What's Happening: Local events March 6-12

March 5, 2014 

Tori Riley Texas Hold 'em Fundraiser -- 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Crehan's Irish Pub & Banquet Facility, 5500 North Belt West, Belleville. Pay entry fee at noon. $20 buy-in for 5,000 chips; $5 add-on after 1st hour. Rebuy within first hour for 4,500 chips. 50/50 drawing, silent auction. Drinks and menu available to pay as you go. Half of the proceeds go to help Tori Riley, of O'Fallon, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 at age 24 and is fighting for hr life. Information: 618-741-1626, email chriscugier@yahoo.com or Rick Riley, 618-410-8222. To make a donation, go to toririley.com

Scotch Doubles -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Hi-Top Bowl, Highland. Benefit for Highland Animal Shelter. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Three games. $20 per bowler, shoes included; $15 per bowler age 14 and under (no bumper pads). Reservations: Call or text Christy at 618-977-0072.

CONCERTS

Handbell Concert -- 7 p.m. today, Faith Lutheran Church, 520 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon. Hosted by the Ascencion Ringers, a choir of 16 ringers, from Augustana College. Freewill offering will be collected. Concert followed by a dessert social for all attendees. Information: 618-632-5562 or www.faith-online.org.

Jack Twesten -- 8 p.m. Friday, Edison's Entertainment Complex, 2477 State 157, Edwardsville. Acoustic music. Free.

Lemen & Moon -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Acoustic duo.

Handbell Festival -- 4 p.m. Sunday, Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Featuring Troy United Methodist Church, Frieden's UCC and the UCC of Marine combining their Handbell Choirs and presenting a festive concert of new and old favorites. Free.

DANCES

Square & Round Dance -- 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Joe Obal, calling and doing mixers between tips. Information: Sue Larsh, 630-841-4156.

Chicken & Beer Dance -- 8 p.m. Saturday, New Baden American Legion, 105 E. Illinois St., New Baden. Sponsored by the New Baden Fire Department. Doors open at 7 p.m. Chicken served at 9 p.m. Cost: $25 single, $40 couple. Contacts: Brandon, 618-223-9404 or Jason, 618-531-4265.

EVENTS

Bald Eagle Days -- 8:30 a.m. Thursday-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.

Star Gazing -- 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Free for members, $5 for non-members, registration requested. Join astronomer Steve Sands for a night of stargazing. Bring binoculars if you have them. Information: 618-692-7578.

Fabric Art & Quilt Show -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, corner of Hillsboro and Buchanan Streets, Edwardsville. Large variety of fabric art and quilt entries.

Dinosaurs Invasion -- 6 p.m. Saturday, McKendree University's Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, Lebanon. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 children/students with ID. A VIP $25 children's ticket is available for the 6 p.m. show, includes a 5 p.m. pre-show meet-and-greet with the dinosaurs and their handlers, preferred seating close to the action and an official Dinosaur Zoo hat. Tickets/information: 618-537-6863 or www.theHett.com.

Friendship Quilt Show -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main St., Alton. Sponsored by Heartland Quilters Guild. Featuring judging of quilts, chairman's challenge quilts, vendors, food, door prizes, quilt raffle.

Tilden Quilt Show -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Tilden Presbyterian Church, Illinois 13, Tilden. Admission: $7, includes salad bar luncheon, large quilt display, white elephant table, country kitchen. Information: 618-587-5541.

Gun & Knife Show: -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Illinois 13 & 159, Belleville. The largest selection of firearms, knives, ammo and accessories. Admission: $5. Free parking.

Knee High Naturalist -- 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey. "Just for children" nature program infludes hiking, crafts and snacks at The Nature Institute's Talahi Lodge. Pre-registration required. Cost: $5 per child. Information/register: 618-467-2521 or pbrown@TheNatureInstitute.org.

EXHIBITS

Governor French -- Through March 28 at The Governor French Academy Art Gallery, 223 W. Main St., Belleville. Features work by artists Billy Dame, Willie Jones, Joanna Hoge and Greg Pitchford. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

"Art of Africa" -- Friday through April 11, Edwrdsville Arts Center, Edwardsville High School Campus, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Beautifully crafted art and artifacts from the African continent on loan from the University Museum at SIUE. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Ceramics Exhibit -- Through April 5, Jaoby Arts Center, 6278 E. Broadway, Alton. "Material Attraction: Diverse Reactions." Showcasing 20 artists from Illinois and Missouri. Everything from functional pottery to interpretive sculpture and figurative work. Free, open to public. The Jacoby Arts Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's a fundraiser for the Jacoby Arts Center and Ceramics Program.

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. 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.

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.

Freeburg Fish Fry & Bake -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Joseph's Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Fried cod loins (plate, sandwich or pound), baked cod, shrimp, grilled cheese, spaghetti, onion rings, French fries, slaw, mac and cheese, desserts, refreshments. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Eat in or carry out. 618-539-3209.

Granite City Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Elizabeth Church, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, Jack Salmon, shrimp, meatless spagetti. 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.

Holy Trinity Fish Fry -- 4-8 p.m. Friday, Holy Trinity School Cafeteria, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. Fish (sandwich or pound), shrimp, spaghetti, mac/cheese, French fries, onion rings, slaw, green beans, dessert, refreshments. Carry outs available by calling 618-539-3209.

Livingston Fish Fry -- 4:30-7 p.m. Holy Cross, 460 Church St., Livingston. Alaskan white fish, ctfish, shrimp, bread, two sides: French fries, coleslaw, macaroni/cheese, potato salad, coffee, tea, dessert. $9 for regular plates; senior dinners with smaller portions, $7; childrens plates, $5 from $9 for seniors to $5 for plates. Sandwiches $5. Carry outs available. Parking behind the church hall. 618-637-2146.

Mascoutah Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carry out. 618-566-2288.

Mascoutah Fish Fry -- 4:30 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah Sportsmen's Club, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. All-you-can- eat for $10; kids, $5. 618-566-4456.

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, desserts. Carryouts available at 618-476-1891.

New Athens Fish Fry -- 4-8 p.m. Friday, St. Agatha's Parish Center, Market St., New Athens. Cod, shrimp, meatless spaghetti and more. Dine in or carry out. For carry outs call 618-475-3579.

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.

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.

St. Henry's Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, Voss Center, 5305 W. Main St., Belleville. Sponsored by St. Henry's Men's and Women's Organizations. Codfish by sandwich, plate or pound, baked salmon and soup and more. Carryouts available.

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 Association, 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. Eat in or carry out. 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.

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.

Smithton Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Smithton Turner Hall, 115 N. Julia St., Smithton. Dine in or carry out. Carry outs by calling 618-277-9690.

Waterloo Fish Fry -- 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, Waterloo Sportsman's Club, 4903 Sportsmans Road, Waterloo. Carry outs available. Fish, shrimp, chicken strip plates (includes fries and slaw). Information: www.waterloosportsmansclub.org.

Turtle Soup -- 10 a.m. Saturday, South Side Improvement Association, 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. $12/gallon. Call-ins welcome. 618-233-9380.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast -- 6 a.m.-noon Saturday, St. Peter United Church of Christ, West Church St., Lenzburg. Whole-hog sausage, pancakes. Sunday school craft and bake sale. Fresh meat available. Handicapped accessible.

Breakfast & USO Fundraiser -- 7-10 a.m. Saturday, O'Fallon Masonic Lodge, 122 E. State St., O'Fallon. All-you-can-eat biscuits/gravy, pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee. Adults $7; children $4. Proceeds to USO at Lambert Airport, St. Louis. Reservations, at 618-632-3177.

Chicken & Dumplings/Beef & Noodle Dinner -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Holy RosaryChurch, 2727 N. 43rd St., Fairmont City. Carryouts available. Bake sale. Polka Mass at 10 a.m. with the Dave Hylla Good Times Band.

New Baden Chicken Dinner -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, St. George Hodapp Hall, 318 E. Maple St., New Baden. Cost: $9.50 adults, $4.50 children (5-12), free (under 5). Bring a donation for the food pantry and receive a 50- cent discount. Carry outs available. Attendance prizes, raffle.

Baldwin Chicken Dinner -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, St. John Lutheran Church, Baldwin. All-you-can-eat chicken dinner. Proceeds to benefit Lutheran School Tuition. Thrivent Matching Funds. Bake Sale; proceeds to Concordia Seminary Adopt a Student Program.

Bartelso Wurstmarkt -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, St. Cecilia Parish Center, Bartelso. Sponsored by Bartelso Volunteer Fire Department. All-you-can-eat whole-hog pork sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, dessert. Prices: $9 adults, $3 children (6-12), free (under 6). Carry outs available.

Marine Pancake & Sausage Breakfast -- 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Marine Lion's Club, 406 E. Division St., Marine. Proceeds to benefit Marine Lions Club and Gravius Memorial Library. Pancakes, whole-hog pork sausage, scrambled egs, biscuits/gravy, coffee, tea, juice. Prices: $8 adults, $3 children (4-12), free (3 & under). Carryouts $8.

Shiloh Breakfast Buffet -- 8-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Corpus Christi Parish, 205 Rasp St., Shiloh. All you can eat. Bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast sticks, biscuits/gravy, fried potatoes, fruit, pastry, drink. Cost: $8 adults, $4 children (6-12), free (under 6).

Millstadt Spaghetti Dinner -- 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 503 E. Washington, Millstadt. All-you-can-eat spaghetti, including salad, dessert, drinks. Adults $8; children 4-10, $4; 3 and under, free. Carry outs available by calling 618-476-3101.

New Athens BBQ Bonanza -- 11 a.m. Sunday, The Bull Pen, 101 N. Van Buren, New Athens. Sponsored by the New Athens Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds to benefit the Fire Department. Pork steaks, chicken, bratwurst, baked beans, slaw, potato salad, German potato salal, pie, cake.

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.

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 -- 1:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Pancratius Parish Center, Fayetteville. Cost: $5. Information: Becky, 618-978-4999.

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 at the door.

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.

MARKETS

Rummage Sale -- today through Saturday, Aviston Legion Auxiliary, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Bake sale, quilt raffle, attendance prizes.

Book Sale -- Friday, Scottish Rite Building, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville. Most books $2 or less; paperbacks $1 or less; kids books available. Proceeds benefit Children's Dyslexia Center-Southern Illinois.

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 library hours or on day of sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Buck-A-Bag Sale -- 8 a.m.-noon Friday, St. Joseph's School, 8 N. Belleville St., Freeburg. Sponsored by Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank. Featuring men's, women's, children's clothing, shoes, $1 per bag. Also toys, books, stuffed animals, household items. 618-539-5070.

Yard Sale -- 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, First United Methodist Church, 504 E. U.S. Highway 50, O'Fallon. Sponsored by Hearts 'n' Hands Quilt Guild. Members selling sewing related items. No early sales. Reserve a space by calling Gloria Seibel at 618-540-9212.

ON STAGE

"Late Nite Catechism" -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus, 5320 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Late Nite Catechism presents Saints and Sinners Nuns 4 Fun Entertainment. One-woman comedy show. General admission $30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations: 618-632-5222 orr 618-691-8169.

Tony Z Hypnosis Show -- 8 p.m. Saturday, Ramada Inn, First Floor Banquet Room, Fairview Heights. Admission: $20 per person. Reservations: 618-615-1014.

"Nunsense -- the Mega Musical" -- 2 p.m. Sunday, Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 Illinois 15, Belleville. Brass Rail Players rescheduled performance that was canceled March 2 due to inclement weather. Reservations made for March 2 remain unless you contact Brass Rail Players at 618-767-6016 or email tickets@brassrailplayers.org. New reservations are being accepted.

SHOOTS

Rifle Shoot -- noon, Sunday, Millstadt Sportsmen's Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Indoor .22 rifle shoot. Iron sights only. Soup 50 cents per bowl. Information: 618-476-1891.

Meat Shoot Fundraiser -- noon, Sunday, American Legion Stookey Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Sponsored by Villa Hills Volunteer Fire Department. Information: Matt, 618-781-6519.

Meat Shoot/Raffle -- noon, Sunday, Kountry Korners, 5866 Floraville Road, Millstadt. Proceeds benefit Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Information: 618-476-1346.

TRIVIA

Maryville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, St. John Neumann Elementary School, 142 Wilma Drive, Maryville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $100 per table, limit of 8 players per table. 50/50 and mulligans. Bring your own food, snack and beverages. Coolers allowed. Sponsored by Troy Knights of Columbus Council 9266. Reserve a table by calling Norm Broska at 618-667-2115 or norm705@aol.com or Dennis Barnett, 618-667-3104, mckmom71@sbcglobal.net.

Mascoutah -- 7 p.m. Friday, St. John United Church of Christ, Mascoutah. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per person, tables of 8. 50/50, silent auction, door prizes. Concessions available; outside food and drink welcome. Proceeds to benefit Senior High Mission trip. Reservations: Candice Stone, 618-972-3475.

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