Olathe news briefs for the week of June 10

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 18 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.

Interested in the action of the regular Council meeting, but don’t want to wait on the official meeting minutes?  A Council meeting recap is now posted to the City Clerk’s page following each regular Council meeting. The recap is for the convenience of our residents and stakeholders and does not replace the official minutes. 

2013 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Place

Visit downtown Olathe and enjoy the 2013 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. In its ninth year, the exhibit displays sculptures on loan from artists throughout the country that are rotated annually through Olathe’s Original Town area.  This year’s exhibit includes seven displays from artists in four states. The pieces were selected by a panel including Barbara O’Brien, Director and Chief Curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Pearl O’Brien, an MFA candidate in the textile program at the University of Kansas.

This year’s pieces include:

  • Spacial Drawing, by J. Neil Lawley of St. Joseph, Missouri, located on the NE corner of Chestnut & Poplar
  • Everything, by Nathan S. Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, located at the pedestrian walkway between the Municipal Building and City Parking Garage
  • Cohesive Narration, by Kristin Garnant of Camanche, Iowa, located on the NE corner of Santa Fe & Kansas
  • Circus Acrobat, by Robert Lamberson of Dannebrog, Nebraska, located on Santa Fe (between Kansas & Walnut)
  • Survival, by Nathan S. Pierce of Cape Girardeau, Missouri located on Santa Fe at Calamity Line Park, 901 W. Santa Fe
  • Yahoo!, by Chris Watts of Olathe, Kansas, located inside City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe
  • Hercules, by Jason Walker of Lenexa, Kansas, located inside City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.

Black Bob Lane Closures Continue, Expect Delays

Phase II of the 127th Street Improvement Project is underway. Expect delays, and use alternative routes if possible.

The project includes a full road closure of 127th Street from Black Bob to Olathe East High School, scheduled to reopen prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year. Detours are provided.  The project also requires closure of portions of the Indian Creek Trail.  Trail users are encouraged to follow detours throughout the duration of the project.

Thank you for your patience while we work toward an improved roadway system and trail connection on 127th Street.  For a complete list of weekly Road Closings, visit www.OlatheKS.org.

Civil War Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 13

Visit Mahaffie on Thursday, June 13, for Family Fun Night featuring Civil War activities. Mahaffie is open late Thursdays in June and July from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Civil War activities may include:

  • Cannon Drills – 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Lincoln’s Fifth Wheel: The US Sanitary Commission presentation by LvngHstry. Learn about how the US Sanitary Commission supplied the Union Army and help pack supplies.
  • Marching & Drilling, Camp Life & Outdoor cooking, and laundry.

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 20 Family Fun Night is Hit the Trail!


Day Out with Frank and Ella – Civil War activities will be featured Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include cannon drills every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., marching & drilling, camp life, laundry, and writing a letter home.  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 admitted free.

14th Annual Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series Continues to Rock Frontier Park

Head to Frontier Park on Friday, June 15, to enjoy the second FREE concert of the season featuring Exile with Selby, Mills, and LeMaire (SML).  The show kicks-off with SML at 7:00 p.m. These two acts have written a combined 30+ number one hits! SML brings creative harmonies, funky instrumentation and cool tunes that will light up the stage. Exile started out playing in local clubs, which led to touring with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars.  They hit the peak of their success in 1978 with the rock pop ballad hit “Kiss You All Over.” You won’t want to miss this great line up of incredible music!

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and visit the sponsor booths. The 2013 season is sponsored by SureWest, Olathe’s Hy-Vee Stores, Guitar Center, Pepsi Americas, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.  Don’t forget to bring a blanket and/or lawn chair to enjoy the show!

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

Fishing Derby Saturday, June 15

Looking for your child’s first fish tale? The June 15 Olathe Fishing Derby may just be the venue for your child to catch his/her first whopper or discover a love of fishing. Kids ages 3-15 and those kids at heart 60 or older are invited to a free morning of fishing. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with fishing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Lake. Register early to receive a free t-shirt at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Fishing.


Dad’s Swim Free at Olathe Pools for Father’s Day

Beat the heat and spoil dad with a day of free swimming at any of the four Olathe pools.  Dad receives a day pass with other paid admission. So pick your favorite pool and show dad you love him! For pool locations and hours visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Aquatics.


Campout Next to the Bay

Looking for something to do with dad this Father’s Day weekend? How about a night of swimming, camping and games! Campout Next to the Bay is back for the third year on June 15.  There’s still time to register. Families are invited to pitch a tent at Black Bob Park, swim and enjoy hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire. Wake up to breakfast from Hy-Vee before tearing down the campsite and heading home. The overnight campout is a great way to spend an evening with dad and celebrate Father’s Day.

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $35 for one adult and one child; each additional family member is $10. Visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec for full details and registration.


Get Out and Get Active!

The Get Active Community Challenge is underway and Olathe Parks and Recreation (OPR) in partnership with Garmin International encourages you to get out into the Olathe parks and recreation system to discover all that Olathe has to over.

The Get Active challenge is an eight week program. Each week presents a new set of challenges for participants with the potential to win great prizes upon program completion. While registration is not required, those that do register by June 17 will receive a free T-shirt.  Participants can register in one of three ways:

To learn more about the challenge, including registration and rules, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksrRec/GetActive or call 971-8643.


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