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Community Prayer Breakfast
Veterans Day Ideas
Rotary Park Playground Final Design
Blue Springs' Truman Heartland Community Foundation Citizen of the Year
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 Public Safety Citizen's Advisory Board Public Forum

Tuesday, November 14
6:30 p.m.
Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building
Facebook LIVE

On November 14 at 6:30 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board will host a Facebook Live public forum to discuss a series of issues related to public safety, including mental health resources and suicide awareness in Blue Springs. 

The agenda includes presentations by Michelle Asby from Comprehensive Mental Health, the Blue Springs Police Department Crisis Counselors and Crisis Intervention Team Officers, the Blue Springs School District, and Allie Doss, co-founder of Speak Up who will be speaking about mental health resources and suicide awareness programs in our community.
 Global Entrepreneurship Week Events

The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Downtown Alive! invite entrepreneurs and business owners to participate in Blue Springs Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) events. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week 
Kick-off Celebration 
 Monday, November 13
7:30-9:30 a.m. 
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
1000 W Main Street  

This event will feature refreshments from local, Blue Springs businesses. 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, November 14 
from 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce 
1000 W Main Street  

Jodi Bowers from Encore Web Works will be discussing the importance of website ADA Compliance for small businesses.

Wine Etiquette & Tasting
Wednesday, November 15 
5-7 p.m. 
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
1000 W Main Street

Business people are judged by just about everything they do, and an ability to order and serve wine with confidence during a business dinner is a great networking skill. 

Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi of All World Languages and Cultures, Inc., will instruct class participants on wine etiquette, wine selection and meal pairing. Class is $25 per person and includes wine samples - register with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Downtown Blue Springs Open House Thursday, November 16 
from 5-8 p.m. 
Downtown Blue Springs  

Downtown Alive! is partnering with home-based entrepreneurs for a Holiday Open Ho
e. Pre-registered home-based businesses will sell their products in a retail setting to test their market capabilities. This event is open to the public and we invite you to Buy Blue Springs!
Welcome Project Lead the Way!

You may have seen a few billboards and welcome signs around town lately welcoming STEM Professionals.  The Blue Springs School District welcomed the Missouri Project Lead the Way state conference on November 5-6.

Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive.

The conference keynote speaker, Adam Steltzner, shared his personal story of teamwork, leadership and high-stakes innovation.  Dr. Steltzner is a lead engineer for NASA and oversaw the Mars Science Laboratory's successful landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars in 2012.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

To view the entire fall/winter schedule,   click here.

3713 Highway 40
Nov. 11, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Inflatable activities (clean socks required)

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance and tumbling, ages 3-6

Freedom Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to Noon
Ninja Warrior Training, 8+ years old

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
Nov. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Open roller skating
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Around Town
A monthly 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.

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.  This Saturday, November 11 is Veterans Day. As a proud Vietnam Vet, I would like to thank the veterans in our community for their service to our country.  I encourage you to visit the Veterans Way Memorial located in Pink Hill Park this weekend.

If you are out and about shopping for holiday gifts, I encourage you to Buy Blue Springs and save those receipts!  The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce is currently running their Receipt Rewards campaign and you could win $500 just for Buying Blue Springs Click here for more information.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
Community Prayer Breakfast

Top: Blue Springs High School Choir, directed by Nathan Rudolph.   Top Middle Left: Dale Walkup welcomes the crowd.  Top Middle Right:  Mayor Carson Ross introduces the guests and recognizes veterans.  Middle: keynote speaker Danica Fuimaono shares her powerful testimony.  Bottom Middle:  Mayor Carson Ross joined by area mayors.  Bottom: Cardboard Testimonies. 

On Thursday, November 2, the Blue Springs Christian Businessmen's Connection presented their annual Community Prayer Breakfast.  Over 500 Blue Springs residents came together in fellowship to hear Dr. Danica Fuimaono's powerful testimony.  Dr. Fuimaono shared her life story and how these events lead to her forming her foundation, Restore the Light, which works to shine a light on the darkness of human trafficking here in America.  

I would also like to thank the breakfast committee for their hard work to make this event possible.  Special thanks to Bill Cowling, Dale Falck, Dale Walkup, Debbie Williams, Donna Best, Dylan Gibson, Eddie Saffell, Judy Qualkinbush, Rebeca Swank and Steve Steiner.

For more photos of the breakfast, click here.
Veterans Day Ideas

If you are looking for a few ideas to help commemorate Veterans Day this weekend, I invite you to explore a few places here in Blue Springs.  the Mid-Continent Public Library -- Blue Springs North Branch is displaying my Quilt of Valor.  I received this handmade quilt on National Vietnam Veterans Day, March 30 at a special ceremony hosted by the Blue Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.  

If you have not visited the Veterans Way Memorial in Pink Hill Park, I invite you to visit the memorial this weekend.  This permanent display is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial is a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans' families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation. 

As a side note, city offices will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observation of the Veterans Day holiday. 
Rotary Park Playground Final Design

The Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department held a 'You Choose the Design' contest to help pick the final design of the new Rotary Park Playground.  The design has been chosen by residents and is featured above.   The design provided is for the small playground located at Rotary Park, the large playground will remain in its current state. 

The new playground equipment is part of the 2017 Park Sales Tax program residents approved in April 2017. The Sales Tax Program is to address our deferred maintenance needs throughout the Park System, this includes the replacement of 6 playgrounds throughout our park system. 

The next 'You Choose the Design' contest will be for the replacement playground at Ward Park.  Stay tuned to the City's website and social media channels for more information.
Blue Springs' Truman Heartland Community Foundation Citizen of the Year

I was honored to present Nick Burrus with his  Blue Springs' Truman Heartland Community Foundation Citizen of the Year statue.  Nick and the Burrus family have deep ties to the development of Blue Springs --- to learn more about the Burrus family,  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.