Olathe news briefs for the week of June 23

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, July 7, 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.

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.

Music kicks off at 6 p.m. featuring 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.

The Olathe Community Center will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for the festivities.  The Center will reopen at 5 p.m. with Celebrate Olathe activities throughout the Center and Stagecoach Park.  Open gym, fitness and aquatics activities will not be available during the Celebrate Olathe event.

City of Olathe hosts annual fireworks show

The City of Olathe will host its annual fireworks show on Saturday, July 4, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st Street. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up a viewing spot.

July 5 is the rain date in the event of inclement weather.

Remember, the possession, sale, or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.

Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra plays at the Olathe Community Center June 25

The Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra will perform at the Olathe Community Center from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. Enjoy the sounds of the early 1900’s as we kick off the one-year anniversary of the Olathe Community Center.

Open house June 25 for Cedar Street road improvements project

The City of Olathe will host an open house for the upcoming Cedar Street road improvements project on Thursday, June 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Olathe City Hall (100 E. Santa Fe Street) in the City of Governors Meeting Room. This project will impact Cedar Street from Kansas Avenue to Blake Street, and surrounding properties. Plans call for the replacement of the existing, worn-out roadway, with construction scheduled to begin in 2016.  This meeting will allow residents to talk with City staff and designers about the tentative project schedule and learn about potential impacts to area property and traffic. Registration for this event is not required. Contact Nate Baldwin, project manager, at 913-971-9102 or nsbaldwin@olatheks.org for additional information.

Day Out with Frank and Ella

Food from the Farm activities will be featured on Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Watch sausage making, help churn butter, and learn about the heirloom garden. 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 for groups of 10 or more. Call 913-971-5111 to register. Cost is $5/youth. Accompanying adults are admitted free. 

Farm to Table featured at Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 25
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 E. Kansas City Road, will feature Farm to Table activities with a free family fun night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.

The Johnson County Farm Bureau will treat the first 200 visitors to a free pancake supper prepared by Chris Cakes. Tickets will be available at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  Other activities and demonstrations will focus on 19th century agriculture on the Mahaffie farm.

Activities related to 19th century agriculture include sausage making, chuckwagon cooking and oxen in training demonstrations. 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.

The theme for the July 2 Family Fun Night will be 19th Century Fireworks.

Help name Mahaffie’s new lambs

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop has two female Merino lambs; and visitors can help select their names! Visitors will receive a ballot to select one pair of names while visiting the lambs in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn. Voting takes place until July 2 at 8 p.m. and the names will be announced prior to the 19th century fireworks at the July 2 Family Fun Night. Visit mahaffie.org for details.

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

  • Computer Help Lab, Tuesday, June 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. Learn more about Microsoft programs, internet browsers, email, and downloadable books, music and magazines from the library.  Online training material will be provided.  Registration is not required.
  • Tinker Tuesdays for Teens, Tuesdays in June and July from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 200 E. Loula Street, next to the Olathe Downtown Library. Teens in 6th-12th grade are invited to explore new interests ranging from crafts to Legos to sewing to computers and video production. Most supplies are provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own projects. Refreshments will be served and registration is not required.
  • Health Information Clinic, Wednesday, July 1, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, and Tuesday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. Receive free blood pressure checks from Olathe Fire Department EMTs and health information and consultation from an on-site dental hygienist and nurse practitioner. Fluoride rinses will be available for children.  No appointment is needed.

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

July 4 holiday schedule for City facilities, library
City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, to mark the Independence Day holiday.  Residential trash and recycling collection will remain on schedule.  However, the Olathe Transfer Station and Compost Facility will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The Olathe Community Center will be closed on July 4. City pools will close at 6 p.m. The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will be closed on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5.

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