Metro-East Living

Lifestyle briefs for May 4

Sierra Club speaker’s series

The Sierra Club is having the next entry in its speaker’s series at 6 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton. At 7:30 p.m., The Piasa Palisades Group will discuss how to protect and clean the Mississippi. The presentation will feature a slideshow, short documentary, group activities and discussion time. Information: 410-490-5024.

Flag retirement ceremony

The Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary and American Legion Post 307 will have a flag retirement ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Tri-City Veterans Club, 3400 Century Drive, Granite City. The ceremony is open to the public. Anyone has American flags that need to be disposed of properly are invited to bring them. Information: 618-876-7816.

History of the Monroe County Fair

Don Schrader will present, “History of the Monroe County Fair,” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. This presentation will discuss changes in location, events and community support that has grown the Monroe County Fair to the event that it is today.

Regular museum hours at from 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Information: 618-514-1628 or

Senior center quilt show

The Sparta Senior Center is having a quilt show fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the senior center, 500 W. Second St., Sparta. One hundred quilts will be displayed at this event. It will also feature a bake sale, jewelry, purses, raffle and sloppy joe lunch. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds from this event go to the Sparta Senior Center.

Auditions at The Looking Glass Playhouse

The Looking Glass Playhouse will have auditions for its 2017 youth show, “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the playhouse, 301 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. This audition is for young people from the ages of 6 to 18 and will consist of singing and dancing. For more information about this event, the public is invited to email the director, Brad Sanker:


Maeystown will have its annual Fruelingsfest antique and garden show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, around the stone mill in Maeystown. The show will feature antique dealers and local nurseries will have annuals, perennials and herbs for sale. This event will also feature a variety of vendor food including bratwurst, barbecue, potato pancakes and strawberry shortcake. There is no admission fee. Information:

Tour de Stooges

The 20th annual Tour de Stooges will be Saturday, May 6, at McKendree University, Lebanon. Registration will take place from 6-10 a.m. Bicycle riders can choose routes ranging from 9 to 100 miles. This event includes rides on beautiful rural roads, an all-you-can-eat buffet and all the Three Stooges videos you care to watch at McKendree University’s Ames Dining Hall. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $15 for ages 5-12 and $70 for a family pack. Proceeds will go toward Gateway East Trails’ efforts to build bicycle and walking trails in eastern St. Clair County. Information:

Baseball in the 1860s

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site will have a game of ‘base ball’ as it was played in the 1860s at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at 1 Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford. The competing teams at this free event will be the Vandalia Old Capitals, Springfield Long Nines, Alton Baseball Club and the Belleville Stags. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Information:

Storyteller at Cahokia Mounds

Dovie Thomason, a Native American storyteller, will share traditional folk tales at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Thomason is appearing as part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival that is sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis. There is no charge for the event, but a suggested donation is encouraged at the Interpretive Center. Information: or 618-346-5160.

Senior summer trips

The Edwardsville Parks Department will have a series of trips for seniors aged 55 and older this summer. The group will go to Stages St. Louis on June 13 to see “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tickets cost $95 and include a motorcoach ride, show ticket and dinner at Sunset 44 Bistro in Kirkwood. The registration deadline for this trip is Friday, May 5. Information: 618-692-7538.

On July 13, the senior group will take a tour of Busch Stadium. This trip costs $75 and includes the motorcoach ride, tour, admission to the Cardinal’s Hall of Fame and lunch at Ballpark Village. The registration deadline for the Busch Stadium tour is June 23.

The last trip of the summer will be a visit to the Missouri Botannical Gardens on August 24. Tickets cost $35 and include a private tram tour, motorcoach ride and admission. Seniors interested in attending must sign up by August 4.