Olathe news briefs for the week of July 29

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 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.

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 to 7 p.m.

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

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

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

Olathe Community Center to close for cleaning and maintenance

The Olathe Community Center pool will be closed from Monday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 14.

The entire Center will close from Monday, Aug. 10 to Friday, Aug. 14. The closure is to allow for deep cleaning, maintenance and warranty repair work. The Olathe Community Center will re-open for regular programming on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Parks and Recreation customer service will be available to answer questions and take registration at 913-971-8563. Registration is also available 24 hours a day at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.

Olathe Community Center memberships will be recognized at Olathe outdoor pools during the following hours:

·         Oregon Trail & Frontier pools:

o   Monday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 7: 12:30 to 8 p.m.

o   Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9: 12:30 to 7 p.m.

o   Both pools close for the season on Sunday, Aug. 9.

·         Black Bob Bay:

o   Monday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 7: 12:30 to 8 p.m.

o   Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9: 12:30 to 7 p.m.

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

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

Day Out with Frank and Ella

County Fair activities will be featured Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities may include:  voting for your favorite Mahaffie animal, sack races, picnics, one horse powered potato harvest demonstration, watercolor painting, coloring 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. 

County Fair Activities featured at Family Fun Night on Thursday, July 30

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 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

The County fair was a time for farm families to display their new farm machinery, enjoy games and take a much needed break from everyday farming activities. Enjoy 19th century fair-related activities, which may include sack and three legged races, picnics, a horse-powered potato harvest demonstration, voting for your favorite Mahaffie animal and more.

If you’re hungry, show off your pie-eating skills during the ‘slice of pie’ eating contest at 7:45 p.m. Participant categories include ages 4 to 9, ages 10 to 15 and ages 16 and up. Each category is limited to 12 participants. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Center. Winners will receive family ticket packages to Wild West Days.

Admission is free.  A nominal fee will apply to stagecoach rides and other activities.

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

·         Trains, Tramps and Tradition, Monday, Aug. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Listen to Members of The Rose Tattoo, a community of traveling musicians and storytellers, share train and tramp songs, stories and poems. The program is for ages 12 and up. Registration is not required.

·         Health Information Clinic, Tuesday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Get free blood pressure checks from the Olathe Fire Department and gather health information from a librarian. No appointment is needed.

·         Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis, Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Request a tune or just listen to Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt of Betse & Clark, as they share their acoustic folk music. Registration is not required.

·         Beat the Heat Book Sale, Friday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Pick up great bargains and nearly new materials at the Friends of the Olathe Public Library book sale. Sunday, Aug. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., shop the Six-Bucks-A-Sack sale. Purchase a plastic sack at the door, and fill with materials. Buy two, get two free. A variety of items will be available, including children’s books, mystery novels, cookbooks, records, fiction books and more. Romance hardbacks are 50 cents each. All sales are final. Cash or checks are accepted. All Olathe Public Library Friends members receive one dollar off their total purchase one time during each sale. This offer is not valid at Sunday sack sale. Memberships may be purchased at the sale.

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

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