Registration is now open for Fall Home School Day on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or on Friday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can learn how to rope a ‘steer’, see a chuck wagon cooking demonstration, learn about cowboy gear, and more.
Tickets for the popular Fall Cemetery Tours are now available for purchase. The tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff and volunteers portraying historic people.
Please slow down and use caution near schools as students return to the classroom this week. Olathe Public Schools students in grades K-5, 6, and 9, start with a half day on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The first full day of school for all K-12 students is Thursday, Aug. 18.
Safety information for drivers, bus riders and students who walk to school, crossing guard information, and maps of safe routes to schools are available on the City’s website at OlatheKS.org/SchoolSafety.
The City of Olathe Taxi Coupon Program provides subsidized transportation services for qualified elderly, disabled, and low-income working residents through a partnership with a local taxi company. New applicant enrollment is now closed through Dec. 31, 2016. Current program participants may continue to purchase coupons.
Fall is a great time to Get Active! Choose from a variety of sports, fitness classes, swim lessons, enrichment programs, trips, and camps. Check out Olathe Kids Crew to keep the kids busy on out-of-school days. Registration deadlines are quickly approaching for fall youth sports.
The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Analytics recognizes the City of Olathe with a Certificate of Excellence for its performance measurement efforts.
Like homeowners, the City of Olathe arborists are faced with choosing which City-owned Ash trees need to be treated for the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and which trees will be replaced when the parasite takes over. This month, trees throughout Olathe began receiving treatment if they met criteria set by lead arborist, Rick Spurgeon.
The Olathe City Council has approved a two year lease for a temporary library location at 13511 S. Mur-Len Rd. in the Santa Fe Square Shopping Center. The temporary space provides quicker access to library services while renovations take place at the new Indian Creek Library location just down the street at 135th St. and Brougham in east Olathe. A late August opening is anticipated for the temporary leased space.
Olathe ranked number 9 in The 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child for 2016 by SafeWise, a home security and safety brand company. The list considered statistics like crime data, graduation rates, and school rankings.
Visitors to Water Works Park, Parkview Manor, and the community gardens may notice a few more monarch butterflies during their visit this summer. A total of 55 new butterfly-friendly plants have been planted around the community thanks to a donation from Bridging the Gap in Kansas City.