The Olathe’s Human Relations Commission invites community members to a free Friendship & Dialogue Iftar Dinner on May 21 hosted by The Dialogue Institute of Greater Kansas City.
It’s one of many community-building and educational events — for people of all faiths — held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Iftar Dinner is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe St. RSVPs are requested at Olatheks.org (scroll down to Meetings & Events). Although not required, donations are appreciated to cover costs. Make checks payable to Raindrop Foundation.
Tops at Worlds of Fun festival
The Santa Fe Trail Middle School band earned first place overall at the recent Worlds of Fun Band Festival.
“They are such a hard-working group of students who really strive for their best to represent Santa Fe Trail and Olathe,” the school’s band director, Joshua Hankey, said in a news release.
Gardner sets period for legal fireworks
The Gardner City Council determined when fireworks may be legally discharged in the city over the Fourth of July holiday:
▪ Monday, July 2: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
▪ Tuesday, July 3: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
▪ Wednesday, July 4: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Nominations sought for Olathe awards
Nominations are open for the 2018 Olathe Community Awards and Accessible Community Awards — which recognize businesses, civic organizations and individuals for enhancing human rights, equality, cultural diversity and the pursuit of disability inclusiveness.
The honors, given by Olathe’s Human Relations Commission and Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, will be presented in October.
Visit OlatheKS.org/CommunityAwards to see the award categories, view past winners and submit a nomination.
Summer String Ensemble is for young musicians
May 31 is the deadline to register students for Gardner’s Summer String Ensemble, which will conclude with an outdoor performance on June 30 open to the public in Cornerstone Park.
Designed to push skills to a higher level, the instructional program will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on seven dates from June 15 to June 29.
The ensemble is open to students going into the sixth through 12th grades. The cost is $50.
For more information and to register online, go to the parks and recreation page at gardnerkansas.gov and click on “Activities & Special Events.”
Young women invited to explore firefighting
Are you a young woman who has thought about being a firefighter? At 8:30 a.m. on June 9, Olathe is offering a free program called Hero Day, which introduces teens 14 to 19 to a career as a firefighter.
Participants will spend the day with Olathe firefighters where they can learn about search and rescue, hose line deployment, emergency medical services, bunker gear drills, extrication and more.
Registration is required. Find the link at www.olatheks.org by clicking on the June 9 calendar date under Meetings & Events.
$5,000 for Genius Lab at Regency Place Elementary
Regency Place Elementary School has received a $5,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant from Century Link.
The money will be used to create the Regency Place Genius Lab, which will enhance STEM initiatives at the Olathe school.
Teacher Sheri Worrel spearheaded the grant application process.
Camps prepare kids for life of leadership and altruism
Olathe is offering Camp emPOWER this summer where service and leadership will be emphasized with youngsters in grades six to eight.
Each of seven weekly sessions will focus on an area such as character, responsibility, respect, empathy, integrity, compassion and leadership. Field trips and volunteerism are part of the experience.
The sessions run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 4 to July 27 at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road.
Register through olatheks.org by clicking on Government and then Parks & Recreation.