Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - Released September 30, 2013:

  • Community and Accessible Community Awards Program October 10
  • Mahaffie Offers Free Admission Saturday, October 5
  • Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
  • Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Seeks Your Opinion
  • Fall is a Great Time to Get Active!

City Council
Released September 30, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, October 1, 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.

Community and Accessible Community Awards Program October 10
Released September 30, 2013
The public is invited to the 10th annual Community and Accessible Community Awards Program and Reception Thursday, October 10 in the Commons of Olathe North High School (600 E. Prairie St.).  The event, sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, recognizes individuals and entities for meritorious service in the pursuit of fostering accessible communities, promoting cultural diversity and advocating human rights which benefit all Olatheans. 

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awards program at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, call (913) 971-6493.

Mahaffie Offers Free Admission Saturday, October 5
Released September 30, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will offer free admission on Saturday, October 5 in honor of the Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day. This program is offered the last Saturday in September in the spirit of the Smithsonian Museum’s free year-round admission. In addition to visiting the historic Mahaffie house, visitors can enjoy living history activities such as stagecoach rides and blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations.  For more about Mahaffie, visit Mahaffie.org.

Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
Released September 30, 2013
Mahaffie will host Tiger Cub Scout Day on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tiger Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program.  Program registration is $10 per scout and accompanying adults are admitted free.  Scouts should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather.  To register, call (913) 971-5111 or email mahaffie@olatheks.org.  Payment is due the day of the event.

Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Released September 30, 2013
A limited number of tickets are still available for the popular Fall Historic Cemetery Tours. The tours provide the opportunity to learn more about the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery from Mahaffie staff. 

Tours begin at 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.  The tours meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Rd., or by calling (913) 971-5111.  Tickets are $5/adults and $4/children ages 5-11.

The 2013 theme is Civil War Soldiers buried in Olathe. Thursday, October 10 is Scout Night when girls and boys can earn a special Cemetery Tour patch with their admission.

Olathe Parks and Recreation Seeks Your Opinion
Released September 30, 2013
The Olathe Parks and Recreation Department is seeking community feedback on current and future recreation programs and facilities for the development of the new 10-Year Master Plan. Community members are invited to attend community forums at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30 at Mission Trail Middle School (1001 N Persimmon Drive) and Thursday, October 3 at Pioneer Trail Middle School (15100 W 127th St). For community members unable to attend a community forum or focus group, please consider participating in our eTown Hall. The eTown Hall will close October 11. For more information, contact Nichole Asquith, 913-971-8563.

Fall is a Great Time to Get Active!
Released September 30, 2013
Join Olathe Parks and Recreation in the fall Get Active Challenge presented by Garmin International. Participants select community health and activity challenges to solve a puzzle and compete for prizes. Upcoming challenge choices include participation in the Jared Coones Pumpkin 5KRun/Walk on October 5 and the T.A.K.E Foundation Defense Training on October 12.


This Edition of e-News - September 23, 2013:

  • City to Rebroadcast Old Settlers Parade
  • Mahaffie Wild West Show This Weekend
  • Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Seeking Your Opinion
  • Last Wednesday Farmers’ Market on Sept. 25
  • Fido & Me Returns September 25
  • Johnson County Vendor Fair September 25
  • "A Taste of Literacy” Fundraiser September 28
  • Chef Challenge Winners Announced

City Council
Released September 23, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, October 1, 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.

City to Rebroadcast Old Settlers Parade
Released September 23, 2013
The Olathe Government Network (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website) will replay its live broadcast of the Johnson County Old Settlers Parade as follows. 

Mondays – 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays - noon

Thursdays – 7:00 p.m.

Fridays – 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays – 2:00 p.m.

Sundays  - 7:00 p.m.

The parade will be rebroadcast through December 31.

Mahaffie Wild West Show This Weekend
Released September 23, 2013
Don’t miss the 16th annual Wild West Days Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29, at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. This popular event offers visitors a variety of experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west featuring daily arena shows, live entertainment and children’s games.

Wild West Days will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Road. New this year is family-friendly admission, $5/person ages 5 and up or 5 people/$20; kids age 4 and under get in free. Food will be available for purchase.

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie is available at nearby Olathe North High School (600 E Prairie St.). Disabled parking is available at Mahaffie.  For more information, visit Mahaffie.org, or call (913) 971-5111.

Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Released September 23, 2013
A limited number of tickets are still available for the popular Fall Historic Cemetery Tours. The tours provide the opportunity to learn more about the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery from Mahaffie reenactment staff dressed in 19th Century clothing. 

Tours begin at 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.  The tours meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Rd., or by calling (913) 971-5111.  Tickets are $5/adults and $4/children ages 5-11.

The theme for this year’s tours is Civil War Soldiers buried in Olathe. Thursday, October 10 is Scout Night. Girl and Boy Scouts can earn a special Cemetery Tour patch included with their admission.

Olathe Parks and Recreation Seeking Your Opinion
Released September 23, 2013
The Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will host a series of community focus groups and forums on September 30, October 1 and October 3 to gain resident input into priorities for the new Parks and Recreation 10-year Master Plan. Learn more and register at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec

September 25 Last Day for Wednesday Farmers’ Market
Released September 23, 2013
The Wednesday Olathe Farmers’ Market, which starts at 8:00 a.m., will end on Wednesday, September 25 for the 2013 season. The Saturday market, which starts at 8:00 a.m., will continue through October 19.

The market is located at 200 W. Santa Fe St. at Poplar Street and Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe.

Fido & Me Returns September 25
Released September 23, 2013
Fido & Me is back for the fall starting Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Black Bob Park. This free weekly program brings together dogs and their humans for a great evening walk with friends. Each week, Olathe Parks and Recreation partner Camp Bow Wow will lead the group along the trail for a little fun and exercise. Registration is not required.  To participate, meet at the Black Bob Park basketball courts with your favorite dog and leash. For more information call 913-971-8563.

Johnson County Vendor Fair September 25
Released September 23, 2013
Area businesses are invited to the 2nd Annual Johnson County Vendor Fair on September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Lower Level Room 200).  The event is free and open to vendors.

Meet Purchasing staff from participating entities including the City of Olathe, Johnson County Government, Olathe Public Schools, and the Kansas School for the Deaf.  Learn about each organization’s purchasing process during presentations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Registration is not required. 

"A Taste of Literacy” Fundraiser September 28
Released September 23, 2013
The annual Olathe Public Library Foundation fundraiser dinner will take place September 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe.  Speaker for the evening will be David Von Drehle, Kansas City-based author and editor-at-large for TIME magazine and author of recently published book, Rise to Greatness:  Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

Drehle started his career in journalism as a sports writer for The Denver Post when he was 17 - the youngest sports writer ever hired by the paper.  He moved to The Miami Herald in 1985 and stayed with the paper until 1991 as a staff writer.  In 1991, he became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post.  A year later, Von Drehle was sent to New Hampshire to cover the 1992 presidential primary, thus beginning his career as a political writer.  After holding various positions with the Post, he became Editor-at-Large for TIME magazine in 2006. 

Drehle has written three other books and penned several TIME cover stories including a profile of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the 2008 Person of the Year article on President Obama.  He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career.  Drehle lives in the area with his wife Karen Ball and their four children.

Tickets are $75 per person ($35/ticket tax-deductible). Contact Library Director Emily Baker at 913-971-6880 to register by September 20.

Chef Challenge Winners Announced
Released September 23, 2013
Kaitlin Head, Blue Valley Northwest High School, and Derek Gimson, Olathe North High School, were each awarded $700 scholarships for winning the third COUNTRY Chef Challenge held during the Olathe Farmers’ Market.  Placing second and receiving $400 scholarships was the team of James Fackrell, Olathe Northwest High School and David Cramer, Olathe South High School.  Third place finishers receiving $300 scholarships were the duo of Hannah Winnett, Blue Valley Northwest High School and Jose Hernandez, Olathe North High School.  The winners were chosen by a panel of local celebrity judges.

The winner of the Olathe Farmers’ Market bag design contest was Erin Berndt, Olathe North.  She received a $1000 scholarship.  Taking second place and receiving a $500 scholarship was the team of Anna Shipman, Olathe North High School and Jessica Bruning, Olathe South High School.


This Edition of e-News - September 16, 2013:

  • Mahaffie Wild West Days September 28 and 29
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Seeking Your Opinion
  • Park Improvements Continue at Pine & Elm Park
  • Kansas Women, Work and the Civil War
  • Olathe Public Library Hosts Edward Jones Investing Series
  • Get Active at Black Bob Park on September 21
  • Last Wednesday Farmers’ Market on Sept. 25
  • Fido & Me Returns September 25
  • Johnson County Vendor Fair September 25
  • "A Taste of Literacy” Fundraiser September 28
  • Annual Community Award Nominations Due Friday


City Council
Released September 16, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 17, 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.

Mahaffie Wild West Days September 28 and 29
Released September 16, 2013
Enjoy Wild West skits, live entertainment and children’s games at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s annual Wild West Days September 28 and 29.  This popular annual event offers visitors a variety of experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west period.

Wild West Days will be held 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Road.  New this year is family-friendly admission, $5/person ages 5 and up or 5 people/$20; kids age 4 and under get in free. Food will be available for purchase.

Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  On-going entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies and re-enactments.  Performances include the magic and fire-eating duo Wicked Liars, live music from 3 Trails West, and skits from Gunsmoke & Petticoats. Buffalo Bill will serve as Master of Ceremonies throughout the weekend and Buffalo Soldiers will escort some stagecoach rides. Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana Dancers perform Sunday only. Also on Sunday, Rocking M Miniatures will bring teams of miniature donkeys and horses so visitors of all ages can try their hand at driving a miniature team.

Like to eat?  A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday only, with limited samples and voting opportunities.  Or, enjoy the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club Omelet Breakfast on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center. Tickets are $7 and include admission to the event.

The weekend event features many activities for children including a petting zoo, shooting gallery (ages 8 and up), gold panning, live entertainment and more!  Some games and activities have an additional fee. 

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie is available at nearby Olathe North High School (600 E Prairie St.). Disabled parking is available at Mahaffie.  For more information, go to Mahaffie.org, or call (913) 971-5111.

Olathe Parks and Recreation Seeking Your Opinion
Released September 16, 2013
The Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will host a series of community focus groups and forums on September 30, October 1 and October 3 to gain resident input into priorities for the new Parks and Recreation 10-year Master Plan. Learn more and register at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.  

Park Improvements Continue at Pine & Elm Park
Released September 16, 2013
The playground at Pine & Elm Park will be removed during the week of September 16 to make way for a new and improved playground that is expected to be completed by mid-October.  Thank you for your patience during renovations and look forward to a new and exciting playground in your park soon.  For questions, contact Parks Project Coordinator Mike Latka at 913-971-8659.

Kansas Women, Work and the Civil War 
Released September 16, 2013
During the Civil War, employment opportunities for women opened up to include careers ranging from nurse to army laundress to spy.  Using historical photographs and current research, Diane Eickhoff will tell the fascinating story of women’s work during the Civil War with special emphasis on notable Kansas women during a presentation on September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road). The event is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.   To register, visit www.olathelibrary.org/events or call 913-971-6888.

Olathe Public Library Hosts Edward Jones Investing Series
Released September 16, 2013
Join Connie Lohr of Edward Jones for a series of free classes on investing topics.  All classes run from 6:30 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park.  Register online or call 913-971-6888.

  • September 19 – Foundations of Investing
  • September 26 – Managing Income in Retirement
  • October 3 – College: Getting There from Here
  • October 10 – Woman’s Guide to Money Matters

Get Active at Black Bob Park on September 21
Released September 16, 2013
Olathe Parks and Recreation is bringing free recreation to Black Bob Park on Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. Local personal and group trainer Jennifer Faimon will lead a fun, one-hour community workout class as part of the Get Active Challenge presented by Garmin. You do not have to participate in the Get Active challenge to join this one-time program, so lace up those tennis shoes and join us Saturday morning! For more information, contact Nichole Asquith, 913-971-8643.

Last Wednesday Farmers’ Market on Sept. 25
Released September 16, 2013
The Wednesday Olathe Farmers’ Market, which starts at 8:00 a.m., will end on Wednesday, September 25 for the 2013 season. The Saturday market, which starts at 8:00 a.m., will continue through October 19.

The market is located at 200 W. Santa Fe St. at Poplar Street and Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe.

Fido & Me Returns September 25
Released September 16, 2013
Fido & Me is back for the fall starting Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Black Bob Park. This free weekly program brings together dogs and their humans for a great evening walk with friends. Each week, Olathe Parks and Recreation partner Camp Bow Wow will lead the group along the trail for a little fun and exercise. Registration is not required.  To participate, meet at the Black Bob Park basketball courts with your favorite dog and leash. For more information call 913-971-8563.

Johnson County Vendor Fair September 25
Released September 16, 2013
Area businesses are invited to the 2nd Annual Johnson County Vendor Fair on September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Lower Level Room 200).  The event is free and open to vendors.

Meet Purchasing staff from participating entities including the City of Olathe, Johnson County Government, Olathe Public Schools, and the Kansas School for the Deaf.  Learn about each organization’s purchasing process during presentations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Registration is not required. 

"A Taste of Literacy” Fundraiser September 28
Released September 16, 2013
The annual Olathe Public Library Foundation fundraiser dinner will take place September 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe.  Speaker for the evening will be David Von Drehle, Kansas City-based author and editor-at-large for TIME magazine and author of recently published book, Rise to Greatness:  Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

Drehle started his career in journalism as a sports writer for The Denver Post when he was 17 - the youngest sports writer ever hired by the paper.  He moved to The Miami Herald in 1985 and stayed with the paper until 1991 as a staff writer.  In 1991, he became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post.  A year later, Von Drehle was sent to New Hampshire to cover the 1992 presidential primary, thus beginning his career as a political writer.  After holding various positions with the Post, he became Editor-at-Large for TIME magazine in 2006. 

Drehle has written three other books and penned several TIME cover stories including a profile of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the 2008 Person of the Year article on President Obama.  He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career.  Drehle lives in the area with his wife Karen Ball and their four children.

Tickets are $75 per person ($35/ticket tax-deductible).  Contact Library Director Emily Baker at 913-971-6880 to register by September 20.

Annual Community Award Nominations Due Friday
Released September 16, 2013
Do you know an individual, group or business who fosters accessible communities, promotes cultural diversity or advocates human rights that benefit all Olatheans?   If so, nominate them for a Community Award in one of the following categories:  

Community Awards (sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission)

  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
  • Commission/Organization Award
  • Business/Industry Award
  • Educator Award
  • Youth Award (19 or under)
  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award

Accessible Community Award (sponsored by the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board).

Nominations are due September 20 by 5:00 p.m. To nominate online or for more information, visit OlatheKS.org/HumanRelations or contact the City of Olathe Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-6493.

Community Award winners will be recognized at the 10th Annual Community and Accessible Community Awards Reception and Program on October 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Olathe North High School commons.  The awards and program are sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.  
 


This Edition of e-News - September 9, 2013:

  • Wastewater Collection Program Receives Collection Systems Award from KWEA
  • Mahaffie Wild West Days September 28 and 29
  • Nominations Extended for 10th Annual Community Awards
  • Get Out, Get Active with Fall Challenge
  • Area Tennis Courts Scheduled for Resurfacing
  • Do You “Like” Us?

City Council
Released September 9, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 17, 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.

Wastewater Collection Program Receives Collection Systems Award from KWEA
Released September 9, 2013
The City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program has received the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) Collections Award for 2013. The award is presented to an individual or municipality for outstanding and significant contributions in the area of wastewater collection. Criteria for this award include operation/maintenance, safety/training, improvements/innovative ideas, planning/design, and customer service. The City also received the award in 2011 and 2012.

Mahaffie Wild West Days September 28 and 29
Released September 9, 2013
Enjoy Wild West skits, live entertainment and children’s games at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s annual Wild West Days September 28 and 29.  This popular annual event offers visitors a variety of experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west period.

Wild West Days will be held 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Road.  New this year is family-friendly admission, $5/person ages 5 and up or 5 people/$20; kids age 4 and under get in free. Food will be available for purchase.

Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  On-going entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies and re-enactments.  Performances include the magic and fire-eating duo Wicked Liars, live music from 3 Trails West, and skits from Gunsmoke & Petticoats. Buffalo Bill will serve as Master of Ceremonies throughout the weekend and Buffalo Soldiers will escort some stagecoach rides. Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana Dancers perform Sunday only.

Like to eat?  A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday only, with limited samples and voting opportunities.  Or, enjoy the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club Omelet Breakfast on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center. Tickets are $7 and include admission to the event.

The weekend event features many activities for children including a petting zoo, shooting gallery (ages 8 and up), gold panning, live entertainment and more!  Some games and activities have an additional fee. 

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie is available at nearby Olathe North High School (600 E Prairie St.). Disabled parking is available at Mahaffie.  For more information, go to www.mahaffie.org, or call (913) 971-5111.

Nominations Extended for 10th Annual Community Awards
Released September 9, 2013
Do you know an individual, group or business who fosters accessible communities, promotes cultural diversity or advocates human rights that benefit all Olatheans?   If so, nominate them for a Community Award in one of the following categories:  

Community Awards (sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission)

  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
  • Commission/Organization Award
  • Business/Industry Award
  • Educator Award
  • Youth Award (19 or under)
  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award

Accessible Community Award (sponsored by the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board)

Nominations are due September 20 by 5:00 p.m. To nominate online or for more information, visit OlatheKS.org/HumanRelations or contact the City of Olathe Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-6493.

Community Award winners will be recognized at the 10th Annual Community and Accessible Community Awards Reception and Program on October 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Olathe North High School commons.  The awards and program are sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board. 

Get Out, Get Active with Fall Challenge
Released September 9, 2013
The Fall Get Active Challenge is underway! Presented by Garmin International and Olathe Parks and Recreation (OPR), the second community challenge launched September 2. Olathe Parks and Recreation encourages the whole community to enjoy the variety of activities throughout Olathe over the next several months. The challenge ends November 15 and those who turn in the completed puzzle will be entered to win one of three great prizes!  An added bonus to this Get Active Challenge is the opportunity to submit pictures for a chance to win an additional prize.

Participants can register in one of three ways:

To learn more about the challenge, including rules and registration, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/GetActive or call 971-8563.

Area Tennis Courts Scheduled for Resurfacing
Released September 9, 2013
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department will resurface several area tennis courts beginning September 9:

  • Two Trail Parks (1000 N. Ridgeview Rd.) – September 9; slated to reopen September 14
  • Havencroft Elementary (1700 E. Sheridan) – September 16; reopening September 21
  • Scarborough Elementary (2000 Lindenwood Rd.) – September 16; slated to reopen September 21

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve park amenities for our residents and visitors.

Do You “Like” Us?
Released September 9, 2013
Stay connected to your city to receive timely news and information including city events, traffic alerts and other updates to keep you in the know.  Simply “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter. Have a question, concern or want to pass along a compliment?  We’ll respond to those, too! 


This Edition of e-News - September 3, 2013:

• Olathe Receives Award for Best Tasting Water in Kansas
• Volunteers Needed for Wild West Days at Mahaffie
• Fall Cemetery Tour Tickets on Sale
• Mahaffie Recognizes Grandparents Day with Free Admission
• Registration Open for Fall Home School Day at Mahaffie
• Downtown Library Parking and Drop off Impacted by Old Settlers
• Too Cool to Drool Set for September 8

City Council
Released September 03, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 3, 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 Receives Award for Best Tasting Water in Kansas
Released September 03, 2013
The City of Olathe is this year’s winner of the Kansas Water Taste Test competition. The City was recognized by the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) and Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association (KsAWWA) at last week’s joint conference in Wichita for having the best-tasting water in Kansas. That last time the City received this particular award was 2008.

Volunteers Needed for Wild West Days at Mahaffie
Released September 03, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is seeking volunteers for Wild West Days September 28-29. 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 including assisting with children’s activities, admission gates or set up and tear down of the event. Volunteers over 18 will need to fill out a background check and must.  Volunteers 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This event is perfect for groups or corporate partners. For more information, please visit www.mahaffie.org.

Fall Cemetery Tour Tickets on Sale
Released September 03, 2013
Tickets for the popular Fall Cemetery Tours are now available for purchase. The Historic Cemetery Tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff dressed in 19th Century clothing portraying historic people. Fall Cemetery Tours will be October 10-12 with tours beginning at 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are required; $5/adults and $4/children ages 5-11.  Tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Center Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. or by calling (913) 971-5111.

Mahaffie Recognizes Grandparents Day with Free Admission
Released September 03, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will be open noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, to offer a $6 savings with free admission to grandparents accompanying a paid child admission for National Grandparents Day.  In addition to regular weekend programming, grandparents can take home a souvenir Grandparents Day photo frame and pick up a copy of a family tree to fill out with their families.  Registration is not required for this event.

Linda Johnston, author of Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory, will be hosting a special book signing at Grandparents Day. She was a docent at Mahaffie during the late 1980s and used her time at Mahaffie as inspiration for her book research. Visitors are invited to participate in stagecoach rides, cooking on the wood-burning cookstove, touring the historic Mahaffie house, blacksmithing, farm chores and more. 

Registration Open for Fall Home School Day at Mahaffie
Released September 03, 2013
Registration is open for Fall Home School Day, Thursday September 12, 2013 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. The program offers two sessions of popular school programs, Growing Up Victorian and The Tragic Prelude. Sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Representatives from Kansas History Day will present how the home school community can participate in National History Day. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free.

Library Open Regular Hours During Old Settlers but Parking Impacted
Released September 03, 2013
The Olathe Public Library, 201 East Park, will be open regular business hours during this year’s Old Settlers events.  However, the parking lot will be unavailable Thursday, September 5 through Saturday, September 7.  There will be no access to the library’s drop box between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM on the September 7.  Patrons are invited to visit the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road to avoid downtown congestion during the event.  Materials can be dropped off at the Indian Creek Branch, Olathe Price Chopper locations, the Olathe YMCA, the Shops of Sunnybrook, and any Johnson County library branch.

Too Cool to Drool Set for September 8
Released September 03, 2013
Join the City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department in a community event when Too Cool to Drool returns Sunday, September 8 at Black Bob Bay. You and your favorite pups are invited to a dog-only swim to close out another great aquatics season. Small dogs weighing 25 pounds or less have the pool to themselves at 1:00 p.m.  Larger dogs can join at 2:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is encouraged and the first 75 pups will receive a special doggie bag filled with four-legged and two-legged friend treats. To register, call 913-971-8643. The cost is $10 per dog.