O'Fallon Progress

Get your fill of cookies, books at St. Michael’s Church this weekend

From left, Beth Lundy, president of the O’Fallon Woman’s Club, presents Michelle Hamby, second-grade teacher at Marie Schaefer Elementary, with an “Apple for Teachers.” For the past 45 years, the club has acknowledged the service and dedication of O’Fallon’s educators to the children of community. Woman’s Club members visited all schools and hand-delivered apples to teachers and support staff last month. “We’ve been doing this for many years, and both the teachers and club members look forward to it each year. The club buys the apples, and the members gather and distribute them throughout the schools. We walk into each classroom, hand the teacher, aide, intern, etc., an apple and personally thank them for their commitment to our children,” said Margo Snyder of the O’Fallon Woman’s Club. The club typically hands out the American Education Week in November. “When we first started showing appreciation 45 years ago, I think members made pencil holders for teachers, and there may have been other simple gifts provided in subsequent years, but in the past 16 years that I’ve been a member, we have delivered apples,” Snyder said.
From left, Beth Lundy, president of the O’Fallon Woman’s Club, presents Michelle Hamby, second-grade teacher at Marie Schaefer Elementary, with an “Apple for Teachers.” For the past 45 years, the club has acknowledged the service and dedication of O’Fallon’s educators to the children of community. Woman’s Club members visited all schools and hand-delivered apples to teachers and support staff last month. “We’ve been doing this for many years, and both the teachers and club members look forward to it each year. The club buys the apples, and the members gather and distribute them throughout the schools. We walk into each classroom, hand the teacher, aide, intern, etc., an apple and personally thank them for their commitment to our children,” said Margo Snyder of the O’Fallon Woman’s Club. The club typically hands out the American Education Week in November. “When we first started showing appreciation 45 years ago, I think members made pencil holders for teachers, and there may have been other simple gifts provided in subsequent years, but in the past 16 years that I’ve been a member, we have delivered apples,” Snyder said.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8

Toastmasters Club

O’Fallon Toastmasters will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in the Community Financial Center, 800 South Lincoln. For more information, visit http://ofallon.toastmastersclubs.org. There will be no meetings on Dec. 15, 22 or 29. The first meeting of the new year will be Jan. 5.

Shop the Holiday Boutique at PSOP

Programs and Services for Older Persons will host the Holiday Boutique shopping experience from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. PSOP is located at 201 N. Church St. in downtown Belleville. Shop for new and gently used items such as jewelry, crafts, holiday decorations, kitchen items, books and more. Items will be marked down considerably and shelves will constantly be restocked with new items. All proceeds will benefit PSOP Activities. For more information, contact PSOP Activities at 618-234-4410, ext. 7042.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9

Christmas production

First Baptist Church in O’Fallon is hosting “Getting in the Christmas Mood,” an original, family-friendly production that combines the power of a 90 voice choir with the energy of a Big Band. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the church located at 1111 E. Hwy 50 in O’Fallon. For more information, e-mail worship@fbcofallon.org or call 618-632-6223.

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.

Metro-East Pachyderms to meet

Only two Metro-East Pachyderm meetings remain for 2016, Friday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 16. Both will be at noon at Amoré Restaurante in O’Fallon. Various topics will be discussed on Dec. 9. On Dec. 16, there will be a Christmas presentation by Adrian Heuermann. Beginning on Jan. 13, the club will be changing to two meetings per month, one at noon and one evening at 5:30 p.m., but they will still meet at Amoré. On Jan. 13, the meeting will be at noon, and the speaker will be Samantha Wilson with Turning Point USA.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10

St. Michael’s Christmas bake and book sale

Why spend time baking for the holidays? 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 located at 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.

O’Fallon Downtown Santa Hut hours

The O’Fallon Downtown Santa Hut is open from noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays, Dec. 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 Library to host children’s author

Pauline Peterson, author of “Christmas Bear’s Wish,” will share her brand new Christmas story at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza. “Christmas Bear’s Wish,” is the story of a bear who wants to help his family celebrate other holidays throughout the year. Kids will have some beary fun activities to go along with this Christmas story.

Library to host children’s book sale

The Children’s Department of the O’Fallon Public Library is holding a mini children’s book sale on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Township to host rummage sale

O’Fallon Township will hold its monthly rummage sale at the township building, 801 E. State St. in O’Fallon, on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 7 a.m. until noon. Men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, plus household items, will be available.

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.

Children’s Christmas Musical

A Children’s Christmas Musical, “All About That Baby,” will be presented at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at O’Fallon Assembly of God, 1400 N. Green Mount Road. For more information, contact the church at 618-632-5584 or visit the website www.ofallonassembly.com.

O’Fallon Senior Citizens to meet

The Senior Citizens of O’Fallon will meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the O’Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State. This will be the group’s Christmas party. You must have a ticket.

TUESDAY, DEC. 13

Zoning Hearing canceled

The city of O’Fallon has announced it is canceling the Zoning Hearing Officer meeting set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at city hall.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

Red Cross to hold blood drive

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the YMCA, 284 North Seven Hills in O’Fallon.

Metro East Pachyderms to meet

The Metro East Pachyderms will meet at noon on Friday, Dec. 16 at Amoré Restaurante in O’Fallon. There will be a Christmas presentation by Adrian Heuermann. Beginning on Jan. 13, the club will be changing to two, meetings per month, one at noon and one evening at 5:30 p.m., but they will still meet at Amoré. On Jan. 13, the meeting will be at noon, and the speaker will be Samantha Wilson with Turning Point USA.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

The O’Fallon Police Department is hosting a Breakfast with Santa event from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at Amelia Carriel Junior High School, 451 N. Seven Hills Road in O’Fallon. The pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Santa is expected to arrive at 8:30 a.m. The event will also include crafts for the children to make. The event is provided free by local community sponsors. Canned goods will be collected for the O’Fallon Food Pantry.

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.

Christmas presentation

An adult Christmas presentation, “Behold,” will be presented at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at O’Fallon Assembly of God, 1400 N. Green Mount Road. For more information, contact the church at 618-632-5584 or visit the website www.ofallonassembly.com.

TUESDAY, DEC. 27

City meetings canceled

The city of O’Fallon has canceled the following meetings set for Tuesday, Dec. 27: Zoning Hearing Officer at 5 p.m., the Finance & Administrative Committee at 5:30 p.m., Community Development Committee at 6 p.m., the Planning Commission at 6 p.m., and the Public Works Committee at 7 p.m.

THURDAY, DEC. 29

Red Cross to hold blood drive

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 29 at St. Clare School, 214 West 3rd St. in O’Fallon.

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