Metro-East Living

What’s happening Oct. 13-20 in the metro-east — one-woman play at Cahokia Mounds, craft fair in Fairview, 5K walk in O’Fallon,

Erin Kelley will star in “Portrait of My People,” a one-person play on contemporary Native Americans and Shawnee and Cherokee history, at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville. It’s free, but seating is limited. Call 618-344-7316 to reserve seats.
Erin Kelley will star in “Portrait of My People,” a one-person play on contemporary Native Americans and Shawnee and Cherokee history, at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville. It’s free, but seating is limited. Call 618-344-7316 to reserve seats. Provided


▪ Euchre tournament — 7 p.m. Friday, Smithton Senior Center. Everyone welcome.


▪ Masterworks Chorale — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Second Presbyterian in St. Louis, 501 Westminster Place, St. Louis, and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St, Belleville. “Mystical Sons,” a celebration of sacred poetry in music with organist Andrew Peters and baritone Brandon Smith. $20 adults; $15, seniors; $10 students and military. Information: 618-304-9094 or

▪ John Flynn concert — 7 p.m. Saturday, Mascoutah’s Espenschied Chapel, 317 County Road, Mascoutah. Advance tickets, $10, at Bee Hollow Market, 217 E. Main St., Mascoutah or email; $20 at door. Flynn is an American singer-songwriter.


▪ 3-Mile Walk at St. Clair Square Mall — Meet at Schnuck’s Pharmacy, 625 Lincoln Highway at 6:15 p.m. Thursday to register. $3 fee. Drive to mall for 6:30 p.m. walk indoors. Also on Oct. 20 and 27. Information: contact Trudy at or

▪ Arts and Crafts Fair — 8 a.m.-7 p.m.Saturday and Sunday, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountain Parkway, Fairview Heights. Homemade jewelry, art, sewn goods and other creations. Fun, food and more. Free admission.

▪ Ladies Night Out and Silent Auction — 5:30 p.m. Friday doors open; meal at 6 with silent auction. Tickets, $8. Holy Cross Lutheran Ladies Aid/Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at the church, 5785 Maeystown Road, Waterloo. Benefits BiCounty (Monroe and Randolph counties) Backpack Food Program and mission projects. Information: Sharon Brewer, 618-939-8044; Arlene Baum, 618-939-8275.

▪ Live music —8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday with Flipside; and 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday with L8R Dayz. Sit “N” Bull Saloon & Eatery, 31 S. Mill St., New Memphis.

▪ Sports talk — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, PSOP Building, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Belleville East varsity baseball coach Ryan Wiggs will be guest speaker for the Belleville Area Senior Men’s Sports Group. Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7016, to make reservations.

▪ Dynamo Pro Wrestling — Doors open at 7 p.m.; bell time at 8 Friday. Sports Academy, 101 The Game Drive, Glen Carbon. $10 adults in advance; $12 day of event. $5 for children 5-12. Information: or

▪ Annual Golf Tournament — Register, lunch at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, tee off at noon. Clarence Voigt Memorial Golf Tournament, 4-person scramble, Clinton Hills Golf Course. Closest-to-the-hole prizes, a skins game. All skill levels welcome. $100; forms available at First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Road, Belleville. Benefits youth programs. Information: 618-233-0295

▪ Thrift Shop Clearance Sale — 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Millstadt Senior Center, clothing only, $5 a bag.

▪ Glen Carbon museum talk — 12:30 p.m. Saturday by local author Ron Williams. Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School St, Glen Carbon. Also exhibit of military artifacts. His Kindle book is “We Were Winning When I Left: The American Soldiers that I Knew in the Vietnam War.”

▪ Mascoutah Fall Fest and Chili Cookoff — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, downtown Mascoutah, Main and Railway Streets. Craft vendors, car show.

▪ River-to-River Trail Society Hike — 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Wildcat Bluff, Little Black Slough and Boss Island. Meet at Vienna City Park, 302 E. Vine St. (Illinois 146), Vienna. Hike is moderately difficult. Boots or sturdy shoes and hiking sticks recommended. Information: 618-499-7692.

▪ Livingston “Corpse Cruze: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure” Road Rallye —4:30 p.m. Saturday, first call leaves at 6:30. $8 per person, children 12 and under, free. Awards to top finishers. Also bring non-perishable food for holiday baskets. Veteran’s Memorial Park, Livingston, Participants drive to discover clues, compete in challenges, solve puzzles with Sherlock Holmes’ stories as a theme.

▪ Lip-Sync Show & Dance — 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, McCormick Center, 301 S. 1st St., Belleville Metro East Social Singles. $15, includes three beer or soda tickets and snacks. Also a basket raffle, dance. Costumes optional, but cash prize for best costume.

▪ Dred Scott Footprints Tour —8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tour more than 25 stops in St. Louis area that connect to Dred Scott’s struggle for freedom. Narrated by a Dred Scott descendant. Includes lunch at Blueberry Hill, games, souvenirs photo opps. Information: 314-532-5613.

▪ Historic Messinger Cemetery Walk — 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Messinger Cemetery, 3450 Old Collinsville Road, Belleville. Actors portray historical characters buried there. $10 adults; one child under the age of 12 admitted free with paid adult. Additional children, $5 each. St. Clair County Historical Society event.

▪ Book fair — 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Fairview Heights. Family-friendly scavenger hunt from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring a smart phone or QR code scanning device. Sponsors: Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Future Educators of America Club and Lewis and Clark Reading Council. Educators can earn one hour of professional development credit for participating in the 10 a.m. session, called “QR Codes in the Classroom.” Or visit virtual fair Oct. 15-20 at; enter book fair ID 11931730 at checkout. Information: Stephanie Yearian at

▪ Gateway Milers Fall Foliage Walk — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nature Institute, 2213 S. Lewis Lane, Godfrey. $3. Trails consist of two 5K walks. Wooded 5K takes you into the Olin Nature Preserve on trails used by the Underground Railroad; other looks out over the bluffs, down to Great River Road and walking along the river.

▪ Wurstmarkt and Shooting Match — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, American Legion Hall, Illinois 15, St. Libory. Sponsor: St. Liborius Parish. Also trap shoot and still shot (for meat) noon-4 p.m., plus quilt raffle and country store.

▪ Walk Like MADD — 5K fund-raising walk, begins 8 a.m. Saturday, Rock Springs Park, 1824 E. Third St., O’Fallon. Opening remarks at 9. Fly by, courtesy of Survival Flight, raises funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Information: Kristi Hosea, 217-523-6233, ext. 7760 or, see Illinois walks page.

▪ Wurstmarkt in Albers — 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Bernard Parish Center, 202 N. Broadway, Albers. Bluegrass music at 10 a.m. Mass. Serving cafeteria style, whole hog pork sausage and roast beef dinners, $10 adults; $5 children 6 to 12; free under 6.

▪ Leclaire Parkfest — noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Leclaire Lake Park, Edwardsville. Music, wine and beer garden, food, local artisans and crafts, games for children, display of vintage tractors,exhibits of historic photographs, narrated trolley tours of the Leclaire National Historic District run every half hour. Information: 618-656-1294 or email

▪ Medication safety seminar — :2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Cambridge House, 844 Cambridge Blvd. O’Fallon. Free. Snacks and refreshments. Pharmacist Melissa Epp on how to be safe with your medications.

▪ Fall prevention seminar — 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cambridge House, 844 Cambridge Blvd., O’Fallon. How to prevent falls. Baked caramel apples and refreshments.

▪ Jewelry and accessory sale — 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Gateway Regional Medical Center (GRMC), 2100 Madison Ave., Granite City. Sponsored by hospital auxiliary; proceeds benefit GRMC scholarships.

▪ Genealogy event — 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 20. Teri Bromley, cemetery and church records chairman of St. Clair County Genealogical Society, will be available on the second floor of Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St., to answer questions about genealogical research.


▪ Barbecue in Cahokia — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Cahokia VFW Post 1966, 621 Water St. Pork steaks, bratwurst and hamburgers with or without sauce. Baked beans, cole slaw, mac and cheese. Choose two when ordering plates.

▪ Whole Hog Pork Sausage and Beef Dinner — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. All-you-can-eat, Eat-in or carry out. Aviston American Legion, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Information: 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.

▪ 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.

▪ Fried Chicken — 4 p.m.-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.

▪ 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.

▪ St. Mary Parish Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Mary School basement, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Dine in or carry out. Cod or walleye sandwich, plate or by the pound, homemade potato salad, fries, onion rings, spaghetti, cole slaw and desserts.

▪ 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.


▪ Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade — 10 a.m. registration Saturday; parade at 10:30 a.m. Joe Glik Park, 710 E. Lake, Edwardsville. Event includes raffles, giveaways. $20 to enter your pup in parade and costume contest. Dogs must be leashed, have current rabies and vaccination tags and wear ID. tags. Proceeds benefit Project Restore, an Edwardsville organization that helps developing countries. Information: Email or call 618-781-4193.

▪ Freaky Five Halloween 5K and Bonfire — 3 p.m. Saturday packet pickup and registration at Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds. free spinal checks and rocktaping by HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab of Fairview Heights. Mummy wrap contest at 4; costume contest at 4:30; 5K at 5. After the run, relax around a bonfire with music, food, hot chocolate, marshmallows. Registration forms at, Caseyville Library, South Main Diner, Village Hall and Toolen’s Running Store.

▪ Haunted Trail — 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 15, 21 and 22 and 28 and 29. Sportsman’s Club Grounds, 4903 Sportsman Road, 3 miles south of Waterloo. $14, featuring zombie laser tag, the vortex and the pumpkin express. Food, drinks, concessions, games. Information: 618-458-9927 or

▪ Haunted Trail at Smithton Park — 7-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10 admission; Canned good gets you $1 off. Smithton Commercial Club. Kids activities, food.

▪ Haunted Happenings — Looking Glass Playhouse’s annual ghost story tour/walking tour. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7-8:45 p.m. Friday and 8-8:45 p.m. Saturday from Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. $5. Reservations: 618-530-6124 or email

▪ Glen Carbon museum talk — 12:30 p.m. Saturday by local author Ron Williams. Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School St, Glen Carbon. Also exhibit of military artifacts. His Kindle book is “We Were Winning When I Left: The American Soldiers that I Knew in the Vietnam War.”

▪ Zumbathon Spooktacular — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Fairmont City Community Center, 4011 Cookson Road, Fairmont City. $5 for children 5-12; $10 for adults in advance; $12 at the door. Wear costumes. Zumba fun, refreshments, vendor booths, giveaways. Free blood pressure screenings. To raise funds for Start Now Breast Health Services at Touchette Regional Hospital, helps women battling breast cancer.

▪ Booterflies Ball — 5-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, Butterfly House, Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, Mo. Games, crafts, treat houses, dance, see the owl butterfly. $14; $12 for Missouri Botanical Garden members. Informatin: or 636-530-0076.

▪ Wicked Wings and Wine — Starts at dusk, Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and 26. Adults 21 and older. Sample local brews and wines; learn about the Owl butterflies. Torchlit garden, music. Try chocolate ants, barbecued meal worms, other light snacks. $30; $20 for Missouri Botanial Garden members; $15, designated drivers.

▪ Kids Halloween Party — Starts 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Edison’s Entertainment Complex, Edwardsville. Pumpkin decorating, costume contests, balloon artist. $16 per child. Arrive by 11:30 a.m. for judging at noon.

▪ Fall Fest and Boo Bash Block Party — 7-8:15 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 26, The Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Illinois Route 162, Troy. Children ages 11 and under and their families are invited for a Trunk “r” Treat, bounce houses, a bonfire, food and games. Information:, or call 618-667-6054.

▪ Tent or Treat — 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Information: 618-667-6241


▪ 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.


▪ Holy Name Society Meat Shoot —11 a.m., Hecker Community Center Grounds

▪ Fairview Heights Elks Lodge 664 meat shoot — noon Sunday, Route 161 and Old Lincoln Trail. There will be hams, pork loins, ribs, bacon and hamburger, along with money rounds, 50/50s, attendance prizes, cake raffles, a full bar and free food. Everyone is welcome. Inside seating is available.

Elks Meat Shoot — noon Sunday, Route 161 and Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. 50/50s. Pork loins, hamburgers, hams, miscellaneous. Full bar, free food, everyone welcome. Inside seating available.


▪ One-person play on modern Native American culture — 2 p.m. Saturday, “Portrait of My People,” at Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville. Erin Kelley on contemporary Native Americans and Shawnee and Cherokee history. Free, but seating is limited. Call 618-344-7316 to reserve seats. Information: 618-346-5160 or

▪ Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” — 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. SIUE Katherine Dunham Theater. Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise.” Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and others (non-SIUE students with a valid school I.D., SIUE retirees, alumni, faculty and staff). Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. Information: 618-650-2774 or Send a message to

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