Olathe news briefs for the week of Oct. 24

City Council                                                          

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Nov.1, 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 selected to join national What Works Cities initiative

Olathe has been selected as one of 16 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative.

Launched in April 2015, What Works Cities has developed a growing network of local municipal leaders, leading global experts and world-class practitioners who at no cost to cities, are sharing best practices for data and evidence-based governance to engage citizens, make government more effective and improve people’s lives.

What Works Cities will assist Olathe with advancing the following objectives:

·         Open data: Improving Olathe’s ability to make data more consumable and readily available for residents and departmental stakeholders.

·         Performance and analytics: Advancing Olathe’s ability to deliver results for residents by strengthening their performance analytics systems and processes.

What Works Cities has partnered with 55 U.S. cities, whose population is between 100,000 and 1 million residents, in 33 states. The initiative will partner with 100 cities through 2018.

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: All Things Apple
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. All Things Apple is the theme for Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30.  Activities include apple games and demonstrations featuring apple butter, the apple cider press and the cook-stove. All activities are included with daily admission: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $2 off admission.

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.

·         A Star Wars Evening on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Star War fans of all ages are invited to celebrate a special evening filled with crafts, activities and displays that celebrate Star Wars. Costumers are encouraged. Registration is not required.

·         READ. MAKE. PLAY on Friday, Oct. 28, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library and on Monday, Oct. 31, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Children, ages 2-5 with accompanying adult, will listen to a story and then explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts related to the story. Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before each program begins. 

·         Computer Help Lab on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Downtown Library. Staff will assist to start, then will give time to practice with online training materials that may be accessed from home later. Registration is not required.

·         Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Registration is not required.

·         Book Munch After-Hours on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe, Olathe. 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.

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