Olathe news briefs for the week of Sept. 21

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 6, 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.

Mahaffie Wild West Days Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27
Enjoy Wild West skits, live entertainment, and children’s games at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s annual Wild West Days, Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.  This popular event offers visitors a variety of experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the Old West.

Wild West Days will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Olathe historic site, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd. Family-friendly admission is $5/person ages 5 & up or five people for $20; youth ages 4 and under are free. Food will be available for purchase. Some games and activities require an additional fee. 

Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge, courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.  On-going entertainment, including stagecoach robberies and re-enactments, will be presented in view of the stagecoach area.

Performances include Wicked Liars, the Whip Guy, the Whip Crackin’ Dare Devils, and Gunsmoke & Petticoats. Buffalo Bill will serve as Master of Ceremonies throughout the weekend. Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana Dancers perform Sunday only. Children’s activities include a shooting gallery (ages 8 and up), gold panning, branding, live entertainment and more. Rocking M Miniatures from Leavenworth, KS will be in the arena both days with their teams of miniature donkeys and horses. Visitors of all ages and horse experience are welcome to try their hand at driving a team.

Enjoy an omelet breakfast by the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club Saturday only from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Heritage Center. Tickets for the breakfast are $8 and include admission to the event. A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday only, with limited samples and voting opportunities. Samples begin at noon on Saturday with voting in several food categories plus the People’s Choice award.

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie will be available at nearby Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St. Handicapped accessible parking will be available at Mahaffie.  Please do not park in the Olathe Community Center Parking lot.

For more information, visit Mahaffie.org, or call 913-971-5111.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club, Olathe Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau, Olathe Bass Pro Shops, Olathe Ford, and Olathe Noon Optimists.

Fairview Park Rededication Saturday, Sept. 26

The City of Olathe will unveil the new basketball courts at Fairview Park, 400 N. Walnut, on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. The event will include comments from Mayor Michael Copeland and pick-up basketball games to follow.

Turn in old, expired, unwanted medications on Saturday, Sept. 26

Rid your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by disposing of them on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  Sponsored by the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the service is free and anonymous.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines languishing in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both are potential safety and health hazards.

The DEA and its partners took in over 4.8 million pounds of prescription drugs in nine previous take-back events nationwide from 2010-2014.

City to host Scouting Open House Tuesday, Oct. 27

The City of Olathe is hosting an Open House for Scouting on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland and other City staff will educate scouts about many aspects of City government, including Olathe’s form of government, the role of the mayor and other City officials, operations and services provided by City departments, and good citizenship.

Space is limited and an online RSVP is requested.  For more information, call the Mayor’s Office at 913-971-8500.

Share your opinions online to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan

The Olathe Comprehensive Plan outlines the community’s vision for how Olathe will grow today and in the future. It’s time to update that plan and stakeholder input is critical.

Feedback is important to ensure the Olathe Comprehensive Plan remains a community-driven effort. Please provide your thoughts via the PlanOlathe Comprehensive Plan survey, available through Tuesday, Sept. 22. Complete the survey and you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card. To read the current plan, visit PlanOlathe.org.

Olathe Charities 5K early bird registration ends Saturday, Sept. 26

The early registration discount for the Olathe Charities 5K ends on Saturday, Sept .26. Don’t miss your opportunity to run this inaugural race for $40. The fee increases to $45 after Sept. 26. The registration fee includes:

•           $20 donation to your selected charity

•           t-shirt

•           finishers medal

•           timing chip and bib

Runners can register online or call 913-971-8563 with code 11355.  Do you want to run with your dog? A Pooch Pass is available for $10 more with code 11504.

The Olathe Charities 5K is Saturday, Oct. 10 at Frontier Park. The run starts at 9 a.m. and loops the Indian Creek Trail. Activities will be available throughout Frontier Park for spectators.

Historic Cemetery Tour tickets going fast
Tickets are selling quickly for the popular fall Historic Cemetery Tour. The Historic Cemetery Tour offers a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff and volunteers portraying historic figures like James “Beatty” Mahaffie, his wife Lucinda, and their children. This year’s tour theme is Meet the Mahaffies, in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Mahaffie House. Fall Cemetery Tour dates are Thursday, Oct. 8, Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10. Thursday and Friday evening tour times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening Tour times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 is Scout Night. Girl and Boy Scouts can earn a special Cemetery Tour patch included with their admission.

Tickets are required for $6/person ages 5 and up.  Tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Center Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. or by calling 913- 971-5111. Tours meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker. 

Fall Scout Day at Mahaffie
Mahaffie will host Fall Scout Day on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 1860s living history activities such as stagecoach rides, 19th century games, and 19th century fall harvest activities will be offered to help Tiger Cub Scouts, Bear Cub Scouts and Brownie Scouts earn elements for their community-focused programs.

Scouts are invited to attend either the morning session or afternoon session. Tours are self-guided and maps are provided to help each scout attend all activities. Mahaffie staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the interactive activities. Scouts attending will also earn a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program.

Registration is required and payment is due the day of the program. Cost is $6 per scout; accompanying adults are admitted free ($2/adult to ride the stagecoach) and additional siblings ages 5 and up are $5. Scouts and family members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions.  Many activities take place outdoors. Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 to register.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

  • Life in a One-Room Schoolhouse on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Walnut Grove One-Room Schoolhouse, 11900 S. Pflumm Rd.  In celebration of National Grandparents Day, the Olathe Public Library is partnering with the Kansas City Theatre for an intergenerational program. Actors, storytellers, musicians, and puppeteers will lead interactive games and activities depicting “a day at school.” The program is open to youth in grades K-6 with accompanying adult. Register on the library events page or by calling 913-971-6888.
  • Sew a Simple Pillow Cover on Monday, Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Adults can learn sewing basics while completing a simple pillow cover. Attendees should bring a half-yard of medium-weight, cotton/cotton blend material and thread to match. Register on the library events page or by calling 913-971-6888.
  • Travel and Learn with a Road Scholar on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. World traveler Lynda Dowling will recount the fun of traveling with the Road Scholar Program. Offering education-focused experiences since 1975, Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) creates learning opportunities that can’t be found on traditional tours or on your own. View photographs and find out how you can see the world. Register on the library events page or by calling 913-971-6888.
  • Homeschool Program: LEGO Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. The program for homeschoolers ages 5-11 follows a monthly theme with bricks provided by the library.  Registration begins Monday, Sept. 28 on the library events page or by calling 913-971-6888.

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