Country Music Machine --7 p.m. today, Bellevue Park, 401 Bellevue Park Drive, Belleville. Free. Bring lawn chairs.
Edwardsville Municipal Band -- 8 p.m. today, City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Edwardsville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Kerfoot. Free. Featuring Saxophones On The Run by James Ployhar. Concession stand operated by Goshen Preservation Alliance. Informaation: www.edwband.com.
"Memories of Elvis" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Gathering Place, 290 S. Burns, Sparta. Steve Davis performs. Tickets: $35, includes show and dinner. Call 618-965-3726 or thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.com.
Disney Concert -- 8 p.m. Friday, Highland Square (corner of Broadway and Laurel), Highland. Highland Muny Band performs a Disney celebration concert.
Summer Concert Fest -- 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Kids activities will be offered. Custard as well as wine and beer available for purchase. Music by Colonel Ford on Friday and Chris Talley Trio on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
A Step Beyond -- 7 p.m. Monday, downtown Belleville Public Square. Free. Bring a lawn chair.
Pot Luck Dinner Dance -- 6 p.m. Friday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by the Dale Williford Trio. Reservations: Al, 618-344-7787.
Mainstream Square Dance -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sparkling New Dancer Dance, sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Featruing Kate Garrison and Joe Obal caller MCs, finger foods. Information: Mike Garrison, 618-566-8752 or Marilyn Obal, 618-632-5596.
3-Mile Thursday Walk -- 6:15 p.m. today, Edwardsville Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Fee: $3. Presented by Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club. Information: www.illinois-trekkers.org.
Relay For Life of Randolph County -- 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, Sparta High School Track. Free. Relay for Life sponsored by American Cancer Society. Food, silent auction, childen's coloring contest, yoga and Zumba demonstration. Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and plan to spend the evening.
Craft Beer Tasting -- 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Sponsored by the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club. Sample from 70 local and national craft beers. Homebrew competition. Music by Nancy Lippincott. Appetizers, 50/50 drawing. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at door. Tickets online at www.sierraclubppg.org.
Wine, Dine & Jazz -- 5-10 p.m. Friday, 4-10 Saturday, Public Square, Belleville. Free admission; bring lawn chairs. Food trucks. Friday music: Kingdom Brothers, 5-10 p.m.; Hey, Nineteen, 6:45-8 p.m.; Carlos featuring Ralph Butler, 8:30-10 p.m. On Saturday: Herbie Hancock featuring Pete Ruthenberg, 4-5 p.m.; Zena Star, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Son Montuno, 7-8 p.m.; Soul Cafe Jazz Group, 8:45-10 p.m. See story on page C1.
Marine Homecoming -- Friday-Saturday. Parades at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Rides, games, bingo, food, beer and music both nights. Antique gas engine and tractor display. Music by Avery Hill Band.
The Moon Wave Expo -- 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Stillpointe Wellness Center, 2135 Dorothy Drive, Belleville. Free parking and admission. Experience the concepts of organic, sustainable and holistic with inspirational vendors, teachers and music throughtout the weekend. On Friday: Prana Kids with Jen Yoga, 5-6:15 p.m.; Moon Wave Oils, 6:15-7 p.m.; Lakota Sacred Hoop lessons with John Two-Hawks; flute meditation, 8:30-9 p.m. On Saturday: Yoga, 8-9 a.m.; native flute for beginners with Jack Steward, 10-10:45 a.m.; Pranic healing, introduction to moving energy for healing purposes with Dr. Chris Ngo and Kim Fantini, 1-1:45 p.m.; Mark Biehl on vibrational healing and Tibetan bowl meditation. On Sunday: Yoga, 809 a.m.; Live a More Purposeful Life, with Jan Rule, 9:15-10 a.m.; Breathing to Remove Stress and Anxiety, with Don Coutial, 1:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Ayurueda Medicine, 1-1:45 p.m.; Emotional freedom through the use of oils and touch, with Verna Hopkins, 2-2:45 p.m.; Food and You, with Jim Wolfe, 3-3:35 p.m. Music includes Tibetan Bowl Meditation concert with Mark Biehl ($20) at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Mark Biehl Band at 7 p.m.; John Two-Hawks on flute, 8 p.m. On Sunday, music includes Jack Stewart, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Richard Carr, 1 p.m. Free parkng and admission. Suggested donation for all classes.
VIP pass gets you in all classes and preferred seating at concerts: $125 at www.moonwaveco.com or 888-790-9091.
Carlyle Lake Spectacular --Saturday, Carlyle Lake. Celebrate Independence Day with live music, sandcastle building contest, volleyball tournament. Fireworks display at dusk can be viewed by boat or shore in the Dam West and East Recreation areas. Free admission.
Carlyle Sailing Association Open House -- 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Eldon Hazlet State Park, Carlyle Lake. Visitors can roam the grounds, meet CSA members and take rides on a variety of sailboats. Free admission. Visitors can register beginning at 3 p.m. for Luau festivities at 5 p.m. Lighthouse will be dedicated. Information: 618-594-3622 or go to csa-sailing.org.
St. Pancratius Church Picnic -- Saturday, St. Pancratius parish grounds, 2213 N. Second St., Fayetteville. Polka Mass, 4 p.m. Fried chicken dinner, 4 p.m. in the air-conditioned parish center. Quilt and cash bingo. Music by Polka Connections until 9 p.m.
St. Anthony Church Picnic -- Saturday, St. Anthony Church, Beckemeyer. Chicken dinner with cucumber and cabbage slaws, mostaccioli, homemade desserts, 4 p.m. Quilt bingo, children's games, cake weheel, sandwich stand. Mass at 5:30 p.m.
Leclaire Lake Fishing Derby -- Saturday, Leclaire Lake Park, 900 Hale Ave., Edwardsville. Kids, bring your fishing poles and bait. For kids up to 15 years old, accompanied by an adult. Prizes for biggest fish, most fish. Registration at 9:30 a.m.. An Illinois Department of natural Resources representative will give a presentation on fishing safety and tips on how to catch the big one. Free.
Waterloo Optimist Truck and Tractor Pull --Saturday, Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 Illinois 156, Waterloo, Antiques start pulling at 10 a.m.; Farmers Classes, 2 p.m.; garden tractors and ATVs, 4 p.m.; pickup trucks, 6:30 p.m. Free pedal pull for kids. Admission $5 for adults, children under 12 free. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Edwardsville Movie -- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville City Park Bandstand, Edwardsville. Movie: "Frozen" the Sing-Along. Sponsored by Scott Credit Union. Free. Information: 618-692-7538.
Collinsville Movie -- dusk, Saturday, public parking lot at the corner of Main and Seminary streets, Collinsville. Bring picnic supper, baskets, coolers, lawn chairs or blankets. Free. Movie is "The Goonies."
Bugland -- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Free, all ages welcome. Information: 618-692-7578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kayaking at Drost Park -- noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Drost Park, Vadalabene Drive, Maryville. Sponsored by Maryville Parks and Recreation. Life vests will be provided or bring your own. Sessions start every hour. Orientation of basik kayaking and safety issues with experts. Pre-registration requested by contacting Christy, 618-345-7028 ext. 4 from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: www.vil.maryville.il.us.
En Plein Aire Gathering -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Monroe County Welcome Center, 6 Gall Road, Columbia. Sponsored by Art on the Bluffs and friends. Plein Aire, meaning "in the open air" gathering. Bring your own art supplies and seating. Information: Carolf@artonthebluffs.com.
Gun & Knife Show -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Illinoiw 13 and 159, Belleville. Largest selection of firearms, knives, ammo, accessories. Admisstion: $5. Free parking.
Independence Day Celebration -- 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Schranz Memorial Park, 360 Honeysuckle Lane, Swansea. Presented by Westview Baptist Church. Admission free. Hotdogs, hamburgers, bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, Patriotic Music Program. Information: 618-233-7474 or www.westviewbaptist.net.
Hummingbird Festival -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Live music, craft vendors, restaurant favorites, wine tastings, childrens activities. Cathie Hutcheson will be catching and banding the birds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 618-786-2331 or wwwpmlodge.net.
Summer Sing -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Southwestern Illinois College Choral Room, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Sponsored by Masterworks Chorale and Children's Choruses. Information: www.singmasterworks.org.
Patriots in the Park -- July 1-5, Wilson Park, Granite City. Auto show, carnival, food, live music. Fireworks on July 4,
Car Cruise -- 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, U.S. Highway 50 and Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights.
"Belleville Celebrates" -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment, Richard "Pete" Kern Memorial Gallery, at the Victorian Home Museum, 701 E. Washington St., Belleville. This new exhibit will explore how Belleville celebrated the anniversary of its founding at three points in the past: 1914, 1964 and 1989. Will feature memorabilia and photographs from Belleville's previous birthday celebrations. Information: William P. Shannon IV, 618-234-0600 or email@example.com.
Watercolor Show -- through Saturday, Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Juried show loaned by the St. Louis Watercolor Society. JAC hours: 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 618-462-5222 ow www.jacobyartscenter.org.
Elsah -- A Gem in our Midst -- 1-4 p.m. 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 Saturday, Aug. 2. Information: ElsahEvents.com.
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.
Turkey Hill Barbecue --4- 7 p.m. today, Turkey Hill Grange, South Greenmount Road and Illinois 15, Belleville. Pork steaks, pulled pork, brats, potato salad, baked beans, slaw, applesauce, cobblers, pies, brownies.
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 -- 3-8 p.m. every 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. 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 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.
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.
Barbeque Fundraiser -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church (under the canopy), 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Homemade potato salad, slaw, baked beans (sides), pork steaks, brats, hotdogs (plate lunches or sandwiches). Delivery in the area with an order of 5 or more plate lunches. Information: 618-877-1936.
Elks Barbecue -- 12-6 p.m. Saturday, Grappa Growlers, 1501 North Belt West, Belleville. Sponsored by Fairview Heigths Elks Lodge No. 664. Beef brisket, pork steaks, ribs, bratwurst.
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.
Millstadt Euchre Tournament -- 7 p.m. Friday, Millstadt Senior Center, 105 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. Cost: $5.
Euchre -- 7 p.m. Monday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. No registration required, but you may reserve a spot: 618-934-3841.
Swansea Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown spring crops, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, jams, baked goods, soap, candles, other crafts. Information: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753.
Churchwide Yard Sale -- 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Metro East Christian Fellowship, 1790 W. Highway 50, O'Fallon. Saturday, all items half-price and beginning at 10 a.m. one of our plastic grocery bags can be filled for $2. Proceeds to benefit Kingdom Expansion Team mission trips.
Belleville Old Town Market -- 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 1, Corner of First and West Main streets, downtown Belleville. Rain or shine. Home-grown fruits, vegetables, bakery goods, craft items. Information: www.bellevillemainstreet.net.
Yard Sale Fundraiser -- 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 3245 Fehling Road, Granite City. Sponsored by Lincoln Place Heritage Association. Donations of furniture, tools, equipment, household items being accepted (no clothing). Anyone willing to help, contact Norma Asadorian at 618-451-2611.
"Seussical -- The Musical" -- 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday ; 2 p.m. Sunday, Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets: $6. Reservations: 618-537-4962.
"Little Shop of Horrors" -- 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dunham Hall Theater, Edwardsville. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors (all others). Tickets/information: 618-650-2774 or 888-328-5168 ext. 2774.
"Fox on the Fairway" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Monroe Stage Compnay, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. Comedy. Tickets: meactheatre.org or 618-939-7469.
"Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot" -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Performed by kids for kids. Presented by Curtain's Up Theater Company. Tickets: $5 per person, online www.wildeytheatre.com.
Meat Shoot -- noon Sunday, T.R.'s Place, 4901 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1937. Wheel and shoot rounds. Attendance prizes, free food. House guns available.
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