Olathe news briefs for the week of July 25

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 2, 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 a public hearing on the 2017 conditionally approved budget at the Aug. 2 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.

Outdoor pool schedule changes announced
The City of Olathe will reduce outdoor pool operations beginning in August as follows:

  • Mill Creek and Oregon Trail Pools will close for the season on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Frontier Trail Pool will close on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m.
  • Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting Monday, Aug. 15:
    • Monday, Aug. 15, through Friday, Aug 19, open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Weekends only beginning Saturday, Aug. 20, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, open from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about Olathe public pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation.


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. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. The event is open to students entering sixth grade through ninth 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 call 913-971-8563 with code 13297.


Eastbrooke Trail closure on Tuesday, July 26

Eastbrooke Trail will be closed to the public on Tuesday, July 26, for maintenance. The trail runs from Eastbrooke Park (13000 S. Greenwood St.) to the Indian Creek Trail connection just north of 127th St. 


Olathe Community Center annual pool maintenance

The Olathe Community Center pool will close from Aug. 16 through Aug. 18 for annual maintenance and cleaning. All other areas of the center will remain open during regular community center hours.


Day Out with Frank and Ella

Harvest on the Farm activities will be featured Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include horse powered potato harvest at 11 a.m., horse powered corn grinding at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., food preservation, and more. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and Mahaffie home visits will be offered. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals in a drop-in format. Registration is encouraged for groups of ten or more but is not required. Call 913-971-5111 to register. Cost is $5/youth; one free adult per paid youth admission.  

Family Fun Night: Kansas Wheat Harvest on Thursday, July 28
Enjoy the final Family Fun Night of the season featuring Kansas Wheat Harvest. The Mahaffie Farm produced more wheat than their family needed in 1859. Mr. Mahaffie sold the excess wheat to a mill in Kansas City, Kan., and is considered to be the first successful commercial farmer in Johnson County. Visitors can see the horse powered wheat cutting and help bundle wheat. Other activities may include flailing wheat and bread making demonstrations. Admission is free and some activities include a small fee.


Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style on Sunday, July 31

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site will offer Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style through August, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Museums Association. In the eighteenth century, an artist by the name of William Reeves introduced commercial cakes of paint for watercoloring. Various other forms of paint were developed by the mid-nineteenth century including books and special brushes. Water color boxes, palettes and paper were marketed to home artists, particularly young ladies. Visitors of all ages are invited to try their hand at painting with watercolors and learn more about this lovely tradition guided by Mahaffie staff. The Sunday, Aug. 7, theme is 19th Century Baseball. Regular site admission applies.

Olathe Public Library 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.

  • New to Medicare Enrollment and Benefits Information on Tuesday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Gardens at Creekside Senior Living, 16110 W. 133rd St., and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  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 SHICK is available during the week at the Downtown Library by appointment only. Call Leslea at 785-242-7123 to schedule an appointment.
  • Free Family Movie on Wednesday, July 27, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Turbo (PG – 96 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.
  • Child & Parent LEGO Lock-In on Friday, July 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Create vehicles with LEGO bricks provided by the library. The program is for parents and children in grades 1-5. PLEASE NOTE: Due to choking hazards and space limitations, younger and older siblings may not attend.  Please arrive at the library by 7 p.m. in order to be admitted to the program.  Once inside, participants may not leave and re-enter. Call 913-971-6874 to register.
  • Family Chess Night on Monday, Aug. 1, and Aug. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Boards and equipment will be provided and all ages are welcome. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration is not required.
  • Safe Sitter ® Babysitting Class on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Teen Commons, 12014 S. Strang Line Rd. in the Olathe Station Shopping Center.  Ages 11 to 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 Wednesday, July 27. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.
  • Book Munch After Hours on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe St. The group is devoted to discussing a variety of book-related topics, including current reading. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Registration is not required.
  • Beat the Heat Book Sale on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 12019 S. Strang Line Road near Zio’s Italian Kitchen and AMC 28.  The “Six-Bucks-A-Sack” Sale will be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, only.  All Olathe Public Library Friends members receive a one-time per sale $1 off total purchase.  All sales are final. Cash and check are accepted.  Due to space limitations, strollers and book carts are not permitted in the sale. 

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