Barbecue Cookoff for Andy Contratto -- Saturday, The BullPen Bar & Grill in New Athens. Barbecue tasting at noon. Peope's choice judging,1 p.m. Washer tournament at 2 p.m. (registration at 1). Music by DJ Chuck Wilson, 1 p.m. Music by The Still Montgomeries, 7 p.m. Raffles, 50/50. For cookoff entries, call Cheryl Klein at 618-973-5173.
The Gentleman Bandits -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Blues, rock and country soul.
House of Hope Benefit -- gates open at noon, Saturday, Bethalto Christian Church, 724 E. Bethalto Blvd. (Illinois 140), Bethalto. Music by Newsong with special guests Aaron Shust, Royal Tailor, Shel, Love The Outcome, Grace, Tess Hannah and 316 Band. Gold circle tickets $25; general admission $20.
Southern Gospel -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive, Bethalto. Featuring Soul'd Out. Offering will be taken. Information, call Tom and Sheron at 618-259-0065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Bode -- 7-9 p.m. Sunday, The Gardens at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Popular St. Louis singer and her band will perform as part of homecoming weekend.
Square & Round Dance -- 7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Builidng, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers 48th Anniversary. Joe Obal, calling; Jacqui Landau, 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 Renditions.
Square Dance -- 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Gibault Catholic High School, Columbia Ave. & Moore St., Waterloo. Finger food. Caller Don McConnell. Sponsored by Waterloo Quadrilles Square Dance Club. Information: 618-939-7069.
Movie In The Park -- Dusk Friday, Drost Park, Maryville. Free. Movie is "The Dark Knight Rises." Bring lawn chairs, loungers, blankets, bug spray. Rain date is Oct. 5.
Belleville Chili Cookoff -- 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Main Street (first block of West Main St., around the Square, first three blocks of East Main St.) in downtown Belleville. Chili vendors selling samples. (See story and schedule on page C1.)
Alton Haunted Odyssey -- 7-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, begins at My Just Desserts, 31 E. Broadway, Alton. Bare Bones Tours, $45 and from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Witching Hour Tours, $45. All tours include a three-hour trolley jaunt. Stops at Joesting House, Confederate Cemetery and MicPike Mansion. Reservations at 618-462-3861 or AltonHauntedTours.com.
Haunted Hayrides -- 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.
Archon Convention -- Friday-Sunday, Gateway Center, Collinsville. St. Louis metro area's premier, annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Information at 636-230-9481 or email@example.com.
St. Michael's Octoberfest -- Friday-Sunday, St. Michael's School, School Grounds, Staunton. Friday schedule: 7-11 p.m., food, beer, music by The Miles Station Bank, 7:30-11 p.m. On Saturday: 5K run, registration 7 a.m.; race begins 8 a.m.; parade 9 a.m.; auction, 9 a.m.; games 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; music by Red Roses 5 p.m. Contagious Band 8 p.m.-midnight. Sunday, polka Mass with Tamburitzans 10 a.m.; games noon-8 p.m.; face painting by Lindsey 12-6 p.m.; Tamburitzans 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Washers tournament (double elimination, cash prizes) 1 p.m.; The Music Men 1-4 p.m.; Babaloo children's concert 4-5 p.m.; Smash band 5-9 p.m. Chicken dinner 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (carryouts available until 3 p.m.).
Lebanon Fall Festival --9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, first three blocks of West St. Louis Street, Lebanon. Vendors showcasing handmade merchandise, food vendors. Free admission. Sponsored by Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.
O'Fallon Pork with Passion & Car Cruise -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, along First St. in O'Fallon. Food, fun, entertainment. Pork steak cooking contest. Skyline Church Band, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Shriners' Drum and Bugle Corps, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Kids Karaoke contest. DJ RJ to provide tunes throughout the day.
McKendree University Homecoming -- 11 a.m. parade, Saturday. Parade followed by an outdoor picnic. Family fun and inflatables for kids on the campus quad. Tailgating before the football game kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
Copper Creek Christian Church Fall Festival -- noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Copper Creek Christian Church, 2184 Vadalabene Drive, Maryville. Free admission. Amusement rides, food, game booths. Six free tickets for each person; additional tickets 25 cents each. All rides, games and food items are 1 ticket. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, soda.
Willoughby Fall Farm Day -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. Admission is free. Visit with goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits; snap a photo in the pumpkin grove, hike the trails, chat with University of Illinois Extension Master Gadeners, listen to bluegrass music. Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade treats available for purchase. Activities for children, hayrides, scavenger hunts. Dedication of new Willoughby Family Memorial at 11 a.m.; ribbon cutting for the newest bridge in the Conservation Reserve at 11:15 a.m. Cake reception at 11:30 a.m. Free. Music and dancing at night.
Harvest Moon Festival -- Saturday, Ruma Park, West Mill Street, Ruma. Wine tasting, beer stand, vendors, music. Admission $1-$5.
Classic Car Show -- 9 a.m.-noon registration; noon-4 p.m. show, Saturday, Oliver C. Joseph Buick-GMC, 3800 W. State Route 15, Belleville. Registration for show participants is from 8 a.m. to noon. Fee is $5 per vehicle. Top 50 cars will be awarded at 3 p.m. Classic car rides $5. Proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Drive-in movie on location, 5:30-8 p.m. Entertainement by Phil Elmore's Mobile Music Machine. Food by Pitchers Sports Pub and Pizzeria. Information at 618-444-3802.
Alton Chili Cook-Off -- noon-3 p.m. Saturday, parking lot on 3rd St. between New Frontiers Home Furnishings and Lauschke Real Estate. Fall festival, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, big top in the same parking lot. Featuring seasonal beer, craft rew and wine tasting, as well as local art show. Artist vendors still being accepted. Tickets for each day $6 and can be purchased at the Alton Visitors Center. Funds to support Alton Main Street's ongoing beautification projects. Questions at 618-463-1016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vintage Voices -- Saturday, Alton City Cemeter, 2450 N. Henry St., Alton. Guided tours the city cemetery leave every 12 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. Theme is "Faith, Hope & Charity." Along the way, Alton Little Theater actors will share inspirational stories about former Alton citizens who did extraordinary things. Proceeds to benefit community outreach programs and the upkeep of the City and National Cemetery. Tickets are $12 for adults; $6 for students and may be purchased in advance at the Alton Area Regional Convention & visitor's Bureau. Information at 618-462-3205.
St. Bernard's Fall Festival -- Saturday, Lehrter Park, Albers. Car, 4x4, Jeep and Tractor Show is from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Check-in beings 12:30 p.m. at Jaycee Building. No entry fee. Poker, rides, games, 4 p.m.-midnight; silent auction, 5 p.m.; live auction, 8 p.m. Music by DJ Short Circuit, 7 p.m.-midnight. Pork sausage sandwiches and dinner plates, hamburgers, fries, drinks served all day. Kettle corn.
Afternoon Tea -- 103 p.m. Saturday, St. John United Church of Christ, 55 W. Church St., Mascoutah. Sponsored by Mascoutah Tuesday Woman's Club. $15 per person. Featuring savories and sweets, Mascoutah High School Show Choir and fashions by Coldwater Creek. Information at 618-677-2782.
"Airstravaganza" -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Greenville Airport, 3 miles south of Greenville on Illinois 127, Greenville. Hosted by Greenville Pilots Association. Have a close look at airplanes, helicopters and other flying contraptions. Vintage aircraft displays, aircraft demonstrations, flight simulator, airplane and helicopter rides for a fee, food available for purchase.
Cosmic Bingo -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois, 2800 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Doors open 6 p.m. All proceeds to benefit BTHS Hockey Club. $15 for 6 cards (additonal 6 cards $5). Drinks, food, fun, prizes, music. Information at 618-235-2420.
5K & 10K Walk -- 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Visitors Center, 221 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Hosted by the Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. All walkers must be off trail by 1 p.m. Walking routes will include historic downtown, McKendree University and Horner Park. Fee $3. Pets welcome, but must be leashed and owners responsible for cleanup. Information, call Bill Malina at 618-588-4097.
Walking Tour -- 10 a.m. Saturday, West End Park, 1106 W. Main St., Belleville. Tour Historic Village of West Belleville. Tour is approximately 16 blocks long and lasts about 60 minutes. $10 per person. 12 years and up. Benefit for Belleville Historical Society. Reservations: 618-236-7481.
Fete at the Fort -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. A day of beer sampling in an authentic 1700s atmosphere. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Brewers from across the Midwest will have their products available for sampling by those over 21. The 1700s French fort will come alive with historic interreters and musicians during the day, including Native Americans, French marines, British soldiers, cannon crews, fife and drum coups and bagpipe groups. Food will be available for purchase. Information: feteatthefort.org or call 618-284-7230.
Fall Festival Bike Ride -- Registration 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Lebanon. Choose from routes of 11, 15, 31, 47, or 66 miles. Terrain is mostly flat with some gentle hills. Registration at Lebanon High School. Cost: $20 pre-register; $25 day of ride. Snacks and water at designated rest area. Proceeds benefit Ridge Prairie Trailhead Initiative. Information at www.ridgeprairietrailhead.org.
Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree -- Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Orchards, Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton farms. Ride a wagon to the pumpkin patch for pick out your favorite. Country music, pony rides, funnel cakes, festival foods, childrens activities, petting farm.
Wild Wheels Car Show -- Sunday, Wild Country nightclub, Collinsville.
Taste of Germany -- Sunday, Fischer's Restaurant, Belleville. Featuring German meal and entertainment. 22nd annual Taste of Germany sponsored by Belleville Sister Cities. Cash bar 5 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m. Entertainement by The Larry Haller Duo during dinner; the Deutchmeister Brass Band after dinner. Tickets $34 each. Reserve a table of 8 or 10 for $33 per ticket. Tickets, call Sally Berkel at 618-234-2331. Proceeds benefit the Belleville Sister Cities Youth Exchage Program.
Damiansville BBQ Championship -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Damiansville Park. Damiansville Chamber of Commerce 3rd annual Clinton County BBQ Championship held in conjunction with a rifle and shotgun shooting match. Full menu, barbecue tasting, craft beer tasting, inflatables.
Deutschenstadt Day -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, along Munser Street in Downtown Germantown, Munster Street. A historic street fair sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society. (See story and schedule on page C1.)
Bikes Around The Lake -- Registration 9-11 a.m. Sunday, American Legion Post 404, 1250 Franklin St., Carlyle. Yearly motocycle fundraiser will hit the roads of Clinton, Bond, Fayette and Marion counties. Evening meal included in registration price of $15 a person. Serving breakfast from 7 a.m.-noon, not included in the price of registration.
Storytelling in the Treehouse -- 9:30 a.m. Monday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Meet at the Welcome Center, walk to the treehouse for stories and activities. Free. Pre-registration requested by Friday, preceding the event. Register at 618-692-7578 or email@example.com.
"Ladies Fun Night" -- 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, St. Stephen Church, Voigt Hall, 902 S. Main (Illinois 157), Caseyville. Therapeutic Tuesday, sponsored by St. Anne's Altar Society. Food, games, prizes. Evening for women 18 and older. Wear your favorite Halloween costume. Admission $10 per person. Reservations/questions at 618-334-7620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Points of View -- Friday through Oct. 25, Governor Frech Art Gallery, Paintings by Nancy Beard and Viginia Witt. Artist reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Carlis Chee, A Retrospective -- Through Oct. 11 at the Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. 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.
Mourning Exhibit -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday (last guided tour begins at 3 p.m.), through October, at the Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. House is decorated for mourning Stephenson, one of Edwardsville's original citizens, militia 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.
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.
Granite City Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Elizabeth's Church, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, jack salmon. Eat in or carry out.
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.
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. Prices vary with menu.
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.
Quail Club Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Wings, macaroni. Carry outs available. No phone orders.
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. 6th St., Belleville. Eat in or carry out. Information, call 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.
BBQ Fundraiser -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post parking lot, Belleville gate. Barbecued pork steaks, lunch plates, 2 sides potato salad, baked beans. Rib tips, lunch plates $7; Nathan's Beef Jumbo hot dogs $6; barbecued chicken $6. Order by calling 618-444-1758 or 618-407-8038. Supporting the John Waller Education Scholarship fund in memory of Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Waller.
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast -- 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Marine Lion's Club, 406 E. Division St., Marine. Pancakes, whole-hog sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits/gravy, coffee, tea, juice. $8 adults, $3 children (4-12), free (3 & under), carry-outs $8. Proceeds to benefit Marine Lion's Club and the Gravius Memorial Library.
Wurstmarkt -- 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Mary's Parish, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. All-you-can-eat homemade pork sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beens, dessert, beverages. $9 adults, $3 children (5-12).
New Memphis Chili Diner -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, New Memphis. Hot dogs, drinks, desserts. Donations will be matched by Thrivent. Carry outs available.
Ruma Chicken Dinner -- 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, St. John Lutheran Church, Ruma. Dine in includes all you care to eat or carry out a meal or bucket of chicken and sides featuring homemade German potato salad, slaw and desserts as well as baked beans and applesauce. Homemade apple butter for sale.
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, Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $10 per person, includes play and munchies. Prizes. Information at 618-476-3731.
Euchre Tournament -- 7 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. To benefit Hospice of Southern Illinois "Relais Bonne Eau" your Community Hospice Home. Doors open at 6 p.m. $10 per person, no partner needed. Free chicken after tournament. Information: Wayne Trentman at 618-677-2700.
Swansea Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown produce (tomatoes, pumpkins, etc.), baked goods and crafts. Tamales available for purchase. Information: Norm Geloat at 978-8753 or email@example.com.
Rummage & Bake Sale -- 6-8:30 p.m. today; 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, St. Mary Catholic Church, Trenton. $2 bag day on Friday.
Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD and tap donations accepted druing library hours on day of sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Rummage & Bake Sale -- 5:30-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, St. Paul United Chruch of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. Sponsored by the Women's Guild. $1 brown bag special on Saturday.
Rummage & Bake Sale -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart Church, 100 S. 3rd St., Dupo. Friday only entry fee, 1 item for Dukare Food Pantry. Specials on Saturday.
Knife & Gun Show -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Buy, sell, trade, guns, knives, scopes, ammo, accessories, FOID cards processed, more. General admission $5. Free parking, handicapped accessible. Information at 618-235-0666.
Yard Sale -- 8 a.m. Saturday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Proceeds to benefit Wounded Warriors Project.
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.
Coin Show -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, American Legion Hall, 1022 Vandalia Ave. (Route 159), Collinsville. Free admission.
Bizarre Bazaar -- noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Signal Hill Park, 95th and West Main streets. Sponsored by Signal Hill Education Foundation. All types of merchandies, food, cold drinks.
Shooting Match -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Damiansville Park. Rifle and shotgun shooting. Full menu, barbecue tasting, craft beer tasting and inflatables for kids.
Meat Shoot -- noon, Sunday, American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Proceeds to benefit St. Louis USO. Shoot rounds, wheel rounds, attendance prizes, free food and drink specials. Rain or shine, enclosed shooting area. House guns available. Question at 618-538-5445.
Meat Shoot -- noon, Sunday, Millstadt Sportsmen's Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Refreshments, picnic stands, food.
Belleville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, The Holy Virgin Mary & Shoghagat Armenian Church, 400 Huntwood Road, Belleville. Doors open 6:15 p.m. $15 per person, 8 players per table, 50/50 raffles, cash prizes, door prizes, crazy auction, mulligans, soda, popcorn provided, food available for sale. RSVP no later than Friday at calling 618-210-0072 or HolyShoghagat@sbcglobal.net.
O'Fallon -- 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O'Fallon. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games begin at 6:30 p.m. Mulligans, 50/50 raffle, dessert raffle, lottery board raffle, more. Bring your own snacks, beer. Soda and water available for purchase. Cost is $120 table or 8 players; seating is limited. Reservations, call Diane Gederman at 618-622-0061 or Melissa Toennies at 618-622-1803. Proceeds go directly to the purchase of new uniforms for the O'Fallon High School Marching Panthers.
Waterloo -- 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter and Paul Gym, 217 W. 3rd St., Waterloo. $15 per player, includes 10 mulligans, maximum of 8 players per team. Cash prizes.
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