O’Fallon IL events take place in St. Clair County, near St. Louis

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Thursday November 4th 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, November 4

The Hett Film Art Series: ‘Kinky Boots’ (2005) – 6 p.m. Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Arts Center, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Based on a true story, the film tells the story of a young owner of a struggling British shoe factory, who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen to save the business. Classified PG-13. 1 hour 48 minutes. Screen Talk Host: Dr. Jessica Campbell, Associate Professor of English. Free entry. 618-537-6863 or thehett.com.

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]

From Thursday November 4 to Sunday November 21

30th Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival – Thursday November 4 through Sunday November 21. Tivoli Theater, 6350 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, and Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri. Screenings at Tivoli will take place from Thursday November 4 to Sunday November 14 and from Thursday November 18 to Sunday November 21. Screenings at the Winifred Moore Auditorium will take place from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 14. For the festival program and ticket information: cinemastlouis.org

Friday November 5

Book sale – 9 a.m. to noon. Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Book donations are accepted during the book sale and on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 618-667-2133.

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.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Mozart, Brahms and Nikolaj – 7:30 pm Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Frequent guest conductor and soloist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider performs alongside SLSO musicians for a night of enchanting chamber music. WA Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet glides through Powell Hall, beaming all the time. Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet is a tour full of emotions: loving, lamenting, excited and serene. For tickets and information, visit slso.org.

Saturday 6 November

Prepared Delivery Class – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. These classes teach relaxation techniques, controlled breathing, physical and emotional changes that occur during labor and delivery. Pain control options are discussed. Both mother and support person learn to take an active part in the birthing process. Cost: $ 20. To register, send an email to [email protected] hshs.org/StElizabeths

Food for Veterinarians Food Drive – 10 a.m. to noon. Urban Division of St. Clair County, 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

From Saturday November 6 to Sunday November 7

Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra: Stéphane conducts Shostakovich – Saturday November 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday November 7 at 3 p.m. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Stéphane Denève believes in the healing power of music. James Lee III deals with the grief of his father’s death in “Emotional Transformations”. Dmitry Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony responds to scathing reviews with challenge and renewal. Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, with soloist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, is an intimate conversation between close musical friends. For tickets and information, visit slso.org.

Sunday November 7

City of the Sun 5K Trail Run – 9 a.m. 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.

Tuesday November 9 and Tuesday November 16

Prepared childbirth class – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both days. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. This two-part course teaches relaxation techniques, controlled breathing, physical and emotional changes that occur during labor and delivery. Pain control options are discussed. Both mother and support person learn to take an active part in the birthing process. Cost: $ 20. To register, send an email to [email protected] hshs.org/StElizabeths

Wednesday November 10

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

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.

Polar Express Train Ride – Nov 17-Dec 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

Residents are encouraged to participate in Veterans Day programs

Mayor Herb Roach and O’Fallon City Council are encouraging O’Fallon residents to participate in the annual VeteransvDay Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, at O’Fallon Community Park. In addition to the parade, the annual Veterans Day program will take place on November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1111 EUS 50.

The Veterans Day program will include the introduction of new inscriptions on the monument; the AFJ ROTC program at O’Fallon Township High School; VFW 805 station; Athena King, OTHS student choir; Mayor Herb Roach; Major-General Donald W Bennett, USAF (retired); in addition to many others. The featured guest will be Major General Vincent Barker, United States, Chief of Staff, USTRANSCOM.

As per current COVID-19 mandates in Illinois, masks are required to enter the church building.

For more information on the ceremony, please visit the monument website at ofallonveteransmonument.org.

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 Police Department News

Eric Buck was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in the O’Fallon Police Department. He was with the OPD for 19 years, serving in the Patrol Division and was a narcotics officer for MEGSI. Most recently, Buck was the Detective Sgt.

In addition, Clay Hoff was promoted to Detective Sergeant. He has been with the OPD for eight years and served for five years with the Carlinville Police Department. Hoff was recently seconded to MEGSI.

“Lt. Buck and Staff Sgt. Hoff both bring an excellent work ethic and leadership qualities that will serve our community for years to come. We are fortunate to have them on our command staff,” said the O’Fallon Police Chief Eric Van Hook.

Both of those promotions were the result of Lt. Craig Koch’s recent retirement, Van Hook said.


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