News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Did you know that Blue Springs has its own Central Park?

clock June 28, 2012 15:30 by author Jeff Quibell

This undeveloped gem nestled in our downtown district will soon be the home of a historic building, thanks to the generous donations of local Blue Springs residents and the tenacious efforts of the Blue Springs Historical Society. Over the past year the Blue Springs Historical Society, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and the Kansas City Southern Railroad, have raised funds and gathered support to save our downtown train depot from demolition. On July 29th at 10am, the depot will begin its move down Main Street to its new home in Central Park. If you would like to participate in the celebration of the saving of our depot, join us on Main Street Friday morning and join the parade as we escort the depot to its new home.

Also located in Central Park is the city’s first Community Garden. A part of the Let’s Move initiative, the city provided the park land and infrastructure for the garden, and collaborated with StandUp! Blue Springs to manage and implement this exciting new amenity for our residents. The following pictures show the success of the garden.

It’s hard to dispute, when Blue Springs residents set their minds to accomplishing a goal, exciting things happen!

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Meyer Music’s Band of Angels Benefit with Fox 4 Morning Show Team

clock February 20, 2012 15:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello all!  Many of you know about the charity program we have started with Fox 4 TV called Band Of Angels.  We collect used musical instruments from donors and make them available free of charge to kids in need.  The program has been very successful and we have given out roughly 300 instruments in the last year to schools and students so they could participate in band and orchestra. This has been a very fulfilling program and is a wonderful way to help children find music.  The best part is that this is a local program and we have been able to help kids across the Missouri and Kansas Metro and surrounding areas.

I have been approached by many who wanted to donate but did not have an instrument to give to the program.  So here is a great way you can help and share some fun times with us too.  On Friday evening March 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm we are going to have a reception with the Fox 4 Morning Show Team.  Come meet your favorite Fox 4 morning show personalities: Mark, Loren, Nick, Stefan & Karli.   For a $15 donation per person to the program, you will be invited to the reception at Gaslight Grill in Overland Park.    At the reception, Gaslight Grill will also donate 15% of any of the food or drinks purchased that evening.  You can also stay for dinner after the reception and 15% of your meal will go towards Band of Angels.  Our goal is to use these funds to help kids who have received a Band of Angels instrument attend music camps.  To get tickets online click here:

The reception is limited to the first 150 people who respond to make their $15 donation.  Your ticket to the reception may be purchased through me or at any of our Meyer Music store locations.  Attached is more detailed information about the event.  I hope you will consider coming to join us.  If you can’t make it and would like to make some type of a donation, feel free to email me back. (

My sincerest thanks

Mike Meyer

Meyer Music


2nd Annual "Shop with a Blue Springs Cop" Fundraiser Dinner

clock November 1, 2011 16:37 by author Jeff Quibell


Saturday, November 5 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm


Moreland Ridge Middle School

900 SW Bishop Dr

Blue Springs, Missouri

More Info

The Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association is requesting your support as they partner with the Blue Springs Police Dept. for the 2nd annual "Shop with a Blue Springs Cop" event that will occur December 17th, 2011.

During this event, Officers and volunteers will accompany 30 underprivileged children that attend Blue Springs Schools and take them to Target to shop for Christmas gifts. The Officers will assist th...e children as they select gifts for there family members. In doing this, the children will learn that Christmas is more than getting gifts, it is about sharing with others.

The children will then be taken to the Courtyard by Marriott where they will participate in a gift wrapping session, a K-9 demonstration, and a pizza lunch. Each child will be sent home with gifts for themselves and thier family, and a Christmas dinner in a bag.

In order for us to be able to make this event happen, we will be putting on a “Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser”. We would like to invite you to come down for our $5.00 Dinner plate (donated by Olive Garden!) on November 5th, with a dinner time between 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets will be required.

There will also be a “Raffle Auction” that night as well. This event will be held at Moreland Ridge Middle School, 900 SW Bishop Dr. Blue Springs, Mo. 64015.
You can contact me if you have any questions, if you want to buy a ticket, or if you want to donate to the “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” fund.

Thank you for your support,
P.O. David Brotherton SRO
Blue Springs Police Department
1100 SW Smith St
Blue Springs, Mo 64015
Office 816-228-0246
Cell 816-935-6770

Event information on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=260078067361202

Blue Springs Womens Civic Club Supports Our Community

clock October 20, 2011 17:41 by author Jeff Quibell

On September 26, 2011 The Blue Springs Womens Civic Club along with Roscoe Righter, Parks and Recreation Director, dedicated a park bench with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lake Remembrance, Greg Grounds Park. With the generous donations of past members and the hard working on going efforts of current membership, the BSWCC continues to support the community of Blue Springs and the surrounding area. You can contact us for more information at
"To Serve is Our Privilege, To Find a Way, Our Responsibility"

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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:

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!

6th Annual Pooches on the Parkway set for May 15th

clock May 11, 2011 07:35 by author Jeff Quibell


6th Annual Pooches on the Parkway!
Sunday, May 15th, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm
Wilbur Young Park

1200 SE Adams Dairy Parkway in Blue Springs

(adjacent to Blue Springs South High School)

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities Available

For more information go to

City of Blue Springs to consider becoming a Let’s Move! city

clock March 7, 2011 07:55 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: March 6, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


City of Blue Springs to consider becoming a Let’s Move! city

with special guest, Judy Baker, regional director of the US Department of

Health and Human Services (HHS)

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – On Monday, March 7, the Blue Springs City Council will hear a presentation from Judy Baker about First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. This initiative was created by the First Lady and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the nation’s effort to raise a healthier generation of children. The City Council Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs.

Judy Baker is the Region 7 director for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Baker is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 25th District before being appointed as HHS Regional Director in 2009. In the legislature, she was a lead sponsor of several health care reform initiatives and related legislation, and also founded the "Healthy Missourians" Caucus, a bi-partisan caucus that promoted prevention and responsible approaches to health care delivery in the state.

Let’s Move! is driven by principles that will improve the health of children from a young age through good nutrition and physical activity, while giving parents the information they need to make that possible,” said Baker.  “I applaud Blue Springs and their multi-stake holder approach in reducing childhood obesity by including elected officials, schools, faith-based and community-based organization, local businesses and health care professionals.”

Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs, will then outline the proposed plan for engaging citizens of Blue Springs to develop and implement innovative ideas for improving the health of the children throughout the community. He will recommend two citizen-led summits, June 18 and July 9, facilitated by StandUp, similar to those that helped develop the Dog Park at Grounds Park and the Disc Golf Course at Wilbur Young Park. At the completion of these summits, a prioritized list of projects linked to the Let’s Move! goals, teams committed to seeing these projects through, as well as a plan for implementing the projects will be in place. StandUp will also ensure ongoing communication with key stakeholder groups which are already committed to this important initiative.

“I have always been impressed with the creativity of the citizens of this community,” said Wright.   “We have a history of citizen-led initiatives, focused on making Blue Springs an even better city.  Let’s Move! gives us an opportunity to use the ideas and energy of the people who live here to improve the health of our children and grandchildren.” 

In December 2010, Mayor Ross attended a National League of Cities Conference session where U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Judy Baker discussed the Let’s Move! Program. Mayor Ross and several staff members met with the Board of StandUp Blue Springs to discuss the possibility of becoming a Let’s Move! city. In January 2011, Mayor Ross and staff met with several community leaders to determine their level of interest and commitment for the program. StandUp Blue Springs has agreed to facilitate this initiative.

“The program is designed to encourage communities to adopt a long-term, sustainable, and holistic approach to fight childhood obesity,” said Mayor Ross. “This initiative allows the City to partner with community organizations like StandUp Blue Springs to address this important public health issue, with the overall goal being to develop a healthier city for residents of all ages.”

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including schools, parents, families, community leaders, governments and businesses. To become a Let’s Move! city, a municipality chooses at least one action to take during a 12-month period in each of the following four pillar areas:

1) Help parents make healthy family choices;

2) Create healthy schools;

3) Provide access to healthy and affordable food; and

4) Promote physical activity.

After the presentation, Mayor Ross will request the City Council to pass a resolution in support of the Let’s Move! initiative and supporting grant applications to be submitted by StandUp to provide funding for the program.

For more information about Let’s Move! Blue Springs, visit or for information, contact Sheryl Morgan at (816) 655-0495.


StandUp and Be One of Us – An opportunity to support Your Community

clock December 30, 2010 14:51 by author Jeff Quibell



JOIN US ON 1-11-11

"StandUp and Be One of Us"

Co-hosts Jan Castle and Carol Journagan

January 11, 2011

Tuesday, 5 - 6:30 pm

StandUp Blue Springs Office

700 NE R.D. Mize Road, Suite 104

Blue Springs, MO  64014


Please step into our Advisory Circle

Feel free to bring a guest

For your best consideration and as valued entertainment

please enjoy listening to our Board Members deliver our


describing current StandUp community engagements:

Dental for Kids, Princess Party, Sparkle Smile Academy

Wellness Directory, Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives, Meet Me for a Mile, Summits

And our support for community events such as

Trick or Treat Street, Chicago Lights, Girls on the Run

By evening's end we would welcome your pledge for support

- in time, passion and creativity -

to StandUp Blue Springs and the

community engagement(s) of your choice


RSVP Carol 228-8958, or                    Wine and Cheese Bar            Comfortable business attire




StandUp Blue Springs | PO Box 614 | Blue Springs | MO | 64013