O'Fallon Progress

‘Tinsel the Town’ festivities in downtown O’Fallon on Saturday

Getting the keys to his new ride, Matt Warchol was the winner of a Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Silverado raffled by the Rotary Clubs in O’Fallon to support the Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity O’Fallon chapter.
Getting the keys to his new ride, Matt Warchol was the winner of a Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Silverado raffled by the Rotary Clubs in O’Fallon to support the Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity O’Fallon chapter.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1

Senior Committee

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

Metro-East Pachyderms

The Metro-East Pachyderm Club will have its evening meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Regency Conference Center, 410 Regency Park in O’Fallon. The banquet is $40 per individual or $75 per couple, and it will focus on the club’s annual installation of officers. The keynote speaker is Mark Reardon of KMOX Radio. This is a prepaid event. Payment at the door will not be accepted, unless prior arrangements have been made with Robin Springer at 618-624-6983 or Mary Gray at 618-632-6360. Banquet tickets may be purchased at www.metroeastpachy.org, or by mailing a check to the club at P.O. Box 1511, O’Fallon, Ill., 62269. For more information call Karen Rees at 618-334-3799.

Ladies Night

Shiloh Chiropractic, 1231 Frank Scott Parkway East, Ste. 100, is hosting a ladies night event from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. With a focus on “the ladies,” the event will feature chair massages, door prizes, cocktails and mocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Christmas shopping with vendors. RSVP at www.ShilohChiro.com/rsvp or call 618-234-8300.

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 dinner from 4 to 8 p.m., every Friday at the K of C Hall, 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.

OTHS Madrigal Concert

The O’Fallon Township High School Chamber Ensemble is hosting its 39th Annual Madrigal Concert beginning with Beggar’s Feasts at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the OTHS Milburn cafeteria with a performance to follow. An elaborate stage transforms the OTHS Milburn Cafeteria, taking attendees back to yesteryear. Tickets are $10 with open seating. Royal Dinners are at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $20 with reserved seating. Order tickets online at http://othsmadrigals.ezregister.com. All tickets will be distributed at Will Call before each performance. Tickets for Beggar’s Feasts will be sold at the door on a space-available basis. For more information, contact Shannon Sanders at 707-344-8069.

Habitat for Humanity informational meeting

The Lewis & Clark Habitat for Humanity O’Fallon Area Chapter is holding the third and fourth informational meetings at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 6, and is 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 nonprofit 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. For more information call Karen Sheesley at 618-670-6632 or email kshees@aol.com.

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 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, 116 E. First St., from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. The Santa Hut is located at the end of East First Street. For more information visit www.tinselaroundtown.com.

O’Fallon Downtown Santa Hut hours

The O’Fallon Downtown Santa Hut is open from noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17, and from noon to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve. Attendees will leave with a free photo in a commemorative folder with the date on it, as well as a toy gift too. Donations, which are optional, go to support the following year’s Santa Hut costs. Attendees are encouraged to take as many photographs as they like. There is also a mailbox available for those who have written letters to Santa Claus. Chamber of Commerce representatives respond to letters, as they are “Santa’s helpers,” so be sure to include your address. For more information call 618-632-3377.

O’Fallon Theater food drive

The Salvation Army Midland Division is hosting its 31st Annual Wehrenberg Cans Film Festival Food Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at the O’Fallon Wehrenberg Theater, 1320 Central Park Dr. Guests who bring five canned food items to the Wehrenberg Theatre will receive free or discounted admission to any movie that day starting before 5 p.m., while tickets last. Donations will benefit the “Tree of Lights Campaign.” For more information email the Salvation Army Midland Division volunteer manager at Shawndell_Williams@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Metro East Model Railroad Club meeting

The Metro East Model Railroad Club will be holding its open houses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays, Dec. 3, 17 and 31 at the club house at the former Glen Carbon firehouse/city hall, 180 Summit St. Visitors are welcome to view trains running on the club’s 18-by-27-foot HO Scale model railroad. Admission is free. For more information, call 618-476-9228 or 618-254-6596 or visit www.trainweb.org/memrc.

St. Nicholas E-Recycling

St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 625 Saint Nicholas Dr. in O’Fallon, is hosting an electronics recycling day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 in the east parking lot. Items that will be accepted include computer towers, battery backups, electronic motors, floppy drives, DVD and VHS players, computer fans and components, printers, mice, keyboards, speakers, modems and cables. Large and small appliances with power cords will also be accepted. There will be a slight charge for televisions, depending on size, ranging from $5-$20. For more information contact Al Galante at 618-402-7000.

MONDAY, DEC. 5

Shiloh Senior Center games

The Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons hosts bunko or domino games from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday at the Village of Shiloh Senior Center, 7 Park Dr. 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.

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. The meeting is held at the Katy Cavins Community Center, 305 East Fifth St. The kitchen area will be open at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Don Duncan will offer tips on wreath-making and trimming. The club provides greens for wreaths or potted arrangements, but attendees need to bring gloves, scissors, wire cutters, ribbon and decorations to make a wreath. Each year the club makes and donates wreaths to the Fire Department, Public Safety Department and Parks and Recreation Department. Several members will be asked to help make these wreaths. The club will provide drinks and a meat dish, and attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish to share. 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. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for a family.

SWIC Running Start home-schooling meeting

The Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program is hosting an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 for home-schooled students and their parents interested in the accelerated program. The meeting will be held in Liberal Arts Complex room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville campus. Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome. The program allows highly-qualified students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an associate of arts or associate of science degree from SWIC. For more information and reservations, call Jane Sparks at 618-235-2700, ext. 5490 or email at jane.sparks@swic.edu.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7

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, 7 Park Dr. 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 Senior Citizens Club

The Senior Citizens Club of O’Fallon is hosting its monthly business, birthday and entertainment meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the O’Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State St. For more information call 618-632-3517.

Xi Chi of Epsilon Sigma Alpha meeting

Xi Chi Chapter No. 5456 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will host its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 at St. Clair Bowl, 5950 Old Collinsville Rd. ESA members send care packages to deployed troops, help families when they are away from their loved ones, stock base food and family support banks with Hope for Heroes. Those interested in becoming involved in support of St. Jude’s, Easter Seals or Hope for Heroes program contact Fran Harris Shaffer at 618-593-3488 or email at bootscutie@hotmail.com. For more information, visit www.xi-chi.org. or on Facebook at Xi Chi Chapter 5456 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha — ESA.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10

St. Michael’s Christmas bake and book sale

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is hosting its annual Christmas cookie and book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 at St. Michael’s, 111 O’Fallon-Troy Rd. in O’Fallon. Cookies, goodies, books and more gifts will be available for purchase at the free admission and handicap accessible event. On Saturday a hot dog lunch will also be available for attendees. For more information call 618-977-1187.

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 nonprofit 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 United Methodist Church, 504 E. U.S. Highway 50. For more information visit www.lchabitat.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18

Faith Lutheran concert

The Metro East Community Chorale directed by Stephen Wilson will present a Christmas Concert at Faith Lutheran Church in O’Fallon as part of the Faith Concert Series. The concert will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18 in the sanctuary. There will be a freewill offering supporting the Chorale. For more information call 618-632-5562 or visit www.faith-online.org.

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