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Peggy Whetzel

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In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, and the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department offices, 400 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366, will be closed for the day.

A Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek Road, O’Fallon 63366. The public is invited to attend and free parking is available O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy will deliver welcoming remarks, and Mr. Hugh Nesbit of the American Legion will be the keynote speaker. Special guests Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers of America will present the wreath.

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Come on out to O’Fallon’s family-friendly Public Works Fair on Wednesday, May 20, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.The event will be held in the T.R. Hughes Ballpark west parking lot (at the corner of Tom Ginnever Avenue), 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and all activities are free and designed to put residents in touch with services provided by the City. Whenever residents drink a glass of water, drive on City streets, set trash at the curb for collection or relax in a City park, their lives are touched by the City’s Public Works Department.

The fair will provide safety awareness games and activities for kids, educational materials for adults, free rides on the O’Fallon City Train for everyone, and a free hotdog with chips and water for the asking.

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For the coolest street party of the summer, get tickets for Slide the City – O’Fallon and go slip-sliding away on a 1,000-foot inflatable waterslide. Featuring a padded slip-and-slide the length of three football fields, Slide the City will be set up on Mexico Road at Fort Zumwalt West High School on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. Food trucks, vendors, music and complimentary parking and shuttle service will make Slide the City – O’Fallon the county’s hottest summer street party.

“This new event is going to be one of the highlights of this summer,” said Tourism and Festivals Manager Marsha Seymour. “It has sold out in other cities, and it will sell out here too! We encourage everyone to sign up for this family-friendly event as soon as possible. To ride the slide, kids must be at least 5 years old and 46 inches tall, but we’ll have a really fun atmosphere with great food and entertainment to make sure that all ages enjoy the fun. And, people will be able to purchase Slide the City merchandise and upgrade their tickets on the day of the event if space is available.”

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The public is invited to attend an Armed Forces Day ceremony that will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek Road, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Free parking is available.

Armed Forces Day is dedicated to honoring the men and women serving in the five branches of the U.S. military: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. O’Fallon’s ceremony will salute the eight women whose names appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Major General Cassie Strom of the Missouri Air National Guard will deliver the keynote address, and music will be provided by the O’Fallon Community Concert Band.

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The City of O’Fallon will launch a new notification system designed to notify residents of emergencies and important information, such as road closures, major traffic issues and more. The system allows residents to receive the notifications by phone, e-mail or text message. Residents can update their profiles and recipient information on the City’s website at www.ofallon.mo.us.

The City has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The system provides City officials with the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas as well as the entire City.

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With “Celebrate National Parks and Monuments” selected as the theme for the 2015 Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade, the City of O’Fallon is seeking parade entries. The annual Independence Day event will get underway at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, in downtown O’Fallon.

“Our parade is the most popular in the county, and we’re expecting a huge turnout,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Manager. “This year’s theme offers some terrific opportunities for creativity and patriotic expression. We encourage everyone who wants to be a part of this event, including clubs, churches, businesses, scout troops, civic organizations and families, to submit an application as soon as possible and get started on planning a great entry or float that will get a lot of attention. Volunteer assistance also is needed, which is another great way to participate in the parade.”

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The City of O’Fallon is getting ready to kick off an exciting research project that relies on the support of volunteers. Recycling Research Project volunteers are needed to work alongside O’Fallon’s Environmental Services staff. Using an IPad, volunteers will identify households placing recycling canisters at the curb for collection, indicating participation in the City’s recycling program.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a schedule of one day each week for four weeks. The time frame is May 5 – May 29, 2015, Tuesday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Spreading the data collection over a month will more accurately determine who’s recycling and how often.

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Grab your family, friends and neighbors and come on out to T.R. Hughes Ballpark on Friday, May 1, from 6 – 10 p.m., for the River City Rascals Pep Rally and the first Food Truck Frenzy of the year. Gates open at 6 p.m. with free admission and parking, lots of free activities and entertainment, and food trucks selling ethnic and gourmet foods and desserts. Food trucks scheduled for the event include Yo! Salsa, Slice of the Hill, Russo’s Trucktoria, My Big Fat Greek Truck and Sarah’s Cake Stop. No pets except service animals and no outside food, beverages or coolers will be allowed.

The evening’s entertainment includes live music by the Sunset Amusement Band from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and a showing of The Lego Movie (PG) at 8 p.m. The T.R. Hughes Ballpark field will be open for seating at 7:30 p.m. Please bring blankets and/or lawn chairs to watch the movie.

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History will be made once again in Fort Zumwalt Park when the rebuilt Zumwalt’s Fort is dedicated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, as part of Founders’ Day. The dedication commemorates the rebuilding of Jacob Zumwalt’s War of 1812 family fort, or fortified home, which is said to have harbored as many as 10 families against Native American raids during the war. The newly-rebuilt fort is a gift to the City of O’Fallon from the O’Fallon Community Foundation. A limited number of wooden nickels and postcards with photos of Zumwalt’s Fort will be given out while supplies last.

Celebrating the “good old days” of the 1800s, Founders’ Day will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. The event features demonstrations of heritage skills such as basket weaving, rope-making, bee keeping and blacksmithing, with free hands-on kids’ activities and games such as cow milking and cow roping (both simulated), and cornhusk doll-making. Don Collop’s “Cowboy’s Way of Life Chuck Wagon” and Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie’s “Great American Medicine Show” will provide entertainment and educational fun, and a trio of acoustic musicians will play old-time music. Historic Heald Home tours will be available for only $2. Hand-made merchandise and festival-style food and beverages will be available for purchase.

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To accommodate the O’Fallon Cup Criterium bicycle race, Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, Missouri, will be temporarily close to vehicles at dusk on Friday, May 15, through 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The race will be held Saturday and the public is invited to attend the event, free. Races begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 4 p.m. Spectator parking will be available at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366).

More information about the race is available online at http://momentumracing.net/races/ofallon-cup.