Olathe news briefs for the week of June 3

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. 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 City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.

Track Projects with New Interactive Capital Improvement Plan Map

Track the progress of projects in your area with the new interactive Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) map. The map shows all projects which are included in the 2013-2017 CIP, including street projects, water and sewer projects, parks, etc. The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a five-year priority listing of all capital projects, including project financing information consistent with the City’s debt management policies. All projects are reviewed and approved by the Olathe City Council based on the City’s priorities and goals to provide the best environment and support for Olathe’s residents. The 2014-2018 CIP will be presented at the June 18th Council meeting.

Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 7; Your Blood Donation Saves Lives

On June 7, the Olathe Police and Fire Departments will host the Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. The drive will be held at the Olathe Fire Administration Building, 1225 S. Hamilton Circle, 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 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 (either Olathe Police or Olathe Fire). The winning team will be awarded a traveling trophy. Last year’s friendly competition ended in a tie.

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

Summer Fun Starts Here!
This week marks the start of summer for Olathe Parks and Recreation. Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities each week right here in Olathe. Families can find something fun and new every day!

June 3:

  • Summer Camps Begin (still time to enroll in several programs)
  • Lap Swim & River Walk at Black Bob Bay
  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Back Bob Bay

June 4:

  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Oregon Trail
  • Lap Swim at Black Bob Bay

June 5:

  • The Wednesday Farmers’ Market opens! Great local produce available from 8:00 -11:00 a.m. or until sold.
  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Black Bob Bay
  • River Walk at Black Bob Bay

June 6:

  • Free Family Fun Nights at Mahaffie. This week’s theme is Horse Power!
  • Early Parent/Tot Swim at Oregon Trial
  • River Walk at Black Bob Bay

June 7:

June 8:

  • Touch-A-Truck, ETC – Explore more than 25 vehicles at Frontier Park from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. This event is free to the public, but registration is available for food and games through Braden’s Hope Walk at www.bradenshope.org.

June 9:

  • Family Swim at Millcreek, Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail – Families swim for $10 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Horse Power Featured at Mahaffie Family Fun Night June 6

Horse Power is on display for the summer’s first Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 6.

Mahaffie is open late Thursdays in June and July from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Horse power activities may include:

  • 6:30 p.m. – Horse grooming, shoeing & harnessing
  • 7:00 p.m. – Horse pull in the arena sponsored by Olathe Tractor & Supply
  • 7:30 p.m. – Horse powered threshing demonstration

Cowboys of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite for the new Cowboy Costume Contest featured during Thursday Family Fun Nights. Compete in the categories of authentic cowboy, movie cowboy and cartoon cowboy in age brackets of 3-11 and 12 and up. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Rules and more information are available at www.mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include visiting the Mahaffie house, 19th century games and cookstove demonstrations. Admission is FREE, stagecoach rides are $2/person and making an ‘S’ hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/S hook. The theme for the June 13 Family Fun Night is Civil War.


Day Out with Frank and Ella – Horse Power will be featured Wednesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include a horse powered treadmill demonstration at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., horse shoeing/grooming/harnessing at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and a horse craft. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free.


14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins Friday

The City of Olathe is proud to present the 2013 FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning entertainment on select Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park.

The season kicks off on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. with local favorite Monster’s Ink. Then, Sam Bush takes center stage bringing his bluegrass sound back to Olathe. A founding member of the New Grass Revival, Bush has been called a modern day Bill Monroe.  Throughout his career, he has acknowledged tradition while pushing mountain music into the realms of rock, jazz, reggae, and Afro-pop. He has shared a stage with some of the biggest names in acoustic and folk music, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and David Grisman.

Arrive early for best seating and to visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and sponsor booths.

Visit Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series for the full series schedule.

Touch-A-Truck, ETC Partners with Childhood Cancer Walk June 8

Touch-A-Truck, ETC is back on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Frontier Park. The second annual event is in conjunction with Braden’s Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer. Kids of all ages will get a thrill out of watching the trash truck, climbing up on a tree spade or sitting in a stagecoach. Touch-A-Truck is open to the public and those interested in participating in the walk can register at the event.


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