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City News

Help save lives and prevent a blood shortage this summer by donating blood at the 31st Annual KSHE95 and American Red Cross Summer Blood Drive on Friday, August 1, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and on Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The drive will be held at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. (For more information about the RSC indoor recreation complex, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com .)

Fewer donations are made during summer, yet the need for blood is constant to help accident and burn victims, surgical patients and those with chronic illnesses like cancer, leukemia and sickle cell disease. Donors with blood types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative are especially needed.

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If you like to swim, ride a bike and run, sign up for a morning of great exercise in O’Fallon, Missouri’s 12th Annual Alligator’s Creek Triathlon, which will be held from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 17.

The race begins at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, 403 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon 63366, with a 300-yard serpentine swim, followed by an 18.6-mile bike ride and a 5K run through City streets. (For a map of each course, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/triathlon.) Awards will be presented to age-group division winners and to the top three overall winners. Complimentary food and beverages will be served to participants after the race.

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O’Fallon, Missouri, shoppers will get a break from paying local and state sales taxes on many back-to-school items when Missouri’s Sales Tax Holiday goes into effect on Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3.

The list of tax-exempt purchases falls into these categories: school supplies (up to $50 per purchase), clothing (up to $100 per item), personal computers (not to exceed $3,500), computer peripheral devices (not to exceed $3,500), and computer software (taxable value $350 or less).

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Artists and musicians are invited to participate in the RSC Art & Family Festival in O’Fallon, Missouri. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368). In addition to showcasing the work of some of the area’s best artists, upscale crafters and musicians, free activities will be available for kids, including pumpkin painting. Food trucks will provide gourmet fare for sale, and everyone is invited to dress for exercise and take advantage of free admission to the RSC (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) to try out recreational facilities, including an indoor track, exercise machines, a weight room and an indoor aquatic complex. Annual RSC memberships will be available during the event at a 10% discount.

Artists and artisans can apply for booth space and demonstrate their art as well as sell their paintings, photography, pottery, glass designs, textile and fabric art, jewelry, sculpture, paper arts, altered books, woodenware and other artwork. The 10 x 10 space for artists includes a tent canopy, table and chairs. The cost per booth is $10 and the deadline to apply for space is July 31. For an application or more information, please contact Darren at 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. or call 636-474-8150.

The City of O’Fallon has been rated one of the best places in Missouri in which to own a home. A recent study conducted by NerdWallet, a consumer literacy/personal finance website, considered “availability, affordability and growth” in assessing O’Fallon. The organization ranked the City as 5th in the state for homeownership.

This is the second time that the website has lauded O’Fallon. Earlier this year, O’Fallon made NerdWallet’s list of best cities for Missouri job seekers, with employers that include CitiMortgage and MasterCard’s St. Louis Operations Center.

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