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Upscale dining in downtown

Upscale dining in downtown

October 6, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • ground is breaking on the $93M apartment and commercial complex on Central Park drive! 
  • Le Ono has been announced as downtown's newest restaurant!
  • Free tutoring for Kindergarten - 8th grade is available through the O'Fallon Public Library. 
  • Friday, Oct 7 @ dusk is Sing 2 in the Community Park
  • Sat, Oct 8 @ 8am Vine Street Market at OFallon Station
  • Sat, Oct 8 4-8pm Fall Festival at Rock Springs Rotary Park 
  • Sat, Oct 8 4-10pm Witches and Wizards in the downtown district! 
  • Tues Oct 11- Thurs Oct 13 6:30-8:30pm each night Open House hosted by O'Fallon Fire and Rescue at Fire Station 4 (1215 Taylor Rd) honoring Fire Prevention Week
  • Sunday, Oct 16th is Bosses' Day! 
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Hey Nick, wanna Be a Kid for a Night?

Hey Nick, wanna Be a Kid for a Night?

September 29, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • Oct 1st is National Coffee Day! Our local coffee places are some of the best! The CoffeeHouse Company, Sweet Katie Bee's, Junes Breakfast and Patio, Happy Bakery , and Wood Bakery
  • Be a Kid for A Night in support of Caritas Family Solutions- arcade games, carnival games, bounce houses and more!
  • Sat, Oct 1st @ 8am Vine Street Market at O'Fallon Station, live music starts at 9am
  • Tues, Oct 4 @ 6-8pm Night to Unite in the Community Park, hosted by O'Fallon Police. Free food, fun and demonstrations.
  • Wed, Oct 5th 6:30pm Townhall Meeting at City Hall to discuss upcoming renovations to the community park.
  • Thurs, Oct 6th @ 6pm Pub Table Historian @ Gears (inside Bike Surgeon)... "Haunting Tales of Old O'Fallon"
  • Sat, Oct 8th 4-9pm Witches and Wizards Festival in the Downtown District.
    We will feature our biggest Witches Market to date! There will be vendors such as Everything's Shiny Creations, art by Kat Martin, Koviak Kreations, Grave Markings, The Extraordinary Witch and many more! 
    Activites area that will include Photo Booths, a Tea leaf Reader and a Bone Reader, a Face Painter, a Henna artist and a glass blower.
    There will be special guests and performances including The Headless Horseman, Fire Dancers, Stilt Walkers, and dancers! Award winning author Ellen Dugan and poet Ember Grant will be there doing book signings. The marvelous Beth Saltz will be back with her Tarot Card readings and she will be hosting the Costume Contest! We have added a few more categories to the Costume Contest this year that you must go see.
    This year we will have a Food Alley that will have 6 different food vendors for you to choose from. 
  • Sat, Oct 8th 4-8pm Fall Festival at Rock Springs Rotary Park  Hay rides, s'mores, hot cocoa table, live music, games and more!
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New leaders have been unleashed into the community!

New leaders have been unleashed into the community!

September 23, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • Congrats to the Lead In Class of 2022 who recently graduated

 

  • Applications for the Class of 2023 are being accepted thru Dec 5th. Must be under the age of 40 and live or work in O'Fallon/ Shiloh.
  • Edley's BBQ is open!
  • Dogwood Social House's grand opening is 10/1
  • Sat, Sept 24 @ 8am is Vine Street Market @ Ofallon Station, it's Military/First Responder Day! First 100 takers receive $5 in Market bucks.
  • Sat, Sept 24 9am-noon is a Metals and Electronics Recycling event at Carriel Junior High 
  • Sat, Sept 24 4-10pm is St Clare's Oktoberfest!
  • Friday, Sept 30 5:45-7pm is Parks and Rec Fishing Derby in the South pond at the Family Sports Park
  • Wed, Oct 5th @ 6:30pm is a TownHall Meeting at City Hall. It is a Parks engagement meeting for the public to provide feedback for the changes being suggested in the community park. 
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The kind of running that isn’t exercise!

The kind of running that isn’t exercise!

September 15, 2022

This episode is a bit different; we cover the process it takes to run for local elected office. Elections are April 4, 2023 but the process begins now.

The IL State board of Elections released their Candidate's Guide for 2023. 

On the calendar: 

Tonight (Friday, Sept 16th) is Tip-A-Cop at Texas Roadhouse in support of Special Olympics. Officers and athletes will be on hand and 10% of sales go towards the cause.

Sat, Sept 17 8am is the Vine Street Market at O'Fallon Station

Sat, Sept 17 9-10:30am is Character Day at Auffenberg Volkswagen in Shiloh. Visit with your favorite princesses and superhero as well as Louie from the St. Louis Blues. 

Sat, Sept 24 9am-noon is a Metal and Electronics Recycling event @ Carriel Junior High.

Sat, Sept 24 4-10pm is the 22nd annual St Clare Oktoberfest. Huge biergarten, live music, festival foods, games and more. 

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Downtown welcomes the Schwarz Center!

Downtown welcomes the Schwarz Center!

September 8, 2022

In this episode, we discuss:

  • a downtown staple gets a new owner and new name, the Schwarz Center. Chad Schwarz credits the energy and revitalization of the Downtown District with his desire to invest in the heart of downtown.
  • what's up with the "We Love Our Military" signs popping up around town.... get yours here.
  • with how busy this fall is around town, we created a calendar to help you keep track of it all! 
  • Fri and Sat, Sept 9 & 10 is Shiloh Homecoming, fireworks are Friday night at 9pm
  • Sat, Sept 10th 10am-noon is Touch-a-Truck at the community park in O'Fallon
  • Sat, Sept 10th 10am-5pm is BaconFest in the Downtown District in support of our local veterans. Maple bacon ice cream, bacon wrapped oreos... and be sure to check out the celebrity dunk tank too!
  • Rape Aggression Defense classes offered through the O'Fallon Police Dept are being held October 4, 11, 20 and 25th from 6-9 PM. Learn more here and register here
  • Friday, Sept 16th from 4-9pm is Tip-A-Cop at Texas Roadhouse in support of Special Olympics. 
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The Witches are coming!

The Witches are coming!

September 1, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
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Million dollar equipment

Million dollar equipment

August 25, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
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Unusual week

Unusual week

August 18, 2022

We're taking this week off! We'll be back at it next week, though.

And we've got lots in store for the fall, so keep tuning in!

On the calendar this week:

Friday and Sat is CityFest in O'Fallon! 

Aug 24th 4-8 pm is Butterburgers & Badges with the O'Fallon Police Department in support of Special Olympics. 

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More postcards that cost money & special guest in the studio!

More postcards that cost money & special guest in the studio!

August 12, 2022
In this episode:
  • we discuss the postcards property owners received last week in the mail and what it means and how it differs from the postcards they received back in March
  • we share about the USPS's new Connect Local service that helps local, small business ship same day/next day
  • Sarah Burton, Vine Street Market Coordinator, is in the studio with us talking about National Farmers' Market Week! Sarah does a great job highlighting what's happening at this weekend's Vine Street Market!
  • Fri, Aug 12th, 3-6pm Root Beer Float Social to support the Children's Miracle Network at TownePlace Suites (455 Regency Park). Donations welcome! 
  • Fri, Aug 12th, 6pm Encanto Family Movie Night in the Park- yard games and activities begin at 6pm, the movie starts at dusk in the community park across from Dairy Queen
  • Friday, Aug 19th and Sat, Aug 20th is CityFest in O'Fallon! 
  • Aug 24th 4-8 pm is Butterburgers & Badges with the O'Fallon Police Department in support of Special Olympics 
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Housing that is changing lives

Housing that is changing lives

August 4, 2022
In this episode: 
  • we review recent economic development numbers.. $42 million in 7 months! 
  • we share how the O'Fallon chapter of Habitat for Humanity is building TWO new homes for deserving families and how these are truly building up our community 
  • Sat, Aug 6th 8am-noon Vine Street Market at O'Fallon Station
  • Sat, Aug 6th 9am-noon Kids' Day at Auffenberg Kia (at their new Shiloh location!) featuring a free exotic petting zoo, bounce houses and more. 
  • Fri, Aug 12th, 3-6pm Root Beer Float Social to support the Children's Miracle Network at TownePlace Suites (455 Regency Park). Donations welcome! 
  • Fri, Aug 12th, 6pm Encanto Family Movie Night in the Park- yard games and activities begin at 6pm, the movie starts at dusk in the community park across from Dairy Queen
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