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highlights & recreation

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Exterior Home Improvement Grant Beautifies Merriam page 6

4 // New Community Center Updates

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10 // Public Safety ...................................................................................... 16 // Special Events

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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,

With the holiday season here, I want to give thanks to those who’ve helped make Merriam Just Right this year. With your support and the diligence of our City’s dedicated staff, we: ▶▶ Finished the design concept of the new community center and kicked off construction. ▶▶ Completed as promised the 14-day complete closure of Johnson Drive at Merriam Drive. ▶▶ Received the coveted “AAA” rating from Standard and Poor’s Global. ▶▶ Had three successful city-funded grant programs: Exterior Home Improvement, Neighborhood Island, and Neighborhood Block Party grants. All are coming back next year! ▶▶ Hosted our first music fest – Merriam Drive Live. ▶▶ Started a police bicycle patrol unit. ▶▶ Scored high in resident satisfaction in a community survey conducted by the ETC Institute, one of the nation’s leading firms in local government research. ▶▶ Hired a new city prosecutor. ▶▶ Received the Engineering Excellence Award for Innovation and Outstanding Engineering from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas. ▶▶ Received nine national and local communications awards, including one for this Highlights and Recreation magazine. ▶▶ Received the 2018 When Work Works Award from the Society for Human Resource Management. We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I know next year will be just as exceptional. Your Mayor,

Ken Sissom

City offices will close in observation of holidays on Monday, Dec. 24; Tuesday, Dec. 25; Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019; and Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. In each case, offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. information the Irene B. French PAGE 2 // MERRIAMClosing HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION for // WINTER 2018 + SPRING 2019 Community Center is on page 20.


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4 // Community Center Update 6 // Home Improvement Grant 8 // City Services 10 // Public Safety 13 // Recycling 14 // Merriam by the Numbers 15 // Farmers' Market 16 // Events 18 // Art Gallery 22 // Fitness Center

2019 City Budget Snapshot $33,617,850 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES $18,351,444 NON-CAPITAL EXPENDITURES $25,208,177 OPERATING REVENUES CITYWIDE REVENUE SOURCES SALES/USE TAX

OTHER SOURCES

53%

18%

29%

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PROPERTY TAX

PARKS & REC CLASSES & PROGRAMS

2019 GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES

15% 19%

24%

24 // Youth 25 // Adult 28 // 50+

Administration and Overhead Fire

5%

12%

25%

Parks and Recreation

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Public Works

30 // Merriam Parks

Police and Court Capital Improvement/Equipment

Learn more at merriam.org/finance.

ME RRI AM ACCOL A DE S Five Gold PRISM Awards for Communication Projects – Public Relations Society of America, Kansas City

Silver Circle Award: Graphic Design

2018 When Work Works Award

First Place: In-House Visitors Guide

Award of Excellence: Integrated Campaign Highlights & Recreation

– Society for Human Resource Management

Honorable Mention: Integrated Campaign

– City-County Communications and Marketing Association

– Tourism Industry Association of Kansas CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 3


Merriam Community Center Taking Shape Check out what's new with the Merriam Community Center. On Aug. 30, the City of Merriam kicked off construction on the new community center with a groundbreaking ceremony. It was a wet, rainy day so the ceremony was moved inside to City Hall. In late October, City Council took an official construction kickoff photo. McCarthy Building Companies mobilized in October to begin demolishing, grading, and placing utilities on the property. Building construction is expected to begin in January with a planned summer 2020 grand opening. The project's total budget is $36.6 million. Of this, $30 million will go toward the new community center and $6.6 million of TIF funding will be used to construct a 200-space parking structure and related improvements. The City continues to have conversations with the Johnson County Library Board about relocating the Antioch branch to the community center site. Continue to find updates on the Merriam Community Center at merriam.org/buildingcommunity. Stay connected with us on the City’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor pages.

Top: Mayor Sissom addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony. Bottom: City Council at the construction site.

We Are Here Team Selection

2017 Q4

2018 Q1

Construction

2018 Q2

2018 Q3

2018 Q4

2019 Q1

2019 Q2

2019 Q3

2019

Design

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Q4

2020 Q1

2020

Summer

Proposed Opening


Merriam // Community Center Update

Community Center Layout

Main Level

Lower Level

Watch a video rendering of the new community center at merriam.org/buildingcommunity.

Construction Progress

5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee In October, the City put out a call for volunteers to serve on the 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee. This committee will help determine how to honor the site’s history while making it an asset for future generations. Committee members will be responsible for identifying and recommending to City Council the best use of the current site of the Irene B. French Community Center and how to fund any improvements. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 5


Exterior Home Improvement Grant Program a Success; Coming Back in 2019 Merriam residents made several enhancements to their homes this year thanks to the City-funded Exterior Home Improvement Grant program. City Council designated $30,000 in 2018 for residents to make exterior home improvements. The projects varied from new siding and gutters to tree removal and other landscaping endeavors. Some residents replaced windows or driveways and others installed solar panels.

More than 30 applications were submitted and, of those, 16 property owners received funding before all the money was allocated. The average reimbursement was $1,875, with total project amounts ranging from $5,460 to $25,740. Residents had to invest at least $4,000 of their own money to receive a reimbursement. “The Exterior Home Improvement Grant was a great success,” said David Easley, with the City’s Community Development Department.

“Overall residents had a positive view of this new program, and we can’t wait to bring it back next year.”

More property owners can take advantage of this grant program in 2019 as City Council increased the program’s funding to $50,000 and lowered the minimum household investment to $3,000. Easley said residents should start getting estimates for home improvement projects now because the City will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Exterior Home Improvement Grant on Jan. 2. Residents will receive funds on a first come first serve basis until all the money is allocated. See page 7 for details on how to apply.

Before and After

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Does your house need a paint job? Has your roof fallen into disrepair? What about replacing your windows or repairing your driveway? Merriam residents looking to beautify their homes may be eligible for a grant! The City is investing $50,000 in its 2019 Exterior Home Improvement Grant program. The program will provide a 20 percent reimbursement for exterior improvements upon completion. Homeowners must submit an application before work begins and have at least $3,000 in combined repairs/ renovations. The maximum reimbursement is $2,500. Who can apply? ▶ Any non-apartment residential unit ▶ Homeowner: ▶ Must be current on all property taxes ▶ Provide proof of property insurance

Application and program process: 1. Fill out an application at City Hall. 2. City staff will contact applicant. ▶ Discuss project(s) ▶ Take photos ▶ Inform if permits are needed 3. Applicant must submit bids before application is approved. 4. Application must be approved before construction can start. 5. Work must be completed within 120 days of application approval. 6. Work must be completed by Nov. 1. 7. City staff will perform a post-project inspection to verify projects are completed and code compliant. 8. The City will reimburse applicants after receiving at least $3,000 in receipts.

Homeowner Investment

Reimbursement

$3,000 $8,000 $12,500+

$600 $1,600 $2,500

Eligible Improvements:

▶▶Painting ▶▶Siding ▶▶Fence ▶▶Deck ▶▶Shed ▶▶Roof ▶▶Gutters ▶▶Awnings ▶▶Solar panels ▶▶House additions ▶▶Landscaping ▶▶Irrigation system ▶▶Tree removal ▶▶Door/window replacement ▶▶Masonry/foundation repair ▶▶In-ground fire pit or grill ▶▶Removal/repair pool ▶▶New/repair driveway

Merriam // Home Improvement Grant

Exterior Home Improvement Grant

Ineligible Improvements:

▶▶Play equipment ▶▶New pool ▶▶Patio furniture

The City will start accepting applications on Jan. 2. Grant money will be available until all money is allocated. Visit merriam.org/exteriorgrant for more information or contact David Easley at 913-322-5526 or deasley@merrriam.org. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 7


Pet Registration Due by Jan. 1 The renewal deadline to register your pets is Jan. 1. Pets over the age of six months must be licensed in the City. Residents are allowed a maximum of three dogs and three cats per household. Registering your pets will help identify them if they become lost. You can buy pet licenses for one, two, or three years. Owners must fill out a registration form and show proof of a valid rabies vaccination when applying for a license. You can register your pets online at merriam.org/pets, in person at City Hall, or by mail. There’s a $2 per month late-fee penalty for those who don’t renew their pet’s license by Jan. 15.

1 2 3 YEAR YEARS* YEARS*

LICENSE FEES SPAYED/NEUTERED

$10

$16

$24

NOT SPAYED/NEUTERED

$30

$48

$72

*Multi-year rabies vaccination required.

Free Holiday Tree Disposal Jan. 7–11

Spring Tree Limb Pickup: March 25–29 Back by popular demand, the City of Merriam will offer free curbside tree limb pickup in March. Find details at merriam.org/treelimbs.

The City will pick up your trees curbside.

Spring Large-Item Pickup: April 15–19 Residents disposing of large items such as furniture, appliances, carpets/rugs, and miscellaneous items should place items by the curb before 7 a.m. on their scheduled pickup day. The City provides this service for free. Find more information at merriam.org/largeitem.

Stay connected! Find up-to-date information on all community events and news. @MerriamKS

facebook.com/merriamkansas

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You need to obtain an occupation license prior to conducting business within Merriam city limits. You can apply for a new license or renew a license online at merriam.org, by mail, or in person at Merriam City Hall through the Community Development Department. These licenses are due each year by Jan. 1.

Merriam // Community

Doing Business in Merriam? Occupation Licenses Due Jan. 1

You’ll need an occupation license for:

▶▶ Business offices and retail stores ▶▶ Contractors

▶▶ Transient merchants (door-to-door) ▶▶ Auctioneers or estate sales ▶▶ Auto repairs and sales

*Some home-based businesses require a Merriam Home Occupational Permit. Please contact the Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 for more information.

City of Merriam Franchise Fee Rebate Program Merriam residents with low-to-moderate income can apply for a franchise fee rebate from the City. Starting Feb. 1, the City of Merriam will accept applications for its Franchise Fee Rebate Program. Utility companies routinely collect franchise fees from its customers throughout the year. This program provides Merriam families whose income fall within the limits established by HUD the opportunity to apply for franchise fee refunds paid on electricity, gas, and telephone bills during 2018.

Those wishing to participate should contact the Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request an application form. Applications must be accompanied by all 2018 gas, electric, and landline telephone invoices along with proof of income for all household members. For proof of income, residents can provide their 2018 W-2 income tax forms or social security papers as well as all 1099 forms, interest, pensions, annuities, and dividend statements. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2019. This year marks the program’s 37th year. The city-funded program was implemented by Merriam City Council.

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Merriam Police Officers Ride Bikes to Enhance Community Policing You may feel safer on Merriam’s streets now that the Merriam Police Department restarted a bicycle patrol unit. Merriam Police Chief Michael Daniels said there are several advantages to having officers on bicycles. Besides being able to go into parts of the City that patrol vehicles can’t access, such as the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, Chief Daniels said they help make officers more approachable to residents.

“Having officers on bicycles – whether in our parks, neighborhoods, or business districts – give them an opportunity to connect with our community, further strengthening relationships with our citizens and business owners,” Chief Daniels said.

Merriam Police Bike Unit Officers Trey Daniels and Colin Brown.

Four officers are patrolling the City on fully equipped police bikes. The bicycle unit began operations in September. Merriam last operated a bicycle unit from 2000 to 2003.

Q+A with Merriam Staff

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Department:

Chris Brokaw Sergeant Police ................................................................................................................................... A 17-year veteran, Sergeant Chris Brokaw joined the Merriam Police Department in 2001. He was promoted to sergeant in 2014. Why did you become a police officer? I became interested in law enforcement during college. I started taking law enforcement classes, attended a citizen’s police academy in my hometown, and even did an internship with a local police department. After that I was hooked and started pursuing a career in law enforcement. What do you like about your job? I like that the job is unpredictable and exciting. Every day is different. One day you may be really busy going from call to call and then the next day it could be slow. You also always get to meet interesting people.

You’re on the new bike unit. Why did you want to be a part of it? I started working part-time as a bicycle officer in 2002. I like that a bike is quiet. You can go many places that a patrol car can’t go, and this aids in catching criminals. How does the bike unit benefit Merriam residents? It's great for improving public relations. I like that it is much easier for the public to approach me if I’m on a bicycle. This has led to many conversations that probably wouldn’t have happened if I was in a patrol car. What’s something you’d like residents to know about the

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Merriam Police Department? We may be a small department with only 32 police officers, but we are one of the busiest police departments in Johnson County. We also build community relations by spending time with our residents. Anything else? I would encourage everyone to get to know your community police officers. Take the time to stop and say ‘hi’ if you see them out and about. Also, look into programs that we host such as the Citizens Police Academy, Explorers Program (for youth), and Coffee with a Cop events.


Master Police Officer Kristin Jasinski received a Life Saving Award at the Oct. 22 City Council meeting for saving the life of a 2-year-old girl. The young girl was choking on a meatball at IKEA Restaurant when MPO Jasinski applied the Heimlich maneuver on her. MPO Jasinski dislodged the food and saved the girl’s life. MPO Jasinski said she’s humbled to receive this award.

Merriam // Public Safety

Merriam Police Officer Receives Second Life Saving Award

“My job is to help people who are in various stages of a crisis,” MPO Jasinski said. “If I can consistently make a positive difference in the lives of people we assist, that’s all the reward I need.”

This is the second Life Saving Award MPO Jasinski's received this year. In January, she saved a Merriam resident's life after he suffered a heart attack.

Get Involved with the Merriam Police Department – Join the Citizens Police Academy Now’s your chance to know what it’s like to be a police officer! The Merriam Police Department is accepting applications for its 2019 Citizens Police Academy.

The 10-week program starts April 3 and runs through June 5. Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Merriam Police Department located at 9010 W. 62nd St.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what our officers do on a daily basis. Participants will learn about search and seizure, use of force and defensive tactics, DUI investigations, and firearms training. Citizens Police Academy members will also tour the Johnson County crime lab, dispatch center, and jail.

Apply online at merriam.org/citizenspoliceacademy or call the Merriam Police Department at 913-322-5560.

Have Coffee and Pop With the Cops! Held on Wednesdays or Saturdays in Merriam

Jan. 16 Feb. 16 March 13 April 20

8:30–10 a.m. 9–11:30 a.m. 8:30–10 a.m. 8:30–10 a.m.

U.S. Bank Merriam Police Station McDonald's Krispy Kreme CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 11


Be Prepared for the Winter Freeze Check off these 10 tips and help keep your family safe. φφA qualified professional has inspected and serviced your furnace within the last 12 months.

φφA qualified professional has cleaned and inspected your chimneys and vents. You've checked for creosote buildup.

φφWood for your fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

φφYour fireplace screen is metal or heattempered glass, in good condition, and secure in its position in front of the fireplace. φφYour children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove, or other space heaters.

φφYou have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose of cooled ashes. φφYour portable space heaters have an automatic shutoff.

φφYour portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. φφYou've tested your smoke alarms and made sure they're working.

φφYou've tested your carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they're working. Find more information at nfpa.org.

Community Spotlight

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Jan Schoonover ................................................................

Inspired by nature, Merriam artist Jan Schoonover has traveled all across the world showcasing her works of art. She and her husband, Ashok Gupta, lived in New York City for more than 30 years before relocating back to Merriam. Jan now lives in the house she grew up in. She’s an active member on the City’s Art Committee and received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. You recently had an exhibit in Paris. Where else have you showcased your artwork? Paris was beautiful, beyond belief. I have had art shows in Kansas City, Lawrence, New York City, Holland, Beijing, England, and Paris. You lived in New York City for more than 30 years. What made you want to move back to Merriam? Merriam is home. The Schoonovers homesteaded in Kansas around the time that Kansas became a

state. Kansas City is livable and people are friendly. Many people in my studio building downtown, the Livestock Exchange Building, have returned from other parts of the world. You and your husband moved back to live in your childhood home. What’s that feel like? It feels comforting to live in the house that my dad hand built in 1949. Being of Dutch descent, I work on my garden. It's hard work, and I have a lot of help. What’s your favorite part about being on the Merriam Arts Committee? I enjoy learning the mechanics of installing outdoor art. It's a new experience for me. You went to Crestview Elementary. What makes you want to give back and volunteer in the school? Crestview is important to me. Both of my parents were teachers, and my husband and I met while teaching. Elementary school may be the most important part of our lives, and our neighborhood children all go to Crestview. They are so smart and really snappy dressers.

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Recycle Right – Ditch the Bag and Free Your Recyclable You think you’re recycling right, but when plastic bags and wraps make it into your curbside recycle bin, they actually end up in the landfill. Why? Your recycling hauler doesn’t accept these items as they end up jamming the recycling facility’s equipment. Ensure your recycling efforts don’t go to waste. Here’s how:

Ditch The Bag

Free Your Recyclables

Don’t put plastic bags and wraps in your curbside recycle bin. You can put them in your trash can or return grocery bags and clean wraps to several area grocery stores for recycling.

Keep your recyclables loose in the bin. Bagged recyclables end up in the landfill.

Merriam // Community

#DitchTheBag

Rescue Your Recycling Plastic bags and wraps can be recycled at drop-off locations, not in curbside bins. Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and wraps. Find recycling locations and more information at jocogov.org/recycling101.

Grocery Bags

Newspaper Bags

Bread Bags

Product Wrap

Food Storage Bags

Produce Bags

Air Pillows & Bubble Wrap

Images courtesy of plasticfilmrecycling.org

The City's annual recycling event for electronics, document shredding, latex paint, and bicycles will be held at a new location in 2019. Please check merriam.org/recyclingevent for updates.

Merriam Drive Live

Live music and fun activities for all filled Merriam Marketplace for the inaugural Merriam Drive Live on Oct. 6. Photos courtesy of Jim Russell. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 13


M E R R I A M

Public Works by the

NUMBERS 124

6 snow plows

miles of road

3.56 miles

2,938

1,678,000 pounds of

street signs

of curb and sidewalks added/repaired in 2018

salt used each winter

21

traffic signals with

Named a Tree City USA for

33 years

213

lights

4

hawk lights

IN A ROW

89 acres mowed

210

flower baskets with

8,400

petunias

200 tons

collected during large-item pickup

90 truckloads

of tree limbs

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decorative light poles 2019 Capital Improvements » New Community Center Construction » New Sidewalks » 67th St. Reconstruction


MERRIAM

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

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

TENTATIVE 2019 SEASON: SATURDAYS May 4 – Sept. 28 7 a.m.–1 p.m. ........................................................................................

Become a Vendor!

The award-winning Merriam Farmers’ Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2019 season. Merriam has one of the most beautiful, covered facilities in the metropolitan area. For shoppers and vendors: • Located in the downtown Merriam historic district • Free, close, and convenient parking • FREE live entertainment and family-fun activities • A market supervisor on duty each Saturday • Beautiful park-like environment with access to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail and Werner Park • 36 covered vendor spaces with access to electricity • Convenient access from I-35 and Johnson and Merriam drives • Restroom facilities Vendor Fees Per Stall $370 Full season $25

Daily (May, September)

$45

Daily (June, July, August)

For more information about the Farmers’ Market, including vendor applications, visit merriam.org/farmersmarket, call 913-322-5550, or email dsmothers@merriam.org.

Curious about keeping chickens? Check out this workshop! What’s Cluckin’ in the Hen House

Bottom two photos courtesy of Jim Russell.

facebook.com/merriamfarmersmarket

Saturday, April 27 // 9:30–11:30 a.m. // $10 Learn more on page 25. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 15


EVENTS

Visit merriam.org/events or call 913-322-5550 to register.

Daddy Daughter Dance: A Night in Wonderland Saturday, Feb. 9 // 5:30–8:30 p.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive $45 // couple Early bird until Feb. 4 (Additional daughter $10) $50 // couple Feb. 5–8 (Additional daughter $15)

Ages 4–12

“Here ye, Here ye! By order of the Queen of Hearts, you are summoned to a land of wonders wild and new.”

Join us for our 12th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance and don’t be late for this very important date! Come for light appetizers and dessert and dance the night away with DJ Kirby. Each couple receives a limo ride and keepsake photos. Preregistered couples will be entered into a drawing to win a limo ride from their home to the party. Please let us know of any food allergies when registering. Registration required. Class #110206D5 / 110206D6

Min/Max: 25/65 couples

Brunch with the Bunny Saturday, April 13 // 10–11:30 a.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive $5 // person Early bird until April 8 $6 // person April 9-11

“Easter brings the best surprises, baby chicks and buds in bloom and spring sunshine that fills the room.”

Hop on in for fun games, activities, an egg hunt, story time with the Johnson County Library, and a pancake breakfast served by Chris Cakes. You'll have a chance to visit the Easter Bunny, too! Come for breakfast – stay for the fun!

Registration required. Class #140205B2

Min/Max: 25/65

National Volunteer Week April 7–13 “Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department staff appreciate our volunteers' time and support. Throughout the year, volunteers help bring the following programs, services, and community events to Merriam residents: Daddy Daughter Dance  Heartland Artist Exhibition  Brunch with the Bunny Turkey Creek Festival  Summer Sundays in Merriam  Party in Your Park Pooch Paddle  Streamway Trail Clean Up  Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show Halloween Happenings  Annual High School Art Exhibition  Breakfast with Santa Merriam Drive Live  Mayor's Tree Lighting  Merriam Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

As a way of showing our appreciation, volunteers on record will receive an invitation to join us for a “Volunteers are the Heart of our Team” appreciation party to honor their service hours. Watch your mailbox for your invitation. PAGE 16 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2018 + SPRING 2019


Parks & Rec // Events

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 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. Call 913-322-5550 for park rentals.

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TIM MURPHY

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.

SCHOLLMEYER

EVANS

MURRILL

GALE

JAN. 3 – FEB. 2

FEB. 7 – 23

MARCH 2 – 30

APRIL 4 – 27

“Pencils, Paint and Air”

“Back Roads and Dirt Roads”

23rd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition

“Layers of Creativity… Mixed Media Unleashed”

Gary Cadwallader Jodi Harsch Fred Schollmeyer

Geoffrey Ristau Linda Guenther Nate Evans

Featuring artists:

Featuring artists:

Opening reception Saturday, March 2 5–7 p.m.

Featuring Artists: Jan Fellers Gloria Gale Gayle Faulkner

Join us for the 23rd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition Opening Reception The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5–7 p.m. This show draws artists from all over the United States. Experience some of the finest works of art while enjoying live music and noshing on hors d'oeuvres and beverages. The awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at merriam.org/heartland. Sponsored by the City of Merriam and Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation.

Friday Painters Fridays // 9:30 a.m.–Noon // $2 Enjoy studio time and connect with other artists. Come together every Friday in the Tim Murphy Art Gallery to create art in many different media types. PAGE 18 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2018 + SPRING 2019


Parks & Rec // Art Gallery

Call for Artists 2020 Monthly Exhibits

Application deadline: July 8 The Tim Murphy Art Gallery is accepting applications for its 2020 monthly art gallery shows. Interested artists may submit five digitals of their work. All exhibited paintings and photographs must be matted and framed unless a wrap-around-canvas technique is utilized. Any works accepted in the Heartland Artist Exhibit aren't eligible. Considered media includes photography, watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and glass. At least 90 percent of the work for the show must be for sale. Tentatively, January through April exhibits will be at the Irene B. French Community Center and September through December exhibits will be at the new Merriam Community Center. In preparation for the new community center, there will be no shows scheduled during summer 2020. For more information, contact Dave Smothers at dsmothers@merriam.org or 913-322-5550. Find applications online at merriam.org/artgallery.

Finding Authenticity in Abstraction: Creation Without Gimmicks or Guiderails Feb 21 & 22 // 9 a.m.–4 p.m. // $150 // Class #120302L1 In this two-day workshop, artists will find new means of understanding their own unique and authentic voices, using abstract painting as a medium of expression. Artists will follow along as the instructor guides them through his own relationship with the medium and will be asked to define and interpret abstraction for themselves. Artists will be engaged in Socratic dialogue about their underlying assumptions about art. An emphasis on meaningmaking, authenticity, and curiosity will be the primary focuses of the course. Students will be asked to bring their own acrylic or oil paints but will also have paints available to them. A supply list will follow. Cost includes 14 hours of professional instruction, breakfast, lunch, and snacks both days. Limited to 15 students. Instructor: Mark Kuykendall

About Mark Kuykendall I’m a therapist and an artist. I develop personal relationships with my art pieces like I do with my clients. I view the struggle of making art as a parallel to the act of living. For me, understanding how the brain evolved was the key to understanding the human experience. I’ve tried to apply this in my approach to art. Like my clients, my paintings change over time as a result of conscious effort. My paintings demonstrate moments of insight, elation, satisfaction, etc., layered over moments of disappointment, frustration, or shame. Ultimately, I hope my art engages people enough to feel a sense of conscious and subconscious changes made over time.

CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 19


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 Dan Whitmill, Maintenance Worker II David Williams, Maintenance Worker I Brandy Peterson, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Diane Monroe, Farmers’ Market Asst. Coord. Caitlyn Remick, Landscape Technician James Placht, Fitness Specialist

Facility Supervisors

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

Community Center Closures

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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 • 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, pingpong, TV, and Wii® • Gymnasium with built-in stage

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.

Open Gym

Holidays and Closings

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.

Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Year's Day Sunday, April 21: Easter Cancellation Hotline: 913-322-5591

Connect

Open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Schedules are available at merriam.org/opengym or by calling 913-322-5550.

Daily fee $3 // person BOGO special Dec. 22 – Jan 7 and March 8 – 18!

facebook.com/merriamparks

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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

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.

Program Instructors Needed

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.

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WARDS

Suzanne Downey Thelma Fowler LaVera Howard Kathy Stull

AT-LARGE

Tom Heffron Katie Leary Billy Crook Grant Getzlow, youth

Parks & Rec // IBFCC

Irene B. French Community Center Policies

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 $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; sponsorship of Summer Sundays in Merriam; new benches at all playgrounds; 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 at aslocum@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

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


FITNESS CENTER Located inside the Irene B. French Community Center, the 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. 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

Fitness Center Equipment

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 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.

Not ready for a membership? Try the fitness center for a day on us! PAGE 22 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2018 + SPRING 2019

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.

Open Gym

Free for Fitness Center Members

Fitness Center Membership Scholarship Program

...................................................... 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

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 from Dec. 22 – Jan. 7 and March 8 – 18. Youth or adult teams may not use open gym times to conduct practices but may rent the gym according to rental policies.

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.

CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 23


Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 3 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center unless otherwise noted.

Tri-Star Basketball Sundays, Jan. 13 – Feb. 17 // 1:30–3 p.m.

Team up with the Merriam Optimist Club and learn basic basketball skills. Kids will be instructed on dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and learning the importance of teamwork. See you courtside!

$30 // child Ages 8–12 Class #111009D5

Min/Max: 10/40

Girls on the Run: Merriam Parks & Rec Team Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb. 26 – May 9 // 5:30–6:45 p.m.

Grab your running shoes and water bottles and join the fun. The 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 well-researched curriculum. All girls will run/walk in a non-competitive 5K event Saturday, May 4. Register at gotrkc.org. Registration open Feb. 9 – 23.

$165 // child Scholarships are available through Girls on the Run. Contact scholarship@gotrkc.org.

Preschool Fitness Day Thursday, Feb. 21 // 10–11 a.m.

It’s never too early to celebrate health and fitness with your preschooler. In our “Kiddie Fittie” class, we’ll use hoops, scarves, balls, and more to encourage balance, coordination, aerobic exercise, and stretching. We’ll finish by making a healthy snack. It’s a great way to start your youngsters on a healthy foot, so be sure to get your spot today! Instructor: Berg $2 // child Ages 2–5

Min/Max: 1/30

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

Pretend you’re a truck driver, policeman, motorcycle driver, and more. At P.I.P. there are Little Tyke® ride-along toys, a kitchen, and interactive stations like a work bench and pretend lawn care tools. 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.

Game Room

Our game room is available for use on a drop-in basis. The game room includes lounge furniture, a pool table, pingpong 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.

School Break BOGO Basketball Dec. 22 – Jan. 7 and March 8 – 18 Open gym hours

School is out! Why hang at home when you can grab your friends and shoot hoops! Great price – buy one, get one FREE. $3 // duo


Host your child’s birthday party here! All packages are for two hours during regular business hours. For more information and availability, please 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.

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.

Adult Classes Women’s Self Defense and Situational Awareness Workshop Wednesday, Jan. 23 // 6–8 p.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive

Protect yourself and never be a victim!

Presented by the Merriam Police Department, the focus of the women’s self-defense class is awareness. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably, ask specific questions, and take part in self-defense applications. $10 // Ages 12+ // Min/Max: 6/30 // #140501A1 Instructor: Jason Reynolds, Merriam Police Department

Parks & Rec // Youth & Adult Classes

BIRTHDAY PACKAGES!

Hanging Basket Workshop Saturday, April 13 // 8–9 a.m. Merriam Public Works // 6901 Knox St.

“A simple flower, that’s all it takes, for another soul to smile and wake.”

Merriam is lucky to have beautiful hanging flower baskets along its streets. Now everyone has the opportunity to make their yard pretty by making a smaller version of the basket. All necessary supplies and instruction will be provided. Date is subject to change based on flower availability. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. No guarantee that flowers will flourish. Registration required. $40 // Ages 16+ // Min/Max: 12/25 // #220502B3 Registration deadline: Friday, April 5 Instructor: Merriam Public Works Employees

What’s Cluckin' in the Hen House Saturday, April 27 // 9:30–11:30 a.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive

Here chickie, here chickie!

In this workshop, you'll learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your girls, and much more. We'll even do a taste test of grocery store eggs versus home grown. Now, that’s something to crow about! Registration required. $10 // Ages 17+* // Min/Max: 5/15 // #220502B4 *Those under 17 must be accompanied by a parent. Instructor: Fisher

CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 25


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

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

Belly Dance–Beginning

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

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: Kali

YOGA ........................................................... Yoga mats and props are provided.

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 class aims to increase mobility and reduce discomfort. A doctor’s note is requested. 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

Yoga Sculpt

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. Instructor: Radmanesh

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

Intro to Ki Society

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

One Hour Wellness Retreat

Exercises are contained within the branches of tai chi based off traditional Chinese medicine (similar to acupuncture or acupressure). Learn basic nei kung, mind body awareness, and chi kung, deep breathing. Routines can even be done while sitting down! Featuring the Dragon and Tiger medical chi kung set. Instructor: Wood

Pickleball: Drop-in Play

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

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.

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

Simplified Tai Chi

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

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

Yoga Express

Yoshokai Aikido

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

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: Durán

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Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 3 ................................................................................................................................................................. CLASS

CLASS #

AGE

Belly Dance–Beginner

120807A3 16+

Belly Dance–Beginner

120807A4 16+

M

Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 120807A5 16+ Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 120807A6 16+ Gentle Yoga

120803F1 16+

Gentle Yoga

120803F2 16+

Gentle Yoga

120803F3 16+

Gentle Yoga

120803F4 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

120803R5 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

120803R6 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

120803F5 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

120803F6 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

120803F7 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

120803F8 16+

Yoga Express

120803C5 16+

Yoga Express

120803C6 16+

Yoga Sculpt

120803S1 16+

Yoga Sculpt

120803S2 16+

Intro to Ki Society

120904A6 16+

Intro to Ki Society

120904A7 16+

The Ki Society

120904A8 16+

The Ki Society

120904A9 16+

One Hour Wellness

120903B2 16+

One Hour Wellness

120903B3 16+

Pickleball

16+

Pickleball

16+

Simplified Tai Chi

120903B4 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

120903B5 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

120903B6 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

120903B7 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

120903B8 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

120903B9 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B6 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B7 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B8 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B9 16+

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DATES

FEE

DROP IN

MIN/ MAX

7–8 p.m.

Jan. 8 – Feb. 26

$65

$10

1/10

7–8 p.m.

March 12 – April 30 $65

$10

1/10

8–9 p.m.

Jan. 8 – Feb. 26

$80

$12

1/10

8–9 p.m.

March 12 – April 30 $80

$12

1/10

6–7:25 p.m.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 25

$84

$15

3/11

6–7:25 p.m.

March 11 – April 29 $84

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

Jan. 10 – Feb. 28

$84

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

March 14 – May 2

$84

$15

3/11

6–7:30 p.m.

Jan. 9 – Feb. 27

$72

$15

3/11

6–7:30 p.m.

March 13 – May 1

$72

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

Jan. 8 – Feb. 26

$84

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

March 12 – April 30 $84

$15

3/11

$84

$15

3/11

7:30–8:55 p.m. March 11 – April 29 $84

$15

3/11

12–12:45 p.m.

Jan. 8 – Feb. 28

$64

$8

3/11

12–12:45 p.m.

March 12 – May 2

$64

$8

3/11

6–7 p.m.

Jan. 8 – Feb. 28

$75

$15

3/12

6–7 p.m.

March 12 – May 2

$75

$15

3/12

5:30–7 p.m.

Jan. 8 – Feb. 28

$35

$7

1/12

5:30–7 p.m.

March 12 – May 2

$35

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

Jan. 8 – Feb. 26

$35

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

March 12 – April 30 $35

$7

1/12

7–8 p.m.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 25

$77

$15

1/6

7–8 p.m.

March 11 – April 29 $77

$15

1/6

4–6:30 p.m.

ongoing

$1

8:15–11:15 a.m. ongoing

$1

W TH F SA TIME

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9–10 a.m.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 25

$77

$15

1/6

9–10 a.m.

March 11 – April 29 $77

$15

1/6

6–7 p.m.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 25

$77

$15

1/6

6–7 p.m.

March 11 – April 29 $77

$15

1/6

8–9 p.m.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 25

$77

$15

1/6

8–9 p.m.

March 11 – April 29 $77

$15

1/6

6:30–7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 – Feb. 28

$64

$10

3/10

6:30–7:30 p.m. March 14 – May 2

$64

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

Jan. 12 – March 2

$64

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

March 16 – May 4

$64

$10

3/10

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 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.

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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 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.

B.I.N.G.O.

Second Thursdays // 1:30–3:30 p.m. // $3 Let’s all shout “BINGO!” Join us the second Thursday of each month. You'll receive three cards to play 15 games, PLUS snacks and beverages. Prizes include gift cards and consumables. January 10: Hollywood Bingo February 14: Valentine Bingo March 14: Pi (3.14) Day Bingo April 11: I Love the 50’s Bingo

AARP Smart Driver Course Saturday, April 13 // 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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“Grandpa’s War” presented by author Mark Armato The WW1 Experiences of Corporal John George Rakers Thursday, May 16 // 10 a.m.–Noon // $2 With no living veterans from the Great War, keeping the history alive is an important reminder of the sacrifices made by the approximate 9.7 million military deaths during the conflict. Mark Armato, author of “Grandpa’s War,” grew up listening to his grandfather’s engaging tales. Determined to preserve those stories, Armato shares one man’s experiences in World War I with narratives full of humor, sadness, rebellion, and faith. A light brunch will be served. Registration required by May 14. Class #230203A1 Min/Max 10/100

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.

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Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) 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.

Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs

REGISTRATION

$3 donation suggested. Registration isn't required.

Chair One

Pickleball

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. Instructor: McMillian and Durán, CIYT

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. The game is a combination of pingpong, tennis, and badminton. It's fun and easy to learn. Come out and try it, you’ll like it. Equipment available.

Chair Two

Senior Wii® Bowling

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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Waterfall Park 5191 Merriam Drive

Home of the original Merriam Farmers’ Market, Waterfall Park is named for its most prominent, natural feature within Turkey Creek. The park’s development began in 1997 as part of an overall stormwater project in response to area flooding. In 2005, the City developed a master plan to further grow Waterfall Park. The plan called for soccer fields, parking lots, stream restoration, an observation area, picnic shelter, playgrounds, a walking trail, and other amenities.

Over the years, the park has continued to evolve. In 2006, the City and Johnson County Parks and Recreation District entered into an agreement to develop and construct a multi-use pedestrian trail from Werner Park to Waterfall Park. In 2012, the City constructed four practice fields named after Julius McFarlin. McFarlin was the first African-American elected to public office in Johnson County, serving from 1973 to 2000 as a Merriam City Council member. He's also credited for chartering the Johnson County NAACP.

In 2014, an irrigation system was installed. A bike repair station was added two years later. As the soccer fields’ popularity grew, parking was expanded in 2017. The latest addition, occurring just this fall, was relocating playground equipment from Vavra Park to Waterfall Park. Picnic tables and a grill were also moved to the area to enhance park experience for visitors. Next year, the City plans to install the third public art piece “Hmmm…” along the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail within the park.

We invite you to explore Waterfall Park and enjoy the improvements made to create a place you will want to visit time and time again. Conceptual rendering of "Hmmm..." by Joshua Wiener.

Over the past several years, the City has made various improvements to all parks in Merriam. In an effort to raise awareness of these improvements as well as understand how each individual park was developed, we challenge residents to explore the featured park and let us know about your visit. Have a suggestion as to what future improvements you would like to see in the area? Let us know by emailing aslocum@merriam.org. PAGE 30 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2018 + SPRING 2019

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The first 4.4 acres of Waterfall Park was purchased in phases between December 1997 and May 1998. In February 2005, the City purchased 7.1 acres known as the Enterprise Property. In 2004 and 2005, Johnson County Parks and Recreation District (JCPRD) purchased land to assist the City with future park improvements. The purchase added 4.3 acres of park land to the north and south of the Enterprise Property. A long term land lease was established between the City and JCPRD for $1 per year for 25 years with the ability to renew.

Explore Merriam parks and share your pictures and videos on our Facebook page: facebook.com/MerriamParks.


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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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"Back Roads and Dirt Roads" Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG Daddy Daughter Dance // 5:30–8:30 p.m. // IBFCC 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

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“Heartland Artist Exhibition” Opening Reception // 5–7 p.m. // TMAG City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Spring Tree Limb Pickup // Citywide Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC

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“Layers of Creativity...Mixed Media Unleashed” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Brunch with the Bunny // 10–11:30 a.m. // IBFCC Spring Large-Item Pickup // Citywide Easter – IBFCC Closed City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC

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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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