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Blue Springs Night Ride
Saturday, June 9 
starting at 11:30 p.m.
Centennial Pool-Plex
2401 NW Ashton Dr. 

Experienced cyclists of all ages welcome. Not a timed event, ride at your own pace. Music, snacks, and prizes at the end of the ride. Helmet and front light required.


For more information, click here.




Hula Heart

Friday, June 8, 10 a.m.

Blue Springs Park

 2204 SW South Ave

Presented by the Central Missouri Repertory


Hula Heart is the story of a young boy from Hawaii who is moves to California and is faced with the dilemma of maintaining his native roots or embracing a new and different culture.  Please bring your blankets and chairs and join Blue Springs Parks & Recreation as we enjoy this show.  




Little Blue River Art Fest

Friday, June 8 from 1-8 p.m.

Saturday, June 9 

from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

White Oak Plaza

1023 S. Highway 7






2012 Temporary Art Exhibit Dedication

June 13, 5-6:30 p.m.

Wilbur Young Park

1100 SE Adams Dairy Parkway


Join us for the dedication of the "Connections" 2012 Temporary Art Exhibit dedicated to Craig Naler, past superintendent of the Parks & Recreation Department.  Craig recently retired with over 32 years of service to the City and was responsible for the placement all of the past public art exhibits in Blue Springs.



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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.


School is out and summer is in full swing here in Blue Springs!  Summer may be the beginning of a much needed family vacation, a time for yard work and home improvements, or a chance for the kids to enjoy a day at the Centennial Pool-Plex.  To learn more about the pool, click here 

The Music in the Park Concert series kicked-off off their concert season with record crowds last week!  This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2012 concert lineup, click here.

I would like to recognize Craig Naler who retired in May with over 32 years of service to the City of Blue Springs.  Craig served as the Parks & Recreation Department Superintendent of Parks.  Here in Blue Springs, we are know for our wonderful parks and Craig helped us achieve that distinction.  Thank you again for your years of service!


The Community Development Department is hosting a 'Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares' workshop in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism on June 13 at the CJCFPD Education Center.  Registration is required by June 8 if you would like to participate.  For more information, call (816) 228-0207.


As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
2012 Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge


(Top) Mayor Carson Ross shooting for gold!
(Bottom) Back Row: Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis, Sugar Creek Mayor Stanley Salva, Independence Mayor Pro Tem Jim Schultz
Front Row: Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Grain Valley Mayor Mike Todd, Oak Grove Mayor Mark Fulks


The Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge is now in its second year.  The Municipal Challenge grew out of a desire for Eastern Jackson County municipalities to create an event that would promote employee health, wellness and camaraderie along with a little competition though Olympic-style games.  

20 Years of Service
Registration Deadline Extended
Wireless Emergency Alert System


Beginning in June, FEMA and the National Weather Service will be able to send critical alerts such as tornado warnings directly from cell towers to newer-model cell phones. The alerts will not add charges to your phone bill or interrupt calls in progress.


The short messages will provide very basic information, such as the type of warning, affected areas and duration. The alerts are delivered directly from cell tower to cell phone through a one-way broadcast. The system will not track or locate individual cell phones or phone numbers - it simply broadcasts to all phones within range. 


 Whether and how you'll receive the alerts depends on your cell phone and service provider. About 10 percent of the cell phones in use today are already capable of receiving the alerts; others, such as newer iPhones and Android models, will soon receive software updates that add this feature. The wireless industry estimates that by 2014 nearly all phones on the market will be WEA-capable.


To learn more about this new emergency alert system, click here

Donate Blood and Win All-Star Tickets!


On Monday, July 2, the City of Blue Springs is co-hosting a blood drive with the Community Blood Center in downtown Blue Springs.  The blood drive will be in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, Multipurpose Room, 1100 SW Smith Street from noon to 4 p.m. 


If you donate at this event, you will be entered into a drawing for free tickets to several All-Star events from the Community Blood Center!


To register for this event, click here or contact Paula Melton at (816) 228-5704 or sending an email here.
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 for 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.