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Olathe Community Center will recognize active duty military and veterans

Danielle Woods is one of two Starlight STARS members to receive $500 scholarships for participation and leadership this year in the musical theater performance troupe at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City.
Danielle Woods is one of two Starlight STARS members to receive $500 scholarships for participation and leadership this year in the musical theater performance troupe at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. Courtesy photo

A perk for military people and veterans

The Olathe Community Center will recognize active duty military and veterans on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 with free admission to the Olathe Community Center.

To get in free, visitors should bring their military IDs to the community center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road.

Olathe Health recognized for IT, technical advances

Olathe Health has received a 2018 Healthcare’s Most Wired Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The award recognizes hospitals and health systems that are at the forefront of using IT to improve care, that have maximized benefits of foundational technologies and are embracing new technologies.

With Kansas City-based Cerner, Olathe Health recently integrated the registration, scheduling and billing systems with electronic health records across Olathe Medical Center, Miami County Medical Center and about 50 other Olathe Health locations.

In addition, Olathe Health says it has invested in technology for medical procedures, such as the linear accelerator for radiation therapies and a robotic surgical system for minimally invasive surgeries.

Starlight honors Olathe student

Danielle Woods, a junior at Olathe East High School, is one of two Starlight STARS members to receive $500 scholarships for their participation and leadership this year in the musical theater performance troupe at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City.

The announcement was made after a final master class and reception that wrapped up the performance season. The other honoree was Gabrielle Petentler, a sophomore at Truman High School in Independence.

“Both students were willing to jump in whenever needed, had the most positive attitudes, and overall brought the entire group together with their leadership and drive for success,” Andy Pierce, Starlight Theatre education and outreach manager, said in a news release.

This was Woods’s second year participating in the Starlight STARS program, which she joined after attending Starlight’s Camp Take-A-Bow in 2016. She trains in singing, dance and acting, has earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has appeared in “A Princess Knight,” “Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” among other productions.

After auditioning for the Starlight STARS earlier this year, Woods and Petentler joined 12 other high school students in the 2018 troupe. Auditions for 2019 will be held in the spring. Those interested should watch kcstarlight.com/education for details after the first of the year.

Concert features music from rural South

Frank and Allie Lee will bring folk music from the rural South during a Nov. 13 appearance at the Indian Creek Library, 13511 S. Mur-Len Road.

The concert is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. No registration is required.

Frank plays banjo, guitar and resonator guitar. Allie plays guitar, banjo and harmonica. They sing lead and harmony with their band “The Freight Hoppers.”

Elementary Math Wings winners

Regency Place Elementary School won the fourth-grade division in the first Olathe Elementary Math Wings competition of the school year. Brougham Elementary won the fifth-grade division.

Regency Place team members Mahi Kohli, Riya Mazumdar and Anjali Krishnakumar were coached by Staci Andersen and Katy Auld.

Christina Williams coached the winning Brougham team of Lillian Bryant, Rhea Gokul and Rithika Pandit.

Mahaffie Dinners recall 1860s

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm in Olathe will offer an 1860s dining experience to guests from 4 to 7 p.m. on two upcoming Saturdays: Nov. 17 and Dec. 8.

From the Heritage Center, diners will catch a stagecoach to the farmhouse, where they will be greeted by history interpreters in period clothing. The menu includes stewed beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, breads and winter preserves.

After dinner, guests can meet the farm animals before going to the parlor for games, dessert and music.

Mahaffie Dinners cost $49 per person, and registration is limited to 14 participants. Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111. Call the same number to book private dinners for groups of eight to 14.

Household hazardous waste disposal

Residents from across Johnson County can dispose of old paint cans, gas and oil, chemicals, pesticides and other household hazardous waste at Olathe’s drop-off location, which is open the second Saturday of each month.

The next free event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at 1420 S. Robinson Drive. No appointment is necessary, but people should bring a photo ID and label items not in their original containers.

For a full list of acceptable items, go to olatheks.org.

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