Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 30

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 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.

WinterFest and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 2

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Celebrate Olathe – WinterFest and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Join Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest Joe Lauria, Fox 4 meteorologist, as they light the Mayor’s Christmas tree at 6:10 p.m. Then, enjoy an evening of music, face painting, free activities, and a visit with Santa Claus! Local food trucks will sell food throughout the night. Free shuttle service will be available at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St. Follow event updates on Facebook.

Schedule of events:

  • 6 p.m. – Doors open
  • 6:10 p.m. – Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting with Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest Joe Lauria, Fox 4 meteorologist
  • 6:30 p.m. – Music and activities throughout the Olathe Community Center, including pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • 6:45 p.m. – Choir performances:
    • 6:45 to 7 p.m. – Olathe Northwest High School
    • 7:05 to 7:20 p.m. – Northview Elementary
    • 7:25 to 7:40 p.m. – Countryside Elementary

Hometown Holidays celebration offers something for everyone

Olathe’s Hometown Holidays celebration gives you a reason to celebrate throughout the season with great ways to entertain family and friends.

·       Celebrate Olathe – WinterFest and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting: Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Join Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest Joe Lauria, Fox 4 meteorologist, as they light the Mayor’s Christmas tree. Then, enjoy an evening of music, free activities, and a visit with Santa Claus! Free shuttle service will be available at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St. Learn more at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/CelebrateOlathe.

·       Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd. Decorate a graham cracker gingerbread house for $4 each, make Christmas crafts, and ride the stagecoach, weather and grounds permitting, $3 each, for ages three and up. Santa will be in the Heritage Center to hear children’s Christmas wishes from 1 to 3 p.m. and Santa’s photographer will be available to take photos of visitors with Santa for $5 each. Music entertainment takes place throughout the day. Admission is free. Visit Mahaffie.org for event details.

·       Breakfast with Santa at Mahaffie: Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Heritage Center, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd. Enjoy breakfast with Santa in the Heritage Center at Mahaffie. Activities will include making a craft, listening to Christmas carols by the Carolers of Note, and sitting for a family photo with Santa! Cost is $8/person ages three and up. Admission will include visiting the grounds and Mahaffie House. Registration is required and limited to the first 100 participants. Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center. Visit Mahaffie.org for event details.

·       Dorr Family Light Display: Beginning Thanksgiving night, this entertaining light show is on display nightly at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd.  Enjoy the dazzle of more than 40,000 lights and 16 million color combinations. The festive drive-up show will be filled with animation, elves, and music through your vehicle radio on FM 100.9.  Don’t miss the chance to take an “elfie” with elf guides Jingle, Jangle, and Judy. The 2016 show will run through New Year’s Eve. Enjoy the display Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 5:30 to 11 p.m.  Donations benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.

Seeking vocalists for Olathe MLK Celebration Ensemble
Middle and high school students as well as community vocalists are being sought for the Olathe MLK Celebration Ensemble, a community choir that will be featured at Olathe’s 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Cynthia “Mama J” Johnson, an educator, national speaker, performer, and consultant. Full details, including a rehearsal schedule, are available at OlatheKS.org/News/2016/11/15/MLK. Email vlvaughnwest@olatheks.org or mamaj@mamaj.org with questions and/or to confirm interest.

Olathe Community Center pools closed Nov. 28 – Dec. 2          

The Olathe Community Center pools will be closed Monday, Nov. 28, through Friday, Dec. 2, for warranty work. The pools are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Dec. 3 with the regular pool schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

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, Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Children in grades 1-5 will make dioramas.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·        Busy Babies: Babywearing Dance Class on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 9:15 to 10 a.m. at the Downtown Library. Delight and stimulate your baby’s senses with an array of fun activities during storytime break.  Strap, wrap, or just carry your baby for a warm-up, fun routine, and cool down.  Dress to move!  This program is for children newborn to 24 months with accompanying adult. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·        Book Munch After-Hours on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe St. The group discusses 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, Dec. 2, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Downtown Library, for ages five and younger with accompanying adult.  Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before on a first-come, first-served basis.

·        KC Brick Lab Fun Build: A LEGO Minecraft Build-and-Play Event on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  There will be special displays and bricks for free building.  Registration is not required for this drop-in event. 

·        R.E.A.D. to a Dog on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Check in at the Children’s Services Desk for a reading time on a first-come, first-served basis. Trained therapy dogs are provided by Pets for Life, Inc.

·        Busy Babies: Artsy Baby on Monday, Dec. 5, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at the Indian Creek Library, and Thursday, Dec. 8 from 9:15 to 10 a.m. at the Downtown Library. Newborn to 24 months along with an adult will create fridge-worthy art while exploring both messy and mess-free supplies.  Dress accordingly.   Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·        Family Chess Night on Monday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Boards and equipment are provided and all ages and playing levels are welcome.  Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is not required.

·       Homeschool Program: Tin Foil Art on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Homeschoolers in grades 1-5 will create with tin foil.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·       Hour of Code on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Kids in grades K-5 can drop in and try coding with online and non-computer based activities.  Those in grades K-2 must be accompanied by an adult.  Come and go as you please.

·       Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Bring your instrument, share a song, or just listen.  Registration is not required.

·       Evening LEGO Club on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  This program is for grades K -5.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·       Stock Up for Winter Reading Book Sale on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 12 to 3 p.m. at 16160 W. 135th St. in the Brougham Shops.  All materials are reasonably priced and sorted by category.  Sunday features the “Six-Bucks-a-Sack” Sale.  Purchase a plastic sack at the door and fill with materials.  Buy two, get four free.  All sales are final. Checks and cash are accepted.  Strollers and book carts are not permitted due to space constraints. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library.

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