O'Fallon Update Newsblog

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Enjoy a free, family-friendly night of fun at the RSC Art & Family Festival and a movie

Come to the Renaud Spirit Center for a Saturday night of fun planned with the whole family in mind, the RSC Art & Family Festival from 5-8 p.m. and the Movie in the Park at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. The event will be held outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. Admission, parking and activities are free. Vendors and concessionaires will sell food and beverages.

That 80s Band will provide music, artists and crafters will have original work for sale, and kids can play in a bounce house, get face painting and join in other free activities. Hotel Transylvania 2 (rated PG) will be shown on a big screen outdoors at 8 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for movie seating.

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Learn to cope with home emergencies and large-scale disasters at O’Fallon’s free Community Emergency Response Team class

Emergency management experts will be on hand to teach disaster preparedness skills, free, to individuals, neighborhood association members, faith-based groups, businesses and employees, law enforcement candidates and those with medical training. The O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course will be taught over a weekend on September 23, 24 and 25. It will cover these topics and more:

  • Assembling a disaster preparedness kit for home and car
  • Learning when and how to shut off utilities at home
  • Hands-on basic head-to-toe medical assessment, simple triage and rapid treatment techniques for airway obstruction, bleeding, shock, and basic first aid for injuries, burns, etc.
  • Working as a team to safely to conduct triage, light search and rescue, sizing up and extinguishing small fires, maintaining rescuer safety
  • Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster

“If a major disaster should strike, first responders are likely to be overwhelmed by the number of people needing assistance, and CERT training can help people take care of themselves until professional help arrives.” said O’Fallon Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the training. “Participants are taught how to prepare for home emergencies as well as large-scale disasters. And it’s great for groups of all kinds including neighbors, because it teaches how to work together safely in the event of a tornado, earthquake or other disaster.”

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O’Fallon’s fun Scarecrow Contest offers cash prizes to top winners

Show your creativity by joining in the fun of crafting an original scarecrow for display in O’Fallon, and compete for $100, $200 or $300 in prize money, too.

First, fill out the Scarecrow Contest Entry Form and submit it along with a $10 entry fee to O’Fallon’s Tourism & Festivals Office by noon on Friday, September 16. Entry forms are available at www.ofallon.mo.us/fall-fest and include rules, guidelines and deadlines. Or pick one up at the office, 400 Civic Park Drive (across from Civic Park), O’Fallon, MO 63366. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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O’Fallon’s candlelight POW/MIA Ceremony recognizes American soldiers who remain missing in the field

On Friday, September 16, at 7 p.m., O’Fallon’s annual POW/MIA Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held on behalf of the nearly 90,000 American troops from foreign wars who remain unaccounted for, and the families who are waiting for their return.

Welcoming remarks will be delivered by O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. The ceremony is hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 458 and Am Vets Post 106, and includes posting of the colors, dressing of the table, candle lighting, the laying of the wreath, a rifle salute and Taps. Music will be provided by the St. Dominic High School Band.

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O’Fallon nationally ranked as one of ten “Best Cities for the Buck”

The City of O’Fallon, Missouri, was recently rated among the ten “Best Cities for the Buck” by Military Times, which publishes monthly news magazines for U.S. military personnel and veterans.

To make the comparison, Military Times looked at 581 places for median income, unemployment rates and cost of living. The organization drew from U.S. Census Bureau data and the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index (COLI), with cost of living accounting for half the calculation, and median income and unemployment rates each accounting for a quarter,

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First Responders are the focus of O’Fallon’s Patriot Day Ceremony

The public is invited to attend the City of O’Fallon’s annual Patriot Day ceremony, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at the City’s 9-11 First Responders Memorial.

The monument is located outside the O’Fallon Police Department entrance on the east side of O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre, 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. It was created with steel salvaged from the attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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O’Fallon’s "National Day of Service and Remembrance" provides service projects inspired by 9-11

O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services is hosting a blood drive and a series of events in honor of the heroes and in memory of the victims of the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. O’Fallon’s National Day of Service and Remembrance events are:

Patriot Blood Drive, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) immediately after the Patriot Day Ceremony. The drive commemorates those who donated blood to help save the lives of those injured by the attacks. Walk-ins are welcome. Or, schedule an appointment through the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood.

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Take your dog to the Pool Paws Dog Swim at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

Party with your dog at the “Pool Paws Dog Swim” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, 403 Civic Park Drive (in Civic Park), O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. The cost is $10 per dog with one person, and $3 for each additional person, with funds benefiting the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation. The event includes a raffle. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) and have written proof of rabies vaccination.

Register for the Pool Paws Dog Swim by calling 636-474-2732, or register at www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/special-events. For more information contact Shannon Smallwood at ../../../AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/B0YYRJZK/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 Labor Day Schedule for the City of O’Fallon, Missouri

In observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5, the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366, will be closed for the day. In addition:

  • The Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) also will be closed on Labor Day, and remain closed through Sunday, September 11, for annual building maintenance. The indoor recreation complex is located at 2650 Tri Sport Circle (63368).

 

  • Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center will be open for the holiday weekend, September 3 – 5, with regular pool hours of 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, noon – 7 p.m. on Sunday, and noon – 6 p.m. on Monday. The outdoor aquatic complex is located in Civic Park at 403 Civic Park Drive (63366). Visit www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/alligators-creek-aquatic-center for more information, or call 636-272-1626.
  • Pack refreshments and lawn chairs and head for the Civic Park Bandstand for the annual Labor Day Concert by the O’Fallon Community Concert Band with special guest the St. Charles Municipal Band. The concert will be held from 7 – 8:15 p.m. on Monday, September 5. Admission and parking are free.
  • For residents enrolled in the City’s trash and recycling program, there will be no change in O’Fallon’s residential trash, recycling and yard waste collection due to the holiday. Please put trash at the curb on your regularly-assigned day.
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Enroll kids and teens in a variety of performing arts classes starting soon in O’Fallon

Performing arts takes center stage this fall with O’Fallon’s Parks and Recreation programing for kids who want to have fun and learn acting, singing and dancing for the stage.

Youth Performing Arts Classes include: “Junior Art of Acting,” “Junior Show Tunes” and “Theatre Dance Dynamics” for ages 7 – 12, and “Intermediate Art of Acting” for ages 13-16. These are 12-week programs except for “Intermediate Art of Acting,” a six-week program, and they will meet in the Lower Level of the O’Fallon Senior Center. The six-week class is $50 for O’Fallon residents or $56 for non-residents, and the 12-week classes are $96 for residents and $108 for non-residents. The enrollment deadline for all is Tuesday, September 6, with classes for ages 7-12 starting Tuesday, September 13, and the class ages 13-16 starting Thursday, September 15.

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