Olathe news briefs for the week of Sept. 12

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 20, 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.


go library fire stationgoLibrary opens at Olathe Fire Station 6
The Olathe Public Library has opened a goLibrary kiosk in the public entrance to Olathe Fire Station 6, 24200 W. College Blvd. The goLibrary is a unique locker system that allows library patrons to pick-up holds, return materials, browse the catalog, place holds, and check accounts. This goLibrary location is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about the Olathe Public Library, visit OlatheLibrary.org.

Olathe Memorial Cemetery offers enhanced walking tour

Visitors to the Olathe Memorial Cemetery can explore Olathe’s rich history with the addition of eight new interpretive signs throughout the cemetery grounds.

The signs share three themes integral to the history of the cemetery: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri/Kansas Border Wars and Fighting for Freedom. Each theme serves as a lesson about the history of Olathe and the historical figures buried at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery.

The signs were funded through the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and Francis H. Robertson Trust Foundation interpretive grant program. Tour downloads can be found on the Olathe Memorial Cemetery app available in the App Store and Google Play and on the Olathe Memorial Cemetery Walking Tour web page.


Celebrate history and culture during Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latino-Americans with free events and activities from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.  More than 15 local organizations partnered to plan the month-long celebration in Olathe. Activities offer Olathe residents and friends from neighboring cities a glimpse at the art, music, culture, and history of the nation’s largest minority. Signature events include a Latino-themed Fourth Friday on Sept. 23; Wild West Days on Sept. 24-25 and Tuesday Tunes with a Latin flare on Oct. 4. View the full calendar of events at OlatheKS.org/HispanicHeritageMonth.


Movies in the Park features Zootopia on Friday, Sept. 16

Join Olathe Parks & Recreation on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Stagecoach Park for Movies in the Park, featuring Zootopia. The free movie will start at dark (around 7:45 p.m.). Vendors will be on site to sell concessions throughout the night. Bring chairs or a blanket for an evening the whole family can enjoy.

Movies in the Park will be canceled for inclement weather. Follow the Olathe Parks & Recreation Facebook and Twitter pages for updates the night of the event. Save the date for the next Movies in the Park featuring Hotel Transylvania 2 on Friday, Oct. 14.

Olathe Miracle League seeks volunteers

The Olathe Miracle League is seeking volunteers to serve as athlete “buddies” who support young athletes, ages 6-17, with physical or mental challenges. Buddies help provide kids of all abilities the opportunity to play baseball in a safe and fun environment. The fall season begins Saturday, Sept. 17. Buddies can volunteer for one game or for the entire season. Learn more or register to become a buddy.

Mahaffie Wild West Days September 24 and 25
Enjoy Wild West skits, live entertainment, and children’s games at Wild West Days, Sept.24 – 25 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. This popular annual event offers a variety of interactive experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the Old West.

Wild West Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd. Family friendly admission is $5/person ages five and up, or five people for $20; ages four and under get in free. Some games and activities include a fee. Food will be available for purchase. Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Ongoing entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies and re-enactments.

Performances include Wicked Liars, the dynamic magic and fire eating duo, and dashing whip acts by the Whip Guy and the Whip Crackin’ Dare Devils. Buffalo Bill will serve as Master of Ceremonies throughout the weekend. Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana Dancers perform on Sunday only.

The weekend event will also feature many activities for children including a shooting gallery (ages 8 and up) gold panning, branding, live entertainment, and more!  Rocking M Miniatures from Leavenworth will be in the arena both days with their teams of miniature donkeys and horses. Visitors of all ages and skills are invited to try their hand at driving a team.

Enjoy an Omelet Breakfast by the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Heritage Center. Tickets are $8 and include admission to the event. A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday, with limited samples and voting opportunities. Samples begin at noon on Saturday with voting in several food categories including the People’s Choice award.

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie will be available at nearby Olathe North High School, 600 E Prairie St.; handicapped accessible parking will be available at Mahaffie.

For more information, go to Mahaffie.org, or call (913) 971-5111.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club, Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, Olathe Bass Pro Shops, Olathe Ford, Olathe Noon Optimists, and AT&T GigaPower.


Olathe Public Library Programming
Please visit the online 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.

  • 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 a nurse practitioner and firefighter paramedics 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.
  • Computer Help Lab on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Get help with Microsoft software (Word, Excel, etc.), internet browsers, and email or downloadable content from the library such as eBooks and eMagazines. Staff will get you started and give you time to practice with online training materials that can be accessed from another computer later.  Registration is not required.
  • Make a Memory Box on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Kids in grades K-5 will create a personalized memory box and learn about the Santa Fe Trail. The program is inspired by the American Girl character Josefina and presented in conjunction with the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Registration is not required, but supplies are limited.
  • Family History Friday on Friday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Stop in to research your family tree with the help of the library databases (including Ancestry.com) and Kansas Room genealogy books. Consult librarians and volunteers who are ready to help. Beginners and advanced family historians are welcome. Registration is not required.
  • Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit on Monday, Sept. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Downtown Library, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  The mobile unit, located in the library parking lots, is equipped with computers and Wi-Fi to help with career assessments, job-specific resume writing, and improving interview skills.  Registration is not required.
  • Get Help Identifying Medicare Fraud, Waste or Abuse on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Gardens at Creekside, 16110 W. 133rd St. (parking will be available in the north end of the former Hy-Vee), and Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Representatives from the Kansas Senior Medicare Patrol will teach you how to protect yourself and how to identify and report scams, healthcare fraud, and abuse. Presented in partnership with SHICK, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas. Register online or call 913-971-6888.
  • An Acoustic Evening with Wyoming Voeks on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Two Kansas City-based guitarists, Cody Wyoming and Erik Voeks, recently joined to form the duo Wyoming Voeks.  The duo performs the music of Elvis Costello, Wilco, the Beatles, David Bowie, and other influential musicians, as well as original songs. Registration is not required.

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