Metro-East Living

What’s happening for Sept. 29-Oct. 5


  • Ugandan Thunder — 7 p.m. Monday at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, 504 E. U.S. 50. Children’s choir of 22 from the Royal School and Orphanage in Uganda, East Africa. Songs in African and American styles. Free, but a goodwill offering will be taken. Childcare provided; church is handicap accessible.
  • “Finding Dora” Chamber music concert — 7 p.m. Tuesday, cellist Stephanie Hunt and pianist Diana Umali at Schmidt Art Center on the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Free. Information: or contact Umali at
  • Guest Night for Men Who Like to Sing — 7 p.m. Tuesday at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 50 Longacre Drive, Fairview Heights. Belleville Barbershop Harmony Chorus. Evening of fun, fellowship, and four-part harmony. Information: Bob Cearnal at 618-566-8574.


  • Square Dance — 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Gibault Catholic High School, Columbia Avenue and Moore Street, Waterloo. Finger food. Caller Doug Mallory. Sponsor: Waterloo Quadrilles Square Dance Club. Information: 618-939-1860.


  • Quarter mania — 6 p.m. doors open; auction at 7 Thursday. Bel-Air Bowl’s Regency Room, 200 S. Belt West, Belleville. Bring rolls of quarters for bidding, money for 50/50 drawing and raffle. Cash bar; light snacks provided. Sponsor: Colleen’s Cancer Kickers Relay for Life Team. Money collected will be donated to American Cancer Society. Information: Rhonda Pour at 618-531-0521 or email to reserve a table or seat and get your Cancer Kicker Bid Paddle.
  • Cambridge House Birthday Party — 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday. Music by Jeremy Wright who sings and plays guitar. Cake and ice cream will be served. Cambridge House, 844 Cambridge Blvd., O’Fallon.
  • Best of Missouri Market — 6-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis. More than 120 vendors including food producers, crafters, fresh and dried flowers, jewelry, baskets and more. Live music, kid’s corner Saturday and Sunday, food court. Outdoors under tents. $12 for adults; $5 for garden members and children 3-12. Children 2 and under free. Information: or 314-577-5100
  • Fright fest — begins Friday at Six Flags, Eureka, Mo. Includes haunted mazes, Halloween-themed shows, kids’ attractions, zombies, freaks and scares throughout the park. Runs selected days through Oct. 30. Information:
  • Monroe County History Museum program — 1:30 p.m. Saturday in museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. “Vital Lands: 200 years of Farms, Forests, Talus and Prairies,” presented by Carl and Pen DauBach with Clifftop. Information on museum tours 618-939-5753 or check their Facebook page.
  • Tour de Bluffs Bike Ride — 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Prairie du Rocher. Sign up at 7:30 a.m. $20 pre-registration; $25 race day; Food. Benefits Randolph County Historical Society Creole House.
  • Lebanon Fall Festival. Saturday, brick street in Lebanon, 100-plus vendors with handmade crafts
  • French and Indian War Encampment — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. 1750s historically dressed Native Americans, soliders, militia and camp follower reenactors do everyday camp activities.
  • Hoedown at Hidden Lake Winery — starts 1 p.m. Saturday. Wine, barbecue and dancing. Music from 3-7 pm. by The Old Folkers; music from 7-11 p.m. by Hick Town. Food available 1-10 p.m. 10580 Wellen Road, Aviston.
  • 5K/10K Volksmarch — start from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Visitors Center, 221 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon, $4 fee. Finish by 1 p.m. Walk through historic Lebanon. Lebanon Cedar Cruisers host. Information: Bill Malina at 618-588-4097 or visit
  • Cathedral Food Truck Fest — 4-9 p.m. Saturday, 200 S. Second St., Belleville. Food trucks include Seoul Taco, Zia’s STL BLT, General Sherman’s, Destination Desserts, Kona Ice, kettle corn, Weingarten Winery, Anheuser Busch, live entertainment, balloon artists, Inflatables and more.
  • Pet Blessing Event — 9-10 a.m. Saturday — O’Fallon United Church of Christ, 206 W. Adams St.; All animals welcome, Ask the vet booth with Dr. Gary Gass, Spencer Kennel and Animal Shelter reps, pet- related businesses. Sponsor: Church youth group. Donate dog and cat food.
  • Blessing of the pets — 6 p.m. Saturday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Lourdes Grotto. Outdoor Mass at 5 p.m. Bring your beloved animals. All domesticated animals welcome (leashed or crated). Friar Mario Serrano will offer the blessing.
  • Holy Family Catholic Church Fall Festival — 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 116 Church St., Cahokia, Illinois 3 and Illinois 157. Carnival rides, food, gambling, adult beverages, kids games, raffle. Music by Hypertension Friday and Cardboard Room on Saturday.
  • Nature hike with experts — 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Three-mike hike at Cahokia Mounds will be led by an archaeologist and naturalist. Depart from Interpretive Center; follow trails grassland, marsh and forest. Free. Dress for the weather and bring water and insect repellent. Will be canceled if rainy.
  • St. Michael Parish in Staunton Octoberfest — begins with 5K run; register 8 a.m.; race at 9. Auction at 10:30 a.m. of antiques, sports memorabilia and more. Booths, games, magic shows, photo booth, face painting, raffles. Balloon sculptures noon-6 p.m. both days. Robert Perry Band, 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Polka Mass, 10 a.m. Sunday. Chicken dinner 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in church hall. Carry outs available. Gary Moore Band, 1-4 p.m.; Doc Holiday band, 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Exit 41, I-55.
  • Meet heroes, cops and kids — 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, northwest parking lot at Memorial Hospital Belleville, 4500 Memorial Drive. Activities for children and families, along with child health and safety information. Car seat checks by Belleville Fire Department. Snacks and attendance prizes. Information: or 618-257-5840.
  • Artifact identification day — noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center. Archaeologist will be on hand to determine age, culture, function and material for artifacts you bring in. No monetary appraisals given. Information: 618-346-5160 or
  • Wurst Markt — 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, St. John United Church of Christ, Trenton. Adults, $10; 10 years and under, $4; carry outs, $10. Also country store begins at 10 a.m., selling homemade applesauce and pork sausage. Quilt raffle and more. Drive-through. To order, call 618-224-9828.
  • Chili Dinner in New Memphis —11-1:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Peter Lutheran Church, New Memphis. Chili, hot dogs and desserts. Carry outs available. Information: 618-588-4408
  • Fall Harvest Cooking Demonstration — 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial & St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Treatment Center, 4000 N. Illinois St., Suite A, Swansea. Harvest Chili and Seasonal Breakfast Tacos will be featured and available for sampling.
  • 5K/10K group walk — Tuesday, register at 8:45; walk at 9. Our Lady of the Snows Shrine $3. Wildlife and serenity. Information, Trudy at or
  • St. Luke Noon Luncheon and Card Party — noon Tuesday, $7. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. No reservation required. Cards, bingo or any game you choose, with prizes. Menu: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, cake, coffee, hot tea, iced tea.
  • Padgett Building Night at the Drive-In — Thursday, Oct. 6; gates open, 6 p.m.; movie “The Money Pit,” 7:30. Sky View Drive-In, Belleville. $10 per car. Concession stand will be open. Benefits Fellowship of Christian Athletes,Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois and Belleville Area Humane Society.
  • Village-Wide Garage Sale — 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Damiansville, I-64, exit 34; three miles south of Albers.


  • Aviston Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton St., Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, 1/4 fried chicken; sides include fries, baked potato, slaw, applesauce. Eat in or carryout. 618-228-7311.
  • Caseyville Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-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 carryout. Cod, catfish fillets, tilapia, sides.
  • Collinsville Fish Fry — 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. North Atlantic cod, whole catfish, Cajun cut-ups, crab cakes, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.
  • Collinsville Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 157, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Fried/baked cod, catfish, sides. Senior plate starting at $4.99. 618-345-1492.
  • Columbia American Legion Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Cut-up cod, farm-raised catfish fillets, breaded butterfly shrimp, hot dogs. Sandwiches or plates with choice of two sides. Sampler plate with three kinds of fish, hush puppies and choice of two sides. Eat in or carryout. Open bar: $1 sodas and $2 long necks.
  • Highland Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.
  • Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carryout. 618-566-2288.
  • Millstadt Fish Fry and Jam Session — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt.
  • O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-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, hot dogs, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-632-6229. O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-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 p.m.-8 p.m. every Friday, O’Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fallon. Carryout available. 618-632-8879.
  • Scott VFW Post 4183 Fish Fry — 5-9 p.m. outside Scott Air Force Base, Belleville Gate. Information, call 618-746-9801.
  • Shiloh Fish Fry — 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Sponsored by Eagles No. 545. Cod, walleye, shrimp, chicken strip plates. Sides. Eat in or carryout, 618-624-5412. Auxiliary bake sale for charity.
  • Summerfield Fish Fry — 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. 618-934-3841 or 618-334-3177.
  • 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 Auxiliary, 123-A W. Market St., Troy. Choice of cod, catfish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp, 618-667-8387.
  • Walton’s Chicken Dinner — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.
  • Walton’s Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus, Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.
  • Evening in Athens —4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sts. Constantine and Helen, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea. Greek food including chicken, gyros, lamb shanks, Greek salad, pastries. Carryout available, 618-277-0330.
  • Annual Chili Supper —4-7 p.m. Saturday, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 425 Louisa Ave., Dupo. Adults, $7; children, $4; children under 5, free. Carry outs available.
  • Breakfast in Albers — 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Albers American Legion, $8 adults; $4 children 6 to 12; 5 and under, free. Carry outs available. Pork sausage, ham, pancakes, eggs, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy. Benefits Legion youth programs. Information, 618-248-5505.


  • Swansea Farmer’s Market — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown crops (tomatoes, cucumbers, and more), baked goods and crafts. Information: 618-978-8753 or
  • Old Town Market — 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, West Main and First streets, in the parking lot of the St. Clair County Public Health Department, downtown Belleville. Locally grown produce, plants, honey, baked goods, summer sausage, apple butter, jams and jellies, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry and other crafts.


  • Meat shoot — starts at noon Sunday, American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Wheel rounds, shoot rounds, attendance prizes and free food.
  • .22 Indoor rifle shoot — noon Sunday, iron sights only. Millstadt Sportsmen’s Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane. Baskets and cake stands, raffles, food and drink available.


  • Mystery Dinner Theater “Murder in Maybury!” — Saturday, Oct. 1. Doors open at 5; event at 6 p.m.; Ellis School, 250 Illini Drive, Belleville. Cost $25; adults only. Dinner: spaghetti, salad, dessert. A 50/50 raffle and themed baskets sponsored by teachers and staff of District 175. Reservations required. Call or email Mary Holt, 618-977-7760 or Benefits Harmony Neighborhood Community Association for tutoring, summer camp and programs.


  • Blue Jay Football Association Trivia — 7 p.m. Saturday, Immaculate Conception School Gym, 321 S. Metter Ave., Columbia. $10 per person/ 8-person team max. Attendance prizes, 50/50 raffle, popcorn. Bring drinks and snacks. To sign up, call Kathy Bujnak at 618-719-6752 or Blue Jay Building at 618-281-8008.
  • Trivia Night in Collinsville — 6 p.m. doors open; trivia at 7 Saturday. Collinsville Township Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Benefits Warren Billhartz Collinsville Animal Shelter. Admission: minimum 3 pet items per person. 5-10 people per table. Halloween costume contest. Reserve a table: 618-344-7787.

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