The following events are scheduled in May in the metro-east.
1 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
1-5 -- Pierre Menard Home. Opens 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Chester. Randolph County Historical Society.
2 -- Cinco de Mayo Festival. 6-8:30 p.m., Kreitner Elementary School, 9000 College Ave., Collinsville. Kreitner Dancers, Spanish songs, scholastic book fair to raise money for the library and student activities. Samples of Mexican food.
3 -- Senior Celebration. 10 a.m-2 p.m. Programs and Services for Older Persons, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Theme is Cinco de Senior. $4 lunch includes hot dog or brat, sauerkraut, potato salad and a soda.
3-4 -- Agape Fest. Bond County Fairgrounds, Greenville. Christian music festival.
4 -- Lebanon May Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., first three blocks of West St. Louis Street in downtown Lebanon. Food vendors, music by Shakey Dave, free craft workshops. Free admission. Sponsored by Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.
4 -- Heritage Day. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Willoughby Heritage Farm in Collinsville. Collinsville Area Recreation District wil take you back to the early 1900s. Demonstrations of weaving, quilt making, woodworking, leather working and other heritage crafts. Visit farm animals, hear live bluegrass music by Rural Rights Revival and tour the restored farmhouse. Free nature tours, scavenge hunts, tractor rides and garden activities during family-friendly event. Pig will be roasted on the site. Pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs available for purchase. Thunder & Lightning Cloggers, 1 p.m. Free admission.
4 -- Millstadt Village-wide Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Millstadt. 100-plus residents and businesses participate in yard sale sponsored by the Millstadt Historical Society. Complimentary coffee and maps available at Millstadt Community Center, 102 S. Jefferson, where Historical Society members will sell breakfast burritos, baked goods, beverages and lunch.
4 -- Derby Day Horse Show and Thoroughbred Showcase, 8:30 a.m., 1600 N. 81st St., Caseyville. Free admission. Hunter show featuring classes restricted to registered thoroughbreds. Donations benefit Renaissance Rescue Ranch and Thoroughbreds Helping Thoroughbreds.
4 -- St. Andrew's Mayfest. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Buchanan and Hillsboro, downtown Edwardsville. Free admission. Plant sale, gardening classes, artisan and craft booths, music, raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. Lunch items and beverages available for purchase. Book sale (preview night, 6-9 p.m. Friday, $5 admission; 9 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, free admission.)
4 -- "That 70s Show." 7 p.m. McCormick Center, Second and Harrison streets, Belleville. Metro East Social Singles annual LipSynch Show & Dance. Adults $14 at the door; $7 students ages 11-20; free for 10 years old and under. Adult ticket includes attendance prize ticket, snacks and tickets for soda and beer. Dance follows the show until midnight with music by Dr. Dee. Raffles, pot of gold tickets.
4 -- Tour de Stooges Bike Ride. Sign in 8:30-10 a.m. at Lindendale Park, Highland. Non-competitive ride featuring 17-, 22-, 30-, 42- or 64-mile scenic route. Sag support, foot and water at rest stops, catered lunch, Three Stooges videos on a big screen. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children; $5 more on day of event. Register at http://stooges.bike2eat.org/HTML/stoogereg.htm
4 -- Floral Festival. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Guild Center, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. Mid Illinois and Southern Illinois Iris Societies present annual iris show. Judging before festival opens. Veteran iris growers will be on hand to answer iris questions.
4-5 -- Fort de Chartres Kids Day. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Community Park, Prairie du Rocher. 18th century games, contests, storytelling. Refreshments. Free.
5 -- Maeystown Fruehlingsfest. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Antiques from some of the finest dealers in the Midwest. Local nurseries will be selling annuals, perennials and herbs. Variety of food including bratwurst, barbecue, potato pancakes, kettle corn, strawberry shortcake, funnel cakes, chicken and pork ragout and apricot tea cookies. Wine garden.
5 -- Big Bad BBQ. Noon in the American Legion parking lot, 509 Henry St., Prairie du Rocher. Enter contest at visitprairiedurocher.com. Barbecue samples, drawings, music.
8 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed. First 100 cars receive free, commemorative plaque.
10-12 -- Fairview Heights Homecoming.
11 -- Taste of Millstadt, 7-10 p.m., Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Road, Belleville. Silent auction, door prizes, raffle, wine and beer tastings, food from local restaurants. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $20; purchase at Mertz Ford, Millstadt Pharmacy, Muskopf's Garage or at the door; or call Audrey at 618-476-1085 or Susan at 618-473-2037. Proceeds will be donated to Millstadt Consolidated and St. James schools.
11 -- Charles E. King House Tour. 1-5 p.m. Sponsored by Belleville Historical Society. Tour of seven Belleville residences designed by architect Charles King, who practiced in Belleville from 1941 to 1961. Tickets are $15 for those 12 and older; available at a May 3 reception for the retrospective exhibit of King's architecture from 5 to 8 p.m. at Governor French Academy Art Gallery; at any of the houses on the tour on May 11. Information: bellevillehistoricalsociety.org or 618-531-7753.
11 -- Benld Craft Fair/Flea Market. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Benld Civic Center.
11-12 -- Lewis & Clark Point of Departure. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Hartford. Re-enactors portraying Lewis and Clark Expedition members. Step on the white pirogue and visit the Settler's Cabin for a glimpse of frontier life. Displays of Lewis and Clark artifacts. Free admission and parking; donations accepted.
11-12 -- Strawberry Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Eckert's Orchards, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Outdoor festival foods and live entertainment at old-fashioned American festival. Free wagon rides. Pony rides, children's play area, petting farm, carnival rides and inflatables. Strawberry treats available for purchase. Fees charged for some activities.
11-12 -- Randolph County Pig Party. City Hall, Steelville. Barbecue cookoff, bands, beer stands, craft fair, activities for children.
15 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
17 -- Springfest and Street Dance. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Main and Railway streets, Mascoutah.
17-19 -- Art on the Square. 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday around the Public Square in downtown Belleville. Features more than 100 juried artists from around the world, entertainment, children's stage, art demonstrations, childrens art activities, food and wine court.
18 -- Holy Trinity Maifest. 5-11 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. Homemade German food, German beer and wine. German music by Die Spitzbaum. Games for kids.
18-19 -- Strawberry Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Eckert's Orchards, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Outdoor festival foods and live entertainment at old-fashioned American festival. Free wagon rides. Pony rides, children's play area, petting farm, carnival rides and inflatables. Strawberry treats available for purchase. Fees charged for some activities.
19 -- St. Jacob Strawberry Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Jacob Township Park, St. Jacob. Features strawberry desserts made with Driscoll berries and ice cream from Steinkoenig Dairy. Entertainment by Paul Jarvis & Friends and the Red Haired Boys. Lunch items, activities for children, crafters, face painting, quilt raffle and a Corvette club. Trailnet bike ride, registration 7:30-9 a.m.; four routes to choose from. Details at trailnet.org
19 -- Trinity Lutheran Church and School Picnic, 10247 S. Prairie Road, Red Bud. Chicken and pork sausage dinner, 11:30 a.m.-1:30; each adult dinner purchase gives you a chance to win a hand-made quilt. Games and bounce house for kids. Silent auction, country store, quilt show. Student program, "Rock & Roll Forever," 4 p.m.
19 -- Kids Day. 11 a.m-4 p.m., Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Hands-on activities, crafts, games, dancing. Free.
19 -- Strawberry Festival and Picnic. St. Patrick's Church, Ruma. Fried chicken dinners, strawberry desserts, food and drinks, craft sale, children's activities and a bike ride over several routes.
22 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
24-25 -- Maeystown Homecoming. 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. Rides and games, food, refreshments. Fried chicken dinner Saturday night. Parade, washer tournament, and duck race on Saturday. Bands, 8:30 p.m. both days.
25-27 -- Memorial Day Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Eckert's Orchards, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Outdoor festival foods and live entertainment at old-fashioned American festival. Free wagon rides. Pony rides, children's play area, petting farm, carnival rides and inflatables. Fees charged for some activities.
27 -- Memorial Day Parade. Downtown Belleville.
27 -- Swansea Memorial Day Ceremony. 10 a.m. Melvin Price Park, Swansea. U.S. Rep. William Enyart will speak. The Metro East Choral Group will sing the national althem and other patriotic songs. Sponsored by the Swansea Park Board.
27 --Memorial Day Ceremony. 10 a.m. St. Augustine's Cemetery, Hecker. Speakers, patriotic music, flyover, recognition of local veterans and other dignitaries.(*16*)
29 -- Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m., Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
31 -- Shriners Parade, 7:30 p.m., downtown Belleville. Route: 17th and West Main Street to Mascoutah Avenue and East Main.
31-June 1-2 -- Horseradish Festival. Woodland Park, Collinsville. Root games, washers competition, craft and food vendors, amateur recipe contest, Bloody Mary contest, horseradish root grinding demonstrations, 5K Run/Walk, Little Miss Horseradish Festival Pageant, activities for kids. New this year: Root pong, bags tournament, 1-2 p.m. Sunday on the softball field. Craft village. Admission and parking are free. horseradishfestival.com.
31-June 2 -- Jakey in June Barbecue Cookoff. Teams compete after 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon Sunday, St. Jacob park. Friday: Music by Zydeco Crawdaddys, 6-11 p.m.; meet a Budweiser Clydesdale, 6-8 p.m. Events on Saturday: 5K Poker Run and 1.1-mile fun run, 9 a.m.; Kids-Q, 4:30 p.m.; music by Jason David Cooper Band, 6-11 p.m. jakeyinjune.com
31-June 1 -- St. John the Baptist Picnic and Homecoming. 4:30-midnight Friday, 3-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Turner Park, Smithton. Sponsored by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Friday: Beer garden with Famous Smithton Fish, homemade Germon potato salad and sandwiches. Quilt and cash bingo. Music by Beaucoup Bottom Band, 8-midnight. Events on Saturday: All-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner, 3-7 p.m. in parish Munier Center. Polka Mass, 4 p.m. Polka Connection Band, 5-7 p.m.; Aftershock, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Quilt/cash bingo.
31-June 1-2 -- Ss. Peter and Paul Church Picnic. Collinsville. Features bands each day -- East of Eads, The Alley Kats, The ER Band, Avery Hill Band. Carnival rides and games, food, beverage tent, raffles.
31-June 1 -- Alhambra Homecoming. Parade, 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday. Buffalo Road Band, 8 p.m. both days. Food stand: fried chicken, pork steaks, burgers, bratwurst, fries, hot dogs.