Metro-East Living

60 things to do in the metro-east this week

Nashville recording artist, John Dennis, to perform at the Espenschied Chapel on Friday and Saturday.
Nashville recording artist, John Dennis, to perform at the Espenschied Chapel on Friday and Saturday.

What’s Happening for July 27-Aug. 2

Noon Thursday, July 20, 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.


▪ Annual GRMC Auxiliary ‘Shoe Roads Production’ sale — 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Gateway Regional Medical Center, 2100 Madison Ave., Granite City. Men and women’s shoes available.

▪ Anti-Fraud Seminar for Senior Citizens — 11 a.m. to noon Friday. Collinsville Township Senior Center, 420 E. Main St. Learn how to prevent fraud and take steps to avoid becoming victims of crime. Hosted by state Rep. Katie Stuart.

▪ Back to School Fun Fair — 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. For children K-8 and their families. To participate, children must be registered with BASSC Elementary, Belleville District 118, Belle Valley District 119, Governor French Academy, Harmony-Emge District 175, Menta Academy, Signal Hill District 181, Whiteside District 115, Zion Lutheran Grade school and all local Catholic grade schools. Information: or 618-233-2015.

▪ Belleville’s Old Town Farmer’s Market — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. First block of South Charles, Belleville. Senior coupons now available. Bring ID and complete paperwork to receive $25 to spend at market.

▪ Breastfeeding Support — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, 400 N. Pleasant Ave., Centralia. No appointment necessary. OB department answers questions and provides assistance to nursing mothers. 618-436-6690.

▪ ‘Buck-a-Bag’ sale — 9-11 a.m. Friday. 1050 N. State, Freeburg. Sponsored by the Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank. Features men’s, women’s and children’s clothing $1 per bag. Toys, books, shoes and miscellaneous available $1 per bag. 618-539-5070.

▪ ‘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.

▪ Cruise Night at Pistol City Restaurant — 5-9 p.m. Saturday. State Route 13, Coulterville. DJ music until 9, live band following. Door prizes, employee’s choice award.

▪ Healing Day of Reflection — 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Guild Center, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville. John Angotti shares stories he has encountered as a music missionary and how sacred music brings healing. Cost $15. 618-394-6270.

▪ Historical Walking Tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Mt. Hope Cemetery, 9401 W. Main, Belleville. SIUE Professor Andrew Theising and the St. Clair County Historical Society have partnered to offer this event. Cost $10. Proceeds benefit the St. Clair County Historical Society’s mission. To purchase tickets: 618-234-0600.

▪ Ladies Roller Derby — 6 p.m. Saturday. Belle Clair Fairgrounds Park, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Heartbreakers vs. Southern Illinois Rollergirls and Smitten Kittens vs. Springfield Illinois Battlebroads. Cost $10.

▪ “Lincoln, the Prairie Years” — 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. Curt Wittbracht will present Lincoln’s early life until he left for Washington D.C. 618-939-5008.

▪ Madison County Housing Authority 2nd annual Career and Job Fair — 9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday. SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City campus, 4950 Maryville Road, Granite City. Admission is free. More than 50 businesses and resource agencies will participate. Job seekers should bring resumes and dress professionally. Full list of businesses will be posted on Madison County Housing Authority Facebook page.

▪ Marie Roussau: Portrait of a Kaskaian Indian — Salad dinner 6 p.m. Presentation 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Chouteau township senior meeting, 906 Thorngate, Granite City. Presented by SWIC. Bring a salad to share, dessert provided. All seniors 50 or older are welcome. 618-444-6771.

▪ “Race to Second Base” breastfeeding event — Prior to baseball game at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. GCS Ballpark, 2301 Grizzlie Bear Blvd., Sauget. Breastfeeding families take the field and cheer on breastfed crawlers and walkers as they race from first to second base. Entry is free for moms and breastfeeders. $5 tickets for other family members. Max $20 per family. See Facebook page for more information.

▪ St. Louis Comic Book Show — 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Shrewsbury American Legion Post, 7300 Lansdowne, St. Louis. Admission $2. Sponsored by the Spector Club. Opportunity to buy, sell and trade collectible comics, cards, toys and action figures. 314-544-2812.

▪ Swansea Farmer’s Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Senior coupons are in. Locally grown crops, fruits, vegetables and crafts can be found here.

▪ Tapping into Faith — 7 p.m. Sunday. 4204 Main Street, Belleville. Casual, spiritual discussion group. Next topic will be the relationship between faith and social justice. Information: First United Presbyterian Church, 618-233-0295.

▪ Yoga Therapy — 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial Hospital East, 1404 Cross St., Shiloh. Niraj Shah, a Memorial Medical Group family physician, presents an overview of yoga therapy topics to support health. Free program, registration required. 618-257-5649 or


▪ Madison County Fair — 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. 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 p.m.-11p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday.

▪ Smithton Homecoming — 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday-Saturday. Turner Park, Smithton. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. Live music, “famous” fried fish, carnival rides, games, bingo.

▪ ‘Smokin’ on Main’ barbecue festival — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street, Collinsville. Live music, BBQ vendors, “Climb for PTSD” climbing wall, rides. Sponsored by Code 3 Spices. Proceeds to benefit the U.S. Veterans Foundation and Collinsville Food Pantry.

▪ St. Elizabeth’s Church picnic — Sunday, church grounds, Marine. Family-style chicken dinner with dressing and homemade pie, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; adults $10, ages 6-10 $5. Carryouts available. Refreshments, country store, basket stand. Raffle. Bingo 12:30-8 p.m. Event will take place rain or shine.

▪ St. Mary Parish picnic — 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 325 S. Jefferson, Trenton. Chicken and roast pork dinner from 3-7 p.m. Quilt and cash bingo at 6:30 p.m. Bounce houses from 6-11 p.m. Food, drinks and games.

▪ Summerfield Lions Club Annual Classic and Antique Tractor Pull — 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Registration at 5 p.m. 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. Includes kid’s battery operated car races. 618-410-1135.


▪ 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 27. 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.-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.

▪ St. Luke August 2017 Noon Luncheon and Card Party — Noon, Tuesday. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Cost $7. No reservations required. Features cards, bingo or game of your choice. Menu: ham salad, summer surprise, roll. Bring canned items for Community Interfaith Food Pantry.

▪ 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.


▪ ‘Not your Grandmother’s’ Glo-Bingo event — Doors open 6 p.m. Bingo at 7 p.m. Saturday. Shiloh Eagles Club, 100 Eagle Drive, Belleville. Hosted by the Shiloh Eagles and Scott Air Force Ball Committee. Cost: $25 at door. All proceeds benefit the 2017 Scott (Centennial) Air Force Ball.

▪ Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Collinsville Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. To participate, must have played bridge before. 618-310-1289.

▪ 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.


▪ The 19th E Street Band performing at Granite City Senior Club Dance — Doors open 5:30 p.m. Dance 7-9 p.m. Monday. Granite City township hall, 2060 Delmas Ave., Granite City. Admission $5. Dance or just enjoy music. For all seniors 50 and older. 618-444-6771.

▪ A Night of Smooth Jazz — 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Sigma Plaza, 5220 State St., East St. Louis. World Famous presents, “A Night of Smooth Jazz,” featuring “Greg Lewis” and “Press Play.” Cost $10. Proceeds to benefit Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship Fund. 618-581-1073.

▪ ‘Cactus Moon Band’ — 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday. 216 Service St., Swansea. Country music dance, free admission. Sponsored by the Swansea Improvement Association.

▪ John Dennis in concert — 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday. Espenschied Chapel, 317 N. County Road, Mascoutah. Nashville recording artist, John Dennis, will perform. Advance tickets $15, tickets $20 at door. or 618-566-7425.

▪ ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ — 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets $10 and “goodie bags” available.

▪ 2017 Concerts at Bellevue Park — 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 27. 401 Bellevue Park Dr., Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Dave Willeford 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: “A Step Beyond.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation.

▪ Edwardsville Municipal Band — 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27. City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free concert.

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

Worth the Drive

▪ Summer Music Series — 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Library Park, 400 N. State St., Litchfield. Featuring: “Jason Stowe McIlroy.”

▪ Grafton’s Music in the Park — 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 27. The Grove Memorial Park, Market St., Grafton. Bring your lawn chair for a free concert at the gazebo. Performer: “George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass.” 50/50 raffle to benefit Jersey Community High School bands. 618-535-9922.

▪ Movie Night at the Amphitheater — 8:30 p.m. Friday. Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton. Free admission to watch the movie, “Sing.” 618-463-3580.