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The City of O’Fallon is getting ready to kick off an exciting research project that relies on the support of volunteers. Recycling Research Project volunteers are needed to work alongside O’Fallon’s Environmental Services staff. Using an IPad, volunteers will identify households placing recycling canisters at the curb for collection, indicating participation in the City’s recycling program.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a schedule of one day each week for four weeks. The time frame is May 5 – May 29, 2015, Tuesday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Spreading the data collection over a month will more accurately determine who’s recycling and how often.

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Grab your family, friends and neighbors and come on out to T.R. Hughes Ballpark on Friday, May 1, from 6 – 10 p.m., for the River City Rascals Pep Rally and the first Food Truck Frenzy of the year. Gates open at 6 p.m. with free admission and parking, lots of free activities and entertainment, and food trucks selling ethnic and gourmet foods and desserts. Food trucks scheduled for the event include Yo! Salsa, Slice of the Hill, Russo’s Trucktoria, My Big Fat Greek Truck and Sarah’s Cake Stop. No pets except service animals and no outside food, beverages or coolers will be allowed.

The evening’s entertainment includes live music by the Sunset Amusement Band from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and a showing of The Lego Movie (PG) at 8 p.m. The T.R. Hughes Ballpark field will be open for seating at 7:30 p.m. Please bring blankets and/or lawn chairs to watch the movie.

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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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To accommodate the O’Fallon Cup Criterium bicycle race, Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, Missouri, will be temporarily close to vehicles at dusk on Friday, May 15, through 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The race will be held Saturday and the public is invited to attend the event, free. Races begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 4 p.m. Spectator parking will be available at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366).

More information about the race is available online at http://momentumracing.net/races/ofallon-cup.

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 City of O’Fallon will host two forums to allow residents and business owners to offer input on how to make the busy Highway K and M corridor more accommodating for cyclists and walkers. The Forums will be hosted by City staff and the City’s contractor on the project. The two forums will be:

  • Highway K Forum:       Wednesday, April 15 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, MO       63368
  • Highway M Forum: Thursday, April 16 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, MO       63366

Although the overall focus of each forum will be on a different segment of the K & M corridor, both areas will be discussed at each forum and residents do not need to attend both forums.

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If you’re looking for a 5K with a twist, sign up for the family-friendly RSC 5K Challenge Run obstacle course race. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC). Designed for ages eight to adult, some of the obstacles will be just for fun, while others, like the army crawl and tire run, will require some athletic ability. Participants who overcome all the obstacles will be awarded a medal at the end of the race.

The entry fee for race registration through May 1 for ages 16 and older is $25 for O’Fallon residents and $29 for non-residents, and registration for the 15-and-under set is $20 for residents and $23 for non-residents. A $5 late fee will be added for registration May 2-14, and a $10 late fee will be accessed for Race Day registration. T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed to Race Day entrants. To register in advance, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com/rsc5k and register online by noon on May 14, or print the registration form to submit with the entry fee.

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Get rid of broken or unwanted electronics and appliances at O’Fallon’s Free Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. The drop-off will be held in the west parking lot at T.R. Hughes Ballpark at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon 63366. (The west parking lot is located off Tom Ginnever Avenue.) The event is open to everyone, including schools, churches and businesses. Additional dates for the bi-monthly events this year are planned for June 20, August 22, October 17 and December 12.

In general, bring just about any item with an electrical cord or that takes a battery to the drop-off, including household appliances, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, microwaves, kitchen appliances, computers, computer monitors (including CRTs), printers, keyboards, laptops, hard drives, scanners, DVDs, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, answering machines, radios, stereos, speakers, VCRs, power tools, lawn and garden equipment (yard equipment must have gas and oil removed) and LED/LCD TVs.

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Celebrating an era when Britain’s Queen Victoria reigned, women’s bonnets were lavishly decorated and gentlemen wore top hats, the Victorian Festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

The new festival offers free admission, free parking and free activities, with food trucks providing food and beverages for purchase. Activities include a Victorian Hat Contest, a Mustache Contest and kids’ crafts. Contestants are welcome to wear their own hat (or mustache) in the contests, or make a hat at the festival.

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