Metro-East Living

Try some new food, read some comic books, help some animals and more this weekend

The Metro East Comic Book Convention will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville.
The Metro East Comic Book Convention will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville.

What’s Happening for Jan. 18.

Noon Thursday, Jan. 11, 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.


▪ Benefit dinner, auction and dancing for Madelyn Strong — Doors open 5 p.m. Saturday. American Legion Hall, 7236 Illinois Route 15, St. Libory. Madelyn is fighting brain tumors and needs the community’s help. She has had successful brain surgery to remove the largest tumor and will begin chemotherapy to shrink the remaining tumors. This event features: silent auction, dinner, oral auction and dancing. Tickets at the door cost $25. For tickets or to make a donation call Rhonda Thessing, 618-972-0548 or Natasha Tucker, 618-210-1174.

▪ Glo Bingo for the Children’s Dyslexia Center — Doors open 5:30 p.m. Bingo 7 p.m. Saturday. Scottish Rite, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Tickets $25 per person. This event features a cash bar, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more. Must be 18 or older to participate. Information: 618-670-9725 or

Participants in last year’s “Onesie Bar Crawl” for the Franklin Neighborhood Community Association. Provided

▪ ‘Onesie Bar Crawl’ for the Franklin Neighborhood Community Association — 2 p.m. Saturday. Big Daddy’s 618, 313 E. Main St., Belleville. $10 per person. Includes a donation, buffet ticket, shuttle pass and drink specials. Participating bars include: Seven, Club Escapade, Silver Creek, Office Lounge, Margaritas, and Corner Grill and Chill. All proceeds go to the Franklin Neighborhood Community Association.

▪ Citizens Utility Board free clinic — 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Community Center, 909 S. Main St., Caseyville. A free clinic to help Caseyville residents save money on utility bills. Attendees should bring gas, electric and phone bills for a one-on-one consultation. To register: call Anairis Boror, 312-263-4282 ext. 111 or email with subject line Caseyville 0119.

▪ Square Dance — 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Theme: Club 50 New Dancer Dance. Sponsored by the Dandy Dancers. Kate Garrison calling. Information: Eunice Peterson, 618-660-6030.

Norma Asadorian rolls dolma, a type of Armenian food. Belleville News-Democrat

▪ ‘A Taste of Lincoln Place’ — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave., Granite City. A fundraiser to benefit the Lincoln Place Heritage Association, a not-for-profit cultural preservation organization. An extravaganza of ethnic foods and pastries from the Historic Lincoln Place Neighborhood will be for sale. Information or to make a donation, call 618-451-2611.

▪ Metro East Comic Book Convention — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. Free admission. Comics from golden age to present day and collectibles will be available from dealers from several states. 309-657-1599 or

▪ Tom Qualls Foundation for People and Animals: donation event — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. 204 John St., Collinsville. Seeking donations for area animals in need: U.S. flags, food items, fruits, blankets, dog and cat food, hay, tarps, dog houses, kennels and monetary donations. 618-722-0348.

Club News

▪ Racial Harmony annual meeting — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Center for Racial Harmony, 207 N. 2nd St., Belleville. Racial Harmony’s mission is to promote understanding, cooperation and communication among all races and ethnic groups. It provides services in different areas including training and development, facilitation and group dynamics. This meeting is open to the public. Voting is restricted to members only. Information: 618-234-0508 or

▪ Memorial Hospital Auxiliary accepting donations — 8 to 11 a..m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Memorial Hospital annex behind Medical Office Center Two, 4500 Memorial Drive, Belleville. The auxiliary is accepting donations for its 2018 Book Bazaar to be held in May. Books, sheet music, vintage magazines, vinyl records, cookbooks, yearbooks, CDs, videos and DVDs are being accepted. There will also be donation barrels until April at: Belleville Health and Sports Center, 1001 S. 74th St., Belleville. Memorial Hospital Belleville, main lobby. Memorial Healthcare Center: Seven Hills, 310 Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon. YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. YMCA, 284 N. Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon. Information: 618-257-5545.

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

▪ O’Fallon Garden Club: Winter Fundraiser — Doors open 5:30 p.m. Bingo 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O’Fallon. Cost $20 in advance or $25 at door. The event features Glo-Bingo games, silent auction and raffles. Advance tickets can be purchased at O’Fallon Parks and Recreation, 308 E. 5th St., O’Fallon. 618-624-0139.

▪ Retired Nurses of St. Clair County —1 p.m. Monday. PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. All nurses who live or have practiced in the area are invited. No reservation needed.

▪ Dupo Classmates and Friends: January Lunch Bunch — 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Golden Corral, 3360 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh.

Reservations Required

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Gateway Milers Walking Club members sort beads for last year’s Mardi Gras Madness fun walk. Derik Holtmann

▪ Mardi Gras Madness 5K Fun Walk — Start time 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Toot’s Cake Decorating and Candy Supply, 314 E. Main St., Belleville. Follow the trail and stop at 15 different locations to collect beads and have walk passport stamped. At the end, turn in passport to reserve Mardi Gras treats. Event costs $7 for walk and passport, $3 for walk only. Pre-register online at or in person at Toot’s Cake Decorating and Candy Supply. Registration deadline is Jan. 26 or until the passports are sold out.

▪ Free Elder Care workshops — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 or 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. Crystal Garden Banquet and Event Center, 1230 E. University Drive, Edwardsville. Learn about long-term care costs, qualifying for government funds, preserving assets, trusts and more. This free workshop is hosted by Cordell Planning Partners, an elder care law firm dedicated to providing smart solutions for seniors. Register: For more information about Cordell Planning Partners, call 866-335-3375.


▪ All-you-can-eat Chicken Dinner — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. American Legion, 600 N. Bertha St., Albers. $9 adults, $4 child, 5 and under free. Chicken, mashed potatoes, sides, drinks. Carryouts available. Bingo players eat for $5. 618-248-5505.

▪ 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.

▪ Drive-thru Chili and Vegetable Soup Dinner — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. St. John United Church of Christ, 21 N. Walnut, Trenton. Spicy and regular chili and vegetable soup will be available in quart containers for $5 a quart. Call 618-224-9828 after 11 a.m. to pre-order for pick up.

▪ Fish Fry — 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Millstadt Sportsmen’s Club, 4915 Schmidt Lane, Millstadt. Cod, shrimp, walleye, desserts. Carryouts available. 618-476-1891.

▪ 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.

▪ Pancake breakfast for the Wolter Family — 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Red Bud Elementary School cafeteria, 200 W. Field Drive, Red Bud. The Wolter family lost everything in a house fire. This breakfast is to benefit the family. $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Breakfast includes sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, drinks and all-you-can-eat pancakes.

▪ 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. 618-310-1289.

▪ Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Senior Center, 10025 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by Caseyville Township. 618-310-1289.

▪ Collinsville Chamber of Commerce: Mouse Races — Doors open 6 p.m. Races 7 p.m. Saturday. Collinsville Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1234 Vandalia St., Collinsville. This event features “plinko,” drinks, silent auction and attendance prizes. Adults only. Tickets $20 at door or $15 in advance from Questions: 618-344-2884.

▪ 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.

▪ Quilt and Cash Bingo — 1 p.m. Sunday. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Silent auction, desserts and refreshments. No outside food or drinks. Bring canned good for local food pantry. Information: Rhonda Farrell, 618-416-4499.


Jonah, left, and Jackson Hallquist of Edwardsville Terry Pierce

▪ Hallquist Brothers: CD release show — 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Stagger Inn, 102 E. Vandalia, Edwardsville. There is no cover charge and the kitchen is open. The music is a mix of rock, punk and metal. CDs will be for sale for $10. Jackson Hallquist is 19 and Jonah Hallquist is 14. The brothers grew up in Edwardsville and took lessons at Swing City Music. Questions:

▪ Faith Concert Series: USAF Band of Mid-America Recital Series — 7 p.m. Tuesday. Faith Lutheran Church, 529 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. The concert is free and open to the public. Soloists and small ensembles will perform a variety of music. Dessert reception to follow the concert. Information: 618-632-5562, or

▪ ‘One Sound Sunday’ — 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra in a special sensory-friendly concert conducted by Robert Hart Baker.

▪ Freeburg High School Band and Ainad Shriners Drum and Bugle Corp performance — 7 p.m. Monday. Freeburg High School, 401 S. Monroe St., Freeburg. Admission $5 at door. Proceeds support the Freeburg High School Music Program.

▪ Hard Road Theatre winter musical: ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Highland High School Kennel, 12760 Troxel Ave., Highland. Tickets $12 for adults and $11 for children and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door, the Highland Chamber of Commerce, 907 Main St., Highland or online at

Worth the Drive

▪ Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park — 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Monday. Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton. Reservations are required. A site interpreter will present a program about bald eagles. After the presentation and short video, there will be an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Reservations and information: 618-786-3323.

▪ ‘Mississippi Meanderings’: a speaker series — 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Old Bakery Brewery, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton. Presented by the Mississippi River Water Trail, a non-profit group. Pre-registration is required: Tickets cost $13.50. Speakers include Bryan Hopkins, Carol Heddinghaus, Yolandea Wood and Porsche Schlapper.

▪ Edwardsville Parks Department: Coffee and a Movie — Doors open 9:30 a.m. Movie 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. For all seniors 55 and older. Showing “Send Me No Flowers,” the 1964 movie starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Cost $7. 618-692-7538.

▪ Paralegal Services for seniors — 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. For seniors 60 and older. Make an appointment with a paralegal for a Power of Attorney, DNR directive or updated will. Services provided by the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Appointment: 618-656-0300 or

Vic Mastis pastel
Vic Mastis pastel Provided

▪ Art Exhibit at Green Door Art Gallery — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore, Old Webster Groves. The opening reception for “Pastel Painting,” the 2018 Member Exhibition of the Gateway Pastel Artists and the Mary Egelbreit Originals Exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be held until Feb. 25. Hours for the art gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. or 314-402-1959.