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St. Jude Dream Home Ticket Sales Event
Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe Ribbon Cutting
2014 Temporary Art Exhibit "Voices" Dedication
Regional Retail Shop On! Event
July 4th Celebration
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James Lewis Elementary Thank You Booklet

On May 15, I attended the DARE Graduation at James Lewis Elementary School.   I make it a point to make it to every DARE Graduation here in Blue Springs.  


I feel it is very important for our young people to see that DARE Graduations are a major accomplishment.   I was surprised to receive a thank you booklet from the students at James Lewis Elementary thanking me for my visit!


I was honored by the gift and I think Joseph Davis summed up the point of the DARE Program well when he said," You only get one opportunity in this world.  If you use drugs the opportunity gets shorter."


Thank you again for the special gift!

Community Blood Drive
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Community Blood Drive

Monday, July 7, 1-5 p.m.

Municpal Annex, 1304 W Main Street


Did you know that the Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 units of blood daily to meet the needs of area hospital patients?  


We will be holding our annual Communtiy Blood Drive in July and I urge you to help us meet our goals.  Signing up is easy!  Click here to register online or email for an appointment by clicking here.

Amendment 7

MoDot will be placing a transportation sales tax on the August 5, 2014 ballot for your review.  


To learn more about the initiative, click here.


As part of this ballot initiative, MoDot is holding several open houses and would like feedback on the proposed project list.   To see the project list, click here to comment, click here.

Girls on Fire Camp


 The Blue Springs Police Department's Community & Youth Outreach Unit, in partnership with the Blue Springs Fitness Center, is offering a free, half day, week long summer workshop for girls ages 12-17 for residents or students of the Blue Springs School District.


Upcoming Community Events



 Blue Springs Historical Society 

Garden Tour

Saturday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10, 

children 12 and under are free

  The Blue Springs Historical Society Garden Tour features six gardens with special events at each site.  Garden themes are The Secret Garden, Heritage Garden, Death by Chocolate, Bedazzle and Bejeweled, Gone with the Wind Estate Garden and Beauty and the Brownfield.  


Tickets are available at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. or call (816) 224-8979 for more information.




 Wounded Warriors Family Support

High Five Tour 2014

Saturday, June 21, 4-6 p.m.

Blue Springs Ford

3200 NW South Outer Road

 The Wounded Warriors Family Support Mustang will make a stop a Blue Springs Ford as part of the fifth annual High Five Tour 2014. 


The High Five Tour is an opportunity for millions of Americans to show their

support and say "thank you" to the thousands of military families who have made sacrifices for our freedom. 


I invite you to come out, see the Mustang and write a note of 'thanks' to our veterans.


To learn more about this program, click here.




Blue Springs Farmers Market

June 21 & 28, 7 a.m. to noon

Parking lot of the Blue First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 1405 W. Main 


The Blue Springs Farmers Market is located in downtown Blue Springs on 11th and Main Street. The market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand. 

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events


 Movies in the Park - Disney's Frozen

Friday, June 20, activities begin at 8 p.m., movie begins at dusk

Railroad Lake at Rotary Park

600 NW Vesper Street


Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family, and friends, and head to Rotary Park to enjoy a FREE outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. Movies are family friendly. Movies begin at dusk and are shown on a huge inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system.




Music in the Park Concert Series

Rotary Park at Railroad Lake


 Sunday, June 22, 6-8 p.m.

Nace Brothers


Join us as the Nace Brothers (Americana) takes the stage.  Presented by the Big Biscuit.


Sunday, June 29, 6-8 p.m.

Bel Airs


Join us as the Bel Airs (Rhythm 'n Blues) takes the stage.  Presented by the Lunar Bowl.   

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Title Boxing
1821 SW Highway 7 
June 21, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for a morning of boxing activities for kids ages 8+, signed waiver required.
Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy 
June 29, noon to 3 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon open swim.
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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.


This summer shaping up to be wet and stormy, then beautiful, and finally hot.  We have seen quite a bit of severe weather around the country and I just want to remind everyone to sign up for CodeRED if they have not already done so.  This free service will alert you when severe weather is in our area.  To sign up for CodeRED, click here.


There are many events happening here in Blue Springs in the next few weeks!  Also, don't forget about the City's annual fireworks display is Friday, July 4 at Peve Stadium with a special concert sponsored by Country 94.1 KFKF-FM!


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.
St. Jude Dream Home Ticket Sales Event
Top: Mayor Carson Ross and Councilman Dale Carter welcome the crowd.  Second Photo:  Mayor Ross introduces St. Jude patient Hannah.  She spoke about the care she has received over the years at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Third & Fourth Photo:  Mayor Ross buys the ceremonial first raffle ticket.  Bottom Photo:  Councilman Dale Carter and Councilman Susan Culpepper at the event. 

On June 11, I joined Country KFKF-94.1 personality (and Blue Springs Councilman!) Dale Carter as he hosted the kick-off event for the St. Jude Dream Home raffle ticket sales season at Blue Springs Harley Davidson.

During the event we were introduced to Hannah, a Blue Springs resident, who shared her personal story about the care she has received over the years at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 
Hannah was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at 18 months and her family was told she was not expected to survive.  Hannah was taken to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment and we are happy to report that she is cancer-free and almost 15 years old now!
St. Jude Dream Home Information 
The home is currently under construction in the Shores at Chapman Farms development and is located at 8808 SE 1st Street, Blue Springs, Mo.
The home is being built by Summit Custom Homes and features six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, three garages and is valued at over $525,000.
The Dream Home Giveaway is an annual raffle-based fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Tickets will go on sale now and the winner will be announced Oct. 12 on the KSHB 41 Action News at 10 p.m.
For more information, about the St. Jude Dream Home, click here.  To purchase your raffle ticket, click here.
Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe Ribbon Cutting

On June 12, I joined the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce as they hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe Ribbon Cutting in downtown Blue Springs.  Many local business owners and Councilman Chris Lievsay were also in attendance at the event.


You may remember is store as Prospero's Parkside Books.  They have changed their name and moved into the downtown corridor.  The shoppe will be opening a coffee shoppe in the lower level of the building this fall.


For more information about Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe, click here.  For more information about the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, click here

2014 Temporary Art Exhibit "Voices" Dedication
Top: Mayor Carson Ross welcomes the crowd.  Second Row Left: Public Art Commission Chair Eleanor Frasier makes opening remarks; Second Row Right:  Bill Essmann, general manager for the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel & Adams Pointe Conference Center speaks about the Public Art exhibit at the conference center.   Third Row Left: Artist Rollin Karg discusses "High Flight"; Third Row Right: Artist Janet Kuemmerlein discusses "Fire, Earth & Water."  Bottom Row Left:  Artist Victoria Reed-Nieman discusses "Breath"; Bottom Row Right: Artist Reven Marie Swanson discusses "Taffeta."
Regional Retail Shop On! Event  
This photo is from the 2013 PitchON event.  Blue Springs placed first
and second during the competition. Congratulations to The Sweet Tooth, owners Trevor and Amy Goodwin, and Genevieve's Home & Homemade, owner Pam Wheeler. 

Are you a local retail business owner?  Would you like to compete in the upcoming Regional Retail Shop On! event this fall?


Last year's PitchON (renamed in 2014 to Regional Retail Shop On!) featured 17 local retailers making formal pitches to sponsors, who then voted by buying $6,000 of product with their sponsorship funds.  This regional event was made possible by through the collaboration with Independence, Lee's Summit, Oak Grove and Grain Valley.


Businesses must compete to earn a spot in the Regional Retail Shop On! event and complete the Grow Blue Springs online training platform.  Five lucky businesses will be selected to compete and be given one-on-one mentorship before the event. 


If you are interested in competing in the Regional Retail Shop On! event, please contact the Blue Springs EDC or click here to learn more about the Grow Blue Springs online platform.  


Grow Blue Springs

Grow Blue Springs operates with a volunteer board of business and

civic leaders who are themselves entrepreneurs or once had a small
startup business.  Grow Blue Springs is an initiative of the Blue Springs EDC.

July 4th Celebration  

The fourth of July holiday means many things to many people.  For me, it's a time to honor those who have given their life so that we could have our freedom.  It's also a time for families to gather together and celebrate our independence.  This tradition also involves a very popular American pastime... fireworks.  



Hours of fireworks discharge within city limits are July 1-3, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4, 10 a.m. to Midnight.  Discharge of bottle rockets or aerial luminaries is prohibited.


The Police Department will increase street patrol and law enforcement measures over the weekend to make sure residents are complying with the City's Fireworks Ordinance.   


To report fireworks violations:

  • Call Police Dispatch at (816) 228-0151
  • Text-A-Tip; text BSPD plus your message, including location to Crimes (274637)

I encourage you to "Be a Good Neighbor."  Being a Good Neighbor means being mindful of your Blue Springs neighbors, the environment and the appearance of our community - disposing of all debris after discharging fireworks. We need everyone's help to keep our community operating as a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live and celebrate. 


City's Fireworks Display 

I hope to see you at the City's Fireworks Display on Friday, July 4 at Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive.  This year, we have quite the show lined up for you!  Country 94.1 KFKF-FM will be presenting Columbia Nashville recording artist Austin Webb!!  6 Degrees West will kick off the free show at 7:30 p.m. - gates will open at 6 p.m.  The fireworks display begins around 9:30 p.m.  This show is free and open to the public.

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.