Metro-East Living

Back-to-school events, homecomings, concerts and more this weekend

Daryl Wayne Dasher will perform in the Last Honky Tonk Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Jacoby Arts Center.
Daryl Wayne Dasher will perform in the Last Honky Tonk Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Jacoby Arts Center.

What’s Happening for Aug. 10-16

Noon Thursday, Aug. 3, 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.


• Back to School craft and vendor fair — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Swansea Improvement Hall, 301 Service St., Swansea. Over 50 vendors and crafters, kettle corn, raffles and giveaways, door prizes, 50/50, food and more. Portions of the proceeds to go Women’s Crisis Center. Donations accepted.

• Belleville Metro-east Christian Women’s Club — 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Aug. 16. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson, Belleville. Fall Fashion Seminar featuring wardrobe seminar by Dress Barn and accessory seminar by Premier Designs Jewelry. Audrey Marie Hessler of Island Lake will share, “Mom Sense.” Cost $13 inclusive. Reservations by Monday, Aug. 14, to Sue Hammel, 618-398-0772.

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

• Boutiques at the Plex — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 205 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon. $5 admission. Shop small businesses to make an impact. Proceeds from this event to benefit Community Link and Lupus Foundation of America Heartland Chapter.

• Ceramic and Fired Arts show — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Belle Clair Fairgrounds Park, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Admission $7. Featuring bisque, molds, brushes, paints, decals, glass and ceramics supplies. Kids 12 and under free with parent. Free parking.

• ‘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 Coulterville Dairy Queen — 5-9 p.m. Friday. 304 W. Grant St., Coulterville. Free event. Dairy Queen’s choice award. Door prizes to participants. D.J. music. Everyone welcome.

• Eclipse lecture at Cahokia Mounds — 2 p.m. Sunday. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Russell Weisman, an archaeologist with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will present a lecture on solar eclipses and how they related to the Mississippian culture. This event is free and open to the public. 618-346-5160 or

• Metro-east Real Estate Investors Association monthly meeting — 5:30 p.m. Monday. American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. $20 guest fee. 618-877-6352.

• Movie night at Glazebrook Park — 7:30 p.m. Friday. Glazebrook Community Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Free admission. Bring chairs or blankets. Concession stand. Showing: “Trolls.” 618-466-1483.

• Senior Health Screening — 10-11 a.m. Friday. Glen Carbon Library, 198 S Main St. Main Street Community center has partnered with Anderson Hospital and Glen Carbon Library to provide free health screenings to seniors 60 and older. For appointment: 618-656-0300.

• Senior Safety Seminar — 10 a.m. Friday. Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, 6755 State St., East St. Louis. State Rep. LaToya Greenwood partners with local law enforcement to discuss ways seniors can keep themselves safe. Come to this event for coffee and conversation. 618-646-9557.

• 175th anniversary of St. Salvator Lutheran church — 10 a.m. Sunday. St. Salvator Lutheran, Venedy. The public is invited to the first of a series of church services celebrating St. Salvator’s 175th anniversary.

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

• Troy ‘Family Summer of Fun’ event — Friday. Entertainment begins 6 p.m. Movie at 8:15 p.m. Tri-Township Park northeastern corner across from the gazebo. Free food and snacks. Showing: “Sing.”

• Vendors for a Cause Quarter Auction — 6-10 p.m. Friday. Event starts 7 p.m. Waterloo VFW Post 6504, 406 Veterans Drive, Waterloo. Admission is free. Featuring Quarter Auction, Money Tree, attendance prize and 50/50 raffle. Earn paddles if you RSVP, attend or bring donations for Caritas Family Solutions. Donations may include premature and newborn diapers, baby wipes, formula, pack ‘n’ plays, new car seats, baby clothes, maternity clothes, twin bedding and sheets, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, body lotion, deodorant, hair brushes, toothbrushes, towels, outdoor game balls, board games, boys and girls clothing for ages 6-16. Gift cards to Target, Walmart, or Old Navy also accepted. Full kitchen open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and bar. Snacks allowed. RSVP to Cheryl Hohnbaum: 618-670-8682 or


• Annual Chicken Dinner and picnic — 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Mother of Perpetual Help Church, 200 N. Lange, Maryville. Buffet dinner served in parish center. Adults $10, children $5, under 5 are free. Outdoor activities include booths, raffles and refreshments. 5k Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration for run/walk from 6:30-7:15 a.m. Saturday. 618-344-6464.

• Fairview Heights homecoming — Friday and Saturday. Parade, 5 p.m. Saturday. Food and carnival rides.

• Venedy picnic and homecoming — Saturday, Brockschmidt Park, Venedy. Food, live music, drawings, bingo and kids games.

• ‘Chillin’ and Grillin’ for the Boys in Blue’ — Saturday and Sunday, Marine. Competition BBQ event. Live music. Proceeds will be donated to the Marine Police K-9 Unit. More information on their Facebook page.

• Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival — Concerts 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Gospel sing 9 a.m. Sunday. The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. Sponsored by the Gateway Dulcimer Society. The concerts on Friday and Saturday in the main church cost $10. 4 classes per day will be taught by performers of mountain and hammered dulcimers, ukelele, autoharp, and fiddle for a fee. Vendors will be on site. Information: Kathy DeVan: 618-235-9362.

• Pontoon Beach 6th Annual “Party at the Beach” — Friday-Saturday. Randall D. Dalton Veteran’s Memorial Park, Pontoon Beach. Freddy’s Food Truck is making its debut. Event features: live music, Balloon Glow at sunset Friday, craft and vendor show on Saturday.

• ‘Blessing of Grapes’ picnic — 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Gregory Community Center, 3501 Century Drive, Granite City. Admission is free to this annual event celebrating Armenian culture. Lamb and chicken kebab dinners for sale as well as Armenian pastries and breads. Learn Armenian dancing. There will be a bounce house and face painting for children. More ethnic items will be available for sale. or 618-741-8954.

• St. Rose picnic — 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. St. Rose Catholic Church, 18010 St. Rose Road, St. Rose. Free event, featuring George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass from 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Village of St. Rose.


• 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, Aug. 10. 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.

• Ham and Peach dinner — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Turkey Hill Grange, Route 15 and Green Mount Road. Featuring: ham, green beans, regular and German potato salad, peaches and cole slaw. Adults $11, kids $6, under 5 free. Carryouts and drive-up service available. Jams and jellies for sale at event.

• 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.

• 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.


• 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.

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

• Strategy Board Games for the Family at SWIC — 1-10 p.m. Saturday. SWIC Belleville Campus cafeteria, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Free event and open to everyone. Learn to play strategy games for the whole family. See the Metro-East Gamers on Facebook for more information.


• Southern Illinois Homecoming gospel choir — 6 p.m. Sunday. St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. Free two-and-a-half hour concert of southern gospel songs and traditional hymns presented in the Gaither style.

• 2017 Downtown concert series — 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “Burnt Toast and the Jam.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free summer concerts presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

• ‘An Evening of Music’ featuring Red Lehr and Friends — 7 p.m. Friday. Marissa Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Hamilton, Marissa. Marissa Presbyterian Church’s adult choir and church band will also be performing. Freewill offering will support Marissa Presbyterian’s Mission Team. 618-295-2292.

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Jill Kinsey will perform in the Last Honky Tonk Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Jacoby Arts Center.

• The Last Honky Tonk Music Series — 7:30-10 p.m. Friday. Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Featuring national touring artists: Daryl Wayne Dasher, Jill Kinsey and Craig Gerdes. Tickets $10.

• Edwardsville Municipal Band — 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. City Park, 112 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Free concert.

• Hayner Library concert series — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hayner Library Extension, Alton Square Mall. Free concert featuring George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass.

• Carondelet Concerts in the Park — 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday. Carondelet Park, 3900 Holly Hills, St. Louis. “Soulard Blues Band” will perform.

• Blues at the Arch concert series — 6-8:30 p.m. Friday. North Gateway, north end of Gateway Arch park grounds near Laclede’s Landing. Free concert featuring: Carolyn Mason, Mickey Rodgers and David Dee.

Worth the Drive

• Litchfield Picker’s Market — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Litchfield, corner of Union Ave. and State St. Featuring live music and vendors.

• Peach Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Free admission. Area peach growers will have their produce to sample and purchase. This event features vendors, “Peach Pit-Pitching,” live music and peach wine. Special activities will be available for kids. 618-786-2331.

• Summer Music Series — 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Library Park, 400 N. State St., Litchfield. Featuring: “Taylor Steele.”