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Parks and Recreation

Founders' Day was a great way for families to experience what life was like when O'Fallon was first founded. Now, watch all the highlights from Founders' Day 2015.


History will be made once again in Fort Zumwalt Park when the rebuilt Zumwalt’s Fort is dedicated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, as part of Founders’ Day. The dedication commemorates the rebuilding of Jacob Zumwalt’s War of 1812 family fort, or fortified home, which is said to have harbored as many as 10 families against Native American raids during the war. The newly-rebuilt fort is a gift to the City of O’Fallon from the O’Fallon Community Foundation. A limited number of wooden nickels and postcards with photos of Zumwalt’s Fort will be given out while supplies last.

Celebrating the “good old days” of the 1800s, Founders’ Day will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. The event features demonstrations of heritage skills such as basket weaving, rope-making, bee keeping and blacksmithing, with free hands-on kids’ activities and games such as cow milking and cow roping (both simulated), and cornhusk doll-making. Don Collop’s “Cowboy’s Way of Life Chuck Wagon” and Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie’s “Great American Medicine Show” will provide entertainment and educational fun, and a trio of acoustic musicians will play old-time music. Historic Heald Home tours will be available for only $2. Hand-made merchandise and festival-style food and beverages will be available for purchase.

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Coming on the heels of recognition earlier this year by the National League of Cities (NLC) for completing key health goals for the Let’s Move! initiative, the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, has taken home all five gold medals awarded by the program, which is designed to reduce the incidence of obesity in American children.

The program’s overarching goal is to encourage Americans to transition to a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercising, especially where children are concerned. To that end, the Let’s Move initiative provides a platform of five goals or guidelines for community leaders to pursue in helping constituents raise healthy, active children. The City of O’Fallon has been awarded a gold medal for meeting each of the goals, which are:

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Designed for high school and college students who’d like to get or stay in shape over summer, Summer Break Memberships give students daily access to the Renaud Spirit Center without the need for a full year’s membership.

 At a cost of $114 for residents or $127 for non-residents for any consecutive three-month period between now and August 31, 2015, students can go swimming in the indoor aquatic complex, use the gym, walk or jog on the 1.10-mile indoor track, get a great workout on the cardiovascular machines and build strength and flexibility with a choice of 33 weight machines, free weights and a stretching area. The 43 cardiovascular machines offer Broadcast Vision with five TV channels and six music stations. Additional perks include a complimentary Fitness Center equipment orientation, free towel service, free use of a lock and access to locker rooms For an extra fee, personal trainers and fitness classes are available.

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The public is invited to view the O’Fallon Photo Club’s 2015 exhibit in the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The exhibit will continue through February 20.

The exhibit showcases recent work, including landscapes, portraits and innovative photography by the club’s membership, which includes professional and non-professional photographers. (For examples of members’ work, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/302304209788812/.)

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