Olathe news briefs for the week of July 4

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, July 5, 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.

The Olathe City Council will hold the first of two workshops to review the 2017 conditionally approved budget during the Council meeting. The City of Olathe operates under a two-year budget term, which allows for better long-range planning and enhanced program analysis. The 2017 budget focuses on strategic investments that support the resident priority areas of public safety, transportation, and infrastructure maintenance. Questions about the budget can be submitted through Olathe Connect. The second workshop is scheduled for July 19.

Olathe earns two Top 10 ratings 

Olathe ranked number 9 in The 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child for 2016 by SafeWise, a home security and safety brand company.  The list considered statistics like crime data, graduations rates, and school rankings.

Olathe was also ranked number 10 on Zippia’s list of Most Successful Cities in the U.S.  The success score considered factors like poverty level, median household income, and unemployment rate.


19th Century Independence Day and Fireworks featured at Mahaffie Thursday, July 7
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., continues the Red, White and Blue festivities with a free family fun night beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7.  Independence Day in the 1860s was the biggest holiday of the year and the Mahaffie family hosted events for the Olathe community while living at the farm.

The program features a unique 19th Century Fireworks display (ground based, not aerial) at 9:30 p.m., 1860s baseball batting practice, Olathe Civic Band concert, a kid’s parade, 1860s interactive activities, and patriotic music.

Refreshments, including pie, ice cream, and lemonade, will be available for purchase courtesy of Doc’s Root Beer and Boy Scout Troop 494. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets.  A full schedule of events is available at Mahaffie.org.


Enjoy music and activities at Celebrate Olathe – Summer Fest on Saturday, July 9

Celebrate Olathe – Summer Fest, an afternoon and evening filled with free music and activities, will take place on Saturday, July 9, at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Activities and music begin at 2 p.m. and continue through the evening with Beatles tribute band Liverpool taking the stage at 7 p.m. Free parking and shuttles will be available at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St.


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Nineteenth Century Independence Day activities will be featured Wednesday, July 6, and Thursday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include signing a copy of the Declaration of Independence, meeting Uncle Sam, learning patriotic songs, and making a paper hat. 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, July 10, features Team Games. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the games with Mahaffie staff.

Leisurely Sundays are included with regular site admission of $7/adults, $5/children ages 5 to 11. Mahaffie is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Black Bob Bay will close early for swim meet on Tuesday, July 5

Black Bob Bay will host the Olathe Cyclones swim meet on Tuesday, July 5. The pool will close to the public at 5 p.m.


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.

  • So You Think You Can Yo-Yo on Wednesday, July 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S. Black Bob Rd. Watch talented kids from Team Go Big Yo-Yo Prospinners. The program is geared toward youth in grades 1-5, and parents and siblings are also 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.  Chairs, food, and drinks are not permitted.
  • YA Anime Club on Thursday, July 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Teen Commons, 12019 S. Strang Line Rd. in Olathe Station Shopping Center. Teens in grades 6-12 can share their manga drawings, watch anime, and learn about Japanese culture. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch After-Hours on Thursday, July 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe St. Drop in to talk about a variety of book-related topics. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Registration is not required.
  • Julybration Book Sale at the Olathe Station Shopping Center, 12019 S. Strang Line Rd. on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sack sale is Sunday, July 10, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Leap Year Special – buy two sacks, get four free.  All sales are final. Cash and check are accepted forms of payment.  Due to space constraints, strollers and book carts are not permitted. Visit Olathelibrary.org/booksales for a complete list of materials sold at the sale.
  • Nursery Rhyme Olympics on Monday, July 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Preschoolers with an adult will compete.  Registration is not required and participants can come and go as they please.
  • Free Family Movies on Wednesday, July 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Good Dinosaur (PG – 93 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 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Safe Sitter ® Babysitting Class on Tuesday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Teen Commons, 12019 S. Strang Line Rd. in the Olathe Station Shopping Center. Youth ages 11-16 will learn how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. The class will discuss how to set up a babysitting business, what to do for behavioral issues, how to be a successful babysitter, and child care essentials. The class will also cover choking infant and child rescue, but not infant/child CPR. Participating youth should bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a drink to this day-long course. Parents are invited to attend a graduation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Registration begins Wednesday, June 29, on the events calendar or by calling 913-971-6888.
  • Health Information and Referral Clinic on Tuesday, July 12, 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.
  • Yoga for Kids on Tuesday, July 12, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Creek Elementary School, 15800 Indian Creek Pkwy., and Thursday, July 14, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library. Certified yoga instructor Jessica Sexton will introduce the basics of yoga for kids. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration begins Friday, July 8, on the events calendar or by phone at 913-971-6874.
  • Tinker Tuesday on Tuesday, July 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 200 E. Loula St., across the parking lot from the Olathe Downtown Library.  Teens in grades 6-12 can make craft items, use gaming equipment, laptops, ukuleles, and sewing machines. Registration is not required.
  • Child & Parent Book Discussion Group on Wednesday, July 13, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., for children going into grades 3-5 with an adult.  This session’s book is The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin, provided by the library.   Copies must be picked up at the Olathe Downtown Library. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

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