Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Pink bumpers will mark Roeland Park police cruisers.
Pink bumpers will mark Roeland Park police cruisers.

Roeland Park police go pink. Roeland Park police have mounted pink push bumpers on a couple of their cruisers to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness. The distinctive bumpers were donated by Setina, a firm based in Olympia, Wash. that manufacturers vehicle safety equipment.

Tiger Trot at Tomahawk. Tomahawk Elementary will hold its first ever fun run, the “Tiger Trot,” at 10 a.m. Saturday. The day also will include a bike rodeo with free helmets, bike maintenance by Volker Bicycles and a free bike giveaway.

New playground equipment coming. The Shawnee Mission school board has approved purchasing new playground equipment at four elementary schools: Briarwood Elementary, $278,691; Trailwood Elementary, $284,021, Crestview Elementary, $279,222, and R. Benninghoven Elementary, $286,112. In addition to the playgrounds, the money will go to purchasing synthetic turf.

Foundation breakfast raises $145,000. The Shawnee Mission Education Foundation raised about $145,000 at last week’s annual Fall Breakfast held at the Overland Park Convention Center. The fundraising event drew 1,100 people. The nonprofit foundation has contributed $3.8 million to the school district for programs, grants and scholarships since its start in 1989.

Fall tree seminar in Prairie Village. The Prairie Village Tree Board will host its annual fall tree seminar at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Prairie Village Community Center, 7720 Mission Rd. The topic will be current trends in plant materials and a Q&A with the experts on your landscape questions. Speakers will be Chad Weinand, a landscape architect with 16 years experience as a design consultant in nursery sales, and Sarah Crowder, a certified arborist and municipal specialist with the Heartland Tree Alliance.

League of Women Voters events. The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will hold a “Meet Your Candidates” session for candidates whose districts are in the Shawnee Mission School District at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Trailridge Middle School, 7500 Quivera. All candidates will have an opportunity to speak to attendees briefly before meeting with constituents at individual tables.

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