Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - May 31, 2011:
• Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Friday; Donations to be Collected for Disaster Relief Efforts
• Public Invited to June 6 Legislative Budget Forum
• Free Mahaffie Family Fun Nights Start Thursday, June 2
• Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Croquet Tournament Set for Saturday, June 4
• Volunteers Needed for Downtown Olathe Arts Festival

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. 


Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Friday with Mingo Fishtrap and Funk Syndicate: 
Donations Accepted to Assist with Disaster Relief Efforts

Released May 31, 2011
The 2011 Olathe Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday, June 3, with Mingo Fishtrap and special guest Funk Syndicate.  The show starts at 7:00 p.m. at Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway.  The summer concert series is in its twelfth year of providing free family entertainment. 

In addition to lively entertainment, the series has taken on a charitable tone over the years. The generosity of concert goers has provided over $112,000 to local charities such as the Olathe Salvation Army, TLC For Children & Families, Inc., Olathe Special Olympics and the Olathe Noon Optimist Club.  Friday’s concert will be no different.

The Olathe Salvation Army has mobilized staff and their cantinas to respond to tornadoes that brought devastation across the country's central states. Salvation Army caseworkers are providing financial aid to tornado survivors to help with immediate needs such as food, clothing, medicine, shelter, bedding and baby products. In an effort to assist, Summer Concert Series Presenting Sponsor Farmers Insurance Group will collect donations for the Olathe Salvation Army during Friday’s concert.  Concert goers will have the opportunity to donate money to help with the devastating tornado relief efforts.

To learn more about the 2011 Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series and scheduled performances, visit www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Events/SummerConcerts.


Public Invited to June 6 Legislative Budget Forum
Released May 31, 2011
The City of Olathe will host a legislative forum featuring Kansas State Representatives from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe. 

The forum includes an informational program by State Representatives Greg Smith and Jim Denning highlighting the state budget process, the state school finance formula, and KPERS.  They will be joined by other members of the Kansas House of Representatives representing Olathe.  Following the presentation, a one-hour question and answer panel will take questions submitted by audience members and through social media. 
Constituents may submit questions through the Discussion Tab on the City of Olathe Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofOlatheKS while they watch the live broadcast.  Posts must adhere to the Terms of Use.

The two-hour forum will broadcast live on Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7/AT&T Channel 99) and via webcast on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org.


Free Mahaffie Family Fun Nights Start Thursday, June 2
Released May 31, 2011
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will offer Family Fun Nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each Thursday night in June and July.  Free admission and stagecoach rides are featured at open late events.  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.
• Cowboy Night - June 2 and July 7
• Civil War - June 9 and July 14
• 19th Century Technology - June 16 and July 21
• Kansas Farming - June 23 and July 28

This Thursday, June 2, Family Fun Night visitors will learn about the life of a cowboy.  Visitors can rope a “steer, ” use a real branding iron to brand leather, have a photo taken in 19th Century clothing and take a stagecoach ride around the site.  Donations of $2 per person are suggested for stagecoach rides.  The blacksmith shop will be open and staff will be cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s wood cookstove.

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 Stagecoach Stop Croquet Tournament Set for Saturday, June 4
Released May 31, 2011
Spots are still available for the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm second-annual croquet tournament scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at the historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd. in Olathe.  The Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament is sponsored by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation as a fundraiser for the historic site. 

For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, contact Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111 .  Special thanks to the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event. 


Volunteers Needed for Downtown Olathe Arts Festival
Released May 31, 2011
Volunteers are needed for the inaugural Downtown Olathe Arts Festival, scheduled for June 11 and 12 at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in historic downtown Olathe.  The juried art festival features over 70 visual artists including emerging artists and artists with disabilities.  The event will also include live musical entertainment, an interactive children’s activity tent, and a variety of food and concessions.  The Olathe Public Library book sale will be held in conjunction with festival activities.

The festival is a collaborative effort by volunteer organizers, the City of Olathe, and the generous support of area businesses.  Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. 

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit www.DowntownOlatheArtsFestival.org.


This Edition of E-News - May 23, 2011:
• Olathe Community Center Concept Designs To Be Presented Tuesday
• Trash and Recycling NOT Impacted by Memorial Day Holiday
• Olathe Libraries Closed for Memorial Day
• City of Olathe to Host Annual Community Awards Program on May 26
• Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
• Olathe Libraries Announce New Summer Hours
• Summer Reading Kick-Off May 31
• Spring is Sprung Book Sale May 31

City Council
The public is invited to join the Olathe City Council Tuesday, May 24, for the presentation of concept designs for the Olathe Community Center at Stagecoach Park.  The concept designs will be on display during an Open House beginning at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall, City of Governors Room.  Formal presentations from the three architectural firm finalists will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The finalists include Barker Rinker Seacta Architecture, Williams Architects, and Sink Combs Dethlefs. To see the complete agenda for the meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org


Memorial Day Schedule:  TRASH AND CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE NOT IMPACTED
Released May 23, 2011
City of Olathe offices, including Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, will be closed on Monday, May 31st for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will not be impacted.


Olathe Libraries Closed for Memorial Day
Released May 23, 2011
Both the Olathe Public Library and the Indian Creek Branch will be closed Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, in celebration of Memorial Day.


City of Olathe to Host Annual Community Awards Program on May 26
Released May 23, 2011
The City of Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board in partnership with the Police Advisory Board will host the eight annual Community Awards Program on Thursday, May 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.   The awards recognize individuals and entities for meritorious service in the pursuit of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights that benefit Olathe citizens.

The theme of the event is "Diversity Makes the Difference.”  Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Individuals living and working in Olathe (or elsewhere) who have contributed to the promotion of human rights to the benefit of the citizens of Olathe will receive awards at the event.  Award categories and recipients include:
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award – Sgt. Brian Wessling, Olathe Police Department
• Commission/Organization Award – Pathway to Hope
• Educator Award – Dr. Connie Heinen, Principal and Olathe North staff member
• Youth Award (19 or under) – Clayton Crow
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award – Lane Green
• Accessible Community Award – DesignSense, Inc., 360 Architects, Weitz Construction, and K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, Dan Richardson, CEO; Brenda Volle, City of Olathe staff
• Police Services Award – Captain Greg O’Halloran, Olathe Police Department

For more information about the awards programs or to request special accommodations, contact the City of Olathe Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-6493.


Mahaffie Summer Season Promotes Family Fun
Released May 23, 2011
The summer season officially beings at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., on Wednesday, June 1.  Beginning June 1, enjoy 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.  Beyond regular hours, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm offers many special events throughout the summer. 

  • Family Fun Nights – Mahaffie is open 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday nights in June and July.  Each week visitors will enjoy a variety of activities focused around a different historic theme.  This event features free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person.  Summer themes are: Cowboy Night - June 2/July 7; Civil War - June 9/July 14; 19th Century Technology - June 16/July 21; and Kansas Farming - June 23/July 28.
  • 19th Century Fireworks and Olathe Civic Band Concert - Thursday, June 30; 6:00 p.m. Join the Olathe Civic Band for a concert followed by 19th century fireworks by the Olathe Fire Department.  Show your American pride and bring your decorated bike/stroller/wagon.  Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy this patriotic celebration.  Fireworks will begin at dark.  Free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person. 
  • Independence Day 19th Century Style - Saturday, July 2; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Join us for historic activities, 19th century baseball, music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a cannon firing!  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy this all-American celebration.  Free admission, suggested donations $2/adult, $1/child.

For a complete listing of events visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


New Summer Hours at Both Olathe Libraries
Released May 23, 2011
The Olathe Public Library (201 E. Park) and the Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) will adopt new hours for the summer beginning May 23.  The new hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Summer Reading Kick-Off May 31
Released May 23, 2011
The library will begin its summer reading activities at the Summer Reading Kick-Off on May 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Frontier Park, Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway.  All ages can pick up their reading folders and enjoy crafts and games.  In the event  of rain, all activities will be cancelled.


Spring is Sprung Book Sale
Released May 23, 2011
A wide variety of used materials are available at the annual Spring is Sprung Book Sale to be held on the lawn  at the Indian Creek Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 31.   All ex-library materials will be sold:  buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value).  Friends of the Olathe Public Library members can pick up a coupon at the sale to purchase ex-library materials:  buy one, get two free (of equal or lesser value). 

The Six Bucks a Sack Sale will run from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Purchase a plastic bag for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two bags, get two free.  Cash or checks are accepted and all sales are final.  In case of rain, the sale will open slightly later inside the library.  For more information, call Rita J. Patterson at 913-971-6879.

This Edition of E-News - May 16, 2011:
• Olathe Celebrates the Arts
• Olathe Libraries Announce New Summer Hours
• Summer Reading Kick-Off May 31
• Spring is Sprung Book Sale May 31
• Connect with the City of Olathe on Facebook, Twitter
• Trash and Recycling NOT Impacted by Memorial Day Holiday

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 17, 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 Celebrates the Arts
Released May 16, 2011
Historic downtown Olathe will soon play host to visual artists from across the region.  The inaugural Downtown Olathe Arts Festival is scheduled for June 11 and 12 at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in downtown Olathe.  The juried art festival features over 70 visual artists including emerging artists and artists with disabilities.  The event will also include live musical entertainment, an interactive children’s activity tent, and a variety of food and concessions.  The Olathe Public Library book sale will be held in conjunction with festival activities.

The festival is a collaborative effort by volunteer organizers, the City of Olathe, and the generous support of area businesses.  Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. 

Visit www.DowntownOlatheArtsFestival.org for more information, including opportunities to volunteer, donate or sponsor the event.


New Summer Hours at Both Olathe Libraries
Released May 16, 2011
The Olathe Public Library (201 E. Park) and the Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) will adopt new hours for the summer beginning May 23.  The new hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Summer Reading Kick-Off May 31
Released May 16, 2011
The library will begin its summer reading activities at the Summer Reading Kick-Off on May 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Frontier Park, Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway.  All ages can pick up their reading folders and enjoy crafts and games.  In the event  of rain, all activities will be cancelled.


Spring is Sprung Book Sale
Released May 16, 2011
A wide variety of used materials are available at the annual Spring is Sprung Book Sale to be held on the lawn  at the Indian Creek Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 31.   All ex-library materials will be sold:  buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value).  Friends of the Olathe Public Library members can pick up a coupon at the sale to purchase ex-library materials:  buy one, get two free (of equal or lesser value). 

The Six Bucks a Sack Sale will run from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Purchase a plastic bag for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two bags, get two free.  Cash or checks are accepted and all sales are final.  In case of rain, the sale will open slightly later inside the library.  For more information, call Rita J. Patterson at 913-971-6879.


Connect with the City of Olathe on Facebook, Twitter
Released May 16, 2011
Follow Olathe news and information and join the conversation in our social network.  “Like” the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofOlatheKS.  You can also keep up with City of Olathe news and events by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OlatheGovNews.


Memorial Day Schedule:  TRASH AND CURBSIDE RECYCLING SCHEDULE NOT IMPACTED
Released May 16, 2011
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, May 31st for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and Recycling collection will not be impacted.


This Edition of E-News - May 9, 2011
• Public Invited to May 13 Legislative Budget Forum
• City Expands Composting Options
• Interview Workshop
• Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 4: Teams Forming Now
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City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet on Tuesday, May 17 for a regular session meeting. The meeting will be broadcast live on OGN (Comcast 7, AT&T 99) and on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org.


Public Invited to May 13 Legislative Budget Forum
The City of Olathe will host a legislative forum featuring Kansas State Representatives from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe.

The forum includes an informational program by State Representatives Greg Smith and Jim Denning highlighting the state budget process, the state school finance formula, and KPERS.  They will be joined by other members of the Kansas House of Representatives representing Olathe.  Following the presentation, a one-hour question and answer panel will take questions submitted by audience members and through social media. 
Constituents may submit questions through the Discussion Tab on the City of Olathe Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofOlatheKS while they watch live on their computers.  Posts must adhere to the Terms of Use.
The two-hour forum will broadcast live on Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7/AT&T Channel 99) and via webcast on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org.


City Expands Yard Waste Drop Off, Still Free for Olathe Residents
On May 2, the City of Olathe began accepting yard waste from non-Olathe residents at its composting facility located at 127th Street and Hedge Lane.

The City’s composting facility is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and accepts yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves and tree branches.  Items such as concrete, sod and dirt are not accepted.

While the drop off option remains free for Olathe residents, there is a charge based on quantity for non-residents and commercial customers.  A photo ID and copy of a city utility bill is required for Olathe residents to be eligible for the no-charge service.

Composting helps divert reusable material from the landfill, containing costs and helping the environment.  For more information including composting facility fee rates for non-residents and commercial customers, visit Yard Waste.
 


Interview Workshop May 18
The City of Olathe Human Resources Division along with Human Resources professionals from the Johnson County chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will host an interactive interview workshop on Wednesday, May 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.

The workshop is designed to assist job seekers preparing for interviews.  It includes assessment and feedback on interview performance, mock interviews and assistance with necessary interview skills and resumes.  Human Resource leaders from multiple industries will be on hand to complete personalized evaluations for participants looking to improve interview and work skills.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.shrmjc.org/cde.cfm?event=345378 .
 


Spots Still Available for Mahaffie Croquet Tournament June 4: Teams Forming Now!
Teams are forming now for the second annual Mahaffie Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament.  This unique event is hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation in support of the preservation, programming and promotion of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site located at 1200 Kansas City Rd. in Olathe. 

Sunflower Wickets will be held Saturday, June 4, at Stagecoach Park, located across the street from the Mahaffie historic site.  Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. with play beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by lunch and awards at 11:30 a.m.  Prizes will be awarded to the top four finishing teams.

Croquet was a popular inexpensive sport throughout the country in the mid 19th century. 
Two-person teams are now forming.  For more information about forming a team or tournament sponsorship opportunities, contact Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111.  Special thanks to the Missouri Croquet Association for their assistance with the event. 


City of Olathe and OHRC Seek Nominations for the Annual Community Awards Program
The City of Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board in partnership with the Police Advisory Board are seeking nominations for the eighth annual Community Awards Program.  The awards recognize individuals and entities for meritorious service in the pursuit of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights which benefit Olathe citizens. 
The winners will be announced at the awards program from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 in the Council Chamber at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  The theme of the event is "Diversity Makes the Difference."
Individuals living and working in the City of Olathe (or elsewhere) who have contributed to the promotion of human rights to the benefit of the citizens of Olathe are eligible for nomination.
Nominations are welcome in the following categories:
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
• Commission/Organization Award
• Educator Award
• Youth Award (19 or under)
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award
• Police Services Award
• Emergency Services Award
The nomination forms and eligibility requirements are available online at www.OlatheKs.org/HR/HumanRelations and may be submittedby mail, fax or e-mail.  Nominations are due at noon on Friday, May 20. For more information about the nomination process, or for special accommodations, contact the City of Olathe Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-6493.


This Edition of E-News - May 2, 2011:
• National Magazine Singles Out Olathe for Innovation
• Nominations Sought for Olathe Human Relations Commission Awards
• Recreation Scholarships Available
• Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm to Attend Statewide Promotion
• Celebrate Reading with the Reading Trails Fun Fest

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 3, 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


National Magazine Singles Out Olathe for Innovation
Released May 2, 2011
In its annual “Fast Cities” edition, Fast Company magazine singled out Olathe as its best example of innovation in Kansas.  The City of Olathe was chosen for The Olathe Works Well Clinic, the onsite healthcare clinic for current and retired city employees that focuses on wellness and preventive health.  The clinic, operated by Wellness and Innovation Nursing Services (WINS),  has led to avoided health claims, increased productivity and decreased absenteeism for employees.  In its first year, the clinic contributed to savings of nearly $1.5 million and a return on investment of $5.27 for each $1.00 spent.   Because of its success, the City Council voted in March to extend clinic hours and to provide care to spouses in the program to realize even greater savings.  The May edition of Fast Company magazine is on newsstands now.


City of Olathe and OHRC Seek Nominations for the Annual Community Awards Program
Released May 2, 2011
The City of Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board in partnership with the Police Advisory Board are seeking nominations for the eight annual Community Awards Program.  The awards recognize individuals and entities for meritorious service in the pursuit of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights which benefit Olathe citizens. 

The winners will be announced at the eighth annual Community Awards Program from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 in the Council Chamber at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  The theme of the event is "Diversity Makes the Difference."

Individuals living and working in the City of Olathe (or elsewhere) who have contributed to the promotion of human rights to the benefit of the citizens of Olathe are eligible for nomination.

Persons or entities can be nominated in the following categories:
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
• Commission/Organization Award
• Educator Award
• Youth Award (19 or under)
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award
• Police Services Award
• Emergency Services Award

The nomination forms and eligibility requirements are available on-line at www.OlatheKs.org/HR/HumanRelations and may be received by mail, fax or e-mail.  Nominations are due at noon on Friday, May 20. For more information about the nomination process, or for special accommodations, contact the City of Olathe Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-6493.


Recreation Scholarships Available
Released May 2, 2011
The Olathe City Council believes all residents should have opportunities to participate in Olathe recreation programs.  In 1994, the Council created the Recreation Scholarship Program to provide low income and moderate income residents the opportunity to enjoy the many recreation activities in Olathe.  Scholarships are awarded to residents based on annual level of income.  Approved applicants pay 50% of the program fee for most recreational programs and summer swim memberships. 

In order to be considered for a scholarship, an applicant must submit a completed application form and provide income verification either: 1) IRS income tax return filed April of this year and child support verification-if applicable; 2) pay stubs for one month; 3) proof of being a recipient of federal assistance-if applicable.  Processing and eligibility for scholarship awards may take two weeks or longer based on information requirements.  Applicants are asked to have their scholarship applicant approved in advance of activity deadlines.  

Scholarships funds are limited, and availability for classes are based on a first come, first serve basis.  Residents interested in learning more about the scholarship program and to obtain an application can visit the recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org, or call Teresa Wilson at (913) 971-6479.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm to Attend Statewide Promotion
Released May 2, 2011
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be one of over 150 Kansas communities represented at the 22nd annual Kansas Sampler Festival.  This "all Kansas, all weekend" event will be held in Leavenworth at Ray Miller Park on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Stagecoach Stop and Farm will offer stagecoach rides at the festival.  Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, is the only working stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail.  The site gives visitors a taste of life on an 1860s farm with hands-on activities year-round. 

The festival is designed to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, learn, and buy in Kansas.  In addition to helping the public plan Kansas day trips and learn about Kansas opportunities, the festival will also showcase Kansas musicians, historic performers, artists, authors and Kansas foods.  Kansas products will be sold in the Kansas Mercantile tent and in some other tents.

A project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, the festival was originally held on the Penner Farm near Inman for eight years and has since made two-year stops in Pratt, Ottawa, Independence, Newton, Garden City and Concordia. 

Ray Miller Park is located at 4201 South 4th Street.  Festival admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children 7-14.  For more information call 913.417.7575 or go to www.kansassamplerfestival.com


Celebrate Reading with the Reading Trails Fun Fest
Released May 2, 2011
Kick-off summer reading with the annual Reading Trails Fun Fest from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7.  The event is offered by the Olathe Junior Service League and hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road.  Admission is free; stagecoach rides are $1 per ride.

The event will feature hands-on activities from the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails including leather stamping, panning for gold and visit the trading post.  Native American dancers will perform at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.  Historical artist and children’s book illustrator David Geister will demonstrate 19th century art techniques.  Food will be available for purchase.