O'Fallon Update Newsblog

All information posted below and on subsequent pages is provided by the City of O'Fallon's Communications team. Follow @cityofofallon on Twitter for the latest happenings.

Preschoolers and kindergartners will have a super time at “Capes and Crowns”

For a dress-up party that’s sure to please pretty princesses and superheroes ages 2-5, register kids for “Capes and Crowns” coming up on Friday, October 14. Kids will have a blast playing super games, making a magical craft and listening to stories of adventure and enchantment. Capes and Crowns will be held from 9:30 – 11 a.m. in the Civic Annex, 410 East Elm Street near the O’Fallon Municipal Centre. The cost of $10 for residents and $12 for non-residents includes a snack. Be sure to register by Friday, October 7; there’s no registration at the door.

To sign up for Capes and Crowns:

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Fort Zumwalt Park temporarily closing to traffic and disc golf on October 10

In preparation for the City’s annual Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park is closing to vehicles starting Monday, October 10, through mid-January 2017, so that crews can safely install holiday lights and scenes for the City’s annual Celebration of Lights display. The park’s disc golf course, “The Fort,” also will be closed during this period.

Pedestrians are welcome during daylight hours, but for safety’s sake are required to stay on the paved drive through the park, which has a designated lane for walkers and joggers. And everyone is invited to see the Celebration of Lights, which will be open the day after Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25 through December 30, closing only for Christmas, December 25.

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O’Fallon’s two-day Fall Fest opens Oct. 7 with the Food Truck Frenzy & Street Dance, continues October 8

Kick off a great fall weekend with O’Fallon’s Food Truck Frenzy & Fall Fest Street Dance on Friday, October 7, in Civic Park, 308 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Then return to Civic Park on Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for live bluegrass music, shopping at arts and crafts booths, free farm-themed activities for families and more. Free parking and admission both dates!

On Friday at 6 p.m., fuel up for a night of dancing with tasty food truck fare from Wingnut, Cruzin Fuzion and Dough Boy. Then get rocking with Contagious from 7 – 10 p.m. Backed by an exciting stage production, Contagious covers hits from Bruno Mars to Bon Jovi, Aerosmith to Robin Thicke, Black-eyed Peas to Journey, Styx and AC/DC. Fall Fest arts and crafts booths also will be open for shopping from 6 – 10 p.m.

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Enjoy a free, family-friendly night of fun at the RSC Art & Family Festival and a movie

Come to the Renaud Spirit Center for a Saturday night of fun planned with the whole family in mind, the RSC Art & Family Festival from 5-8 p.m. and the Movie in the Park at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. The event will be held outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. Admission, parking and activities are free. Vendors and concessionaires will sell food and beverages.

That 80s Band will provide music, artists and crafters will have original work for sale, and kids can play in a bounce house, get face painting and join in other free activities. Hotel Transylvania 2 (rated PG) will be shown on a big screen outdoors at 8 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for movie seating.

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Enjoy a free, family-friendly night of fun at the RSC Art & Family Festival and a movie

Come to the Renaud Spirit Center for a Saturday night of fun planned with the whole family in mind, the RSC Art & Family Festival from 5-8 p.m. and the Movie in the Park at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. The event will be held outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) recreation complex, located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. Admission, parking and activities are free. Vendors and concessionaires will sell food and beverages.

That 80s Band will provide music, artists and crafters will have original work for sale, and kids can play in a bounce house, get face painting and join in other free activities. Hotel Transylvania 2 (rated PG) will be shown on a big screen outdoors at 8 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for movie seating.

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Learn to cope with home emergencies and large-scale disasters at O’Fallon’s free Community Emergency Response Team class

Emergency management experts will be on hand to teach disaster preparedness skills, free, to individuals, neighborhood association members, faith-based groups, businesses and employees, law enforcement candidates and those with medical training. The O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course will be taught over a weekend on September 23, 24 and 25. It will cover these topics and more:

  • Assembling a disaster preparedness kit for home and car
  • Learning when and how to shut off utilities at home
  • Hands-on basic head-to-toe medical assessment, simple triage and rapid treatment techniques for airway obstruction, bleeding, shock, and basic first aid for injuries, burns, etc.
  • Working as a team to safely to conduct triage, light search and rescue, sizing up and extinguishing small fires, maintaining rescuer safety
  • Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster

“If a major disaster should strike, first responders are likely to be overwhelmed by the number of people needing assistance, and CERT training can help people take care of themselves until professional help arrives.” said O’Fallon Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the training. “Participants are taught how to prepare for home emergencies as well as large-scale disasters. And it’s great for groups of all kinds including neighbors, because it teaches how to work together safely in the event of a tornado, earthquake or other disaster.”

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O’Fallon’s fun Scarecrow Contest offers cash prizes to top winners

Show your creativity by joining in the fun of crafting an original scarecrow for display in O’Fallon, and compete for $100, $200 or $300 in prize money, too.

First, fill out the Scarecrow Contest Entry Form and submit it along with a $10 entry fee to O’Fallon’s Tourism & Festivals Office by noon on Friday, September 16. Entry forms are available at www.ofallon.mo.us/fall-fest and include rules, guidelines and deadlines. Or pick one up at the office, 400 Civic Park Drive (across from Civic Park), O’Fallon, MO 63366. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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O’Fallon’s candlelight POW/MIA Ceremony recognizes American soldiers who remain missing in the field

On Friday, September 16, at 7 p.m., O’Fallon’s annual POW/MIA Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held on behalf of the nearly 90,000 American troops from foreign wars who remain unaccounted for, and the families who are waiting for their return.

Welcoming remarks will be delivered by O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. The ceremony is hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 458 and Am Vets Post 106, and includes posting of the colors, dressing of the table, candle lighting, the laying of the wreath, a rifle salute and Taps. Music will be provided by the St. Dominic High School Band.

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O’Fallon nationally ranked as one of ten “Best Cities for the Buck”

The City of O’Fallon, Missouri, was recently rated among the ten “Best Cities for the Buck” by Military Times, which publishes monthly news magazines for U.S. military personnel and veterans.

To make the comparison, Military Times looked at 581 places for median income, unemployment rates and cost of living. The organization drew from U.S. Census Bureau data and the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index (COLI), with cost of living accounting for half the calculation, and median income and unemployment rates each accounting for a quarter,

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Police PSA - Alex (Video)

Remember when you leave your car, make sure you remember to lock it... or risk losing it.


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