Special Olympics Free Lunch -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Texas Roadhouse, 1412 Central Park Circle, Shiloh; also Edwardsville Texas Roadhouse. Pulled pork sandwich, corn, bread with honey cinnamon butter, beverage. Local law enforcement officers will be serving you. Leave donation on table to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Chicken & Beer Dance -- 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Shiloh Eagles, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. DJ music by 10 Ton Brick Entertainment. Advance tickets: Lynn Conrad, 618-550-9906. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door. 50/50, drawings, raffles. To benefit Phyllis Castic an aneurysm survivor. Donation checks can be made out to U.S. Bank, c/o Ben Castic, 100 E. Market, Troy, IL 62294.
Tommy Tunes -- 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. Free. Featuring the Raymond Overture by Ambroise Thomas. Concession stand by the Glenview Nazarene Church Youth Group. Information: www.edwband.com.
Wade Benson Landry -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, The Gathering Place, 290 S. Burns, Sparta. Wade Benson Landry plays Cajun, traditional country, western swing and gosepl music along with Cajun comedy. Tickets: $35, includes show and dinner. Call 618-965-3726 or thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.com.
Arts in the Park -- 8 p.m. Friday, Edwardsville's City Park bandstand,112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Music by Funky Butt Brass Band.
Summer Concert Fest -- 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Music by Cole Porter Band on Friday; Old Salt Union on Saturday. Kids activities. Custard as well as wine and beer available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Drum and Bugle Tribute -- 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Lindenwood University, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville. The Ainad Dum and Bugle Corps along with the Highlanders paying tribute to the Black Nights, Crusaders, Bellettes and Gabrielettes. Tickets: $20 per show by calling 844-843-5969.
Summer Celebration of Music -- 2 p.m. Saturday, Life Church, 4180 Smelting Works Road, Swansea. Music by Belleville Philharmonic Inter-Generational Orchestra. Open to public; donations accepted. Information: www.bellevillephilharmonic.org.
"Cow Bop" -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower, 800 S. Morrison Ave., Collinsville. Free concert. Cowboy/jazz, western/swing ensemble. Bring lawn chairs, refreshments. Sponsored by the Route 66 Tour.
Alley Kats Band -- 7 p.m. Monday, downtown Belleville on the Square. Free. Bring lawn chairs.
Pot-Luck Dinner Dance -- 6 p.m. Friday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by the Dale Willeford Trio. Reservations: Al, 618-344-7787.
Polka Dance -- 2:45-6:15 p.m. Sunday, Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Cost: $7 per person. Music by Dave Hylia (The Good Times Band). Sponsored by the St. Louis Metro Polka Club. Sandwiches for puchase. Information: 314-867-7897 or www.folkfire.org/polka.
3-Mile Walk -- 6:30 p.m. today, starting at Belleville East YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Registration, 6:15 p.m. Walk starts at 6:30. Fee: $3. Trail suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Presented by Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club.
Troy Homecoming --5-9 p.m. today, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Tri-Township Park, 409 Collinsville Road, Troy. Carnival rides, food booths, games. Today is family night from 5 to 9 p.m.; childrens parade 6:15 with the theme "Wagon Olympics" (open to 12 and under); music by Reptile Experience, 5:30-7:30 p.m. On Friday: Parade with the theme "A Salute to the Olympics," 7 p.m.; music by Sweetbottom Band, 8-11 p.m. On Saturday, Parade 7 p.m. from East Market and Dewey through town to Wickliffe, west of Wickliffe to Riggin Road, ending at the park; music by Avery Hill Band, 8-11 p.m.
Madison County Fair -- through Sunday, Lindendale Park in Highland. Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, music. Arena events include stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby and 4-H show. Information: madcofair.com or 618-654-6656. See schedule on page C1.
Monroe County Fair -- through Sunday, Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 Illinois 156, Waterloo. Livestock, auction, carnival rides (armband $20), music, balloon artists. Arena events include stock car races, tractor pulls, demolition derby. See schedule on page C1.
17th Street Summer Fun Carnival -- 2-4 p.m. Friday, Schranz Park, 360 Honeysuckle Lane, Swansea. Food, games, entertainment.
Smithton Homecoming -- 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Turner Hall, 15 N. Julia, Smithton. Root Beer/Beer Fun Run/Walk, 6 p.m. Friday. Music by Unique Like You, 7-8 p.m. Friday, followed by Radio Star, 8-midnight. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday; pageant contest, 7 p.m.; music by Vote for Pedro, 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. Both nights: Big Al Burgers, Famous Turner Fish; games, rides, basket stand, cake wheel, peach stand, bingo, poker wheel.
St. Joseph Catholic Church Picnic -- Saturday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Middle and Chartrand St., Prairie du Rocher. Fried chicken dinner at 3 p.m. in air-conditioned hall; carry-outs available. Mass, 4:15 p.m. in St. Joseph Church. Homemade quilt and cash bingo, 6 p.m. Country store, crafts, games, kids games, raffle, food. Inflatables for kids. No personal coolers or lunch baskets allowed.
Auto Show -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Garden Heights Baptist Church, 1897 Mascoutah Ave., Belleville. Registration at 9 a.m. Judging at 3 p.m. Awards at 5 p.m. Entry fee: $10 per car. Water, soda, pulled pork sandwiches available for sale. Baskets with auto-related products will be available in a raffle. Information: 618-960-7037 or 618-719-4686.
Barbecue Benefit and Car Cruise -- Saturday, Faye Inn, 2503 Main Ave., Fayetteville. Benefit for Fayetteville Fire Department. Barbecue starts at noon; carryouts available. Car cruise, 2-6 p.m. Turnpike Cruisers play from 5 to 9 p.m.
BIG GIG Music Show -- Saturday, Third Street in downtown Alton. Six local bands to perform, headlined by Aaron Kamm & the One Drops. Sponsored by Alton Main Street and Riverbender.com.
Classic/Antique Tractor Pull -- 4 p.m. Saturday, Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. Registration at 5 p.m. Information: Gary Kerksick, 618-806-5016 or Mike Richter, 618-410-1135.
Field to Fork -- 5:15-9 p.m. Saturday, Bellecourt Manor, Belleville. Six amazing chefs, six delicious courses. Music by Ragged Edge. Tickets: $70 per person, $500 per table (members); $90 per person, $650 per table (non-members). 5 p.m. cocktail reception; 6:15 p.m. dinner.
Hummingbird Festival -- 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Lewis and clark State Historic Site near Hartford. Co-sponsored by Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders. Vernon Kleen, author and licensed bird bander, will give a presentation about ruby-throated hummingbirds, place identification bands on them and will then release them to the wild. Childrens activity table.
Underwater World -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Free; all ages welcome. Registration requested for groups of 10 plus. Experience net-fishing and using aqua-scopes to discover what calls the Watershed lakes home. Opportunities to make a water food chain, water cycle bracelet or build your own fish. Information: 618-692-7578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween in July Pub Crawl on Main Street -- 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Kick Off at Big Daddy's, 313 E. Main St., Belleville, and visit bars up and down Main Street and beyond. Halloween in July. $10 donation to Toco NFP. Visit every sponsoring bar for a chance to win a prize party package of goodies including booze, favors, festival tickets, more. Presented by Robert "Cick" Fritz Inc. Costume contest at Pitchers Sports Pub and Pizzeria.
Saturday Night at the Movies -- 6 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads Christian Church, 2415 N. 89th St. (Illinois 157 across from Cracker Barrel), Caseyville. Free. Refreshments served. Movie is "Planes." For kids and adults.
New Thoughts on Ancient Civilization -- Saturday and Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville. Archaeologists from throughout the Midwest will convene at Cahokia Mounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration at 8:30; $5 fee) Saturday for the annual Mississippian Conference to present the lastest findings on the Mississippian culture (900-1400 AD). On Sunday, anyone 16 or older can learn flintknapping from noon to 4 p.m. from Larry Kinsella; participants will learn to make arrowheads and other tools; $30 fee. Pr-registration is required by calling 618-346-5160 and leaving a name and phone number.
Great Train Expo -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Hundreds of tables, dealers, operating model railroads and free workshops. Operating Lego Railroad display. Admission: $7 adults, good for both days; free for children (under 12).
St. Elizabeth Church Picnic -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, St. Elizabeth Church grounds, North Windmill St., Marine. Chicken dinner; adults $10, kindergarten through 10 years old, $4. Basket stand, country store, children's games, bingo.
Bikers For Babies -- Registration 9 a.m., kickstands up at noon Sunday. Start at Wild Country in Collinsville and end at Hawg Pit BBQ Barn in Grafton. Sponosred by the March of Dimes. 60-mile route travels on I-55 and IL-140 with the last stretch along the Great River Road to Grafton. Live music and vendors at the Hawg Pit and KSHE-95s Sweetmeat is set to make an appearance. Register: bikersforbabiesmetroeast.org. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes.
Germantown Dinner -- 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, St. Boniface Catholic Church, Germantown. All-you-can-eat chicken and pork roast dinner. Carry outs (chicken only). Quilt and cash bing from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Beer, soda, kids rides.
Bike Night -- 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Food music, pot shots, more.
Car Cruise -- 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, U.S. 50 and Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights.
"From Fields to Dreams" -- Saturday through Sept. 7, Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. Traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution celebrating sports and sportsmanship. Hometown team and athletes displays, memorabilia, events. Free. See story, page C1. For more information, go to monroecountyhistorymuseum.com
"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. Features memorabilia and photographs from Belleville's previous birthday celebrations. Information: William P. Shannon IV, 618-234-0600 or email@example.com.
Elsah -- A Gem in our Midst -- 1-4 p.m. Village Hall, 26 LaSalle, Elsah. 2014 Photography Exhibit. Exhibit open during museum hours 1-4 p.m. and by appointment through Saturday, Aug. 2. Information: ElsahEvents.com.
Belleville Bicentennial: 200 -- through Aug. 14, The Schmidt, SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Showcasing 200 objects and photographs from Belleville natives, residents and organizations telling the tale of Belleville's first 200 years.
Andrea Hoelscher -- through Aug. 14, Schmidt Art Center, SWIC, Belleville. Photographs of fruits and vegetables by Andrea Holescher.
The Refinery Project: Images of Beauty and Industry by Tom Atwood -- through Aug. 22, Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Tom Atwood is a photographer in Edwardsville specializing in portraits and landscape images. This exhibit focuses on the Phillips 66 oil refinery.
Civil War Exhibit -- 1-4 p.m. 1st and 3rd Sundays and 9 a.m.-noon 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.
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. 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.
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.
Barbecue Fundraiser -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Homemade potato salad, slaw, baked beans (sides). Pork steaks, brats, hotdogs (plates or sandwiches). Will deliver in the area with an order of five or more plate lunches. Order/information: 618-877-1936.
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, Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. Cost: $5.
Bunko Night -- 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.
Swansea Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown crops, baked goods, soap, candles, other crafts. Senior coupons are in. Information: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rummage Sale -- 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today and Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, St. Agatha's, 205 S. Market St., New Athens.
Trinity Friday Market -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, Trinity Services Inc., 973 N. 6th St., Mascoutah. Homegrown produce fresh from Trinity Gardens and Farmstead near Mascoutah. Featuring tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans, peppers, zucchini, watermelon, canteloupe, swiss chard. Drawings for basket of homegrown sweet corn and tomatoes or other produce. Information: Mike Lowry, 618-566-4200 or Joe Maty, 618-960-1577.
Flea Market & Appraisal Fair -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sycamore Village, 225 Castellano Drive, Swansea. Back entrance/in basement. Get two items appraised for $10. Jazzy Girl Boutique, Baubles, Thirty One, Origami Owl.
Belleville Old Town Market -- 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Corner of First and West Main streets, downtown Belleville. Rain or shine. Home-grown fruits, vegetables, bakery goods, craft items. Information: www.bellevillemainstreet.net.
"How to Eat Like A Child..." -- dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; dinner at 1 p.m., show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 Illinois 15, Belleville. Musical comedy "How To Eat Like A Child And Other Lessons In Not Being a Grown-Up." Tickets: $14 adults (dinner and show), $10 children (under 10); $7 adults (show only), $5 children (under 10); free children (2 and under). Dinner reservations: 618-235-8237 or 618-233-6254. Tickets will be available at the door.
"9 to 5" -- 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and July 31-Aug. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 3, Alton Little Theater, 2450 Henry St., Alton. Musical comedy about working women responding to a taskmaster and chauvinist boss. Tickets: $20 adults, $8 students through college. Reservations: 618-462-6562 or altonlittletheater.org.
"9 to 5" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Aug. 1-2; 3 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 3, Highland Elementary Auditorium, 1800 Lindenthal Ave., Highland. Hard Road Theater production sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville, SOGA OB/GYN, Hard Rock Theatre Productions in Association with the Highland Arts Council. Tickets: $12 at door, or puchase online at www.hardroad.org and get a discount. Musical comedy about working girls getting even with their chauvinisitc boss.
"Shrek The Musical" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Belleville East Performing Arts Center, 2555 West Blvd., Belleville. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and at 1 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children (5-11), $8 students, seniors and military. Purchase tickets at door or by calling 618-409-0015. Presented by Take A Bow Showcase.
"Black Comedy" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, Main Complex Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Tickets: $10 per person, half price seniors (55+), free student rush at door. Must have valid SWIC student ID. Information: 618-235-2700 ext. 5561.
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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