Olathe news briefs for the week of Sept. 16

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 17, 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.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Mahaffie Wild West Days September 28 and 29
Enjoy Wild West skits, live entertainment and children’s games at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s annual Wild West Days September 28 and 29.  This popular annual event offers visitors a variety of experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west period.

Wild West Days will be held 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Road.  New this year is family-friendly admission, $5/person ages 5 and up or 5 people/$20; kids age 4 and under get in free. Food will be available for purchase.

Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  On-going entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies and re-enactments.  Performances include the magic and fire-eating duo Wicked Liars, live music from 3 Trails West, and skits from Gunsmoke & Petticoats. Buffalo Bill will serve as Master of Ceremonies throughout the weekend and Buffalo Soldiers will escort some stagecoach rides. Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana Dancers perform Sunday only. Also on Sunday, Rocking M Miniatures will bring teams of miniature donkeys and horses so visitors of all ages can try their hand at driving a miniature team.

Like to eat?  A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday only, with limited samples and voting opportunities.  Or, enjoy the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club Omelet Breakfast on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center. Tickets are $7 and include admission to the event.

The weekend event features many activities for children including a petting zoo, shooting gallery (ages 8 and up), gold panning, live entertainment and more!  Some games and activities have an additional fee.

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie is available at nearby Olathe North High School (600 E Prairie St.). Disabled parking is available at Mahaffie.  For more information, go to Mahaffie.org, or call (913) 971-5111.

Olathe Parks and Recreation Seeking Your Opinion
The Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will host a series of community focus groups and forums on September 30, October 1 and October 3 to gain resident input into priorities for the new Parks and Recreation 10-year Master Plan. Learn more and register at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.


Park Improvements Continue at Pine & Elm Park
The playground at Pine & Elm Park will be removed during the week of September 16 to make way for a new and improved playground that is expected to be completed by mid-October.  Thank you for your patience during renovations and look forward to a new and exciting playground in your park soon.  For questions, contact Parks Project Coordinator Mike Latka at 913-971-8659.


Kansas Women, Work and the Civil War
During the Civil War, employment opportunities for women opened up to include careers ranging from nurse to army laundress to spy.  Using historical photographs and current research, Diane Eickhoff will tell the fascinating story of women’s work during the Civil War with special emphasis on notable Kansas women during a presentation on September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road). The event is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.   To register, visit www.olathelibrary.org/events or call 913-971-6888.


Olathe Public Library Hosts Edward Jones Investing Series
Join Connie Lohr of Edward Jones for a series of free classes on investing topics.  All classes run from 6:30 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park.  Register online or call 913-971-6888.

September 19 – Foundations of Investing
September 26 – Managing Income in Retirement
October 3 – College: Getting There from Here
October 10 – Woman’s Guide to Money Matters


Get Active at Black Bob Park on September 21
Olathe Parks and Recreation is bringing free recreation to Black Bob Park on Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. Local personal and group trainer Jennifer Faimon will lead a fun, one-hour community workout class as part of the Get Active Challenge presented by Garmin. You do not have to participate in the Get Active challenge to join this one-time program, so lace up those tennis shoes and join us Saturday morning! For more information, contact Nichole Asquith, 913-971-8643.

Last Wednesday Farmers’ Market on Sept. 25
The Wednesday Olathe Farmers’ Market, which starts at 8:00 a.m., will end on Wednesday, September 25 for the 2013 season. The Saturday market, which starts at 8:00 a.m., will continue through October 19.

The market is located at 200 W. Santa Fe St. at Poplar Street and Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe.

Fido & Me Returns September 25
Fido & Me is back for the fall starting Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Black Bob Park. This free weekly program brings together dogs and their humans for a great evening walk with friends. Each week, Olathe Parks and Recreation partner Camp Bow Wow will lead the group along the trail for a little fun and exercise. Registration is not required.  To participate, meet at the Black Bob Park basketball courts with your favorite dog and leash. For more information call 913-971-8563.

Johnson County Vendor Fair September 25
Area businesses are invited to the 2nd Annual Johnson County Vendor Fair on September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Lower Level Room 200).  The event is free and open to vendors.

Meet Purchasing staff from participating entities including the City of Olathe, Johnson County Government, Olathe Public Schools, and the Kansas School for the Deaf.  Learn about each organization’s purchasing process during presentations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Registration is not required.

“A Taste of Literacy” Fundraiser September 28
The annual Olathe Public Library Foundation fundraiser dinner will take place September 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe.  Speaker for the evening will be David Von Drehle, Kansas City-based author and editor-at-large for TIME magazine and author of recently published book, Rise to Greatness:  Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year.

Drehle started his career in journalism as a sports writer for The Denver Post when he was 17 – the youngest sports writer ever hired by the paper.  He moved to The Miami Herald in 1985 and stayed with the paper until 1991 as a staff writer.  In 1991, he became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post.  A year later, Von Drehle was sent to New Hampshire to cover the 1992 presidential primary, thus beginning his career as a political writer.  After holding various positions with the Post, he became Editor-at-Large for TIME magazine in 2006.

Drehle has written three other books and penned several TIME cover stories including a profile of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the 2008 Person of the Year article on President Obama.  He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career.  Drehle lives in the area with his wife Karen Ball and their four children.

Tickets are $75 per person ($35/ticket tax-deductible).  Contact Library Director Emily Baker at 913-971-6880 to register by September 20.

Annual Community Award Nominations Due Friday
Do you know an individual, group or business who fosters accessible communities, promotes cultural diversity or advocates human rights that benefit all Olatheans?   If so, nominate them for a Community Award in one of the following categories:

Community Awards (sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission)

  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
  • Commission/Organization Award
  • Business/Industry Award
  • Educator Award
  • Youth Award (19 or under)
  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award

 Accessible Community Award (sponsored by the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board)

Nominations are due September 20 by 5:00 p.m. To nominate online or for more information, visit OlatheKS.org/HumanRelations or contact the City of Olathe Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-6493.

Community Award winners will be recognized at the 10th Annual Community and Accessible Community Awards Reception and Program on October 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Olathe North High School commons.  The awards and program are sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.


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