Metro-East Living

What’s Happening for May 4-10

Noon Thursday, April 27, was the deadline to appear in today’s What’s Happening. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the large number of submissions, non-profit events are run only one time in print, will be edited and appear in the week before the event date.

Email is preferred: Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Heidi Wiechert at 618-239-2500.


▪ Ballroom Dance — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St. Music by Alley Kats.

▪ Belleville Historical Society Rock and Roll, 50’s Party — 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Blazier House, 8501 W. Main St., Belleville. DJ, dancing, food, door prizes, silent auction, 50’s dress encouraged. Tickets $20. Proceeds to benefit the Blazier House. $15 advance tickets available at Fletcher’s Kitchen and Tap, Artiste Des Fleures, Eckerts Country Store, Dill’s Floral Haven and Peace by Piece Boutique. 618-531-7753.

▪ Big Truck Day — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Godfrey Park and Recreation Department will have fire trucks, dump trucks, bucket trucks, tractors and more for kids to climb on and explore. Free admission. 618-466-1483.

▪ Blessing of the Bikes and Jeeps — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Fairgrounds, 506 W. Belmont St., Sparta. A free event. Bikers and jeep enthusiasts are invited to have their ride blessed for the season by the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Sponsored by the American Legion Riders.

▪ Civil War Living History Event — 9 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Mariner’s Village Resort, near the Dam West Recreational Area at Carlyle Lake. On Saturday, the Turner Brigade will provide displays and demonstrations. On Sunday, throughout the day, there will be Abraham Lincoln impersonators and Civil War storytellers. This event begins a summer of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Carlyle Lake.

▪ Collinsville Garden Club Plant Sale — 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. 303 N. Morrison, Collinsville. Event will take place rain or shine.

▪ Crawfish Festival — Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 W. Water St., Grafton. Free admission. Food for purchase. Organizers will boil up to 700 pounds of live Louisiana crawfish. 314-621-8811.

▪ Elsah Spring Festival — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Farley’s Music Hall, 37 Mill St., Elsah. Local photographers, steam punk jewelry, pottery for sale. Treehouse Wildlife Center owl presentation. Authors with book signings. Free walking tours of village. Free admission. 618-374-2821.

▪ Essential Oils for Stress Relief — 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4. 1818 Chop House, 1405 N. Green Mount Road, O’Fallon. Celebrating Mom with chocolate, flowers and neck massages. Free event. Call if attending: 618-407-5969.

▪ Flag Retirement Ceremony — 2 p.m. Sunday. The Quad-Cities Disabled America Veterans Chapter 53 and Tri-City Veterans Club, 3400 Century Drive, Granite City. The public is invited to bring any American flags that need to be disposed of properly. 618-876-7816.

▪ Flea Market — 8 a.m. Saturday. American Legion, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Crafters and vendors. 618-538-5445.

▪ Fort de Chartres Kid’s Day —10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. 18th-century games and other activities for kids. The event is open and free to general public.

▪ Heartlands Conservancy Forage for Wild Edibles — Saturday. Chef Joshua Galliano of Companion Bakery and Chef Rob Connoley of the soon-to-open Bulrush STL on a foraging hike. Search for edible wild greens and flowers. Register to learn specific location and times. Suggested donation of $10. or 618-566-4451 ext. 23.

▪ Heartlinks Grief Support Group — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Family Hospice Office, 5110 W. Main St., Belleville. For parents and adult siblings grieving a loss due to addiction. 618-277-1800.

▪ Hero Inside Day 2017 — Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Everett Moody Park at Longacre, Fairview Heights. Event to educate about drug addiction while raising money for Hero Inside Organization. Live music, guest speakers. games, vendors, auctions, raffles and food.

▪ “History of the Monroe County Fair” — 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. Presented by Don Schrader. or 618-939-5008.

▪ “In Stitches and Knots” Quilt Show Fundraiser — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sparta Senior Center, 500 W. Second St., Sparta. Quilts, bake sale, jewelry, purses, raffle and sloppy joe lunch. Tickets $8 for adults, $5 for child. Proceeds go to the senior center. 618-443-4020.

▪ Kentucky Derby Party at Mac’s — 11 a.m. Saturday. Mac’s Downtown, 315 Belle St., Alton. Annual Kentucky Derby street party. Live music and food. Free admission. 618-465-1006.

▪ Lebanon May Market Home & Garden Show — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Brick street, Lebanon. Vendors, plants, art, up-cycled furniture, antiques, food and more.

▪ Maeystown Fruehlingsfest — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Maeystown. Antiques and plants for sale. Bratwurst, barbecue, potato pancakes and strawberry shortcake. Creek-side wine garden.

▪ Memorial Auxiliary Book Bazaar — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday. 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B St., Belleville. $5 admission on Wednesday. Special discounts on Thursday. 1/2 price books on Friday. $2 bag of books on Saturday. 618-257-5545.

▪ Memorial Hospital Babysitting Class — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Memorial’s Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center, 4700 Memorial Drive, Belleville. Introduction to basics of babysitting. Cost $30 and participants must register. 314-454-5437 ext. 3.

▪ Metro-East Real Estate Investors Association Meeting — 5:30 p.m. Monday. American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. $20 guest fee. 618-877-6352.

▪ Metro-East Social Single’s Yard and Bake Sale — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Turkey Hill Grange next to Eckert’s, Belleville. Household items, collectibles, tools, clothing and books for sale.

▪ Millstadt Senior Center Quarter Auction — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. Columbus Club, 114 W. Oak St., Millstadt. $25 all-in paddle. Quilt raffle and 50/50. 618-530-0501.

▪ Millstadt Village-wide Yard Sale — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Millstadt. Residents and businesses will participate. Sponsored by the Millstadt Historical Society. Free coffee. Free maps available at Millstadt Community Center, 102 S. Jefferson, where Historical Society members will sell breakfast burritos, baked goods, beverages and lunch. Participants will have yellow markers.

▪ Native American Storyteller — 2 p.m. Saturday. Interpretive Center auditorium, Cahokia Mounds Historic Site, Collinsville. Storyteller Dovie Thomason will share folk tales and her own stories of Indian culture.

▪ O’Fallon 66th Annual National Day of Prayer — Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 4. O’Fallon City Hall, 255 S. Lincoln Ave. Community is invited to attend and pray for the nation and leaders.

▪ O’Fallon Garden Club Spring Plant Sale — 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Community Financial Center, corner of Highway 50 and South Lincoln, O’Fallon. Plants and gourd birdhouses for sale.

▪ Old Town Farmers’ Market —7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday. New location: First block of South Charles between East Main and East Washington, Belleville. Locally grown produce and crafts.

▪ Preschool Informational Fair — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon. Representatives from area preschools will answer questions about their programs and services. Hors d’oeuvres, balloons, and giveaways. Free event. 618-632-3783 or

▪ Sierra Club Speaker’s Series — 6 p.m. Monday. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton. Piasa Palisades Group will present, “How We Can Better Protect Our Great River.” 410-490-5024.

▪ Spring Farm Day — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. Hayrides, games, vendors. $2 admission fee. Under age 3 free. 618-346-7529 or

▪ Spring Superhero Bash — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4. Fun Spot, 1400 W. Blvd., Belleville. Heroes, Cops and Kids superhero night. Metro St. Louis area police officers will be dressed as superheros. Free admission. Skate rentals start at $2. 618-234-4502.

▪ Square Dance — 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Gibault Catholic High School, Columbia Ave. and Moore St., Waterloo. Caller: Tom Murray. Sponsored by Waterloo Quadrilles Square Dance Club. 618-566-8752.

▪ Star Wars Party — 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4. Six Mile Downtown Library, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. “May the ‘fourth’ be with you.” Presented by the Youth Services Department. 618-452-6238 ext. 720.

▪ St. Clair County Garden Club Plant Sale — 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. In front of Wild Birds Unlimited, Swansea Plaza. Featuring milk weed and butterfly weed plants to aid monarch butterflies and other pollinators. 618-791-2246.

▪ Steeleville American Legion Dance — 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. American Legion, 303 S. Chester St., Steeleville. Music by “Rendition.”

▪ St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Spring Festival — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 900 Church St., Evansville. Car and tractor show, bounce houses, craft and vendor fair, Ted Drewe’s frozen custard, silent auction, plant sale and more. Proceeds benefit tuition fund for local students. 618-528-2395.

▪ Swansea Farmer’s Market — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 4. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. First day open for its 9th season. Locally grown crops, baked goods, brats and crafts. Free prayer plants to each family for National Prayer day while supplies last. 618-978-8753.

▪ TOPS Illinois Club 592 — 7 p.m. Every Thursday. St. John UCC, 307 W. Clay St., Collinsville. A weight-loss support group. Weigh-in at 6:30 p.m. 618-345-6218.

▪ Tour de Stooges — Registration 6 to 10 a.m., Saturday. McKendree University, Lebanon. Six bicycle rides ranging from 9 to 100 miles. $30 adults, $15 ages 5-12, $70 family pack. Price increases day of ride. To register, go to All proceeds will go toward Gateway East Trails’ efforts to build bicycle and walking trails in eastern St. Clair County.

▪ Vintage Baseball Game at Lewis and Clark — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the spirit of sportsmanship from the 1860s. Free event. 618-251-5811.

▪ Walking Tour of West Belleville Historic District — 10 a.m. Saturday. 1106 W. Main St., Belleville. Tour is about 16 blocks and lasts for an hour. $10 per person. Appropriate for ages twelve and up. Benefits the Belleville Historical Society. Reservations: 618-236-7481.

▪ Waterloo Mayfest — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Courthouse Square, downtown Waterloo. Free. Live music all day, games for children, food, retail and small business vendors.

▪ Yoga and Meditation at the Tower — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford. “Be Well Now” of Godfrey teaches yoga and meditation for National Garden Meditation Day. Free event. 618-251-9101.


▪ Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-228-7311 or

▪ Boy Scout Troop 11 BBQ Dinner — 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Notre Dame Academy, 200 S. Second St., Belleville. Pork steak or chicken dinner $10 includes sides and dessert. Hamburger or hot dog dinner $5. Basket raffle and bake sale. Carryouts available.

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

▪ 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, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.

▪ Collinsville Fish Fry — 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Fried/baked cod, catfish, sides. 618-345-1492.

▪ Freeburg Fish Fry — 2 to 8 p.m. Friday. American Legion Post 58. Freedom Farm, 6355 Hilgard Memorial Drive, Freeburg. Cod, walleye, and homemade pizza. 618-539-6095.

▪ 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. 618-476-1180.

▪ O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. 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. Fried and grilled fish, chicken, sides and desserts. Carryouts. 618-624-2651.

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

▪ Shiloh Fish Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Cod, walleye, shrimp, chicken wings. Eat in or carryout. Auxiliary bake sale for charity. 618-624-5412.

▪ “Spring Cleaning” Luncheon — 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 10. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson, Belleville. $13 cost. Martha Heinhorst, guest speaker, will share cleaning tips. Sponsored by Belleville MetroEast Christian Women’s Club. Reservations by May 8. 618-398-0772.

▪ St. John United Church of Christ Sausage and Pancake Breakfast — 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. St. John United Church of Christ, 21 N. Walnut St., Trenton. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs and sides. Adults $8, children $4, under 2 free.

▪ 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. 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. Cod, catfish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp. Dine in or carry out. 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.


▪ Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Senior Center, 10025 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Caseyville Township. 618-310-1289.

▪ Cribbage Club — 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 1 Columbus Plaza, KC Club, Collinsville. Nine games played against nine different opponents. Yvonne Bright 618-344-1521 or John Bilski 618-398-1029.

▪ Elite Basketball Club’s Trivia Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser — 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The Weingarten, 1780 Illinois Route 15, Belleville. Trivia, food and raffles. 618-520-0320.

▪ Euchre Tournament — 7 p.m. Friday. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main St., Smithton. Partner night. Everyone welcome. 618-233-3370.


▪ 2017 Downtown Concert Series — 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring local group: “Father Jack.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free summer concerts presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

▪ An Evening with Jonathan Edwards — 8 p.m. Friday. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets $30. Edwards has been performing for four decades. Hits include “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy” and “Sometimes.” 618-307-1750.

▪ Granite City Community Band — 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. SWIC, Granite City campus, 4950 Maryville Road. Free event. Last concert of the season.

▪ “Little Shop of Horrors” — 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4-Saturday, May 6. Belleville West Performing Arts Center, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. Annual musical. Tickets $6 students, $10 adults, $8 seniors.

▪ “Song and Dance” — 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Clare Church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. A spring festival of French music presented by Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra. or 618-304-9094.

▪ Southern Gospel Concert — 7 p.m. Saturday. Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive. Bluegrass gospel “The Waymasters.” 618-616-2815 or

▪ “Titanic: The Musical” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets: are $10 Thursday and Sunday. $12 Friday and Saturday; senior, student and military discounts available. or 618-537-4962.