Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 11

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, 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.

City of Olathe named 2016 Healthiest Employer
For the second year in a row, the City of Olathe has been named one of the healthiest employers in Kansas City by the Kansas City Business Journal. The City of Olathe joins Henderson Engineers, Inc., Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, MRIGlobal, and Nabholz Construction in the 250-999 employees category. The top-scoring organization is each size category will be announced at a luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

City offices closed for MLK holiday
City of Olathe offices will close on Monday, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The City’s trash and recycling collection schedule will NOT be affected.

Annual MLK Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 17

Olatheans and residents throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area are invited to join the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 17. The annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the new Olathe Conference Center by Embassy Suites, located at K-10 and Ridgeview Rd. The event is free and open to the public.

OHRC’s Martin Luther King Celebration is sponsored by Bott Radio Networks, Robert Brogden Buick GMC, Olathe Ford Lincoln, Enterprise Bank, and Harlan C. Parker and Jason S. Parker – State Farm, in partnership with the City of Olathe, Olathe Public Library, and Olathe Public Schools.

For more information, visit OlatheKS.org or contact Vanessa Vaughn West at vlvaughnwest@olatheks.org or 913-971-8827.

Mahaffie 150th Gala Saturday, Feb. 20

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation invites the public to celebrate 150 years at the Mahaffie House on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a special 150th Gala. Tickets are $75/person, $600 for a table of eight, and sponsorships are available. Ticket sales are limited to the first 150 registrants. Purchase your tickets at Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111. All proceeds will go to the preservation of the Mahaffie House. Attire will be semi-formal or 19th century formal wear.

In February 1866, James ‘Beatty’ Mahaffie and his wife Lucinda hosted a celebration coinciding with the birthday of his Excellency George Washington to welcome the Olathe community to their newly built limestone farmhouse on the Santa Fe Trail. This event is inspired by that same celebration and includes:

  • Lamplight reception at the Mahaffie House where you will meet James ‘Beatty Mahaffie, his wife Lucinda, and the Honorable Samuel J. Crawford, Governor of Kansas in 1866. Stagecoach and carriage rides from the Heritage Center to the house will be available, weather and ground conditions permitting. Enjoy samples of Washington’s birthday cake and cider beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Enjoy dinner in the Heritage Center, inspired by 19th Century cuisine: bison, turkey, seasonal vegetables, soup, salad and dessert catered by the Sunflower Café. A commemorative wine glass will be included with the meal.
  • A 19th Century fireworks display in honor of General Washington will begin at 7 p.m. Featured displays will include a cannon tribute to Washington.
  • After fireworks, participants will enjoy 19th Century social dancing with music from the Gum Springs Serenaders. A caller will assist guests during the dance.

According to the Local Matters section of The Olathe Mirror published Feb. 22, 1866, “Do not forget the social party to be given this evening at J.B. Mahaffie’s.  A good time is expected by all, and we have not the slightest doubt but the anticipations will be fully realized.”  Visit Mahaffie.org for event details.

Snow Brigade needs volunteers

The City of Olathe is seeking volunteers for the Snow Brigade. The program matches elderly and disabled Olathe residents with volunteers who assist with snow removal from driveways and sidewalks when Olathe experiences a storm that produces two or more inches of snow.

All individual volunteers must complete a volunteer application and undergo a background check before assignments are made. The program needs more than 60 volunteers to assist those in need this winter season.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit Volunteer Opportunities.

Daddy Daughter Ball registration

Dads, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of memories with your daughter. The annual Daddy Daughter Ball is Friday, Feb.5 at the Olathe Community Center. This popular event includes food, games, pictures and more. Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or at the Olathe Community Center. Space is limited. The 2016 Daddy Daughter Ball is sponsored by Hy-Vee on 151st Street and Olathe Parks & Recreation.

Community Garden Workshop

Join the Olathe Community Garden Partnership for the annual winter Community Garden Workshop from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan 23. The morning event will feature speakers from around the region who will discuss growing fruits and vegetables successfully at home. The $5 registration fee includes a free soil test the day of the conference. Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center.

The workshop is presented by the Olathe Community Garden Partnership, an alliance committed to introducing the Olathe community to the wide-variety of personal and communal gardening opportunities throughout the city.  The partnership includes the City of Olathe, Olathe Medical Center, K-State Extension, K-State Olathe, the Olathe Community Garden Committee, and members of the faith community.

Spring sports registration

Does the winter cold have you thinking about spring? Register now for spring sports including youth baseball, soccer, adult sports, and more. Check out the Olathe Parks & Recreation Activity Guide for program opportunities and registration.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • Computer Help Lab on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., and Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Learn more about Microsoft programs, internet browsers like Google, email, and downloadable books, music and magazines from the library.  On-line training materials for use at the library and at home will be provided. Registration is not required.
  • Family History Friday on Friday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Research your ancestors with the help of the library’s databases (including Ancestry.com) and Kansas Room genealogy books and consult with librarians and volunteers. Registration is not required.
  • MLK Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan.18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Celebrate Dr. King’s birthday by helping with a service project for local nonprofit agencies. Service projects will vary throughout the day. All ages are welcome. Registration is not required.
  • MLK Jr. Blood Drive on Monday, Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Donate blood for the American Red Cross and help save lives. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: OlathePublicLibrary). Bring a photo I.D.
  • BRRR! It’s Cold Out There – Preschool Crafts on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., and on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.
  • NeedleArts Circle on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Interested in knitting, crocheting and other needle arts?  Bring your latest projects to work on, share, and discuss. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café, lower level of the Johnson County Admin Building, 111 S. Cherry St.  Drop-in for this informal lunch gathering to discuss books. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the café.  Registration is not required.
  • Make a Fidget Apron on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Attendees will learn to sew by making fidget aprons for those with Alzheimer’s. Attendees will cut out and sew the aprons. Applying pockets, zippers, beads, textured fabrics, and button holes will be included. Register on the events page or call 913-971-6888.
  • Book Munch After Hours on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe St. Join this informal group get-together to talk about books over dinner.  Purchase off of the menu or just come and enjoy the discussion. Registration is not required.
  • Scan Your Historical Photos on Friday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Use the library’s new photo scanner to digitize old photos and correct problems like cracks, fading, and spots in the digitized image. Restore the color to like-new perfection. Bring your own thumb drive or use a library CD. Register on the events page or call 913-971-6888.

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