Metro-East Living

What’s Happening for May 18-25

Noon Thursday, May 11, 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.


▪ 19th Annual Golf Tournament and Auction Fundraiser — 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday. Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive, St. Charles, Missouri. Hosted by Friends of Kids with Cancer. Registration and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. or 314-275-7440.

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

▪ E-Waste Drive — 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Recycle anything metal and with a cord. Small charge for televisions and computer monitors. Sponsored by CJD E-Cycling and FLL Gamma Rays Robotics Team. 618-659-9006.

▪ Fairview Heights Community Clean Up Day — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Moody Park, Fairview Heights.

▪ Flag Retirement Ceremony — 2 p.m. Saturday. American Legion grounds, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Public invited. Featured speaker: Col. James T. Pratt. 618-538-5445.

▪ Gateway Milers fun walk — 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. SIUE campus, 1 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville. Starts at Alumni Hall. 5K or 10K distance fun run. Cost: $3. Family-oriented and non-competitive. Group walk at 9:30 a.m.

▪ Genealogy Club — 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Granite City Public Library, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Meet with other researchers and learn tips. 618-452-6238 ext. 730.

▪ Get Ready for Camp Event — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Belleville-Meyer Scout Shop, 335 W. Main St., Belleville. Open house, demonstrations, backpack fittings. 618-222-1574.

▪ Healthy Living Expo — 8:30 a.m. to noon. Friday. Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Health screenings, exhibit tables. All activities are free. Seniors will receive ticket for free breakfast and lunch. Hosted by AgeSmart Community Resources.

▪ Healthy Living for your Brain and Body — 7 p.m. Monday. Morrison-Talbott Library, 215 Park, Waterloo. Free class, presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn tips for healthy aging. 618-939-6232.

▪ “Kid-A-Palooza” — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Route 162, Troy. Family event with games, singing and Bible story presentation. Free rides offered to every church event. or 618-667-6054.

▪ Memorial Day Service at Buck Road Cemetery — 2 p.m. Sunday. Buck Road Cemetery, Off of Route 162, Maryville. Public is invited to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the cemetery. Guest speaker: Michael C. Kovarik.

▪ Nashville Farmers’ Market — 7 to 11 a.m. Every Thursday. In front of the Washington County Courthouse, Nashville.

▪ Optimist Club of Belleville — 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Meeting will include recognition of youth poster contests, essay contests and scholarship winners. Guests welcome.

▪ “Pumping Tunes” — 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. Sue Watters and Pastor Knobloch will share their knowledge of antique pump organs.

▪ Senior Picnic — Noon, Tuesday. Pavilion 2, Moody Park, Fairview Heights. Grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Bring a dish to share and lawn chairs. Tommy Tunes will perform songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Cost: $5 per person. RSVP: 618-489-2040.

▪ Square and Round Dance: Trails End — 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsor: Dandy Dancers. Caller: Bo Semith and Kate Garrison. Cuer: Bob Pyles.

▪ There is Hope for You: Service in the Park — 3 p.m. Saturday. Wilson Park, 29th and State Street, Granite City. Presented by Hope Lutheran Church. Free face painting, refreshments and gift bags. Everyone welcome.

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

▪ Williams Syndrome Walk — 9 a.m. Saturday. Eckert’s Farms, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Joey Tantillo, a Belleville boy with Williams Syndrome, will be at the event with his parents to sign copies of their new book, “The Stars in His Eyes,” a novel loosely based on the family’s life. Walk will benefit the Williams Syndrome Association.


▪ 9th Annual Pumpers and Pistons — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Transportation, 3015 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis. A free event. Fire apparatus and antique truck show.

▪ Beckemeyer Fire Department 100 years of Service Parade and Picnic — 1 p.m. Saturday. BCDC Park, Beckemeyer. Parade starts at 1pm. Firetruck awards, vendor fair, strongman firetruck pull, kids activities, rescue helicopter demonstration, fireworks, live music. More information on Beckemeyer Fire Department Facebook page.

▪ Belleville Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Belle-Clair County Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Old and new merchandise. Over 600 tables. Parking costs $3. 618-233-0052.

▪ Belleville Art on the Square — 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Downtown Belleville. More than 100 artists will show and sell their works. Children’s activities, entertainment and demonstrations. Free admission. Food court. Gateway East Artist Guild will have a demonstration tent. 618-960-9597 or

▪ Cahokia Mounds Kids Day — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville. Hands-on activities, crafts, games and dancing.

▪ East St. Louis Cultural Arts Festival — 6:30 p.m. Friday. Higher Education Campus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis. Features: poetry, dance, drumming, jazz, vendors, book exhibits and sales, art displays. Coincides with the 1917 Race Riot Centennial.

▪ Illinois Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs May Festival — 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Hosted by the Dandy Dancers. The callers for the day will vary with Lanny Weaklend featured as National Caller. The cuers will also vary and feature Bob and Gerry Tevlin.

▪ Ladies’ Night Out — 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Registration from 5-7 p.m. at Crystal and Spice, 318 E. Main, Belleville. Ending party at Margaritas at 8 p.m. Cost $5. Supporting Treehouse Wildlife Center.

▪ Mascoutah Springfest and Dance — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Main Street, downtown Mascoutah. Food available throughout. Mascoutah Boy Scouts will have games and silly string for kids. Cornhole Tournament sponsored by MAC. Live band in the evening.

▪ NickFest — Noon to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. St. Nicholas Church, 625 St. Nicholas Drive, O’Fallon. Rides, games, face painting, bingo, wine garden. Live music, food. Registration for Carbon Cycle Energy 5K run/walk/kid’s run is 8 a.m. Saturday. Discounted ride tickets available at St. Nicholas church office through May 18.

▪ Red Berries and Bluegrass Festival — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Trinity Gardens and Farmstead, 11858 Zimmermann, Mascoutah. George Portz and Friends of Bluegrass, strawberries, food, barn quilt display and show. Children’s pavilion with bounce houses, face painting and balloons.

▪ Ticket to the Beatles — 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Metter Park, Columbia. Cover tunes band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. Sponsored by Historic Main Street. 618-281-4672 or their Facebook page.

▪ St. Jacob UCC Strawberry Festival — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Jacob Township Park, 239 Main St. Berry Bike Ride organized by Trailnet Bicycle Club. Food, music, crafters, bounce houses and children’s entertainment.

▪ St. Peter and Paul’s 9th Annual Spring Fling — 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 717 State St., Alton. Saturday is “Adult’s Night” featuring over 75 local and national craft breweries. Sunday is “Kid’s Day” featuring bounce houses, video games, laser tag and more. Live music and food. Free admission. 618-465-4221.


▪ 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 30 Bar-B-Que — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Rural Family Medical Parking Lot, 251 Marketplace Drive, Freeburg. Pork steaks, brats, hamburgers, homemade sides.

▪ Belleville Fish Fry — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1549 Frank Scott Parkway W., Belleville. Fish by the pound, plate and sandwich. Sponsored by Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies. Open to the public.

▪ 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.

▪ Lunch-to-Go — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., Benld. Homemade dinners $8. Cabbage rolls, cabbage noodle, homemade bread rolls, baklava. Pre-orders accepted. 217-204-1365.

▪ 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.

▪ Ready for Award Winning BBQ — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. American Legion Post 137, 109 N. Penn St., O’Fallon. Sandwiches and plates. Dine in or carryout. Sponsored by O’Fallon Moose Lodge 2608. Proceeds donated to Belleville Parent Teacher Organization of Exceptional Children which provides opportunity for metro-east individuals with intellectual disabilities.

▪ 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.

▪ 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.


▪ Bag Toss Tournament — Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Loading Dock, 401 Front St., Grafton. Cash prizes. Registration at noon. $40 per team. Tourney at 1 p.m. 618-786-3494.

▪ 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.

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

▪ Single and Double Deck Pinochle — 1 to 4 p.m. Monday. Millstadt Township Senior Services, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. 618-476-3731.


▪ Joey and Rory Feek Tribute Concert — 5:30 p.m. potluck. 6 p.m. concert, Sunday. Prospect Park United Methodist Church, 9300 Richfield Road, Fairview Heights. Featuring songs that are important to us. Music by B. Barnett, H. Campbell, and W. Davis. 618-397-1099.

▪ Paper Slip Company: “Whose Laugh is it Anyway?” —8 p.m. Friday. Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. A live comedy show performed by the Paper Slip Theater improvisational group. Tickets: $10. or 618-462-5222.

▪ Rick Derringer: Alive and Well Tour — 8 p.m. Friday. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets $30-$40 depending upon seating. Derringer will perform songs and stories about his solo hits. 618-307-1750.