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Piccadilly Gala: Gypsy Prom
5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative
St. Patrick's Day Parade
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 Honoring Those Who Served
Thursday, March 30,  2 p.m.
Veterans Way Memorial
2715 Park Road

The Blue Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the City of Blue Springs and program partners will host a community-wide event honoring Vietnam Veterans  to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the United States involvement in the Vietnam conflict on March 29, 1973. Vietnam veterans will be presented with a commemorative pin. 

 Council Town Hall Meetings

Monday, March 27, 6-7 p.m.
Pointe of Hope Church 
1215 NW Highway 7

District 1 Councilmen Dale Carter and Jeff Quibell will host a town hall meeting to talk with community members about city government issues.  Click here to RSVP via Facebook.

Wednesday, March 29, 6-7 p.m.
Moreland Ridge Middle School
900 SW Bishop Drive

District 3 Councilmen Susan Culpepper and Ron Fowler will host a town hall meeting to talk with community members about city government issues. Click here to RSVP via Facebook. 

Council members at each session will provide information about the 5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative, field questions from residents and facilitate dialog about district priorities. There will be refreshments available.

Council District 2 held their Town Hall meeting on March 21. You can view the Facebook LIVE video by visiting the City's page linked here
 Advanced Weather Spotter Training
Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Blue Springs Freshman Center
2103 NW Vesper Street, Blue Springs, MO

Join the National Weather Service - Kansas City Missouri and Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) for a free Advanced Weather Spotter Training session. This class is open to the public. 
 Easter Egg-Stravaganza! 
Saturday, April 8
10 a.m. to Noon
Rotary Park

Join us for this free community event cosponsored by the Blue Springs Rotary Club.  New this year - s pecific times for each age group.

Four hunting areas divided by age:
2 & under at 10:30 a.m.
3-4  at 10:45 a.m.
5-6  at 11:15 a.m.
7-10  at 11:30 a.m.

This event is held outdoors and will take place rain or shine.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire winter schedule, click here

GAGE Center
1101 NW Jefferson
March 25, 11 a.m. to Noon
Bump City/ Dragon Ninja 

ThunderDome Athletics
2505 SW Highway 40 (Ste. C)
March 25, 1-2 p.m.
Speed & Agility 

Crossfit Cerberus
200 NW 11th Street
April 1, 10-11 a.m.
Kids Yoga

Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe
1101 W Main Street
April 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Interactive Story Time 
 City Government Channel CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24/7  by tuning into CTV-7 on Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by  clicking here
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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 on e-stop source for city information and news updates including information that's im portant to you.

I am happy to share that next Thursday, March 30, the City has partnered with the Blue Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and other program partners to host 'Honoring Those Who Served'. As a Vietnam Veteran, I am happy to acknowledge the sacrifice of our men and women. Keep reading for more details about that event and other City happenings. 

Finally, I encourage each of you to get out and vote on Tuesday, April 4th; I believe that every vote counts toward making a difference. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
Piccadilly Gala: Gypsy Prom 

On March 10, I attended the fourth annual Piccadilly Gala - Gypsy Prom at the Adams Pointe Conference Center hosted by the   Downtown Alive! group.   It was my pleasure to present this organization with a $500 check from my privately-funded Mayor's Charitable Fund for their hard work and as a show of support for future efforts as they continue to rejuvenate the Blue Springs community.    

This year's gala was another great event with plenty of entertainment including fun costumes and decorations. Two of our very own from the Blue Springs Police Department entertained us as our served as our lively hosts; a big thanks to Sgt. Colby Lalli and Sgt. Mike Russell. 

The ladies auctioned off a  number of items and all proceeds go back into the Blue Springs community as part of the rejuvenation efforts of Downtown Alive! 
Click here to view more Piccadilly photos taken by Anthem Photography and enter the password gypsyprom17.
5-Year Dedicated 
Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative

On Tuesday, April 4, Blue Springs voters will be asked if the City should impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) for five (5) years, for the purpose of providing funds for local parks for the City. 

The proposed 5-year dedicated parks maintenance sales tax initiative will be funded by residents and non-residents making retail purchases in Blue Springs.  The ½ cent sales tax adds 25 cents for every $50 spent in Blue Springs and would raise approximately $3 million dollars annually.

Please view this short video for more information about this sales tax initiative and how it will affect Blue Springs. You can also see more details on our website by clicking here. 
St. Patrick's Day Parade

40th 'Shortest & Smallest' St. Pat's Parade
40th 'Shortest & Smallest' St. Pat's Parade

Downtown Blue Springs is home to the 'World's Shortest & Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade and on March 17 we celebrated our 40th year! The parade started at 9 a.m. at the Soda Fountain and ended promptly across the street at The Keg. 

This year's honorary Grand Marshall was Marilu Herrick, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders. One of the founding members of the 'Shortest & Smallest' parade, Ed Schumann, came in from Dallas and shared how Blue Springs' own St. Pat's parade started and how it lasted so long. 

To see photos from the parade,  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 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.