Olathe news briefs for the week of May 18

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 19, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Memorial Day closures

City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will remain on schedule.

The Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park Street) and the Olathe Indian Creek Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) will be closed Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25.

The Olathe Community Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Memorial Day.

City pools open May 25

Black Bob Bay, Millcreek, Oregon Trail and Frontier pools will open for the 2015 outdoor season on Monday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.  Hours of operation for 2015 will be:

·       Monday through Friday – 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Millcreek Pool closes at 5 p.m.)

·       Saturday through Sunday – 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (All pools)

Season passes are available at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road, during regular hours of operation. Olathe pools only accept cash or check.

Free Summer Concert Series begins June 19

The City of Olathe is proud to present the 16th Annual Free Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning artists for five Fridays throughout the summer.  Enjoy live music at Frontier Park on June 19, July 10, July 17 and July 24. The series moves to Stagecoach Park on June 26 as part of Celebrate Olathe – Summer Fling.

Marc Broussard headlines the June 19 show with special guest Mingo Fishtrap.

A cornerstone of the concert series is raising money for local charities. Throughout the 16-year history, more than $140,000 has been donated to community organizations who serve Olathe families. This season’s charities include Olathe Trailblazer Special Olympics Team, Salvation Army Olathe, KidsTLC, The Olathe Parks & Recreation Foundation and The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand and sponsor booths. The 2015 season is brought to you by Olathe Parks & Recreation and the Olathe Communities That Care Alliance and is sponsored by Hy-Vee, Olathe Ford RV, Pepsi Americas, Guitar Center, and Smokin’ Joes Bar-B-Q.

Olathe Parks & Recreation Night at the T-Bones

Olathe Parks & Recreation (OPRD) has teamed up with the T-Bones for a fun night out at Community America stadium on Monday, June 8. Game tickets are$10 each at the Olathe Community Center.

OPRD baseball teams who sell the most tickets have the chance to participate in the pre-game T-Bones Buddy program or the opportunity for a team member or coach to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. All OPRD baseball program participants in attendance can participate in a pre-game parade and see their team name on the scoreboard. Tickets are $10 per person at the Olathe Community Center, available through June 1.

Olathe Parks & Recreation camps keep kids active

Olathe Parks & Recreation specialty camps are designed to keep kids active throughout the summer with interactive and varied activities. From theatre camp to sport camp to the new Black Rocket Computer Camp including Minecraft, kids of all ages will have fun. Check out our camp options before school is out this week.

Looking to keep your three to five-year-old busy this summer? Fun in the Sun preschool camp is a great half-day option filled with interactive activities, visits to Mahaffie, and swimming in the zero-depth area at the Olathe Community Center pool.

Mahaffie summer season promotes family fun
The summer season officially beings at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 E. Kansas City Road., on Friday, May 22.  Enjoy living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Beyond regular hours, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm offers many special events throughout the summer. 

  • Family Fun Nights – Mahaffie is open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday nights in June and July.  Each week, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities with a different historic theme.  The event features free admission. Special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person.  Themes are: Kansas Cowboys – June 4; Civil War – June 11; Animal Power – June 18; Farm to Table – June 24; Civil War – July 9; Kansas Wheat Harvest or Hit the Trail! July 16 or July 23 when wheat is ripe for harvest, and County Fair – July 30.
  • 19th Century Fireworks and Olathe Civic Band Concert – Thursday, July 2; 6 p.m.
    Join the Olathe Civic Band for a concert at 7:30 p.m. followed by 19th century fireworks by the Olathe Fire Department.  Show your American pride and bring your decorated bike/stroller/wagon.  Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy this patriotic celebration.  Fireworks will begin at dark.  Free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $3/person. 
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella – Preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Sessions are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in June and July. Participants will enjoy a different theme each week with interactive activities, crafts and a stagecoach ride (paying youth only). Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 913-971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 

Olathe Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off
Kids, teens and adults can enjoy a variety of fun activities and pick up their summer reading folders during the Olathe Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Frontier Park (Indian Creek Parkway and Black Bob Road). Olathe Noon Optimists will provide free water and the Lenexa Sertoma Club will sell concessions as a library fundraiser.  In the event of inclement weather, the kick-off will be cancelled.

Summer reading folders for all ages may also be picked up at both libraries beginning Wednesday, May 20 and throughout the summer.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale
Kick off your summer reading with new and nearly-new materials at the Friends of the Olathe Public Library (OPL) Book Sale at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.   The sale will be held Tuesday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Wednesday, May 27, doors to the sale will close from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and reopen from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the Six-Bucks-a-Sack Sale.  Purchase a sack at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free.

All materials are sorted by genre.  2015 OPL Friends receive $1 off of their total purchase (one time use at each sale and invalid at the sack sale).  All sales are final; cash and check are accepted. Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed.  For more information, visit olathelibrary.org.

Public meeting for storm drainage project on Little Cedar Creek

The City of Olathe will host a public meeting for the upcoming storm drainage project on Little Cedar Creek on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Olathe City Hall (100 E. Santa Fe Street) in the City of Governors Meeting Room. This project will impact Little Cedar Creek from Elm Street to Loula Street, and surrounding properties. The City will construct a new channel and retaining wall, and improve culverts to reduce flooding in the area.

The meeting will allow residents to review the initial plan, talk with City staff and designers, and see whether this project will directly impact their property. Registration for this event is not required. For additional information, contact Neil Meredith at 913-971-9075.

National Public Works Week puts the spotlight on Olathe Public Works
The City of Olathe is celebrating the 2015 National Public Works Week from May 17 through May 23. The week honors Olathe’s 324 employees who serve our community by ensuring the highest quality of life through clean water, quality infrastructure, and excellent public services. Public Works’ staff makes the community a more beautiful and functional place to live, and their work provides residents essential utility services, safe roads, and waterways. To learn more about Olathe Public Works, visit OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks.

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