Olathe news briefs for the week of Sept. 6

Olathe earns two top 10 ratings

Olathe ranked number one on Zippia’s list of the 10 Happiest Cities in America. The score considered factors like education, unemployment rate, cost of living and poverty level.

Olathe also ranked number nine on Allstate Insurance’s list of America’s Best Drivers Report 2016. The list considered statistics like property damage claims, accident reports and population density.

 

Too Cool to Drool Sept. 8
Bring your dog(s) for swim time at Black Bob Bay from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

·         Dogs 25 pounds or less swim from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

·         Dogs of all sizes swim from 7p.m. to 8 p.m.

Registration is available online at Too Cool To Drool. Admission is $10. The first 75 dogs will enjoy a goodie bag.

 

Mahaffie recognizes Grandparents Day with free admission on Sunday, Sept. 11

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will recognize national Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, Sep. 11, with free admission for grandparents with an accompanying paid child admission.  This is a $7 savings.  In addition to regular weekend programming, grandparents can pick up a copy of a family tree to fill out with their family.  Registration is not required for this event. Visitors are invited to participate in living history activities including stagecoach rides, cooking on the wood-burning cookstove, touring the historic Mahaffie house, blacksmithing, farm chores, and more.

Olathe Public Library Foundation hosts “A Taste of Literacy” on Saturday, Oct. 1
The Olathe Public Library (OPL) Foundation will host its annual fundraising event featuring speaker Matt Keenan, a free-lance columnist, on October 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Olathe, 12080 S. Strang Line Rd.  Keenan has published a bi-weekly column for more than twelve years in the Kansas City Star and local magazines. His first book, Call Me Dad, Not Dude, was published in 2007 and remains popular today.  The Sequel, includes his best columns since his first book was published and helps parents stay sane while raising teenagers.

A dinner of filet mignon and cedar planked salmon will be served and a cash bar will be available.  Attire is business casual. Tickets are $75 per person; $35 is tax-deductible.  Proceeds will benefit the OPL Foundation.  Contact library director Emily Baker at 913-971-6880 for more information or to purchase tickets.

 

Olathe Public Library Programming
Please visit the on-line events calendar for an updated list of programs. Questions can be directed to 913-971-6874 for children’s programming or 913-971-6888 for adult and teen programming. The Olathe Indian Creek Library, 13511 S. Mur-Len Road, Suite 129, and the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park, are open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

·         Olathe Downtown Library Parking Lot will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 7, beginning at 6 p.m., and will reopen on Sunday, Sept. 11, to accommodate Old Settlers Celebration activities.  The library will be open, but the outside, drive-up book drop will not be available.  Visit www.olathelibrary.org to check other off-site book drop locations.

·         Rhyme Time on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m., starting Monday, Sept. 12, through Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Indian Creek Library.  Rhyme Time will also be held at Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. at the Downtown Library. The program is for newborns through age 24 months with an accompanying adult.  Tickets are handed out 15 minutes before each program begins.  Rhyme Time lasts 20 to 25 minutes.

·         Toddler Time on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., starting Monday, Sept. 12, through Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Indian Creek Library.  Toddler Time will also be held on Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. at the Downtown Library.  The program is for ages two to three years with an accompanying adult.  Tickets are handed out 15 minutes before each program begins.  Toddler Time lasts 20 to 25 minutes.

·         Kids Code with Scratch on Monday, Sept. 12, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.
Make something from Scratch, a computer programming language designed for kids!  Children in third through fifth grades will work together to create various projects such as simple animations.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·         Health Information & Referral Clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Downtown Library and on Monday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  The Olathe Mobile Integrated Health team brings their nurse practitioner and EMTs to diagnose and treat basic illnesses, prescribe medications and recommend follow-up care. Patients who need more in-depth services are referred to the Health Care Partnership Clinic in Olathe, which offers free and reduced price medical care. Blood pressure checks and safety information are also available.  Registration is not required.

·         On My Own Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Indian Creek Library and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Downtown Library.  The program is for ages three to five years.  Tickets are handed out 15 minutes before each program begins.  On My Own Storytime that lasts 30 minutes.

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