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What’s Happening for June 29-July 5

Noon Thursday, June 22, 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.


▪ 100th Year Commemoration of the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riots — Multiple events scheduled. A Day of Honor: 9-9:45 a.m. Friday. St. Clair County Courthouse, 10 Public Square, Belleville. A Day of Remembrance: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. East St. Louis High Education Campus, 601 James Thompson Blvd., Building D. A Day of Reconciliation: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Truelight Baptist Church, 1535 Tudor Ave., East St. Louis.

▪ Ballroom dance — 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St. Wear red, white and blue. Music by “The Alley Kats.”

▪ Belleville’s Old Town Farmer’s Market — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. First block of South Charles, Belleville. Locally grown veggies, fruit, pasture raised beef, plants and crafts.

▪ Carlyle Lake Area nature society — 6 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Case-Halstead Library, 550 6th St., Carlyle. Members and guests welcome. Speaker: Jim Wilson. Topic: Eastern Bluebirds in Bond County. Business meeting to follow presentation. Questions: Gail DeVilbis, 618-322-2108.

▪ Collinsville Township Senior Citizens’ Center dance — 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29. 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Music by “The RSVP Country Western Band.” Lunch will be served. Reservations: 618-344-7787.

▪ ‘Come as You Are’ Tai Chi — 5 p.m. Wednesday. Ever and Anon Park, corner of East Main and Mascoutah Ave., Belleville. Free one hour class for all ages and skill levels. Led by instructor Dolores Gordon. Sponsored by the Belleville Heritage Society.

▪ Groundbreaking ceremony for tennis courts — 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. Lincoln Park, 1500 Piggott Ave., East St. Louis. The tennis courts are being built in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, East St. Louis Park District, 40 Days of Nonviolence, Missouri Valley Chapter of the U.S. Tennis Association and more. 618-874-3600.

▪ Hunting and Feeding with Forest Park Owls — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Marrison-Talbott Library, 215 Park St., Waterloo. Mark H.X. Glenshaw, an award-winning naturalist, presents his work. Registration: 618-939-6232.

▪ O’Fallon Parks and Recreation: Free Summer Movie — Dusk, Friday. Family Sports Park, 301 Obernuefemann Road, Baseball Field 5. Bounce house at the event. Showing: “Angels in the Outfield.”

▪ Okawville community club dance — Tuesday. Serving food 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Live music from 2-5:30 p.m. Okawville Community Club, 511 S. Hanover St., Okawville. Music by “Rendition.” Fried chicken, fish, potato salad, and desserts. $6 admission to dance only.

▪ Saturdays at the Museum — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. St. Clair County Historical Society, 701 E. Washington St., Belleville. See how St. Clair County residents might have experienced the 1904 World’s Fair. Featuring exhibits and hands-on activities. 618-234-0600.

▪ Strategy Tabletop and Board Games for the Family — 1-6 p.m. Saturday. Fantasy Books and Games, 1977 W. Highway 50, Fairview Heights. Free event. Strategy games for everyone organized by the Metro-east Gamers Meetup.

▪ Swansea Farmer’s Market — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown crops, baked goods, brats and crafts. For inquiries: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753.


▪ Brighton Fourth of July celebration — 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Schneider Park, Brighton. This two-day celebration features a carnival, home run derby, live music and more. Fireworks at dusk on Saturday.

▪ St. Michael’s Church Paderborn annual picnic — 3 p.m. Saturday. St. Michael’s Church Paderborn, 4576 Buss Branch Road, Waterloo. All-you-can-eat chicken dinner, 3-7 p.m. Hand-stitched quilt and cash bingo, 6 p.m. Masses at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Raffle.

▪ Caseyville Independence Day picnic and fireworks — 3 p.m. Saturday, Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds St., Caseyville. Music, food, novelties, contests, car cruise. Fireworks after 9 p.m.. No pets, coolers, alcoholic beverages or personal fireworks allowed.

▪ Carlyle Lake ‘Dam Jam’ plus fireworks — 1-9 p.m. Saturday. Carlyle Lake Dam West, 801 Lake Road, Carlyle. Live music starts at 1 p.m. Fireworks scheduled around 9 p.m.

▪ Edwardsville annual Independence Day celebration — Saturday. Edwardsville American Legion, 58 S. State Route 157. The celebration starts at 5 p.m. and includes concessions, DJ and inflatables for the children. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:10 p.m.

▪ Bond County bicentennial celebration — 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday. Around the courthouse square, downtown Greenville. Courthouse tours, music, vendors, food, a parade and Sunday night fireworks.

▪ Fourth of July celebration in Centralia — Saturday-Tuesday. Fairview Park, Centralia. Carnival, games, food vendors, beer garden, bingo, quilt raffle, cake walk, craft fair, parade. On July 4th, the Veterans Parade is held on Broadway at 10 a.m. and fireworks begin dusk.

▪ Granite City’s ‘Patriots in the Park’ — Celebration starts 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday. 1 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday. Wilson Park, 2900 Benton, Granite City. Carnival, food and craft vendors, live music. Car show at 11 a.m. Saturday. Patriot 5k run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on July 4.

▪ Albers ‘Blast Off’ parade, fireworks — 6 p.m. Monday. Jaycee Park Pavilion, Park Ave, Albers. Parade at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

▪ ‘Alton Fireworks Spectacular’ — Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Gates open at 5 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by the Airforce Band of the Midwest. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. and should last around 30 minutes.

▪ Columbia Fourth of July celebration — 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday. Bike parade. Immaculate Conception School, 321 S. Metter, Columbia. $5 registration fee. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. American Legion Park, 375 E. Locust, Columbia. Bingo, washers tournaments, food, drinks and fireworks at dusk.

▪ Godfrey’s ‘Family Fun Fest’ — Tuesday. Glazebrook Park, Godfrey. A Patriot Bike Decorating contest for children ages 5-11 will take place at 5 p.m. Registration for the bike decorating contest is due by June 30. Entry forms are available at the Parks Office, 6810 Godfrey Road. Admission is free and activities will conclude with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Information: 618-466-1483.

▪ Highland’s Fourth of July — 4 p.m. Tuesday. Glik Park, 12525 Sportsman’s Road, Highland. This event features inflatables for the children, food vendors and a DJ. Fireworks are scheduled around 9 p.m.

▪ Independence Day fireworks — Dusk, Tuesday. Millstadt Village Park. Boy Scout Troop 622 will sell soft drinks, nachos and hot dogs from 6-9 p.m.

▪ Mascoutah’s ‘Old Fashioned’ July Fourth celebration — 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Scheve Park, Mascoutah. Food, crafts, rides, drinks. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

▪ Litchfield Independence Day celebration — 7:30 a.m. Saturday. 5k Freedom Fun Run/Walk. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lake Lou Yaeger, Marina 1, 4313 Beach House Trail. Pre-fireworks show with live music. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 866-733-5833.

▪ Jerseyville Independence Day fireworks — 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Jerseyville American Legion Fairground, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Jerseyville. Admission is free.

▪ Dupo ‘Picnic in the Park’ — Tuesday. Fireworks start at dusk. Dupo Community Park, 900 Bluffview Elementary Drive.


▪ Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30-7 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

▪ BBQ Thursday — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 E. State Route 15, Belleville. Takeout or eat in pork steak or pulled pork sandwich dinner with sides. Brats and homemade desserts.

▪ Boy Scout Troop 622 BBQ — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Millstadt Community Center, 102 S. Jefferson. The BBQ features championship Carolina-style pulled pork, pork steaks, brats and hamburgers. Diners will have a choice of two sides. This event is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 622.

▪ Caseyville Fish Fry — 4-7 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 — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat-in or carryout. Cod, catfish fillets, tilapia, sides.

▪ Collinsville Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. North Atlantic cod, whole catfish, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.

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

▪ Edwardsville Masonic Lodge Breakfast — 7-11 a.m. Saturday. Edwardsville Masonic Lodge, 90 Kriege Farm Road, Glen Carbon. Adults $7. Children $3. Eat in or carryout. 618-656-7137.

▪ Evening in Athens — 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Sts. Constantine and Helen, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea. Greek food, homemade pastries. Carry outs available. 618-277-0330.

▪ Highland Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.

▪ Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5-8 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., 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. 618-476-1180.

▪ O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4-8 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 — 4-8 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 — 5-8 p.m. Friday, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. American Legion Post No. 233. Eat in or carryout. 618-243-6545.

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

▪ Summerfield Lions Club All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Dinner — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. $10 adults, $5 children, 4 and under free. Carryouts with some restrictions. 618-934-3841.

▪ Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m.-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 — 4-7 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 — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.

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


▪ 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.

▪ Granite City Senior Club Bingo — 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmas, Granite City. Admission $1. Cards 4 for a $1. For all seniors 50 and older. Refreshments served. 618-444-6771.


▪ 2017 Concerts at Bellevue Park — 7 p.m. Thursday, 401 Bellevue Park Drive, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Dave Sheppard Band.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation.

▪ Carondelet Concerts in the Park — 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Carondelet Park, 3900 Holly Hills, St. Louis. “Presentations” performing a variety of music.

▪ Glory Hallelujah — 7 p.m. Friday. Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis. Christine Westhoff, a soprano, will perform. Admission is free with all donations going to the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks.

▪ Edwardsville Municipal Band: Fourth of July concert — 8 p.m. Thursday, June 29. City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. All concerts are free. A selection of patriotic music and show tunes will be performed.

▪ Grafton’s ‘Music in the Park’ — Grove Memorial Park, Grafton. Saturday. “The Shrubheads” will play from 7-9 p.m. A 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.

▪ Patriotic concert in Millstadt — 7 p.m. Monday. Zion Evangelical Church, 117 W. White St., Millstadt. The Millstadt Community Choir will perform some of the most popular songs from 1914-1918 in honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I. Free concert. 618-660-5790.

▪ “Salute to the Troops.” 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. Fair St. Louis Stage, Forest Park. 300 Missouri and Illinois military service members and their families will be honored before the evening’s live entertainment. Fair St. Louis is free to attend and opens to the public at 1 p.m.

▪ The Tempest: Something Rich and Strange — 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Metcalf Theater, SIUE campus. A new sensory take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” $15 adults, $12 seniors and non-SIUE students. SIUE students and alumni free. 618-650-2774.

▪ Summer Youth Show: “Peter Pan Jr.” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. or 618-537-4962.