What’s Happening: Local events for Nov. 5-11

U.S. Marine Pfc. Allen carried the Veterans Day wreath to its position, and saluted during a song played on bagpipes during the 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony in Belleville
U.S. Marine Pfc. Allen carried the Veterans Day wreath to its position, and saluted during a song played on bagpipes during the 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony in Belleville tvizer@bnd.com

Veterans Day events

  • Veterans Concert — 7 p.m. Friday, Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards St., Granite City. Granite City Community Band will perform a free concert featuring an Armed Forces salute, “Red’s White and Blue March,” “Of Honor and Valor Eternal,” Irving Berlin’s “Songs for America” and “Civil War Suite.”
  • Veterans Salute — 1 p.m. Friday, McCormick Center, 300 S. 2nd St., Belleville. Honoring all military veterans. Presented by Notre Dame Academy students.
  • Veterans Vigil Run — Friday-Saturday, Three Springs Park, Shiloh. 24-hour walk/run in memory of fallen heroes and in honor of all veterans past and present. 2015 honoree: Lt. Roslyn Schulte, a U.S. Air Force officer killed in action in the war in Afghanistan. She was posthumously awarded the National Intelligence Medal for Valor and the Hawaii Medal of Honor. Opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. All units, individuals and family members are encouraged to sing up to run/walk for 30 minutes. To sign up, contact TSgt. James Hamilton at james.hamilton.8@us.af.mil or MSgt. Michael Raby at michael.raby.1@us.af.mil or http://www.singupgenius.com/go/30e0f4fafa92ea4f94-2015/
  • Raising of the POW/MIA Flag — 10 a.m. Saturday, United Iron Workers, 5656 State Route 4, Steeleville. The world’s largest POW/MIA flag will be raised, honoring those who have served and are currently serving.
  • Veterans Day Parade — 1 p.m. Sunday, City Hall, downtown Troy. It will proceed west on Market Street and continue west down Wickliffe Street to the Troy City Park. Parade will end at the Veterans Memorial in the park where a short ceremony honoring veterans will be held. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to the Troy VFW for refreshments and conversation with veterans. Grand marshall is Robert E. Hahn, a decorated WWII veteran who resides in Holiday Shores. Parade includes veterans groups, active-duty military, Guard and Reserve members, auxiliary members, Troy Fire Department, Triad High School Band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, ROTC and JROOTC members, Scott AFB Green Knights MMC, vintage military vehicles and rare cars.
  • Veterans Luncheon — noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Belleville Elks Lodge 481, 1481 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Veterans and active military eat free. Family members and guests are encouraged to donate to Elks Veteran fund.
  • Veteran’s Day Parade — 2 p.m. Sunday, Highland. Begins at the intersection of Olive and Main streets, proceeding west on Main to the City Square. Sponsored by Highland Moose Lodge 2479 in coordination with Highland VFW Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439. Participants should meet at the northwest parking lot of St. Paul’s Church at 1:30 p.m. Mayor Joe Michaelis will read the proclamation that the City Council designated Nov. 8-14 as Veterans Awareness Week. A brief ceremony will follow. Information: Harold Schellenger, 618-791-7106 or Lenny Gall, 618-654-4793.
  • Belleville Veterans Day Ceremony — 11 a.m. Wednesday, Veterans Memorial, Public Square, Belleville. All veterans, veterans groups and auxiliary members are invited to attend and be recognized. Guest speaker is Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander of the Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB. Patriotic music, bagpiper, bugler, honor guard, local schol poster and essay contest winners, American flag display. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St.
  • Veterans Day Observance — 11 a.m. Wednesday, Veterans’ Monument, 737 E. Wesley Drive, O’Fallon. Speaker: Maj. Gen. David G. Clarkson, Chief of Staff, US TRANSCOM. Pre-service music will begin at 10:45 a.m. Participants include fifth-grade classes of O’Fallon District 90 and St. Clare schools; O’Fallon Township High School Air Force Junior ROTC; VFW Post 805; Miss O’Fallon Grace Blankenship; Lauren Lundy, St. Louis Opera Theatre student. The names of the newly inscribed veterans will be introduced. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations. Bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at First Baptist Church, 1111 East Highway 50 in O’Fallon.


  • Kyo-Shin-An Arts — 7 p.m. Friday, Immaculate Conception Church, 411 Palmer Road, Columbia. Free family concert of chamber and orchestral music that integrates Japanese instruments.
  • Music in New Memphis — 8:30-12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sit “N” Bull Saloon, 31 S. Mill St., New Memphis. Free. Razed On Radio on Friday; American Originals on Saturday.
  • “A Salute to Our Heroes” — 3:30 p.m. Sunday, St. John United Church of Christ, Valmeyer. Patriotic choral numbers, solos, ensembles and audience sing-alongs honoring Valmeyer Police and Fire Departments and the Monroe County Ambulance Service. A reception for the honored guests will be held following the concert. Freewill donations accepted.


  • Square and Round Dance — 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers, celebrating Ruth’s 100th birthday. Doug Mallory calling, Pat Hilton cuing. Information: Sue Larsh, 630-841-4156.
  • Country Western Dance — 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Crehan’s Irish Pub, 5500 North Belt West, Belleville. Sponsored by Parents Without Partners Belleville Area Chapter 559. Music by Dr. Dee, DJ. Admission: $8. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cash bar/snacks, door prizes. Information: Janet Keiser, 618-234-5937.
  • Dance and Turkey Raffle — 2-6 p.m. Sunday, St. Libory American Legion. Music by Rendition. Attendance drawings at 3, 4 and 5 p.m.


  • Quarter Auction — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. Preview: 5:30 p.m. Admission: $5, includes 1 paddle. Bring roll of quarters. Reservations: Jenny at jcjohn@ezeeweb.com or 618-792-7810 or Jane at jlavinia@aol.com or 618-406-7607. Bring your own light snacks; beverages and some snacks will be available to purchase. Walk-ins welcome.
  • $10,000 Country Fest — 6 p.m. Friday, Lindendale Park, Highland. Celebrating Leaps of Love’s 5th anniversary. Buffet opens 6-8 p.m.. Country games. Elimination drawing with only 250 certificates to be sold. $100 certificate tintitle s bearer entry for two and oe chance to win prizes of $10,000, $250 and $100. Also, Whole Hog Raffle; $5 or 6 for $20. Must be 18 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit Leaps of Love, which helps families affected by childhood brain tumors and late effects of childhood cancers. Sponsored by Zobrist family and friends.
  • Reading, Arts, Adoption — 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Barnes & Noble, 6510 Illinois 159, Fairview Heights. Local author Brenda Martin Kohlbrecher will be signing her adotion devotional “Baby Steps of Faith — Hope for Your Adoption Journey,” and a children’s book for all kids, “What Did I Do When I Came Home to You?” Performers include Wesclin High School Dance Team and local puppet team Miniature Ministers, both of which include children of adoption. Bookmark making, face painting, storytelling and BN Maker Faire. Hands-on activities for those interested in robotics and technology. Information: Brenda Kohlbrecher, 618-806-7118 or brendakohlbrecher@sbcglobal.net.
  • Belleville Main Street Art and Wine Walk — 5-9 p.m. Saturday, venues from 223 West Main St. to 324 East Main, Belleville. Starts with registration at Abe’s Gourmet Popcorn, 101 E. Main St. 28 locations in downtown Belleville and eight wineries are participating. Artists from the metro-east and St. Louis area will diplay their work. Cost: $20 per person. Must be 21 or over. Information: Darrell Coons, 618-257-7022.
  • Peanuts Party — 2 p.m. Saturday, Collinsville Memorial Library Center, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville. Children up to 10 will participate in a scavenger hunt, make a craft, play Peanuts bingo and enjoy “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Seats limited. Register: 618-344-1112.
  • Historic Belleville Walk — 10 a.m. Saturday, 1106 W. Main St. (West End Park), Belleville. Tour is approximately 16 blocks long and lasts about 60 minutes. $10 per person. Benefits Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required by calling 618-236-7481, rdevb@earthlink.net.
  • Raptors Show — 2 p.m., Saturday Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville. The World Bird Sanctuary brings live birds of prey to Cahokia Mounds at 2 p.m. Saturday for a free Raptor Awareness Show. The highlight of the show will be the birds flying over the audience.
  • Midwestern Woodcarvers Show — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt West, Belleville. Some of the best carvers from around the country will display and sell their work. Demonstrations, wood and tool vendors, tool sharpening, Christmas gift ideas. Hourly attendance prizes. Free parking. Admission: $4, kids (under 12) free.
  • Winter Rendezvous — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, 1350 IL Route 155, Prairie du Rocher. Soldiers, trappers, traders and Natice Americans portrayed by historic re-enactors will trade goods, buy supplies and have fun before winter sets in. Shooting contest, handmade crafts, period music, food. Donations of $4 adults, $2 children, $10 per family. Sponsored by Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres.
  • Harvest Festival — noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Hidden Lake Winery, 10580 Wellen Road, Aviston. Music by: Black Top Boulevard, 2-6 p.m. Cover charge: $10, includes wine glass and unlimited tastings from wineries and breweries.
  • Wine Festival — noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Live music by The Road Kings. Cost: $15 per person, includes a souvenir wine glass, appetizers, live music and seven wine tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets can be purchased. Proceeds benefit Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation. Information: 618-786-2331, www.PMLodge.net.
  • City of the Sun 5K Run/Walk — 9 a.m. Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Entry fee is $25; $35 for two family members. Pre-registration is required; form is available at bit.ly/CahokiaMounds5K or to to RacesOnline.com or 618-344-7316.
  • Holiday Shopping Luncheon — noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Gateway Center, Collinsville. Vendors will offer handbags, scarves, jewelry, wickless candles, books and homemade baked goodd. Donna Heimbaugh will share her life’s travels as she overcame fear and discovered a “Passport for Life.” Tickets: $15, includes meal, beverages, program, gratuity. Reservations by calling Barbara, 618-344-7967 or Mavis, 618-307-5579. Sponsored by Collinsville Area Christian Women’s Connection.
  • Gifts from the Heart Christmas Party— 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Admission is a new, unwrapped gift for a child or $20 per person, includes entertainment, raffles, food. Information: Vicki Dawe, 618-978-5229. Gifts will be distributed to less fortunate families in St. Clair County.
  • Fascinating Idea for a Hat Luncheon — 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Cost: $12 inclusive. Featuring: Dianne Isbell taking attendees through the steps involved in creating one of her fascinators. Speaker: Donna Heimbaugh, of Morton, will share her travels and how she discovered a “Passport for Life.” Reservations needed for luncheon; call Sue, 618-398-0772. Sponsored by Belleville Metro East Christian Women’s Club.


  • “Before I Die” Project — through 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.
  • Art Exhibit — Thursday through Dec. 19, William & Florence Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Guy Weible will show “The Last Gasp,” dynamic eathenware ceramics. David Weinberg’s “Adrift,” black and white photography. Artist talks: 5-6 p.m. Thursday by Guy Weible; 6-7 p.m. Nov. 12, David Weinberg.


  • 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.
  • 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 — 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Elizabeth Church, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, Jack Salmon. Eat in or carry out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Quail Club Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Wings, macaroni. Carryouts available. No phone orders.
  • Renault Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Hall, Renault. Sponsored by Holy Name Society. Plates, sandwiches, desserts, refreshments. Carryouts available. 618-458-7710.
  • 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.
  • 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. 618-667-8387.
  • Soup and Bread Dinner — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, New Bethel United Methodist Church, 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. All-you-can-eat variety of soups and breads. Tickets: $7 adults, $4 children (5-12), free children (under 5). Country market including baked goods and crafts.
  • Soups, Desserts & Beverages — 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Friedens United Church of Christ, 240 E. Monroe, Hecker. All-you-can-eat soups and chili. Dine in only. Plus a selection of desserts and beverages. Cost: $8 adults, Children (6-12) $3, free (5 & under).
  • Granite City 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 by calling 618-877-8764.
  • Evening in Athens — 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sts. Constantine & Helen, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea. Greek food, chicken, gyros, greek homemade pastries. Carryouts available. Information: 618-277-0330.
  • Wurstmarkt — 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Mascoutah Moose Lodge, 111 N. 2nd St., Mascoutah. Free dance (with meal purchase); music by Cactus Moon, 1-5 p.m. Carryouts available at 618-566-2833.
  • Wurstmarket — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Freeburg Masonic Lodge, 205 W. High St., Freeburg. Served buffet style. Donation: $9 adults, $5 child (6-12), free (under 6). Carryouts available. Pork sausage, roast beef (on request), sauerkraut, applesauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, dessert, coffee, tea, milk. Sponsored by Freeburg Masonic Lodge 418 AF&AM and Order of the Eastern Star 542. Information: Gary Bohnenstiehl, 618-971-7979.
  • Chicken Dinner — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Church Hall in Beaver Prairie, 13322 Church Road, Carlyle. Sponsored by Wheatfield Township Fire Department. Carryouts available.
  • 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.
  • Cosmic Bingo — 7 p.m. Saturday, Bel-Air Bowl, 200 South Belt West, Belleville. Proceeds benefit Belleville Area Humane Society. Cost: $20 per person, includes 6 bingo cards, glow hat and bingo dauber. ($5 per additional 6 cards). Reservations: 618-235-3712 or www.bahspets.com.
  • Cribbage — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Camelot Bowl, 801 Beltline Road, Collinsville. New players wanted. Information: Yvonne, 618-344-1521 or Phillip, 618-288-7910.


  • Bazaar & Bake Sale — 3-7 p.m. Thursday (bazaar only), 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday (bazaar and bake sale), Heritage Room, St. Joseph Hospital, Breese. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital. Information: Judy Schrage, 618-526-5351.
  • Bake Sale — 4-6 p.m. Friday, Trinity Services offices, 973 N. 6th St., Mascoutah. Raffle and free samples of late-season produce. Sponsored by Abundant Living for All and Trinity Gardens & Farmstead. Also, displays of barn quilts, artwork and Christmas wrapping paper. Proceeds benefit Trinity programs for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Creative Co-op Market — 5-9 p.m. Friday (first pick party; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (market), Pairabelles Atelier, 208 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Vendors, crafters. Artists feature antiques, handmade, industrial, architectural salvage, repurposed, furniture, primitives and vintage items. No admission fee.
  • Christmas Bazaar — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Proceeds benefit Smile Train and Help Me See.
  • Christmas Sale — 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, St. Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church, 401 Rev. Joseph Brown Blvd. (formerly Columbia Place), East St. Louis. Indoor and outdoor decorations.
  • 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 will be present.
  • Craft and Vendor Event — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, The Bull Pen, New Athens. Proceeds benefit New Athens and Marissa Food Pantries.
  • Racer’s Automotive Swap Meet — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Tri City Speedway, 5100 Nameoki Road, Granite City. (Next to Tri City Speedway at KG’s) General admission $4. Booth space indoor and outdoor. Space rental, $25; table rental for inside only, $4. Information: Kevin Gundaker, 636-795-0052, tricityspeedway@msn.com.

On Stage

  • “Remembering Hiroshima” — 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Triad High School Cafetorium, 703 U.S. 40, Troy. “A Thousand Cranes” and The Mask of Hiroshima,” two one-act plays to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. “A Thousand Cranes” is the story o 12-year-old Sadako Saski, who was stricken with radiation sickness. “The Mask of Hiroshima” is seven years after the bombing when a young couple must face the choice of whether to have a baby. Tickets: $5 adults, $3 students/seniors. Information: Shannon Mallrich, 618-667-8851 ext. 7139.
  • “The Kingdom of Imagination” — 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, (doors open at 6 p.m.); 2 p.m. Sunday, (doors open 1 p.m.), St. Henry’s Bernard Voss Center Auditorium, 5315 W. Main St., Belleville. Annual fall family Spooktacular event produced by Rising Stars, a gorup of metro area performers ages 4-17 developed and directed by Take A Bow Showcase. Two friends are transported to a magical, mixed-up place where things don’t happen as they do in the movies. They meet dozen of beloved characters, including Olaf, Anna, Belle, Harry Potter, Rapunzel, Cinderella and others. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students/children (6-12), free children (under age 6). Open seating. Tickets at door. Concessions and display are open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Audience costume contest for kids. Information: 618-409-0015 or email info@takeabowshowcase.org
  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans — 7 p.m. Saturday, Granite City Senior High School Performing Arts Center, Granite City. Multicultural song and dance company. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: $20, must be purchased in advance. Get tickets from: Norma Bellcoff, 618-692-6150, 618-978-1522, SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus business office, 4950 Maryville Road; SWIC Belleville Campus Foundation office, Main Complex Room 2240, 2500 Carlyle Ave.; or 618-235-2700 ext. 5215 (using a credit card). Information: swic.edu/tamburitzans.
  • “Happy Days: A New Musical” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, New Athens Multipurpose Center, New Athens. Presented by Open House Theater. Tickets: Thursday, $5 per person; Friday-Saturday, $10. The play features actors from the metro-east, including Marissa, Freeburg, Granite City and New Athens.
  • The Elephant Man — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets: www.lookingglassplayhouse.com, 618-537-4962.


  • Marine Corps Birthday Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, American Legion Stookey Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. The Marine Corps League Detachment 74 Riders will celebrate the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday with a party and meat shoot. Food, birthday cakee, 50/50 drawing, meat raffle, raffle prizes, attendance prize. They will accept donations for Toys for Tots. One toy will get you one raffle ticket; maximum 3 tickets.
  • Meat Shoot — noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cash prizes, attendance prizes, cake sale, raffles, paddle wheel. Food, drinks. Sponsored by Swansea Improvement Association.
  • Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, Elks Lodge 664, Illinois 161 and Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Practice at 11:30 a.m.
  • Rifle Shoot — noon Sunday, Millstadt Sportsmen’s Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Indoor .22 rifle shoot. Featuring Double G hams, pork roast, pork steaks, ribs. Iron sights only. Food, refreshments.
  • Turkey Shoot & Meat Raffle — noon Sunday, Waterloo Sportsman’s Club, 4903 Sportsmans Road, Waterloo (3 miles south of Waterloo, 3 miles off Illinois 3). Featuring Double G Hams, pork roast, pork steaks, pork sausage, ribs. Guns furnished or bring your own. Food and refreshments available. Information: www.waterloosportsmansclub.org.
  • Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, Shiloh Eagles 545, Shiloh. Indoor shooting. See your shot on TV. Free bean soup. Barbecued pork steak plates, $6.50.


  • Alton — 7 p.m. Thursday, The Old Bakery Beer Co., 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton. Registration open at 6 p.m. Admission: $15 per person or $120 for a team of eight. Sponsored by Shivers Frozen Custard. 50/50 raffle and other smaller games. Outside food and drinks not allowed. Participants may select snacks from the brewery menu for purchase. Reservations/information: 618-466-9930 or www.TheNatureInstitute.org. Benefits the Nature Institute.
  • Belleville — 7 p.m. Saturday, Althoff Catholic High School Cafeteria, 5401 W. Main St., Belleville. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Mulligans, contests, raffle prizes, more. $120 per table; maximum of 10. Benefis Camp Ondessonk. Reservations: Connie Lanaghan, 618-980-3335 or connie.lanaghan@ondessonk.com.
  • Belleville — 7 p.m. Saturday, Quail Club, 8300 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Roger Schlueter, the Belleville News-Democrat Answer Man, will be Trivia Master. Cost: Tables of 8, $100. Beverages must be purchased onsite, but players are welcome to bring food. Doors open at 6 p.m. Purse/pocket scavenger hunt. Information: belleville.il.kiwanis@gmail.com or www.Belleville-il-kiwanis.org.
  • Belleville — 7 p.m. Saturday, Belleville West High School Cafeteria, Belleville. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per person (6-8 people per table). Cash prizes, door prizes. Popcorn provided; food, snacks permitted. Soda available for purchase. No alcohol. Reservations: 618-222-7622 or jlodle@bths201.org. To benefit the English Department Scholarship and Hy News, the Belleville West student newspaper.
  • Edwardsville — 7 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $150 per table (up to 10 players), includes 7 rounds of trivia and attendance prizes. Bring your own snacks. Bar available for drink purchases. Silent auction and trivia night to benefit HIS KIDS, Inc. Reservations: Tracy, 618-401-2533, dzobrist@hotmail.com or Tammy, 618-531-4917, tjhuelsmann@hotmail.com.
  • Edwardsville — 7 p.m. Saturday, Edwardsville Moose Lodge, 5753 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Silent auction. Proceeds to support Main Street Community Center’s transportation program for seniors and disabled adults. Teams of 8 are $160, individuals are welcome for $20/person. The cost includes play, popcorn, beer and soda. Players can bring their own food. Cash bar available. Mulligans are $10. Reservations: 618-656-0300 or info@mainstcc.org.
  • Freeburg — 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 11 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Cost: $80 per table of 8 for advance reservation or $100 at the door. Cash bar, silent auction, 50/50. Reservations: 618-539-0072. To benefit Freeburg High School Music Program. Presented by Freeburg High School Music Boosters.
  • Millstadt — 7 p.m. Saturday, Bluff Grange, 8569 State Highway 163, Millstadt. Doors open 6 p.m. Trivia night and silent auction. Attendance prizes. Cost: $15 per person (8 people per table). Reservations: Rob, 618-604-2858.
  • O’Fallon — 7 p.m. Friday, Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park, O’Fallon. Doors open 6 p.m. Cost: $15 per person; $120 table. Tickets available at door. Sponsored by the Moye Elementary School PTO.

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  • Email: lifestyle@bnd.com
  • Fax: 618-236-9773
  • Mail: What’s Happening, c/o Lifestyle, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427.
  • Information: call 618-239-2537.
  • Please include: Event, time, date, location, admission cost and special features. Also, a daytime phone number we can contact if we need more information.