What's Happening: Local events July 11-17

July 10, 2013 


Bellevue Park -- 7 p.m. today, Bellevue Park, Belleville. Music by Alley Kats Band. Free.

Edwardsville Concert -- 8 p.m. today, City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free. Presented by The Edwardsville Municipal Band. Featuring Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance. Concession stand by Edwardsville Library Friends. Information: www.edwband.com.

Outdoor Concert -- 7 p.m. Friday, Arlington Greens Golf Course, 200 Arlington Dr., Granite City. Outdoor concert series with live music and drink specials on the patio of the 18-hole public course. Music by Grammy-nominated blues musician Randy McAllister. Admission $10 per person/$15 per couple at the gate. Bring lawn chairs.

Concerts at Eckert's -- 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Music by Mark Biehl, composer and multi-instrumentalist, on Friday; Western Satellites (western swing) on Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Concert at the Square -- 7 p.m. Monday, Public Square, Belleville. Music by Ed & Friends. Free. Bring lawn chairs.


Country Dance -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by Cactus Moon Band.

Singles Dance -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Swansea Improvement Center, 301 Service St., Swansea. Free dance lessons from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. $8 admission. Sponsored by Parents Without Partners.

Dinner and Dance -- 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Steeleville American Legion, 303 S. Chester St., Steeleville. Music by the Rendition Orchestra.

GC Swing Band -- 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Big band music by GC Swing Band. Donations to band are appreciated. Information: www.graniteband.com.

Ballroom Dance -- 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Lindendale Park, Highland. Music by Virgil Straeter.

Round Dance -- 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Waltz, cha cha and other dances. Bob & Debbie Pyles, 618-398-8816 or iluv2g@gmail.com.

Lunch & Dance -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, O'Fallon Township Building, 802 E. State St., O'Fallon. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Reservations, 618-632-3517 before July 16.


Quarter Auction -- 6:30 p.m. today, Glen Crbon American Legion, 109 S. Main St., Glen Carbon. Quarter paddles $5; all in paddles $25. Child care by Gateway Family Church for $5 per child. Hosted by Gateway Family Church. Reserve table or donate at scotts0523@yahoo.com or call 618-977-6275.

Summer of Fun -- 6 p.m. Friday, Tri Township Park, Troy. Sponsored by Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Chamber of Commerce. Entertainment by Zydeco Crawdaddys from 6-8 p.m. Showing of "Madagascar 3" at 8:15 p.m. Face painting, bounce house, ballonist and crafts

Tour de Belleville -- 8:30 p.m. Friday, Belleville bike trails. Both the 6-mile and 15-mile routes start and finish at Union United Methodiest Church parking lot at 721 E. Main St., Belleville. $15 per rider; rourdebelleville.com. (See story on page B1.)

Smithton Turner Picnic -- 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Smithton Turner Park, 15 N. Julia St., Smithton. Music by Whiskey Dixon, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday. Washer tournament, 1 p.m. Saturday. Music by American Idle Band, 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday.

St. John the Baptist Picnic -- Friday-Saturday, 515 Locust St., Red Bud. Friday schedule: fish dinner, 5 p.m. in air-conditioned parish center; music by Nick Rhodes and Hunter Beattie, 7-11 p.m.; bingo, 7 p.m. Schedule for Saturday: 5K Knights of Columbus Red Bud Round (5K competitive run, 5K Walk/Run); all-you-can-eat chicken dinner buffet, 3-7 p.m.; bingo, 6:30 p.m., music by Chris Murry, 7-11 p.m. Raffles, country store, adult and kids games. Polka Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Grand Cote Cruisers -- 5 p.m. Friday, Sparta O'Reilly's Auto Parts, 1361 N. Market St., Sparta. All cruise times 6-9 p.m.; parking starts at 5 p.m. Dash plaques, 50/50 drawing, attendance prizes, 50/60 DJ music, special prizes. Information at 618-317-4767.

Lebanon Fireman's Picnic -- 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. Parade at 6 p.m. both days. Music, food, carnival rides.

Firemen's Homecoming -- 5-midnight Friday-Saturday, Firemen's Park, Maryville. Parade at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday; theme is This Day in History. Food, beer, bands, rides, games.

Fireman's Picnic -- Friday-Saturday, Liederkranz Park, N. Jefferson St., Millstadt. Poker, kids games, food, drinks, attendance prizes. Chicken dinners and fried fish. Music by Well Hungarians, 8-midnight Friday; The Bob Band, 8-midnight Saturday. Stadt Fire Department's Annual Fireman's Picnic and Chicago Ball Tournament; to register contact Scott at 618-444-2057 or Travis at 618-719-6749.

NatsuCon -- noon Friday-Sunday, Gateway Center, Collinsville. St. Louis' summertime Anime convention. Events include a costume contest, dances, live music, video game tournaments, ramen-eating contest, discussion panels and voice actor meet-and-greets. Admission $40 per person for full weekend badge; daily admission $25. Information at NatsuCon.org.

Randolph County Fair -- July 12-20, Sparta. Variety of foods, parade, 4H, livestock and agricultural exhibits. Craft fair, 6 p.m. Friday; 4-H small animal nuding and open horse show, 1 p.m. Saturday; 4-wheeler and lawnmower pulls, 1 p.m. Sunday; 4-H horse show, 6 p.m. Monday; 4-H livestock auction, 7 p.m. Tuesday; tractor and truck pull, 7 p.m. July 19; mud bog, 7 p.m. July 20.

Great Kaskaskia Duck Race -- noon, Saturday, West Spillway Recreation Area, Carlyle Lake. Watch truckloads of rubber ducks be dumped from the dam to race down the Kaskaskia River. Adopt a duck for $5 at the Carlyle Lake Visitor's Center. Proceeds benefit the healthcare foundation.

Bluegrass Shack Fiddle & Mandolin Contest -- 1 p.m. Saturday, The Bull Pen, 201 Kaskaskia, New Athens.General admission $8, seniors $5, (12 & under) free with parent. Contestants pay $3 entry fee. Junior and open divisions for fiddle and mandolin.Information: 618-475-3678 or www.thebluegrassshack.com.

5K & 10K Walk -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Mills Apple Farm, 11477 Pocahontas Road, Marine. Must be off trail by 3 p.m. Hosted by Illinois Trekkers Volkssporting Club and Mills Apple Farm. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery and partake of food, drinks, bakery items for sale after walk. Plenty of parking and pets are welcomed but must be on a leash. $3 fee for all walkers 12 years and older. Information: Lois at 6518-660-6393 or fleurs1106@gmail.com.

California Beach Party -- Saturday, Splash City, Collinsville. Night Magic Entertainment from 1-6 p.m.; Limbo contests at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.; Beach Ball Explosion at 4:30 p.m. Surf and bodyboard competition from 3-7 p.m. Admission is regular price from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; admission from 3-7 p.m. $5 per person. Information, 618-346-4571 or www.splashcity.com.

St. Damian's Annual Picnic -- Saturday, Exit 34 on I-64, Damiansville. Masses 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat cafeteria style supper, serving begins 3:30 p.m. in air conditioned hall. Fried chicken, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, dressing slaw, corn, dessert, coffee, tea, milk. Shaded quilt/cash bingo at 6:30 p.m.

Bastille Day at Jarrot Mansion -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site, Illinois 3 and 157, Cahokia. The oldest brick building in Illinois, usually closed because of a long-term construction project, will be open for six hours. Bastille Day commemorates the day the revolutionaires stormed the Bastille, an armory and political prison in Paris.

Heirloom Produce -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Fort de Chartres Jardin Potager, 1350 Illinois 155, Prairie du Rocher. Produce includes carrots, cucumbers, gooseberries, summer squash, herbs and Jardin flower; herb seed packets available. Information at www.fdcjardin.com.

Contemporary Indian Art Show -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Jurried show and sale of fine art by Native American artists with 15 tribal affiliations. Free. A preview reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday offers a chance to meet the artists, be the first to buy artwork and vote for the People's Choice award. Cocktails and hors d'oevres will be provided. Preview tickets are $20; $17 for museum members; call 618-344-7316.

Clinton County Fair -- Sunday-Saturday, July 14-20, Clinton County Fairgrounds, Carlyle. Agricultural products, livestock, carnival rides, games, tractor pulls, food. Highlights include: Antique tractor pull, 11 a.m. Sunday, free; parade, 6 p.m. Monday; truck pull, 7 p.m. Tuesday, adult $10, under 12 $5, under 6 free; talent show, 6 p.m. Wednesday; autocross, 7 p.m. Wednesday, adults $10, under 12 $5, under 6 free; ITPA and IHFS Pull, 7 p.m. Thursday ($10, $5); Clinton County Tractor Pull, 7 p.m. July 18 ($7, $3); Beaucoup Bottom Band, 8-midnight July 19; queen pageant, 2 p.m. July 20 at Mater Dei High School in Breese ($7, $3); demolition derby, 7 p.m. July 20 ($12, $6). Concessions and vendors open at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Drum Corps Compete -- Monday, Leemon Athletic Field on campus, McKendree University, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Top drum corps presented by Drum Corps International. Tickets online at www.dci.org/tickets.Prices range from $20 to $45 for reserved premium seating. Proceeds to benefit McKendree University's Music Department's interactive, hands-on "Music in Our Schools" program for pre-K through 12th-grade students.

Wilderness Walk -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 plus. Information at 618-692-7578.

Bike Nite -- 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Food special, music.

Shrine Circus -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Free parking. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children. Tickets available from any Ainad Shriner or the Ainad Shriners at 618-874-1870; can be purchased at any Schnucks, Hucks or MotoMart.

Car Cruise -- 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed.

Family Fun Fair -- 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, City Park, Edwardsville. Dance, martial arts demonstrations, bubblegum blowing, hula hoops, watermelon eating, sunflower seed spitting. Sack races, 3-legged races, egg spoon races, bean bag toss, croquet, hopscotch, blanket bingo. Treats, lemonade shake-ups, bottled water for sale. Free.


Zen-inspired Art -- through Aug. 9, Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Free and open to public. Introduce a little electric blue into your life, your spirit with Zen-inspired art and explore mixed media collages centered around identity and social construction this summer. Artists include Zeuxis, Mark Travers and Erin Vigneau Dimick.


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 & Jam Session -- 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. Hamburgers, chicken fingers, more. 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. 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.

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.

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.

Breakfast & USO Fundraiser -- 7-10 a.m. Saturday, O'Fallon Masonic Lodge, 122 E. State St., O'Fallon. All-you-can-eat biscuits/gravy, pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee. Adults $7; children $4. Proceeds to USO at Lambert, St. Louis. Reservations, at 618-632-3177.

Breakfast Buffet -- 8-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Corpus Christi Parish Center, Shiloh. All-you-can-eat bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast sticks, biscuits/gravy, fried potatoes, fruit, pastry, drink. Cost: $8 per adult, $4 child (6-12), (under 6) free.

Walton's Chicken Dinner -- 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 632-5222.

Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. $10 adults, $5 (12 & under). Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post.


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. Everyone welcome.

Euchre Tournament -- 1:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Pancratius Parish Center, Fayetteville. Cost: $5. Information, call Becky at 618-978-4999.


Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown produce, (sweet corn, tomatoes) baked goods and crafts. Senior coupons are in. Moose members will be serving kabobs. Information: Norm Geloat at 978-8753 or swanseafarmersmarket@yahoo.com.

F.R.E.S.H. Farmer's Market -- 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. today, East Side Health District, 638 N. 20th St., East St. Louis. Accepting WIC vouchers, senior vouchers, cash, credit, debit, LINK.

Buck-A-Bag Sale -- 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, Freeburg Food & Clothing Bank, 8 N. Belleville St., Freeburg. Men's, women's, children's clothing priced at $1 per bag. Also books, stuffed animals, toys, household items. Information at 618-539-5070.

Old Town Market -- 7:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Old Town Market, West Main and First streets. in downtown Belleville. Home-grown fruits, vegetables, bakery goods, craft items. Information: Laurie Bauer at 618-233-2015 or www.bellevillemainstreet.net.

Belleville Knife Expo -- 2-6 p.m. Friday, $3 admission; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $4 admission; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, $4 admission, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. New and antiques, factory and custom, knife related merchandise. Free parking. Information at 618-658-8221.

On Stage

"The Little Mermaid Jr." -- 7 p.m. today-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Highland High School Kennel, 12760 Troxler Ave., Highland. Hard road Theatre production features 40 students from the Highland area. Tickets: $7 if purchased online, $8 at door. Seating limited, tickets suggested. Call 618-409-6286 or go to hardroad.org

"The Little Mermaid Jr." -- 8 p.m. today-Sunday, North Park State, 10th and Main Streets, Breese. Presented by Clinton County Showcase. Reserved seats, bleacher seating available. Lawn chair seating is allowed. In case of rain, no show will be cancelled until at least 9 p.m. Use ticket stub for entry on the rain date if show is cancelled. Information at www.ccshowcase.com.

"Sanders Family Christmas" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Concord Presbyterian Church, 388 Covington Drive, Waterloo. General admission $14, seniors/students $12. Tickets available at door, by calling 618-939-7469 or www.masctheatre.org.

"Nunsense" -- 7:30 p.m. July 17-20; 2 p.m. July 21, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dunham Hall Theater, Edwardsville. Musical comedy. Handicapped accessible. Tickets: $15 adults (18 & older); $12 seniors (65 & up); $12 students (with valid school ID) and children. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more. Tickets/information at 618-650-2774 or toll free at 888-328-5168 ext. 2774. Free parking on Lot E, Friday/Saturday nights and Saturday/Sunday matinees; Wednesday/Thursday night parking Lot B.


O'Fallon -- 7 p.m. Saturday, American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O'Fallon. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20 per person. Tables set up for 8 players. Fundraiser to support Olivia (Lucy) Hitsman, who is battling breast cancer. Other events, silent auction, 50/50 and pot shot board. Information, Sandy, 314-795-7456 or shalama30@yahoo.com.

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