Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - Released July 29, 2013:

  • Opportunity Abounds for Motivated Teens!
  • Black Bob Bay Teen Bash to Make a Splash for Charity
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella
  • Volunteers Needed for Wild West Days at Mahaffie
  • Pool Schedule Changes Announced
  • Olathe Libraries Hosting Free Genealogy Programs
     

City Council
Released July 29, 2013

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Opportunity Abounds for Motivated Teens!
Released July 29, 2013
The City of Olathe is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Teen Council. Teen Council is a fantastic opportunity for 9-12 grade students to serve their community, learn about local government, and take on leadership roles.  For more information and to apply, visit: OlatheKS.org/CMO/TeenCouncil.


Black Bob Bay Teen Bash to Make a Splash for Charity
Released July 29, 2013
Who’s ready for some after-hours fun at Black Bob Bay?  Enterprise Bank and Trust presents the first Black Bob Bay Teen Bash (ages 10-15) on Tuesday, July 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. and admission is FREE with any school supply donation benefiting the Olathe Public Schools Foundation. The evening includes games, bounce house, swimming, prize drawings and more!  For complete event details and to pre-register visit Olatheks.org/ParksRec or call 913-971-8643.  Pre-registration is encouraged and those who pre-register will be entered to win a $30 gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Registration code: 24332


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Released July 29, 2013
The final Day Out with Frank and Ella is Wednesday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, featuring “the best” of Day Out with Frank and Ella activities. Activities may include 19th century laundry and cannon drills. Stagecoach rides, cookstove demonstrations and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during this program. Participants have one last opportunity to enter the coloring sheet contest with the chance to win Wild West Days tickets. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 


Volunteers Needed for Wild West Days at Mahaffie
Released July 29, 2013
The popular Wild West Days at Mahaffie will take place Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. Many volunteers are needed for this unique community event. Volunteers can participate in children’s activity booths, help with admission gates, or assist with set up or tear down of the event. Volunteers receive free admission to the event, hours of service, and a meal the day they volunteer. There are two shifts each day and many different activities from which to choose. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and those over 18 require a background check. This event is perfect for groups or corporate partners. For more information, please visit Mahaffie.org.


Pool Schedule Changes Announced
Released July 29, 2013
The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August as follows: 

  • Mill Creek pool will close for the season on Sunday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools will close on Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting August 12:
    • August 12-16; Monday – Friday open 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • August 16 at 7:00 p.m. - Pool closes for weekday operation.
    • August 17 through September 2, Labor Day – Open Saturday and Sunday only 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website.


Olathe Libraries Hosting Free Genealogy Programs
Released July 29, 2013
The Olathe Public Library is hosting a series of free genealogy programs. All programs will be held at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe.  Registration is required by phone (913-971-6888), on the library’s events page, or in person.  Programs include:

  • Very Basic Genealogy:  Beginners class covers the basic techniques and sound genealogical practices for success in searching for your family history.  Basic use of the library database, Ancestry.com will be covered as well.  August 6, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
  • Something to Talk About:  Including Oral History Interviews in Your Family History:  Lori-Cox Paul, Director of Archival Operations at the National Archives in Kansas City, will present on the importance of oral tradition.  Learn about interview techniques to compile a valuable gift:  an oral history that will be enjoyed for generations to come.  August 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • LifeStory Writing:  J. Paul and Marilyn Turner, founders of the Center for LifeStory Writing, will explain the importance of writing down significant events and memories for your descendants.  Learn how to write your stories in brief slices of 750 - 1200 words each.  Materials will be provided so that you may start immediately.  August 20, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This Edition of e-News - July 22, 2013:

  • When Heat is on the Rise, Be Water Wise
  • Beatles Tribute Band Liverpool Closes Out Summer Concert Series on July 26
  • Black Bob Bay Teen Bash to Make a Splash for Charity
  • Pool Schedule Changes Announced
  • Enjoy a Kansas Wheat Harvest at Mahaffie’s Family Fun Night July 25
  • Olathe Libraries Hosting Free Genealogy Programs
     

City Council
Released July 22, 2013

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


When Heat is on the Rise, Be Water Wise
Released July 22, 2013
With continued high temperatures and low rainfall, remember to be “water wise.” The City of Olathe actively promotes water conservation year-round, particularly during the summer months when outdoor use for lawns and landscaping can account for over 70% of water delivered to households. As hot temperatures continue, it’s a good time for residents and business owners to be thinking about Wise Outdoor Watering (WOW) practices. Simple steps you can take to be “water wise” include:

  • Ensure sprinklers are not spraying the sidewalk, patio, or driveways
  • Use a car wash that recycles water
  • Limit outdoor water use on weekends
  • Water every other day in the evenings
  • Use a soaker hose to water plants more efficiently

For more tips on water conservation and Wise Outdoor Watering, visit OlatheKS.org.


Beatles Tribute Band Liverpool Closes Out Summer Concert Series on July 26
Released July 22, 2013
The FREE Olathe Summer Concert Series is coming to a close and promises to end on a high note with Kansas City’s own Liverpool. The sounds of the Beatles will fill Frontier Park on Friday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and visit sponsor booths. The 2013 season is sponsored by SureWest, Hy-Vee, Olathe Ford RV, Pepsi Americas, Kona Ice and Smokin’ Joes.


Black Bob Bay Teen Bash to Make a Splash for Charity
Released July 22, 2013
Who’s ready for some after-hours fun at Black Bob Bay?  Enterprise Bank and Trust presents the first Black Bob Bay Teen Bash (ages 10-15) on Tuesday, July 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. and admission is FREE with any school supply donation benefiting the Olathe Public Schools Foundation. The evening includes games, bounce house, swimming, prize drawings and more!  For complete event details and to pre-register visit Olatheks.org/ParksRec or call 913-971-8643.  Pre-registration is encouraged and those who pre-register will be entered to win a $30 gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Registration code: 24332


Pool Schedule Changes Announced
Released July 22, 2013
The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August as follows: 

  • Mill Creek pool will close for the season on Sunday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools will close on Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting August 12:
    • August 12-16; Monday – Friday open 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • August 16 at 7:00 p.m. -  Pool closes for weekday operation
    • Beginning August 17 – Open Saturday and Sunday only from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Labor Day, September 2

For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website.


Enjoy a Kansas Wheat Harvest at Mahaffie’s Family Fun Night July 25
Released July 22, 2013
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Kansas Wheat Harvest activities at the free family fun night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Activities may include: horse-drawn reaper wheat cutting, threshing demonstrations, corn grinding, 19th century games, cookstove demonstrations, and stagecoach rides. The Cowboy Costume Contest continues for cowboys of all ages.  Categories include authentic cowboy, movie cowboy and cartoon cowboy.  Winners will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. The Cowboy Costume Contest is offered at every Thursday Family Fun Night. Visit www.mahaffie.org for complete rules and information.

Admission is free and a nominal fee is charged for site activities. Kansas Wheat Harvest is the last Family Fun Night for 2013.

Day Out with Frank and Ella – Kansas Wheat Harvest activities will be featured Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include grinding corn, flailing wheat, planting seeds and 19th century games.  Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 


Olathe Libraries Hosting Free Genealogy Programs
Released July 22, 2013
The Olathe Public Library is hosting a series of free genealogy programs. All programs will be held at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe.  Registration is required by phone (913-971-6888), on the library’s events page, or in person.  Programs include:

  • Very Basic Genealogy:  Beginners class covers the basic techniques and sound genealogical practices for success in searching for your family history.  Basic use of the library database, Ancestry.com will be covered as well.  August 6, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
  • Something to Talk About:  Including Oral History Interviews in Your Family History:  Lori-Cox Paul, Director of Archival Operations at the National Archives in Kansas City, will present on the importance of oral tradition.  Learn about interview techniques to compile a valuable gift:  an oral history that will be enjoyed for generations to come.  August 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • LifeStory Writing:  J. Paul and Marilyn Turner, founders of the Center for LifeStory Writing, will explain the importance of writing down significant events and memories for your descendants.  Learn how to write your stories in brief slices of 750 - 1200 words each.  Materials will be provided so that you may start immediately.  August 20, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This Edition of e-News - July 15, 2013:

  • Music Fills the Air at the FREE Olathe Summer Concert Series July 19
  • Livestock Barn Work Begins at Mahaffie         
  • Enjoy Fun on the Farm at Mahaffie’s Family Fun Night Thursday July 18
  • Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale at Farmers’ Market
  • Join America’s Night Out Against Crime August 6
     

City Council  
Released July 15, 2013     

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 16, at 7:00 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Music Fills the Air at the FREE Olathe Summer Concert Series July 19
Released July 15, 2013
The sounds of the Austin music scene hit Frontier Park on Friday, July 19, with the Band of Heathens and Mingo Fishtrap. Award-winning The Band of Heathens kicks the night off at 7:00 p.m. with its Americana/Rock and Roll sound. Fan favorite Mingo Fishtrap will finish out the night with its soul and funk flavor.

Each week the concert series collects audience donations to benefit a local charity. The July 19 show will benefit the Mayors Christmas Tree Fund.

The 14th season finishes with Liverpool on July 26 benefitting Kids TLC.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, grab a treat at the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity), and visit sponsor booths. The 2013 season is sponsored by SureWest, Olathe CTC, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.


Livestock Barn Work Begins at Mahaffie
Released July 15, 2013
In October of 2012, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site announced a generous donation from long-time benefactor and Olathean Maron Moore to fund the construction of a large barn at the Mahaffie site.  Mahaffie is pleased to announce that work on the new barn commences this week.

“The current barn was built sometime in the mid-20th Century and is in need of extensive repairs,” said Tim Talbott, site manager.  “This significant donation allows us to replace the barn that no longer meets the needs of our animals and programming.” The new barn will provide better housing for the Mahaffie livestock while connecting visitors to the living history and agricultural programs on site.  The barn also presents the opportunity for year-round learning programs that include interaction with the site animals and the ability to view the 1860s farm equipment and horse-drawn vehicles housed at Mahaffie.  The outside structure of the barn will fit the environment of the Mahaffie Historic Site, while the interior will be a modern, highly-functional, public-access space.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Mrs. Moore,” said Talbott. “This donation will continue to allow us to expand on our mission to engage visitors with hands on experiences of 1860s farming, frontier life, and stagecoach travel while preserving the nationally significant Mahaffie story.”

For an artist’s drawing of the new livestock facility, visit www.mahaffie.org.


Enjoy Fun on the Farm at Mahaffie’s Family Fun Night Thursday July 18
Released July 15, 2013
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Fun on the Farm activities at the free family fun night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Activities may include: 19th century games, a picnic, and stagecoach rides. The Cowboy Costume Contest continues for cowboys of all ages.  Categories include authentic cowboy, movie cowboy and cartoon cowboy.  Winners will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. The Cowboy Costume Contest is offered at every Thursday Family Fun Night. Visit www.mahaffie.org for complete rules and information.

Admission is free and a nominal fee is charged for site activities. The theme for the July 25 Family Fun Night is Kansas Wheat Harvest.

Day Out with Frank and Ella – Fun on the Farm activities will be featured Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities may include 19th Century laundry, grinding corn and making a ball and cup craft. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during this program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free.  


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Book Sale at Farmers’ Market
Released July 15, 2013
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on July 20, shop the selection of gardening books, cookbooks, leisure reading and much more at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Olathe.  Club romance paperbacks will be sold 10 for $1.  Purchase a Friends insulated book bag for $6 to carry around your fruits and vegetables and, of course, books!


Join America’s Night Out Against Crime August 6
Released July 15, 2013
Gather your neighbors and be a part of Olathe’s 2013 National Night Out team during the 30th Annual National Night Out (NNO) on August 6.  National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event. 

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,704 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37.5 million people participated in National Night Out 2012.  National Night Out 2013 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again this year, Target is a national corporate sponsor.             

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and  
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods 'celebrate' NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:

  • block parties,
  • cookouts,
  • visits from local police departments,
  • parades, exhibits,
  • flashlight walks,
  • contests and youth programs

NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in the quest for a safer nation.

For questions, to register a NNO party, and to request a visit from the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department or the Johnson County Med-Act, contact the Community Outreach Unit at 913-971-6323 or ccurtis@olatheks.org by Friday, July 26.


This Edition of e-News - July 8, 2013:

  • The Fireworks Continue July 11 at Mahaffie (rescheduled date)
  • Microchip and Rabies Vaccination Clinic July 13
  • Julybration Book Sale July 12-14
  • Friends of the Olathe Public Library Group Receives Award
  • 2013 Push America Journey of Hope Returns to Olathe July 15

City Council
Released July 8, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a study session. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


The Fireworks Continue July 11 at Mahaffie (rescheduled date)
Released July 8, 2013
Due to the June 27th 19th Century Fireworks postponement, some activities will be added to the July 11 Family Fun Night, which will also feature the Kansas Cowboy theme.  Grounds open at 6:00 p.m. so bring chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy the All-American Celebration!  Lemonade and ice cream will be available for purchase to support the Mahaffie livestock program. Boy Scout Troop 494 will have funnel cakes and fried Oreos for sale. In addition to opportunities to learn about cowboy gear, roping, and trailside cooking, activities may include:

  • 6:30 p.m.: 1860s cowboy baseball game
  • 7:00 p.m.: patriotic kids’ parade, decorate your bicycle, stroller or wagon. 
  • 7:30 p.m.: music by Olathe Civic Band and Olathe Northwest Elementary Area Youth Band
  • 8:30 p.m.: Cowboy Costume Contest
  • 8:45 p.m.: patriotic music medley; the Star Spangled Banner was not always the National Anthem, learn more about patriotic songs
  • 9:15 p.m.: reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a cannon firing
  • 9:30 p.m.: 19th Century fireworks

Living history activities will end at 9:00 p.m. so all can enjoy the fireworks.  Admission is FREE!  (Stagecoach rides are $2/person ages 3 & up, make your own brand is $2/person ages 5 and up, making an 'S' Hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/S Hook ages 8 and up).  If the Heritage Center parking lot is full, the parking lot in front of the Mahaffie house will be available for this event only.


Microchip and Rabies Vaccination Clinic July 13
Released July 8, 2013
The City of Olathe Animal Shelter is offering a low cost microchip and rabies vaccination clinic at Olathe Fire Station #6 (24200 W. College Blvd.) on Saturday, July 13, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Vaccinations are $10 and microchips are $25.00.  Other vaccinations are available upon request.  The event is open to Olathe residents.  For more information, contact the Animal Shelter at 971-6362.


Julybration Book Sale July 12-14
Released July 8, 2013
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library will hold a used and nearly new book sale on Friday, July 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13 from 12:00 p.m. to  4:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring the “Six Bucks a Sack Sale”.  Purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 and fill with materials; buy two, get two free.  The sack sale will close early if sold out or if material selection is low.

Choose from a wide selection of materials sorted by categories.  All sales are final and cash or check will be accepted.  Due to space limitations, no book carts or strollers are allowed in the room.


Friends of the Olathe Public Library Group Receives Award
Released July 8, 2013
The Friends of Olathe Public Library group has received the annual Friends of Kansas Libraries (FoKL) Award in the 10,000+ service population category.  Selection for the award is based upon a group’s benefit to the library, creativeness and originality, and efforts to increase community awareness. 

In 2012, the group increased awareness and outreach with a number of projects.  The Friends helped fund 600 books for the Christmas in August outreach to benefit homeless students within Olathe. They also sold books on gardening, cooking and crafts at the Olathe Farmers’ Market. A new event was the group’s first “Novel-Tea”, with a mystery theme that partnered 20 community organizations and small businesses in Olathe who designed and set the tables for the event.  The Friends provided the speaker, entertainment and food.  To reach the young adult population, the Friends now sponsor the Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship. 

To learn more about the Friends of the Olathe Public Library, visit www.olathelibrary.com/friends.  Visit www.fok.net for information about the Friends of Kansas Libraries.   


2013 Push America Journey of Hope Returns to Olathe July 15
Released July 8, 2013
On Monday, July 15, 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 July 15 and 16 in the Olathe community. Mark Cameron, a member of the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) and Push America volunteer, is helping to coordinate the team's stay in Olathe. The public is encouraged to cheer on the cyclists as they arrive in Olathe and are welcomed at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, at 12:30 p.m. on Monday July 15.

The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, raising 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, WA and ending in Washington, D.C.

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 $500,000 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 and Push America's summer programs, please contact Mark Cameron at 913-393-4453 or visit www.pushamerica.org.


This Edition of e-News - July 1, 2013:

  • 4th of July Holiday Schedule for City Offices, Library; Trash/Recycling Collection Not Impacted
  • Tune in to e-Town Hall July 2
  • City of Olathe July 4 Fireworks Celebration
  • The  Bang on Fireworks
  • The Fireworks Continue July 11 at Mahaffie (rescheduled date)
  • Microchip and Rabies Vaccination Clinic July 13

City Council
Released July 1, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


4th of July Holiday Schedule for City Offices, Library
Released July 1, 2013
City offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 to mark the Independence Day holiday.  Residential trash and recycling collection schedules will not be impacted.  The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will also close on Thursday, July 4.


Tune in to e-Town Hall July 2
Released July 1, 2013
For the past few weeks, Olathe residents have utilized a web forum (OlatheKS.org/OpenTownHall), Facebook, and Twitter (#OlatheBudget) to share thoughts, ask questions and provide comments about the 2014 proposed budget.  On Tuesday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m., tune in to the Budget e-Town Hall event where the City Council will respond to these resident questions and comments during a live broadcast/webcast hosted by KCTV5 weeknight anchor Karen Fuller.

Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window in the City’s budget process.

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 2 and July 16 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 6. Citizens 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, OlatheKS.org, as well as through the forum. In addition, community members are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.


City of Olathe July 4 Fireworks Celebration
Released July 1, 2013
The City of Olathe will host its annual fireworks show on Thursday, July 4 at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st Street.  The show will begin at 9:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up their favorite viewing spot. A rain date of July 5 has been set in the event of inclement weather.  The City will provide updates through Facebook, Twitter and OlatheKS.org should there be a possibility of weather impacting the show.


The Bang on Fireworks
Released July 1, 2013
According to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, fireworks caused 197 reported injuries in Kansas over a seasonal period spanning the Fourth of July in 2012, and only 51% of Kansas hospitals reported data! Some sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures of up to 1800º Fahrenheit - that’s as hot as volcano lava! In an effort to keep you and your family safe, the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.

Professional fireworks displays add enjoyment to many holidays. To keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July, the Olathe Fire Department recommends leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Professionals take extensive safety precautions and follow many regulations when creating such spectacular displays. Olathe’s public fireworks display is July 4 at dusk, about 9:30 p.m., at the Great Mall of the Great Plains (I-35 and 151st Street). Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up their favorite viewing spot.  A rain date of July 5 has been set in the event of inclement weather.  Should inclement weather be a possibility, the City will provide continual updates via Facebook and Twitter about any scheduling changes.

“Let’s have a safe and patriotic holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid.


Mahaffie Open Thursday July 4 for Independence Day
Released July 1, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will be open Thursday July 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with regular 1860s living history activities and stagecoach rides.  The Declaration of Independence will be read at noon, followed by a cannon firing. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11.  Wear red, white and blue and receive $1 off admission.  In honor of Independence Day week, Mahaffie will not host Family Fun Night on Thursday, July 4. 

Day Out with Frank and Ella – In honor of Independence Day, Mahaffie will not offer Day Out with Frank and Ella on Wednesday, July 3 or Thursday, July 4. Mahaffie will offer Kansas Cowboy activities Wednesday July 10 and Thursday July 11. Day Out with Frank and Ella is a drop-in summer fun session open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are admitted free.  


The Fireworks Continue July 11 at Mahaffie (rescheduled date)
Released July 1, 2013
Due to the June 27 19th Century Fireworks postponement, some activities will be added to the July 11 Family Fun Night, which will also feature the Kansas Cowboy theme.  Grounds open at 6:00 p.m. so bring chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy the All-American Celebration!  Lemonade and ice cream will be available for purchase to support the Mahaffie livestock program. Boy Scout Troop 494 will have funnel cakes and fried Oreos for sale. In addition to opportunities to learn about cowboy gear, roping, and trailside cooking, activities may include:

  • 6:30 p.m.: 1860s cowboy baseball game
  • 7:00 p.m.: patriotic kids’ parade, decorate your bicycle, stroller or wagon. 
  • 8:30 p.m.: Cowboy Costume Contest
  • 8:45 p.m.: patriotic music medley; the Star Spangled Banner was not always the National Anthem, learn more about patriotic songs
  • 9:15 p.m.: reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a cannon firing
  • 9:30 p.m.: 19th Century fireworks

Living history activities will end at 9:00 p.m. so all can enjoy the fireworks.  Admission is FREE!  (Stagecoach rides are $2/person ages 3 & up, make your own brand is $2/person ages 5 and up, making an 'S' Hook in the blacksmith shop is $3/S Hook ages 8 and up).  If the Heritage Center parking lot is full, the parking lot in front of the Mahaffie house will be available for this event only.


Microchip and Rabies Vaccination Clinic July 13
Released July 1, 2013
The City of Olathe Animal Shelter is offering a low cost microchip and rabies vaccination clinic at Olathe Fire Station #6 (24200 W. College Blvd.) on Saturday, July 13, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Vaccinations are $10 and microchips are $25.00.  Other vaccinations are available upon request.  The event is open to Olathe residents.  For more information, contact the Animal Shelter at 971-6362.