Olathe news briefs for the week of Oct. 17

City Council                                                          

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 18, 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.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday, Oct. 22
Rid your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs by disposing of them on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  Sponsored by the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The DEA will accept pills or patches.  Liquids, needles, and sharps cannot be accepted.  Visit DEA Diversion for additional information.

Farmers’ Market draws to a close Saturday, Oct. 22
This is the last week for the 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.

Olathe Charities 5K Saturday, Oct. 22
Run for cause at the second annual Olathe Charities 5K on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m. 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.

Spooktober Halloween events planned Oct. 28-29
Celebrate Spooktober with three family-friendly Halloween themed events in Olathe.

  • Celebrate Olathe – Fall Festival:  Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 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.

Fall on the Farm: Garden
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. Garden is the theme for Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23.  Activities include helping prepare the garden for winter, harvesting the last of the garden crops, and 1860s food preservation activities. All activities are included with daily admission: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $2 off admission. All Things Apple activities will be featured Oct. 29-30.

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.

  • Texas Tunes with Randy Palmer on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Palmer, from Amarillo, Tex., has performed folk/country music since 1967 and has released a new album, Waterline. Registration is not required.

  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 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. The group discusses a variety of book-related topics, including current reading. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Registration is not required.
  • Know Your Credit on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the K-State Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., conference room 1060. The session is presented by Valeria Edwards, K-State Extension agent.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.
  • United Way Cookout on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Library staff will grill outside the library entrance to raise funds for United Way. The menu includes hot dogs, brats, pulled pork, treats, and drinks. Wear your favorite team colors for this tailgate themed event.

  • Free Family Movie on Friday, Oct. 21, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  The entire family is welcome; kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  The movie Zootopia (rated PG – 108 min.) will be shown. All seating will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a pillow or blanket. Space is limited. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the movie begins.

  • Safe Sitter ® Babysitting Classes on Friday, Oct. 21, from 10 to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Youth ages 11-16 will learn how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. The course will cover choking infant and child rescue. The course will not cover infant/child CPR. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.
  • If I Had a Song: Remembering Pete Seeger on Friday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Downtown LibrarySpook Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 to 2013. Handy will stop at the library as part of a three-year tour bringing songs, stories, and Pete’s message to all 50 states, 13 Canadian provinces and territories, and many other countries. Registration is not required.
  • Make an Owl Craft on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library. Youth up to Grade 5 can make a paper plate owl decoration to take home during this drop in activity.  Preschoolers may need adult assistance to complete the craft.

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