What’s Happening: Local events for March 26-April 1


BluegrassConcert — 7 p.m. Friday, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus Main Complex Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. George Portz and Friends of Bluegrass; opening act is Baker Family Bluegrass Band. Tickets: $6; can be purchased at 618-235-2700 ext. 5561 or in College Activities, Main Complex Room 1246. Information: swic.edu/georgeportz or 618-235-2700 ext. 5561.

Quarter Draw Band — 7-9 p.m. Friday, Fairview Memoiral VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. No cover.

Gospel Musical Benefit— 5 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul Baptist Church, 1500 Bond Ave., East St. Louis. Featuring choirs and choruses from St. Louis and East St. Louis area. Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter. Donations from free will offerings will benefit the Delta Child Development Center.

“Twangtown Paramours” — 7 p.m. Saturday, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton. An acoustic folk/Americana duo from Nashville. Tickets: $10, online at www.jacobyartscenter.org.

“Beyond The Ashes” — 10 a.m. Sunday, Christ United Church of Christ, 26 N. 14th St., Belleville. Gospel concert. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Jazz Sunday — 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Music by Anthony Wiggins and Friends.


Country Music — 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by Cactus Moon Band.

Daytime Dance — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by the Dale Wileford Trio. Lunch will be served. This will replace the pot-luck nighttime dinner dance for this month. Reservations: Al, 618-344-7787.


“Taste of Hope” Dinner — 5 p.m.-close Thursday, at the following restaurants: El Indio in Nashville, Kretzer’s Grill and Bar in Hoyleton, Lantern Pub in Ashley, Subway in Nashville, Meier’s Market in Nashville (lunchtime). Twenty percent of proceeds to benefit Washington County Relay For Life. 50/50 raffle. Information: Shirley, 618-318-1867.

Quarter Mania — 7 p.m. Thursday, Bel-Air Bowl (Regency Room), 200 South Belt West, Belleville. 50/50 drawing and raffle. Cash bar. Light snacks provided. Purchase $5 bid paddle or a $25 Cancer Kicker bid paddle. Sponsored by Colleen’s Cancer Kickers Relay for Life Team. Help raise funds for Relay for Life of St. Clair County East/Freeburg. Monies collected will be donated to the American Cancer Society. RSVP to Rhonda Pour, 618-531-0521 or ColleensCancerKickers@gmail.com.

Frog Walk — 7-9 p.m. Friday,Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Fee: $5 members, $10 general public. Recommended age: 8 plus. Limited space available. Local amphibian expert Paul Shetley will lead a walk in search of frogs and toads native to our area.

Ellington Regional Festival — All day, Friday, Dunham Hall, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, Edwardsville. Sponsored by the St. Louis Jazz Club. Edwardsville High School jazz ensembles to participate in a day of performances and workshops. The 7:30 p.m. concluding concert is open to the public and will feature all paticipating bands, clinicians, and the SIUE Concert Jazz Band. General admission: $12, seniors & under 18, $9, SIUE students free with valid ID.

Herstory Weekend — 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Governor French Academy, 219 W. Main St., Belleville. Celebrating National Women’s History Month. TOCO hosts the Women Making a Difference Awards Program at 8 p.m. Friday at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Tapestry of Community Offerings Single Parent Scholarships at Southwestern Illinois College and other TOCO empowerment programs. Herstory weekend offers a unique arts event with a diverse female featured arts and music schedule. For a full schedule and information, email tocoinfo@gmail.com, call 618-257-8626, or go to www.tocofamily.org.

“Hallo Deutschland” — Saturday, Vici’s Front Porch & Tea Garden, 1109 Mill St., Maeystown. A taste of Germany (lunch and learn) followed by an introduction to conversational German language, culture and a tour of historic Maeystown. Cost: $105, includes lunch each week, conversational German class, tour and book. Reservations required: 618-539-3665 or teatime@htc.net.

Free Movie — 2 p.m. Saturday, Collinsville Memorial Library Center, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville. “Ride Along” will be shown in the Community Room.

Easter Egg Hunt — Noon Saturday, Catholic War Veterans, 3535 Route 159, Freeburg (3 miles south of Belleville). For ages 0-11.

Dinner Auction: Light Up The Night — 6 p.m. Saturday, St. Clair Country Club, 100 S. 78th St., Belleville. Hosted by the Illinois Center for Autism. Cost: $50 per person, includes a wine reception, a formal dinner, a silent and a live auction, entertainment by jazz guitarist John Farrar and two talented musicians and ICA employees. Information: 618-398-7500.

Schnucks Easter Egg Hunt — 10 a.m. Saturday, Schnucks, 907 E. U.S. Highway 50, O’Fallon. Age group 0-10 years. Easter Bunny and O’Fallon fire truck available for kids to get their picture taken by parents. Cookie decorating, face painting. Food, drink available for purchase. First National Bank of Waterloo will have its mascot UNO available for pictures as well.

Dreamland Palace Train Show — 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dreamland Palace German Restaurant, 3043 State Route 156, Foster Pond. Admission: $3, children (under 12) free. Doors open for dealer’s setup at 8 a.m. Free parking, door prizes, all scales. Information: Mike Lang, 618-939-9922.

Eggstravaganza — 8 p.m. Saturday, Far Oaks Golf Course, 119 Old Collinsville Road, Collinsville. Check in 5:15-7 p.m. Adult Easter egg hunt. Presented by The Rotary Club of O’Fallon. More than 4,000 eggs, 50/50 raffle, bonnet battle (hat contest). Food and beverages available. Ticket: $25/adult. Ticket information: pre-register at www.ofallonrotary.org or 618-920-5828.

Spring Brunch & Fashion Show — 10 a.m. Saturday, Collinsville Knights of Columbus Hall, Highway 157, Collinsville. Doors open 9:30 a.m. Fashion show presented by Christopher & Banks and CJ Banks. Cost: $15, includes brunch and fashion show. Hosted by Collinsville Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. Reservations/information: Vicki, 618-345-4343 ext. 306 or vmolinar@saintspeter-paul.org.

Easter Egg-Citement — 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; noon and 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Featuring egg hunt, baby chicks and bunnies, face painting, the Easter Bunny, planting a seed, icing cookies. Cost: $10 per child. A photo with the bunny can be purchased for an additional $7. Information: 618-233-0513.

Breakfast with the Bunny — 8-11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert’s Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $6 per child; $12 per adult. Scrambled eggs, has browns, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy, cereals, fruit, fried biscuits, coffee, juice, tea, mile, soda. Reservations recommended. Information: 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

Pierron Easter Egg Hunt — noon Sunday, PIC Park, Pierron. All ages. Bring your own basket. Face painting, bounce house, meet the Easter Bunny, fire truck tours, food and drinks available. Lots of eggs.

“The Joy of Easter” — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. A dramatic interpretation of the Passion Play complete with large choir, orchestra, live animals and full cast. Admission is free. A love offering will be taken. Information: 618-397-5994 or www.stmatthewumc.org.


High School Student Art Show — opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Students present artwork created from a variety of media, including paint, photography, clay, mixed media, graphite charcoal, more. Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. The High School Student Art Exhibition will be on display through April 9.

Senior Art Show — 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Liberal Arts Complex lobby, SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. SWIC will host Life Experienced: A Senior Art Competition. Nearly 60 artists 60 and older will showcase their art. The exhibition will continue Friday through April 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.


Aviston Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton St., Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, fries, baked potato, slaw, applesauce. Eat in or carry out. 618-228-7311.

Breese Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus, 480 N. Walnut St., Breese. Whole catfish, white fish, shrimp, chicken strips, French fries, potato salad, hush puppies, baked potato, macaroni/cheese, stewed tomatoes, slaw. Dine in or carry out.

Caseyville Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. every Friday, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fish plates, desserts, sandwiches, burgers and more.

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.

Highland Fish Fry — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Council 1580 Hall, Route 143 North, Highland. All you can eat fried or baked cod dinners. Plates and side dishes available. Carryouts available. Call 618-654-9049.

Livingston Fish Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Holy Cross Lutheran Hall, 460 Church St., Livingston. Dinner, sandwiches, desserts.

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 Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt Sportsmen’s Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Cod, shrimp, walleye, desserts. Carryouts available at 618-476-1891.

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. every Friday, O’Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fallon. Carryouts 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.

Quail Club Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Walleye, cod, chicken, shrimp, burgers, sides and desserts. Carryouts available. No phone orders.

St. Henry’s Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Voss Center, 5305 W. Main St., Belleville. Sponsored by St. Henry’s Men’s and Women’s Organizations. Codfish by sandwich, plate or pound, baked salmon and soup, cheese pizza, sides. Carryouts available.

St. Mary’s Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Mary Parish basement, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Dine in or carry out. Cod or walleye, (sandwich, plate or by the pound), potato salad, French fries, onion rings, spaghetti, slaw, dessert.

Scott VFW Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, Belleville. DJ, 8-1 p.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 Association, 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. Cod, walleye, shrimp, chicken wings. Eat in or carry out. Information, call 618-233-9380.

Summerfield Fish Fry — 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. Carryouts. 618-934-3841.

Swansea Fish Fry — 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Swansea Fish Stand, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, shrimp. 618-222-7171.

Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Friday, Troy VFW Post 976 and Ladies Auxiliary, 123-A W. Market St., Troy. Choice of cod, catfish, Jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp. Dinners include bread and choice of two sides. Dine in or carry out. Information: 618-667-8387.

Waterloo Fish Fry — 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, Waterloo Sportsman’s Club, 4903 Sportsmans Road, Waterloo. Carryouts avilable. Plates: fish, shrimp or chicken strips (includes fries, slaw). Information: www.waterloosportsmansclub.org.

Benld Lunch-To-Go — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. Fourth St., Benld. Homemade cabbage rolls, vegetable, bread, $6; homemade cabbage, noodles, vegetable, bread, $6.

Columbia Barbecue — 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Columbia Market, 506 N. Main St., Columbia. Barbecue pork steaks, bratwurst, hamburgers, hot dogs (plates and sandwiches). Sponsored by Columbia Jaycees.

St. Felicitas Chicken Dinner — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, St. Felicitas Church, Beaver Prairie, 13322 Church Road, Carlyle. Homemade bread, dressing and desserts. Carryouts available. Cafeteria style. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12). Look for signs on new U.S. 50 west of Carlyle and on Illinois 127, 6 miles north of Carlyle.

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 and younger). Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post.


Cribbage —6:30 p.m. Thursday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Drive, Collinsville. Nine games against nine different opponents. Information: Phil at 618-288-7910 or Yvonne at 618-344-1521.

Bunco Party — 7 p.m. Thursday, St. James Parish Center, 405 W. Madison, Millstadt. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels Program. Enjoy 50/50 drawing, homemade dessert buffet, everyone wins a prize. Tickets: $8 and available at the door. Information: Patty Evansco, 618-476-3731.

Euchre Tournament — 7 p.m. Friday, Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson St., Millstadt.

Cribbage — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo Park, Maryville. New players wanted. Information: Yvonne, 618-344-1521 or Phillip, 618-288-7910.


Book Sale — Friday and April 3, Scottish Rite Building, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Proceeds to benefit Children’s Dyslexia Center — Southern Illinois. Most books $2 or less, paperback $1, kids books available.

Country Treasures Craft Show — Friday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Illinois 13 and 159, Belleville. Country treasures spring garden and home craft show. Weekend admission: $3, children (12 & under) free. Information: 618-628-7878.

Book Sale — 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, (everything $1); 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, (everything 50 cents, children’s books 2 for $.25); 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, ($3 bag day), Mascoutah Public Library, 3 W. Church St., Mascoutah. Sponsored by Friends Group. Information: 618-566-2562.

On Stage

Tony Z Hypnosis Show — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,Hey Guys Comedy Club, 5225 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Hypnotist Tony Z will perform. Comedian Chris Smith opens. Admission: $10 per person.

“Shenandoah” — 7:30 Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Alton Little Theatre, 2450 Henry St., Alton. Musical about a man trying to hold his family together during the Civil War. Tickets can be purchased during Box Office hours (by phone or in person) Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 618-462-3205; online purchase through www.altonlittletheater.org. Reservation/ticket information: 618-462-6562.

“The McKendree Story Project” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday,Hettenhausen Center for the ARts, McKendree University, Lebanon. Theatrical production shares the experiences of current and former university students, faculty adn staff. Free.


Meat Shoot — Sunday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Post’s guns and ammunition. Free food.

Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, T.R.'s Place, 4901 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1937. Wheel and shoot rounds. Attendance prizes, free food. House guns available.

Meat Shoot — noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Swansea Improvement Hall, 301 Service St., Swansea. Sponsored by South Side Improvement.

Ham Shoot — noon Sunday, Polish American War Veterans, 2180 N. 81st St., Caseyville. Cost: $4 per shot. 12/16 and 20 gauges only. House gun available. Free ham and bean soup. “Famous Wheel.”

Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, American Legion Stookey Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Sponsored by Bluff Grange and Fencers of the Corn. Raffles, wheels for meat packs, attendance prizes, baked goods, pot shot cards. Free Bluff Grange chicken and dumplings.


Edwardsville — 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Knights of Columbus, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prize, games. Cash bar. Celebrity encee will be Billy Greenwood from 93.7 The Bull. Tickets: $13 per person, $13 for two students with proof of student ID. Proceeds benefit The Covering House. Get tickets at thecoveringhousetrivianight.ticketleap.com.

Belleville — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Luke’s Parish Center, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Sponsored by Union School. Proceeds benefit the children of Union School. Bring your own snacks. No outside beverages. Cost: $10 per person, limit 8 per table. Big silent auction, 50/50 drawing. Reservations: 618-233-4132 or Sue, 618-604-8333.