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Feast of the Market
September 27
6:30-8:30 p.m.
512 Capelle
Grain Valley, Mo.
This feast if a fundraiser for the Blue Springs Farmers Market.  All the food for your enjoyment will be from the market.
Tickets are $25 per person, $45 per couple.  
To purchase tickets or for more information, call (816) 230-0007.

Jackson County Commuter Corridor Open House

Tuesday, September 27
4-7 p.m.
 Independence Regional Ennovation Center 
201 N. Forest Ave.
Independence, Mo.

The Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis study team invites you to the project's first open house from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 27.


The meeting will discuss future transit options being evaluated to address transportation needs along the I-70 and Rock Island corridors. 


Come share your input on preferred options for each of the corridors.  For more information on the transit studies, click here.

District 1 & 2 Town Hall Meetings

Thursday, Sept. 29
6-7:30 p.m.
Blue Springs 
Country Club
1600 NW Circle Drive


Join Senator Will, Kraus, Representative Jeanie Lauer, District 1 Councilmen Jeff Quibell and District 2 Councilmen Kent Edmondson and Chris Lievsay as they discuss local and state topics.

Princess Party

Princess Party
Saturday, October 1
Noon to 4 p.m.
Blue Springs 
Valley View High School
5000 NW Valley View Road

 The Princess Party is a StandUp Blue Springs event benefiting the Dental for Kids program. 
Ticket Price:
$18 for each Princess
$5 for each Royal Adult Companion

Princesses and Royal Adult Companions are
highly encouraged to dress in royal attire!
For more information, call (816) 478-4500 or click here.
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City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
 Mayor Carson Ross
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.
Long-time Parks & Recreation Director Roscoe Righter is retiring from the City at the end of this month, and I personally want to thank him for all of his work in creating a strong and vibrant parks & recreation system. 


He's leaving a legacy here in Blue Springs that our community can be proud of and enjoy for years to come.  If you would like to say thank you to Roscoe in person, I invite you to his Open House Retirement Reception at the Adams Pointe Golf Club House on Thursday, September 29 from 4-8 p.m.


I would like to wish my Aunt Ivory a happy 112th birthday!  She was recently featured by KARK 4 News, to see the story, 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.

Fall Fun Festival
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It was great seeing everyone who came to the 42nd Annual Fall Fun Festival on September 16,17 & 18, 2011 in Downtown Blue Springs.


I was joined by the First Lady Eloise, 1st District Councilmen Dale Carter and Jeff Quibell, 2nd District Councilmen Kent Edmondson and Chris Lievsay and 3rd District Councilman Grant Bowerman. Thank you again to Blue Springs Ford for lending the us the convertibles for the parade. 


This was a very busy Fall Fun Festival for me as served as the announcer at the celebrity and competitive wing eating contest sponsored by Wing Stop and judged the Karaoke Contest immediately after the wing contest.


I want to thank everyone involved in helping it a huge success! Special thanks goes to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event and I look forward to seeing you next year!


For more information on the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce,

click here.

Let's Move! Update
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Community 5k Training Program


The Community 5k Training Program began on Monday, September 12. This training program is intended for all levels (walkers to runners) and ages to enable participants to complete the New Balance Girls on the Run 5K ~ A Let's Move! Event in Downtown Blue Springs on Sat., Nov. 12. Coach Shannon Smith will guide participants on how to cross the finish line with a smile and a sense of accomplishment.


This program was recently featured by Fox 4's Terra Hall, to see the story, click here.  Registration is still open!  Click here to register.


 Livable Streets


"Livable Streets" Policy


At the Sept. 19 City Council Meeting, the Let's Move! Blue Springs "Livable Streets" workgroup presented the City with a presentation and "Livable Streets" resolution for adoption.  


"Livable Street" means a transportation corridor for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses. "Livable Streets" are designed and operated to safely facilitate movement of people of all ages and abilities from destination to destination along and across a continuous travel network.


This resolution adopted by the City Council puts into policy something that the City has been doing in practice-focusing on not only the walk-ability and bike-ability of Blue Springs, but also the future development and enhanced travel options for all Blue Springs residents.


Special thanks to StandUp Blue Springs, Samara Klein of KC Healthy Kids, Mike Schweder of A Healthy Change Hypnotherapy and city staff for their participation in this initiative.   


To view their presentation, click here.


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Let's Move! Saturdays!


Multiple Saturdays each month will be designated as "Let's Move! Saturdays."  These events offer a structured opportunity for movement at different locations throughout the City.


The first Let's Move! Saturdays! will be Saturday, September 24 at Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW Us Highway 40 # B.  Cost is $3 per child. Please call (816) 224-5510 to reserve your spot!! This event is open to youth and families, adults are encouraged to participate with their children! 


Schedule of events is:

9-9:45 a.m.        4-6 year olds

10-10:45 a.m.     7-10 year olds

11-11:45 a.m.     11+ year olds 


To learn more about Let's Move! Saturdays! and see a schedule of events, click here.

Missouri Municipal League Conference


The Missouri Municipal League held its 77th Annual Conference from September 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Mo.  These conferences are a way for cities throughout Missouri to come together and learn from one another.  


As you may know, I have served as President of the Missouri Municipal League, but my term as President has now come to an end.  I will now serve as Immediate Past President on the Missouri Municipal League Board.


I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new President of the League, Norman McCourt, Mayor of Black Jack, Mo. 


To learn more about the Missouri Municipal Leauge, 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.