Olathe news briefs for the week of Thanksgiving

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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.

Thanksgiving holiday schedule for City offices, library
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  There will be no trash and recycling curbside collection on Thanksgiving Day.  Customers whose trash and recycling is collected on Thursday will be serviced on Friday; Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday.  Residents are reminded to place carts at the curb by 8 a.m. The Household Hazard Waste facility will also be closed on Saturday, Nov. 28. For more information, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS.

The Olathe Public Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and  Friday, Nov. 27.

Olathe Community Center Thanksgiving holiday hours 

In observation of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Olathe Community  Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and will reduce hours on Friday, Nov. 27, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday group exercise and swim schedules are now available.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm open Thanksgiving weekend
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26. Mahaffie will be open on Friday, Nov. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. for visitors to enjoy1860s living history activities including blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, exhibits in the Heritage Center and the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and stagecoach rides, weather and ground conditions permitting. Admission is $7/adults and $4/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $1/off admission. Plus, those unique gifts and stocking stuffers, including new farm and animal-related toys are located inside the Heritage Center at the Mahaffie Market. For more information, visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa in the holiday decorated Heritage Center on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Activities will include making a craft, listening to Christmas Carols by the Carolers of Note, and sitting for a family photo with Santa! Cost is $8/person ages 3 and up. Admission will include visiting the grounds and Mahaffie House. Registration is required. Visit Mahaffie.org to register and view event details.

Holiday shopping tips from the Olathe Police Department
The holiday season is upon us.  While shopping and running errands for the holidays, remember these crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department:

  • Know your surroundings.
  • Keep an eye on the people in front and behind you.
  • Look for suspicious persons or situations when you are in any area.
  • Shop with a friend or relative. There is safety in numbers.
  • Remember where you parked your car to eliminate confusion and stress that may present you as a better target for a criminal.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  • Place cell phones, GPS devices, holiday packages and other valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your vehicle doors and shut your windows.
  • Don’t advertise your belongings:

o   Carry your purse close to your body. Don’t swing it loosely.

o   Don’t display large amounts of cash.

o   Take only what you may need.

o   Reduce items in your pockets or purse.

  • Walk with confidence.
  • Avoid talking to strangers.
  • Try not to carry too many packages.
  • Approach your vehicle with your keys in your hand.
  • Don’t approach your car if anyone is standing nearby.
  • Trust your instincts:

o   Be cautious.

o   Avoid situations where you don’t feel comfortable.

o   Leave immediately and contact security or police if you see anything suspicious or if something doesn’t feel right.

Kick-off the holiday season with the Dorr Family Light Show

The Dorr Family Light Show will feature more than 40,000 lights and 16 million color combinations at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. The festive drive-up show will be filled with animation, elves and music played through your vehicle radio. The 2015 show will debut Thanksgiving night and will run through New Year’s Eve. Enjoy the display Monday -Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donations benefitting the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will be accepted.

Lake Olathe and Cedar Lake Master Plan public forum Thursday, Dec. 3

The City of Olathe will hold a Lake Olathe and Cedar Lake Master Plan public forum on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. This final public forum is an opportunity for residents to view the proposed master plan for development based on community feedback provided in October.

Olathe Historical Society Holiday House Tour Saturday, Dec. 5

The Olathe Historical Society will host its annual Holiday House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour five vintage homes decorated for the holidays.  Tickets are $10 and available at each home the day of the tour or in advance at the Mahaffie Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Rd. Visit OlatheHistoricalSociety.org/Homes-Tour for a list of participating homes. For more information, contact Bob Courtney at 913-764-2494.

Save the Date for WinterFest 2015

Start the winter season with a visit to Santa’s Wonderland on Friday, Dec. 4, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. The WinterFest schedule includes:

  • 5:15 p.m. – Visit with Santa, view Olathe Public School choir performances, enjoy free activities, face painting, and booths featuring the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund recipients.
  • 6:45 p.m. – Join Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest, Fox 4 Meteorologist Joe Lauria to light the Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
  • 7:15 p.m. – Watch “Elf” in the Olathe Community Center gym. Bring blankets only please.

Free park and ride service will be available from Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • Teen Minecraft and other Building Games on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park St. Join other teens in grades 6-12 to play Minecraft and other sand building games.  Registration is not required.
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park St. Join Ellis, a founding member of the The Wilders for an acoustic jam session featuring fiddle, tenor guitar, and folk music. Registration is not required.
  • YA Anime Club on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Teens in grades 6-12 can share manga drawings, watch and discuss anime while learning about Japanese culture. Refreshments will be served.  Registration is not required.

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