What's Happening: Local events Dec. 10=25

December 18, 2013 

Downtown Diva Night -- 5-8 p.m. today, in downtown Belleville. Registration at Hospice of Southern Illinois, 300 E. Main St., Belleville. After party is at Baja Cali, 100 N. High St., Belleville. $5 per person. Shopping in downtown Belleville. Horse-drawn trolley rides available. Sponsored by Belleville Main Street and The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. Information, call Laurie at 618-233-2015 or bellevillemainstreet.net.

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.

"White Christmas" Sing-Along -- 7 p.m. Friday, Wildey Theatre, downtown Edwardsville. Sing along with the classic Christmas movie "White Christmas," starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 high school students and younger. For $25, guests can also attend a Wildey pre-show Christmas Party with holiday-inspired drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The pre-show party begins at 5:30 p.m. Christmas movie trivia and games begins in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Audience members will receive free goodie bags filled with props to use during the movie. Tickets at www.wildeytheatre.com or 618-307-1750. Proceeds benefit the Wildey Theatre.

Christmas in the Park -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 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.

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 -- available through Sunday, downtown Belleville.

Downtown Edwardsville in December -- today through Saturday, Extended hours at downtown merchants until 7 p.m. today, 6 p.m. Saturday. Downtown caroling, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, window decorating contest.

Swansea Santa House -- 6-8 p.m. today and Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Melvin Price Memorial Park,1500 Caseyville Ave., Swansea. Cost: $5 includes a photo with Santa. Children receive gifts from Santa.

Breakfast with Santa at Dinner Time -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, 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.

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette -- 8:30 a.m. Friday, Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois Route 100, Great River Road, Grafton. A site interpreter will present programs about bald eagles. Reservations required. A short video presentation followed by drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Information/reservations at 618-786-3323.

Christmas Open House -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School St., Glen Carbon. See Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Period Christmas trees decorating every room. Benefits Glen-Ed Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable food item and receive a free photo with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make-and-take projects for the children and each child will receive a treat bag from the museum.

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.

Pet Pictures with Santa -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Tribout's Carnival supplies, 517 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Have your petss and kids' pictures taken with Santa. Benefits the Belleville Area Humane Society. $10 donation includes a holiday magnetic frame, which doubles as a 2014 calendar. T-shirts and other gift items will be available for purchase.

Santa's Hut O'Fallon -- noon-4 p.m. Saturday, downtown O'Fallon.

Holiday Story Time -- 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Hear the story of the gingerbread man. 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.

Gingerbread House Workshop -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $14 per gingerbread house. No reservations. Information, call 618-233-0513.

Winter Solstice -- 7 a.m. Sunday, Woodhenge, 1 mile west of the Interpretive Center, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville Road, Collinsville. See dawn break over Woodhenge, a reconstruction of the calendar used when Cahokia Mounds was home to thousands of Native Americans. An archaeologist will explain the discovery, form and function of Woodhenge. No rituals or ceremonies will be performed out of respect for American Indian beliefs and culture. Then, shop for unique Christmas presents at the gift shop which features jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and Eskimo ivory, books, DVDs.

EXHIBITS

McKendree All-Student Art Show -- through Monday, 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

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.

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.

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.

Scottish Rite 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.

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 Association, 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.

Christmas Feast at the Lodge -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday,Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Reservations for parties of six or more. Cost: children (0-3) free, children (4-11) $9.95, adults (12 & up) $24.95. Call 618-786-2331 ext. 502 for reservations.

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 -- 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 and available to take upon purchase. Ceramics, wood crafts, fiber, painting, more.

Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD, tape donations accepted during regular library hours or on day of sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Information at 618-667-2133, after 9 a.m. in case of inclement weather.

Belleville Antique Flea Market -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Free admission and parking. Over 400 vendors and 600 tables featuring antiques and collectibles, merchandise both old and new. Information at 618-233-0052 or www.bcfairgrofunds.net.

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