News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Help Blue Springs South Main Booster Club Win $50,000

clock October 1, 2011 16:30 by author Jeff Quibell

TEXTING for $50,000 for Main Booster Club

Because South is part of a Verizon Wireless nationwide advertising program (notice the ads in the end zones at home football games), our main booster club has a chance to win $50,000 by texting between today, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4!

Verizon Wireless is offering $50,000 to the high school that can get the most votes. You can vote up to 100 times between now and Nov. 4. It’s easy… all you have to do is text: BSOUTH to 66861 and we could win $50,000.

In addition, every week you’ll have the opportunity to individually win a Droid 3 by Motorola and a $100 Verizon Wireless gift card.

We need for everyone to participate… kids 13 years and older may also help us. Get your family and friends involved and let’s win the easiest $50,000 we have ever made as a booster club.

Thanks. Get the word out to everyone at South, all your friends, family, and fellow texters!

Mark Bubalo

Activities Director

8th Annual Princess Party to benefit Dental for Kids

clock September 22, 2011 11:58 by author Jeff Quibell


If you have already purchased your tickets by mail or online,
thank you!  Your tickets will be at Will Call the day of the event. 


8th Annual Princess Party

to benefit Dental for Kids

A magical afternoon for princesses ages 2 to 12 & their adult royal companions

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Noon-4 p.m.
Valley View High School ~ 5000 NW Valley View Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Same advance prices since 2008!

$15 for each Princess

in advance; $18 at the door
$3 for each Royal Adult Companion in advance; $5 at the door
Advance order ticket discounts available!
Register by mail or online at

(order online or print and mail the order form available at this link)

Royal activities, including:
Visit with the Tooth Fairy
Princess Concert ~ Royal Dance Party
Photos with performers and other photo opportunities
Princess Certificate ~ Enchanted Garden ~ Wishing Well
new interactive Sparkle Smile Academy
Princess Primping to 'Get Your Sparkle On' ~ Princess Nail Salon
Cookie Decorating ~ Princess Bingo
Create a Crown ~ Royal Bead Room

Letter from The Tooth Fairy

$3 advance orders only - must be postmarked by Friday, September 23

Additional Activities Include:
Princess Photo ($6)
Royal Café (items $1 - $4 each; CASH only)
Princess Party T-shirt ($8 each in advance; $10 day of)
(new design for Toddler and Child's Small)
Mall of Enchantment (items $1 - $10 each)
Royal Raffle ($3 for one; $5 for 2 chances)

All advance ticket orders will be at "Will Call" at the event.
StandUp Blue Springs uses PayPal to securely process online order transactions. PayPal charges a "shipping and handling fee" that covers ticket processing; adult ticket discounts are offered to offset this required PayPal fee.

Credit cards and cash only accepted at the event.

If you have already ordered your tickets, thank you!  Please consider forwarding this email to others who may enjoy the event!  

Princesses and Royal Adult Companions are
highly encouraged to dress in royal attire!

Bring your camera - lots of photo opportunities!


StandUp Blue Springs' Dental for Kids Program Thanks You

StandUp Blue Springs provides free dental care, dental education and dental supplies to 2,100 children EACH year in Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, and portions of Independence, Grain Valley and Lee's Summit.

Sparkle Smile Academy is available to visit your child's pre-school, day care or classroom K - 2 in Eastern Jackson County.  Please call us today for details - 816-478-4500

By attending the Princess Party, you will ensure that more children will receive the important dental care they need.


Ararat Shrine Bingo on Thursdays

clock September 1, 2011 14:56 by author Jeff Quibell
195765_220739904617431_3635580_n[1]Ararat Shrine Bingo
Every Thursday!! >Early Bird Games - 5:00 pm > Regular games - 7:00!!
Bingo players Ararat Bingo first Progressive prize is now up to $6,250.00 for the Butterfly 42 numbers or less with a consolation prize of $500.00.
The second Progressive Prize is now $4,000.00 with 50 numbers or less with a consolation Prize of $500.00 starting Thursday September 1, 2011.
Early Games at 5:00 include Event games, Horse races, Blazing Balls, Five Card Stud and Downline Derby.


Ararat Bingo has event games that start@ 5pm on Thursdays they have 15 games. There are no games under $200.00, the biggest pots around, great Bingo hall, clean, lots of rest rooms, restaurant upstairs, great concession bar with beer available in the hall. Proceeds are used for the Shrine.

Community Partnerships at their Best

clock August 16, 2011 15:35 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

Community Partnerships at their Best

THCF Opens New Office Serving Eastern Jackson County

HEARTLAND NEWS (August 16, 2011) – Truman Heartland Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have moved into our new location in the Blue Ridge Bank Financial Center at 4200 Little Blue Parkway, Suite 340 Independence, MO 64057. Having partnered with Blue Ridge Bank and Trust, the new 2,264 square feet office space is home to all five members of the Community Foundation staff team…with room to grow.

President and CEO, Phil Hanson, shared, “We are thrilled with our new space and location. And we would not be in this great new office without the tremendous support of Blue Ridge Bank and their in-kind support providing us with space well below market rates. The new location has great highway access making it much more convenient for us to get to anywhere in the Eastern Jackson County community and for our volunteers, fund holders, Non-Profit partners and supporters to come to see us. We have a small but mighty staff of five, and this is the first time we have had all of us at the same location which will certainly help our operations run more efficiently. We want to thank Blue Ridge Bank for being our partner to help us better serve our Eastern Jackson County community.”

Blue Ridge Bank and Trust President, Bill Esry, added, “The commitment that the Truman Heartland Community Foundation has to their communities is the same commitment that Blue Ridge Bank has as a community bank in our area. We are very pleased to be able to partner with the Community Foundation to help strengthen our region.”

On Friday, August 12, 2011, the Community Foundation provided tours of its new space following a private reception honoring Rick Henks, 2011 recipient of the Paul M. Thomson Professional Advisor of the Year Award. A regional Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be held on Monday, September 12th at 4pm. Call the office today or stop by for a personal tour of the Community Foundation’s new space…which is best positioned to serve the charitable giving needs of Eastern Jackson County for years to come!

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”. After 29 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets surpassing $28 million and annual grants reaching $2.8 million last year. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.


Save the Date- Eighth Annual Princess Party–October 1, 2011

clock July 7, 2011 08:26 by author Jeff Quibell

imageIt’s tiara time in Blue Springs! Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 will be the 8th annual Princess Party, a fundraiser for the Dental for Kids program. It’s from noon to 4 p.m. at Valley View High School in Blue Springs. The Princess Party is an event for little girls and their mothers (or other adult companions) featuring fun, wholesome Princess-themed activities including a visit with the Tooth Fairy! Just picture more than 1,000 adults and little girls ages of 2 and 12 dressed as Princesses, waving magic wands and wearing sparkling tiaras! It is an absolutely wonderful event!!

Representative Jeanie Lauer to chair Truman Heritage Habitat Gala

clock June 14, 2011 17:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Independence, MO – June 10, 2011 – State Representative Jeanie Lauer has been tapped to serve as the Honorary Chairperson for the 2011 Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity American Dream Gala. “We are delighted to have Jeanie’s enthusiasm and leadership for this event,” said Pat Turner, Habitat’s executive director. “This is our major benefit event of the year, and seeks to raise $50,000 toward the cost of building a home for one of our families.”

“I’m proud to be part of Habitat’s efforts to serve eastern Jackson County,” noted Lauer. “The impact that simple, decent, and safe housing has on a family is amazing. For most, homeownership is the most important path out of poverty, and their best opportunity to reach some financial security.”

The 2011 American Dream Gala will be held Saturday, August 20th at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO. Slated to begin at 5:30 p.m., the evening features a silent and live auction, and a program that highlights the mission and celebrates the accomplishments of Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Individual tickets are $60, and sponsorship packages begin at $500.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity office at 816-461-6551 or one of the event co-chairs: Susan Walker, 816-217-2416 or Kathy Nevans, 816-589-4483.

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Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The affiliate serves Eastern Jackson County, Missouri, USA.

In response to God's love, Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity will expand its housing ministry by building forty homes in the next five years, strengthening community through partnerships that mobilize land, financial, and human resources.

Eagle Scouts Are Making a Difference at the Dillingham Lewis Museum

clock June 12, 2011 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Exhibit PhotoThere are a number of Eagle Scout projects going on at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum for the Blue Springs Historical Society.  One is from Tanner Richardson who is building a historical-looking fence at the entrance of the beautiful new historical garden. 

The other is from Jacob Mozer, previously been written about for his lemonade stand, who is building a 32 foot long historical-looking pergola on the opposite end of the historical garden.  

There is a third Eagle Project planned (an arbore) for the future from a different troop.  It is hoped that this site will be a gathering place for Blue Springs residents to use for community events such as musicians, etc. in the future. 

These types of projects are a great way for each of us to get involved and help this treasure of Blue Springs continue to restore and refurbish the home.  The home needs a lot of exterior work such as fixing wood that has rotted and then painting the exterior of the house.  Funding and skilled volunteers are needed!

If you or someone you would recommend would like to help, please contact Mary Potter at or 816-797-4870.

Donation and Volunteer Information for Storm Victims in Joplin, Mo.

clock May 25, 2011 10:08 by author Jeff Quibell





CJCFPD Training Facility, 4175 US 40 HWY, Blue Springs, MO — P: 816.229.9118


DATE: May 24, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Donation and Volunteer Information for Storm Victims in Joplin, Mo.

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. –To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.
The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice:
Volunteer or Donate
The easiest way to help is to call 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri to volunteer time or make a donation. Unsolicited responders compete with disaster victims and emergency personnel for food, water, valuable cell phone bandwidth and lodging.

Cash is the best because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. You can donate to the United Way by calling 2-1-1 or donate to the Red Cross by visiting any area Price Chopper, texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Confirm what emergency responders need from voluntary organizations before collecting donations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
If you have a quantity of a given item or class of item to donate, and you need help in determining which organizations to give to, you can make your offer through and click on Missouri.

Locating a Loved One

Residents affected by the tornado wanting to notify friends and family that they are safe are asked to go online to This Web site can also be used to check on a loved one in the Joplin area. This site is easy and free and only basic information is needed. If you are not able to go online, call 417-659-5464 to register or find someone who has registered.
The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.


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