Because of blasting for infrastructure construction, the west side of Lake Olathe is closed to the public from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. most weekdays through July 5. The lake, parking areas, shelter and playground are included in the closures.
The area will be accessible daily after 5 p.m., on holidays and on weekends. Lakeshore Drive will remain open through construction.
Homes in the area will not be affected by the blasting, the city said.
Gardner cleanup is June 2 and 16
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Gardner residents have an opportunity to get rid of unwanted junk on two Saturdays in June.
The city has arranged for a free special pickup on June 2 for residents south of 175th Street/Main Street and on June 16 for those north of 175th/Main. The offer does not apply to properties on private streets.
Items should placed at the curb by 7 a.m. Accepted items include some appliances, mattresses and box springs, electronics, furniture, bicycles, barbecue grills without propane tanks, furniture, push mowers with gas and oil removed, disassembled swing sets, basketball goals (cut in half and concrete removed), carpet rolled in four-foot lengths and tied, and large pieces of glass broken down and boxed. Bagged, boxed and bundled items also will be picked up.
For a fee, residents can request a separate pickup of unapproved items like tires, car parts, domestic trash, yard waste, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, ice makers, dehumidifiers and large amounts of construction materials. Call 913-856-3851.
To dispose of hazardous materials like paint, auto products and pesticides, call 913-971-9311 to schedule a drop-off at the Olathe Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Find the news release at www.gardnerkansas.gov for a full list of rules.
Summer reading event and book sale
The Olathe Public Library has scheduled its Summer Reading Kick-Off from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 29 at Frontier Park, Indian Creek Parkway and Black Bob Road. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock.”
Participants can come by any time, pick up a summer reading log and join in variety of activities.
May 29 also marks the start of the library system’s Summer Reading Kick-off Book Sale at Teen Commons 16160 W. 135th St.
Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 30, followed by the “Six-Bucks-a-Sack” sale from 1 to 3 p.m. May 30. During this time only, buyers can purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 and fill it with materials. Anyone who buys two sacks will get four for free.
Friends of the Olathe Public Library members are invited to a presale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26. Memberships may be purchased at the door.
‘Paint it Forward’ benefits Mahaffie
People can support the Mahaffie Foundation by visiting the historic site from 7 to 9 p.m. May 31 and creating an original piece of art.
Those who attend the Paint it Forward event will paint an original Kansas landscape from Pinot’s Palette in Olathe, The $40 cost also includes snacks and two drink tickets. Registration is required atPinotsPalette.com/Olathe.
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm is at 1200 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe.
Tickets available for fall Grand Slam event in Gardner
Gardner’s Grand Slam Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits Fest isn’t until Sept. 28, but the city is already selling tickets.
Local breweries, wineries and — for the first time this year — distilleries will be at Celebration Park to share their libations. Food, yard games, live music and non-alcoholic beverages will be available, too.
The adult-only event is limited to the first 1,000 people who buy tickets. The cost is $30 in advance and $40 on Sept. 28.
The second annual festival will be held rain or shine, and the fee is not refundable. To buy tickets, click on Activities at www.gardnerkansas.gov.
Royals tickets discounted for June 1
Olathe Parks & Recreation and the Kansas City Royals are teaming up for a Night at The K on June 1, when the Royals face the Oakland Athletics at 7:15 p.m.
Discounted tickets are available at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. The evening at the ballpark also features Buck Night and fireworks.
Frontier Trail band wins festival sweepstakes
The eighth-grade band from Frontier Trail Middle School won two awards at this spring’s Worlds of Fun Festival of Music.
The band received first place in the large middle school category and earned the Sweepstakes Award which goes to the best overall band or orchestra.
Free summer meals for kids in Gardner
With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Gardner Edgerton School District is offering free meals to children during the summer, starting June 4 and ending on Aug. 3.
“Nutritional needs for kids don’t stop when school is out. Our program helps parents and caregivers bridge the gap over summer break by providing healthy, fresh meals to our community’s children,” said Amy Droegemeier, the district’s director of nutrition services. “We want our school sites to continue to be a place where kids gather to see their friends and enjoy a meal together.”
Last summer, more than 29,000 meals were served in nine weeks.
The program provides free meals for all children ages 1 to 18. Older people can get a meal for a small fee. The sites:
▪ Edgerton Elementary School: Breakfast (Tuesdays only) from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; lunch (Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays) from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and dinner (Tuesdays only) from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
▪ Trail Ridge Middle School: Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. weekdays; lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
▪ Wheatridge Middle School: breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. weekdays; lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.