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Memorial Day Weekend Events
2013 Fallen Officer Memorial Service
Dancing With the Chamber Stars
Comprehensive Plan Update Visioning Meeting
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 Alex Lemonade Stand

Friday, May 31

Saturday, June 1

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Blue Springs Hy-Vee

625 W Highway 40


This year's Alex's Lemonade Stand is in honor of Cooper Gray, who was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor on August 31, the day before national childhood cancer awareness month started.

Meet Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs! Any donation helps in the fight against childhood cancer. 


For more information on Alex's Lemonade Stand, click here.

 Kids Triathlon

  Blue Springs Kids Triathlon

June 15, 6:15 a.m.

Blue Springs Family YMCA


We are proud to announce our second annual Blue Springs Kids Triathlon sponsored by Blue Springs Hy-Vee.


This year features four brackets for participants 4-14 years old.  A new Novice bracket is especially designed for kids new to the triathlon circuit.


For more information, click here.   

To register online, click here.

 Corks & Canvas

 Corks & Canvas

June 22, 2-8 p.m.

Downtown Blue Springs



We have slots open for our Corks & Canvas event! If you are interested in showcasing your work at this year's event, please send a note here. 


Join us for the third annual Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk! This free event features local artist and wineries and is open to the public.

 Work Express Clothing Drive

 Community Service League's Work Express Program 

Clothing Drive

Friday, June 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Christine's Salon, 704 Main Street


 Join the American Business Women's Association's Dynamic Connections Chapter and Christine's Salon for a clothing drive.


This drive aims to supply women graduating the Work Express Program with professional clothes to aid them for upcoming job interviews.

 Summer Camp

  June 3 - August 2

Baumgardener Park

2401 NW Ashton Drive


 Calling all kids ages 5-12! Join us for summer camp!

Campers will go on safaris, play fun games, conduct exciting science experiments, explore nature, try out new sports and make new friends. Campers can be registered for individual weeks or for the entire summer.


For more information, click here or call (816) 028-0266.

 Upcoming Blood Drives

blood drive

  Battle For Blood

June 7, noon to 4 p.m.

Public Safety Building

1100 SW Smith Street

Click here to register


Community Blood Drive

July 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Public Safety Building

1100 SW Smith Street

Click here to register


Did you know that the Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 units of blood daily to meet the needs of area hospital patients? 


As there is no substitute for blood, we rely on volunteer donors like you, to supply life-saving blood and blood components to 70 hospitals in Kansas and Missouri. 


I urge you to help us with two upcoming Community Blood Drives.  Signing up is easy!  Click above to register online or call Kim Nakahodo at (816) 655-0497.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
May 25, 9-11 a.m.
Join us for Kids Fit Boot Camp and open gym for adults

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
June 1, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for dancing

   Lunar Bowl
June 1, 2-4 p.m.
Join us bowling - clean tennis shoes required.
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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.


Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us.  It's a time for us to thank those who have given their lives for this great nation.  This weekend is when we enjoy family, food, friends, fun and freedom.  I wish you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.


I would like to give a 'shout out' to Deputy Administrator Todd Pelham for recently being presented the Richard R. Noll Outstanding Assistant Award from the Missouri City/County Management Association.  To learn more about this award, click here.  I would also like to congratulate City Administrator Eric Johnson for his recent nomination as president of the Missouri City/County Management Association Board.  For more information about this nomination, click here.


I speak often about civic engagement and I want to remind everyone that our Boards, Commissions and Task Forces consist of Blue Springs residents that volunteer their time to serve our community.  These meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to get involved. To learn more about your Boards, Commissions and Task Forces, click here


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.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Veterans Way Memorial

If you have not done so already, I invite you to visit the Veterans Way Memorial in Pink Hill Park.  This memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. 


This year, the Veterans Way Memorial will host the 2013 Celtic Thunder Ride for the Warriors on Sunday, May 26.  The ride will begin in Blue Springs at the Elks Lodge with kickstands up at 9:15 a.m.  The group will ride to Veterans Way Memorial, lay a wreath, then continue to the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.  This ride will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  


If you would like more information on the Celtic Thunder Ride, click here.


Centennial Pool-Plex  


Centennial Pool-Plex 

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the swim season at The Blue - Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex!  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, is managed by the Blue Springs School District and has received several upgrades.  The pool will be opening daily beginning Saturday, May 25 from noon to 7:30 p.m.


Pool passes can be purchased at the Blue Springs High School or online.  To purchase pool pass tickets or for more information, click here.

 concert at the park


Concerts in the Park  

On Sunday, May 26, the Music in the Park Concert series returns to Rotary Park located at 500 NW Vesper!  The concert series kicks off with The Krazy Kats (50's & 60's Rock & Roll) from 6-8 p.m. 


This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6-8 p.m.  To see the complete 2013 concert lineup, click here.

2013 Fallen Officer Memorial Service
Top Left: Mayor Ross welcomes the crowd; Top Right: Dr. Bill Cowling gives the keynote speech.  Second Photo from the Top:  Artist Lori Clara presents an original mosaic artwork to the Blue Springs Police Department.  Third Photo from the Top:  Blue Springs Police Honor Guard.  Bottom Photo:  Blue Springs Police Department.

On May 17, the Blue Springs Police Department hosted their annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service.  This year's theme was "A Fallen Badge Still Shines."  


It always amazes me how many officers pay the ultimate price protecting our communities.  This year, 126 families' lives were changed forever.  This ceremony honors their memory and thanks them for their service.

Top Left: Cindy Miller and City Planner Mike Peterman dance for Downtown Alive!  Top Right: Blue Springs Police Sergeant Colby Lalli and Dana Showalter.  Bottom Photo:  Cindy Miller, Mike Peterman, Shannon Fry, Mayor Carson Ross, Lisa Teachman, Carol Baker and Mark Whitlow.


On May 16, I joined Shannon Fry and Channel 9 meteorologist Lisa Teachman as judges for the 'Dancing With the Chamber Stars' event at Adams Pointe Conference Center.   This event featured several 'Chamber Stars' including two city employees, Mike Peterman and Sergeant Colby Lalli.  


This event was a huge success and raised over $11,000 dollars for high school scholarships and a new innovation grant to help Blue Springs businesses improve their practices.


I would like to congratulate all of the dancers for this event and thank them for participating and raising money for these great programs.  Congrats to our very own Mike Peterman with his partner Cindy Miller for winning the People's Choice AND Judges' Choice Awards.  Another round of congratulations to the Grand Champions Carol Baker and Mark Whitlow who raised the most money overall!


If you would like to learn more information about this event, click here.

The Community Visioning Kick-Off Event took place on Tuesday, May 14 at Adams Pointe Conference Center.  


Attendees placed dots on where they liked to shop, play and what they envisioned for the future of Blue Springs.


Many ideas were shared during the two meetings including concerns about traffic congestion on Highway 7 and the desire for more locally-owned restaurants.


If you would like more information or to get involved, click 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.