Olathe news briefs for the week of July 20

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in Council Chamber of 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Phantom Blues Band closes out 2015 summer concert series Friday, July 24

The award-winning Phantom Blues Band closes out the 2015 Olathe Free Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 24 with its mix of jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, rock and roll, and reggae. Special guests Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps kick off the show at 7 p.m. at Frontier Park.

Arrive early to claim your favorite spot.  At-will donations will be accepted for the Olathe Salvation Army. Thank you to 2015 series sponsors; Communities That Care (CTC), Olathe Ford RV, Hy-Vee, Google fiber, First Light Home Care, Pepsi Americas, COUNTRY Financial, Smokin’ Joes, and Guitar Center.

I Read with Mayor Mike begins 11th year in Olathe schools

Mayor Michael Copeland’s children’s reading initiative, “I Read with Mayor Mike,” will begin the 11th year in Olathe’s ten Title I elementary schools this fall.  The literacy program is welcoming two new sponsors: the Cintas Corporation and Olathe Whole Foods Market.

Each year, Mayor Copeland reads to Title I first graders, emphasizing that reading is an important part of good citizenship that brings lifelong rewards.  Students receive a paperback book, book bag, and sticker, all funded by program sponsors.

“I Read with Mayor Mike” is making a positive difference in Olathe’s diverse Title 1 schools, where a significant impact can be made on literacy at the first-grade level.  Children who spend more time reading become better readers, and students find motivation in the Mayor’s message about the vital importance of reading.  Over 600 first graders benefit from the initiative each year.

“This is a shining example of how committed community partners can help us strengthen literacy efforts among our most vulnerable population,” said Mayor Copeland.  Cintas and Whole Foods are joining Walmart, the Olathe Rotary Club, Olathe Health System, and Farmers Insurance as “I Read with Mayor Mike” sponsors.

Mayor Copeland will read to children at the Olathe Whole Foods Kids Club Storytime event on Tuesday, July 28, at 10:00 a.m. at the Whole Foods Market, 14615 W. 119th Street.

Olathe Teen Council seeking motivated teens

The City of Olathe is looking for youth, grades 9-12, to serve on the Olathe Teen Council for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Council, modeled loosely after the Olathe City Council, provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about local government, meet community leaders, and plan service opportunities within the community. Three representatives are accepted from each public Olathe high school, with three representatives from private and home schools. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

Additional details and an online application are available at Teen Council. All applications must be received by Friday, August 28 to be considered.

Olathe Public Art survey
The City of Olathe is seeking community input to help create the vision for art in Olathe.  Share ideas online by Friday, July 31 at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2144219/Olathe-Public-Art-Survey. Community feedback will be a component of the Public Art Master Plan to help shape future public art projects and initiatives in the community.

Changes to your residential trash and recycling pickup time

Starting on Monday, July 27, the City of Olathe will be adjusting the routes for residential trash and curbside recycling pickup. Routes are being re-balanced for the first time in almost ten years to increase efficiency and accommodate new growth in Olathe.

All pickup dates will remain the same, however this may affect the collection time. To avoid a missed pickup, please remember to have your trash and recycling carts out to the curb by 8 a.m. on your regular service day. You can sign-up for weekly trash day reminders by downloading the Olathe Trash Day mobile app in the App Store or Google Play, or visit OlatheKS.org/TrashDay.

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 August 10:

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

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

o   Beginning Saturday, Aug. 15: Open Saturday and Sunday only from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

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 22, and Thursday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities may include:  wheat harvest demonstrations, bundling wheat, 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. 

Kansas Wheat Harvest activities featured at Mahaffie Thursday, July 23
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd., in Olathe will feature Kansas Wheat Harvest activities during a free family fun night beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. James ‘Beatty’ Mahaffie is considered to be the first successful farmer in Johnson County. In 1859, the farm produced more wheat than needed by the Mahaffie family. Mahaffie sold the extra wheat to a mill in Kansas City, KS.

•           See a horse-drawn reaper cut the wheat and help tie the bundles.

•           Learn about flailing and preparing the wheat for threshing

•           Enjoy a special concert at 7 p.m. by the Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra. This 20-piece music ensemble will be playing early 20th century music. Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy this 45-minute concert on the historic Mahaffie grounds

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:

  • Computer Help Lab, July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St..  Learn more about Microsoft programs, internet browsers, email and downloadable books, music and magazines from the library. Online training materials will be provided for use at the library and at home. Registration is not required.
  • Be a Hero in Your Community!, July 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. This drop-in activity is an opportunity for kids entering 1st – 5th grades, along with parent-accompanied younger siblings, to provide assistance to the community.  Activities include making bookmarks for the Library to You Program, crafting for Johnson County Meals on Wheels, writing letters to members of the United States Military and learning sidewalk CPR from the Olathe Fire Department.  Donations are also accepted for KidsTLC, a local program that helps teens in crisis.  For a list of needed items, visit the website at http://kidstlc.org/needslist.
  • Parent & Child LEGO Lock-In, July 31 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Kids in 1st – 5th grades along with a parent/guardian, are invited to create with provided LEGO bricks. All participants must arrive by 7 p.m. Participants may not leave or re-enter the library during the event.  Registration begins on Friday, July 24 by calling 913-971-6874.

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

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