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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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With new income limits set for FY 2015 by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more O’Fallon homeowners may be eligible for help with roof repairs, furnace or air conditioning replacement and other home needs through O’Fallon’s Home Improvement Program. The program provides zero-interest, forgivable loans of up to $5,000 on a first-come, first-serve basis to applicants who qualify. If the homeowner continues to live in the house for five years without selling, the loans will be forgiven.

The new 2015 Low Income Limits for homeowners are based on total gross incomes of no more than: $39,400 for a one-person household, $45,000 for a two-person household, $50,650 for a household of three, $56,250 for a household of four, $60,750 for a five-person household, $65,250 for a six-person household, $69,750 for a seven-person household and $74,250 for an eight-person household.

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The O’Fallon City Council will hold a special meeting today, March 17, 2015, to consider a second reading for final passage of Bill No. 6584, an Ordinance authorizing and directing the purchase of property located on Bryan Road near the intersection of Veteran's Memorial Parkway for Municipal Purposes. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street.

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Get your yard blooming early this spring with items from O’Fallon’s Garden Expo on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free.

At the Garden Expo, get tips on growing a garden full of veggies or flowers that bloom all season, shop for live plants and trendy outdoor décor, take home a free shrub or tree sapling while supplies last (one per family), find out all about bees and honey from local beekeepers and get motivated by the O’Fallon Garden Club presentation, “Grow It: A Family-Friendly Presentation on Beginning Gardening.” The Garden Club presentations will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., join in the annual Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy in planting a maple tree with the assistance of the Twin Chimneys Elementary School Earth Club.

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