Edwardsville Municipal Band -- 8 p.m. today, City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free. Featuring Anne Stevenson playing the xylophone solo "Triplets" by George Hamilton Green. Concession stand by the St. John's United Methodist Church. Information: www.edwband.com.
Concert in the Park -- 7 p.m. Friday, Schranz Memorial Park, 377 Honeysuckle Lane, Swansea. Free. Featuing The Ashley Martin Band. Presented by the Metro-East Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Summer Concert Fest -- 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Music by John Henry (rock 'n' roll) on Friday; Lucky Old Sons (rock/country) on Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Custard, food, wine, beer for purchase. Bring lawn chair or blanket.
Gospel Choir -- 6 p.m. Sunday, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. Music by Southern Illinois' Homecoming Gospel Choir. Information: 618-397-5994 or John Roberts, 618-245-9133 or www.homecominggospelchoir.com.
Summer Sings -- Registration 6:45-7:30 p.m.; rehearsal 7:30-8:40 p.m. Monday, Belleville Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Refreshments 8:40-9 p.m. Featuted work is Vivaldi's Gloria, which will be sung through at 9 p.m. Cost: $7 fee per singer, payable at the door.
Party at the Park -- 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Prairie du Rocher. Music by HanaLena from Starkville, Miss. Free. Concessions begin at 6 p.m.
Country-Western Dance -- 10:30 a.m. today, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Country-Western Band will play. Lunch will be served. Reservations: Al, 618-344-7787.
Square & Round Dance -- 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Hawaiian night. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Curt Braffet calling; The Tevlins cuing. Information: Sue Larsh, 630-841-4156.
Country Music -- 8-midnight, Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by Cactus Moon Band.
Ballroom Dance -- 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Swansea/Belleville Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Music by the Renditions. Hawaiian dance, wear Hawaiian attire.
Luau Dance -- 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Music by Jeremy. Admission: $7 members; $9 non-members. Sponsored by Metro East Social Singles. Open to public. Wear your Hiwaiian shirt or grass skirt. No one under 21 admitted. Cash bar, snacks, attendance prizes and pot of gold. Information: Sherry Minchew, 618-920-5332 or Audrey Snellenberger, 618-286-4275.
Troy Summer of Fun -- 6 p.m. Friday, Tri-Township Park, Troy. Fun for the whole family, sponsored by Scott Credit Union. Reptile Experience, featuring Serendipity Steve and all his animals, 6-8 p.m. Movie "Despicable Me 2" begins at 8:15 p.m. A minion will be on hand for photos by Ridgeway Photography.
Columbia Daze --4 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Metter Park, Columbia. Carnival rides, game, food, drinks. Music by Out of Focus, 8-midnight Friday; Aftershock, 8-midnight Saturday. Parade, 5 p.m. Saturday.
Freeburg Homecoming & Craft Fair -- Friday-Saturday, Freeburg Recreation Park, 300 E. Mill St., Freeburg. Carnival rides start at 6 p.m. Friday; children's matinee, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Craft fair, 4:30-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday. Dinners: Cod cut-ups by St. Joseph Church Support Group Friday evening; fried chicken Saturday evening. Pulls: Tractor pull, farmer, antique and open classes, 6:30 p.m. Friday; truck pull, 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Car show Saturday, 9 a.m. signup. Washer tournament, 11 a.m. Saturday. Parade is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Music by Turnpike Cruiser, 8-midnight Friday; Traveling Tony Bergkoetter, 1-4 p.m. Saturday; Hillbilly Authority, 8-midnight Saturday.
Taste of Southern Illinois -- 4-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Horner Park, Lebanon. Sample from over 20 local restaurants. Music by Zydeco Crawdaddies, 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday: Brother Hiram, 11:15 a.m.; Steve Reeb, noon; Voodoo Lounge Lizards, 2 p.m.; Rogers and Nienhaus, 5 p.m.
Germantown Spassfest --4 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m.; 11 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m.; 8 a.m.-noon sunday, Schoendienst Park, Germantown. On Friday: Grounds, rides, food stands open at 4 p.m.; Kinder Corner with games, face painting for kids, 4-10 p.m.; Willis Wooden Creations, 4 p.m.; bags tournament, 7 p.m. On Saturday: Grounds and rides open at 11 a.m.; Kinder Corner, noon-9 p.m.; Clinton County Humane Society Meet and Greet, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; craft fair, noon-6 p.m.; washers tournament, noon; antique tractor and farm equipment show, noon; custom and antique motorcycle show, noon-3 p.m.; Home Brew Brewoff and Tasting, 3-8 p.m.; German Mass at St. Boniface Church, 4 p.m.; parade, 6 p.m. (theme is "German Over Time"); Willis Wooden Creations, 11 a.m. (auction, 10 p.m.) On Sunday: Breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon; raffle drawings, noon. Friday entertainment: Hillbilly Authority, 8-midnight; Short Circuit, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Entertainment on Saturday: Heritage Band, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Larry Hallars Two Star Final, 3-5 p.m.; Nudge, 8-midnight; Short Circuit, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Balloon Fest --Friday-Sunday, Foundation Park, Centralia. Hot-air balloon festival featuring 40 hot-air balloons, races, glows, tethered balloon rides, music, food, fireworks. On Friday: Gates open, craft fair and concessions, 3 p.m. Balloon race, 6 p.m.; tethered balloon rides, 6-9 p.m.; balloon glow, 7:30 p.m.; music by The Invaders 2.0; fireworks, 10 p.m. On Saturday: Gates open, 6 a.m.; balloon race, 6:30 a.m.; craft fair and concessions, 9 a.m.; children's activity area, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Car show, display, 12:30-4 p.m.; Okinawan karate demonstrations, 1 p.m.; music by Generation Gap ('50s-'80s); Balloon Fest Has Talent, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; music by The Presswoods: Ian & Alan, 4-7 p.m.; tethereed balloon rides, 6-9 p.m.; baloon glow, 7:30 p.m.; music by Hollywood Logan and the Legendary Drifters, 8:30-10 p.m. On Sunday: Gates open at 6 a.m.; balloon race, 6:30 a.m.
craft fair and concessions, 9 a.m.; cardboard boat building at the Catfish Pond, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; music by Shakey Dave (polka and country), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; children's activity area, noon-4 p.m.; Corvette Club car display, 12:30-4 p.m.; music by Blind Man Drivin', 1:30-3 p.m.; cardboard boat races, 2:30-3:15 p.m. on the Catfish Pond; Alan Dale Ross Elvis Tribute, 3-5 p.m.; final balloon race, 6 p.m. Tethered balloon rides are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
St. Augustine Kirchenfest -- Saturday, Hecker Community Center and grounds, 2 blocks east of St. Augustine Church, Hecker. Fried chicken and pork sausage dinners in air-conditioned hall, 3 p.m.; Mass, 4 p.m.; quilt bingo, 6:30 p.m.; washer tournament, 7 p.m.; music by Riverside; youth/8th annual Tiki Trot 5K Run/Walk (firstname.lastname@example.org for information). Picnic attractions and stands. Kids corner, silent auction, cake stand, baskets, country store, sandwich stand.
Handlebars & Guitars Benefit Ride -- Saturday, beginning Ted's Motorcycle World in Alton and ending at Alton Wood River Sportsmen's Club in Godfrey. Registration: 8 a.m.-noon; kickstands up 12:30 p.m. Arrive at the Music Fest at Alton Wood River Sportsmen's Club in Godfrey. Hosted by Patches & Badges for Kids, a local charity comprised of first responders, motorcycle enthusiasts and volunteers. The charity assists children in need through the annual Christmans Shop program and emergency assistance throughout the year. Registration fee will include entry into the Coors Light Music Festival featuring 10 hours of music, including Jana Kramer, Big & Rich, Jac Freeze, Broseph E. Lee, The Glendale Riders and The Harmons. Scenic ride through the Riverbend Area. Register day of event or at www.patchesbadgesforkids.com to pre-register and save.
Restore Ecological Habitats -- 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Willoughby Heritage Farm & Conservation Reserve and Arlington Wetlands, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. Students will restore vital ecological habitats to help restore Illinois prairie, wetland and native woodland area. They also plan on clearing and mulching part of the trail systems and repairing trail erosion issues along bridges and steep hills. Information: 618-346-7529.
Cultivating Neighbors -- 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Thoman Park, 1021 Nancy Drive, O'Fallon. Red Delicious Cafe healthy food truck will offer entree's and drinks for sale. Prouhet family will host a traditional Cuban pig roast. Bring your own picnic and movie snacks. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
Shriners Dinner Auction -- 5 p.m. Saturday, Fischer's Restaurant, 2100 West Main St., Belleville. Hosted by the Ainad Shriners. Auction items include autograped T.J. Oshie Blues jersey, autographed Yadier Molina catcher's mask, Stan Musial signed jersey, shotguns, overnight lodging and golf package in Branson, kids birthday party packages and Rams, Cardinals and Blues tickets. Reservations: 618-874-1870. Walk-ins welcome. Proceeds to benefit Ainad Shriners.
Maeystown Fire Department BBQ and Show Us Your Ride -- 9-3 p.m. Sunday, Maeystown. Show off your cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.
"Blessing of Grapes" --12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Gregory Community Center, 3501 Century Drive (located behind St. Gregory Church), Granite City. Hosted by St. Gregory Armenian Church of Granite City. Lamb shish kebab, chicken and losh kebab dinners including pilaf and salad. Pastries, breads and other delicacies available for purchase. Games for child of all ages. Information: 618-452-0192.
Car Cruise -- 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. Features memorabilia and photographs from Belleville's previous birthday celebrations. Information: William P. Shannon IV, 618-234-0600 or email@example.com.
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.
"Beauty in the Beast" -- 5-8 p.m. through Aug. 30, Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. A juried exhibition of artful animals, real or imagined as sponsored by Goulding's Jewelers with support from Daniel/Randall Veterinary Clinic and Inlandesign Inc. Artwork available for sale during the duration of the exhibit. Information: 618-462-5222.
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 -- 4-9 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, surveillance 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. 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.
Scott VFW Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, Belleville. Call-ins welcome, 618-746-9801. DJ, 8p.m.-1 a.m.
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.
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.
South Side Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, South Side Improvement Assoc., 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. Eat in or carry out. Information, call 618-233-9380.
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.
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.
Eucher Tournament -- 7 p.m. Friday, Smithton Senior Center. Everyone welcome.
Swansea Farmer's Market -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Information: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Book Sale -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazins, puzzles, games, DVD, and CD donations accepted during regular library hours or on day of sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Iris Sale -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Caseyville Township Center, Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Mid-Illinois Iris Society. Features members' own iris plants, representing tall bearded, beardless, border height, minature sizes and wondrous colors of the "Queen of the Garden."
Land of Goshen Market -- 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday, St. Louis Street (near the Madison County Court House), Edwardsville. Locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, handmade art and gift ideas. Live entertainment and free demonstrations. Information: wwwgoshenmarket.org.
Rummage Sale -- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, A Signature Hollywood Salon, 210 Hartman Lane, Suite 700, O'Fallon. Proceeds to benefit O'Fallon Food Pantry.
"Into The Woods" -- 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Aug. 22-23 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 24, Turkey Hill Grange, Belleville. Presented by the Brass Rail Players. Admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors, military with ID; $6 children (12 & under), group discounts available. Tickets: 618-767-6016; 866-567-5943 or email@example.com. Special pre-show dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 23; cost: $12 adults, $6 children (6-12), free (under 5).
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