Metro-East Living

Farmers markets, free movies and more to do this week

The Hummingbird Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site.
The Hummingbird Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site.

What’s Happening for July 20-26

Noon Thursday, July 13, 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.


▪ Authentic Student Ministries/Pentecostals of Troy car wash — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Richeson Funeral Home, 2015 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Free car wash, donations accepted. Event also features a bake sale. Proceeds to assist students’ trip to national conference this month.

▪ 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.

▪ Cleaning by Design: Essential Oils Class — 1 p.m. Saturday. Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Learn chemical free ways to clean the home with essential oils. 618-452-6238 ext. 730.

▪ Collinsville Faith in Action: Annual Auction and Dinner Buffet — 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville. Ticket: $40. Table of 8: $300. Dessert only tickets: $10. Auction items include Walt Disney World Resort passes, St. Louis Cardinals tickets, Forest Park Forever membership and more. Reservations: Nancy Kaprelian, 618-799-9085.

▪ ‘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. Sponsored by the Belleville Heritage Society.

▪ Damiansville Development Club Softball Tournament —7 p.m. to midnight Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday-Sunday. Damiansville Development Club Park, off of Interstate 64. Live music from the Beaucoup Bottom Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Beer and food served all four days. See Damiansville Facebook page for more information.

▪ First Christian Church Blood Drive — 2-6 p.m. Monday. First Christian Church, 5929 Old St. Louis Road, Belleville. Schedule an appointment:, code: First Christian Belleville, or call 618-233-5380.

▪ Great Train Expo — Saturday and Sunday. Belle Clair Fairgrounds Park, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Hundreds of tables of trains for sale. Exhibitors from across the country. Operating model train displays. Free door prize giveaways. Adult $9 for a one-day ticket, $10 for two-day ticket. Kids 11 and under free.

▪ Grief Support Group —11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 20. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, 1 Good Samaritan Way, Mt. Vernon. Open to all who is grieving a loss.

▪ ‘July, Beat the Heat’ craft and vendor fair — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Scheve Park, 905 Park Drive, Mascoutah. Over 80 vendors and crafters. Raffles, 50/50, door prizes. Inflatables and face painting for children. See their Facebook page for more information.

▪ Learn-to-play Strategy Board Games for the Family — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Fantasy Books, 1113 E. Main St., Belleville. Free event, open to everyone. Learn board games for the entire family.

▪ O’Fallon Parks and Recreation: Free Summer Movie — dusk, Friday. Family Sports Park, 301 Obernuefemann Road, Baseball Field 5. Showing: “Rogue One.”

▪ Polka Dance — 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Music by Dave Hylla, the Good Times Band. Sandwiches for purchase. Admission $7. 314-867-7896 or

▪ ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ — 1 p.m. Saturday. Southwestern Illinois College, Liberal Arts Theatre, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. $5 to watch “Singin’ in the Rain” and refreshments. After the film, stay for music and dancing. Presented by the Theta Epsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 618-363-9027.

▪ Swansea Farmer’s Market — Thursday, July 20. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Senior coupons are here. Locally grown crops, baked goods, brats, hotdogs and crafts. Inquiries: Norm Geloat, 618-978-8753 or


▪ Central City Lion’s festival — 5 p.m. to midnight. Friday-Saturday. Lions Club, 141 N. Harrison St., Centralia. Live music, food, beverages, raffles, cake wheel, poker stand, inflatables.

▪ Hummingbird Festival — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford. In cooperation with the Illinois Audubon Society, the site will catch and band hummingbirds.

▪ Friends of the Fort Summer ball — 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. Period dress encouraged but not required. Suggested donation of $20 per person and all funds raised will go directly to the not-for-profit support organization, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, which supports improvement projects the site.

▪ St. Francis of Assisi quilt show — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 2nd and Clinton, Aviston. Preview quilts that will be awarded at St. Francis picnic on August 5. Raffle chances available for the picnic special quilt and quilt drawings. Free refreshments. Attendance prizes. $3 admission. 618-228-7219.

▪ Monroe County Fair — Sunday through Sunday, July 23-30. Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 Illinois 156, Waterloo. Free entry during the day; various entry fees for nighttime events. Fair exhibits include farm implements, farm animals, arts and crafts, 4-H projects, floral arrangements, art and photography, quilts and garden produce. Carnival rides. Food and drink vendors.

▪ Madison County Fair — 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 28, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Lindendale Park, 2025 Park Hill Drive, Highland. Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music. Parking fees and admission costs for some events. Carnival rides open: 5-11p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday.


▪ 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, July 20. 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.

▪ 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.

▪ 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.

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

▪ 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.

▪ 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 — 4-7 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.


▪ Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. To participate, must have played bridge before.

▪ 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. Partner night. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main, Smithton. 618-233-3370.

▪ Meat Shoot — noon Sunday. American Legion Post 1937 at TR’s. Shoot and wheel rounds. Attendance prizes, free food. House fun available.

▪ Summer Trivia Night Fundraiser — 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar, Granite City. Teams of 8. $15 per person. Summer picnic food included with admission. Cash prizes. Proceeds to benefit Lincoln Place Heritage Festival.


▪ 2017 Concerts at Bellevue Park — 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 20. 401 Bellevue Park Dr., Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Waterloo German Band.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation.

▪ 2017 Concerts at the Square — 7 p.m. Monday, 10 Public Square, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Chris Talley Trio.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation.

▪ Booth Brothers in concert — 7 p.m. Friday. First Christian Church, 1200 W. Boone, Salem. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Booth Brothers are the most awarded group in southern gospel music over the past decade. Sponsored by Southern Illinois’ Homecoming Gospel Choir. John Roberts, 618-245-9133.

▪ Carondelet Concerts in the Park — 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Carondelet Park, 3900 Holly Hills, St. Louis. “Power Play” will perform.

▪ Edwardsville Municipal Band — 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20. City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free concert.

Worth the Drive

▪ Astronomy Association Meeting — 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20. The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey. Naturalist Eddie Agha will help observe and record constellations. No telescopes needed. This is a newly formed organization and free to the public. Reservations are required: 618-467-2521.

▪ Grafton’s Music in the Park — 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 20. The Grove Memorial Park, Market St., Grafton. Bring your lawn chair for a free concert. Performer: “The Owlz.” 50/50 raffle to benefit Jersey Community High School bands. 618-535-9922.

▪ Grafton Riverside Flea Market — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The Loading Dock, 401 Front St., Grafton. Over 50 vendors. Free admission. 800-258-6645.

▪ ‘Party in the Park’ — 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Litchfield starting on corner of Union Ave. (Route 16) and State Street. Carnival, live music, food, vendors, pageants and more. 217-324-2533 or