What’s Happening for Sept. 7.
Noon Thursday, Aug. 31, was the deadline to appear in today’s What’s Happening. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the large number of submissions, non-profit events are run only one time in print, will be edited and appear in the week before the event date.
Email is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Heidi Wiechert at 618-239-2500.
September 11 events
▪ 6th Annual September 11 Memorial Walkway 5K Run/Walk — 9:11 a.m. Sunday. Hough Park, 417 N. 3rd St., Belleville. Proceeds benefit the construction and maintenance of the September 11 Memorial Walkway. For more information or to register: www.wtcmemorial.us.
▪ 6th Annual Moment of Remembrance Ceremony to Honor Victims of 9/11/2001 — 11:30 a.m. Monday. September 11 Memorial Site, 1125 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Hosted by the September 11 Memorial Walkway Committee and the city of Belleville. www.wtcmemorial.us or 618-233-6518, ext. 1245.
▪ Hero’s Way Angel and Flag Stands — Noon to 2 p.m. Monday. Sponsored by the Rev. Tom Qualls Sr. Two locations: 6103 N. Park Drive, Washington Park. 204 John St., Collinsville. “United we stand as we pray for peace and harmony. Some gave some, some gave all.” 618-722-0348.
▪ Benefit Access Program Assistance — 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Representative from Edwardsville Township Office will assist with License Plate Discount. Benefit access: “Circuit Breaker.” No appointment required. Walk-ins welcome. 618-656-0300 or email@example.com.
▪ College Financial Aid Seminar — 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Collinsville High School, 2201 S. Morrison Ave. Hosted by State Rep. Katie Stuart. Free financial aid seminar for students who are planning for college. Open to the public. 618-365-6650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ ‘Come as You Are’ Tai Chi — 5 p.m. Wednesday. Ever and Anon Park, corner of East Main and Mascoutah Ave., Belleville. Free one-hour class for all ages and skill levels. Sponsored by the Belleville Heritage Society.
▪ Fort de Chartres Muzzle Loading Black Powder Artillery Safety School — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. Artillery re-enactors participate in yearly safety training and demonstrate live cannon firing. Training on Saturday and live firing demonstrations on Sunday. Hosted by the French Colonial Artillery from the Holy Family Militia. 618-284-7230.
▪ ‘GriefShare’ Seminar and Group — 6-7:30 p.m. Meeting weekly on Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Tuesday, Dec. 12. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1300 Beltline Road, Collinsville. A special weekly seminar and support group for people grieving the death of someone close to them. Can be started any time during the 13-week sessions. For information or to register: 618-334-3151 or email@example.com.
▪ Hospice volunteer training — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Centennial Room, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. Variety of volunteer positions are available. Pre-registration is encouraged. Valerie Engelbart, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, 217-246-4167.
▪ NAMI basics education class — 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Anderson Hospital, Maryville. This free class will meet for six consecutive weekly sessions on Tuesday. It is designed for parents and caregivers of youths living with a mental health condition. The course will offer information regarding medication, diagnosis, communication and coping skills and more. Contact the NAMI office at 618-798-9788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
▪ “We Remember You” Candlelight Vigil — 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. “Question, Persuade, Refer” at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Diana Cuddeback, director of Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice, presents a free training program for anyone who wants to know how to help someone who is struggle with thoughts of suicide. 7:30-8 p.m. Candlelight Vigil, Lourdes Grotto, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Remember loved ones who have died by suicide. Sponsored by the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and the St. Clair County Mental Health Board Suicide Prevention Alliance. 618-394-6270.
▪ The 3rd Annual Ben’s Bluegrass, BBQ and Beer Bash — 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. Keith Dudding and his Mountain River Valley Boys Bluegrass Band will provide music. Fire ‘n Smoke Wood-fired Kitchen of Troy will provide BBQ. Recess Brewing will provide beer and wine. Adults $25, child $10. Food served from 4-6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Only a limited amount of tickets may be available at the event. All funds raised to benefit educational programs for area children and restore and maintain The Stephenson House. stephensonhouse.org or 618-692-1818.
▪ 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.
▪ Benefit: ‘Help Laney Kolb Beat PKAN’ — Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. Millstadt Municipal Park. Activities for children and adults with proceeds to benefit Laney Kolb, who has a rare brain disease.
▪ Cardinals and St. Louis Baseball Writers #JOIN4JOE Bone Marrow Donor Drive — 4:15-8 p.m. Saturday. Busch Stadium, outside the Family Pavilion in the Ford Plaza. Takes place during the Cardinals game. In honor of Joe Strauss, who covered the Cardinals for 14 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and passed away in December 2015 after battling leukemia. More than 14,000 people are in need of a bone marrow donor. This event helps potential bone marrow donors join the world’s largest and most diverse donor registry. cardinals.com/join4joe.
▪ Craft and Vendor Show — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Belle-Clair Exposition Building, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Admission $3. Over 200 exhibitors. Door prizes.
▪ Vendor Fair — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Shop at vendors. It’s national teddy bear day. Bring a teddy bear for the Swansea police and fire departments. Food available all day from the Swansea Fish Stand.
▪ Freeburg Community High School Music Boosters yard sale — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. High school parking lot, 401 S. Monroe, Freeburg. All proceeds go to cost of Tour 2018 to Disney World.
▪ McKendree Chapel Series, Guest Speaker: MLB Broadcaster Fran Charles — Noon, Wednesday, Sept. 13. Hattenhauser Center, McKendree University. Public is welcome to hear sportscaster Fran Charles Jr. of the Major League Baseball Network.
▪ Holy Ghost Miracle Tent Revival — 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 to Friday, Sept. 15. 5700 N. Belt West, Belleville. The Rev. David Harbison invites everyone. All services will be streamed live on YouTube channel: “There’s Victory 4 You.” Information: 618-235-6373 or www.theresvictory4you.org.
▪ Kids Resale event — 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. St. Henry Church, 5303 W. Main St. Clothing, toys and equipment. Sponsored by Metro East Mothers of Multiples. email@example.com.
▪ Music Festival and Frontier Dog Walk— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. musical festival, 9 a.m. to noon dog walk, Saturday. Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 3500 Poag Road, Hartford. Performers, some in period clothing, will play traditional music throughout the site. Both events are free and open to the public. Dogs not allowed in Interpretive Center unless support or service dogs. 618-251-5811.
▪ Sacred Heart Church Rummage and Bake Sale — 4-7 p.m. Friday and 8-11 a.m. Saturday. 100 S. 3rd St., Dupo. Entry fee: 1 item for Dukare, food pantry. Specials on Saturday.
▪ St. James Fall Quilt/Cash Bingo — Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Stephen Freund Parish Center, 419 W. Madison, Millstadt. Bingo begins at 1 p.m. Chicken dinner and refreshments. Basket boutique, raffles, bake sale and attendance prizes.
▪ Swansea Farmer’s Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Senior coupons are in. Locally grown crops, fruits, vegetables and crafts.
▪ Troy Family Summer of Fun Event — Friday. Entertainment begins 6 p.m. Movie at 8:15 p.m. Tri-Township Park northeastern corner across from the gazebo. Free food and snacks. Showing: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” 618-667-8769 or troymaryvillecoc.com/tfsof.
▪ Troy Truck Convoy to benefit local Special Olympics athletes — Registration 5:30 p.m. Saturday. CIT Trucks, 2120 Liebler Drive, Troy. Convoy will travel approximately 25 miles along I-55 and I-270. Special Olympics athletes and families, the community, companies and law enforcement agencies will welcome the truckers as they return for dinner and a celebration. Last year, 150 trucks participated and raised $60,000 for the Special Olympics athletes of Illinois. For information or to register a truck, visit www.soill.org/truck-convoy or call Lourin Sprenger, 618-960-9159.
▪ Walking Tour of West Belleville Historic District — 10 a.m. Saturday. Starts at 1106 W. Main St., West End Park. Tour is approximately 16 blocks and lasts 1 hour. $10 per person. 12 years and up. Benefits the Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required: 618-236-7481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ St. Joseph Parish Picnic — Freeburg. Friday: fish fry, 4-7 p.m. Saturday: Mass 4 p.m., chicken dinner, 4-7 p.m., quilt bingo, 6 p.m., kids activities, booths, food stands.
▪ Shiloh Homecoming Picnic — 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. At Shiloh Community Park.
▪ 31st Annual Biddleborn Schlachtfest and Wurstmarkt — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Trinity United Church of Christ, 5698 Biddleborn Road, Marissa. A buffet featuring grilled pork sausage will be served in the pavilion. Tickets cost: adults $12, children $6, ages 5 and under are free. Carry outs will be available. At the country store, there will be items for purchase, quilt raffles, games and meat sales. Live music will be provided by The Ainad Brass Band from noon-1:30 p.m. and The Venedy Band from 2-3:30 p.m. A free kid’s corner with a face painting artist will also be at this event. Ray Swedo: 618-443-7931.
▪ Apple Festival — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. This event features apple wine tasting, kid’s activities like balloon twisting and face painting, an apple pie walk at 12:30 p.m., live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a pumpkin roll at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the apple pie walk will be donated to the Friends of Pere Marquette Foundation. www.pmlodge.net or 618-786-2331.
▪ Wing-Ding Cook-off Challenge and Cornhole Competition — Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Troy VFW, 123 W. Market St., Troy. Wing judging at 3 p.m., awards following. Cornhole competition sign up at 1 p.m., competition at 2 p.m. Cost $5 per person. Proceeds benefit Troy VFW Auxiliary.
▪ All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Dinner — 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Albers American Legion. Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and more sides. $9 adults, $4 child. 5 and under free. Carryouts available. 25 percent of profits will be donated to Albers and Damiansville schools. 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.
▪ BBQ Thursday — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 E. State Route 15, Belleville. Takeout or eat in pork steak or pulled pork sandwich dinner with sides. Brats and homemade desserts.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ 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 Bands Pancake Breakfast — 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. First United Methodist Church, 504 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. All you can eat, $10 per person, under age 3 free. Pancakes, sausage, eggs. Benefits O’Fallon District 90 bands.
▪ 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.
▪ 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. Mary Parish Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. St. Mary School, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Cod and walleye by the sandwich, plate, or pound, sides. Dine in or carry out.
▪ Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m.-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.
▪ Euchre Tournament — 7 p.m. Friday. Everyone welcome. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main, Smithton. 618-233-3370.
▪ Granite City Senior Club Bingo — 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmas, Granite City. Admission $1. Cards 4 for $1. For all seniors 50 and older. Refreshments served. 618-444-6771.
▪ St. Pancratius Euchre Tournament — 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Fayetteville. $5 per player. Questions: 618-791-5705.
▪ Turkey Shoot — Noon Sunday. VFW 1300, 3401 Century Drive, Granite City. Every Sunday until Dec. 10, weather permitting. Raffles, food, meat-hat and money shoots. Open to public. 12 and 20 gauge only; house guns available.
▪ Texas Flood Relief Concert — Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. O’Fallon KC Hall, 402 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. Featuring: “7 Bridges Road: the Ultimate Eagles Experience.” Tickets $25. 100 percent of ticket sales donated to Texas Flood relief. 618-632-6229.
▪ 2017 Downtown Concert Series — 3:30-7 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “OOPA and the Sofa Kings.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free summer concerts presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
▪ MASC presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Historic Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. The musical performed by the Monroe Actors Stage Company. Adults $14. Seniors and students $12. 618-939-7469 or www.masctheatre.org.
▪ An Evening with Jesse Colin Young — 8 p.m. Saturday. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets: www.wildeytheatre.com or 618-307-1750.
▪ George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass — 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Maeystown. No charge for concert but donations accepted. BBQ available to go. Bring lawn chair. 618-580-5875 or www.maeystown.com.
▪ Alton Jazz and Wine Festival — 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Liberty Bank Amphitheater, Alton. Celebrating Miles Davis, local and national jazz performers play at this free event. Featuring: Keyon Harrold, “The Funky Butt Brass Band,” the Dawn Weber Group, and the Ptah Williams Quartet. Food and wine will be available for purchase.
Worth the Drive
▪ Summer Music Series — 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Library Park, 400 N. State St., Litchfield. Featuring: “Joshua Stanley,” a country music singer and songwriter. www.visitlitchfield.com.
▪ Litchfield Picker’s Market — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Litchfield, corner of Union Ave. and State Street. Live music and vendors.
▪ Grafton’s 11th Annual ‘Art in the Park’ — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Grove Memorial Park, Grafton. Free event featuring regional artists with live music and food vendors. Activities for children are provided by the Grafton United Methodist Church. www.enjoygrafton.com.