Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 1

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.

Halloween tips to keep kids safe
The Olathe Police Department wants everyone to enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following these safety tips:

·        Wear light colored or reflective clothing for costumes

·        Check the costume to see if it is made of fire resistant material

·        Ensure children can see well; apply face makeup instead of a mask, if possible

·        Keep costumed children away from pets that could become frightened

·        Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords to prevent injury

·        Ensure younger children are accompanied by a responsible adult

·        Always remind children of the dangers associated with crossing and walking along streets at night

·        Use a flashlight at night or go out while there is still daylight

·        Visit only homes you know with the porch light on

·        Remind children to avoid open flames from pumpkins or Halloween decorations

·        Give and accept only commercially wrapped or packaged candy

·        Examine all treats before letting children eat them

·        Wash all fruit and cut into small pieces to ensure nothing hazardous has been placed inside

View the Halloween safety tips video at OlatheKS.org for more information.

Winter preparation begins throughout Olathe parks
In preparation for the winter season, City of Olathe Parks Division staff will begin closing bathrooms and turning off drinking fountains throughout Olathe parks on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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.

·       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.

·        Preschool Dance Party on Friday, Nov. 4, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Come shake, shimmy, and dance up a storm at our 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.

·       Health Information & Referral Clinic on Monday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, and on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 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, which 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, Nov. 7, 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.

·       Help with Medicare Costs and Preventative Services on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Gardens of Creekside, 16110 W. 133 St., and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Representatives from the Kansas Medicare Grants Program will explain the services covered by Medicare Part B and Part D, as well as accessible preventative services and eligibility for financial assistance through the Medicare Savings Program.  Presented in partnership with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK). Register on the library events calendar or call 913-971-6888.

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