Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 2

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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).


Public invited to annual MLK Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15

Olatheans and residents throughout the Greater Kansas City area are invited to join the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Sunday, Jan. 15. The annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Olathe Conference Center by Embassy Suites, located at K-10 and Ridgeview Rd. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s MLK Celebration features essay, visual arts, and multi-media awards for local students. More than 4,225 students submitted entries, representing nine Olathe middle schools and four high schools. All contest winners will receive cash prizes. Select students will read personal essays exploring the event theme and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, “A Purpose Greater Than Myself.”

An inspirational ensemble featuring local students and community members will also perform thoughtful and uplifting selections. Entries will be on display for public viewing at the event. Following the celebration, entries will be on display at the Olathe Downtown Library through the end of January. The event will also mark the debut of OHRC’s MLK Celebration Choir, comprised of Olathe Public Schools high school students and community members.

Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) will deliver the keynote address. Kendrick has become one of the leading authorities on the topic of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race and diversity.

OHRC’s Martin Luther King Celebration is sponsored by Bott Radio Network, Robert Brogden Buick GMC, Olathe Ford Lincoln, Enterprise Bank, Grantham University, and Harlan C. Parker and Jason S. Parker – State Farm, in partnership with the City of Olathe, Olathe Public Library, and Olathe Public Schools.

For more information, visit OlatheKS.org.


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.

  • Book Munch After-Hours on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1828 E. Santa Fe St. in 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, Jan. 6, 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 30 minutes before the program begins.
  • R.E.A.D. To a Dog on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library. Young readers of all ages may drop by and read to a trained therapy dog provided by Pets for Life, Inc. Upon arrival, participants should check in at Children’s Services for a reading time. Reading sessions will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit on Monday, Jan. 9, 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.
  • Health Information & Referral Clinic on Monday, Jan. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Indian Creek Library, and on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Olathe’s Mobile Integrated Health team brings a nurse practitioner and a firefighter/paramedic to diagnose and treat basic illnesses, prescribe medications, and recommend follow-up care. Blood pressure checks are also available. No appointment is needed.
  • A Healthy You:  Live Well in the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Join dietitians and health professionals for a fun tutorial on developing healthy habits. A cooking demonstration and healthy recipes will be provided. Registration is not required.
  • All Aboard! on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 8:30 pm, Friday, Jan. 13, from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Library. See an operating model railroad.  Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the display and model railroading.
  • Makerspace Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Learn and explore the green screen, video equipment, and editing software that will enhance your educational, creative, and professional life. While there, visit the Prairie Room to see the photo scanner, Singer Quantum 9980 sewing machine, and the ukuleles.

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