O'Fallon Progress

America Reads Program offers free tutoring at the O’Fallon Library

The O’Fallon Police Department graduated the latest Citizen Police Acadmey, session No. 5, on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Academy is designed to give participants a realistic view of the day to day operations of public safety work by providing instruction, practical's and education on numerous topics. Participants experience 11 classes in an eight-week program to include learning and experiencing hands on training about: agency history and structure; police operations; patrol tactics; traffic stops and driving under the influence; current drug trends; general investigations; firearm training and simulato; response to resistance; CPR and AED training and certification; fire safety and demonstrations with firearms; presentations about the Major Case Squad; 9-1-1 communications; and, an eight-hour ride along with an officer. Special guests included St Clair Co. States Attorney Brendan Kelly, Asst. Attorney General Ella York, Greg Cueto, U. S. Attorney’s Office, Director Van Muschler SWIC Police Academy and Director David Hayes Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. From left, front row, Tina Koch, Helen Smith, Lisa Bennion, Sharon Cheadle, Jennafer Purdy, Lindsey Lester-Brutscher, Sharon Foster, Kathy Rutledge, Sandra Taylor, and Linda Pixton. From left, back row, Capt. Mark Berry, Capt. James Cavins, 911 Operator Michelle Foster, Richard Van Etten, David Snyder, Robert Winkler, Sgt. Craig Koch, Jonas Patterson, Derek Hartman, Thomas Kazmierczak, Paull Cleary, David Scharven, David Taylor, Lt. Kirk Brueggeman, Lee Niehaus, Sgt. Michael Mojzis, Chris Pixton, EMS Supv. Kim Lamprecht, Chief Eric Van Hook, and Lt. Rob Schmidtke.
The O’Fallon Police Department graduated the latest Citizen Police Acadmey, session No. 5, on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Academy is designed to give participants a realistic view of the day to day operations of public safety work by providing instruction, practical's and education on numerous topics. Participants experience 11 classes in an eight-week program to include learning and experiencing hands on training about: agency history and structure; police operations; patrol tactics; traffic stops and driving under the influence; current drug trends; general investigations; firearm training and simulato; response to resistance; CPR and AED training and certification; fire safety and demonstrations with firearms; presentations about the Major Case Squad; 9-1-1 communications; and, an eight-hour ride along with an officer. Special guests included St Clair Co. States Attorney Brendan Kelly, Asst. Attorney General Ella York, Greg Cueto, U. S. Attorney’s Office, Director Van Muschler SWIC Police Academy and Director David Hayes Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. From left, front row, Tina Koch, Helen Smith, Lisa Bennion, Sharon Cheadle, Jennafer Purdy, Lindsey Lester-Brutscher, Sharon Foster, Kathy Rutledge, Sandra Taylor, and Linda Pixton. From left, back row, Capt. Mark Berry, Capt. James Cavins, 911 Operator Michelle Foster, Richard Van Etten, David Snyder, Robert Winkler, Sgt. Craig Koch, Jonas Patterson, Derek Hartman, Thomas Kazmierczak, Paull Cleary, David Scharven, David Taylor, Lt. Kirk Brueggeman, Lee Niehaus, Sgt. Michael Mojzis, Chris Pixton, EMS Supv. Kim Lamprecht, Chief Eric Van Hook, and Lt. Rob Schmidtke.

THURSDAY, NOV. 3

KiXX Soccer tryouts

KiXX United FC is hosting tryouts for high school boys from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the O’Fallon Family Sports Park at 301 Obernuefemann Road in O’Fallon on field No. 3. Rostered players need written permission from their current coach to attend. For more information, email Donny Sheehan at donny@kixxsoccer.com.

Looking Glass Prairie DAR meeting

The O’Fallon Looking Glass Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Cambridge House, located at 844 Cambridge Blvd. in O’Fallon. The meeting is open to all members and any woman 18 years old or older who have ancestors from the American Revolution. For more information, call Rhonda Leach at 618-210-0392.

CHADD and ADHD Support Group meetings

Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group meetings for the O’Fallon-Shiloh metro-east region will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Shiloh Senior Center located at 7 Park Drive in Shiloh. The topic of discussion will “Executive functions: What are they, how do they affect ADHD, recommendations for parents of children/teens with ADHD and more” with Christopher Bosworth, pediatric neuropsychologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. For more information, email volunteer Kristin Weber at p2pkweber@chadd.net or visit www.slchkidstoday.com.

Interior Design Class

O’Fallon Kloss Furniture is offering a free home design class open to the public held at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Each class will last about an hour. Design specialists will teach tips and tricks for creating a more beautiful and comfortable home. The business is located at 1246 Central Park Drive. Each month will feature a different topic. November’s class theme is “Tablescapes.” Participants will learn how to set the perfect holiday table. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 618-628-2802.

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

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.

McKendree “Curtains” at the Hett

McKendree University’s Departments of Theatre, Music and Dance are hosting a main stage performance titled, “Curtains,” with music and lyrics by Kander and Ebb. The curtain will rise for the musical comedy whodunit at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5. The performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Admission is free. Pre-order is available for free tickets by contacting the Hett box office at 618-537-6863 or by visiting theHett.com. Seating is available 30 minutes prior to curtain.

SATURDAY, NOV. 5

Book sale

The O’Fallon Public Library is holding a book sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and from 1-4 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.

Tutors available at O’Fallon Library

Tutors from America Reads Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are now available to work with kindergarten through sixth-grade students for 30 minute sessions on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at the O’Fallon Public Library located at 120 Civic Plaza in O’Fallon. The available times and days include: 4-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 9-4 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. This is a free program but requires sign up. To register or for more information, call 618-632-3783.

Woman’s Club trivia

The O’Fallon Woman’s Club is hosting its second annual trivia night with doors opening at 6 p.m. and trivia beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Katy Cavins Community Center at 308 E. 5th St. in O’Fallon. The cost is $100 for a table of eight or $12.50 for individuals. Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third place tables. Mulligans will be available, as well as a number of silent auction items and raffles, including 50/50 and a “cooler of spirits.” There will also be a prize for best decorated table with the theme being red, white and blue All American. Feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages; however, outside alcohol is not allowed. Beer, wine, soda and water will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit O’Fallon Woman’s Club educational projects. For more information and tickets, email ofallonwomansclub@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, NOV. 6

OTHS veterans reception

A veterans reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the O’Fallon Township High School Milburn School campus cafeteria, at 650 Milburn School Road, to honor those veterans who participated in this year’s Living History Project. The students in Kristin Strubhart’s history and broadcast classes interviewed the veterans in October and are in the process of editing the videos. These videos will be donated to the Library of Congress. A 4-minute clip of each veteran’s interview will be shown at the reception, and the veterans will be presented with certificates. The OTHS JROTC cadets will serve as Honor Guards. The O’Fallon Historical Society is setting up a booth of artifacts and is helping to sponsor the project. The Cahokia Mound Chapter, Daughter’s of the American Revolution will serve refreshments. This year, the Scott Air Force Band will open the festivities. The event is open to the public. Kristin Strubhart is always looking for veterans who would like to be interviewed for next year’s project. For more information, email her at strubhartk@oths.us.

Homecoming Gospel Choir concert

Southern Illinois’ Homecoming Gospel Choir will be appearing in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the O’Fallon Assembly of God, located at 1400 N. Green Mount Road in O’Fallon. The 80-voice strong choir is in its 17th season under the direction of John and Judy Roberts presented in the Gaither style of southern gospel and traditional hymns. The upbeat, fast-paced 2 1/2 hour concert features soloists, as well as several duets, trios and quartets from those across southern Illinois. Headliners include Steve Ladd and Cheryl Harre and award-winning soloist Abby Paskvan, of Bowling Green, Ohio. Larry Delawder, also known as Barney Fife, of Branson, Mo., will also make an appearance. The event is open to the public and free. For more information, visit www.homecominggospelchoir.com, call the church office at 618-632-5584 or call John and Judy Roberts at 618-245-9133.

MONDAY, NOV. 7

Shiloh Senior Center games

The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons hosts bunko or domino games from 10-11:30 a.m. every Monday at the Village of Shiloh Senior Center, located at 7 Park Drive in Shiloh. PSOP organizes the senior programs for the Village of Shiloh and can be reached at 618-234-4410, ext. 7023. The program is open to local seniors.

O’Fallon Kiwanis meetings

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. every Monday except on holidays, the Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon meets at the Knights of Columbus Hall in O’Fallon at 5420 Old Collinsville Road. The event is a casual dress, hour-long dinner meeting. Volunteers wanting to make a difference in the lives of children are always welcome. The club supports groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America with sponsorships of the annual Bike Safety Rodeo in conjunction with the O’Fallon Police, as well as Bringing Up Grades Program and Christmastime family sponsorships. For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/site/ofallonilkiwanis/about-us or contact April Barnes at 618-624-7306.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9

Shiloh Senior Center games

The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons hosts pinochle or card games from 10-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Village of Shiloh Senior Center located at 7 Park Drive in Shiloh. PSOP organizes the senior programs for the Village of Shiloh, and can be reached at 618-234-4410, ext. 7023. The program is open to local seniors.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees, NARFE, Chapter 1019 meeting will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Golden Corral at 3360 Green Mount Crossing Road in Shiloh. The lunch buffet opens at 11 a.m., followed by the meeting. Guests are welcome. Members are encouraged to bring their Winter Luncheon Reservations to the meeting. The guest speaker is Kristi Vetri, an elder law attorney, to address issues regarding longer life spans. Federal Employees Health Benefits open season runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 12; NARFE reminds members to make changes to health benefits now. For more information, call Deane Richter at 618-526-7932.

THURSDAY, NOV. 10

Carriel Veteran event

Amelia Carriel Junior High is hosting its third annual Veterans Day assembly from 7:30-9:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the cafeteria at the school, located at 451 N. 7 Hills Road in O’Fallon. This year’s featured speaker is Lt. Col. Andrew Resch, the new 375th Security Forces Squadron Commander at Scott Air Force Base. Breakfast will be served to guests. A program will follow in the gymnasium to include patriotic musical performances by the Carriel band and chorus. Carriel students will present a few short readings regarding the country’s military history, as well as recognition of veterans and active duty military members present. The program will commence with a presentation of a small gift to guests and a large group photo. For more information or for veterans or spouses interested in attending, call the school office at 618-622-2932.

Pediatric seminar

The O’Fallon Public Safety Department’s Emergency Medical Services will be offering a free pediatric seminar designed for anyone in the medical field from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Katy Cavins Community Center, located at 308 Fifth St. The seminar will cover topics including: autism for emergency care providers; pediatric epilepsy; pediatric disaster medicine; respiratory illness in children; gun violence; and traumatic teen years. Seminar attendance is free and open to those who have registered. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to local children’s hospitals for Christmas. To register, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20fob45afab28a1fb6-ofallon.com. For more information, call 618-624-4516.

SWIC job fair

Southwestern Illinois College is hosting a fall job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Belleville campus varsity gym, located at 2500 Carlyle Ave. All job seekers are welcome and should arrive with plenty of copies of their resumes. The job fair is open to the public. Certain companies and service organizations will be focused on opportunities for veterans. As part of the event, job seekers are encouraged to attend the free workshop “Job Fair 411.” This short workshop, provided by SWIC Southwestern Illinois workNET staff, will run every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. More than 100 employers representing a variety of career fields are expected to attend the fair sponsored by SWIC Veterans and Career Services. For more information, visit swic.edu/CCevents.

FRIDAY, NOV. 11

VFW Post 805 Auxiliary food drive collection

Friday is the last day the O’Fallon VFW Post 805 will be collecting non-perishable food/non-food items for Jefferson Barracks Food Pantry. The collection drop off location is the VFW Post 805 at 221 W. 1st St. in O’Fallon. Cash donations can be made inside the post. Items requested for collection are toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels and baby items, as well as non-perishable food items like canned and dry goods. The post is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 618-624-6575.

Veterans Day parade

For more than 30 years, the Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 and the Post 805 Auxiliary have hosted O’Fallon’s annual Veterans 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 was Sunday, Oct. 30. For more information, call 618-581-8402.

Veterans Monument Program

The city of O’Fallon will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, with patriotic music selections to begin. The ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. The event is held at the Veterans Monument Park at 737 E. Wesley Drive in O’Fallon. The guest speaker will be U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven J. Berryhill, deputy director of U.S. Transcom Operations and Plans. The names of 29 newly-inscribed veterans will be introduced at this time. All veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations that day. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and drinks. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the First Baptist Church of O’Fallon at 1111 E. U.S. 50. For more information, call 618-632-3204 or visit www.ofallonveteransmonument.org/.

Allsup military families conference

Allsup is sponsoring a conference for military families and free Veterans Day screening to “Thank You for Your Service” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Faith Family Church, located at 704 N. Green Mount Road in Shiloh. Hosted by Operation Honor, a movie screening and panel discussion kick off the No Family Left Behind Behavioral Health Conference and Connection Fair Nov. 11-12. Keynote speaker is Mark Russell, founding director of the Institute for War Injuries and Social Justice of Antioch University. Conference registration is $10. Scholarships are available. To register, call 618-277-0232 or visit www.OperationHonor.net.

Library children’s activities

The O’Fallon Public Library Children’s Activity Room will be open from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, for children attending kindergarten through sixth-grade who might be bored while school is not in session. The library will provide them with the opportunity to play board games, build with architectural blocks, read or put puzzles together. No registration is required. For more information, contact the library at 618-632-3783 or youthservices@ofpl.info.

McKendree Military Appreciation Week

McKendree University is hosting Military Appreciation Week activities beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. See and hear the university’s Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jennifer Moder, assistant professor of music education, for the special performance honoring the nation’s veterans and local first responders. The patriotic concert will feature a guest quartet — Nichole DeWall, Brian Pezza, Duane Olson and Mary Jane Moder, and the Sesser-Valier High School Band, led by 2015 McKendree University graduate Megan Zurliene. Admission is free.

SATURDAY, NOV. 12

McKendree Bearcats football game

All active military members and veterans will receive complimentary tickets with a military ID to the 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, football game at Leemon Field. The McKendree Bearcats football team will play against the Truman State University Bulldogs. Special pregame presentations will be given by the Communications Squadron from Scott Air Force Base, USTRANSCOM Color Guard and the Marching Bearcat Band. For more information, contact Krysti Connelly at khconnelly@mckendree.edu.

MONDAY, NOV. 14

Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and more

A St. Louis Symphony chamber ensemble will perform a guided sampler of great string quartets at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. Admission is free and, the event is open to the public. The program will feature select movements from works including: Mozart String Quartet No. 23 in F major; Beethoven String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130; Debussy String Quartet in G minor; Dvorák String Quartet No. 12, American Quartet; and Brahms String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51.

Musicians including Erin Schreiber and Jonathan Chu, violins; Beth Guterman Chu, viola; and James Czyzewski, cello, will be performing. For more information, visit www.theHett.com or call 618-537-6863.

TUESDAY, NOV. 15

Last day for food donations

Nov. 15 is the last day for food and monetary donations for the O’Fallon annual Thanksgiving meal. Items can be dropped off at Benedick Title Insurance, 1004 S. Lincoln Ave., suite 9. Monetary donations must be made payable to the O’Fallon Community Food Pantry. The event is slated from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day —Thursday, Nov. 24. For more information or for those who are interested in volunteering or donating, contact Linda Benedick at Ofallonthanksgiving@gmail.com.

O’Fallon Historical society meeting

The O’Fallon Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the O’Fallon History Museum, located at 101 W. State St. OHS meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month year round, except the month of June due to the OHS annual picnic. The monthly meetings are open to the public at no charge. For more information, visit www.ofallonhistory.net/.

MONDAY, NOV. 21

Shiloh Senior Center games

The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons hosts bunko or domino games from 10-11:30 a.m. every Monday at the Village of Shiloh Senior Center, located at 7 Park Drive in Shiloh. PSOP organizes the senior programs for the Village of Shiloh and can be reached at 618-234-4410, ext. 7023. The program is open to local seniors.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23

Shiloh Senior Center games

The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons hosts pinochle or card games from 10-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Village of Shiloh Senior Center, located at 7 Park Drive in Shiloh. PSOP organizes the senior programs for the Village of Shiloh and can be reached at 618-234-4410, ext. 7023. The program is open to local seniors.

THURSDAY, NOV. 24

Thanksgiving meal

A group of local citizens, businesses and civic groups will be hosting a free Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. The church is located at 520 East U.S. 50 in O’Fallon. Leftover food and cash donations will be given to the O’Fallon Food Pantry. For more information, email ofallonthanksgiving@gmail.com or call 618-632-8401.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30

OTHS Senior dedications

The deadline to get an O’Fallon Township High School senior dedication in the 2017 yearbook is Wednesday, Nov. 30. Order forms were mailed home, and additional forms are available on the yearbook room: door No. 69. If an order is received Dec. 1 or later, the school will not be able to guarantee the dedication will be in the yearbook. For more information, email OTHS yearbook advisor Coleen Lucas at LucasC@oths.us or call 618-632-3507.

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