On The Square — 7 p.m. Thursday, Public Square, Belleville. Music by Jim Chadderton & The Special Edition. Bring lawn chairs. Free. Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation.
Grafton Music in the Park — 7 p.m. Thursday, The Grove Memorial Park, Main Street and Market in downtown Grafton. Free. Music by Happenstance Acoustic Trio. Musicians perform under the gazebo. Picnic tables and benches available but lawn chairs and blankets recommended. Presented by the Grafton Chamber of Commerce. Donation of can or dry food for the Grafton Food Pantry encouraged.
Eckert’s Concert — 7-9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Music by Chris Talley Trio (bluegrass) on Friday. Letters to Memphis (folk quartet) on Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase.
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Wounded Warriors Concert — 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville American Legion Post 199, 58 S. Illinois 157, Edwardsville. Tickets: $15, all day. Buy tickets at www.edwardsvillelegion.com/concert-for-wounded-veterans-warriors.html. Entertainment lineup: Dana Anderson & Friends (acoustic music), The Silver Creek Duo (soft rock and country), 1-2 p.m.; The Doc Holliday Band (country), 2:30-3:30 p.m.; The Diz Strohman Big Band, 4-5:30 p.m.; The Harman Family Blue Grass Band, 6-7 p.m.; The Robert Perry Band with the Original Mojos, 7:45-10 p.m. Mail donations to American Legion Post 199, attention Mike Bortko, 58 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville, IL 62025. 50 percent of donations go to the national headquarters of the American Legion and 50 percent goes to Wounded Warriors.
Maryville Concerts — 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bobby’s Frozen Custard, 2525 N. Center St. in Maryville. Music by Everett Dean & The Lonesome Hearts (rockabilly) Saturday; Funky Butt Brass band (New Orleans brass tunes/R&B) Sunday. Free. No alcohol or outside refreshments allowed.
Back Porch — 4-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sit “N” Bull Saloon, 31 S. Mill St., New Memphis. Free live music by Kyle Yardley Blues Band, Saturday; L8R Dayz, Sunday.
On The Square — 7 p.m. Monday, 10 Public Square, Belleville. Music by Ron Mitchell Band. Bring lawn chair. Free. Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation.
The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Area Youth Concert Series — Tuesday, Miner Park, Glen Carbon. Music by talented young musicians.
Big Band — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Alton High School Performing Arts Center, 4200 Humbert Road, Alton. Featuring the Big Band sounds of The Sentimental Journey Dance Orchestra, playing the charts of Benny Goodman, Harry James and the Dorseys.
Square & Round Dance — 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Ice cream floats. Wayne Primeau calling, The Tevlins cuing. Information: Sue Larsh, 630-841-4156.
Bash & Dash — Thursday, YMCA, of Southwest Illinois, 424 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Bash includes several local businesses, giveaways, DJ, games, photo booth, attedance prizes. Free. Dash includes a color run, with a 5K run/walk and a half-mile Fun Run for the youngsters. Registration $30 5K run/walk, $15 Fun Run. Schedule of events: 5:30 p.m. race packet pickup begins, registration; 6 p.m. back to school bash begins; 6:30 p.m. fun run; 7 p.m. 5K run/walk; 7:45 p.m. medal presentation (5K).
Pinta & Nina — 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Aug. 16, The Loading Dock Restaurant, 401 Front St., Grafton. The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships will arrive at noon Thursday. Visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students (5-16), free children (4 & younger). No reservations necessary. They will depart early Monday, Aug. 17.
Bike Night — 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Motorcycle night.
“Grease” Sing-a-Long — 7 p.m. Thursday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Presented by Friends of the Wildey. $15 adults, $10 children.
Cruise-Nite — 5-9 p.m. Friday, Skooters South, 1402 Centre St., Sparta. Hosted by Coulterville Grand Cote Cruisers. Featuring 50/50 drawing, plus employees choice award.
St. George Parish Picnic — 4:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3-midnight Saturday, St. George Catholic Church, 200 N. Third St., New Baden. On Friday, food includes fish, brats, hamburgers plates and sandwiches; German Waterloo Band, 5-8 p.m.; Limitless Entertainment, 9 p.m.-midnight; washer tournament, 7 p.m. On Saturday, fried chicken and roast beef dinner, 3-7 p.m., adults $10, kids $5, kids younger than 5 eat free, carryouts available; Polka Mass 4 p.m.; bags tournament, 4 p.m.; quilt and cash bingo, 6:30 p.m.; lightning raffle, 5:45 p.m.; Limitless Entertainment, 9 p.m.-midnight. Basket stand, kids activities, Texas Poker, jar ticket stands, sandwiches.
Gateway Dulcimer Festival — Friday-Sunday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. Classes for mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, autoharp, guitar and more. Music vendors. Evening concerts will feature professional instructors.
Chicken Run 5K Run/Walk — 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Mother of Perpetual Help Church, 200 N. Lange, Maryville. Fee: $25. Includes T-shirt and food. Registration information: 618-344-6464.
St. Rose Picnic — 4 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, St. Rose Catholic Church grounds, St. Rose. Sponsored by the Village of St. Rose. Chicken and roast beef dinner, all you can eat in air conditioned hall; kids 5 and under eat free; dine in 4-8 p.m., carryouts, 3:30-8 p.m. Vendor/crafts fair, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Quilt bingo, 6:30 p.m. Music by Knight Time Singers, 3:30-4 p.m. and 4:30-5 p.m.; St. Rose School, 4-4:30 p.m.; George Portz & His Friends of Bluegrass, 5-8 p.m.
Chicken Dinner & Picnic — 3-7:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Michael Church and School, 52 S. Third St., Random. Classic car, truck, tractor, bike show, 3 p.m.; polka Mass and judging car show entries, 4 p.m.; car show awards presented, 5 p.m.; quilt and cash bingo, 6:30 p.m.; music by Polka Connection, 7:30-11 p.m.
Mother of Perpetual Help Church Picnic — 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Church grounds, 200 N. Lange St., Maryville. Buffet-style, all-you-can-eat chicken dinner in the air-conditioned parish center, $10 adults, $4 children 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. Games, raffles, booths, refreshments, quilt raffle and live music. 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. Saturday; registration 6:30-7:15 a.m.
Gateway Bridal Show — Sunday, Gateway Center, Collinsville. Brides have the opportunity to meet with apporximately 100 different wedding professionals, win prizes, view decor and sample food by Ovations Food Service. Brides will also have the opportunity to enter for Cake Dive to win a free honeymoon. Information: 618-345-8998.
Peach Fest — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Local peach growers will present their peaches to sample and purchase. Fresh produce, craft vendors, wine tasting, kettle corn, live music, lunch in the Lodge Restaurant. Peach pit toss for prizes, including a free night’s stay at the lodge. Information: 618-786-2331 or pmlodge.net
5K Walk — 9 a.m. (register) Tuesday, Collinsville-Maryville-Troy YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive, Maryville. $3 fee for all participants. Bring water. Sponsored by Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club. Information: Trudy, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.illinois-trekkers.org.
Steam, Gas & Threshing Show — Wednesday through Aug. 16, Pinckneyville. American Threshermen Association show featuring the Internation J.I. Case Heritage Foundation. Blacksmithing, steam engine, wheat threshing, baling, sawmill, veneer mill and grist mill. Horse, steam and tractor plowing daily. Horse/mule steam engines, tractors and gas engines in action every day. Antique tractor pulls, ITPA tractor pulls, antique car show. Gas engines and vintage lawn/garden tractors. Large flea market. Miniature steam train rides. www.AmericanThresherman.com
Car Cruise — 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights.
Fall Fashion Show — 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Sponsored by Belleville Metro East Christian Women’s Club. Fashions provided by Belleville Dress Barn, accessories by Premier Designs Jewelry. Viki Scherer will speak on “You Can Plan for the Future but You Can’t Predict It.” Reservation deadline Tuesday. Cost: $12 all inclusive, by calling Sue Hammel, 618-398-0772.
Gateway to Art — through Aug. 21, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. Fine art exhibit and sale presented by Gateway East Artists’ Guild.
Barbecue — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Turkey Hill Grange Hall, corner of Green Mount Road and Illinois 15 (near Eckert’s), Belleville. Pork steak, brats, potato salad, baked beans, slaw, chunky applesauce, 4-bean salad, brownies, cobbler, pie, cake, canned drinks. Carryouts available.
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. Fish plates, desserts, sandwiches, burgers and more.
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 — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. North Atlantic cod, whole catfish, Cajun cut-ups, crab cakes, sides, desserts. Information: 618-345-2508.
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. Serving jack salmon and wild-caught grilled salmon. Homemade desserts. Carryouts: 618-632-5222.
Granite City Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 1300, 3401 Century Drive, Granite City. Cod, jack salmon, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips. Eat in or carry out. 618-877-8764.
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 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. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Sponsored by KC and Ladies Auxiliary. Cod and bluegill, burgers, hotdogs, sides. 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. every Friday, O’Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fallon. Carryouts 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. Cod, walleye, shrimp, wings, burgers, sides, desserts. Carryouts available. No phone orders.
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. Carryouts available. 618-458-7710.
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 — 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. Carryouts 618-934-3841.
Swansea Fish Fry — 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Swansea Fish Stand, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, shrimp. 618-222-7171. Fried chicken on Saturdays.
Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Troy VFW Post 976 and Ladies Auxiliary, 123-A W. Market St., Troy. Choice of cod, catfish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp. Dinners include bread and choice of two sides. Dine in or carry out. 618-667-8387.
Ham & Peach Dinner — 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Turkey Hill Grange, Illinois 15 and Greenmount Road, Belleville. Ham, green beans, German potato salad, slaw, spiced peaches, peach cobbler, ice cream. Cost: $11 adults, $6 Kids (5-12), tots free (5 & under). Carryouts and drive-up available. Apple butter, jams and jellies for sale.
Walton’s Chicken Dinner — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 618-632-5222.
Fried Chicken — 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. All you can eat. Adults $10; $8 seniors; $5 children (12 and younger). Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post.
Cribbage — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Drive, Collinsville. Nine games against nine different opponents. Information: Phil at 618-288-7910 or Yvonne at 618-344-1521.
Euchre Tournament — 7 p.m. Friday, Smithton Senior Center. Partner night.
Bunko — 6:30 p.m. Monday,Eckert’s Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $5 per person, includes game, prizes, beverages, snacks. Information: 618-233-0513 ext. 3.
Cribbage — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Camelot Bowl, 801 Beltline Road, Collinsville. New players wanted. Information: Yvonne, 618-344-1521 or Phillip, 618-288-7910.
Swansea Farmer’s Market — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown crops (corn, tomatoes, watermelon) baked goods, brats, dogs and crafts. Information: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753 or email@example.com.
Rummage/Bake Sale — 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday (half price); 8-noon Saturday, ($2 brown bag), New Baden United Methodist Church, 107 W. Hanover St., New Baden.
Book Sale — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD, CD donations accepted during regular library hours or on the day of sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
O’Fallon Farmers Market — 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, downtown O’Fallon (next to caboose). Locally grown produce.
Alton Farmer’s & Artisans’ Market — 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 17, parking lot, corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street. Locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic crops, produce, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, fresh eggs, honey, bread, baked goods, flowers, potted plants, artwork.
Old Town Market — 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, corner of North First and West Main streets, on the parking lot of the St. Clair County Public Health Department, Belleville. Vendors include produce, flowers, plants, summer sausage, crafts. “Cycle of Giving” bicycle repair is present on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
Huge Kids Sale — 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Southwestern Illinois College Intramural Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Clothing, toys, equipment. Sponsored by Metro East Mothers of Multiples. VIP passes available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Cheaper by the Dozen” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, New Athens Multi-Purpose Building, 208 Kaskaskia St., New Athens. Tickets: $5 Thursday night; $10 adults, $5 children Friday-Saturday. Information: 618-475-3248, 314-216-1653.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” — 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Breese Northside Park, Breese. Rock opera about the Passion of Jesus Christ, set in modern times. Presented by Clinton County Showcase. Rain date Aug. 10. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students, available at 618-526-2866 or www.ccshowcase.com.
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