O'Fallon Progress

Metro-East Pachyderms to host talk about pending referendum on Friday

Plane Pull — Shiloh Police Department Sgt. Joshua Donovan on the end participated with one of the two metro-east teams participating in the O’Hare International Airport for the benefit of Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull includes teams from law enforcement agencies, fire departments, private companies, high schools, colleges, fraternal groups and teams of friends and family. The Wright Stuff team included members from Scott Air Force Base. The event had 16 teams participate, and raised $25,600 for the athletes of Special Olympics IL.
Plane Pull — Shiloh Police Department Sgt. Joshua Donovan on the end participated with one of the two metro-east teams participating in the O’Hare International Airport for the benefit of Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull includes teams from law enforcement agencies, fire departments, private companies, high schools, colleges, fraternal groups and teams of friends and family. The Wright Stuff team included members from Scott Air Force Base. The event had 16 teams participate, and raised $25,600 for the athletes of Special Olympics IL.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

Metro-East Pachy meeting

The Metro-East Pachyderm Club of O’Fallon is hosting its weekly meeting at noon Friday at Amoré Restorante. Anne Noble, a member of Stifel Nicholas Financial Advisers, and the bond representative for O’Fallon School District 90 will give a presentation explaining the pending referendum on tax caps. Located at 1050 Eastgate Dr. in O’Fallon, the banquet room will be open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch to be ordered and served prior to the meeting. Members or attendees are encouraged to bring a friend. For more information, call Karen Rees at 618-334-3799.

K of C Fish Fry

The O’Fallon Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary continue to sponsor a weekly fish fry with lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for dinner from 4-8 p.m every Friday at the K of C Hall, located at 402 E. Highway 50, across from the Community Park. The traditional menu of cod and tilapia will be available, along with hamburgers, hot dogs and additional side dishes. Baked cod has also been added to the menu. Dine in or carry out is available. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229.

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

Shiloh Hunter’s Crossing yard sale

At 7:30 a.m. Saturday the Hunters Crossing subdivision is hosting its annual neighborhood garage sale. The Shiloh subdivision off North Green Mount Road is northwest of East B Street. This is the 20th year the sale has been hosted consecutively. There will be more than 100 homes participating and an ATM machine with no charge for cash withdrawals will be provided by Scott Credit Union. Whiteside Elementary School is also providing 300 additional parking spaces.

John Wilt Foundation honor run/walk

The John Wilt Foundation 5K honor run/walk will take place on Saturday. The run/walk, stepping off from the O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument, will start at 8 a.m. The event honors 1st Lt. John Wilt. Proceeds support the USO, Fisher House at Jefferson Barracks, and the John Wilt Scholarship at O’Fallon Township High School. Runners can pick up registrations forms at Toolen’s Running Start or may register online at www.active.com. For more information, call 618-977-1187.

Child seat safety checks

The O’Fallon Public Safety Department Emergency Medical Service Division will have Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians available to assist with the proper installation of child car or booster seats from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, located at 1111 E. U.S. Highway 50. This event is free and open to the public; no appointment is necessary. For more information, call Rick Palmer at 618-624-4545, ext. 5.

Pet blessing

The O’Fallon United Church of Christ youth group is sponsoring a community service project and welcomes all animals to its pet blessing event from 9-10 a.m. Saturday. Other activities will be provided such as an ‘Ask the Vet’ booth. Representatives from Spencer Kennel and Animal Shelter, as well as other local pet-related businesses will be on site and an adoptable pet or two from Spencer’s will be present too. Donations will be collected for dry and canned dog and cat food and plain raw hide strips. For more information, visit www.ofallonucc.org.

Hooray for Hollywood Funfest

Hooray for Hollywood Funfest will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in O’Fallon. The evening will feature a fried chicken dinner complete with sides and dessert, movie music by Faithful Flutes, Kie & Wayland, and Pastor Bob on accordion. There will also be games for all ages, and a movie costume parade for all ages featuring G-rated costumes from movies starting at 6:30 p.m. A freewill donation for the dinner will be given to BABYTalk, formerly Parents as Teachers. Volunteers are needed to help with the meal and games. Contact Robyn Runyan at 618-622-1986 if you can help.

TUESDAY, OCT. 4

O’Fallon National Night Out

O’Fallon Police Department, in cooperation with the O’Fallon Neighborhood Watch Program, will be hosting a National Night Out event from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the O’Fallon Community Park, 401 E. Fifth St. Several activities are planned including, static displays of fire, emergency medical service and police vehicles and equipment; 911 education; K-9 demonstrations and refreshments. For more information, contact Detective Bill Barlock at 618-624-4545, ext. 9555 or wbarlock@ofallon.org.

O’Fallon Garden Club monthly meeting

The O’Fallon Garden Club will have its next monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a social period at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the Rock Springs Park log cabin at 1428 E. Third St. Joyce Hillenbrand, club member, will conduct a visual presentation on the history of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Learn about points of interest of the garden and its history, including the background of founder, Henry Shaw. All ages are welcome. Dig deeper at www.ofallongardenclub.com or O’Fallon Garden Club on Facebook. For more information, call Harriet Baker at 618-580-5530.

SWIC music series

The Southwestern Illinois College Music department will kick off its Chamber Music Series with the sounds of cellist Stephanie Hunt and pianist Diana Umali. The concert, “Finding Dora” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Schmidt Art Center on the SWIC Belleville Campus at 2500 Carlyle Ave. The program is free and open to the public. Hunt is a versatile musician, performing on both modern and baroque cello. For more information on events offered by the SWIC Music department, visit swic.edu/music or contact Umali at diana.umali@swic.edu.

MONDAY, OCT. 10

Columbus Day Kids Fun Run

The Knight of Columbus will sponsor the 25th Annual Columbus Day Kids Run for Special Olympics starting at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 10 at the O’Fallon Community Park. Sign up at the K of C Hall at 402 East Highway 50 in O’Fallon across from the park. Sign up in advance or at least by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event at the K of C Hall. All participants must be registered by 10:30 a.m. on run day. Cost is $10 per runner and the first 100 to sign-up receive a race day T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded and hot dogs and chips will be served at the hall after the run. Advanced sign-up can be made by calling Mike Tiernan at 618-980-3883.

FRIDAY, OCT. 11

McKendree vocal master class

McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts is hosting internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer to share her expertise in a vocal master class from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. High school music directors and their students are invited to join the university’s music and theater students at the Hett. The public is also welcome to observe the master class in session, located at 400 N. Alton St. in Lebanon on the McKendree campus.

SWIC Manufacturing Day open house

Southwestern Illinois Community College will open it’s doors for a manufacturing day open house from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 to showcase new technology, educational programs, career opportunities, products and services. A welcome ceremony begins at 9 a.m. The SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Rd., will serve as the event hub for the day. More than 1,000 local high school students are scheduled to attend. The celebration is free and open to the public. Guest speakers will be President of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and Illinois Performance Excellence David Boulay and General Manager of SunCoke Energy Don Vichitvongsa. For more information, visit swic.edu/mfgday or call the SWIC Technical Education Division at 618-931-0600, ext. 7476.

K of C Fish Fry

The O’Fallon Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary continue to sponsor a weekly fish fry with lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for dinner from 4-8 p.m every Friday at the K of C Hall, located at 402 E. Highway 50, across from the Community Park. The traditional menu of cod and tilapia will be available, along with hamburgers, hot dogs and additional side dishes. Baked cod has also been added to the menu. Dine in or carry out is available. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

VFW sponsors first-ever BaconFest

The Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 and Post 805 Auxiliary will be hosting the first-ever BaconFest on Saturday, Oct. 15. The BaconFest will raise funds for relief funds that help veterans and help promote community businesses. Event organizers are looking for individuals, organizations, and businesses that would like to be vendors. VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon is located at 221 W. First St. For more information, call 618-624-6575.

OTHS Cheer Camp

The O’Fallon Township High School Cheerleaders for Kid’s Camp are hosting a cheer camp from noon to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the OTHS Milburn campus located at 650 Milburn School Rd. in O’Fallon. The camp will focus on motions and cheers, jumps, stunts and tumbling. Snacks and drinks will be provided and a parent performance will conclude the camp. Campers are encouraged to wear athletic clothing, tennis shoes and have their hair up in a ponytail (if applicable). The cost is $30 per child, and $25 for each additional sibling. Mail registration and payment to O’Fallon High School-Milburn campus at 650 Milburn School Road, O’Fallon, Ill., 62269 with Attention: Twana Dollison. For more information contact head coach Twana Dollison at dollisont@oths.us.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Senior Committee

The O’Fallon Township Senior Committee is hosting a senior dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $3 each. At each event the seniors get a catered meal, entertainment and a chance to win prizes. The event will take place at the O’Fallon Township Building located at 801 E. State St. in O’Fallon, and is for O’Fallon Township residents only. The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, Oct. 14. For more information call 618-632-3517 or visit ofallontownship.com/pages/senior-committee.

FRIDAY, OCT. 21

Wine, Witches and A Walk event

The American Cancer Society is hosting an event called ‘Wine, Witches and A Walk’ from 7-10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 at The Blade Building, 1405 N. Green Mount Rd. in O’Fallon. For more information, call 618-288-2320 to RSVP soon as space is restricted.

K of C Fish Fry

The O’Fallon Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary continue to sponsor a weekly fish fry with lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for dinner from 4-8 p.m every Friday at the K of C Hall, located at 402 E. Highway 50, across from the Community Park. Dine in or carry out is available. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229.

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

Wine, Witches and A Walk event

The American Cancer Society is hosting another event called ‘Wine, Witches and A Walk’ starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 at Rock Springs Park, 1428 E. Third St. in O’Fallon. This is an event to celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors and caregivers, educate the public about prevention and detection to reduce risk of the disease and raise funds to help ACS. For more information, call 618-288-2320.

Book sale

The O’Fallon Public Library is holding a book sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in the community room. The Friends of the O’Fallon Public Library group collects donations year-round for the large sale that has a variety of items ranging from children to adult materials. To find out more, call 618-632-3783.

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

Halloween 5K fun run

The Lewis & Clark Habitat For Humanity O’Fallon chapter is hosting its second annual Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K fun run event at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Amelia Carriel Junior High School. The route will begin and end at the school located at 451 N. Seven Hills Rd. The festivities of the day do not end with the run, as pancakes will be served at the finish line, donated by The Egg and I. The day will also include drawings for a custom-built children’s playhouse, and later in the day, the 2016 Chevy Silverado truck from Jack Schmitt Chevrolet. To register go to www.active.com or http://www.ofallonhabitat.org/halloween5k.php.

NOV. 4-6

Book sale

The O’Fallon Public Library is holding a book sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The Friends of the O’Fallon Public Library group collects donations year-round for the large sale that has a variety of items ranging from children to adult materials. For more information, call 618-632-3783.

FRIDAY, NOV. 11

Veteran’s Day Parade

For more than 30 years the Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 and the Post 805 Auxiliary has hosted O’Fallon’s annual Veteran’s Day parade. This year it is slated to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. Parade line up is at 12:30 p.m. at the O’Fallon Community Park on the corner of Fifth and Park Streets at the Katy Cavins Community Center. The deadline for participation inclusion is Sunday, Oct. 30. For more information, call 618-581-8402.

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