Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 20

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).


City of Olathe holiday schedule
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and remain closed through Monday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday.  City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Trash and recycling collection remain on schedule.


Olathe Community Center holiday schedule

The Olathe Community Center will observe the following hours during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

  • 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.
  • Saturday, Dec. 31: Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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


Library holiday closings

Olathe Public Libraries will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. The libraries will be closed Saturday, Dec. 31 and Sunday, Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm holiday hours
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas.  Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will be open Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 30. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will also be closed Saturday, Dec. 31 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Visit Mahaffie.org for daily activities and more information.

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.


Teen Bash on Tuesday, Jan. 3

The Olathe Communities that Care Coalition and Olathe Parks & Recreation will host the annual Teen Bash on Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd.  The free event features swimming, gym time, refreshments, and prizes.

Parents are invited to stay and enjoy refreshments and hear from local experts in the area of alcohol and drug prevention from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Following the presentation, parents can visit with Olathe Police Department officers during the Coffee with a Cop program.

Admission to the event is a donation of two non-perishable items.  Registration is required online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center. The registration code 14014.


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.

  • Yoga for Teens on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Downtown Library.  A certified yoga instructor will lead teens in grades 6 -12.  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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