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Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Display
Mid-Continent Turns 50
Community Prayer Breakfast
Blue Springs POV
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    Upcoming Events 
Holiday Open House
Thursday, Nov 19
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. 1 from 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 5
10 a.m. to Noon
Vesper Hall
$8 per person (children age 1 and under are free)

Enjoy a festive brunch with Santa and skip the long lines! This is a great event for children to get a picture taken with Santa and enjoy crafts, Christmas stories and hot chocolate. Parents, please bring a small, wrapped $5 gift prior to the event for your child to receive from Santa. Contact Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0137 for more information.  
   Global Entrepreneur Week

November 15-21
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. 16 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 & the Kansas City Area.

Power Hour
Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
CJC Training Facility, 4715 E US Highway 40

The Power of Influence presented by Todd Long (Leadership Innovations). This Power Hour workshop will help you recognize the "power sources" of influence so you can cultivate an environment of inspiration.

How to Open and Grow Your Business 
in Blue Springs
Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library, North Branch, 850 NW Hunter Drive

Entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to attend this free expo to meet with professional coaches, discuss business plans, speak with financial institutions and connect with local resources.

UMKC Introduction to 
Entrepreneurship Class
Jan. - May 3
Paul Consiglio Center
1501 NW Jefferson St.

This course introduces students to the excitement and challenges of building their own businesses.  This course is being offered through a partnership with BSSD.  Course is open to students and adults and will earn 3 college credits.  Cost is $1,000 and UMKC will bill you directly.

For more information or to enroll, click here.
Life Force
The Blue Springs Public Art Commission partnered with Downtown Alive! to commission two permanent public art pieces for the downtown corridor. This is part of the 'Remnants Restored' Public Art Project, celebrating our City's history by incorporating recovered material from Downtown Blue Springs' past. Downtown Alive! is currently fundraising for these two unique pieces.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, artist Scot Furgason with help from Parks & Recreation staff installed the first piece, "Life Force" in Central Park. Life Force was crafted from pieces of the downtown water tower.  

Special thanks to Blue Springs Parks & Recreation for their help installing the artwork. To see more photos, click here.
    Receipt Rewards Contest
November 23 - December 1
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.   Entries may not include returns, utilities or lottery tickets.  Participants must be 18 years or older.  
Receipts can be brought to the Blue Springs Chamber office at 1000 W. Main Street Monday - Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
For more information, click here.
Ribbon Cutting
Massage Luxe
1208 NE Coronado
706 N. State Route 7
Congratulations to these businesses! Message Luxe recently opened its doors and DataPros has completed a remodel. Best wishes to you both on your new endeavors. 
Development Update

Saint Luke's Health System is planning to construct a specialty clinic on the east side of Blue Springs. The two-story, 36,000-square-foot facility would be at the southeast corner Adams Dairy Parkway and R D Mize Road. This addition has been a part of the hospital's strategic plan for a number of years.
The clinic would have primary care providers, specialists depending on the particular care needed and imaging and lab areas. The building will be designed to expand as needed.

The target date for completion is mid-2017.

Quick Trip (QT) is coming to the northwest corner of US 40 HWY and SW 7 HWY with an anticipated fall 2016 opening. They have proposed to develop a 5,858 square foot convenience store and 24 pump gas station. This layout is similar to the QT located along Little Blue Parkway, north of I-70 and the QT at the intersection of US 40 Highway and Lee's Summit Road in Independence.

This promises to be a convenient location for Blue Springs residents and commuters!
 Let's Move! Saturdays

These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire fall schedule, click here.

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
November 14, 7-9 p.m.
Open Roller Skating

ThunderDome Athletics
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste. C
November 14, 10-11 a.m.
Kids speed & agility clinic, ages 8+

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
November 21, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 & under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event.

City Government on CTV-7

Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day,  7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7. You can watch Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

If you want to catch up on 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 one-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important 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. 
November 11 was Veterans Day and I would like to thank the veterans in our community for their service to our country. I was privileged as a Vietnam Veteran to be the guest speaker at Paul Kinder Middle School for their Veterans Day school assembly.   If you have not had the opportunity, please visit the Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs North Branch, to view a beautiful display to honor the 50th Vietnam War Anniversary. You can read more about that in this edition.

Speaking of our library, I would like to again wish them a happy 50th in celebration of their recent birthday! Keep reading to learn more about it, City developments and other upcoming events you and the family can enjoy.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Display & Veterans Way Memorial
Top:  Mayor Carson Ross with fellow veteran and MCPL employee Miss Bobbi; Vietnam War Display items; Bottom: Veterans Way Memorial with flags courtesy of the High Noon Federated Republican Women group.

This November the Blue Springs Chapter Daughters of the American Republic, as a Commemorative Partner with the United States Department of Defense, invites the public to visit a special exhibit at both of the city's Mid-Continent Libraries.

The public display is being shared during the 50th Anniversary period of the Vietnam War to promote a better understanding of U.S. involvement and to honor the ultimate sacrifice all veterans have made for our country. Items on display include memorabilia left at the traveling "Wall That Heals" exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010, items on loan from the Vietnam Veterans of America-Kansas City Chapter, historical posters, commemorative pins provided by the Department of Defense, and a "Missing Man" table full of items that are symbolic of those who were left behind.

This display will be at the Blue Springs North Branch from Nov 2-15 and later at the Blue Springs South Branch from Nov 16-30.

I also invite you to visit the Veterans Way Memorial located in Pink Hill Park. This memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where "The Wall That Heals" was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. 

As a Vietnam veteran, I am pleased to have such a display and memorial in our community.  To see more photos from the Vietnam War Display, click here.  To see more photos from the Veterans Way Memorial, click here.
Mid-Continent Turns 50 
Top: Mayor Carson Ross welcomes attendees to the celebration; Second: Steven V. Potter, Library Director and C.E.O. of the Mid-Continent Public Library talks about the library's past, present and future.; Third: Mayor Ross, Steven Potter and community leader pose for a group photo; Bottom: Rep. Jeanie Lauer speaks about the importance of life-long learning.

On Tuesday, Nov 10, I had the opportunity to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) with Blue Springs community members and library staff from both the North and South branches.

For the past 50 years, MCPL has been a constant in the communities across three counties providing books and activities to 780,000 people, including residents here in Blue Springs.

I started my day at the Blue Springs South Branch with Library Director and CEO Steve Potter as he shared information about Mid-Continent's transformation from a store-front to a library serving 780,000 people over three counties. Later,  I attended a celebration at the Blue Springs North Branch and heard kind words from State Representative Jeanie Lauer and other Blue Springs community members about why they are Library Lovers.   

For the past 50 years, MCPL has been a constant in this community and I look forward to what the next decade has to offer.   For more photos from the events, click here.
Community Prayer Breakfast
Top: Blue Springs Freshman Center Choir; Second Row from Left to Right: Blue Springs Councilmemeber Chris Liev say, Rep. Sheila Solon, Councilmember Susan Culpepper, Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough, Mayor Carson Ross, First Lady Eloise Ross; Third Row: Mayor Ross introducing the speaker; Fourth Row: MC Dale Walkup and guest speaker Dr. Rick McGuire.

This year's Community Prayer Breakfast was held on Wednesday, Nov 4 at the Adam's Pointe Conference Center. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Rick McGuire, founder of the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching, and University of Missouri professor and coach. Dr. McGuire gave a moving speech on the importance of positive coaching on and off the court to develop our youth. 

I also had the opportunity to honor our armed forces recruiters and their service to our country.

I want to thank the Community Prayer Breakfast Committee consisting of Donna Best, Bill Cowling, Dale Falck, Kelli Montgomery, Judy Qualkinbush, Eddie Saffell, Steve Steiner, Dale Walkup and Debbie Williams for coordinating this impressive event.
I look forward to what next year's event has in store!
Blue Springs POV

We are excited to announce our new show, Blue Springs POV (Point of View)!   This new bi-weekly show will quickly bring you up to speed on news from around Blue Springs. 
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.