Olathe news briefs for the week of July 19

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 the second budget workshop to review the 2017 conditionally approved budget and the Capital Improvement Plan during the Council meeting. The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a five-year priority listing of all capital projects.

All projects are reviewed and approved by the Olathe City Council based on the City’s priorities and goals to provide the best environment and support for Olathe’s citizens. Questions about the budget can be submitted through OlatheConnect.

City awarded the ICMA Certificate of Excellence for Performance Measurement
The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Analytics recognizes the City of Olathe with a Certificate of Excellence for its 
performance measurement efforts. According to ICMA, “The certificate program recognizes communities that have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement using performance analysis,” Olathe is among 34 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Excellence – the highest level awarded.

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 and19, during their Olathe Tour Stop along The Ability Experience: Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek.

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.


Day Out with Frank and Ella

Hit the Trail! activities will be featured Wednesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities may include learning how to pack a prairie schooner for the Oregon Trail, panning for gold along the California Trail and meeting Dan and Davy, steers in training. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and Mahaffie home visits will be offered during this program.


Family Fun Night: Hit the Trail! on Thursday, July 21
Family Fun Night features Hit the Trail! The Mahaffie family purchased the land for their farm because of its location on the Westport Route of the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe Trails. Visitors can learn about the Santa Fe Trail, packing a prairie schooner for the Oregon Trail, and panning for gold along the California Trail.  Admission is FREE, stagecoach rides are $3/person ages 3 & up. Making an ‘S’ hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/person ages 8 & up. Molding bullets is $2/all ages. The theme for Thursday, July 28, the last Family Fun Night, is Kansas Wheat Harvest.

Day Out with Frank and Ella is offered for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged for groups of ten or more but not required. Call 913-971-5111 to register. Cost is $5/youth; one free adult per paid youth admission.


Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Olathe on Friday, July 22

Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Olathe with Food Truck Mania, live music, giveaways, tasty food, activities for everyone, and the opportunity to discover local shops and restaurants on Friday, July 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Fourth Fridays and Food Truck Mania will return again on Friday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Sept. 23.

Come and experience everything that makes Downtown Olathe great. VisitOlatheFourthFridays.com and Facebook for more information, including inclement weather notices the day of the event.


Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style on Sunday, July 24

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 24 features a tea party! In 1588, the British East India Company’s monopoly on tea ended and was now affordable. By the Mahaffie’s time, gathering friend’s for tea provided regular opportunities for social interactions and were held in the late afternoon. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy tea and learn more about this lovely tradition guided by Mahaffie staff. Regular site admission applies.

Leisurely activities continue on Sundays in July and August. The theme for Sunday, July 31, will be Watercolors.

Summer Teen Bash on Thursday, July 28
Olathe Parks & Recreation presents Summer Teen Bash on Thursday, July 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. The event is open to students entering sixth grade, through students leaving eighth grade. The event is free with the donation of any school supply item. School supplies collected 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 register online or by calling 913-971-8563 with code 13297.

City begins treatment of certain Ash trees in Olathe

Like homeowners, the City of Olathe arborists are faced with choosing which City-owned Ash trees need to be treated for the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and which trees will be replaced when the parasite takes over. This month, trees throughout Olathe began receiving treatment if they met criteria set by lead arborist, Rick Spurgeon.

“We are in the process of evaluating the Ash trees found on City property and working to determine if their size, structure, location, or history warrant us treating for EAB,” said Spurgeon. “One of the trees we have chosen to treat is the Kansas State Champion Green Ash Tree found at Mill Creek Park.”

The state champion is more than 90 feet tall, 186 inches in circumference and has an 85 foot average spread.

Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed throughout Olathe. Homeowners with Ash trees are encouraged to learn more about this infestation early to make the best decisions for their trees and property. Homeowners can learn more online or visit the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

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.

·         Free Family Movie on Wednesday, July 20, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. An Extremely Goofy Movie (G – 76 minutes) will be shown.  No registration is necessary; but space is limited.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the movie.  All are welcome; but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

·         Life-Size Games on Tuesday, July 19, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Elementary School, 15800 Indian Creek Parkway, and Thursday, July 21, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library. Kids in fourth and fifth grades can play large-scale versions of favorite games. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·         An Evening with Jeff Porter on Tuesday, July 19, from 6:30 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.

·         Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sunflower Café, lower level Johnson County Admin Bldg. 111 S. Cherry St.  There’s no commitment to read a particular book; just come and chat about reading, including bookish news and new titles at the library. You are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one on-site. Registration is not required.

·         Friday Fish Tales on Friday, July 22, from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Stagecoach Park. The Olathe Public Library and the Olathe Community Center present a morning of stories, songs and play.  In case of bad weather, the story time will be held inside the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd.  Registration is not required for the story time.  For a small fee, stay after for a special Me & Mini Me Swim.

·         Teen Yoga on Friday, July 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Teen Commons, 12019 S. Strang Line Rd. in the Olathe Station Shopping Center.  A certified instructor will conduct a basic level yoga session for teens in grades six thru twelve.  Participants are invited to bring a yoga mat, if they have one.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888. 

·         Free Family Movie on Monday, July 25, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 27, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Turbo (PG – 96 minutes) will be shown.  Registration is not necessary; but space is limited.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the movie.  All are welcome; but kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

·         Safe Sitter ® Babysitting Class on Tuesday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park.  Ages 11 thru 16 will learn how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. The class will discuss information on how to set up a babysitting business, what to do for behavioral issues, how to be a successful babysitter and child care essentials. Class will cover choking infant and child rescue, but not infant/child CPR. Bring a sack lunch, snacks and drink. A graduation ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. and parents are invited to attend. Registration begins Tuesday, July 19. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.

·         New to Medicare Enrollment and Benefits Information on Tuesday, July 26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the Gardens at Creekside Senior Living, 16110 W. 133rd St. and from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park.  Trained Medicare specialists with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) will explain Medicare enrollment, health and prescription benefits, plan options, and using Medicare with work or retiree insurance.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.

·         One-On-One Medicare Counseling by Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is available during the week at the Downtown Library by appointment only. Call Leslea at 785-242-7123 to schedule an appointment.

·         Child & Parent LEGO Lock-In on Friday, July 29, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Create vehicles with LEGO bricks provided by the library. Program is for parents and children in first thru fifth grade. PLEASE NOTE: Due to choking hazards and space limitations, younger and older siblings may not attend.  Please arrive at the library by 7:00 p.m. in order to be admitted to the program.  Once inside, participants may not leave and re-enter. Registration begins Friday, July 22.  Call 913-971-6874 to register.

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