Upcoming Events

 
Need Free Tax Prep Aid?
Wednesday, January 1st to Monday, April 13th, 9 AM to 3 PM at Lenexa Senior Center
Need help figuring out often-complex tax rules? Take advantage of free tax preparation assistance from AARP Tax-Aide. This service is offered for low- and middle-income Kansas resident taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Only Kansas state and federal returns will be completed.

AARP Tax-Aide will be available at the Lenexa Senior Center at 13425 Walnut Street on Mondays from Feb. 10–April 13, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You do not have to be a member of AARP or a Lenexa resident to use this service. But it is by appointment only. 

Starting Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, you can call 913.477.7134 to schedule a tax assistance appointment.  
 
What to bring to your appointment:  
 
Social Security cards (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number document, or Social Security showing full name and full ID number) for you, your spouse (if married filing jointly), and all dependents.
 
Photo ID, such as a driver’s license or other government-issued ID.
 
Copy of previous year’s tax returns.
 
All W-2 forms received.
 
All 1099 forms received.
 
All forms indicating federal income tax paid.
 
Unemployment compensation statements.
 
Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, Social Security number).
 
Details of real estate taxes for claiming Kansas Homestead refunds or Safe Senior Property Tax refunds.
 
Summary list of receipts and cancelled checks for deductible items, if itemizing. 
 
If expecting a refund, please bring a check with routing and account numbers for direct deposit. Bank deposit slips may not be used to verify routing and account numbers.
 
Free Tax Help for Kansas Residents
Thursday, January 9th to Saturday, April 4th
Need help figuring out often-complex tax rules? Take advantage of free tax preparation assistance from AARP Tax-Aide. This service is offered for low- and middle-income Kansas resident taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Only Kansas state and federal returns will be completed.

AARP Tax-Aide will be available at the Lenexa Senior Center at 13425 Walnut Street on Mondays from Feb. 10–April 13, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You do not have to be a member of AARP or a Lenexa resident to use this service. But it is by appointment only. 

Starting Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, you can call 913.477.7134 to schedule a tax assistance appointment.  
 
What to bring to your appointment:  
 
Social Security cards (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number document, or Social Security showing full name and full ID number) for you, your spouse (if married filing jointly), and all dependents.
 
Photo ID, such as a driver’s license or other government-issued ID.
 
Copy of previous year’s tax returns.
 
All W-2 forms received.
 
All 1099 forms received.
 
All forms indicating federal income tax paid.
 
Unemployment compensation statements.
 
Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, Social Security number).
 
Details of real estate taxes for claiming Kansas Homestead refunds or Safe Senior Property Tax refunds.
 
Summary list of receipts and cancelled checks for deductible items, if itemizing. 
 
If expecting a refund, please bring a check with routing and account numbers for direct deposit. Bank deposit slips may not be used to verify routing and account numbers.
 
Great Lenexa Rec Center Classes
Thursday, January 9th to Monday, March 2nd
Art Classes - Sculpt
Jan. 9–23, Feb. 6–20
Apply collage, printmaking, sculpture, clay and other messy media to create two-and three-dimensional art projects. (Ages 6–12)
 
Art Classes - Draw
Jan. 9–23, Feb. 6–20
Build basic drawing skills to create art on various papers and surfaces. Try easy techniques and explore different media using pencils, pens, pastels and more. (Ages 6–12)
 
Happy Feet Soccer
Jan. 6–Feb. 3, Feb. 10–March 2
KC Legends youth fitness soccer program teaches preschool soccer development through stories, songs and games. (Ages 3–5)
 
Pickleball Clinic
Jan. 8
Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong — and it’s ideal for all ages and athletic ability levels. Learn the basics of the sport at this clinic. All equipment provided. Register in advance. (Ages 18+)
 
Jan. 8–Feb. 1
Introduce your child to a variety of dance styles with Miss Tauna, including tap, ballet, tumbling, acrobatics, jazz, hip hop, and leaps and turns. Lessons will help build self-confidence, instill respect for self and others, coordination of mind and body and much more. (Ages 3–17)  
 
Kids Day Out 
Jan. 20, Feb. 7, 14, 17, 18
Looking for something your child can do on non-school days? Let us provide a full day of fun at the Lenexa Rec Center. Activities may include pickleball, dodgeball, outdoor interaction, cooking, STEAM and more. (Kindergarten–8th grade) 
 
 
Preschool Pals
Thursday, January 16th to Thursday, January 30th, 9 AM to 11 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays at Lenexa Rec Center
This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you. (Ages 3–5)
 
Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays
 
 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, January 20th
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
Active Hands Physical Therapy
Tuesday, January 21st, 10 AM to 11 AM at Lenexa Senior Center
Decrease stress and protect the joints in your hands to keep them more active during daily use. (Ages 55+)
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 21st, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Surf's Up at the Lenexa Public Market
Wednesday, January 22nd to Saturday, January 25th at Lenexa Public Market
Family Night at Bikini Bottom
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4 to 9 p.m.

We're kicking off Beach week by transforming the Market into our version of Bikini Bottom, where kids can build their own SpongeBob Squarepants, show off their limbo and hula hoop skills and pin the tail on the pig. Come get a bite to eat and hang out with your family. Enjoy the special at Topp'd Lenexa Public Market: Get a free 6" kid's pizza with the purchase of at least a small pizza. We'll also have our usual rotating Family Night activities from a balloon artist, specialty vendors, yard games and other family-oriented festivities!
 
Tiki-themed Ladies' Night
Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 to 9 p.m.

Ready to relax at the Public Market with our island vibes? Bring your gal pals for a night in for our Tiki-themed Ladies' Night. We'll have all your favorite tropical drinks and light bites like chicken and pineapple skewers, bacon-wrapped pineapple and key lime tarlets. If you come to the party wearing a grass skirt, you will receive some special discounts and may even win a prize.
 
Friday Night Sound Bites
Friday, Jan. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

Ukuleles and umbrellas - need we say more? Grab your ukulele, tell a friend and come out to our Friday Night Sound Bites for open mic night. Not a performer? Watch live music and savor a meal from one of our merchants. 
 
The Great Lenexa Luau
Saturday, Jan. 25, 5 to 9 p.m.

What better way to wrap up Beach Week than hosting our second annual Great Lenexa Luau! We're heating things up for a perfect island escape. We will have prizes for the best Hawaiian-themed outfit. You can participate in our Pineapple Decorating Contest (remember it's BYOP - bring your own pineapple), be entertained by live music from St. Paradise Steel Drum Band at 6 to 9 p.m., and watch A'isha the Hula Dancer from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Specialty island food and beverages will be available for purchase from market merchants.

Free admission. No registration necessary. We recommend ages 21+. 
 
 
Lunar New Year
Saturday, January 25th
Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon. The relevant calendar may be a purely lunar calendar or a lunisolar calendar.
 
Trash & Recycling Day is Saturday
Saturday, January 25th
Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, trash and recycling will be picked up on Saturday.
 
Lenexa Indoors Farmer's Market
Saturday, January 25th to Saturday, March 28th, 9 AM to 1 PM at Lenexa Public Market
Brrr, it’s cold outside! But you can still shop for locally raised, grown and made products all winter long. Get your favorite goodies and keep in touch with Lenexa Farmers Market vendors at our inaugural Winter Farmers Market. You’ll find just the right thing to transform — or top off — a warm, comforting meal at home. 
 
This recurring event will be held indoors at the Lenexa Public Market on the last Saturday of every month from January through March. Expect to see cool season crops like onions and a variety of greens along with mushrooms, pecans, cheese, bakery and meat items. 

Start or finish your shopping trip with breakfast, lunch or a beverage in the Public Market, an indoor food hall and market located inside Lenexa City Hall.
 
Winter Farmers Market Location:
Lenexa, KS 66219

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020  |  9 a.m.–1 p.m.
See website for vendors

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020  | 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
See website for vendors

Saturday, March 28, 2020  | 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
See website for vendors

The Lenexa Farmers Market’s regular outdoor season kicks off Saturday, April 25, 2020
 
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley HOA Board Meeting
Monday, January 27th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Clubhouse
The bimonthly meeting of the Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Board of Directors will be held at the clubhouse at 21315 West 82 Street in Lenexa, Kansas. This meeting is open to the public.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, January 27th, 7 PM
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
HeART of Lenexa Contest Show
Tuesday, January 28th to Sunday, March 1st
On display January 28 - March 1. Reception and awards program February 6 from 6 to 7:30 pm
 
This popular annual show features artwork inspired by something each artist loves about Lenexa.
 
Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 6 am to 9 pm
Friday - Saturday: 7 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 7 pm
 
 
 
Kansas Day
Wednesday, January 29th
Kansas Day as an annual celebration of Kansas' statehood is fairly unique among all the other states. The day is fondly remembered by adults who grew up in Kansas to those who have moved to other states or countries. This pride in being a Kansan was part of Kansas Day celebrations from its beginning as shown in the piece below. The following is taken from an article originally published in the January 1932 issue of The Kansas Teacher and Western School Journal. The article "The Origin of Kansas Day" was written by Esther Clark Hill, Kansas Historical Society.
 
Princess Tea Party
Saturday, February 1st
You are cordially invited to the Princess Tea at Queen Elsa's Castle (The Shawnee Civic Centre) on Saturday, February 1st! Choose from two sessions, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m. This event is geared towards children ages 2-5 and is $15 per prince or princess (adults join the fun for no extra cost!). 
 
Please contact Shawnee Parks & Recreation at 913-631-5200 to reserve your spot! Limited space is available and this event fills up quickly! 
 
 
 
Cupid's Gem Artisan Jewelry Show
Saturday, February 1st, 10 AM to 4 PM at Thompson Barn
 
The annual Cupid’s Gems Artisan Jewelry Show is a juried event where you can purchase a variety of original, handcrafted jewelry items. Jewelry artists in this show offer one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry; no imported or manufactured jewelry is accepted.
 
Come enjoy the day with your girlfriends, sisters or plan a mother-daughter outing. Browse the wonderful hand-crafted jewelry, shop for gifts or find a new treasure for yourself. This is also a perfect opportunity to shop for a Valentine's Day gift for a special person in your life.
 
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
 
Free admission
 
Free parking 
 
Groundhog Day
Sunday, February 2nd
Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in Canada and the United States on 2 February. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early. While the tradition remains popular in modern times, studies have found no consistent correlation between a groundhog seeing its shadow or not and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 4th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Preschool Pals
Tuesday, February 4th to Thursday, February 27th, 9 AM to 11 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays at Lenexa Rec Center
This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you. (Ages 3–5)
 
 
 
Trips and Tours for All Interests
Wednesday, February 5th, 1 PM at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
Whether you're a history buff, wine aficionado, lover of arts and culture, or like to try your gaming luck, the cities of Lenexa, Mission and Shawnee have got you covered. Attend the Tri-City Trips Travel Show to learn about the exciting plans for 2020. 
 
This free event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at Sylvester Powell, Jr., Community Center (6200 Martway, Mission, Kansas). Get to know new travel companions, win door prizes, and enjoy free refreshments. 
 
 
Lenexa Rec Center Sweetheart Dance
Saturday, February 8th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Lenexa Rec Center
Dance the night away with your little valentine at this magical evening of lasting memories for parents, caregivers and kids. Delicious kid-friendly dinner, dancing, games, prizes and a photo of you and your sweetheart(s) provided. $50/couple; $12/additional person.

Lenexa.com/Reccenter
 
 
Upcoming Classes in the Kitchen
Sunday, February 9th to Sunday, February 16th, Varies at Lenexa Public Market
Feelin' the love for Cookie Decorating
February 9th at 2 PM to 3:30 PM
 
French Macarons for Beginners (all ages)
February 15th at 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
 
French Macarons for Beginners (ages 21+)
February 15th at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
 
French Macarons for Beginners (all ages)
February 16th from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
 
French Macarons for Beginners (ages 21+)
February 16th from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, February 10th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
Lincoln's Birthday
Wednesday, February 12th
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy.
 
Galentines day: Design with Wine!
Thursday, February 13th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Lenexa Public Market
This is one event you and your gal pals don't want to miss! In this class you will learn the basics of making your very own floral arrangement all the while sipping on some wine! The instructor, Lori Neely will demonstrate and the participants will follow. By the end of the class you will have learned simple design techniques, stem placement, how to maximize the life of flowers and even some pointers for growing flowers in your garden to use in arrangements. 
Participants must be of age 21+. One glass of wine is included with purchase of a ticket your ticket purchase. 
 
 
 
Valentine's Day
Friday, February 14th
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[1] is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.
 
Kids Night Out - Game Night
Friday, February 14th, 6 PM to 9 PM at Shawnee Civic Centrei
Looking for a fun and safe place for your children to hang out on a Friday while you go shopping, on a date or just have a night off? Then Kids Night Out is the place to be! Each night will be based around a theme and we will have dinner, games in the gym, crafts, free play, a snack and a movie to end the night. Register by Wednesday the week of to get $10 off the total cost. Also, siblings are 10% off with one regular purchase.
 
 
City Center Live "True Lions"
Friday, February 14th, 7 PM to 8 PM at Lenexa City Hall (Indoors)
City Center Live is a free performing art series partnership between the Johnson County Library and the Lenexa Arts Council. Grab a drink or bite to eat from the Lenexa Public Market and join us for the show!

Recalling '90s classic lo-fi indie pop with songs that are full of hooks, harmonies and other sonic surprises, True Lions is multi-instrumentalist femme band from the middle of North America.
 
 
President's Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, February 17th
Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February; Presidents Day 2020 occurs on Monday, February 17.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 18th, 7 PM
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Washington's Birthday
Saturday, February 22nd
George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of His Country" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, February 24th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
High School Student Art Show
Tuesday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 29th
High school students are invited to apply for this juried art show featuring students who live in any school district that serves Lenexa. Students must have an art teacher sponsor their entries and can submit up to three pieces. Monetary awards will be presented.
 
Application deadline: February 10, 2020
 
 
 
Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 6 am to 9 pm
Friday - Saturday: 7 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 7 pm
 
Youth Tennis Lessons
Tuesday, March 3rd to Tuesday, March 24th, 5:30 to 6: 30 PM on Tuesdays at Lenexa Rec Center
Whether your child is new to tennis or working to improve their play, these lessons will take them to the next level. (Ages 6–13)
 
Classes held on Tuesday.
 
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 3rd, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Preschool Pals
Tuesday, March 3rd to Thursday, April 2nd, 9 AM to 11 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays at Lenexa Rec Center
This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you. (Ages 3–5)
 
 
 
Thompson Barn Trunk Show
Thursday, March 5th, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Gorgeous floral arrangements, mouth-watering snacks and innovative ideas for planning “the big day” take over the Thompson Barn at the Thompson Trunk Show. Enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, fashion, free giveaways and pampering while planning a dream wedding. Wedding couples can create a day specially tailored to them at this intimate, informational show that features the finest local wedding businesses and services.
 
 
Daylight Savings Time Begins!
Sunday, March 8th
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 AM on Sunday March 8. Be sure to set your clocks forward (spring forward) one hour before retiring for bed on Saturday, March 7.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, March 9th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
Holi
Tuesday, March 10th
Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. Holi is popularly known as the Indian "festival of spring", the "festival of colours", or the "festival of love". The festival signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
 
 
Kids Night Out - Blast Off
Friday, March 13th, 6 PM to 9 PM at Shawnee Civic Centrei
Looking for a fun and safe place for your children to hang out on a Friday while you go shopping, on a date or just have a night off? Then Kids Night Out is the place to be! Each night will be based around a theme and we will have dinner, games in the gym, crafts, free play, a snack and a movie to end the night. Register by Wednesday the week of to get $10 off the total cost. Also, siblings are 10% off with one regular purchase.
 
 
City Center Live - Kansas City Ballet
Friday, March 13th, 7 PM to 8 PM at Lenexa City Hall Art Gallery
 
 
Spring Break Camp
Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM at Lenexa Rec Center
Spring into FUN @ Spring Break Camp
 
School's out - let the fun begin! Throughout the week, your child will have the chance to participate in themed games and activities, splash around in the pool, get plenty of exercise and make new friends!

We'll have a different theme daily:

Monday: Jr. Top Chef (field trip to Public Market Kitchen)
 
Tuesday: Spring Steam (Swim @Rec Center)
 
Wednesday: March Madness (field trip to Sky Zone)
 
Thursday: Awesome Art (Swim @Rec Center)
 
Friday: Nature Unleashed (field trip to Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park)
 
 
 
St. Patrick's Day
Tuesday, March 17th
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 17th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, March 23rd, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
April Fool's Day
Wednesday, April 1st
April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an annual celebration on April 1, commemorated by practical jokes and hoaxes. The player(s) of the joke(s) or hoax(es) often exposes their action by shouting "April fool(s)" at the recipient(s). The recipients of these actions are called April fools. Mass media can be involved in these pranks that the following day are reported as such. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.
 
Youth Tennis Lessons
Wednesday, April 1st to Wednesday, April 29th, 5:30 to 6:30 PM on Wednesdays at Lenexa Community Center
Whether your child is new to tennis or working to improve their play, these lessons will take them to the next level. (Ages 6–13)
 
 
 
Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 5th
Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 7th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Preschool Pals
Tuesday, April 7th to Thursday, April 30th, 9 AM to 11 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays at Lenexa Rec Center
This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you. (Ages 3–5)
 
 
 
Passover
Wednesday, April 8th
Passover or Pesach is a major Jewish holiday and one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. Together with Shavuotand Sukkot, Passover was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.
 
Good Friday
Friday, April 10th
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday.
 
City Center Live - Calvin Arsenia
Friday, April 10th, 7 PM to 8 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Calvin Arsenia is an internationally-acclaimed musician and performance artist most known for his elaborate and ceremonious sensory concert experiences. Self-accompanied on the Celtic harp, Arsenia draws from multiple musical disciplines.
 
 
 
Easter
Sunday, April 12th
Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, April 13th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
Tax Day
Wednesday, April 15th
In the United States, Tax Day is a colloquial term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to be submitted to the federal government. The term may also refer to the same day for individual states, even where the tax return due date is a different day.
 
April Showers Craft Show
Saturday, April 18th, 9 AM to 4 PM at Shawnee Civic Centre
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 21st, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22nd
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.
 
Ramadan
Friday, April 24th
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims world wide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. A commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation,[citation needed the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, April 27th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, May 3rd, 5 to 6:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission
 
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 

The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.

This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
 
Cinco de Mayo
Tuesday, May 5th
Cinco de Mayo in Latin America, Spanish for "Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a boost to morale for the Mexicans. A year after the battle, a larger French force defeated Zaragoza at the Second Battle of Puebla, and Mexico City soon fell to the invaders.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 5th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Youth Tennis Lessons
Wednesday, May 6th to Wednesday, May 27th, 5:30 to 6:30 PM on Wednesdays at Lenexa Community Center
Whether your child is new to tennis or working to improve their play, these lessons will take them to the next level. (Ages 6–13)
 
 
 
Mother's Day
Sunday, May 10th
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.
 
Second Half Johnson County Taxes Due
Monday, May 11th
The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management Department mailed 206,510 real estate and 18,070 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers in late November 2019.
 
The first half of real estate and personal property taxes were due on Friday, Dec. 20, and the second half are due on or before Monday, May 11, 2020. 
 
The real estate tax statement contains a comparison section between this year's and last year's tax breakdown. If the taxes are paid by a mortgage company, the statement will say "THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL" at the bottom of the statement. 
 
You can pay online, by mail (P.O. Bo 2902, Shawnee Mission, KS  66201) or in person, at 111 S. Cherry St., Suite 1500, Olathe. Payments by credit/debit card include an additional fee.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, May 11th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas.
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 19th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, May 24th, 5 PM to 6:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission
 
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 

The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.

This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
 
Memorial Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, May 25th
Memorial Day (previously but now seldom called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 26th at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. This meeting date (5/26/20) is correct.
 
 
 
John F. Kennedy's Birthday
Friday, May 29th
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate prior to becoming president.
 
Movies in the Park
Friday, May 29th
Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. We are partnering with Johnson County Library for these events.

Dogs are welcome.
 
Free admission to all movies.
 
 
Trash & Recycling Day is Saturday
Saturday, May 30th
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, trash and recycling pickup is delayed until Saturday
 
Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, May 31st, 5 PM to 6:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission
 
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 

The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.

This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 2nd, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Old Shawnee Days
Thursday, June 4th to Sunday, June 7th
Old Shawnee Days
 
Dates and Times:
 
Thursday, June 4 - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Carnival, Music & Limited Concessions)
 
Friday, June 5 - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Carnival, Music, Concessions, and Vendors)
*Please note, no aspects of the event open until 6:00 p.m. on Friday.
 
Saturday, June 6 - 10:00 a.m. (Parade)
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Carnival, Music, Concessions, and Vendors)
 
Sunday, June 7 - 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Carnival, Music, Concessions, and Vendors)
 
Location: 
 
Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS
 
Admission:

There is no admission fee and all concerts and events are free of charge.

Costs may include food, drink, souvenirs, crafts, and carnival.
 
Main Stage Concerts:

Admission to all concerts is free of charge and no tickets are required. Seating is not provided. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Coolers, pets, or alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
 
Carnival Wrist Bands:

Thursday, June 4, is All You Can Ride wrist band night. Wrist bands will be $25 each or $15 each for children 6 and under.

Sunday, June 7, is Family Day! Wrist bands will be $25 each for all ages.

Carnival Tickets:
 
Friday - Sunday:
Tickets are $1 each. Please see the specific requirements posted on each ride.
 
Dogs:
We welcome service animals with proper documentation, but dogs are not permitted at Old Shawnee Days.
 
Old Town Lenexa Food Truck Frenzy
Saturday, June 6th, 4:30 PM to 10 PM at Old Town Lenexa
Come to Old Town to sample what the metro's best food trucks have to offer. Our Food Truck Frenzy events draw thousands of hungry folks! 

Limited seating available, feel free to bring a chair.
 
Most food trucks accept debit/credit cards, but cash is appreciated (and probably the fastest option). There is not an ATM on-site.
 
Service dogs are allowed for people with disabilities. No other pets, please.
 
You can park on any public street. There is limited space available in the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot (SW corner of Pflumm and Santa Fe Trail Drive) and the lot behind the Old Town shops. We will not have shuttles for this event.
 
 
Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, June 7th, 5 PM to 6:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission
 
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 

The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.

This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, June 8th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Get Outdoors Lenexa
Saturday, June 13th, 9 AM to 12 PM at Black Hoof Park
Mom always said not to play in the mud, but we think it's fun, so this is a day to play the messy way. Activities include a wet obstacle course, muddy trucks car wash, feet painting, big bubbles, a fishing derby and more!

This event is held in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day, which encourages you to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests and other public lands and waters.
 
 
Flag Day
Sunday, June 14th
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
 
Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, June 14th, 5 PM to 6:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission
 
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 

The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.

This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 16th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Juneteenth
Friday, June 19th
Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in  Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America, outside Native American lands. Texas was the most remote of the slave states, and the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, was not enforced there until after the Confederacy collapsed. The name of the observance is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth", the date of its celebration. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 46 of the 50 states.
 
 
Movies in the Park
Friday, June 19th
Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. We are partnering with Johnson County Library for these events.

Dogs are welcome.
 
Free admission to all movies.
 
 
Father's Day
Sunday, June 21st
Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (Saint Joseph's Day) since the Middle Ages.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, June 22nd, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Great Lenexa BBQ Battle
Friday, June 26th to Saturday, June 27th, 4:30 PM to 11 PM & 9 AM to 3 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
The two-day event, which includes children's activities and live music, attracts cooks from all over the country, who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle - The Kansas State Championship. Prizes and ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants in seven categories and the top three overall winners.
 
Public hours are: 
 
4:30 to 11 p.m., Friday, June 26 (no public samples given)
 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 27
 
Shawnee Fourth Annual Parked Event
Friday, June 26th, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Stump Park
We’re excited for a night of food trucks, fireworks, live music, and bounce houses for the kids! Bring your picnic blankets and portable chairs for a night of family fun under the stars.
 
 
 
Independence Day - Federal Holiday
Saturday, July 4th
Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4th) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
 
Lenexa Community Day Parade
Saturday, July 4th, 10 AM to 12 PM at Old Town Lenexa
The Community Days Parade is an annual hometown tradition that draws thousands to Old Town to celebrate Independence Day. Our parade is one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the Kansas City area.
 
 
Lenexa Freedom Run
Saturday, July 4th, 7 AM to 9 AM at Old Town Lenexa
Start Independence Day off with a 5K or 10K at the Lenexa Freedom Run. This is a family-friendly event with more than 1,300 participants. We welcome runners, walkers and strollers in the race.
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 7th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, July 13th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 21st, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Movies in the Park
Friday, July 24th
Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. We are partnering with Johnson County Library for these events.
 
Dogs are welcome.
 
Free admission to all movies.
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, July 27th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Eid-al-Adha
Friday, July 31st
Eid al-Adha also called the "Festival of the Sacrifice", is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives.
 
Tails on the Trails
Monday, August 3rd, 4 PM to 8 PM at Ad Astra Pool
Free admission to event. $5 (pre-registered)/$8 per dog swim.
 
Bring your furry four-legged friends for a plunge in Ad Astra Pool. It's the one day a year where dogs can splash and swim at our pool paw-ty!
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 4th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, August 10th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 18th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Tiny Tot Triathlon
Saturday, August 22nd, 9:30 to 11 AM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Ages 3 to 9
 
Kids ages 3–9 years old will bike, get wet, run and go down an inflatable slide on their way to the finish line! Parent assistance is required, as the participants can pick the course of their choice: Beginner (bike 709 feet, run 674 feet) or Intermediate (bike 814 feet, run 735 feet) and getting wet towards the end, as each course has a designated water slide. All participants will receive a medal at the finish line.
 
(Enter at 87th Street Parkway and Greenway Lane; park near the community gardens)
 
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, August 24th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Movies in the Park
Friday, August 28th
Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. We are partnering with Johnson County Library for these events.
 
Dogs are welcome.
 
Free admission to all movies.
 
 
Ashura
Saturday, August 29th
Yom Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.It marks the day that Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, was martyred in the Battle of Karbala.  Ashura is a major holiday and occasion for pilgrimage and fasting in Shia Islam,as well as a recommended but non-obligatory day of fasting in Sunni Islam.Ashura shares origins with Yom Kippur from Judaism.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 1st, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Labor Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, September 7th
Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the power of collective action by laborers,[1] who are essential for the workings of society. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday.
 
Trash & Recycling Day is Saturday
Saturday, September 12th
Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash and recycling pickup is delayed until Saturday.
 
Spinach Festival
Saturday, September 12th, 9 AM to 4 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission to event.
 
Free satellite parking and free shuttle to and from event.
 
Bring the whole family for a day packed with fun activities. Ride paddle boats on Roses Pond, or enjoy a pleasant ride around the pond on the pedicabs. Let the kids burn off energy playing in the bounce house or on the exciting new playground. Also, enjoy cane pole fishing and the children's craft projects. 

Compete in the Spinach Recipe Contest for cash prizes and bragging rights or test your skills in the rock skipping contest. Enter your baby in the Swee' Pea Baby Crawling Contest. Taste delicious foods, including the World's Largest Spinach Salad, enjoy live music, and shop at the great craft and antique booths.
 
Lenexa's spinach history

Lenexa was hailed as the Spinach Capital of the World during the 1930s thanks to the excellent spinach crops grown in the area. Learn more by watching this video
 
Sar-Ko Trails Park
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, September 14th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 15th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Movies in the Park
Friday, September 18th
Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. We are partnering with Johnson County Library for these events.
 
Dogs are welcome.
 
Free admission to all movies.
 
 
Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, September 19th
Rosh Hashanah,  literally meaning "head [of] the year", is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, literally "day of shouting or blasting". It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. "Days of Awe") specified by Leviticus 23:23–32 that occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.
 
Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, September 20th, 5 PM to 6:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission
 
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 

The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.

This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
 
Yom Kippur
Sunday, September 27th
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
 
Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, September 27th, 5 PM to 6:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Free admission
 
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 

The Rub Bar-B-Que food truck will be in the park selling concessions.

This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, September 28th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 6th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Lenexa Chili Challenge
Friday, October 9th to Saturday, October 10th, 6 to 10 PM & 10 AM to 3 PM at Old Town Lenexa
Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, 6 to 10 p.m.
 
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
This event has been moved to the second weekend of October.
 
Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215
 
Free admission
 
Free samples on Saturday, while supplies last
 
About 200 teams compete in our chili, salsa and hot wings contests in hopes of taking home the Grand Champion prize. Teams host private parties on Friday night and give out samples to everyone on Saturday.  
Activities include musical entertainment and JDRF Fundraising both days, fireworks on Friday night, and the Kids Kornbread Contest on Saturday.

Additional Information
 
 
Columbus Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, October 12th
Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492 (Julian Calendar; it would have been October 21, 1492 on the Gregorian Proleptic Calendar, which extends the Gregorian Calendar to dates prior to its adoption in 1582). Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a faster route to the Far East only to land at the New World. His first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa María, Niña, and La Pinta took approximately three months. Columbus and his crew's arrival to the New World initiated the Columbian Exchange which introduced the transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, and technology (but also invasive species, including communicable diseases) between the new world and the old.
 
Indigenous People's Day
Monday, October 12th
Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities. It began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day, which honors Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Many now reject celebrating him, saying that he represents "the violent history of the colonization in the Western Hemisphere". Many activists believe that this holiday is a sanitation or covering-up of Christopher Columbus' actions such as enslaving Native Americans. This Holiday can be seen as a recognition of Indigenous peoples who were oppressed by Christopher Columbus and other colonizers.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, October 12th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 20th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, October 26th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Enchanted Forest
Thursday, October 29th, 5:30 to 8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
In case of inclement weather, this event will not be rescheduled.
 
Free admission
 
Free parking available at Indian Trails Aquatic Center and Foundry Church
 
For one night only, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is transformed into The Enchanted Forest, where there is something to delight even the smallest of Halloween revelers. 
 
You can enjoy performances by puppets, musicians and singers along the trail around Rose’s Pond and fun photos in the photo booth. Stroll the seasonal displays, visit friendly characters and enjoy performances at your leisure.
 
The Enchanted Forest is primarily an entertainment event — not a trick-or-treating event. However, there will be a limited supply of candy in the sponsor area, thanks to their generosity.

Wearing a Halloween costume is optional.
 
 
 
Halloween
Saturday, October 31st
Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of Hallows' Even or Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in several countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
 
Daylight Savings Time Ends!
Sunday, November 1st
Daylight saving time (DST), also daylight savings time or daylight time (United States) and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and others), is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions that use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn.  In effect, DST causes a lost hour of sleep in the spring and an extra hour of sleep in the autumn.
 
Election Day
Tuesday, November 3rd
In the United States, Election Day is the day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. It is statutorily set as "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November" or "the first Tuesday after November 1". The earliest possible date is November 2, and the latest possible date is November 8.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 3rd, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, November 9th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, November 9th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Veteran's Day - Federal Holiday
Wednesday, November 11th
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
 
Diwali
Saturday, November 14th
Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali is a four to five day-long (varying as per Hindu Calendar) festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance." Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness.During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated.[7] The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 17th, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, November 23rd, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
Thanksgiving - Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 26th
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.
 
Trash & Recycling Day is Saturday
Saturday, November 28th
Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, trash and recycling pickup is delayed till Saturday.
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 1st, 7 PM at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Sar-Ko Aglow Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 6th, 6 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Lighting at 6 p.m. at Grand Pavilion (park stays lit through Jan. 12, 2020)
 
Free admission
 
Free parking at Indian Trails Aquatic Center and Foundry Church
 
Kick off your holiday festivities this year by meeting up with friends and neighbors for our traditional holiday lighting celebration. 
 
Carolers will be stationed along the trail around Rose’s Pond following the lighting ceremony.
Santa Claus will be on hand to hear your children’s holiday wishes at the Grand Pavilion.
 
Hot chocolate will be available at the Lions Memorial Shelter.
 
 
 
Sar-Ko Aglow
Monday, December 7th to Tuesday, January 12th, 5:30 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Park stays lit through Jan. 12, 2020
 
Free admission
 
Hanukkah
Friday, December 11th
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, December 14th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
City of Lenexa Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 15th, 7 at Lenexa City Hall
Lenexa City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Community Forum at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway. Meetings typically start at 7 PM and can last varying lengths of time. These meetings are open to the public.
 
The agenda and packet for upcoming City Council meetings are usually available online by the end of the business day on the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. You can also sign up to receive minutes and agendas via email. 
Learn more by going to lenexa.com/council.
 
 
Christmas - Federal Holiday
Friday, December 25th
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an octave.Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.
 
Kwanzaa
Saturday, December 26th
Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas to honor African heritage in African-American culture. It is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast.[1] Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
 
Trash & Recycling Day is Saturday
Saturday, December 26th
Due to the Christmas holiday, trash and recycling pickup is delayed until Saturday.
 
Shawnee City Council Meeting
Monday, December 28th, 7 PM at Shawnee City Hall
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. held at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. 
 
 
 
New Year's Day - Federal Holiday
Friday, January 1st
New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one.
Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner[1] and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday.
 
In the Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 (New Year's Day). This was also the case both in the Roman calendar (at least after about 713 BC) and in the Julian calendar that succeeded it.
 
Trash & Recycling Day is Saturday
Saturday, January 2nd
Due to the New Years holiday, trash and recycling pickup is scheduled for Saturday.