Upcoming Events

 
Brunch at the Public Market
Thursday, December 17th to Friday, December 31st, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out), each of our merchants will serve a different authentic dish for you to try. You can get brunch items from any of our vendors to stay or to go – feast on food from one merchant, or try an exciting variety of dishes from several stalls. No tickets are required.

Alcohol – including brunch classic mimosas – will be available from Topp’d Pizza + Salads.

Sip on coffee, teas and lattes from The Roasterie, and snack on a variety of pastries from Ibis Bakery.

What’s not to love on this brunch menu? Topp’d Pizza + Salads is serving breakfast pizza, breakfast calzones smothered in homemade gravy and brunch-staple buttermilk biscuits and gravy. 

Sohalia’s Kitchen will serve a hearty traditional Pakistani brunch platter that includes two flaky parathas, butter chicken, chana masala, and halwa: a sweet dish originating from the Ottoman Empire made with semolina, cardamom, rosewater and coconut flakes. 

Red Kitchen’s Saturday brunch menu will spice things up with rotating authentic Mexican brunch items each week. Check their social media accounts weekly for updates. On Sunday, their brunch item will be beef birria tacos and consommé. The tacos are made of two corn tortillas bathed in birria stock and fried until crispy, then filled with beef and cheese. Dip your tacos in the cilantro-onion beef stock consommé, or sip the savory soup with a spoon. 

Kate Smith Soirée will offer a scrumptious assortment of pastries each week. Try anything from quiche to sweet and savory scones to a variety of sweet breads in flavors like banana, pumpkin, lemon blueberry and double chocolate zucchini. 

 
Saturday Lenexa Farmers Market
Saturday, May 15th to Saturday, October 30th, 8 a.m. to at Lenexa Rec Center Parking Garage
 
Support local farmers and purchase your produce, meat, flowers and artisan-made goods from the Lenexa Farmers Market.
 
The Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 1–Aug. 31) at the Lenexa civic campus parking garage. Enter the garage from Winchester Street.
 

 
Shawnee Farmers Market - Every Saturday Through October
Saturday, May 22nd to Saturday, October 30th, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 11110 Johnson Drive
 
Shawnee Farmers Market
 
Location: 11110 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS  66203
 
 
2021 Schedule (Times may vary)
May to October Sat: 7:00 AM-4:30 PM;
 
This farmers market accepts:
 
Credit cards
 
Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
 
Some of the many items for sale at this market:
 
• Baked goods
 
• Arts & crafts
 
• Flowers
 
• Herbs
 
• Vegetables
 
• Honey
 
• Maple
 
• Plants
 
• Fruits

 
Saturday Lenexa Farmers Market
Saturday, June 5th to Saturday, October 30th, 8 a.m. to Noon at Lenexa Rec Center Parking Garage
 
Replenish your kitchen with fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, wine and more from the Lenexa Farmers Market. Stop by on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine — the Market is conveniently located under the awning of the Lenexa civic campus parking garage.
 
Starting June 1, the Market will also be open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Shawnee Mission Trips & Tours
Wednesday, June 30th to Sunday, November 21st
 
Explore with Shawnee Parks & Recreation and Shawnee Mission Trips! All trips depart from and return to the Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive. Call (913) 631-5200 to reserve your spot!
 
 
Prairie Band Casino
Thursday, July 15 | $22
Travel with us to Prairie Band Casino! Grab your lucky rabbit’s foot and enjoy 5 hours of gaming with $10 of Prairie Cash and a $10 food voucher! Don’t forget your government issued photo ID. 
 
Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.
Tuesday, August 10 | $75
We are not going to have to travel too far for this this groundbreaking exhibition. Union Station is hosting: Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. An exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust. This exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world. Following Union Station we will visit Jerusalem Café for lunch before returning home.
 
Starlight: Escape to Margaritaville
Tuesday, September 21 | $104
Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. Prior to the show we will enjoy a buffet dinner at Starlight. 
 
Apples & Alpacas
Wednesday, October 6 | $65
FALL into fun with Shawnee Mission Trips as we venture to Manna Meadows and Cider Hill Family Orchard. We will tour Manna Meadows, meet and greet with the alpacas and learn more about these furry friends! We will stop at The Nest, located in the Falcon Lakes Golf Club, for lunch before touring the Cider Hill Family Orchard. We will enjoy a 1-hour educational tour of the orchard and learn more about the Shearer family and their history with the orchard. 
 
Golden Eagle Casino
Wednesday, November 3 | $22
Bring home some gold from Golden Eagle! We will travel to Golden Eagle Casino in Horton, KS for 5 hours of gaming. Early Eagles BINGO begins at 1:15pm with the regular session at 2:00pm. Slots, tables or BINGO, you have your choice of all three! Each player will receive $15 on their Eagle Rewards Card, just for joining us on the bus! Don’t forget your state issued ID. 
 
Holiday Lights Tour
Wednesday, December 8 | $20
All aboard the Shawnee Mission Christmas Train (well, bus, but you get the point)! We will cruise by Kansas City’s classic Holiday Light displays while soaking up the sounds of the season on our comfy motorcoach. We will drive through downtown, the plaza and by Crown Center to see the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. We will see the famous Longview Lake display and the simply magical Lees Summit Magic Tree. We will wrap up the evening with a terrific light show to music at Deanna Rose Farmstead. 
 
Lyceum Theater: A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 17 | $113
The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater brings to life the familiar story of a seemingly heartless miser given one last chance at redemption by four visiting ghosts. On Christmas Eve Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes an incredible transformation as he is guided through his past, present and the possibilities of his future. A Christmas Carol’s timeless and heartwarming message, dazzling scenery and costumes, and delightful holiday music will get you in the Christmas spirit.
 
Recreation Programs Starting Soon!
Tuesday, August 24th to Thursday, November 18th
 
Don't miss these upcoming programs.
 
Platform Diving Lessons
Aug. 24–Sept. 16
Get acquainted with basic diving skills and techniques, both on land and platform. (Ages 10–17) Register now
 
NEW! Intro to Comedy & Improv Acting
Aug. 24–Oct. 14
Boost your confidence as you develop skills in this fun and friendly community environment. Learn the basic tools to participate in short-form improvisational games, character development and pantomime. (Ages 16+) Register now
 
Fall Fishing Derby
Sept. 1–30
Everyone can participate in this on-your-own fishing derby. You will have a full month to visit multiple Lenexa parks and try out different favorite fishing spots. Register now
 
Youth Flag Football
Sept. 11–Oct. 30
Boys and girls can learn the fundamentals of football in this non-contact recreational league. Each practice is followed by a game. (Ages 7–9) Register now
 
Shining Stars Adult Tap
Sept. 7–30  •  Oct. 5–28
Tap dancing is a lively and entertaining dance form that can help you increase strength, flexibility and coordination while lowering your stress levels. All levels welcome. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Senior Symposium
Sept. 15
Are you or a loved one is navigating retirement years? During this free event, local retirement communities, businesses and the Lenexa Police Department will cover a wide range of topics about aging. Register now
 
Youth Soccer League
Sept. 11–Oct. 30 
Introduce your child to this popular sport through a fun, 3 v. 3 soccer league. Teams consist of five or six players and are led by parent volunteer coaches. (Ages 3–8) Register now
 
Preschool Pals
Sept. 7–30  •  Oct. 5–28  •  Nov. 2–18
This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you. (Ages 3.5–5) Register now 
 
Apply Now For The Citizens' Police Academy
Wednesday, September 1st to Wednesday, November 17th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Every Wednesday at Lenexa Police Department
 
Go behind the scenes and learn the inner workings of the Lenexa Police Department. Apply now for the 11-week Citizens' Police Academy starting Sept. 1. Sessions fill quickly, and space is limited.
 
Recreation Programs Starting Soon!
Tuesday, September 7th to Thursday, November 4th
 
Kids Day Out
Sept. 17, 24  •  Oct. 8, 14, 15, 22

We'll provide a full day of fun for your child on non-school days. Activities may include pickleball, dodgeball, outdoor interaction, cooking, STEAM and more. (Ages 5–12) Register now
 
Shining Stars Dance
Sept. 7–Oct. 2  •  Oct. 4–30

Introduce your child to a variety of dance styles with Miss Tauna, including tap, ballet, tumbling, acrobatics, jazz, hip hop, and leaps and turns. (Ages 3–17) Register now
 
Family Campout
Sept. 17–18

Pitch a tent and soak up an evening under the stars at beautiful Black Hoof Park.
Enjoy s’mores and a family program, plus donuts, juice and coffee in the morning. (All ages)  Register now
 
Chronic Disease Management
Sept. 30–Nov. 4
 
Learn how to manage your chronic disease (heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema) and other physical and mental health conditions through this six-week program. (Ages 55+) Register now
 
Fall Back to Fitness
Sept. 14–Oct. 14
 
Need to get back on track with your fitness journey? This small group will teach you to create a workout schedule for your fitness level, schedule and goals. It will focus on strength and cardio training to reduce weight and gain lean muscle. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Upcoming Lenexa Rec Fitness Programs
Tuesday, September 7th to Thursday, November 18th
 
Preschool Pals
Sept. 7–30  •  Oct. 5–28  •  Nov. 2–18

This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you. (Ages 3.5–5) Register now
 
Youth Small Group Training
Sept. 13–Oct. 4  •  Oct. 11–Nov. 1

We'll introduce your child to strength and cardio endurance training in a non-competitive exercise program for their age group and ability level. (Ages 10–16) Register now 
 
Fall Back to Fitness
Sept. 14–Oct. 14

Need to get back on track with your fitness journey? This small group will teach you to create a workout schedule for your fitness level, schedule and goals. It will focus on strength and cardio training to reduce weight and gain lean muscle. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Finding My Balance
Oct. 19–Nov. 18
This progam will help balance staying active as part of your busy life. We will focus on unilateral strength and stability, core strength and improving our physical balance. (Ages 18+) Register now
Lenexa Rec Programs Starting Soon!
Thursday, September 30th to Thursday, December 9th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't miss these upcoming programs.
 
Preschool Pals
Through Sept. 30  •  Oct. 5–28  •  Nov. 2–18

This program helps children reach developmental milestones for success in kindergarten through hands-on learning. Pick the days that work for you. (Ages 3.5–5) Register now
 
Fundamentals of Photography
Oct. 5–14

The course will cover technical topics, such as camera and lens settings; artistic principles, such as how to compose a scene and light a subject; and practical subjects, such as taking family portraits and shooting wildlife. (Ages 16+)  Register now
 
Shining Stars Adult Tap
Oct. 5–28  •  Nine-week session: Oct. 6–Dec. 9
 
Tap dancing is a lively and entertaining dance form that can help you increase strength, flexibility and coordination while lowering your stress levels. All levels welcome. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
 
 
Recreation Programs Starting Soon!
Saturday, October 2nd to Tuesday, December 14th
 
Music & Movement
Oct. 2

Play with simple rhythmic instruments, engage in fun vocal exercises, and musical games. Enhance your little one’s music literacy skills through listening, singing and playing, all while developing a sense of the body through movement activities including finger plays and dance. (Ages 2–6). Register now
 
Young Explorers: Scientists
Oct. 6
 
With the start of a new season comes the chance for some fun fall activities and science experiments. If your little explorer is all about discovery, they will love our little scientist preschool program. (Ages 3.5–5) Register now
 
Finding My Balance
Oct. 19–Nov. 18
 
This progam will help balance staying active as part of your busy life. We will focus on unilateral strength and stability, core strength and improving our physical balance. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Intro to Comedy & Improv Acting
Oct. 19–Dec. 14  
 
Boost your confidence as you develop skills in this fun and friendly community environment. Learn basic tools to participate in short-form improvisational games, character development and pantomime. No previous experience required. (Age 16+) Register now
Exciting Lenexa Rec Programs
Wednesday, October 6th to Wednesday, November 10th
 
Don't miss these recreation programs
X Pass Members get a 10% discount on these programs held at the Rec Center.
 
Young Explorers: Scientists
Oct. 6

With the start of a new season comes the chance for some fun fall activities and science experiments. If your little explorer is all about discovery, they will love our little scientist preschool program. (Ages 3.5–5) Register now
 
Youth Small Group Training
Oct. 11–Nov. 1

We'll introduce yor child to strength and cardio endurance training in a non-competitive exercise program for their age group and ability level. (Ages 10–16) Register now 
 
Finding My Balance
Oct. 19–Nov. 18

This program will help balance staying active as part of your busy life. We will focus on unilateral strength and stability, core strength and improving our physical balance. (Ages 18+) Register now
 
Young Explorers: Artists
Nov. 10

Art helps kids develop their sensory, fine and gross motor skills, as well as the ability to listen and follow directions. Let your preschooler come and create their own masterpiece. (Ages 3.5–5) Register now
Food Truck Fridays
Friday, October 8th to Friday, October 29th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Every Friday on the Lower Commons | 5:30 to 8 p.m.
 
Oct. 8: Cheesy Street
Oct. 15: Marigold's
Oct. 22: Happy Belly
Oct. 29: Duke's Place
Friday Night Sound Bites - Month of October
Friday, October 8th to Friday, October 29th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Every Friday night on the Lower Commons | 6 to 9 p.m.
 
Entertainment 
Oct. 8: Talya Groves
Oct. 15: Into the Gray
Oct. 22: The Suburbans
Oct. 29: Hard@Play
Make One Of A Kind Jewelry
Wednesday, October 13th to Friday, November 12th
 
We're seeking talented local artists who create and sell unique handmade jewelry to participate in Lenexa’s next Cupid’s Gems Artisan Jewelry Show on Feb. 5, 2022. Get ready to dazzle us!
 
Lenexa Rec Programs Starting Soon!
Thursday, October 14th to Monday, December 6th
 
Recreation programs starting soon!
Don't miss these upcoming programs.
 
Kids Day Out
Oct. 14, 15, 22
We'll provide a full day of fun for your child on non-school days. Activities may include pickleball, dodgeball, outdoor interaction, cooking, STEAM and more. (Ages 5–12)  Register now
 
Start Smart Basketball
Oct. 25–Nov. 30
This is developmentally appropriate introductory program for preschoolers. Parents work together with their child in a supportive environment to learn the fundamentals of basketball. (Ages 3–6) Register now
 
NEW! Fresh Floral Design
Nov. 15  •  Dec. 6
Create beautiful decorations for your home or an amazing present for someone else. Learn from a local florist artist how to design a fall floral arrangement or natural holiday wreath. (Ages 16+) Register now
Donate To The City Of Lenexa Coat Drive
Monday, October 18th to Friday, October 29th
 
Make space in your closet and help local families stay warm this winter. Lenexa will collect clean and gently used coats at various locations Oct. 18–29 to benefit the Shawnee Mission Clothing Exchange. 
 
Halloween Bingo
Wednesday, October 20th, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Powell Community Center
 
B-I-N-G-O! everyone loves to win! Refreshments will be served with 10 games of bingo on Wednesday, October 20th at the Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway St, Mission, KS. Bingo begins at 1:30pm and is $3 per person. Space is limited, call (913)631-5200 or visit us online to reserve your spot!
 
City of Lenexa Halloween Events
Thursday, October 21st to Sunday, October 31st
Fall-O-Ween Yard Tour
Thursday, October 21st to Sunday, October 31st
Signup Deadline is October 15th
 
Welcome the beauty of fall and a deliciously haunted Halloween by participating in Lenexa's Fall-O-Ween Yard Tour Oct. 21–31. Decorate your yard with seasonal flare to impress neighbors and friends. Enter your home or business for the tour by Oct. 15.
Sunflower Writers Workshop
Thursday, October 21st, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Zoom
 
Want to amplify your creative strengths and establish confidence in your own voice? Join our Sunflower Writers Workshop, led by Poet Jen Harris. This workshop takes place on the third Thursday of each month in 2021 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Be your own source of inspiration. Try something new! Build community. Develop or refine your public speaking skills. Wherever you are, we're right there with you every step of the way. 

Bring your favorite writing medium: notebook, laptop. Whatever suits you. 

The first hour is dedicated to active writing practice through prompts. The second hour is dedicated to voluntary reading of the first drafts written during the workshop. You are not obligated to share your work. You are always welcome to stay and listen to others. 

This program works to amplify your creative strengths so that you may grow your skill sets and your passions. You will be held accountable for your words and their impact. You are safe to be, here. 

Admission is free. Open to all genres and experience levels. Most appropriate for ages 16+.

Sponsored by the Lenexa Arts Council in partnership with The Writing Workshop KC. 

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, this event is currently held online via Zoom
 
Truck Or Treat
Saturday, October 23rd, 11 a.m. at City of Lenexa Municipal Services Service Center
 
Your favorite combined touch-a-truck and trunk-or-treat event is back by popular demand! Kids will have a blast watching pumpkins get smashed by an asphalt roller or dropped from great heights, and checking out our monstrous equipment up close while collecting treats.
 
The whole family can learn from entertaining demonstrations showing the many ways our Municipal Services team keeps our streets, traffic signals, vehicles, stormwater network and facilities in good shape. 
 
Location: Lenexa Municipal Services Service Center, 7700 Cottonwood Street
 
Lenexa Police Use Of Force Class
Saturday, October 23rd, 8:30 a.m to 12 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall
 
Learn about police use of force practices in Lenexa and participate in realistic scenarios at the Lenexa Police Department's Use of Force Class on Oct. 23. Registration required. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age.
 
21st Annual Holiday Treasures Craft Festival
Saturday, October 23rd, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shawnee Civic Centre
 
Beat the crowds this holiday seasons & pick up some unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts while you are at it!
 
The Holiday Treasures Craft Festival is on Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive. Admission is free, you have nothing to lose and the perfect holiday gift to gain! Visit us on Facebook for up to date information and vendor photos! All vendors and employees will be wearing masks for this event. Shoppers are strongly encouraged to wear masks as well.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, October 27th to Sunday, October 31st
 
Search for clues.
Solve the puzzle.
Get candy!
 
Join the Lenexa Rec Center and Lenexa Public Market for a scavenger hunt Oct. 27–31 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Bring your cute costumed kids out to follow clues that will give them the code phrase to get a treat at the last stop.
 
Enchanted Forest
Thursday, October 28th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
 
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.
 
City of Shawnee Spookfest
Friday, October 29th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pflumn-Bichelmeyer Park
Join us at Pflumm-Bichelmeyer Park for Spookfest! Children ages 5 and under are invited for this spooky good time. Wear your costumes and trick-or-treat along the trail for treats and goodies.
 
Each child wanting to participate does need to pre-register for a time slot. The cost of this event is $5 per child. Space is limited, call 913-631-5200 or visit us online to to reserve your spot!
 
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Annual HOA Meeting
Monday, November 1st, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Virtual
 
The Annual Meeting of the Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association is scheduled for Monday, November 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. This meeting will be virtual. Please contact Maddie McDonald for an invitation.
Election Day
Tuesday, November 2nd
Please exercise your right to vote for the candidate of your choice on Tuesday, November 2nd.

Johnson County Election Office
Monthly Tornado Siren Testing
Wednesday, November 3rd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Adaptive Recreation Brinner and Bingo
Friday, November 5th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shawnee Civic Centre
We are excited to kickoff our brand new Adaptive Recreation Programming with "brinner" (breakfast for dinner!) and BINGO! Come dress up in your favorite costume. A companion assistant is recommended and welcome. Recreation staff will be on hand to provide a night of food and fun! Pre-registration is required. Call (913) 631-5200 or register online!
 
 
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 7th
A reminder to set your clocks back one hour before retiring Saturday evening, November 2nd. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 AM on Sunday, March 13th.
 
Veteran's Day - Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 11th
Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars, and Veterans Day 2019 occurs on Monday, November 11. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day.
 
Trash and recycling pickup remain on their normal schedule.

 
Trash & Recycling Day is Saturday
Saturday, November 20th to Sunday, November 28th, Waste and Recycling Pickup on Saturday
Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, trash and recycling pickup is delayed till Saturday. Please have all containers curbside by 6 a.m.
Holiday Kid Makers Market
Sunday, November 21st, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
The next Kid Makers Market is Sunday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you know a young artist, let them know about this opportunity.
 
Here are the guidelines:
 
Kid makers must be a senior in high school or younger.
 
Kid makers must use skills and/or tools to produce their product.
 
Thanksgiving - Federal Holiday
Thursday, November 25th
Thanksgiving 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.
Hanukkah
Sunday, November 28th to Monday, December 6th
Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash. Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.
 
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Monthly HOA Meeting
Monday, November 29th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Virtual
 
The monthly meeting of the Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association is scheduled for Monday, November 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Please contact Maddie McDonald for an invitation.
Monthly Tornado Siren Testing
Wednesday, December 1st, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Artist's Reception for Debra Payne
Saturday, December 4th, 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall
 
Join us at a reception for the following artist whose work is on display in the City Hall art gallery through Nov. 28, 2021:
 
Debra Payne – oils
 
The reception is co-hosted by the Lenexa Arts Council. Admission is free.
 
Trash & Recycling NOT Delayed
Thursday, December 23rd to Saturday, January 8th
Christmas and New Year's trash and recycling pickup will occur on their normal day, Friday during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.
Christmas - Federal Holiday
Saturday, 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
Sunday, 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. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
New Year's Day - Federal Holiday
Saturday, 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.
Monthly Tornado Siren Testing
Wednesday, January 5th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also canceled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is canceled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also canceled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Siren Testing
Wednesday, February 2nd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also canceled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is canceled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also canceled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
 
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, March 2nd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also canceled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is canceled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also canceled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, April 6th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, May 4th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Monday, June 6th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, July 6th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, August 3rd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, September 7th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, October 5th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Siren Testing
Wednesday, November 2nd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Monthly Tornado Siren Testing
Wednesday, December 7th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.