What’s Happening for Oct. 19.
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▪ Downtown Belleville YMCA Trunk or Treat — 6-8 p.m. Friday. Free community event and open to the public. The trunk or treat features games, crafts, popcorn and candy.
▪ Auffenberg Dealer Group Trunk or Treat — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday. Auffenberg Dealer Group, 105 Auto Court, O’Fallon. There will be candy, costume contests, games and a photo booth. All activities are free.
▪ Halloween Party to benefit Once Upon a Prayer Rescue — 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 400 Huntwood Road, Swansea. $30 per person or $50 per couple includes dinner and drink samples. The evening features a disc jockey, photo booth and raffles. To reserve tickets: Wendi Norsigian, 618-622-9357 or www.paypal.me/katemister.
▪ ‘Howl-O-Ween’ dog costume parade — Registration 10:30 a.m. Parade 11 a.m. Saturday. Joe Glik Park, Edwardsville. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best pooch costume based on originality, creativity, behavior and theme with owners. The parade is free to watch. Anyone participating in the costume contest is asked to donate $20 per dog to Project Restore, an Edwardsville charity dedicated to humanitarian projects in Uganda, Africa. No puppies under 4 months of age will be allowed to participate. firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-781-4193.
▪ Looking Glass Playhouse: Annual Haunted Happenings tour — Friday and Saturday. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. Tours leave every 15 minutes starting at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Final tour each night leaves at 9 p.m. Costumed guides will escort small groups through downtown Lebanon to hear stories of the macabre, silly and scary. Warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Reservations are also recommended, especially for large groups or to secure a specific time slot, but walk-ins are welcome. Tickets cost $5. Information or to reserve tickets: email Gigi at email@example.com or call 618-530-6124.
▪ SNIP Alliance Crazy Bowl and Costume Party — 6-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday. Airport Plaza Bowl, 4 Erwin Plegge Blvd., Bethalto. This adult fundraiser features door prizes, 50/50, heads or tails, booze barrel raffle, costume contest and bowling. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ticket price includes three games of bowling (9 pin no tap, Scotch doubles, crazy bowl), shoe rental, draft beer and a cash bar. Bring a bag of dog or cat food for a koozie. Tickets: SNIP Alliance Facebook page or www.snipalliance.org.
▪ Ainad Shriners event — Doors open 11 a.m. Saturday. Food served noon. Shrine Auditorium, 609 St. Louis Ave., East St. Louis. Free event featuring dessert wheel, games, silent auction and food. Bring potential members, children and grandchildren.
▪ American Legion: Membership Drive — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26-28 and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 29. Collinsville Post 365. The American Legion will be celebrating 100 years in 2019. The goal of the drive is to reach all veterans in Bond, Madison, St. Clair, Monroe and Washington counties. Information: Glenn Gindler, firstname.lastname@example.org or Hank Robards 618-670-7709 or Charles Mueth, 618-975-6766.
▪ Church Women United: ‘Taking Care of Me’ Bonanza for Women — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Granite City Township Hall, 20th and Delmar Ave. $5 ticket includes breakfast and lunch, speakers and demonstrations. No tickets sold at door, proceeds go to the Community Care Center. Tickets: 618-877-8251.
▪ Daughters of Isabella Quarter Auction — 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Knights of Columbus Hall, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Doors open 1 p.m. Open to the public for ages 16 plus. Admission $5 includes one bidding paddle. Chances sold for 50/50 drawing and opportunity to win 1 of 20 gift baskets. Proceeds to benefit many local charities. No outside food or drink allowed.
▪ Highland Arts Council — Looking for young artists to participate in Youth Arts Expo 2017 on Nov. 18 at the Highland Masonic Lodge. Artists, musicians, vocalists, dancers, actors and writers in grades 6-12 are encouraged to apply. Contact Shannon, 618-334-8033, if interested.
▪ St. Clair County Genealogical Society — 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 26, Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville. Teri Bromley, the St. Clair County Genealogical Society’s cemetery and church records chairman, will be available to answer genealogy research questions. www.stclair-ilgs.org.
▪ Young Leaders in Action workshop — 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Four Points by Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. Join leaders under 40 to collaborate and connect at this event for young professionals. Cost is $30 and lunch is included as part of the Rotary District 6510 Conference. You don’t have to be a Rotarian to attend. Registration is required. Questions or registration: Jill Pietrusinski, email@example.com or 618-407-3271.
▪ Belleville City Hall Rededication and Open House — Ceremony, 10 a.m. Saturday. Open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 101 S. Illinois St., Belleville. The renovations on city hall are complete. The public is invited to see them. www.belleville.net.
▪ Belleville’s Old Town Farmer’s Market — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. First block of South Charles, Belleville. Locally grown veggies, fruit, pasture raised beef, plants and crafts.
▪ Blood Drive — 3-6 p.m. Monday. Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave. In partnership with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. To schedule donation: www.bloodcenterimpact.org, code: 10688. Questions: 618-452-6238 ext. 755.
▪ Calvary Assembly of God’s Annual Fall Festival — 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Calvary Assembly of God, 611 McClintock Ave., Belleville. Free food, games, prizes. A disc jockey
playing Christian hits. A free, safe afternoon of family fun.
▪ CASA Volunteer Training — Oct. 23-27. CASA of Southwestern Illinois, 1801 North Belt West, Ste. 2, Belleville. Be a voice for abused and neglected children. Call for times: 618-234-4278.
▪ Chris Benyo book signing at Morrison-Talbott Library — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Morrison-Talbott Library, 215 Park, Waterloo. Author Chris Benyo will be signing, “All In: Living, Not Dying with ALS: A Journey of Faith.” Books will be available at the signing.
▪ Community Job Fair — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, 6755 State St., East St. Louis. State Rep. LaToya Greenwood is partnering with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and St. Clair County’s workforce development group for a free community job fair. 618-646-9557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ E-Cycle event — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 126 Seibert Road, Shiloh. Recycle appliances, batteries, TVs, monitors, computers, copiers, printers, cell phones, cables, stereo equipment and scanners. Provided by Power Recycling. Sponsored by Troop 40 and the Village of Shiloh. There is a cost to recycle CRT TVs. Questions: email@example.com.
▪ Elvis Presley Hound Dog Benefit — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tom Qualls Foundation for People and Animals, Wishing Well Ministry Outreach. Two locations: 6103 N. Park Drive, Washington Park or 204 John St., Collinsville. Please donate dog houses, hay, straw, tarps, kennels, dog and cat food, monetary donations for needy area animals. Free, safe Halloween candy and dog bones.
▪ Family Fall Festival — 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Victory Family Church, 555 South Belt West, Belleville. Free movie, games, face painting, paint ball, candy costumes and food. 618-235-6373.
▪ Gateway Regional Medical Center Auxiliary $5 Jewelry and Accessory Sale — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Gateway Regional Medical Center, 2100 Madison Ave., Granite City. Proceeds from sale benefit Gateway Regional Medical Center scholarships.
▪ Ghost Tales with Luke Naliborski — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Local author and paranormal investigator, Luke Naliborski, will be at the Downtown Library to discuss local hauntings and other paranormal events. 618-452-6238 ext. 755.
▪ ‘Huge Rummage Sale’ — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Signal Hill Lutheran Church, 8100 W. Main, Belleville. $3 bag sale beginning at noon.
▪ Medicare Made Clear educational seminar — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Belleville Public Library, 3414 W. Main St., Belleville. Learn about Medicare choices, tools and resources. medicaremadeclear.com.
▪ Monroe County History Museum — 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. “98 Years of 4-H in Monroe County,” presented by Pam Jacobs. Overview of the history and growth of University of Illinois Extension youth programs. 618-514-1628.
▪ Paralegal Services for seniors — 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. For seniors 60 and older. Make an appointment with a paralegal for a Power of Attorney, DNR directive or updated will. Services provided by the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Appointment: 618-656-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Part 2 of the Senior Fraud Protection Series — 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Seniors, caregivers, family members and those who work in elder care fields are welcome to attend this free seminar. Sponsored by SWIC, St. Clair County, AgeSmart Community Resources and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. www.bellevillechamber.org or 618-233-2015.
▪ Polka Dance — 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Music by Dave Hylla’s The Good Times Band. Admission $7. Sandwiches for purchase. 314-867-7897 or www.folkfire.org/polka.
▪ ‘Save the Tower’ Classic Car Show — Registration 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Mertz Ford Parking Lot, 100 E. Washington, Millstadt. $20 entry fee. Music, trophies. Proceeds to benefit the restoration of the Old Millstadt Water Tower.
▪ Self-Defense Seminar Series — 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Grogan’s Martial Arts, 310 Hillsboro Ave., Edwardsville. Hosted by State Rep. Katie Stuart. Classes are free, open to the public and for residents of all ages and skill levels. Registration is encouraged: 618-365-6650 or email@example.com.
▪ Square Dance sponsored by Dandy Dancers 7-9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Bo Semith calling. Information: Eunice Peterson, 618-660-6030.
▪ Swansea Farmer’s Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Senior coupons are in. Locally grown crops, fruits, vegetables and crafts.
▪ Volunteer Day to clean up Centennial Park — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Centennial Park, Swansea. Volunteers are needed to clean up the park. Sponsored by St. Clair Township.
▪ The Winter Warm Up — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. To help individuals prepare for winter, free hats, gloves, coats, scarves, blankets, books, toys and pizza will be given on a first come, first served basis. Event includes a photo booth, disc jockey and fall-themed activities for children. Open to the public. Hosted by The Power of One Project. See event on Facebook.
▪ Albers American Legion Breakfast — 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Pork sausage, ham, pancakes, eggs, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy. $9 adult, $4 child, 5 and under free. Carryouts available. Proceeds for legion youth programs. 618-248-5505.
▪ Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Friday. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-228-7311 or www.avistonlegion.com.
▪ Caseyville Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fish plates, desserts, sandwiches, burgers and more. Bingo at 7 p.m.
▪ Classic Car Show — Registration 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Car show 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mertz Ford, 100 E. Washington St., Millstadt. Entry fee $20. Custom trophies will be awarded. Food, beverages and entertainment will be featured at the event. Sponsored by Friends of the Old Millstadt Water Tower. 618-520-3623.
▪ Collinsville Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat-in or carryout. 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, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.
▪ Collinsville Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Fried/baked cod, catfish, sides. 618-345-1492.
▪ Columbia American Legion Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday. American Legion, Columbia. Cut-up cod, farm-raised catfish fillets, breaded butterfly shrimp or hotdog. Sandwiches or plates with 2 sides. Sampler plate and drinks available. Eat in or carry out.
▪ Corpus Christi Church Fall Chicken Dinner — 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Corpus Christi Parish Center, 206 Rasp St., Shiloh. Adults $11, children $5. Take outs available. Reservations for eight or more people accepted by calling 618-632-7614 by Oct. 20.
▪ Freedom Farm Fish Fry Fridays — 4-8 p.m. Friday. Freedom Farm, 6355 Hilgard Memorial Drive, Freeburg. Due to popular demand, fish frys are back every Friday. Hayrides are back in season. Family fall special: 4 for $20, $3 each additional person. Cost includes hayride, spot at community fire ring and hot cocoa. Reservations are required. 618-539-6095 or www.legionfreedomfarm.com.
▪ Germantown American Legion Chicken Dinner and Dance — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. American Legion, Germantown. Dance 2-5:30 p.m. with music by “Rendition.”
▪ Highland Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.
▪ Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carryout. 618-566-2288.
▪ Millstadt Fish Fry and Jam Session — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. 618-476-1180.
▪ O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Cod and bluegill, burgers, hot dogs, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-632-6229.
▪ O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 805, 221 W. First St., O’Fallon. Fried and grilled fish, chicken, sides and desserts. Carryouts. 618-624-2651.
▪ Okawville Fish & Chicken Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. American Legion Post No. 233. Eat in or carryout. 618-243-6545.
▪ Scottish Rite Fish Fry — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Fish by the pound, plate, sandwich. Sponsored by Scottish Rite Masonic bodies. Open to the public.
▪ Shiloh Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Cod, walleye, shrimp, chicken wings. Eat in or carryout. Auxiliary bake sale for charity. 618-624-5412.
▪ St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ Wurst-Markt — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. 307 W. Clay St., Collinsville. Buffet style pork sausage and sides. Adults $10, children $5, under 6 free. Carry outs available. 618-344-2526.
▪ St. Patrick’s Annual Wurstmarkt and Country Store — Sunday, 5675 LL Road, Tipton. Mass 10 a.m. Meat shoot noon. Country store. Family-style dinner 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carry outs available. 618-458-6875.
▪ Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and more. Saturday: fried chicken. 618-222-7171.
▪ Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Troy VFW Post 976 and Auxiliary, 123-A W. Market St., Troy. Cod, catfish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp. Dine in or carry out. 618-667-8387.
▪ Walton’s Chicken Dinner — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.
▪ Walton’s Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus, Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.
▪ Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. To participate, must have played bridge before. 618-310-1289.
▪ Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Senior Center, 10025 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Caseyville Township. 618-310-1289.
▪ Cribbage Club — 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 1 Columbus Plaza, KC Club, Collinsville. Nine games played against nine different opponents. Yvonne Bright 618-344-1521 or John Bilski 618-398-1029.
▪ Eagles Shiloh Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. They shoot from inside. See your shot on tv. Free bean soup.
▪ Euchre Tournament — 7 p.m. Friday. Everyone welcome. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main, Smithton. 618-233-3370.
▪ Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. Elks Lodge 664, 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Meat and cake raffles. Free food.
▪ Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. American Legion Post 1937 at TR’s. Shoot and wheel rounds. Attendance prizes and free food. House gun available.
▪ Mouse Races — 6:30 p.m. Friday. St. Paul United Church of Christ activity center, 115 West B St., Belleville. $15 per person or $25 per couple. Reservations available through church office 618-233-3303 or at door, opens at 6 p.m. Bring snacks and beverages.
▪ Queen of Hearts Drawing — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Columbia American Legion Post 581, 375 E. Locust St., Columbia. This drawing is for $14,000. If no one draws the Queen of Hearts, the jackpot will increase. Drawings at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday.
▪ Targets for Rescue — Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. American Legion 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Help raise funds for the cats and kittens of Animal House Cat Rescue and Adoption Center. Some of the activities will be goodie basket pot shot raffles, packaged meat paddle wheel raffles, 50/50 drawing, a “Litter Pail of Liquor” raffle and free food. Serving chicken ‘n’ dumplings and vegan chili. Please note: full bar and games accept cash only. www.stlcats.org or 314-531-4626.
▪ United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington D.C. — 7 p.m. Saturday. Belleville Township High School West, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. The concert is free but tickets are required for guaranteed seating and entry. Get tickets through Eventbrite.com.
▪ ‘Oktoberfest’ at Hidden Lake — 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Hidden Lake Winery, 10580 County Road 400 East, Aviston. Free concert featuring National “Open” Fiddle champion Goerge Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass.
▪ A Whole New World: Masterworks Children’s Choruses Concert — 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Paul UCC, 115 West B St., Belleville. Tickets: adults $15, seniors $10, students $5.
Worth the Drive
▪ Super Regional Marching Band Competition — Preliminary competition 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Friday. 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday. The Dome at America’s Center, 901 N. Broadway, St. Louis. 1 of 20 regional championships held across the country this fall. Tickets: musicforall.org or 800-848-2263.
▪ ‘Boo at the Zoo’ nights at the Saint Louis Zoo — 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, through Monday, Oct. 30. Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis. This event features decorations, interactive storytellers, educational activities, kids’ games and more family-friendly, non-scary Halloween entertainment. Tickets cost $6 for zoo members and $7 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the zoo until 4 p.m. or at the door during the event.
▪ Book Signing — 10 a.m. Saturday. Pere Marquette Visitors Center. Richard Keating will sign copies of his book, “Pere Marquette State Park: An Unofficial Guide to History, Natural History, Trails, and Drives.” Refreshments served.
▪ Brewfest featuring a Taste of the KCT and World War II Day at Fort de Chartres — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. Brewfest costs $20 per person. Must be 21 to participate. It’s free and open to the general public. The educational encampment event will display the equipment of area re-enactors covering a variety of aspects of history’s largest conflict. www.fortdechartres.us/events.
▪ Gospel Concert Series: 20th Anniversary Celebration concert — 7 p.m. Friday. First Christian Church, 1200 W. Boone, Salem. Doors open 6 p.m. Featuring 3 groups, Greater Vision, the Mark Trammell Quartet and the 2nd Half Quartet. Tickets: John or Judy Roberts, 618-245-9133.
▪ Haunted Trail at Carlyle Lake — 6:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Trail begins at the Carlyle McDonalds parking lot with a hayride to the Little Prairie Nature trail. Admission is $6. All proceeds go to the 2018 Fireworks Spectacular. The Haunted Trail is sponsored by the Carlyle Lake Fireworks Committee and the Carlyle Optimist Club in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake.
▪ Fishing and Night Hike Program at Pere Marquette State Park — 5 p.m. Friday. Pere Marquette State Park visitor center. Program on fish with Urban Fishing Coordinator Scott Isringhausen. Following the talk, kids can fish at the Bluegill Pond. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Program on owls. Hike following program to listen for owls. Hotdog and marshmallow roast following. Bring a flashlight.
▪ Southern Illinois’ Homecoming Gospel Choir — 6 p.m. Sunday. Temple Baptist Church, 340 Walnut Hill Road, Centralia. Evening of southern gospel music featuring the southern Illis’ 80-voice Homecoming Gospel Choir. Admission is free. 618-532-1249.
▪ Wade Benson Landry’s ‘Swingin’ Cajun Style’ Show — Doors open 6 p.m. Friday. The Gathering Place Off Broadway, 209 S. Burns, Sparta. Cajun, western swing, gospel and traditional country music also featuring Teresa Bowe Landry. Dinner show $35. VIP $40. Show only $20. Tickets: 618-965-3726 or thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.com.
▪ Downtown Mt. Vernon Trick or Treat — 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Downtown Mt. Vernon businesses will have annual trick or treat event. Participating businesses will have a balloon outside the building. List of businesses will be posted at www.downtownmtvernon.org. Information: Melynda Breeze, 618-242-2800.