Olathe news briefs

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 20, 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).


Holiday schedule for City offices, libraries, Olathe Community Center
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and remain closed through Monday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday.  Trash and recycling collection remain on schedule.

Olathe Public Libraries will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25.

The Olathe Community Center will observe the following hours during the Christmas holiday:

  • Saturday, Dec. 24: Open 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 25: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 26: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The winter break pool schedule and holiday fitness schedule can be viewed at OlatheKS.org.

Foster a pet this holiday season
The Olathe Animal Shelter is looking to place pets this holiday season as part of the National “Home for the Holidays” pet fostering program. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging pet adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays, hoping to give the pet a permanent home.

The program is open to Olathe residents only, to select pets on Monday, Dec. 19.  Foster families can choose to adopt the pet or return the animal to the shelter on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Certain restrictions will apply.

Animals can be viewed at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Road, or on the website at OlatheKS.org. Olathe residents interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need can contact shelter staff at 913-971-6362 for more information. Regular operating hours at the shelter are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reduce waste during the holidays

Household waste increases more than 25 percent during the holidays. Reduce, reuse, and recycle your way to a greener holiday season with these tips:


  • Wrap gifts in newspaper, used gift wrap, or reusable gift bags. Most gift wrap is not recyclable.
  • Send eCards or recycle cards from past holidays.
  • Buy cards made from recycled materials.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries for toys and electronic gifts to keep batteries out of the landfill and save you money.
  • Flatten extra boxes. All cardboard can be recycled at the curb.
  • Turn off holiday lights during the day and at bedtime to save energy and help your lights last longer.
  • Recycle your wreath and tree (without ornaments, lights, or tree stand) at the curb or take to the composting facility.

For a complete list of acceptable recycling items, visit OlatheKS.org. Or, for a handy mobile reference, download the free Olathe Trash Day mobile app, available in the App Store and Google Play.


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.

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.

  • Busy Babies: Baby Brain Building on Monday, Dec. 19, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at the Indian Creek Library, and on Thursday, Dec. 22, from 9:15 to 10 a.m. at the Downtown Library.  Newborn to 24 months along with an accompanying adult will learn and play together at skill stations.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.
  • Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit on Monday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Downtown Library, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library. Receive professional expertise in resume writing, improving interview skills, and other job related services at the self-contained mobile unit equipped with computers and Wi-Fi located in the library parking lots. No appointment is needed.
  • Family Chess Night on Monday, Dec. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  All ages and playing levels are invited.  Boards and equipment are provided.  Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.
  • Seasonal Songs on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  Enjoy music from multi-styled guitarist Charles David Smart, an Olathe resident and three-time KC Christian Music Award Instrumentalist of the Year. Registration is not required.
  • Book Munch for Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunflower Cafe on the lower level of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St.  There is no commitment to read a particular book; just share current reading.  A lunch may be brought or purchased on-site.  Registration is not required.
  • Afternoon LEGO Club on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  The program is for grades K – 5.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.
  • Safe Sitter ® Babysitting Classes on Tuesday, December 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Library, and on Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library.  Registration begins Tuesday, Dec. 13.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888. The class for ages 11–16 will discuss how to set up a babysitting business, what to do for behavioral issues, child care essentials, and choking infant and child rescue. Each participant will receive a manual and a certificate of completion that will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Parents may attend the certificate presentation.  There is no charge for Olathe residents; $20 materials charge for participants who live outside Olathe and are not in the Olathe School District area. Youth need to bring a sack lunch, snacks, and drink, as well as a completed Student Information Form and Student Contract found at olathelibrary.org/teens/program-information.

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