News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

GIVING not GETTING for her 11th Birthday

clock February 14, 2013 12:34 by author Jeff Quibell

February 14, 2013
Jill Calvert, Director of Development
GIVING not GETTING for her 11th Birthday!
Instead of getting gifts for her 11th birthday celebration, Harper Snyder is deciding to give! She is inviting 10 of her friends to join her tomorrow for a “VOLUNTEER BIRTHDAY PARTY” to help Rainbow!
Harper’s father has served on the board, so she is familiar with our mission of helping children and adults with developmental disabilities. She’s participated
and attended many Rainbow events and activities over the years, so we are
very proud of her willingness to volunteer and share our mission with her friends.
This should be a fun and giggly group of 10 and 11 year-old volunteers sharing their smiles with Rainbow on Friday, February 15 starting at 2 pm!
Harper, age six, helping her dad at a Rainbow event!
Board of Directors Justin Beets, Lisa Campbell, MD, Lyndon Davis, Kelvin Fisher, J’Nan Kimak, Colleen Foudree, Theresa Garza Ruiz, Mary Grimaldi, Greg Grounds, Chair, Rena Lopez, Lydia Jeter, Paul Midtbo, Mary Ann Rhoads, Mike Trollinger
Ambassadors Jerry Britton, John Carlson, Shirley Charde, Emagrace Colley, Laura Fitzmaurice, MD, Jeanine Fletcher, Mark & Kim Foudree, Joe Haney, Danan Hughes, Jim Kennedy, Chuck Kleinhagen, Mike & Jan McGraw, Deryl Roberts, Nancy M. Rogers, David Seay, Steve Silverstein, MD, Ryan Snyder, Sarah Soden, MD, Bob Walls
Executive Director Marilu W. Herrick Director of Development Jill Calvert
Rainbow Center & Rainbow Options I
900 NW Woods Chapel Road • Blue Springs, MO 64015
Rainbow Center 816.229.3869 • Fax 229.4260
Rainbow Options I 816.228-7900 • Fax 228.7901
Rainbow Options II
3420 NW Kingsridge Drive • Blue Springs, MO 64015
816.228.1373 • Fax 228.1159

Retreat Transforms Lives

clock February 14, 2013 11:59 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the Cincinnati Shriners for Children Hospital

Eat at Joe’s and Support Rainbow!

clock December 6, 2012 10:43 by author Jeff Quibell


Eat at JOE’S CRAB SHACK today through Thursday, December 6th

and Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders will receive a donation!

Simply print the attached flyer and present to your server when you order.

Pass it along!

Thank you for considering the mission of Rainbow . . .

To Provide a safe, nurturing and social environment in order

to serve persons with special educational and developmental needs.


Bryan Busby host Wreaths & Wits for Rainbow Center Nov 17

clock October 2, 2012 16:11 by author Jeff Quibell

October 2, 2012


BRYAN BUSBY will be back again as the entertaining master of ceremonies for Wreaths & Wits 2012! If you like fun, food and friendly TRIVIA competition then mark your calendar for November 17 at Hilton Garden Inn in Independence. All this and more are in store for you during the 6th Annual WREATHS & WITS event to benefit children and adults with special needs.

Guests will enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction of holiday wreaths & decor along with gift baskets when the doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The trivia competition begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring Bryan Busby, KMBC Chief Meteorologist, as the TRIVIA OFICIONADO! Your table of eight will compete as

a trivia team. Tickets are only $35 for this evening of fun!

Back by popular demand is the “white flag” to assist each team! A new addition this year is a Piccadilly auction between one of the trivia categories. The five trivia categories are; Advertising Slogans, Athletic Cups, College Mascots, Famous Sidekicks and Groups of Five’s.

Join us as we seek to make a significant educational difference for children and adults with disabilities. Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders provides specialized day school programming for children from 18 metropolitan school districts, and day habilitation for adults from Eastern Jackson County. Rainbow Center is a non-profit, nationally accredited, private agency for persons with disabilities.

For more information, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship and donation opportunities visit, call 816-229-3869 or check out our Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders Facebook Page.

Tables fill quickly, so reserve your spot today!

ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check for the Veterans Way Memorial

clock August 20, 2012 10:43 by author Jeff Quibell




DATE: August 20, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check

for the Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – ATK, which operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant adjacent to Blue Springs, has volunteered to be a lead partner for the Veterans Way Memorial. Kent Holiday, the vice president and general manager of ATK Small Caliber Systems, will present a $10,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Friday, August 24, at 8 a.m. in a special ceremony in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this unique memorial dedicated to veterans of all wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Holiday. “ATK is proud to be the operator of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant and a community steward for the City of Blue Springs. Every employee at Lake City is proud to support and honor all the men and women who served in our armed forces.”

“We are grateful to ATK for being one of the lead partners of The Veterans Way Memorial. Blue Springs is fortunate to have excellent business partners to help bring this memorial to our community,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as 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.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site,


BSHS 3rd Annual Football Auction

clock August 1, 2012 11:45 by author Jeff Quibell

BSHS 3rd Annual Football Auction

August 11th at the BSHS Commons

Come join us for Olive Garden for dinner

followed by our silent and live auctions!!

Dinner is $12.50

This is a great way to help support our BSHS Wildcat players and have fun while doing it!

Doors open at 5:15

Dinner at 5:30 and Live Auction bidding starts at 6:15pm

Items include: Home game side line passes, Pre-Game Dinner Deck Parties, Branson Condo Get-a-way packages, Chiefs Signed Footballs, 2 Reserved Student parking spots for an entire semester and much more!!

Contact Renee Weddle at with any questions

Men’s Choruses from Eastern Jackson County Raise Money for John Knox Village Food Pantry

clock July 25, 2012 17:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Men’s Choruses from Eastern Jackson County
(a benefit for the John Knox Village Food Pantry)
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The Pavilion at John Knox
6:00 pm
Lee’s Summit UMC Men of Note
The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus
Heart of America Barbershop Chapter’s
Handful of Harmony
Blue Springs UMC Men of Praise
John Knox Village Men’s Glee Club
Circuit Riders
A Freewill Donation is requested.
All monies will be used to assist residents at
John Knox Village

Did you know that Blue Springs has its own Central Park?

clock June 28, 2012 15:30 by author Jeff Quibell

This undeveloped gem nestled in our downtown district will soon be the home of a historic building, thanks to the generous donations of local Blue Springs residents and the tenacious efforts of the Blue Springs Historical Society. Over the past year the Blue Springs Historical Society, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and the Kansas City Southern Railroad, have raised funds and gathered support to save our downtown train depot from demolition. On July 29th at 10am, the depot will begin its move down Main Street to its new home in Central Park. If you would like to participate in the celebration of the saving of our depot, join us on Main Street Friday morning and join the parade as we escort the depot to its new home.

Also located in Central Park is the city’s first Community Garden. A part of the Let’s Move initiative, the city provided the park land and infrastructure for the garden, and collaborated with StandUp! Blue Springs to manage and implement this exciting new amenity for our residents. The following pictures show the success of the garden.

It’s hard to dispute, when Blue Springs residents set their minds to accomplishing a goal, exciting things happen!

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