What’s Happening, May 7-13

“The Dixie Swim Club” at the Alton Little Theater stars, from left: Karen Wilson, Kathy Bredenkoetter, Donna Minard, Shawn Chevalier and Debbie Maneke.
“The Dixie Swim Club” at the Alton Little Theater stars, from left: Karen Wilson, Kathy Bredenkoetter, Donna Minard, Shawn Chevalier and Debbie Maneke. Alton Little Theater


Valmeyer Concert — 7 p.m. Thursday, Valmeyer High School Gym, 300 S. Cedar Bluff, Valmeyer. Valmeyer High School choir and band will perform.

Styx and Pat Benater Tributes) — 8 p.m. Saturday, Wiley Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Grand Allusion will do Styx Tribute. Fire & Ice will open with the Pat Benatar tribute. Tickets: $22.

John McEuen — 7 p.m. Saturday, The Abbey, 5801 W. Main St., Belleville. Doors open at 6 p.m. John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform. Tickets: $30, limited seating. Call 618-277-8373 for tickets.

Philharmonic Youth Orchestra — 2 p.m. Saturday, Our Lady of the Snows Church, 9572 Church Circle, Belleville. Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Leon Burke III, will perform “Sing and Dance.” Senior recognition concert. Admission: $2. Information:

Lancer Bands — 7 p.m. Monday, Performing Arts Center, Belleville East High School, 2555 West Blvd., Belleville. Presented by The Belleville East High School Music Department presents Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Emsemble. Following the concert bands will be the Jazz Ensemble and the Concert Jazz Orchestra. Senior awards will be presented. Admission: $3, children (under 5) free.


Highland Dance — 6:30-midnight, Friday, Lindendale Park Ballroom, 2005 Parkhill Drive, Highland. Music by Buffalo Road from 8 p.m.-midnight.

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

April Showers Bring May Flowers Dance — 7-11 p.m. Saturday,American Legion Post 137, 109 N. Penn St., O’Fallon. Sponsored by Metro East Social Singles. Cost: $7 members, $9 non-members. No one under the age of 21 admitted. Information: Tom, 618-277-4540.


Carnival in the Park — Thursday-Saturday, Sparta City Park, Sparta. Amusement rides; armband specials, $20 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Demolition Derby Friday night, Randolph County Fairgrounds; truck pull at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Storytime at the Shrine — 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Visitor’s Center, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville.

Bouncy Horse Racing — Friday, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Red Bud. Fish fry, basket raffle.

Senior Celebration — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Hosted by Programs and Services for Older Persons. Co-sponsored by the City of Belleville, Belleville Township and SWIC PSOP. Special guests: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline tribute artists. Free table games, car show, music, dancing, raffles, attendance prizes. Free admission. Lunch available for $5. Free. No reservations needed. Free parking at B St. and Jackson. Information: 618-234-4410.

Live Benefit Auction — 5:30 p.m. Friday, Troy United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Benefits local and regional charities. Soup, sandwiches, desserts available for purchase. Visit for a list and photos of auction items. Free admission. Information: 618-667-6241.

Lewis & Clark Celebration — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, Hartford. 13th annual Point of Departure celebration, marking the expedition’s official start. Historic interpreters, artisans, tours of a white pirogue boat similar to the one used by Lewis and Clark. Display of rocks and minerals, Lewis and Clark artifacts and used book sale.

Marvel Movie — 2 p.m. Saturday, Collinsville Library, Community Room, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville. Movie showing is “Iron Man 3.” Call 618-344-1112 or visit the main desk to sign up.

Spring Farm Day — Saturday, Willoughby Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. Local vendors will be selling stained glass, woodworking, homemade soap, toy tractors, bird feeders and rugs. See Piglets, chicks, goats, lambs. Sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations. Free activities for all ages, including hayrides, straw pyramid, corn table, scavenger hunts, nature walk.

Fishing Derby — 9 a..m. Saturday, Bellevue Park, Belleville. Children ages 4-12 fish along the lake in Bellevue Park with assistance from adults. Prizes and refreshments provided. Admission is free.

A Taste of Millstadt — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Road, Belleville. Wine and beer tasting event sponsored by the Millstadt Optimist Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $25 in advance; call Joyce 618-593-5312 or get tickets at Mertz Ford, Millstadt Pharmacy, Muskopf’s Garage); $30 at the door.

Albers Village-Wide Yard Sale — 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Albers. Maps available at

Brick Street Classic Car Show — 6-9 p.m. Saturday, downtown (3 blocks west of the four-way light), Lebanon. More than 100 classic cars and trucks will line Lebanon’s historic brick street. Presented by Lakers Car Club. ’50s and ’60s music, prizes. Free admission.

May Music & Market — Saturday, Monroe County Courthouse, 100 S. Main St., Waterloo. Live music, arts and crafts, booths, games for children. Food and beverages available for purchase. bring lawn chairs. Free admission.

Fashion Show — noon Saturday,St. Peter Church of Christ, 211 Cleveland Blvd., Granite City. It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere Fashion Show benefits Community Care Center Inc. Tickets $8 (includes lunch), available at First Bank, 3600 Nameoki Road. 618-876-3800, or Community Care Center, 618-876-8770.

Pulling for the Park — 7 p.m. Saturday, Randolph County Fairgrounds, Sparta. Non-sanctioned gas and diesel truck classes, street stock semis and grand finale. $35 entry per class. $5 admission for spectators.

Urban Farm & Backyard Garden Tour — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, farms in the Godfrey/Alton area. Tour of farms and gardens sponsored by the Sierra Club of Alton. Free. Register by 5 p.m. Friday by emailing

Dynamo Pro Wrestling — 8 p.m. Saturday, Wood River Knights of Columbus Hall, 102 Whitelaw Ave., Wood River. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Slackers and Stand Your Ground Martial Arts. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children (5-12), children (under 5) free. Advance tickets:, 618-254-2211.

Spring Fling & Car Corral — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Sweet sixteen spring fling. Classic cars, vendors, music, food. $5 per car donation appreciated. Proceeds to benefit Shriners Hospitals for children. Information:

Walking Tour — 10 a.m. Saturday, starts at West End Park, 1106 W. Main St., Belleville. Tour of Historic Town of West Belleville is approximately 16 blocks long and lasts about 60 minutes. Cost: $10 per person. Benefit for Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required: 618-236-7481 or

Lewis & Clark Point of Departure — 10 a.m.-4p.m. Saturday-Sunday,Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Hartford. Artisans will demonstrate 18th century life while re-enactors provide an inside look at military life and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Free. Donations accepted. No food available.


SWIC Student Art Show — through May 14. Schmidt Art Center, SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Art created by SWIC students from a variety of media, including paint, photography, clay, mixed media, graphite, charcoal and more. Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday. Information: 618-222-5278 or

High School Art Exhibit — through May, Six Mile Regional Library, Niedringhaus Building, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Showcases artwork of Granite City High School students. Information: 618-452-6238,

Elsah Photography Exhibit — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 2, Elsah Village Hall, 26 LaSalle, Elsah. Theme: “Elsah — A Hidden Surprise.” Viewing at other times is by appointment.


Barbecue — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Turkey 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.

Freeburg Fish Fry & Bake — 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Baked cod, fried cod loins (plate, sandwich or pound), shrimp, grilled cheese, spaghetti, baked potato, green beans, onion rings, French fries, homemade slaw, mac/cheese, dessert, refreshments. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Eat in or carry out. 618-539-3209.

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. Highway 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.

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. Carryout available. 618-458-7710.

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. Fried chicken on Saturdays.

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.

Public Breakfast & USO Fundraiser — 7-10 a.m. Saturday, O’Fallon Masonic Lodge, 122 E. State St., O’Fallon. All you can eat biscuits/gravy, pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee. Adults $7; children $4. Proceeds to USO at Lambert, St. Louis. Reservations, at 618-944-9003.

Mexican Luncheon — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, East Lodge No. 504, 9950 St. Clair Ave. Fairview Heights. All-you-can-eat authentic and handmade Mexican food. Adults $9; seniors, $8; children 6-12, $8; under 5, free. Take-out orders include three Mexican entrees, Spanish rice, refried beans and Mexican cornbread. Childrens menu available. Bake sale table. All proceeds will benefit East Lodge No. 504 building restoration fund.

Mother’s Day Breakfast — 8-11 a.m. Sunday, New Baden American Legion, 105 E. Illinois St., New Baden. All-you-can-eat breakfast. Cost: $8 adults, reduced for children. Featuring Behrmann’s pork sausage and fresh pancakes.

Mother’s Day Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Knights of Columbus Hall, Evansville. Fried chicken or beef dinner buffet style. Cost: $10 adults, $4 children (under 12). Proceeds to Human Service Center & Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by: Fort Kaskaskia 4th Degree Assembly No. 1287.

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; $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, Smithton Senior Center.

Pinball for Partners — 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, CP Pinball, 115 Sinclair Ave., South Roxana. Proceeds to benefit Partners for Pets. Cost: $15 gets you free play on all pinball machines.

Bunko — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Eckert’s Country Restaurant, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $5 per person, includes game, prizes, beverages, snacks. Information: 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

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


Swansea Farmer’s Market — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown crops and crafts. Brats and hot dogs today. Some giveaways. Information: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753 or

Blowout Book Sale — 1-8 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon. Books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, children’s books.Information: 618-632-3783.

Benld Craft Fair & Flea Market — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Benld Civic Center, 111 W. Central Ave., Benld. More than 33 vendors. Homemade foods, desserts, drinks available for lunch and to purchase throughout the day.

BBQ & Yard Sale — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Emeth Lodge 1030, 815 Water St., Cahokia. Plates include potato salad and barbecued beans. Pork steaks plate, $8; pork steak sandwich, $4.50; bratwurst plate, $4; bratwurst sandwich, $3.25.

Rummage Sale — 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. (1/2 price) Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $2 bag day) Friday, St. Mary Catholic Church, 218 W. Kentucky St., Trenton.

On Stage

“Mary Poppins” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and May 14-16, 2 p.m. Sunday and May 17, Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets are $10-$12, with discounts for Looking Glass Playhouse members, students, senior citizens and military personnel; call 618-537-4962 or go to

“The Dixie Swim Club” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and May 14-16, 2 p.m. Sunday. (May 17 show is sold out.) Alton Little Theater, Showplace, 2450 N .Henry St., Alton. The play takes place at a beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where five women from a college wim team unite every August for a long weekend over the courese of 30 years. Lives and bodies change but the women cling to each other because they make each other better. A special Mother’s Day performance on Sunday, May 10 will feature a raffle with cash and prizes. Tickets ($17 adults, $10 for children and students) can be purchased online at of 618-462-3205 Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


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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