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Each year, Olathe Reads presents the Summer Reading Finale - an end-of-summer reading celebration recognizing youth who have completed the Olathe Public Library's Summer Reading Club. On August 15th at 10:30 a.m., the Summer Reading Club will culminate a year's worth of reading with its Year-End Finale at Scarborough Elementary School in Olathe. The event will offer fun for the entire family, featuring Richard Holmgren's "Flying Debris" juggling and "zany" stunt performance.
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Earlier this year, City of Olathe staff proposed changing the City's solid waste collection program to include a curbside recycling option for all Olathe customers, rather than just subscribers. The plan would have reduced overall costs for current subscribers and added a slight increase for other customers. The idea was both a business decision and an effort to protect the environment. It would divert more trash from the landfill and in so doing, reduce dumping costs for customers.
The City of Olathe has traditionally placed red door hangers on customers' doors as a final notification of water shut off due to non-payment. In all, cost for the door hanger program, including: printing, staff time and fuel total about $75,000 per year. That cost impacts rates that customers pay. Read more »
New FEMA Flood Maps Go Into Effect August 3rd
Since 2008, the City has been working with Johnson County to study flood plains along Cedar Creek, Mill Creek and Indian Creek. As a result of the studies, a much more accurate picture of flood risk was developed. Read more »
When three Olathe women started the Ladies Reading Circle in 1883, the seeds of a premier library system were planted. Those three women were Mrs. John P. St. John, Mrs. M.V.B. Parker, and Mrs. R.E. Stevenson. Their legacy and the Ladies Reading Circle are still active today. Read more »
Earlier this year, the City of Olathe contracted with Energy Solutions Professionals (ESP) to conduct an audit of energy use and identify opportunities for cost savings, and create a system to track and monitor energy use. In addition, the contract calls for ESP to provide strategic steps the City can take to change energy use habits. Read more »
Liverpool, a regionally known Beatles tribute band, will perform at Olathe's Frontier Park at 7:00 p.m. on July 31st. It will be the final show in this season's Free Summer Concert Series.
Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs. Snacks and concessions are available.
The Liverpool show has traditionally drawn the year's largest audiences of 7,000 to 10,000 guests.
Both professional and amateur riders from across the Midwest will be coming to Olathe on July 31st through August 1st for Extreme Cowboy Racing. It's not quite a horse race or a rodeo, but extreme cowboy racing features incredibly skilled cowboys and horses. Read more »
Despite being in a city, nature is just outside the door. The Olathe Parks and Recreation office is offering a new program, "Nature in the Parks" from July 12th through August 2nd. Led by a park ranger/naturalist, the program includes fishing, an insect hunt, a nature hike and tree walk in various Olathe outdoor areas. The first event is July 12th and is designed for not only fishing fun, but to teach children and adults about fish and pond life. Read more »