What's Happening

February 19, 2014 


Arianna String Quartet -- 7 p.m. Friday, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 127 St. Paul St., Columbia. Sponsored by the Dorothy Weinel Eppinger Foundation.

GC Concert Band -- 7 p.m. Friday, Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Concert is in memory of Murray Cornelius, who played euphonium with the Granite City Community Band and died Dec. 12. Concert is free, but donations are appreciated and tax deductible. Information: www.graniteband.com.

Trophy Mules -- 8 p.m. Friday, Edison's Entertainment Complex, 2477 State 157, Edwardsville. Free.

"From Russia With Love" -- 4 p.m. Saturday, Signal Hill United Methodist Church, 47 Signal Hill Place, Belleville. Presented by Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Admission: $2. Open to public. Information: www.bellevillephilharmonic.org.

Andy Roose -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. American, folk, country. Free.

Arch City Brass -- 3 p.m. Sunday, Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. Fine Arts Series 2013-2014. Reception following concert. Freewill offering.

Winter Concert -- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Belleville East High School, Performing Arts Center, 2555 West Blvd., Belleville. Performing in the concert will be the Symphonic Band, the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and closing with the Wind Ensemble. Admission: $3; children under 5 free. Donations will be accepted for the fund drive for new uniform tops for the Lancer Marching Band. Sponsoring a complete new set, jacket, shako (hat) and plumes, is $200. The coat only is $150, and the hat only is $50. Ten full sets, $2,000 will result in the donor's name being placed on a band trailer. Donations of any amount would be appreciated, though.


Square & Round Dance -- 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Wayne Primeau, calling. Pat Hilton, cuing. Information: Sue Larsh at 630-841-4156.

Polka Dance -- 2:45-6:15 p.m. Sunday, Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Cost: $7 per person. Music by Rich Cullen. Dynamic sandwiches for purchase. Sponsored by The St. Louis Metro Polka Club. Information: 314-867-7897 or folkfire.org/polka.


Diva Night -- 5-8 p.m. Thursday, registration at Grimm and Gorly, 324 E. Main St., Belleville. After-party at Papa Vito's, 318 E. Washington St. Cost: $5. Exciting ladies night out in downtown Belleville. Sponsored by Belleville Main Street.

Family Fun Night -- 6-8 p.m. Friday, Peace Lutheran, 1209 Royal Heights Road, Belleville. Free dinner and a movie, "The Bible," games, singing. Information: peacelutheranelca.net.

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.

Lunch-N-Learn -- noon, Friday, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Brussels. Bring lunch and sit down with staff to learn about eagles. Head out for a short hike to see eagles soar over Swan Lake. Free. Information: 618-883-2524 or www.fws.gov/midwest/TwoRivers.

RV & Camper Show -- 3-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Highway 13 and 159, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Admission: $6; children 12 and under free with paid adult. 100,000 square feet of campers and motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop-ups, sport trailers. Both inside and out. Special pricing and financing during three-day sale. Camping supplies. Resorts. All under one roof. Register to win door prizes. Free parking. Information: 618-233-0052 or www.bcfairgrounds.net.

Jardin Potager Weekend -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Forte de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. Join us as we prepare for spring. Meet at the Fort Store building at 10 a.m. for a special discussion about techniques of direct sowing seeds in the garden. Some seeds and information availableor online at www.fdcjardin.com.

Dave Merritt Photo Workshop --Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Drive, Hartford. Tips from professional photographer, then try it yourself from 150 feet up. Free. Admission to tour the Tower.

Great Rivers Choral Society: Second Annual Madrigal Dinner and Play -- Saturday, Godfrey Knights of Columbus Hall, 1713 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Stunning pageantry, humor, succulent food and music are all part of this Madrigal dinner performance. Cost: $30 per person. Information/tickets: 618-465-1450, www.GRCS-SING.org.

Underground Railroad Tours -- 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Alton. Two-hour shuttle tours start at the Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton. Cost: $25 per person. Stops include the old Rock House, the Enos Apartments, the Elijah P. Lovejoy monument and burial site, College Avenue Presbyterian Church and Rocky Fork Church. Sponsored by J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB.

Wonder Where the Wild Things Are -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Join us for a Discovery Day to find out about how animals survive in winter. Free. Registration requested for groups of 10-plus. Information: 618-692-7578 or watershed@cityofedwardsville.com.

Quarter Auction -- 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Holy Family Church, 116 Church St., Cahokia. Doors open at 11 a.m. Cost: $20 entry fee entitles you to lunch and two numbered paddles. Bring three can goods for St. Vincent DePaul and receive a numbered paddle for free. RSVP is encouraged, but not necessary, by calling 618-337-4548.

"A Spanish Affair" -- 3 p.m. Sunday, Hateway Hall, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. The Alton Youth Symphony joins ASO on stage performing side-by-side selections. Information: altonsymphony.org.

"12 Years a Slave" -- 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, McKendree University's Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, Lebanon. Admission free for McKendree University students and $5 for the public. Tickets: online at www.the Hett.com or at the box office.


Art Exhibition -- Through Feb. 27, William & Florence Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Featuring "A Birds Eye View" by Beth Martin Eggers; "Architecture: Out of Context" by Ken Konchel; "Home From Work to Find Your Spaniel Turned into a Wolf" by Alison Ouellette-Kirby. Information: 618-222-5278 or swic.edu/sac.

"Ebony Creations" -- 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 includes paintings, photos, textiles and sculpture.

Surveying Exhibit -- Through Feb. 28, Madison County Historical Museum, 715 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Free, open to public. "Tools of the Trade: Surveyors and Topographers" is an exhibit of surveying instruments and incorporates the history of surveying and how it is done. Information: 618-656-7569.


Pancake Breakfast -- 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Cathedral Grade School cafeteria, Belleville. All you can eat: Pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, orange juice. Adults, $8; children 4-12, $5; under 3, free. Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 11.

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.

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

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. DJ, 8-1 p.m.

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.

Holy Trinity Fish Fry -- 4-8 p.m. Friday, Holy Trinity School Cafeteria, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by the parish. Fish (sandwich or by pound), baked fish, shrimp, spaghetti, mac/cheese, French fries, onion rings, slaw, green beans, desserts, refreshments. Carry-outs available. Information: Verla at 618-632-3874.

Fish Fry -- 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Fish by the pount, plate, sandwich. 618-235-3350.

Turtle Soup -- 10 a.m. Saturday, South Side Improvement Assoc., 800 S. Sixth St., Belleville. $12/gallon. Call-in's welcome. 618-233-9380.

Pancake Breadfast & Bake Sale -- 6 a.m.-noon Saturday, United Methodist Church, Corner of Clinton and St. Clair, New Athens. Information: 618-475-2000.

Spaghetti Dinner -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus Hall, #1 Columbus Plaza, Route 157, Collinsville. Sponsored by Collinsville High School Band/Guard. Tickets: $9 adults, $5 children (3-11), from any band or guard student, or sold at door. Carryouts available. Call ahead for free deliversy at 618-345-1492.

Spaghetti Dinner -- 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Marissa Masonic Lodge #881, Marissa. Cost: $8 per person or 2 for $15. All you can eat.

Chicken & Dumplings Dinner -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Trinity United Church of Christ, 47 N. Douglas, Belleville. Donations: $8.50 adults, $4 children (5-12), free (4 and under). Homemade chicken and dumplings, green beans, corn, cole slaw, applesauce, roll, iced tea, coffee, dessert. Carryouts available. Basket raffle. Information: 618-233-2941.

Chicken Dinner & Silent Auction --11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Moose Lodge, 7371 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Proceeds to benefit the Community Center. Hosted by Main Street Community Center. Tickets: $8 adults, $4 children (3-11), free (2 and under). Homemade desserts will be available for $2. Tickets at Community Center before event or at door. Information: 618-656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.

Wurst Markt -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, American Legion Post #233, Okawville. All you can eat. Whole-hog sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, applesause, dessert, tea or coffee. Cost: $9 adults (13 and up), $4.50 children (5-12), free (4 and under).

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.

Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. All you can eat. Adults $10, children (12 and 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.

Cosmic Bingo -- 8 p.m. Friday, VFW, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds to benefit VFW, Collinsville. Cost: $20 per person, includes 6 cards, cosmic dabber, cosmic party supplies. Reserve seat or table in advance by calling 618-344-7195. Cash prizes, DJ, drinks, drawings. Fish fry from 4-8 p.m.

Cosmic Bingo -- 7 p.m. Saturday, VFW Auxiliary, 415 N. Long St., Caseyville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $20 for six cards and cosmic bingo dabber, $5 per additional six cards. Cash prizes. Drinks, food, prizes, music. Information: 618-799-9430.

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.

Bunco -- 1-3 p.m. Monday, CARD Activity Center, 10 Gateway Drive, Collinsville. Beverages, light snacks, prizes. Bring dish or snacks to share. Cost: $5 per person, per visit, pay when you arrive. Information 618-346-7529.

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. Information: 618-233-0513, Ext. 3.

Card Party -- 1 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mary Parish Center, Trenton. Sponsored by St. Mary Church Trenton Ladies Sodality. Pinochle, euchre, bunco played for $1. Bingo played for fruit platters and homemade cakes. Desserts of homemade pies and drinks will be served.

Card Party -- 11 a.m. Wednesday, Blessed Sacrament, 8809 W. Main St., Belleville. Luncheon at noon. Serving meatloaf. Still only $6.


Book Fair & Bake Sale -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday (with everything half price after 3 p.m. and bake sale items from 10 a.m. until sold out); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday(with everything half-price all day); 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sunday (with prices at $3 a bag) and 10:30 a.m.-noon (all remaining items free), Breese American Legion, 575 N. Main St., Breese. Sponsored by St. Joseph-Breese Auxiliary. Admission is charged Thursday only: $6 from 10-11 a.m. and $3 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Photos of quilts hand-quilted by Auxiliary members will be available; quilts can be viewed and purchased at the hospital. Information: 618-526-5351 or judy.schrage@hshs.org.


"Nunsense -- The Mega Musical" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Turkey Hill Grange, Route 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors (60 plus), military, college, high school students with IDs; $6 youth (grade-school age); groups of 10 or more can receive a special rate of $10 per ticket if arranged in advance. Dinner-theatre option on Saturday, starting at 6:15 p.m. Meal tickets: $11. Grilled chicken breast on bed of rice with peach sauce, green beans almandine, carrots, cranberry sauce, tossed salad, dinner rolls, chocolate brownies with pecans and ice cream, ice tea, coffee, served buffet-style. Proceeds to benefit the Grange kitchen renovation fund. To reserve seats for dinner-theatre or regular performance, call 618-917-8175 or 618-767-6016, email at tickets@brassrailplayers.org. Reservations suggested.


Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m.-dusk Sunday, Elks 664 Lodge, Illinois 161 and Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Free soup. Raffles. House guns, 12 and 20 gauge.

Indoor Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m. Sunday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois, Fairview Heights. House gun only. Benefiting the Veterans Unmet Needs program.

Meat Shoot/Raffle -- noon, Sunday, Kountry Korners, 5866 Floraville Road, Millstadt. Proceeds to benefit Muscular Dystrophy. Information: 618-476-1346.

Meat Shoot/Raffle -- Noon Sunday, American Legion Hall, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Sponsored by the Sugarloaf Sportsmen's Club.


Belleville --Doors open 6:15 p.m.; trivia begins at 7. Saturday, atHeritage Hall, Althoff High School. Illinois Dye Hards Annual Softball Trivia Night. $100 per table; maximum 8 players. Silent auction; 50/50 drawing.Reservations: Marlene Rodgers 618-520-8735, Maxine Christoff 618-692-1987.

Shiloh -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Shiloh Eagles Lodge, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Cost: $80 per table of up to 8 participants. Beverages and refreshments available for purchase. Bring you own snacks. Beverages must be purchased. Mulligans $10/table, 50/50, heads/tails, silent auction. Information/reservations: Don "Doc" Spradling, 618-632-1926 or drdondjs@hotmail.com. Proceeds to benefit the Ainad Shriner Krazy Klowns.

Collinsville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus Hall, One Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Rebuilding together trivia night. Table details: $120 per table (8 person teams), cash or check accepted. Reserve table at 618-876-4578. Silent auction, 50/50 drawing, attendance prizes. Soft drinks, draft beer tickets provided, cash bar. Information: www.rebuildingtogether-swi.org.

Granite City -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Southwestern Illinois College Granite City Campus Commons, Granite City. Doors open at 6 p.m. Entry fee: $15 per person; $120 table of 8. Free soda, chips. Bring your own snacks. Sponsored by the Granite City Community Band. Pre-register: RobertaBurg@aol.com or 618-345-7084. Information: graniteband.com.

New Baden -- 7 p.m. Saturday, New Baden American Legion Hall, 105 E. Illinois, New Baden. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $20 per person, not to exceed 10 players per table. Reserve table by . Wine wall, 50/50 raffle, auction items. Proceeds to benefit Wesclin Alumni Association & Friends to be used for scholarship and support of activities. Free soft drinks/draft beer/popcorn. Cash bar. Bring your own snacks. Information: 618-588-2176, email at wesclinalumni@gmail.com.

Gillespie -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Gillespie Civic Center, 115 N. Macoupin, Gillespie. (Right behind the Fire Department.) Doors open at 6 p.m. Sponsored by The Gillespie Minor Youth Soccer and Coal Country Sports Complex Foundation. Team competition, door prizes, 50/50 drawing, silent auction. Teams must reserve a table by calling Kent Tarro at 217-839-3508, email at ktarro53@frfontiernet.net or Mark Stewart, 217-839-3498, email at dmzstewart@newwavecomm.net.

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