Olathe News Release - 11/26/2012

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This Edition of e-News:

  • WinterFest and Mayor’s Tree Lighting Set for December 7
  • Street Maintenance Receives 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award
  • PlanOlathe Review Set for Public Hearing
  • All Aboard!
  • Stock Up for Winter Reading Book Sale
  • Make Holiday Memories at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop with Christmas Open House
  • Avoid the Crowds with Olathe Parks & Recreation Gift Options

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 4 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 www.OlatheKS.org.

WinterFest and Mayor’s Tree Lighting Set for December 7
It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Olathe WinterFest, Friday, December 7 in the R.R. Osborne Plaza at Olathe City Hall.  The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting.  The main stage will feature the arrival of Santa Claus, music groups from Olathe schools and a variety of local talent.  Food and warm beverages will be available for purchase.

In addition to food and music, family and children’s activities are planned.  Santa will take time out of his busy pre-holiday schedule to make a visit and sit for pictures with children.

As part of the festivities, representatives from 14 beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will be introduced and proceeds from the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be presented to the Christmas Tree Fund.

Street Maintenance Receives 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award
The City’s Street Maintenance Division has been awarded the 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award from The Salt Institute, a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the benefits of salt, particularly in winter roadway safety efforts. The award is given to organizations performing best practices in the fields of winter maintenance and salt storage.

Organizations are evaluated on a number of criteria including safety, levels of service, materials usage, tactical (per storm) operations and environmental stewardship. This award is the third the City has received from The Salt Institute in as many years, confirming the dedication to winter storm maintenance and innovation demonstrated by those involved in snow fighting operations.. The City of Olathe Street Maintenance Division received the Excellence in Salt Storage Award in 2010 and 2011.

PlanOlathe Review Set for Public Hearing
The annual review of the Comprehensive Plan, PlanOlathe, is scheduled for a Public Hearing on Monday, November 26 during the 7:00 p.m. Planning Commission meeting at City Hall. The plan represents the community’s vision for how Olathe should grow and develop, today and in the future.  It provides the basic guidance for land use decisions, promoting community development in ways that foster prosperity of existing and future residents. This year, regulators will review a change to the Future Land Use Map and other minor changes to data supporting PlanOlathe. After review by the Planning Commission, the plan will be presented to the Olathe City Council.

All Aboard!
Visit the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, to see an operating model railroad.  Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the display and model railroading.  The display will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2.  Admission is free.

Stock Up for Winter Reading Book Sale
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library will sponsor a used and nearly new book sale at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29. 

The sale will continue from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm on Friday, November 30.  The doors to the sale will close from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and reopen from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Six-Bucks-A-Bag Sale. Purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two sacks, get two free. 

All OPL Friends members will receive $2 off of their purchases (one time use and cannot be used at the sack sale).  Materials are sorted by category.  All sales are final and cash and check are accepted.  Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room. For more information, call Rita Patterson, OPL community relations coordinator, at 971-6879.

Make Holiday Memories at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop with Christmas Open House
Start your Christmas season with a visit to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s Christmas Open House on December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free to this holiday event.

Visitors can decorate a graham cracker gingerbread house ($3 each), make Christmas crafts, and ride the stagecoach (weather and grounds permitting; $2 each, ages 3 and up).  Father Christmas will be on the historic grounds in the morning and Santa will be in the Heritage Center to hear children’s Christmas wishes from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Santa’s photographer will be available to take photos of visitors with Santa ($4 each).

Entertainment in the Heritage Center will include music by the Shady Grove String Band from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Their performance includes audience participation. The Shawnee Victorian Carolers will sing Christmas Carols from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Don’t forget to stop by Mrs. Mahaffie’s kitchen to see what’s cooking and help-out with some winter farm chores.  Plus, find those unique gifts and stocking stuffers in the gift shop, including new toys.

Avoid the Crowds with Olathe Parks & Recreation Gift Options
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Want to avoid the holiday shopping crowds? Olathe Parks & Recreation (OPR) has a variety of membership and gift certificate options to help you complete your list. Choose from our great options and give the gift of Health, Heritage and Happiness this year.

Option 1: OPR Gift Certificate – You choose the denomination and the recipient chooses the sport, class or program. This is a perfect gift for grandkids, nieces and nephews or the hard-to-buy-for adult. A variety of options are offered through our three catalogs.

Option 2: 2013 Swim Pass – Give the gift of fun in the sun with a 2013 season swim pass for an individual or family. Individual passes for residents start at $70 plus the cost of ID card (non-resident $95) and resident family passes start at $125 plus the cost of ID cards (non-resident $160). Start planning your summer days during the cool holiday season.

Option 3: Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Season Pass. Individual passes start at $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents and a family pass is just $50 a year for residents, $55 for non-residents. With living history and special events throughout the year, a Mahaffie Season Pass is a perfect way to ensure family activities are already taken care of for the next 12 months.  

To purchase a Parks & Recreation gift certificate or Swim Pass call 971-8563 or stop by the OPR office at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe. For Mahaffie passes call 971-5111 or visit Mahaffie.org.

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