O'Fallon Progress

Around Town: O'Fallon Downtown Farmers Market set to open for the season


RSVP deadline for Senior Committee dinner: The O'Fallon Township Senior Committee will meet for dinner and entertainment on July 19 at the O'Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State St. in O'Fallon. The event is for O'Fallon Township residents only. Tickets are $3 and are available at the township office. The last day to purchase tickets is July 13.


Farmers market opens: The Downtown O'Fallon Farmers Market is set to open Saturday, July 14. The market will be open from 7 a.m. till noon, or until the produce in gone. You can find the market next to the caboose in downtown O'Fallon.

Township rummage sale: O'Fallon Township will have its monthly rummage sale at the township building, 801 E. State St. in O'Fallon, from 7 a.m. till noon on Saturday, July 14. Men's, women's and children's clothing, plus household items, will be available at the rummage sale.


GEAG Fine Art Show & Sale: The Gateway East Artists Guild’s annual Fine Art Show and Sale begins July 15 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. This is the largest art show for the Guild, and more than 100 pieces of art will be on display and available for sale. The art show will occur in the Visitors Center. The awards presentation will occur Sunday, July 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. GEAG is an organization for art enthusiasts with all levels of skill, from nationally recognized artists to those who are just beginning. GEAG is a non-profit group that promotes the visual arts in the metro-east. Go online for more information at GEAG.net.


Ticket deadline for PSOP “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program at Programs and Services for Older Persons will host a special “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser titled “Keep the Music Playing,” featuring live music, 50/50 raffles, and a silent auction. The event will be held Wednesday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PSOP, 201 N. Church St. in Belleville. Lunch will be offered for $10 per person. Both the RSVP Orchestra and the Country Western Band of Belleville will perform. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding band performances and dances at PSOP throughout the year. Reserve your spot for this event before Monday, July 16 at noon by calling PSOP 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 5.

Learn sign language at library: The O’Fallon Public Library will have an introduction to sign language course on Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. Teacher Natasia Tucker will cover the alphabet and the numbers 1-10 in American Sign Language. The event is friendly and open to all ages. There will be a game at the end of the class.


Rules of the Road Review Course: O'Fallon Township is having a Rules of the Road review course on Wednesday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. The course is designed to give drivers, especially senior citizens and persons with disabilities, the knowledge and confidence needed to renew and obtain a driver's license. The course combines an explanation of the driving exam with a practice written exam. The course is free. Call the township office at 618-632-3517 for more information.

Blood drive at St. Clare: St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church and School will host community blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at the church's Fellowship Hall, 1411 Cross St. in O'Fallon. To schedule an appointment call 618-632-3562 or visit bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 10841 to locate the drive. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before May 23 are eligible to give at this drive.


Shiloh Music in the Park: “Music in the Park,” free concerts held under the pavilion by the water tower in Shiloh Community Park are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The next show will be on July 25, George Portz (bluegrass); Aug. 8, Vince K (variety); and Aug. 22, Mister T & “The Houseshakers” (1950s rock ‘n’ roll). The Shiloh PTO will be selling snacks during the shows.


Seniors lunch and dance: O'Fallon Township is hosting a lunch and dance for senior citizens from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. The event will include a pot-luck luncheon and performance by a country Western band. For more information, call the O'Fallon Township office at 618-632-3517.

Lunch to benefit Special Olympics: Local law enforcement officers will be your servers during a special lunch at Texas Roadhouse in Shiloh. The free lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a pulled pork sandwich, corn, fresh-baked bread and honey cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage. Simply leave a donation on your table and 100 percent of the donation will go to Special Olympics Illinois. The event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.


Women Empowering Women meeting: The next monthly meeting for O'Fallon Women Empowering Women will be held, Monday, July 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bela Milano in O’Fallon. Find updated information on the club’s website wewillinois.com or Facebook page.

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