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Rainbow Center 40th Birthday Bash

Sunday, September 10
2-5 p.m.
900 NW Woods Chapel Road
FREE Celebration

For the past 40 years, Rainbow Center has been a regional source of safe, positive and gentle learning for children and adults with special needs. 

The public is invited to join 
the Rainbow Center for this celebration and enjoy entertainment, food, bounce houses, KC Zoomobile and more. Rainbow Center staff will also be available to answer questions about the center and their programs. 
 Downtown Blue Springs Happenings

 48th Annual Fall Fun Festival 
Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17
FREE Admission 

Come out and enjoy downtown Blue Springs! This year's Fall Fun Fest theme is 'The Spirit of Mardi Gras' and guests will enjoy  tasty food options, a carnival and one of the largest parades in Eastern Jackson County .   Click here  for more information or contact the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce at 816-229-8558.

19th Annual National Night Out
Tuesday, October 3
5:30 - 8 p.m.
FREE Admission 

Bring the family to learn about police operations and general public safety information. This event will offer food, entertainment, games and prizes!
Blue Springs 2017 Night Ride 

Saturday, September 23
8 p.m. Registration & Activities
9 p.m. Start Time 
Blue Springs Fieldhouse

Price to register is $30; T-shirt not guaranteed.

Riders of all ages can decorate their bike and/or themselves with glow sticks, lights, LED's and anything else their imagination can conjure up!  Prizes will be awarded for Most Excessive Use of Lights on Bike and Most Excessive Use of Lights on Cyclist.  

All routes are marked, volunteers will be stationed at major turn points, and police will assist with the crossover on busy intersections. Front lights, red rear reflectors and helmets are required. Stay after and enjoy refreshments, music and raffle prizes.
7th Annual Dentistry From the Heart Event

Saturday, September 23
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Foster Dental Care
2150 NW South Outer Rd

Dr. Alan Foster and the team at Foster Dental Care are hosting their annual Dentistry from the Heart event to provide adult patients with free dental services for fillings, extractions and cleanings

All treatment is first-come, first-served, adults only. Each person will need to bring state ID and a list of any medications along with their health information. 
 How to Open and Grow Your Business Expo 

Saturday, September 30
10 a.m. to Noon
Mid-Continent Public Library; 
Blue Springs South Branch
2220 SW Highway 7

Join us for this free event for entrepreneurs and business owners! Attendees can:

  • Learn How To Open or Grow a Business in Blue Springs
  • Meet with Professional Coaches and Discuss Business Plans
  • Speak with Financial Institutions
  • Research Available Commercial Properties 
  • Connect with Local Resources
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

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

Dynamic Dance
1902 SW Highway 40
Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class

Open swim; parents must accompany children under the age of 12 
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 on e-stop source for City information and news updates including information that's im portant to you.

My heart is with those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help those who have been displaced, please click here to view FEMA's Hurricane Harvey resource page. 

The month of September offers a number of events that provide a chance for residents of all ages to connect. This weekend marks the 40th Birthday Bash for Rainbow Center and it is open to all ages. Later this month our current and future business owners can attend the 'How to Open and Grow Your Business' expo for tips and on-the-spot resources. 

Next Friday, September 15, we kick off the 48th annual Fall Fun Fest in Downtown Blue Springs. Bring the family to enjoy unique food vendors, live performances and more for this three day event.  Keep reading for more information on each of these happenings. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
Proposed Budget Manual

On Wednesday, September 6, the City Council approved the first reading of the City's Budget with one amendment.  The amendment reads. "Amend the proposed 2017-18 Annual Budget by $30,000 to provide funds in the Human Resources Department for staff to take the necessary steps to engage a third party consultant with the knowledge, understanding, and experience necessary to help staff and the City Council evaluate the development of a compensation step-plan system for the entire organization, and that the revenue estimates in the General Fund be increased by $30,000 to offset the additional expense."    To view the meeting, click here

The second reading of the 2017-18 Proposed City Budget will be at the September 18 City Council Meeting.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.  To review the proposed budget, click here.

CSL Fashion for Compassion
I was honored to be part of CSL's Fashion for Compassion Fundraiser on Saturday, August 26 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.  

Over 375 women (and a few men!) enjoyed a morning of great food, fashion, and fellowship at the Coalition of Women Helping Children's 8th annual event benefiting CSL's services for children. 

For more information about CSL, click here.
Happy 100th Birthday!
It was a privilege to present a proclamation to fellow serviceman Ken Hale to commemorate his 100th birthday!  I enjoyed visiting Ken at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg and meeting all of his family and friends.
Blue Springs Magazine
The Fall 2017 edition of the Blue Springs Magazine is now available! This issue includes resources for mental and physical health, updates on development around town, emergency preparedness and more.

Look for your copy in the mail in the next week. To view the current issue online,  click here.   
Back the Badge Softball Tournament

Saturday, September 23
Wilber Young Park

This CO-ED Tournament is hosted by the Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and assisting the Blue Springs Police  Department.  For more information, click here.

Come play, watch, and have fun with us on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Wilber Young Park! Your support helps the Alumni Association support those who wear the badge! 
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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.