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Parks and Recreation

A new exhibit opening at the Cultural Arts Center Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center features shibori-dyed fabric and colorful photographs created by Abi Creech. The gallery is located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle in O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The artwork will remain on display through December 26.

Shibori is an ancient Japanese textile dyeing technique for creating patterns on cloth by binding, twisting, folding or stitching the fabric before dyeing it.

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The RSC is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and we're taking a look back to see how it all got started!


Scare up a spooky Friday night of fun by registering for the “Haunted Park Hunt” for ages 21+. Perfect for couples and friends, the scavenger hunt will be held from 7 – 10 p.m. on October 17 in Dames Park, 389 Dames Park Drive, O’Fallon Missouri 63366. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams deciphering clues and tallying the most points. Be sure to bring a flashlight!

The cost per couple is $30 for O’Fallon residents and $36 for non-residents. Participants must register by October 12; no registration will be taken at the gate.To sign up for the “Haunted Park Hunt,”

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An exhibit of vividly-colored mixed-media images created by Sherry Salant is currently on display at O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Center Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The artwork will remain on display through October 17.

Salant, who taught English and journalism at Francis Howell High School for 24 years, has been creating her images with an alcohol ink process for less than a year. Rather than draw or paint with a brush, she uses what she calls an organic process, pouring or dropping brilliantly-colored alcohol inks onto a nonporous surface or nonporous paper and then tilting the surface back and forth. Based on the results, she may add fine lines with a blending pen to create the final image, usually fantastically-colored landscapes and florals.

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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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