Olathe news briefs for the week of April 18

Fourth Fridays returns to Downtown Olathe Friday, April 22
Downtown Olathe is the place to celebrate the end of the work week when Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Olathe for another year of exciting events. Enjoy live music, giveaways, tasty food, activities for all ages, and the opportunity to discover local shops and restaurants! 

Events take place on Friday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Johnson County Square, 100 W. Park St. (next to the Johnson County Courthouse). Many local shops will offer extended hours.

April is Educator Appreciation Month. Educators who show a school ID receive a discount at downtown Olathe shops all day Friday, April 22. Students, tell us about why you appreciate your favorite educator/teacher! Email centralcoreinitiative@gmail.com.

Fourth Fridays is sponsored by the Central Core Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to building community and supporting efforts that lead to long-term, sustainable development of the Central Core neighborhood and downtown area of Olathe. Visit OlatheFourthFridays.com for more information, including inclement weather notices on the day of the event.

 

Tower 2 Tower 5K Saturday, April 30

Celebrate National Drinking Water Week by participating in the inaugural Tower 2 Tower 5K on Saturday, April 30. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. A free kids run begins at 8:55 a.m.

The unique race route is a loop along Renner Blvd from WaterOne’s water tower to the City of Olathe’s north water tower. Parking is available at WaterOne (10747 Renner Blvd, Lenexa) and nearby businesses and can be accessed from College Blvd and Eicher Dr.

Each participant receives a free t-shirt, water bottle, and medal. Interactive water booths and demonstrations make this a fun and educational event for the entire family.

Register at Tower2Tower5K.org. Proceeds benefit Water for People, a non-profit organization that works to bring clean and safe drinking water to countries that need it most.

 

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.

 

Johnson County Track Meet debuts on Saturday, April 30

Get ready to run, jump, and throw at the first Johnson County Track and Field Meet on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. The event, for youth ages 6-14, is co-sponsored by 10 area recreation departments, and includes the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,600 meter runs, as well as long jump and turbo throw. The meet is a drop-in format, so participants may try out events at any time throughout the day. Winners are determined by best times and distances in their age and gender group. Participants must preregister at http://bit.ly/JOCOTrackMeet. The first 150 kids will receive a t-shirt.

 

Olathe Charities 5K seeks charities of choice

The second annual Olathe Charities 5K will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, on trails around the College Boulevard Activity Center. This unique run benefits participating charities who register to become a charity of choice. Selected organizations receive $15 per runner, or $20 per four-person team who designate that charity at registration. Interested local charities can learn more or submit the Local Organization Interest form to be considered a charity of choice for 2016. Participating charities of choice will be assigned team colors once they register 10 runners on their behalf.

Runner registration is available for both individual runners and teams of four. Early registrants will have the opportunity to select their charity via email once organizations are added to the system.

Enjoy Spring on the Farm at Mahaffie Saturday, April 30
Spring is a busy time on the Mahaffie Farm. Visit on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and assist with farm activities like:

  • sheep shearing
  • washing wool
  • dyeing wool
  • horse powered wheat planting (afternoon only)

Other activities include stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, 19th century games, visiting the Mahaffie House and Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and exhibits in the Heritage Center. All activities are included with regular site admission: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, ages 4 and under are free. Olathe residents receive $2/off admission with proof of residency.

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


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.

  • A Musical Evening with Shapiro Brothers on Tuesday, April 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  This dynamic Americana duo, based in Kansas City, deliver classic country and folk music alongside critically acclaimed originals. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café, lower level of the County Admin Building, 111 S. Cherry St. Talk about books over lunch during this this informal group get-together. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch After Hours on Thursday, April 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe St.  Join this after-hours group to discuss a variety of book-related topics, including current reading. Registration is not required.
  • Fish Tales on Friday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd.  Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs and plays.  For ages 5 and younger with accompanying adult. Registration is not required.  For a small fee, stay for a special Me & Mini Me Swim. Call the Olathe Community Center at 913-971-8563 for more information.
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Family Video, 12708 S. Black Bob Rd.  Due to the temporary closing of Indian Creek Library, the blood drive has been moved to the Family Video parking lot.  Make your appointment at redcrossblood.org or walk-in.
  • Kids Code with Scratch on Monday, April 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Make something from Scratch, a computer programming language designed for kids.  Children in grades 3-5 will work together to create various projects, such as simple animations.  Registration is required on the events calendar or by calling 913-971-6874.
  • Junior Makers on Wednesday, April 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Children in grades 1-5 will have the chance to create.  This month’s program will feature stamps.  Registration is required on the events calendar or by calling 913-971-6874.
  • Elder Financial Exploitation Awareness on Wednesday, April 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Tom Gottschalk, financial crimes investigator from the District Attorney’s Office, will profile perpetrators of elder exploitation, discuss how elder financial crime is investigated by the Johnson County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST), and cover basic steps to avoid becoming a victim.  Register on the events calendar or by calling 913-971-6888.

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