Olathe news briefs for the week of Aug. 3

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 4, 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.

The agenda includes a final budget workshop and public hearing as part of the 2016-2017 budget process.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event  Saturday, Aug. 8

All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event on Saturday, Aug. 8 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.

Can’t make it this Saturday? You can schedule an HHW drop-off appointment online. Go to OlatheKS.org/HHW and click the Book Now button to schedule a time that’s convenient for you.

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

  • 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.

  • Millcreek Pool is closed for the season.

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

Olathe Community Center maintenance schedule

The Olathe Community Center pool is closed for cleaning and maintenance from Aug. 3 to 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.

1860s living history continues through Labor Day

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop features 1860s Living History Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities may include cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations, stagecoach rides, visiting the Mahaffie House and the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and exhibits in the Heritage Center. Admission, including all activities, is $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission.  Mahaffie also participates in the Blue Star Museums program where active military personnel receive up to five free admissions with a valid ID.

Registration open for 2015-2016 school programs

Mahaffie offers many school programs for all ages. All school programs are aligned with Kansas and Missouri State Standards and feature interactive 1860s living history activities. School programs include:

  • Growing Up Victorian, Grades K-2, featuring activities that showcase what it was like to grow up in the 1860s.
  • Wagons Ho, Grades 3-5, featuring activities from the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails.
  • JB Mahaffie Had a Farm, Grades 3 and up, featuring 1860s farming activities such as draft power and chores.
  • Tragic Prelude, Grades 5 and up, featuring activities from the Border War and Civil War eras such as cannon drills, marches and drills, and camp life.
  • Home on the Range, Grades 3 and up, featuring activities such as cowboy gear, roping, and branding that demonstrate what life was like along the Kansas cattle trails.

Visit Mahaffie.org for registration and additional information.

Olathe Indian Creek Library celebrating 15-year anniversary

The Olathe Indian Creek Library opened its doors on Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at 12900 S. Black Bob Road. To celebrate this milestone, library customers are invited to enter a drawing at Indian Creek through Thursday, Aug. 6, to win a cloth cooler filled with library-related items, including books, pool toys, candy, glow sticks, $15 DQ gift card, and much more.  One entry per person.  The winner will be announced on  Friday, Aug. 7.

Beat the Heat Book Sale
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library will host a book sale at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12900 S. Black Bob Road, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.  The sale concludes with the “Six-Bucks-A-Sack” Sale on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free.  All sales are final and only cash and checks are accepted.  Strollers and book carts are not allowed in the room due to space constraints.

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