Best bets: Find something fun to do this weekend

June 19, 2013 

Patriotic concert

Put on your best red, white and blue for the 28th annual Patriotic Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville.

"I Stand Proud" 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 sing-alongs and a tribute to the armed forces. A free-will offering will be taken.

A barbecue picnic supper will follow the concert; $7 per plate.

St. Paul's is at 115 West B St.

Holy Rosary picnic

If you're hankering for some authentic, homemade Mexican food, head for Holy Rosary Catholic Church's Summer Festival in Fairmont City this weekend.

Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A parade steps off at 6 p.m. Friday. Mass is at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tacos, tostadas and tamales are the main attractions, but pork steak dinners, fish, burgers and funnel cakes also will tempt you.

The fun includes a children's carnival area, rides, games. There will be live music both nights, plus a cake raffle and a half-grand-an-hour cash raffle.

The church is at 2716 N. 42nd St.

St. Pancratius Picnic

If oom-pah-pah is more your style, try St. Pancratius Parish Picnic in Fayetteville on Saturday.

A polka Mass with Polka Connection is at 4 p.m. in the church at 2213 N. Second St., then Polka Connection will perform until 9 p.m. A DJ takes over from 9 to midnight.

All-you-can-eat fried chicken dinners will be served at 4 p.m. in the air-conditioned parish center. Quilt and cash bingo, sandwiches and games are all part of the church's 175th anniversary celebration.

St. Anthony's Picnic

Beckemeyer may be small (population 1040, give or take a few), but people really know how to have fun there.

St. Anthony's Picnic is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 451 W. Third St.

You can get your fill at the chicken and mostaccioli dinner. Mass is at 5:30. There will be kids stands and quilt bingo.

You're gettng sleepy...

You'll be spellbound by hypnotist Tony Z's act -- who says you can't walk like a chicken? -- at 8 p.m. Saturday in the firstfloor banquet room at the Ramada Inn in Fairview Heights.

There will be lots of audience participation. Comedian Chris Smith is the opening act.

Admission is $10. Information/reservations at 618-615-1014.

Center stage

The Monroe Actors Stage Company will tickle your funny bone with "The Exact Center of the Universe" this weekend and next at the Capitol Theatre in Waterloo.

The comedy is the story of Vada Love Powell (Terrie Thies) and the exact center of her universe, her son Apple. Other featured actors are Maria Wilken, Matt Dosset, Kristy Weber and Rachel Feazel.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 28 and 29 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and June 30.

Tickets are $12; $10 for students, seniors. They ay be purchased at door or by calling 618-939-7469 or

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