Olathe news briefs

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, July 19, 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 its second workshop 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.

2016 Summer Concert Series closes with Sam Bush on Friday, July 15

The 2016 Summer Concert Series celebrates the final show of the season on Friday, July 15, with series favorite Sam Bush and special guest Jeff Black. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Pkwy.

A founding member of the New Grass Revival, Bush has been called a modern day Bill Monroe.  Throughout his career, he has acknowledged tradition while pushing mountain music into the realms of rock, jazz, reggae, and Afro-pop. He has shared a stage with some of the biggest names in acoustic and folk music, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and David Grisman.

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.


Journey of Hope Olathe Tour Stop on Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19

The City of Olathe will welcome Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity cyclists July 18-19, during their Olathe Tour Stop along The Ability Experience: Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Randall, police officers, firefighters, and members of the City’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board will greet riders during a public Cyclist Arrival Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 18. Community members and media are encouraged to attend this event which will be held at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. It will feature a police escort, brief remarks, and light refreshments.

The Ability Experience: Journey of Hope is the largest fraternal fundraising and awareness event of its kind. Each year, it generates more than $520,000 to support programs that help people with disabilities. The Transamerica route will bring approximately 18 riders to Olathe at the mid-way point of a 71-day journey from Seattle, Wash. to Washington, D.C. The Olathe Tour stop is sponsored and organized by the City of Olathe’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, which empowers, provides, supports and promotes an accessible community for all citizens through awareness, advocacy and education.

Olathe Tour Stop highlights include:

  • July 18, 1p.m. City Council welcome, complimentary sports massages, haircuts, and bike repair, cycling-themed story-time, and complimentary popsicles for families (Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd.)
  • Tuesday, July 19, Private Garmin tour and lunch
  • Tuesday, July 19, 1 p.m. Friendship visits with members of Inclusion Connections, an Olathe nonprofit that trains peer mentors to advocate and serve the unique needs of youth with developmental disabilities (2083 E Santa Fe St.) 
  • Tuesday, July 19, 5 p.m. Royals Pregame tailgate hosted by State Farm Agent Debbie Swinney followed by a Kansas City Royals baseball game.

Tour Stop partners include: Garmin International, Inclusion Connections, Kansas School for the Deaf, City of Olathe, Tanaz Styles, Texas Roadhouse, Beverly Wittenborn, Debbie Swinney-State Farm Insurance, and the Kansas City Royals.


Family Fun Night: Civil War on Thursday, July 14
Family Fun Night on Thursday, July 14, features Civil War activities. Visitors can march and drill like a soldier, sign up for President Lincoln’s Army, enjoy cannon drills and firings at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and learn about Civil War firearms. The Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra will perform Music of the Civil War at 7 p.m. Bring your chairs, picnics, and blankets to enjoy live music.  Admission is free; some activities including stagecoach rides have a small fee. The theme for the July 21 Family Fun Night is Hit the Trails!


Day Out with Frank and Ella

Civil War activities will be featured Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include learning about camp life, marching and drilling like a soldier, signing up for President Lincoln’s Army, and cannon drills and firings 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 on Sunday, July 17

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site will offer Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style through August, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Museums Association. Sunday, July 17, features the game Prisoner’s Base. This active game involves two teams. Each team picks one person to be the ‘prisoner’ of the other team, usually the fastest runner. The teams try to free their prisoner by sending a team member to the prison through the opposing team without getting caught. The team who has the most prisoners at the end of the time wins. 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. The theme on Sunday, July 24, is Tea Party.

Summer Teen Bash on Thursday, July 28
Olathe Parks & Recreation presents Summer Teen Bash on Thursday, July 28, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Black Bob Park and Black Bob Bay.  Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. The event is open to students entering grades 6-9.  The event is free with the donation of any school supply item. School supplies collected at the event will benefit the Olathe Public Schools Foundation. The evening will include games, activities in the park, swimming, prize drawings, and more! Pre-registration is required online or by calling 913-971-8563 with code 13297.

Temporary library space to open in late August

The Olathe City Council has approved a two year lease for a temporary library location at 13511 S. Mur-Len Rd. in the Santa Fe Square Shopping Center.  The temporary space provides quicker access to library services while renovations take place at the new Indian Creek Library location just down the street at 135th St. and Brougham in east Olathe.  A late August opening is anticipated for the temporary leased space.

The 9,500 square-foot temporary library will host all collections from the Indian Creek Library in Adult, Teen, and Children sections in the open, “loft affect” space that includes a programming room and prominent book drop-off in the entry.

“Everyone at the library is excited and eager to once again see Indian Creek Library provide excellent service to the community.  Even though this location is temporary, it will definitely pave the way to the establishment of a new, larger library in east Olathe,” said Library Director Emily Baker.

The City of Olathe has a contract pending to acquire permanent library space in the former Hy-Vee location. Remodeling of the 68,000 square-foot building is expected to take 24 months.

The City and Olathe Public Library recently updated the Library Master Plan that called for, among other projects, more than doubling the size of the Indian Creek Library to account for its significant lack of capacity, overcrowding, and parking shortage.  Portions of plan implementation were accelerated following a March 3, 2016, water line break at the Indian Creek Library that resulted in significant damage including flooding and eroding of the foundation’s subbase.


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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lenexa Sertoma Summer Suds Spectacular on Saturday, July 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Brewbakers, 9482 Renner Blvd. in Lenexa.  This charity fundraiser will feature craft beer tasting and proceeds will help provide assistance toward making the future Olathe library accessible to those with hearing loss through the hearing loop system.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event.  Tickets may be purchased at the information desk at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.
  • Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit on Monday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Olathe Downtown Library parking lot. The mobile unit is equipped with computers, Wi-Fi, and staff to assist with career assessments, job-specific resume writing, and improving interview skills.  Registration is not required.
  • Free Family Movies on Monday, July 18, and Wednesday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. An Extremely Goofy Movie (G – 76 minutes) will be shown.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the movie.  All are welcome. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • NeedleArts Circle on Tuesday, July 19, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is geared toward teens and adults. Registration is not required.
  • Life-Size Games on Tuesday, July 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Elementary School, 15800 Indian Creek Pkwy., and Thursday, July 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library. Kids in grades 4-5 can play large-scale versions of favorite games. Registration begins Friday, July 15, on the events calendar or by phone at 913-971-6874.
  • An Evening with Jeff Porter on Tuesday, July 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Olathe native Jeff Porter, lead guitarist for The Rainmakers, will perform songs from his new CD, “Even with the Wind” and other selections from his 40-year career.  Registration is not required.
  • Safe Sitter ® Babysitting Class on Tuesday, July 20, 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, July 13, on the events calendar or by calling 913-971-6888.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café, lower level of the Johnson County Admin Bldg., 111 S. Cherry St.  There’s no commitment to read a particular book; come and chat about reading, book news, and new titles at the library. Bring a lunch or purchase one at the café. Registration is not required.

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