Metro-East Living

Holiday shopping, lots of Santa sightings, fish fries on tab

Shopping events

A Forever Vintage Christmas Market — Friday through Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East (Illinois 13 and 159), Belleville. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: First Pick Friday, $10 (good for all weekend); $5 covers both Saturday and Sunday; children 12 and under free. Vendors with repurposed, industrial, vintage, architectural salvage, antiques, primitive, handmade, furniture, gourmet foods, clothing and vintage jewelry. Live music, cash bar, Stray Rescue STL, with a portion of all proceeds benefit the rescue group.

Shopping Fair — 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Peace Lutheran Church, 1200 Royal Heights Road. Craft and vendor booths. Raffle. Lunch and desserts will be available. Contact Cindy at 816-387-3302 for more information.

Vendor & Craft Fair — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Emge School Gym, 7401 Westchester, Belleville. More than 30 vendors. Admission, $2; children 18 and under free. Sponsored by Harmony-Emge Music Boosters.

Christmas Bazaar — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Millstadt VFW Post 7980. Variety of vendors, from Tastefully Simple and Dept. 31 to Holy Crafters and Partylite. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring nonperishable food items for a chance to win a prize. All items to be donated to the Millstadt Food Pantry.

Clothing Giveaway — 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Signal Hill United Methodist Church in Belleville. Go west on Main Street to 95th Street, then go south two blocks. Mostly adult clothes. For information, call Edith Beach at 618-397-0220.

Holiday events

Santa House in Swansea — Daily, Mel Price Memorial Park, 1500 Caseyville Ave., Swansea. Monday through Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Receive a candy cane and a gift. Photos $5. Sponsored by the Swansea Park Board.

Cookie Walk — 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 503 E. Washington, Millstadt. Homemade Christmas cookies sold by the pound: $9, mixed ; $10, fancy. Advance orders taken. Call Shirley Boehm, 618-476-1113.

Coca, Cookies & Cheer with Santa — 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Collinsville Maryville Troy YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive, Maryville. Free. Decorate cookies, games, balloon animals, vendor/craft fair. Santa arrives at 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast With Santa and Kids Christmas Party — 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, New Baden American Legion, 105 E. Illinois St., New Baden. All-you-can-eat breakfast, kids games and crafts, Santa. All kids infant to fourth grade will get a gift from Santa. You do not have to eat breakfast to attend. Breakfast $8, adults, reduced prices for kids; under 5 free.

Christmas Breakfast — 10:30 a.m. Sunday, St. Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church, 408 Rev. Joseph Brown Blvd., East St. Louis. Free will donation.

Santa Claus on his sleigh — 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Millstadt: Monday in Alpine Meadows and Alpine Trails; Tuesday in Parkview Manor and in town; Wednesday in Stonebridge Estates and Cedar Creek. If you missed Santa in your neighborhood, go to the four-way stop in town Wednesday, when Santa and his sleigh will come through from 8 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Millstadt Optimist Club.


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


St. Joseph Church Fish Bake & Fry — 4 to 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, home made slaw, mac/cheese, stewed tomatoes, desserts and refreshments. Eat in or carry out: 618-539-4720.

Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and more. Saturday: fried chicken. Information: 618-222-7171.

Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, 1/4 fried chicken, fries, baked potato, slaw, applesauce. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Eat in or carryout. Information: 618-228-7311 or

Caseyville Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fish plates, desserts, sandwiches, burgers and more.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Cod, catfish fillets, tilapia, sides.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 3 to 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 to 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 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.

Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5 to 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. to 2 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt.

Fried Chicken — 4 to 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 to 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 to 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 to 8 p.m. every Friday, O’Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fallon. Carryout available. 618-632-8879.

Okawville Fish & Chicken Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. American Legion Post No. 233. Eat in or carryout. Information: 618-243-6545.

Shiloh Fish Fry — 5 to 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 to 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. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Swansea Fish Stand, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, shrimp. 618-222-7171.

Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4 to 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 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.

Walton’s Fish Fry — 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus, Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.

Meat Shoot

BBQ and Meat Shoot — Noon to dusk Saturday, Caseyville Moose Lodge 4, 8550 Bunkum Road, Caseyville. Ribs, pork steaks, chicken and pulled pork, homemade sides. Shoot and Meat Wheel. Tickets to win meat packs.

Change in deadline

Deadlines for What’s Happening, Thursday and Sunday briefs, Club News and Religion briefs have now changed to a single date: The Thursday at noon prior to the week the event occurs. This will go into effect Dec. 1.

For example: Noon Thursday, Dec. 8, is the deadline if you want your local event to appear in the Thursday, Dec. 15 edition of the paper. It is also the deadline for any other brief/club news set to appear Dec. 15, 17 or 18. It must be submitted to the Lifestyle section and labeled accordingly.

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