Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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JCCC turns trash into public art. Visitors to Johnson County Community College may notice a handful of out-of-the ordinary sculptures dotting campus these days. Perhaps most memorably, the frightening anglerfish whose lure lights up in the evening with the help of a solar panel that captures energy throughout the day. But they’re even more impressive when you realize that all of the materials the student sculptors used to craft the works came from the JCCC waste stream. The idea for the project started back in 2011, when art faculty member Mark Cowardin tasked his students with creating a piece of public art for an arboretum primarily from waste materials salvaged from the JCCC campus. [On JCCC campus, turning trash into public art that makes a statement – Blue Valley Post]

Fundraising race Saturday in Roeland Park. The 2016 “Cure SMA Race-N-Roll” will start at 8 a.m. Saturday from Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds from the race will help in the search for a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Residents along the race route are asked to park in their driveways or off the street. More information and a map of the 1-mile route and the 5K route can be found here.

Leadership Northeast 2017 looking for members. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce is looking for potential members for the 2017 class of Leadership Northeast, which includes nine all-day sessions learning about important issues in Johnson County. Potential members can express their interest in the program here.

Merriam opens community survey on community center, pool. Merriam residents who were not able to attend a public meeting about the future of the city’s community center and aquatic center can express their opinions in a community survey that is available online. Residents can take the survey here.

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