Olathe news briefs for the week of June 1

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, June 2, 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.

Olathe Parks & Recreation summer preview

Summer is here with plenty to keep you active in Olathe! Olathe Parks & Recreation has a summer filled with music, events, contests, and programs.  Mark your calendar for some of Olathe’s favorite events and activities:

·       Free Family Night at Mahaffie – Thursday nights in June & July. Visit the Mahaffie website for weekly themes.

·       Summer Concerts – Award-winning music is back at Frontier Park on June 19, July 10, July 17 and July 24. All concerts start at 7 p.m. 

·       Family Swim Nights – Mill Creek, Oregon Trail and Frontier pools host family night every Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Admission is $10/family (up to five) and free for pass holders.

·       Me & Mini Me Swim – Black Bob Bay offers special swim time for kids five and under and their caregivers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Check out the Me & Mini Me schedule dates online.

·       Fishing Derby and Touch-A-Truck  – Saturday, June 20 at Cedar Lake. Pre-registration is suggested for the Fishing Derby.

·       Campout at the Bay – Saturday, June 20. Celebrate Father’s Day with a night of camping and swimming! Registration required.

·       Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra – Thursday, June 25 from 7 p.m. to 8 pm.. Enjoy old-time American ragtime music on the Olathe Community Center patio.

·       Celebrate Olathe – Celebrate summer on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center at Stagecoach Park.

Don’t miss the fun. Follow Olathe Parks & Recreation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. with #OPRDactive and #LoveOlathe.

Olathe Parks & Recreation to launch new registration system

Olathe Parks & Recreation will launch Olathe ActiveNet, a new registration system, in early June.  New online system enhancements include the ability to create a wish list, sync activity schedules to your calendar, reserve shelters, and more.  Existing Olathe Parks & Recreation users will receive an email from Olathe Parks & Recreation to update your online profile, login, and password. New users will find online registration instructions on the Parks & Recreation website when the system is live.

Submit your nominations for 12th Annual Community Awards by Sept. 4
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 by Friday, Sept. 4 for a Community Award in one of the following categories:

·       Persons with Disabilities Accessible Community Award

·       Commission/Organization Award

·       Educator Award

·       Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award

·       Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award

·       Youth Award (19 or under)

Submit nominations online or contact the City of Olathe Community Relations Manager at 913-971-8827 for more information.

Community Award winners will be recognized at the 12th Annual Community and Accessible Community Awards Reception and Program on October 17 at the Olathe Community Center. The awards and program are sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.

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.

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

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, located 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.

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.

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. 

New addition to coach operations featured Saturday June 6th
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 E. Kansas City Road, is pleased to announce the acquisition of an original “mudwagon” style stagecoach thanks to a $5000 Interpretive Grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The mudwagon features an original body likely made by the famous Abbott and Downing Company of New Hampshire between 1850 and 1875. The mudwagon is mounted on rebuilt running gear. Lighter and simpler in design and construction, mudwagons were used on rough or muddy roads or steep terrain. The mudwagon is distinctly different from the other stagecoach, an excellent reproduction built in the more elaborate Concord style. Both styles of coaches were utilized by Barlow, Sanderson and Company that used the Mahaffie home as a stop on their line. The mudwagon will be used for rides during special programs and events while the Concord stagecoach will remain the vehicle for daily rides.

“An original stagecoach of this vintage is very unique and provides a very different experience for passengers, with large canvas sides that roll up and give a wider view of the landscape,” said Tim Talbott, Site Manager.

The mudwagon will be featured at National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will view both coach styles and take a ride on the new mudwagon. Children can also write a letter, mark it with a special stagecoach stamp, and carry their letters in the coach mailbag that day. Visitors will also learn more about the duties of the conductor and driver, and their roles in protecting the U.S. Mail when it was carried by stagecoach. Other activities may include blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie House, and exhibits in the Heritage Center and Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn. All activities are included with admission: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission with proof of residency.

Olathe Memorial Cemetery secures historic preservation funding

The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review has recommended $18,000 in funding for a historical survey of the Olathe Memorial Cemetery. With these funds, the City of Olathe will contract with a historic preservation consultant to document the property’s features and gravesites. The resulting survey will determine if the cemetery is eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The 28-acre cemetery, located at 738 North Chestnut, was founded in 1865, and contains the graves of early settlers and two Kansas governors. Learn more about the colorful history of the Olathe Cemetery.

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 through 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 through 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.

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