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Live Your Healthiest Life

Oct 10: Live Your Healthiest Life: "Exercise"Live Your Healthiest Life

Registration encouraged for this event, to help us have an accurate amount of supplies. Register here for this event or call Mike Kruger at 913.477.8384 for help registering.

All of us probably know some areas where we could boost our health and happiness. That might mean exercising more, eating healthier, learning stress management techniques or nipping a bad habit in the bud. Making a change can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This series will show you how to incorporate knowledge and simple changes into your life to reap big rewards.

Presented by Michelene Krueger of Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

Sept. 5: Why Am I So Stressed? - We will take a look at the underlying causes of stress and will go over basic exercises to relax and manage stress.

Sept. 12: Mind, Body, Spirit - This session will focus on ways to alleviate symptoms of stress by using a combination of tools such as deep breathing, yoga or guided meditation to keep your whole body healthy.

Sept. 19: Fuel Your Body - Learn how to eat healthy to fuel your body. Nutrition demonstration focusing on how to eat healthy on a budget.

Sept. 26: Salad Bar in Your Fridge - Nutrition demonstration on how to keep healthy salad bar ingredients in your fridge at all times.

Oct. 3: Moving Towards Health - Topics include: How much exercise do I need? Different types of exercise? What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from exercise?

Oct. 10: Exercise – A Little Does a Lot - Instructor will lead the class through simple strength training exercises and how to fit in “steps” by utilizing a pedometer. Weather permitting, a walking group may be organized.

The last four sessions will target those who wish to stop smoking, and will be led by a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. It is preferable that participants attend all four sessions.

Oct. 17: The Truth About Tobacco - Tobacco Treatment Specialist will discuss the nasty truth about tobacco and other forms of nicotine use.

Oct. 24: Can I Stop? Yes! - Explore your motivation to quit and possible ways to assist you to successfully quit in the long term.

Oct. 31: Ready Go – First Steps - Choosing and beginning to implement cessation strategies.TTS (Tobacco Treatment Specialist) will discuss the different methods to stop smoking.

Nov. 7: Staying Quit - Preventing relapse by using techniques learned in earlier classes (stress management, physical activity and nutrition.)

All of us probably know some areas where we could boost our health and happiness. That might mean exercising more, eating healthier, learning stress management techniques or nipping a bad habit in the bud. Making a change can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This series will show you how to incorporate knowledge and simple changes into your life to reap big rewards.

Registration encouraged for this event, to help us have an accurate amount of supplies. Register here for this event or call Mike Kruger at 913.477.8384 for help registering.

Oct. 10: Exercise – A Little Does a Lot - Instructor will lead the class through simple strength training exercises and how to fit in “steps” by utilizing a pedometer. Weather permitting, a walking group may be organized. Continue »

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Central Resource Library
The Game of Go

Table Top Games

Learn the Game of Go or join us for one of our regularly scheduled Table Top Games events!

Learn the Game of Go or join us for one of our regularly scheduled Table Top Games events!

Helping our LGBTQ Youth

Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Survive and Thrive

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by Kim Shaw-Ellis, LGBTQ Liaison and Diversity Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Kim Shaw-Ellis has enjoyed a career of more than 31 years in Law Enforcement and is currently still serving.  She began career in the USAF as Military Police, and served active duty for four years.  Kim joined the Denver Sheriff Department in 1992 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff for 6 years. In 1998, Kim joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and has been with KCPD for 21 years.  While on KCPD, Kim has worked in the East Patrol Division, Central Patrol Division, North Patrol Division and as a Detective in Violent Crimes Division (both Domestic Violence and Homicide).  She is currently assigned to the Regional Training Academy as a Basic Training Instructor as well as the Diversity Officer and the LGBTQ Liaison Officer for KCPD.  Kim has presented throughout the region and at an international level on topics to include Diversity & Inclusion, Overcoming Implicit Bias, Crisis Intervention, Tactical Communication/De-escalation Skills, Domestic Violence, and LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention/Awareness.  

Part of our Teach the Teachers series.

LGBTQ-identified youth are more likely than their peers to face increased risks of violence, homelessness and substance abuse. This session helps you gain a deeper understanding of these challenges and introduces you to some fundamentals of helping LGBTQ young people cope and thrive. Sandwiches and  sides will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Continue »

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Blue Valley Library
Science Cafe

Science Cafe: Early Alzheimer’s Detection

When a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s is detected in its early stages, preventative measures and treatments as well as lifestyle changes can be applied to effectively slow disease progress. A cure for Alzheimer’s is not currently known yet doctors and scientists have made great strides in treatment. Early detection allows for more effective treatment options. Sandwiches and sides will be served.

Learn more about early detection from presenter Michelle Niedens, LSCSW. She is director of MyAlliance for Cognitive Health, a community-based program focused on early detection, provider partnerships, and education. Ms. Niedens' career is dedicated to working with elders and those with Alzheimer's disease. Her work has included tenure in geriatric psychiatric inpatient settings, serving as Director of Education, Programs, and Policy at the Alzheimer's Association, Heart of America Chapter, along with teaching social work practice at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Through the KU Memory Clinic, Ms. Niedens provides counseling to individuals with mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer's disease, along with family members who are struggling with caregiving-related anxiety and depression.

When a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s is detected in its early stages, preventative measures and treatments as well as lifestyle changes can be applied to effectively slow disease progress. A cure for Alzheimer’s is not currently known yet doctors and scientists have made great strides in treatment. Early detection allows for more effective treatment options. Sandwiches and sides will be served. Continue »

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Lenexa City Center Library
This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

2020 Census Jobs events, various times and locations 

Science Cafe: Early Alzheimer’s Detection Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5:30 pm @ Lenexa City Center Library

Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Survive and Thrive Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 pm @ Blue Valley Library

The Game of Go Wednesday, Oct 9, 6 pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library

Live Your Healthiest Life: Exercise Thursday, Oct. 10, 10 am @ Central Resource Library

Unlock Your Creativity with Improv Friday, Oct. 11, 2 pm @ Oak Park Library

City Center Live: Actor’s Choice Presents Friday, Oct. 11, 7 pm @ Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall

Check out all our events »

Check out what's happening this week at Johnson County Library »

2020 Census Jobs events, various times and locations 

Science Cafe: Early Alzheimer’s Detection Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5:30 pm @ Lenexa City Center Library

Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Survive and Thrive Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 pm... Continue »

West Flanders Park

Walk and Read Weekend Event Kick-Off

This event is at West Flanders Park 10920 W. 55th St., Shawnee, KS 66203.

Take a stroll around the park and read some stories at the same time. The Walk and Read Weekend Event at West Flanders Park presents two kids stories posted on stations along the path. All ages can enjoy Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean, and Lights, Camera, Carmen! by Anika Denise and Lorena Alvarez Gómez. Characters from popular stories will attend the event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 am-noon. If you can’t make it to the kick-off the stories are available for you to read through Sunday, Oct. 6.

Presented by Johnson County Library and the City of Shawnee Parks & Recreation Department.

This event is at West Flanders Park 10920 W. 55th St., Shawnee, KS 66203.

Take a stroll around the park and read some stories at the same time. The Walk and Read Weekend Event at West Flanders Park presents two kids stories posted on stations along the path. All ages can enjoy Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean, and Lights, Camera, Carmen! by Anika Denise and Lorena Alvarez Gómez. Characters from popular stories will attend the event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 am-noon. If you can’t make it to the kick-off the stories are available for you to... Continue »

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Monticello Library , Off-site
Inner Reformation

Inner Reformation: On How Art Can Impact the Artist

What does the process of creating art do for the artist? Is it cathartic? Is the artist able to work through things that they otherwise can't? How does creating art feel? What thoughts and emotions does a dancer, for example, transform into movement? Join dancer, choreographer & performer Tessa Priem as she performs excerpts from her solo show and discusses how the process of creating art has impacted her. "It can work on you, even as you work on it," she mentions. What will you make?

To read Tessa's bio and to learn about her recent dance creation, "Inner Reformation: an Autobiography Danced," visit her website. You can also follow her on social media @innerreformation. 

What does the process of creating art do for the artist? How does creating art feel? What thoughts and emotions does a dancer, for example, transform into movement? Join dancer, choreographer & performer Tessa Priem as she discusses these questions and performs excerpts from her solo show. This event also occurs Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 pm. Continue »

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Central Resource Library

Entrepreneurs at the Library

The Johnson County Library provides many services and resources to support the entrepreneurial and small business communities. By utilizing our complimentary meeting spaces and  the creative resources in the  Black and Veatch MakerSpace, watch how one start-up launched their small business at the Library!

The Johnson County Library provides many services and resources to support the entrepreneurial and small business communities. By utilizing our complimentary meeting spaces and  the creative resources in the  Black and Veatch MakerSpace, watch how one start-up launched their small business at the Library!

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219

MANHATTAN SHORT is an instantaneous celebration of film that occurs simultaneously across the globe. It brings great films to great venues and allows audiences to select their favorites. Join us, and 100,000 more film lovers in cinemas, museums and universities in more than 250 cities across six continents, gathered for one purpose: to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Community Forum, Lenexa City Hall 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219

MANHATTAN SHORT is an instantaneous celebration of film that occurs simultaneously across the globe. It brings great films to great venues and allows audiences to select their favorites. Join us, and 100,000 more film lovers in cinemas, museums and universities in more than 250 cities across six continents, gathered for one purpose: to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site

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