GC Swing Band -- 6-8 p.m. Friday American Legion grounds, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. GC Swing band will play its final concert. Free, open to public. Donations to band appreciated.
Country Music -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by Tom and Kathy Laquet.
The Brothers: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers -- 7-10 p.m. Saturday, The Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Special tribute. $10 general admission. Tickets at www.wildeytheatre.com or from band members.
Fall Concert Fest -- 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Music by Dusty Brothers. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.
Cafe Series -- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Southwestern Illinois College, first floor of the Main Complex, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Music by Ed and Friends. Free.
Pot-Luck Dinner Dance -- 6 p.m. Friday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by the Dale Wileford Trio.
3-Mile Walk -- 6:30 p.m. today, North End Park, 1204 N. Douglas, Belleville. Meet in parking lot no later then 6:25 p.m. Bring water. Sponsored by Illinois Trekkers.
Film Art Series -- 7 p.m. today, The Hett, McKendree University, Lebanon. "Munich," based on a true story. Five men are chosen to eliminate the Black September assassins of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games. Free. Presented by the Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation.
Birding With Friends -- 8:30-10 a.m. today and Saturday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Fee: $5/members free. Registration requested. Join some of the region's most respected birders for fall bird watching. Register at email@example.com or 618-692-7578.
St. Clare Oktoberfest Brauhaus -- 7-11 p.m. Friday, St. Clare School gym, Third and Cherry streets, O'Fallon. Authentic Bavarian beer hall with German music, dancing and snacks, plus imported beer and wine at a cash bar. $10 at door; must be 21 or older.
TOCO Festival: 3 p.m. Friday- Saturday, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, 5300 Fox Creek Road, Eureka, Mo. Music, camping, art, food, beverage vendors, campsite decorating contest, costume contest, parade float decorating contest, collective arts project, kids concerts, kids club, kids club underground, face painting, performances, workshops. Bands include Elemental Shakedown, BOB, Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, Sully, Old Salt Union, Hat Trick, Trophy Mules and more. TOCO assists children and families in need through gren and community partnerships. For tickets and a complete schedule, call 618-257-8626 or visit tocofestival.com.
Taste of Southern Illinois -- Friday-Saturday, Horner Park, Lebanon. Sponsored by The Tourism Bureau Illinois South. Sample local restaurant fare, enjoy live music and cold beverages. Free shuttle from Shiloh/Scott MetroLink Station.
Haunted Hayrides -- Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 26. Eckert's Millstadt Fun Farm, 2719 Eckert Orchard Lane, Millstadt. Ghoulish fun for young and old. Fun farm admission, $10 farm admission.
St. Clare Oktoberfest -- 4-11 p.m. Saturday, St. Clare Catholic Church, O'Fallon. Fun run/walk at 8 a.m. Fest features German dinner, carnival foods, beer and wine garden, kids games, inflatables, bingo, basket raffles, games of chance, live music. (See story on page C1.)
Movie in the Park -- Approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Village Park, Tuffy Mueth Field, Millstadt. Bring lawn chair, blanket, snacks, refreshments. Movie: "Escape From Planet Earth."
Zion UCC Donut Dash -- Saturday, New Baden City Park, New Baden. Sponsored by Berkemann's Bakery. Portion of proceeds to benefit New Baden Food Pantry. 5K and 1-mile fun run. Eat dooughnuts at stations located on the race route. For every donut you eat, you will have 1 minute subtracted from your final run time. You don't have to eat any doughnuts. Registration/details at www.zion-ucc.net or call Tricia at 618-406-8808.
Glenfest -- 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Miner Park, 194 S. Main St., Glen Carbon. Bring lawnchairs, blankets to sit on the lawn and enjoy night of food, drinks and music. Local food vendors selling Mexican food, pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, sno-cones, etc. Bands: Robert Perry Band with the Original MOJO, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Well Hungarians, 8-11 p.m. Fireworks at approx 9:30 p.m.
Dog Park Grand Opening -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, north end of Scheve Park, Mascoutah. Canine Good Citizens awards, free scarves, toys, treats, photos with your dog. Fundraisers: paw prints and raffle $5 fee. Donations accepted. Pet supplies will be donated to local food pantry: pet food, leashes, collars, litter and animal toys.
Friends of the Poor Walk -- Register 1-4 p.m. Saturday, The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Amphitheatre, Belleville. St. Vincent de Paul National "Friends of the Poor Walk." Music by Shannon and Erin Cerneka. Outdoor Mass at Shrine Amphitheatre, 4 p.m. Rain date Sept. 29. To register or make a pledge, call 618-394-0124 ext 12 (Pat), ext. 13 (Joe), or pat.hogrebe@gmaillcom or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candy Corn Dash -- 9 a.m. Saturday, Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. 5K run/walk to raise funds and awareness for Child Advocacy Center. $25 registration fee, at www.madco-cac.org/events. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m.; 5K begins at 9 a.m. After the race, head to the Annual Fall Corn Festival at 11 a.m. Festival admission is free and regular fees apply to the Great Godfrey Maze.
Antique Truck Show -- 9-4 p.m. Saturday, Truck Centers Inc., 2280 Formosa Road, Troy. Open to public. Bring your favorite old truck, 25 years old or older in any condition, to show. No competition, no entry fees. Sponsored by The Gateway Chapter of American Truck Historical Society.
Bird Banding -- 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey. Get a up-close look at the Riverbend's migrant songbirds. Event held rain or shine, on the scenic overlook on the grounds of the Olin Nature Preserve. Free.
Nature Hike -- 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Interpretive Center, Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site, Collinsville. Three-mile nature and culture hike with an archaeologist and a naturalist. Free. No registration required. Dress for the weather and bring water and insect repellent. From noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Interpretive Center, several archaeologists will be on hand to determine the age, culture, function and material for artifacts brought in by the public.
Strange Folk Festival -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, City Park, O'Fallon. 150 Indie vendors selling upcycled and vintage wares. Live bands, unique exhibits and Do It Yourself activities for kids and adults, a variety of concessions and, new this year, the Running With Scissors 5K on Saturday morning. (See story on page C1.)
Apple Fest -- Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Orchards, Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt farms. Wagon rides, live entertainment, festival foods, children's activities, apple picking, pony rides, farm animals, childrens carnival, funnel cakes, caramel apples.
Columbia FestiFall -- 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Metter Park, 211 E. Cherry, Columbia. Food, wine tasting, vendors, activities for kids, face painting. Music by Well Hungarians.
Apple Festival -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Apple pie walk, 11:30 a.m.; pumpkin roll, 2 p.m.; apple wine tasting, historic lodge tours, resturant favorites, live music, apple festival vendors, parasailing, riverboard cruises. Information at 618-786-2331 or PMLodge.net.
Italian Festa -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, St. Boniface Parish Center, 1003 Olive St., Evansville. Fall country store, fall crafts, baked items, more. Dining or carry-outs. Featuring spaghetti, fettuccine Alfredo or mostacholi with marinara sauce or white sauce, parmesan cheese, garlic bread, Italian salad, spumoni ice cream, cake, coffee, drinks. Adults $8.50; children (under 12) $4, (3 & under) free. Wine will be available. Information at 618-853-4435.
Charity Golf Tournament -- Registration 11 a.m. Sunday, The Orchards Golf Club, 1499 Golf Course, Belleville. Shotgun start, 1 p.m. $60 per golfer with 1 new toy each. Sponsored by We Give Back Foundation and Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Information, call Ronnie at 618-447-7253.
Carpenters' Union Car Show -- noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Shenanigan's, 6401 W. Main St., Belleville. All cars and trucks are welcome. 50/50 raffle, silent auction. Information: Jon Gould at 618-980-8051. $10 per car, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Sponsored by Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity. Proceeds to benefit R.J. Kraus All-Stars Sports Club.
Radtour Bicycle Ride -- Register 8-10 a.m. Sunday, St. James School, 405 W. Madison, Millstadt. Choice of 10-, 20-, 40-mile course on rural paved roads. Cost $25 per person; $50 per family. Proceeds to benefit new boiler for school. Information at 618-476-1213 or www.stjamesmillstadt.com. Register online at www.active.com.
St. Anthony Church Fundraiser -- noon, Sunday, Oct. 13, St. Anthony's Church, Beckemeyer. Quilt bingo, basket stand, penny raffle, silent auction, food and drinks. Bingo begins at 2 p.m.
Mourning Exhibit -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday (last guided tour begins at 3 p.m.), during October, at the Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. House is decorated for mourning Stephenson, one of Edwardsville's original citizens, militial colonel and framer of Illinois first constitution, who died Oct. 10, 1822. Fee $6 adults, $3 children (6-12). Group tours available by appointment. Information, contact RoxAnn Raisner at 618-692-1818.
Barbecue -- 4-7:30 p.m. today, 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.
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 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. 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.
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.
Turtle Soup -- 10 a.m. Saturday, South Side Improvement Association, 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. $12 per gallon. Call-ins welcome. 618-233-9380.
Barbecue Fundraiser -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Chapter 29 Youth Ministries, 1648 LaSalle St., Belleville. Plates $7 per person. Barbecued pork steak, corn, baked beans, bread, butter. Desserts and drinks available for purchase. Dine in or carry out, drive thru style pick up option after 11 a.m. Pre-orders at 618-610-5275.
Barbecue Fundraiser -- 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, O'Fallon Southview Plaza (next to McDonald's), O'Fallon. Sponsored by O'Fallon/Fairview Heights Lions Club. Pork steaks, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, (sandwiches or dinner choice). Sides of potato salad, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans. Proceeds to benefit Local Lions projects, primarily sight or hearing impaired people in need.
Barbecue -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Big R (Rural King), 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Sponsored by Freeburg Masonic Lodge No. 418. Ribs, pork steak, brats, country ribs, baked beans, coleslaw. Proceeds to Benevolent Fund.
Smithton Barbecue -- 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Smithton American Legion, 102 N. Main St., Smithton. Bratwurst, chicken, ribs, pork steaks. Eat at pavilion or carry-outs available. Meats by Wenneman's. Sponsored by Smithton American Legion Gem Post 937.
Wurstmarkt & Country Store -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, St. John UCC, 301 S. Market, New Athens. All you care to eat. Adults, $10; children (12 & under) $5; children (under 3) free. Fresh whole hog pork sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert, more. Drive-through service available. Information at 618-475-2947.
Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. 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. Friday, St. Joseph Parish Center, Freeburg. $10 per person. Sponsored by St. Joseph of Freeburg Men's Club. Information at 618-539-3126.
Luncheon, Card Party, Bingo -- noon, Tuesday, St. Luke Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. $6 per person for lunch, includes salisbury steak, mushed potatoes/gravy, carrots, cake, coffee, ice tea. Sponsored by St. Luke Perpetual Help Sodality.
Swansea Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2891 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts. Free mini pumpkin to women and kids.
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 and LINK.
Fall Book Sale -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. today, Marine Library, 202 E. Silver, Marine. Price is 25 cents per book or fill a plastic bag for $2. Money raised used to defer operating expenses.
Library Book Sale -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Mascoutah Public Library, 3 West Church St., Mascoutah. Sponsored by Firends Group. Friday, everything $1; Saturday, everything $0.50; Monday, bag of books $3.
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.
Yard Sale -- 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Holy Family Church, 116 Church St., Cahokia. Yard sale and craft fair.
Yard Sale -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 E. State Route 15, Belleville. Hosted by Optimist Club of Belleville. Proceeds to benefit Grange's childhood cancer program.
Plant Sale -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Strange Folk Art Festival, City Park, O'Fallon. Hosted by The O'Fallon Garden Club. Perennials, herbs, chrysanthemums, pansies. Bargain prices. Proceeds to benefit community projects.
Motorcycle Swap Meet -- Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt West, Belleville. Early bird admission at 7 a.m. is $10. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public. More than 200 booths of new and used parts for Harley Davidson and Metric Motorcycles.
Antique Auction -- 9 a.m. Sunday, Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. An original Max Autenrieb landscape painting, "The Badlands," at 12 p.m. Collection of outstanding furniture including marble top table (round), a settee, two Victorian upholstered chairs, a fainting couch, oak chairs, rockers, trunk, walnut bed and dresser, walnut hall tree. A 1938 Philco Consol radio in working condition. Hoosier cabinet is also available. View the items at 8 a.m. day of auction. Refreshments available, includes hot dogs sloppy joes, cakes, pies, beverages. Information at 618-692-1818.
Rummage & Bake Sale -- 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3; 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, St. Mary Catholic Church, Trenton. 1/2 price day on Thursday and $2 bag day on Friday.
"Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 3-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 6, Lindenwood University's Auditorium, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville. Presented by the Brass Rail Players. Tickets available at box office an hour before performance. Groups of 10 or more, or patrons with special needs, can reserve tickets at 618-767-6016 or email@example.com.
"Shrek The Musical" -- 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, The Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Regular admission, $12-$10; senior cicitzens (60 or older) and students and active duty military (with ID) $11-$9. Higher of the two prices for Friday-Saturday shows. Reservations at 618-537-4962 or www.lookingglassplayhouse.com.
Comedy for a Cause -- Saturday, American Legion Post 137, 109 Penn St., O'Fallon. Comedians Rob Durham and Bobby Jacox. Benefits Backstoppers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner at 6:30. Show at 8 p.m. $15 per person, $25 per couple at the American Legion bar or call Jeff Jerashen, 618-401-5088, or Gale Newgent, 618-660-5558.
"One Night Stand" --6-8 p.m. Sunday, Highland Middle School, 2813 State Route 160, Highland. Presented by Silver Ring Thing to speak honestly to middle and high school students about relationships. A high-energy, concent-style show with comedy, drama, music and videos. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Tickets $6 online; $8 at door, $5 online for groups of 25 plus. Information at www.silverringthing.com.
Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m. Saturday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Proceeds to benefit Veterans Unmet Needs.
Meat Shoot -- noon, Sunday, American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Hosted by The Sons of the American Legion. Shoots, wheel raffles, attendance prizes, free ham & beans, drink specials. House guns available.
Meat Shoot -- Sunday, Millstadt Sportsmen's Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Food and refreshments available. Sponsored by St. Clair County Anglers.
Meat Shoot -- noon-5 p.m. Sunday, T.R.'s, 4901 Concordia Chruch Road, Belleville. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1937. Free food.
Belleville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, SWIC Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Sponsored by Belleville 200 Celebration. Doors open at 6 p.m. Mulligans, 50/50, raffle. Cost: $100 per table, maximum 10 to a table. Bring you own snacks. Beer, wine, soda for sale. Reservations at 618-233-6769.
Granite City -- 7 p.m. Saturday, The Commons, SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road, Granite City. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $15 per person, with tables of eight people. 50/50 raffle. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in partnership with College Activities. Information/register, call Patricia Pou at 618-931-0600 ext. 7441.
Maryville -- 6-9 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Maryville, 7110 State Route 162, Maryville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $20 per person. Trivia night and silent auction fundraiser. Proceeds to benefit African Vision of Hope. Soft drinks and light sancks included. Mulligans, silent auction, fun games. Deadline is Sept. 22, payment due at time of registration. Information at 618-667-8221 or www.fbmaryville.org.
Mount Olive -- 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Mount Olive VFW, intersection of Old Route 66 and Illinois Route 138 just off the Mt. Olive Exit on I-55 North. Hosted by Mount Olive Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per person, 10 people per table maximum. 50/50 drawing, silent raffle, door prizes. Popcorn and water included. Cash bar available. No outside drinks allowed. Information at 217-999-7311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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