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Project Lead the Way
Piccadilly Gala
St Patrick's Day Parade
GPI Development Update
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Honoring Our Heroes
Tuesday, March 29
1 p.m.
Veterans Way Memorial

This program commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict. Vietnam veterans will be presented with a commemorative pin.
SilverSneakers Program
The Blue Springs Fieldhouse now offers the SilverSneakers Fitness Program to people 65 and older. SilverSneakers allows individuals with qualifying insurance to come to the Fieldhouse at no cost; fees would instead by paid by the individual's ins urance. This national Healthways program provides participants access to workout/fitness guidance and assistance from a Program Advisor. 

Click here to check your eligibility
Easter Brunch
Sunday, March 27
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64014

$21.95 for Adults plus tax and 15% service charge
$10.95 for children ages 4-10 plus tax and 15% service charge
FREE for children 3 and Under
Call 816-228-8100 for reservations.
Community Services League Fundraising
Wednesdays in March
Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive

Help Rink Ratz collect goods for the Blue Springs Community Services League! If participants donate any item from this list between 7-9 p.m. they will receive $1 off of the admission price.

All donations collected will be given to the Blue Springs Community Services League to help those in need within our community. 

This fundraiser is part of the 2016 Blue Springs Leadership Class project. 
Parks Master Plan Survey 
Survey Open March 14-March 31
The Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department is in the early stages of developi ng a Parks Master Plan and is currently gathering input from the public. 
A community wide survey open for ALL to access is now available online and will remain on the City's website until March 31. Click here to begin the survey.
April General Municipal Election
April 5, 2016 is the date for General Municipal elections.  The ballot will include the following seeking re-election:  

Carson Ross

Dale Carter  District 1  
Chris Lievsay  - District 2 
Susan Culpepper - District 3

For questions about voter locations, including which documents are required, please contact the Jackson County Election Board at 816-325-4600  or click here .
Bond Issue
On April 5, 2016 a no-tax increase bond renewal will be on the ballot for the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.
For questions regarding this issue or more information, please call 816-229-2522.
New Business

 On Thursday, March 24 Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe held a ribbon cutting for the new Coffee Shoppe located below the book store on Main Street. 

It great to see business growing in our Downtown Corridor. 
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

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

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
March 26, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open Swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event. 

ThunderDome Athletics
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste C
April 2, 10 -11 a.m.
Kids speed & agility clinic, Ages 8 +

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
April 9, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance class, ages 6+
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.

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 one-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.

Spring is upon us and it's a great time to enjoy this nice weather in one of our parks or along our City's biking and walking trails.  

As Mayor, I always strive to increase opportunities for resident involvement and diversity. Blue Springs has a number of boards and commissions and I invite you to submit an application to volunteer and serve on one of them. Applicants are encouraged to apply no later than Friday, April 15 and you can call the City Clerk's office at 816-228-0111 to start the application process. 

Keep reading to learn more about upcoming community events and how you can become involved. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Project Lead The Way
Top to bottom: BSSD Superintendent Dr. Jim Finley; BSSD  student Cali; Mayor Carson Ross and  Lyle Shaver from the Blue Springs EDC viewing BSSD demonstration; BSSD students demonstrating PLTW program. 

On Thursday, March 10, I attended the Blue Springs School District's showcase for their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. 

District leaders and a student panel gave details about how PLTW has been incorporated in the Blue Springs School District followed by break-out sessions where students showed off their projects created using this program. The aim of PLTW  is  to provide a comprehensive approach to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) group education through curriculum that  begins in elementary and continues through high school. 

To learn more about PLTW in the Blue Springs School District,
click here.
Piccadilly Gala: Alive! in Wonderland
On March 18 , I attended the third annual Piccadilly Gala - Alive! in Wonderland at the Adams Pointe Conference Center hosted by the Downtown Alive! group.  It was my pleasure to present this organization with a $1,000 check from my privately-funded Mayor's Charitable Fund for their hard work and as a show of support for future efforts as they continue to rejuvenate the Blue Springs community.  

This year's gala was another great event with plenty of entertainment including quirky costumes, lively decorations and a comical host for the evening. The ladies auctioned off a  number of  items  and all proceeds go back into the Blue Springs community as part of the rejuvenation efforts of Downtown Alive! 
Click here to view more Piccadilly photos taken by Visual-Concepts LLC.
St Patrick's Day Parade
Ron Parker Full St. Pat's Parade Video
Ron Parker Full St. Pat's Parade Video

Downtown Blue Springs is home to the 'World's Shortest & Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade! The parade started at 9 a.m. at the Soda Fountain and ends promptly across the street at The Keg. This year's honorary Grand Marshall was Winnie Baker, who has observed the parade for twenty years. 

Special thanks to Ron Parker for submitting his video, above, of the parade. To view the City's video, please click here To see photos from the parade, click here .

Development Update

On Monday, March 14 I joined   Gaming Partners International (GPI) for the  ground breaking on a new expansion of their manufacturing facility in Blue Springs. 

The company manufactures casino currency, playing cards and table layouts to licensed casinos around the world.  

GPI has contracted Miller Staunch Construction to work on their current facility and completion is scheduled for late 2016.   
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.