Adult Enrichment Classes

Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning Green

Want to make house cleaning a snap? K-State Research and Extension of Johnson County will provide time-honored recipes and suggestions to help make the switch toward safer household products. Instruction will also guide participants through an array of easy to make and effective household cleaners. Results will leave participants happily surprised!  This class is FREE. Pre-registration required. To register call Parks and Recreation staff at 913.322.5550.

Constructing a Painting in the Studio Setting Workshop

Instructor: Joseph Lorusso
February 22 & 23
Class fee $150 (14 hours of instruction)
In this two-day class, students will be taught how to begin to construct a completed painting in the studio setting. Instructor will focus on composition, color harmony, and other technical aspects of oil painting. Students will paint from photographs provided by the instructor and will follow along as the instructor guides them through his working process. An emphasis on telling a story and conveying a mood will be a strong part of the course. 
Students are asked to bring oil paints but will also have paints available to them. A supply list will follow. 
Breakfast lunch and snacks will be provided. 
Lorusso print
Country Dance Round Up
For country music lovers! Come on down and learn how to take a whirl around the dance floor! This six week class will introduce you to the fundamentals of Two Step, Night Club Two Step and Country Swing. No partner necessary, both individuals and couples are welcomed to attend. 

Dance Because You Can!!

Have you ever thought about learning how to dance with someone? Well here's your chance! Take the first step and sign-up for this six week class and learn the basic fundamentals of the Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Salsa and Swing. No partner necessary, both individuals and couples are welcome to attend. 

Hands Only CPR/AED Training 

This non-certification class is FREE and open to the public. Students will learn steps to become a life-saver, not just a by-stander, in an emergency by using hands-only CPR and an available automatic external defibrillator. Pre-registration is required. To register call Parks and Recreation staff at 913.322.5550.

Hanging Basket Workshop 

"A simple flower, that's all it takes, for another soul to smile and wake." Merriam is lucky to have beautiful hanging flower baskets along the streets. Now everyone has the opportunity to make their yard happy by making a smaller version of the basket. All necessary supplies and instruction will be provided. Date is subject to change based on flower availability. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care with no guarantee that flowers will flourish. Class is held at the Merriam Public Works, 6901 Knox. Pre-registration required. 

What's Cluckin' in the Hen House 

Here chickie, here chickie! In this workshop, learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your "girls" and much more. There will even be a taste test of grocery store eggs versus home grown. Now that's something to crow about! Class is held at the Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive. Pre-registration required.
 Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive; 913-322-5550.
 Refund policy.