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MERRIAM WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021

HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

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Time Capsule Found

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Grant Opportunities for Merriam Residents and Businesses 8 ▶ Two Police Officers Receive Life Saving Awards 20 ▶ Merriam Community Center Classes and Programs WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021 ▶ 1


MAYOR’S MESSAGE It’s hard to believe we’re still living in this COVID-19 world where we wear masks and physical distance. In spring, we thought it would be over by summer. Now, it’s December - almost a whole year of canceled events, postponed summer vacations, and school starting online. Our holidays may look a little different, too. But, I’m happy to say our sense of community never wavered, and not all was lost this year. City staff hauled more than 140 tons of items during our residential large-item pickup, the Merriam Community Center continues to see an increase in membership, and two Merriam police officers are in remission from cancer and back on duty. Let’s hope 2021 brings us more success with life, at work, and in our community. Your Mayor,

Ken Sissom

CONTACT

MERRIAM CITY HALL 9001 W. 62nd St. Merriam, KS 66202 913-322-5500 M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 913-322-5520

cityofmerriam@merriam.org

Merriam.org

MUNICIPAL COURT 913-322-5540

MERRIAM COMMUNITY CENTER 6040 Slater St. Merriam, KS 66202 913-322-5550

POLICE Emergency: 911 Non-Emergency Dispatch: 913-782-0720 Main: 913-322-5560

Hours M–Th Fri. Sat. Sun.

PUBLIC WORKS 913-322-5570

5 a.m. – 9 p.m. 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FIRE 913-888-6066

GET SOCIAL /merriamkansas /merriamparks /merriampolice /exploremerriam @merriamks @cityofmerriamks @merriamksparksandrec @exploremerriam Look us up on Nextdoor, the neighborhoodfocused social network. #MERRIAMKS

VISITORS BUREAU 913-403-8999

City offices will close in observation of holidays on Friday, Dec. 25; Friday, Jan. 1, 2021; and Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. In each case, offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. Closing information for the Merriam Community Center is on page 37. 2 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION


CONTENTS 4 ▶ Grant Photo courtesy of Jim Russell

2021 City Budget Snapshot

$5,769,928 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES $20,770,338 NON-CAPITAL EXPENDITURES $26,483,239 OPERATING REVENUES CITYWIDE REVENUE SOURCES SALES/USE TAX

OTHER SOURCES

52%

18%

30%

PROPERTY TAX

2021 GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES

15%

$5.1 Administration & Overhead

27%

$2.9 Fire

9%

23%

12%

14%

$1.8 Parks and Recreation $2.3 Public Works $4.5 Police and Court $2.7 Capital Improvement/Equipment

Opportunities 8 ▶ Public Safety 10 ▶ Merriam Time Capsule 12 ▶ City Services 13 ▶ Events 15 ▶ MCC Membership 16 ▶ Tim Murphy Art Gallery 20 ▶ Aquatics 24 ▶ Youth Classes 28 ▶ Adult Classes 35 ▶ Senior Programs 38 ▶ Merriam Parks Programs and events included in this publication are subject to change or cancellation due to COVID-19. Visit merriam.org/covid19 for all updates.

Learn more at merriam.org/finance.

Merriam Wins Awards

▶ Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America awarded Merriam four silver and one gold PRISM awards for multiple communications projects.

▶ Travel Industry Association of Kansas awarded the 2020 Merriam Community & Visitor Guide first place in the medium budget category. ▶ Engaging Local Government Leaders awarded Merriam Most Creative Distanced #CityHallSelfie.

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5 Grant Opportunities for Homeowners and Businesses Merriam City Council continues investing in our community by adding new grant opportunities for homeowners and businesses in 2021, including a new Sustainability Grant for residents and a new Historic Downtown Exterior Grant for qualified businesses. Find basic information below and visit merriam.org/grants to view a complete list of eligible improvements and to fill out an application. Certain conditions may apply. Contact David Easley with the Community Development Department at 913-322-5526 or deasley@merriam.org with any questions.

Homeowners

Exterior Home Improvement Grant Residents/property owners can make outdoor improvements, including a new fence, deck, roof gutters, irrigation system, tree removal, painting, siding, new driveway, and more.

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$50,000 available 20% reimbursement from $500-$2,500 Start accepting applications on Jan. 4 Minimum homeowner investment $2,500

Residential Sustainability Grant Residents/property owners can install energy saving systems, including solar power, wind power, high efficiency HVAC, insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, and geothermal heating and cooling.

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$20,000 available 20% reimbursement from $500-$2,500 Start accepting applications on Jan. 4 Minimum homeowner investment $2,500

Block Party Grant ▶ $5,000 available Residents can cover party-related expenses ▶ Up to $200 reimbursement such as food, paper goods, party favors, and ▶ Accepting applications April 1 to Oct. 15 hire entertainment/performers. Neighborhood Island Grant Residents can get 100% reimbursement to purchase preapproved plants and pay for upkeep for one of 20 islands. Plants must be installed by June 15.

Businesses

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Historic Downtown Exterior Improvement Grant ▶ Business/property owners can make outdoor ▶ improvements, including painting, siding, door/ ▶ window replacement, awnings, building additions, ▶ landscaping, and more. 4 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

$5,000 available Up to $500 reimbursement Accepting applications April 1 to June 15 Contact Randy Fine at 913-322-5578

$50,000 available 20% reimbursement from $1,000-$5,000 Start accepting applications on March 8 See eligible properties at merriam.org/grants.


Merriam Receives Sustainability Grants

8 Ways to Be Sustainable

The Mid-America Regional Council awarded the City two grants to help plan the future of Merriam Drive and Merriam Lane. The grants will allow the City to work with residents and property owners to look at land uses, traffic, and street design in two phases.

▶ Apply for an Exterior Home Improvement or Residential Sustainability Grant and get solar panels for your home.

The first phase will focus on Merriam Drive from Johnson Drive to Waterfall Park. The second phase focuses on Merriam Drive and Merriam Lane between Waterfall Park and Southwest Boulevard. Merriam partnered with Overland Park and Unified Government of Wyandotte County for the second phase, with Overland Park leading the project. These grants are a great opportunity to look at how to enhance one of Merriam’s main entrance points and roadways.

▶ Compost food scraps. Check out Compost Collective KC at compostcollectivekc.com to get started. ▶ Recycle curbside or find drop-off services at recyclespot.org. ▶ Convert household lightbulbs to LED. ▶ Take part in the City’s Tree Sale and plant a tree on your property. Visit merriam.org/treesale for more information. ▶ Build a rain garden, plant native trees, or get a rain barrel to help reduce stormwater runoff. The City’s Stormwater Program provides a 50% match up to $2,250. Learn more at merriam.org/stormwater. ▶ Use RideKC Micro Transit to share a lift with local riders. Merriam Town Center is now a featured destination. ▶ Recycle glass with Glass Bandit or drop off in the purple Ripple Glass bin at IKEA.

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Meet Saky Volavongsa

Saky Volavongsa grew up in Laos and moved to Merriam 34 years ago with her husband and five children. She worked at the KU Medical Center for 30 years before retiring. Saky loves to fish at Shawnee Mission Park.

What do you like about Merriam?

I love living in Merriam. It’s close to parks and stores. I like the farmers’ market. I love our Merriam Public Works Department. They keep our streets clean during the winter snowfall. Merriam has beautiful hanging flower baskets, and the best is the citywide cleanup.

Why did you plant roots in Merriam?

I wanted to live in Johnson County, and I wanted my kids to go to the Shawnee Mission School District. The district had a good reputation. Merriam had affordable housing for our budget back in 1986 and still has a good market for first-time homebuyers.

How has Merriam changed since when you first moved here? Merriam has improved a lot: the parks, the walking trail, the streets improvement, and new development like IKEA and the new community center.

What’s your favorite thing to do?

I like to do gardening, visiting with my friendly neighbors, and going to neighborhood block parties.

What’s your favorite spot in Merriam?

The Turkey Creek walking trail. It’s safe and clean – full of nature. I love the trees along the trail.

Anything else?

The City of Merriam Police Department makes me and my family feel safe. Thank you to all the city workers for keeping Merriam a great place to live and raise kids. 6 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

Comprehensive Plan Update

Work continues on the City’s new comprehensive land use plan – Merriam Comprehensive Plan 2040. Resident feedback through community surveys and online comments was invaluable in helping us get to the next step. The City now enters Phase 3 of the Comp Plan – to draft a plan and evaluation with the Comprehensive Advisory Committee. Residents can stay updated on the process and provide their input at merriam2040.org.

New City Website

A new year – a new city website! We’re building a new website that will become your digital front door to Merriam City Hall 24 hours a day. You’ll still find details about city events and services at merriam.org – but it’ll be easier to use and navigate. It’s also mobile-friendly and ADA accessible. We’ll launch a beta test site in December and will ask for your feedback. Look for the new website to fully launch by spring 2021.


Watch Out for Snowplow Trucks Winter is right around the corner and that means our Public Works crews will work hard to get our streets ready for the snow season. Please give snowplow truck drivers room to do their job! ▶ Slow down when you see a snowplow truck.

▶ Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the snowplow – about the length of three school buses – so you can have more time to react in bad conditions.

See Merriam's snow plowing progress at merriam.org/snow.

▶ Don’t stop too close – the trucks may spread de-icing materials that could hit your vehicle. You could also be in the driver’s blind spot.

▶ Use extreme caution if you have to pass a snowplow truck. The front plow may be wider than the lane it’s in. ▶ Be patient and stay out of their way.

Receive Winter Weather Alerts with NotifyJoCo Opt in to receive winter weather alerts for blizzards, ice storms, and winter storms with NotifyJoCo. NotifyJoCo is a free, county-wide mass notification system designed to keep you informed of weather emergencies and certain non-emergency events via phone, text, or email. Visit notifyjoco.org to register or update your customized alert preferences or call 913-826-5555 for more information.

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Merriam Police Officer Beats Cancer, Returns to Duty In January 2019, Merriam Police Officer Phil Lewis was diagnosed with colon cancer. This October, the 17-year police veteran put on his uniform for the first time in 22 months.

“Being healthy enough to return to work is the one last step that made me feel like my life was officially back to normal,” Lewis said. Lewis said he’s ready to serve our residents once again. He knows people may wonder why he wanted to come back after all this time – when there’s now COVID-19 and social unrest across the country. Lewis said it’s a simple reason. “I love being a police officer, and I’m not done yet,” Lewis said. “I have a debt to repay to the law enforcement community, the Merriam Police Department, and the citizens of Merriam for all they have done for me. I can’t just walk away from that.” Read more about his story at merriam.org.

Birthday Parades

Two Officers Honored with Metro Chiefs Association, Merriam Police Department Life Saving Awards Officers Jared Ruby and Brandon Bates received Life Saving Awards from the Metro Chiefs Association and the Merriam Police Department for their quick action that helped save lives in two separate incidences. The officers performed CPR and used an AED to help the victims – both who suffered from cardiac arrest. The two victims made full recoveries. “It feels good to receive these awards, but, more importantly, I’m glad I could make a difference for the family,” Ruby said.

Let the Merriam Police Department help celebrate your child’s birthday. Officers will drive by your home with lights and sirens blaring! Contact Capt. Chris Brokaw at 913-322-5566 or cbrokaw@merriam.org to schedule a police parade. 8 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

Car Seat Checks

Schedule an appointment with one of our community service officers to make sure your kids are riding safe in your vehicle. Call the Police Department at 913-322-5560 to make an appointment.


I-35 Expansion

The lane-widening project on I-35 between 67th to 75th streets is expected to be completed by the end of the year! KDOT opened the southbound I-35 on- and off-ramps at 75th St. in October. The project, which widens I-35 from three lanes to four in both directions, began in March.

Johnson Drive Complete

▶ Johnson Drive’s makeover is finished! Construction

crews repaved the entire roadway from the BNSF Railway train tracks to east city limits and put in new curbs, sidewalks, streetlights, and ADA compliant ramps.

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Time Capsule Found at Former Community Center It’s not every day a piece of history more than 100 years old is discovered. But, that’s exactly what happened in August when construction crews removed the 1911 cornerstone from the former Irene B. French Community Center. As crews worked to preserve the cornerstone, they found a tiny tin box inside the concrete casing. The tin box was a time capsule set during the Merriam Grade School’s dedication on June 27, 1911. The decomposed box contained signatures of students and residents who attended the event and a “Laws Relating to the Common Schools of Kansas” pamphlet from 1909. Some attendees were related to David Gee Campbell. Campbell is credited with establishing Merriam – originally Campbellton – in 1864. See below for more fun facts about residents who attended the ceremony.

FACTS ABOUT ATTENDEES ▶ Fred Reiger: Owned the Merriam Bakery at 57th St. between Kessler Lane and Merriam Drive. The building burned down, but Fred rebuilt his bakery a little farther south.

▶ Charles Loomis was a well-known figure in Merriam. He was a retired physician and served as vice president at Shawnee State Bank for 45 years. Married to Viola Loomis, Charles also served as the the Merriam School Board treasurer. The Loomis property is now located on the National Register of Historic Places at 8325 Johnson Drive. ▶ Campbell Family Tree: James M. Campbell was the son

▶ Merriam School’s architect has a grandson living in Bucyrus, Kansas, named Jack. 10 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

of founder David Gee Campbell. James owned a store in Merriam and was very active in the community. James was the father of Marie and Blanche Campbell, also present at the dedication ceremony. Marie was a Bell telephone operator for 36 years, even manning the lines during the floods of 1914 and 1935. Marie was later known as the “Queen of Historic Merriam.” She passed away in 1994, one week before her 100th birthday.


▶ The 1911 school was the first “superior school” in Johnson County housing both a grade and high school. When Shawnee Mission High School was built in 1922, Merriam School became a grade school. Increased enrollment forced the building of Crestview School in 1952, and when another Merriam grade school was built in 1969, the building was shut down. It was then used by the Johnson County Community College and the Kansas City Christian School until the City bought it in 1988, revamping it into the community center. –Historic Merriam book excerpt

Back in 1911

U.S. Population: 93.8 million President: William H. Taft Unemployment Rate: 6.7% Postage Stamp Price: $0.02

Merriam School Dedication Ceremony Program Architect – A.M. Meyers June 27, 1911

Former stone of Merriam High School Building laid.

Emma A. Skinner of Spring Hill, Superintendent Public Instruction Teachers Mr. C.M. Haworth – Merriam

Miss Edna Van Tries – Olathe School Board Mr. Fred Reiger – Director Ms. A.A. Sharum – Clerk

Dr. Charles Loomis – Treasurer

Pupils of Merriam School District No. 79

Speaker of occasion – A.H. Skinner, Prin. 1900-1906 Kansas City, Kan.

Attendees

Ora Affolter Marie Behringer Mrs. Behringer Laurence Boots Blanche Campbell Florence Campbell James M. Campbell Marie Campbell Mrs. Fr. Cauchill M.J. Cauchill Byrd Cessna Mrs. G.H. Cessna Mary Alice Cox Mrs. Lee Cox John Robert Cox J.A. Davis R.O. Davis Mrs. Eli Farnsley

Fern Farnsley Helen Farnsley Ina Gilbert Enos Gray Francis Gray Robert Gray Miss Mabel Harrison Mrs. C.M. Haworth Fred Johnson Viola E. Loomis Edith Mathias Dorothy Melvin Luttil Melvin Sarah A. Melvin G. Meyer Ethel Nall Mrs. Charles Pulver

Earl Pulver Mrs. Fred Reiger Mrs. Sanderson Mrs. A.A. Sharum Vera Sharum Hallie Skinner Ona Staggs Miss Arma Steinmet Gladys Stolte Edna Van Tries Gladys Walters Irene Walters Mamie Walters Ruth Walter Dema Williamson Mrs. Ida Williamson

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CITY SERVICES JANUARY

Jan 1: Pet Registration Due

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. Register your pets online at merriam.org/pets, by mail, or in person at Merriam City Hall. Owners must show proof of a valid rabies vaccination.

LICENSE FEES

1 2 3 YEAR YEARS* YEARS*

SPAYED/NEUTERED

$10

$16

$24

NOT SPAYED/NEUTERED

$30

$48

$72

*Multi-year rabies vaccination required.

Jan. 1: Occupation Licenses Due

Before you conduct business in Merriam, you need to get an occupation license. Apply for a new license or renew a license online at merriam.org, by mail, or in person at Merriam City Hall. Some home-based businesses require a permit.

Jan. 4–8: Free Holiday Tree Disposal

There will be a one-time pickup to collect holiday trees the first week of January. Place trees curbside by 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. Find more information at merriam.org/treelimbs. FEBRUARY

Feb. 1: Franchise Fee Rebate Program Applications Open

Applications are available starting Feb. 1 for Merriam residents with low-to-moderate income to apply for a franchise fee rebate. Utility companies routinely collect franchise fees from its customers throughout the year. This program provides eligible Merriam families the opportunity to apply for franchise fee refunds paid on electric, gas, and landline phone bills in 2020. Contact the Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 or visit merriam.org/franchisefee to learn more about the program or get an application. Applications are accepted through May 1, 2021. MARCH

March 15–19: Spring Tree Limb Pickup

Dispose of your branch and brush debris during the City’s free tree limb pickup the third week of March. Place tree limbs curbside before 7 a.m. on Monday. Public Work crews will collect branches throughout the week. Please don’t include any building material, plastic, metal, cardboard, paper, or any other debris. Find more information at merriam.org/treelimbs or call Public Works at 913-322-5570. APRIL

April 19–23: Spring Large-Item Pickup

Residents can dispose of large items such as furniture, appliances, mattresses, and rugs. Please place items by your curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. Find more information at merriam.org/largeitem. Call the Public Works Department at 913-322-5570 with any questions. Many items can be donated or recycled by different providers in the Kansas City area. Find where to take items at RecycleSpot.org. 12 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION


EVENTS Christmas in the Courtyard

Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater St.

It’s that magical time of year when Mayor Ken Sissom flips a switch and lights glow! Visit the Merriam Community Center courtyard any time after Dec. 4 to see a beautiful display of colorful lights.

Daddy Daughter Under the Sea Swim Party

Saturday, Feb. 6 ▶ 6:30–8 p.m. ▶ Merriam Community Center “Under the sea, under the sea, we’ve got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea.” Channel your inner mermaid, and join us for a fun evening of swimming at the MCC indoor pool. Each daughter will receive a special treat to take home! Masks required when not in the water. Ages: 2–10 ▶ Preregistration required ▶ Min/Max 50/75 ▶ 113101D0 $10 / person

Easter Bunny Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 27 ▶ 10–11 a.m. ▶ Merriam Community Center “Easter eggs, pretty and funny, but where, oh where, is the Easter Bunny?” The Easter Bunny’s going to be in Merriam for physically distant photos, storytime with the Johnson County Library, and the ever popular egg hunt. Masks required. Ages: 2–10 ▶ Preregistration required ▶ Min/Max 20/200 ▶ 113102B0 FREE

All special events are subject to cancellation. Visit merriam.org/covid19 for all updates. Find all event details at merriam.org/events. WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021 ▶ 13


Merriam Community Center 6040 Slater St.

New year, new you! Start your fitness goals at the Merriam Community Center, and find something that’s Just Right for you!

Become an annual member and pay in full by Jan. 31 and get free MCC swag, guest passes, and fitness evaluation! Call Parks and Recreation at 913-322-5550 for more information. The MCC participates in Silver Sneakers, Prime Fitness, Silver & Fit, Active & Fit, and Renew Active.

All patrons will be required to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a face mask. A summary of these protocols are listed on page 19. More detailed information can be found at merriam.org/mcc.

Building Hours

Monday – Thursday 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Enjoy free brewed coffee courtesy of Caribou at the welcome desk!

CLASS + PROGRAM REGISTRATION Membership isn’t required to take a class or participate in other activities and events. All classes and programs take place at the Merriam Community Center unless noted otherwise. See our expanded options, and find something that’s just right for you! 14 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

Sign-up is Easy CALL 913-322-5550

VISIT Merriam.org/Parks STOP BY the Welcome Desk


MCC Corporate Membership Opportunity Merriam businesses can now apply for a Corporate Membership, where employees can purchase Merriam Community Center memberships at the resident rate. To qualify for this benefit, a company representative must complete an application and submit a current business license. Once approved, employees will need to provide a paystub or identification card as proof of employment when they join the MCC. The MCC offers this unique opportunity to thank local businesses for their significant role in supporting Merriam Parks and Recreation events and programs. Contact Anna Slocum at 913-322-5550 for more information or to start the application process.

Membership

Membership provides full access to the 66,000-square-foot community center, including an indoor pool with slides, lazy river, lap lanes, and a warm water therapy pool; outdoor pool with lap lanes, diving boards, and zip line; industry-leading fitness equipment; walking/jogging track; full-size gym with options for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball; and space to host events. Find more information at merriam.org/mcc. RESIDENT

MEMBERSHIP

Household1 Two-Person Household2 Senior Household3 Adult Senior Youth Additional Dependent4

Monthly5

$60 $55 $50 $40 $30 $30 $10

Annual

$660 $595 $530 $400 $330 $330 $110

NON-RESIDENT

Monthly5

$75 $70 $60 $45 $40 $40 $13

Annual

$825 $745 $660 $495 $415 $415 $140

Children under 2 are free! Day Pass $9 // Resident

$11 // Non-Resident

Residency is defined as someone who resides within Merriam city limits or someone who owns taxable real estate within city limits. Proof required with a valid driver’s license or state ID, current city business license, or Notice of Appraised Value issued by the Johnson County Assessor’s Office. Household memberships include 2 adults and up to 4 dependent children as defined by the IRS Qualifying Age Rule. Children age 18–24 must provide proof of residency. Additional dependents can be added for a fee.

1

Two-Person Household includes two people who live at the same address, one of which must be at least 18 years old.

2 3

Senior Household includes two adults who live at the same address, one of which must be 60 years old.

4

Additional Dependent applies to the 6-person Household membership.

Monthly memberships are automatically billed on the 5th of the month until a 30-day written notification of cancellation is received from the member.

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TIM MURPHY ART GALLERY Upcoming Exhibits

In its 25th year, the Tim Murphy Art Gallery strives to support quality art experiences in the City and strengthen the community culturally and educationally. Now located inside the Merriam Community Center, all exhibits are free to the public. Exhibits may also be viewed online at merriam.org/artgallery.

BRALEY

GALE

KIRKLAND

SUMMERS

DEC. 3 – JAN. 2

JAN. 7–30

FEB. 4–27

MARCH 6–27

“24th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition”

“The Beauty Among Us”

“Movement. Form. Color. Geometry: Abstracts from the Heartland”

“25th Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition”

Featuring artists:

Featuring juried artists from across the United States

Catherine Kirkland Carol Tinklepaugh

Virtual award ceremony on March 6.

Featuring artists:

Local High School Students

Featuring artists: June Fiola Gloria Gale

Virtual award ceremony on Dec. 3.

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Call for Artists

2022 Monthly Exhibits

Application Deadline: July 9

The Tim Murphy Art Gallery is accepting applications for its 2022 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 Exhibition aren’t eligible. Considered media includes photography, watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and glass. At least 90% of the show's work must be for sale. For more information, contact Ingrid Berg at iberg@merriam.org or 913-322-5550. Find applications online at merriam.org/artgallery.

Heartland Workshop with Cris Chapin: Beginnings

Feb. 25 & 26 ▶ 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ▶ $125 ▶ Min/Max 5/15 ▶ 114101H1

This two-day pastel workshop is for artists at all skill levels. In a studio setting, participants will create a landscape painting and learn what to do before applying the first layer of pastel. Each day will begin with technique demonstrations and discussion. Artists will learn how to take successful landscape photos and digitally process an image to begin a painting. Participants will use tracing paper to explore values, separate planes, and create notans of the landscape images to produce dynamic compositions. Students will then create a value-based painting. Participants will have space for physical distancing but are required to wear a face mask. Drinks are provided; participants must bring their own lunch.

Call for Artists: 25th Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 13 ▶ Entry Fee: $45/artist for up to three works

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. Find more information at merriam.org/heartland.

Heartland Juror: Cris Chapin

Originally from Wellington, Cris Chapin now lives in Lawrence. She still travels back and forth to visit family and drives by the beautiful Flint Hills in all seasons. Chapin captures that sense of wonder and beauty with pastel landscapes. Chapin graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in art education, textile design, and graphic design. She later discovered a love for soft pastels and landscape painting. WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021 ▶ 17


Fitness Center Equipment

Personal Training

▶23 LifeFitness cardio machines ▶Treadmills, cross trainers, arc trainers, powermills, recumbent bikes, upright bike, spin bike, rowers ▶2 SciFit StepOne recumbent steppers

Certified Personal Trainers:

Cardio

Strength

▶Hammer strength selectorized machines ▶Half-racks ▶Smith machine ▶Cable stations ▶Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, wall balls, medicine balls, resistance bands, and loops

Life Fitness SYNRGY 180 & 360 ▶Battle ropes ▶Pull-up, chin-up, and dip stations ▶TRX suspension trainers ▶Power pivot station

Walking Track

We’re growing our fitness programs to offer personal training! Let our certified trainers guide you towards your fitness goals. Phyllis Peterson Energetic, fun, and knowledgeable, Phyllis can help you with your fitness quest! With more than 30 years of experience, she specializes in core, strength, and cardio training, weight management, and senior fitness. Maryellen Potts, Ph.D. With more than 20 years of experience and a background in dance and correct postural alignment, Maryellen specializes in yoga and strength training. She believes fitness should improve physical functioning while being fun and habit-forming.

Package Rates for 60-Minute Sessions: ▶$45 per session ▶$160 for 4 sessions ▶$280 for 8 sessions ▶$360 for 12 sessions

Orientations and Evaluations

General Fitness Center Orientation

Do you want to learn how to use our equipment? We can help! Ask any fitness attendant on duty to learn how to safely and effectively use our strength and cardio machines. No appointment necessary!

Youth Fitness Orientation

Youth members between the ages of 13-15 are welcome to use the fitness center after completing a free youth fitness center orientation and are under parent/guardian supervision. Sign up at the welcome desk. Purpose of orientation: ▶Learn fitness center and walking track rules. ▶Learn proper equipment usage. ▶Learn safe exercise techniques. ▶Receive a band to wear when using the fitness center.

Fitness Evaluation

Receive a personal evaluation of your current fitness level. The evaluation includes testing your cardiovascular health and strength, mobility, and flexibility levels. You’ll receive an explanation of your results and have the option to talk about creating a plan to help you reach your goals. Please dress in comfortable athletic clothing and wear closed-toe shoes. $8 per test | Free for Charter Members | Sign up at the welcome desk 18 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION


COVID-19 Safety Measures*

The health and safety of our Merriam Community Center patrons and staff continue to be our top priority. MCC staff will go through daily health screenings and won’t come to work if they have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms.

We encourage you to wash your hands often or use our handsanitizing stations throughout our facility, and make sure you're physical distancing from other patrons.

Face Masks

You’re required to wear a face mask inside the facility unless you're on a piece of fitness equipment, working out, or in your assigned spot during a fitness class. Masks must be worn while in transition between pieces of fitness equipment and while collecting any equipment needed inside the fitness classroom. All staff will wear face masks.

Physical Distancing

In the fitness area, alternating pieces of equipment will be closed and floor markings have been added to meet physical distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet. Floor markings have also been added to the fitness room floor to provide 10 to 12 feet between participants. Throughout the facility, additional floor markings have been added anywhere that patrons may be required to line up.

Cleaning Protocols

MCC staff has a detailed plan to separate clean and used equipment – from the pens you use to sign any paperwork to weights, strength equipment, and cardio gear. We will frequently clean and disinfect our building and sanitize hightouch areas.

Aquatics

Swim lessons and classes will have a limited number of participants to allow for physical distancing. Masks are required on the pool deck when you’re not in the water.

Child Watch

Child Watch won't be offered until the State of Kansas enters the Phase Out stage of the Ad Astra Reopening Plan.

Rental Space

Birthday party packages and rental space won't be offered at this time. Visit merriam.org/rentals for more information on future rentals. *This is our COVID-19 plan as of now, but we’ll make any necessary changes as we evaluate the community center. Visit merriam.org/mcc for policy updates.

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Parks & Rec ▶ Aquatics Meet Cole Surber AQUATICS SUPERVISOR

Cole Surber is the Merriam Community Center’s aquatics supervisor. Before working at the MCC, Cole worked as the aquatics director at the Miami County YMCA and as an aquatics coordinator at the Durham, North Carolina, YMCA. Cole graduated from Wichita State University and is happy to be back in the Kansas City area. In his spare time, you can find Cole watching sports, playing cards, or trying out local breweries.

You’re now in charge of the new MCC pools. What’s that like?

It’s exciting! We’re able to provide this really cool and new service to Merriam residents and visitors. Having an indoor pool for the first time in the City is a great feature.

What do you do on a typical day?

On any typical day, you can find me cleaning the pool, checking chemicals, teaching swim lessons, training lifeguards, preparing for new programs, or lifeguarding. It can be unpredictable, but I like that my day isn’t cookie-cutter.

Why should people sign up for a swim class or lessons at the MCC? Our swim lessons and classes are designed and built for the community and are constantly evolving and growing to best serve the people who use them. If you’re looking for personalized swim lessons, whether you have a 6-month-old or are 60 and looking to learn for the first time, we have tailored programs to meet your needs.

What new aquatic programs are coming to the MCC?

We have some cool water fitness classes that are just getting kicked off – such as Aqua Zumba and an interval fitness class. Junior Dolphins is a new program that will be a pre-swim team lesson designed for those who are interested in being on the summer swim team. They’ll get a chance to learn from Merriam Dolphins coaches.

What are some fun amenities at the indoor pool?

Our indoor pool features a four-lane, 25-yard lap pool, lazy river, zero-entry, and activity play area. We have several water features that spray water that the kids love to see. Kids also love the depth charge button that forces air through a vent in the pool and makes a big splash. We also have two super popular slides.

Anything else?

My goal is that everyone who comes to swim here leaves safe and happy. I hope you come check out our new facility and indoor pool!

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Pool Overview

▶ Shower before you enter the pool. ▶ Proper swimsuit attire is required. ▶ Swimsuits with metal or plastic zippers, buckles, rivets, buttons, or metal/plastic ornamentation aren’t allowed on the slides. ▶ Lifeguards will always be on duty when the pool is open. ▶ The temperature of the therapy pool is 90℉. All other pool areas are kept at 84℉. ▶ Water features will only be turned on during open swim times.

Open Swim

Open swim times are available daily starting at noon. View the indoor pool schedule at merriam.org/aquatics.

Lap Swimming & Water Walking

There are four lap lanes available for swimming. Six spaces are available per hour for water walking in the lazy river. Make reservations at the welcome desk or by calling 913-322-5550.


Water Fitness

Aqua Interval Fitness

This class combines cardio and strength training intervals using noodles and dumbbells at varying intensities. Increase stamina, strength, flexibility, and joint range of motion. Appropriate for all fitness levels; ability to swim not necessary. Water shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Instructor: Potts

Aqua Zumba

Make a splash with this low-impact, high-energy aquatics class with upbeat music. This class uses water to create natural resistance. Instructor: Tobin

Deep + Shallow Aerobics

Improve balance and strengthen muscles in this highintensity, calorie-burning class that tones your body. CLASS

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Aqua Interval Fitness

103103B1

18+

Aqua Interval Fitness

103103B2

18+

Aqua Interval Fitness

103103B3

18+

Aqua Zumba

103102Z1

18+

Aqua Zumba

103102Z2

18+

Aqua Zumba

103102Z3

18+

Deep + Shallow Aerobics

103103A5

18+

Deep + Shallow Aerobics

103103A6

18+

Deep + Shallow Aerobics

103103A7

18+

Water Aerobics

103103A1

18+

Water Aerobics

103103A2

18+

Water Aerobics

103103A3

18+

Warm Water Therapy

103105W5

18+

Warm Water Therapy

103105W6

18+

Warm Water Therapy

103105W7

18+

Water Walking/Therapy

103104W1

18+

Water Walking/Therapy

103104W2

18+

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103104W3

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This class utilizes both shallow and deep water as well as the lazy river. Instructor: Bolton

Water Aerobics

A moderate- to high-intensity class consisting of cardio and toning to improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. Instructor: Peterson

Warm Water Therapy

Improve balance, reduce joint stiffness, increase flexibility, and have better overall mobility. This class is held in the therapy pool. Instructor: Bolton

Water Walking/Therapy Fitness

This class is designed to improve your mobility, stability, and flexibility. Instructor: Peterson

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$56

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March 9–April 1

$56

5/12

5:30–6:30 p.m.

April 6–29

$56

5/12

10–10:45 a.m.

Feb. 2–23

$32

5/12

10–10:45 a.m.

March 9–30

$32

5/12

10–10:45 a.m.

April 6–27

$32

5/12

11–12 p.m.

Feb. 1–24

$56

5/12

11–12 p.m.

March 8–31

$56

5/12

11–12 p.m.

April 5–28

$56

5/12

7:30–8:15 a.m.

Feb. 1–26

$48

5/12

7:30–8:15 a.m.

March 8–April 2

$48

5/12

7:30–8:15 a.m.

April 5–30

$48

5/12

12:15–1 p.m.

Feb. 3–24

$32

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12:15–1 p.m.

March 10–31

$32

2/6

12:15–1 p.m.

April 7–28

$32

2/6

12–12:45 p.m.

Feb. 1–22

$28

5/8

12–12:45 p.m.

March 8–29

$28

5/8

12–12:45 p.m.

April 5–26

$28

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Aquatics Punch Pass Programs

Begins in February (Pending COVID-19 safety regulations)

Aqua Toddler Swim Time Free for members! Mondays and Wednesdays ▶ 10:30–11:30 a.m. ▶ Ages 0–4 with adult present ▶ $50 for 10 punches ▶ $90 for 20 punches ▶ 1 punch visit = 1 parent and 1 child

Open swim time for parents with children four years old and younger. This is their time to explore the aquatics facility without fear of big kids splashing or other programs in their way. This isn't a swim lesson and won't be instructor led. Parents must be in the water with their children.

Infant Aquatics Programs

Sensory Hour Free for members! Wednesdays and Fridays ▶ 11 a.m.–noon ▶ All Ages ▶ $50 for 10 punches ▶ $90 for 20 punches ▶ 1 punch visit = 1 caregiver and 1 dependent

Time-specific for families with children sensitive to loud noises or big splashes of water. During this time, all fountains, slides, and water features are shut down. Parent involvement is encouraged but not required.

Find class information and enroll at Merriam.org/MCC.

Infant Survival Swim – Non-Walkers Mon.–Thurs. ▶ $600 Feb.–March ▶ 102702 April–May ▶ 102703

This 6-week program teaches infants 6-12 months to roll over from a face down or submerged position onto their backs to relax and breath. Lessons are one-onone, four days a week, and 15 minutes long.

Infant Survival Swim – Walkers Mon.–Thurs. ▶ $800 Feb.–March ▶ 102704 April–May ▶ 102705

This 8-week program teaches toddlers the swim-floatswim sequence. Children will learn to swim a short distance with their face fully submerged, roll onto their back, float and rest whenever they need to breathe, and to flip back onto their tummy to continue to swim to safety while fully clothed. Lessons are one-on-one, four days a week, and 15 minutes long.

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are all-inclusive and specific for each child’s skill set and include lifesaving and safety techniques. Register your child based on age. For preschool and youth lessons, class levels are used to ensure your child is successful. Children are evaluated at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate class level. Children should be able to work with an instructor and participate in swim lessons independently and willingly.

Parent/Child: 6 months–2 years

This lesson is designed as an introduction for parents and children alike. Learn safety tips while your child becomes familiar in the water and picks up basic water movement taught through songs, dances, and other fun forms of teaching. This class takes place in the indoor therapy pool. Parents must be in the water with their children.

Preschool: 3–5 years old Your child will learn basic water safety skills while also growing more comfortable in the water. Students will learn how to safely enter and exit the water, blow bubbles underwater, float, kick, and work on arm movements. 22 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

Youth: 6–12 years old Beginning swimmers are introduced to basic stroke movement and will learn how to be more comfortable in the water. More advanced swimmers are instructed in stroke technique, endurance, and safety skills.

Adult: 13+ Adult lessons are designed to help each participant reach personal goals. Whether you want to be a proficient lap swimmer, learn to float, or acquire water safety skills, instructors will work to ensure your success! Junior Dolphins: 6+

Junior Dolphins is designed for students who want to join the Dolphins’ swim team. Swimmers will learn starts, flip turns, and swim team workouts.


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Parent/Child Session

102102B0

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102102B1

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102102B2

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102102B3

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102103C0

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102103C1

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102104C6

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102104C7

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102104C8

6m–2y

Parent/Child Session

102104C9

6m–2y

Preschool Session

102202E0

3–5

Preschool Session

102202E1

3–5

Preschool Session

102202E2

3–5

Preschool Session

102202E3

3–5

Preschool Session

102203F0

3–5

Preschool Session

102203F1

3–5

Preschool Session

102204F6

3–5

Preschool Session

102204F7

3–5

Preschool Session

102204F8

3–5

Preschool Session

102204F9

3–5

Youth Session

102302H0

6–12

Youth Session

102302H1

6–12

Youth Session

102302H2

6–12

Youth Session

102303I0

6–12

Youth Session

102304I8

6–12

Youth Session

102304I9

6–12

Adult Session

102402K0

13+

Adult Session

102402K1

13+

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102403L0

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102404L9

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102305J2

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Feb. 1–24

$50

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9–9:30 a.m.

March 13–May 1

$50

2/8

9:45–10:15 a.m.

March 13–May 1

$50

2/8

5–5:30 p.m.

March 8–31

$50

2/8

5:45–6:15 p.m.

March 8–31

$50

2/8

5–5:30 p.m.

April 5–28

$50

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5:45–6:15 p.m.

April 5–28

$50

2/8

5–5:30 p.m.

April 6–29

$50

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5:45–6:15 p.m.

April 6–29

$50

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5–5:30 p.m.

Feb. 1–24

$50

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Feb. 1–24

$50

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9–9:30 a.m.

March 13–May 1

$50

2/4

9:45–10:15 a.m.

March 13–May 1

$50

2/4

5–5:30 p.m.

March 8–31

$50

2/4

5:45–6:15 p.m.

March 8–31

$50

2/4

5–5:30 p.m.

April 5–28

$50

2/4

5:45–6:15 p.m.

April 5–28

$50

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April 6–29

$50

2/4

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April 6–29

$50

2/4

6–6:45 p.m.

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$65

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March 13–May 1

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March 13–May 1

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$65

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April 6–29

$65

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Feb. 1–24

$65

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March 13–May 1

$65

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$65

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Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you. Available for ages 3+. $85 for private lessons, $75 for semi-private. Call 913-322-5550 for more information. WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021 ▶ 23


Parks & Rec ▶ Youth Fitness Classes Aiki Kids Child/Parent Fundamentals

This class is designed to strengthen bodies and relationships through sweat, smiles, and laughter. Your child will learn basic ki-aikido self-defense and kimeditation techniques. Parent participation is encouraged but not required. Instructor: Patchen (1st degree)

Cheer 4 Fun

Cheer 4 Fun cheerleading squads make awesome transitions with formations, great tumbling passes, and stunts with high-energy routines set to music. These two-minute routines contain choreography, tumbling, stunting, and dance moves. Your kids will love it! Instructor: Wills, USASF Certified

Homeschool P.E.

Get active with other homeschooled kids at the Merriam Community Center! This instructor-led program introduces kids to a variety of recreational activities in a fun environment. Whether it’s in our indoor pool, playing basketball, or trying yoga poses, your kids are sure to have a blast while burning off some energy. Instructors: Surber & Thalken

Karate for Kids

Sensei Tyler Murphy leads kids through fun workouts to help build patience, discipline, coordination, and muscle memory. Add $20 if you want a karate uniform. Instructor: Murphy

TinyTykes

TinyTykes is a creative, high-energy soccer program that focuses on skill development for children ages 2-5. Coaches combine soccer with games, stories, and music to keep your child entertained and enthused to return each week. Your child will build on their motor, social, physical, and emotional skills through the game of soccer. Fee includes a jersey and soccer ball. Register at challengersports.com. Instructor: Challenger Sports

Tumbling for Tots & Jump-Start Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a fun and safe way for children to begin developing confidence and coordination. Lesson plans are specifically designed to introduce new tumbling skills in each class, focusing on improving balance and flexibility. Classes aren’t geared for professional gymnastic competition but are a fun way to learn and improve basic tumbling skills. Instructor: Wills, USASF Certified

Youth & Teen Tennis Lessons

Students will learn proper tennis techniques, balance, and participate in hand-eye coordination drills through fun and games. Students must supply their own tennis rackets. Instructor: Wellington’s Academy of Tennis, L.L.C

Youth Martial Arts

Learn traditional martial arts techniques in a family-friendly environment with an emphasis on awareness-based self-defense and anti-bullying. Improve discipline, focus, and self-confidence while strengthening the body and mind. Instructor: Wood 24 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLI HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION


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104102A0

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Aiki Kids Child–Parent Fund.

104102A1

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Cheer 4 Fun Open

105301C0

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Cheer 4 Fun Open

105301C1

5–12

Cheer 4 Fun Open

105301C2

5–12

Homeschool P.E.

104504H1

6–12

Homeschool P.E.

104504H2

6–12

Homeschool P.E.

104504H3

6–12

Karate for Kids

104103K0

5–15

Karate for Kids

104103K1 _

5–15

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Tumbling for Tots

104201G0

3–4

Tumbling for Tots

104201G1

3–4

Tumbling for Tots

104201G2

3–4

Jump–Start Gymnastics

104201G3

5–10

Jump–Start Gymnastics

104201G4

5–10

Jump–Start Gymnastics

104201G5

5–10

Youth & Teen Tennis

105201T0

6–12

Youth & Teen Tennis

105201T1

6–12

Youth & Teen Tennis

105201T2

6–12

Youth Martial Arts

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Youth Martial Arts

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4:30–5:20 p.m.

March 9–April 27

$20

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11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Jan. 23–Feb. 13

$95

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11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Feb. 20–March 13

$95

8/12

11a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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$95

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1:30–2:30 p.m.

Feb. 2–25

$30

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1:30–2:30 p.m.

March 9–April 1

$30

4/12

1:30–2:30 p.m.

April 6–29

$30

4/12

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$120

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12:30–1:30 p.m.

March 13–May 1

$120

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9–9:45 a.m.

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$70

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9:45–10:30 a.m.

Jan. 12–Feb. 9

$70

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9:30–10:15 a.m.

Jan. 23–Feb. 13

$60

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9:30–10:15 a.m.

Feb. 20–March 13

$60

8/12

9:30–10:15 a.m.

March 20–April 10

$60

8/12

10:15–11 a.m.

Jan. 23–Feb. 13

$60

8/12

10:15–11 a.m.

Feb. 20–March 13

$60

8/12

10:15–11 a.m.

March 20–April 10

$60

8/12

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Feb. 2–23

$90

4/15

5:30–6:30 p.m.

March 2–23

$90

4/15

5:30–6:30 p.m.

April 6–27

$90

4/15

4:30–5:20 p.m.

Jan. 4–Feb. 24*

$120

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4:30–5:20 p.m.

March 8–April 28

$128

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Youth Workshops

Pinot’s Palette Painting Party Thursday, Jan. 14 Thursday, April 15

6–7:30 p.m. 6–7:30 p.m.

Ages 5–10 Ages 5–10

$36 $36

Cozy Penguin Llama–Rama

109203P9 109203P8

All Ages

$15/Stuffed Animal

104502B0

Ages 5–10

$15

104501C0

Join us for an unforgettable, fun night painting with friends at the Merriam Community Center! All supplies included. Instructor: Pinot’s Palette

Build–a–Plush Workshop Saturday, Jan. 30

1–3 p.m.

Join us during our brand new Build–a–Plush Workshop where you’ll get to create your own huggable, loveable, stuffed animal to take home! Each kit includes an animal of your choice, a wishing star to go inside your plush, stuffing, a birth certificate, and a bag to take your new friend home in. Fun for all ages! Register and choose your animal by Jan. 10. Instructor: Nagle

Kids DIY – Mother’s Day Gifts Saturday, May 1

10–11 a.m.

Drop your kids off for this hour-long crafting session. Each child will go home with two handmade Mother’s Day gifts and a card. All supplies included. Instructor: Berg

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Thursdays, Jan. 7–Feb. 25 ▶ 5–6 p.m. ▶ Ages 5–10 $280 ▶ 105502A0 ▶ Min/Max 4/8 This class is for all abilities. Adaptive yoga provides sensory input to whole body movement systems. There are no wrong poses and positive social interaction is encouraged as we celebrate big and small achievements. Instructors are licensed pediatric occupational therapists with advanced training in pediatric yoga as well as sensory integration. Instructor: Staff This activityPossAbilities comes from www.BrainyMaze.com

How many stars are on the U.S. flag? Designing an Optimal Learning Environment What do they represent? Three-Part Series ▶ 7–8:30 p.m. ▶ Ages 21+ $150 ▶ 109205D0 ▶ Min/Max 10/45 How many stripes are on Are you stuck inside with family members who are the flag? at times sloths andU.S. other times wild monkeys? How

can anyone learn or get anything done?! In these fun seminars, pediatric occupational therapists with What do they represent? advanced training will talk about sensory integration, ergonomics, alternative seating, and positioning. You’ll see your work and school environments through a new lens and walk away with simple ways to design and personalize your home learning environment for greater efficiency and calm. Jan. 25: Assessing the Learning Environment Feb. 1: Ergonomics, Seating for Technology, and Positioning Feb. 8: Designing Sensationally Instructor: PossAbilities Staff WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021 ▶ 27


Parks & Rec ▶ Adults Fitness Classes Barbell Burn

Line Dance Mania (Intermediate to Advanced)

Boxing: For Fitness, Exercise & Recovery

Instructor: KCBootdancer

Take barbell moves traditionally done in a weight room and add music and endurance work for a maximum burn! Instructor: Brisendine Learn basic stance, punch form, and mitt work on a number system in this class for beginners and rehabilitating patients. No sparring! Students are encouraged to bring their gloves and a mouthguard. Instructor: Coach Abdalla

Cardio Kickboxing

This group fitness class combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. The high-energy workout challenges beginner and elite athletes alike. Increase stamina, improve coordination and flexibility, and burn calories as you build muscle with this fun and challenging workout. Instructor: Wood

Cardio & Strength

Shape up with this exciting blend of step-interval and strength training! Workouts include a variety of equipment, including steps, free weights, TRX, slam balls, and more! Instructor: Peterson

Dance Fusion

Learn new steps and infuse dance into your cardio routine! Instructor: Peterson

Full Body Step

It’s not your mom’s step class! This class takes the timeless elements of an aerobic step and adds a full body twist. You’ll move to fun music with highintensity bursts. Instructor: Brisendine

Line Dancing (Basic)

Line dancing is a choreographed dance with a repeated step sequence. You’ll learn basic patterns and dances so you can join the fun on the dance floor at night clubs, parties, and weddings. Please wear leather sole shoes. No cowboy boots. Instructor: KCBootdancer

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We’ll learn a new dance or review dances from the Line Dance Mania playlist for one hour of nonstop line dancing. Bring your friends and get ready to have fun! Wear leather sole shoes. No cowboy boots.

Morning Burn

This Tabata-style class is designed for maximum calorie burn and after-burn. Timed intervals of high-intensity exercises will help you improve your cardiovascular health and melt away fat, all before you head off to work! Instructor: Brisendine

Pain Relief for Low Back, Knees & Feet

Learn techniques and exercises to release pain and improve mobility, stability, and flexibility. Instructor: Peterson

Zumba®

Take the “work” out of workout by mixing lowintensity and high-intensity moves for an intervalstyle, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba fitness classes are often called “exercise in disguise.” Instructor: Brisendine

Zumba® GOLD

Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba class for active, older adults that recreates the original Zumba moves in a joint-friendly, lower-intensity manner. The class introduces easy-to-follow choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Instructor: Tobin


CLASS

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AGE

Barbell Burn

107501B0

16+

Barbell Burn

107501B1

16+

Boxing: For Fitness

107307B0

18+

Boxing: For Fitness

107307B1

18+

Cardio Kickboxing

107306C2

16+

Cardio Kickboxing

107306C3

16+

Cardio & Strength

107304C0

16+

Cardio & Strength

107304C1

16+

Dance Fusion

107203D0

16+

Dance Fusion

107203D1

16+

Dance Fusion

107203D2

16+

Dance Fusion

107203D3

16+

Full Body Step

107305F1

16+

Full Body Step

107305F2

16+

Line Dancing Basic

107202L0

16+

Line Dancing Basic

107202L1

16+

Line Dance Mania

107202L2

16+

Line Dance Mania

107202L3

16+

Morning Burn

107501M0

16+

Morning Burn

107501M1

16+

Pain Relief

107504P0

16+

Pain Relief

107504P1

16+

Pain Relief

107504P2

16+

Pain Relief

107504P3

16+

Pain Relief

107504P4

16+

Pain Relief

107504P5

16+

Pain Relief

107504P6

16+

Pain Relief

107504P7

16+

Zumba

107302Z0

16+

Zumba

107302Z1

16+

Zumba GOLD

107302Z2

16+

107302Z3

16+

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Jan. 5–Feb. 26

$125

5/12

11 a.m.–12 p.m.

March 9–April 30

$125

5/12

12–2 p.m.

Jan. 4–Feb. 24*

$160

3/10

12–2 p.m.

March 8–April 28

$160

3/10

6–7 a.m.

Jan. 5–Feb. 25

$128

3/12

6–7 a.m.

March 9–April 29

$128

3/12

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5–Feb. 25

$80

10/12

6:30–7:30 p.m.

March 9–April 29

$80

10/12

9–9:30 a.m.

Jan. 4–Jan. 29*

$36

10/12

9–9:30 a.m.

Feb. 1–26

$36

10/12

9–9:30 a.m.

March 8–April 2

$36

10/12

9–9:30 a.m.

April 5–30

$36

10/12

8–8:45 a.m.

Jan. 8–Feb. 26

$70

5/12

8–8:45 a.m.

March 12–April 30

$70

5/12

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Jan. 8–Feb. 26

$56

3/12

6:30–7:30 p.m.

March 12–April 30

$56

3/12

6:30–8 p.m.

Jan. 6–Feb. 24

$56

3/12

6:30–8 p.m.

March 10–April 28

$56

3/12

6:30–7:05 a.m.

Jan. 5–Feb. 26

$100

5/12

6:30–7:05 a.m.

March 9–April 30

$100

5/12

9:30–10 a.m.

Jan. 4–29*

$33

10/12

9:30–10 a.m.

Feb. 1–26

$36

10/12

9:30–10 a.m.

March 8–April 2

$36

10/12

9:30–10 a.m.

April 5–30

$36

10/12

5:30–6 p.m.

Jan. 4–25*

$15

10/12

5:30–6 p.m.

Feb. 1–22

$20

10/12

5:30–6 p.m.

March 8–29

$20

10/12

5:30–6 p.m.

April 5–26

$20

10/12

8–8:50 a.m.

Jan. 5–Feb. 25

$80

5/12

8–8:50 a.m.

March 9–April 29

$80

5/12

5:15–6:15 p.m.

Jan. 6–Feb. 24

$64

5/12

5:15–6:15 p.m.

March 10–April 28

$64

5/12

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DATES

11 a.m.–12 p.m.

During COVID-19, drop-in classes aren’t available. Register at merriam.org/parks, by calling 913-322-5550, or at the welcome desk. WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021 ▶ 29


Martial Arts Adult Self-Defense

spiritually. Benefits include reduced pain and stress, and improved flexibility, metabolism, strength, and mental sharpness. Instructor: Peterson

Instructed by a fourth degree black belt, this class focuses on basic self-defense techniques and public awareness. Instructor: Murphy

Simplified Tai Chi

Aikido Yoshinkan

Relieve stress and improve focus and balance while learning the simplified 24 Tai Chi set. Instructor: Wood

The Yoshinkan style of aikido is a dynamic system of throwing, joint-locking, striking, and pinning techniques. At its core, aikido is a self-defense martial art used by many law enforcement agencies across the world as an effective way to safely neutralize aggression. Classes are structured so beginning and advanced students alike will all have a fun and challenging experience. Instructors: Chambers (6th

The Ki Society

You’re invited to have a new experience learning the five disciplines of the Ki Society (ki-breathing, ki-meditation, aikido, kiatsu, and bell meditation). These practices are fundamental to an awareness of our natural state of being. New students will receive 8 weeks of basic preparation during the first hour and are welcome to stay for the remainder of each class.

degree)/Durán (2nd degree)

QiGong

Instructor: Montgomery (4th degree)

Spring Forest QiGong is an integrated form of healing on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally, and CLASS

CLASS #

AGE

Adult Self–Defense 109104S0

18+

Adult Self–Defense 109104S1

18+

Aikido Yoshinkan

109103A2

16+

Aikido Yoshinkan

109103A3

16+

Aikido Yoshinkan

109103A4

16+

Aikido Yoshinkan

109103A5

16+

Aikido Yoshinkan Aikido Yoshinkan

109103A0

16+

109103A1

16+

109105Q1

16+

QiGong

109105Q2

16+

QiGong

109105Q3

16+

QiGong

109105Q4

16+

Simplified Tai Chi

109106T3

16+

Simplified Tai Chi

109106T5

16+

Simplified Tai Chi

109106T2

16+

Simplified Tai Chi

109106T4

16+

The Ki Society

109102K2

16+

QiGong

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4/10

3–4 pm

March 8–April 26

$120

4/10

7–8:30 p.m.

Jan. 7–Feb. 25

$48

3/10

7–8:30 p.m.

March 11–April 29

$48

3/10

10–11:30 a.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$48

3/10

10–11:30 a.m.

March 13–May 1

$48

3/10

Jan. 4–Feb. 22*

$42

March 8–April 26

$48 $15

10/12

6:05–6:35 p.m.

Feb. 1–22

$20

10/12

6:05–6:35 p.m.

March 8–29

$20

10/12

6:05–6:35 p.m.

April 5–26

$20

10/12

8–9 a.m.**

Jan. 5–Feb. 24

$120

1/6

8–9 a.m.**

March 9–April 29

$128

1/6

7–8 p.m.**

Jan. 4–Feb. 24*

$120

1/6

7–8 p.m.**

March 8–April 28

$128

1/6

T:5:30–8:30 p.m. TH:5–6:30 p.m. Jan. 5–Feb. 25

$35

1/12

T:5:30–8:30 p.m. TH:5–6:30 p.m. March 9–April 29

$35

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

Get ready for fun, upbeat, and uplifting training while challenging yourself to instill a sense of accomplishment. Instructor: Wood

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MIN/ MAX

Jan. 4–Feb. 22*

6:05–6:35 p.m.

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3–4 pm

7–8:30 p.m.

The Ki Society 109102K3 16+ *No classes on Jan. 18 **Simplified Tai Chi meets 10–11 a.m. on Saturdays

One-on-One Tai Chi Instruction Ages 16+ ▶ By appointment

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Jan. 4–25*

Package Rates for 60-minute sessions: 109107T0 ▶$59 per session 109107T1 ▶$224 for 4 sessions 109107T2 ▶$424 for 8 sessions ▶$600 for 12 sessions 109107T3

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Yoga

All Yoga classes require participants to supply their own props. Visit Merriam.org/MCC for details.

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

This slower-paced class aims to increase mobility and reduce discomfort. Poses are taught with additional modifications for those with ongoing or mild-tochronic conditions and older students. A doctor’s permission is requested. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Iyengar Yoga Express

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

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, this class emphasizes detail, precision, and alignment for maximum balance and flexibility. This style often uses props such as mats, chairs, and blocks for deeper and more easily accessible postures. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

CLASS

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AGE

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

107101G0 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

107101G1 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

107101G2 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

107101G3 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

107101Y6

Iyengar Yoga Express

107101Y7 16+

Iyengar Yoga Level 1

107101Y4

Iyengar Yoga Level 1

107101Y5 16+

Iyengar Yoga Level 2

107101Y2 16+

Iyengar Yoga Level 2

107101Y3 16+

Iyengar Yoga Level 2

107101Y0 16+

Iyengar Yoga Level 2

107101Y1

Vinyasa Flow

107102F0 16+

Vinyasa Flow

107102F1 16+

Yoga Flow for Beginners

107103F2 10+

Yoga Flow for Beginners *No classes on Jan. 18

107103F3 10+

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For continuing students who have attended Iyengar Level 1 for two or more years or those who have previous Iyengar experience. Instructor’s permission is required for new students. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Vinyasa Flow

An energetic flow comprised of breathwork, sun salutations, standing, seated, and twisting poses aimed to increase strength, flexibility, mindfulness, and balance. Instructor: Persson, R.Y.S. 200 hr

Yoga Flow for Beginners

Flow through basic yoga poses, focusing on form and increasing strength and flexibility at your own pace. Learn mindful breathing and become more attuned to achieving balance in your body. Each class begins with gentle stretching followed by sun salutations and an easy-to-follow flow. Class ends with a moment of peaceful relaxation. Instructor: Persson, R.Y.S. 200 hr DATES

FEE

MIN/ MAX

6–7:25 p.m.

Jan. 4–Feb. 22*

$70

3/9

6–7:25 p.m.

March 8–April 26

$80

3/9

9–10:25 a.m.

Jan. 7–Feb. 25

$80

3/9

9–10:25 a.m.

March 11–April 29

$80

3/9

12–12:45 p.m.

Jan. 5–Feb. 25

$64

3/9

12–12:45 p.m.

March 9–April 29

$64

3/9

6–7:30 p.m.

Jan. 6–Feb. 24

$64

3/9

6–7:30 p.m.

March 10–April 28

$64

3/9

9–10:25 a.m.

Jan. 5–Feb. 23

$80

3/9

9–10:25 a.m.

March 9–April 27

$80

3/9

7:30–8:55 p.m.

Jan. 4–Feb. 22*

$70

3/9

7:30–8:55 p.m.

March 8–April 26

$80

3/9

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Jan. 6–Feb. 24

$70

5/9

8:30–9:30 a.m.

March 10–April 28

$70

5/12

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Jan. 9–Feb. 27

$80

5/9

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

March 13–May 1

$80

5/12

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Punch Pass Programs

Free for members!

Pickleball

Jan. 4–May 7 M-W-F 8–11 a.m $20 for 10 punch pass Ages 16+ $40 for 20 punch pass Part tennis, part badminton, part pingpong, all fun! This easy-to-learn, eyehand coordination game is growing rapidly in popularity. With all equipment provided, the only thing you need is a partner and a positive attitude! Maximum of 24 participants in the gym. Must have a Punch Pass or be a member to play!

Walking Track Jan. 4–May 7

M-W-F

8:30–11:30 a.m.

$12.50 for 20 punch pass

Walking has numerous health benefits and is an excellent way to begin or enhance your fitness routine. This program allows you a simple, affordable way to exercise at a pace that fits your level. This program isn’t instructor-led, but if you need guidance on how to begin your walking program, contact lthalken@merriam.org or ask one of our fitness attendants!

WELLNESS L.E.A.N. Essentials Class

Tuesday, Dec. 8 ▶ 5:15–7:15 p.m. ▶ $30 / person $20 / additional family member ▶ 309206L0 ▶ Min/Max 8/16

This class is a fast-paced, interactive introduction into Dr. William Sears’ L.E.A.N. Start Program geared toward parents and caregivers of children ages 3–12. We’ll talk about the four pillars of wellness – lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition – focusing on traffic light eating, healthy fats, the importance of protein and play as well as some easy ways to get your kids set up for success in their health. Instructor: Persson

Paving Your Path to a Healthy Family

Saturdays ▶ 1–2 p.m. ▶ $119 / family ▶ Min/Max 5/10 families Jan. 9–Feb. 27 ▶ 109109P0 March 13–May 1 ▶ 109109P1

Jessica Persson, a certified health coach from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, will guide you in incremental, achievable steps toward improving your children and family’s wellness, focusing on Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. Start Program. Learn the basics of macronutrients, traffic light eating, nutrition label reading, and much more. This 7-week course includes six group sessions and one 30-minute, one-on-one strategizing session. Instructor: Persson

Brain Health Part 1

Saturday, April 10 ▶ 9–11 a.m. ▶ $5 ▶ 109109B0 ▶ Min/Max 5/15

Brain Health Part 1 is an interactive workshop where participants learn about aging and health, the normal aging brain, threats to brain health, and lifestyle choices to improve brain health. Instructor: Dr. Potts 32 ▶ ▶ MERRIAM MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS && RECREATION RECREATION 32


Educational Workshops Essential Oils Make and Take Workshops Wednesdays

7–8 p.m.

Jan. 13: Essential Oils Basics

$10

Min/Max 3/10

109203E0

Take home three mini rollers to support sleep, immunity, and stress.

Feb. 10: Essential Oils and Non-Toxic Body Care

109203E1

March 10: Essential Oils for Seasonal Issues

109203E2

April 14: Essential Oils for the Outdoors

109203E3

May 12: Essential Oils for Moms and Babies

109203E4

Learn about essential oils use for overall health while you make your own sample of personal care products to take home. Learn the three ways to use essential oils and how natural solutions can support you during the spring season. Take home a 10 mL seasonal rollerball. Learn the three ways to use essential oils for the outdoors and take home three sample rollers to get natural solutions for all the outdoor fun. Make three kid-friendly rollerballs to get started now with natural solutions to support mood, immunity, sleep, and more for all ages. Nursing babies under 9 months welcome. Instructor: Page, RDN

Pinot’s Palette

Wednesday, Jan. 13: Winter’s Dream Wednesday, April 14: Dandelions in Mod 6–7:30 p.m. $36

21+

Join us for an unforgettable night of painting with friends, fun, and wine at the Merriam Community Center! All supplies plus wine included! Instructor: Pinot’s Palette

Adult DIY - Easter Wreath + Wine Thursday, March 11

6-7:30 p.m.

$30

21+

109203P0 109203P2 Min/Max 10/20

109201D0 Min/Max 3/10

Enjoy an evening of crafting and wine. Create a super easy and adorable Easter wreath! Invite a friend and double the fun! All supplies plus wine included. Instructor: Berg

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Educational Workshops Women’s Self Defense and Situational Awareness Workshop Wednesday, April 14 5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater St.

17+

109304H0 Min/Max 10/35

The focus of the women’s self-defense class is a discussion about awareness. However, participants are encouraged to dress comfortably if they want to participate in self-defense applications. Instructor: Casteneda, Merriam Police Department

Hanging Flower Basket Workshop Saturday, April 17 8–9 a.m. Merriam Public Works, 6901 Knox St.

$40

17+

109302H0 Min/Max 12/25

“Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world.” Merriam’s lucky to have beautiful hanging flower baskets along its streets. Now, everyone has the opportunity to make their yard pretty by assembling a smaller version of the basket. All necessary supplies and instruction are provided. Date is subject to change based on flower availability. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. Registration required. Instructor: Merriam Public Works Employees

What’s Cluckin' in the Hen House

Saturday, April 17 9–11 a.m. $10 Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive

17+

112003W0 Min/Max 3/20

Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your girls, and more. We'll even taste test grocery store eggs versus homegrown. Registration required. Instructor: Fisher

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Parks & Rec ▶ 50+ Senior Activities Please call 913-322-5550 to reserve your spot for these activities. BINGO

Second Thursdays ▶ 1:30–3:30 p.m. ▶ $3 January 14: Happy New Year ▶ 101104B1 February 11: Valentine ▶ 101104B2 March 11: St. Patty’s Day ▶ 101104B3 April 8: Spring Fling ▶ 101104B4

Let’s all shout “BINGO!” Join us each month for a fun-filled afternoon! Bring your own snacks and drinks. Prizes include gift cards and consumables. Please call 913-322-5550 to reserve your spot. Face masks required. Max 40 people.

Silver Screen Matinée

Wednesdays ▶ 1 p.m. ▶ FREE

Gather with friends and enjoy a free showing of a recent movie in a relaxed environment. Schedules are available at the welcome desk and highlighted in the bimonthly “Boomer Buzz” newsletter. Movies subject to change. Please call 913-322-5550 to reserve your spot. Masks required. Max 16 people.

Finding Your Roots-Genealogy Basics

Tuesday, May 4 ▶ 10-11:30 a.m. ▶ FREE ▶ 101106F0

Like branches on a tree, families grow in all different directions, but their roots remain the same. If you’re wondering where in the world your family is from, this workshop is for you! In this free class, the Johnson County Genealogical Society will help you get started exploring your family history and keep you organized during your search. Starter kit included. Please call 913-322-5550 to reserve your spot. Masks required.

Johnson County Nutrition Program

This program provides volunteer-delivered hot lunches to homebound older adults. Please call 913-677-2048 for more information.

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.

“Boomer Buzz”

Bimonthly Newsletter

Get listings of special events, programs, and classes dedicated to the 50+ age group. To be placed on this mailing list, call 913-322-5550.

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Senior Fitness Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

Keep moving with this low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. This recreational, chair-based exercise class includes range of motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. $3 donation suggested. No class Jan. 1 or Jan. 20.

Chair One

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

Chair Two

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

Senior Wii® Bowling

If bowling is “right up your alley,” this game is for you! Join us and try your hand at Wii® bowling. No special shoes or ball required – just a game controller and big screen TV. Whether you’re a semi-pro or a newbie, you’re sure to have fun. Preregistration and face masks required. CLASS

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AFEP

50+

Chair One

101101Y0

50+

Chair One

101101Y1

50+

Chair Two

101102Y2

50+

Chair Two

101102Y3

50+

Wii® Bowling

101103W0

50+

Wii Bowling

101103W1

50+

Wii® Bowling

101103W2

50+

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Ongoing

11–11:45 a.m.

Jan. 6–Feb. 26

$56

$5

4/9

11–11:45 a.m.

March 10–April 30

$56

$5

4/9

11–11:45 a.m.

Jan. 5–Feb. 25

$56

$5

4/9

11–11:45 a.m.

March 9–April 29

$56

$5

4/9

10–11:30 a.m.

Jan. 8–Feb. 12

$3

6/16

10–11:30 a.m.

Feb. 26–April 2

$3

6/16

10–11:30 a.m.

April 16–May 21

$3

6/16

MORE OPTIONS

Check out these other great options for seniors!

▶ Boxing: For Fitness, Exercise & Recovery page 28 ▶ Brain Health Part 1 – Workshop designed for aging brains page 32 ▶ Dance Fusion page 28 ▶ Line Dancing page 28 ▶ Pain Relief for Low Back, Knees & Feet page 28 ▶ Pickleball and Walking Track Punch Pass Programs page 32 ▶ QiGong page 30 ▶ Zumba® GOLD page 28 36 ▶ MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION

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Merriam Community Center Information and Policies

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. Department Leadership

Anna Slocum, Director Dave Smothers, Assistant Director Renee Nagle, Recreation Supervisor Cole Surber, Aquatic Supervisor Lisa Naughton, Administrative Supervisor

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Staci Chivetta LaVera Howard Kathy Stull Christopher Leitch Katie Leary Billy Croan Anthony Scott Evan Quinley

Community Center Closures

Occasionally, portions of the Merriam Community Center may be closed for specially-scheduled activities and holidays. Anticipated closures will be posted as early as possible. Cancellation Hotline: 913-322-5591

Holiday Hours and Closings

Thursday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve | 5 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25: Christmas | CLOSED Thursday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve | 5 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2021: New Year’s Day | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, April 4, 2021: Easter | CLOSED

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Registration

Please register at least three working days before the class start date. Register early as many of our classes reach capacity 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 us 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. 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 assist in these situations, programs, memberships, and rental refunds will be handled per the policy posted on the website and available at the Merriam Community Center (MCC). 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 MCC welcome desk. Facility users are expected to respect MCC 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 MCC and within 10 feet of all entrances. The MCC isn't staffed to provide individual child supervision. Please don't drop children off and leave them unattended. Children eight 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.

Merriam Parks, Recreation, and 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 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. Individuals or groups wanting to contribute 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 age, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, military status, genetic information, marital status, or familial status. Merriam Parks and Recreation is committed to making accommodations as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made to Merriam Parks and Recreation one week before the start of a program. Please indicate what accommodations are needed. WINTER 2020 + SPRING 2021 ▶ 37


PARK RULES

Please follow these park rules so everyone can enjoy Merriam’s parks! ▶ No alcoholic beverages ▶ Pets must be on a leash ▶ No excessive noise or loud music ▶ No overnight parking ▶ No fires, except in grills ▶ No motorized vehicles ▶ Please use trash and pet waste containers For reservations or to report a problem, call our Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550.

Become a Farmers' Market Vendor! The award-winning Merriam Farmers’ Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2021 season. 2021 TENTATIVE SEASON Saturdays May 1 – Sept. 25

Vendor Fees Per Stall $370 Full season $25

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Daily

7 a.m.–1 p.m.

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


Brown Memorial Park

1.61

9674 W. 61ST ST.

Chatlain Park

6304 E. FRONTAGE ROAD

Merriam Marketplace Quail Creek Park

5.25

7024 GRANDVIEW AVE. MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS

2.1

5750 MERRIAM DRIVE

Antioch Park

44

6501 ANTIOCH ROAD

Merriam Parks & Trail Map TRAIL HEAD LOCATIONS Waterfall Park Merriam Marketplace Campbell Park Chatlain Park 75th St.

TURKEY CREEK STREAMWAY TRAIL

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W 53 RD ST

I-35

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BASKETBALL COURT

PICKLEBALL COURT

TENNIS COURTS

RESTROOM

GRILLS

PICNIC TABLES

CHATLAIN

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

POCKET PARK

EDELWEISS

75TH ST.

ANTIOCH RD

WERNER

I-35

PICNIC SHELTER

CAMPBELL

LOWELL AVE

CARTER AVE

SWITZER RD

PLAYGROUND

WALKING PATH

PAVED PARKING

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

WATERFALL CAMPBELL CHATLAIN BUTTERFLY GARDEN POCKET PARK

W 75TH ST

There's approximately four miles of paved, multi-use trail running from 75th St. to Antioch Road in Merriam.

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

SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY

W 71ST ST

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Distances between locations in miles

JOHNSON DR

W 67TH ST

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WERNER

ANTIOCH RD

W 51ST ST

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Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

CITY PARK

W 49 TH ST

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WATERFALL

W 47TH ST

36.91 15

5191 MERRIAM DRIVE

Werner Park

1

3.91

5740 MERRIAM DRIVE

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail Waterfall Park

5.25

6300 CARTER AVE.

Merriam Historic Plaza

KNOX AVE

3.68

5040 BOOKER DRIVE

Campbell Park

SWITZER RD

ACREAGE

Daily park hours are from sunrise to sunset

STREAMWAY ACCESS

MERRIAM PARKS

EDELWEISS 75TH ST.

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CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS 9001 W. 62ND ST. MERRIAM, KS 66202-2815

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MCC = Merriam Community Center MMP = Merriam Marketplace TMAG = Tim Murphy Art Gallery

DECEMBER 14 25

City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Christmas – City Hall and MCC Closed

JANUARY 1 1 4–8 7 11 18 25 26

New Year’s Day – City Hall Closed Pet Registration and Business License Renewals Due Holiday Tree Disposal ▶ Citywide “The Beauty Among Us” Opens ▶ TMAG City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – City Hall Closed City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting ▶ 6 p.m.

FEBRUARY 1 4 6 8 22 23

Franchise Fee Rebate Applications Open "Movement. Form. Color. Geometry: Abstracts from the Heartland" Opens ▶ TMAG Daddy Daughter Under the Sea Swim Party ▶ 6:30–8 p.m. ▶ MCC City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting ▶ 6 p.m.

MARCH 6 8 15–19 22 23 27

“Heartland Artist Exhibition” ▶ TMAG City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Spring Tree Limb Pickup ▶ Citywide City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting ▶ 6 p.m. Easter Bunny Egg Hunt ▶ 10–11 a.m. ▶ MCC

APRIL 1 4 12 19–23 26 27

“Senior’s Spring Fling” Opens ▶ TMAG Easter – MCC Closed City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Spring Large-Item Pickup ▶ Citywide City Council Meeting ▶ 7 p.m. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting ▶ 6 p.m.

Stay updated on changes and cancellations at merriam.org/covid19.

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

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Merriam Highlights & Recreation, Winter 2020 + Spring 2021