Olathe news briefs for the week of June 8

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, June 16, 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.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event June 13

All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive, behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary.

Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Items that can be dropped off include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. e-Waste (electronics) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

Residents can make an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW items by calling Customer Service at 913-971-9311.

Residents can take free items at the City’s Product Reuse store. The store is open the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the HHW drop-off event, and Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.  The June 19 show features Marc Broussard with special guest Mingo Fishtrap.

·       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 has begun the conversion to Olathe ActiveNet, the new online registration system. During the conversion, online registration will be unavailable. Users are encouraged to call 971-8563 or visit the Olathe Community Center to register for programs.

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.

Fishing Derby and Touch-A-Truck take over Cedar Lake on June 20

From the first catch to the last rumble, Saturday, June 20 is full of fun and adventure at Cedar Lake.

Start the morning at the annual Fishing Derby starting at 9 a.m. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m.   Participants compete for a number of prizes in two divisions, youth ages 3-15 and adult ages 60 plus. Pre-registered participants receive a free t-shirt, goodie bag and worms while supplies last. Registration is available by calling Olathe Parks & Recreation at 971-8563.

After fishing, grab hot dogs and chips for lunch and check out a favorite for all ages, Touch-A-Truck. Climb on construction vehicles, watch the trash truck work, explore a fire truck, and more.  Don’t miss the trucks moving through the park at 10:15 a.m.

Learn more about these events and others through Olathe Parks & Recreation.

Olathe pools host area swim and dive meets

The City of Olathe, in partnership with the Olathe Cyclones, will host swim and dive meets in June and July at Oregon Trail Pool and Black Bob Bay. Meet dates and early closures:

·       June 9 – Dive meet at Oregon Trail – Pool closes at 5 p.m.

·       June 23 – Dive meet at Oregon Trail – Pool closes at 5 p.m.

·       July 7 – Dive meet at Oregon Trail – Pool closes at 5 p.m.

·       July 9 – Swim meet at Black Bob Bay – Pool closes at 3 p.m.

·       July 9 – All-city dive meet at Black Bob Bay – Dive well closes at 3 p.m.

Civil War featured at Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 11
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 E. Kansas City Road, will feature Civil War activities with a free family fun night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. Activities may include camp life, camp cooking, marching and drilling. Cannon drills take place at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Other activities include 19th century games, visiting the Mahaffie House and Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and blacksmith demonstrations.

Admission is free.  A nominal fee will apply to stagecoach rides and other activities. The Lucinda Mahaffie Chapter of the Questers will be selling refreshments to raise funds to support Mahaffie programs.

The theme for Thursday, June 18 Family Fun Night will be Animal Power.

Day Out with Frank and Ella

Civil War activities will be featured on Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities may include:  cannon drills, marching and drilling, camp life, recruitment and more. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and Mahaffie home visits will be 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. 

Olathe Civic Band and Shawnee Civic Band at Mahaffie June 16

The Olathe Civic Band and the Shawnee Civic Band will present a special joint concert on the historic grounds of Mahaffie on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket, and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of music. Grounds open at 6 p.m. Visit the Mahaffie House and take a stagecoach ride.  Cost is $3/person ages 3 and up). Please park in the Heritage Center parking lot. Visit mahaffie.org for more information.

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

  • Family History Friday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Research your ancestors with the help of the library’s databases (including Ancestry.com) and Kansas Room genealogy books.  Consult with librarians and volunteers who are ready to help. Registration is not required.
  • Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park, and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library 12990 S. Black Bob Road. Receive professional expertise in resume writing, interviewing, and other job-related services at the self-contained mobile unit equipped with computers, and Wi-Fi. No appointment is needed.
  • Needle Arts Circle, June 16 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park). Interested in knitting, crocheting and other needle arts?  Bring your latest projects to work on, share and discuss. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch, June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café, County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry Street, lower level. An informal group will get together to discuss books. Bring your own lunch or purchase one there. Registration is not required.
  • Computer Help Lab, June 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. Learn about Microsoft programs, internet browsers, email, downloadable books, music, and magazines. Online training materials will be provided.

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

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