Olathe news briefs for the week of Oct. 5

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.

Fire Prevention Week
October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week. Did you know that many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should? When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. You need working smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Working smoke alarms save lives. Test yours at least once every month!  For additional fire and life safety tips, visit OlatheKS.org/Fire.

Olathe Charities 5K Saturday, Oct. 10

The City of Olathe presents the Olathe Charities 5K on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. at Frontier Park. The inaugural 5K loops the scenic Indian Creek Trail. The $40 participation fee includes chip timing and bib, t-shirt, finisher medal and a $20 donation to a participating charity of your choice.  Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center through noon on Friday, Oct. 9 or on site at the race.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event Saturday, Oct. 10
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Dr., behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary. Residents can also 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.

Share your vision for Olathe lakes

Share your vision for Cedar Lake and Lake Olathe during a Park Master Plan Open House on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. If you can’t attend the open house, submit Cedar Lake ideas to cedarlakemp@thinkconfluence.com and Lake Olathe ideas to lakeolathemp@thinkconfluence.com.

Fall safety tips

As the fall season sets in, temperatures drop and the sun sets earlier. While you may be enjoying the weather, it is important to remember this time of year is perfect cover for petty criminals. Here are a few simple tips to keep you from being a victim of theft.

·       Turn on the lights. Criminals don’t like bright lights. A carefully placed floodlight on a motion sensor is an economical way to prevent people from lurking in the shadows.

·       Lock your vehicle doors. Most vehicle thefts are spontaneous events. If a thief is confronted with a locked door it is likely that he will move on to the next opportunity.

·       Store your valuables in the house. Don’t leave valuable electronics like laptops and GPS units in an unlocked car.

·       Close and lock all your home doors.  Lock your front door and garage when you are working in the back yard; and keep the back door locked when you are in the front yard. Always lock your doors when you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a few minutes.

·       Install motion-activated lights in your front and back yards. When someone approaches your home, the lights automatically come on, illuminating that person.

·       Store a list of your serial numbers. Returning property to the rightful owner is a priority when the Olathe Police Department solves a burglary. It is important to store a list of serial numbers.

·       Feel free to call! You know what is normal for your neighborhood and what is out of the ordinary.  Call the Olathe Police Department at 913-782-0720 if you see any suspicious activity.

Celebrate Spooktober in Olathe

Celebrate Spooktober with three family-friendly Halloween themed events in Olathe.

  • Celebrate Olathe – Fall Festival:  Friday, Oct. 23 at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. The evening will feature crafts, games, face painting, music, costume contests and ,of course, trick-or-treating!  Trick-or-Treat Trail will open at 5 p.m. and close at 6:45 p.m.  Finish the night with a free movie featuring “Hocus Pocus”, beginning at 7:15 p.m. in the Community Center gymnasium. Blankets are welcome, no chairs please. Food concessions will be available for purchase. Please park at Olathe North and take the free shuttle. Learn more at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/CelebrateOlathe.
  • Trick-or-Treat off the Street:  Saturday, Oct. 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd. Dress in your Halloween costume and experience living history activities. $3/person ages three and up includes a horse drawn hay-wagon ride, games, crafts and candy stations sponsored by local organizations.
  • Haunted Swamp:  Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Enjoy treats and activities including a pumpkin dive followed by open swim in the swamp. Be sure to bring your Halloween buckets to collect all your goodies. The $20 ($15 for Olathe resident) participation fee includes one adult and one child, additional participants are $8 each. Registration is required. Register online, by phone 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center.

Drive a Lincoln to support Mahaffie

Supporting the Mahaffie Foundation is as easy as test driving a Lincoln! On Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit Olathe Ford Lincoln, 1845 E. Santa Fe St. and test drive a Lincoln. The Lincoln Motor Company will donate $20 to the Mahaffie Foundation for each test drive.

Fall on the Farm: Corn

Fall is a busy time on any farm, past and present. Weekends in October, Mahaffie will harvest crops and make preparations for winter just as the Mahaffie family did in the 1860s, weather and crop conditions permitting. Each October weekend features a different theme. Corn is the theme for Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11.  Activities feature picking corn, shelling corn, and horse powered corn grinding demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. All activities are included with daily admission, $7/adults, $4/children ages 5-11; Olathe residents receive $2/off admission. Wheat Harvest activities will be featured on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18.

Fall Scout Day
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 attending will also earn a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this event. Scouts are invited to attend one session. Mahaffie staff and volunteers will be on-hand to assist with activities at all sessions. Tours are self-guided and activity maps are provided. 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 & up cost $5 each. Scouts and family members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch, a water bottle, and to dress for the weather.  To register, visit Mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis and Maria the Mexican* on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Join an acoustic jam session with Betse Ellis, a founding member of The Wilders. Joining Ellis is Maria the Mexican, who brings a mariachi twist. Bring an instrument, a tune or just come to enjoy the music. Registration is not required.
  • Cookout to Benefit United Way on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Library staff will grill and serve hot dogs, brats, pulled pork sliders and accompaniments to benefit United Way. Wear Chiefs’ red, Royals’ blue, or your favorite school colors and join the tailgate fun. Menu item prices vary.
  • Fall Festival Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12900 S. Black Bob Rd., Sponsored by Friends of the Library, the sale concludes with the “Six-Bucks-a-Sack” Sale on Sunday, Oct. 11 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.
  • Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Stop in for crafts, activities, costumed visitors and displays that celebrate Star Wars and reading. Costumes are encouraged. Registration is not required.
  • A Classical Afternoon with the Goldenberg Duo on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Susan Goldberg, a long-time Kansas City Symphony violinist and her brother, Bill, a piano professor, will entertain guests with the sounds they have shared across four continents.  Registration is not required.

* This event is made possible by a grant, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

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