What's Happening: Local events April 24-30

April 24, 2014 

Sounds of Spring -- 2 p.m. Saturday, First Christian Church, 5929 Old St. Louis Road, Belleville. Featuring the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. All senior members will be showcased. Open to public. Admission: $2.

Rock The Cure -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Featuring Deaf Mefford. All proceeds benefit the Siteman Cancer Center. Tickets start at $18. WildeyTheatre@cityofedwardsville.com

Metro East Community Chorale -- 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. No admission, but a free will offering will be taken.

Red Lehr & the Riverman -- 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Columbia American Legion, 375 E. Locust St., Columbia, Free. Presented by Dorothy Weinel Eppinger Foundation. Information: 618-660-5790.

Wounded Warriors Benefit -- 1 p.m. Sunday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Music starts at 1 p.m. and continues through afternoon. Features The Robert Perry Band, Butch Moore and Alan White, The Jack Twesten Quartet and the Mondin Band. Tickets start at $20. Cash bar available. Cheese, sausages, crackers provided. Proceeds benefit wounded veterans.


Country Music -- 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Free admission. Music by The Hill Williams Band.

Polka Dance -- 2:45-6:15 p.m. Sunday, Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Cost: $7 per person. Music by Eddie Korosa Jr. (The Boys from Illinois). Sponsored by St. Louis Metro Polka Club. Sandwiches for purchase. Information: 314-867-7897 or www.folkfire.org/polka.

Square Dance -- 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Gibault Catholic High School, Columbia Ave. & Moore St., Waterloo. Finger food. Caller Wayne Primeau. Sponsored by Waterloo Quadrilles Square Dance Club. Information: Don Schilling, 618-939-7069.


"Girl Time" -- 6-9 p.m. today, St. Stephen Catholic Church Voigt Hall, 902 S. Main St., Caseyville. Ladies Night featuring food, games and fun. Admission: $10 per person. Sponsored by St. Anne Altar Society. Information: Angela, 618-334-7620or ladiesfunnight@yahoo.com.

Sports Fest Auction -- 5:30 p.m. Friday, Gateway Center, Collinsville. Auction sponsored by the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce.

Girls Night Out -- Friday, Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park Drive, O'Fallon. Faith, fashion and food. Tickets: $20, includes childcare. Get tickets at www.mychristchurch.com/events or Christ Church bookstore. Sponsored by Christ Church in Fairview Heights. Information: 618-277-4659.

Indian Market Days -- noon-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site, Collinsville. Free admission, free parking, free show, free demonstrations. Unique shopping event featuring Native American Arts and Crafts. Frybread stand open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

"Flying 4 Kids" -- 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Joe Glik Park, 710 East Lake Drive, Edwardsville. Kite flying hosted by The City of Edwardsville Parks & Recreation Department. Amazing air displays by members of the Gateway Kite Club and their two- line stunt kites. Information: www.cityofedwardsville.com.

Yard Sale & Plant Swap -- 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Gustave Koerner House, 200 Abend, Belleville. Sponsored by the Gustave Koerner House Restoration Committee. Bring a plant to swap for a different variety. The Koerner house will be open for tours.

Girl Scout Fun Day -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, 1350 Illinois 155, Prairie du Rocher. Event isa free and open to public. Activities: leather working, rope making, candle dipping, 18th century yard games. Teepee set up to show the girls that part of the Western Native American lifestyle. At 2 p.m. two signs will be unveiled and dedicated. Information: Darrell Duensing, 618-284-7230, ftdchart@htc.net.

Quarter Auction -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Troy American Legion Post 708, 104 N. Main St., Troy. Cost: $2 per paddle, 3 for $5, all-in paddle $25. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food available and the bar will be open.

Purses for Paws -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Riefschneider's Grill & Grape, 608 N. Main, Columbia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Attendance prizes, appetizers provided, cash bar. Proceeds to benefit Highland Animal Shelter. Contact: Tina Thien, 314-477-5157 or weinerdog7@charter.net.

Spring Walk -- Saturday, Bluff Park Preserve in Belleville. Walk led by Charlie Giedeman, News-Democrat gardening columnist. Meet at circle at Lindorf and Wedgewood. Wear appropriate clothing and bring your own water. Sponsored by St. Clair County Greenspace Foundation.

Mouse Races -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Crehan's Irish Pub, Banquet Room, 5500 North Belt West, Belleville. Sponsored by Eastside Mardi Gras Association. Cost: $10. Doors open 6:30 p.m. 50/50 drawing, mouse poker, door prizes. Food and beverages available for purchase. Reservations: Jim Markham, 618-558-7006.

St. Louis Antique Festival -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. 100 quality dealers from 32 states. Free parking. Admission: $6. Information: Virginia, 270-237-5205 or 270-991-0907.

Spring Fling -- noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert's Country Store and Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Farm tour, herb bar, growing tips, recipes and tastings. For the kids, a bounce house, tractor rides, rock wall and more.

"Bowl For Kids Sake" -- 3:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Clair Bowl, 5950 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Big Brother Big Sisters of Illinois and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. They are asking the public to become mentors, foster parents and adoptive parents. Information or to sign up: 618-259-8400.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Riverbender.com Community Center, 200 W. 3rd St., Alton. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at door. Appetizers for sampling, craft beer tasting, music by Peter Hussy and Lewis Michael. Information: 618-465-9850 ext. 212, www.communitycenter.riverbender.com/page/wine-tasting.

Auction -- 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Oral auction at 2 p.m. 50/50 auction of antiques and fine arts. $10 for bid paddle for silent and oral auction. Light refreshments, cash bar, live music. Information: 618-462-5222 or jacobyartscenter.org.

Metro East Comic Book Convention -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, American Legion Post 365, located at 1022 Vandalia St. (Illinois 159) Collinsville. Free and open to public. Comics from golden age to present day. Information: Alan, 309-657-1599 or epguides.com/comics.

Belleville Area Rose Society Auction -- 1 p.m. Sunday, Henry White Research Farm, 4 miles southwest of Belleville on Illinois 158, Belleville. Opportunity to purchase roses and rose-related items. Auction held indoors. Experts will be available to answer rose questions. Information: 618-785-3011.


Elsah -- A Gem in our Midst -- Village Hall, 26 LaSalle, Elsah. You are invited to the Village of Elsah Museum 2014 Photography Exhibit. Exhibit open during Museum hours, 1-4 p.m., and by appointment through Aug. 2.

Civil War Exhibit -- 1-4 p.m. 1st and 3rd Sundays and 9 a.m.-noon, every Tuesday, Mascoutah Heritage Museum, 306 W. Main St., Mascoutah. The Mascoutah Historical Society has created an exhibit on Mascoutah's involvement in the Civil War. A 203-page book on Mascoutah's involvement for sale at museum.


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. 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.

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 -- 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.

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.

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.

Spring Chicken Dinner -- 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Corpus Christi Church, 205 Rasp St., Shiloh. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12). Takeout available. Cash raffle. Reservations for 8 or more people by calling 618-632-7614 by April 25. Menu: Fried chicken, mostaccioli, green beans, dressing, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, applesauce, dinner rolls, desserts, drinks.

Barbecue Fundraiser -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church, under canopy, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Pork steaks, brats, hot dogs (plate lunches or sandwiches). Sides: potato salad, slaw, baked beans. Delivery in the area with an order of six or more plate lunches. Information/ordering: 618-877-1936.

Wood Smoked Barbecue -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Southview parking lot next to McDonald's, O'Fallon. Sponsored by O'Fallon/Fairview Heights Lions Club. Pork steaks, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs (sandwiches or dinner with choice of two sides). Funds to benefit Lion's projects.

Elks Barbecue -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Fairview Heights Elks Lodge 664, Grappa Growlers, Illinois 161 & Old Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights. Featuring beef brisket, pork steaks, bratwurst.

Troy Chicken Dinner -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Knights of Columbus Troy Council 9266, 8729 Lebanon Road, Troy. All-you-can-eat chicken dinner served cafeteria-style, drink and dessert included. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free (5 & under). Carryouts available $10. Information: Norm Broska, 618-667-2115.

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.

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.

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.


Purse & Jewelry Sale -- 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Millstadt Township Senior Services, 102 S. Jefferson St., Millstadt. Proceeds to benefit Senior Center. Wine and cheese party from 5 -7 p.m. Tickets $5 (for preview only) in advance or at the door.

Largest Garage Sale -- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Fairmount Park Racetrack, Collinsville. Join 92.3 WIL Morning Show host Cornbread at Cornbread's World's Largest Garage Sale. More than 300 individuals will be exhibiting and selling items. Admission: $5 per person, children (12 & under) free. Attendees wishing to shop early can pay $10 between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Information: www.wil92.com.

Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Book Bazaar -- Wednesday through May 3, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. Books are donated from members of the community, libraries and paperback dealers. Schedule: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, $5 admission; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1, free admission ($5 off sales over $5, $10 off sales over $50, $15 off sales over $75, $25 off sales over $100); 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 2, free admission (50 percent off all purchases); 8 a.m.-noon May 3, free admission ($2 per bag at door). Free parking. Information: 618-257-5545 or auziliary@memhosp.com.


"Life Is A Dream" -- 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, SIUE's Dunham Hall Theater, Edwardsville. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors, non SIUE students and children; free SIUE student with valid ID. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more. All seats are general admission. Tickets/information: 618-650-2774, 888-328-5168 ext. 2774.


Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m. Saturday, New Athens Sportsman Club, New Athens. Trap and still targets, 22 bird shot still targets. Games, food and drinks available.


Belleville -- 6 p.m. Saturday, Bel-Air Bowl, Empire Room, 200 South Belt West, Belleville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sponsored by Harmony School District 175 Music and Sports Boosters. Cost: $10 per person, (adults only), tables up to 10 people. Beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages. Bring your own snacks. Mulligans, 50/50 drawing, silent auction. Proceeds to benefit District 175 sports and music program. Reservations: Leslie Bell, 618-830-5971.

Belleville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Luke's Parish Center, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Silent auction, 50/50 drawing, cash prizes. Soda, water, ice provided. Bring your own snacks and drinks. $100 for a talbe of eight. Proceeds to benefit the St. Clair County Youth Board and Get Up & Go. Information: Erica Rogers, 618-825-4489 or erica.rogers@co.st-clair.il.us.

East St. Louis -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Clyde C. Jordan Senior Citizens Building, East St. Louis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Presented by The Omega Psi Phi Nu Chi Foundation. Contribution levels: Corporate sponsorship ($500), sponsorship of one of the 10 rounds of questions ($200 per round), donation of merchandise of our silent auction ($120 per table 8 per table) to compete for our grand prize. Contact: Lionel Phillips: 314-420-9857.

Edwardsville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville Knights of Columbus Hall, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 per person, maximum of 10 players per team. Silent auction, 50/50 drawing. Bring your own snacks. Cash bar. Presented b Edwardsville Lions Club. Information: 618-345-0593 or 618-830-2052.

Fairview Heights -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Midwest Salute to the Arts. Cost: $10 per person (8-10 per table). 50/50 raffle, mulligans, bucket of booze. Bring your own snacks. Beer, wine, soda available for purchase. No outside drinks. Reservations: Betsie, 618-593-9846, Jaynie, 618-971-9291, midwestsalute.tothe.arts@gmail.com.

Fairview Heights -- 7 p.m. Saturday Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Registration at 6:30 p.m. Roger Schlueter, Belleville News-Democrat Answer Man, is the trivia master. Cash prizes, 50/50, silent auction, games. Bring your own snacks. Cash bar. Cost: $12 per person, 8-10 person teams. Benefits SAVE. Reservations/information: 618-234-1992 ext. 112.

Granite City -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Fraternal Order of Eagles Home, 2558 Madison Ave., Granite City. Doors open 6 p.m. Proceeds benefits the Good Samaritan House. Cash bar, free soda, water, popcorn. Raffles, 50/50 silent auction, mulligans. Tickets: $120 per table (maximum of 8 per table). Registration/questions: Janice or Linda, 618-876-0607.

Millstadt -- 7 p.m. Saturday, St. James Gymnasium, 412 W. Washington St., Millstadt. Doors open at 6 p.m. Wes' Warriors trivia and silent auction benefit. Cost: $15 per person (maximum 8 per table). 50/50 raffel, heads or tails, basket raffle, lottery tree raffle. Bring your favorite snacks and beverages. No drink sales. Cooler friendly. Reservations: warrior.for.wes@gmail.com or Nicole, 618-978-2818.

O'Fallon -- 7 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 805, 221 W. First St., O'Fallon. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per person (singles welcome), $80 per table (advance) $100 (at door), 8 persons maximum per table. Cash bar, appetizers available for purchase. Outside snacks permitted. No outside drinks. 50/50 drawings, attendance prizes, Chinese auction, silent auction. Reservations: Chip Shaffer, 618-537-5315 or grumman3@icss.net. Proceeds will support U.S. military in Afghanistan, returning wounded warriors and area veterans and their families.

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