What's Happening: Local events July 25-31

July 24, 2013 

BENEFITS

Pitch In for Maggie Barron -- 3 p.m. Saturday, American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Maggie Barron has suffered multiple strokes and needs assistance with medical bills. Horseshoe rounds from 4 to 7 p.m.; beginning to expert pitchers welcome; pay to play with cash prize drawings. Silent auction, 3-6 p.m. 50/50, pot shot, food, music. Information: Barb Pearson at 618-830-0414 or Georgia Huelsman at 618-781-7374.

B Positive -- 6-9 p.m. Monday, The Edge, 701 S. Belt West, Belleville. $20 at the door. Laser tag, raffle, silent auction, baked goods, sweet treats, koozies, bracelets, T-shirts. Partial proceeds go help pay medical expenses for Jeff, who was diagnosed with leukemia in January. Information at 618-236-2101.

CONCERTS

Bellevue Park -- 7 p.m. today, Bellevue Park, Belleville. Music by Country Music Machine.

Edwardsville Municipal Band -- 8 p.m. today, City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free. Music by Edwardsville Municipal Band features the Civil War suite "The Blue and the Gray" by Clare Grundman. Concession stand operated by Glenview Nazarene Sanctuary Choir. Information at www.edwband.com.

Summer Concert Fest -- 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Eckert's Country Store (outside in the plaza), 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Kids activities. Music by Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers (jump blues/swing/hot jazz) on Friday and Cole Porter Band (Indie Country with Souther Soul) on Saturday.

Faure "Requiem" -- 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, St. John's United Methodist Church, 7372 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Free. Fundraiser for TWIGS, a group that provides lunches for children during the summer who are provided lunches during the school year. Sponsored by Troy UMC, Dr. Don Loucks at St. John's and Robert Valentine at Our Lord's Lutheran Church, Maryville. Questions, contact Emily@troyumc.org.

Concert at the Square -- 7 p.m. Monday, Public Square, Belleville. Music by Tommy Tunes. Free. Bring lawn chairs.

DANCES

Pot-luck Dinner Dance -- 6 p.m. Friday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Pot-luck dinner dance. Music by the Dale Willeford Trio.

Polka Dance -- 2-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. $7 per person. Music by Dave Hylla and The Good Times Band. Sandwiches available for purchase. Sponsored by St. Louis Metro Polka Club.

Ballroom Dancing -- 4-7 p.m. Sunday, The Crystal Ballroom, Staunton. Music by the Johnnie Kaye Orchestra.

EVENTS

Madison County Fair -- through Sunday, Lindendale Park, Highland. Agricultural product and livestock displays, arts and crafts, carnival rides, bands, stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby and 4-H show. Free admission. Parking $4 per car. Weekly parking pass $15. Today: combine demolition derby, 7:30 p.m.; music by Whiskey River, 8 p.m. On Friday: car and lawn mower demolition derbies, 7 p.m.; music by Krank Kase. On Saturday: Miss Madison County Queen Pageant, 1:30 p.m.; County vs. County Challenge UMP Racing, 6:30 p.m.; music by The Last Resort, 8 p.m. On Sunday: church service, 10:30 a.m.; Pint Size and Old School Racing, 2 p.m.; music by The Country Club Band, 2:30 p.m. Information at 618-654-6656 or madcofair@gmail.com.

Troy Lions Homecoming -- today through Saturday, Tri Township Park, 409 Collinsville Road, Troy. This year's theme is "Service -- Community and Country" in honor of the Lions Club's 75th anniversary. Childrens parade, 7 p.m. today; main parade, 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday. Floats, entertainment, (music from the Avery Hill Band and Sweetbottom), food, drinks, booths.

Ladies Night Out Bingo Party -- 7 p.m. Friday, St. Paul United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, Columbia. Hosted by Corinne's Care Bears. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20 entry fee (indcludes 3 bingo cards, dessert buffet and an attendance prize ticket). Silent auction. Proceeds go to Friends of Kids with Cancer and their families. Tickets at Artistic Hair Design, 618-281-9799 or Mary Lou Oglesby at 618-281-4622.

Car Cruise -- 6 p.m. Friday, Liberty Village of Maryville, 6955 State Route 162, Maryville. Vendors, music, food, games. Dash plaques to first 75 cars registered; plaque for organization with most cars present.

Smithton Homecoming -- 4 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Turner Hall grounds, 115 N. Julia St., Smithton. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. Games, rides, basket stand, cake wheel, bingo. Food includes famous Turner fish, Big Al Burger. Music: Friday "Out of Focus" 8 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday "Vote For Pedro" from 8:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. Pageant contest , 7 p.m. Saturday.

American Farm Heritage Days -- Friday-Sunday, American Heritage Museum, Exit 45 at I-70 & Highway 127, Greenville. Tractorcade and farm heritage demonstrations. Kids can ride the train, play tractor games and other activities, food, crafts, petting zoo. Admission: $7 per adult (includes admission to all pulling events); children free (10 & under); train rides $2 per person, children free (2 & under). Information at AmericanFarmHeritageMuseum.org. Information: Deane Buckingham at dfbuck74656@yahoo com or 618-623-2927.

St. Joseph Picnic -- 3 p.m. Saturday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Middle & Chartrand St., Prairie du Rocher. Fried chicken dinners in air-conditioned hall (carry-outs). Handmade quilt and cash bingo at 6 p.m. Country store, crafts, games, children's games, raffle, great food, inflatables. Catholic Mass at 4:15 p.m.

Jeff Staley Memorial Poker Run -- 10 a.m. Saturday, M&M Custom Cycles, 506 Vandalia, Collinsville. Sign up between 10 a.m. and noon. Final stop by 6 p.m. Jeff Staley was a construction worker killed in a highway construction zone in 2006. Motorcycles, cars, vans, trucks welcome. $20 includes T-shirt and first poker hand. $5 each additional hand. Raffles, 50/50s, attendance prizes for everyone. Free food at VFW. Proceeds to go to the Jeff Staley Safety Foundation.

Hummingbird Festival -- 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis & Clark State Hisotric Site, Hartford. Free. Adopt and release a hummingbird.

Antique Tractor Pull -- 4 p.m. Saturday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summefield. Food will be served starting at 4 p.m. Registration at 5 p.m.

Metro East Bikers for Babies -- 9 a.m. registration, Saturday, Ted's Motorcycle World, 4103 N. Humbert Road, Alton. End: Hawg Pit BBQ Barn, 821 W. Main St., Grafton. Proceeds fund March of Dimes mission. Rider: $25; passenger $25. Kickstands up at noon. Raffles, prizes, 50/50 drawing, contests, trophies, food, live music, cold drinks. Information: 314-513-9968.

Movies in the Park -- 8:25 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville City Park bandstand, Edwardsville. Movie is "Brave." Sponsored by Scott Credit Union.

Mouse Races -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Crehan's Banquet Hall, 5500 N. Belt West, Belleville. Sponsored by Eastside Mardi Gras Association. Cost: $10 per person (includes a $5 wager on any mouse/race). Baskets, prizes, pot shot cards, reverse 50/50 drawing. Draft beer provided for ticket holders, other drinks and food available for purchase. Reservations: Jim Markham at 618-558-7006 or Tom Whittey at 618-410-1938.

Jardin Potager -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, 1350 State Route 155, Prairie du Rocher. Explore the summer garden. Demonstration and discussion about summer seed saving and planting for the fall garden. Heirloom herbs, vegetables, fruits: cucumber, summer squash, herbs available.

Great Train Expo -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Admission $7, children (under 12) free with adult.

Charity Bake Sale -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Smarty Paws Dog Training & Sports Center, 6966 W. Main St., Belleville. Homemade cookies, cakes, pies, more. Bake sale benefits Spencer Pet Rescue.

St. Elizabeth Picnic -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, St. Elizabeth Church Grounds, North Windmill St., Marine. Chicken dinner $9.50 adults, $4 children (under 12), free (under 6). Refreshments, basket stand, country store, children's games, cake walk, bingo.

St. Boniface Church Picnic -- Tuesday, 306 Munster St., Germantown. Chicken and pork roast dinner, 3-8 p.m. (carryouts till 7); quilt/cash bingo, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Kids rides, concessions, raffle.

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

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

EXHIBITS

Art Exhibition -- through Aug. 9, Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Free and open to public. Zen-inspired art; mixed media collages centered around identity and social construction. Works by Zeuxis, Mark Travers and Erin Vigneau Dimick. A collection of pieces created by area artists challenged to incorporate the color electric blue into contemporar still-life paintings make up "Still Blue."

FOOD

Grange 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.

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. 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.

Cahokia VFW BBQ -- noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 621 Water St., Cahokia. Sponsored by Cahokia VFW Post 1699. Local free delivery with a minimum $20 order. Pork steak plate $7; brat plate $5. 618-337-1699.

Free Barbecue in Swansea -- 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Shranz Memorial Park in Swansea. Commiunity-wide barbecue hosted by Westview Baptist Church. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, deserts and drinks. Variety of inflatables and the Swasea Splash Pad for kids to enjoy. Free family photo booth.

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

GAMES

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, St. Joseph Parish Center, Freeburg. Sponsored by St. Joseph of Freeburg Men's Club. Cost: $10 per person. Information at 618-539-3126.

Bunko Night -- 6:30 p.m. Monday, Eckert's Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $5 per person (includes dice game, prizes, beverages, snacks. Information, 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

MARKETS

Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Senior coupons are in. Locally grown produce, (sweet corn, tomatoes, melons) baked goods and crafts. Reggie'd barbecue available for purchase today. 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 Distric, 638 N. 20th St., East St. Louis. Accepting WIC vouchers, senior vouchers, cash, credit, debit and LINK.

Rummage Sale -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, St. Boniface School Gym, 128 N. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, fill a bag/box for $5 sale. Admission $1 each day. Information, call Sheila LeGate at 618-980-1708 or Kathy Ratkewicz at 618-692-0546.

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: Laurie Bauer at 618-233-2015 or www.bellevillemainstreet.net.

Dupo-East Carondelet Lions Club Craft Fair -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart Church, 100 S. Third St., Dupo. Santa pictures available. Ladies Auxiliary will offer sweets for sale.

ON STAGE

"Young Frankenstein" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Aug. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 4, Highland Elementary Auditorium, 1800 Lindenthal Ave., Highland. Musical comedy by Hard Road Theatre Productions. Tickets: $12 at door (several dollars less online). Information: 618-409-6286 or www.hardroad.org.

"Anything Goes" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday Take a Bow Showcase, Belleville East Performing Arts Center, 2555 W. Boulevard, Belleville. When the S.S. America heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love and hilarious shipboard shenanigans abound. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 senfiors/students/military, $5 children (5-11), free (4 & under). Advance tickets at 618-409-0015. Purchase at box office up to 1 hours before show time.

"Music Man" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Alton Little Theater, 2450 Henry St., Alton. Third Summer Youth Musical. Tickets: $8 students (through college with ID), $10 ALT season ticket holders (door price $20 for adult non season ticket holders). Reservations at 618-462-6562. Tickets online at www.altonlittletheater.org.

"Bat Boy the Musical" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, Main Complex Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. A news story in a 1992 magazine about a half-boy, half-bat living in a cave, ispired this tale about a misplaced half-breed trying to find his place in the world.

SHOOTS

Meat Shoot -- noon-5 p.m. Sunday, T.R.'s, Concordia Church Road. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1937.

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