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Actors and amateurs alike are invited to audition for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised), a rollicking, fast-paced comedy that lampoons all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes. The New York Times claims the play is “pithier than Python. Irresistible.” This irreverent, witty romp through the Bard’s comedies, histories and tragedies was one of London’s longest-running comedies, leaving audiences teary-eyed and helpless with laughter.

Auditions will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Four adults - three men and one woman – are needed to fill the cast. Auditions will consist solely of cold readings from the play in solo and group settings, and auditioners do not need to bring prepared material. The play will be performed on the stage at City Hall on October 17-19 and 24-26.

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To show appreciation for U.S. troops deployed overseas, donations of pocket-sized packages of food such as trail mix and beef jerky, batteries, personal care items and other useful supplies are being collected through O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive. The drive kicks off August 11 and continues through September 11, with multiple donation sites throughout the City.

“Troops serving overseas deeply appreciate snacks and practical items from home,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Manager. “The donations will be sorted, boxed and shipped overseas as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance projects on September 11th coordinated by Volunteer O’Fallon. We’re encouraging people to also contribute signed ‘thank you’ notes and cards for the troops, and we hope to include at least one personal message of gratitude on behalf of the O’Fallon community in each package.”

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City of O’Fallon trash service customers are invited to take advantage of the City’s free, bi-monthly drop-off for many items that are too large to fit into curbside trash containers. The drop-off will be held 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. Acceptable items can be brought to O’Fallon’s waste transfer station at 1572 Progress West Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Additional drop-off dates will be held on Saturdays, only, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on August 16, October 18, and December 13.

To drop items off, O’Fallon trash customers must show a current photo ID with their O’Fallon address. Only one load per household will be accepted per day, and only cars, pickup trucks, and small trailers 10 feet long or less will be allowed. Residents also must unload their own items. For a complete list of non-acceptable and acceptable bulk waste items that can be taken to the drop-off, visit http://www.ofallon.mo.us/bulk-waste. A partial listing includes:

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In a unanimous vote at the July 24th City Council meeting, the O’Fallon City Council passed a resolution setting a voluntary goal to bring the hiring of firms owned by disabled veterans to 1 percent of City contracts through the City’s competitive bid process.

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Bringing St. Louis-based food trucks out to O’Fallon once a month this summer, O’Fallon’s final Food Truck Frenzy will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, in Fort Zumwalt Park. Event admission and parking are free, with live Caribbean pop and steel drum music performed by the Palm Trio.

“The Food Truck Frenzy has proven to be very popular, and we encourage people to get the most out of the evening by arriving a little early, relaxing to the music and socializing with friends and neighbors over delicious food,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Tourism & Festivals Manager.

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If old appliances and outdated electronics are cluttering up your home or office, recycle them at O’Fallon’s free Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event on Saturday, August 9, from 8 a.m. to noon in the T.R. Hughes Ballpark parking lot off Tom Ginnever Avenue, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. The event is open to everyone, including schools, churches and businesses.

“People are invited to bring just about anything with an electric cord or that uses batteries,” said Jim Wenzara, O’Fallon’s Environmental Services Superintendent. “We’re encouraging everyone to take advantage of this free service, which is provided by the City of O’Fallon in partnership with Midwest Recycling Center.”

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An exhibit of vividly-colored mixed-media images created by Sherry Salant is currently on display at O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Center Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The artwork will remain on display through October 17.

Salant, who taught English and journalism at Francis Howell High School for 24 years, has been creating her images with an alcohol ink process for less than a year. Rather than draw or paint with a brush, she uses what she calls an organic process, pouring or dropping brilliantly-colored alcohol inks onto a nonporous surface or nonporous paper and then tilting the surface back and forth. Based on the results, she may add fine lines with a blending pen to create the final image, usually fantastically-colored landscapes and florals.

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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.

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Listen to the music of one of the best-selling rock bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac, performed by the Big Love band from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, at O’Fallon Jammin’ in Civic Park.

Formed in 1967, the British-American band Fleetwood Mac released its first album in 1968. Ten years later, the band’s 11th and most popular album to date, Rumours, won a Grammy award for “Best Album of the Year” with original songs that included “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” and “You Make Loving Fun.” Fleetwood Mac is still active. Big Love’s live tribute is set to provide an outdoor concert experience for Jammin’ patrons. Admission and parking are free.

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If you’re an O’Fallon homeowner with unreliable or aging air conditioning, consider applying for O’Fallon’s no-interest Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP). If you’re accepted, you can beat the heat with a new central air unit and be ready for winter, too.

“With the hottest days of summer just ahead, it’s important to keep your family safe and comfortable, especially if you have young children or seniors at home,” said Jessica Hawkins, O’Fallon’s Public Assistance Specialist. “This program is designed for low-to-moderate income O’Fallon homeowners who need major help with home maintenance. The funds can be used to repair or replace air conditioning and furnace units, water heaters, sump pumps, windows, siding, roof repair.” The loans can’t be used for new construction, appliances or security alarm systems.

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