Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 5

Olathe billed as one of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live

24/7 Wall St. recently named Olathe one of America’s Best Cities to Live. Olathe was tapped as the 11th best city on the list of 50. 24/7 Wall St. credited Olathe for a low poverty rate, a low crime rate, and a strong income to home value ratio. Olathe was the only city in Kansas and one of only two in the Kansas City metropolitan area, along with Lee’s Summit, Mo., to make the list. Broomfield, Colo. topped the list.


City of Olathe accepting applications for 2017 Civic Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Olathe Civic Academy. Ten interactive sessions will allow participants to:

  • Learn how City government works
  • Meet City staff, elected officials, and other Olathe residents
  • Get involved in municipal government

The Civic Academy will meet from 5:45 to 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings from Jan. 12 through March 9. Dinner is included in each session and there is no cost to participants.  An additional session will be offered Saturday morning, March 4, which will include a bus tour of the City and a visit to the Traffic Operations Center. For more information and to apply, visit OlatheKS.org/CommunityInvolvement/Civic. Applications are due Thursday, January 5, and space is limited.


Breakfast with Santa at Mahaffie

Enjoy breakfast with Santa in the Heritage Center at Mahaffie, 1200 E. Santa Fe Rd., on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Activities will include making a craft, listening to Christmas carols by the Carolers of Note, and sitting for a family photo with Santa. Admission is $8/person ages three and up and includes visiting the grounds and Mahaffie House. Registration is required and limited to the first 100 participants. Visit Mahaffie.org for registration details.


Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event Saturday, Dec. 10

All Johnson County residents will have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe drop-off event on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Dr., behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary. Residents can also schedule an HHW drop-off appointment online. Visit OlatheKS.org/HHW to schedule a time that’s convenient for you.


Olathe Transfer Station Temporarily Closing for Repairs
The City of Olathe Transfer Station will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 25.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 26.


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.

·       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.

·       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.

·       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.

·       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.

·       Busy Babies: Baby Musicians on Monday, Dec. 12, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at the Indian Creek Library, and Thursday, Dec. 15, from 9:15 to 10 a.m. at the Downtown Library.  Newborn to 24 months with an accompanying adult will explore instruments, rhythm, and songs.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·       Pajama Storytime on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Preschoolers and families can wear pajamas, bring a stuffed animal and blanket, and enjoy bedtime stories for a winter’s night.  Registration is not required.

·       Drive-In Movie on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Downtown Library.  Children ages 3–5 with accompanying adult will decorate a cardboard box car and then relax in their new rides while they watch a short film. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

·       READ. MAKE. PLAY on Friday, Dec. 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Children ages 2-5 and accompanying adult will listen to a story and then explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts related to that story.  Registration is not required, but space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before each program begins.

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