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Corks & Canvas
Selfless Installation
Downtown Alive! Townhall.
Emergency Responders
July 4th Celebration and Safety
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Face to Face with Blue Springs Police Department
Friday, June 17 
6 p.m.
LEAD Bank 
9019 SW 7 Highway

Chat with members of the  Blue Springs Police Department  for the second meeting of their new program, Face to Face.  

This meeting focused on internet safety for adults and children as well as the challenges of safely navigating Social Media.
Dedication Ceremony 
Firefighter Spirit
Thursday, June 16
5:30-7 p.m.
Protecton District Training Center
4715 E US Highway 40

Come out to celebrate the dedication for the Temporary Public Art Exhibition 'Firefighter's Spirit'.

Artists present will share their artist statements including why and how they created their submissions. 

To learn more about the 'Firefighter's Spirit' exhibition, click here
COMBAT Prescription Drug Take Back & Neighborhood Clean Up Event
Friday, June 17 
Noon to  2 p.m.
1108 NW Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, MO

Join Jackson County COMBAT for a FREE event! They will be hosting a Prescription Drug Take Back and Neighborhood Clean Up Event!

* Safely Dispose Of Your Expired & Unused Medication
* Free Gun Locks
* Volunteer For Neighborhood Clean Up
* Dumpsters will be provided for:
household waste, small appliances, small automobile parts, building materials bundled with twine or wire, boxes of stone and masonry, furniture, TV's, beds, mattresses, cabinets, rugs,
garage doors, lawn mowers, railroad ties, disassembled swing sets and metal fencing

Rib Relay Winners
Team Blue Springs Left to Right: David Watson, David Brotherton, Mayor Carson Ross, Billy Kincade and Colby Lalli.

Congrats to Team Blue Springs for winning the Texas Roadhouse - Blue Springs Rib Eat Off contest on Saturday, June 11! 

This contest is a fundraising event featuring teams from local municipalities with all teams receiving donations to a charity of their choice. 

My team won first place and a donation will go to the Alzheimer's Association thanks to  Texas Roadhouse. 
 Open House Celebration 
Friday, June 17
Noon to 2 p.m.
Blue Springs Location
200 SW 10th Street

You are invited to the   Blue Springs CSL 100 Year Celebration Open House event on Friday, June 17.  Take a look around the Blue Springs office, enjoy a few refreshments and learn how this office serves our community.
Red, White and Blue Springs

Monday, July 4
Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Blue Springs High School 
2000 NW Ashton Drive 

Come enjoy the fireworks display and live music for FREE! Entertainment will be provided by Jake Worthington (as seen on The Voice) and sponsored by   Country 94.1 KFKF. The fireworks display begins around 9:45 p.m.  
Parks & Recreation Along the Path 

Along the Path Episode 9
Along the Path Episode 9

The latest edition of Along the Path is now available on YouTube! In this episode, viewers can learn about the progress of our City's first Parks Master Plan, firework safety, upcoming summer events and more.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire summer schedul e,  click here .

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
June 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp

Blue Springs Fieldhouse
425 NE Mock Avenue
June 18, Noon to 2 p.m.
YES! Youth Fitness Fun Day

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
June 25, 10-11 a.m.
Dance Class, ages 3-5
City Government on CTV-7
Blue Springs POV Ep 5
Blue Springs POV Ep 5

Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 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.
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 important to you.

There are plenty of things to do and good causes to support here in Blue Springs!
This Friday you can come support our local Community Services League branch at their Open House from Noon to 2 p.m. and learn about how they help families in Blue Springs. Later that evening our own Blue Springs Police officers will be sharing some online safety tips to residents. Keep reading to learn more about both events. 

Finally I would like to thank residents and business owners who came out earlier this week to our first/annual Downtown Alive! Town Hall. Your feedback is important for us to grow as a community. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Corks & Canvas
Community members were greeted by mild weather and sunshine on Saturday, June 4 for our annual Corks & Canvas event. Hundreds of community members could be found strolling through downtown Blue Springs tasting wine from a number of wineries, snacking on treats from  downtown businesses and viewing art from more than 20 vendors that included wood carvings, paintings, hand drawn images, and more.

What a great event! I look forward to seeing what next year's event brings! If you missed the event, but would like to see more photos, click here.
Selfless Installation

On Wednesday, June 8, "Selfless" the final piece of public art for 'Firefigher Spirit' was installed outside of Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Station 3. 

'Firefighter Spirit' is the theme for the 2016 temporary public art exhibition directed by the   Blue Springs Public Art CommissionFour artists were selected by the Commission to place their art at CJCFPD stations located in Blue Springs. The artwork will be on display until this fall.

The piece "Selfless" was created by artist Brandon Crandall of Kirksville, Mo. and celebrates the bravery and sacrifice of our heroes in the fire rescue community. 

Click here to view the other pieces of art and read the artist statements. 
Downtown Alive! Townhall
Top Left: Cindy Miller, Downtown Alive! Executive Director; Top Right: District 2 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Chris Lievsay; Bottom Photo: Group shot with Keith Winge from Missouri Main Street Connection.

On Tuesday, June 14 Downtown Alive! and Missouri Main Street Connection held a town hall at the Pizza Shoppe Blue Springs. 

Attendees were invited to share feedback about their ideas for Downtown Blue Springs development and continued success. Ideas discussed include the look and feel of downtown, new events and how to get involved.

Through years of intense community discussion, citizen visioning efforts and participation in the Missouri Main Street Connection's Four-Point Approach, Downtown Alive! has worked diligently to make Blue Springs downtown a vibrant, mixed-use area that is the economic and social heart of the community. 
Emergency Responders 
Top Left: Officer Brown with baby Gwendolyn.  Top Right:  Firefighter Drew Hartley with baby Gwendolyn.  Middle Photo: Mother Jennifer thanking the response crew.  Bottom Photo:  Officer Phil Leslie, Officer Robert Brown with baby Gwendolyn, Firefighter Jeff Gayle, mother Jennifer Needs, Firefighter Drew Hartley, Officer Carol Yeager, Captain Rusty Craft, Sgt. Joe Fanara and Captain Phil Cowick.

Kudos to the members of the Blue Springs Police Department and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District who  were reunited with baby Gwendolyn and her mother Jennifer earlier this week. 

Baby Gwendolyn came a bit earlier than anyone expected and was delivered at home with assistance from Officer Brown, Officer Leslie, Officer Yeager, Officer Smith and Sargent Fanara before being joined by CJCFPD EMS crews.

Jennifer and Baby Gwendolyn visited CJCFPD Station #1 this afternoon to visit with the emergency responders that helped her welcome little Winnie into the world. Thank you for sharing your story with us and blessings to your expanded family!

To see the news story about the delivery, click here.
July 4th Celebration and Safety
Fireworks Safety
Each year community members celebrate the day of our nation's independence with families and loved ones. For me,  it's a time to honor those who have given their life so that we could have our freedom.  A popular aspect of this celebration is the use of fireworks.
You may not know that fireworks sales in Blue Springs are unique as all licensed vendors are nonprofit organizations in our community.  During a four-day sales period, these vendors are able to help fund their community programs throughout the year. Click here to see a list of the 16 licensed nonprofit organizations.
Legal fireworks discharge hours within city limits are July 1-3, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4, 10 a.m. to Midnight.  Discharge of bottle rockets or aerial luminaries is prohibited.
The Police Department will increase street patrol and law enforcement measures over the weekend to make sure residents are complying with the  City's Fireworks Ordinance.   
To report fireworks violations:
  • Call Police Dispatch at (816) 228-0151
  • Text-A-Tip; text BSPD plus your message, including location to Crimes (274637)
I encourage you to "Be a Good Neighbor" this holiday by being mindful of your Blue Springs neighbors, the environment and the appearance of our community. Please dispose of all debris after discharging fireworks. We need everyone's help to keep our community operating as a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live and celebrate. 
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.