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Reduce waste during the holidays

Household waste increases more than 25 percent during the holidays. Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a greener holiday season with these tips:

Foster a pet this holiday season

The Olathe Animal Shelter is looking to place pets this holiday season as part of the National "Home for the Holidays" pet fostering program. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging pet adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving the pet a permanent home. 

Snow Brigade in need of volunteers

The City of Olathe is seeking volunteers for the Snow Brigade. The program matches volunteers with elderly and disabled Olathe residents to assist with snow removal from driveways and sidewalks. Volunteers are assigned one or more resident locations to remove snow from the driveway and/or sidewalk when there is two or more inches of snow.

Annual Mahaffie Holiday Tea Dec. 14

Enjoy the Heritage Center decorations, make an ornament, and enjoy refreshments at the Mahaffie Holiday Tea on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $5/person including all activities

Dorr Family Light Show

The Dorr Family Light Display, featuring 41,000 lights and more than 16 million color combinations has a new home at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. The 16 minute drive-up show is filled with animation, elves and music played through your vehicle radio. The show will run through New Year’s Eve on Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Keep kids active over winter break

Olathe Parks & Recreation offers several camps and activities to keep kids active during winter break.

For full day camp options, visit Olathe Kids Crew and the enrichment program camps

Holiday shopping tips from the Olathe Police Department

The holiday season is upon us.  While shopping and running errands for the holidays, remember these crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department:

Paper recyclable container changes at drop-off sites

Mixed paper can now be included with aluminum and plastic recyclables collected in City of Olathe blue containers at the following drop-off sites:  Downtown Olathe at Kansas Ave. and Poplar St. (Northwest parking lot), East Olathe at S. Alden St (Wal-Mart parking lot), West Olathe at Parker and Santa Fe (Wal-Mart parking lot.)  Visit Recycling for additional information.

Olathe among Nation’s Top Digital Cities

The City of Olathe is among America’s top-ranked digital city governments (125,000 - 249,000 population) according to the 14th annual “Digital Cities Survey.” 

Winterize Your Irrigation System

With the colder temperatures upon us, the City of Olathe reminds residents to have their irrigation system winterized and backflow preventer shut off, drained, and/or removed for the winter to prevent freezing and breaking. If your backflow device does break, a new one is required, as well as a Cross Connection Permit. Please call (913) 971-9055 or visit Backflow Requirements for more information.

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