News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

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 www.bluespringsfarmersmarket.com.

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 www.bluespringsgov.com/parks 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

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks


St Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary Community Events & Opportunities

clock October 19, 2011 17:23 by author Jeff Quibell

St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary will be hosting its annual Holiday Fair on 11/11/11 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Violet’s Kitchen will be open with all sorts of baked goodies!  Come up and enjoy some great pies, cakes etc but you need to be early as they go really fast.

We also will have a Holiday Raffle, which is a decorated Christmas Tree, valued at $1200. (Donated by Meravic)

Raffle tickets can be purchased after the 1st of November from the Gift Shop. The winner will be drawn the 18th of November just in time for the Holidays.


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 LetsMove@StandUpBlueSprings.org. 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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St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosting Free Seminar on Life after Breast Cancer

clock October 5, 2011 20:25 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

October 5, 2011 Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosting Free
Seminar on Life after Breast Cancer

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Kansas City, Mo. – Some of the scars left after breast cancer treatment go unseen. Many women don’t realize that in addition to the many physical changes they’ll experience, breast cancer also takes a toll on relationship intimacy. Yet retaining intimacy in a relationship is an essential part of overall recovery.

St. Mary’s Medical Center will host a free seminar, Are We Talking Enough? Survivorship and Sexuality, featuring Barbara Rabinowitz, PhD, MSW, RN, on Thursday, October 27, 7-9 a.m., in the Education Center on St. Mary’s campus. A continental breakfast will be served.

Dr. Rabinowitz founded the National Consortium of Breast Centers and is the first woman and first
non-physician President of the American Society of Breast Disease. She served as co-chair of the Psychosocial/Nursing Advisory Group to the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research and was later appointed by Governor Whitman as the first commissioner to the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research from a psychosocial discipline.

This event is free, but seating is limited; please call 816-228-3335 to reserve a seat.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health (CarondeletHealth.org) which also includes St. Joseph Medical Center, three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.


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. 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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
www.StandUpBlueSprings.org

(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.

 

Adoptees’ stories now more open

clock August 31, 2011 17:41 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResCall it ancestry, genealogy, or family lineage; most of us have an innate need to know where or who we came from. For adult adoptees in the state of Missouri, the quest to learn our history just became a little easier. For many years, the only option for an adult adoptee searching for their biological family was a petition to the family court for a search, then seeking the permission of both the adoptive and biological parents before releasing identifying information to the adoptee. If one of the parents had died, the search came to a legal end.

Thanks to the efforts of many Missouri residents and the insight of our State Legislators and Governor Nixon, Senate Bill 351 has changed that process. An adult adoptee or their lineal descendants, if the adopted adult is deceased, may now initiate a search, and the death of a parent is no longer an obstacle.

In 2002, I had the honor and privilege of finding my biological parents, with the support and urging of my adoptive Mother and Father. The reunion was wonderful and allowed me to meet many additional family members including five half-sisters and three half-brothers, along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Under the previous law, if I had waited until this year to do my search, my adoptive father’s death this past January would have become a significant obstacle to my search.

I joined a group of adult adoptees this past Monday as we visited the Jackson County Family Court. Many of those attending have waited decades to learn of their origins, but were prevented by the death of a parent. Each one officially began the process of discovery and they are hopeful to finally learn the circumstances of their adoption. I pray for their success and wish them the best.

If you are an adult adoptee and are interested in searching for your biological roots, more opportunities are available to you now. If you have been searching but have not yet found your biological family, now may be the time to try again. I encourage you to continue your search. For more information about searching, go to the Jackson County Family Court website at http://www.family-court.org/adoption.htm.

Meanwhile, we will continue to strive for opening adoption records for adult adoptees in Missouri. Our goal is for every Missouri adoptee to be treated equally under the law and to have the opportunity to know firsthand the circumstances of their birth and adoption.


Stuff to do in Blue Springs This Weekend (8/19-8/21)

clock August 16, 2011 15:00 by author Jeff Quibell

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, Aug 21 at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week Lipriddle (classic rock/alternative) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, food/drink or concessions available. To see the complete 2011 concert lineup, see the attached flier.

Centennial Pool-Plex –  Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides. Admission $5.  Adult Aqua-Aerobics class at 11 a.m., cost is $4.

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 on these and other activities sponsored by Blue Springs Parks & Recreation visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks, or call the Department Office 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

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks


Parks & Recreation seeks public input on bike and trail routes

clock August 8, 2011 10:37 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 8, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Parks & Recreation seeks public input on bike and trail routes

Blue Springs, Mo. – Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will hold a series of three public hearings in regard to future plans for bike and trail routes within the City.  The City recently completed construction and opened phase I of its bike and trail system over a year ago.  The current planning process is designed to gather public opinion about facilities constructed in phase I and to solicit input for the next phase of development. 

Schedule for public hearings will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following days:

Thursday, August 11 District 1 Brittany Hill Middle School, 2701 NW 1st Street

Thursday, August 25 District 2 Blue Springs Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street

Thursday, September 8 District 3 Cordill-Mason Elementary School, 4001 SW Christiansen Road

The open house format and information will be identical at each hearing so if residents cannot attend the hearing in their district they are encouraged to attend one of the other hearings.  Participants will have the opportunity to review the current bike route and trail locations, chart on maps where they would like to see future improvements, and complete a short survey to help determine their personal or family use/interest, and priorities for the next phase. 

We encourage the public to attend, everyone from serious or recreational cyclists to novice trail users are welcome.  Information gathered at these public hearings will be used in the future to develop and project budgets for additional phases of construction. 

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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.


Citizen Workgroups move forward on initial eight Let’s Move! project ideas

clock July 20, 2011 12:05 by author Jeff Quibell

City Press Release (reference http://www.bluespringsgov.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=351) follows:

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – By the end of 2012, citizen workgroups of Let’s Move! Blue Springs plan to increase physical fitness activities for residents, plant community gardens, and provide additional food resources for children in need in the Blue Springs School District.

On July 9 Citizen Summit, 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 eight initial project ideas.

The project ideas are:
• Community-wide fitness event
• Community Gardening
• Expansion of the Blue Springs School District Back Snack program
• Girls on the Run
• Healthy Foods in Schools/Nutrition Classes in the Schools
• Let's Move! Saturdays
• Livable Streets with Walking Trails
• Let's Move! Signage/PR

Residents are encouraged to join these workgroups by calling StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or emailing LetsMove@StandUpBlueSprings.org. Each workgroup is seeking to recruiting additional members. Several groups already have their first meeting scheduled.

“The commitment of those who participated in the summits is evidence that citizens want to focus on building generations of healthy citizens. Now we are asking the community to respond by helping us accomplish these citizen-driven goals,” said Dave Wright, Board President of StandUp Blue Springs.

Already moving forward are plans to present a “Livable Streets” policy to the Blue Springs City Council for consideration by the end of this year to ensure that safe places to walk, bike and hike are integrated into future city planning. Addressing infrastructure policy in Blue Springs is only one of many ideas that citizens attending previous Let’s Move! summits.

“I applaud the residents who attended the Let’s Move! Summits and invite anyone who is interested in becoming involved in any or all of the project ideas to contact StandUp Blue Springs,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “Workgroups like these demonstrate how just working together we can help solve the problem of childhood obesity in Blue Springs.”

These are just the first round of projects selected during summits held this summer by StandUp Blue Springs, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and other local community partners. Nearly 100 residents of Blue Springs participated in the summits.

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.

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