Metro-East Living

See a punk rock musical, learn how to make international food and more this week

“Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a punk rock musical, will take place this weekend at the Looking Glass Playhouse in Lebanon.
“Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a punk rock musical, will take place this weekend at the Looking Glass Playhouse in Lebanon.

What’s Happening for Jan. 25.

Noon Thursday, Jan. 18, 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.


▪ Southwestern Illinois College to honor Martin Luther King Jr. — 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. The event is free and open to the public. The program features a “Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.: Living the Dream” by motivational speaker, author and personal development coach, Dion Jordan. The event is sponsored by the SWIC Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Information: 618-235-2700, ext. 5561.

▪ ‘Night with the Stars’ — Doors open 6 p.m. Entertainment starts 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 2800 N. Illinois St., Swansea. The Optimist Club of Belleville presents “Live on Stage: The Memories of Elvis” starring Steve Davis and the MidSouth Revival Band. Admission $30 in advance or $35 at the door. This event also features a silent auction, oral auction, 50/50 and cash bar. Proceeds go to Optimist youth programs. For tickets or information: call 618-235-0498 or 618-531-3376.

▪ Buck-a-Bag Sale — 9-11 a.m. Friday. 1050 N. State, Freeburg. Sponsored by Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing for $1 per bag. Toys, books, shoes and miscellaneous items for $1 a bag. 618-539-5070.

▪ Coffee with Katie — 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Starbucks, 1077 Collinsville Crossing Blvd., Collinsville. State Rep. Katie Stuart invites the public to an informal meeting to share their concerns and ideas. No reservations are required.

▪ Free Polka Dance — 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Music by Mike Wisneski, The Polka Connections. Celebrating polka music. Sandwiches for purchase. 314-867-7897 or

▪ Mardi Gras Ball 2018 — Doors open: 5:30 p.m. Saturday. St. Clair County Event Center, 1550 State Route 15, Belleville. Music by “Neon Cadillac.” Tickets $45 each at door. Only adults will be admitted. Event features a Cajun style buffet. Presented by the Eastside Mardi Gras Association. Information: Kevin McCarkel, 618-406-0833.

▪ Memorial Medical Group Family Medicine: Open House and Health Fair — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. 1095 Belt Line Road, Ste. 500, Collinsville. A variety of free health screenings will be offered. Information: 618-343-6005.

▪ 11th Annual Discovery Sundays: Easy International Foods — 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Villa Marie Winery, 6633 E. Main, Maryville. Demonstration and tasting of Irish coffee and scones, Italian lasagna Greek yogurt, French crepes and Japanese sushi. Discovery Sundays are offered by Maryville Park and Recreation. All sessions are free and open to the public.

▪ Special Olympics Basketball Tournament — Competition 9 a.m. Opening Ceremonies at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Wesclin High School and Middle School, Trenton. The public is invited to watch the competition by Special Olympics athletes. Concessions and souvenirs will be available. Admission is free. For more information, volunteering or providing financial support for the Special Olympics, contact Justin Dunning at or 618-654-6680.

▪ Zion Lutheran School open house — 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Zion Lutheran School, 1810 McClintock Ave., Belleville. Meet teachers and staff, tour the school, learn about the elementary school. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. 618-234-0275.

▪ 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.

▪ ‘Goodness, Gracious, Great Board Games’ — 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon. A free game session for children in first grade and up. Register at

Club News

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

▪ O’Fallon Metro-east NAACP — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. New Life in Christ Church, 689 Scott Troy Road, Lebanon. The general meeting will take place at this time. The club is requesting all members attend and welcome any interested in joining to visit.

▪ Fairview Heights Woman’s Club — 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. The program will be year end reports. The club will draw new “secret pal” names. Hostesses: Hazel Baker and Mary Beth Turner.

▪ Alzheimer’s Association ‘In the Moment’ support group — 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Oak Hill, 623 Hamacher, Waterloo. The speaker will be Monica Vasquez from Human Support Services. Information: 618-939-3488, ext. 1248.

▪ Granite City Senior Social Club dance — 5:30 p.m. Monday. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave., Granite City. A dance for seniors to meet new friends or maybe reconnect with old friends. 618-444-6771.


▪ ‘All You Care to Eat’ Homemade Soup and Bread Lunch — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. New Bethel United Methodist Church, 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. A variety of soups and breads will be served. Adults $8, children $4, under age 5 free. For more information or advance tickets, call 618-288-5700 or email,

▪ 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.

▪ Fish Fry — 4-8 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.

▪ Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish homemade dinners — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., Benld. Borscht, beef stroganoff, cabbage rolls, stuffed crepes and more for sale. Pre-orders, call or text: Debbie Spears, 217-313-6522 or Tatyana Meierkord, 217-720-5099.

▪ 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 and Sausage Brunch — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. St. John United Church of Christ, 55 W. Church, Mascoutah. $6 adults, $3.50 children. Proceeds to local charities. Information: 618-566-7814.

▪ 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.


▪ Waterloo High School Band Parents: 6th Annual Mouse Races and Silent Auction — Doors open 6 p.m. Races begin 7 p.m. Saturday. VFW Hall Metzger-Crook Post 6504, 406 Veterans, Waterloo. $5 admission. Bring your own snacks. No outside beverages. Funds raised at this event will be used to purchase new uniforms for the Waterloo Marching Bulldogs.

▪ All Music Trivia: The 12th Annual Ella Prickett Memorial Scholarship — Doors open 6:15 p.m. Trivia at 7 p.m. Saturday. St. Henry Catholic Church Parish Center, 5315 W. Main St., Belleville. Proceeds fund a scholarship to Althoff Catholic High School. Tables of 6 to 8, $20 per person. This event features attendance prizes, mulligans, 50/50 and silent auction. For reservations or questions, call Kim Ahrens, 618-540-8383.

▪ 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. Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. 618-476-3731.

▪ Meat Shoot — Noon, Sunday. Practice at 11:30 a.m. Elks Lodge 664, 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Meat and cake raffles. Free food.

Reservations Required

▪ 5th Annual ‘Heart and Soul’ Gala to support Caritas Family Solutions — 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Four Points Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. This event features a silent auction, jazz guitarist, live auction, several raffles and three-course dinner. Tickets are $99 per person. Proceeds from the gala support professional social services that empower individuals and families across Southern Illinois. Reservations are required by Jan. 30 and can be made at or call 618-213-8714.

▪ Catholic Urban Programs Trivia Night — 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Catholic Pastoral Center, 2620 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. $10 per person, tables of 8. Register:

▪ Trivia Night Fundraiser — 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. St. Gregory Armenian Church Hall, 3501 Century Drive, Granite City. To benefit the Lincoln Place Heritage Festival and Association. $15 per person, 8 players per table. This event features food, mulligans, ethnic pastry sale, silent auction and attendance prizes. Register: 618-451-2611. Walk-in teams also welcome.


▪ Junior Lynx Spirit Camp — 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Lynx Arena, Lindenwood University-Belleville, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville. The Lindenwood University dance and cheer teams are hosting. Clinic is open to boys and girls from preschool through sixth grade. Cost is $30. Register online: Information:


▪ ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. A bawdy, punk rock musical directed by Gigi Dowling Urban. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets: 618-537-4962. Information: Auditions for spring play, “Almost Maine,” will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Looking Glass Playhouse. Candidates will do cold readings from the script. Production dates are March 8-11, 15-18. Information: or 618-304-5157.

▪ Hard Road Theatre winter musical: ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Highland High School Kennel, 12760 Troxel Ave., Highland. A jukebox musical featuring Neil Sedaka songs. 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

▪ Hettenhausen Center for the Arts’ Film Arts Series: ‘Dunkirk’ — 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, McKendree University campus, Lebanon. Admission $5. Tickets are available at An informal discussion follows each screening. Information: 618-537-6863.

Worth the Drive

▪ Benefit for Oasis Women’s Center of Alton — All day event, Saturday. Mineral Springs Mall, 301 E. Broadway, Alton. Happy Trails Production and Entertainment and the Mineral Springs Mall are hosting “Happy Trails Music and Art Gathering.” Local artists will be selling handmade goods. This event also features live music. $5 admission to the gathering will go to the Oasis Women’s Center of Alton, a non-profit that works with women in need of assistance.

▪ 70th Annual Whole Hog Sausage Supper — 2:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Salem United Church of Christ, 1117 W. North St., Alhambra. All you can eat: homemade pork sausage, sauerkraut, and sides. Adults $10, children $5, ages 4 and under free. Advance sausage orders available by calling 618-488-3733 or emailing,

▪ Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park — 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. 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.

▪ Free ‘Rules of the Road’ class — 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. A free class to review the Illinois Rules of the Road. Register: 618-656-0300 or

▪ Illinois Speaks: Granite City Community Conversations — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. “Economic Development vs. Cultural Conversation in Granite City,” is presented in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council’s Illinois Speaks series. This is one of a series of community conversations designed to discuss ideas to make Granite City better. Information: 618-452-6238, ext. 755.

The Jewish Community Center Used Book Sale starts this Sunday. Provided

▪ Jewish Community Center: Used Book Sale — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur, Missouri. $10 admission first day only. Opening day fee helps underwrite expenses for sale. Books priced from 50 cents to $3. Information: Zelda Sparks, 314-442-3169.

▪ ‘Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia’ — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Amy Hunter will give a presentation on how to understand Alzheimer’s disease and better recognize early warning signs of dementia. The program is free and no registration is required.