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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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Help save lives and prevent a blood shortage this summer by donating blood at the 31st Annual KSHE95 and American Red Cross Summer Blood Drive on Friday, August 1, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and on Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The drive will be held at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. (For more information about the RSC indoor recreation complex, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com .)

Fewer donations are made during summer, yet the need for blood is constant to help accident and burn victims, surgical patients and those with chronic illnesses like cancer, leukemia and sickle cell disease. Donors with blood types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative are especially needed.

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If you like to swim, ride a bike and run, sign up for a morning of great exercise in O’Fallon, Missouri’s 12th Annual Alligator’s Creek Triathlon, which will be held from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 17.

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. (For a map of each course, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/triathlon.) Awards will be presented to age-group division winners and to the top three overall winners. Complimentary food and beverages will be served to participants after the race.

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On Tuesday, July 29, from 6:30 – 9 p.m., O’Fallon Jammin’ will host the O’Fallon Jazz Band and the O’Fallon Community Concert Band. Admission and parking are free. Sia’s Italian Ice will be on hand to sell treats, and the Lion’s Club will have hot dogs, pulled barbecue pork, dill pickles, chips, cookies, soda and water for sale. Free photos will be available in the complimentary photo booth sponsored by Renewal by Andersen.

The O’Fallon Jazz Band will open the concert at 6:30 with a playlist of romantic music from movies across the decades: Thank Heaven For Little Girls, Someone To Watch Over Me, Hey There, You Brought A New Kind Of Love, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Polka Dots & Moonbeams, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Summer Knows, Days Of Wine and Roses, and Y.M.C.A.

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If you are an artist, indie crafter or shabby chic vendor, you are invited to sell your original creations at O’Fallon, Missouri’s 30th annual Fall Fest. The event will be held in Civic Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Celebrating 30 years, O’Fallon’s popular Fall Fest features booths brimming with house and garden décor, flowers and fall decorations, holiday gifts, art, crafts, jewelry and unique accessories, festival food and beverages, and free entertainment throughout the day. Event attendance averages 5,000+.

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For a fun-filled night with great perks, order tickets to “O’Fallon Parks & Recreation Night” at T.R. Hughes Ballpark on Sunday, July 27. The gates will open at 4:05 p.m., with O’Fallon’s own River City Rascals batting against the Normal CornBelters at 5:05 p.m. The ballpark is located at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

Besides admission to the game, the discounted ticket price of $10 (in advance) includes pre-game and game-time activities, a food voucher for a hot dog, chips and a drink, and a box seat located along the third base line behind the visitor's dugout. Admission is free for children ages two and under. Be sure to bring your camera! Festivities include the pre-game parade, vendor booths, kids' games, face painting and more. Patrons also could win a chance to throw out the first pitch or participate in on-field games between innings.

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Playing energetic, 100% up-tempo music ranging from The Kinks to Maroon 5 with a mix of modern country and pop (Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, etc.), El Scorcho will rock Civic Park from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the free weekly O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert.

“We play songs that aren’t heard every day but that are still well-known,” said Nick Barrale, drummer for the five-man group. “We have fun onstage and we keep the songs moving. We’re professionals who’ve known each other for over 15 years, and that’s exactly why we keep playing, because we all genuinely like each other.”

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