Olathe news briefs for the week of July 13

City Council – July 14 Special Session focuses on proposed budget

The Olathe City Council will meet for a special session on Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. The special session will focus on a review of the proposed 2016-2017 General Fund budget and the Capital Improvement Plan. For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Beatles tribute band Liverpool headlines Friday, July 17 summer concert
The sounds of the Beatles will fill Frontier Park when Kansas City favorite Liverpool takes the stage on Friday, July 17, as part of the Free Olathe Summer Concert Series.  Local favorite Lester Estelle opens the show at 7 p.m.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand and sponor booths . At-will donations will be accepted for KidsTLC.

Thank you to sponsors: Communities That Care (CTC), Hy-Vee, Google Fiber, Pepsi, Guitar Center, Smokin’ Joes, Olathe Ford RV and First Light Home Care.

City of Olathe among KC Chamber’s first list of Certified Healthy KC Organizations

The City of Olathe has been named a “Certified Healthy KC Company” by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. The City is one of 46 area companies, nonprofits, and government entities to receive this designation, recognizing efforts in creating a workplace focused on health and wellness.

Four levels of certification are based on achievements across four “pillars” of health, including nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and work/life integration. The City of Olathe received the silver level designation.

City of Olathe recognized for excellence in performance management

The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Analytics has recognized the City of Olathe with a Certificate of Excellence for its performance management efforts.

According to ICMA, “Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and they serve as examples for other governments to follow.” Olathe is among 33 jurisdictions to be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence – the highest level awarded.

Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization, and quality improvement. It also encourages accountability and transparency.  Visit Accountable Government to learn more about the City’s performance measurement efforts.

Dispose of large storm debris

Wondering how to get rid of those fallen branches left over from recent storms? Dispose of your large debris at no additional charge at the Olathe Composting Facility, 1100 Hedge Lane, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Or, leave it at the curb on your scheduled trash day. Ensure that debris is cut to a length no longer than five feet, and stored in compostable bags or tied in bundles.

You also can schedule a bulk pick-up by calling 913-971-9311. Bulk pick-up costs $20 per 15 minutes of loading time. Visit OlatheKS.org/YardWaste for more information.

2015 pool schedule changes announced
The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August as follows:

  • Mill Creek pool will close for the season on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools will close on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting Monday, Aug. 10:

o   Monday, Aug. 10 and Tuesday, Aug 11:  12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

o   Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug.14:  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

o   Saturday, Aug. 15 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7:  12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about Olathe public pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website.

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.

Day Out with Frank and Ella

Hit the Trail activities will be featured Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities may include:  packing a prairie schooner for the Oregon Trail, panning for gold, steer training demonstrations, and 19th century games. 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. 

Hit the Trail activities featured at Mahaffie Thursday, July 16
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe will feature Hit the Trail activities for a free family fun night beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.  Activities include panning for gold, steers in training, prairie schooner trail preparation, and making an ‘S’ hook in the blacksmith shop. Admission is free. A fee will be charged for some activities including stagecoach rides.

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

  • Tinker Tuesdays for Teens, Tuesdays in 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.  Registration is not required.
  • Story Time in the Parks, Tuesdays through July 21, 10 a.m. at Frontier Park, Black Bob Road & Indian Creek Parkway; Thursdays through July 23, 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Park, Woodland Road & Poplar Street. No registration is required.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch, Wednesday, July 15 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.
  • Book Munch After Hours, Thursday, July 16 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.
  • Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit, Monday, July 20 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, Tuesday, July 21 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.

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

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