Your daily planner for Friday, Jan. 7

Two unexpected friends along the walking path at Prairiefire. Photo credit Nikki Lansford.

Good morning, everybody! Nikki here with your daily rundown and look ahead to the weekend. We hope you have a great Friday in Johnson County!

Forecast: 🌤 High: 26, Low: 9. Mostly sunny skies with wind gusts up to 25 mph and a slight warm up from the past two days.


  • Watch the Beatles come to life at the Kansas City Symphony’s opening performance of “Revolution: The Music of the Beatles” tonight at 8 p.m. Additional performances are set for Saturday and Sunday. Find tickets here.
  • Are you a parent who needs a night off? The city of Shawnee is offering to babysit kids age 5-11 for Kids Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Shawnee Civic Centre. Register here or by calling (913) 631-5200.
  • Try yoga at a free community event hosted by the Lenexa Rec Center at 7 p.m. Friday. No registration or membership is required, but space is limited. Bring a yoga mat.
  • The Chiefs have a final regular season tuneup before the playoffs Saturday at division rival the Denver Broncos. Tune into ABC at 3:30 p.m. for kickoff.
  • For some more musical entertainment, check out Opus 76 Quartet’s performance of “Beethoven Op. 131” at the Midwest Trust Center on the campus of Johnson County Community College, Sunday at 2 p.m. The music will be paired with a screening of Beethoven biopic “Immortal Beloved.” You can purchase tickets here.

Public Agenda:

There are no public meetings scheduled today.


  • The Kansas City Council on Thursday voted to reinstate a mask mandate for all K-12 school buildings in the city. The new ordinance takes effect Monday and lasts through Feb.3. [KCUR]
  • Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a new COVID-19 emergency order aimed at helping hospitals respond to a record-high number of new cases. Kelly’s order expires after 15 days, and she says she will work with the legislature when it convenes next week to extend the order through March. [The Kansas City Star]
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment closed two drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Johnson County Thursday due to the bitter cold. The sites at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park and the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood are expected to back open today. [KSHB]