What’s Happening for Oct. 12.
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▪ 12th Annual ‘Sips ‘n’ Suds’ with the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association — Doors open 6 p.m. Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Donation: $25 per person or 2 for $40.
▪ 16th Annual Concordia Church Dinner Auction — Doors open 5 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m. Saturday. Quail Club, Concordia Road, Belleville. Event includes silent auction, basket auction and oral auction. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at door. 618-476-3377.
▪ 27th Annual ‘Break Word with the World’ — 7 p.m. Tuesday. SIUE-East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, Room 2083. A town hall-style evening of poetry, exhibits, performance art and social commentary. Presented by The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club and the St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival. 618-650-3991.
▪ 2017 Rosary Crusade — Noon, Saturday. St. Teresa Church, Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Bring a lawn chair. 618-233-2545.
▪ 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. 12. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Senior coupons are in. Locally grown crops, fruits, vegetables and crafts.
▪ Bobby Norfolk: Spooky Tales — 4 p.m. Saturday. Granite City Branch Library, 2145 Johnson Road. Emmy Award winning storyteller, author and educator, Bobby Norfolk. Questions: 618-452-6238 ext. 720.
▪ Dancing with the Champions — The Catholic Children’s Home dance contest and silent auction that was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, has been postponed until spring of 2018. Anyone who has paid for a sponsorship, ad or tickets will receive a refund.
▪ Fall Garage Sale — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Hope Lutheran Church, 3715 Wabash Ave., Granite City. Arts and crafts, honey, bake sale. Adult, children and baby clothes. Miscellaneous items.
▪ Fort de Chartres French and Indian War Encampment — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. 1750s historically dressed Native American, soldier, militia and camp follower re-enactors participate in everyday camp activities and military drills. www.fortdechartres.us/events.
▪ Main Street Community Center blood pressure checks — 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 17. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Free blood pressure check, no registration required or age requirement. Walk-in only.
▪ Miner’s Day celebrations — Noon, Sunday. Union Miners Cemetery, Mt. Olive. The Mother Jones Foundation will present its annual tribute to the Battle of Virden. Union Miners’ Cemetery Walk will follow the Foundation program. The public is invited to this free event. See the Mother Jones Foundation and the Union Miners Cemetery Walk 2017 Facebook pages for more information.
▪ ‘National Trends in Special Education and School Psychology: Conversations with SIUE Professors’ — 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. Short presentations by SIUE professors about academic programs and local services to address the needs of children with disabilities. 618-692-7556.
▪ The Red Mass — 7:45 a.m. Friday. St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville. Bishop Edward K. Braxton and the St. Thomas More Committee invite the community to the Red Mass. Reception to follow. The Red Mass marks the opening of the U.S. Supreme Court term but traces its tradition to the first Red Mass held in 1245 in Paris.
▪ Rummage and Bake Sale — 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B St., Belleville. Sponsored by the Women’s Guild. Brown bag special on Saturday.
▪ Secretary of State’s Mobile Unit — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Mascoutah Senior Center, 227 N. Market St. Renew your driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal sticker without a trip to the driver services office. 217-782-7044.
▪ Signal Hill ‘Lots of Love’: Community Work Days — 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14. Park at Signal Hill Elementary. Walk southeast along the bike trail. Outdoor classroom site will be located on the right before Superior Drive. Heartlands Conservancy will provide seeds, plants and other equipment. Attendees are invited to bring shovels, trowels, gloves, boots and rakes. Volunteers of any age and experience are welcome. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-566-4451 ext. 23.
▪ Sip and Shop — 6-9 p.m. Friday. Fairview Heights Elks Lodge 664. Admission is free and there will be more than 20 vendors.
▪ Special Olympics Flag Football tournament — Opening ceremonies 11 a.m. Sunday, Trenton City Park. Competition 11:30 a.m. Fans are invited to experience 149 athletes and 8 unified partners compete representing 16 teams from 15 agencies across Illinois. Justin Dunning, 618-654-6680.
▪ SWIC Manufacturing Day Open House — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road. State Rep. Jay Hoffman will speak about the importance of technical education and filling manufacturing jobs. Celebration is free and open to the public. 618-931-0600, ext. 7476.
▪ ‘Thursdays with Teri’ — 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 12. Belleville Public Main Library, 121 E. Washington. Teri Bromley is the cemetery and church records chairman of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society. She will be available to answer questions about genealogical research.
▪ Understanding Alzheimer’s program — 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Immanuel United Methodist Church, 800 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Participants will view clips from the PBS documentary special “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts” and engage in a panel discussion. alz.org/greatermissouri.
▪ Village-wide Garage Sale —7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Damiansville. Bargains at sales across the village.
▪ Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Belleville — 10 a.m. Saturday. Starts at the Veterans’ Memorial, southeast corner of the square on East Main, Belleville. Tour is approximately 16 blocks long and lasts about 90 minutes. $10 per person. Ages 12 years and up. Benefits the Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required: 618-236-7481 or email@example.com.
▪ Yanda Log Cabin Day — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 148 S. Main St., Glen Carbon. Demonstrations by period craftsman on blacksmithing and forging by Mike Lanham, woodworking, corn grinding, sewing, dulcimer and string music. Food available for purchase by the Kiwanis.
▪ Highland Art in the Park — Lindenthal Park, Highland. 6-9 p.m. Friday is a preview party for sponsors and V.I.P. guests. Open for everyone from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Art for sale, live entertainment, food, kid’s creations projects, live music, ice sculpting and an interactive public art project. www.highlandartscouncil.org.
▪ Pumpkinfest — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Courthouse Square, downtown Waterloo. Free. 5K Run/Walk, music, craft and merchant booths, pumpkin painting, pumpkin games, pumpkin contests, washer tournament, demonstrations, face painting and food.
▪ Drums and Percussion Belleville Festival — Drum clinics starting 2 p.m. Saturday, Althoff’s Heritage Hall. Concert on Sunday at 4204’s Banquet Hall, 4635 W. Main, Belleville. Concert features the Chester Thompson Trio with Chester Thompson, drummer from Gensis, Phil Collins and Weather Report, and the Ndugu Chancler Band with Alphonso Johnson, bassist from Santana. Tickets available in advance at Melodic Rhythms, 4204, Eckert’s Florist or melodicrhythms.com. Clinics cost $20 in advance, $25 at door. Concert $20 general admission or $25 at door. Concert reserved seats $25 in advance or $30 at door.
▪ 26th Annual Leclaire Parkfest — Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Leclaire Park, Edwardsville. The ‘Parkfest’ features live music, festival food, a beer garden, artisans, children’s activities, a book fair and an exhibit of vintage vehicles. Friends of Leclaire share the history of Leclaire National Historic District through posters and trolley tours. www.historic-leclaire.org or 618-363-9599.
▪ All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast — 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Augustine Parish Hall, 1900 W. Belle, Belleville. $7 adults, $4 children, under 4 are free. No family pays more than $25. Sponsored by St. Augustine Boy Scout Troop 24.
▪ 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.
▪ Freedom Farm Fish Fry Fridays — 4-8 p.m. Friday. Freedom Farm, 6355 Hilgard Memorial Drive, Freeburg. Fish fry every Friday. Hayrides are back — 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.
▪ Highland Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.
▪ Kiwanis Chili Dinner — Noon until the chili runs out. Glen Carbon American Legion Hall. Tickets $8 adults and $4 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.eventbrite.com.
▪ 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.
▪ Senior Chili Cook-off — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Moody Park, large pavilion, Fairview Heights. $5. First ever Senior Chili Cook-off. Interested participants must bring crockpot of chili or potluck dish to share. Toppings, tasting cups, bowls and utensils provided. Vote for favorites. Top three winners will receive prizes. Live music at noon from Tommy Tunes. Bring lawn chairs. RSVPs encouraged: 618-489-2040.
▪ 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. Joseph Church Fish Bake and Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Baked cod, fried cod loins by the plate, sandwich or pound. Shrimp, grilled cheese, spaghetti, and more. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Eat in or carry out. 618-539-4720.
▪ St. Mary Parish Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday. St. Mary School basement, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Dine in or carry out. Cod or walleye: sandwich, plate or by the pound. Sides and desserts.
▪ 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.
▪ Turkey Hill Grange: Flapjack Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief — 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 1375 Route 15, Belleville. Biscuits and gravy, pancakes, drinks. Suggested donation $7. Dine in or carry out.
▪ 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.
▪ Wurstmarkt and Shooting Match: Still Shot and Trap Shoot — Sunday. Shooting match noon to 4 p.m. All-you-can-eat from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. American Legion Hall, St. Libory. Carryouts available. Quilt raffle and country store. Event by St. Liborius Parish.
▪ 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.
▪ Halloween Trivia Night ‘Spooktacular’ — Doors open 5:15 p.m. Game at 6 p.m. Saturday. Trinity United Church of Christ, 47 N. Douglas Ave., Belleville. Benefits Interfaith Community Food Pantry. $10 per person at door, 12 years and under $5. Food donations welcomed. Costume contests for kids and adults, no full face masks. Attendance prizes, basket raffle, 50/50. Reservations: 618-233-2941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Holy Name Society’s Meat Shoot — 11 a.m. Sunday. Hecker Community Center Grounds, 230 E. Washington St., Hecker. 618-473-2217.
▪ Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. Elks Lodge 664, 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Meat and cake raffles. Free food.
▪ Meat Shoot for Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council PAC Fund — Noon, Sunday. TR’s Place, Belleville. Food and prizes. Meat rounds $3 per ticket. Money rounds $5 per ticket.
▪ Trivia Night — Doors open 6 p.m. Game begins 7 p.m. Friday. First United Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Church St., Collinsville. Babysitter provided. 618-344-1109.
▪ Queen of Hearts Drawing — 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Catholic War Veterans, 3535 N. Illinois Route 159, 3 miles south of Belleville. Ticket sales stop at 7:30 p.m. Jackpot is $41,000. If no one draws the Queen, the jackpot will increase next week.
▪ ‘Javier Mendoza presents Hobo Cane’ — 5 p.m. Friday. McKendree University’s Ames Dining Hall. Free concert and fundraiser for hurricane and earthquake relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico City. Meals will be available for $8.95 with 20 to 25 percent donated to fundraiser. Carry outs welcome. Donation websites: www.directrelief.org or www.topos.mx. Information: Craig Robertson, director of campus activities, 618-537-6856 or email@example.com.
▪ 2017 Downtown Concert Series — 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “Riverside.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free concert presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
▪ Masterworks Chorale: “Celtic Voices” — 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon. A celebration of folk music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Tickets: 618-304-9094.
▪ Neil Simon’s ‘Plaza Suite’ — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 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
▪ Paranormal Investigator book signing event — 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Main Street Book Store, 307 S. Main St., St. Charles, Missouri. Matthew Bockstruck, a paranormal investigator from the St. Louis area, will be signing copies of his book, “Paranormal Tales.” Signed copies will be available for $10 each.
▪ Gateway Milers: Walk at Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve — Registration 9:15 a.m. Group walk 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Borsch Park, Bluff Road, Valmeyer. 6k routes and 10k routes offered from easy and moderate to challenging. Fee $3 per person. Hiking shoes and walking poles recommended.
▪ Marcoot Jersey Creamery Fall Fest — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 526 Dudleyville Road, south of Greenville. Free, family-friendly event. Interactive activities, samples of cheese. Cheese-filled bratwursts, fried cheese curds and custard-style ice cream. Cheese making demonstration at 11 a.m. 618-664-1110 or www.marcootjerseycreamery.com.
▪ ‘Star Wars Con’ at Case-Halstead Public Library — 5 p.m. Friday. Case-Halstead Public Library, Carlyle. Star Wars Trivia and Star Wars themed games at 5 p.m. Dan Yezbick of St. Louis Community College at Wildwood will present “Rebel Girls and Warrior Women: The Forceful Heroines of Star Wars” at 6 p.m. Star Wars fashion show at 7 p.m. Showing “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at 7:30 p.m. 618-594-5210.
▪ St. Louis Comic Book Show —10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Shrewsbury American Legion, 7300 Lansdowne, St. Louis. Admission $2. Buy, sell and trade comics, cards, toys and action figures. Over 40 tables of collectibles.
▪ Centralia Art-Wine-Music Festival — 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Centralia, 300 E. Broadway, Centralia. Local artists, musicians, food vendors. seecentralia.com/event.