O'Fallon Update Newsblog

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O’Fallon’s annual “Support Our Troops Supply Drive” collects personal care items for troops serving overseas

To show appreciation for deployed U.S. troops, donations of snacks, batteries, and personal care items are being collected through O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive. The drive will continue through September 8 and donations can be dropped off at multiple collection sites located throughout the community.

“Our troops overseas deeply appreciate knowing that America remembers them as they serve, and they also welcome the practical, everyday items from home, items that are difficult to come by while stationed overseas,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Manager. “Donations from this annual drive will be sorted, packaged and shipped as part of National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 9, which is one of several projects to be completed by caring citizens. We’re also encouraging people to contribute signed ‘thank you’ notes and cards for the troops, which will be placed into each box shipped.”

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O’Fallon, MO recognized as one of the top 100 safest cities in the nation

The National Council of Home Safety and Security listed O’Fallon, Missouri, as one of the “100 Safest Cities in America 2017.” The organization is made up of home safety and security industries. O’Fallon is the only Missouri city named on the report, which ranks O’Fallon as 43rd safest city. Read the report at www.alarms.org/top-100-safest-cities-in-america-2017.

To identify the nation’s safest cities, the council reviewed FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics. The cities’ rankings were then based on the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per 100,000 people.

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Ticket to the Beatles headlines O’Fallon’s Food Truck Frenzy in Sports Park on August 4

Come together for a Friday night of Beatles music and food truck feasting at O’Fallon’s Food Truck Frenzy on Friday, August 4, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Featuring a free tribute concert by Ticket to the Beatles, the event will be held in Sports Park, 3589 Highway K, O’Fallon MO 63368, with free parking and admission.

Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar will sell wines and brews, and Gloria’s Unique Boutique will have merchandise for sale. Food trucks will have a variety of food for sale and include Cardinal Nation, StLouisianaQ, STL BLT, Twisted Taco, Zia’s on the Hill, Doughboys Wood Fired Pizza, The Crooked Boot, Wingnut, Cruzin Fusion, Kona Ice, Sarah’s Cake Stop and the Half Baked Cookie Dough Company. (Food truck service is subject to change without notice.)

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Wanted: vendors with high-end arts and crafts, gifts and more at O’Fallon’s 2017 Fall Fest

If you are an artist or upscale crafter, you’re invited to apply for booth space to sell your original creations at O’Fallon, Missouri’s annual Fall Fest. The event will be held in Civic Park, 308 Civic Park Drive (63366) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

The September date is a new date for the Fall Fest, now in its 33rd year and known for great shopping at vendors’ booths for home and garden specialties, fall decorations, holiday gifts and decor, trendy original arts and crafts, jewelry, unique clothes and accessories, furnishings and delicious festival food and beverages. Event highlights include live music, free kids’ activities and tours of the Log Cabin Museum.

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Open auditions set for the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ production of the musical comedy, Bye Bye Birdie

O’FallonTheatreWorks (OTW) will hold open auditions for the musical comedy, Bye Bye Birdie, on two Saturdays, August 5 and August 12, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Show production dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 3 – 5 and 10 – 12.

Casting calls for teens and adults; no children’s role will be available. Both singing and non-singing roles are available. To secure their hour time slot for an audition, auditioners must sign up in advance on the O’FallonTheatreWorks Facebook page. Go to www.facebook.com/OFallonTheatreWorks and sign up at https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e084fa8a72ba0ff2-byebye

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O’Fallon’s Purple Heart Parking Program dedicates parking spaces in City Parks to combat-wounded

The City of O’Fallon has embraced the national movement to provide designated parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients. The Purple Heart is a U.S. military medal awarded in the name of the President to soldiers who have been wounded or killed in enemy combat.

Beginning this week, parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients are being marked in City parks: CarShield Field, Veterans Walk, Civic Park, Dames Park, Fort Zumwalt Park, the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, at the Renaud Spirit Center, Sports Park I, Sports Park II and Westhoff Park.

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Masons to lay cornerstone for O’Fallon’s new Justice Center

The public is invited to watch the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of the State of Missouri perform their ceremonial laying of the cornerstone at O’Fallon’s new Justice Center on July 21, 2017, at 3 p.m. The new Justice Center, which is scheduled to open in the fall, is located on Bryan Road in O’Fallon, Missouri, one-quarter mile south of Veterans Memorial Parkway.

The traditional cornerstone ceremony dates back hundreds of years and has been performed on countless buildings, including the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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Exhibit of paintings by Neil Kruel opening at O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Gallery

A colorful exhibit of abstract acrylic paintings by Neil Kruel will open Friday, July 21, at the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368.

O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Gallery admission is free. The exhibit will be available for viewing through September 1 during regular business hours at the indoor recreation complex: 5:15 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. For more location information, call 636-474-2732 or visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com.

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Paddle for prizes in the Cardboard Boat Race at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

Whether you sink or float, you’ll have fun and a chance to win a prize, too, at the annual Cardboard Boat Race at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center. 403 Civic Park Drive (in Civic Park), O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. The race will be held on Sunday, July 23, from 4 – 6 p.m.

To enter, make a cardboard-and-duct-tape vessel for a two-person crew. All ages are encouraged to team up for the race, including parents and kids. You don’t have to out-paddle the competition to win a prize. Besides the “Fastest Boat,” awards will be presented for the “Best-Decorated Boat” and the “Titanic Award.”

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Kids can swim and hunt for treasure hunt with the Mermaids and Mates program at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

Ahoy all ye mermaids and pirates ages 3-6, join in the fun of pirate-themed games and prizes, treasure hunting, craft-making, swimming and, at the end of the program, pizza! Mermaids and Mates will be held from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, 403 Civic Park Drive (in Civic Park), O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. The cost is $12 for O’Fallon residents and $15 for non-residents. Be sure to register for Mermaids and Mates (program 110109-A) no later than Friday, July 14. It’s easy to register for O’Fallon’s Parks and Recreation programs online with your email or in person at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368), or the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive (63366). Administration Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.  

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