Metro-East Living

Mardi Gras events start this weekend and more to do

Mardi Gras events are going on this weekend in the metro-east and St. Louis.
Mardi Gras events are going on this weekend in the metro-east and St. Louis.

What’s Happening for Feb. 1.

Noon Thursday, Jan. 25, 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.

Mardi Gras events

Mardi Gras Madness 5K Fun Walk — 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Toot’s Cake Decorating and Candy Supply, 314 E. Main St., Belleville. Event costs $3 for walk only.

Beggin’ Pet Parade — Registration 10 a.m. Parade 1 p.m. Sunday. Begins at 12th and Allen Streets, St. Louis. Registration fee: $10. Free to watch the parade. One of the world’s largest costumed pet parades. Proceeds benefit Open Door Animal Sanctuary. Information:

Taste of Soulard — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Soulard Neighborhood, St. Louis. A self-guided tasting and pub crawl. Each purchase includes one drink voucher and six food vouchers that can be redeemed at any of the participating establishments. Passes cost $25. More information and passes:

Missouri Lottery 5K: Run for Your Beads — 9 a.m. Saturday. Soulard Neighborhood, St. Louis. Run starts at 8th and Lafayette Streets. Cost $30. Run through the historic scenery of Soulard with mid-race pitstops stocked with beer and hurricanes for legally-aged runners. Dress in your Mardi Gras best to compete for prizes. Information:


▪ Boy Scout Troop 86: 18th Annual Chili Dinner and Silent Auction — 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Holy Cross Lutheran School, 304 South Seminary St., Collinsville. All you can eat event. Carry outs available. Cost: adults $7, children $5, 4 years and under free. Proceeds from event will be used to subsidize youth activities and purchase equipment for the troop.

▪ O’Fallon Garden Club: Winter Fundraiser — Doors open 5:30 p.m. Bingo 7 p.m. Saturday. Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O’Fallon. Cost $25 at door. The event features Glo-Bingo games, silent auction and raffles. Must be 18 to attend. Proceeds benefit the community garden located on the corner of State and Smiley Streets, O’Fallon.

▪ Square and Round Dance — 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsor: Dandy Dancers. Theme: Mardi Gras. Caller: Dennis Mineau. Jacqui Landau cueing. Information: Eunice Peterson, 618-660-6030.

▪ “Pink Goes Red: In Support of Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness” — 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. East St. Louis City Hall, 301 Riverpark Drive, East St. Louis. A slide and Zumba dance event, open to everyone. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Metropolitan St. Louis chapters.

▪ St. Luke Luncheon, Card Party and Bingo — Noon Tuesday. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Cost $8. No reservations required. Featuring cards, bingo or any game you choose with prizes. Menu: ground beef with noodles and cheese, sides and drinks. Bring canned items for Community Interfaith Food Pantry.

▪ “There is Freedom in the Spirit” — Doors open 6 p.m. Event at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church, 414 N. 14th St., East St. Louis. Frontline Freedom Deliverance Ministry and St. Luke AME church host “There is Freedom in the Spirit: 2 Corinthians 3:17” ministered by Roseby Foss. Information: Rev. Tracy D. Holliway-Wiggins, 618-741-0898 or

▪ St. Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church Youth Group Fundraiser — 11 a.m. Sunday. 408 Rev. Joseph A. Brown Blvd. and Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., East St. Louis. Sale of turkey and dressing dinners to help support the youth to be able to attend the upcoming 2018 Archbishop James P. Lyke Conference at Xavier University in New Orleans.

▪ Vendors for a Cause: Quarter Auction — Doors open 6 p.m. Auction at 7 p.m. Friday. Waterloo VFW, 406 Veterans Drive, Waterloo. Admission is free. Donations of paint brushes, paint trays, rollers, gallons of paint, postage stamps and gift cards for the Waterloo Hardware Store, are accepted for the Monroe Actors Stage Company.

▪ Republican Town Hall — 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. DoubleTree Hotel, 222 Potomac Blvd., Mt. Vernon. Congressional Candidate Preston Nelson will address all questions and comments regarding his campaign for U.S. Congress. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee will be provided.

▪ “Critter Calls” at Zion Lutheran School — 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Zion Lutheran School, 1810 McClintock Ave., Belleville. The preschool hosts the St. Louis Zoo for a free outreach program. Attendees will learn and practice animal sounds and explore station activities. A free event and open to children ages two and a half to five years old. Register online:

Club News

▪ Belleville Chapter of PFLAG — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B St., Belleville. Meetings are open to the public. No cost or reservations required. Information: or 618-977-5078.

▪ Optimist Club of Belleville — Noon Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Program: “Feasting on History: Eating in the Victorian Age,” presented by Will Shannon, curator of the St. Clair County Historical Society. Guests are always welcome.

▪ Polish American Ladies Society — 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Theme: Valentine. The brown bag lunch will have dessert and drinks provided by February hostesses. Food items or a monetary donation will be collected for food pantry. Annual dues of $15 is payable at this time.

▪ L.I.F.T. Club — 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., 6435 W. Main St., Belleville. Luncheon costs $14. Entertainment: Sterling Lloyd. Questions: Tanya Hargrave, 618-233-9818.

▪ St. Clair County Garden Club — 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Crehan’s, 5500 N. Belt West, Belleville. Price of luncheon, $13. Charlie Pitts, master naturalist with the University of Illinois extension, will speak on “Practical Ecology.” Information or to change reservations: contact Dianna McCoy, 618-791-2246, by Friday, Feb. 2.

▪ St. Clair County Genealogical Society — 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Diane Walsh presents part 2 of “Navigating the SCCGS Website.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Information: or the club’s Facebook page.

▪ O’Fallon Garden Club — 6 p.m. social hour. 6:30 p.m. meeting. Tuesday. Rock Springs Park, 1428 E. 3rd St., O’Fallon. Program: Steve Grider, owner of The Tiny Acre, a community-supported agriculture program. The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

▪ Lebanon Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. United Methodist Church, 603 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon. Regular or blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and juice.

▪ United Mine Workers of America Retiree Meeting — 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Columbia Club, 312 N. Gordon, Pinckneyville. International District 12 Vice President Steve Earle will be present to discuss current union issues. The meeting is for all retirees, their spouses and dependents.


▪ 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.

▪ Evening in Athens — 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Sts. Constantine and Helen, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea. Greek food, homemade pastries. Carry outs available. 618-277-0330.

▪ 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.-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.

▪ Quail Club Fish Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. Cod, walleye, shrimp, wings, burgers, sides and desserts. Carry outs available. No phone orders.

▪ 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. Elizabeth Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday. St. Elizabeth Church, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, jack salmon, shrimp. Eat in or carry out.

▪ St. Pancratius Bake Sale — 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday. St. Pancratius Catholic Church, 2213 N. 2nd St., Fayetteville.

▪ 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.


▪ Bowl-a-Thon — Check in 6:30 p.m. Bowling 7 p.m. Saturday. Bel-Air Bowl, 200 S. Belt West, Belleville. $20 per person includes shoe rental and attendance prizes. Sponsored by Friends of the Old Millstadt Water Tower. Register: 618-476-7326 or

▪ 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. Partner night. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main, Smithton. 618-233-3370.

▪ Shriner Meat Shoot — Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. American Legion, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. This event features a raffle, wheel and attendance prizes.

▪ St. Michael’s Trivia Night — Doors open 6 p.m. starts 7 p.m. Saturday. St. Michael’s Parish Hall Paderborn, 4576 Buss Branch Road, Waterloo. Cost $15 per person. This event features mulligans, silent auction, wine pull and 50/50. Reservations: Barb Jany, 618-473-2987, or Carol Reiter, 618-939-7801.

Reservations Required

▪ Friends of the Belleville Public Library Trivia Night — Doors open 6 p.m. Trivia 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Althoff High School Heritage Hall, West Main and Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville. Cost $12 per person. Maximum 8 per table. Mulligans 10 for $10. MC is the Belleville News-Democrat’s own Answer Man: Roger Schlueter. Reservations: 618-234-7169 or

• 53rd Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast — 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Scottish Rite, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For additional details: Erika Eckert, 618-233-5877 or

• 9 Pin No-Tap: Benefiting Relay for Life — 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. New Baden Bowl, 105 E. Illinois St., New Baden. Hosted by Angels for a Cure Relay for Life Team. Teams of five bowlers for $100 per team. Walk-ins will be welcome if space remains. This event features bowling, a silent auction, raffle and more. To sign up or for questions: Nikki Yarber, 618-972-1066 or Rebecca Schomaker, 618-779-1800.

▪ Gustave Koerner House Restoration Committee Trivia Night — 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. St. Luke Hall, 233 N. Church, Belleville. $10 per person, tables of eight not required, drinks for sale, 50/50 drawing, sponsor a round of questions for $30 and quilt raffle. Information or reservations: 618-235-6471. Funds raised will be used to install new electric service, heating and cooling equipment and plumbing in the Gustave Koerner House.

▪ Soroptimist International: Bunco Tournament — Doors open 6:30 p.m. Bunco at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Florissant’s JFK Center, 315 Howdershell, Florissant, Missouri. $25 per person. This event features a 50/50 raffle and cash prizes for the winners. Proceeds from the tournament benefit local women and children’s charities. Register:

▪ Southern Illinois University Edwardsville: 12th Annual Free Diabetes Education Program — Registration 8 a.m. Program 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Morris University Center, SIUE campus, Edwardsville. Speaker sessions, health and vendor fair, counseling with health care professionals for free. Register by Feb. 2: 618-650-5164 or


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“Gobsmacked” will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the McKendree University Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. Provided

▪ “Gobsmacked”: an all a cappella, all beatbox show — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, McKendree University campus, Lebanon. Tickets cost $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $10 for students and children. For tickets: 618-537-6863 or For more information:

▪ Hettenhausen Center for the Arts’ Film Arts Series: “Get Out” — 7 p.m. Friday. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, McKendree University campus, Lebanon. Admission $5. Film is rated R. Tickets are available at An informal discussion follows each screening. Information: 618-537-6863.

▪ ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 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:

▪ Black History month event: Big George Brock Jr. Blues Band — 11 a.m. Monday. Reid Cafe, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. 618-468-6400.

▪ Black History month event: African Dance Performance — 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Reid Cafe, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. 618-468-6400.

▪ ‘The Redemptions’ — 7 p.m. Saturday. Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive. Part of the “Southern Gospel 4 U” concert series. Donation of $7 per person is suggested. 618-616-2815 or

Worth the Drive

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“Revolting Rhymes” is one of the films that will be shown at the Big Eyes, Big Minds: International Children’s Film Festival of Saint Louis. Provided

▪ Big Eyes, Big Minds: International Children’s Film Festival of Saint Louis — 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park, St. Louis. The festival features award-winning films made for kids, about kids and sometimes by kids. After each screening, education staff will offer crafts and activities related to the animals featured in the films. Cost $8 for zoo members, $9 for non-members. Kids under age 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the days of the event or at See website for more information.

▪ Murray the Groundhog: Spring Forecast — 9 a.m. Friday. Alton Regional Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton. TreeHouse Wildlife Center’s permanent resident groundhog, Murray, will make his third annual Groundhog Day forecast with the help of area mayors and residents. The public is invited.

▪ Free film screening: “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. African American Museum of Southern Illinois, 1237 E. Main St., Carbondale. A moderated discussion will follow the screening. The 90-minute program will air on WSIU Public Television at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.

▪ Eagle Watch Event — Crafts at 9 a.m. Saturday. Case-Halstead Library, 571 Franklin St., Carlyle. The World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” at 10 a.m. and noon. The event will feature eagle crafts and more. Participants can take a map from the library and travel to viewing locations at the lake. Park rangers and volunteers will be at the main dam and the General Dean Recreation Area with spotting scopes and to answer questions. Information: Carlyle Lake Project Office, 618-594-2484 or

▪ Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park — 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 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.

▪ Teen Advisory Group: Six Mile Regional Library District — 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City. The group is all volunteers ages 13 to 17 who want to make the library better for teens. Suggest books, make displays, plan events and more. Information: 618-452-6238, ext. 755.

▪ Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance: Imbolc — 6 p.m. Saturday. Gaia House Interfaith Center, 913 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. Free and open to the public, all are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a red candle. After ritual at 7 p.m., there will be a potluck. Information: Tara Nelsen, 618-924-0263 or