What’s Happening: Local events for Oct. 15-21

“ALMOST, MAINE”: Jimmy (Henry Holm) runs into his ex-girlfriend Sandrine (Hannah Higgins) at the Moose Paddy restaurant where they are served by Villian (Emily Feazel) in a scene from “Almost, Maine.” Belleville West Little Theatre will present the comedic drama at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Belleville West Performing Arts Center, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. Tickets are $5 for students; $8 for adults. As the Northern Lights hover in the sky above the town, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.
“ALMOST, MAINE”: Jimmy (Henry Holm) runs into his ex-girlfriend Sandrine (Hannah Higgins) at the Moose Paddy restaurant where they are served by Villian (Emily Feazel) in a scene from “Almost, Maine.” Belleville West Little Theatre will present the comedic drama at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Belleville West Performing Arts Center, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. Tickets are $5 for students; $8 for adults. As the Northern Lights hover in the sky above the town, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Belleville West Little Theatre


  • Nikki Warnecke Benefit — 7 p.m. Saturday, The Bull Pen Bar & Grill, 101 N. Van Buren St., New Athens. Euchre tournament and bake sale. Sign in at 6 p.m.; play at 7 p.m. Cost: $7 per person. Prizes, bake sale, raffles begin at 5 p.m. Nikki was injured in an automobile accident on July 15. Benefit to cover medical expenses.


  • Back Porch — 6-10 p.m. Friday; 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sit “N” Bull Saloon, 31 S. Mill St., New Memphis. Free live music. Stan Denton & the Wanted from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday; L8R Days from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
  • “Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown” — 8 p.m. Saturday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Blues. 50th anniversary tour. Tickets are $30-$55 at www.wildeytheatre.com
  • Harvest Festival — 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Hidden Lake Winery & Banquet Center, 10580 Wellen Road, Aviston. Music by RX Blues.
  • Eckert’s Concerts — noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert’s Belleville Farm, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Free. Music by Shakey Dave (country) Saturday and Sunday.


  • Square Dance — 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dancy Dancers. Kate Garrison calling. Information: Sue Larsh, 630-841-4156.
  • Ballroom Dance — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Music by The Alley Kats.
  • Chicken & Beer Dance — 6 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Coumbus, 402 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. Chicken, bread, beer provided; bring sides and snacks. Doors open 5 p.m. Sponsored by Hands to Help. Music from 7 to 11 p.m. by The Cactus Moon Band. Silent auctions, raffles, attendance prizes. Information: 618-235-8853 or www.handstohelpnfp.org.


  • Diva Night — 5-8 p.m. Thursday, downtown Belleville. Prizes, shopping, discounts. Theme: Costume party. Cost: $5 per Diva for girls night out. Registration at Turned Treasures, 225 E. Main St. Get your diva gear and a passport. Get your passport stamped at seven businesses to be eligible for grand prize drawing. After party is at Pitcher’s Sports Pub, 104 W. Main St.
  • Fall Family Festival — 6-8 p.m. Friday, East Belleville YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Rock climbing, trunk-or-treat, costume contest, arts and crafts, games. Free. Donations for candy are being collected in the lobby of both Belleville branches.
  • Haunted Laser Tag — 8-11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October, Edison’s Entertainment Complex, Edwardsville. A haunted house with laser tag and spooky characters lurking in the fog. Cost: $7-$25. For pricing, edisonfun.com/laser-tag/.
  • Haunted Happenings — 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, starting at Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Storytelling tour. Costumed actors will escort you through downtown Lebanon to hear stories of the unusual, the creepy and the downright scary. Material is suitable for Halloween lovers of all ages. Jackets and gloves are encouraged. Tickets are $5. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last 1 1/2 hours. Reservations: 618-537-2544.
  • Alton Haunted Odyssey Tour — Bare Bones Tours, 7-10:30 p.m. Friday; Witching Hour Tours, 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; Eating with the Entities, 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Tours begin at My Just Desserts, 31 E. Broadway (in the historic Simeon Ryder Building), Alton. All tours include a three-hour trolley jaunt to some of Alton’s most sinister haunts. Cost of the Bare Bones Tour and Witching Hour Tour is $45, includes a dinner of autumn salad, chicken tettrazini, roll, choice of pumpkin pie or toll house brownie; Eating with the Entities is $58. Reservations: AltonHauntedTours.com or 618-462-3861.
  • American Thresherman Fall Festival — Friday-Sunday, Perry County Fairgrounds, Pinckneyville. Daily demonstrations and displays of steam and gas engines, draft horses and ponies in action all day. Ropemaking, sawmill, corn shredding and shelling, cider and apple butter making blacksmithing and steam train rides. Antique Tractor Pull and Illinois Hot Farm Stock Pull, 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Consignment sale (antiques only), 10 a.m. Sunday. Concessions, glea market.
  • Maeystown Plein Air Paint Out — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Maeystown. Artists welcome to sketch the historic village throughout the day. Registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Preservation Society Mill and Museum. Village shops will be open thoughout the day. Display and sale of paintings, 3-4 p.m. at the mill. The public is invited to watch the artists. Admission is free.
  • Chili Cookoff and Arts and Crafts — Saturday, Dupo Community Park, Dupo. Chili Pepper Run, 9 a.m.; arts and crafts booths open at 10 a.m.; chili cookoff, 11 a.m. Walf of Honor program, 12:30 p.m. Music by Sofa Kings. Cow patty bingo, 2 p.m.
  • Fall Fest and Chili Cookoff — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, downtown Mascoutah. Crafts, vendors, concessions. Chili cookoff with sampling of more than 20 kinds of chili. Children’s area, craft and product vendors, food and entertainment. Car show registration, 9-noon; entry fee $10, display-only $5; trophies awarded to top 30 entries at 3 p.m.
  • Goosebumps Party — noon, Saturday, Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville. Celebrating the big screen release of the “Goosebumps” movie with a party. Make slime, play Goosebumps-themed games, eat creepy snacks, and enjoy a scary story or two. Seats are limited. Advance registration required. Register by visiting the children’s floor or call 618-344-1112.
  • Clip for the Cure — Saturday, Supercuts, 2525 N. Green Mount, Belleville. Help us raise money for breast cancer research. Ten percent of the proceeds from every haircut will be donated to the Regis Foundation for breast cancer research. Information: www.clipforthecure.org.
  • Lincoln Funeral Commemoration — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, downtown Alton. Historical re-enactors present a tribute to the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln. Talented cast of Alton Little Theater will have two performances at Lincoln-Douglas Square. Free activities for children including Lincoln penny toss, face painting, Lincoln log building. Shuttle tour at noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Includes stops at the Lyman Trumbull house, the Confederate Prison, Lincoln Shields/Smallpox Island and Franklin House. Shuttle tours $5 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Alton Visitor Center or online at visitalton.com/shuttle. Breakfast with Mr. Lincoln will be held at My Just Desserts, 31 E. Broadway, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; Cost. $20 per person for the buffet-style breakfast.
  • Nursing Scholarship 5K — 9 a.m. Saturday, Millstadt Village Park Pavillion 1, Millstadt. Fourth annual memorial 5K in memory of Danielle Turner Dohrman. Nursing scholarships awarded at 10:30 a.m.; memorial balloon release at 10:45 a.m.
  • WASP Wellness Exhibit — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon (next to Menards). Admission free. Women’s wellness event sponsored by Women’s Association of Social Professionals. Free bottled water and popcorn. Attendance prizes. Social Security questions answered, 10-11 a.m.; yoga class for children, 10:45-11:15 a.m., for adults, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Balancing Busy Lifestyles: with Coach Melody McClellan, 1-1:30 p.m. Zumba class, 2-2:30 p.m. Mime presentation on breast cancer awareness by the Witness Project. Information: 618-277-95277 or www.waspsupport4women.com.
  • Midtowne Scarecrow Harvest Festival — 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Parking lot across from 907 W. Main St., Belleville. Artists and crafters; scarecrow building contest, 11:30-3 p.m.; raffles, face painting, craft beer, food truck, bakery treats, massage, angel cards. Music by Monkh, 2 p.m.; other bands and entertainment. Rainbow Ranch will have farm animals, including sheep, llamas and alpacas, 3 p.m.
  • Special Olympics Benefit — noon Saturday, The Office Lounge, 21 N. Church St., Belleville. Games for kids, free samples, 50/50 raffle, face painting, live music. Food plates available for donation. Sponsored by The Office Lounge and Prairie Farms.
  • “Evil Forest” — 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey. Hike through the spooky trails. Admission: $10 per person. No reservations required. Information: 618-566-9930 or info@thenatureinstitute.org.
  • “Woodlawn” Screening — 3:30 p.m. Saturday, O’Fallon Cine 15, 1320 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Ministries on the Move presents this screening of the true story of 1973 All-American football star, Tony Nathan. A gifted African American high school football player learns to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in Birmingham, Ala. Doors open with pre-dinner treats at 3 p.m. Ticket information: 618-580-2006. Proceeds benefit Ministries on the Move Mentoring Program.
  • Cosmic Bingo — 7 p.m. Saturday, Elks Lodge 664, 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Cost: $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door, includes 6 bingo cards, glow hat, glow dauber, $5 per additional 6 cards. Proceeds benefit Fairview Elks Lodge 664. DJ, music, cash prizes. Reservations: 618-444-6228 or scraplady333@yahoo.com.
  • Collinsville Awards and Auction — 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Gateway Center, One Gateway Drive, Collinsville. Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Night and Auction is “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Online ticket sales are closed; the Chamber of Commerce is at 221 West Main St. in Collinsville, 618-344-2884.
  • Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Eckert’s Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton Farms. Wagon rides, live entertainment, festival foods, children’s activities. Fees charged for some activities.
  • Leclaire Parkfest — noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Leclaire Park, Edwardsville. Celebration of the LeClair National Historic District in Edwardsville. Dixieland jazz and bluegrass. Food booths run by local non-profits will sell Italiian beef, steak kabobs, chicken and dumplings, walking tacos, funnel cakes and more. Wine and beer garden. Local artists display their work. Games for children, pet adoptions. DAR hosts book sale. Exhibits of historic photos. Narrated trolley tour of the historic disctrict funs on the half-hour througout the afternoon. Display of vintage tractors and farm equipment.
  • PumpkinFest — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Sponsored by Highland Civic Woman’s Club. Carnival rides, bounce house, carnival food. Paint baby pumpkins, wine glass painting, artisans, crafters, home sales vendors, food vendors, kettle corn, pumpkin spice Cappuccinos, coffee, apple cider, soda, pizza, hotdogs, caramel apples, crispy treats. Raffle. Pumpkin pie eating contest on Saturday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; entry fee $5. Carved pumpkin contest; entry is free.
  • Pro Wrestling — Saturday, East Carondelet Community Center, East Carondelet. SICW champion Flash Flanagan will fight Ron Powers, plus seven other matches. Alsi 2015 class induction into the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame. Inductees include Ken Patera, Eddie Smith, Joe Tangero and Bill Apter.


  • Mourning Col. Stephenson — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday , 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, Edwardsville. Col. Stephenson died in the house on Oct. 10, 1822, and visitors will get a glimpse of the mourning customs practiced by the family almost 200 years ago. Watch as lawyers begin cataloging the Stephenson’s personal items for the probate records, and as Lucy prepares to auction off her belongings. 618-692-1818.
  • “Before I Die” Project — Dec. 4, Schmidt Art Center patio, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville. Using chalk, visitors to the wall will complete lines that begin “Before I die I want to.” The interactive wall exhibition is the brainchild of artist Candy Chang.
  • David Carriel Exhibit — through Oct. 23, The Governor French Academy, 223 W. Main St., Belleville. Complimentary drinks and refreshments. 24 medium-large size photographs by David Carriel, of Belleville, on display. Open to public during normal school hours.


  • Aviston Fish Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, 1/4 fried chicken, fries, bake potato, slaw, applesauce. Eat in or carry out. 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.
  • 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.
  • Columbia Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Columbia American Legion, 375 E. Locust St., Columbia. Catfish fillet, cod, shrimp, hotdogs, hush puppies. Sandwiches or plates with two sides. Choice of six sides. Choice of pies and assorted desserts. Eat in or carry out.
  • 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.
  • 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. Carry outs 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wurst-Markt — 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ, 307 W. Clay St., Collinsville. Pork sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes/gravy, butter beans, peas, applesauce, bread, coffee, tea, milk, pie. Carryouts available. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), children (under 6) free. Crafts, nut sales, sausage.
  • Boy Scout Bar-B-Que — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Rural Family Medical Parking Lot, 251 Marketplace Drive, Freeburg. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 30. Pork steaks, brats, hamburgers, homemade sides (potato salad, slaw, green beans, pork ’n’ beans).
  • Chicken ’n’ Dumplings Dinner — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Central Christian Church, 2020 Johnson Road, Granite City. Cinnamon apples, slaw, green beans, roll, beverage, dessert. Cost: $8 adults, $4 children (11 & under). Eat in or carry out. Also, table full of bargains at just $1 each. Free bracelets for children while they last.
  • Taco Sale — 1-6 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 1300, 3401 Century Drive, Granite City. Tacos, taco salad, sancho, burrito, nachos, fried ice cream. Eat in or carry out. 618-877-8764.
  • Pancake & Sausage Breakfast — 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Augustine Parish Hall, 1900 West Belle, Belleville. Sponsored by St. Augustine Boy Scout Troop 24. All you can eat. Cost: $7 adults, $4 children (4-12), free (under 4). No family pays more than $25.
  • 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. 22.


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


  • Porch & Yard Sale — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. Hidden treasures from local residents’ homes will be on display and for sale on our porch.
  • Holiday Boutique — preview 4-8 p.m. Thursday (attendance prizes and refreshments, $5 admission); 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday (admission free); 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, (admission free), Carrington Place Clubhouse, Frank Scott Parkway West and 2900 Essex Blvd., Swansea. Unique items handcrafted by local artist, decorative painted items, paintings, florals, pottery, jewelry, more. Demonstrations by artist in acrylic, pastel, colored pencil and zentangle.
  • Rummage Sale — 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Route 162, Troy. Multifamily. Cake walk, bounce house, face painting, more.
  • Mega Barn Sale — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Partners 4 Pets new animal shelter, 9136 Lower Marine Road, St. Jacob. Lots of donated items, vendors. Benefits Parntners 4 Pets.
  • 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 Saturday, 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.
  • Book Sale — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVD and CD donations are accepted during regular library hours or on day of sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
  • Autumn Harvest Festival — noon-5 p.m. Saturday, VFW Fairview Heights, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Crfafts and vendors. Fall and Christmas crafts.
  • Huge Yard Sale — 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Grant Middle School, Fairview Heights. Proceeds to go 6th-grade class for their Land for Learning trip. Crafts and scrapbooking items, furniture, toys, mason jars, household items. Bake sale and hot dogs, chips and drinks available.
  • Antique Flea Market — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Illinois 13 & 159, Belleville. Free admission. $2 parking. Antique collectibles and more. Both inside and outside.

On Stage

  • “Almost, Maine” — 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Belleville West Performing Arts Center, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Tickets: $5 for students, $8 for adults. Presented by Belleville West Little Theatre. As the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways in this comedic drama.
  • “America’s Clean Comedian” — Saturday, The Gathering Place Off Broadway, 35 Westwood Drive, Steeleville. Featuring David Graham. Tickets $40; VIP seating $55. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30, show at 7:30. Advance ticket purchases only at www.thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.com
  • “The Miss Firecracker Contest” — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21-24; 2 p.m. Oct. 25, SIUE, Dunham Hall Theatre, Edwardsville. In a small Mississippi town, a few days before the Fourth of July, Carnelle “Miss Hot Tamale: Scott is rehearsing for the Miss Firecracker Contest, hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory. It won’t be that easy. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $10 students with ID (non-SIUE), free students with valid ID, $10 SIUE alumni, retirees, faculty and staff. Presented by the SIUE Department of Theatre and Dance.


  • Meat Shoot — 11 a.m. Saturday, Fairview Memorial VFW Post 8677, 8325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Bake sale, chili cookoff, pot-shots.
  • Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. Meat raffles. Pot shots 12 or 20 gauge, or .410. 12 gauge house guns available.
  • Elks Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, Elks Lodge 664, Illinois 161 and Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Practice at 11:30 a.m.
  • Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, American Legion Riders Chapter 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Gun raffle, booze raffle, wheel rounds, shoot rounds, attendance prizes, free food. Information: 618-538-5445.
  • Meat Shoot — noon-dusk Sunday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Road, Belleville. Meat rounds, free chili.


  • Cahokia — 7 p.m. Friday, Holy Family Church, 116 First St., Cahokia. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Men and Women’s Club. Bring your own snacks; refreshments for sale, raffles, auction baskets.
  • Belleville — 6 p.m. Saturday, Trinity United Church of Christ, 47 N. Douglas Ave., Belleville. 4th Annual Halloween Trivia Spooktacular. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Admission: with advance reservation $5 plus 2 non-perishable food items for adults/2 food items for children (12 & under); without reservations $10 & $5 with 2 food items. Raffle baskets. Beer and wine permitted, but not served. Costumes encouraged (no full face masks, please). Benefits Belleville Community Interfaith Food Pantry. Information: 618-233-2941 or trinitybell@sbcglobal.net.
  • Granite City — 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Gregory Armenian Hall, 3501 Centry Drive, Granite City. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $15 per person (maximum of 8 players per table). Attendance prizes, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, mulligans. All-you-can-eat chili, chili dogs, hot dogs, soda, water, snacks. Cash bar; no outside drinks. Bring your own food or snacks. Sponsored by Lincoln Place Heritage Association. Information/reservations: 618-451-2611.

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