Quarter Auction to Support Hurricane Sandy Victims -- 6:30 p.m. Monday, Turkey Hill Grange, Greenmount and Illinois 15, Belleville. $5 paddles, additional paddles $1, all in paddles $25. Snacks, desserts, drinks. Gift certificates, 50/50 drawing, raffles. All money raised will assist Hurricane Sandy victims. Information, call Mary Laurent at 618-235-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Christmas Concert" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sanctuary, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. Featuring Joel Raney and Jane Holstein playing pianos and the Schantz pipe organ. Audience will be invited to participate in Christmas singalongs. A freewill offering will be taken. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking. Sponsored by St. Paul Fine Arts Series.
"Very Merry Christmas Tour" -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Shiloh's Faith Family Church, 704 N. Green Mount Road, Shiloh. Features top Christian artists NewSong, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429 and Jonny Diaz. Sponsored by World Vision. Tickets: $18 in advance; $20 at door. Available at church or www.wibi.org.
"A Masterworks Christmas" -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., O'Fallon. 39th annual holiday concert with both the Masterworks Chorale and Children's Choruses. Featuring Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's lush "Laud to the Nativity" along with new and favorite carols, a candlelight procession and even an audience singalong. Tickets are $15 in advance (618-236-0182 or www.singmasterworks.org); $20 at door; student tickets $5 in advance; $10 at door.
Lancers Holiday Concert -- 7:30 p.m. Monday, Performing Arts Center, Belleville East High School, 2555 West Blvd., Belleville. Features Belleville East's three concert bands: The Symponic Band, The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble. Admission $3, children (under 5) free. Hosted by the Belleville East Band/Orchestra Parents. All proceeds support Lancer bands.
Jazz Concert -- 7 p.m. Monday, Belleville Campus Theatre, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Features students in the SWIC Jazz Improvisation Class and the Belleville West Jazz Band. Free. Information, 618-235-2700 ext. 5180 or 866-942-7942 ext. 5180 or email email@example.com.
Cactus Moon -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 201 Service St., Swansea. Country music.
Metro East Social Singles Christmas Dinner and Dance -- 6 p.m. dinner, 7-11 p.m. dance Saturday, Poettker's Banquet Center, 116 W. A St., Belleville. Reservations required. No one under the age of 21 admitted. Contact: Dennis at 618-416-1930 or Audrey at 618-286-4275.
Ballroom Dancing -- 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Lindendale Park Ballroom, Highland. Music by Two-Star Final. Information 618-654-9753.
Lebanon's Winder Wonderland -- December, Hoerner Park, 11119 Widicus Road (1 mile north of Lebanon on Route 4, turn west on Acorn Way and right on Monroe St. to park), Lebanon. More than a mile of beautiful lights and Victorian scenes. Donations accepted at entrance to park.
Way of Lights Display -- Dec. 31, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville. More than 1 million white lights featured along a 1.5-mile route depicting the Journey to Bethlehem. Camel, donkey, pony rides, petting zoo, kettle corn. Carriage ride reservations at 618-397-6700. Children's village, puppet show, souvenir photos, Christmas tree display, community choirs, wreath display, silent auction at Visitors Center. Lazer show new this year at Guild Center. Information, call 618-397-6700 or 314-241-3400, visit wayoflights.org.
Christmas Lights Wonderland -- 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 1, American Farm Heritage Museum, 1395 Museum Drive, (Exit 45 on I-70, Greenville. Admission free; donations appreciated. Santa taking Christmas wishes at lil red barn. One-mile train ride, $2 per passenger (3 & up). Information, call 618-664-3050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa in Swansea -- 6-8 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. weekends, Dec. 23, Melvin Price Memorial Park, 1500 Caseyville Ave., (next to Lehr Center), Swansea. Pictures $5 taken with Santa.
Santa At City Park -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 22, Santa's House, Edwardsville Public Library (front), 101 S. Buchanan Ave., Edwardsville. Hosted by the Edwardsville Parks Department. Information, call 618-692-7538.
Holiday Story Time 9 & 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, Eckert's Garden Center, 951 S. Green mount Road, Belleville. Hear the story of the gingerbread man and make a gingerbread craft. Free. Information, call 618-233-0513.
Breakfast With Santa -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 23, Eckert's Garden Center, 951 S. Green mount Road, Belleville. Reservations suggested. Meal includes scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, biscuits/sausage gravy. Cost: $12.99/child; $8.99/adult. Information, reservations, call 618-233-0513 ext.. 3.
Gingerbread House Workshop -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $12/gingerbread house. Information, call 618-233-0513.
Holiday Light Display -- nightly through Jan. 1, Coulterville City Park, Coulterville. Featuring more than 400 wooden Christmas figurines, more than a million lights, 15 animated displays, walk-through display, Christmas music, Mrs. Claus' Workshop. Free.
Model Railroad Open House -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday Dec. 30, McGinley Chrysler Dealership, 7 Shamrock Blvd., Highland. 6-9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Sponsored by the New Switzerland Model Railroad Club.
ARRF Quarter Auction -- 7 p.m. today, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Doors open 6 p.m. Hosted by Animal Rescue and Relief Foundation of Southwest Illinois. Admission: add-in paddles $25 each, single paddles $2 each. Food & drink available. Information, Jeannie at 618-406-0953.
Quarter Auction -- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Masonic Temple Hall, 721 9th St., Highland. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Auction paddles $3 for first paddle, $1 additional paddles. All-in paddles for $25. Proceeds to benefit Bright Beginnings Daycare in Highland. Bring your own snacks. Beverages for sale. Information:618-407-6679.
Quarter Auction -- 7 p.m. Friday, Christ United Church of Christ, 26 N. 14th St., Belleville. Fundraiser for Big 9 Scout Pack/Troop/Ship/Crew. $5 bid paddles; $25 bid paddles and rolls of quarters.
Christmas Tasting Bee -- 1 p.m. Friday, Hitz Home, 201 Belle St., Alhambra. Fellowship, carols singing, tasting of Christmas goodies. $5. Sponsored by Hitz Home Auxiliary.
Gingerbread Cookie Walk -- 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at Bank of Belleville, 720 W. Main St., Belleville. Hosted by Illinois Trekkers. At least 350 people expected to walk and collect cookies along the way.
Snowflake Festival -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Get a picture with Santa, roast chestnuts and marshmallows over open fire, carriage rides, hot cocoa, treats. Bring non-perishable food items for Crisis Food Center. Free.
Mouse House -- 5-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Caseyville Community Building, 909 S. Main St., Caseyville. Mouse House gifts, $1 each. Special area for adults to shop, bake sale and food, pictures with Santa $4. Sponsored by Caseyville Fire Auxiliary. Receive one special raffle ticket for a can of food or money donated to the Caseyville Food Pantry.
Santa Visits Trenton -- 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Deien Chevrolet, Trenton. Santa hearing Christmas wishes, cookies, milk, coloring contest, prizes. Janet Deien, of Breese, will have her Christmas Village of more than 50 hand-painted houses and building and a running train. Letters to Santa until Dec. 16. Toy, food, coat drive; unwrapped toys collected for Toys for Tots; non-perishable food items collected for Green Bean Food Pantry. 1959 Mack Truck Fire Truck on display. Information, call Linda at 618-224-9200 or visit deienchevrolet.com.
Pictures With Santa -- 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dupo Firehouse, 501 Columbia Road, Dupo. Cost $5 per picture. Bring a can of food and get a dollar off; it will be donated to DuKare in the Sugar Loaf Area.
Holiday On The Boulevard -- 4-8 p.m. Saturday, The Community Center, Signal Hill School (across the street at Signal Hill United Methodist Church), and along Signal Hill Boulevard. Santa will be there for pictures and requests. Crafts, games. Boy Scout Troop 520 serve chicken dumplings. Browse over 16 vendor booths in the center. Holiday music sung by the Madrigal Strolling Minstrels while you shop. Reserve a carriage ride for a small fee. Vote on which decorated house you like best. Concerts at Signal Hill United Methodist Church, with performances by their choir as well as the Amazing Grace Fellowship Choir and the Quintessence Youth String Quartet. Sponsored by the Signal Hill Neighborhood Association.
Grafton Holiday Riverwalk -- noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Grafton. Special promotions, discounts, refreshments, entertainment at various businesses along Main Street. Jerseyville High School students caroling throughout town. Tour B&Bs and guest houses. Show Choir performance at Grove Memorial Park Gazebo as they light up the town. Naughty or Nice Inaugural Run: The Naughty is a 4-mile loop run featuring Mile High Hill; The Nice is a 2-mile riverwalk along the city's bicycle trail. Start and finish at the Big Kahuna. $25 per entrant; information EnjoyGrafton.com
Lewis & Clark Arrival Day -- 10- a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford. Celebrate arrival of Lewis & Clark at Camp River Dubois. Displays of Native American artifacts, frontier medical tools and military weapons to illustrate the moment 210 years ago when the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at its Illinois winter camp. Includes members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating civilian population and demonstrators. Free. Information, 618-251-5811 or www.campdubois.com.
"The Hope of Christmas: Share The Light" -- 3:30 p.m. Saturday6:30 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, 10401 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Created by Phil Barfoot, arranged and orchestrated by Dave Williamson. Christmas musical presented by the Music & Drama Ministry.
Christmas Celebration -- 11 a.m. Sunday, St. Boniface Parish, Parish Center, 1007 Olive St., Evansville. Chicken and dumpling dinner begins at 11 a.m.. Dine in or carry out. Includes chicken and dumplings, green beans, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, desserts, drinks. Cost: adults $8, children (under 12) $4, children (3 & under) free. Large Christmas fair. Kringles Korner Country Store. Order gooey butter cakes. Visit with Santa 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rudolph's theater showing Christmas movies. Information or order gooey butter cakes, call 618-853-4435.
Cornhole Tournament -- noon, Sunday, Shenanigans, 6401 W. Main St., Belleville. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle, barrel of booze. Sponsored by Lindenwood Graduate Management Class with proceeds going to 3 Little Birds 4 Life Charity. Information or to register a team, call 618-239-6402.
Colorball Raffle -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, O'Fallon Knights of Columbus, O'Fallon. First 50 players receive a free meal.
Fairview Heights Fish Fry -- 3-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road. Walton's Fish Fry. Homemade desserts. Carryouts: 618-632-5222.
Granite City Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Elizabeth Church, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, jack salmon. Eat in or carry out.
Highland Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carry out. 618-654-6367.
Mascoutah Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carry out. 618-566-2288.
O'Fallon Fish Fry -- 4-8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 805, 221 W. First St., O'Fallon. Sponsored by Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 and Ladies Auxiliary. Fried and grilled fish and chicken, homemade sides and desserts. Children's menu. To go orders delivered to car. 618-624-2651.
O'Fallon Fish Fry -- 4-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon. Sponsored by KC and Ladies Auxiliary. Eat in or carry out. 618-632-6229.
O'Fallon Fish & Chicken Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, O'Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O'Fallon. Carry-outs available. 618-632-8879.
Okawville Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 233, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Eat in or carry out. 618-243-6545.
Quail Club Fish Fry -- 508 p.m. Friday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Fish, wings, macaroni. Carry outs available. No phone orders.
Renault Fish Fry -- 4;30-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Hall, Renault. Sponsored by Holy Name Society. Plates, sandwiches, desserts, refreshments. Carry out available. 618-458-7710.
Scott VFW Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, Belleville. DJ, 8-1 p.m.
South Side Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, South Side Improvement Association, 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. Eat in or carry out. Information, call 618-233-9380.
Swansea Fish Stand -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, shrimp and more. 222-7171.
Walton's Chicken Dinner -- 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 632-5222.
New Baden Breakfast -- 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, New Baden American Legion, 105 East Illinois, New Baden. Sponsored by New Baden American Legion. All-you-can-eat. Cost: $7 adults, reduced prices for children. Featuring fresh Behrmann's sausage. Information: Jim Hill at 618-402-7394.
Cribbage -- 6:30 p.m. today, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Drive, Collinsville. 9 games against 9 different opponents. Information: Phil at 618-288-7910 or Dee at 636-233-8032.
Euchre Tournament -- 1:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Pancratius Parish Center, Fayetteville. Cost: $5. Information, contact Becky at 618-978-4999.
Bunko Night -- 6:30 p.m. Monday, Eckert's Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost $5/person, includes game, prizes, beverages, snacks. Information, call 618-233-0513 ext. 3.
Grab and Go Gift Show -- Dec. 28, Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday. More than 20 artists participating. Featuring jewelry, glass, pottery, paintings.
Book Sale -- 7 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Millennium Room, Southern Illinois Heart Institute Building, 340 W. Lincoln St., Belleville. Mission Integration Committee is hosting a "Books Are Fun Book Sale." Proceeds to benefit the Franciscan Fund. Categories: children's story books, cookbooks, general interest, New York Times Best Sellers, more. Also stationery and scrapbooking items, music collections, and early learning products for children.
Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD and tape donations accepted during regular library house or on day of sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Holiday Bake Sale -- 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, First Bank, Granite City Branch, 3600 Nameoki Road, Granite City. Proceeds to benefit Community Care Center, First Bank.
Rummage Sale -- 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, O'Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State St., O'Fallon. Men's, women's, children's clothing, household items. If interested in volunteering or making donation, call 618-632-3517.
Christmas Bake Sale -- 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Lobby, Southern Illinois Heart Institute building, 340 W. Lincoln St., Belleville. Sponsored by St. Elizabeth's Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers. Proceeds to benefit programs supported by the Auxiliary.
"A Christmas Story" -- 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 2 p.m. matinees Saturday-Sunday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets: $15, senior citizens, $12; children (18 and younger) $10. Sponsored by Curtains Up Theater Company. Order tickets online at www.curtainsuptheater.com, email@example.com or call 618-670-8030. Raffle drawing for a leg lamp is during intermission.
"Pinkalicious" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday, Althoff Catholic High School, 5401 W. Main St., Belleville. Musical presented by the Althoff Catholic Drama. Adults $5; students $3; seniors (over 60) children (under 10) $1. Meet-and-greet Pinkalicious Tea Party before Sunday's matinee, featuring refreshments and photo opportunities with the case and priority seating at 2 p.m. for $5 per person. Reservations: 618-660-5618.
"Miracle on 34th Street" -- 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Historic Avon Theater, 535 N. 2nd St., Breese. Reserve tickets call 618-526-2866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults $10, students, seniors, active military $9. Presented by Clinton County Showcase.
"The Glory of Christmas" -- 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free, love offering received. Music Ministry of St. Matthew presents the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, told in music and drama. Plus "A 1940s Christmas Homecoming." Company of more than 200 people.
"Silent Night, Holy Night" -- 6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards St., Granite City. Christmas drama. Information, 618-877-6672.
Millstadt Rifle Shoot -- noon, Sunday, Millstadt Sportsmens Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Indoor .22 rifle shoot, house gun available. Iron sights only. Soup available for 50 cents a bowl. $2 per round.
Belleville Meat Shoot -- noon-5 p.m. Sunday, T.R.'s, 4901 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1937.
SAL Meat Shoot -- noon Sunday, American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville.
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