News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Downtown Alive!

clock November 30, 2011 10:07 by author Jeff Quibell

As you do your holiday shopping and beyond, be certain to patronize our downtown businesses in Blue Springs!

Women's Career Clothing Drive for Community Service League

clock November 7, 2011 22:01 by author Jeff Quibell


American Business Women's Association Dynamic Connection's chapter of Blue Springs is having a Women's Career Clothing Drive for Community Service League. on November 14th in conjunction with Downtown Alive's Holiday Open House. Please see the attached flier for information.

I hope you will find it in your heart to help out our neighbors!

Make it a great day,



Christine Smailys


704 W. Main

Blue Springs, Mo 64015


Christine's on Sterling

518 N. Sterling

Sugar Creek, Mo 64054


"Enjoy this moment.....this moment is your life"

New Balance Girls on the Run 5K–a Let’s Move! Blue Springs Event

clock November 7, 2011 21:51 by author Jeff Quibell


Date/Time: 9 am, Saturday, November 12th

Location: Downtown Blue Springs

Packet Pick up: Friday, November 9th Saturday November 12th

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Blue Springs City Hall Downtown Blue Springs

903 W Main St.

Blue Springs, MO 64015


Complimentary Registration VIA SPONSOR

Participants may also register online at:

Weekend Activities 10/22-1023

clock October 20, 2011 17:45 by author Jeff Quibell

Farmers Market – Saturday, October 22 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 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.  For additional information visit

Let’s Move! Saturdays! Rotary Park at Railroad Lake – Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Join us at the Shelter # 1 on the northeast side of park near Vesper Hall for an Arbor Walk and/or Kids Fit Class. This event is free and open to kids of all ages.

Centennial Pool – Saturday, October 22 – Aqua-Aerobics from 11 a.m. to noon for $4 and Lap Swimming from 11 a.m. to noon for $3. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

Pam Buck

Superintendent of Recreation

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

City Hall, 903 West Main Street

Blue Springs, Missouri 64015

Office (816) 228-0238

Mobile (816) 645-0287


clock October 19, 2011 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Shirl Quick 220-0232

On behalf of the Blue Springs Historical Society



True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band

The Blue Springs Historical Society is sponsoring a Fundraising Benefit Concert on November 4th at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Main Street and 15th Street to raise funds to save a part of our local history by relocating the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot!

True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band will perform some of your favorite songs with the best of the true spirit of Bluegrass music heard in our area. Their Bluegrass Band has performed at the Fall Fun Festival in Blue Springs, the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, and many other local fairs and festivals. Lead singer, Larry Ellis is a professional performer and outstanding fiddle player and he performs weekly in a Country Music Show in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The Colonial Hills Children’s Choir will also be featured during the Benefit Concert performing a railroad song complete with Engineer Hats and Train Whistles! The Blue Springs Historical Society has these whistles and hats, along with Save the Train Depot sweatshirts for sale at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum at 101 SW 15th Street in Blue Springs as part of their fundraising effort.

Admission for the Bluegrass Fundraising Benefit Concert is $10 per individual or $20 per family. Admission will be taken at the door. Benefit funds will help move the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot to another location. The railroad played a significant role in the present location of Blue Springs, as the town moved up the hill from Woods Chapel Road and Walnut to it’s present location to be near the railroad tracks for better commerce.

This Benefit Concert allows you to be a part of this historical effort to save an important piece of the history of Blue Springs. For Benefit information, contact Shirl Quick at (816) 220-0232 or the Blue Springs Historical Society Website:

Ground Breaking ceremony for the Blue Springs Community Garden

clock October 12, 2011 15:04 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Let’s Move! Blue Springs will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the City’s first community garden on Thursday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m. The Blue Springs Community Garden is located in Central Park on the corner of Walnut and 10th Street.

“This groundbreaking marks an important step in making community gardens available to all our residents to enjoy,” Mayor Carson Ross said. “This new Blue Springs Community Garden is a shared effort and will help add vibrancy and aesthetic appeal to the City. Community gardening provides great physical activity, increases access to affordable healthy fresh produce, and brings our residents closer together.”

Approximately 35 plots and 5 raised plant beds will be available to residents for rent for the 2012 grow season. The 2012 grow season will be spring through fall, dates to be determined. The community garden will have water access and participants will be able to plant both vegetables and flowers in their plots. Plots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

“This community garden was something that ranked as a high-priority in the Let’s Move! Citizen Summits conducted by StandUp Blue Springs this summer,” said Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs and Chair of the Blue Springs Let’s Move! Steering Committee. “This is an amazing example of what citizens pulling together to address a common cause can accomplish and will most certainly yield great benefits for Blue Springs and its residents.”

Mayor Carson Ross, Dave Wright, StandUp Blue Springs and Dena McLean, Blue Springs Park Commission Chairman will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony, along with other community leaders.

“I am excited about this partnership between Let’s Move! Blue Springs and the Park Commission, and the opportunity to bring this wonderful asset to downtown Blue Springs,” said Dena McLean. “This garden fills a need in the community and provides a great use of Central Park.”

If you are interested in renting a plot in the Blue Springs Community Garden, contact Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137 for more information.

The Blue Springs Community Garden is a joint effort between the City of Blue Springs, Mo., Let’s Move! Community Garden Committee, StandUp Blue Springs, the University of Missouri Extension Office and the Boy Scout Troup 58 and 332 Eagle Scout Projects.

About Let’s Move! Blue Springs

At the July 9 Citizen Summit facilitated by StandUp Blue Springs, participants prioritized more than 150 ideas that were generated in the June 18 Summit. Through a multi-voting approach the group narrowed the list to these initial project ideas.

The project ideas are:
• Backpack Food program
• Children’s Triathlon
• Community Gardening
• Community 5K Training
• Expansion of Girls on the Run in Blue Springs
• Healthy Schools
• Let's Move! Saturdays
• Livable Streets
• Let's Move! Marketing and Public Relations

Residents are encouraged to join these workgroups by calling StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or emailing Several workgroups are seeking additional members

Blue Springs was officially designated as a Let’s Move! Community in March 2011. The Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative is part of a national effort to raise healthier generations of citizens. 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.


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Look Good Feel Good Leave an Impression

clock October 5, 2011 17:41 by author Jeff Quibell

October 5th
5 to 8 pm
Join Us for a Special Night!
704 Main Street Blue Springs, MO
Hosted by:
$10 Pink Hair Extensions *Donations benefit Breast Cancer Research
FREE Breast Cancer Survivor Hat *Quantities limited
Facial Bar Wine
Brow Waxing
Cheese Gallery Showing
Free Chair Massages
Free Posture Analysis Chocolate Fountain
Face Mapping DOOR PRIZES

Fall Fun Festival Makes Our City Better

clock September 22, 2011 12:01 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResFall is community festival time in Eastern Jackson County, with Santa-Cali-Gon and Fall Fun Fest topping the list of annual festivals. I look forward to attending the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival each year, both as a consumer and as a volunteer.

Those who attend the festival find a wide range of booths and activities. Familiar ones for me include Timothy Lutheran Burgers, St. Peter’s walking tacos and Keck’s root beer. I’m guilty of being just a little too focused on food, but these delicacies only come around once a year! Other booths are more than enough to pique our interest and give each of us the opportunity to spend time with our friends and neighbors while shopping, playing and eating.

The Blue Springs festival is organized by the Chamber of Commerce. For many months, beginning in the middle of winter, committees are meeting and planning the activities for their respective part of the festival. Vendor booths are reserved, sponsors are identified, and entertainment is auditioned and decided upon. Beginning on the Thursday before the festival, the actual setup begins. Dozens of volunteers from the community work together to distribute pop and water to the booth locations, barricades are put up, and stages and tents are assembled.

While stopping to take a breath, a group of volunteers discussed why we all work so hard each year to set up this event for the community. We all agreed that it certainly is a labor of love, and an opportunity for fellowship with other chamber members and volunteers from the community. After working together on the festival for over a decade, strong friendships have evolved.

One of the vendors, seeing my councilman name badge, stopped me on Main Street and complimented me on the festival. He said he does festivals all over the Midwest and always enjoys our Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival. When I asked what made our festival special, he responded that it was the way the community comes together in support of the festival, and the volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure a smooth, well organized festival. We sometimes take it for granted, but those that see other festivals appreciate the extra effort our community gives.

Ours is a growing family of friends and colleagues that pull together, working side by side to make our community a better place to live, play, and work. Get involved with your local chamber, and you can become a part of this growing family of volunteers. Join us, and have fun while making your community a better place!

Support the Blue Springs Music Boosters

clock August 21, 2011 09:46 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResAs a parent with two daughters who attended Blue Springs and benefitted from the excellent music programs provided by our school district.  It is always a pleasure to support the Blue Springs Music Boosters.  Each year at the Fall Fun Fest the music boosters have a Bingo Tent at the corner of 10th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs.

Come join me and Wanda and play some bingo to the benefit our our school district’s music programs.  Bingo will be available on the following dates and times:

Friday (9/16) from 6pm to Midnight
Saturday (9/17) from Noon to Midnight
Sunday (9/18) from Noon to 6pm

Proceeds from the Bingo Tent go to support the High School Music Programs district wide!


If you drop by on Friday evening you might get a chance to see me calling bingo this year.  I look forward to seeing you there!

National Night Out Against Crime Cancelled Due to Extreme Heat Warning

clock August 2, 2011 14:38 by author Jeff Quibell

Due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, the National Night Out Against Crime event in downtown Blue this evening has been canceled.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are likely. We regret any inconvenience this will cause, but the safety of all participants is of primary concern.

This event has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.