Olathe news briefs for the week of Sept. 26

City Council                                                          

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 4, 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.

Olathe Fire Department Open House Sunday, Oct. 9
The Olathe Fire Department Open House, featuring free educational activities, demonstrations and refreshments, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Olathe Fire Station No. 1, 501 E. Old Hwy 56.

Activities for children and families include spraying water from a fire hose, touring the fire station and fire engines, learning about crash rescue and the bomb squad, and hearing from experts about fire and life safety and disaster preparedness. Learn Sidewalk CPR and get your blood pressure checked while you’re there. Free refreshments and flu shots will be available while supplies last.  Event updates will be posted to the Olathe Fire Department Facebook page.

Celebrate Spooktober with three family-friendly Halloween themed events in Olathe

·        Celebrate Olathe – Fall Festival:  Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. The evening will feature a trick-or-treat trail, face painting, and more. Activities will take place throughout the Olathe Community Center and Stagecoach Park. Wear your costume and get ready for a spooktacular night.  Free shuttle service will be available at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St.. Learn more at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/CelebrateOlathe.

·        Trick-or-Treat off the Street:  Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd. Dress in your Halloween costume and experience living history activities. Admission costs $3/person for ages three and up. Enjoy a horse drawn hay-wagon ride, games, crafts, and candy stations sponsored by local organizations.  

·        Haunted Swamp:  Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Activities include pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating with a pumpkin dive at 6:45 p.m., and an open swim in the swamp.  Registration is required; the fee is $15 per child or $10 per Olathe resident Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center.


Wednesday Farmers’ Market draws to a close on Sept. 28

This is the last week for the Wednesday Olathe Farmers’ Market at both locations; Black Bob Park (14500 W 151st St.) and the Olathe Community Center parking lot (1205 E Kansas City Rd.) Enjoy fresh produce and homemade pastries from 7:30 a.m. until items are sold. The Saturday market remains open through Saturday, Oct. 22, at both locations.

Olathe Charities 5K set for Saturday, 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 (the designated charity receives $15) or as a team of up to four for $50 (the designated charity receives $25).  A pooch pass can be added at registration for $10 a dog. Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563 or in person at the Olathe Community Center.

New Olathe Parks & Recreation weather lines
When weather threatens to cancel Olathe Parks & Recreation activities or events, stay in the know with these new weather hotline numbers:

  • Olathe Parks & Recreation Sports – 913-204-0858
  • Olathe Parks & Recreation Adaptive Recreation – 913-204-0863
  • Olathe Community Center – 913-204-1596
  • Outdoor Pools – 913-204-0867

Fall on the Farm: Sorghum
Fall is a busy time on any farm, past or present. Weekends in October, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will harvest crops and make preparations for winter just as the Mahaffie family did in the 1860s, weather and crop conditions permitting. Each October weekend features a different theme. Sorghum is the theme for Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2.  Activities may feature cutting sorghum and horse powered pressing demonstrations throughout the afternoon. All of these activities are included with daily admission; $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $2 off admission. Corn Harvest activities will be featured Oct. 8-9.

Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Tickets are selling quickly for the popular Fall Cemetery Tours.  The tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff and volunteers portraying historic people. Tour themes feature Early Politicians of Olathe, with characters like Presidential candidate John P. St. John, Kansas Governor George Hodges, and the first mayor of Olathe William Pellett. Fall Cemetery Tours will be Thursday, Oct. 13, Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15. Thursday and Friday tour times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Saturday tour times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn a special Cemetery Tour patch on Thursday, Oct. 13. The patch is included with the price of the ticket. Tickets are required for $6/person, ages 5 and up.  Tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Center Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. or by calling 913-971-5111.

Fall Scout Day at Mahaffie
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will host Fall Scout Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Living history activities such as stagecoach rides, 19th century games, and 19th century fall harvest activities will be offered to help Tiger Cub Scouts, Bear Cub Scouts, and Brownie Scouts earn elements for their specific programs focusing on community. Scouts are invited to attend either the morning session or afternoon session. Tours are self-guided and maps are provided to help each scout attend all activities. Mahaffie staff and volunteers will be at each activity to assist. Scouts will also earn a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program. Registration is required and payment is due the day of the program. Cost is $6 per scout, and accompanying adults are admitted free (stagecoach rides are $2 per adult). Additional siblings ages 5 and up cost $5. Scouts and family members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and water bottle, and dress for the weather.  Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 to register.

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.

·        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.

·       Computer Help Lab on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library and Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Downtown 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.

·       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.

·       R.E.A.D. to a Dog on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Young readers of all ages may drop by and read to a trained therapy dog provided by Pets for Life, Inc.  Check in at Children’s Services for a reading time.  Reading sessions will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

·       Health Information & Referral Clinic on Monday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, and on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Olathe’s 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 will be referred to the Health Care Partnership Clinic in Olathe that offers free and reduced price medical care. Blood pressure checks and safety information are also available.  Registration is not required.

·       Family Chess Night on Monday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Play chess with a worthy opponent at Family Chess Night.  Boards and equipment will be provided.  All ages and playing levels are welcome. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

·        Whoooo Are the Owls on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Homeschoolers ages 6 to 11 (grades K – 5) will learn about owls from the Ernie Miller Nature Center.  Register by calling 913-971-6874 or on the events calendar.

·        Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Registration is not required.

·       Book Munch After-Hours on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 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.

·        Fall Festival Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 12 to 3 p.m. at 12019 S. Strang Line Rd. in the Olathe Station Shopping Center next to Zio’s Italian Kitchen.  On Sunday only, during the “Six-Bucks-A-Sack” Sale, purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two sacks, get four sacks free.  Cash or check are accepted. Strollers and book carts are not permitted at the sale.  For a complete list of genres offered at the sale, visit http://www.olathe.lib.ks.us/booksales.

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