Your daily planner for Monday, Dec. 20

This pooch named Penny, who was rescued earlier this year by Unleashed Pet Rescue, sure has the right idea about how to spend the Christmas holiday! Photo courtesy Sara Burchstead.

Good morning, readers! It’s Leah, and we’re ready to welcome you to the Christmas week here in Johnson County.

Forecast: ☀️ Chilly winter weather with plenty of sunshine expected today! The high is 46, but that’s the coldest it’s supposed to get this week, with highs averaging in the 50s.

Agenda:

  • Lenexa’s art gallery is now showcasing works by dozens of local artists. Among the art pieces on display at Lenexa City Hall are photography by Digital Dimensions members, post office box banks by Don Trites, pencil drawings of barns by Jerry Ratway and jewelry made by Andrea Ring. These exhibits run through Jan. 12. Click here for more information.
  • The Living Room and The Black Box are hosting A Very Fancy Milking Christmas Concert (for Serious People) at Union Station tonight at 7 p.m. Click here for event information.
  • Johnson County Park and Recreation District is hosting gymnastics activities today for children up to 5 years of age. The goal is to help these young ones focus their energy on developing strength and agility. Sign up here.

Noteworthy:

  • Sen. Dennis Wilson, a longtime Johnson County resident and public official, was honored last week in Overland Park as part of a celebration naming a segment of U.S. 69 in his honor. The segment runs from 135th Street to I-435 in Johnson County. Wilson, a former state senator and representative, died last year.
  • Last week, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church celebrated its 75th anniversary in the city of Mission. The English Country Gothic church stands at 67th and Nall. Read this feature about it in Mission Magazine.
  • The Lenexa Fire Department recently honored Fire Medic Danny Clark, one of its staff members, after Clark dedicated three decades of service to the department and the city of Lenexa.