What's Happening: Local events Jan. 16-22

January 15, 2014 

Johnny Chase -- 8 p.m. Friday, Edison's Entertainment Complex, 2477 State 157, Edwardsville. Singer, songwriter, gutarist. Free.

Casey Reeves -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Orchard and Country Store, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Free. Folk, rock and Americana music.

DANCES

Country Music -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, 216 Service St., Swansea. Country music by Cactus Moon Band. Sponsored by Swansea Improvement Association.

Square and Round Dance -- 7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Stan Mangogna, calling; Bob Pyles, cuing.

Ballroom Dance -- 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Music by The Casuals.

EVENTS

Diva Night -- 5-8 p.m. today, downtown Belleville. Register at Green Forest Vapor Shop, 106 E. Main St. $5 per person. Shopping at downtown stores. After party at The Lincoln Theater, 103 E. Main St., Belleville. Movie "Rock of Ages" will begin at 8 p.m.

St. John's Community Care Fundraiser -- today Robust Wine Bar, 126 N. Main St., Edwardsville. 20 percent of your purchase will be donated to support St. John's Community Care. Information at www.robustwinebar.com.

TOCOs Membership Mingle -- 6:30 p.m. today, TOCO NFP/The TOCO Shop, 825 W. Main St., Belleville. Deals all day including giveaways, door prizes, cake and party favors. Music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the reception, starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring a new friend and fill a bag for free.

Bald Eagle Days -- 8:30 a.m. Friday, Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois Route 100, Great River Road, Grafton. Site interpreter will present program on bald eagles. Learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more. All programs at park's visitor center. Reservations required. Video presentation followed by drive to view eagles. Dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Information/reservations at 618-486-3323.

Paranormal Investigation -- Friday, Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Real paranormal investigation and guests should be prepared to witness possible paranormal activity. Add this package for two people to your room reservation for an additional $65. Does not include taxes or room reservations. Details/reservations at 618-786-2331.

Skate and Dance Party -- 7:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, Fun Spot Skating and Party Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville. Cost: $10. Regular skate rental included if needed, dance included (no coupons or passes). Featuring World DJ Curt Copeland. Play music trivia and Sing That Song. Information: Denise Pearson at 618-234-4502.

Eagle Meet and Greet -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton. Live eagle demonstrations. Learn about their species and habitats. See eagles in their natural habitats. Free. Information at 800-ALTON-IL.

Dave Merritt Photo Workshop -- noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Drive, Hartford. Photography workshop at the Tower. Start with tips from a professional photographer and then try it yourself from 150 feet above ground. Free. Admission to tour the Tower is $ adults; $2 children.

Twelfth Night Ball -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, American Legion Hall, 509 Henry St., Prairie du Rocher. Admission $10. A tradition handed down from the first settlers of Prairie du Rocher in the 18th century. Presented by La Guiannee Societe. Costumes add to the fun but are not required. Cash bar. Music provided by Cousin Curtis and the Cash Rebates, an old-time string band offering waltzes, schottisches polkas, reels and square dances. Rescheduled from Jan. 4.

"The Mane Event" Benefit -- doors open 4 p.m. Saturday, Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston. Dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m.; live auction 7-7:30 p.m.; silent auction closes approximately at 7:30 p.m. Semi-formal dinner, dance and auction to benefit Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center. Roaring Twenties theme. Music and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 per person and are presale only. No tickets sold at door. Tickets by calling 618-604-9559. Donated and monetary items, baskets and gift certificates for auction; barrel of booze raffled off; gun raffle. Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center, at 6248 Wesclin Road in Germantown, is a non-profit organization that offers horse riding sessions for people with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and others.

PTOEC Jr. Fun Night at the Gym -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Family Sportsplex, 2346 Mascoutah Ave., Belleville. Fun for elementary and middle school children sponsored by Parent Teacher Organization for Exceptional Children. Information: Amber Brodak at Amb2728@gmail.com.

Audubon Eagle Watch -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, Mo. Eagle viewing and education in this designated Important Birding Area at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy the view from the comfort of the new building or venture out to the bird blind on the water's edge for a closer look. Free. Information at 636-899-0090 or Riverlands.Audubon.org.

Coin Show -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, American Legion, 1022 Vandalia Ave., Collinsville. 37 tables. Hourly attendance prizes. Buy, sell, trade coins, currency, gold, silver buillion, jewelry. Sponored by Dupo Coin Club, Fairview Heights. Admission: $1.

MLK Program -- 10 a.m. Monday, Mount Joy Missionary Baptist Church, 327 Olive St., Edwardsville. Free. Lt. Col Otis C. Jones, executive officer to the vice commander of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base is the keynote speaker. Free and open to the public.

MLK All Day Skate -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Fun Spot Skating and Party Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville. Cost: $10, $2 skate rental, $5 non-skaters (no coupons or passes). Featuring all-you-can-eat pizza and soda (all day long), games, races, prizes. Information: Denise Pearson at 618-234-4502.

Metro East Mothers & More Open House -- 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, O'Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon. Fun night of conversation, games, door prizes. Refreshments provided. Contact: mmore126@gmail.com; visit metroeastmoms.homestead.com.

Wilderness Walk -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Free. Narrated hike and exploration along the 1-mile trail Open to all ages. Registration requested for groups of 10 plus. Information: 618-692-7578 or watershed@cityofedwardsville.com.

EXHIBITS

SIUE Ceramic Artists -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (on school days) through Jan. 31, Governor French Academy, 223 W. Main St., Belleville. Featuring works by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ceramic artists Anthony Delaney, Adam Knoche and Kelsie Ward.

"Ebony Creations" -- Friday through Feb. 28, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville High School Campus, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. A collaborative effort with the Portfolio Gallery in St. Louis and EAC. Features the work of 30 artists represented by the Portfolio Gallery and will include paintings, photos, textiles and sculpture. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, is free and open to public. Refreshments will be provided and entertainment will include Paul Herbert Pitts and Stan Meeks.

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.

Millstadt Fish Fry -- 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt Sportsmen's Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Cod, shrimp, walleye, homemade desserts. Carryouts available at 618-476-1891.

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. DJ, 8-1 p.m. Noonies wings from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.

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.

Edwardsville Chicken Dinner -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Eden United Church of Christ, 903 N. Second St., Edwardsville. Cost: $9 adults, $5 children (4-10). Meal served family style. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, dessert, drink. 618-656-4330.

Dupo Chicken Dinner -- 11:30 a.m. Sunday, VFW Post 6368, 200 N. 5th St., Dupo. Cost: $9 adults, $5 children, free $6 & under). Chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, slaw, beets, corn, green beans, dessert, coffee, tea. Carry-outs available at 618-286-9636.

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, 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.

Euchre Tournament --7 p.m. Friday, Smithton Senior Center.

Euchre -- 7 p.m. Monday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. No registration required, but you may reserve a spot. Information: 618-934-3841.

MARKETS

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 the Friends of the Library. In inclement weather, call 618-667-2133 after 9 a.m. to see if sale canceled.

ON STAGE

"Be Your Age" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Progressive Grange Hall, 8855 Schaller Road, New Athens. Play only tickets $10 for adults, $8 seniors; $7 students; dinner theater at 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon, Sunday, (dinner and play $20 for adults, $10 children (under 12), Featuring pork sausage, sauerkraut mashed potatoes, greenbeans, applesauce, cranberry sauce, dessert. Reservations: 618-475-3248.

TRIVIA

Belleville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Henry Catholic Church, Parish Center, 5315 W. Main St., Belleville. Doors open 6:15 p.m. Tables of 6-8. Attendance prizes, mulligans, 50/50, silent auction. $20 per person, includes beer, soda and snack. Bring you own drinks/snacks. Proceeds fund the Ella Prickett Memorial Scholarship to Althoff Catholic High School. Reservations: Kim Ahrens at 618-698-5638.

Collinsville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 5691, 1235 Vandalia St., Collinsville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $100 per team up to 10 players. Cash bar, bring your own snacks. Cash prizes, attendance prizes, games, 50/50, mulligans. Bring can of food donation and be entered into a special raffle. Funds raised to benefit the Cory Wilson Scholarship Association.

Highland --7-10 p.m. Friday, Highland KNights of Columbus, Hall, 12454 State Route 143, Highland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Proceeds benefit benefit Relevant Pregnancy Options Center.

New Athens -- 7 p.m. Saturday, The Bull Pen Bar and Grill, New Athens. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $100 per table with 8-10 players. Bring own snacks. Mulligans, 50/50 drawings. Drinks available at bar. Proceeds support the New Athens After Prom party.

St. Libory -- 7 p.m. Saturday, American Legion Hall, 7236 State Route 15, St. Libory. Attendance prizes, basket raffles, 50/50 drawings. Cost: $10 per team member (minimum 6 per team/10 member maximum). Snack welcome, beverages must be purchased at the Hall. Proceeds benefit St. Libory Elementary School.

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