Jazz Concert 4 The Cause -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, The Weingarten, Belleville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music, cash bar, silent auction, raffles. Bring lawn chairs. Limited seating. No outside food or drinks. $35 donation per ticket. Ticket outlets: www.hospice.org, The Weingarten, hospice office or 618-235-1703.
Acoustic Concert -- 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Annie's Frozen Custard, 245 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Music by Fairside Banner, Harrison Gordon, The Limit, Happenstance. Presented by Jimmy G. Productions & Annie's Frozen Custard. Information at 618-593-2384.
Fall Concert Fest -- 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Live music outside in the plaza. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Music by Shakey Dave. If it rains, concerts will be canceled.
Square and Round Dance -- 7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by the Dandy Dancers. Don McConnell, calling; Glenda Morgan, cueing. Information, Sue Larsh at 630-841-4156.
Hanger Dance --6 p.m. Saturday, St. Charles County Airport, Smartt Field, 6390 Grafton Ferry Road, Portage Des Sioux, Mo. Experience a patriotic salute to America's heroes, featuring the Sentimental Journey Band from 7-11 p.m. Prizes for best costumes, silent auction and raffles. No carry-in beer or coolers. Food and beer on sale. Set-ups furnished. Bring your own bottle. Tickets $16 per person in advance; $20 per person at door. Information at 636-928-5687.
Ballroom Dance -- 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Lindendale Park, 2005 Park Hill Drive, Highland. Music by Dynamic Combo.
'50s Sock Hop Dance -- 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Elk's Lodge, 1481 S. Illinois St., Belleville. $7 members; $9 non-members. 50s attire optional.
Ballroom Dance -- 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Music by The Casuals.
Walk-A-Thon -- Registration 9 a.m. Saturday, Swansea MetroLink, 2222 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Walking on bike trail at 10 a.m. $15 pre-registered adults; $20 day of walk, $10 kids, $50 family rate. Participants receive free food voucher on day of walk for Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Festival, 405 Huntwood Dr., Swansea. Proceeds to benefit Christian Missions in Mongolia. Information, Donna at 618-570-9126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taste of GGAR -- 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Moose Lodge, 7371 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Sponsored by the Affiliates Committee. 19 vendors. All proceeds benefit the following food pantries: Bond County Food Pantry, Greenville; CAMA Helping Hands Ministries, Collinsville; Community Hope Center, Cottage Hills; Crisis Food Center, Alton; Litchfield Food Pantry; Livingston/Williamson Community; Maryville Food Pantry; Staunton Food Pantry; Troy Ministries Unlimited. Public welcome. $5 donation per person (under age 6 free).
Diva Night -- Registration 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Eye On Design, 309 E. Main St., Belleville. After-party at Seven Restaurant, 7 S. High St., Belleville. $5 per person. Shopping, attendance prizes. Sponsored by Belleville Main Street and The Greater Belleville Chamber.
MOMIX: Botanica -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday, The Hett, McKendree University, Lebanon. Explore the art of human body -- highlighted or shadowed. Eye-popping props and costumes. Tickets: Adults, $22, seniors, $18, student/child, $10. Box office, 618-537-6863.
Movie In The Park -- Dusk Friday, Drost Park, Maryville. Free. Movie is "Brave." Shell Community Federal Credit Union provides free water, popcorn and a candy-apple station. Dollar Dog the Shell Community Federal Credit Union's mascot will also be there. Bring lawn chairs, loungers, blankets, bug spray. Information, contact Bob at 618-830-0630.
Grand Cote Cruisers -- 5 p.m. Friday, Sparta O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Sparta. 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.
Nashville Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival -- 8 a.m. Friday -midnight Saturday, 138 N. East Court St., Nashville. Craft booths, petting zoo, play area, food, pet parade, tumbling, dance team. Entertainment: Lonl Blues Band with Brent Grapperhaus, the Beaucoup Bottom Band, Bourbon Trail with Jim Hall, DJ and Amanda Suedmeyer. Information, Kerri at 618-327-3700.
Haunted Hay Rides -- Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 26. Eckert's Millstadt Fun Farm, 2719 Eckert Orchard Lane, Millstadt. Ghoulish fun for young and old. Fun farm admission, $10. Information at 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com.
Belleville Oktoberfest & Car Show -- 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Belleville Public Square. Music by Straight 6 Band, 7-11 p.m. Friday. Saturday events: Classic car show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; music by Rendition, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sh-Boom, 2-6 p.m.; Super Jam, 7-11 p.m. Food vendors.
Italian Fest -- 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Main Street of Collinsville. See Page C1 story for events and times.
Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Fall Festival -- 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea. Games, church tour, Greek music, cash bar. Greek food, including gyro, lamb, chicken and pastries. Carry-outs available.
"Paint Historic Belleville" Plein Air Auction and Street Fair --8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Historic Garfield Street Saloon, 633 E. Garfield St., Belleville, and designated historic sites throughout the city. Information at email@example.com. See Best Bets, Page C1 for more details.
Lincoln Place Heritage Festival -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City. Armenian, Mexican, Macedonian and Bulgarian ethnic foods and pastries for sale. See Best Bets, Page C1 for more details.
Arts on the Bluffs Art Walk -- Saturday, Main Street, Columbia. Art and artist demonstrations, music, food and activities.
Golconda Shrimp Festival -- 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Main Street of Golconda. Events: Farmers' Market, 7 a.m.; Festival opens, 10 a.m.; Cotton Patch Express Band on main stage, noon; Corn hole tournament, 2 p.m.; Little Miss Shrimp Contest, 4:30 p.m.; The Cache River Band on main stage, 6 p.m.; festival closes, 10 p.m. Information, 618-683-6246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith's Hawaiian Funfest -- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday,Faith Lutheran Church, 520 E. U.S. 50, O'Fallon. Featuring Hawaiian dinner, festive music, bakery booth with desserts and fun games for all ages. Event will support Parents as Teachers program. Information at 618-632-5562 or www.faith-online.org.
Pro wrestling -- 8 p.m. Saturday, East Carondelet Community Center, 823 State St., East Carondelet. "Dynamite Double Feature" Champion Iron Kase vs former CWC Champion Ricky Cruz, Flash Flanagan battles Ron Powers. $9 adults in advance, $5 children (younger than 12) Day of event $10 adults. Proceeds to benefit the Community Center. Tickets/reservations at 618-286-4848.
Mississippi Earthtones Festival -- noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Alton's Riverfront Park and Amphitheater, Alton. Kids activities, climbing wall, river cleanup, earth-friendly vendors, food, beer tents, live art contests; recycle tools, shoes, cell phone, plant pots. Main stage entertainment: Green Strum, 2-3 p.m.; confluence conservation leadership award, 3-3:15 p.m.; The Stone Sugar Shakedown, 3:15-5:15 p.m.; Blu Skies, 5:30-7:45 p.m.; Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, 8-11p.m.
Quarter Auction -- 6 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus, Fairview Heights, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Doors open 5 p.m. $1 entrance fee or 3 can good (includes 1 bid paddle); purchase up to 3 extra paddles for $1 each. Bring own snacks, cash bar for drinks. Silent auction. Proceeds to benefit the PTO.
Trade Fair -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site, 107 Elm St., Cahokia. Historic re-actors yard sale, 1700-1800 memorabilia and accouterments. Period clothing, tools, books, outdoor dining and cooking utensils, glassware, ceramics, herbs, more. Sponsored by Fete du Bon Vieux Temps Inc. and Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site. Vendor spaces, $10 fee. Questions at email@example.com.
Artwalk -- 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Greenville Square, near Greenville College. Sponsored by Our Common Ground. Fine art, fine food, fine music. Featured artists Piety Choi, Erin Palmer and Adam Long. Music by The Brother Jefferson Band, 5 p.m. Pepperland Band at 7 p.m. Food vendors, food trucks and downtown restaurants participating.
Apple Fest -- Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Orchards, Belleville, Millstadt, Grafton farms. Wagon rides, live entertainment, festival foods, children's activities, apple picking, pony rides, farm animals, children's carnival, funnel cakes, caramel apples.
Fort Kaskaskia Music Festival & Craft Fair -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fort Kaskaskia State Park, 6 miles north of Chester on Illinois 3. Sponsored by Save Illinois History. Saturday bands: Pickin' Chicks, The Swamp Tigers, Giant City Slickers, Harpeth Rising, Dead Soldiers; Sunday bands: Beaucoup Creek, Buffalo Road, Sam West Trio, The Howlin' Brothers, Zydeco Crawdaddys. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food, drink, quality crafters, beer (Saturday only). Advance tickets: 17 and up, $13 per day or $25 both days; age 6-16, $5 per day or $9 both days; tickets at event: Age 17 and up, $15 per day; age 6-176, $7 per day. Questions, Susie Brigman at 702-588-2977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbecue Bingo -- 10:30 a.m. Sunday, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Munier Center, 111 S. Julia, Smithton. Games begin at 1 p.m. St. John Athletic Department barbecue; ribs, pork steaks, chicken plates, sides, served 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Carry-outs available. Bring your own covers. Raffle, attendance prizes, homemade cookie raffle, 50/50.
Church Picnic -- noon-6 p.m. Sunday, The Holy Virgin Mary & Shoghagat Armenian Church, on the church grounds, 400 Huntwood Road, Belleville. Rain or shine. Armenian food, pastries, music, attendance prizes, raffle (drawing at 6 p.m.). Information/raffle tickets at 618-210-0072 or HolyShoghagat@sbcglobal.net.
Bunko Night -- 6:30 p.m. Monday, Eckert's Country Restaurant, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. $5 per person, includes game, prizes, beverages, snacks. Open to public. Information at 618-233-0513, Ext 3.
Car Cruise -- 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. No outside food or beverages allowed. Bring in any four of five plaques given away and receive $25 in Dandy Inn gift certificates.
FAMLE Recognition Night -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Moody Park on Longacre, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by CUFF. Join us to honor the dedicated police office and firefighters that serve Fairview Heights. Admission, food, refreshments free. Information, contact Bev at 618-277-0127
Karaoke -- 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Food special, music.
Photography Exhibit -- Gallery hours 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, The Governor French Academy, 223 W. Main St., Belleville. Have camera, will travel. Featuring Sarah Abbott, Darlene Caviness, Suzanne Lowry.
Molas, Quilts, Textiles -- Display through Oct. 8, The Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Information at 618-222-5278 or swic.edu/sac.
Carlis Chee, A Retrospective -- One-man show featuring the work of Carlis Chee. Born in the Navajo Nation in Arizona, his art depicts the beauty of the people and culture. Exhibit through Oct. 11 at the Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville.
Barbecue -- 4-7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Turkey Grange Hall, corner of Green Mount Road and Illinois 15 (near Eckert's), Belleville. Pulled pork sandwich and dinner, pork steak 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 carry-out.
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.
Belleville 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.
Caseyville Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. every 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 fillets, Tilapia, sides.
Collinsville Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 157, Collinsville. Eat in or carry out. Fried cod, baked cod, whole catfish, multiple sides. Senior plates starting $4.99. Call ins at 618-345-1492.
Highland Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Fish and gyros. 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.
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 -- 5-8 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. every 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.
South Side Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, South Side Improvement Association, 800 S. Sixth St., Belleville. Eat in or carry out. 618-233-9380.
Summerfield Fish Fry -- 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. 618-934-3841.
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; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Featuring sides of homemade potato salad, slaw and baked beans. Pork steaks, brats, hot dogs (plate lunches or sandwiches). Delivery in the area with an order of five or more plate lunches. 618-877-1936.
Chicken Dinner -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, St. Teresa of Avila Church, 18021 Marydale Road, Carlyle. Six miles north of Carlyle on Route 127. $9 adults, $4 children. Quilt raffle. Chicken dinner with homemade bread, desserts, and dressing.
Chili, Wings, Snoots -- 11 a.m. Sunday, Columbus Club, 114 W. Oak St., Millstadt. To benefit Millstadt Township Senior Center. 618-476-1861.
Walton's Chicken Dinner -- 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday,Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. For carry-outs call 632-5222.
Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. every Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Adults $10, children (12 & under) $5.
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. Sept. 30, Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main St., Smithton. Everyone welcome.
Card Party -- 11 a.m. Wednesday, Blessed Sacrament School gym, Belleville. Serving chicken salad lunch at noon. Bring own cards.
Card Party -- 1 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mary Catholic Church, Parish Center, Trenton. Pinochle, euchre, bunco for $1. Bingo played for fruit platters and homemade cakes. Dessert of homemade pies and drinks will be served.
Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown produce, (tomatoes, melons, etc.) baked goods and crafts. Bread pudding. Information: Norm Geloat at 978-8753 or email@example.com.
F.R.E.S.H. Farmer's Market -- 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, East Side Health District, 638 N. 20th St., East St. Louis. Accepting WIC vouchers, senior vouchers, cash, credit, debit and LINK.
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.
Book Sale -- 1-7 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Caseyville Public Library, 419 S. Second St., Caseyville.
Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD and tape donations accepted during regular library hours or on day of sales. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Trade Fair -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site, 107 Elm St., Cahokia. Historic re-enactors' yard sale. Sponsored by Fete du Bon Vieux Temps Inc. Vendors $10 fee. Questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antique Flea Market -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday,Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Illinois 13 and 159, Belleville. Free admission and parking. Over 400 vendors and 600 tables. Antiques and collectibles, merchandise both old and new.
The Drowsy Chaperone: A Musical Within a Comedy -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Alton Little Theater, 2450 Henry St., Alton. Tickets at 618-462-6562 or www.altonlittletheater.org.
Forbidden Broadway! Forbidden Broadway! -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Alfresco Art Center, 2041 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Tickets $10, purchased at door. Seating limited. Satirical spoof of Broadway shows and stars both past and present. Questions at 618-604-6739 or email@example.com.
Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m. Sunday, New Athens Sportsmens Club, New Athens. Trap, still target, 22 bird shot, food, drinks, games. Questions, call Kevin at 618-971-1742.
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