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Parks and Recreation

 

Be safer and feel more confident in riding your bike around town by enrolling in the Trailnet Bike Smart Class, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, July 19, at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The $10 cost includes an optional fix-a-flat lesson from noon – 1 p.m. Open to ages 13 and older and geared to all skill levels, the program will be led by two certified League of American Bicyclists instructors who will teach participants how to ride as visibly, predictably and safely as possible.

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The jungle will be jumpin’ with jazz – and kids, too – in the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ musical adventure based on Disney’s full-length cartoon, The Jungle Book. Featuring a cast of 54 teens and kids and toe-tapping tunes like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wanna Be Like You,” The Jungle Book Kids will be performed on June 20-21 and 27-28 at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Curtain times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with Saturday matinees beginning at 2 p.m.

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On Friday, May 16, cheer on the racers at O’Fallon’s first nighttime 5K obstacle course, and then enjoy watching a movie with your family, free, outside the Renaud Spirit Center. The movie is part of the Ready.Set.Glow! 5K Run & Family Challenge Night entertainment, which includes music, food trucks, the Bubble Bus and kids’ activities. The race is filled, but spectators are encouraged to cheer the participants on as they try to figure out the fastest way over, around or through the obstacles along the course. The race gets underway at 7 p.m. and the movie will start after the race is over at about 8 p.m.

To watch the movie, Despicable Me2 (rated PG), bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating outside the Renaud Spirit Center recreation complex, which is located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. In this funny sequel to the cartoon feature Despicable Me, supervillain Gru has retired from villainy to raise his three adopted daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes. When the Anti-Villain League taps him to find and capture a super criminal, Gru at first refuses, until his hilarious yellow minions start turning into angry purple monsters.

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Explore St. Louis’ reputation for good beer and distinctive food with a couple of day trips, and leave the driving to the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department. St. Louis’ Original Taste Tour – Eat your way across town! Board the motor coach at 9 a.m. for this culinary tour of food for which St. Louis is famous: hand-made toasted ravioli at Mama Toscano’s, pizza at Fortel’s Pizza Den St. Louis, lunch at the Bevo Mill, shopping at the Bosnian Europa Market, and a treat at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. The motor coach will return to O’Fallon by 5:30 p.m. (just in time for supper). Hurry to sign up; registration ends Sunday, May 11. The trip’s cost of $86 for residents and $92 for non-residents includes round-trip motor coach transportation, admissions and tours, food, a guide, taxes and gratuities. The course number is 39257. Prohibition is Over! – Learn about St. Louis’ colorful past and taste a few brews around town on Friday, June 20. Board the motor coach at 9:30 a.m. for a visit to the Missouri History Museum to see the exhibit, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” recalling the days of flappers, bootleggers and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carrie Nation. A private talk, “From Kettle to Keg: Brewing in St. Louis,” will explain how St. Louis beer barons weathered the era, some by literally going underground. Afterwards we’ll slake our appetite in charming Lafayette Square with lunch, a tour and beer tasting at Square One Brewery & Distillery, followed by an additional stop or two at local microbreweries for tours and tastings. The motor coach will return to O’Fallon at 4 p.m. – just in time for happy hour.

An exhibit of images created by mathematician Rosalie Wheeler opens Friday, April 18, and will remain on display through May 30 at O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Center Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368.

Rosalie Wheeler, a data scientist who holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, is a new artist whose passion for mathematics carries over into her colorful, kaleidoscope-like images of fluorite (a gemstone), roses, pansies, seeds, lily pads, a Florida sunset, and Seattle’s sea and sky.

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