John Monte Family -- 7-11 p.m. Friday, Bel-Air Bowl, 200 S. Belt West, Belleville. John Monte has been diagnosed with cancer. He and his wife Kathy, an employee of School District 118, have four children. $20 per ticket includes chicken, beer and soda. Music by DJ Chris McMahon - McMusic. 50/50 drawings, silent auction. Tickets or donations by calling Teresa, Mary or Dana at 618-233-2417.
Trooper Deatherage Rally -- Saturday, Ted's Motorcycle World, Alton. Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage was on a routine traffic stop when he was struck and killed by a tractor trailor truck. He is survived by wife Sarah and two young children. All vehicles are welcome at 80-mile rally that will start in Alton and end in Troy. Sign up at Ted's from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ted's will feature food and live entertainment. Play cards for the rally will be one for $10 or 3 for $20 with cash prizes for high totals at the end location of Tri-Township Park in Troy. Festivities at the park include bounce houses, face painting, clowns, child fingerprinting, Fredbird and Gateway Grizzlies Mascot from 4 to 5 p.m., ISP Honor Guard presentation of the colors at 5 p.m., live auction, silent auction, 50/50 drawing, food, beverages. Music by Atomic Taco from 6 to 10 p.m. All proceeds to go the Deatherage family.
Border War Hockey -- 3 p.m. Sunday, East Alton Ice Rink, 631 Lewis and Clark, East Alton. Metro-East First Responders (including Jason Unverzogt and Mark Bossler from the Belleville Fire Department and Jason Davis from the Belleville Police Department) vs. St. Louis County Police. $5 admission. Proceeds benefit the family of Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage.
Alton Symphony Orchestra: Young Artists Concert -- 7 p.m. Saturday, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Meet the competition winners of the Marie Stillwell Young Artist Competition while enjoying desserts and refreshments. The ASO will perform Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" and "Vision Quest" by Robert Charles Howard. Tickets $10 adults; $5 seniors (62-plus), free students (K-12) . Information: 618-463-6933.
California Guitar Trio -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Band of three guitar players that continue to play in the New Standard Tuning. Tickets, information at 618-307-1750.
"Enliven" -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. Featuring flutist Courtney King. Freewill offering. Reception to follow concert. Information: 618-719-3960.
"The Voices of Spring" -- 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. Masterworks Children's Choruses will perform a joyful array of spirited music from North and South America.
Piano perforance by Matt Pankratz, children's chorus accompanist. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door; student tickets $5 in advance, $10 at door. Tickets available from Masterworks Chorale members, by phone at 618-236-0182 or at www.singmasterworks.org).
"Sounds of Courage" -- 3 p.m. Sunday, Mascoutah High School Auditorium, 1313 W. Main St., Mascoutah. Northwinds Concert Band presents the American premiere of "Sounds of Courage," a new work by Austrian composer Otto M. Schwarz. The composition honors members of the White Rose, a group of young people who risked their lives opposing Hitler. The White Rose Group also is featured in a photo exhibit called "Long Live Freedom," which will be displayed in the high school from 2:30 to 5 p.m. through April 23. Reserved tickets are $10 at the door, $5 in advance. Bavarian Buffet Reception after the concert at Roemer Topf Restaurant, 1415 McKinley St. Reservations required at 618-566-4884 or www.roemertopfllc.com. Information: www.northwindsband.org, www.mascoutah.com, 314-516-6620, 618-566-2964, ext. 122.
SIUE Percussion Ensembles -- 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dunham Hall Theatre, Southwestern Illinois University Edwardsville. General admission $12; $9 for seniors and under 18. SIUE students free. Tickets at 618-650-2774 or box office.
St. Louis Symphony Chamber Ensembles -- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Featuring Ellen dePasquale playing violin and Kevin Cobb on trumpet. Cobb is a member of the American Brass Quintet and a faculty member at the Julliard School in New York City. DePasquale is acting associate concertmaster for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Square & Round Dance -- 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by the Dandy Dancers. Caller is Stan Mangogna; cuer, Bob Pyles. Information: Sue Larsh, 630-841-4156.
Ballroom Dancing -- 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Lindendale Park Ballroom, 1999 Park Hill Drive, Highland. Music by Freddie and his Button Box. Information: 618-654-9753.
Benefit Dance -- 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Music by Dave Hylla's Good Time Band. Admission $10, includes beer and soda. Food available for purchase. Information: 618-876-9056.
Diva Night -- 5-8 p.m. today, downtown Belleville. Registration $5 per person at Local Lucy's, 18 E. Main St., Belleville. After party at Pitcher's Sports Pub and Pizzeria, 104 W. Main St., Belleville. Shopping, attendance prizes. Sponsored by Belleville Main Street and The Greater Belleville Chamber.
Birding With Friends -- 8:30 a.m.-noon today and Saturday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Spring bird watching. Bring binoculars, field guide and notebook. Free, registration requested. Information, registration at 618-692-7578, email@example.com.
Bag & Jewelry Sale -- 5-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Millstadt Community Center, 102 S. Jefferson St., Millstadt. Wine and cheese preview party for big ole bag and jewelry sale. $5 to enjoy wine, cheese and chance to purchase gently used purses and jewelry on Friday; all remaining items for sale with free admission on Saturday. Proceeds to benefit Millstadt Senior Center.
Ale Fest -- noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Belleville Crossing Center, 5600 Belleville Crossing (in the grassy area next to Buffalo Wild Wings), Belleville. $25 admission; designated driver tickets, $10. Open to people 21 and older. Sample 90 craft beerss. Food from Crehan's Irish Pub and Roy-el Catering is available for purchase. Music by Catfish and the Big Boss Blues Band, noon-4 p.m., 90 beers. Purchase tickets at bellevillealefest.com.
Civil War Encampment & Living History Day -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Presentation of colors by the Civil War Color Guard, 11:45 a.m. during the national anthem prior to the SWIC vs. John A Logan College doubleheader baseball game; Abraham Lincoln impersonator; tent displays and presentations by infantry, artillery, engineers, medical, cavalry and more by the Civil War Col. Hecker Camp 443, Sons of Confedrate Veterans Lt. Dison Camp 1962, the 3rd Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment and te SWIC History Club.. A Civil War canon will be on display. Free. Information at 618-235-2700 ext. 5561.
Trekkers Walking Club -- 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Lewis & Clark Community College, N. O. Nelson Campus, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville. Illinois Trekkers hosting a 10K and 5K (optional trail). All walkers $3 to walk and must be off trail by 3 p.m. Information, www.illinois-trekkers.org, Bill or Linda at 618-692-4337, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Hike -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Bluff Park Preserve, Concord & Wedgewood Circle, Belleville. News-Democrat columnist Charles Giedeman will lead the walk. Meet at circle parking area Lindorf/Wedgewood Drive. Sponsored by St. Clair County Greenspace Foundation. Information at email@example.com.
Spring Fling at McKendree -- noon-6 p.m. Saturday, McKendree University, Campus Quad, west of Alton St., Lebanon. Hot wings competition. Fairgoers can purchase tickets to sample wing cooked by local businesses nd vote for the People's Choice Award. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Red Cross. Inflatables, games, concession stands. Wing-bobbing competion (picking wings out of a baby pool filled with ranch dressing). Chicago band 28 Day will perform at noon; Feel Good Music at 3 p.m. and a band to be name later at 5. Information at 618-537-6856 or mckendree.edu.
Ministry Auction -- 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Apostolic Church, Fellowship Hall, 1648 LaSalle, Belleville. Auction items include carousel musical horses, Barbies, Matchbox Elvis planes, month free tutoring in math or reading, home decor, artwork, gift certificates to business, lodging, furniture, entertainment (bowling, museums), restaurants. Sponsored by Annual Ladies' Ministry.
Spring Fling -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Eckert's Country Store and Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Farm tour, vegetable gardening questions, herb bar, full of growing tips, recipes and tastings. Bounce house, tractor rides, rock wall and more for the kids. Information: 618-233-0513.
Miss Amazing Pageant -- 6 p.m. Sunday, Edwardsville High School Theater, 6161 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets $10 per person. Can be purchased at ilmissamazing.eventbrite.com. Pageant participants are girls and women with disabilites, ages 5-35. Information: www.missamazingillinois.com.
Earth Day at SWIC -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Free electronics recycling drop-off in Parking Lot M5. Bring old computers, TVs, VCRs, DVDx, washers, dryers, refrigerators, more. Also, Earth Day Celebration on the Quad. 25 green vendors, lunch, music, children's activities. Information: swic.edu/gogreen, Karen Stallman at 618-235-2700 ext. 8133.
SWIC Student Art -- through May 8, Southwestern Illinois College, Schmidt Art Center, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Works by SWIC student artists. Als, St. Louis Symphony Chamber Ensemble Concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free.
Elsah Photography Exhibit -- 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 30, Village of Elsah Museum, 26 LaSalle St. Theme is "Keeping the Presence of the Past."
NOTE: Information for recurring fish fries must be sent each week or before the first fish fry of the month, confirming all dates during that month.
Aviston Fish & Chicken Fry -- 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton St., Aviston. Eat in or carry out. 618-228-7311.
Caseyville Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fried fish and other foods at 4 p.m.
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.
Highland Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carry out. 618-654-6367.
Millstadt VFW Fish Fry -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post 7980, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Open jam session from 6 p.m. Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post 7980.
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 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 & Chicken Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, O'Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O'Fallon. Carryouts 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.
Scottish Rite Fish Fry -- 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. By the pound, plate, sandwich. Contact 618-235-3350.
Scott VFW Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, Belleville. DJ, 8-1 p.m.
Shiloh Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Sponsored by Eagles No. 545. Cod, Walleye, shrimp, chicken strip plates. Eat in or carry out. 618-624-5412.
South Side Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, South Side Improvement Assoc., 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. Saturdays: fried chicken, fish, more. 222-7171.
Spring Salad Luncheon -- 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Immanuel United Methodist Church, 800 N. Main, Edwardsville. $8 includes dessert, drink. Carry-outs available, handicapped accessible, bake sale. Information at 618-656-4648.
Granite City Barbecue Fundraiser -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Sides, potato salad, slaw, baked beans. Meat, pork steaks, brats, hot dogs (plates or sandwiches). Delivery in area with an order of 5 or more plate lunches. To order: 618-877-1936.
Fairmont City Barbecue Fundraiser -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Fairmont City Community Center, 40th St. and Cookson Road, Fairmont City. Pork steaks, shish kabobs, brats, hamburgers. Plates available -- baked beans and potato salad. Dine in or carry out. Sponsored by Fairmont City Firemens Association.
Moose Lodge Barbecue -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, American Legion Post 137, 109 N. Penn St., O'Fallon. Bratwurst, pulled pork sandwich, pork steak sandwich, bratwurst plate, pulled pork plate, pork steak plate. Homemade potato salad and baked beans.
Dupo Chicken Dinner -- 11:30 a.m. Sunday, VFW Post 6368, 200 N. Fifth St., Dupo. Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, slaw, beets, coffee, tea, dessert. Carryouts available at 618-286-9636.
Walton's Chicken Dinner -- 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 632-5222.
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 -- 7 p.m. Friday, Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main St., Smithton.
Card Party -- 11 a.m. Wednesday, Blessed Sacrament, school gym, 8809 W. Main St., Belleville. Serving spaghetti and meatballs. Bring your own cards.
Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Tri Township Lirary, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD, tape donations accepted during library hours or on day of sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Antique Flea Market -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Illinois 13 & 159, Belleville. Free admission and parking. More than 400 vendors and 600 tables featuring antiques and collectibles, merchandise both old and new. Information: 618-233-0052 or bcfairgronds.net.
"Nunset Boulevard" -- 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Historic Avon Theater, 535 N. 2nd St., Breese. Ticket: $10 adults/ $9 seniors, students, active military. Information, call Allan Elling at 618-806-8862.
Murder Mystery Dinner -- 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. "Muuurder in Maaay-bury." Cost: $40 per person, includes meal and entertainment. Information at 618-233-0513 ext. 3.
"Laura" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Capitol Theatre, Main St. at Fourth St.. Waterloo. Mystery set in 1940s New York is the story of murder, jealusy, vanity and obsessive love. General admission $12; seniors and students $10. Presented by Monroe Actors Stage Company. Information at 618-939-7469 or www.masctheatre.org.
"The Wizard of Oz" -- 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mater Dei High School, Breese. Tickets $5, available at box office 45 minutes prior to curtain or can be reserved by calling Paul at 618-830-7486.
O'Fallon -- 7 p.m. Friday, Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O'Fallon. Doors open at 6 p.m. $100 per table, maximum of 8 persons per table. Cash prizes, 50/50 raffle, live and silent auctions, more. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amy Suydam at 618-632-3621.
O'Fallon -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O'Fallon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Faith Lutheran Church Youth. Silent auction. Information: Penny Cooper at 618-628-3056.
Shiloh -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Shiloh Eagles Lodge, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $80 per table of up to 8 (age 18 plus, please). Beverages, refreshments available for purchase. Bring your own snacks. Mulligans $10/talbe, 50/50, head/tails, silent auction. To reserve a table, call Don "Doc" Spradling at 618-632-1926. Fundraiser to benefit Ainad Shriner Krazy Klowns.
Swansea -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Doors open at 5 p.m. $10 per person, 10 players maximum per table. 10 rounds, 10 questions per round. Mulligans, 50/50 raffle, heads & tails. Free soda coupon, free popcorn. Bring your own snacks. Cash bar (no outside drinks). Bake sale. Proceeds to benefit Autism Speaks. Information or registration at email@example.com or call 618-799-8102.
Troy -- 6 p.m. Saturday, Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road (Illinois 162), Troy. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 226 . $80, maximum of 8 players. Soda and popcorn provided. No alcohol allowed. Reserve a space by calling Toyi at 618-667-6238 or Steve at 618-667-9140. Information at 618-667-241 or troyumc.org.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot take items by telephone. The deadline for Local Events is noon Monday. Send information to What's Happening, c/o Lifestyle, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax to 236-9773. For information, call 239-2347.