Olathe news briefs for the week of July 6

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.

#AskOlathe social media budget event Tuesday, July 7

Join the social conversation during the #AskOlathe budget event Tuesday, July 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Submit your 2016/2017 budget questions live on Facebook and Twitter using #AskOlathe and city officials will respond. Questions about the budget or the event can be directed to 913-971-8671 or budgetcomments@olatheks.org.

Summer Concert Series returns to Frontier Park July 10

The Olathe Summer Concert Series returns to Frontier Park (15501 W. Indian Creek Parkway) on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. featuring Kansas native and blues singer/songwriter Kelley Hunt. Opening for Hunt is fellow Kansas native Brody Buster.

Each concert supports a local charity.  Please consider a donation to the July 10 charity of choice – Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.  The fund supports 13 service organizations serving Olathe children and families.

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.

Share you pictures on social media; #olatheproud and #olatheactive.

The July 17 show features Beatles tribute band Liverpool with special guest Lester Estelle.

Bootloose! Original melodrama Saturday, July 11

In celebration of the Mahaffie House 150th Anniversary, the Olathe Civic Theatre Association presents an original melodrama performed on the historic Mahaffie grounds on Saturday, July 11 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Bootloose! The Amazing and Utterly Untrue Story of the Hyer Bootheel Heist! features characters such as the hero, Parker Lone Elm, the heroine, Loula Petula, and the villain, T.Rain Trax. Tickets are $20/person ages 5 and up and include the melodrama, BBQ dinner, and return daily admission to Mahaffie. Tickets may be purchased by calling 913-971-5111 Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Mahaffie Foundation and the Olathe Civic Theatre Association. Visit Mahaffie.org for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event Saturday, July 11

All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event Saturday, July 11, 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.

Ability Experience: Journey of Hope Tour Stop Monday, July 13
The City of Olathe will welcome Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity cyclists July 13 during their Olathe tour stop along the Ability Experience: Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek.

Mayor Michael Copeland, police officers, firefighters, and members of the City’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board will greet riders during a public cyclist arrival ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 13 at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road.

The Ability Experience: Journey of Hope is the largest fraternal fundraising and awareness event of its kind.  Each year, it generates more than $520,000 to support programs that help people with disabilities. The Transamerica route will bring approximately 18 riders to Olathe at the mid-way point of a 71-day journey from Seattle, Wash. to Washington, D.C. The Olathe Tour stop is sponsored and organized by the City of Olathe’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, which empowers, provides, supports and promotes an accessible community for all citizens through awareness, advocacy and education.

For more information about this event, please contact Mark Cameron at 913-393-4453 or visit abilityexperience.org.

Teen Bash Thursday, July 30

Olathe Parks & Recreation presents the third-annual summer Teen Bash at Black Bob Park and Black Bob Bay on Thursday, July 30, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. The event is open to students entering sixth grade, through students leaving eighth grade.  The event is free with the donation of any school supply item. School supplies collected at the event will benefit the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.

The evening will include games, activities in the park, swimming, prize drawings and more! Pre-registration is required; register online or call 913-971-8563 with code 11344.

It’s America’s Night Out Against Crime!

The 32nd Annual National Night Out (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event, will be held Tuesday, August 4. The Olathe Police Department invites you and your neighborhood to be a part of Olathe’s Night Out 2015 team.

NNO is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Celebrate NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:

  • outdoor lights and front porch vigils
  • block parties
  • cookouts
  • visits from local police departments
  • parades or flashlight walks
  • exhibits
  • contests
  • youth programs.

NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits will most certainly extend well beyond NNO.

Contact Beth Wendel at 913-971-6323 or bwwendel@olatheks.org by Monday, July 27, with your questions about NNO or to register your NNO party and request the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department, or Johnson County Med-Act to visit your party.

Day Out with Frank and Ella

Civil War activities will be featured Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities may include:  marching and drilling, signing up for the Union army, camp life, 19th century games and more! Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and Mahaffie home visits will also 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. 

Civil War activities featured at Mahaffie Thursday, July 9
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe will feature Civil War activities for a free family fun night beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.  Activities include cannon drills and rubberband cannon demonstrations at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., marching and drilling, recruitment, camp life, and soldier food. Admission is free. A fee will be charged for some activities including stagecoach rides.

Friends of the Olathe Public Library Julybration Book Sale

Shop reasonably priced new and nearly-new materials at the Friends of the Olathe Public Library (OPL) Julybration book sale at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.  The sale concludes Sunday, July 12, during hours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the “Six Bucks a Sack” sale.  Purchase a plastic sack at the door and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free.

All materials are sorted by genre.  2015 OPL Friends receive $1 off their total purchases once per sale.  Coupons are invalid at the sack sale.  All sales are final and cash or check are accepted.  Strollers and book carts are not allowed due to space limitations.

Olathe Public Library receives ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grant

The Olathe Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Olathe Public Library will receive a cash grant of $10,000 to hold public programming such as film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances about Latino history and culture. Only 55 organizations nationwide received the $10,000 grant; 148 organizations received a $3,000 grant.

The Olathe Public Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

The library will join other local organizations to present events during Hispanic Heritage Month from Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Thursday, Oct. 15.  Events include a discussion of the city’s historic links to Mexico via the Santa Fe Trail, a presentation about Latinos who helped build the railroads that crisscross Olathe, a talk about how U.S. economic policies drive immigration, a visit from Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, and music and dance from local Latino artists Maria the Mexican, Making Movies, Trio Atzlan, El Grupo Folklorico Atontonilco and others.

“Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Ralph Tomlinson, Adult Services Librarian and project director for the grant. “I’m thrilled that Olathe Public Library has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.”

For a schedule of events, visit OlatheKS.org/content/hispanic-heritage-month or contact Ralph Tomlinson at (913) 971-6889. The Olathe Public Library is located at 201 E. Park St., Olathe, KS 66061.

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