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24 // Parks & Rec Classes

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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

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Greetings Merriam Residents,

This summer, I celebrated my 10th anniversary as the Mayor of Merriam. It’s been a tremendous honor serving you. I’m proud to say our city has grown in the past decade, and I want to commemorate that throughout this issue. Merriam’s retail has expanded with several new car dealerships, IKEA, and QuikTrip, just to name a few. With our city’s robust businesses, I’m pleased to say our property tax rates have stayed steady. This is in part due to the number of shoppers visiting our community, which we’ve explained more about in our cover story on page 6. Ten years ago, we renewed a quarter-cent special sales tax to use specifically for our streets and stormwater projects. Since then, our roadways have greatly improved. We completely repaved Johnson Drive from the train tracks to west city limits. Turkey Creek Bridge saw numerous enhancements. And, we’re currently working on improving 67th St. with new roads, sidewalks, curbs, and streetlights. We’ll soon begin public conversations to renew this quarter-cent sales tax next year to maintain our standards. So, take a look at how our city has flourished over the past 10 years, and see how we’ve used your tax dollars to enhance our community. For our longtime residents, we hope this will give insight into the decisions we make for our city. And, for our newer residents, we want you to get a feel for how far we’ve come to make Merriam Just Right for all the right reasons. Your Mayor,

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City offices will close in observation of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. Closing information for the Irene French Community Center is on page 18. MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALLB. 2019


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4 // Construction Updates 6 // Retail Success 8 // City Updates 10 // Public Safety 12 // Merriam History App 13 // Farmers' Market 14 // Events 16 // Turkey Creek Car Show 17 // Merriam Drive Live 21 // Art Gallery 22 // Fitness Center

New Merriam T-Shirts Available! Want to show off your Merriam pride? You can buy one of our soft and comfy shirts! Pick up a Merriam t-shirt or bag at City Hall or the Irene B. French Community Center. Shirts are $10/adults or $5/kids. Bags are $10. They also make great gifts for friends and family!

The City is offering large-item pickup for residents to dispose of items such as furniture, appliances, carpets, and rugs. Please place items by your curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day.

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Merriam Public Works collects 200 tons of large-item waste each year.

New Councilmember Sworn In Merriam’s newest councilmember, Jason Silvers, was ceremonially sworn in at the June 10 City Council meeting. Merriam City Council in April appointed Silvers to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat previously filled by Robert Weems. Silvers’ term runs through the end of the year.

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Bird’s Eye View from Southeast

5701 Merriam Drive Update The 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee met several times since October to determine best uses for the site of the Irene B. French Community Center. Committee members hosted public meetings in April and June to meet with residents about potential uses and get feedback from the community.

During the June public meeting, the committee shared it will recommend keeping as much of the existing 1911 building as structurally possible and then tear down the rest of the building to make room Bird's-eye view of a concept for 5701 Merriam Drive for an amphitheater/stage, playgrounds, and green looking northwest. space. Members will make their final report to the City Council later this year.

Merriam Community Center Goes Vertical Our new community center is taking shape and coming out of the ground. The project is still scheduled to open mid2020 and continues to be on budget.

Key Updates: ▶▶ The community center structure will be up by early fall in order to be covered before winter. ▶▶ You’ll soon see foundations for the outdoor and indoor pools. ▶▶ The parking structure is nearly complete. ▶▶ Parks and Recreation staff will move to the Merriam Community Center in summer 2020. Check out our social media sites for monthly video updates.

Continue to find updates on the Merriam Community Center at merriam.org/buildingcommunity. Stay connected with us on the City’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Nextdoor pages. We Are Here Team Selection

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The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC-KS) in March awarded the City with its Engineering Excellence Award for the Johnson Drive Improvement Project. Merriam worked with Affinis Corp. to improve Johnson Drive from West City Limits to Kessler Lane with repaved roads, ADA compliant sidewalks, and new street lighting for pedestrians. Construction began last June and was completed in October 2018.

Merriam // Construction Updates

City of Merriam Receives Engineering Excellence Award for Johnson Drive Project

Merriam also won awards from the ACEC-KS in 2018 for Innovation and Outstanding Engineering on Merriam Lane and in 2015 for City Public Improvement of the Johnson Drive Bridge.

Find Construction Projects Across Merriam with New Interactive Map Discover why there are orange cones in your neighborhood with our new current projects map. Public Works will update the interactive map every two weeks to show city-wide projects such as new sidewalks, streetlights, and roadways, among many other developments. You can also view right of way permits. When you click on a pin, you’ll learn about the project, when it started, and its expected end date. Find the map at merriam.org/currentprojects.

Traffic Alert: 67th Street Improvements On July 15, construction crews started a long-term road improvements project on 67th St. from West City Limits to Antioch Road. This project includes repaving the entire roadway, new curbs and sidewalks, new streetlights, and ADA compliant ramps. There will be partial lane closures throughout the entire project, which should be completed by Dec. 24, weather permitting.

DAILY LANE CLOSURES: July 15 – Dec. 24

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10 Years of Retail Success with High Pull Factor Retail growth in Merriam has come a long way in a decade! In the past 10 years, we’ve added multiple commercial developments, including IKEA, Hobby Lobby, QuikTrip, and several new car dealerships. Nestled along I-35, our large retail concentration has actually benefited you! The more than 400 businesses across our City - plus our high pull factor - help keep your property taxes steady as visitors to our community aid in funding projects across town.

Johnson Drive Bridge over Turkey Creek was reconstructed in 2014.

Image from Google Street View

Multiple car dealerships have opened their doors in Merriam or renovated and expanded their operations.

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Pull Factor Explained

Merriam has the largest pull factor in the state of Kansas. Pull factor refers to how many non-residents a community “pulls” in for shopping purposes. The value is used to assess the relative strength of our local retail economy. Merriam’s high pull factor means about 80% of all retail sales come from non-residents. With city and county sales and use taxes contributing to 56% of our General Fund revenue, Merriam is financially healthy. In 10 years, we’ve increased our sales and use tax revenue from about $6 million in 2009 to $10 million* in 2018. What This Means for You

Because of our unique financial situation, your property tax rates haven’t increased in 10 years. That’s when Merriam City Council last voted to raise your rates. The City’s property tax rate would be much higher if not for our robust sales tax collection.

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission has added and remodeled many offices, including the birth center and critical care services expansion.

Merriam // Retail Success

During the past 10 years, Merriam has issued more than 5,600 building permits worth $600 million.

Parks & Rec and Public Works installed new playground equipment at five parks.

Merriam Police started wearing body cameras in 2010 for greater transparency.

We use our sales tax collection to provide world-class city services you’ve come to know and love. The money goes toward our street and stormwater projects, snow removal, police and fire protection, and our beautiful parks. These economic development investments bring in key retailers to our City and may continue to help keep your property tax rates low for years to come.

*It would be $12 million if we include the quarter-cent sales tax voters approved for the new community center.

Merriam's sales tax success allows the City to offer programs for residents like the Exterior Home Improvement Grant, Block Party Grant, Neighborhood Island Grant, and Franchise Fee Rebate Program. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 7


Image from Google Street View

Special Sales Tax Up for Renewal Next Year In 2020, the quarter-cent special sales tax that funds our streets and stormwater system is set to expire. Money from this special sales tax can only be used for roadway and stormwater construction and maintenance. Residents last voted to renew the quarter-cent special sales tax in 2010 through a mail-in ballot. Since 2011, we’ve collected $14 million from this tax and used the money to complete 22 projects, with eight more projects scheduled or underway. Those projects include improvements to Johnson Drive, Antioch Road, and Farley Ave. with new roads, sidewalks, and streetlights. We also completed Shawnee Creek and Meyer Creek drainage projects. As a result of this sales tax, the City was also able to leverage an additional $12 million for those projects through county, state, and federal grant programs that match our contributions. Later this year, the City Council will begin a conversation about next steps with the streets and stormwater sales tax. Stay tuned for more information in our next Highlights and Recreation issue.

Merriam's award winning Popular Annual Financial Report shows City revenue and expenses. View the 2018 report at merriam.org/finance.

Q+A with Merriam Staff

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Bryan Dyer Director Community Development ........................................................................................................................................ Bryan Dyer has worked as the Community Development Director for 11 years. He previously worked for the cities of Lawrence and Olathe. An avid motorcyclist, Bryan and his wife love traveling and visiting new places. What do you do on a typical day? infrastructure (streets, storm sewer, streetlights, It varies every day. I write staff reports and meet etc.). I’ve seen an increase in residents’ pride in with developers. I also talk with residents about any living in Merriam. issues and answer questions from the City Council We have a lot of car dealerships in our City. What and other Merriam staff. attracts them to Merriam? What have been some of the larger community Our location, and the City's history of being an area development projects you’ve seen within the last transportation hub. 10 years? How are we able to attract big companies like AdventHealth Hospital, Timber Ridge, Merriam IKEA to Merriam? Village, IKEA, and new car dealerships like Toyota, Since I've been at Merriam, the City has always been Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan, KIA, and Audi. unified in recognizing the need to bring business How has Merriam changed since you’ve first to Merriam. This unity and consistency is very started working here? important to developers and corporations looking to locate in the Kansas City metro area. The biggest changes have been the City's demographics and the upgrading of City 8 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2019


Mayor Ken Sissom appointed 17 stakeholders and Merriam residents to make up the Comprehensive Plan Update Advisory Committee. The comprehensive plan provides the vision, goals, objectives, and policies to direct the City's development and redevelopment for 20 years. Committee members will help create a new plan to guide the City’s future.

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Comprehensive Plan Update

The Committee held its first meeting in July and will meet several times between now and the end of 2020. They’ll provide initial feedback on the Comprehensive Plan's direction and priorities, evaluate and consider public input, and review the various drafts of the plan’s components. Find more information at merriam.org/compplanupdate.

Municipal Court Amnesty Day The Merriam Municipal Court will have an amnesty day on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Court officers will waive warrant fees on the most recent warrants and won't call other agencies to arrest people on those warrants.

Most Johnson County cities are participating in amnesty days this fall.

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. Visit BenjaminLawn.com and click on “Leaf Removal” or call 913-499-6013 for more information.

Doing Business in Merriam? Occupational License Renewals Due Jan. 1 You can apply for a new license or renew a license online at merriam.org. Please contact the Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 for more information.

Merriam was named one of the Best Cities to Start a Small Business by LendEDU in 2017 and Best Place to Start a Business in Kansas by NerdWallet in 2015. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 9


Join Police Officers for National Night Out

Merriam Police Officer Receives Life Saving Award

FREE Tuesday, Aug. 6 // 6:30–8 p.m. Waterfall Park // 5191 Merriam Drive

Merriam Police Officer Beau Soucie received a Life Saving Award this year for saving a 31-year-old man whose heart had stopped beating. Officer Soucie used an AED to help revive the man. He's served on the Merriam Police Department for two years.

This year, we're celebrating National Night Out with our Party in YOUR Park event to promote a true sense of community. National Night Out builds strong relationships between our officers and residents, which helps make neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. There will be live music, games for your kiddos, and a Ring doorbell giveaway. We'll grill hot dogs and Mad Mans BBQ will make nitro ice cream!

Merriam Police Using Phone App to Create New Neighborhood Watch Program The Merriam Police Department recently joined the Neighbors by Ring app to provide crime and safety alert to residents.

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony during National Night Out as we dedicate Merriam's newest public art piece “Hmmm…” and playground equipment at Waterfall Park.

The app allows users to view and share videos of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Participants don’t have to own a Ring or similar video system to post or view alerts. Merriam Police Capt. Troy Duvanel said it’s a great way for residents to stay informed of realtime criminal activity in their area and that participation is voluntary.

You can download the free app on your iOS or Android phone.

National Coffee With a Cop Day Get to know your local police officers over coffee! October 2

9–11 a.m.

Merriam Police Department

Follow us on Facebook and look for our upcoming events! facebook.com/merriampolice

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Take time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. Local responders may not be able to reach you quickly during weather disasters, so to better prepare yourself, practice for an emergency during National Weather Preparedness Month.

Merriam // Public Safety

September is National Weather Preparedness Month

This September, prepare for an event where you must go without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Make your family safer with these tips: ▶▶ Stay Informed: Access ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency.

▶▶ Plan Ahead: Discuss and document a disaster plan with those in your care. ▶▶ Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies – water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, a flashlight, and a battery-powered radio – for you and those in your care.

▶▶ Get Involved: Before a disaster occurs, work with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience. Consider presenting preparedness information in your child’s class or in PTO/PTA meetings.

Fire Prevention Week: October 6–12 Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape! In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to safely escape from the time a smoke alarm sounds. Practicing an escape plan can help make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Plans should include: ▶▶ Drawing a map of each level of your home, showing all doors and windows. ▶▶ Teaching children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. ▶▶ Going to each room and pointing to two ways out. ▶▶ Establishing a meeting place outside and away from your home. ▶▶ Making sure someone will help children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Home fire escape practice should include: ▶▶ Knowing what to do in case there's smoke: get low and go out fast. ▶▶ Finding different ways out and closing doors behind you as you leave. ▶▶ Going to your outdoor meeting place. ▶▶ Calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone.

Make sure your smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Test your smoke alarms at least once a month, and make sure everyone knows how to respond when a smoke alarm goes off. Find great resources and learn more about Fire Prevention Week at nfpa.org.

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Take a Walk and Listen to Merriam’s Interactive History Tour Walk through pivotal moments in our City’s history with the Merriam Interactive History Tour. Using the Otocast app, the tour offers a brief summary of 12 significant sites and attractions across our city. It includes then and now photos, an audio component, and a convenient mapping feature. The tour is a great activity for both residents and visitors to explore our local history. Learn more at exploremerriam.org/historytour.

Merriam was first settled in 1864 and named Campbellton after its founder David Gee Campbell.

Community Spotlight

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Christopher Leitch is a 16-year Merriam resident. He lives with his husband on a "long acre" in the Loomis Woods neighborhood near Johnson Drive and Antioch Road. He has served for five years as the community relations coordinator for the Johnson County Library system. Christopher is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and exhibits his paintings and drawings internationally. What do you like about your job? I really admire the passion that librarians have for their work of providing access on large and small scale to the world's knowledge. I get to share the stories of our library and how it helps people, and that is truly satisfying. How else are you involved in our community? I was brought up by a policeman and a social worker, so I have a long habit of volunteering where I live. I serve on the county's Public Art Commission and was recently appointed by Mayor Ken Sissom to join the Merriam Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. 12 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2019

What do you like to do in Merriam? Merriam has many treasures worth exploring. It's a very walkable town, and we like having a stroll along Turkey Creek. It's tranquil and beautiful. How has Merriam changed since you moved here? There are some infrastructure improvements that have occurred – we got curbs and sidewalks some years ago – but at the heart, Merriam is the same charming place we discovered when we moved here from midtown Kansas City. We both come from rural towns, and we feel right at home. There is a nice feel of "country" in Merriam. How do you feel Merriam is a progressive city? I'd say that Merriam is progressive in a plain sense: making room for anyone and trying to do what is right for everyone. As we grow and thrive in our larger American society, Merriam is moving forward, too; keeping pace without sacrificing true American values of openness, fairness, and collaboration. What is your favorite spot in Merriam? I like the diverse food experiences to be had in Merriam! One of my faves is El Pulgarcito, a little Salvadorean restaurant on Merriam Drive. The staff there is so nice! Try some platanos fritos con crema (fried plantains with salted cream) or their desayuno grande (large breakfast). They can't be beat!


Merriam Marketplace

5740 Merriam Drive merriam.org/farmersmarket @MerriamFarmersMarket Saturdays May – September 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Named a Neighborhood Favorite on Nextdoor!

What's in Season? Apples Basil Beets Broccoli Cabbage Carrots Cucumbers Eggplant Green Beans Melons Pears Peppers Pumpkins Radishes Spinach Squash Sweet Corn Sweet Potatoes Turnips Winter Squash

About 150,000 shoppers have visited the Merriam Farmers' Market since 2010.

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Photo courtesy of Jim Russell

Free Children's Activity: Face Painting

Saturday, Aug. 17 // 10 a.m.–noon Sister Act will provide FREE face painting for kids.

Musical Entertainment at the Marketplace Saturdays at 10 a.m. Enjoy the sounds of local Kansas City musicians when they perform at the Merriam Farmers’ Market. Date Aug. 3 Aug. 10 Aug. 24 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 21 Sept. 28

Entertainment Johnny & Adam Ned Scott-Merriam Acoustic Janie Next Door Happy Wanderers Jolleen Thorpe Ronni Ward Prairie Country Band

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Farmers' Market will relocate to the community center's southeast parking lot during the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show.

New – Nutrition Classes! Learn about planning a healthy party menu, nutrition for kids, eating healthy on a budget, and foods to fight stress for only $3/class in this monthly series. See page 25 for details. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 13


EVENTS

National Night Out / Party in YOUR Park Tuesday, Aug. 6 // 6–8 p.m. Waterfall Park // 5191 Merriam Drive FREE

We combined two awesome programs for an even greater experience! We’ll celebrate National Night Out with our Party in YOUR Park event to promote a true sense of community. National Night Out helps build strong relationships between officers and Merriam residents. Adding our Party in YOUR Park event brings police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Join us for fun, food, games, and live music by Erica McKenzie. Plus, we'll have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground equipment and public art at Waterfall Park.

Cruise Night Saturday, Aug. 10 // 6:30–8:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive FREE

“Have you heard this story of the Hot Rod Race. When Fords and Lincolns were settin' the pace. That story is true, I'm here to say, I was drivin' that Model A.”

This popular night of cars and motorcycles in downtown Merriam gets you revved up for the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show in September. All “show quality models” welcome. Food is available from Fresh & Tasty food truck. Listen to live music performed by the Troubadour Retrievers.

Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show Saturday, Sept. 14 // 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive FREE for spectators

$20 // car until Sept. 13 $30 // car day of event

Held rain or shine, the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show is one of the most popular car shows in the region, featuring all classes of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Join the fun as plenty of beautiful, shiny vehicles line Merriam Drive and Merriam Marketplace. See page 16 for more information.

Merriam Drive Live Saturday, Oct. 5 // 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive FREE

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of live music on two stages. Food trucks, adult beverages, select crafters, farmers’ market vendors, and more fun. Live music throughout the day. See page 17 for more information.

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Saturday, Oct. 26 // 2–3:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive FREE // Ages 10 and under “It’s our favorite time of year to get dressed up in funny gear. We'll decorate with spooky things and celebrate Halloween.” Grab your favorite costume and come celebrate Halloween with us! Spooky fun will include inflatables, games, costume contest, InstaFunKC Photobooth, and more activities.

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Halloween Happenings

Mayor's Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 6 // 6:30–8 p.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive $1 // person OR new toy or canned food item for the Johnson County Multi-Service Center

It’s that magical time of year when Mayor Ken Sissom flips a switch, lights glow, and Santa visits Merriam! Join us for this annual tradition of lighting the tree and time with Santa. Plus, enjoy food, live music, games, and activities. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 4 Min/Max 75/185

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7 // 9–10:30 a.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive Children FREE with paying adult; parents must be in attendance. $5 // adult

Breakfast with Santa has become a popular community event in Merriam. The morning is full of holiday fun. Activities include story time, face painting, a holiday craft, games, pancake breakfast, and, best of all, one-on-one time with Santa! Registration deadline: Thursday, Dec. 5

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Find all event details at merriam.org/events. Call for Musicians/Bands During the summer months, Merriam Parks and Recreation hosts several special events with live music such as the Turkey Creek Festival, Party in YOUR Park at three locations, Cruise Night, Merriam Drive Live, and the ever-popular Merriam Farmers’ Market. Visit merriam.org/events for the 2020 special event season application, which will be available starting Oct. 1. For more information, contact Renee Nagle at 913-322-5550 or rnagle@merriam.org. Submission deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2019

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19TH ANNUAL

TURKEY CREEK CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW ...................................................

Saturday, Sept. 14

10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Rain or shine!

Merriam Marketplace

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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

Preregistration $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 913-403-8999 or visit exploremerriam.com. More information: merriam.org/carshow

View more than 250+ classes of cars, trucks, and motorcycles at Merriam's Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show! Enjoy prizes, music by DJ Rick Frederick, and great, local food vendors.

Registration

Complete your registration at merriam.org/carshow or mail a printed entry to: Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show 5701 Merriam Drive; Merriam, KS 66203 Make checks payable to the City of Merriam. Preregistered participants will receive: • 2019/2020 Calendar featuring 2018 Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Calendar Award winners • Custom designed t-shirt with show logo • Custom designed dash plaque Day of event entries are subject to availability.

MORE THAN 60 AWARDS! Grand Prize Drawing $4,000 Gold Sponsor Gift Certificate

“Young Gun” Award $500 Gold Sponsor Gift Certificate

“Motoring Memories”

Submit your car story in 500 words or less. Attach your story to your registration form and submit it by Aug. 31. Winner will be featured in the 2020/2021 Car Show Calendar. Submissions may be used for event promotions.

Special Motorcycle Awards • Choice Awards • Calendar Awards

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Silver: C.T. Transportation; Downtown Merriam Partnership; Italian Delight by Alvelluto; Johnny's BBQ; Alft Insurance Agency Award: Butler C&D Collision Repair; FSRC

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Photo courtesy of Jim Russell

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Saturday, Oct. 5 // 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Rain or shine! Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive

..................................................................................... Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages, select crafters, farmers’ market vendors, and more. Live music throughout the day!

Live Music

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 12:30–1:30 p.m. 1:30–3 p.m. 3–4:30 p.m. 4:30–6 p.m.

Four Fried Chickens and a Coke Red Guitar Stolen Winnebagos Fast Times Noe Palma

Photo courtesy of Debbie Long

Cornhole Tournament – New!

Think you're the best cornholer around? Grab your partner and sign up for our double elimination tournament! More details coming soon on merriam.org/MDL.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteers! Serving as a volunteer helps your community and is an opportunity to make new friends, enjoy music, and take in all the activities. For more information, contact Renee Nagle at rnagle@merriam.org or 913-322-5550.

Find more information at merriam.org/MDL

Thank you to our 2019 Merriam Drive Live Sponsors!

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IRENE B. FRENCH

COMMUNITY CENTER The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department's mission 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.

Meet our Team Facility Staff

Anna Slocum, Director Dave Smothers, Assistant Director Renee Nagle, Recreation Supervisor Ingrid Berg, Assistant Recreation Coordinator Lisa Naughton, Administrative Coordinator Brandy Peterson, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Diane Monroe, Farmers’ Market Asst. Coord. Caitlyn Remick, Landscape Technician James Placht, Fitness Specialist

Facility Supervisors

Diane • Shellie • Joe • Nicole Pam • Holly • Hannah • Mandy

Community Center Closures

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

Holidays and Closings

Monday, Sept 2: Labor Day Thursday, Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Tuesday, Dec. 24: open 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Cancellation Hotline: 913-322-5591

Connect

facebook.com/merriamparks

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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 an old school building, the 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 • Catering 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, pingpong, TV, and Wii® • Gymnasium with built-in stage

Open Gym

Open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Schedules are available 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. Daily fee $3 // person BOGO special until Aug. 11!


Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

ID Card Admission

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 aslocum@merriam.org or call 913-322-5550 for more information.

Fitness center patrons must show 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.

Register Early!

Please register at least three working days prior to the start date of a 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 the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550 or visit merriam.org/scholarships.

Refund / Cancellation / Transfer

WARDS

Lisa Feingold Thelma Fowler LaVera Howard Kathy Stull

AT-LARGE

Christopher Leitch Katie Leary Billy Crook Grant Getzlow, youth

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 in 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.

Community Center Foundation

Program Instructors Needed

Individuals or groups wanting to make a contribution in honor or memory of a loved one should contact Anna Slocum by email at aslocum@merriam.org or call 913-322-5550 for more information.

Turn your hobby or skill into a part-time job by teaching a class! Call 913-322-5550 or email Renee Nagle at rnagle@merriam.org to discuss your idea for a new program. Facility users are expected to respect IBFCC property and fellow users. Destruction of property, profanity, and abusive behavior won't 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 IBFCC and within 10 feet of all entrances. The IBFCC 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.

Parks & Rec // IBFCC

Irene B. French Community Center Policies

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 $175,000 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; new benches at all playgrounds; and assistance in the renovation and expansion of the Tim Murphy Art Gallery.

BOARD MEMBERS

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

...................................................................................... The City of Merriam doesn't discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, military status, genetic information, marital status or familial status. 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. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 19


PARKS & REC RENTALS

ROOMS

The Irene B. French Community 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 events, including internet access.

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

Campbell Room

Hocker Grove

Jenks Gymnasium

Kessler Room

75 person capacity*

90 person capacity*

200+ person capacity*

27 person capacity*

24’ x 59’

22’ x 61’

43’ x 64’

18’ x 23’

*Capacity varies depending on selected room arrangement.

OUTDOOR RENTAL SPACES Rental Season: April – October

Brown Park 5040 Booker Drive

Chatlain Park 6300 Carter Ave.

Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive

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 playground and swings, walking trail, new basketball court, new pickleball 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 a playground and swings, open green space, and paved parking.

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

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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Call 913-322-5550 for shelter and field rentals.


ART GALLERY Upcoming Exhibits In its 23rd year, the Tim Murphy Art Gallery strives to support quality art experiences in the City and strengthen the community culturally and educationally. All exhibits are free to the public with an opening night reception the first Thursday of each month from 7–8:30 p.m. Come meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Exhibits can be viewed online at merriam.org/artgallery.

KRAWCHECK

HAUCK

ALDRIDGE

EICKHORST

AUG. 1 – 31

SEPT. 5 – 28

OCT. 3 – NOV. 2

NOV. 7 – 30

“Three Artists. A Journey of Discovery”

“To See Photographic Perspective”

“Aldridge Studio Painters”

"A Neutral World"

Matt Krawcheck Jhulan Mukarji Wendy Taylor

Roger Cissner Sharon Rodriquez Steve Hauck

The Aldridge Studio Painters

Featuring artists:

Featuring artists:

Featuring artists:

Featuring artists:

Ted Denton William Eickhorst Crystal Nederman

23rd Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

Call for Artists

In one of the largest high school art competitions in the Kansas City metro region, student artists showcase their work in watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylics, drawing, 3D, photography, and computer-generated art. Prizes are awarded to the top three pieces in each category. Area high school artists may submit three digital images.

March 7 – 28, 2020 Entry Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 15 Entry Fee: $45/artist for up to three works

DEC. 5 – 28

Find more information at merriam.org/hsarts.

Parks & Rec // Art Gallery

TIM MURPHY

24th Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition

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. This year's juror is Nyle Gordon. Find more information at merriam.org/heartland.

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FITNESS CENTER Located inside the Irene B. French Community Center, the fitness center offers a 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. Teens ages 13-15 must complete a mandatory equipment orientation with a fitness specialist and be accompanied by a person at least 18 years old. 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

RESIDENT*

NONRESIDENT

RESIDENT*

NONRESIDENT

ADULT (16+)

$25

$30

$60

$70

SENIOR (60+)

$20

$25

$45

$55

HOUSEHOLD

$30

$40

$80

$95

DAILY PASS FEE: $5 // Resident

$6 // Non-Resident

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

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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 to: • Establish appropriate weight and seat settings for all 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

Open Gym Regularly-scheduled open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Schedules are available at merriam.org/opengym or by calling 913-322-5550. To participate, all non-members entering the gymnasium must pay a $3 daily admission fee.

Buy one, get one admission free through Aug. 11! 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 toward membership. Each applicant/family is eligible for $100 of assistance annually through the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation. More information, including an application, is available at the Irene B. French Community Center, by calling 913-322-5550, or visiting merriam.org/scholarships. Assistance is based on available funds.

Free for Fitness Center Members

Be a Regular Fitness Center User and Win a FREE Membership!

Personal Training Hourly personal training sessions are available with the fitness specialist.

Every quarter, one lucky member will have the opportunity to win a FREE individual quarterly membership! To qualify, you must be a fitness center member for at least two consecutive quarters.

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$25 // hour Members $50 // hour Non-members

...................................................... Call 913-322-5550 to schedule an appointment.

Parks & Rec // Fitness Center

ORIENTATION & PERSONAL FITNESS

Renew your membership online at merriam.org/parks.

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Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center August 5 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center unless otherwise noted.

Girls on the Run: Merriam Parks & Rec Team Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 10–Nov. 14 // 5:30–7p.m.

Grab your running shoes and water bottle and join the fun! This program educates and prepares girls, grades 3–5, for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Learn life lessons through fun, interactive games using a wellresearched curriculum. All girls will run/walk in a non-competitive 5K event Saturday, Nov. 9. Register at gotrkc.org. Registration open Aug. 17 – Sept. 7. $165 // child Scholarships are available through Girls on the Run. Contact scholarship@gotrkc.org.

Preschool Indoor Playground (PIP) Tuesdays // 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Pretend you’re a truck driver, policeman, motorcycle driver, and more. At PIP there are Little Tyke® ride-along toys, a kitchen, and interactive stations like a work bench and pretend lawn care tools. Have fun, make new friends, run, and be loud. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time. $2 // child

Punch cards available: $10 for 10 visits.

BIRTHDAY PACKAGES! 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. $116 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $145 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 5 and under.

PRESCHOOL PACKAGE #2

Includes the preschool playground setup in the gym plus the use of a multi-purpose room with maximum seating of 75. $144 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $180 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 5 and under. 24 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2019

GAME ROOM PACKAGE

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, pingpong table, foosball table, Wii® gaming system, and a 52” high-definition television. $65 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $85 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 8 and up.

SPORTS PACKAGE

Includes the gymnasium and a separate party room with seating for 24 people. Equipment available for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball. $60 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $70 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 5 and up.


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

NUTRITION .................................................................................................................... We're excited to offer the following popular nutrition education classes provided at a reduced rate of $3 per person thanks to our partnership with Natural Grocers in Mission.

Party Planning: Elevate your Tailgate!

Good4U Food on a Budget

Take your favorite tailgating foods to a new, good4u level and score a win for Team Healthy!

Discover how to support your family’s optimal health without breaking the bank! We’ll show you our tips and tools for staying on track, using our Menu Planner, Shopping & Pantry List, Healthy Meal Wheel, and more!

Saturday, Sept. 21 // 10:30–11:30 a.m.

$3 // All Ages // Min/Max: 3/50 // #320501B1

Nutrition 4 the Win for Kids Saturday, Oct. 19 // 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Discover how the food you eat feeds your muscles, heart, bones, and brain. Build a better plate with tasty treats and fun activities! Parents/caregivers, we can all win when it comes to nutrition! $3 // Ages 4–12 // Min/Max: 3/50 // #320501B2

ESSENTIAL OILS

Saturday, Nov. 16 // 10:30–11:30 a.m.

$3 // All Ages // Min/Max: 3/50 // #320501B3

Fight Back Against Stress

Saturday, Dec. 14 // 10:30–11:30 a.m.

While it’s impossible to remove all stress from your life, incorporating a few specific nutrients into your diet can help you deal with life’s many stressors – especially around the holidays.

Parks & Rec // Youth & Adult Classes

Adult Workshops

$3 // All Ages // Min/Max: 3/50 // #320501B4

Instructor: Blakely Page, RDN......................................................................................

Essential Oils for Green Cleaning

Essential Oils for Immune Health

Make your own green cleaning kit and learn the benefits of non-toxic cleaning with essential oils. Materials included.

Make your own immune support essentials and learn how to keep the whole family healthy throughout winter. Materials included.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 // 6:30–8:30 p.m.

$20 // Ages 13+ // Min/Max: 3/15 // #320501C1

Tuesday, Nov. 5 // 6:30–8:30 p.m.

$20 // Ages 13+ // Min/Max: 3/15 // #320501C3

Essential Oils for Babies and Kids

Essential Oils for Travel

Make six kid-focused rollerball blends and learn how to support your kids at any age with essential oils. Materials included.

Make eight essential oil rollerballs to support your body and mind through the stress of traveling. Materials included.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 // 6:30–8:30 p.m.

$20 // Ages 13+ // Min/Max: 3/15 // #320501C2

Tuesday, Dec. 3 // 6:30–8:30 p.m.

$20 // Ages 13+ // Min/Max: 3/15 // #320501C4

OTHER ........................................................................................................................................

What’s Cluckin' in the Hen House

DIY Holiday Decor

Saturday, Sept. 28 // 1:30–3:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive

Wednesday, Nov. 6 // 6–8 p.m.

Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your girls, and more. We'll even taste test grocery store eggs versus home grown. Registration required. $10 // Ages 17+ // Min/Max: 5/15 // #320502B1 Instructor: Fisher

Who doesn’t love two for one? In this class, you have all the supplies and step-by-step instructions to make this adorable and reversible Thanksgiving and Christmas decoration. Give a little thanks, get a little jingle, too! Thanks to the Merriam Home Depot for donating wood supplies for this project. $20 // Ages 12+ // Min/Max: 5/15 // #320501A1

CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS Instructor: Berg

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Parks & Rec // Adult Classes All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center.

FITNESS ....................................................

Yoga Sculpt

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

Instructor: Reed

Belly Dance–Beginning

Belly Dance–Intermediate/Advanced

This class builds on the belly dance technique and concepts taught in Beginning Belly Dance. Work on flexibility and stamina, combinations, layers, and choreography. Belly dance is so much fun and such a great exercise to build strength and grace. Experience required. Instructor: Field

This class is a non-stop energetic flow that gets your heart and muscles pumping. It's a fusion of beginning level yoga poses and weights with some cardio for a total body workout. All fitness levels are welcome and more challenging options are provided.

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

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

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

New and beginning students. Loosely translated, Aikido means "the way of harmony with nature or universal energy." Aikido is a way of studying harmony through physical movements. Although a self-defense technique, Aikido focuses on positive interactions with others.

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

Aikido Yoshinkai 2

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 class aims to increase mobility and reduce discomfort. A doctor’s note is requested. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Level 1 is a prerequisite. Continuing students develop and refine movement in this modern art based on Japanese self-defense techniques. "To harmonize with the universe means to be in balance. Aiki, i.e., 'harmonizing of energy,' means to lose your own ego; it is the technique of submitting to the natural flow of the universe." – Gozo Shioda Sensei. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Iyengar Yoga Express

Intro to Ki Society

Yoga mats and props are provided.

Exercise your body while freeing your mind from stress with a midday break. Props are used to assure proper form and body alignment. Focus on yourself and leave stress at the door. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

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: Durán, CIYT

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

For continuing yoga students who participated in Iyengar Yoga Level 1 two or more times or have previous yoga experience. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

For students able to do inversions with ease at the wall. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

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Instructor: Durán, CIYT

You're invited to experience something new. Students will learn the fundamental skills of ki-aikido, a samuraiderived martial art, alongside the enlightening practice of guided meditation. Please wear clothing suitable for mild exercise. Instructor: Patchen

The Ki Society

Continue your experience by practicing the five disciplines. These include ki-breathing, ki-meditation, aikido, kiatsu, and bell meditation, which can be lifelong skills that promote a fundamental awareness of our natural state. Instructor: Montgomery

Pickleball: Drop-in Play

Pickleball is so popular because any age, gender, and athletic ability can play. The game is a combination of pingpong, tennis, and badminton. Equipment available.

Simplified Tai Chi

Relieve stress, improve focus and balance while learning the simplified 24 tai chi set. Instructor: Wood


Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center August 5 ................................................................................................................................................................. CLASS

CLASS #

AGE

Belly Dance–Beginner

320807C1 16+

Belly Dance–Beginner

320807C2 16+

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Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 320807C5 16+ Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 320807C6 16+ Gentle Iyengar Yoga

320803D3 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

320803D4 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

320803B5 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

320803B6 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

320803N5 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

320803N6 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 Sculpt

320803V1 16+

Yoga Sculpt

320803V2 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

320904C7 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

320904C8 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 2

320904C5 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 2

320904C6 16+

Intro to Ki Society

320904K3 16+

Intro to Ki Society

320904K4 16+

The Ki Society

320904K1 16+

The Ki Society

320904K2 16+

Pickleball

n/a

16+

Pickleball

n/a

16+

Simplified Tai Chi

320903C3 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

320903C4 16+

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7–8 p.m.

Sept. 3–Oct. 22

$70

$10

3/10

7–8 p.m.

Nov. 5–Dec. 17

$60

$10

3/10

8–9 p.m.

Sept. 3–Oct. 22

$85

$12

3/10

8–9 p.m.

Nov. 5–Dec. 17

$75

$12

3/10

6–7:25 p.m.

Sept. 9–Oct. 28

$84

$15

3/10

6–7:25 p.m.

Nov. 11–Dec. 23

$77

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Sept. 5–Oct. 24

$84

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Oct. 31–Dec. 19* $77

$15

3/10

12–12:45 p.m.

Sept. 3–Oct. 24

$64

$8

3/10

12–12:45 p.m.

Oct. 31–Dec. 19* $56

$8

3/10

6–7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4–Oct. 23

$72

$15

3/10

6–7:30 p.m.

Nov. 6–Dec. 18

$63

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Sept. 3–Oct. 22

$84

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Nov. 5–Dec. 17

$77

$15

3/10

7:30–8:55 p.m. Sept. 9–Oct. 28

$84

$15

3/10

7:30–8:55 p.m. Nov. 11–Dec. 23

$77

$15

3/10

6–7 p.m.

Sept. 3–Oct. 24

$75

$15

3/12

6–7 p.m.

Oct. 31–Dec. 19* $70

$15

3/12

$64

$10

3/10

6:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 31–Dec. 19* $56

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

Sept. 7–Oct. 26

$64

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

Nov. 9–Dec. 21

$56

$10

3/10

5:30–7 p.m.

Sept. 3–Oct. 24

$35

$7

1/12

5:30–7 p.m.

Oct. 31–Dec. 19* $35

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

Sept. 3–Oct. 24

$35

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

Oct. 31–Dec. 19* $35

$7

1/12

4–6:30 p.m.

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6–7 p.m.

Sept. 9–Oct. 28

$72

$15

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6–7 p.m.

Nov. 4–Dec. 16

$72

$15

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6:30–7:30 p.m. Sept. 5–Oct. 24

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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.

Congregate Meals Monday–Friday

B.I.N.G.O.

Second Thursdays: Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12* 1:30–3:30 p.m. // $3 Let’s all shout “BINGO!” Join our community on the second Thursday of each month for a fun-filled afternoon! Snacks and beverages are provided. Prizes include gift cards and consumables.

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 call 913-677-2048 for more information about the program or to make a reservation. Small donation requested.

*Holiday Goodie Swap BINGO

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AARP Smart Driver Course

Merriam 50+ Club First & Third Fridays

This club is held on the first and third Friday of each month from 10:30 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 Teddi Oppenheimer at 913-722-3343.

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“Boomer Buzz”

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

Thursday, Dec. 12 // Noon–3 p.m. // $4 Let’s celebrate the holiday season with some cookies and hot cocoa. Please bring one dozen (or more) of your favorite holiday cookies to share, and you'll receive an assortment to take home.

Saturday, Nov. 2 // 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Remember the fun of taking drivers education back in the day? AARP instructs this improved Smart Driver Course, which helps you keep current with your travels. AARP prefers students register with the facility and give the instructor a check made out to AARP at the course. $15/AARP Member $20/Non-AARP Member

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Silver Screen Matinée Wednesdays // 1 p.m. // Free We're going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. A FREE showing of a recent movie in a relaxed environment. Schedules are available at the front desk and highlighted in the bimonthly “Boomer Buzz” newsletter. Bring a friend and snack. Free popcorn is provided the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Movies subject to change.

New – Nutrition Classes! Learn about planning a healthy party menu, eating healthy on a budget, and foods to fight stress for only $3/class in this monthly series. See page 25 for details.

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................................................................................................................................................................. Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center August 5 .................................................................................................................................................................

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

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.

Pickleball

$3 donation suggested. Registration isn't required.

Pickleball is so popular because any age, gender, and athletic ability can play. It has a unique quality where both friendship and activity are on the court together. It's fun, easy to learn, and uses little equipment. The game combines pingpong, tennis, and badminton. Come out and try it, you’ll like it. Equipment available.

Chair One

This is a gentler form of practicing yoga postures while sitting or standing, using a chair for support. It's beneficial for anyone as it increases flexibility, improves strength, and reduces tension. In addition to yoga poses, breathing techniques are also part of the practice. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation.

Senior Wii® Bowling

Instructor: McMillian and Durán, CIYT

“Bowlers always have time to spare,” so join us and try your hand at Wii® bowling. No special shoes or ball required – just a game controller and big screen TV. Whether you’re a semi-pro or a newbie, you’re sure to have fun. If bowling is “right up your alley,” this game is for you.

Chair Two

This more advanced 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: Durán, CIYT

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ongoing Sept. 4–Oct. 25 Nov. 6–Dec. 20* Sept. 3–Oct. 24 Oct. 31–Dec. 19* ongoing ongoing Aug. 30–Oct. 11 Oct. 25–Dec. 13*

FEE

– $64 $56 $64 $56 – – $3 $3

DROP MIN/ IN MAX

$3 $8 $8 $8 $8 $1 $1 – –

– 4/11 4/11 6/11 6/11 – – 6/16 6/16

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Pickleball Court at Brown Park 5040 Booker Drive

What is Pickleball? The game was first played in 1965 on a ferry ride from Seattle, Washington, by three dads whose children were bored. Legend has it that one of the families had a cocker spaniel named “Pickles” who would chase the ball and run off with it. As the game progressed and needed an official name, “pickleball” was officially invented! The game combines elements of tennis, badminton, and pingpong. It can be played indoors or out on a badminton-sized court and a modified tennis net as singles or doubles. Required equipment includes a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.

The court is 20x44 feet with a net height of 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. There's a right and left service court and a 7-foot, non-volley zone in front of the net referred to as the “kitchen.” Because of the smaller court size, the game is truly great for all ages! So how do you play? The basic rules of the game are: 1. The ball is served diagonally starting from the right-hand service square. 2. Points can only by scored by the side that serves. 3. Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed. 4. The “kitchen” is a non-volley zone on both sides of the net to prevent “spiking.” 5. The server continues to serve alternating service courts until there's a fault. 6. The first side scoring 11 points and leading by two points wins. Faults are committed when the ball: ▶▶ Touches any part of the non-volley zone on the serve (including the line). ▶▶ Is hit out of bounds. ▶▶ Doesn't clear the net. ▶▶ Is volleyed from the non-volley zone. ▶▶ Is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side.

Illustration from pickleball.com

Find more detailed rules and instructions at pickleball.com. Want to play? The Irene B. French Community Center offers an indoor court for pickup games on Monday from 4–6:30 p.m. for $1/player. Once the new community center opens, there will be an opportunity for four indoor courts. There's an outdoor court at Brown Park available from dawn to dusk at no charge! 30 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // FALL 2019


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Brown Memorial Park

5040 BOOKER DRIVE

Campbell Park

9674 W. 61ST ST.

Chatlain Park

6300 CARTER AVE.

Merriam Historic Plaza

6304 E. FRONTAGE ROAD

Merriam Marketplace

5740 MERRIAM DRIVE

Quail Creek Park

7024 GRANDVIEW AVE.

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS

Waterfall Park

5191 MERRIAM DRIVE

Werner Park

5750 MERRIAM DRIVE

Antioch Park

6501 ANTIOCH ROAD

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There's approximately four miles of paved, multi-use trail running from 75th St. to Antioch Road in Merriam. The Turkey Creek Streamway Trail 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 Road. Distances between locations in miles

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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

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“A Neutral World” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC Thanksgiving – City Hall and IBFCC Closed City Hall Closed

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"High School Visual Arts Competition" Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG Mayor's Tree Lighting // 6:30–8 p.m. // IBFCC Breakfast with Santa // 9–10:30 a.m. // IBFCC City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Christmas – City Hall and IBFCC Closed

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3 "Aldridge Studio Painters” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG 5 Merriam Drive Live // 11 a.m.–6 p.m. // MMP 14 City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall 21–25 L arge-Item Pickup // Citywide // merriam.org/largeitem 22 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC 26 Halloween Happenings // 2–3:30 p.m. // MMP 28 City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall 7 11 25 26 28 29

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Labor Day – City Hall and IBFCC Closed "To See Photographic Perspective" Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show // 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC Last Merriam Farmers' Market of the Season // 7 a.m.–1 p.m. // MMP

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For more information about the events listed above, please call City Hall at 913-322-5500 or visit merriam.org.

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