Metro-East Living

Get into the holiday spirit with events this weekend, including ‘The Nutcracker’

The Philharmonic Society of Belleville will have The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Belleville.
The Philharmonic Society of Belleville will have The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Belleville.

What’s Happening for Nov. 16.

Noon Thursday, Nov. 9, 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: 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.

Holiday Fun

▪ Philharmonic Society of Belleville: The Nutcracker — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Scottish Rite Cathedral, Belleville. The holiday classic ballet performed complete and fully staged with the Belleville School of Ballet. Tickets can be purchased at Local Lucy’s or from the ballet school, 618-277-1373.

▪ ‘Winter Wunderland’ — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. St. John’s UCC, 315 S. Smith St., Smithton. Features: homemade cookies, candy and crafts. Cafe will serve chicken n’ dumplings, roast pork plates, sandwiches and homemade pies and desserts. Kay Bazzel: 618-799-9080.

▪ Poinsettia Wonderland Open House — Tours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Millstadt Gardens, 6667 Route 158, Millstadt. Professional growing staff will lead guided tours of one of the largest displays of poinsettias in the area. Also featuring Santa Claus, holiday entertainment, holiday cookies and crafters. A percentage of the sales to benefit the Millstadt Optimist Youth Club.

▪ Community Tree Lighting — 6-8 p.m. Friday. Lincoln-Douglas Square, Broadway St. and Landmarks Blvd., Alton. An Alton tradition. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrives at 6 p.m. for free photos with Santa. This event features free cookies, hot chocolate, caroling and the blessing/lighting of the Christmas free. Free admission. 618-463-1016.

Winterfest at the Arch runs from Nov. 18 to Jan. 1, 2018 at Kiener Plaza, St. Louis. Provided

▪ Winterfest at the Arch — Saturday, Kiener Plaza, St. Louis. Winterfest features a public ice skating rink, made with real ice. Saturday is the Opening Day which coincides with the Festival of Lights featuring the lighting of the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights and fireworks. Winterfest runs from Nov. 18 to Jan. 1, 2018.


▪ 10th Anniversary Celebration of Harvest Night — Doors open 5 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m. Saturday. Hecker Community Center. Silent and live auctions. Fried chicken, pork and lamb dinner to support education in Monroe County. Reservations required. Information: 618-939-3434 or

Ellen Krohne will launch “We Lost Her,” from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. at 4204 Main St., Belleville. Provided

▪ New book launch to benefit Heartlinks Grief Center — 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Main Street Brewery, 4204 Main St., Belleville. Ellen Krohne will launch “We Lost Her,” a book about the real-life journey of seven children who lost their mother in 1970. Krohne will sign copies at the event. This is the author’s first book. Half of all profits to be donated to Heartlinks Grief Center of Belleville. Book also available for sale online:

▪ Deaf film screening to benefit SWIC Sign Language club — 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, Liberal Arts Complex Theater, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Showing “Hedy and Heidi: The Lost Sister.” Film by Bad Cats Entertainment. Tickets are $20 online. Nov. 17 show: or Nov. 18 show: Limited tickets will be sold for $25 at door. Information:

▪ Family Reading Night — 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Children’s Department, Six Mile Regional Library, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Read, write Popsicle stick stories and make bookmarks. 618-452-6238 ext. 720.

▪ Quarter Mania Event for the Relay for Life of Southern St. Clair County — Doors open 6 p.m. Auction 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Bel-Air Bowl, 200 South Belt West, Belleville. All monies collected to be donated to the American Cancer Society. Auction, 50/50 drawing and raffle. Cash bar available and light snacks provided. No outside food or drink allowed. $5 or $25 paddles for purchase. Products from local vendors. RSVP to Rhonda Pour, 618-531-0521 or

▪ Square and Round Dance — 7-9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Kate Garrison calling. The Tevlins cueing. Information, call Eunice Peterson: 618-660-6030.

Mock Trail Participants
These are the students who will participate in the fifth annual Mock Trial Competition at Lindenwood Belleville. Provided

▪ 5th Annual Mock Trial Competition — Opening statements 9 a.m. Friday. All-day mock trial event, 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Lindenwood University, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville. Both dates are open to the community and there is no cost to attend.

Club News

▪ Chouteau Township Seniors Thanksgiving Dinner — 6 p.m. Thursday. 906 Thorn Gate, Granite City. For seniors 50 and over. Bring a side or dessert. Speaker for Madison County Transit will discuss public transportation options for seniors. 618-444-6771.

▪ Dupo Classmates and Friends —11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Old Maggies Restaurant, Main Street, Columbia. November lunch date.

▪ Fairview Heights Woman’s Club — 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Artist Ozmi Al-Ghussain will be the speaker. Hostesses: Nancy Pader and Pam Bierman.

▪ Metro East Model Railroad Club open house — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Club house, 180 Summit St., Glen Carbon. Visitors are welcome to view the trains. Admission is free. Information: Bob 618-476-9228 or Bill 618-254-6596.

▪ Optimist Club of Belleville — Noon, Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 Jackson St., Belleville. Guests always welcome.

▪ Parents Without Partners — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chuckwagon’s Restaurant, Fairview Heights. This is the club’s general monthly meeting with orientation for prospective members at 6:30 p.m. Information: Janet, 618-234-5937.

▪ Senior Swing Timers dance — 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. American Legion Post 137, 109 N. Penn St., O’Fallon. Music by Dr. Dee. No one under 21 admitted. $10 for members, $12 for non-members. 618-277-4540.


▪ 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

▪ 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.

▪ Freedom Farm Fish Fry Fridays — 4-8 p.m. Friday. Freedom Farm, 6355 Hilgard Memorial Drive, Freeburg. Due to popular demand, fish frys are back every Friday. 618-539-6095 or

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

▪ Jefferson’s benefit for Courtney Blaylock — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Jefferson’s Belleville and Mascoutah restaurants. Courtney was recently diagnosed with gastrointestinal/stomach cancer. She worked at Jefferson’s for over 10 years. 100 percent of the proceeds from open to close on Nov. 17 go to Courtney’s medical fund.

▪ 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.

▪ 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.-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.


▪ Bowling Fundraiser for Bailey Kruse — Check in 6 p.m. Start 7 p.m. Saturday. Bel-Air Bowl, Belleville. $25 per person for three games and shoe rental. Lottery tree, 50/50, silent auction. All proceeds will go to replacing Bailey’s stolen adaptive bike and handicap accessible home renovations. Call to register or become a lane sponsor: 618-235-0700.

▪ 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.

▪ Collinsville High School STEM Club Trivia Night — Doors open 6:30 p.m. Trivia 7 p.m. Saturday. Caseyville Community Center, 909 Main St., Caseyville. Table of eight is $120, includes two drink tickets per person. Bring your own snacks. Silent auction, 50/50 and heads or tails. All proceeds go to support students of the STEM club to cover competition and supply costs. Reservations:

▪ 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.

▪ Elks National Hoop Shoot — 9 a.m. Saturday. Grant Middle School, Fairview Heights. A free throw contest for children ages 8 to 13 funded by the Elks National Foundation. Information: R.L. Seibert, 618-397-0028 or

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

▪ Highland Animal Shelter’s Trivia Night — 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. 10 rounds, 10 questions per round. $15 per person. Cash prizes for top two teams. Silent auction, 50/50, attendance prizes. Free snacks. All proceeds benefit shelter animals. Reservations: Brandi, or 618-604-2547.

▪ Kiwanis Trivia Night in Glen Carbon — Doors open 6:30 p.m. Games 7 p.m. Saturday. St. Cecilia’s Church, 155 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. Teams of eight. Cost is $100 per team. This event features games, silent auction, 50/50 drawing, raffles and door prizes. Reservations:

▪ Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. Elks Lodge 664, 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Meat and cake raffles. Free food.

▪ Queen of Hearts — Drawing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Catholic War Veterans, 3535 N. Illinois 150. If no one draws the Queen, the jackpot will increase next week.

▪ St. Agatha Basket Bingo — Doors open noon. Play starts 1 p.m. Sunday. St. Agatha Parish Center, 205 S. Market St., New Athens. For ages 18 and up. 25 games/25 baskets. Baskets valued at $50. Bring a can of food and receive one free bingo card.

▪ Wingate Elementary Trivia Night and Silent Auction — Doors open 6 p.m. Trivia at 7 p.m. Friday. Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, Mascoutah. Tickets $20 per person at door.


▪ Looking Glass Playhouse fall play: ‘Ripcord’ — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. A comedy. or 618-537-4962.

▪ Marching Bearcat Band Concert — 7:30 p.m. Friday. Hettenhausen Center, McKendree University. Directed by David Boggs. Open to the public and admission is free.

▪ McKendree Dance Ensemble Concert — 7:30 p.m. Monday. Hettenhausen Center, McKendree University. Directed by Beth Conway. Open to the public and admission is free.

▪ Alice in Wonderland — 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Historic Capitol Theater, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. By Lewis Carroll, adapted by Brainerd Duffield. Staged by the Monroe Actors Stage Company. Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors or students. or 618-939-7469.

▪ Auditions for the drama ‘Dark of the Moon’ — 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Historic Capitol Theater, Waterloo. Monroe Actors Stage Company will present the play in Feb. 2018. Director Pat Hunsaker will cast for 13 men and 12 women. Information:

Worth the Drive

▪ State Budget: The Challenges Ahead. An Illinois Issues Forum — 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Morris University Center, SIUE, Edwardsville. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts. Event is free but you must RSVP online.

▪ ‘Frauenabend’ or Ladies’ Night Out —5-9 p.m. Friday, Historic Maeystown. Featuring fashion, jewelry and beauty vendors, chair massages, drinks and free carriage rides. Information: 618-458-7463 or 618-580-5875 or

▪ Chair Yoga — 2-3 p.m. Monday. Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Registered yoga teacher Julie Hamilton leads these free yoga classes done from a seated position. No registration required. 618-692-7556.

▪ Lunch-to-Go — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., Benld. Cabbage roll, cabbage noodle dinners or ala carte. Pre-orders available. Sandy Petty, 217-204-7938 or 217-839-7220.

▪ The St. Louis Jazz Club presents ‘Funky Butt Brass Band’ — 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Doubletree Hotel, 1973 Craigshire Road, St. Louis. Members $15, non-members $20, free for students. 314-972-8298 or

▪ St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘The Music of Weber, David, and Rachmaninoff’ — 8 p.m. Friday. Logan University, 1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, Missouri. Tickets: 314-421-3600.