Thursday October 14th at noon is the deadline to appear in next week’s “Around Town” list. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the number of submissions, events can only take place once in print form, will be changed and will appear within one week of the event date.
Email: [email protected] Mail to: O’Fallon Progress Around Town, Belleville News-Democrat, PO Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.
Thursday October 14
▪ Southwestern Illinois National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI SWI) – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Online via Zoom. Virtual support meetings for family members and other caregivers of people with mental illness. Meetings are peer-led and draw on the knowledge and experiences of the group to help each other. Registration is required to receive the link to these meetings. For more information or to register, contact Pat Rudloff at [email protected]
Friday October 15th
▪ O’Fallon Fish Fry – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 EUS 50, O’Fallon. Traditional cod menu available with burgers, hot dogs, pork steaks and additional side dishes. Dinner and take out. Credit cards accepted. Orders can be called at 618-632-6229.
▪ Shiloh Eagles Fish Fry – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shiloh Eagles 545, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and sides. Entire menu. Dinner on site or to take away available. To take out, call 618-624-5412.
▪ Trunk or Treat Event – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cambridge House, 844 Cambridge Blvd., O’Fallon. Fun and games at this Trunk or Treat event. There will be food, fun, games and prizes for everyone. This event is free and open to the public, so bring kids between the ages of 1 and 100 for some fun entertainment.
Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16
▪ St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Hours changes – 7:30 pm Friday October 15 and 8 pm Saturday October 16. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Music expresses the human spirit. Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony is bursting with elemental force, while guest conductor John Storgårds and soloist Kirill Gerstein make us vibrate with Thomas Adès’s Piano Concerto. Uti Tarkiainen’s “Midnight Sun Variations” draw ethereal beauty from the cycles of nature, and Joseph Haydn’s subtitle for his Symphony No. 64 sounds clear: “Time changes us”. For tickets and information, visit slso.org.
Saturday October 16
▪ Vine Street Market – 8 a.m. to noon. O’Fallon Station, 212 E. First St., O’Fallon. Locally grown vegetables, flowers, fruits, eggs, cheeses and meats. A selection of bakers and sweets as well as coffee, craft drinks and artisans. Live music, terrace, food truck on site. Bicycles and animals accepted. 618-307-6045, facebook.com/events/2248931998571491 Where ofallonstation.com/vine-street-market.
Sunday 17th October
▪ John Jacobs Next Generation Power Force – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (main event). Assembly of God O’Fallon, 1400 N. Green Mount Road, O’Fallon. As the founder of this ministry, John Jacobs organized more than 3,000 crusades in 40 countries. His passion is to see the lost saved, the broken-hearted healed, the depressed encouraged, and Christ getting all the credit. Invite your friends and family for this exciting family event. You will see the Next Generation Power Force Team perform incredible feats of strength that will leave you speechless. 618-632-5584 or ofallonassembly.com.
Wednesday, October 20
▪ O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Meeting – 6:45 a.m. O’Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. 618-210-8156 or ofallonsunriserotary.org
▪ O’Fallon Senior Citizens Club – 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Senior Center, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. Company: First registration for the Christmas party. 618-401-7588.
Thursday, October 21
▪ Wine and Cheese with Rodney Conner – 2:30 p.m. Cambridge House of O’Fallon, 844 Cambridge Blvd., O’Fallon. Hear the sounds of jazz with Cambridge House of O’Fallon and Rodney Conner. A draw will be made during the event. Must be present to win. Gift bags of wine and cheese will be given to participants to take home. Free to attend. gardant.com/cambridgehouseofallon
▪ Gateway Greening: Growing Garlic and Winter Gardening – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. online via Zoom. Garlic, shallots, the wacky walking onion, and winter wheat are some of the crops that are true winter crops that aren’t planted until mid-October. We will also discuss season extension techniques to extend your growing season. Come learn how to grow these crops successfully and how you can literally save your own seeds so you can grow them year after year. Registration is compulsory. Participants will receive Zoom information by email. Free and open to the public. facebook.com/events/731128524370293
▪ Breast Health Basics: A Virtual Presentation – 7 to 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom. Meet radiation oncologist Dr Williams and learn about the importance of screening for early detection of breast cancer, current technology and more. Email your questions prior to the presentation to [email protected] They will be discussed during the event. Register online at hshs.org/StElizabeths/Events.
Other events in the region
▪ The Rotary van is back in service. All restrictions have been lifted and travel to Walmart, Target and St. Clair Square malls will resume. Call the Canton office at 618-632-3517 to reserve.
▪ Boo at the Zoo – 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 31. St. Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis. Families can enjoy festive decorations, entertainers, special food and drink menus, and more during the night-time, non-spooky Halloween experience at Saint Louis Zoo. Scheduled ticket reservations are mandatory and must be purchased in advance online at stlzoo.org/boo. Tickets will not be available at the door. Capacity is limited.
▪ Food for Vets Food Drive – 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 6. Urban League St. Clair County Division, 10220 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Food will be available for the first 155 families of veterans registered in need. Pick up at the wheel. To register, dial 314-680-2905 or visit TheKaufmanFund.org
▪ City of the Sun 5K Trail Run – 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 7. Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville. Take part in this rain or shine event to help raise funds to preserve the Cahokia Mounds. Please note that this is a trail and the ground can be wet and uneven. Registration fee: $ 30. For more information” cahokiamounds.org.
▪ Polar Express Train Ride – From Wednesday November 17 to Thursday December 30. St. Louis Union Station, 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis. Tickets are now on sale for the Polar Express Train Ride vacation attraction at Union Station in St. Louis. Tickets start at $ 35. Prices vary depending on the day and time. stlthepolarexpressride.com
Local organization sponsors student essay competition
The Looking Glass Prairie Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, sponsors an American history writing competition. Students in grades 5 through 8 attending a public, private or parish school and those who are homeschooled in O’Fallon, Lebanon, Collinsville and Shiloh are all eligible. This competition is organized without distinction of race, religion, sex or national origin.
Students should base their writing on the following: “November 11, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Imagine having a brother who lost his life on the battlefields of France during WWI. You and your family attended the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier dedication on November 11, 1921 in Washington, DC Describe what it meant to you and your family. Why is it important to remember those who gave their lives to serve our nation? “
The deadline is Wednesday December 1st. One essay at each grade level will be selected as the chapter winner. Chapter winners will receive a medal and certificate and advance to compete with winners from other district chapters. For more details on the competition, please contact Nicole at [email protected]
O’Fallon Moose Lodge donates
Night Stalkers on Wheels received a check for $ 550 from O’Fallon Moose Lodge 2608.
The Moose provide charitable donations from funds raised during their monthly barbecues.
Local Night Stalkers on Wheels fundraise throughout the year, help families with Thanksgiving and Christmas sponsorships, provide dinners and other needs.
Members of the non-profit biker organization are U.S. Army veterans who were part of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, headquartered at Fort Campbell, Ky. They are nicknamed Night Stalkers and called Task Force Brown. They provided aviation support by helicopter, typically performing night, high speed, low altitude, and short notice missions.
Members of O’Fallon Moose meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Tuesdays at the O’Fallon American Legion Hall. They host monthly barbecues, with a menu of bratwurst, pork steaks, turkey thighs and pulled pork sandwiches and sides of coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans.
The Loyal Order of the Moose is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, with nearly 800,000 men in approximately 1,800 lodges in all 50 states, four Canadian provinces, Great Britain and Bermuda.