Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - July 28, 2014:

  • Beatles tribute band Liverpool closes out Summer Concert Series on August 1
  • 2014 pool schedule changes announced
  • Lane reductions at K-7 (Parker) and Santa Fe next two weeks
  • Weekend closure at K-7/US 169/151st Street interchange August 1 – 4 and August 8 – 11
  • Olathe Teen Council seeking motivated teens
  • City of Olathe receives ICMA Certificate of Excellence for performance measurement
  • Final Family Fun Night features County Fair activities
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella
  • Teen Bash returns to support local charity
  • Olathe officer named Kansas School Resource Officer of the Year

City Council
Released July 28, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 5, 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). 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.


Beatles tribute band Liverpool closes out Summer Concert Series on August 1
Released July 28, 2014
The free Olathe Summer Concert Series promises to end on a high note with Kansas City’s own Liverpool. The sounds of the Beatles will fill Frontier Park on Friday, August 1. Local favorite Last Chance Flight will kick-off the evening at 6:30 p.m.

Arrive early to claim your favorite spot. At-will donations will be accepted for KidsTLC.

Thank you to sponsors: Communities That Care (CTC), Hy-Vee, Country Financial, KC Pumpkin Patch, Pepsi, Guitar Center, Smokin Joes and Olathe Ford RV.


2014 pool schedule changes announced
Released July 28, 2014
The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August as follows: 

  • Mill Creek pool will close for the season on Sunday, August 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools will close on Sunday, August 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting August 11:
    • August 11-15; Monday – Friday open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Beginning August 16 – Open Saturday and Sunday only from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day, September 1

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


Lane reductions at K-7 (Parker) and Santa Fe next two weeks
Released July 28, 2014
Due to street resurfacing, there will be lane reductions at the intersection of  K-7 (Parker Street) and Santa Fe beginning nightly, Monday, July 28 through Wednesday, August 6 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Additional work may also require lane reductions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Travelers should expect delays.


Weekend closure at K-7/US 169/151st Street interchange August 1 – 4 and August 8 – 11
Released July 28, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation will have closures and lane reductions at the K-7/US 169/151st Street and I-35 interchange for the next two weekends, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday evening through 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The weekend closures include:

  • K-7/US 169 traffic will be reduced to one single lane in each direction through the interchange.
  • Access to West Meadow Lane (mall entrance) will be closed.
  • Access to Hamilton Circle will be closed.

Marked detours will be provided. Hamilton Circle traffic will proceed to Old US 56 to Public Safety Entrance Road for access during the weekend closure. Drivers should expect minor delays.

The overall project is scheduled for completion by late September 2014, weather permitting.


Olathe Teen Council seeking motivated teens
Released July 28, 2014
The City of Olathe is looking for youth, grades 9-12, to serve on the Olathe Teen Council for the 2014-2015 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. 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 Friday, August 29 to be considered.


City of Olathe receives ICMA Certificate of Excellence for performance measurement
Released July 28, 2014
The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Measurement has recognized the City of Olathe with a Certificate of Excellence for its performance measurement efforts. According to ICMA, "Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and they serve as examples for other governments to follow." Olathe is among 29 jurisdictions to be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence – the highest level awarded.

Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization, and quality improvement. It also encourages accountability and transparency.  Visit Accountable Government to learn more about the City’s performance measurement efforts.


Final Family Fun Night features County Fair activities
Released July 28, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature County Fair activities with a free Family Fun Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.   The County Fair was a time for farm families to display their new farm machinery, enjoy games, and take a much needed break from everyday farming activities. Activities may include: sack race/3-legged race, a picnic featuring lemonade, horse-powered wheat threshing demonstration at 7 p.m., and more! A special ‘slice of pie’ contest takes place at 7:45 p.m. Each participant will see how fast they can eat one slice of apple pie without utensils.  Age categories are: ages 4-9, ages 10-15, and ages 16 & up. Each category is limited to the first 12 participants who register beginning at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Center. Winners of all contests will receive family ticket packages to Wild West Days.

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. Find additional information at Mahaffie.org.

Admission is free; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. This is the last Family Fun Night of the year.


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Released July 28, 2014
County Fair activities will be featured Wednesday, July 30, and Thursday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities may include: sack races, picnic, 19th century laundry, making a ball and cup toy, a coloring sheet, blacksmith demonstrations, 19th century games, and visiting the Mahaffie home. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. Stagecoach rides for adults are $2.  This is the last session for 2014.


Teen Bash returns to support local charity
Released July 28, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation presents the Second-Annual Teen Bash at Black Bob Park and Black Bob Bay on July 31, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. and the event is open to students entering sixth grade, through students leaving eighth grade.  The event is free with the donation of any school supply item. School supplies collected at the event will benefit the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.

The evening will include games, activities in the park, swimming, prize drawings and more! Visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/TeenBash or call 913-971-8643 for information. Pre-registration is encouraged.   Pre-registrations will also be entered to win a special prize. The event requires a parent waiver. Register online  with code 25872.


Olathe officer named Kansas School Resource Officer of the Year
Released July 28, 2014
Olathe Police Officer Brent Kiger has received the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association (KSJOA) School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year award. Officer Kiger was nominated for his outstanding service to the students in the Olathe Public Schools. Kiger has positively impacted students with his mentoring and dedication, often staying after school or meeting with students outside of school. As a mentor in the Youth Friends program, Officer Kiger created a lasting bond with students who were going through times of adversity. Kiger also gives back by teaching English as a Second Language to the Hispanic community.

Officer Kiger has been an SRO in the Olathe School District since 2010 when he started at Mission Trail Middle School. Most recently, Officer Kiger was the SRO for Olathe North High School.


This Edition of e-News - July 21, 2014:

  • Summer Concert Series continues July 25 with Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
  • Overnight closures at K-10 and Ridgeview interchange begin July 22
  • Lane reductions on Santa Fe the week of July 21
  • Family Fun Night features Wonders of Victorian Science activities
  • Teen Bash returns to support local charity
  • Budget award for 2014 and 2015 budget planning process

City Council
Released July 21, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 5, 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.


Free Summer Concert Series continues July 25 with Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
Released July 21, 2014
Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps are set to entertain at the FREE Olathe Summer Concert series on Friday, July 25.

James brings Texas and blues sound to the stage with her award-winning vocals and songwriting ability that have wowed audiences throughout the United States and Europe.

Series favorite Mark Selby opens the evening. Selby is a producer, singer, guitarist and gifted songwriter. With more than ten Top 40 singles and four number one hits, Selby is a perfect start to an evening of great music.

The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Arrive early to claim a spot in Frontier Park! The July 25 show will accept at-will donations for the Olathe Noon Optimist Club.

Thank you to sponsors: Communities That Care (CTC), Hy-Vee, Country Financial, KC Pumpkin Patch, Pepsi, Guitar Center, and Olathe Ford RV.

Mark your calendar for the final show of the season on August 1 featuring season favorite Liverpool with special guest Last Chance Flight.


Overnight closures at K-10 and Ridgeview interchange begin July 22
Released July 21, 2014
As part of the Johnson County Gateway Project, the Kansas Department of Transportation will have overnight closures this week beginning at 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. The detailed schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 22:

  • Beginning at 8:00 p.m., eastbound and westbound K-10 left lanes under Ridgeview Road closed and northbound and southbound Ridgeview Road from 105th Street north to K-10 closed until 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 23

Wednesday, July 23:

  • Beginning at 8:00 p.m., eastbound and westbound K-10 left lanes under Ridgeview Road closed and northbound and southbound Ridgeview Road from 105th Street north to K-10 closed until 5:00 a.m. Thursday, July 24

Thursday, July 24

  • Beginning at 8:00 p.m., eastbound and westbound K-10 left lanes under Ridgeview Road closed. Beginning at 10:00 p.m., northbound and southbound Ridgeview Road from 105th Street north to K-10 closed.

Message boards will alert traffic to the lane and roadway closures. Traffic will be directed through the project work zone with signage and cones. Drivers should expect some delays through the project work zone during the overnight closures.

For detailed traffic information for the Johnson County Gateway project, visit JoCoGateway.com.


Lane reductions on Santa Fe the week of July 21
Released July 21, 2014
Par Electric will be working in the utility easement as part of the Google Fiber project this week. The right lane of eastbound Santa Fe, between Clairborne and Lindenwood, will be closed. Travelers should expect delays.


Family Fun Night features Wonders of Victorian Science activities
Released July 21, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Wonders of Victorian Science activities with a free Family Fun Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24.  Many scientific advances were made in the 19th century and activities will focus on some of those inventions.  Activities may include: telegraph demonstrations, the science of artillery by cannon drills and demonstrations (fire our rubber band cannons to learn about trajectory) and horse-powered wheat threshing demonstrations.

Wet plate photographer Robert Szabo is also scheduled to appear. Photography of the Civil War era required photographers to first make their own “film” before an image could be struck. The “film” could be metal (tin types) or glass.  Mr. Szabo has been a photographer for more than 40 years and has used his 19th century wet plate photography skills to capture images of Yosemite National Park. His work appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 2005. He will bring his photography equipment to Mahaffie and visitors can discover the advances of photography in the mid-19th century. Visitors can have their own tintype images ‘struck’ using true wet plate photography. Rates are $40.00 and $75.00. This provides a unique opportunity to capture family memories by the true 19th century process.

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find additional information at Mahaffie.org.

Admission is free; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the July 31 Family Fun Night will be County Fair.


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Kansas Wheat Harvest activities will be featured Wednesday, July 23, and Thursday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include: wheat flailing and corn grinding, stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, 19th Century games and visiting the Mahaffie home. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. Stagecoach rides for adults are $2. 


Teen Bash returns to support local charity
Released July 21, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation presents the Second-Annual Teen Bash at Black Bob Park and Black Bob Bay on July 31, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. and the event is open to students entering sixth grade, through students leaving eighth grade.  The event is free with the donation of any school supply item. School supplies collected at the event will benefit the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.

The evening will include games, activities in the park, swimming, prize drawings and more! For more details on this year’s event and to pre-register, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/TeenBash or call 913-971-8643. Pre-registration is encouraged and those who pre-register will be entered to win a special prize. The event requires a parent waiver. Register online  with code 25872.


Budget award for 2014 and 2015 budget planning process
Released July 21, 2014
For the tenth consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the City of Olathe the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2014 budget document. The awards reflect the commitment of the Olathe City Council and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

Visit Budget Planning to get involved in the 2015 process!


This Edition of e-News - July 14, 2014:

  • Olathe’s Free Summer Concert Series Returns July 18
  • Get Involved in the 2015 Budget Process
  • Product ReUse Program Now Available Five Days a Week
  • 159th Street Opens to Traffic on July 14
  • Family Fun Night Features Kansas Wheat Harvest Activities

City Council
Released July 14, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 15, 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.


Olathe’s Free Summer Concert Series Returns July 18 with Brody Buster and Paul Thorn
Released July 14, 2014
Live, family-friendly entertainment returns to Frontier Park (15501 Indian Creek Parkway) on Friday, July 18 as part of the FREE Olathe Summer Concert Series.  Friday’s concert features local sensation Brody Buster opening for AMA chart topper Paul Thorn.

Buster kicks off the night with his amazing blues sound and renowned harmonica performance. Buster has jammed with great musicians like B.B. King, Phil Collins, Chaka Kahn and many more. Don’t miss this Paola native as he shows off his blues and rock talent on the Olathe stage.

Thorn will finish out the night with his southern rock sound as he promotes his upcoming album, Too Blessed to be Stressed. The AMA chart topper has a unique blues, rock and southern sound that promises to please music lovers!

The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Arrive early to claim your favorite spot. At-will donations will be accepted for the Olathe Trailblazers Special Olympics team.

Thank you to sponsors: Communities That Care (CTC), Hy-Vee, Country Financial, KC Pumpkin Patch, Pepsi, Guitar Center, and Olathe Ford RV.

Don’t miss the remainder of the 2014 concert series.  Mark your calendars for July 25 featuring Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps with special guest Mark Selby and August 1 featuring season favorite Liverpool with special guest Last Chance Flight.


Get Involved in the 2015 Budget Process
Released July 14, 2014
A budget workshop reviewing the proposed utility funds and fee resolution for 2015 will be held on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall (100 E. Santa Fe).

Stay involved in the 2015 budget process.  View a brief video of the City Manager’s utility funds presentation. Review the presentation given at the public input session on July 7. Plan to attend the public hearing on August 5 and provide feedback to the City Council about the proposed 2015 budget.  Residents can also submit a question or comment via the Budget Inquiry Box.


Product ReUse Program Now Available Five Days a Week
Released July 14, 2014
The City of Olathe Product ReUse Program has changed facilities and is now open to shoppers five days per week. The facility is now located at 1436 S. Robinson Drive, directly east of the HHW Disposal Facility. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. No appointment is necessary to shop.

View free items often available for Johnson County residents, at OlatheKS.org.


159th Street Opens to Traffic on Monday, July 14
Released July 14, 2014
Beginning July 14 at 10:00 a.m., 159th Street at US 169 (K-7) will open to traffic. Temporary lane reductions on US-169 (K-7) will continue as Phase 5 of construction continues on the east side of the intersection. The final phase of construction is expected to be completed by mid-August, weather permitting.


Family Fun Night Features Kansas Wheat Harvest Activities
Released July 14, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Kansas Wheat Harvest activities with a FREE Family Fun Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 17.  Activities may include a horse-drawn reaper cutting the wheat at 6:30 p.m., 19th century games, cookstove demonstrations and visiting the Mahaffie house. 

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find complete rules and more information at Mahaffie.org.

Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the July 24 Family Fun Night will be the Wonders of Victorian Science.

Day Out with Frank and Ella
The Wonders of Victorian Science activities will be featured Wednesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include: cannon demonstrations, rubber band cannon demonstrations, telegraph demonstrations, and making a thaumatrope. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, 19th Century games, and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during the program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free (stagecoach rides for adults are $2).


This Edition of e-News - July 7, 2014:

  • Learn More about Your City Budget
  • I-35 at K-7/169 and 151st Street Interchange Closure
  • Flash Flood Season is Here; Helpful Tips to Remember
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Saturday, July 12
  • Microchip and Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic
  • Family Fun Night Features Civil War Activities

City Council
Released July 7, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 15, 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.


Learn More about Your City Budget
Released July 7, 2014
Olathe residents are invited to join City staff on Monday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall (100 E. Santa Fe) for an overview of the 2015 proposed budget, and an opportunity to ask questions, provide comments, and enjoy light refreshments. Anyone can submit questions via the Budget Inquiry Box.

Information about last year’s budget allocation can be viewed in the City’s 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), as well as the 2014 budget documents.


I-35 at K-7/169 and 151st Street Interchange Closure
Released July 7, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation will close the north side of the K-7/I-35/151st Street intersection this weekend from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 14. This weekend closure will open in time for the Monday morning commute.

Detailed detour information:

  • For Northbound K-7/U.S. 169 traffic: Detour will be 151st Street west to Lone Elm Road then north.
  • For Southbound K-7/U.S. 169 traffic: There is no additional detour. This traffic will follow the existing detour, up and over the intersection via 151st Street.
  • For Northbound I-35 to southbound K-7/U.S. 169 traffic: There is no marked detour.
  • For Northbound I-35 to northbound K-7 traffic: Detour will be 151st Street west to Lone Elm Road then north.
  • For Southbound I-35 to northbound K-7 traffic: Detour via Old U.S. 56.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and cones. Drivers should expect minor delays during the weekend commute. 


Flash Flood Season is Here; Helpful Tips to Remember
Released July 7, 2014
With flash flood season upon us, remember these helpful tips if you encounter flash flooding:

  • Do not drive through flooded areas; vehicles can be swept off the roadway.
  • Move to higher ground if you are in a low-lying area.
  • Stay away from streams, concrete channels, and other drainage structures.
  • Watch for flooding at road dips, bridges and low areas.
  • Report any road flooding to 911.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Saturday, July 12
Released July 7, 2014
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event this Saturday, July 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive behind Public Works.  Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Items that can be dropped off include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. e-Waste (electronics) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

Residents can make an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off HHW items by calling Customer Service at (913) 971-9311.


Microchip and Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Released July 7, 2014
The City of Olathe will offer a Microchip and Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Olathe residents on Saturday July 12 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Olathe Fire Station #6 (24200 W. College Boulevard).

Residents can obtain rabies vaccinations and purchase/renew City of Olathe animal licenses at the same time. Microchips are $25.00 and Rabies shots are $10.00 for a one year vaccination. Additional immunizations such as Distemper, Bordetella, etc. will be available at a reduced rate.


Family Fun Night Features Civil War Activities
Released July 7, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Civil War activities with a FREE Family Fun Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.  The evening will feature living history activities from the US Sanitary Commission, an organization that supported Union soldiers during the war. Other activities may include artillery drills at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., marching and drilling, camp life, and recruitment. Visit the Mahaffie house, play 19th Century games and check the progress of the crops.

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find complete rules and more information at Mahaffie.org.

Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the July 17 Family Fun Night will be Kansas Wheat Harvest.

Day Out with Frank and Ella
Civil War activities will be featured Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include: marching and drilling, camp life, and artillery drills. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, 19th Century games, and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during the program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free (stagecoach rides for adults are $2).