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Bringing high-energy blues/rock to O’Fallon, the Melissa Neels Band will perform in Civic Park from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5. One of the few female lead guitarist-vocalists in St. Louis, Melissa Neels will play blues covers and music from her new, all-original CD, “Shine.” The band has opened for Chuck Berry, Little Milton and Ike Turner.

Jammin’ concert admission and parking are free. The food truck lineup for August 5 features Giardina’s Gourmet Dogs, Taco Truck STL and Kona Ice, with concessions by Conley’s Kettle Corn & Cotton Candy and locally-crafted beer and wine by Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar. (Food truck service is subject to change without notice.) Kids can have fun with hula hoops and sidewalk chalk, and Renewal by Andersen will provide free portraits at their complimentary photo booth.


Help save lives and prevent a blood shortage this summer by donating blood at the 31st Annual KSHE95 and American Red Cross Summer Blood Drive on Friday, August 1, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and on Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The drive will be held at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. (For more information about the RSC indoor recreation complex, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com .)

Fewer donations are made during summer, yet the need for blood is constant to help accident and burn victims, surgical patients and those with chronic illnesses like cancer, leukemia and sickle cell disease. Donors with blood types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative are especially needed.


If you like to swim, ride a bike and run, sign up for a morning of great exercise in O’Fallon, Missouri’s 12th Annual Alligator’s Creek Triathlon, which will be held from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 17.

The race begins at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, 403 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon 63366, with a 300-yard serpentine swim, followed by an 18.6-mile bike ride and a 5K run through City streets. (For a map of each course, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/triathlon.) Awards will be presented to age-group division winners and to the top three overall winners. Complimentary food and beverages will be served to participants after the race.


O’Fallon, Missouri, shoppers will get a break from paying local and state sales taxes on many back-to-school items when Missouri’s Sales Tax Holiday goes into effect on Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3.

The list of tax-exempt purchases falls into these categories: school supplies (up to $50 per purchase), clothing (up to $100 per item), personal computers (not to exceed $3,500), computer peripheral devices (not to exceed $3,500), and computer software (taxable value $350 or less).


On Tuesday, July 29, from 6:30 – 9 p.m., O’Fallon Jammin’ will host the O’Fallon Jazz Band and the O’Fallon Community Concert Band. Admission and parking are free. Sia’s Italian Ice will be on hand to sell treats, and the Lion’s Club will have hot dogs, pulled barbecue pork, dill pickles, chips, cookies, soda and water for sale. Free photos will be available in the complimentary photo booth sponsored by Renewal by Andersen.

The O’Fallon Jazz Band will open the concert at 6:30 with a playlist of romantic music from movies across the decades: Thank Heaven For Little Girls, Someone To Watch Over Me, Hey There, You Brought A New Kind Of Love, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Polka Dots & Moonbeams, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Summer Knows, Days Of Wine and Roses, and Y.M.C.A.


If you are an artist, indie crafter or shabby chic vendor, you are invited to sell your original creations at O’Fallon, Missouri’s 30th annual Fall Fest. The event will be held in Civic Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Celebrating 30 years, O’Fallon’s popular Fall Fest features booths brimming with house and garden décor, flowers and fall decorations, holiday gifts, art, crafts, jewelry and unique accessories, festival food and beverages, and free entertainment throughout the day. Event attendance averages 5,000+.


For a fun-filled night with great perks, order tickets to “O’Fallon Parks & Recreation Night” at T.R. Hughes Ballpark on Sunday, July 27. The gates will open at 4:05 p.m., with O’Fallon’s own River City Rascals batting against the Normal CornBelters at 5:05 p.m. The ballpark is located at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

Besides admission to the game, the discounted ticket price of $10 (in advance) includes pre-game and game-time activities, a food voucher for a hot dog, chips and a drink, and a box seat located along the third base line behind the visitor's dugout. Admission is free for children ages two and under. Be sure to bring your camera! Festivities include the pre-game parade, vendor booths, kids' games, face painting and more. Patrons also could win a chance to throw out the first pitch or participate in on-field games between innings.


Playing energetic, 100% up-tempo music ranging from The Kinks to Maroon 5 with a mix of modern country and pop (Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, etc.), El Scorcho will rock Civic Park from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the free weekly O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert.

“We play songs that aren’t heard every day but that are still well-known,” said Nick Barrale, drummer for the five-man group. “We have fun onstage and we keep the songs moving. We’re professionals who’ve known each other for over 15 years, and that’s exactly why we keep playing, because we all genuinely like each other.”


Artists and musicians are invited to participate in the RSC Art & Family Festival in O’Fallon, Missouri. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368). In addition to showcasing the work of some of the area’s best artists, upscale crafters and musicians, free activities will be available for kids, including pumpkin painting. Food trucks will provide gourmet fare for sale, and everyone is invited to dress for exercise and take advantage of free admission to the RSC (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) to try out recreational facilities, including an indoor track, exercise machines, a weight room and an indoor aquatic complex. Annual RSC memberships will be available during the event at a 10% discount.

Artists and artisans can apply for booth space and demonstrate their art as well as sell their paintings, photography, pottery, glass designs, textile and fabric art, jewelry, sculpture, paper arts, altered books, woodenware and other artwork. The 10 x 10 space for artists includes a tent canopy, table and chairs. The cost per booth is $10 and the deadline to apply for space is July 31. For an application or more information, please contact Darren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 636-474-8150.

The City of O’Fallon has been rated one of the best places in Missouri in which to own a home. A recent study conducted by NerdWallet, a consumer literacy/personal finance website, considered “availability, affordability and growth” in assessing O’Fallon. The organization ranked the City as 5th in the state for homeownership.

This is the second time that the website has lauded O’Fallon. Earlier this year, O’Fallon made NerdWallet’s list of best cities for Missouri job seekers, with employers that include CitiMortgage and MasterCard’s St. Louis Operations Center.