Lecturer and Coptic Christian author Usama Dakdok will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Metro East Pachyderm Club, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Amore Ristorante, 1050 Eastgate Drive, O’Fallon. The meeting is free and open to the public. Optional meet-and-greet and ordering from the menu or buffet starts at 5:30 p.m.. This internationally known founder of the The Way of Grace Ministry will speak on religious persecution of Christians world-wide, and the importance of Christians witnessing to Muslims. Amore Ristorante is accessed off Highway 50; the restaurant phone number is 624-2033. For more information, contact Laura at (618) 978-2018 or visit metroeastachy.org.
The public is invited to a meet-the-candidates social sponsored by United Congregations of Metro-East at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at O’Fallon United Church of Christ, 206 W. Adams. Candidates for O’Fallon City Council as well as school board candidates from Districts 90, 104 and 203 have been invited. The social is an informal way for O’Fallon citizens to talk with candidates in anticipation of the April 7 election. Light refreshments will be served.
event at library
O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, will host an after-hours Harry Potter event at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28 (choose one event). Kids in kindergarten and up will enjoy potion and wand making, a fun owl craft and a quidditch skills practice session. Registration is required. To reserve a spot, stop by the O’Fallon Public Library or call them at 632-3783.
Superstar Signing event March 27-29
Collector’s Corner & AtommicSports presents a 3-day Superstar Signing Plus Card and Memorabilia Show Friday, March 27, Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, at Gateway Classic Cards, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Those scheduled to be on hand for signings includes Willie McGee, Ozzie Smith, Tommy Herr, Whitey Herzog, Vince Coleman, Orlando Sanchez, Orlando Pace, Jack Clark, Ken Reitz, Arthur Rhodes, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Arthur “Flash” Johnson. To purchase tickets call (618) 206-8777.
Electronics Recycling Day
An electronics recycling day will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church (625 Saint Nicholas Drive, O’Fallon) 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 also will be accepted (anything with a power cord). A slight charge will be applied for TVs depending on the size ($5-$20). This is a great opportunity to dispose of unwanted or obsolete items correctly and help protect the environment. For more info, contact Pietro Galante at 632-0800.
Easter Egg Hunt
set at Schnucks
Schnucks in O’Fallon’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. (sharp) Saturday, March 28, at Schnucks, 907 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, O’Fallon. The age group is 0-10 years. Parents need to make sure they bring their cameras because the Easter Bunny and an O’Fallon fire truck will be available for kids to get their picture taken with. Other event notables include cookie decorating, face painting and food and drinks available for purchase. In addition, First National Bank of Waterloo will have their mascot UNO available for pictures as well.
.1 K Fun Run
Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon will sponsor a .1 K short/fun run Saturday, March 28, at Post 805, 221 W. 1st St., O’Fallon. The race starts at 10 a.m. This run will help veteran and military families through VFW Post 805 and VFW National Home for Children. Individual registration is $20 and team registration provides up to a $30 discount. Pre-registered racers can pick up their race packet from 1-9 p.m. Friday, March 27, at VFW Post 805 or from 8-9:45 a.m. Saturday, March 28. For more info and to register go to www.vfew805point1k.com.
Aging Care Expo
The First United Methodist Church, 504 East U.S. 50, O’Fallon, will host an Aging Care Expo beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Representatives from local senior care providers will be available to discuss what they have to offer. Author Missy Buchanan will serve as guest speaker to talk about what she has learned talking and writing about helping adult children and their aging parents. Her latest book, “Voices of Aging,” offers encouragement through reflections and scripture. Door prizes and giveaways throughout the event. For more info contact Ron Fontenot at email@example.com.
Get out and vote
O’Fallon Citizens for Action is offering transportation for anyone needing a ride to their precinct polling place on Tuesday, April 7. To schedule a pick-up time, call (618) 223-9533 or 628-1104. Just be sure to get out and vote.
Chamber business luncheon April 9
The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and the O’Fallon Progress will co-host the Salute to Business Awards honoring businesses that have made a particularly positive impact in the community at a luncheon Thursday, April 9, at the Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park Drive, O’Fallon. Registration starts at 11:15 a.m. and the program begins at 11:45 a.m. This is the Chamber’s 39th annual awards luncheon. For more info contact the Chamber of Commerce at 632-3377 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Band Boosters trivia night
The O’Fallon Panther Band Boosters will host a “Generic” trivia night Friday, April 10, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in O’Fallon. Doors open at 6 p.m.; game play at 6:30 p.m. Mulligans, 50/50 raffle, lottery board raffle, heads and tails; cash prizes for 1st and 2nd places; prize for best theme-related table decorations. Cost: $15/person (aged 18 and over); tables of 8. Bring own snacks; cash bar available for beverages. Space is limited—reservations are strongly recommended. To make a reservation contact Mike Bradfield at email@example.com or call 628-0525. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available and will be placed at tables with openings. All proceeds benefit the O’Fallon Township High School Band Program.
Troop 40 fundraisers
The following are upcoming fundraiser for Shiloh Boy Scout Troop 40:
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Shiloh Community Park (behind Klucker Hall). This is the Troop’s and the village of Shiloh’s Electronics Recycling Event (annual free recycling of home electronics items) will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Shiloh Community Park, 14 Park Drive (behind Klucker Hall). Items to recycle: Batteries—Rechargable (NiCad, NiMh, Li), car batteries, Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA), etc.; Computers and related items—Towers, laptops, printers, keyboards, mice, modems, floppy drives, RAM, power supplies, etc.; Electronics and appliances—Small appliances, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, stereo components, etc. For more info call (618) 407-4191 or visit wecycle-belleville.com.
• 5-9 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Ravanelli’s, 1214 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. This is a fundraiser and gift basket raffle night and 10 percent of all sales go to Troop 40;
• 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Pizza World, 651 Carlyle Ave. Belleville. This is a fundraiser night and 10 percent of all sales will go to Troop 40.
• 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30, Troop 40 Superhero 5K and Mile Fun Run at Klucker Hall in Shiloh. On Facebook: Troop 40 Superhero Run. Online registration at: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Shiloh/Troop 40 ShilohSuperhero5K. $25 entry supports local scouts.
Xi Chi auction
Xi Chi Chapter #5456 of ESA International will hold a Chicken Dinner/Quarters Auction on Saturday, April 11, at O’Fallon VFW Post 805, 221 W. 1st St., to benefit the IFSA (Illinois Fire Safety Alliance) Burn Camp. For more info contact Fran Harris-Shaffer at (618) 593-3488.
Senior committee dinner event
O’Fallon Township Senior Committee’s dinner and entertainment event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. Cost is $2. This is for O’Fallon Township residents only. Tickets are available at the township office. Last day to purchase tickets is Friday, April 10.
Your Home Team will host its free spring shredding event from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 25, at its offices, 813 W. Hwy. 50, O’Fallon. This event is free to the community. Your Home Team only asks two things: Paper products only and two can goods for the local food pantry.
Moose golf classic
Moose Lodge 2608’s 9th annual Golf Classic will take place Saturday, April 25, at Tamarack Golf Course, 800 Tamarack Lane, Shiloh. Registration is at noon. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. $75 per person; $300 per team. Food catered by O’Fallon Moose BBQ Team. For more info contact Andrea Picchietti at (618) 531-4548 or Jeff Jerashen at (618) 401-5088.
CrossFit Voyage will hold a fundraiser for a case of infantile spasms at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at CrossFit Voyage, 102R W. State St., O’Fallon, Ill. People can register at https//:mightymarek.eventbrite.com. Registration by Thursday, April 30, will guarantee a “Mighty Marek” shirt.