News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Weekend Activities in Blue Springs 10/16-10/28 plus 5k Run/Walk Coming Soon!

clock October 25, 2012 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Oct 27 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale locally grown or made by hand.

Trick or Treat Main Street – Saturday, Oct 27 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Downtown Blue Springs.  Mini Parade at 10 a.m. Trick or Treating, games, Haunted Maze & inflatable following.

“Boo” Springs Trick or Treat Night Wednesday, 10/31, 6 – 8 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Trick or Treating, crafts, not-so-spooky room for kids 10 and under.

Centennial Pool – Open Saturday, Oct 27 for lap swimming 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 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

Merry Christmas to my many friends & neighbors

clock December 24, 2011 11:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff Tree by Mike Ransdell of KC StarOur lives are a collection of experiences; joys and sorrows seldom shared publicly with those around us. Many of my friends know that I was adopted shortly after my birth. My parents, Don & Trudy Quibell of Warrensburg, gave me an excellent childhood and a wonderful life. They helped me to achieve the path in life described in the once secret adoption records that documented my birth mother’s goals and aspirations for me.

This week, details of my life story were revealed in a very public way, and the response I have received is both amazing and humbling. In 2002, after forty-four years of secrecy, I found Ann Padmos, the incredibly courageous woman who is my birth mother. Our reunion has been marvelous and uplifting, and it has been my honor and privilege to share our story publicly. Following are links that will take you to both the KMBC video and the Kansas City Star articles that tell the story of my Christmas Ornaments.

May God bless you and your families this Christmas season as we all gather together and add to the stories that make up each of our lives!

Adopted Man Gets Box Of Christmas Joy From Birth Mother

clock December 21, 2011 17:21 by author Jeff Quibell

See my Christmas Ornament Story on KMBC Channel 9’s website at

Now followed by an article in the Kansas City Star:

Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

clock December 14, 2011 11:00 by author Jeff Quibell






DATE: December 14, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department and members of the Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will participate in the second “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” at 7 a.m., Saturday, December 17, at the Target Store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, 1040 NE Coronado, Blue Springs, Mo.

Thirty Blue Springs Police Department officers will volunteer their time by spending it with thirty students from Blue Springs School District. This program allows disadvantaged children to shop with an officer and purchase $125 worth of holiday gifts for their families.

The “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program is an opportunity for children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce the fact that police officers are friends in the community.

“This is the second year that we have been able to do this event and we are amazed by the community support for the program here in Blue Springs. These types of events help build relationships between area kids and police officers,” said Officer David Brotherton of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to help make sure these children and their families have a great Christmas this year.”

Following the shopping event, participants will join officers at the Adams Dairy Pointe Conference Center for a gift wrapping session and lunch with the officers.

This year’s event is sponsored by: Target, Olive Garden, Adams Pointe Conference, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, City of Blue Springs Police Department, Ad Trends, All Star Awards, Autumn Place, Belfonte Ice Cream, Blue Springs Baptist Temple, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Landlord Group, Boyd Midwest, Brockman Family, CherryBerry, Mayor Carson Ross, Cooks Hams, Blue Springs Business League, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Cornerstone Church, David Bowerman Family, Daylight Donuts, Dena McLean, FIKE Corporation, Fun House Pizza, Godfather’s Pizza, Highway Trailer Sales, Inc., House of Heavilin, Hy-Vee, Kwik Kopy, LaMar’s Donuts, Laura Brennan, Lunar Bowl, Memories on Main Tea Room and Café, Missouri Mavericks, Minsky’s Pizza, Moreland Ridge School, Special Events on Main Street, Shriners International, Steve Steiner, Visual-Concepts LLC and Zeke’s Paint & Design Centers.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770.


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Blue Springs Parks & Rec Upcoming Holiday Season Special Events

clock December 14, 2011 10:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Express Train Wed. Dec 21, 4 pm – 7 pm. Main Street RR crossing at 12th downtown Blue Springs. Free. Santa Claus in a KCS six car lighted & decorated train.

Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program Dec 26 – Jan 15. Drop off location is Pink Hill Park, 2715 NW Park Road. Safe & environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree.

New Years Eve Party at Vesper Hall Sat. Dec 31, 7:30 pm.  $10 in advance. The party, hosted by BSP&R Dept staff, is geared to adults ages 50 and over but all welcome.

Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction Sat. Jan 21, 5:30 - 7 pm. Vesper Hall.  $6 adult, $4 age 12 & under, 3 & under free. This is a fund-raiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park

Annual Lighting of Mayor’s Christmas Tree, December 6

clock November 30, 2011 09:43 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: November 29, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449


Annual Lighting of Mayor’s Christmas Tree, December 6

Blue Springs, Mo. – All are invited to a free family holiday event, the City of Blue Springs’ 2011 Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place outside City Hall, 903 W. Main Street, in downtown Blue Springs, Missouri.

“This is a special event that draws hundreds of children and families to downtown Blue Springs for this unique holiday experience. It’s a wonderful tradition in our community, and a great way in which to celebrate the closeness and the sprit of giving that exists within our city” said Mayor Carson Ross.

Pete Grigsby, former meteorologist for KMBC Channel 9 and teacher for the Blue Springs School District will join Mayor Ross as Master of Ceremonies. Countdown to the tree lighting will take place live between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in an Enchanted Sleigh immediately following the tree lighting. There will hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate, cider, popcorn and candy canes provided – refreshments were donated by Price Chopper and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. Craft activities for children to create will be located inside City Hall – crafts donated by the VFW Post #6603.

This year’s concert is sponsored by the Blue Springs Business Association. Scheduled to perform during the program are: student choirs from William Bryant Elementary Choir and Cordill Mason 4th & 5th Grade Extra Curricular Choir; an adult chorus from First Bible Baptist Church Choir; and two local soloists: Michaelah Burns, a junior from Blue Springs High School and Jerry Lewis.

The Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will be collecting cash donations for their “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program and the Community Services League will be collecting non-perishable food donations to be used in their food pantry program.

Calvary 88.5 FM KLJC will be live-broadcasting in the City Hall parking lot from 4-6 p.m. For more information about this year’s lighting event, call (816) 228-0111.


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Join us on Friday, Dec. 2 for Prospero’s Parkside Books’ Holiday Party

clock November 26, 2011 15:05 by author Jeff Quibell

Happy Holidays from Bill and me and Tara Lane Productions!

Join us on Friday, Dec. 2 for Prospero’s Parkside Books’ Holiday Party at the bookstore located at 208 N. Hwy 7, Blue Springs, MO.  (The bookstore shares a parking lot with Zarda's Barbecue, and sits behind Einstein's Bagels and Sheridan's Custard.)

We’ll perform a script-in-hand reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Our readers are Jack McCord, Ari Bavel, Nancy Eppert, Mary Ruth Gunter, Richard Gorell and Bill Rogers.

There will also be live music from The Songbirds (Elsa Rae, Nadia Thomas, and Camry Ivory) and lots of holiday refreshments!

Bring the kids!!!

This free party runs from 6PM until 8:30, with the reading of A Christmas Carol beginning at approximately 7 PM.

Please join us for a wholesome helping of holiday cheer!

Janet Rogers