Olathe news briefs for the week of April 4

Katie McElhinney named Olathe Municipal Court Judge

The Olathe City Council has selected Katie McElhinney as Olathe Municipal Court Judge. A ceremonial swearing-in will take place on Tuesday, April 5, during the Olathe City Council meeting. McElhinney is a graduate of Washburn Law School and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Kansas.  She brings 20 years of legal experience to the municipal court, including 14 years as a prosecuting attorney and six years on the bench.

McElhinney currently serves as the chairperson for the Johnson County Municipal Courts Bench Bar Association and president-elect of the Kansas Municipal Judges Association (KMJA).  Judge McElhinney teaches at the local Johnson County Bar Conference and the annual KMJA State Conference.

“I am honored to serve the city and people of Olathe as Municipal Court Judge. I’m eager to collaborate with the Court Administrator and City staff to improve court processes and achieve performance objectives, including a transition to a paperless court,” McElhinney said.

Garmin Marathon Runs through Olathe Saturday, April 16

The 13th Annual Garmin Marathon will take place on Saturday April 16.  The race starts at the new Embassy Suites Hotel and Olathe Conference Center at 6:45 a.m. To allow runners to safely pass, there will be intermittent intersection, walking trail, and road closures through the city from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Route information can be found at http://ozrun.org.

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Garmin Marathon organizers thank residents and businesses of Olathe for their cooperation with this great community event and for making our local and out-of-town guests feel welcome. Garmin Marathon questions can be directed to the Olathe Chamber of Commerce at marathon@olathe.org.

Take the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is currently underway through the month of April.  Olathe is competing against other cities across the country to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Visit mywaterpledge.com to pledge using email or Facebook. Residents from winning cities will have the chance to win great prizes including a new Toyota Prius! Olathe is currently in second place for cities with populations 100,000 to 299,999.  Take the pledge today!

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event Saturday, April 9
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off their unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Dr. behind Public Works and Customer Service. Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Items that can be dropped off include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. e-Waste (electronics) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Saturday, April 30
Rid your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by disposing of them on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  Sponsored by the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The DEA will accept pills or patches.  Liquids, needles, and sharps cannot be accepted.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,000 sites operated by the DEA, in coordination with thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In ten previous take-back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds – more than 2,750 tons – of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposal of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards.

Visit DEA Diversion for additional information.

Olathe Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, April 23
Enjoy fresh produce, flowers, herbs, eggs, and more, at two Olathe Farmers’ Market locations beginning Saturday, April 23.

·        The Black Bob Market is located at 14500 W. 151st St. in the east side parking lot near Field 1.

·        The Olathe Community Center Market is located at 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. in the west parking lot.

The Saturday market will open on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m., operating every Saturday until produce is sold.

The Wednesday market will open on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 a.m., operating every Wednesday until produce is sold.

Visit Farmers’ Market for additional information.

Register for Mahaffie spring programs

Spring Home School Day is Thursday, April 28. Home school students will enjoy many 1860s living history activities with other home school families. Spring farm chores will be featured and the programs will run from 10 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5/student, and accompanying adults are free. Registration is required by Thursday, April 21. Payment is due the day of the program, or in advance to receive fast track to the activities.

Spring Scout Day is Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Boy and Girl Scouts of all levels will enjoy 1860s spring farming activities including sheep shearing demonstrations. Cost is $6/Scout, accompanying siblings are $5, and adults are free ($2/adult for stagecoach rides). The fee includes a special Mahaffie patch only available during Spring Scout Day. Registration is required by Friday, April 29. Payment is due the day of the program.

Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 to register.

Planning for a Lifetime with Autism
Parents, caregivers, employers, and others are invited to a free workshop to assist those with autism. Learn from experts during panel discussions including.

  • Navigating the System
  • Discovering Employment Opportunities

The event will be held on Friday, April 22, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Kelly Wellness Center, 620 S. Rogers Rd in Olathe. Continental breakfast will be served.

The event is sponsored by Autism Society of the Heartland, Olathe Public Library, KidsTLC, Olathe Public Schools USD 233 and the Kansas Center for Autism Research & Training. Please register by Friday, April 15. Visit olathelibrary.org/kids/autism for additional information and registration.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Book Sale cancelled
Due to the flooding and indefinite closing of the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., the Friends of the Library Book Sale for Tuesday, May 31, through Thursday, June 2, has been cancelled.

Olathe Public Libraries programming

Due to the temporary closure of Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., many programs have been cancelled, moved to the Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St., or other locations. Please visit the events calendar for an updated list. Questions can be directed to 913-971-6874 for children’s programming or 913-971-6888 for adult and teen programming.

·       Teen Minecraft and other building games on Tuesday, April 5, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. For youth in grades 6-12. Registration is not required.

·       Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Registration is not required.

·       Financial Crimes Prevention on Wednesday, April 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St., presented by Tom Gottschalk, financial crime investigator from the District Attorney’s Office. Register by calling 913-971-6888 or visit the events calendar.

·       Social Media: Making the Connection to Generation Next on Friday, April 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the K-State Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Ste.1500, room 1060. Register by calling 913-971-6888 or visit the events calendar.

·       Health Information & Referral Clinic on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Drop by for blood pressure checks from Olathe Fire Department firefighter/paramedics and navigate consumer health information with a librarian. Registration is not required.

·        Afterschool LEGO® Club on Wednesday, April 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. For youth in grades K-5. Register by calling 913-971-6874 or visit the events calendar.

·        Olathe Chamber of Commerce Coffee on Thursday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  The library will be open to the public, however, the facility and parking lot may be congested during this time. Extra parking is available in the Chestnut Street parking garage.  Drive-up book drops are available. Some public computers will be unavailable during this time.

·       Pizza and Pages Book Lovers Club on Thursday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Kids in grades 3-5 will share a quick pizza dinner, talk about books they have read, and enjoy a surprise reading-related activity. Register by calling 913-971-6874 or visit the events calendar.

·        Evening LEGO® Club on Tuesday, April 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. For youth in grades K-5. Register by calling 913-971-6874 or visit the events calendar.

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