Olathe news briefs for the week of Feb. 22

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, March 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.

Olathe Public Libraries – What’s your vision?
The community is invited to attend one of two Library Vision Forums to discuss the vision and opportunities for expanding the Olathe Downtown Library and the Indian Creek Library. The forum dates include an open house and a community meeting.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; community meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, Downtown Olathe Library, 201 E. Park St. Open House from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; community meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

An online survey is available and additional community input opportunities will take place in March.. Visit OlatheLibrary.org or call 971-6877 for more information.

State of the City Friday, March 4
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the annual State of the City address on Friday, March 4, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.  Although the luncheon is sold out, the address will be webcast on the City’s website, OlatheKS.org, beginning at approximately 12:10 p.m.

Olathe Parks & Recreation Spring Break activities

Spring Break is right around the corner. Olathe Parks & Recreation offers a variety of full-day and specialty camps to help keep your kids active. Spring Break options are available for registration online.

Pancakes with the Presidents

Enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast, crafts, and a visit with Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln during the annual Pancakes with the Presidents event on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Mahaffie Heritage Center. Cost is $8/person ages three and up, and includes all Winter on the Farm activities. Registration and payment is required in advance at Mahaffie.org or by calling 913-971-5111.

Winter on the Farm

Discover winter farm chores including sausage making, cookstove demonstrations, blacksmithing, and stagecoach rides during Winter on the Farm on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm grounds, 1200 Kansas City Rd.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • Teen Minecraft & Other Building Games on Tuesday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.; for teens in grades 6-12.  Registration is not required.
  • Computer Help Lab on Tuesday, March 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Get help with Microsoft software (Word, Excel, etc.), internet browsers, email, and downloadable content from the library such as eBooks and eMagazines. Registration is not required
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on March 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Join an acoustic jam session led by Betse Ellis, a founding member of The Wilders.  Ellis plays fiddle, tenor guitar, and sings. She performs old-time music, fiddle tunes, folk, blues, and bluegrass.  She also performs with banjoist Clarke Wyatt as Betse & Clarke. Bring your instruments, share a song, or just come and enjoy the music.  Registration is not required.
  • YA Anime Club on Thursday, March 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.; for teens in grades 6-12.  Refreshments will be served.  Registration is not required.
  • Preschool Dance Party on Friday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Kids ages five and younger with accompanying adult can dance to favorite songs from the  children’s music collection.  Registration is not required, but space is limited.  Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before the program.
  • Super-Duper Beginning Ukulele on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Learn basic chords, beginning strums, and how to tune from Linda Tilton, professional music instructor and member of the Kansas City Ukesters. Some commonly known songs will be taught. Both standard and baritone ukuleles are welcome. The class is available for age 13 and above. Register online or call 913-971-6888.
  • Intermediate Ukulele on Saturday, March 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. The class is designed for those who already know basic chords and chord progressions. Learn fingerpicking, reading tablature, and advanced chord shapes such as barre and diminished chords from Linda Tilton, professional music instructor and member of the Kansas City Ukesters. The focus will be on ukuleles in standard tuning, but baritone ukuleles are also welcome. The class is available for age 13 and above. Register online or call 913-971-6888.
  • R.E.A.D. to a Dog on Saturday, March 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Read to a therapy-trained dog from Pets for Life, Inc. Upon arrival, stop by children’s services and sign-up for a reading time.

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