Spaghetti Benefit -- noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Troy VFW Post 976, 123 Market St., Troy. Spaghetti benefit for the Bethany Budwell Memorial Scholarship, dedicated to helping Triad cheerleaders attend an educational institution of their choice. Bethany was a Triad student and captain of the varsity cheerleading squad. She died in a traffic accident on May 26, 2011. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children (under 10), includes salad, spaghetti and meatballs, bread and dessert. Eat in or carry out by calling 618-667-8387. Information: Jamie Budwell at 912-227-4407, Sharon Parton at 618-667-1302 or Jessica Champlin at 618-207-8494.
Bluegrass -- 6 p.m. today, courthouse lawn, Main Street, Nashville. Sponsored by the Village of Nashville. Free. Music by George Portz & His Friends of Bluegrass. Special guest is junior fiddle player Heather Stortz.
Edwardsville Concert -- 8 p.m. today, City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free. Presented by The Edwardsville Municipal Band. Featuring overture for winds by Alfred Reed and "LaForza del Destino" by Giuseppi Verdi and big band selection of Woody Herman tunes. Concession stand by Alpha Delta Kappa. Information: www.edwband.com.
Bellevue Park -- 7 p.m. today, Bellevue Park, Belleville. Music by Jim Chadderton & The Special Edition. Free. Bring lawn chairs.
Tribute Concert -- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Alan Jackson Tribute by Tim Campbell & The Chattahoochee Band and Rascal Flatts Tribute by Fast Cars & Freedom. Tickets $28 online at Wildeytheatre.com or by calling 618-971-7353.
GC Swing Band -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Granite City. Music by GC Swing Band. Sounds of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey to Michael Buble. Free. Donations to band are appreciated. Information: www.graniteband.com.
Lindenwood Concert -- 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Lindenwood University, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville. Music by Sentimental Journey Dance Band. Tickets $20 per show, $50 for all three shows; other shows in the Summer Rhythm & Music Series are Dean Christopher Rat Pack & More on July 20, and the country group Borderline on Aug. 24. Available by calling 618-239-6297.
Patriotic Concert -- 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 E. B St., Belleville. "I Stand Proud" concert features a massed community choir under the direction of Norbert Krausz, St. Paul Glory Ringers, vocalist Callie Altepeter and vocalist/pianist Samuel Krausz. The U.S. Transcom Joint Services Color Guard will participate and there will be a tribute to the armed forces. A free-will offering will be taken. A barbecue picnic supper will follow the concert; $7 per plate.
Valmeyer Chorus -- 7 p.m. Sunday, St. John United Church of Christ, Valmeyer. The Valmeyer Community Chorus will present "Music From The Heart of America." Patriotic and folk standards, ending with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Free. Freewill offering will be accepted.
Concert at the Square -- 7 p.m. Monday, Public Square, Belleville. Music by Country Music Machine. Free. Bring lawn chairs.
Cafe Series -- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, Main Complex Cafe, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Music by the Waterloo German Band.
Prairie du Rocher -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, city park, Paririe du Rocher. Music by Lynn Rose Terry and Friends. Food available for purchase. Free; donations accepted for musical guests. In case of rain, moves to American Legion Hall.
Square and Round Dance -- 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Kate Garrison, caller, Dixie Lohse, cuer. Information: Sue Larsh at 630-841-4156.
Country Music & Dance -- 8 p.m. Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by the Hill Williams Band.
Polka Dance -- 2-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. $7 per person. Music by Fred and Botton Box Club. Sponsored by St. Louis Metro Polka Club. Food for purchase. Information at 314-867-7897 or www.folkfire.org/polka.
Ballroom Dance -- 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Crystal Ballroom, Staunton. Music by Jim Markum Band.
Square Dance -- 7 p.m. Monday, Caseyville Township Bulding, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Basic/mainstream square dance sponsored by Dandy Dancers. New Dancers Class Party. Kate Garrison and Joe Obal caller MC's, finger foods. Information, contact Kate Garrison at 618-566-8752 or 618-566-2855.
Date Night Diva Night -- 5-9 p.m. today, downtown Belleville. It's bring your honey to Diva Night. Registration at Bracelets & More, 101 E. Main St., Belleville. After party at Facial Rejuvenation Center, 3 N. High St., Belleville. Outdoor block party, free appetizers provided by Seven. Cocktails available for purchase. Information: Laurie Bauer at 618-233-2015.
3-Mile Walk -- 6:30 p.m. today, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 3277 Bluff Road, Edwardsville. Bring your own water. Hosted by Illinois Trekkers Walking Club. Information, contact Bill or Linda at email@example.com or 618-910-0034.
Freeburg Relay for Life -- 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, Freeburg High School Athletic Complex. Luminaria, which are paper lanterns representing those who have died from cancer and survivors, will be showcased during the American Cancer Society Raley for Life of St. Clair County East. A Survivors Lap will kick off the event. The luminaria lighting is at 9:30 p.m. Teams will walk through the night to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Superheroes Movies -- dusk, Friday, Drost Park, Maryville. Free. Movie is "The Amazing Spider-Man" (PG-13). Bring lawn chairs, loungers, blankets and bug spray.
Holy Rosary Festival -- 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Holy Rosary Church, Fairmont City. Parade at 6 p.m. Friday. Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday. Homemade Mexican food, pork steak dinners, fish, burgers, funnel cakes. Children's carnival area, rides, games. Cake raffle. Half-grand-an-hour cash raffle.
St. Pancratius Picnic -- Saturday, St. Pancratius Parish Grounds, 2213 N. Second St., Fayetteville. Polka Mass with Polka Connection, 4 p.m. in the church. Polka Connection will perform throughout the evening. All-you-can-eat fried chicken dinners, 4 p.m. in air-conditioned parish center. Quilt and cash bingo. Sandwiches, games.
Night at the Races -- Gates open 3 p.m. Saturday, Highland Speedway, Highland. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m.; pill draw ends at 6 p.m.; races start at 6:30 p.m. General admission $15. $5 per ticket benefits Leaps of Love, a Highland-based organization that embraces families affected by chilhood brain tumors and late effects of childhood cancer. Contact Traci at 618-410-7212 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become an 'Event Sponsor,' donate an item for the raffle or have any other concerns regarding this event.
Fishing Derby -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Park, Belleville. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. near the amphitheater. Free. Sponsored by Victory Family Church. Activities include balloon sculpting, face painting, paintball. Lunch of hot dogs, chips and drink provided. The play "We're Off to See the Savior" will be presented while the points are being tallied. Information at 618-235-6373.
Movies on Main -- dusk Saturday, public parking lot at the corner of Main and Seminary, Collinsville. Movie is "Rise of the Guardians." When evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocense of children all around the world. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnic supper, baskets, coolers. Grab a soda, water, snow cone, candy, popcorn from the Collinsville Jaycees. Information at 618-346-5200 ext. 140.
St. Anthony's Parish Picnic -- 4-7 p.m. Saturday, St. Anthony's Church, 451 W. Third St., Beckemeyer. Chicken and mostaccioli dinner. Quilt bingo, kid's stands. Mass at 5:30 p.m.
Nature Hike -- 9 a.m. Saturday, Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, Carlyle. Hike with a park ranger and discover turtles, snakes, animal tracks, more. Information at 618-594-2484 or email@example.com.
Discovery Days -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Topic: "The Waters of the Watershed -- Fish andWater Quality." Free. Registration requested for groups. Experience hands on displays, learn about fish species and make fish prints. Information at 618-692-7578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Wrestling -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Catholic Knights & Ladies Country Club, 2800 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket prices: Advance tickets ringside $12, general seating $8; at the door ringisde $15, general seating $10. Ticket outlets: Catholic Kights & Ladies Country Club, 618-235-2420; Charles Wilcox, 573-202-4344; online www.nwa-ccw.com/tickets. Bouts include Evan "Money" Morris vs. Andy Dalton; Shane Somers vs Shane Fury.
Car Cruise -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Fischer's Restaurant, 2100 W. Main St., Belleville. Celebrating 60th anniversary of Belleville Gear Jammers Hot Rod Club. Hot rods, custom and antique cars. Dash plaques will be awarded to first 100 cars to arrive. Food and drinks available for purchase. Music by DJ Larry.
Car Cruise -- 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Restaurant, 4508 West Main St., Belleville. Hosted by the Automobile Collectors Club of the Greater Belleville Area.
Car and Truck Show -- Sunday, Coulterville City Park. Sponsored by Grand Cote Cruisers. Registration 9 a.m.; juding noon. $15 registration; $10 display only; $100 club participation. Trophy presentations, 3 p.m. Attendace prizes, 50/50 drawing, goody bag.
Summer Solstice -- Sunday, Woodhenge, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville. Visitors will stand in the same place where the Mississippian people gathered 1,000 years ago and watch the sun rise above the same huge mound. Information at 618-346-5161.
Bike Nite -- 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. $1 hot dogs and music.
Car Cruise -- 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.
Vintage Rod Tour -- Wednesday, Gateway Motorsports Park, 700 Raceway Blvd., Madison. Sponsored by Vintage Street Rodders of America. Cruise-In and Wide-Open Wednesday-Test 'N' Tune. Information vsra-usa.com or call Jim at 423-571-6430.
Fishing Lessons -- 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, LeClaire Lake Park, East Ave. & Madison Ave., Edwardsville. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration forms at www.cityofedwardsville.com. Lessons will be followed by a fishing derby at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29; bring a fishing pole and bait to Leclair Lake Park. Registration by the gazebo. Prizes will be awarded.
"In Fine Feather" -- through July 19, Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Exhibit reminiscent of gardens, birds and outdoors. Includes ceramics, watercolor, fiber, basket weaving, photography, painting, mixed media and jewelry. Artists' reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Barbecue -- 4-7:30 p.m. today, Turkey Grange Hall, corner of Green Mount Road and Illinois 15, Belleville. Pulled pork sandwich and dinner, pork stead or dinner, brats, potato salad, baked beans, slaw, four-bean salad, applesauce, soda, water, pie, cobblers, cake, brownies. Proceeds to benefit Community Service Projects. Eat in or carryout.
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. Bingo at 7 p.m. Lighted off-street parking.
Collinsville Fish Fry -- 3-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat in or carry out cod, catfish fillet, tilapia and sides.
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.
Mascoutah Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carry out. 618-566-2288.
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.
Barbecue Fundraiser -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Sides of potato salad, slaw, baked beans. Pork steaks, brats, hot dogs; plate lunches or sandwiches. Delivery in the area with an order of 5 or more plate lunches. Information or to order call 618-877-1936.
Father's Day BBQ Benefit -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Wishing Well Ministry, 204 John St., State Park, Collinsville. Sponsored by Tom Qualls Foundation for People and Animals. Featuring Big Tom Q. Pork steaks with two sides $10, chicken with two sides $8, pork steaks with two sides $8, sandwiches $5, polish sausage, hot dogs, soda, water, chips, pickles, ice cream. All proceeds for dog and cat food, flea collars, etc.
Walton's Chicken Dinner -- 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 632-5222.
All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post 7980, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. All American all-you-can-eat fried chicken with mashed potatoes, green beans/corn, salad, rolls. $10 adults, $5 kids (12 & under). Proceeds to Veteran programs.
Cribbage -- 6:30 p.m. today, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Drive, Collinsville. Nine games against nine 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. Everyone welcome.
Card Party -- 1 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mary Church, parish center, Trenton. Sponsored by St. Mary Church Trenton Ladies Sodality. Pinochle, euchre, bunco played for $1. Bingo played for fruit platters and homemade cakes. Desserts served with homemade pies and drinks. Everyone welcome.
Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts. Bel-Air Bowl Arbor Room will sell ham/beans and corn bread today. Information, call Norm Geloat at 978-8753 or email@example.com.
F.R.E.S.H. Farmer's Market -- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today, East Side Health District.=, 638 N. 20th St., East St. Louis. Accepting WIC vouchers, senior vouchers.
Old Town Market -- 7:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Old Town Market, West Main and First St. in downtown Belleville. Home-grown fruits, vegetables, bakery goods, craft items. Information, contact Laurie Bauer at 618-233-2015 or www.bellevillemainstreet.net.
Gun and Knife Show -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Illinois 13 & 159, Belleville. Firearms, knives, ammunitin and accessories. Buy sell and trade. ECA presents Illinois' largest hunting and trade show. $5 admission. Free parking.
"Godspell" -- 7 p.m. today through Saturday, Winstanley Baptist Church, 9471 W. Highway 161, Fairview Heights. Doors open at 6 p.m. Musical based on the Gosepl of St. Matthew. Admission: $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Tickets available at the door. All ticket sales to to Christian Activities Center, East St. Louis.
Comedy Night -- 8 p.m. Saturday, first-floor banquet room, Ramada Inn, 6900 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Comedian Chris Smith opens for hypnotist Tony Z. $10 admission. Information/reservations at 618-615-1014.
"Disney's Aladdin Jr." -- 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Highland High School Kennel, 12760 Troxler Ave., Highland. Tickets $7 if purchased online or $8 at door. Seating is limited. The cast includes more than 40 students from metro-east communities. Sponsored by Hard Road Theatre Productions, Highland Arts, Bradford National Bank. Information at www.hardroad.org or 618-409-6286.
"The Exact Center of the Universe" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, The Historic Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. Presented by Monroe Actors Stage Co. Comedy is the story of Vada Love Powell and the exact center of her universe, her son Apple. Tickets $12 general admission, $10 students, seniors. May be purchased at door or by calling 618-939-7469 or www.masctheatre.org.
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" -- 7 p.m. Saturday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Outdoor Amphitheatre, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville. Free. Presented by Youth Sing Praise Foundation Inc. Information at 618-394-6292 or www.snows.org.
"The Sound of Music" -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday-Sunday, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dunham Hall Theatre, Edwardsville. Information, contact Kim Bozark at 618-650-5347.
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