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Parks and Recreation

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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A new date has been set for this great trip! On Thursday, May 15, board the motor coach in the Civic Park parking lot at 8:15 a.m. for a day trip to historic Hannibal, Missouri. The first stop on the itinerary will be the highly-rated Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Next, following a little shopping, it’s all aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat for a delicious lunch and a Mississippi River cruise, learning local legends and catching sight of Lover’s Leap along the way. Finally, we’ll board the Hannibal Ghost Tour trolley for an exciting glimpse of some Hannibal’s most haunted sites. The day’s journey ends with the motor coach returning to O’Fallon by 5:30 p.m.

Hurry to sign up - the deadline to register for “Hannibal” is Sunday, April 27. The trip’s cost of $70 for residents and $78 for non-residents includes round-trip motor coach transportation, admissions and tours, the riverboat cruise, lunch, a guide, taxes and gratuities.

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Kids ages 8 – 16 are invited to audition for The Jungle Book Kids, a musical based on Disney’s full-length cartoon feature, The Jungle Book. The auditions will begin at noon on two dates, Saturday, April 12 and 19, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre, 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. About 40 kids are needed for the cast and chorus.

With colorful characters and a toe-tapping musical score, The Jungle Book Kids is sure to be a lot of fun for the performers and audiences, too. The play will be staged on June 20-22 and 27-29.

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Over the next two weekends, watch some of O’Fallon’s best actors bring to life the riveting drama, Twelve Angry Jurors, the story of 12 men and women charged with determining the guilt or innocence of a young man on trial for the murder of his father. With two witnesses to the crime, it seems like an open-and-shut case. But when one juror begins questioning the testimony submitted during the trial, the jurors find their resolve tested. As the gripping final scene unfolds, patrons are sure to find themselves sitting on the edges of their seats.

Performances of Twelve Angry Jurors will be held Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 and 28-30 at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon MO 63366. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

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Looking forward to spring? Welcome the season at O’Fallon’s family-friendly Garden Expo & Kite Event on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free. The event opens with an Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy, who will be assisted by the Twin Chimneys Elementary School Earth Club in planting a redbud tree. If your only experience with kites is the old-fashioned diamond style (which wasn’t always the easiest to fly), be sure to catch the Gateway Kite Club’s kite-flying demonstrations at 10 a.m. Weather permitting, the club also will provide free kite-flying lessons and additional demonstrations with single-line kites, sports kites and fighter kites. Kids will be able to make, decorate and learn to fly their own kite, free. Prep your yard and garden for spring by shopping at Garden Expo booths filled with live plants, spring decorations and yard and garden accessories. The Garden Expo also features garden clubs, lawn and garden services, and Robinson’s Rain Barrels. Kids will be able to make a craft from recyclable materials, free. A limited number of Norway spruce saplings will be given away (one per family). Special guests include the Three Rivers Beekeepers, Gateway Gardener magazine, and St. Louis Master Gardener Anne Kirkpatrick. Renowned for her expertise with hydrangeas, at 11:15 a.m. Anne will provide tips on selecting, growing and pruning hydrangeas. For more information, please email Jennifer Hoisington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 636-379-5605.