What's Happening: Local events Aug. 1-7

July 31, 2013 

Summer Concert -- 8 p.m. today, City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free. Music by Edwardsville Municipal Band. This week's feature is Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg. Concession stand operated by Im Methodist Women. Information at www.edwband.com.

Bellevue Park -- 7 p.m. today, Bellevue Park, Belleville. Music by A Step Beyond.

Summer Concert Fest -- 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Live music outside in plaza area. Kids activities, custard, wine/beer available for purchase. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Music by Bruce Aimmerman (Americana/blues/roots) on Friday; Copper Creek (country/blues/rock) on Saturday.

Southern Gospel -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Blvd., Bethalto. Music by Downeast Boys. An offering will be taken. Information, contact Tom and Sheron Cadle at 618-259-0065 or www.southerngospel14u@aol.com.

Trophy Mules -- 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Villa Marie Winery, 6633 E. Main St., Maryville. The Trophy Mules perform acoustic music.

Teen Challenge -- 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, St. Matthew United Methodist, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. Featuring The Teen Challenge International of Mid-America Choir.

Concert on the Square -- 7 p.m., Public Square, Belleville. Music by Ed & Friends.

Prairie du Rocher -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, city park, Prairie du Rocher. Music by Aftershock. Food. Free; donations for musical guests.

DANCES

Square & Round Dance -- 7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Hawaiian themed. Sponsored by the Dandy Dancers. Tom Roper calling. The Tevlins cuing. Information: Sue Larsh at 630-841-4156.

Ballroom Dance -- 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Music by The Music Men. Hawaiian attire.

EVENTS

Swiss National Day Celebration -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. today, Highland First Baptist Chuirch, 2709 Poplar St., Highland. Sponsored by the Highland Sister Cities organization. Free admission. Register in the church Fellowship Hall between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Activities include easy German immersion classes, music, singing, travelogs, Swiss folk tales, fondue making and sampling, crafts, games, competitions, door prizes and light refreshments. Bonfire and singest with musical accompaniment by accordionist Mardy Eisloeffel. Sister City is Suree, Switzerland.

Bond County Fair -- today through Tuesday, Bond County Fairgrounds, Greenville. Admission $2 per person over 10; free for 10 and under. Carnival rides and game, livestock judging. Talent contest, 6 p.m. today. Lawn mower derby and figure-8 race, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Harness racing, 1 p.m.; demolition derby, 7 p.m. Kids pedal pull, 1:30 p.m.; farm tractor and 4WD Truck Pull, 5 p.m.; X-Caliber pull, 7 p.m. Sunday. Little Miss and Queen Pageant, 7 p.m. Monday. Parade, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Haunting Stories -- 8 p.m. Friday, McPike Mansion, 2018 Alby St., Alton. Meet us in the wine cellar, where most of McPike Mansion's spirits have been known to gather. Haunted tales by the Riverwind Storytellers of Metro St. Louis Area. Minimum donation suggested: $10. Mansion was built in 1869. Bring your camera.

Volunteer Appreciation Day -- 11 a.m. Friday, Washington Park Mini Park, 5600 Forest Blvd., East St. Louis. Sponsored by Washington Park Emergency Organization Inc. Salute to volunteer firefighters and volunteers helping out in Washington Park. Free hot dogs, bread, beat the heat bags. Donations sought: hot dogs, pork steaks, meats, bottled water, freeze pops, fans, air conditioners, dog/cat food. Information: Tom Qualls Sr. at 618-301-7225.

Mascoutah Homecoming and Augustfest -- Friday-Sunday, Scheve Park, Mascoutah .Parades at 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Food, music, livestock, car show, pulls, rides, food. See story and schedule, page C1.

Corn Fest -- 4 p.m. Saturday, Charter Oak School, 9272 Schuline Road, Sparta. Tours of eight-sided, one-room schoolhouse. Sponsored by Randolph County Historical Society. County dinner at 4 p.m. featuring fried chicken, corn on the cob, tomatoes, drinks, Indian pudding, ice cream; adults $9, children (4-10) $5, children (under 4) free. Country store, period music, tours. Go south on Illinois 4 from Sparta 2 miles, turn right on Schuline Road.

St. James Parish Picnic -- Saturday, St. James Parish Grounds, 412 W. Washington (Illinois 158), Millstadt. Chicken dinner 4-7 p.m. in air conditioned dining room. Carry-outs available. Cash bingo 5:30 p.m.; Quilt/Cash bingo 6 p.m. Music, raffles, country store, booths, attendance prizes, kids' corner, games. Hamburgers, brats, hot dogs. Polka Mass 4 p.m. at St. James Church.

Edwardsville Movie -- 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville City Park Bandstand. "The Lorax." Free.

St. Anthony's Picnic -- Saturday, St. Anthony Catholic Church grounds, Illinois 153 (4 miles south of Illinois 15), Lively Grove. Chicken dinner 4 to 8 p.m. Rain or shine. Quilt/cash bingo at 6:30 p.m.. Other picnic attractions. Music by Short Circuit Entertainment. Polka Masses at 4 and 6 p.m. with music by Mike Wisneski of Polka Connection and Laura Ryterski.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Picnic -- Saturday, St. Francis of Assisi, Second and Clinton streets, Aviston. Dinner of fried chicken, roast beef, homemade dressing, desserts and all the trimmings served in air-conditioned hall from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Quilt bingo at 6:30 p.m. Games of chance, raffles, baskets, margaritas, country store. Mass at 4 p.m.

St. Leo's Picnic -- Saturday, St. Leo's Catholic Church, Modoc. Family-style fried chicken dinner (carry-outs available), quilt, cash bingo, beer stand, poker stand, games for kids.

Archaeology Day -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Demonstrations of ancient crafts, artifact processing, hands-on activities, dig tours and storytelling. Free.

Street Art Festival -- Saturday, Downtown Square, Highland. Artists transform the streets around the square into an outdoor art museum as they create street paintings in chalk. Food, bands. Free admission. See story and schedule on page C1.

Open Speed Horse Show -- 10 a.m. Saturday, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo. Registration at 9 a.m. Sponsored by The Hoofbeats 4-H Club. Information: Diane Williams at 618-719-5503 or Michelle Walls at 314-450-0380.

Holiday Extravaganza -- 4 p.m. Sunday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. Demazenod Drive, Belleville. Tickets $25, includes meal. Event incorporates a Christmas tree silent auction, vendors, an autism choir comprised of 35 voices and a swing band. Sponsored by Metro Area Professional Organization; proceeds go to scholarship funding.

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

St. Clair County Fair -- Aug. 7-10, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds. Agricultural exhibits, livestock barns, carnival rides, games, arena events, bands, contests. Free admission; $4 parking.

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 contemporary 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 KC Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Collinsville Knights of Columbus 1712, on Illinois 157, Collinsville. Fried and baked cod, whole catfish. Eat in or carry out. 618-345-1492.

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.

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.

Quail Club Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Wings, macaroni. Carryouts available. No phone orders.

Renault Fish Fry -- 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Hall, Renault. Sponsored by Holy Name Society. Plates, sandwiches, desserts, refreshments. Carryouts available. 618-458-7710.

South Side Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, South Side Improvement Association, 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. Eat in or carry out. 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.

Edwardsville Barbecue -- 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville. BBQ ribs, pork steaks, pulled pork, chicken, apple brats. Plates come with choice of 2 sides: potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, applesauce. Eat in or carry out.

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, Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. $10 per person includes play and snacks. Doors open at 6:30.

Card Party & Bingo -- noon, Tuesday, St. Luke Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. $6 per person for lunch. Sponsored by St. Luke Perpetual Help Sodality. Menu: ham salad with crackers, summer surprise, cake, coffee, ice tea.

MARKETS

FRESH Farmer's Market -- 830 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 and LINK.

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. Information: Norm Geloat at 978-8753

Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD and tape donations accepted during regular library hours or on the day of sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Rummage Sale -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, St. Henry Creative Learning Center, 5303 W. Main St., Belleville. $5 admission. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, $5 a bag at noon at Monsignor Voss Parish Center.

Maeystown Yard Sale -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Village of Maeystown. Trash and Treasures Yard Sale. Residents and businesses throughout the village will host sales, as well as the St. John UCC Sunday School sale at the church hall. Shops and eateries are open for the day. Visitors may obtain a map at the Maeystown General Store.

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.

Yard Sale and Car Wash -- 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. 5th annual Fairview Heights Knights of Columbus 6996 Yard Sale and Holy Trinity Youth Group Car Wash. Grilled food and beverages will be sold. Proceeds will benefit council's childrens winter coat drive and Youth Group retreat. Donations of clean and gently used items appreciated.

ON STAGE

"Young Frankenstein" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, 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. Comedy Night -- 5 p.m. Saturday, The Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Route 162, Troy. Saturday night live comedy night. Fried chicken dinner $6 per person, family of 5, only $25. Door prizes, games. Information at www.pentecostalsoftroy.org or call 618-667-6054.

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