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If you’re looking for a 5K with a twist, sign up for the family-friendly RSC 5K Challenge Run obstacle course race. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC). Designed for ages eight to adult, some of the obstacles will be just for fun, while others, like the army crawl and tire run, will require some athletic ability. Participants who overcome all the obstacles will be awarded a medal at the end of the race.

The entry fee for race registration through May 1 for ages 16 and older is $25 for O’Fallon residents and $29 for non-residents, and registration for the 15-and-under set is $20 for residents and $23 for non-residents. A $5 late fee will be added for registration May 2-14, and a $10 late fee will be accessed for Race Day registration. T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed to Race Day entrants. To register in advance, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com/rsc5k and register online by noon on May 14, or print the registration form to submit with the entry fee.


Get rid of broken or unwanted electronics and appliances at O’Fallon’s Free Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. The drop-off will be held in the west parking lot at T.R. Hughes Ballpark at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon 63366. (The west parking lot is located off Tom Ginnever Avenue.) The event is open to everyone, including schools, churches and businesses. Additional dates for the bi-monthly events this year are planned for June 20, August 22, October 17 and December 12.

In general, bring just about any item with an electrical cord or that takes a battery to the drop-off, including household appliances, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, microwaves, kitchen appliances, computers, computer monitors (including CRTs), printers, keyboards, laptops, hard drives, scanners, DVDs, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, answering machines, radios, stereos, speakers, VCRs, power tools, lawn and garden equipment (yard equipment must have gas and oil removed) and LED/LCD TVs.


Celebrating an era when Britain’s Queen Victoria reigned, women’s bonnets were lavishly decorated and gentlemen wore top hats, the Victorian Festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

The new festival offers free admission, free parking and free activities, with food trucks providing food and beverages for purchase. Activities include a Victorian Hat Contest, a Mustache Contest and kids’ crafts. Contestants are welcome to wear their own hat (or mustache) in the contests, or make a hat at the festival.


With new income limits set for FY 2015 by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more O’Fallon homeowners may be eligible for help with roof repairs, furnace or air conditioning replacement and other home needs through O’Fallon’s Home Improvement Program. The program provides zero-interest, forgivable loans of up to $5,000 on a first-come, first-serve basis to applicants who qualify. If the homeowner continues to live in the house for five years without selling, the loans will be forgiven.

The new 2015 Low Income Limits for homeowners are based on total gross incomes of no more than: $39,400 for a one-person household, $45,000 for a two-person household, $50,650 for a household of three, $56,250 for a household of four, $60,750 for a five-person household, $65,250 for a six-person household, $69,750 for a seven-person household and $74,250 for an eight-person household.



The O’Fallon City Council will hold a special meeting today, March 17, 2015, to consider a second reading for final passage of Bill No. 6584, an Ordinance authorizing and directing the purchase of property located on Bryan Road near the intersection of Veteran's Memorial Parkway for Municipal Purposes. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street.


Get your yard blooming early this spring with items from O’Fallon’s Garden Expo on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free.

At the Garden Expo, get tips on growing a garden full of veggies or flowers that bloom all season, shop for live plants and trendy outdoor décor, take home a free shrub or tree sapling while supplies last (one per family), find out all about bees and honey from local beekeepers and get motivated by the O’Fallon Garden Club presentation, “Grow It: A Family-Friendly Presentation on Beginning Gardening.” The Garden Club presentations will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., join in the annual Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy in planting a maple tree with the assistance of the Twin Chimneys Elementary School Earth Club.


For an egg-ceptional Friday night of fun for ages 21 and older, register for O’Fallon’s Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Popular with couples, friends and co-workers, the event will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday, April 10, in Civic Park. Everyone will receive a door prize and additional prizes will be awarded after the eggs are collected. Participants should be sure to bring a flashlight and an Easter basket. The cost is $12 per person for O’Fallon residents and $15 for non-residents. Registration ends Sunday, April 5; no tickets will be available at the gate.

“Last year’s event filled up with 200 participants, so we encourage everyone to get cracking and sign up soon,” said Tyler Landreth, Recreation Specialist for the City.


The City of O’Fallon joined with the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) to welcome Universal Components Group (UCG), a United Kingdom-based aftermarket parts distribution company, to O’Fallon, Missouri. UCG is expanding operations to the U.S., and the company selected O’Fallon, Missouri, as the location for its first North American facility. The expansion project includes a $765,000 capital investment and is expected to create 31 new jobs.

“I am extremely proud to welcome Universal Components Group to the distinguished list of companies who call O’Fallon home,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy. “To have UCG choose O’Fallon for its first U.S.-based location is a testament to the tremendous facilities, convenient location and high-skilled workforce our City offers.


Emerald Ash Borer (Video)

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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect that has found its way into the O’Fallon community in the spring of 2014 and will create an infestation that is fatal to all species of ash trees. The EAB will spread through the community and begin killing only ash trees during the next eight years. Watch this video to learn what you can do to protect your ash trees.

O’FallonTheatreWorks will hold open auditions on two dates for Beauty and the Beast, Jr., a show based on the classic Disney musical. Starting at noon on Saturday, April 4, and Saturday, April 11, auditions will be held on the stage at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon MO 63366. Performances are scheduled for June 19-20 and 26–27.

The musical calls for a cast of more than 30, both children and adults, including male and female starring roles which require singing and dancing ability, and a large chorus. Auditioners will be asked to learn a song and a dance, and should bring a headshot or school photo to leave with the director.