Tuesday, February 15, 2011
O'Fallon employees spent Valentine's Day delivering cards and hand-crafted flowers to local seniors.
City of O'Fallon employees filled their arms with brightly colored tissue paper flowers and headed out to local senior homes to share the Valentine's Day love on Monday. Each year on Random Acts of Kindness Day, Feb. 14, city employees visit local senior centers and nursing homes, to distribute origami flowers, cards and candy. Local volunteers crafted the cards and flowers at the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 17. Volunteer Services Director Kathy Halstead started Random Acts of Kindness 10 years ago. She said she chose Valentine’s Day for the project, because it seems to be a day that seniors are often forgotten.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
O'Fallon Patch mom columnist discusses creative ways for parents to skip the babysitter, expense and long waits on Valentine's Day.
I remember the days when my husband I were just dating and Valentine’s Day was a big deal. He would surprise me with a gift, some roses and then we would go out for really nice dinner. We had a lot of wonderful times and created many lasting memories. One of my fondest Valentine moments was actually only a few weeks after our first date. Chris took me out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants and gave me a Precious Moment figurine that would later become the topper for our wedding cake. Boy those were the days! We didn’t have a care in the world and a two- hour wait at a restaurant was no big deal. Fighting the crowds and buying overpriced flowers seemed worth it. However, 10 years of marriage and two kids later, I have to …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Patch Picks provides a list of places to check out or things to do each week from our editors and readers.
Patch Picks: Five Places to Take Your Valentine
Our handy planner features five ways for O'Fallon residents to share the love.
Valentine's Day is Monday, and that means a weekend timed perfectly to celebrate love. VALENTINE SATURDAY DINNER Where/When: Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar. Saturday, Regular dinner hours. Why Go: What's not to love? Share a romantic candlelight wine and a five-course meal. Your entree choices: Beef tenderloin with onions and mushrooms in a cabernet reduction sauce or tilapia in a lemon butter white wine sauce and dessert. Plus, a rose for the lady. Pricing: Splurge alert - $65 per person, plus tax and tip. Call for reservations: 636-281-2233. CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS Where/When: Lindsay's Chocolate Cafe & Coffeehouse. Saturday, Regular Hours. Why Go: Nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate. Meet friends and family at this O'Fallon sweet spot …
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Check out O'Fallon Patch's weekly list of kid-friendly family activities around town.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
VALENTINE'S DAY MAKE-IT STATION Where/When: Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Deer Run Branch in O'Fallon in Meeting Room A from 2-4 p.m. Why Go: Celebrate Valentine's Day with crafts for all ages. Families are welcome and parents are encouraged to participate. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required. Pricing: Free SOPHIA M. SACHS BUTTERFLY HOUSE Where/When: Sunday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Butterfly House – Faust Park in Chesterfield. Why Go: Come into the Lopata Learning Lab for Bugaloo: Nature’s Shapes and Colors. Celebrate Mother Nature’s shapes and colors with fun books, insects, learning games and other hands-on discoveries. Mix red, yellow and blue with circles, squares and …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The annual Daddy Daughter Sweetheart dance drew 70 couples to Civic Hall.
Dads dug out their best suits and ties, while their daughters donned sparkly party dresses and tiaras for O'Fallon's annual Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance held at Civic Hall on Saturday, Feb. 5. For more than 10 years, O'Fallon Parks and Recreation has hosted the event, encouraging dads, grandpas or uncles to treat the young ladies in their lives to a night of dressing up, dancing and dinner. "The girls come out and have good time. I think they love pulling dad out on the dance floor," Recreation Specialist Alyssa Groeteke said. "It's fun to see the dads out on the dance floor when Hannah Montana comes on." Each girl in attendance was given a long-stemmed bouquet and had the chance to decorate a cookie dessert and make a Valentine's …