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Receipt Rewards Contest
Community Prayer Breakfast
War Veterans Display at Mid-Continent Public Library
Emergency Responders
2016 Best Small Cities Recognition
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Holiday Open House
Thursday, Nov 17
5-8 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs

Come out to Downtown Blue Springs to kick-off the holiday shopping season! Enjoy a sleigh ride down Main Street or shop special guest artists and in-store events.

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, Dec 6
5:30 - 7 p.m.
City Hall, 903 W Main Street 

Join me as I throw the switch that lights this very special Christmas Tree just outside City Hall.
There will be free refreshments, craft projects for the kids and entertainment by local schools and community groups. Visitors can record a special holiday greeting for CTV-7, see  Santa and enjoy holiday cheer. 

Brunch With Santa
Saturday, December 10
10 a.m. to Noon
Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St 
$8 per person (children under 1 are free)

  Enjoy a festive holiday brunch and craft making with family, friends and Santa! 

Parents will need to bring a small, prewrapped $5 gift to the event for your child and after brunch they can take turns visiting Santa and receive their gift. Children must have an adult chaperone.

Registration deadline is November 30. Click here to register. 
 Global Entrepreneurship Week  
November 10-22, 2016
We are gearing up for Global Entrepreneurs Week here in Blue Springs!   We hope to see you at one of the many events scheduled here in Blue Springs.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 
Kick-off Celebration
Monday, Nov. 14 from 7:30-9 a.m.
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
1000 W Main Street 
Entrepreneurs, small business owners, companies and anyone in between is invited to attend this networking event to kickoff Global Entrepreneurship Week in Blue Springs.

Power Hour
Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
1000 W Main Street

             Learn how to Leverage your local library for business success! This power hour will be presented by Business Specialist Devon Costantine of Mid-Continent Public Library.
Receipt Rewards Contest

Nov 1- Dec 12 
Throughout Blue Springs 

Buy Blue Springs and WIN! Every original receipt from a purchase or service at a Blue Springs business within the city limits of Blue Springs counts as an entry in the contest.  No minimum purchase is necessary; participants must be 18 years or older.  

You can drop off  your receipts throughout the contest Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce located at 1000 W Main Street. You will need to complete a drawing slip for each receipt and submit both items for each entry.
To print a drawing slip and for more information, click here.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire fall schedul e,  click here .

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to Noon

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
Nov. 12, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Open roller skating

ThunderDome Athletics 
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste. C
Nov. 19, 10 - 11 a.m.
Kids speed & agility clinic; ages 8+
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your on e-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most im portant to you.
It's hard to believe that we are already in November and that in just a few weeks, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family.  This Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day. As a proud Vietnam Vet, I would like to thank the veterans in our community for their service to our country.  I encourage you to visit the Veterans Way Memorial located in Pink Hill Park this weekend.

Please keep reading to learn more about a number of upcoming activities for families and entrepreneurs in Blue Springs as well as the valiant efforts of our community's emergency responders. 
As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Community Prayer Breakfast

Top to bottom: Jamie Mitchell and the Blue Springs South High School Orchestra; Mayor's table at the Community Prayer Breakfast with First Lady Eloise Ross and daughter Carla Hutcherson; MC Dale Walkup introducing Mayor Ross; Mayor Carson Ross introducing the speaker; Guest Speaker Kevin Hines (left) and Mayor Ross

This year's Community Prayer Breakfast was held on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Adam's Pointe Conference Center. I was introduced by our Emcee  Dale Walkup and I opened our event with a prayer and recognition of our disabled American veterans. Our keynote speaker was author Kevin Hines who travels the globe to share a message of hope and his survival story after attempted suicide. He gave his moving testimony  in an effort to prevent other suicide attempts and to spread the word that each person matters.  

It was a pleasure to see State Representative-Elect Dan Stacy,  Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr.,  Mayor Leonard Jones of Grandview, Mayor Jeremy Martin of Oak Grove,  Mayor Mike McDonough of Raytown,  Mayor Randy Rhoads of Lee's Summit and Mayor David Slater of Pleasant Valley. I was also pleased to see 3rd district Coucilman Susan Culpepper, former Mayor of Blue Springs Steve Steiner and Gregory Grounds, former Mayor of Blue Springs and current Jackson County Legislator.

I want to thank the  Community Prayer Breakfast Committee consisting of Bill Cowling, Dale Falck, Dale Walkup, Debbie Williams, Donna Best, Dylan Gibson, Eddie Saffell, Judy Qualkinbush and Steve Steiner. 
I look forward to what next year's event has in store!
War Veterans Display at Mid-Continent Public Library

Each year the Mid-Continent Public Library takes the time to salute our nation's veterans by inviting the public to come out during the month of November to view displays of artifacts ranging from the Civil War to the Korean and Vietnam War. This display incorporates items such as souvenirs, soldier photos and more. This year's display is housed at the  Blue Springs North Branch and highlights my own U.S Army Valorous Unit Award and the award of a fellow Blue Springs resident and Vet, Frederick Kent Egy, who received the U.S. Army Bronze Star. 

Special thanks to the Blue Springs Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), our local Political Action Group and fellow Veteran, Doc Golden who worked with Mid-Continent to set up this display. 
Emergency Responders 

I would like to recognize Blue Springs Police officers Josh Davison, Sara Murphy, Anda Offenbacker, Matt Perdue, Kyle Sanderholm and Sgt Kyle Flowers for their work with the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District to rescue a man who had fallen through his porch in late October, resulting in a concussion and four broken ribs. These officers and members of CJC later spent their day off helping repair the man's porch using their own tools and supplies donated from local shops. Kudos to these men and women for going the extra mile to help this Blue Spring resident in his time of need! 

Click here to view the story from KCTV-5. 
2016 Best Small Cities Recognition

The City of Blue Springs has been listed as one of 2016's Best Small Cities in America according to WalletHub. Click here to read more about it. 
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I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support of our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families, visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation. 


Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.