Olathe briefs for the week of May 29, 2012

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 5 in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the Ccty’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the city’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

Free Mahaffie Family Fun Nights Start Thursday, June 7

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will offer Family Fun Nights from 5 to 8 p.m. each Thursday night in June and July.  The open late events feature free admission and a fee applies to some special activities including stagecoach rides. 

Visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with 1860s history. The first 100 visitors can collect a different Wild West Character trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.

  • Cowboy Night – June 7
  • 1860s Recreation and Horse Power – June 14
  • Modern Marvels/19th Century Technology – June 21
  • 19th Century Fireworks – June 28
  • Hit the Trails – July 5
  • Border War Showcase – July 12
  • Kansas Farming – July 19 and July 26

Thursday, June 7, Family Fun Night visitors will learn about the life of a cowboy, rope a “steer”, use a real branding iron, and take a stagecoach ride.  The blacksmith shop will be open and staff will be cooking chuckwagon style as the cowboys once did.

On Tuesday, June 5, Mahaffie will also participate in the Olathe Chick-fil-A Family Fun Night.  Kids eat free at Chick-fil-A with each adult combo purchase and Mahaffie will feature activities from Kansas Cowboys.

The Mahaffie historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.  For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

13th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8

The city of Olathe and Farmers are proud to present the 2012 FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiast will enjoy award-winning artists for five Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park.  The season kicks off on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. with Samantha Fish, “Debut Artist of the Year” at the 2012 Blues Academy Awards opening for Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charities) and to visit our sponsor booths. The 2012 season is sponsored by Farmers, Applebee’s, SureWest, Olathe Toyota/Scion, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.

To view the entire FREE Summer Concert Series visit the Olathe FREE Summer Concert Facebook Page.

Touch-A-Truck, Etc. Partners With Childhood Cancer Walk

Olathe Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Braden’s Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer on Saturday, June 9. Kids of all ages are invited to the free Touch-A-Truck event from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at Frontier Park. Attendees will have a chance to climb on and discover everything from a fire truck to a spade truck to a stagecoach and more! Be sure to bring the camera to catch the excitement! Touch-A-Truck is open to the public, and attendees can also register to participate in the walk or purchase a game and food pass at www.bradenshope.org.

Downtown Olathe Celebrates the Arts

Historic downtown Olathe will soon play host to visual artists from across the region.  The Second Annual Downtown Olathe Arts Festival is scheduled for June 9 and 10 at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in downtown Olathe.  The juried art festival features more than 90 visual artists including emerging artists and artists with disabilities.  The event will also include live, local musical entertainment, Little Masters Big Art children’s activity tent, and a variety of food and concessions.

The festival is a collaborative effort by volunteer organizers, the city of Olathe, and the generous support of area businesses.  Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.

Visit www.DowntownOlatheArtsFestival.org for more information, including opportunities to volunteer, donate or sponsor the event.

Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 8

On June 8, the Olathe Police and Fire Departments will host the Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive at the Olathe Fire Administration Building, 1225 S. Hamilton Circle, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Hometown Heroes know first-hand the importance of donating blood to help in emergency situations. This is your chance to be a part of the team! Anyone can get involved by donating blood and voting for a favorite team. The winning team will be awarded a traveling trophy and the chief of the losing department’s team will have to wash the winning chief’s car.

Patients throughout the Missouri – Illinois region are also winners because they get the potentially life-saving blood they need to survive. Three people’s lives will be saved by every pint of blood that is donated, so consider becoming a Hero yourself.

To make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, log onto www.redcrossblood.organd enter sponsor code: OlatheBOB.

Olathe Receives Historic Preservation Grant

The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review recently recommended funding for the development of a Preservation Plan in the amount of $20,618 to the city of Olathe’s Historic Preservation Board.   A Preservation Plan is a valuable reference tool of suggested guidelines based on a community’s needs and goals.  This project aligns with the city’s Comprehensive Plan specifically to develop a Preservation Plan for Olathe, establishing the community’s goals for historic properties.

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant finances local preservation activities that will contribute to planning for the preservation of environmental and archeological resources. Up to 60 percent of the cost of eligible activities can be funded through this program. Through property identification and evaluation, communities may assess their historic properties and develop plans for their recognition and preservation.  For grant information, including other communities awarded, visit www.kshs.org/p/historic-preservation-fund/14615.

Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities

Olathe Parks and Recreation is gearing up for Youth Volunteer Week, June 4-8. This program is designed for middle school and high school ages to get out in the parks and earn service hours. Projects and locations will vary each day.  Volunteer groups will meet at the project site at 8:00 a.m. each morning and finish at noon.  Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 913-971-8653 to register and reference the five digit code when calling. Program Schedule:

·         Monday, June 4, 2012—21499:  Prairie Center Park, 555 N. Olathe View Rd.  General grounds maintenance.

·         Tuesday, June 5, 2012—21500:  Heritage Center, 1200 N. Kansas City Rd.  General grounds maintenance and gardening.

·         Wednesday, June 6, 2012—21501:  Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut St.  Paint perimeter fence, general grounds maintenance.

·         Thursday, June 7, 2012—21502:  Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St. General grounds maintenance.

·         Friday, June 8, 2012—21503:  Two Trails Park, 1000 N. Ridgeview Rd.  Paint and general grounds maintenance.

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