Olathe news briefs

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 17, 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.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event May 14

All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe drop-off event Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive, behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary.

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.

Residents can schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW items by calling Customer Service at 913-971-9311.

Wednesday Farmers’ Market opens May 18

Your options for fresh produce and other fun finds are ‘growing’ next week! The Wednesday Olathe Farmers’ Market opens for the season on May 6. Visit local vendors at the Olathe Community Center market (1205 E. Kansas City Road) and the Black Bob Park market (14500 W. 151st Street) each Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until items are sold. To view vendors and learn more about the locations, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Farmers.

Outdoor City pools open May 30

Black Bob Bay, Millcreek, Oregon Trail and Frontier pools will open for the 2015 outdoor season on Monday, May 30 at 12:30 p.m. Hours of operation for 2016 will be:

·         Monday through Friday – 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Millcreek Pool closes at 5:00 p.m.)

·         Saturday and Sunday – 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (All pools)

Season passes are available at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road, during regular hours of operation. Olathe pools only accept cash or check.

Olathe Charities 5K charity registration closes May 20

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.

Camp emPOWER for middle school students, June 6 & June 20

Find the leader within by joining us at Camp emPOWER, June 6 to 10 (registration code 13100) and June 20 to 24 (registration code 13101). Campers ages 12 to 14 will engage in leadership education along with volunteerism, trips and fun activities. Scheduled activities will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but camp will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scholarships are available. Register online, call 913-971-8563, or visit the Olathe Community Center. Choose to attend one week or two and get ready to feel emPOWERed.

Sunflower Wickets Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 3: Teams Forming Now!

Teams are forming now for the Sixth Annual Mahaffie Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament. This unique event is hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation in support of the preservation, programming and promotion of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site located at 1200 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe.

Sunflower Wickets will be held Friday, June 3 at the Olathe Community Center, located across the street from the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Historic Site. Event registration begins at 1 p.m. with croquet play from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wicked Wickets Happy Hour runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the top four finishing teams at 4:00 p.m. in the Olathe Community Center.
Croquet was a popular, inexpensive sport throughout the country in the mid-19th century. Tables of eight are available and two-person teams are now forming. For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, visit Mahaffie.org, contact Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111 or email Mahaffie@olatheks.org

Special thanks to Midwest Croquet Association for their assistance with the event.


Olathe Public Libraries programming
Programs are offered at the Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St., unless noted otherwise. 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. The Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., remains temporarily closed.

·         Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit on Monday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Receive professional expertise in resume writing, improving interviewing skills and other job-related services at the self-contained mobile unit. Computers and Wi-Fi provided. Registration is not required.

·         Family Chess Night on Monday, May 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 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.

·         NeedleArts Circle on Tuesday, May 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Work on your latest knitting, crocheting or needle art project and share ideas as a group. Registration is not required.

·         After-Hours Acoustic with Howard Iceberg & the Titanics on Tuesday, May 17, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Listen to legendary Kansas City songwriter Howard Iceberg and his band, the Titanics, entertain guests. Each attendee will receive a free copy of the band’s latest CD. Registration is not required.

·         Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café, lower level of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St. Chat about books over lunch. Bring your own, or purchase one from the café. Registration is not required.

·         Make a Fidget Apron on Wednesday, May 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E Park St. Cut and sew “fidget aprons” by applying pockets, zippers, beads and button holes. Manipulating the items helps occupy and calm Alzheimer’s patients. Ages 14 and up, and personal sewing machines are welcome.

·         Book Munch After-Hours on Thursday, May 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 1828 E. Santa Fe St. Discuss a variety of book-related topics as a group. Food and drinks are optional, and must be purchased individually. Registration is not required.

·         Family History Friday on Friday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Search for your ancestors with the help of reference books, library materials and databases, including Ancestry.com. Beginner to advanced researchers welcome. Registration is not required.

·         Teen Minecraft on Friday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. For teens in grades 6 through 12.  Registration is not required.

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