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Heritage & Freedom Fest attendees can save 50% on carnival ride tickets by pre-purchasing their tickets before the event. Discounted Heritage & Freedom Fest tickets will be available through Wednesday, July 1. The discounted tickets will be good for all three days of the festival, which will be held July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon (63366). Admission and parking are free.

The half-price ride tickets will be available while supplies last (through July 1):

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Civic Park will resound with music performed by the O’Fallon Jazz Band and the O’Fallon Community Concert Band for the O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert series from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. Admission and parking are free. Concessions include Italian ice by Sorelle and hot dogs and pulled barbecue pork and for sale by the Lion’s Club.

The O’Fallon Jazz Band will open the concert at 6:30 with a playlist that includes “Old Man River,” “Blue Tango,” “In the Wee Hours of the Morning,” “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” and others.

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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, June 20, 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 August 22, October 17 and December 12.

In general, the drop-off is free for most items with an electric cord or that take a battery, 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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O’Fallon residents who are legally disabled may be eligible for a ride to medical appointments, grocery shopping, personal care and banking through the City’s Disabled Transportation Program. The once-a-month service is free.

“This is a valuable program requested by our disabled residents,” said Jessica Hawkins, O’Fallon’s Public Assistance Specialist. “For adults who don’t drive and who meet the qualifications, the service will provide a measure of independence.”

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With 15 vendors lined up for O’Fallon’s Food Truck Frenzy on June 13 in Sports Park,

3589 Highway K in O’Fallon (63368), the event will provide a feast of international and American-style cuisine for residents and visitors to purchase. Featuring BigRain performing rock and pop covers of today’s artists, the event will be held from 5- 8 p.m.Admission and parking are free, and kids can play with hula hoops and romp on an inflatable structure. Patrons should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

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This summer, look for games, giveaways and special events at no extra charge at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, 403 Civic Park Drive (in Civic Park), O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Alligator’s Creek members can get in free. Daily admission for residents is $3.50 for kids (ages 0-18) and seniors (55+) and $4.50 for adults; for non-residents, it’s $4.50 for children and seniors and $5.50 for adults.

  • Dive-In Movie, Friday, June 12 – Bring the whole family to see Planes: Fire & Rescue (rated PG) on the big screen at Alligator’s Creek. After the pool closes for the day, Alligator’s Creek will reopen as a “dive-in” movie theater from 8:30 – 10 p.m. for a showing of the animated film featuring Dusty, the crop-dusting airplane, in a new role, training to fight fires. To see the movie, show your membership pass or pay daily admission.

The aquatic center will be closed for movie set-up from 8 – 8:30 p.m. The concession stand will be open during the movie with snacks and beverages for sale. A limited number of inner tubes will be available or swimmers can bring their own; floaties must be 30 inches or less in diameter.

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Pick up some good vibrations at the next O’Fallon Jammin concert with Beach Boys tribute band Surf’s Up on Tuesday, June 9, from 6:30-9 p.m. in Civic Park 305 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon 63366. From their Hawaiian shirts to four-part harmonies, the band will recreate the Beach Boys’ distinctive sound of the 1960s, ‘70s and beyond on songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Fun Fun Fun” and “Good Vibrations.” Admission and parking are free.

Featuring some of the best bands in the region, O’Fallon Jammin’ concerts will be held every Tuesday through August 18 (except June 30) from 6:30-9 p.m. in Civic Park. Admission and parking are free, and food trucks and vendors will provide food and beverages for sale. Hula hoops will be available for kids to play with and an ADA-accessible playground, walking path and restrooms are located nearby. Patrons should bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating. All pets must be leashed. For safety’s sake, no glass containers are allowed in the park. Jammin’ is sponsored by the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department with support from local businesses.

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Spend an enchanted evening enjoying the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ summer Youth Theatre production of Beauty & the Beast, Jr. Featuring a large cast and chorus, an elaborate set surrounding the audience, great costumes, dancing and singing and favorite songs including “Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” “Something There,” and “Beauty & the Beast,” performances will be staged on June 19-20 and 26-27 at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Curtain times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with Saturday matinees beginning at 2 p.m.

The classic fairytale of an arrogant prince transformed into an angry, bad-mannered Beast by a witch’s spell is based on Disney’s animated film, Beauty and the Beast. For the curse to be lifted and the Beast return to human form, he must find true love and inspire it in return. But with time running out, will he learn his lesson before the curse traps him, forever? Thanks to a palace full of singing and dancing cutlery, furniture, a motherly teapot and the beautiful, kind-hearted Belle, it’s a musical with the makings of a happy ending.

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Give your fitness level a boost by registering for the 13th annual Alligator’s Creek Triathlon, and prepare for a challenging morning of swimming, biking and running from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 9. 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.

New this year, Fleet Feet Sports is providing ankle straps with high-quality timing systems that will accurately record transition splits as well as swimming, bike and running times. In addition, age group awards have been expanded to include the top male and female competitors in 15 divisions. And as always, complimentary food will be provided to participants at the end of the race.

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Enjoy camping with your family close to home – sign up for Family Camping Night in scenic Fort Zumwalt Park. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5, and end at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. The cost is $40 per resident family for up to five people, and $45 for a non-resident family. Additional family members can join in at $5 each.

The overnight campout is perfect for novice campers of all ages. Campers will learn how to set up their tent and other handy outdoor skills. The event includes a hotdog cookout, a storyteller, singing around the campfire, and making s’mores. Families must bring a tent and sleeping bags, and a potluck dish to share. O’Fallon Parks and Recreation staff will cook the main meal on Saturday night and serve breakfast on Sunday morning.

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