Olathe News Briefs


This Edition of E-News - July 25, 2011:
• Olathe Teen Council Seeking Applicants
• Fall Baseball Registration Deadline July 29
• Rec Day at the Bay August 6
• National Night Out Against Crime; Deadline Extended
• Disability Expo Seeking Vendors

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  The agenda includes a public hearing related to the 2012 Budget.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  See the  complete agenda for this meeting.


Olathe Teen Council Seeking Applicants
The City of Olathe is looking for youth, grades 9-12, to serve on the Olathe Teen Council for the 2011-2012 school-year.  The Council, modeled loosely after the Olathe City Council, provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about local government, meet community leaders, and plan service opportunities within the community. Seats on the Olathe Teen Council are awarded to 15 individuals from Olathe public, private, and home schools. Three representatives are accepted from each public Olathe high school, with three representatives from private and home schools. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply. Additional details and an online application are available at Teen Council.  All applications must be received by Monday, September 12 to be considered.


Fall Baseball Registration Deadline Approaching
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation department offers a fall baseball league for children ages preschool through third grade. The fall season will begin in late August and includes approximately nine games. The deadline to register is July 29. To register a player online, visit Fall Baseball


Rec Day at the Bay
Looking forward to a fun filled, family-friendly summer day? Join  us at Black Bob Bay for Fun Rec Day at the Bay on Saturday, August 6. Activities will include swimming, music, pool games, recreation demonstrations, a pool concert featuring Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups and more. The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. and lasts until 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Fun Rec Day


19th Century Technology Featured at Last Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Many exciting and interesting modern items were invented in the 19th Century.  Get an up-close, hands-on look at some of these inventions at a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm (1200 Kansas City Road) on Thursday, July 28.  The historic site will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Family Fun Night offering activities focused on 19th Century Technology.  This will be the last event of the summer in Mahaffie’s Family Fun Night series.

Get a close up look at draft power with the site's horse treadmill, learn about the science of the cannon, shoot a rubber-band cannon, and learn how a telegraph works.  Visitors also can choose to make a paddle boat or an item in the blacksmith shop for a small fee.

Visitors can see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try their skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th Century.  Stagecoach rides around the site will be available with a suggested donation of $2 per person. 

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.  For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


Mahaffie Takes Programs on the Road This Weekend
Stop by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm booth this weekend at the Midwest Kids Fest, at the Overland Park International Trade Center.  The event runs 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.  The Mahaffie booth will feature 19th Century children’s games, branding tattoos and information about the Wild West Show in September. 

Mahaffie will also be at the City of Olathe AquaFest from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd.  Visitors can enjoy panning for gold.


National Night Out Against Crime August 2
On Tuesday, August 2, neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout Olathe are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the “28th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is co-sponsored locally by the Olathe Police Department in cooperation with the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act.  Over 15,110 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in this year’s “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” National Night Out 2011 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again this year, Target is a corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to:  (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and the police department are working together to fight back.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, people in neighborhoods throughout Olathe are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors.  Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, and contests. Neighborhoods will receive visits from the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department or Johnson County Med-Act.

For more information about National Night Out, or to schedule an August 2 visit from a police car, fire truck or ambulance, please call Crime Prevention Specialistat 971-6323 on or before Wednesday, July 27.


Disability Expo Looking for Vendors
On October 29, Olathe’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board will host a Disability Information Expo at the Great Mall of the Great Plains. The purpose of the Disability Information Expo is to provide information about services, resources, products and information for persons of all ages with various disabilities through entertainment, food and activities. The fall-themed event will feature a silent auction with sports and entertainment memorabilia provided by the Anthony Davis ADA Charities.  Proceeds will benefit the Kim Patek Paralysis Foundation and Positive Changes, Inc. This year's Expo will also feature a wheelchair softball game, emergency services special needs registry sign up, and children's activities.
The Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board is currently accepting applications from vendors who would be interested in participating in the Expo. Booth applications will be evaluated by the board and organizations will be chosen based on what they can add to the diversity of the event.
See Disability Expo for more information or to apply for a booth.


This Edition of E-News - July 18, 2011:
• Tune In to the e-Town Hall Live Broadcast July 19
• Operation Lifeline Still Available to Those in Need
• Harvest Wheat 19th Century Style at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
• Rabies Vaccination Clinic July 30
• National Night Out Against Crime August 2

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Tune In to the e-Town Hall Live Broadcast July 19
Released July 18, 2011
Since July 6, Olathe residents have taken to social media channels to raise questions and concerns about the 2012 budget as part of the first ever e-Town Hall.  The event encourages citizen engagement in the budget process by utilizing various forms of traditional electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, blogging, Facebook and live television broadcast. 

On Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m., the City Council will respond to questions live during an e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) as well as online via City Webcast. Chris Hernandez, Political Reporter for NBC Action News, will serve as moderator. 

Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, the e-Town Hall was developed to provide more residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn about how their tax dollars are being spent.  Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window into the City’s budget process.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 19 and July 26 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 2.  Residents are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland.  Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org, as well as a forum for feedback and comments.  In addition, residents are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8863 with inquiries, questions or concerns. 


Operation Lifeline Still Available to Those in Need
Released July 18, 2011
With the recent extreme temperatures, the Olathe Police Department would like to remind the public of its Operation Lifeline program.  This initiative enlists community volunteers to make daily telephone calls to retired and self-care individuals who don’t have anyone available to check on them regularly.  If a volunteer is unable to make telephone contact with a program participant, a police officer is dispatched to the residence to check on the individual.

Individuals who would like to participate in this program must meet the following criteria:
• Live within the city limits of Olathe
• Have no family members living in the immediate area to do regular check-ins
• Be able to provide Olathe Police Department access to residence in the event of an emergency.

Operation Lifeline is free of charge.  Additional information is available by contacting the Community Outreach Unit at 971-7500. 


Harvest Wheat 19th Century Style at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Released July 18, 2011
Visitors can help harvest wheat 19th Century style at a free event from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 Kansas City Road.  The historic site will be open with free admission offering activities focused on 19th Century farming.
 
In addition to helping harvest the wheat, visitors can learn about the crops the Mahaffie’s grew and the methods they used.  Visitors can make a hook to take home in the blacksmith shop or grind corn to feed the farm animals for a small fee.  Visitors also can help saw wood, check out Mrs. Mahaffie’s cook stove, and enjoy 19th Century children’s games.  Stagecoach rides around the site also will be available with a suggested donation of $2 per person.

Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card each week. 

As a special feature the Olathe Historical Society will present a free public viewing of the newest installment in the “Olathe – the City Beautiful” film series at 7:30 p.m. inside Heritage Center. The movie will focus on the Mahaffie family.  Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. 

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.  For a complete listing of events visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


Rabies Vaccination Clinic July 30
Released July 18, 2011
The City of Olathe is offering low cost rabies vaccines at the City’s animal shelter on July 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The shelter is located behind the police department on the southeast corner of Old 56 Highway and Harrison Street.

One year vaccinations are $10 and three year vaccinations are $30 for all dogs and cats owned by Olathe residents.  In addition to receiving discounted vaccinations, pet owners will be able to purchase their city pet license at the same time.  Multi-year pet licenses are now available for up to three years with a corresponding rabies certificate.  The multiyear licenses include price discounts.  This is the second year for the Rabies Clinic.


National Night Out Against Crime August 2
Released July 18, 2011
On Tuesday, August 2, neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout Olathe are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the “28th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is co-sponsored locally by the Olathe Police Department in cooperation with the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act.  Over 15,110 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in this year’s “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. National Night Out 2011 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again this year, Target is a corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to:  (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and the police department are working together to fight back.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, people in neighborhoods throughout Olathe are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors.  Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, and contests. Neighborhoods will receive visits from the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department or Johnson County Med-Act.

For more information about National Night Out, or to schedule an August 2 visit from a police car, fire truck or ambulance, please call Crime Prevention Specialist at 971-6323 on or before Friday, July 22.


This Edition of E-News - July 11, 2011:
• Olathe Residents Encouraged to Weigh In on 2012 Budget During e-Town Hall Event
• Journey of Hope Cyclists Returning to Olathe
• Honor the Civil War at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
• Public Invited to Mahaffie Film Premier July 21
• Olathe Libraries Open as Cooling Centers July 11, 12
• Keb’ Mo’ and Kelly Hunt Featured at July 15 Summer Concert

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Olathe Residents Encouraged to Weigh In on 2012 Budget During e-Town Hall Event
Released July 11, 2011
The City of Olathe is encouraging citizen engagement in the 2012 budget process with the announcement of its first e-Town Hall. The event utilizes various forms of traditional electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, blogging, Facebook and live television broadcast. 

Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, it was developed to provide more residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn about how their tax dollars are being spent.  Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window into the City’s budget process.

On Tuesday, July 5, City Manager Michael Wilkes presented the proposed 2012 budget to the City Council.   Currently, Olathe residents can submit concerns and inquiries related to the 2012 budget on the City’s website or Facebook page.  On Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m, the City Council will then respond to questions live during an e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) as well as online at OlatheKs.org. In total, the e-Town Hall event will span 13 days.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 19 and July 26 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 2.  Residents are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland.  Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org, as well as a forum for feedback and comments.  In addition, residents are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8863. 


Journey of Hope Cyclists Returning to Olathe
Released July 11, 2011
On Monday, July 18, a team of cyclists participating in the Journey of Hope will arrive in Olathe as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

The team will spend Monday and Tuesday, July 18 and 19, in the Olathe community. Mark Cameron, a generous and dedicated Push America volunteer, is helping to coordinate the team's stay in Olathe. The team will be visiting the Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, at noon on Monday July 18, where Mayor Michael Copeland will issue a proclamation in honor of the cyclists.  Monday night the cyclists will visit Kauffman Stadium for an on-field introduction.  On Tuesday, July 19, the team will tour the Kansas State Innovation Campus and will spend the afternoon at the Evergeen Community of Johnson County as part of a Friendship Visit.

The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country. The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, beginning in Seattle and ending in Washington, D.C., August 16.

For the team, the real journey will not be on a bike, but spending time with the people for whom they are riding. The Journey of Hope team members will spend every afternoon with people with disabilities at many different community events and activities. These men are striving for community inclusion of people with disabilities and are helping to break the barriers of society that keep people of all abilities from living life to the fullest.

Celebrating 20 plus years, the Journey of Hope teams hope to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Push America was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. With the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year's Journey of Hope will raise more than $520,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised over $15 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.

For more information about this event or more on Push America's summer programs, please contact Mark Cameron at 913-393-4453 or visit www.pushamerica.org.


Honor the Civil War at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Released July 11, 2011
Honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, on Thursday, July 14.  The historic site will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Family Fun Night offering activities focused around the Civil War. 

Visitors can participate in a Civil War march and drill, learn about artillery and life in a Civil War camp and try their hand at "writing home" with a real ink pen.  Visitors also can make a spy wheel or make a piece to take home in the blacksmith's shop.  As always, visitors can see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try their skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.  Stagecoach rides around the site are available with a suggested donation of $2 per person. 

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host free Family Fun Nights every Thursday night in July.  The open late events feature free admission and stagecoach rides.  A fee applies to some special activities.  Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history.  New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.  Remaining weekly themes are:
• Kansas Farming, featuring the wheat harvest - July 21
• 19th Century Technology - July 28

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.  For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


Public Invited to Mahaffie Film Premier July 21
Released July 11, 2011
The Olathe Historical Society will present a free premier showing documenting the lives of James (Beatty) and Lucinda Mahaffie at the Mahaffie Heritage Center on July 21 at 7:30 p.m.  

The film is the third installment in the “Olathe -The City Beautiful” film series produced by Greg Sheffer.  Sheffer will share information about the process of making the film and will answer questions from the audience.

The Mahaffie Heritage Center will offer free, fresh popcorn and drinks at the event.

Sheffer was recently awarded first place for “The Bricklayer,” voted by the Kansas City Film Fest as the Best Short Film Documentary in the Heartland.

For more information about the event, contact Olathe Historical Society President Bob Courtney at 913-764-2494.


Olathe Libraries Open as Cooling Centers July 11, 12
Released July 11, 2011
Heat is the number one weather-related killer according to the National Weather Service. It kills more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. In response to an excessive heat warning from the NWS, the City of Olathe Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management and Olathe Public Library announce the opening of two cooling centers on July 11 and 12. The centers offer people temporary relief from the heat. Those who participate are encouraged to bring necessary, personal items like medicines, ready-to-eat snacks, etc.

The temporary centers are located at Olathe’s two public libraries:
Olathe Main Library (201 E. Park Street), enter through the main entrance.  Open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch (12990 S. Black Bob). Open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Grammy Award Winning Keb’ Mo’ and Kelly Hunt Featured at July 15 Summer Concert
Released July 11, 2011
The City of Olathe’s Summer Concert Series continues on Friday, July 15 with three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ along with Roots R&B singer and songwriter Kelly Hunt.  The FREE concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Olathe’s Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway.  For more information about the Summer Concert Series and the July 15th concert, visit Olathe’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


 


This Edition of E-News - July 5, 2011

  • Downtown Sculpture
  • Proposed 2012 General Fund Budget to Be Presented
  • National Night Out
  • Keb’ Mo & Kelley Hunt July 15

City Council
Released July 5, 2011
The Olathe City Council will meet, Tuesday, July 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website.


Budget to be Presented July 5
Released July 5, 2011
City Manager Michael Wilkes will present his proposed general fund budget to the City Council during the Tuesday, July 5 meeting.  The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and follow the budget process.  Further information about the city’s budget, including opportunities to become involved or follow the process, is available in the budget section of the City’s website.


2011 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Place
Released July 5, 2011
Exhibits for the 2011 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit are in place.  Now in its seventh year, the exhibit displays sculptures on loan from artists throughout the Midwest.  The sculptures are rotated annually through Olathe’s Original Town Core area.  This year’s exhibit includes five displays from artists from two states.

The pieces were selected by a panel including Kreshaun McKinney, Studio Programs Teacher for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.

This year’s pieces include:  25 or 6 to 4, by Jaak Kindberg of Greenwood, Arkansas located inside City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe; Avoidance #3, by E. Spencer Shubert of Kansas City, Missouri located on the southeast corner of Santa Fe & Water; Sinuous Bloom, by Rhoda Powers of Parkville, Missouri located on the northeast corner of Chestnut & Poplar; Dangling Participle, by Jaak Kindberg of Greenwood, Missouri located on the northeast corner of Santa Fe & Kansas; and Rusted Dinosaurs by Matthew Moyer located on the west side of Northgate – north of Mulberry.  View a map of locations and additional information about the pieces at Downtown Art Exhibit.


National Night Out Against Crime Planned for August 2
Released July 5, 2011
On Tuesday night, August 2nd, neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout Olathe are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the “28th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Olathe Police Department in cooperation with the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act.  Over 15,110 communities from all 50 states are expected to be participating in the 2011 “America’s Night Out against Crime.” National Night Out 2011 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again, Target is a corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to:  (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and the police department are working together to fight back.

From 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2nd, neighborhood residents throughout Olathe are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors.  Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, and contests. Neighborhoods will receive visits from the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department or Johnson County Med-Act.
To learn more about National Night Out, or to schedule a visit for August 2nd, 2011 from a police car, fire truck or ambulance, please call or email Specialist Beth Wegner at 971-6323 on or before Friday, July 22nd.


Grammy Award Winning Keb’ Mo’ and Kelly Hunt Featured July 15 Summer Concert
Released July 5, 2011
The City of Olathe’s Summer Concert Series continues on Friday, July 15 with three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ along with Roots R&B singer and songwriter Kelly Hunt.  The FREE concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Olathe’s Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway.  For more information about the Summer Concert Series and the July 15th concert, visit Olathe’s website.