We Got It Covered -- Friday, The Gathering Place, 290 S. Burns, Sparta. Country/classic rock. Ticket: $35, includes show and dinner. Call 618-965-3726 or thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.com.
"Sacred Songs" -- 7 p.m. Friday, Meadow Heights Baptist Church, Collinsville. Presented by Collinsville Chorale. Free; offering will be taken. The concert will be repeated at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John United Methodist Church in Edwardsville.
"Breath of Soul" -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. Freewill offering, and a reception following the concert. Breath of Soul is an award-winning a cappella male vocal ensemble from Nashville.
Johnny Chase -- 8 p.m. Friday, Edison's Entertainment Complex, 2477 State 157, Edwardsville. Six-piece country band. Free.
Justin Heskett Band -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free.
Masters of Motown -- 3 p.m. Sunday, Lewis & Clark Community College, Hatheway Hall, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Sponsored by the Greater Alton Concert Association. 10-member cast includes three famile vocalists, three male vocalists, guitar, bass, drums and keys pays tribute to musical history with this live performance. Tickets: $25 in advance; $27 at door. Children are $10 in advance or at door. Reservations: 618-468-4222, www.metrotix.com, www.AltonConcerts.org.
Country Western -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by PSOP Country Western Band. Lunch served. Information: Al, 618-344-7787.
Country Music -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by Cactus Moon Band.
Chicken & Beer Dance --8 p.m. Saturday to midnight, Highland Knights of Columbus Hall, 12454 State Route 143, Highland. Doors open at 6 p.m. Featuring the Well Hungarians. Tickets: $20 per person, $35 per couple in advance; $25 per person, $40 per couple at door. Benefitting the Highland and Higland-Pierron fire departments. Chicken, plates, utensils provided. You can bring side dishes. Cash bar.
Singles St. Patrick's Dance -- 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Music by Dr. Dee. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Admission: $7 members, $9 non-members. Cash bar, snacks, attendance prizes and pot of gold. Information: Sherry Minchew, 618-920-5332 or Audrey Snellenberger, 618-286-4275.
Chicken-n-Beer Dance -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville American Legion, State Route 157, Edwardsville. Proceeds go to Worden Fire Department. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music by Doc Holiday from 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $20 single (advance), $25 at door; $30 couple (advance), $35 at door. Tickets available from firefighters. Silent auction, 50/50 drawing, raffle for wheelbarrow of booze.
Dinner & Dance -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. dinner; 2-5:30 p.m. dance, Sunday, Germantown American Legion, Germantown. Fried chicken/pork roast dinner. Music by Rendition.
Home & Garden Show -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Metro East Lutheran High School, 6305 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Featuring Scott Mosby, radio show host and master buildre, 6 p.m. Friday; electronic recycle drop-off service, Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; professional paper shredding service, Saturday 10 a.m.-noon; Shoeman Water Project shoe collection all weekend; specialy food trucks; free "maximize your visit" idea list; free admission; free parking. Information: www.mehgs.org.
St. Patrick's Day Parade Block Party -- 10 a.m. Saturday, 300 block of East Main Street, Belleville. Hosted by Big Daddy's, 313 E. Main St. Live entertainment, DJs beginning at 12:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Belleville 200. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will be collecting cans of food for the food pantry.
"Taste of the Area" -- 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park, O'Fallon. Event will feature samples from restaurants in Fairview Heights, O'Fallon and Shiloh. Advance tickets: $20 per person, $25 per person at door. Reservations/tickets/information: 618-939-3434.
Quartermania -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Wiesemeyer Center, 410 Wickliffe St., Troy. Doors open 6 p.m. Food, soft drinks available for purchase. Bring your own snacks. No alcohol. $5 paddle for admission or $25 for all-in paddle. Prizes. Co-sponsored by Troy Historical Society, Troy Woman's Club and Troy Genealogy Society. Public invited. Information: Mae, 618-667-6662.
Mother's Memorial Auction -- 5 p.m. Saturday, Apostolic Church, 1648 LaSalle, Belleville. Sponsored by Ladies' Ministry at Apostolic Church. Admission/Bidding/Dinner: $7, includes pasta dinner. Information: Tina Johnston, 618-698-4207.
Mommy-Son Date Knight -- 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Eckert's Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. During this special medieval-themed evening, moms and their sons can spend time together while they enjoy dinner, dessert, a limo ride and a keepsake photo. Space limited. Cost: $18 per person. Reservations: 618-233-0513 ext. 3.
Pet Adoption & Tile Wall art Fundraiser -- Saturday, , Monroe County Welcome Center, 6 Gall Road, Columbia. Hosted by Helping Strays and pen2paper art studio. For only $21.50 you will receive a mini art lesson to create your dog or cat tile to be proudly displayed on the forever Tile Wall at the new Helping Strays facility. Adoption starts at 2 p.m., Tile Wall Art at 3 p.m. Information: Patricia Riess, 618-281-8812.
Maeystown Art Show -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Maeystown Preservation Society Rock Mill and Corner George Inn in Maeystown. Rita Coats Engbring and Jeff Engbring, Valmeyer natives and Cobden residents, will display paintings and sculptures of wood and steel. Free. Some of the work will be for sale. Food available throughout the day at Vici's Front Porch and Tea Garden, The Tavern at Maeystown, and the Village Kaffeehaus. Information: 618-458-6660.
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" -- 2 p.m. Sunday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Free movie. Concessions available for purchase. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Children under 14-years-old must be accompanied by an adult. Information: ww.cityofedwardsville.com or 618-692-7538.
Shamrock Shindig -- 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Collisnville Library, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville. Music by "Oak Hill" band and bagpiping by Mike Edwards. Refreshments, crafts offered. Information: 618-344-1112.
Rotary Centennial Celebration -- 5:30 p.m. reception Sunday, St. Clair Country Club, 100 S. 78th St., Belleville. 97th anniversary celebration for the Rotary Club of St. Clair County West. John Pertzborn, co-anchor of Fox 2 News is the featured speaker. Dinner is $40 per person with a cash bar. Information: 618-397-6906.
Art Contest & Show -- 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Community Center, 500 E. Division St., Maryville. Best of Maryville Art Contest and Show. Artists and photographers can enter in 6 different age divisions: K-2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th graders, high school and amateur and open. Applications/information: www.vil.maryville.il.us, 618-920-1585, 618-304-4488. Free and open to public.
Kane Collection -- Opening reception 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Madison County Historical Society, Museum complex, 715 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Includes photographs and crchiectural drawings and artifacts from the Kane family of architects and their offices. Free, open to public. Regular museum hours Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m. Information: 618-656-7569.
Governor French Gallery -- through March 28 at The Governor French Academy, 223 W. Main St., Belleville. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. See the works of Billy Dame, Willie Jones, Joanna Hoge and Greg Pitchford.
"Art of Africa" -- through April 11, Edwardsville 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 Museaum at SIUE.
Ceramics Exhibit -- through April 5, Jaoby Arts Center, 6278 E. Broadway, Alton. Exhibit entitled: Material Attraction: Diverse Reactions. Showcases the work of 20 artists from Illinois and Missouri. 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.
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.
Cahokia Fish & Chicken Fry -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall No. 4596, 100 East 5th Street, Cahokia. Eat in or carry out. Delivery available to Sauget, Cahokia, Dupo businesses. 618-337-1303.
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.
Cathedral Fish Fry -- 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Cathedral Grade School Cafe, 200 S. 2nd St., Belelville. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Cathedral fish fry. Cod and walleye plates $7.50, shrimp plate $8.50. Sides: fries, onion rings, stewed tomatoes, hush puppies, spaghetti, applesauce, slaw. Green beer. Featuring Irish music by Combo. Information: Matt Foster, 618-978-7125.
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/baked cod, catfish, sides. Senior plate starting at $4.99. 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.
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/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. 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 Fountain's Parkway, Fairview Heights. Fish (sandwich or by pound), baked fish, shrimp, spagetti, mac/cheese, French fries, onion rings, slaw, green beans, desserts, refreshments. Carry outs available. 618-632-3874.
Livingston Fish Fry -- 4:30-7 p.m. Holy Cross, 460 Church St., Livingston. Alaskan white fish, catfish, shrimp, bread, two sides: French fries, coleslaw, macaroni/cheese, potato salad, coffee, tea, dessert. Cost: varied from $9 for seniors to $5 for plates. Carry outs available. Parking behind the church hall. Information: 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 -- Friday, Mascoutah Sportsmen's Club, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. All you can eat for $10. 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.
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 -- 4-8 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, Dec. 7, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Wings, macaroni. Carry outs available. No phone orders.
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, cheese pizza, sides. Carryouts available.
St. Mary's Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, St. Mary Parish, basement, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Cod or walleye, French fries, onion rings, spaghetti, potato salad, cole slaw, homemade desserts.
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. 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.
Smithton Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Smithton Turner Hall, 115 N. Julia St., Smithton. Dine in or carry out. 618-277-9690.
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: 618-233-9380.
Summerfield Fish Fry -- 5:30-8 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.
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.
Wurstmarkt -- 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Friedens United Chruch of Christ, 820 N. Main St., Marissa. Grilled whole hog sausage, mashed potatoes/gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, corn, applesauce, pie, desserts, drinks. Tickets: $10 adults, $4 children (5-11). Carry outs available. Handicapped accessible, country store, baked goods,c rafts, meat sales.
Barbecue & Bake Sale -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Central Christian Church, 2020 Johnson Road, Granite City. Plates include pork steaks, baked beans, potato salad, beverages. Cost: $9 adults, $5 children. Eat in or carry out. Bake sale. Sponsored by Christian Women's Ministries.
Sausage & Beef Dinner -- 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aviston Legion, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. All-you-can-eat whole hog pork sausage and beef dinner. Eat in or carry out. Information: 618-228-7311.
Sausage Dinner -- 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center, Troy. Carry outs available as well as curbside service. By calling ahead to 618-667-6535 your meal will be delivered to your car. All-you-can-eat pork sausage, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, sauerkraut, applesauce, dessert, beverage. Cost: $10 adults, $4 children (4-10), free (3 & under).
Corned Beef Dinner -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, East Lodge No. 504, 9950 St. Clair Ave., Fairview Heights (next to Kassly's). Sponsored by Order of Eastern Star. Cost: $9 adults, $4.50 children (4-12), free (3 & under). Dessert is included.
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, green beans, corn, slaw, beets, coffee, tea, dessert. Carry outs 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.
Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. All you can eat. Adults $10, $5 children (12 & under). 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.
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.
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.
Book Sale -- 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Scottish Rite Building, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Most books $2 or less; paperback $1 or less; kid books available. Proceeds benefitting: Childrn's Dyslexia, Center-Southern Illinois, a Scottish Rite Charity.
Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 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.
Flea Market -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Routes 13 & 159, Belleville. Free admission and parking. More than 400 vendors and 600 tables; antiques and collectibles; merchandise both old and new. Information: www.bcfairgrounds.net.
Vendor/Craft Fair -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, VFW, 1234 Vandalia St., Collinsville. Free, open to public. Lunch available for purchase. Over 75 tales of shopping fun. Information: Kara, 618-540-0487.
"Little Shop of Horrors" -- 7:30 Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, New Athens Multi-Purpose Center, 208 Kaskaskia St., New Athens. Presented by Open House Theatre. General admission tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors; Thursday-Friday: $7 students, $5 children (12 & under). Reservations: 618-475-3248.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and March 21-22; 2 p.m. Sunday and March 23, The Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets: $12, regular admission (Friday and Saturday); $10 senior citizens (60 plus), students, active duty military (with ID) (Thursday and Sunday). Reservations: 618-537-4962, online www.lookingglassplayhouse.com.
"Sex Please, We're 60" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and March 20-22; 2 p.m. March 16, 22 and 23, Alton Little Theater, 2450 N. Henry, Alton. Box Office open one hour before show; doors open 30 minutes before show. Tickets: $$15 adults, for plays, $20 for musicals; $8 students. Reservations: 618-462-6562.
Brian Madrid Hypnosis Show -- 6 p.m. Saturday, Belleville East High School, 2555 West Boulevard, Belleville. Tickets: $12 general public, YMCA members, high school students $10 in advance; $15 night of show. Fundraiser for YMCA of Southwest Illinois.
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.
Belleville -- 7 p.m. Friday, Bel-Air Bowl, 200 South Belt West, Belleville. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person, $100 per table (10 people per table). Proceeds to benefit Belleville Family Hospice. 50/50 raffle, silent auction. Information/tickets: email@example.com.
Millstadt -- 7 p.m. Saturday, St. James Church Parish Center, 423 W. Madison, Millstadt. St. Patrick's Trivia Night sponsored by Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per person, maximum 8 people per table. Silent auction, 50/50. Bring own snacks and beverages. Information: Stacy, 618-719-5512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
O'Fallon -- 6 p.m. Saturday, Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O'Fallon. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person, $120 per table (maximum 8 players per table). Silent auction, iPad2 attendance prize, 50/50 drawing, silent auction. Light snacks provided. Coffee, soft drinks, baked goods sold or bring own alcohol, soft drinks, snacks. Benfits Blessed Savior Lutheran Church's ROCK & ROLL Youth Ministry. Reservations/information: Mike, 618-628-0525 or Dorinda, 618-632-2699.
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