TRIBUTE TO ELVIS — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Featuring Steve Brandes with The East Street Band. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door. Help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by donating a new, unwrapped toy.
Dueling Pianos -- 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, The Weingarten, 1780 E. State Route 15, Belleville. Free.
Pot-Luck Dinner Dance -- 6 p.m. Friday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by Dale Willeford Trio. Information: Al at 618-344-7787.
Country Rock, Blues Dance -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by Gentleman Bandits.
Retro Reunion -- 7-midnight Wednesday, Lindendale Park, Highland. Brought to you by the Highland High School Class of 1973. Cost: $10 per person, table of 8 for $75. Featuring DJ music from your favorite era. Special guest host: Mike Kleinhoffer of EFFIC. Proceeds to Oldies But Goodies Relay for Life Team. Tickets: Paula Redman at 618-654-3647 or Linda Jakel at 618-514-1310.
Diva Night -- 5-8 p.m. today, downtown Belleville. Diva Night shopping event sponsored by Belleville Main Street and The Greater Belleville Chamber. Registration at 5 p.m. at Eckert's Florist, 201 W. Main St. After party at 8 p.m. at Club Escapade, 133 W. Main St., Belleville. $5 per person.
Taste of Downtown -- 5-8 p.m. today, Argosy Casino's Music Hall, 1 Piasa St., Alton. Sponsored to Alton Main Street. Tickets are on sale now at the Alton Visitors' Center, 200 Piasa St., or at Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge, 112 W. 3rd St., Alton. Cost: $15, sample appetizers, entrees and desserts, for 21 or older with valid ID. Proceeds to benefit Alton Main Street.
Bird Counts -- today, Kaskaskia Valley Audubon Society, 500 W. South 4th St., Red Bud. Vernon Kleen will take you on a journey to participate in a Christmas Bird Count looking at what birds might be found in different habitats during the winter season. Information: 618-684-4799.
Frauenabend -- 5-9 p.m. Friday, downtown Maeystown. Frauenabend, or Ladies Night Out, will feature jackets purses, scarves, jewelry, wines, spa, cleansing teas, children's items, florals, monogrammed gifts, food samplings, dinner at the ter room, neck messages, handscrubs and more. Vici's Front Porch and Tea Garden will be open for dinner during the event, with dining from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Preservation Society Museum will be open for visitors.
Noel Card Party -- 6 p.m. Friday, St. Teresa School, 1108 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Holiday game night. Cost: $8, includes chicken salad plate and chance to win table and attendence prizes. Quilt raffle, Santa sack booth, Christmas booth, bakery booth. Information, contact Melinda at 618-277-2749.
Hunger Games Food Drive -- 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, Fun Spot Skating and Party Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville. Sponsored by Westhaven Jr. Optimist Club. Cost: Bring 3 or more cans or boxes of food and get free admission. Everyone donating food will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the movie "Hunger Games Catching Fire." Information: Denise Pearson at 618-234-4502.
Tree Lighting in Alton -- 6 p.m. Friday, Lincoln-Douglas Square, Broadway Street and Landmarks Boulevard in Alton. Hosted by Alton Main Street. Begins with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the trolley, free festivities including caroling, candy, cookies, hot cocoa to continue until 6:45 p.m. when Mayor Brant Walker lights up the tree, provided by Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club. Bring canned food donations, which will be constructed into a giant "Castle of Cans" to benefit the food pantry at the Salvation Army. Information at www.DowntownAlton.com.
Santa Qualls Warm Ups -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, W.P.E.O. Inc. Wishing Well Ministry, 6105 N. Park Drive, Washington Park. For animals and homeless. Free bread, hot dogs. Collecting dog and cat food, dog houses, straw, money, worm medicine, heartworm care for pets. Information at 618-789-7072.
Walking Tour -- 10 a.m. Saturday, starts at the Veterans' Memorial, southeast corner of the Public Square on East Main St., Belleville. Historic downtown Belleville. Tour approximately 16 block long and lasts about 90 minutes. Cost: $10 per person. 12 years and up. Benefits Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required by calling 618-236-7481.
Cosmic Bingo -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Highland Knights of Columbus Hall, 12454 Illinois 143 Highland. Doors open 6 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Cody Neal's medical expenses. Cost: $20 for 6 cards (additional 6 cards $5) if purchased at door. Advance reservations suggested $20 per person (8 per table). Advance seating package includes cosmic party supplies. Featuring DJ, silent auction, drinks, drawings, attendance prizes. Drinks and food available for purchase. Reservations, call Bret at 618-604-7125 or Luke at 618-803-9966 or email@example.com.
Red Bud Holiday Happenings -- 7 p.m. Friday, lighted parade on Main St., in Red Bud. Noon Saturday, Chili and Deer Sausage Cookoff, in the city parking lot next to Sporto's. Sunday, , antique, craft and gift shops. Santa will arrive at noon at the Magical Santaland at Red Bud City Hall. Free trolley rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; craft fair at St. John's Lutheran School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Candlelight Home Tour and "Taste of Red Bud" from 3-7 p.m. Information visit www.redbudchamber.com.
Winter Wonderland of Lights -- Friday through Jan. 1, Horner Park, 11113 Widicus Road, Lebanon. Thousands of lights, animated musical displays, life-size nativity, Victorian village. Donations accepted.
Way Of Lights Christmas Display -- Friday through Jan. 3, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. More than 1 million white lights featured along a 1.5-mile route depicting the Journey to Bethlehem. Camel, donkey, pony rides, petting zoo, kettle corn. Free donations accepted. Carriage ride reservations at 618-397-6700. Children's village, puppet show, souvenir photos, Christmas tree display, community choirs, wreath display, silent auction at Visitors Center. Laser show presented by The Power Source 309 at the Guild Center. Information, call 618-397-6700 or 314-241-3400, visit wayoflights.org.
Quarter Auction -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Emerald Mound Grange, 1 mile east of Lebanon on Route 50, Lebanon. Doors open at noon. Hot dog bar, chips, desserts, drinks. Chinese raffle.
Train Show -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Glen Carbon Firehouse, 180 Summit St., Glen Carbon. Hosted by the Metro East Model Railroad Club. Free admission and holiday snacks. View the Club's 18-by-27-foot HO scale model railroad. Information, Bob Gibson at 618-476-9228 or Bill at 618-254-6596 or www.trainweb.org/memrc.
Art and Wine Walk -- 5-9 p.m. Saturday, northeast quadrant of Belleville Public Square in Downtown Belleville. Stroll through the shops of downtown Belleville while enjoying artwork from area artists and sampling a variety of different wines. $15 per person includes wine glass and wine tastings. Information at 618-233-2015. Hosted by Belleville Main Street Committee. Must be 21 to participate.
Girls Day Out -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. Jump start your Christmas shopping with a multitude of vendors. Information at 618-397-6700.
Basket Bingo -- 1 p.m. Sunday, St. Agatha Parish Center, 205 S. Market St., New Athens. Doors open noon. Chicken salad sandwiches, barbecue sandwiches, desserts, coffee, tea served. 25 games/25 baskets. Baskets valued at $50.
Wine Festival -- 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Cost: $10 per person. Tasting of 35 hand selected wines, souvenir wine festival glass, specialty vendors, appetizers, live music. Information at 618-786-2331 or pmlodge.net. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation.
BENEFIT FOR TROOPS -- 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Crehan's Irish Pub, 5500 North Belt West, Belleville. Mistletoe Mania and Raffle with more than 10 vendors, several items from Belleville businesses to be raffled. Admission is free when you bring an item for a care package or donate any money. All raffle proceeds will to toward sending care packages to deployed soldiers.
St. Louis Windy Symphony -- 3 p.m. Sunday, McKendree University, The Hett, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Free. A versatile ensemble of St. Louis area music educators perform classical and contemporary woodwind compositions, patriotic marches, show tunes, jazz and more.
Christmas Open House -- Sunday, Red Bud Area Museum, 116 E. Market, Red Bud. Old time Christmas display in addition to the hundreds of items that have been donated to the museum.
Gingerbread Walk -- Wednesday through Jan. 2, downtown Belleville. Stroll down Belleville's Main Street to view award-winning gingerbread creations displayed in downtown merchant windows starting at the Square on East and West Main Streets. Information at 618-233-1416.
Schmidt Art Center -- Through Dec. 12, Schmidt Art Center, Southwerstern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. "True Scale of Trees" by Mel Watkin; a series of large-scale drawings based on uprooted trees. "Gilt" by Arny Nadler; painted ceramic sculptures that reference the figure and anatomy. "American Rephotographs" by Sherwin Tibayan; projects examine the relationships between digital photographs and the history of the photograph makeup. "Paintings 1993-2013" by John M. Groessmann; features abstract paintings that seek a balance among composition, spatial construction and thoughtful color relationships.
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.
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 -- 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.
Scott VFW Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, Belleville. Carry outs. Sandwiches or plates at 618-746-9801.
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 -- 5:30-9 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.
Walton's Chicken Dinner -- 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 632-5222.
All You Can Eat Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, Canteen Hall, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Adults $10, children (12 & under) $5. Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post.
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.
Bunko -- 6:30 p.m. Monday, Eckert's Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $5 per person, includes game, prizes, beverages, snacks. Open to public. No reservation required. Information at 68-233-0513 ext. 3.
Book Sale -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today, Lindenwood University, in Welcome Center, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville. All books $.50, over 1,600 books of various genres. Proceeds to benefit the Psychology Club.
Holiday Bazaar -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Bluffview Elementary Gymnasium, 905 Bluffview Elementary Lane, Dupo. Admission: $2. Cash and carry out or special order items in time for Christmas. Baked goods, crafters, vendors. Proceeds to benefit the Dupo Shop With A Cop Program. Vendor space still available by calling Kerri at 314-681-3291 or amy at 618-509-1442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Sale -- 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Signal Hill School, 40 Signal Hill Place, Belleville. High-quality art donated from Art Classic, Ltd., featuring frames and artwork. Prices from $5 to $100. Proceeds to benefit the school.
Holiday Shopping Fair -- 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Peace Lutheran Church, 1209 Royal Heights Road, (Route 161 and Royal Heights Road near Memorial Hospital), Belleville. Vendors, bake sale, lunch available.
"Rabbit Hole" -- 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets: Thursday & Sunday, $10 adults; Friday & Saturday, $12 adults; discounts for seniors, students, and military with ID. Ticket reservations at 618-537-4962.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" --7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Carriel Jr. High Auditorium, 451 N. 7 Hills Road, O'Fallon. Presented by the Carriel Jr. High Drama Club. Tickets: $3. Information at 618-622-2932.
1940s Radio Hour -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 Sunday, The Historic Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. Monroe Actors Stage Company will be "On the air with a cavalcade of stars" when they stage the 1940s Radio Hour. Tickets/reservations at 618-939-7469. General admission $14, seniors/students $12. Groups of 10 or more may benefit from special pricing by calling the show ticket line.
"The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Shrine Staff invite you to the Sister's Christmas Catechism by Maripat Donovan. General admission seats $30. Register online at wayoflights.org/sister or call 618-397-6700 or 314-241-3400.
"The Velveteen Rabbit" -- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Fairview Heights Public Library, lower level, 10017 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Free. Presented by Imaginary Theatre Company of St. Louis. Heartwarming musical tale. Information at 618-489-2070.
Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m.-dusk Sunday, Elks 664, Illinois 161 and Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Free soup, raffles. Ham, bacon, loins, turkeys, more. House gun available 12 & 20 gauge.
Meat Shoot & Raffle -- noon Sunday, Fountain Inn Tavern, 1912 Fountain Road, Valmeyer. Outside shooting, inside raffle drawings. Featuring ham, turkeys, bacon, pork steaks, filet mignon, pork sausage, smokes pork chops, more. 618-935-2266. Sponsored by Blue Jay Football.
Meat Shoot -- noon Sunday, Shiloh Eagles No. 545, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. We shoot from inside, see your shot on TV. Free bean soup.
Swansea -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Swansea Improvement Association Building, 301 Service Drive, Swansea. Doors open 6 p.m. Proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Cost: $20 per person, maximum of 10 people per table. Mulligans, raffles, heads or tails, silent auction, cash bar, outside food allowed. Information at 618-233-6625 or email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot take items by telephone. The deadline for Local Events is noon Monday. Send information to What's Happening, c/o Lifestyle, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax to 236-9773. For information, call 239-2537.