O'Fallon Progress

Military members get in free to Saturday’s McKendree Bearcats gridiron match

The latest Lewis & Clark Habitat For Humanity O’Fallon Chapter hosted a home blessing and the turning over of the keys Saturday, Nov. 5 on the second O’Fallon home built by the organization with the help of the community and many civic groups like the Rotary Clubs of O’Fallon. The recipient of the home at 122 Carson Dr. is Cherri Crankfield, along with her children. (In blue) Ken Beeman, president of the O’Fallon Habitat for Humanity chapter; Cherri Crankfield and Herb Roach, Rotary Club member and O’Fallon ward 4 alderman, giving the keys to Crankfield for her new home. Thanks were extended to Habitat for Humanity, the O'Fallon Rotary Clubs for there volunteers and for their fund raising, local businesses for their generosity and work, local craft unions for their members, to officials from the city of O’Fallon and St. Clair County, and all others who dedicated time, sweat and supplies to move the community project forward. Habitat will now be making preparations for building another home on Carson Drive for a deserving family next year. For more information visit http://lchabitat.org/.
The latest Lewis & Clark Habitat For Humanity O’Fallon Chapter hosted a home blessing and the turning over of the keys Saturday, Nov. 5 on the second O’Fallon home built by the organization with the help of the community and many civic groups like the Rotary Clubs of O’Fallon. The recipient of the home at 122 Carson Dr. is Cherri Crankfield, along with her children. (In blue) Ken Beeman, president of the O’Fallon Habitat for Humanity chapter; Cherri Crankfield and Herb Roach, Rotary Club member and O’Fallon ward 4 alderman, giving the keys to Crankfield for her new home. Thanks were extended to Habitat for Humanity, the O'Fallon Rotary Clubs for there volunteers and for their fund raising, local businesses for their generosity and work, local craft unions for their members, to officials from the city of O’Fallon and St. Clair County, and all others who dedicated time, sweat and supplies to move the community project forward. Habitat will now be making preparations for building another home on Carson Drive for a deserving family next year. For more information visit http://lchabitat.org/.

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 in the cafeteria at the school, located at 451 N. Seven 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. A program in the gymnasium will 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 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 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 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.

Be a Santa to a Senior

From the beginning of November through Dec. 14, there are three locations in the area that will have Be a Santa to a Senior trees with paper ornaments holiday shoppers can choose from, buy the requested gift and return it to one of the tree locations with the ornament attached. No need to wrap the gifts because Home Instead Senior Care staff will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in the area, including O’Fallon and Shiloh. Locations include: Home Instead Senior Care at 2321 Country Rd. in Shiloh; Bank of Belleville at 215 S. Illinois St. in Belleville; and, Fairview Heights City Hall at 10025 Bunkum Rd. in Fairview Heights. For more information call McKenna Craigmiles at 314-982-0274.

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. First 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. 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. 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 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 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.

Book sale

The Parent Teacher Organization for Exceptional Children is hosting a book sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, located at 205 Rasp St. in Shiloh, off Lebanon Avenue. PTOEC will also be collecting items for a Savers Fundrive in which PTOEC will receive money for each pound of items like clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, linen, bath items, toys, small household items, but no furniture. The money will be used for Special Olympics, summer camps, fun nights and other events. For more information contact Tom Biondo at biondo8@charter.net or call Bonnie Biondo at 618-792-6278.

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. 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 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 Bearcats Band. For more information, contact Krysti Connelly at khconnelly@mckendree.edu.

Library Boards and Builds STEAM Club

The O’Fallon Public Library is hosting a Boards and Builds STEAM Club for second-graders on up to learn about circuitry, do art projects, play games or build with Keva Planks. The club will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday at 120 Civic Plaza in O’Fallon. For more information call 618-632-3783.

SUNDAY, NOV. 13

Library Barnes & Noble Book Fair

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fairview Heights Barnes & Noble book store, mention the O’Fallon library when you make a purchase and the library will receive a portion of the sale. Activities include face painting, animal bingo, a photo booth, story-time by local author Josie Hladick from 1:30-3 p.m. and a visit by farm and therapy dog Bella. For more information go to the library website at http://ofpl.info/events/bookfair.

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 at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. Admission is free and, the event is open to the public. 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 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/.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16

Senior Citizens Club of O’Fallon

The Senior Citizens Club of O’Fallon is hosting its monthly business, birthday and entertainment meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the O’Fallon Township building at 801 E. State St. Attendees must have a ticket.

FRIDAY, NOV. 18

Metro-East Pachyderm meeting

The Metro-East Pachyderm Club of O’Fallon will host its weekly meeting covering regular business and follow discussion on Veterans Day and Election Day from noon to 1 p.m. at Amoré Restorante at 1050 Eastgate Dr. in O’Fallon. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to order lunch at 11:30 a.m. For more information call or text 618-334-3799.

O’Fallon EMS “Stuff the Bus” toy drive

The O’Fallon Emergency Medical Services will be hosting a “Stuff the Bus” toy drive at the Shiloh Target located at 3400 Green Mount Crossing from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The O’Fallon EMS is helping local paramedics and EMT’s fill the bus by donating new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the O’Fallon-Shiloh community. For more information contact O’Fallon EMS at 618-624-4516.

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 adviser Coleen Lucas at LucasC@oths.us or call 618-632-3507.

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