Olathe news briefs for the week of Aug. 17

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, 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 City Council is expected to vote on the proposed 2016 budget, 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), and 2016-2017 fee resolution.

KDOT I-35 Pavement Reconstruction Project updates

The first phase of the KDOT I-35 Pavement Reconstruction Project, which affects I-35 from Santa Fe Street to 151st Street, is scheduled to be complete by early September. This will re-open the southbound I-35 Santa Fe entrance ramp and the southbound Old 56 Highway exit ramp. The second phase of the project has been delayed until spring 2016, which will close the Santa Fe to southbound I-35 entrance ramp, the Old U.S. 56 to northbound I-35 entrance ramp, and the northbound I-35 to Santa Fe Street/135th Street exit ramps. Updated daily traffic information from the Kansas Department of Transportation can be found at www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

Microchip and rabies vaccination clinic Saturday, Aug. 29

The City of Olathe will offer a Microchip and Low-cost Rabies Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Drive, located behind the Olathe Police Department.

Olathe residents can obtain rabies vaccinations and purchase/renew City of Olathe animal licenses at the same time. Microchips cost $25 and one-year rabies vaccinations cost $10. Additional immunizations including distemper, bordetella, etc. will be available at a reduced rate. The animal shelter accepts cash or check. Contact the Olathe Animal Shelter at 913-971-6362 for additional information.

Olathe culinary students take on the market

Watch top student chefs from the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts program go head-to-head in a cooking competition during the fifth annual COUNTRY Financial Chef Challenge. The event takes place at the Olathe Community Center Farmers’ Market location at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22.

Student chefs competing for scholarships will be tasked with using fresh ingredients from the market to create original dishes in front of a live audience. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winning two-student team. The top three teams will be awarded scholarships on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Black Bob Bay open weekends through Labor Day
Black Bob Bay will be open weekends from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7). Mill Creek, Oregon Trail and Frontier Trail pools are closed for the season. For more information about Olathe public pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website.

Too Cool to Drool Sept. 8

Bring your dog(s) for some fun swim time at Black Bob Bay from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

  • Dogs 25 pounds or less swim from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Dogs of all sizes swim from 7p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $10. Registration is available online at Too Cool To Drool; the first 75 dogs will enjoy a goodie bag.

Wild West Obstacle 5K Sept. 26

Stagecoach Park is getting wild on Saturday, Sept. 26 with a new Wild West Obstacle 5K run. Runners will take on the “Wild West” with fun obstacles placed throughout the 5K course. Registration is $35 for the race or $42 for race, omelet breakfast, and entry to Mahaffie’s Wild West Days. Register online or call 971-8563 with code 10937.

Olathe Charity 5K Oct. 10

The City of Olathe will hold the inaugural Olathe Charity 5K on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Frontier Park, benefitting local charities.

Olathe Charity 5K is now accepting applications from local charities looking for a fun and easy fundraiser. Selected organizations receive $20 per runner who designate that they are running on behalf of the charity. Organizations with 501c3 status are encouraged to learn more and fill out the online application form.

Runners can register online or call 913-971-8563 with code 11355. Discount registration is $40.00 through Sept. 26, $45 from Sept. 27 to Oct. 9, and $50 the day of the race.

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

  • Computer Help Lab, Friday, Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, and Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. 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.
  • Music with Mar, Monday, Aug. 24 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, and Friday, Aug. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the  Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. This interactive program of music and movement is for ages five and younger, with accompanying adult.  Register by calling 971-6874 or visiting online at OlatheLibrary.org/Events

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

Back to School Drive

The Olathe Public Library is partnering with the Olathe Public Schools Foundation to support the annual Back to School Drive to provide school supplies to local families in need of assistance. Donated supplies can be dropped off during business hours through Monday, Aug. 31 at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park, and the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  For a complete list of requested items, visit http://olathelibrary.info/slideshow/school-supply-drive-2015.

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