Olathe news briefs for the week of June 16

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.

City Manager to present proposed budget
City Manager Michael Wilkes will present the proposed 2016/2017 operating budget, 2016/2017 rates and fees, and the 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Plan to the City Council at the June 16 City Council meeting.  The City of Olathe is moving to a two-year budget term. This year, the City Council will adopt the 2016 budget and conditionally approve the 2017 budget. The biennial budget process allows for better long-range planning and enhanced program analysis.

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 7:30 p.m. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket, and lawn chairs. Grounds open at 6 p.m. Visit the Mahaffie House and take a stagecoach ride.  The cost is $3/person, ages 3 and up. Please park in the Heritage Center parking lot. Visit mahaffie.org for more information.

Free Summer Concert Series begins June 19

The City of Olathe is proud to present the 16th Annual Free Summer Concert Series. The series kicks off on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. with Marc Broussard and special guest Mingo Fishtrap at Frontier Park.

Broussard brings a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop, matched with distinct Southern roots.

Mingo Fishtrap, “an octopus of tenacious funk,” according to one reviewer, brings big band sound to Frontier Park.

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 Olathe Communities that Care and sponsored by Hy-Vee, Olathe Ford RV, Smokin’ Joes Bar-B-Q, Pepsi Americas, and Guitar Center.

Each concert supports a local charity.  Please consider a donation to the June 19 charity of choice – Olathe Trailblazers Special Olympics.

Don’t miss the next free Summer Concert at an all-new Stagecoach Park location on June 26, as well as three more shows at Frontier Park (July 10, 17 and 24).

Review the 2015 schedule and hear music from the artists, at the Olathe Free Summer Concert page and follow the latest news on Facebook, Twitter  and Instagram.

Weekend Preview

Looking for something to do with dad this weekend? Look no further than Olathe Parks & Recreation to provide great music, history, camping, free swimming and more to celebrate Father’s Day.

·       Free Friday Night Concert, Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at Frontier Park. Featuring Marc Broussard with special guest Mingo Fishtrap.

·       Fishing Derby and Touch-A-Truck, Saturday, June 20, at 9 a.m. at Cedar Lake. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

·       Campout at the Bay – Saturday, June 20. Celebrate Father’s Day with a night of camping and swimming. Registration is required by June 17.

·       Father’s Day at Mahaffie – Sunday, June 21, admission is free for dads at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Admission for all others is $7/adult, $5/child ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $2 off each admission.

·       Father’s Day Swim, Sunday, June 21, all-day. Dad swims free at all four Olathe pools with other paid admission(s).

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

Celebrate Olathe – Summer Fling June 26

Celebrate Olathe summer style, with live music, local food and plenty of family-friendly games and activities on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center.

Providing the soundtrack to the evening’s activities is Willis Alan Ramsey with special guests Craig Toungate and four-time Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America.

Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks HyVee, Jazzy B’s BBQ, Kona Ice and Torched Goodness.  Face painting and activities for all ages begin at 5 p.m.

Park at Olathe North High School, 600 E Prairie Street, and ride the free shuttle to the Community Center. Shuttles will run from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Summer Fling is the second of four Celebrate Olathe events in 2015, which will also include a fall and winter event.

Day Out with Frank and Ella

Animal Power activities will be featured on Wednesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Horse-powered corn grinding demonstrations take place at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Dan and Davy, the calves training to be oxen, will demonstrate their skills at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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. 

Animal Power featured at Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 18
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 E. Kansas City Road, will feature Animal Power activities with a free family fun night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.  Horse-powered corn grinding demonstrations take place at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dan and Davy, the calves training to be oxen, will demonstrate their skills at 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Other activities include 19th century games, Mahaffie House and Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn visits, and blacksmith demonstrations.

Admission is free.  A nominal fee will apply to stagecoach rides and other activities. Please park in the Heritage Center parking lot for this event.

Free pancake supper for the first 200 visitors June 25
Farm to Table is the theme for the June 25 Family Fun Night at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. The Johnson County Farm Bureau will treat the first 200 visitors to a free pancake supper. Events begin at 6 p.m. Guests should enter through the Heritage Center to get a ticket.  Other activities and demonstrations will focus on 19th century agriculture on the Mahaffie farm.

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

  • Story Time in the Parks, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through July 21 at Frontier Park, Black Bob Road & Indian Creek Parkway; Thursdays at 10 a.m. through July 23 at Mill Creek Park, Woodland & Poplar. Bring a blanket and enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs and finger plays. Stories are geared toward youth ages 3-5 but all are welcome. Story time is cancelled in the event of rain. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch After Hours, June 18 from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jefferson’s of Olathe, 10540 S. Ridgeview Road. An informal group will get together to discuss books over dinner. Registration is not required.
  • Uppercase Superheroes and Their Lowercase Sidekicks, June 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. Preschoolers and their parents can craft superheroes and sidekicks using creativity and various supplies. Take home two stick puppets and early literacy activities.  Registration is not required.
  • Modern Pop Art Experience, June 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. New York artist and author Michael Albert will talk about his collage art and his book, An Artist’s America. Albert will lead first through fifth graders and parents in creating a collage to take home.  Each child participating will receive a free poster signed by the artist.  Parents may attend, but no younger or older siblings, please.  Online registration begins Friday, June 19, or register by phone at 913-971-6874.

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

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