O'Fallon Progress

Around Town: Deadline approaching for O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument submissions


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.

Metro-East Pachyderm Club meeting: The Metro-East Pachyderm Club evening meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Dewey’s Pizza, 425 Regency Park in O’Fallon. Dinner buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Don Moore, a Republican from Troy, who represents the 2nd District on the Madison County Board and is running for the 108th Illinois House District. For more information, visit metroeastpachy.com.


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 Department 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.

O’Fallon Library Book Club meeting: This month, the O’Fallon Library Book Club will review “The Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation” by Cokie Roberts, and afterward, pick up next month’s selection, “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks” by Amy Stewart. The club meets upstairs at the library from 7 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, except December, and discusses the current selection and picks the next read. Any genre is possible, as long as there’s sufficient copies available for checkout. The helpful librarians order copies for pickup at the next meeting. No purchase is necessary. You’ll read something you might not have tried; do a book a month; and engage in some friendly banter. There’s nothing intimidating nor stuffy. For more information, a list of past selections, and FAQs, go online at ofpl.info/events/bookclub or phone 618-632-3783.


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.

St. Clair County Genealogical Society meeting: Frank Klostermann will discuss his trip to German villages, Westkirchen, Ennigerloh, and Horste, at the St. Clair County Genealogical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St. in Belleville. He includes travel tips and an updated list of German genealogical websites. The lecture is free and open to the public. More information is available on the society’s website at www.stclair-ilgs.org or Facebook.com/sccgs.


Spaghetti dinner: The O’Fallon Kiwanis Club has a Spaghetti dinner slated for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Rd. in O’Fallon. Families cost $25 or adults cost $10, and kids 10-years-old and under are $5. The meal includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink. Takeouts are available. For more information, call April Barnes at 618-624-7193 or 618-624-7306.


Garden Club meeting: The O’Fallon Garden Club’s monthly meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social period at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Rock Springs Park Nature Center at 1428 E. 3rd St. in O’Fallon. Program speaker Mary Densmore, who is a member of the New Roots Urban Farm collective in downtown St. Louis, Mo., will talk about her experiences as an urban grower and business entrepreneur. This event is free and is open to the public at no cost. All ages are welcome. Dues are currently due. Membership is $20 for individuals, and $30 for a family. You can sign up at O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Department at Katy Cavins Community Center, 308 E. 5th St. You can dig deeper at ofallongardenclub.com or O’Fallon Garden Club’s Facebook page. For more information, call 618-624-0139.


Habitat For Humanity blessing: The ceremonial ground breaking and blessing for the fourth Lewis & Clark Habitat For Humanity O’Fallon chapter home is slated for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at 204 Carson Drive. The ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Robert Downs of Faith Lutheran Church in O’Fallon. For more information, visit ofallonhabitat.org.

Corpus Christi Mouse Races: Corpus Christi Catholic Church will have “A Night at the Mouse Races” on Saturday, March 10 at the parish center, 205 Rasp St. in Shiloh. Doors open at 6 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person in advance or $15 person at the door. (You can reserve a table for parties of eight or more.) Other fun games throughout the night will include 50-50, Mouse Roulette, Big 6 drawing, booze raffle, and a $5,000 raffle ($100/ticket with150 tickets sold). This event is BYOB, and you may bring your own food and drinks. For tickets or questions, calls 618-632-7614.

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