Olathe news briefs for the week of April 25

Picnic in the Park visits Black Bob Park Friday, April 29

KSHB-TV Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak is hitting the road. The popular 41 personality will deliver his weather forecast at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Black Bob Park (14500 W 151 St.) on Friday, April 29. Lezak will be joined by Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland. Viewers are invited to show up, eat up, and have fun. The first 141 people will have the opportunity to meet Gary and Sunny the Weather Dog, play games, and enjoy picnic-style cuisine.


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 the WaterOne water tower to the City of Olathe north water tower. Parking is available at WaterOne (10747 Renner Blvd, Lenexa) and nearby businesses,  and can only 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.


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.  Visit DEA Diversion 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.

Pitch, Hit, Run Sunday, May 1

Aspiring Royals and Team USA players are invited to join Olathe Parks & Recreation for an afternoon of fun at the annual Pitch, Hit and Run skills competition for boys and girls ages 7-14 on Sunday, May 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Two Trails Park, 1000 N. Ridgeview Rd.

Participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition including qualification for the Team Championship event at Kauffman Stadium and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. A participant registration form is available at www.mlb.com/phr. The form must be printed out, signed by a parent/guardian, and brought to the competition to be considered an official registration. Completing this form prior to attending will help speed up the registration process. Participants must provide a copy of their birth certificate at registration. The event is sponsored by Scott’s and Major League Baseball.

Mother’s Day Trail Walk, Sunday, May 8
Celebrate mom and give her the gift of time with family. Enjoy a guided walk through Lone Elm Park (21151 W. 167 St.) on Saturday, May 8, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This guided walk will take a look at moms throughout history. Mom’s walk free; each additional family member walks for $3. Each family will receive a carnation to present to mom. Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center.

Olathe neighborhood cleared of lead concern
Residents in the Ridgeview South neighborhood were notified Friday, April 22, that lab tests conducted by a certified lab conclusively showed no elevated lead levels in the area water system. On Tuesday, April 19, the City notified neighborhood residents of potentially high levels of lead in their water as a result of field tests conducted at area water meters. The City cautioned that the field tests could result in false positive readings for lead. The City asked residents to submit water samples for evaluation. At the time, there were no documented cases of elevated lead levels in the neighborhood homes’ tap water. Out of an abundance of caution, the City asked Ridgeview South neighborhood customers to avoid drinking or cooking with tap water, providing bottled water instead.

The City deeply regrets any undue concerns and inconvenience this may have created for customers.  If there is a clearly identified potential issue such as this, the City will proactively notify the public. Said City Manager Michael Wilkes, “The bottom line is we will err on the side of caution when it comes to public health, and we will let our citizens know if we identify a potential risk like this…they should expect nothing less.”

City of Olathe water continues to meet or exceed all state and federal health and safety measures. The City constantly tests water throughout the system, conducting over 90,000 tests annually to detect and remedy any health safety or water quality issues. In addition, the City complies with all regulatory testing for lead and copper required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) every three years.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computer Help Lab on Thursday, April 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Tuesday, May 4  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 or downloadable content from the library such as eBooks and eMagazines. Registration is not required.
  • Family Chess Night on Monday, May 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Play chess with a worthy opponent at the library.  Boards and equipment are provided. All ages and playing levels are welcome; kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Teen Minecraft on Tuesday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. For teens in grades 6-12.  Registration is not required.
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, May 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Registration is not required.
  • Quantum Sewing on Wednesday, May 4, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Learn to use the advanced features of the Quantum Stylist, the library’s computerized sewing machine that creates monograms, quilts, automatically makes buttonholes and performs other functions that used to take extra time or skill. Ages 14 and up. Register by calling 913-971-6888 or visit the events calendar.
  • Spring Has Sprung – Preschool Craft on Thursday, May 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Bring your preschooler and make a fun seasonal craft together at this drop-in event.  All materials are provided.  Registration is not required.
  • Preschool Dance Party on Friday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Children ages five and younger with accompanying adult can dance to favorite songs from our children’s music collection. Space is limited, so tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 30 minutes before the program.
  • Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. while supplies last at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Kids in grades K-5 may go Children’s Services to pick up a free kid-friendly comic book to keep thanks to Elite Comics in Overland Park.

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