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City of Olathe, KS News

Published May 28, 2013, 7:10pm
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This Edition of e-News:

  • 14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
  • 127th Street Improvements Underway
  • Resident Input Sought for Olathe's Historic Preservation Plan
  • Get Active Community Challenge
  • Mahaffie Participates in the Blue Star Museums Program
  • Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
  • Camps Bring Summer to Life!
  • Touch-A-Truck, ETC Partners with Childhood Cancer Walk June 8
  • Summer Reading Kick-Off and Book Sale

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 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 OlatheKS.org.


14th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
The City of Olathe is proud to present the 2013 FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiasts will enjoy award-winning entertainment on select Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park.

The season kicks off on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. with local favorite Monster's Ink. Then, Sam Bush takes center stage bringing his bluegrass sound back to Olathe. A founding member of the New Grass Revival, Bush has been called a modern day Bill Monroe. Throughout his career, he has acknowledged tradition while pushing mountain music into the realms of rock, jazz, reggae, and Afro-pop. He has shared a stage with some of the biggest names in acoustic and folk music, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and David Grisman.




Arrive early for best seating and to visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and sponsor booths.

Visit Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series for the full series schedule.


127th Street Improvements Underway
Phase II of the 127
th Street Improvement Project - from Black Bob to Olathe East High School entrance - is scheduled to get underway May 28. The project involves a full road closure, scheduled to reopen prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year. Detours will be provided during this time.

This project will also require closure of portions of the Indian Creek Trail. Trail users are encouraged to follow detours throughout the duration of the project.

Thank you for your patience while we work toward an improved roadway system and trail connection on 127th Street.

For a complete list of weekly Road Closings, visit www.OlatheKS.org.


Resident Input Sought for Olathe's Historic Preservation Plan
The City of Olathe is interested in hearing what "Historic Olathe" means to you. Share your thoughts and comments: www.surveymonkey.com/s/olathepreservation. Survey data will help shape the Olathe Historic Preservation Plan. For more information about the preservation plan and process, please email olathehpp@rosinpreservation.com.


Get Active Community Challenge
Olathe Parks and Recreation (OPR), in partnership with Garmin International, is excited to introduce a new community challenge. The Get Active challenge is an eight week program designed to get the community into the Olathe parks and recreation system to discover all that Olathe has to offer.

Each week presents a new set of challenges for participants with the potential to win great prizes upon program completion. While registration is not required, those that do register will receive a free T-shirt on June 24.

Participants can register in one of three ways:

  • Register and pick up a packet in person at the OPR office, 100 E. Santa Fe.
  • Register online and print the guide.
  • Call the OPR office at 971-8643 and print the guide online.

To learn more about the challenge, including registration and rules, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksrRec/GetActive or call 971-8643.


Mahaffie Participates in the Blue Star Museums Program
The summer season has officially started at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road. This summer, Mahaffie will participate in the Blue Star Museums Program. Now through Labor Day, active military families will enjoy free admission for up to five family members. Mahaffie will offer living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Blue Star Museums program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2000 museums across America.




Special summer events at Mahaffie include:

  • Family Fun Nights - Mahaffie is open 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday nights in June and July. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities focused on a historic theme. This event features free admission; special activities like stagecoach rides are $2/person. Themes include: Horse Power - June 6; Civil War - June 13; Hit the Trails! - June 20; Kansas Cowboys - July 11; Kansas Wheat Harvest - July 18 and Fun on the Farm - July 25.
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella - Preschools, daycares, and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Sessions are Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon or Thursdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. in June and July. Participants will enjoy a different theme each week with hands-on activities, crafts and stagecoach rides (paying youth only). Registration is encouraged but not required. To register call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free.


Youth Volunteer Week Offers Several Service Opportunities
Olathe Parks and Recreation is gearing up for Youth Volunteer Week, June 3-7. This program is designed for middle school and high school students to get out in the parks and earn service hours. Projects and location sites will vary each day. Volunteers will meet at the project site each morning at 8:00 a.m. and finish at noon. Volunteers should wear old clothes and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (No flip flops or sandals).

To register, call the Parks and Recreation office at 913-971-8653 and provide the registration code for the date(s) you wish to volunteer:

Youth Volunteer Week Schedule:

Monday, June 3, 2013
Registration Code: 23724

Prairie Center Park, 555 N. Olathe View Road, (meet at the playground)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Registration Code: 23735

Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut, (meet at the Chapel)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Registration Code: 23736

Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 N. Chestnut, (meet at the Chapel)

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Registration Code: 23737

Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St., (meet at the concession building on the left after entering the park)

Friday, June 7, 2013
Registration Code: 23738

Two Trails Park, 1000 N. Ridgeview, (meet in the parking lot)


Camps Bring Summer to Life!
Don't miss the variety of theatre, science and technology camps offered through Olathe Parks & Recreation and participating partners this summer! Whether you are looking to fill a week or a day, there is plenty to choose from. Your child will be able to show off many talents and gain skills from great instructors. This is will be a summer your child will never forget! Be sure to check out the Olathe Parks & Rec Online Activity Guide for the most up-to-date information on camp descriptions, times, and dates. Some camps start as early as June 1
st, get signed up today!

For more information call 971-8643 or visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec



Touch-A-Truck, ETC Partners with Childhood Cancer Walk June 8
Touch-A-Truck, ETC is back on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Frontier Park. The second annual event is in conjunction with Braden's Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer. Kids of all ages will get a thrill out of watching the trash truck, climbing up on a tree spade or sitting in a stagecoach. Touch-A-Truck is open to the public and those interested in participating in the walk can register at the event.


Summer Reading Kick-Off and Book Sale
Enjoy the Olathe Public Library reading kick-off event from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 28 at Frontier Park (Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway) in Olathe. Pick up your summer reading folder and enjoy a variety of activities including games, crafts, temporary tattoos and more. In case of rain, the event will be canceled.

Attend the kick-off and then visit the book sale just down the street 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 Tuesday, May 28 and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Doors to the sale will close from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the "Six Bucks a Sack" sale. Purchase a plastic bag for $6 at the door and fill with materials. Buy two, get two free. All sales are final with payment by cash or check. Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room.

Choose from a variety of genres including brand new MP3 CDs, fiction, romance, children/teen, mystery, science fiction, inspiration, reference, poetry/arts, cookbooks, CDs, DVDs, videos, books on CD, classics, gardening, sports, travel, large print, sewing/crafts, family, nature, horror and much more. All materials are sorted by categories.

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100 E. Santa Fe - Olathe, KS 66061
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