Olathe news briefs for the week of Oct. 2

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.

Fall safety tips
As the fall season sets in, temperatures drop and the sun sets earlier. This time of year is perfect cover for petty criminals. Here are a few simple tips to keep you from being a victim of theft.

  • Turn on the lights. Criminals don’t like bright lights. A carefully placed floodlight on a motion sensor is an economical way to prevent people from lurking in the shadows.
  • Lock your vehicle doors. Most vehicle thefts are spontaneous events. If a thief is confronted with a locked door it is likely that he will move on to the next opportunity.
  • Store your valuables in the house. Don’t leave valuable electronics like laptops and GPS units in an unlocked car.
  • Close and lock all your home doors.  Lock your front door and garage when you are working in the back yard; and keep the back door locked when you are in the front yard. Always lock your doors when you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Install motion-activated lights in your front and back yards. When someone approaches your home, the lights automatically come on, illuminating that person.
  • Store a list of your serial numbers. Returning property to the rightful owner is a priority when the Olathe Police Department solves a burglary. It is important to store a list of serial numbers.
  • Feel free to call! You know what is normal for your neighborhood and what is out of the ordinary.  Call the Olathe Police Department at 913-782-0720 if you see any suspicious activity.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event Saturday, Oct. 8
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive, behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary.

Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Items that can be dropped off include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. e-Waste (electronic) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

Residents can make an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW items by calling Customer Service at 913-971-9311.

Residents can take free items at the City’s Product Reuse store. The store is open the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the HHW drop-off event, and Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

Movies in the Park features Zootopia Friday, Oct. 14
Join Olathe Parks & Recreation on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. The free movie, featuring Zootopia, will start at dark. 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 Olathe Parks & Recreation Facebook and Twitter  for updates the night of the event.


Scouting Open House Monday, Oct. 17
The City of Olathe is hosting an Open House for Scouting on Monday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe St. Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland and other City staff will educate scouts about many aspects of City government, including Olathe’s form of government, the role of the mayor and other City officials, operations and services provided by City departments. Space is limited and an online RSVP is requested.  For more information, call the Mayor’s Office at 913-971-8500.

Fall on the Farm: Corn
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. Corn is the theme for Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9.  Activities may feature picking corn, making corn shocks, and watching horse powered corn grinding demonstrations on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. All of these activities are included with daily admission; $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $2 off admission. Wheat Harvest activities will be featured Oct. 15-16.

Drive a Lincoln to support the Mahaffie Foundation
Supporting the Mahaffie Foundation is as easy as test driving a Lincoln! On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit Olathe Ford Lincoln, 1845 E. Santa Fe St., and test drive a Lincoln. The Lincoln Motor Company will donate $20 to the Mahaffie Foundation for each test drive as part of the Driven to Give program.

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 five 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 five 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.

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

·        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 checks 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.

·       Preschool Dance Party on Friday, Oct. 7, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Downtown Library. Come shake, shimmy, and dance up a storm at this preschool dance party, featuring favorite songs from the library’s music collection.  Tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program.

·       Super-Duper Beginning Ukulele Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Learn tuning, beginning strums, and how to play basic chords and songs from Linda Tilton, professional music instructor and member of the Kansas City Ukesters. Both standard and baritone ukuleles are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles, although the library does have a few available for the class.  The class is designed for ages 13 and up. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.

·       Classics in the Afternoon: The Goldenberg Duo on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Susan Goldenberg, a Kansas City Symphony violinist, and her brother, Bill, a piano professor, have toured throughout four different continents and will play classical tunes from around the globe. The event is sponsored by the KC Symphony Community Connections Initiative. Registration is not required.

·       New to Medicare Enrollment and Benefits Information on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Gardens of Creekside, 16110 W. 133rd St.  Trained Medicare specialists with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) will walk you through Medicare enrollment, health and prescription benefits, plan options, and using Medicare with your work or retiree insurance. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.

·       Memory Screening on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Take a short, confidential, memory-screening test administered by an Olathe Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician.  While not a diagnosis, it can indicate the need for follow-up with a health care provider. No appointment is needed, screenings are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The National Memory Screening Project of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America sponsors this program. 

·       Cut the Clutter on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the K-State Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., conference room #1060.  Learn how to develop strategies to manage, reduce, and eliminate your household clutter, along with the “four container system” to tackle clutter in your home. The session is presented by Valeria Edwards, K-State Extension Agent. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.

·       Evening LEGO® Club on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 8 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. 

·       After Hours Genealogy on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Genealogists, visit the Downtown Library after-hours to search Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, and other websites to discover your family history. The session is open to genealogists of all levels of expertise. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888. 

·       Afterschool LEGO® Club on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 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. 

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