Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 2

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 3, 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.

Annual WinterFest and Mayor’s Tree Lighting December 6
It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Olathe WinterFest, Friday, December 6 in the R.R. Osborne Plaza at Olathe City Hall.  The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting.  The main stage will feature the arrival of Santa Claus, music groups from Olathe schools and a variety of local talent.  Food and warm beverages will be available for purchase.

In addition to food and music, family and children’s activities are planned.  Santa will take time out of his busy pre-holiday schedule to make a visit and sit for pictures with children.

As part of the festivities, representatives from 15 beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will be introduced and proceeds from the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be presented to the Christmas Tree Fund.

Holiday Shopping Tips from the Olathe Police Department
The holiday season is upon us.  While shopping and running errands to prepare for the holidays, remember these crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department:

  • Know your surroundings.
  • Keep an eye on the people in front and behind you.
  • Look for suspicious persons or situations when you are in any area.
  • Shop with a friend or relative. There is safety in numbers.
  • Remember where you parked your car. Shopping areas are often spread out over large areas. Being unable to locate a car can cause you undue confusion and stress that may present you as a better target to a criminal.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  • Place cell phones, GPS devices, holiday packages and other valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your vehicle doors shut your windows.
  • Don’t advertise your belongings:

o    Carry your purse close to your body. Don’t swing it loosely.

o    Don’t display large amounts of cash.

o    Take only what you may need.

o    Don’t have too many things in your pockets or purse.

  • Walk with confidence.
  • Avoid talking to strangers.
  • Try not to carry too many packages.
  • Approach your vehicle with your keys already in your hand.
  • Don’t approach your car if anyone is standing nearby.
  • Trust your instincts

o    If something tells you to be cautious, trust your gut.

o    Don’t force yourself to be in situations where you don’t feel comfortable.

o    If you see anything suspicious or if something just doesn’t feel right, leave immediately and contact security or the police.

Avoid the Crowds with Olathe Parks and Recreation Gift Options
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Want to avoid the holiday crowds? Olathe Parks and Recreation (OPR) has a variety of membership and gift certificate options to help you complete your list. Help your loved ones Get Active in 2014 with one of our great gift options:

Option 1: Olathe Community Center Membership – Give the gift of health this year! The perfect fit for just about anyone on your list, the community center will offer a variety of programs, fitness and swim options year round! Purchase prior to April 30 and receive special charter member benefits! Learn more about the Olathe Community Center and membership options.

Option 2: OPR Gift Certificate – You choose the denomination and the recipient chooses the sport, class or program of their interest this year. This is a perfect gift for grandkids, nieces and nephews or the hard to buy for adult. A variety of options are offered through our three catalogs each year.

Option 3: 2014 Swim Pass – Give the gift of fun in the sun with a 2014 season swim pass for an individual or family. Individual passes for residents start at $70 plus the cost of ID card (non-resident $95) and resident family passes start at $125 for a family of five plus the cost of ID cards (non-resident $160). ). New for 2014 is the individual +1 membership for those households of two. Start planning your summer days during the holiday season. Learn more about swim pass options.

To purchase these gift options, call 971-8563 or stop by the OPR office at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.


Register Now for Winter Break Lifeguard Training
Olathe Parks and Recreation will offer two training opportunities during the winter break. Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instruction classes will be held on December 27 and 28 and January 2 and 3. If you are interested in lifeguarding for Olathe Parks and Recreation this summer or when the Olathe Community Center opens in July, don’t miss this great opportunity. Register before December 13 and save $10 on the registration fee. Learn more about the programs and pre-requisites and register or call 971-8563 for more information.


All Aboard!
Visit the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, to see an operating model railroad and visit with experts who will be on hand to answer questions about the display and model railroading.  The display will be available for viewing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 5, from noon to 5:00 p.m. on December 7 and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 8.

Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate
Valeria Edwards, K-State Extension Agent, will explain six factors to consider when creating a plan to distribute non-titled property from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on December 5 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12900 S. Black Bob Road.  Register via the events calendar at Olathelibrary.org or call 971-6888.

Never Miss Trash Day Again
Thanks to a new application called Olathe Trash Day, residents can now look up their waste collection schedules, sign up for weekly reminders via text, email, Twitter, and phone call, and print customized calendars based on their own address.

Additional benefits include:

·         Notification of collection schedule changes due to holidays or inclement weather.

·         Informational features such as solid waste events and types of materials that can be recycled.

·         Simplified, user-friendly service to find collection schedules and helpful information from a desktop or mobile device.

To utilize this new service, search for “Olathe Trash Day” in the App Store (Apple users) or in Google Play (Android users), or use the service on the City’s website at OlatheKS.org/TrashDay. Be sure to check out the promotional commercial, too!


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