Metro-East Living

Holiday events, festival information around the metro-east

Sister Cities award

A presentation will honor the late Ron Fritz as the first recipient of the Belleville Sister Cities Membership Award at 7 p.m. Saturday at the organization’s Christkindlmarkt chalet, off Public Square in Belleville. He’s a past president who died this year. He was an Army tank driver in World War II. People are invited to come and tell stories about him. Those who mention his name will get drink specials. Other evening activities include Bavarian Dancers at 4:30 p.m., German teachers singing at 5:30 p.m. and a performance by Belleville Community Band from 7 to 9 p.m.

Blood drive

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville offers a Give the Gift of Life blood drive for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in its Millennium Room. Parking is available just outside the Prairie Heart Institute Building (Building A) at 340 West Lincoln Street (behind hospital). The first 30 donors receive a free lunch. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gas card. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested. To schedule, call 866-448-3253 or visit (sponsor code 10155).

Signal Hill festival

Holiday on the Boulevard is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Signal Hill School Community Center, 40 Signal Hill Place in Belleville. Free admission. More than 30 vendors. People can take horse-drawn trolley rides down historic Signal Hill Boulevard ($5 per person). Chili and other soups, sandwiches and desserts available for purchase. For more information, call Barbara Ducey at 618-398-6435.

St. Boniface Christmas

St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville invites the public to its 10th annual Christmas Celebration on Sunday at the parish center. A chicken and dumpling dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($9 for adults, $5 for ages 4-11 and free for 3 and younger). Dine in or carryout. More than 25 vendors will sell crafts and other wares. Kringle’s Country Store will offer homemade bread, cookies, desserts, candy and jams, as well as holiday baskets. Raffle at 3 p.m. with $2,500 in prizes. For more information, call 618-853-4435.

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Monroe Actors Stage Company will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” as its holiday gift to the community with performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history, says, which holds rights to the stage play. You won't believe the mayhem and fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on.

The Friday and Saturday performances will be held at Hope Christian Church, 9273 Coach Stop Road, Columbia. On Sunday, the show will be performed at the Beacon in the First Baptist Church of Waterloo, 320 Covington Dr, Waterloo.

For more information, visit, on the MASC Facebook page, or call 618-939-SHOW (7469).