What’s Happening for Oct. 5.
Noon Thursday, Sept. 28, 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.
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▪ 63rd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet — V.I.P. reception 4:30 p.m. Program at 6 p.m. Sunday. Marriott St. Louis Grand, 800 Washington Ave., St. Louis. The East St. Louis Branch of the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Awards Banquet. V.I.P. tickets cost $150. Regular tickets cost $75. Proceeds of the fundraiser go toward programs of equality and to help operate the East St. Louis NAACP’s general office. Tickets: 618-271-4698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ 6th Annual ‘Freaky Five’ Halloween 5K Run/Walk and Bonfire — Registration 3 p.m. Race 5 p.m. Bonfire after race. Saturday. Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds. Fundraiser for repairing skate park. Registration forms available at Toolen’s Running Start in Shiloh or register online: active.com. Information: 618-540-2399.
▪ 14th Annual Walk-A-Thon for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Southern Illinois — Registration 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies 10 a.m. Saturday. Scottish Rite Building, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Choice of 3- or 5-mile course. Entry fee $25 adult, $18 child. May register day of event. Benefits children in the programs of the Children’s Dyslexia Center. 618-235-9392.
▪ Annual Day of Remembrance and Hope event — 9 a.m. Saturday. Anderson Hospital, 6800 Illinois 162, Maryville. Opportunity for families to share stories and remember babies who died through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few weeks of life. 618-391-5984 or www.andersonhospital.org.
▪ Ballroom Dance — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St. Music by Michael Lacey.
▪ 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.
▪ Swansea Farmer’s Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Senior coupons are in. Locally-grown crops, fruits, vegetables and crafts.
▪ Blood Drive — Tuesday. Prairie Heart Institute Building, 340 W. Lincoln St., Belleville. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. To schedule an appointment: call 866-448-3253 or www.bloodcenterimpact.org, sponsor code: 10155.
▪ Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center’s FUNDrive — 6-8 p.m. Friday, 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Community Link parking lot, Old U.S. 50, east of Breese. Donate gently-used clothing and household items. All goods collected are sold to Savers. Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center of Germantown provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. www.chakota-trc.org.
▪ Cemetery Walk — 3 p.m. Saturday. O’Fallon City Cemetery, 601 N. Oak St., O’Fallon. Free event and open to the public. The walk starts at the flag pole west of the cemetery entrance. Information: Brian Keller, 618-410-9020.
▪ Dandy Dancer Square and Round Dance — 7-9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Kate Garrison calling and Jacqui Landau cueing. Eunice Peterson, 618-660-6030.
▪ Free Screening Clinic for children with bone, muscle or joint problems — 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Memorial Hospital, 4500 Memorial Drive, Belleville. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsored by the Belleville Shrine Club of the Ainad Shriners. 618-444-9050.
▪ ‘A Grave History of Death’ — 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. St. Clair County Historical Society, 701 E. Washington St., Belleville. How people in the past thought about death and dying. Special exhibits and activities will explore this often misunderstood facet of life in the past. 618-234-0600.
▪ ‘Happy Fall Y’all’ — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Swansea Improvement Hall, 301 Service St.
▪ Heartlinks Grief Center of Family Hospice support group — 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Family Hospice Office, 5110 W. Main St., Belleville. Monthly grief support group for parents and adult siblings grieving the death of a child or sibling due to an addiction. 618-277-1800.
▪ Historic West Belleville Walk — 10 a.m. Saturday. Starts at 1106 W. Main St., West End Park. Tour is approximately 16 blocks and lasts about 60 minutes. $10 per person. 12 years and up. Benefits the Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required: 618-236-7481 or email@example.com.
▪ Illinois Solar Tour — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 106 Lenox Ave., Mitchell. Free open house to see solar installation.
▪ “Living History: A Walk Through Time” — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey. Program to focus on Nature Institute and the region’s history. Suggested donation of $10. www.thenatureinstitute.org or 618-466-9930.
▪ Millstadt Flu Shots — 9-11 a.m. Friday. Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson. 618-476-3731.
▪ Millstadt Porch Sale — 8 a.m. to noon, Friday. Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson. Many items available. 618-476-3731.
▪ “Music, Music, Music” Luncheon — 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 11. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson, Belleville. Features: St. Matthew’s New Life Choir and speaker, Mary Ann Paille. Cost $13. Sponsored by Belleville Metro East Christian Women’s Club. Reservations due by Monday, Oct. 9, to Sue Hammel, 618-398-0772.
▪ O’Fallon Parks and Recreation: Free Summer Movie — Dusk, Friday. Blazier Park, O’Fallon, Baseball Field 1. Bounce house at the event. Showing: “Moana.”
▪ Parkview Church Flea Market — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Parkview Church, 50 Longacre Drive, Fairview Heights. $10 a booth. To reserve: 618-234-5941.
▪ Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope — Registration 9 a.m. Memorial service and balloon release 10 a.m. Saturday. Schoendienst Park, Germantown. Sponsored by the St. Joseph-Breese Share group and hospital Auxiliary. The walk is to raise awareness and remember those touched by the death of a baby or infant. Proceeds will be used for an angel of Hope statue on the hospital campus. Registration can be done the day of the walk. 618-709-2878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Special Olympics District Bocce Competition — Opening ceremonies 9 a.m. Saturday. Glik Park, Highland. Athletes from Special Olympics Areas 11, 12, and 17 competing. Gold medal winners qualify to advance to 2018 State Summer Games. Event is open to the public and free of charge. To volunteer for event or learn more: 618-654-6680 or email@example.com.
▪ Troy United Methodist Women’s Annual Rummage/Bake Sale — 3-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy.
▪ ‘Voices of the Past’ at Woodlawn Cemetery — 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Woodlawn Cemetery, 1400 St. Louis St., Edwardsville. Actors portray Edwardsville’s past citizens at their gravesides. Tickets cost $13 day of event or $10 in advance. Tickets are available at the Edwardsville Public Library and Madison County Archival Library on Main Street, Edwardsville. On Saturday at 7 p.m., a special candlelight presentation will be given in the Woodlawn chapel. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.
▪ 34th annual Belleville Chili Cook-Off — 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Belleville. Free admission. More than 60 vendors will be selling chili, desserts, kabobs and more. Attendees can vote for their favorite. Live music. The 11th annual Junior Idol singing competition on Saturday. The 5th annual Belleville Chili Chase and Kids Pepper Dash at 9 a.m. Saturday. The race starts at East Main and Church Street in Belleville. The fee is $30. The Kids Pepper Dash for ages 13 and under costs $5. bellevillechili.com or 618-233-2015.
▪ St. Louis Downtown Airport Open House, Fly-In and Aviation Job Fair — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. St. Louis Downtown Airport, 6100 Archview Drive, Cahokia. Free admission and parking to a family-friendly aviation event. There will be a car show, food trucks and music. Demonstrations by local police and fire departments. Free Young Eagle flights for ages 8-17. Representatives from military aviation and the aerospace industry on site and more. See the Facebook event page for more details.
▪ 38th Annual Octoberfest — Saturday and Sunday. St. Michael Parish grounds, Staunton. Saturday schedule: 5k run registration 8 a.m. Auction 10:30 a.m. Booths, games, magic shows, balloon sculptures and face painting from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Laser tag 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday schedule: polka Mass 10 a.m., bags tournament 12:30 p.m., chicken dinner 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church hall. Blessing of the Pets at 4:15 p.m. The event also features live music and raffles. Admission is free and everyone is invited.
▪ Maeystown Oktoberfest — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Near stone mill and bridge. More than 60 arts, crafts, antique booths and food stands. Proceeds from Oktoberfest to be used to develop museum, visitor’s center and to preserve heritage of Maeystown. 618-580-5875 or www.maeystown.com.
▪ Lindenwood University-Belleville Homecoming — Parade 11 a.m. Saturday. Main Street, Belleville. Events scheduled all weekend. Campus and dorm tours, picnic and Lynx Fair, theatre performances, athletic competitions and a farewell brunch. All-inclusive Parents and Family Weekend Pass costs $15. Can be purchased online at www.lindenwood.edu/bv/homecoming. 618-239-6033.
▪ St. Rose Sesquicentennial Celebration — 9 a.m. Registration. 10 a.m. 5K Race and Fun Run. Noon to 5 p.m. Craft Beer Festival. Saturday. St. Rose, St. Rose Park. Obstacle course for kids and raffle. All in celebration of St. Rose’s 150th year. www.strosedev.com.
▪ All-You-Can Eat Whole Hog Pork Sausage and Beef Dinner — 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Aviston Legion, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Eat-in or carry out. 618-228-7311.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ Evening in Athens — 4-8 p.m. Saturday. STS. Constantine and Helen, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea. Greek food, homemade Greek pastries. Carry outs available. 618-277-0330.
▪ Fish Fry, St. Elizabeth Church — 4-7 p.m. Friday. St. Elizabeth Church, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, Jack salmon, shrimp. Eat in or carry out.
▪ Friedens Annual Sausage Dinner — 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center, Troy. Carry-outs and curbside pickup will be available until 6 p.m. Menu includes all-you-can-eat grilled pork sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy and sides. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children, age 4 and under free. All carryouts and curbside cost $10. 618-667-6535.
▪ Friedens Wurstmarkt— 3-7 p.m. Saturday. Friedens United Church of Christ, 820 N. Main, Marissa. Menu includes grilled whole hog sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and other sides. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children, 5-11 years old. Carryouts available.
▪ 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.
▪ Quail Club Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday. Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Cod, walleye, shrimp, wings, burgers, sides and desserts. Carryouts available. No phone orders.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ American Legion Riders Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. American Legion, Stookey Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Rain or shine. Booze raffle, paddle wheel raffle, attendance prizes, shot gun raffle. Supporting USO of Missouri.
▪ Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. Elks 664, 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Meat and cake raffles. Free food.
▪ 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. Partner night. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main, Smithton. 618-233-3370.
▪ St. Pancratius Euchre Tournament — 1:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Pancratius, Fayetteville. $5 per player. Questions: 618-791-5705.
▪ Brass Choir from Germany in concert — 7:30 p.m. Friday. Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. The 30-member brass choir will play folk songs of Germany and music of the Reformation. There will be a freewill offering and reception following the concert.
▪ Belleville West Little Theatre: “Every Brilliant Thing” —7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Belleville West Performing Arts Center, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. A play about depression. Tickets $8 students, $10 adults.
▪ The Woodsmen Quartet — 7 p.m. Saturday. Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive. As part of the “Southern Gospel 4 U” concert series, The Woodsmen Quartet of Batesville, Indiana, will perform. A donation of $7 per person is suggested. 618-616-2815 or www.southerngospel4u.org.
▪ Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash Tribute — Doors open 5:30 p.m. Show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Elks Lodge 664, 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. All proceeds benefit Children’s Care Corporation. Tickets: 618-920-8901.
▪ Greater Alton Concert Association presents “Two on Tap: The All Dancing, All Singing Tap Sensation” — 3 p.m. Sunday. Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Melissa Giattion and Ron DeStefano perform classic song-and-dance. altonconcerts.org or 618-468-4222.
▪ ‘Michael Winslow: Comedian, Actor and Human Sound Machine’ — 8 p.m. Friday. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Michael Winslow can imitate over 1,000 sound effects using his voice alone. 618-307-1750.
▪ Annual Concert in the Park — 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Freman’s Park, Maryville. Free concert. George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass: Fiddlers Frolic. 618-632-1384 or www.georgeportzbluegrass.com.
▪ Neil Simon’s ‘Plaza Suite’ — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Highland Elementary Auditorium, 1800 Lindenthal Ave., Highland. A portrait of three different couples successively occupying Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel. Tickets $10 adults, $9 seniors and children. Tickets can be purchased online: www.hardroad.org or at door.
Worth the Drive
▪ Xavier Jara: Classical Guitar on The Great Artist Guitar Series — 8 p.m. Saturday. The Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis. Winner of four international competitions and only 24 years old. Sponsored by The Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society. Tickets $28 or $24 for society members, students and seniors. 314-567-5566 or www.guitarstlouis.net.
▪ West Fork Encampment — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area 4, 4 Marina Lane, Litchfield. Historic reenactment of military and colonial life between 1750 and 1820. Open to the public. www.visitlitchfield.com or 866-733-5833.
▪ Litchfield Picker’s Market — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Litchfield, corner of Union Ave. and State St. Live music and vendors.
▪ Dedication Ceremony for New Educational Fishing Pond — 11:30 a.m. Friday. Pere Marquette State Park. Outside of Visitor Center in front of log cabin. Public is invited.