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If you’re looking for a 5K with a twist, sign up for the family-friendly RSC 5K Challenge Run obstacle course race. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC). Designed for ages eight to adult, some of the obstacles will be just for fun, while others, like the army crawl and tire run, will require some athletic ability. Participants who overcome all the obstacles will be awarded a medal at the end of the race.

The entry fee for race registration through May 1 for ages 16 and older is $25 for O’Fallon residents and $29 for non-residents, and registration for the 15-and-under set is $20 for residents and $23 for non-residents. A $5 late fee will be added for registration May 2-14, and a $10 late fee will be accessed for Race Day registration. T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed to Race Day entrants. To register in advance, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com/rsc5k and register online by noon on May 14, or print the registration form to submit with the entry fee.

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With new income limits set for FY 2015 by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more O’Fallon homeowners may be eligible for help with roof repairs, furnace or air conditioning replacement and other home needs through O’Fallon’s Home Improvement Program. The program provides zero-interest, forgivable loans of up to $5,000 on a first-come, first-serve basis to applicants who qualify. If the homeowner continues to live in the house for five years without selling, the loans will be forgiven.

The new 2015 Low Income Limits for homeowners are based on total gross incomes of no more than: $39,400 for a one-person household, $45,000 for a two-person household, $50,650 for a household of three, $56,250 for a household of four, $60,750 for a five-person household, $65,250 for a six-person household, $69,750 for a seven-person household and $74,250 for an eight-person household.

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Get your yard blooming early this spring with items from O’Fallon’s Garden Expo on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free.

At the Garden Expo, get tips on growing a garden full of veggies or flowers that bloom all season, shop for live plants and trendy outdoor décor, take home a free shrub or tree sapling while supplies last (one per family), find out all about bees and honey from local beekeepers and get motivated by the O’Fallon Garden Club presentation, “Grow It: A Family-Friendly Presentation on Beginning Gardening.” The Garden Club presentations will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., join in the annual Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy in planting a maple tree with the assistance of the Twin Chimneys Elementary School Earth Club.

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For an egg-ceptional Friday night of fun for ages 21 and older, register for O’Fallon’s Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Popular with couples, friends and co-workers, the event will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday, April 10, in Civic Park. Everyone will receive a door prize and additional prizes will be awarded after the eggs are collected. Participants should be sure to bring a flashlight and an Easter basket. The cost is $12 per person for O’Fallon residents and $15 for non-residents. Registration ends Sunday, April 5; no tickets will be available at the gate.

“Last year’s event filled up with 200 participants, so we encourage everyone to get cracking and sign up soon,” said Tyler Landreth, Recreation Specialist for the City.

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The City of O’Fallon joined with the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) to welcome Universal Components Group (UCG), a United Kingdom-based aftermarket parts distribution company, to O’Fallon, Missouri. UCG is expanding operations to the U.S., and the company selected O’Fallon, Missouri, as the location for its first North American facility. The expansion project includes a $765,000 capital investment and is expected to create 31 new jobs.

“I am extremely proud to welcome Universal Components Group to the distinguished list of companies who call O’Fallon home,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy. “To have UCG choose O’Fallon for its first U.S.-based location is a testament to the tremendous facilities, convenient location and high-skilled workforce our City offers.

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O’FallonTheatreWorks will hold open auditions on two dates for Beauty and the Beast, Jr., a show based on the classic Disney musical. Starting at noon on Saturday, April 4, and Saturday, April 11, auditions will be held on the stage at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon MO 63366. Performances are scheduled for June 19-20 and 26–27.

The musical calls for a cast of more than 30, both children and adults, including male and female starring roles which require singing and dancing ability, and a large chorus. Auditioners will be asked to learn a song and a dance, and should bring a headshot or school photo to leave with the director.

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Tickets are available for the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ production of Bill W. and Dr. Bobon March 20-22 and 27-29. Based on the true story of two alcoholics who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, the play will be performed on the stage at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Curtain times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Written by Sam Shem and Janet Surrey, the award-winning drama opens in 1929 with New York stockbroker William Wilson riding high on money and booze. But when the stock market goes under, he crashes with it, becoming an incurable drunk. An accidental meeting with Dr. Robert Smith, an alcoholic surgeon with a history of operating with a hangover, changes the game for both men when they become friends and agree to help each other stay sober.

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The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, for completing key health and wellness goals for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative to ensure that kids can grow up healthy. LMCTC works closely with local elected officials nationwide to encourage them to adopt policies that improve access to healthy, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity for their constituents across five goal areas.

“We congratulate O’Fallon, Missouri, for your dedication to building a healthier community for children and families,” said NLC President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah. “Through the tireless leadership and action of local elected officials in cities, towns and counties across the country, we hope to see continued progress in reversing America’s epidemic of childhood obesity.”

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City of O’Fallon trash service customers are invited to take advantage of the City’s free, bi-monthly drop-off for many items that are too large to fit into curbside trash containers. The first drop-off of the year is scheduled for 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Acceptable items can be brought to O’Fallon’s waste transfer station at 1572 Progress West Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Additional drop-off dates will be held on Saturdays, only, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on: April 25, June 27, August 29, October 24, and December 19.

For a complete list of non-acceptable and acceptable bulk waste items that can be taken to the drop-off, visit http://www.ofallon.mo.us/bulk-waste. A partial listing includes:

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O’Fallon homeowners in need of roof repairs, replacement of aging furnaces, air conditioning and other home needs may be able to get help through O’Fallon’s Home Improvement Program. The program provides applicants who qualify with zero-interest, forgivable loans of up to $5,000 on a first come, first-served basis. The loans are forgiven if the homeowner continues to live in the house without selling for five years.

“With winter temperatures dropping into the single digits and summer days hitting 100 degrees or more, keeping your home safe and comfortable can be a challenge with unreliable heating and cooling systems,” said Jessica Hawkins, O’Fallon’s Public Assistance Specialist. “That’s why we’re encouraging resident-homeowners to see if they qualify for the City’s Home Improvement Program. We’re processing applications now, but funds are limited for this great program.”

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