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The public will have a chance to watch as 38-40 canine teams from Missouri and Illinois compete in the United States Police Canine Association (Region 16) Field Trials and Certification, courtesy of the O’Fallon Police Department Canine Unit, which is hosting the event. The trials will begin at approximately 8 a.m. daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 17- 19. Most of the trials will be held at Fort Zumwalt North High School, 1230 Tom Ginnever Avenue, O’Fallon MO 63366. On Saturday, June 18, the Article Search trial will be held across the street at Christian High School, 1145 Tom Ginnever Avenue. More information is available at www.ofallon.mo.us/PD .

Over the course of the three days, canine teams will be tested with the dogs off-leash for obedience, agility, suspect search, article search, criminal apprehension, criminal apprehension with gunfire and handler protection. Teams must first pass Friday’s basic obedience tests to qualify for certification as well to proceed to additional competitions. During each phase of testing, teams will be assessed for obedience, task completion and timing to be certified and to determine their rank in the trials. Top teams will be eligible to compete at national competitions.

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In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, and the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Administration Offices, 400 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366, will be closed for the day.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony that will begin at 11 a.m. at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek Road, O’Fallon 63366. O’Fallon’s Mayor, Bill Hennessy, will deliver welcoming remarks. The keynote speaker will be Master Sergeant Robert George, U.S. Army, retired.

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O’Fallon’s kid-friendly Public Works Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.The event will be held in the CarShield Field (formerly T.R. Hughes Ballpark) west parking lot (at the corner of Tom Ginnever Avenue and T.R. Hughes Blvd.), 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's Public Works Department, including clean drinking water, well-maintained streets, and trash, recycling and yard waste collection.

The fair also 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 hot dog with chips and water.

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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 21, 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. Colonel Terri L. Chaney, Support Group Commander of the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, will deliver the keynote address. Col. Chaney deployed to Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Showcase your club, civic organization, business, church or scout troop with a creative, patriotic parade entry for O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade. With a few slots still available, the deadline for entries is noon on Friday, May 13. The annual Independence Day parade, which typically draws thousands of families lining the two-mile route, will get underway in downtown O’Fallon at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

“Creativity is one of the top elements that judges look for in a parade entry, and it could help the entrants win prize money for their efforts,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Manager. “We think people will have a lot of fun with this year’s parade theme, ‘People, Parks – An American Tradition.’ Both businesses and non-profits are eligible for judging. Businesses wanting to be in the parade can avoid a late fee of $50 by applying by the May 13th noon deadline.”

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