Two big events are happening in Blue Springs this weekend.

Two big events are happening in Blue Springs this weekend.

This first one that comes to my mind is the Blue Springs Rotary Raffle. This one always comes around at the end of March, which is significant for me because my birthday is on Monday.

This is a pretty cool event, and I urge you to go. Held at the Adams Pointe Conference Center, it starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until, well, late. The first year I covered it I didn’t get out of there until after 11 p.m., but I was surprised at how quickly the time went.

This is the 20th year for the event, which raises money for the Rainbow Center, Hope House, Community Services League, School of Economics, the YMCA and the Blue Springs K-9 unit.

Five $2,000 scholarships also are awarded with money raised, and as much as $10,000 worth of items will be available for the auction.

Carolyn Pittsenbarger, a member of the Blue Springs Rotary Club, said 300 tickets have already been sold.

“We’re hoping to sell 375,” Pittsenbarger said.

Tickets are $150, and you don’t have to be present to win.

“It’s a good time and the money goes to good causes,” she said.

The basic premise is this: all participants pay to have one or more balls placed in a large machine. As the night grows darker, the balls become fewer and fewer until 10 remain. At that point, one of the remaining players can “buy” out the others and take home the prize.

“Buying out” is typically what happens.

Call 220-7660 for more information about the event.

A 15-year member of the Rotary Club, Pittsenbarger said the Rotary Club is the world’s oldest service club. At 105 years old, the organization once excluded women, but they began to be included in the 1980s.

I mention this because it helps segue into my next event, which happens on Friday at the Blue Springs Elks Lodge, 100 Brizedine Road in Blue Springs.

The American Business Women’s Association will hold its annual gala and silent auction. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $15, which includes dinner and entertainment. An auction will have $12,000 worth of items.

As many as 200 people have already reserved a spot.

President Debra Weilbacher has been involved with the organization for six years. This is her first year as president. While the event isn’t always held in March, this year it is, in part because of Women’s History Month.

And how fitting: the organization helps women meet, network, grow and train for a professional life.

“The women’s association has been in Blue Springs for 35 years, and it’s helped so many women,” Weilbacher said.

Money raised at the event is given to scholarships and professional development.

Call Carrol White at 228-1089 for more information.

White House recognition

Well, I guess it is true.

A photograph of Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, City Council and members of StandUp Blue Springs has been posted on first lady Michelle Obama’s website,

Heck, mention of Blue Springs is even on the main page, on the right hand side of the page.

And don’t forget about Ross’ invitation to celebrate Blue Springs becoming a Let’s Move! city. A 30-minute walk on Friday will start things off. The walk begins at Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main St. Ross will welcome walkers and warm-up activities beginning at noon, with the walk through downtown Blue Springs beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Main Street will be closed from 9th Street to 10th Street from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to accommodate the pre-walk activities.

Good luck on this; kids need all the help they can get in battling obesity.