Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 25

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, 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.

Olathe’s 2015 waste diversion rate hits record high
Olathe residents continue diverting more waste from the landfill. The City of Olathe waste diversion rate for 2015 is 43.88 percent, up from 41.10 percent in 2014 and 38.29 percent in 2013. The national average is 34.50 percent.

“Olathe residents are making greater efforts to keep recyclable waste out of landfills,” said Kent Seyfried, City of Olathe Solid Waste Manager. “This allows us to keep trash and recycling rates at a reasonable price for our customers. When we increase our waste diversion rate, we spend less on the cost of waste disposal.”

The best strategy for reducing waste is to reduce, re-use, and recycle:

Reduce by using only things that are necessary. Buy products that are reusable or in bulk to consume less packaging.

Reuse by donating items to thrift stores or charitable organizations, or sell them online.

Recycle household items such as newspapers, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic.

Look for the symbol indicating items are recyclable. Remember that Olathe has a single stream recycling system so most recyclable materials can be stored in the same container for pick-up. Olathe partners with Ripple Glass for glass recycling at three drop-off sites. If you have a question about recycling items, consult Olathe’s online Waste Wizard or download the Olathe Trash Day mobile app, available in the App Store and Google Play.

Portion of Indian Creek Trail closed for flood control project
Indian Creek Trail from Arrowhead Park to Sheridan Drive is closed until fall 2016 as part of the Indian Creek Flood Control Project. The Indian Creek stream will be realigned to allow water to flow more efficiently, assisting with flood control during storm events. Please follow the posted detour signs during construction.

Register for spring sports
Does the winter weather have you thinking about spring? Register now for youth and adult spring sports. View spring activities in the Olathe Parks & Recreation online Recreation Guide or register through Olathe Active.

Meadow Lane Trail public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3
The City of Olathe will hold a final public meeting to discuss the Meadow Lane Trail at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Meadow Lane Elementary, 21880 College Blvd. The meeting will allow residents to provide input on the layout and design of Meadow Lane Trail.  The trail will run from Stratton Oaks subdivision to Ridgeview Road, connecting with the Johnson County Gary Haller Trail.

Take advantage of the early bird pool pass discount
Purchase your Olathe outdoor pool pass before April 30 and receive a $10 discount on a family membership and a $5 discount on individual pool passes. Pool pass forms are available online or at the Olathe Community Center.  Olathe Community Center members receive a 25% discount on outdoor pool passes.

Get Active with an Olathe Community Center membership
Did you resolve to get active this year? It’s not too late to commit or take it to the next level with a membership to the Olathe Community Center. Learn more about a variety of membership options.

Daddy Daughter Ball Friday, Feb. 5

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 St. and Olathe Parks & Recreation.

Teddy Bear Tea Sunday, Feb. 7

Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments, and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Teddy Bear Tea.  The event will be held Sunday, Feb. 7 with sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 125 participants.  All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Rd. Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 by Friday, Feb. 5.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

  • 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.

Visit Mahaffie.org for full event details.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • Raising a Reader – 6 By 6 Early Literacy Skills on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.  Children five and younger with an accompanying adult can grow their “pre-reading” skills as they interact together with educational toys and books.  This drop in program does not require registration.
  • Computer Help Lab on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., and Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Get help with Microsoft software, internet browsers like Google, email, and downloadable content from the library such as eBooks and magazines.  Registration is not required.
  • Preschool Dance Party on Friday, Jan. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Children five and younger with an accompanying adult can dance to favorite songs from the children’s music collection.  Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program begins.
  • Homeschool Program: LEGO® Club on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.  Each month, homeschoolers ages 5 to 11 will receive a theme, and then build with bricks provided by the library.  Registration begins Monday, Jan. 25 at OlatheLibrary.org or by phone at 913-971-6874.
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Ellis, a founding member of The Wilders, is a vocalist who plays fiddle, and tenor guitar. She enjoys old-time music, fiddle tunes, folk, blues, and bluegrass.  She also performs with banjoist Clarke Wyatt as Betse & Clarke. Bring your instruments, a tune, or just come and enjoy the music.  Registration is not required.
  • The President as “Consoler-in-Chief” on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.  One of the roles of the American president is serving as “consoler-in-chief” following a national tragedy or disaster. Join Harold Ivan Smith, grief specialist from St Luke’s Hospital, as he examines the lives of the presidents in this role. Register on the library events page or by calling 913-971-6888.
  • Black Lives Matter on Feb. 3 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.  One Struggle KC, a community organization committed to fighting for human rights and dignity, will discuss the Black Lives Matter movement.  Registration is not required.
  • Community Volunteer Fair on Friday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Visit with various local organizations to find volunteer opportunities. Registration is not required.

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