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highlights & recreation

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Residents Say "Yes" to New Community Center page 4

7 // Home Improvement Grant

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8 // Public Safety Updates

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10 // Winter + Spring Events

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20 // 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,

It’s an exciting time to be a Merriam resident! We’re a City investing in our community and several citywide projects are in development. We’re currently in the process of assembling the design team for the new community center and finalizing our timeline and detailed budget. We anticipate it will take one year to design the community center and up to two years to build the new facility, with an anticipated 2020 opening date. We’re also exploring partnerships to create a sense of community for Merriam residents. The library branch located at Antioch Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway is in need of new construction within the next few years, and, perhaps, we can join the two facilities. We’re working with the Johnson County Public Library to see what opportunities exist. You can stay updated on our progress at merriam.org/buildingcommunity. Another new project we’re working on is the Home Improvement Grant Program. The City has budgeted $30,000 to help Merriam residents renovate their homes’ exteriors. The pilot program begins in January, and residents with approved projects can receive a reimbursement of 20 percent of costs until all money is allocated. More information is on pg. 7. I’m eager to see the next phase of building our new community center as well as the other exciting and innovative programs the next year will bring. Your Mayor,

Ken Sissom

City offices will close in observation of holidays on Monday, Dec. 25; Monday, Jan. 1, 2018; and Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. In each case, offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. Closing information for the Irene B. French Community Center is on page 13. PAGE 2 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2017 + SPRING 2018


2018 City Budget Highlights

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$10,999,623 Capital expenditures $15,680,502 Non-capital expenditures $24,248,230 O perating revenues

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4 // Community Center Vote 5 // Merriam Briefs 6 // Staff Profile 7 // Home Improvement Grant 8 // Public Safety Updates 10 // Winter + Spring Events 12 // Irene B. French

LARGEST SINGLE REVENUE SOURCE 1% CITY SALES TAX

$8,024,429

CITYWIDE REVENUE SOURCES SALES/USE TAX

52%

OTHER SOURCES*

17% 31% PROPERTY TAX

Community Center 15 // Farmers' Market 16 // Art Gallery 18 // Fitness Center

Property Tax CITY MILL

27.741

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Property taxes collected in Merriam are distributed among six entities:

PARKS & REC CLASSES & PROGRAMS

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

»State » of Kansas »Johnson » County »Johnson » County Community College »Shawnee » Mission School District »Merriam » Drainage Board »City » of Merriam

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26 // Merriam Parks

MERRIAM’S SHARE OF TOTAL PROPERTY TAX 23% City of Merriam 77% Schools, County, Other

Did you know?

2018 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

$9.9

million

CIP HIGHLIGHTS » New Community Center » Citywide Sidewalk Infill » Johnson Drive Reconstruction

*Other sources include TIF taxes, intergovernmental revenues, fines and forfeits, franchise fees, other taxes, licenses/permits/ charges for service, interest, and miscellaneous.

The City's Popular Annual Financial Report has won a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association three years in a row! Check it out at merriam.org/finance.

Learn more about the budget at merriam.org/finance. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 3


“Yes!” to a New Community Center Merriam residents said they want a new community center. More than 2,490 mail-in ballots were cast with 67.5 percent of residents saying "yes" to the facility. The community center will include an indoor/outdoor pool, walking/ jogging track, a full-sized gym, and a child watch area, among many other amenities. What Happens Next?

»»The City will issue $24 million in bonds to build a $30 million

community center at Vavra Park and implement a new 10-year quarter-cent sales tax.

»»Merriam will select a design team and finalize the schedule and detailed budget.

»»Current facilities will continue to operate; the pool will close in 2019. »»The City anticipates a 2020 opening date. Business owners and residents – the City sales tax will increase from 9.225 to 9.475 percent on Jan. 1, 2018. It’s equivalent to an additional $0.25 for every $100 purchase. Look for more project details as they continue to develop at merriam.org/buildingcommunity.

RESULTS

67.5% YES 32.5% NO Target Project Dates

2018 ¼ Cent Sales Tax Begins Design and Site Work

Amenities

2019 INDOOR POOL

INDOOR TRACK

FITNESS CENTER

Construction Pool Closed

2020 Construction Expected Opening

OUTDOOR POOL

MULTI-USE GYM

COMMUNITY ROOM

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LICENSE FEES

New – You can now register your pets online! Pet registration renewals are due by Jan. 1. All cats and dogs over the age of six months must be licensed in the City. It helps protect your furry loved ones if they become lost.

1 2 3 YEAR YEARS* YEARS*

SPAYED/NEUTERED

$10

$16

$24

NOT SPAYED/NEUTERED

$30

$48

$72

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2018 Pet Registration: Due by Jan. 1

*Multi-year rabies vaccination required.

You can buy pet licenses for one, two, or three years. Owners must show proof of valid rabies vaccinations. There’s a $2/month late-fee penalty for those who don’t renew their pet(s) license by Jan. 15. You can complete pet licensing online, or by email, mail, phone, or in-person at City Hall. Residents are allowed a maximum of three dogs and three cats. For more information, visit merriam.org/pets or call City Hall at 913-322-5500.

Holiday Tree Disposal: Jan. 2–5 Please place your trees curbside.

Spring Tree Limb Pickup: March 19–23 Back by popular demand, the City of Merriam will offer curbside tree limb pickup in March. Find details at merriam.org/treelimbs.

Citywide Recycling Event: Saturday, April 7 // 8–11 a.m. Residents can drop off recyclables in the Lees Jeans parking lot, 9001 W. 67th St., behind CarMax. Accepted items include: ▶ Consumer electronics*

▶ Bicycles

▶ Latex paint

▶ Documents for secure shredding**

*$20 charge for televisions. **$5 suggested donation per regular-sized file box and $10 per large file box. Learn more at merriam.org/recyclingevent.

Spring Large-Item Pickup: April 16–20 Residents disposing 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. Those needing assistance should call Public Works at 913-322-5570. Find more information at merriam.org/largeitem.

Stay connected! Sign up for e-Merriam updates at merriam.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and you'll always be in-the-know.

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New Sound System Reduces Train Noise Pollution in Merriam About 40 trains every day travel through the heart of Merriam, and engineers blow their train’s horn each time it goes across a public road. To reduce the amount of train noise pollution in Merriam’s neighborhoods, City Council in 2015 budgeted for a new sound system along the railroad crossings on Johnson Drive, Carter St., and 67th St. Once active, Merriam residents will notice a significant reduction in train noise thanks to wayside horns.

Wayside horns sound like a train horn, but they are mounted on 14-foot poles at each railroad crossing and are pointed down streets toward traffic. The sound is condensed to a more localized area, helping reduce noise pollution. There’s also a signal letting engineers know not to blow the train’s horn. Federal law requires horns to blast sound at least 20 seconds before a train approaches a public road and through the crossing. Even with wayside horns installation, engineers have full discretion to blow their train horn if they feel it’s necessary.

Q+A with Merriam Staff

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Donna Shirley Administrative Assistant Public Works ................................................................................................................................... You may not know Public Works Administrative Assistant Donna Shirley, but you’ve probably spoken with her on the phone – especially during this summer’s three big storms. She’s on the front lines, literally, answering your questions about tree limb pickup and other services the City’s Public Works Department provides. Donna has worked for the City since 1995. She grew up in Merriam and is now a Shawnee resident. What do you like most about your job? I can’t say enough about the men and women of Public Works. They work hard every day and truly deserve the reputation they have gained throughout their years of serving Merriam’s residents, businesses, and our other departments’ staff. They are my heroes every day, and I hope to remain in service to them for some time yet. I’ve learned and have been mentored by each of them throughout the years. I’m blessed beyond measure to work among the very best. You were quite busy during this summer’s big storms. What was it like getting all those phone calls?

We took in a lot of phone calls! Residents who called in were very satisfied with the City’s efficiency in providing the much-needed curbside pickup and debris collection site.

and trail maintenance; maintain building facilities; and provide fleet maintenance. We also help with special events and conduct special cleanups like large-item pickups throughout the year.

What’s something you’d like Merriam residents to know about Public Works? Most people don’t have a comprehensive understanding of the varied maintenance done by Public Works. We keep the streets in good condition; provide maintenance on streets, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals, signage, and streetlights; monitor rightof-ways; plow and do snow removal; mow and trim parks and City facilities; provide City landscaping; do playground

I heard you and your husband have a great ‘how we met’ story. My husband Larry and I met working at the soda fountain of the downtown Merriam Rexall Drug Store when we were sophomores at Shawnee Mission North. We delivered prescriptions throughout Merriam and the surrounding areas in a little blue Volkswagen. We have very fond memories of Merriam's rich heritage, as it really is the story of our own history.

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Merriam // Highlights

Exterior Home Improvement Grant Does your house need a paint job? Want to build a new deck? 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 $30,000 in its Exterior Improvement Grant Program. The pilot program will provide a 20 percent reimbursement for exterior improvements upon completion. Homeowners must submit an application before work begins and have at least $4,000 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 begin 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 $4,000 in receipts.

Homeowner Investment

Reimbursement

$4,000 $8,000 $12,500+

$800 $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

Ineligible Improvements:

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

The City will start accepting applications on Jan. 1. 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.

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1 Help Merriam Police Catch Criminals in the Act Police said video cameras are one of the best methods for catching criminals. If you have a security camera, Merriam Police needs your help. Officers are inviting you to join the Community Video Partnership Program to help catch criminals in the act.

The new program uses residents’ and businesses’ security cameras to fight crime. Participants will let police know where each public viewing camera is located and the direction it's facing. Merriam Police will then create a confidential map of active security cameras across the City. Officers may contact you if a crime happens in a specific area to see if your security camera captured the criminal activity.

You can register your cameras through an online application or by mail. For more information, visit merriam.org/videopartner.

Update Your Home Security Contact Info A reminder that residents with active home security alarm systems need to get an Alarm Permit through the City. City staff recently mailed a letter to residents already registered asking for updated contact information to help our police and fire departments in case of an emergency. Please return these notices by mail, email, or in person at Merriam City Hall. To get a permit, call 913-322-5500.

Merriam Police Adds Four Officers Four new Merriam Police officers are ready to protect and serve our community. This fall, the Meriam Police Department swore in Officers Grant Sparks, Beau Soucie, Bradley Thomas, and April Gebke. The four graduated from the 121st Johnson County Regional Police Academy.

The new officers just completed their field training, and said they’re excited to begin their new careers in law enforcement.

Have coffee with the cops! Follow the Merriam Police Department on Facebook to see when your next chance is to enjoy a cup o' joe with your local officers. facebook.com/merriampolice PAGE 8 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2017 + SPRING 2018


Merriam Police in Action

New ePLACE Burn Permit Application It's that time of year when the air turns crisp and leaves begin to fall. As a Merriam resident, you're allowed to burn those leaves, provided you meet the following requirements:

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»» Your burn must be no more than three feet in diameter and two feet high.

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»» Your burn must be at least 15 feet from any structure.

»» The wind must not exceed 15 mph during your burn.

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If you're unable to meet any of these requirements, you'll need to apply for a 30-day burn permit with the Overland Park Fire Department (OPFD), which provides fire protection for the City of Merriam.

Applications must be submitted through the ePLACE website at opkansas.org: »» Click ePLACE at the bottom of the opening web page under “Online Services.”

»» Follow the instructions to register for an ePLACE online account.

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7 1. National Walk to School Day at Merriam Park Elementary 2. YMCA Club at Crestview Elementary 3. Stranger Danger talk at Merriam Park Elementary 4. Home Depot Fire Safety Day 5. KC Metro Bowling event for Special Olympics Kansas 6. CSI: Merriam 7. Bike Rodeo

Once registered, you can apply for permits, check your permit or inspection status, and download your issued permit all from the comfort of your home, anytime day or night. You'll even be notified if burning is temporarily suspended because of unfavorable conditions.

For help with the ePLACE registration process, call OPFD at 913-895-6069. If you have questions about burning rules or burn permits you can call OPFD at 913-895-8456.

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EVENTS Winter/Spring Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 10 // 5:30–8:30 p.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive “I love you to the moon and back and all the way down the railroad track.” This is the 11th year of celebrating Dads/father figures, daughters, granddaughters, and nieces in Merriam. Come and dance with DJ Kirby and enjoy an evening of making memories to last a lifetime! Each couple receives a limo ride, dinner, and keepsake photo. Preregistered couples will be entered into a drawing to win a limo ride from their home to the party. *Please identify dietary concerns at time of registration. $45 // couple Early bird special until Feb. 5 (Additional daughter $10) $50 // couple Feb. 6–9 Ages 4–11

Preregistration required. Class #110206D5

Brunch with the Bunny Saturday, March 24 // 10–11:30 a.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive "Dear Old Easter Bunny, hopping here and there. Spreading Easter joy around Merriam ; you’re everywhere!"

Don that new Easter bonnet or spring outfit, don’t forget the Easter basket, and come visit the Easter Bunny. No crowds – just lots of fun, games, craft, face painting, story time with Johnson County Library, and yes, an EGG HUNT! $5 // person Early bird special until March 19 $6 // person March 20–23 Ages 2–9

Preregistration required. Class #140205B2

National Volunteer Week April 16-April 20 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

The staff at Merriam Parks and Recreation appreciates volunteer time and support. Throughout the year, volunteers help bring the following programs, services, and community events to Merriam:

Preregistration Call 913-322-5550 Visit merriam.org/events

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 Mayor's Tree Lighting  Merriam Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

To show our appreciation, volunteers will receive an invitation to an appreciation party. Watch your mailbox!

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Anita Rodas ................................................

You may know Anita Rodas from her restaurant, Anita’s Cuisine, on Merriam Drive. While she lives in Overland Park, Anita and her family opened their first restaurant in Merriam in 2015. She worked for the Kansas City, Kansas school district for more than eight years before opening up Anita’s and serving Salvadoran and Mexican dishes. Anita’s won the 2016 New Small Business Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Why did you open a restaurant in Merriam? A family friend was leaving her location, and we jumped at the opportunity as a family and have fallen in love with the City of Merriam since! What do you like best about owning your restaurant? My biggest pleasure is being able to serve our customers. I love cooking, but it's always a delight

to see our customers enjoying their meal. Many of our new customers have become regulars and love to share with us how much they enjoy our food. How did you feel about winning the award from the Chamber? It was such a big surprise. I've always been a hard worker and have always felt as a business owner that's it's my responsibility to make sure everything is well prepped and that our customer service is at its best, but being recognized for our service is truly an honor. What makes Anita’s stand out in terms of places to eat? We pride ourselves in buying local and cooking all of our food fresh as the orders come in. We offer both Mexican and Salvadoran dishes, both spicy and not-so-spicy items for customers to try depending on their preferences, but always with a great, authentic taste! We also offer different options for vegetarians to enjoy our meals as well. My goal is to offer everyone delicious food to their best satisfaction.

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Community Spotlight

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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 Sara Thompson, Recreation Supervisor Ingrid Berg, Assistant Recreation Coordinator Lisa Naughton, Administrative Assistant Dan Whitmill, Maintenance Worker II David Williams, Maintenance Worker I Melisa Burns, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Diane Monroe, Farmers’ Market Asst. Coord. Jennifer Reed, Fitness Specialist Amy McClure, Aquatic Center Manager

Facility Supervisors

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

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

Sunday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 25 Christmas Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 New Year’s Day Sunday, April 1, 2018 Easter

Connect

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

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

Open Gym

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

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

ID Card Admission Policy

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

Program Instructors Needed

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

Register Early!

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

Scholarships

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

Refund / Cancellation / Transfer Policy

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

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

Suzanne Downey Thelma Fowler LaVera Howard Kathy Stull

AT-LARGE

Tom Heffron Katie Leary Billy Crook Grant Getzlow, youth

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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 $170,000 to support the Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation’s largest fundraising activity is the annual Flags 4 Freedom event, held during the week of July 4. The Foundation also supports the arts in Merriam, annually donating a piece from the Heartland Artist Exhibition to the permanent collection hanging at the Irene B. French Community Center. Recent programs include scholarship assistance for Merriam Parks and Recreation programs and memberships; sponsorship of Summer Sundays in Merriam; new benches for Chatlain Park; and assistance in the renovation and expansion of the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. Individuals or groups wanting to make a contribution in honor or memory of a loved one should contact Anna Slocum by email 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.

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COMMUNITY CENTER

ROOM RENTALS A great place for: Birthday parties Anniversary celebrations Wedding receptions Business meetings Banquets Corporate picnics

The center's small classrooms, conference room, game room, and kitchen facilities are all available for group rentals. Our classrooms can support equipment for business meetings and functions, including internet access. Staff can provide details regarding room or park availability, rental fees, and reservation deposits by calling 913-322-5550, or visiting merriam.org/parks for more information.

Family reunions

Jenks Gymnasium

43’ x 64’

200+ person capacity*

Hocker Grove

22’ x 61’

90 person capacity*

Kessler Room

18’ x 23’

...and much more!

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

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OUTDOOR RENTAL SPACES

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

Brown Park 5040 Booker Drive

Chatlain Park 6300 Carter Ave.

Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive

Vavra Park 6114 Slater St.

Waterfall Park 5191 Merriam Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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Call 913-322-5550 for park rentals.


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

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

SATURDAYS May 5 – Sept. 29 7 a.m.–1 p.m. WEDNESDAYS June 6 – Aug. 29 5–8 p.m. ........................................................................................

Become a Vendor!

The award winning Merriam Farmers’ Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2018 season for both Wednesdays and Saturdays. Merriam has one of the most beautiful, covered facilities in the metropolitan area. For shoppers and vendors: • Free, close, and convenient paved parking • Located in the downtown Merriam historic district • Beautiful park-like environment with access to Turkey Creek Streamway Trail and Werner Park • FREE live entertainment and family-fun activities • Restroom facilities • 36 covered vendor spaces with access to electricity • Convenient access from I-35, and Johnson and Merriam drives • A market supervisor on duty each Saturday Vendor Fees Per Stall Wednesday Saturday Full season

$100

$360

$20

$25

Daily (May, September)

$20

$40

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.

Miss the Farmers' Market?

Check out these great workshops to get you through the off-season! What’s Cluckin’ in the Hen House Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning Green Tuesday, Feb. 20 // 1 p.m. // Free

Saturday, April 28 // 9:30–11:30 a.m. // $10

Learn more about these workshops on p. 21. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 15


TIM MURPHY

ART GALLERY Upcoming Exhibits In its 22nd year, the Tim Murphy Art Gallery strives to support quality art experiences in the City and to 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.

O’LEARY

DYER

NIKITA

BAUER

THURSDAY, JAN. 4 – SATURDAY, JAN. 27

THURSDAY, FEB. 8 – SATURDAY, FEB. 24

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 – SATURDAY, MARCH 31

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 SATURDAY, APRIL 28

“When Words Aren’t Enough”

“Four Arts Sake”

22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition

“Art from the Heartland”

Barbara O’Leary & Friends

Dennis Brookerd Kermit Dyer Carl D’Amico R. Gregory Summers *moved to 2nd Thursday

Opening reception Saturday, March 3 5–7 p.m.

Featuring the Heartland Art Guild

Join us for the 22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition Opening Reception The public is invited to attend the opening night reception on Saturday, March 3 from 5–7 p.m. This national 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 award ceremony will begin 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.

The Tim Murphy Art Gallery's mission is to increase public awareness of the visual arts by providing a setting for exhibition and education. Now in its 22nd year, the space features fully restored 1911 hardwood floors, acoustic fabric walls, LED lighting, and dedicated reception space. PAGE 16 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2017 + SPRING 2018


22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition

2019 Monthly Exhibits

The 22 Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition is accepting entries through Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. This show offers $3,300 in prize money. A maximum of three digital images in jpeg format may be submitted for judging. Accepted mediums include: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, photography, or a mixture of any of the above media. The entry fee of $45 is non-refundable and payable to the City of Merriam.

Applications are being accepted for our 2019 monthly art gallery shows. Interested artists may submit five digitals of their work. All exhibited paintings and photographs must be matted and framed unless wrap-around-canvas technique is utilized. Any works accepted in the Heartland Artist Exhibit aren't eligible.

Saturday, March 3 – March 31 nd

Find additional details about how to enter at merriam.org/heartland or by visiting the Irene B. French Community Center.

Parks & Rec // Art Gallery

Call for Artists Application deadline: July 9

Considered media includes: photography, watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and glass. For more information contact, Dave Smothers at 913-322-5550 or dsmothers@merriam.org. Find applications online at merriam.org/artgallery.

Constructing a Painting in the Studio Setting

About Joseph Lorusso

Feb 22 & 23 // 9 a.m.–4 p.m. // $150 // Class #120302L1

Internationally known artist Joseph Lorusso creates landscapes and figurative works. His paintings are described as warm and dreamlike – places of restful escape with a sense of spirituality.

In this two-day class, students will be taught how to begin to construct a completed painting in the studio setting. Instructor will focus on composition, color harmony, and other technical aspects of oil painting. Students will paint from photographs provided by the instructor and will follow along as the instructor guides them through his working process. An emphasis on telling a story and conveying a mood will be a strong part of the course. Students are asked to bring 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. Limited to 15 students Instructor: Joseph Lorusso

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age. He received his formal training at the American Academy of Art, his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, and served as instructor of painting and drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Scottsdale Artists School. Lorusso worked as an artist at Hallmark Cards, Inc. from 1988 to 1999. The award-winning artist has work featured at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the Wichita Museum of Art in Kansas.

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

Family and individual fitness center memberships are available to both Merriam residents and non-residents, with no contracts required. Youth ages 13-15 must complete a mandatory equipment orientation with a fitness specialist and must be accompanied by a person 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 the City of Merriam. • Any person permanently residing in the City of Merriam. What can be used as proof of residency? • A valid Kansas driver’s license or state ID with current address.

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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 the LifeFitness machines. • Familiarize users with cardiovascular equipment. • Assess functional range of motion and basic mobility. • Recommend a personalized starting workout based on activity levels and fitness goals.

Free for Fitness Center Members

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

Free for Fitness Center Members

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

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

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

Parks & Rec // Fitness Center

ORIENTATION & PERSONAL FITNESS

To participate, all non-members entering the gymnasium must pay a daily admission fee ($3). 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 applications, is available at the Irene B. French Community Center or by calling 913-322-5550. Assistance is based on available funds.

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

Renew your membership online at merriam.org/parks.

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Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 4 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, unless otherwise noted.

Holiday Break BOGO

Preschool Indoor Playground (PIP)

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

The Ki Society

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

Tri-Star Basketball Team up with the Merriam Optimist Club and learn basic basketball skills. Boys and girls will be instructed on dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and learning the importance of teamwork. See you courtside! CLASS

Holiday Break BOGO

CLASS #

The Ki Society

110904A7

The Ki Society

110904A6

Tri-Star Basketball

111009D5

PIP

Game Room

AGES M

Pretend you’re a truck driver, policeman, motorcycle driver, and more. At PIP, there are little tyke ride-along toys and a kitchen. Have fun, make some new friends, run, and be loud. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time.

$2 // child. Punch cards available: $10 for 10 visits.

Every Tuesday, all year round!

Game Room

Our game room is available for use on a drop-in basis. The game room includes lounge furniture, a pool table, pingpong table, foosball table, Wii® gaming station with Wii® sports, and a 52” highdefinition 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.

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DATES

FEE

DROP MIN/ IN MAX

Open gym hours

Dec. 21–Jan. 2

$3

6–6:50 p.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$35

$7

1/12

6–6:50 p.m.

March 13–May 1 $35

$7

1/12

1:30–3 p.m.

Jan. 21–Feb. 25

$25

10/40

9:30–11:30 a.m.

Ongoing

$2

Building hours

Ongoing

$2

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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.

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 Workshops Hands-Only CPR / AED Training

This non-certification class is FREE and open to the public. Students will learn steps to become a lifesaver, not just a bystander, in an emergency by using hands-only CPR and an available automatic external defibrillator. Preregistration is required. TUESDAYS TIMES Jan. 16 10–11 a.m. Jan. 16 6–7 p.m. Feb. 13 10–11 a.m. Feb. 13 6–7 p.m.

CLASS# 120501C1 120501C2 120501C3 120501C4

Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning Green

Parks & Rec // Youth + Adult Classes

BIRTHDAY PACKAGES!

Want to make house cleaning a snap? K-State Research and Extension of Johnson County will provide timehonored recipes and suggestions to help make the switch toward safer household products. Instruction will also guide participants through an array of easy-to-make and effective household cleaners. Results will leave participants happily surprised! Preregistration required. Tuesday, Feb. 20 // 1–2 p.m. // Free // #120501A3

Hanging Basket Workshop

“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 happy 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 with no guarantee that flowers will flourish. Preregistration required. Friday, April 13 // 1–2 p.m. // $40 Merriam Public Works // 6901 Knox // #220502B3 Registration deadline: Friday, March 30

What’s Cluckin’ in the Hen House

"Here chickie, here chickie!" In this workshop, learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your "girls," and much more. There will even be a taste test of grocery store eggs versus home grown. Now that’s something to crow about! Saturday, April 28 // 9:30–11:30 a.m. // $10 Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive // #220502B4 Ages: 17+ Those under 17 must be accompanied by a parent

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

Iyengar Yoga Level 1 two or more times OR have previous yoga experience. Instructor: Duran, CIYT

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

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

Instructor: Field

Yoga Express

Belly Dance–Beginning

Belly Dance–Intermediate

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

Belly Dance–Advanced

Challenge yourself and develop sharp hips, gorgeous arms, and smooth undulations that make belly dance so much fun and such great exercise to build strenghth and grace. Wear comfortable clothing; bare feet or dance slippers. Instructor: Field

Fit Blend

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

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

Gentle Yoga

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

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

Iyengar Yoga emphasizes detail, precision, and alignment in the practice of posture and breath control. The development of strength, mobility, and stability is gained through the use of props. Instructor: Duran, CIYT

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

For continuing yoga students who participated in

For students able to do inversions with ease at the wall. Instructor: Duran, CIYT Exercise your body while freeing your mind from stress with a mid-day break. Use prop to assure proper form and body alignment. Focus on yourself and leave stress at the door. Instructor: Duran, CIYT

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

Country Dance Roundup

For country music lovers! Come on down and learn how to take a whirl around the floor! This six-week class will introduce you to the fundamentals of Two Step, Night Club Two Step, and Country Swing. No partner necessary, both individuals and couples are welcome to attend! Instructor: Harrison

Dance Because You Can!

Have you ever thought about learning how to dance with someone? Well here’s your chance! Take the first step and sign up for this six-week class and learn the basic fundamentals of the Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Salsa, and Swing. No partner necessary, both individuals and couples are welcome to attend! Instructor: Harrison

The Ki Society

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

Pickleball: Drop-in Play

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

Yoshokai Aikido

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

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Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 4 .................................................................................................................................................................

All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center. CLASS

CLASS #

AGE

Belly Dance–Beginner

120807A3 16+

Belly Dance–Beginner

120807A5 16+

M

Belly Dance– Intermediate 120807B5 16+ Belly Dance– Intermediate 120807B6 16+ Belly Dance–Advanced

120807A4 16+

Belly Dance–Advanced

120807A6 16+

Fit Blend

120802S7 16+

Fit Blend

120802S8 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+

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Country Dance Round Up 120602A8 18+ Dance Because You Can! 120602A7 18+ The Ki Society

120904A8 16+

The Ki Society

120904A9 16+

Pickleball

16+

Pickleball

16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B0 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B7 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B8 16+

Yoshokai Aikido

120902B9 16+

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6–7 p.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$70

$10

3/10

6–7 p.m.

March 13–May 1

$70

$10

3/10

8–9 p.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$80

$12

3/10

8–9 p.m.

March 13–May 1

$80

$12

3/10

7–8 p.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$80

$12

3/10

7–8 p.m.

March 13–May 1

$80

$12

3/10

5:45–6:45 p.m. Jan. 9–March 1

$48

$7

6/20

5:45–6:45 p.m. March 13–May 3

$48

$7

6/20

6–7:25 p.m.

Jan. 8–Feb. 26

$84

$15

3/10

6–7:25 p.m.

March 12–April 30 $84

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Jan. 11–March 1

$84

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

March 15–May 3

$84

$15

3/10

6–7:30 p.m.

Jan. 10–Feb. 28

$72

$8

3/10

6–7:30 p.m.

March 14–May 2

$72

$8

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$84

$15

3/10

9–10:25 a.m.

March 13–May 1

$84

$15

3/10

$84

$15

3/10

7:30–8:55 p.m. March 12–April 30 $84

$15

3/10

12–12:45 p.m.

Jan. 9–March 1

$64

$8

3/10

12–12:45 p.m.

March 13–May 3

$64

$8

3/10

8–9 p.m.

Jan. 4–Feb. 8

$72

6/24

7–8 p.m.

Jan. 4–Feb. 8

$72

6/24

7–8:30 p.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$35

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

March 13–May 1

$35

1/12

4–6:30 p.m. 8:15–11:15 a.m. 6–7 p.m.

ongoing

$1

ongoing*

$1

Jan. 11–March 1

$64

$10

3/10

6–7 p.m.

March 15–May 3

$64

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

Jan. 13–March 3

$64

$10

3/10

10–11 a.m.

March 17–May 5

$64

$10

3/10

7:30–8:55 p.m. Jan. 8–Feb. 26

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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 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 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 Jan. 11: Hot Cocoa Bingo Feb. 8: Be My Valentine Bingo March 8: St. Patty’s Day Bingo April 12: Spring Showers Bingo Join us for bingo each month. You'll receive three cards to play 15 games, PLUS snacks and beverages. Prizes awarded. Don’t miss out on shouting “BINGO!”

Getting to Know Your Smart Phone Tuesday Feb 13 // 1–3 p.m. // Free with AT&T Just getting started with a new smart phone? This workshop will help you get comfortable with your phone or tablet. In this hands-on beginner class, you'll uncover the fun and convenience of your smart phone, navigate your settings, recognize icons and buttons, and discover what you can do with your device. Please make sure you know all user accounts and passwords for your gadget. Preregistration required. Class # 130502B2

AARP Smart Driver Course Saturdays: April 14 & 21 // 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $15/AARP Member $20/Non-AARP Member “R” is for reverse, “D” is for drive. Some things don’t change but our reflexes sure do as we mature. Vehicles are also different than when we first started driving. Hone your driving skills with this Smart Driver Course. AARP prefers interested students preregister with the facility and give the instructor a check made out to AARP the first date of the class. Checks payable to AARP. Class# 130501G5

Silver Screen Matinée Wednesdays // 1 p.m. // Free Comedies, mysteries, science fiction, animated, musicals, or westerns, we show them all. Schedules are available at the front desk and highlighted in the bi-monthly “Boomer Buzz” newsletter. Bring a friend or neighbor, sit back, and we’ll do the rest. Free popcorn is provided the second and fourth Wednesday. Requests for future films encouraged. Movies are subject to change due to availability.

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................................................................................................................................................................. Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 4 .................................................................................................................................................................

Ageless Yoga

Chair Two

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

Pickleball

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

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

Formerly Flexercise

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

Senior Wii® Bowling

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

$3 donation suggested. Registration isn't required.

Chair One

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

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

CLASS #

130803E1 130803E2 130803E3 130803E4

AGES

50+ 50+ 50+ 50+ No Registration 50+ 130803D7 50+ 130803D8 50+ 130803D5 50+ 130803D6 50+ No Registration 16+ No Registration 16+ 131202A5 50+ 131202A6 50+ 131202A7 50+

*No class on November 23 or 24

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

Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs

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

DATES*

Jan. 10-Feb. 28 March 14–May 2 Jan. 12–March 2 March 16–May 4 ongoing Jan. 10–March 2 March 14–May 4 Jan. 9–March 1 March 13–May 3 ongoing ongoing Jan. 12–Feb. 9 Feb. 23–March 23 April 6– May 4

FEE

$48 $48 $48 $48 – $64 $64 $64 $64 – – $3 $3 $3

DROP MIN/ IN MAX

$7 $7 $7 $7 $3 $8 $8 $8 $8 $1 $1 – – –

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

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Quail Creek Park 7024 Grandview Ave. Get ready to play – there’s new playground equipment at Quail Creek Park!

Merriam residents can enjoy the new, brightly colored playground, which features cable climbing activities; a slide; a Volta spinner, similar to a merry-go-round; a large swing that multiple kids can ride at the same time; and percussion pieces for children to make music. There’s also upgraded benches, picnic areas, and sidewalks for better accessibility at the park.

Quail Creek Park is a site for one of three Party in YOUR Park events each summer.

Brown Memorial Park

5040 BOOKER DRIVE

3.68

Campbell Park

9674 W. 61ST ST.

1.61

Chatlain Park

6300 CARTER AVE.

5.25

Merriam Historic Plaza

6304 E. FRONTAGE ROAD

Merriam Marketplace

5740 MERRIAM DRIVE

3.91

Quail Creek Park

7024 GRANDVIEW AVE.

5.25

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS

36.91

Vavra Park

6114 SLATER ST.

5.37

Waterfall Park

5191 MERRIAM DRIVE

15

Werner Park

5750 MERRIAM DRIVE

2.1

Antioch Park

6501 ANTIOCH ROAD

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RESTROOM

PICNIC SHELTER

BASKETBALL COURT

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

TENNIS COURTS

GRILLS

PICNIC TABLES

WALKING PATH

PAVED PARKING

Daily park hours are from sunrise to sunset

ACREAGE

MERRIAM PARKS

STREAMWAY TRAIL ACCESS

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

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Parks & Rec // Merriam Parks

6-Year-Old Wins City’s Passport Park Program Merriam joined Fairway, Leawood, Mission, Prairie Village, and Roeland Park in celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month with the Park Passport Program. Participants visited one designated park in each city and answered questions to complete his or her passport.

There was a winner in each city, and 6-year-old Joshua Hernandez won Merriam’s challenge. Anna Slocum, Merriam Parks and Recreation director, presented him with a “Superpass,” allowing him to visit pools at all six participating cities next summer.

The second-grader said his favorite park is Campbell Park in Merriam because he likes going down the slides and climbing rocks. His mother, Leah, said the Park Passport Program was a great summer activity the whole family could enjoy. The program will return next summer with new parks to explore.

Merriam Parks & Trail Map W 47 ST

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

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CITY PARK TRAIL HEAD LOCATIONS ANTIOCH RD

SWITZER RD

W 49 TH ST

W 51ST ST

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

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The section of trail that follows Turkey Creek in Merriam is approximately four miles of paved, multi-use trail running from 75th St. to Antioch Road. The 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

JOHNSON DR

WATERFALL

WERNER

CAMPBELL

CHATLAIN

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

POCKET PARK

EDELWEISS

75TH ST.

Trail mileage markers are available every 1/2 mile. Emergency (E911) trail markers are available every 1/10 mile.

X 0.96 1.47 2.03 2.84 3.24 3.49 3.66

0.96 X 0.51 1.07 1.87 2.28 2.53 2.7

1.47 0.51 X 0.56 1.37 1.77 2.02 2.19

2.03 1.07 0.56 X 0.81 1.21 1.46 1.63

2.84 1.87 1.37 0.81 X 0.40 0.65 0.83

3.24 2.28 1.77 1.12 0.40 X 0.25 0.42

3.49 2.53 2.02 1.46 0.65 0.25 X 0.17

3.66 2.7 2.19 1.63 0.83 0.42 0.17 X

LOWELL AVE

CARTER AVE

SWITZER RD

SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY

W 67TH ST

WATERFALL

I-35

W 71ST ST

ANTIOCH RD

WERNER CAMPBELL CHATLAIN BUTTERFLY GARDEN POCKET PARK W 75TH ST

EDELWEISS 75TH ST.

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Easter – IBFCC closed “Art from the Heartland” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // IBFCC Citywide Recycling Event // 8–11 a.m. // Lee Jeans, 9001 W. 67th St. City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Spring Large-Item Pickup // Citywide City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 7 p.m. // IBFCC

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

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