What’s Happening: Local events for Aug. 27-Sept. 2

Artwork from CODEX ISOM by Ron Isom, on exhibit through Oct. 15 at the Scmidt Art Gallery, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville.
Artwork from CODEX ISOM by Ron Isom, on exhibit through Oct. 15 at the Scmidt Art Gallery, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville.


Eckert’s Concerts — 7-9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Music by Kayla Ray (country) on Friday. The Dusty Brothers (Americana/country/rock) on Saturday. Free. Kids activities.

Back Porch — 4-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sit “N” Bull Saloon, 31 S. Mill St., New Memphis. Free live music by Just Another Band, Saturday; Knoisemaker & The Silent Partners, Sunday.

“The LeFevre Quartet” — 10 a.m. Sunday, Christ United Church of Christ, 26 N. 14th St., Belleville. Music by The LeFevre Quartet, an award winning gospel group. Free will offering accepted.

Piano Concert— 6 p.m. Sunday, Unity Baptist Church, 2500 St. Clair Ave., Granite City. Featuring Rich McKinney, a 1964 graduate of Granite City High School and a Vietnam veteran. The piano stylist and arranger has a master’s degree in music education from Truman State University. Donations of nonperishable food items and/or love offerings will be accepted. Proceeds to benefit Granite City Community Care Center Inc. Refreshments served after the concert.

Benefit Recital — 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. Featuring pianist Daniel Fry and clarinetist Sarah E. Burk. Tickets: $25 through church office or at the door. A champagne and light hors d’oeuvre reception will follow. Proceeds will go toward replacing the 6-foot Baldwin piano in the chancel of the church. Information: 618-223-3303.

Gospel Concert — 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 50 Longacre Drive, Fairview Heights. Featuring Ricky Atkinson, a multiyear winner of Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year gospel fan awards. A free-will offering will be received. Information, 618-234-5941.


Ballroom Dance — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Music by the Renditions.

Daytime Dance — 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by the Dale Willeford Trio. Lunch served. Reservation: Al, 618-344-7787.


Midwest Salute to the Arts — 6-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Moody Park, Fairview Heights. Juried art show with 100 artists displaying and selling their work. Live entertainment, Interactive Children’s Creation Station, Children’s Gallery ($5 to enter), food court, live art demonstrations. See story, page C1.

Waterloo Homecoming — 5 p.m.-close, Friday-Saturday, Waterloo. Craft vendors; carnival rides, 5-11 p.m.; local food vendors. On Friday, music by Waterloo Municipal Band, 7-8 p.m.; Sofa Kings, 8 p.m.-midnight. On Saturday, parade with the theme favorite movie or movie character, 5 p.m., from Moore Street and Illinois Avenue, south on Moore, left on Fourth, left on Library, right on Mill, left on Main to First Street; trophy presentation at 7 p.m.; music by Budlight Brigade, 6-8 p.m.; Amber Fade Band, 8-midnight.

St. Teresa Picnic — 4 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, St. Teresa Catholic Church grounds, 1108 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Polka Mass, 4 p.m.; fried chicken dinner, 4-7 p.m.; quilt bingo, 6 p.m.; silent auction, beer garden, live music, poker, Blackjack, raffles, Big 6 Wheel, carnival rides, kids activities.

Backyard Barbecue & Gumbo Festival — Saturday, The Kaskaskia Riverhouse, 1 Harbor Point Drive, New Athens. Barbecued pork steak cookoff. Admission is $5; 12 and under free. Entertainment includes legendary Zydeco Crawdaddies, Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton, The Funky Butt Brass Band, Big Mike Aguirre and the Blue City All-Stars. Laura Green Blue Fan, Boulderdash and Razed on Radio. Information: 618-475-2223.

Pinball for Partners — 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, CP Pinball, 115 Sinclair Ave., South Roxana. Cost: $15 per person, includes free play on all pinball machines and arcades. All proceeds to Partners for Pets. Bring your own bottle.

“War Room” Movie — 9 a.m. Saturday, O’Fallon Cine 15 Theater, 1320 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Private breakfast movie screening. Admission: $15 adults, $7 youth (12-6), free kids (5 & under). Presented by M.O.M.

Asian Carp Tournament — noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Fayetteville Boat Dock, Fayetteville. Fishing tournament sponsored by The Village of Fayetteville and Gateway to the Kaskaskia Committee. Entry fee: $75, $10 for big carp per boat. Information: 618-677-3343.

Back-to-School Symposium — 2 p.m. Sunday, Grand Marais Golf Club, 5802 Lake Drive, Centreville. Workshops: health screenings, after school safety tips presented by the East St. Louis Fire and Police Departments, free food. Free school supplies and other essential items (while supplies last) to assist students. Special guest: Antioch M.B. Puppet Ministry. Presented by M.O.M.

Rope Making Demonstrations — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, 1350 Illinois Route 155 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher. Donation: $4 adults, $2 children, or $10 per family. See how settlers of the Illinois frontier made rope in the 1700s. Visitors can participate in rope making and keep any rope the make. The fort will be open both days and visitors may tour the museum, reconstructed guard house and powder magazine (believed to be the oldest building in Illinois).

Car Cruise — 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. On Sept. 9, first 100 cars get free commemorative plaque.


Schmidt Art Gallery — Friday through Oct. 15, Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville. “CODEX ISOM” by Ron Isom uses design, composittion and symbolic contest to create esoteric connections to the universe. “A Moment in Time” by Stewart Halperin is a photographic journey of light, color, subject and movement that align to offer a moment unfolded. “Vertical Series” by Florin Hategan includes large-scale figurative prints of young adults who represent the struggle with identity and integration. “letting go, to seed” by Jessica White includes outdoor birdseed drawings that reclect the transience of nature and people.


Barbecue — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Turkey Hill Grange Hall, corner of Green Mount Road and Illinois 15 (near Eckert’s), Belleville. Pork steak, brats, potato salad, baked beans, slaw, chunky applesauce, 4-bean salad, brownies, cobbler, pie, cake, canned drinks. Carryouts available.

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

Caseyville Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. 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. Serving jack salmon and wild-caught grilled salmon. Homemade desserts. Carryouts: 618-632-5222.

Granite City Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 1300, 3401 Century Drive, Granite City. Cod, jack salmon, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips. Eat in or carry out. 618-877-8764.

Highland Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carry out. 618-654-6367.

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 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. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Sponsored by KC and Ladies Auxiliary. Cod and bluegill, burgers, hotdogs, sides. 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.

Scott VFW Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, Belleville. DJ, 8-1 p.m.

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.

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 — 4-7 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. 618-667-8387

Barbecue Fundraiser— 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Potato salad, slaw, baked beans are the sides to go with plate lunches. Pork steaks, brats, hot dogs either on plate lunches or sandwiches. Delivery in the area with five or more plate lunches. Place order by calling 618-877-1936.

Walton’s Chicken Dinner — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 618-632-5222.

Fried Chicken — 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. All you can eat. Adults $10; $8 seniors; $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.

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

Cribbage — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Camelot Bowl, 801 Beltline Road, Collinsville. New players wanted. Information: Yvonne, 618-344-1521 or Phillip, 618-288-7910.

Luncheon & Card Party — noon Tuesday, St. Luke’s Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Sponsored by St. Luke Perpetual Help Sodality. Cost: $6. Cards, bingo with prizes. Pork, German potato salad, applesauce, cake, coffee, hot tea, iced tea, water.


Swansea Farmer’s Market — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown crops (corn, tomatoes, watermelon) baked goods, eggs and crafts. The Moose serving lunch. Information: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753 or swanseafarmersmarket@yahoo.com.

O’Fallon Farmers Market — 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, downtown O’Fallon (next to caboose). Locally grown produce.

Alton Farmer’s & Artisans’ Market — 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 17, parking lot, corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street. Locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic crops, produce, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, fresh eggs, honey, bread, baked goods, flowers, potted plants, artwork.

Old Town Market — 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, corner of North First and West Main streets, on the parking lot of the St. Clair County Public Health Department, Belleville. Vendors include produce, flowers, plants, summer sausage, crafts. “Cycle of Giving” bicycle repair is present on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Community Yard Sale— 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Vendor cost: $15 per table, $5 every additional table.

Hidden Treasures — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wood River VFW, 231 Edwardsville Road, Wood River. Craft and vendor fair.

Ceramic & Fired Arts Show — Friday-Saturday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Ceremac supplies, glass supplies, bisque, paints, brushes, molds, more. Admission: $7. Information: www.ceramicdollshows.com.

New Baden Farmer’s Market — 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, New Baden Community Park. Local honey, homemade jams/jellies, fresh produce and plants.

On Stage

Comedian Willie Farrell — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Hey Guys Comedy Club, Fairview Heights. Tickets: $12.50. Half the proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Willie Farrell has been performing stand-up comedy in Des Moines since the early 1980s. He has toured the country and was featured on the Showtime special “Godfathers of Comedy.” Reserve your tickets by calling 618-792-0366 or steppingb@yahoo.com.


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.

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