Olathe news briefs for the week of June 7

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, June 7, 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.

Fourth of July fireworks display moves to new location
Enjoy the annual City of Olathe Fireworks Display at the College Boulevard Activity Complex (CBAC), 11031 S. Valley Parkway, at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4. 

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared for high traffic volumes. Parking will be available at:

·       Olathe Northwest High School (21300 College Boulevard)

·       Meadow Lane Elementary (21880 College Boulevard)

·       Prairie Trail Middle School (21600 W. 107th Street)

·       College Boulevard Activity Complex (11031 S. Valley Parkway)

Athletic fields, stadium stands, and concession areas at CBAC will not be accessible during this event.

July 5 is the rain date in the event of inclement weather. For more information, visit OlatheKS.org/Fireworks.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic June 11
The City of Olathe will host a low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Dr. Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella boosters are available, as well as microchipping and City licensing.  The clinic is open to Olathe residents only. The shelter accepts cash or check.  Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in a carrier. Visit Animal Control for full details, including prices.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event June 11
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event on Saturday, June 11, 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 (electronic) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

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

Residents can take free items at the City’s Product Reuse store. The store is open the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the HHW drop-off event, and Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family Fun Night: Civil War on June 9
Kansas Cowboy activities are featured with a free family fun night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.  Activities may include: laundry, Civil War firearms, signing up for President Lincoln’s Army, and visiting the Mahaffie house. Learn more about the cannon by participating in artillery drills at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Mahaffie is open late each Thursday night in June and July. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities with different historic themes. The event features free admission. The theme for Thursday, June 16 is Farm to Table.


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Civil War activities will be featured Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities may include:  marching and drilling, soldier laundry, signing up for President Lincoln’s Army, and camp life. All visitors are invited to participate in an artillery drill and cannon firing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella drop-in summer sessions are open to preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required by calling 913- 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; one free adult per paid youth admission. 


Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site will offer Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style in June, July and August, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Museums Association. Sunday, June 12 features croquet. Croquet was considered suitable for men, women, and children in the 1860s since it required considerable skill, but not too much strength or technique. Leisurely Sundays are included with regular site admission of $7/adults, $5/children ages 5 to 11. Mahaffie is open noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. June 12 Leisurely Sundays activities will feature card games.


Olathe Summer Concert Series features Kelley Hunt on June 17

The Olathe Summer Concert Series continues on Friday, June 17, with Kansas native and blues singer/songwriter Kelley Hunt. Opening for Hunt is Kansas City’s own blues guitarist Dan Bliss.

Each concert supports a local charity, with more than $160,000 donated to community organizations since the concerts started.  Please consider a donation to the June 17 charity of choice –Olathe Special Olympics.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand and sponsor booths. The 2016 season is sponsored by Olathe Communities that Care, Hy-Vee, Olathe Ford RV, Smokin’ Joes Bar-B-Q, Key Dynamics Chiropractic, and Olathe Smiles Dentistry.

#OlatheActive Challenge

Are you ready to get #OlatheActive with a chance to win great prizes? Join Olathe Parks & Recreation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to find monthly challenges around Olathe. Complete four of the five challenges by posting pictures using #OlatheActive and you are entered to win a Garmin Nuvi.  Participate throughout the year for grand prizes drawn in July, November, and March.


Annual Fishing Derby and Touch-A-Truck, etc. on Saturday, June 18
Enjoy family-friendly activities at the annual Fishing Derby and Touch-A-Truck, etc. events on Saturday, June 18, at Cedar Lake, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd.

Fishing Derby registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and fishing runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. While this is a free event, pre-registration online is encouraged. Also pre-register by phone at 971-8563, or in-person at the Olathe Community Center. Each pre-registered participant ages 3-15 and 60+ receives a goody bag, t-shirt, and worms (while supplies last).

The Touch-A-Truck, etc. event begins at 10:30 a.m. Interact with a number of machines that keep the City running, including trash trucks, gravel trucks, police cars, fire trucks, and 1860s transportation.

Earn a point in the June #OlatheActive Challenge by attending and posting your favorite picture of the day using #OlatheActive.


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.

  • Storytime in the Parks each Tuesday from June 7 to July 26 from 10 a.m.to 10:30 a.m. at Frontier Park, 15501 W. Indian Creek Pkwy., and each Thursday from June 9 to July 28 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Mill Creek Park, 320 S. Poplar St. Bring a blanket and enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, and finger plays. Stories will be geared to 3 – 5 year olds; all are welcome.  In case of rain, storytime is cancelled. Registration is not required.
  • Evening Storytime each Tuesday from June 7 to July 26 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 pm at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Bring the whole family to enjoy storytime at the library.  Stories will be geared to 3 – 5 year olds; all are welcome.  Registration is not required.

·       Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

·       Free Family Movies on Wednesday, June 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Surf’s Up (PG – 85 minutes) will be shown.  Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the movie.  All are welcome. Kindergarten-aged children and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

·       Music and Magic with H3TV on Wednesday, June 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Rd. Join Rapping Roy and Reggie Regg the Magic Man in this action packed show that will include magic, dance, and more.  This program is for kids going into grades 1-5; parents and siblings are welcome.  Tickets will be handed out at the door starting at 1:15 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.  Seating will be on the floor.  No chairs, food, or drinks permitted.

·       Computer Help Lab on Thursday, June 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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.

·       Chinese Drum Craft on Monday, June 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Make and decorate a Chinese rattle drum at this drop-in event.  The program is for preschoolers accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

·       Free Family Movies on Monday, June 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Peanuts Movie (G – 88 minutes) will be shown. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before the movie.  All are welcome. Kindergarten-aged children and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

·       Health Information and Referral Clinic on Tuesday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  A nurse practitioner will be available to diagnose and treat basic illnesses, prescribe medications, and recommend follow-up care.  He will refer patients who need more in-depth services to the Health Care Partnership Clinic in Olathe which offers free and reduced medical care. Olathe firefighter/paramedics will perform blood pressure checks and provide safety information. Registration is not required.

·       Sleepy Crafts on Tuesday, June 14, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Indian Creek Elementary School, 15800 Indian Creek Parkway and on Thursday, June 16, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library.  A good night’s rest is important for both physical and mental health.  Create a unique pillowcase and sleep mask that are sure to get you snoozing.  This program is for youth going into grades 1-3.  Registration begins Friday, June 10 through the library events calendar or by calling 913-971-6874.

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