Olathe news briefs for the week of May 28

Celebrate Olathe – Summer Fling Friday, June 26

Celebrate Olathe on Friday, June 26, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center at Stagecoach Park. The evening will be filled with family-friendly activities, fall program previews, and great music. The Summer Concert Series moves to Stagecoach Park for this night featuring Trout Fishing in America, Craig Toungate, Willis Alan Ramsey, and Alison Rogers. Free parking will be available at Olathe North High School and shuttle service will run throughout the evening. Food will be available for purchase. Visit Celebrate Olathe for more information.

Sport court construction begins         

Tennis courts at Mill Creek Park and basketball courts at Fairview Park are under construction. The courts will be unavailable for use over the next several weeks as new surfaces are installed. Visit Pardon our Progress for more information.

Public art workshop June 3

The City of Olathe is seeking input to help create the vision for art in Olathe to produce a public art master plan.

Join the public art workshop on Wednesday, June 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Teresa Wilson by May 28 at twilson@olatheks.org or 913-971-8619.

Feel free to share ideas online at surveygizmo.com/s3/2144219/Olathe-Public-Art-Survey.

Olathe Parks & Recreation Night at the T-Bones

Olathe Parks & Recreation (OPRD) has teamed up with the T-Bones for a fun night at Community America stadium on Monday, June 8. Game tickets are $10 per person at the Olathe Community Center through June 1.

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.

Discount amusement park passes available at the Olathe Community Center

OIathe Parks & Recreation has partnered with Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun and Schlitterbahn Water Park to provide discount tickets this season. Tickets are available during normal business hours at the front counter of the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road.  Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun combo tickets are $45. Schlitterbahn tickets are $35 for ages 12 to 54 and $29 for ages 3 to 11 and 55+. Both parks are free for children two and under. Tickets are subject to availability.

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 the 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.

Kansas Cowboys featured at Mahaffie Thursday, June 4
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 E. Kansas City Road, will feature Kansas Cowboy activities with a free family fun night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Activities may include chuckwagon cooking, cowboy gear, roping, and visiting the Mahaffie house.

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3 to 11 and ages 12+. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m.  Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September.

Admission is free.  A nominal fee applies to stagecoach rides and other activities.

The theme for Thursday, June 11 Family Fun Night will be Civil War.

Day Out with Frank and Ella

Kansas Cowboys activities will be featured on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities may include:  roping, cowboy gear, and chuckwagon cooking. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and Mahaffie home visits are offered. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to preschools, daycares, 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. 

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.

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

Olathe Public Library Board of Directors
Officers for the Olathe Public Library (OPL) Board of Directors were elected at the May 20 Board Meeting.  The new officers are Tom Glinstra, President; John Andrade, Vice-President; Brad Cornell, Secretary; and Ann Horner, Treasurer. Other board members include Jack Hansen, Matt Shatto, Dean Vakas, Mayor Michael Copeland, Cliff Tatham (OPL Foundation Chair), Colette McGee (Friends of OPL President) and Emily Baker (Director).

June events at the library
Look no further than the Olathe Library for fun and educational activities in June:

  • Story Time in the Parks, Tuesdays from June 2 to July 21, 10 a.m. at Frontier Park (Black Bob Road & Indian Creek Parkway); Thursdays from June 4 to July 23, 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Park (Woodland & Poplar). No registration is required.
  • Free Family Movies, Mondays at 1:30 p.m. at both libraries.  No registration, but space is limited. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Teen Community Garden Plot, Mondays, June 1 to June 29, 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park Street) and walk to the neighborhood garden. Work ends at 11:45 a.m. Complete a required Volunteer Application Form at www.olathelibrary.org/teens.
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis, June 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park Street) No registration is required.
  • Drop-in Health Information Clinic, June 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) and June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park Street) No appointment is needed.
  • Uppercase Superheroes and their Lowercase Sidekicks, June 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park) and June 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) No registration is required.
  • Drum Safari, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S. Black Bob Road). Space is limited and tickets are available at the door beginning at 1:15 p.m.

Visit the Events tab at OlatheLibrary.org for a complete list of events and full details.

Microchip and low cost Rabies vaccination clinic
The City of Olathe will offer a microchip and low cost rabies clinic on Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Drive (behind the Olathe Police Department).

Residents can obtain rabies vaccinations and purchase/renew City of Olathe animal licenses at the same time. Microchips cost $25 and one-year Rabies vaccinations cost $10. Additional immunizations including Distemper, Bordetella, etc. will be available at a reduced rate. The animal shelter accepts cash or check. Contact the Olathe Animal Shelter at 913-971-6362 for additional information.

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