Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 30

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.

WinterFest and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 4

It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Olathe WinterFest, Friday, Dec. 4, at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:45 p.m.

The WinterFest schedule includes:

  • 5:15 p.m. – Visit with Santa, view Olathe Public Schools 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. For the complete schedule of activities, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.

Winter Weather Awareness Day Tuesday, Dec. 1

The National Weather Service and partners from across Kansas and Missouri have designated Tuesday, Dec. 1, as Winter Weather Awareness Day. Participate by helping prepare your family for a severe winter weather event with these two simple steps:

·       Sign up to receive time-sensitive emergency alerts for Johnson County at NotifyJoCo.org.  

·       Create your family’s emergency plan by clicking “My Plan” at PrepareMetroKC.org.

Wellness Wednesday returns Wednesday, Dec. 2

Take part in the first of two sessions exploring how to improve memory skills as part of Wellness Wednesday. The free program is held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Community partner FirstLight will present fun ways to keep the brain active at any stage. The second session is Wednesday, Dec. 9. Reserve your seat by calling 913-267-5555.

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.

Winter Farmers’ Market begins Saturday, Dec. 5

The new Olathe Winter Farmers’ Market begins Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. The market opens at 7:30 a.m. in Community Room C. Vendors will feature eggs, home baked goods and more. Visit Farmers’ Market for a list of winter market dates and vendors.

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.

Meadow Lane Trail public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 9

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Meadow Lane Elementary for input on the development of the Meadow Lane Trail. The trail will run from Stratton Oaks subdivision to Ridgeview Road, connecting with the Johnson County Gary Haller Trail. This meeting will cover the design and construction schedule and allow for attendees to give their input on the development.

Second Annual Teen Bash Friday, Dec. 18

Communities that Care and Olathe Parks & Recreation present the Second Annual Teen Bash on Friday, Dec. 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd.  The free event features swimming, gym time, and prizes.  Parents are invited to stay and enjoy refreshments and information about talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol presented by Communities that Care.

Admission to the event is a donation of two non-perishable items.  Registration is required online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center; registration code 11974.

Give the gift of getting active this holiday season

As you plan your holiday gift giving, consider the gifts of health, fun and memories. Olathe Parks & Recreation has several options to help meet your gift giving needs this season:

  • Olathe Community Center Membership
  • Olathe Community Center punch pass
    • Save by purchasing before Jan 1. to enjoy 2015 prices
      • 10 Visits – $60/$50 Olathe resident
  • 2016 Olathe outdoor pool membership
  • Olathe Parks & Recreation gift card

Learn more about these great gift options at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec or call 913-971-8563.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • Preschool Dance Party on Friday, Dec. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park St. Preschoolers ages five and under and an accompanying adult are invited to dance up a storm with music from the children’s music collection.  Registration is not required.
  • R.E.A.D to a Dog on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Young readers of all ages are invited to drop in and read to a dog provided by Pets for Life, Inc. Check in at the Children’s Services desk for a reading time.
  • Stock up for Winter Reading Book Sale presented by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Don’t miss holiday specials including collectible Little Golden Books, new books at bargain prices, hardback romances for 50 cents, and signed and first edition books (excluded from sack sale).The sale runs Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale concludes with the “Six Bucks a Sack” Sale on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 to 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.

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