What's Happening: Local events Dec. 5-11

December 12, 2013 

Matt Walch Christmas Show -- 6:30 p.m. Friday, The Gathering Place, 290 S. Burns, Sparta. Singing Big Band standards and more. Tickets: $35, includes catered meal, including dessert. Call 618-965-3726 or thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.com.

"Christmas Eve and Other Stories: A Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra" -- 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Enjoy Church Auditorium, 3303 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton. Advance tickets $10 at www.enjoychurch.tv; general admission tickets $10 day of each show. Information, 618-465-5433, www.enjoychurch.tv, info@enjoychurch.tv.

Bluegrass Show -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Mascoutah American Legion, 1414 W. Main St., Mascoutah. Sponsored by Mascoutah Post 292. Music by George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass, Thunder & Lightning Cloggers, country vocalist Brenda Cook, Cagun music, Mississippi Mudpuppies, Junior Fiddle Jam. Cost: $7 adults, $3.50 children. Food served all evening, with free cake for everyone. Information: George Portz at 618-632-1384.

Southern Gospel Christmas -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive, Bethalto. Featuring Mark209. Offering will be taken. Information: Tom and Sheron at 618-259-0065 or southerngospel4u@aol.com.

"Messiah" -- 4 p.m. Sunday, Whitlock Music Center, Campus of Greenville College, 315 E. College Ave., Greenville. The Greenville Choral Union and Orchestra will celebrate their 83rd performance of George Frideric Handel's oratorio. Audience can sing carols along with the Choral Union and Orchestra. Seating begins at 3:30 p.m. Offering taken to help defray costs.

Victory Boys -- 10 a.m. Sunday, Christ United Church of Christ, 26 N. 14th St., Belleville. The Victory Boys, Southern Gospel quartet from Mount Vernon, will perform. Free will offering accepted.

DANCES

Holiday Dance -- 6:30- 11 p.m. Saturday, Elk's Lodge, 1481 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Admission: $7 members, $9 non-members. No one under 21 admitted. Sponsored by the Metro East Social Singles. Information: Dennis Vest at 618-416-1930.

RSVP Orchestra Dance -- 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Lunch will be served. Information: Al at 618-344-7787.

EVENTS

Winter Wonderland of Lights -- 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 -- 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: 618-397-6700 or 314-241-3400, visit wayoflights.org.

Gingerbread Walk -- 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.

Santa at Edwardsville Park -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays; through Dec. 21, Edwardsville City Park, Edwardsville.

Swansea Santa House -- 6-8 p.m. weekdays, 2-5 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 22, Melvin Price Memorial Park,1500 Caseyville Ave., Swansea. Cost: $5 includes a photo with Santa. Children receive gifts from Santa.

Lighted Christmas Parade -- 6:30 p.m. Friday, Main St. in downtown Mascoutah. Immediately after the parade, tree lighting and Christmas caroling at Main and Railway across from City Hall. Many businesses will be open late, all restaurants open. Information at 616-566-7355 or mascoutahchamber.com.

Christmas Parade -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, Carlyle. Route begins at 11th and Fairfax St., east to 5th St., then North to the City Park. Following the parade, Santa, music, refreshments and fireworks at the City Park. Photos with Santa courtesy of Traditions Portrait Design.

Christmas in the Park -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 21, Charley Brown Park, Old Highway 50, Flora. Featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, Little Toot train rides, Santa Claus at the Santa House, light displays (by participating businesses, churches, organizations, individuals), Gingerbread replicas of the Depot on display. Donations are accepted at gate.

Belleville Santa's House -- through Tuesday, Dec. 24, visit the Santa house on the Square in Belleville. Hours are 6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 19; Saturdays and Dec. 20-23, noon-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Sundays through Dec. 15, noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Optimist Club of Belleville volunteers will provide hot cocoa and cookies on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Christmas Lights Wonderland -- 5-9 every evening through Dec. 31, American Farm Heritage Museum, Exit 45 on I-70, Greenville. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Complimentary coffee, cocoa and cookies. Santa will hear Christmas wishes Friday and Saturday nights at the Lil Red Barn. 1800s Christmas at Hill' Fort, a replica of a War of 1812 fort. Friday through Sunday nights (weather permitting), take a 1 mile train ride around the museum on the American Heritage Railroad's Polar Express. Tickets for train ride: $2 per passenger (3 & up). Information at 618-664-4189 or 618-664-9733.

Horse Drawn Trolley Rides -- through Dec. 22, downtown Belleville.

Downtown Edwardsville in December -- through Dec. 21, Extended hours at downtown merchants Wednesdays & Thursdays until 7 p.m.; Saturdays until 6 p.m. Winter Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Features artisans, baked goods, crafters, locally grown items, & unique, boutique gifts & products from our community. Downtown caroling, window decorating contest. Elves workshop: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12; 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St. Cost: $10 per child. Pre-registration required.

Band of MidAmerica Concerts -- 7 p.m. today at Mascoutah High School Auditorium, 1313 W. Main St., Mascoutah; 7 p.m. Friday at Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville (sold out); 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at McKendree University's Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Information bandofmidamerica.af.mil.

Festival of Trees -- 3-8 p.m. today and Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, New Baden Civic Center, 100 E. Birch St., New Baden. Admission: $5 adults, $3 kids (3-12). $1 discount with donation of nonperishable food item for the St. George-Zion UCC Food Pantry, or a toy for the toy drive. Today, senior citizens (55-plus) and military will receive an additional $1 discount. More than 70 decorated Christmas trees and wreaths displayed by local individuals, businesses, organizations and churches.

Breakfast with Santa at Dinner Time -- 5-8 p.m. Friday and Dec. 13 and 29, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $25 per child; $12 per adult. Meal includes scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits/sausage gravy. Reservations at 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

Snowflake Festival -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, Glazerook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Free. Old-fashioned festival complete with carolers, hot cocoa and pictures with Santa. Horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, fireside munching on roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows. Peanut brittle and apple butter available for purchase. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 6 p.m. Bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Crisis Food Center. Information at 618-465-0491.

Christmas Tasting Bee -- 1 p.m. Friday, Hitz Home, 201 Bell St., Alhambra. Program by Barb Kay. Afternoon of fellowship while tasting Christmas goodies. Donation: $6. Sponosred by Hitz Home Auxiliary.

The Bethlehem Journey -- 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Grace Church, 5151 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Interactive, hands-on walk through the city of Bethlehem during the time of Christ's birth. Your family will experience what it was like to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, encountering Roman guards, wise men, shepherds, angels, the markets in Bethlehem and the Christ child lying in a manger. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the end of your walk. Admission is free.

Collinsville Tree Lighting -- 6 p.m. Friday, Township Office, 307 E. Main St., Collinsville. Santa will arrive to light the Christmas Tree. Carolers from Curtains Up Theatre Company will join Santa Claus at the ceremony.

Mouse House -- 5-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Caseyville Community Building, 909 S. Main St., Caseyville. Sponsored by the Caseyville Fire Auxiliary. Mouse house gifts $1 each. Special area for adults to shop. Bake sale and food. Pictures with Santa $4. Receive one special raffle ticket for canned food or money donated to the Caseyville Food Pantry.

Christmas on the River -- Friday-Sunday in Chester. Lighted Parade is 7 p.m. Friday. Santa will arrive by barge on the Mississippi at 10 a.m. Saturday. Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Sunday. Arts and crafts.

Santa House in Shiloh -- Friday through Dec. 22, Dierbergs Parking Lot, 4000 Green Mount Crossing, Shiloh. Boys and girls may visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cameras are welcomed. Pictures will be taken for a nominal fee. Free.

Country Christmas Stroll and House Tour -- noon-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Okawville. Four residences and St. Peter's UCC in Okawville featured on tour. Cost of the tour is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, at the American Legion in Okawville. Reservations at 618-243-5694; children eat free. Country Craft fair, festival of trees at Community Club building; admission is $2. Flea market and vendor show in Immanuel School gym. Christmas in the Barn at the Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo.

Santa Qualls Christmas Program -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Shed of Hope, City Flea Market, Illinois 111 and Route 40, Collinsville Road, Fairmont City. For animals and homeless. Free bread, hot dogs, hot chocolate. Please donate toys, gloves, socks, food items, turkeys, hams, chickens. Collecting dog and cat food, money.

Food Trucks & Fireworks -- Food trucks 5:30-8:30 p.m., fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville. Firewords at the Shrine's Outdoor Amphitheatre. Information: 618-397-6700 ext. 6287 or 314-241-3400 ext. 6287 of wayoflights.org/events.

Gingerbreak 5K Run/Walk -- 8:30 a.m. Saturday, starts and finishes at Lincoln and South Third St., Belleville. Entry fee $25. Register online at gingerbreadrun.com. Day of race registration at 6:45 a.m. Saturday at 340 W. Lincoln in Belleville. Free energy drinks, coffee, bagels and fruits for all participants. Entertainment by Phil Elmore's Mobile Music Machine. Awards presentation at Lincoln Theatre, 103 E. Main St. Information: 233-1416.

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.

Santa's Scout Workshop -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Belleville Meyer Scout Shop, 335 W. Main St., Belleville. Christmas crafts, games, snacks, Santa, free patch for all scouts. Sign up for the free 4-foot Scout Christmas stocking giveaway.

French/Indian Celebration -- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Kaskaskia Immaculate Conception Church, Kaskaskia Island. Relive an early tradition of the historic church in Illinois' French Colonial District. According to Native American legend, a woman sadly made her way to the church on a long ago December day. Other members were bringing gifts in honor of Mary, but the woman was poor and did not have a gift. Walking with her eyes cast down, she noticed lilies blooming through the snow and ice. She gathered an armful of lilies to take as her gift and all were amazed. In this re-enactment, a procession of women, each carrying a lily, commemorates that miracle. The lilies are placed before a statue of Mary. Jeffery Roscow will play hymns on the 1878 pipe organ and the Rev. Dave Corrigan will preside at a Mass with prayers in English and an Indian language. Directions: From the Chester Bridge, follow Missouri 51 four miles, turn right on H Road, go 7 miles, turn right onto Missouri 61, 1 mile into St. Mary, then turn right onto Old Channel Bridge leading to Kaskaskia Island. Follow the signs 5 miles to Kaskaskia Shrine and Church.

Pearl Harbor Commemoration -- 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Messinger Cemetery, 3450 Old Collinsville Road, Belleville. Hosted by the St. Clair County Historical Society. Commemorates the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

Breakfast With Santa -- 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Ravanelli's Restaurant, 26 Collinsport Drive, Collinsville. Breakfast buffet Children receive a gift and can have a free photo taken with Santa Claus.

All Breed Dog Show -- Saturday-Sunday, Exposition Builidng, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Admission and parking free. Sponsored by the Edwardsville Illinois Kennel Club. Features vendors with distinctive canine merchandise. On Friday, several speciality shows will be held in the same venue: Gateway Sporting Dog Association, Dachshund Club of St. Louis, Gateway Sporting Dog Association, Gateway Terrier Association and Gateway Non-Sporting Dog Club. The clubs welcome the public.

Hometown Christmas -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Downtown Lebanon. Annual merchants open house, Santa visits and Christmas music in the streets. Unique gifts at specialty shops. Casual dining.

Holiday Story Time -- 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Story of the gingerbread man. After story, each child makes a gingerbread craft. Information at 618-233-0513.

Breakfast With Santa -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $15 per child, $12 per adult. Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Special gift for each child. Photo with Santa. Reservations suggested. Meal includes scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy. Information/reservation at 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

Downtown O'Fallon Santa's Hut -- noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Dec. 14 and 21; and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 24, corner of First and Vine in downtown O'Fallon. Leave a letter in Santa's mailbox; don't forget to include your name and address.

Quarter Mania -- 12:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Gregory Armenian Community Cneter, 3501 Century Drive, Granite City. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $5 charge per paddle, $20 for an "all in paddle." Sponsored by St. Gregory Church Community Center. Information: Andrea at 618-741-8954.

Millstadt Weihnachtsfest -- 10 a.m. Sunday, St. James Parish Center, 423 W. Madison St. (one block S. of Highway 158), Millstadt. Arts and crafts fair opens at 10 a.m. and features holiday decorations, hand-crafted jewelry, wearing apparel. German food (sauerbraten, bratwurst, roast pork, potato pancakes, red cabbage, sauerkraut, strudel), beginning 11:30 a.m. Holiday cookies walk. St. Nikolaus will arrive in a parade at noon. Entertainment provided by Millstadt Community Choir, Waterloo German Band, St. Louis German Cultural Society Jugendgruppe dancers. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for children to deliver their wish lists. Free. Benefits Millstadt Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange and other programs with Gross-Bieberau, Gemany.

"Christmas Is In The Air" Luncheon -- 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. $12 inclusive. Music by Jewel Tones quartet. Lori Boruff, of Aledo, will speak on "Living Life Together." Christmas bake sale. Sponsored by Belleville Metro East Christian Women's Club. Reservations necessar for luncheon; call Theresa at 618-696-8435 or email bellevilleCWCluncheon@hotmail.com

ESCAPE Holiday Luncheon -- 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Wildey Theatre, Marquee Room, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. For ages 55 and older. Doors open at 11 a.m. After lunch, tour the Wildey. Cost: $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Parks Office at 618-692-74538. Reservations required. Deadline is Monday.

EXHIBITS

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.

McKendree All-Student Art Show -- Friday through Dec. 23, McKendree Gallery of Art, 224 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Reception 4-7 p.m. today. Gallery hours by appointment. Every student enrolled in an art class is required to submit work for the show. Information at www.mckendree.edu/artgallery.

Paintings of Dave Woesthaus -- through Jan. 10 at the law firm of Mathis, Marifian, and Richter's gallery space, 23 Public Square No. 300, Belleville. New paintings titled, "Fragile Hope." Gallery hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

FOOD

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.

Granite City Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Elizabeth 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. 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 -- 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. Carry outs 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. Carry out available. 618-458-7710.

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.

South Side Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, South Side Improvement Assoc., 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. Eat in or carry out. Information, call 618-233-9380.

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.

Winter Waffle Wonderland -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Governor French Academy campus, 219 W. Main St., Belleville. Waffle breakfast and silent auction. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 child. Auction to benefit the school.

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.

GAMES

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 Night -- 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 reservations. Information at 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

MARKETS

Grab-N-Go Gift Show --through Jan. 3, Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Free, open to public. Refreshments will be served. Cash and carry exhibit. Art work reasonable priced for gift-giving and available to take upon purchase. Ceramics, wood crafts, fiber, painting, more.

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 day of sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Plowsharing Crafts -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, 224 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Hosted by Christian Social Services of Illinois. Crafts created by more than 60,000 artisans from 30 countries. Profits to benefit support programs in Illinois. Information about Plowsharing at plowsharing.org.

Santa's Workshop -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, New Bethel United Methodist Church, 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. Parents encouraged to bring their children (ages 4-11) and let them shop with Santa's elves and buy reasonably-priced gifts for friends and family. Items range from 50 cents to $5. Cookies, punch for children, parents coffee, tea and cookies.

Holiday Shopping -- 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville High School Commons, 6161 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. One-stop holiday shopping made easy. Many cash/carry items. Proceeds to benefit EHS Medical Careers Club and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

ICS Craft Fair -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Immaculate Conception School, 321 S. Metter, Columbia. In the gym and cafeteria. Breakfast. lunch and snack items sold in cafeteria. Cookies and candy sold by the pound. More than 65 vendors. Information visit www.icscolumbia.org.

Edwardsville Winter Market -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, St. Louis St., on the south side of the Madison County Courthouse Building, Edwardsville. Featuring artisans, baked goods, crafters, locally grown items, unique gifts. Caroling. Vvisit with Santa, reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

St. Joseph's Cookie Walk -- 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, St. Joseph Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Homemade cookies by the pound, $7 per pound.

Christmas Cookie Sale -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Parish Center, Mother Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 200 N. Lange, Maryville. Sponsored by St. Ann's Altar Society. Cookies are $4 per dozen.

Holiday Market at Blum House -- 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Blum House, 414 W. Main St., Collinsville. Meet local authors and artists. Books, art, jewelry, unique finds, more. Collinsville Library's 6th Annual Art and Author Holiday Market.

Holiday Bazaar -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Free Methodist Church, 1367 E. State Route 140, Greenville.

Holiday Bazaar -- 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 304 South St., Collinsville. Gifts, baked goods and holiday decor.

ON STAGE

"It's A Wonderful Life" -- 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Dec. 13-15, Historic Avon Theatre, 535 N. 2nd St., Breese. Tickets: $10 adults, $9 senior citizens, active military. Reserve tickets at 618-526-2866. The saga of George Bailey, Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and viciv duty. His guardian angel saves him from despair on Christmas Eve. He shows George what life would have been like if he had never been born and that this has, after all, been a wonderful life. Steve Klostermann plays George Bailey, Jennifer Klostermann is Mary Hatch Bailey and Patrick Kreher is Clarence the angel.

SHOOTS

Meat Shoot -- noon Sunday, American Legion Post 12555, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Proceeds benefit Bluff Grange Youth Fencers. Shoot and wheel rounds, dessert raffle, attendance prizes, chicken and dumplings. Fencing demonstrations.

Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m.-dusk Sunday, Elks No. 664, Highway 161 and Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Free soup. Raffles. Ham, bacon, loins, turkeys, more. House gun available. 12 and 20 gauge.

Indoor Rifle Shoot -- noon Sunday, Millstadt Sportsmen's Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. .22 Rifle Shoot, iron sights only. Refreshments available.

Meat Shoot & Raffle -- 12 p.m. Sunday, American Legion Post 485, 200 S. 5th St., Dupo. Air rifles .177 BB (indoor), air rifles provided. No personal air rifles or weapons allowed. Under 18 years must be accompanied by adult.

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