O'Fallon Progress

Naturalist and owl expert returns to O’Fallon Library Saturday

For the Progress

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. 17

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. For more information, call McKenna Craigmiles at 314-982-0274.

Fall play

The O’Fallon Township High School fall play “Magda’s Story” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19, both at the Milburn Auditorium. Tickets are $5.

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-up discussion on Veterans Day and Election Day from noon to 1 p.m. at Amoré Ristorante 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.

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 to 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 carryout is available. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229.

Healing Service

A Healing Service will occur at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the main church of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. All seeking healing regardless of religious affiliation are most welcomed. There will be no healing service held in December. For more information call 618-277-0416.

SATURDAY, NOV. 19

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 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The O’Fallon EMS is helping local paramedics and EMTs 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.

Library visitor to talk about owls

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the O’Fallon Public Library is having a guest speaker, Mark H.X. Glenshaw, visit to talk about “Forest Park Owls: Mating, Nesting and Owlets.” Glenshaw, an award-winning naturalist, has been observing, documenting and doing outreach with Great Horned Owls in Forest Park since December 2005. Awarded the Citizen Scientist Award for the 2006 St. Louis BioBlitz by the Academy of Science-St. Louis, he is a certified Missouri Master Naturalist and a volunteer for Forest Park Forever. A native of Washington, D.C. and a dual citizen of the United States and South Africa, he earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in communications and journalism from Washington University in St. Louis. Refreshments will be provided. This is a free event and open to the general public, but register soon as space is limited. For more information call 618-632-3783.

Fall Festival of Dance

The State Street Dance Company will present a Fall Festival of Dance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University at 400 N. Alton St. in Lebanon. The State Street Dance Company is a local pre-professional dance company made of students from ages 11-18 through O’Fallon’s dance studio DanceStation. Tickets are available through DanceStation or at the door. For more information call 618-632-1217.

MONDAY, NOV. 21

Shiloh Senior Center games

The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons hosts bunco or domino games from 10 to 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.

McKendree Hett Film Series

Three new releases, including some anticipated to be Academy Award contenders, have been added to the McKendree University’s Hettenhausen “Hett” Center for the Arts Film Arts Series in 2016-2017, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday, at the Hett located at 400 N. Alton St. in Lebanon. “Macbeth” is an R-rated, nearly two-hour, feature film released in 2015 that’s based on the Shakespearean play. After murdering King Duncan and seizing the throne, Macbeth becomes consumed with guilt and paranoia in Shakespeare’s bloody tale of a Scottish tyrant. Admission is free for students, faculty and staff members, and $5 for the public. For more information visit www.thehett.com.

TUESDAY, NOV. 22

Habitat For Humanity informational meeting

The Lewis & Clark Habitat For Humanity O’Fallon Area Chapter is holding the first of four informational meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, seeking an O’Fallon area family that wants to turn the dream of home ownership into a reality. Family selection for the third O’Fallon home will take place soon and building will begin in spring 2017. The public information sessions for prospective applicants will be held in November and December. During orientation, interested individuals will learn more about the organization, the homes being built, how to qualify and the application process. The O’Fallon Area Lewis and Clark Habitat For Humanity is a non-profit organization that works with low income families to build houses. Families are selected according to the following criteria: need, ability to pay and willingness to partner. Attending at least one meeting is a mandatory requirement to qualify. Other upcoming dates include Wednesday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 2; Tuesday, Dec. 6. For more information call Karen Sheesley at 618-670-6632 or email kshees@aol.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23

Shiloh Senior Center games

The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons hosts pinochle or card games from 10 to 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.

O’Fallon Garden Club board meeting

The O’Fallon Garden Club board will hold it’s monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Katy Cavins Center located at 308 E. Fifth St. in O’Fallon Community Park. For more information visit www.ofallongardenclub.com.

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.

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

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 to 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 carryout is available. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229.

MONDAY, NOV. 28

O’Fallon Book Club meeting

The O’Fallon Book Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, except December at the O’Fallon Public Library in the upstairs conference room at 120 Civic Plaza in O’Fallon. Discussion of the current selection, “A Fierce Radiance” by Lauren Belfer, lasts about 45 minutes, and following is a period where members suggest titles for the next read. The meeting is free and requires no registration. The shared December and January title is slated to be “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen. For more information, visit http://ofpl.info/events/bookclub or call 618-632-3783.

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.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1

Senior Committee

The O’Fallon Township Senior Committee is hosting a senior dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m Thursday, Dec. 1. Tickets can be purchased for $3 each at the township building. 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 Tuesday, Nov. 22. For more information call 618-632-3517 or visit ofallontownship.com/pages/senior-committee.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2

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 to 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 carryout is available. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3

Tinsel the Town

A downtown O’Fallon shopping event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in downtown O’Fallon. This is a downtown holiday event where visitors can take advantage of special discounts and treats at participating businesses, enjoy strolling carolers, take pictures with Santa Claus, vote on their favorite window display and enter a raffle for a $100 gift card. Carolers will roam State and First streets. The O’Fallon Township High School saxophone choir will perform outside the Chamber of Commerce Depot from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at 116 E. First St. The Santa Hut is located at the end of East First Street. For more information visit www.tinselaroundtown.com.

TUESDAY, DEC. 6

O’Fallon Garden Club meeting

The O’Fallon Garden Club membership meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month. The program for the December meeting is the annual wreath making and potluck. Meeting location is the Katy Cavins Community Center located in the Community Park at 305 East Fifth St. Bring your gloves, scissors and other things to make your wreath. This event is free and open to the public to attend at no cost. All ages are welcome. You can dig deeper at www.ofallongardenclub.com or O’Fallon Garden Club on Facebook.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11

A Masterworks Christmas program

Christine Brewer will be the featured vocalist during A Masterworks Christmas program at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St. in O’Fallon. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and military members. Masterworks is a non-profit arts organization based in Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metropolitan region. For more information, and to reserve tickets, call 618-304-9094 or visit www.singmasterworks.org.

MONDAY, DEC. 12

Habitat For Humanity

The Lewis & Clark Habitat For Humanity O’Fallon Area Chapter is holding it’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the United Methodist Church located at 504 E. U.S. Highway 50 in O’Fallon. For more information visit www.lchabitat.org.

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