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Get rockin’ Saturday, May 10th, as the area’s best local youth bands take to the bandstand in O’Fallon’s Civic Park. The event runs from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and features the area’s top young musicians. The event is sponsored by Mozingo Music and bands will compete for a top prize of a free recording session donated by Jupiter Studios.

“This is a unique event because it is planned by O’Fallon-area teenagers, for O’Fallon teenagers, and it will showcase the best young talent around,” said Conan Stott, City liaison to the MYAC. “These kids have worked extremely hard to put on a great event, and we are excited to add O’Fest to our great calendar of summer events.”

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On Friday, May 16, cheer on the racers at O’Fallon’s first nighttime 5K obstacle course, and then enjoy watching a movie with your family, free, outside the Renaud Spirit Center. The movie is part of the Ready.Set.Glow! 5K Run & Family Challenge Night entertainment, which includes music, food trucks, the Bubble Bus and kids’ activities. The race is filled, but spectators are encouraged to cheer the participants on as they try to figure out the fastest way over, around or through the obstacles along the course. The race gets underway at 7 p.m. and the movie will start after the race is over at about 8 p.m.

To watch the movie, Despicable Me2 (rated PG), bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating outside the Renaud Spirit Center recreation complex, which is located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. In this funny sequel to the cartoon feature Despicable Me, supervillain Gru has retired from villainy to raise his three adopted daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes. When the Anti-Villain League taps him to find and capture a super criminal, Gru at first refuses, until his hilarious yellow minions start turning into angry purple monsters.

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Explore St. Louis’ reputation for good beer and distinctive food with a couple of day trips, and leave the driving to the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department. St. Louis’ Original Taste Tour – Eat your way across town! Board the motor coach at 9 a.m. for this culinary tour of food for which St. Louis is famous: hand-made toasted ravioli at Mama Toscano’s, pizza at Fortel’s Pizza Den St. Louis, lunch at the Bevo Mill, shopping at the Bosnian Europa Market, and a treat at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. The motor coach will return to O’Fallon by 5:30 p.m. (just in time for supper). Hurry to sign up; registration ends Sunday, May 11. The trip’s cost of $86 for residents and $92 for non-residents includes round-trip motor coach transportation, admissions and tours, food, a guide, taxes and gratuities. The course number is 39257. Prohibition is Over! – Learn about St. Louis’ colorful past and taste a few brews around town on Friday, June 20. Board the motor coach at 9:30 a.m. for a visit to the Missouri History Museum to see the exhibit, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” recalling the days of flappers, bootleggers and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carrie Nation. A private talk, “From Kettle to Keg: Brewing in St. Louis,” will explain how St. Louis beer barons weathered the era, some by literally going underground. Afterwards we’ll slake our appetite in charming Lafayette Square with lunch, a tour and beer tasting at Square One Brewery & Distillery, followed by an additional stop or two at local microbreweries for tours and tastings. The motor coach will return to O’Fallon at 4 p.m. – just in time for happy hour.

At O’Fallon Founders’ Day, you can get a feel for an era when O’Fallon was a rural community and before school chores might have included milking the cow, and if you wanted a toy, you might have to make your own. O’Fallon Founders’ Day will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission, parking, entertainment and most activities are free. Gourmet concessions will be available for purchase, and artisans will sell hand-made wares.

Lively family entertainment will be provided by “The Great American Medicine Show,” starring Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie (10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.), and “Madame Rosa’s Museum of Oddities” (11:05 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.). Mike Pace will play the dulcimer throughout the day, and the St. Charles Model Railroad Club exhibit will be open, free (donations are welcome).

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 With “Rockin’ in the USA” as the theme for O’Fallon’s 2014 Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade, the City of O’Fallon is setting the stage for an Independence Day celebration of American music, patriotism and fun when the annual parade gets underway at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 4, in downtown O’Fallon. Parade applications are now available at www.heritageandfreedomfest.com/parade.

“We’re hoping that clubs, groups, organizations and businesses will get inspired and have a lot of fun creating parade entries that will wow the judges and spectators along the parade route,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Manager of Tourism and Festivals.

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An exhibit of images created by mathematician Rosalie Wheeler opens Friday, April 18, and will remain on display through May 30 at O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Center Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368.

Rosalie Wheeler, a data scientist who holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, is a new artist whose passion for mathematics carries over into her colorful, kaleidoscope-like images of fluorite (a gemstone), roses, pansies, seeds, lily pads, a Florida sunset, and Seattle’s sea and sky.

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A new date has been set for this great trip! On Thursday, May 15, board the motor coach in the Civic Park parking lot at 8:15 a.m. for a day trip to historic Hannibal, Missouri. The first stop on the itinerary will be the highly-rated Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Next, following a little shopping, it’s all aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat for a delicious lunch and a Mississippi River cruise, learning local legends and catching sight of Lover’s Leap along the way. Finally, we’ll board the Hannibal Ghost Tour trolley for an exciting glimpse of some Hannibal’s most haunted sites. The day’s journey ends with the motor coach returning to O’Fallon by 5:30 p.m.

Hurry to sign up - the deadline to register for “Hannibal” is Sunday, April 27. The trip’s cost of $70 for residents and $78 for non-residents includes round-trip motor coach transportation, admissions and tours, the riverboat cruise, lunch, a guide, taxes and gratuities.

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Vendors with services, programs and products for seniors are invited apply for booth space at the 6th Annual St. Charles County Senior Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, October 4, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking will be free.

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Volunteer O'Fallon (Video)

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O'Fallon's Volunteer Services Department coordinates the volunteer efforts of citizens interested in helping their community grow through personal involvement. Check out this video and see how you can help your community.