Read the December 2014 Issue of Johnson County Lifestyle!

Calendar of Events

XTREME BUGS

11/01/2014 - 04/30/2015

UNION STATION

Xtreme BUGS are marchin’, crawlin’ and flyin’ into Union Station! This larger-than-life exhibition will host more than 100 giant insect and fun, hands-on activities for the whole family. Get up close and personal with these massive, moving insects and arthropods and discover their amazing talents, unique behaviors and strange survival strategies! UnionStation.org/bugs/


BRIGHT LIGHT FRIDAY

11/28/2014

PLAZA LIBRARY

Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping and make it “Bright Light Friday.” Bring your family and friends to a free Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove concert at the Plaza library (4801 Main St.). On the day of the show, we’ll be collecting winter clothing items for Artists Helping the Homeless. This organization is in need of hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, boots, long underwear, etc. All sizes will be accepted.

HOLIDAY LUMINARY WALK

11/28/2014 - 12/06/2014

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

The Arboretum’s year tops off with the 15th annual Holiday Luminary Walk. This major fund-raiser features a mile of beautiful candlelit trails, holiday lights and live entertainment, Santa for the kids, horse-drawn wagon rides, a bonfire and warm refreshments. 5-9 p.m. ArtsAndRec-OP.org

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

12/04/2014

STANLEY

Make an appointment to help save a life. Join neighbors and friends at the Presbyterian Church of Stanley (14895 Antioch) between noon and 6:30 p.m. for a Community Blood Center blood drive. Donors must be 17.

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

12/04/2014

STANLEY

Make an appointment to help save a life. Join neighbors and friends at the Presbyterian Church of Stanley (14895 Antioch) between noon and 6:30 p.m. for a Community Blood Center blood drive. Donors must be 17.

OLIVER! THE MUSICAL

12/04/2014 - 12/21/2014

CROWN CENTER

Musical Theater Heritage is breaking out their own Charles Dickens story this Christmas at Crown Center with OLIVER! The Musical! Featuring a cast of 50 people, OLIVER! is loaded with fun, catchy songs, and is considered a timeless classic. MTH is joining forces with Toys for Tots again this year – so if you bring a new, unwrapped toy, you can receive one free ticket to see the show. Details are online and performances are at the Off Center Theatre at Crown Center. 816.545.6000 MTHKC.com

Holiday Lights & Festive Sights

12/05/2014

MISSION

The Holiday Lights and Festive Sights annual event will celebrate the spirit of the holiday season in Mission from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will pay a visit in a musical sleigh ride down Johnson Drive. There will be a caroling, free s’mores and hot chocolate, cookie decorating, Holiday Shoppe, horse drawn sleigh rides and more. The mayor will flip the switch that will light up the city at 8:15 p.m. Musical fireworks will end the evening.

HOLIDAY LUMINARY WALK

12/05/2014 - 12/06/2014

OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Arboretum’s year tops off with the 15th annual Holiday Luminary Walk. This major fund-raiser features a mile of beautiful candlelit trails, holiday lights and live entertainment, Santa for the kids, horse-drawn wagon rides, a bonfire and warm refreshments. 5-9 p.m. ArtsAndRec-OP.org

REDEEMING BIRTH: A WALK THROUGH BETHELEHEM

12/05/2014 - 12/13/2014

DECEMBER 5, 6, 12 & 13

SHAWNEE

From 6:30 – 9 p.m. An opportunity for the whole family to experience the Christmas Story. You are invited on an interactive walk through the city of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. See people at work in the marketplace with busy shopkeepers and vendors everywhere. Smell the fragrant scents of herbs, spices and breads. See the potters, weavers and carpenters at work. Visit a crowded inn and a humble stable where the King of Kings was born. Tours will be conducted every 20 minutes. 7320 Quivira Road, Shawnee. 913.268.6300 GCFC.net

NUTCRACKER TEA

12/06/2014 - 12/07/2014

OVERLAND PARK

Friends of Overland Park Arts invite you to experience this annual tradition at the Ritz Charles featuring Legacy School of the Arts. Enjoy a 1-hour version of this holiday classic.  ARFOp.org

NATURE CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

12/07/2014

IRONWOODS PARK

Please stop in for our annual holiday open house at the Prairie Oak Nature Center to help us celebrate the holiday season. Bring your children to visit the reptiles, amphibians, fish and see what birds are outside at the feeders. There will be staff on-hand to answer nature and program questions. Crafts and refreshments available. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free.

2014 ANNUAL MEETING & HALL OF FAME AWARDS

12/09/2014

OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

Join more than 300 fellow Chamber members and business leaders as we celebrate a great year! The fun begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center, (6000 College Blvd.) Keynote address by Silpada co-founders Teresa Walsh and Bonnie Kelly, along with their daughters and co-presidents, Ryane Delka and Kelsey Perry; moderated by FOX 4 News anchor John Holt. LeawoodChamber.org

MEET MR. & MRS. CLAUS

12/20/2014

OVERLAND PARK

Come meet the duo in red that makes it all happen. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance at Prairiefire Entertainment District at 135th and Lamar before they get too busy for the big event. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Visit Prairiefire.com for more information.

FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

12/31/2014

PARADISE PARK

3-2-1…Happy 2015, everybody! You are invited to ring in the New Year early with the legendary Ball Drop at Paradise Park’s Foam Factory. Have a blast with friends and family. This rocking New Year’s Eve party is an early-evening, totally kid-friendly celebration. Noon – 6 p.m. Paradise-Park.com