes lounge furniture, a pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table, Wii® gaming station with Wii® sports, and a 52” high-definition television. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older. Daily Fee: $2 // person. Use of game room equipment is included.

T W TH F SA SU TIME

• 5–12 • All • • • • • • • • All • • • • • • •

The Ki Society Holiday Break BOGO

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Holiday Break BOGO

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DROP MIN/ IN MAX

DATES

FEE

Sept. 11–Oct. 9

$75

11:45 a.m-12:30 p.m. Sept. 11–Oct. 9

$75

6–6:50 p.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 24

$35

$7

1/12

6–6:50 p.m.

Nov. 7–Dec. 19

$35

$7

1/12

Open gym hours

Dec. 21–Jan. 2

$3

9:30–11:30 a.m.

Ongoing

$2

Building hours

Ongoing

$2

11–11:45 a.m


Host your child’ s birthday party here!

All packages are for two hours during regular business hours. For more information and availability, call 913-322-5550. PRESCHOOL PACKAGE #1

Includes the preschool playground setup in the gym with tables and chairs for 20.

GAME ROOM PACKAGE

$116 // MERRIAM RESIDENT

Includes use of all activities and equipment in game room, and a separate party room with seating for 24. Game room includes a pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table, Wii gaming system, and a 52” high-definition television.

$145 // NON-RESIDENT

$65 // MERRIAM RESIDENT

Intended for children ages 5 and under.

$85 // NON-RESIDENT

PRESCHOOL PACKAGE #2

Intended for children ages 8 and up.

SPORTS PACKAGE

Includes the preschool playground setup in the gym plus the use of a multi-purpose room with maximum seating of 75.

Includes the gymnasium and a separate party room with seating for 24 people. Equipment available for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball.

$144 // MERRIAM RESIDENT

$60 // MERRIAM RESIDENT

$180 // NON-RESIDENT

$70 // NON-RESIDENT

Intended for children ages 5 and under.

Intended for children ages 5 and up.

Parks & Rec // Youth + Adult Classes

BIRTHDAY PACKAGES!

Adult Classes The Investment Game “ Show me the money!”

Does investing intimidate you? Do you want to build a bigger nest egg for retirement? Take part in this exciting course to learn about investments and how they work. Class time will include investment choices, income and tax strategies, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more. Learn how to analyze investments and measure risk. Also, you'll pick your own portfolio to follow throughout the course with play money and compete for a prize at the end. This course meets three times on Tuesday evenings.

TUESDAYS Sept. 5–19 Sept. 26–Oct. 10 Oct. 17–Nov. 7 Nov. 14–28

TIMES 6:30–8 p.m. 6:30–8 p.m. 6:30–8 p.m. 6:30–8 p.m.

FEE CLASS# $25 320501G2 $25 320501G3 $25 320501G4 $25 320501G5

Instructor: Rinkes CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 21


Parks & Rec // Adult Classes FITNESS .......................................................

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

Learn basic belly dance techniques while building flexibility and stamina. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothing; bare feet or dance slippers.

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

Belly Dance–Beginning

Instructor: Field

Belly Dance–Intermediate

This class builds on the belly dance technique and concepts taught in Beginning Belly Dance. Work on flexibility and stamina, combinations, layers, and choreography, as well as group improvisational format belly dance. Performance opportunities are offered throughout the year. Experience required. Please email the instructor at amaraduende@yahoo.com with questions. Instructor: Field

Belly Dance–Advanced

Challenge yourself and develop sharp hips, gorgeous arms, and smooth undulations that make belly dance so much fun and such great exercise. Wear comfortable clothing, bare feet or dance slippers, and get ready to build strength, grace and have a lot of fun. Instructor: Field

Fit Blend

This class is a challenging, fun blend of body awareness, functional movement, strength building yoga poses, and strength training. Using movement techniques found in Flow yoga and applying them to functional weight training to create a dynamic movement training class to challenge any fitness level. Instructor: Reed

YOGA ...........................................................

Gentle Yoga

Nourish your body and mind while being gentle on your body. This class is perfect for those who need modified poses but want maximum benefits. Designed for older students or those with ongoing chronic conditions, this slower-paced yoga class is gentle and works to provide increased mobility and decrease pain levels. A doctor’s note is requested. Instructor: Duran

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

A derivative of Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga emphasizes detail, precision, and alignment in the practice of posture and breath control. The development of strength, mobility, and stability is gained through the use of props. Instructor: Duran PAGE 22 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2017

For continuing yoga students who participated in a Iyengar Yoga Level 1 two or more times, OR have previous yoga experience. Instructor: Duran For students able to do inversions with ease at the wall. Instructor: Duran

Yoga Express

Exercise your body while freeing your mind from the stresses of everyday life. Treat yourself to the midday break you deserve, while enhancing your body. This classes uses props such as blocks and blankets to assure proper form and body alignment. Focus on yourself and leave stress at the door. Instructor: Duran

OTHER CLASSES .........................................

The Ki Society

Enjoy a new experience by learning the five disciplines of the Ki Society. These include Ki-Breathing, KiMeditation, Aikido, Kiatsu, and Bell Meditation, which can be lifelong skill that promotes a fundamental awareness of our natural state. Please wear clothing appropriate for mild exercise. Instructor: Montgomery

Pickleball: Drop-in Play

Part tennis, part badminton, part ping pong — all fun! This easy-to-learn, eye-hand coordination game is growing rapidly in popularity. All equipment provided; just bring a partner and a fun attitude!

Yoshokai Aikido

Loosely translated, Aikido means "the way of harmony with nature or universal energy." Students study harmony through physical movements. Although a self-defense art technique, Aikido focuses on attention to detail and form. Instructor: Duran

Waist Warriors

For men who love to play soccer-or want to try a new activity-but feel a little “out of shape” to play in a traditional league. Games will be small sided and you'll be provided with additional tools needed to live a healthy lifestyle and improve your overall fitness levels. Note: All participants must have a body composition

analysis performed by the MPRD Fitness Specialist or personal physician and a score of at least 27%. Two testing days will be scheduled prior to pre-season goal setting assessments. Participants can register individually or as teams. REGISTRATION DEADLINE Aug. 17


Registration begins on CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center August 7 .................................................................................................................................................................

All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, unless otherwise noted. CLASS

CLASS #

AGE

Belly Dance–Beginner

320807C1 16+

Belly Dance–Beginner

320807C2 16+

M

Belly Dance– Intermediate 320807C3 16+ Belly Dance– Intermediate 320807C4 16+ Belly Dance–Advanced

320807C5 16+

Belly Dance–Advanced

320807C6 16+

Fit Blend

320802T3 16+

Fit Blend

320802T4 16+

Gentle Yoga

320803D3 16+

Gentle Yoga

320803D4 16+

Gentle Yoga

320803B5 16+

Gentle Yoga

320803B6 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

320803R3 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

320803R4 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

320803F5 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

320803F6 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

320803E3 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

320803E4 16+

Yoga Express

320803N5 16+

Yoga Express

320803N6 16+

The Ki Society

320904K1 16+

The Ki Society

320904K2 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

320904C7 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

320904C8 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

320904C5 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

320904C6 16+

Pickleball

16+

Pickleball

16+

Waist Warriors *No class on Nov. 23

321003S1 18+

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• •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

DROP MIN/ IN MAX

DATES

FEE

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 24

$70

$10

3/10

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7–Dec. 19

$60

$10

3/10

7:35–8:35 p.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 24

$80

$12

3/10

7–9 p.m.

Nov. 7–Dec. 19

$70

$12

3/10

7–9 p.m.

Sept. 6–Oct. 25

$85

$12

3/10

7–9 p.m.

Nov. 8–Dec. 20

$75

$12

3/10

5:45–6:45 p.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 26

$48

$7

6/20

5:45–6:45 p.m.

Nov. 7–Dec. 21*

$46

$7

6/20

6–7:25 p.m.

Sept. 11–Oct. 30

$84

$15

3/10

6–7:25 p.m.

Nov. 6–Dec. 18

$77

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Sept. 7–Oct. 26

$84

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Nov. 2–Dec. 21*

$77

$15

3/10

6–7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6–Oct. 25

$72

$15

3/10

6–7:30 p.m.

Nov. 8–Dec. 20

$68

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 24

$84

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Nov. 7–Dec. 19

$77

$15

3/10

7:30–8:55 p.m.

Sept. 11–Oct. 30

$84

$15

3/10

7:30–8:55 p.m.

Nov. 6–Dec. 18

$77

$15

3/10

12–12:45 p.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 26

$64

$7

3/10

12–12:45 p.m.

Nov. 2–Dec. 21*

$56

$7

3/10

7–8:30 p.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 24

$35

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

Nov. 7–Dec. 19

$35

$7

1/12

6–7 p.m.

Sept. 7–Oct. 26

$64

$10

3/10

6–7 p.m.

Nov. 2–Dec. 21*

$56

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

Sept. 9–Oct. 28

$64

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

Nov. 4–Dec. 16

$56

$10

3/10

4–6:30 p.m.

ongoing

$1

$1

$120

12/45

8:15–11:15 a.m. ongoing* 12–2 p.m.

Aug. 26–Nov. 4

Parks & Rec // Adult Classes

REGISTRATION .................................................................................................................................................................

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Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs & Classes All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, unless otherwise noted.

Congregate Meals Monday–Friday Participate in the Johnson County Nutrition Program. This meal program is offered at 11:30 a.m. each weekday. Home delivered meals are available for anyone who's unable to come to the community center. Please contact the site manager at 913-677-2048 for more information about the program or to make a reservation. Donation requested.

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Merriam 50+ Club First & Third Fridays

B.I.N.G.O.

Second Thursdays // 1:30–3:30 p.m. // $3 Sept. 14: Fall Harvest Bingo Oct. 12: Costume Bingo (wear a Halloween costume!) Nov. 9: Sadie Hawkins Bingo Join us for bingo each month. You'll receive three cards to play 15 games, PLUS snacks and beverages. Prizes awarded.

Holiday Bingo

Thursday, Dec. 14 // 1:30–3:30 p.m. // $3 Help us celebrate the holidays with a cookie exchange. Please bring one dozen (or more) of your favorite holiday recipe to share and you'll receive an assortment to take home.

AARP Smart Driver Course

Saturdays: Sept. 16 & 23 // 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. $15/AARP Member $20/Non-AARP Member AARP instructs this improved Smart Driver course, which helps you keep current on road rules so you can be worry free on your upcoming road trip. Pre-registration is required with payment. Checks payable to AARP. Class# 330502G5

This club is held on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Join your friends and neighbors for food, fun, and a weekly program. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Cecil Waage at 913-236-9866.

Cut the Clutter, Get Organized

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Getting to know your Smart Phone

“Boomer Buzz”

Bimonthly Newsletter Merriam Parks and Recreation Department sends out a newsletter with listings of bimonthly special events, programs, and classes, dedicated to the 50 and better age group. To be placed on our mailing list, call 913-322-5550.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 // 1:00 p.m. // Free Is clutter a problem for you? Come and learn how to develop strategies for your household to manage, reduce, and even eliminate your clutter. A four container system is taught to help tackle clutter in your home. Sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, Johnson County Office. Pre-registration required. Class #330501G5 Tuesday, Oct. 3 // 1–2:30 p.m. // Free program with AT&T Just getting started with a new smart phone? This workshop will help you get comfortable with your phone or tablet. In this hands-on beginners class, you will uncover the fun and convenience of your smart phone, navigate your settings, recognize icons and buttons, and discover what you can do with your device. Please make sure you know all user accounts and passwords for your gadget. Pre-registration required. Class #330501G4

Silver Screen Matinée

Wednesdays // 1 p.m. // Free Bring a friend to a FREE movie in a relaxed environment. Schedules are available at the front desk and highlighted in the bimonthly “Boomer Buzz” newsletter. Free popcorn is provided the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Movies subject to change.

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................................................................................................................................................................. Registration begins on CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center August 7 .................................................................................................................................................................

Ageless Yoga

Chair Two

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

Pickleball

Yoga, more than any other exercise, can be tailored to fit seniors. Yoga has shown to help alleviate high blood pressure, arthritis, and poor sleep by combining poses with relaxation and breathing techniques to improve overall health. Instructor: McMillan

Pickleball combines skills used in playing tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It's a fun, easy-to-learn game that provides a new way to be active. Equipment available.

Formerly Flexercise

Keep moving with this low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. This recreational, chair-based exercise class includes range of motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability.

Senior Wii® Bowling

Join us and try your hand at Wii bowling. No special shoes required – just a remote game controller and big screen TV. If bowling is “right up your alley,” you will have fun whether you are a semi-pro or a newbie.

$3 donation is suggested. Registration isn't required.

Chair One

Using a chair for support, this is a gentler form of practicing yoga postures while sitting or standing. It helps increase flexibility, improve strength, and reduce tension. Breathing techniques are also part of the practice. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation. Instructor: Duran/McMillan CLASS

Ageless Yoga Ageless Yoga Ageless Yoga Ageless Yoga AFEP Chair One Chair One Chair Two Chair Two Pickleball Pickleball Wii Bowling Wii Bowling Wii Bowling

CLASS #

330803D1 330803D2 330803D5 330803D6

AGES

50+ 50+ 50+ 50+ No Registration 50+ 330803D7 50+ 330803D8 50+ 330803D3 50+ 330803D4 50+ No Registration 16+ No Registration 16+ 331202X4 50+ 331202X5 50+ 331202X6 50+

*No class on November 23 or 24

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This more advance form of practicing yoga postures also uses a chair for support. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation. At least six sessions of Chair One are required to be in this program. Instructor: Duran

Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs

REGISTRATION

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9–10:20 a.m. 9–10:20 a.m. 9–10:20 a.m. 9–10:20 a.m. 10–10:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 8:15–11:15 a.m. 4–6:30 p.m. 10–11:30 a.m. 10–11:30 a.m. 10–11:30 a.m.

DATES*

Sept. 6-Oct. 25 Nov. 8-Dec. 20 Sept. 8-Oct. 27 Nov. 3-Dec 22* ongoing Sept. 6-Oct. 27 Nov 1 - Dec. 20* Sept. 5-Oct. 26 Nov 2-Dec. 21* ongoing ongoing Aug. 18-Sept. 15 Sept. 29-Oct. 27 Nov. 10-Dec. 15*

FEE

$48 $45 $48 $45 – $64 $56 $64 $56 – – $3 $3 $3

DROP MIN/ IN MAX

$7 $7 $7 $7 $3 $7 $7 $7 $7 $1 $1 – – –

4/11 4/11 4/11 4/11 – 4/11 4/11 6/11 6/11 – – 6/16 6/16 6/16

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Quail Creek Park 7024 Grandview Ave.

It’s an exciting time at Quail Creek Park! Nestled in the Antioch Hills neighborhood, residents will soon enjoy new playground equipment and safety surfacing. A monument sign will also be installed. The new playground features: »» Seated merry-go-round.

»» Twisting traverse for core and stability.

»» Tree climber for problem solving and upper-arm strength. »» Multi-user swing for sharing and socializing.

»» Various percussion pieces to enhance sensory experiences.

Brown Memorial Park

5040 BOOKER DRIVE

3.68

Campbell Park

9674 W. 61ST ST.

1.61

Chatlain Park

6300 CARTER AVE.

5.25

Merriam Historic Plaza

6304 E. FRONTAGE ROAD

Merriam Marketplace

5740 MERRIAM DRIVE

3.91

Quail Creek Park

7024 GRANDVIEW AVE.

5.25

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS

36.91

Vavra Park

6114 SLATER ST.

5.37

Waterfall Park

5191 MERRIAM DRIVE

15

Werner Park

5750 MERRIAM DRIVE

2.1

Antioch Park

6501 ANTIOCH ROAD

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RESTROOM

PICNIC SHELTER

BASKETBALL COURT

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

TENNIS COURTS

GRILLS

PICNIC TABLES

Daily park hours are from sunrise to sunset

ACREAGE

MERRIAM PARKS

WALKING PATH

Merriam bought this land after a torrential rainstorm flooded the area in the late 1990s. After much thought of what to do with the land, Quail Creek Park was dedicated on Oct. 19, 2002.

PAVED PARKING

Merriam Parks and Recreation Department anticipates a Labor Day reopening.

DID YOU KNOW ?

STREAMWAY TRAIL ACCESS

The playground will be closed for about a month while crews install the new equipment. You can still appreciate the park’s other great amenities such as walking paths or grilling food and enjoying a picnic at the park.

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Parks & Rec // Merriam Parks

Quail Creek Park is also a site for one of three Party in YOUR Park events each summer. Typically, this event is scheduled for the third Friday in July and features a free meal, musical entertainment, and an inflatable for children. Mark your calendar for this great community event in 2018. Explore Quail Creek Park and let us know about your visit. Post pictures on our Facebook page: facebook.com/MerriamParks

Merriam Parks & Trail Map W 47 ST

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

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CITY PARK TRAIL HEAD LOCATIONS ANTIOCH RD

SWITZER RD

W 49 TH ST

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Waterfall Park Merriam Marketplace Campbell Park Chatlain Park 75th St.

TURKEY CREEK STREAMWAY TRAIL

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The section of trail that follows Turkey Creek in Merriam is approximately 4 miles of paved, multiuse trail running from 75th St. to Antioch Road. The Merriam trail route passes through wooded areas, a butterfly garden, the AT&T pocket park, and several larger neighborhood parks. Paved parking and access points are provided at the 75th St. entrance, Chatlain Park, Campbell Park, Merriam Marketplace, and Waterfall Park. The trail continues into Overland Park by traveling along Antioch. Distances between locations in miles

JOHNSON DR

WATERFALL

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CAMPBELL

CHATLAIN

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

POCKET PARK

EDELWEISS

75TH ST.

Trail mileage markers are available every 1/2 mile. Emergency (E911) trail markers are available every 1/4 mile.

X 0.96 1.47 2.03 2.84 3.24 3.49 3.66

0.96 X 0.51 1.07 1.87 2.28 2.53 2.7

1.47 0.51 X 0.56 1.37 1.77 2.02 2.19

2.03 1.07 0.56 X 0.81 1.21 1.46 1.63

2.84 1.87 1.37 0.81 X 0.40 0.65 0.83

3.24 2.28 1.77 1.12 0.40 X 0.25 0.42

3.49 2.53 2.02 1.46 0.65 0.25 X 0.17

3.66 2.7 2.19 1.63 0.83 0.42 0.17 X

LOWELL AVE

CARTER AVE

SWITZER RD

SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY

W 67TH ST

WATERFALL

I-35

W 71ST ST

ANTIOCH RD

WERNER CAMPBELL CHATLAIN BUTTERFLY GARDEN POCKET PARK W 75TH ST

EDELWEISS 75TH ST.

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National Night Out Against Crime Open House // 6:30–8:30 p.m. // Vavra Park "Agglomeration People, Places and Things” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // IBFCC Registration Begins for fall Parks & Rec classes Cruise Night // 6:30–8:30 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Rockin' Party in YOUR Park // 6 p.m.–8 p.m. // Campbell Park Total Eclipse in the Parks // 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. // Antioch Park City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Labor Day – City Hall and IBFCC closed Closing day at the Merriam Aquatic Center // 12–6 p.m. // MAC Pooch Paddle // 5:45–6:30 p.m. or 6:45–7:30 p.m. // MAC "Characters & Perceptions" Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // IBFCC Turkey Creek Car and Motorcycle Show // 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Ballots for New Community Center vote due by noon (p. 4–5) Funday Sunday/Apple Fest // 4–7 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall

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"Pastel Impressions from the Midwest" Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // IBFCC City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Halloween Happenings // 2–3:30 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall

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“The Art of Creative Expression” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // IBFCC Mom and Son Super Hero Family Party // 5:30–7:30 p.m. // IBFCC City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Thanksgiving – City Hall and IBFCC closed City Hall closed City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall

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For more information about any of the dates or events listed above, please call 913-322-5500 or visit merriam.org.

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