Upcoming Events

RipRoar Triathlon - Saturday, August 18


Join the next generation of triathletes as they complete in the RipRoar triathlon at Terra Park. Juniors will swim 50 meters, bike 2 miles and run 1/2 mile. Intermediates will swim 100 meters, bike 4 miles and run 1 mile. Seniors will swim 200 meters, bike 6 miles and run 2 miles. Click here to learn more or to register. 

Creek Night - Monday, August 20


Join Johnston Parks & Recreation for Creek Night at Ray Schleihs Park, located at 5400 NW 55th Avenue on Monday, August 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will go on a walk and learn more about our wonderful waterways. Attendees should bring bug spray, sunscreen, and reusable water bottles for all participants. Depending on water levels, we may explore Beaver Creek hands-on. No registration is required for this free program.

Senior Safety - August 21, 22, 23


Join the Johnston Police Department as they educate seniors on safety at Crown Point Community Center from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Classes will include:
Basic Self-Defense - Importance of situational awareness in everyday life will be discussed, and how to practice it in your daily routine. Some basic self-defense techniques will also be discussed in this class, but participants will not be asked to demonstrate these techniques personally.

Financial Safety- Participants will cover some of the most common scams over the internet, telephone, and in person and some basic measures to take to help reduce the chance of becoming a victim. In addition to these participants will also get some helpful tips to protect themselves from fraud, identity theft, and other financial crimes.

Home Safety - Participants will increase their understanding on how to better protect themselves at home through proper safety practices and environmental design.

Mayor's Run for the Trails 5K - August 25


Join fellow community members for the annual Mayor's Run for the Trails 5K. This a fun event that includes a short-sleeve (performance blend) shirt, post-race refreshments, and raffles prizes. There will also be a 1,000 meter fun run around the lake, which begins at 8:00 a.m. The 5K run/walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. The 5K run/walk will be chip timed this year. Click here to register for the run. 

Lures and Lunch - Thursdays in September 


Join Johnston Parks & Recreation for "Lures and Lunch" at Terra Park. Participants can bring their lunch to the fishing pier and the City of Johnston Parks & Recreation Department will have bait and fishing poles for you to "cast" away your workday for an hour of carefree catch and release fishing. This will take place on Thursdays in September from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Yoga by the Lake - Saturdays in September 


Join Power Life Yoga instructors on Saturday mornings in September at Terra Park as they conduct a free one hour yoga session near the amphitheater. Classes will be held on September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Please bring a yoga mat and water and be ready to relax from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Visit www.cityofjohnston.com/YogabytheLake for the list of instructors. 

Birding - Friday, September 14


The Johnston Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a birding workshop for enthusiasts, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The workshop will be led by Dennis Thompson from the Des Moines Audubon. Appropriate clothing and footwear will be required as this will be a walking activity. A set of binoculars and a sense of adventure will be helpful. Those interested in attending can meet at the Terra Park shelter, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway.

Senior 50+ Fun Night - Wednesday, September 19


Be sure to mark your calendar to save the date for fun activities including 50+ Fun Night Tailgate Party on Wednesday, September 19. Johnston Hy-Vee will be grilling hamburgers and serving fresh fruit, salad and dessert at Crown Point Community Center. 

Iowa Dog Jog - Saturday, September 22


At the Iowa Dog Jog, you'll strengthen your bond and probably also make some new friends along the way! Pick your choice of 2K or 4K, and then enjoy a rockin' dog festival full of fun activities for you and your dog, such as paw-print painting, off-leash dog parks with separate areas for large and small dogs, visit with great vendors and rescue groups, dog contests (including a whip cream eating contest...for your dog, not you) and so much more. Click here to register. 

Lures and Lunch - Thursday, October 4


Join Johnston Parks & Recreation for "Lures and Lunch" at Terra Park. Participants can bring their lunch to the fishing pier and the City of Johnston Parks & Recreation Department will have bait and fishing poles for you to "cast" away your workday for an hour of carefree catch and release fishing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Senior Field Trip - Thursday, October 11


Join the senior group on Thursday, October 11 for a day trip to Iowa Falls and cruise the scenic Iowa River while enjoying a relaxing lunch on the Empress Boat. Following the cruise, the group will tour the Historical Dow House and Metropolitan Oprah House, then head downtown Iowa Falls for a little shopping. The events are sponsored by the Johnston Senior Advisory Board.

Lures and Lunch - Thursday, October 11


Join Johnston Parks & Recreation for "Lures and Lunch" at Terra Park. Participants can bring their lunch to the fishing pier and the City of Johnston Parks & Recreation Department will have bait and fishing poles for you to "cast" away your workday for an hour of carefree catch and release fishing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Trick-or-Treat with First Responders - Wednesday, October 24


Join community members and trick-or-treat with first responders on Wednesday, October 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Fire station 38, 10225 NW 62nd Ave. The Police and Fire Departments will be handing out treats from their squad cars and fire trucks and will also talk about "safety" when going out on Beggars' Night.

We encourage the children to wear their Halloween costume because the Police and Fire Chiefs will be voting on the best dressed child! Photos will be taken at the event and posted on our Facebook with the winners after the Chiefs cast their vote.

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