Olathe news briefs for the week of Sept. 19

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.


City of Olathe changes Twitter handle to @CityofOlatheKS

Effective Monday, Sept. 19, the City of Olathe has changed its Twitter handle from @OlatheGovNews to @CityofOlatheKS. This change allows the City to better align and unify its brand among all digital platforms. You will automatically be redirected to the new handle if you already follow the City of Olathe on Twitter. We’re committed to keeping you engaged and informed. Follow @CityofOlatheKS to keep up with the latest news, information, and events.

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. The Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers Association will present horse mounted cavalry drills Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors can walk through their encampment and learn how the Buffalo Soldiers impacted the settlement of the west.

Enjoy an Omelet Breakfast by the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club on Saturday from 7:30 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.


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 schedule of events at OlatheKS.org/HispanicHeritageMonth.


Olathe Charities 5K set for Oct. 22
The City of Olathe presents the second annual Olathe Charities 5K at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at College Boulevard Activity Complex, 11031 S. Valley Pkwy. This unique 5K gives a portion of the proceeds from each race registration back to the participant’s charity of choice.  Over 30 participating charities benefit from the Olathe Charities 5K.

Runners can choose to register as an individual for $25 ($15 goes to the designated charity.) or as a team of up to four for $50 ($25 goes to the designated charity.)  A pooch pass can be added at registration for $10 a dog. Register online, or call 913-971-8563. Or, register at the Olathe Community Center.

Olathe Public Library Foundation “A Taste of Literacy”
The Olathe Public Library (OPL)Foundation will host its annual fundraising event featuring speaker Matt Keenan, a free-lance columnist, on Saturday, Oct. 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 and was published to help parents stay sane while raising teenagers.

Keenan has been practicing law with Shook, Hardy and Bacon for over 30 years.  He and his wife, Lori, have four children and live in Leawood, KS.

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 benefit the OPL Foundation.  To purchase tickets by Sept. 26, contact Julie Clark at jsclark@olatheks.org or 913-971-6878.

Olathe Public Library Programming
Please visit the 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 Rd., Suite 129, and the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St., 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.

  • 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.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Café in the lower level of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St.  Join others to talk about current reading and learn about new titles. You may bring your own lunch or purchase one at the café.  Registration is not required.
  • Afterschool LEGO® Club on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Kids in grades K-5 are given a theme every month to guide their creations.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.
  • Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs. Early Detection Matters on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the K-State Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Conference Room 1060. Presented by Valeria Edwards, K-State Extension Agent.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.
  • Adult Coloring on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Studies show that coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help to promote overall wellness.  Coloring pages and other materials are provided.  Registration is not required.

  • Junior Makers on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Kids in grades 1-5 will create flip books.  All supplies are provided. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

  • Community Volunteer Fair on Friday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Learn about volunteer opportunities at various local organizations.  Registration is not required for this drop-in event.
  • Fairy Tale Fun on Friday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  All ages are invited to enjoy fun and games in a fairy tale land.  Costumes are encouraged.  Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is not required.

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