In This Issue
2015 National Night Out Against Crime
2015 International Walk to School Day
Opening and Growing Your Business in Blue Springs
Blue Springs Secures U-verse with AT&T GigaPower
Blue Springs Fieldhouse Ribbon Cutting
COMBAT Commission Award
Fortitude III Permanent Public Art
Sixth Annual 'My Blue Springs Photo Contest'.
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St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway
   Today is the last day to  reserve a $100 ticket for the 2015 Kansas City St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

You can stop  by 121 SW Shores Drive between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to purchase your ticket to win the house and other great prizes. You can also reserve your ticket  online at  or by phone at 1-800-385-9756. 

Money raised from the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program will help support families of children with catastrophic diseases. 
Dine For A Cause
Fundraiser Dinner
Saturday, October 17, 5-8 p.m.
Moreland Ridge Middle School
900 SW Bishop Drive
Tickets are $5 in advance,$6 at the door
 The Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is partnering with the Blue Springs Police Department for their annual "Shop With a Blue Springs Cop" event in December.
This fundraiser is sponsored by Rancho Grande Cantina Cuisine and Price Chopper. 
Call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770 if you would like to purchase tickets or volunteer for either of these events!
Halloween in Blue Springs
Spooky Springs Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 24
Adams Pointe Golf Club
5 - 8 p.m.
$5 per person (Children 2 and younger are free)

Celebrate Halloween and join us for a family fun night out! Enjoy a hay ride, bonfire with s'mores, visit with spooky characters, crafts, games and much more! Be sure to wear your costume for trick-or- treating. 

Call (816) 228-0137 to reserve a hay ride time.

Trick-Or-Treat Main Street
Saturday, October 31
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs
Free to attend

Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and check out our downtown merchants as they open their businesses and store fronts for children to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment. 

Booths are set up for activities including games, kid's crafts, face painting and bounce house.

Check out Blue Springs Parks & Recreation on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest information! 
Downtown Alive! Chili Fundraiser
   Monday, October 19
11a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pizza Shoppe
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards beautification efforts for the downtown area.   Lunch includes a bowl of chili, drink and dessert.  Carry out and pre-orders are also available.  Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and available at any downtown merchant.

For more pre-orders or carryout options, call (816) 220-8848. For more information, call (816) 228-2300.
EMPOWER Award Winners    
This September, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation recognized Blue Springs' empowering businesses and community leaders through their EMPOWER Business Awards.

I had the opportunity to welcome the evening's attendees as we all recognized  the hardworking business, entrepreneurial and civic spirit of Blue Springs by commending local companies and individuals having a positive impact on the community. All businesses and individuals are nominated by fellow companies, citizens or organizations.
Congratulations to the following 2015 EMPOWER Award winners:

Entrepreneur of the Year: Genevieve's
Small Business of the Year: Blue Springs 8 Theatre
Large Business of the Year: Blue Springs Ford
Civic Leader of the Year: Cindy Miller

The efforts of those recognized and various other businesses and community partners in Blue Springs are what make our community a unique place to live, work and play. Keep up the great work! 
Community Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, November 4
6:30-8 a.m.
Adams Pointe Conference Center
Tickets are $20 for individuals, $185 for a table of 10
I invite you to join me at my annual prayer breakfast. Our key note speaker is Dr. Rick McGuire, the Director of Sport Psychology for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Missouri who has received numerous accolades and awards for his efforts at the University.  
To reserve your tickets, call Judy Q at (816) 228-8888 or click here.
Helping Residents Connect
Sunday, October 4 marked the inaugural Helping Residents Connect (H.R.C.) Fair hosted by the Blue Springs Human Relations Commission .

Community members were able to come out and connect with friends and neighbors while learning about the cultural history of the Blue Springs Community.

Meetings of the Human Relations Commission are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  
 Businesses in Blue Springs
 Fish Window Cleaning
351 NW 12 Street

  Senior Benefit Services
901 Main Street

St. Mary's Manor
111 Mock Avenue

It is my pleasure to welcome Fish Window Cleaning and Senior Benefits Services to the Blue Springs community and to congratulate St. Mary's on their completed remodeling! 
 Let's Move! Saturdays

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

To view the entire fall schedule, click here.

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
October 17, 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 entire duration of the event.

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
October 17, 7-9 p.m.
Open roller skating

Dynamic Dance
1901 Sw Highway 40
October 24, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance class

Adams Pointe Golf Course
1400 NE Coronado Drive
October 24, 2-4 p.m.
Free range balls, beginner instruction
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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.
There are a number of great things to do and celebrate in Blue Springs this month!
You can support the efforts of our Citizen's Police Academy by attending their Dine for a Cause fundraiser on Saturday, Oct 17 but be sure to save room for a bowl of Chili from our Downtown Alive! committee for their fundraiser that Monday, October 19.
Keep reading to learn how you can buy tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, and more about the upcoming Halloween events the entire 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.
2015 National Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, October 6 marked another great National Night Out Against Crime event in downtown Blue Springs! I hope you were able to join us for a night of crime prevention education, free food, games and prizes.
I would like to thank Councilman Dale Carter who emceed the event's main stage and 94.1 KFKF special guest Debbie Erikson and her band for their performance.
This year's participating organizations include: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, Blue Springs Police Department STAT Team, Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, Missouri Department of Transportation and many more. Thank you all for your time and for sharing information with the Blue Springs community!
Special thanks to the Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors: Target, Country 94.1 KFKF, Price Chopper, Rancho Grande Cantina, Sonic, Wing Stop, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Family YMCA, Panera Bread, Blue Springs McDonald's, Odd Fellows, Science City and Kennedy's Custom Jewelers.
Click here to see more photos or check out the video below.

Blue Springs National Night Out- 2015
Blue Springs National Night Out- 2015

2015 International Walk to School Day    
Wednesday, October 7 marked International Walk to School Day
The weather was clear, allowing Blue Springs School District staff, students and parents to enjoy a brisk walk to Thomas Ultican Elementary School.

This day is celebrated in Blue Springs and around the world to promote the need for safe, walkable communities. 

Click here to see more photos. 
Opening and Growing Your Business in Blue Springs
On Saturday, Oct 10, The City of Blue Springs along with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce   and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation  hosted our third 'How to Open and Grow Your Business' Expo.
This event was hosted at the Mid-Continent Public Library Blue Springs South Branch, allowing attendees to discuss business plans, home-based start up, zoning and licensing requirements and more with representatives from local banks, the Chamber, the City's Community Development Department and other regional organizations.
Along with the How to Open and Grow a Business in Blue Springs guide published in 2014, this expo addressed the companion pieces that have been provided for the business community, including the Blue Springs Home-Based Business Guide and a bimonthly Business Resource Guide
A special thanks to all of the organizations that were present and made this event a success: City of Blue Springs; Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce; Blue Springs EDC; Grow Blue Springs; Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers; University of  Missouri Extension; Mid-Continent Public Library; Blue Springs Downtown Alive!; SCORE Kansas City and America's Community Bank.
The next expo is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the North Branch of the Blue Springs Mid-Continent Public Library.
Blue Springs Secures U-verse with AT&T GigaPower
AT&T GigaPower will be rolling out to select areas around Blue Springs. As of October 12, community members who sign up with AT&T will be able to experience the fastest Wi-Fi signal for use in their homes, businesses and on their mobile devices. 
Since early spring 2015, the City of Blue Springs has been working with AT&T to bring a high-speed, fiber-optic network to the area. The addition of this service as an option to residents is another sign that we are a city on the move and we are on the right track!
Blue Springs Fieldhouse Ribbon Cutting
The Blue Springs Fieldhouse is officially open for business!
Doors opened to the public on Monday, September 28 followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 2 and a celebration that weekend on Oct 3. Special thanks to our esteemed guest Linda Landahl Edison who helped me unveil the dedication plaque in appreciation of her generous donation.  I would also like to thank council members Dale Carter and Jeff Quibell of District 1, Kent Edmonson and Chris Lievsay of District 2 and Susan Culpepper of District 3.  

Membership opportunities and day passes are available during regular office hours listed below.
For more information about the Fieldhouse, click here.
COMBAT Commission Award 

Congratulations to Blue Springs Police Department officer Charlie Waites and 5th grade Cordill-Mason 
teacher Gina Oles for winning the "Start Right, Stay Right" Award from Jackson County COMBAT  - Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax.

This award is one of six categories for the 2015 and this particular accolade is given to individuals and agencies participating in the COMBAT program who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in our communities. 

Officer Waites has been teachin g D.A.R.E. for more than 15 years with Blue Springs and Mrs. Oles has been teaching 5th grade Science at Cordill-Mason for eight years.

It is good to see members of our community working together to make Blue Springs great! 
Fortitude III Permanent Public Art
Fortitude III Dedication 2015
Fortitude III Dedication 2015

It was my pleasure to welcome guests on Wednesday, September 30 as t he Blue Springs Public Art Commission and the Blue Springs School District hosted a dedication ceremony for "Fortitude III" at the Bartow Administrative Building, 1801 N.W. Vesper.

It is great to see permanent artwork being added to our City, making it an even more vibrant place for people to live, work and play!
Sixth Annual 'My Blue Springs Photo Contest'  
The 2015-2016 'My Blue Springs Photo Contest' is still open for entries! The deadline is Saturday, October 31 and photos submitted must be taken in Blue Springs. Photo entries can include cityscapes, wildlife, events, parks and community life.

There will be one winner in each of three age categories and one overall winner. These winners will be published in the 2016 Winter Blue Springs Magazine! For more information , 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.