O'Fallon Progress

Around Town: Several blood drives planned in O’Fallon area


Seminar to address planning for advanced care: Cambridge House, 844 Cambridge Blvd. in O’Fallon, will hold an interactive seminar “Be in Front of the Unpredictable” on Thursday, Feb. 15, starting at 6:30 p.m. Reduce your stress by being prepared with your advanced care plans and knowing why this is so important to you and your loved ones. RSVP to Michelle Carr at 618-206-4113. The program is sponsored by Cambridge House of O’Fallon & Swansea and Hospice of Southern Illinois.


History museum open house: The O’Fallon History Museum, 101 W. State St., will have an open house for its coal mine exhibit from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. The mine exhibit, the museum’s latest edition, was the product of Tommy Fulford’s Boy Scout Troop 46 Eagle Scout project. For more information, visit ofallonhistory.net or call 618-624-8409.


Voter registration deadline: Illinois residents looking to vote in the upcoming primary election need to be registered by Feb. 20. The primary election, held March 20, will include selecting nominees for governor, attorney general and congress. Anyone wanting to register to vote, who had a name change, or changed their address may visit the St. Clair County Clerk’s office at 10 Public Square in Belleville.

Blood drive at St. E’s: HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in conjunction with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive Tuesday, Feb. 20 on the mobile donor bus, which will be parked in the parking lot in front of the hospital at 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd. in O’Fallon. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a St. Patrick’s Day themed “Give a Pint” short sleeve, green T-shirt. To schedule a donation time call MVRBC at 866-448-3253 or log on to www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use Sponsor Code: 10155. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested. A photo ID is required to participate, and it is encouraged that all donors get a good night’s sleep, eat a sustaining meal, and hydrate well before donating.


O’Fallon Senior Citizens Club meeting: The Senior Citizens Club will meet at the O’Fallon Township Building, located at 801 E. State St., at 6 p.m. Feb. 21. The meeting will consist of soup night, club business, and entertainment (Hee Haw). Dues are now payable, and it’s last chance to get your Kiwanis Dinner tickets. For details, contact the Township Office at 618-632-3517.


Woman’s Club lunch: The next O’Fallon Woman’s Club luncheon meeting will be held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 111 O’Fallon Troy Road in O’Fallon, at noon Thursday, Feb. 22. Theme is “Hat Decorating - High Tea.” This event is open to women who’d like to become part of the O’Fallon Woman’s Club. Questions may be directed to Pennie Pavlisin at 618-589-3777.


Kiwanis blood drive: The O’Fallon Kiwanis are partnering with American Red Cross to hold a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 in the Community Room at the O’Fallon Public Safety and Police Department, 285 N. Seven Hills Road in O’Fallon. Call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule your appointment or search online for sponsor code: KiwanisOfallon.

“Bowl-A-Thon” to benefit St. Jude’s: Xi Chi Chapter 5456 of ESA International will hold a “Bowl-A-Thon” fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Feb. 24 at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights. This event is open to the public. Call Di Scott at 618-830-3162 or Fran Harris-Shaffer at 618-593-3488 for more information or tickets for this upcoming event.


O’Fallon Fire Dept. blood drive: The O’Fallon Fire Department is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a community blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at the O’Fallon Fire Station No. 2, 567 W. 3rd St. in O’Fallon. Call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule your appointment or search online for sponsor code: OfallonFire.

O’Fallon WEW lunch: O’Fallon Women Empowering Women will meet Monday, Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bella Milano, at 455 Regency Park in O’Fallon. Find more information on the club’s website, wewillinois.com, or its Facebook page.


Deadline for O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument submissions: Feb. 28 is the deadline for submitting applications for inclusion on the O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument for the Memorial Day dedication Monday, May 28. All honorably discharged veterans who lived in O’Fallon School District 203 at any point in their life are eligible. Applications are available at O’Fallon City Hall, O’Fallon Township Building, O’Fallon Historical Society, O’Fallon Public Library and VFW Post 805, or visit the website ofallonveteransmonument.org. If you need further information, call 618-632-3204.

St. Clare’s blood drive: St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church and St. Clare School are partnering with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to host a community blood drive from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at St. Clare Church Fellowship Hall, 1411 Cross St. in O’Fallon. To donate, call 618-632-3562 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, and use code: 10841.


Flowers need to be removed from cemetery: The deadline for removing all flowers and decorations from the O’Fallon City Cemetery is Thursday, March 1. Any items left on the graves will be removed by staff, per cemetery rules and regulations. Items may be placed back on graves beginning Monday, March 5. As a reminder, only flowers in a vase are permitted on the monuments. Any other items will be removed by the cemetery staff. If you have questions, call the city clerk’s office at 618-624-4500, ext. 8715.

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