The 618 Now
Big changes downtown, potential new bike trail, and Easter

Big changes downtown, potential new bike trail, and Easter

April 14, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • The Downtown District is seeing some moves, including a potential bike trail along the CSX railroad tracks from the Sports Park into downtown *fingers crossed*
  • O'Fallon Fire and Rescue is collecting fire gear and shipping it to Ukraine. They're accepting financial donations to help cover the cost of shipping the gear; money can be dropped off at the Fire Station HQ (1215 Taylor Road).
  • Happy National Telecommunicators' Week to our dispatch friends at MetroEast Communication (MECOMM)!!
  • Sat, April 16th at 9am is the Gateway Grizzlies' Easter Egg Hunt (it's free!)
  • Sun, April 17 11am-1pm is a free Easter meal sponsored by the O'Fallon Moose Lodge 
  • Thur, April 21 is Yoga at Rock Springs park with Moonbird Yoga, $10 fee to drop in
  • Sat, April 23 is the OTHS Annual Yard Sale from 8am-2pm at the Smiley Campus, donations can be dropped off on Friday from 4:30-8pm
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Summer planning and Highway 50 closure

Summer planning and Highway 50 closure

April 7, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • April Fools! We cleared up some confusion after last week's episode ;)
  • Summer programs for kids, the O'Fallon Public Library has a great resource for parents/guardians/caregivers to consider 
  • the library also offers many ways to help your vacation planning! (WiFi hot spots, device rentals (Nooks, Rokus) and subscriptions for audio books and music for when you travel.
  • the timing of an upcoming Highway 50 closure
  • Sat, April 9th Micro Market at O'Fallon Station, 9am-noon
  • Sat, April 9th Downtown District's Bunny Hop shopping event 9am-2pm
  • Sat, April 9th Scrub-a-thon at Furchild to support Carriel Junior High Student Council 10am-4pm
  • Catered Easter meals available from The Regency Conference Center, deadline to order is Friday, April 15th at noon
  • Easter menu from Birch Market in the Downtown District, deadline to order is April 12
  • Sat, April 16th Moose Lodge #2608's Annual Kids Easter party and egg hunt 
  • May 6th Military Spouse Appreciation Day- the Chamber is collecting goodies to give to military spouses during a drive-thru gratitude event. Contact Debbie @ director@ofallonchamber.com if you have items to donate (chapstick, hand sanitizer, etc). Donations accepted until April 15th. 
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”We’re in the business to make money to give away.”

”We’re in the business to make money to give away.”

April 1, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • A pretty big announcement about the future of the podcast...
  • How the O'Fallon Loyal Order of Moose (Moose Lodge) is a paid membership group that spends their time fundraising for other groups! They've recently financially supported high school and local youth sports teams, the O'Fallon Fire Explorers and local schools.
  • The Moose Lodge offers FREE holiday meals (donations collected are given away). Their Easter Dinner is Sunday, April 17th at the American Legion.
  • June's in Shiloh is NOW OPEN!! (Breakfast + Patio spot)
  • OTHS Musical, Anastasia, is this weekend! Buy tickets here.
  • Sat, April 9th 9am-2pm is the Bunny Hop in the Downtown District
  • Sat, April 9th is Blossom Play Cafe's (Stuffed) Bunny Adoption and Egg Hunt for children < 5 years old. 
  • Sat, April 9th @ noon is the Moose Lodge Putt-Putt Pub Crawl in downtown
  • Did we pull off an April's Fools joke or not?!
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O’Fallon’s newest $93M development & OTHS musical highlights

O’Fallon’s newest $93M development & OTHS musical highlights

March 24, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • O'Fallon's newest $93M development
  • Real estate data over the last year
  • Sat, March 26 from 9-noon is the Vine Street Micro Market @ O'Fallon Station
  • Sat, March 26 from 9am-1pm is an Electronics Recycling Drive at Carriel Junior High 

We also interviewed several OTHS students participating in the upcoming musical, Anastasia! They're so talented (we got to hear them rehearsing before the interview)! It's the first live-audience performance in the last 2 years and they're SO excited about it!

Thurs March 31 @ 7pm | Fri April 1 @ 7pm | Sat April 2 @ 7pm | Sunday April 3 @ 3pm

Tickets are available online or at the box office. Tickets online are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Otherwise they are $15 at the door days of shows. Online ticket sales close one hour before showtime.  

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O’Fallon: From a vacant building to award winning inventions

O’Fallon: From a vacant building to award winning inventions

March 17, 2022

We share the story of how, during a pandemic, determined people with creative solutions took on a rare zoning challenge which led to award-winning inventors relocating their business into O'Fallon. 

Before/Afters of the 120 Building (Andy's rehabbed building) which is now to a toy lab):

120 Building

120 Building front

 

Postcards that cost a lot of money!

Postcards that cost a lot of money!

March 10, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • why property owners in St. Clair County received postcards this week and what it means for their wallet!
  • Sat, March 12, 9am-noon is the first Vine Street Micro Market of the season! 
  • Thurs, March 17 5-8pm is the Downtown District St. Patty's Day Grub Crawl!
  • Sunday, March 20th is Nitro Salsa's Sunday Dinner pick up! Homemade lasagna, salad with Nitro Buttermilk Ranch dressing and Honey Wheat Brown Bread feeds up to 6 people. Deadline to order is March 17. 
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What will OFallon look like in 20 years?

What will OFallon look like in 20 years?

March 4, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
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Empty Bowl community event, new podcast streaming option and more!

Empty Bowl community event, new podcast streaming option and more!

February 24, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • The Empty Bowl lunch, one of the largest community events, hosted by the O'Fallon Woman's Club is next week. It's Wed, March 2 from 11am-2pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
  • Pub Table Historian is Thurs, March 10 @ 6pm at Gears inside Bike Surgeon
  • Micro Markets at O'Fallon's Vine Street Markets start up on Sat, March 12 from 9am-noon. 
  • Thurs, March 17 from 5-8pm is the St. Patty's Day Grub Crawl in the Downtown District
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O-Town Super Bowl flyover & Irish 5K

O-Town Super Bowl flyover & Irish 5K

February 17, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
  • O'Fallon's connection to the Super Bowl flyover
  • Lt Col McAlear's interview on The Afterburn Podcast
  • How Dolly Patron is helping local students read more
  • Top of The Mornin' 5K on Sunday, March 6th @ Toolen's Running Start
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Business awards, good deeds and Super Bowl food!

Business awards, good deeds and Super Bowl food!

February 10, 2022
In this episode, we discuss:
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