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Imagine some of your favorite country musicians performing live at O’Fallon Jammin’ and you’ll have a pretty good idea regarding what’s in store for the last concert of the season on Tuesday, August 26. Bringing their new country, Nashville-authentic sound to O’Fallon, NashVegas will perform from 6:30-9 p.m. in Civic Park (63366). The band’s high-energy bash features the music of today’s best country artists.

Food truck vendors scheduled for the evening include StLouisianaQ, Wing Nuts and Sarah’s Cake Shop. Conley’s Kettle Corn & Cotton Candy will sell concessions, and Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar will sell locally-crafted beer and wine. (Food truck service is subject to change without notice.) Hula hoop lessons will be available, free, and patrons can get free photos taken in the Renewal by Andersen photo booth.

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The O’Fallon Veterans’ Commission is sponsoring a benefits fair for local veterans and their families. The event, which will feature booths and presentations from local businesses, will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.) at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Admission and parking are free.

The benefits fair will focus on providing information and dedicated discussion sessions on health and veterans’ health care, resumes and job hunting, job training, veterans’ benefits, personal finance, obtaining a home loan, educational opportunities and more. Specific topics and issues include how to make sense of job application systems, how to build social profiles on networks such as LinkedIn, and how to improve your credit score.

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Elevating the concept of the sing-along to new heights, and possibly setting a record for laughter at an O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert, Dueling Pianos will perform on Tuesday, August 19, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. As a hallmark of the fast-paced show, the pianists will play songs by audience request, including pop, rock, country, rap and more. Concert admission and parking are free, and food trucks will sell gourmet food, beverages and treats.

“This is the first time we’ve brought Dueling Pianos to Jammin,’ and it’s sure to entertain everyone who comes out,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Manager. “The musicians love to take requests for songs and encourage the audience to sing and clap along. If someone is having a special occasion like a birthday or is getting married, the pianists might call them down to the stage and serenade them. And they just might have little fun at the expense of the person they are honoring.”

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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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