Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 7

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 15, 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.

Reduce waste during the holidays

Household waste increases more than 25 percent during the holidays. Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a greener holiday season with these tips:

·       Wrap gifts in newspaper, used gift wrap, or reusable gift bags. Most gift wrap is not recyclable.

·       Send eCards or recycle cards from past holidays.

·       Buy cards made from recycled materials.

·       Buy rechargeable batteries for toys and electronic gifts to keep batteries out of the landfill and save you money.

·       Flatten extra boxes. All cardboard can be recycled at the curb.

·       Turn off holiday lights during the day and at bedtime to save energy and help your lights last longer.

·       Recycle your wreath and tree (without ornaments, lights or tree stand) at the curb or take to the composting facility.

For a complete list of acceptable recycling items, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS/Recycling. Or, for a handy mobile reference, download the free Olathe Trash Day mobile app, available in the App Store and Google Play.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event Saturday, Dec. 12

All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop-off their unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe drop-off event on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive behind Public Works and Customer Service.

Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Accepted items include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

e-Waste (electronics) is not accepted at the drop-off event. Call 913-971-9311 to schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop-off unwanted HHW or e-Waste items.

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.

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 12

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa in the Heritage Center on Saturday, Dec. 12 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 includes access to the Mahaffie house and grounds. Registration is required and the event is limited to 100 participants. Visit Mahaffie.org to register and view event details.

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.  Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center; registration code 11974.

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.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • Afternoon LEGO® Club on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Participants in grades K-5 will be given a theme to create with LEGOs®. Register by calling 913-971-6874 or on the events page at OlatheLibrary.org.
  • Pizza & Pages Book Lovers Club on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Youth in grades 3-5 will enjoy pizza and talk about books they have read.  Please bring a book currently being read and share something about it.  Register by calling 913-971-6874 or online at OlatheLibrary.org.
  • 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.
  • Pajama Storytime on Monday, Dec. 14 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Wear your pajamas to the library for bedtime stories. Stories are geared to preschoolers and their families, but all ages are welcome.  Registration is not required.
  • Evening LEGO® Club on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Participants in grades K-5 will be given a theme to create with LEGOs®. Register by calling 913-971-6874 or online at OlatheLibrary.org.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Dec.16, from 11:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café, lower level of the County Admin Building, 111 S. Cherry St. Join this informal group to talk about books over lunch. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the cafe.  Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch After Hours – New Location on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe St. Join this informal group to talk about books over dinner.  Purchase off the menu or just come and enjoy the discussion. Registration is not required.

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