Olathe news briefs for the week of Oct. 19

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 20, 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.

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.

Spooktober festivities begin this weekend 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, fire eaters, 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 Google fiber sponsored showing of “Hocus Pocus”, beginning at 7:15 p.m. in the Community Center gymnasium. Blankets are welcome, no chairs please. The first 500 kids receive a trick-or-treat bag to decorate. Candy and prizes while supplies last. 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.  Please park at the Mahaffie House parking lot.
  • 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.

Olathe Community Center special event hours

The Olathe Community Center will be open 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 in preparation for Celebrate Olathe. Regular programming will resume at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Olathe Community Center pool will close at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 to prepare for Haunted Swamp. The pool will not be available for open swim during this event. Haunted Swamp is a registration required event.

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

City of Olathe seeks entries for Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

The City of Olathe is accepting sculpture entries for the 2016 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. The exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.  All entries must be original work. Artists may enter up to three works for consideration. There is a $10.00 entry fee for each work submitted and all entries must be received by Jan. 4, 2016. Artists will receive a $1500 honorarium for each work selected. Complete a call for entries or call Renee Rush, 913-971-8658.

Fall on the Farm: All Things Apple

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. All Things Apple is the theme for Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25.  Activities feature making apple butter, watching cider press demonstrations and cooking with apples. All activities are included with daily admission, $7/adults, $4/children ages 5-11; Olathe residents receive $2/off admission. Regular 1860s living history activities will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

  • Olathe Public Library Advisory Board Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, October 21 has been canceled.
  • An Evening with Sky Smeed on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Local indie singer and songwriter Smeed will entertain with his feel-good, country-tinged guitar tunes. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café, lower level of the County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St. Gather with friends to talk about books over lunch. Registration is not required.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12900 S. Black Bob Rd. Make an appointment at redcrossblood.org or use the new RapidPass that reduces the time spent at the drive. Appointments made through RapidPass must donate on Oct. 21. Visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete the process.  Enter sponsor code MLK.
  • Day of the Dead Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Children fifth grade and younger, accompanied by an adult, are invited to drop by to decorate a traditional sugar skull. Supplies are limited.
  • Junior Makers for 1st-5th Graders on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, 12900 S. Black Bob Rd. Learn about and create an origami project. Register at olathelibrary.org or call 913-971-6874.
  • Sew a Simple Throw Pillow Cover on Monday, Oct. 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, 12900 S. Black Bob Rd. Participants 16 years and older are invited to learn sewing basics. Learn what materials to bring when you register on the events page at olathelibrary.org or call 913-971-6888.
  • Organize your Important Papers on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, 12900 S. Black Bob Rd. Valeria Edwards, K-State Extension Agent, will teach goal setting and other strategies to make it easier to pay bills on time, find receipts, and share family paperwork responsibilities. Register on the events page at olathelibrary.org or call 913-971-6888.
  • Medicare Minutes on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Oak Park Library, 9500 Bluejacket, Overland Park; and Oct. 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) will help participants select the best Medicare Plan D during this enrollment period. Co-sponsored by the Positive Aging Coalition, the Olathe Public and Johnson County Libraries, and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.  Registration is not required.

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