News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Help Save the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot–Meeting tonight (7/20/11)

clock July 20, 2011 11:52 by author Jeff Quibell


TONIGHT at 6:30 pm at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 15th and Main --- Chicago & Alton Train Depot Meeting to Discuss getting an extension on the Demolition(set for August 2) from Kansas City Southern Railway.

Please feel free to forward this email to people interested in saving the train depot.  Hope to see you on Wednesday.
Mary Potter
Blue Springs Historical Society, president
City of Blue Springs Historic Preservation Commission, member Blue Springs Historical Society representative

Help us identify projects around healthy eating and active living!

clock July 7, 2011 08:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs WellLinkSaturday, July 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Freshman Center,
2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Let’s Move! Blue Springs is a citizen-led initiative.  So far, Summit participants have generated nearly 200 ideas to promote nutrition and physical fitness in Blue Springs.  YOU are critical to this initiative.  We want as much participation July 9 as possible.Let's Move  Feel free to forward this email to encourage others of all ages to participate.  This is the opportunity to have your voice heard concerning Blue Springs health and wellness! 

This event is free and open to the public.  To register, respond to this email with your name and contact information, or simply take a moment now and visit


Blue Springs Encourages Citizens to Help Create a Healthier Community

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Working toward the goal of making Blue Springs a healthier community, StandUp Blue Springs invites citizens to the second Let’s Move! Citizen Summit on Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street, Blue Springs, MO.  The Summit is open to the public to help set the community agenda to promote healthier lifestyles through physical activity, healthy eating, and new programs or amenities.

Those in attendance will prioritize more than 150 ideas generated in the first Citizen Summit on June 18.  It is anticipated at least 10 ideas will be carried forward for planning and implementation.  As ideas are implemented, additional ideas from the list and new ideas will be addressed by the citizen workgroups.

“I often speak about civic engagement and this Let’s Move! Citizen Summit is your chance to get involved and make a difference for the next generation,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “This is a community-wide effort and we need your help choosing projects to help us solve the problem of childhood obesity in Blue Springs.”

StandUp Blue Springs is facilitating these Summits, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and more than 10 other local community partners.  Blue Springs builds upon the national Let’s Move! initiative with a local focus on building generations of healthy citizens.

“The energy we have experienced throughout the Summit process has been absolutely amazing.  We know these planning and implementation teams will stop at nothing to help make Blue Springs the healthiest possible community,” said Dave Wright, Board President of StandUp Blue Springs.

Blue Springs was officially designated as a Let’s Move! Community in March 2011 and has taken an innovative approach to engage all citizens through its “summit process.”  The nationwide Let’s Move! initiative was created by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national effort to raise a healthier generation of children.  This initiative is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including parents, families, schools, community leaders, municipalities and businesses.  The Let’s Move! goals are based on four pillars:  1)  make healthy family choices, 2) create healthy schools, 3) provide access to healthy, affordable food; and 4) promote physical activity.

The summit is free and open to the public and we encourage all interested to attend and help us shape our plan.  Interested citizens are encouraged to attend and do not need to register in advance.  For information or if you want to register in advance, call StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or visit  To access the new community calendar to view free and low-cost activities that supports the Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative, visit

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!!

2011 Blue Springs Farmer’s Market 1st Annual Farm to Table Dinner–August 27, 2011

clock July 7, 2011 08:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Please Save the Date:  Saturday, August 27th , 2011 Blue Springs Farmer’s Market 1st Annual Farm to Table Dinner.  Watch for details! 

Bernita Cauthon-Volunteer Coordinator
StandUp Blue Springs
P.O. Box 614
Blue Springs, MO  64013
816-478-4502 fax

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.

Special Events Manager/Development Assistant Job Opening

clock June 12, 2011 10:14 by author Jeff Quibell

Good morning …

I wanted to send out a brief email to my contacts let you know about an exciting position our not-for-profit agency has open right now:

- Special Events Manager/Development Assistant

We are looking for a dynamic individual with large-scale, non-profit, special event experience to lead our annual efforts including a food and drink festival in the spring (650+ guests), men’s club and women’s club events throughout the year, volunteer appreciation parties, a fall gala (400+ guests) and a holiday concert sponsored by the Mayor of Independence as well as numerous smaller fundraising activities throughout the year. The selected individual will have demonstrated success in acquiring corporate and individual sponsorships as well as a passion for recruiting and motivating volunteers. Excellent project management skills a plus!

Please see the full position description at

Please let me know if you or anyone you might know is interested … thank you for your assistance,


Michael A. Levine
Executive Director

Community Services League
// 404 North Noland Road // Independence, MO 64050
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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.

Blue Springs Farmers Market Newsletter

clock June 12, 2011 09:55 by author Jeff Quibell

imageClick on the link below to view the Blue Springs Farmers Market Newsletter.