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Check out the fish fries, Mardi Gras events and Empty Bowl fundraisers this week

Collinsville Fireman Nick Klucker offers soup to Sparky, the firemen’s mascot, at a previous year’s Collinsville Empty Bowl fundraiser.
Collinsville Fireman Nick Klucker offers soup to Sparky, the firemen’s mascot, at a previous year’s Collinsville Empty Bowl fundraiser.

What’s Happening for Feb. 8

Noon Thursday, Feb. 1, 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 Celebration and Chili Dinner — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Calvary Lutheran Church, 6606 W. Main St., Belleville. An evening of chili, chili mac and chili dogs with all the fixings, dessert and fellowship. There is no charge for the dinner; a free will offering will be available. Music provided by the O’Fallon High School Jazz Combo. All are welcome. 618-397-4989.

▪ 12th Annual “Wordi Gras” Parade and Festival — Parade 3 p.m. Saturday, Worden. According to a press release, “Wordi Gras is Worden’s reneck take on Mardi Gras.” The parade travels the length of Wall Street from Park Street to Drummon Street. This event is for all ages and includes food and merchandise vendors. Food will be served starting at noon and service will continue throughout the day.

▪ Bob Row Mardi Gras Party presented by the St. Louis Jazz Club — 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Elks Lodge, 12481 Ladue Road, St. Louis. Tickets $15 for jazz club members. $20 for non-members. The public is invited. or 618-444-6371.

▪ Bud Light Grand Mardi Gras Parade — 11 a.m. Saturday. Soulard Neighborhood, St. Louis. This event is free. According to event organizers, this is the biggest Mardi Gras parade outside of the Big Easy. It begins at Busch Stadium and ends at Anheuser-Busch Brewery. See a parade map online:

▪ St. Louis: Mayor Mardi Gras Ball — 7 p.m. to midnight Friday. Rotunda, St. Louis City Hall, 1200 Market St., St. Louis. Tickets cost $150 and up. The gala features fine cuisine, cocktails, dancing and entertainment. The charitable event is hosted by the Mardi Gras Foundation, and the proceeds go to create community grants for the Soulard and downtown St. Louis communities. Tickets: or 314-771-5110.

▪ “Fat Bluesday” Watch Party — 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bud Light Party Centre, Soulard Market Park, St. Louis. Soulard bars and restaurants provide the eats at this Fat Tuesday party. Admission is free. Watch the St. Louis Blues take the ice on a giant screen.


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The Historic Village of West Belleville “Chocolate Crawl” is this Saturday. Tim Vizer

▪ Historic Village of West Belleville: Chocolate Crawl — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Locations between 6th and 17th West Main, Belleville. Chocolate treats available where you see pink balloons. Maps and treat bags provided at each location. There is no cost for this event.

▪ Lebanon’s Chocolate Rendezvous — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. St. Louis Street, Lebanon. This “brick street” event of shopping, chocolate and a drawing is free with nine Lebanon shops participating. Free chocolate treats will be distributed in all participating stores. A Valentine’s gift basket will be given away at the end of the day.

▪ Collinsville Empty Bowl fundraiser — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Gateway Center, One Gateway Drive, Collinsville. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Cost $10 for a simple soup meal, symbolizing the plight of the hungry. Select from more than 40 meat or meatless soups. Carryouts available. This event features homemade pies, a favorite soup contest, live music, presentation of colors by the VFW Honor Guard, silent auction and more. The Collinsville Woman’s Club hosts this event to benefit the Collinsville Food Pantry. Questions: 618-406-4350.

▪ Making Love Last: An Intimate Night of Jazz — 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Door prices: singles $25, couples $50. A Valentine’s Day charity event. 100 percent of the proceeds go to “Broken But Not Shattered” Academy and their effort to fund a computer lab, playground, scholarships and start-up fees for a new private school location in East St. Louis.

▪ 8th Annual Breast Cancer Pink Party — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Three Sisters Crafts, 129 E. State St., O’Fallon. Arrive anytime during the day for gifts, crafts, snacks, guest speakers and to learn about breast cancer. This event features a silent auction and raffle. 618-624-7193.

▪ 11th Annual Discovery Sundays: “Scams: Can It Happen To You?” — 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Maryville Community Center, 500 E. Division St., Maryville. Suzanne Phegley, ATM and fraud investigator for FCB Banks, will discuss scams and ways to protect yourself. Discovery Sundays are offered by Maryville Park and Recreation. All sessions are free and open to the public.

▪ Coffee with Katie — 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Conway’s Catering Company, 2112 S. Center St., Maryville. State Rep. Katie Stuart invites the public to an informal meeting to share their concerns and ideas.

▪ Rummage Sale — 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Monsignor Voss Parish Center, 5303 W. Main St., Belleville. $5 admission on Friday. Bag sale on Saturday at noon.

▪ Jessie White: Office Mobile Unit — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Drivers can renew their licenses or vehicle registration renewal sticker, obtain a duplicate or corrected license, or obtain an Illinois identification card. Information: 217-782-7044.

O’Fallon Mayor Herb Roach purchases tickets to the Empty Bowl Luncheon from O’Fallon Woman’s Club President Beth Lundy. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the O’Fallon/Shiloh Food Pantry. Provided

▪ O’Fallon Empty Bowl Luncheon — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Cost is $10 for a simple meal of bowl of soup, piece of bread and water. Tickets can be purchased at the door of the event, Wolfersberger Funeral Home of O’Fallon, Post Pac and Ship of O’Fallon or Unity Yoga of O’Fallon. 100 percent of the ticket proceeds go to the O’Fallon and Shiloh Food Pantry.

▪ “Make Your Own Artist Trading Cards” — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon. A free class for 6th, 7th and 8th-graders. Local artist, Elizabeth Rothera, will help participants create their own “artist trading cards.” Supplies will be provided. Sign up online at

Club News

▪ Addiction Loss Support Group — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Family Hospice office, 5110 W. Main St., Belleville. The Heartlinks Grief Center of Family Hospice hosts a monthly grief support group for parents and adult siblings grieving the death of a child or sibling due to addiction. 618-277-1800.

▪ Belleville Community Band — 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Belleville Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville. The non-profit, all-volunteer band needs tubas and percussionists. See the Belleville Community Band Facebook page for more information.

▪ Belleville Metro East Christian Women’s Club: “She’s a Living Doll” luncheon — 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 14. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson, Belleville. $13 cost. Featuring Peggy Smith with speaker Pam Haven. Reservations are required by Feb. 12: 618-444-0867 or

▪ PSOP Book Club —10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Book title: “Empty Mansons” by Bill Dedman. Discussion leader: Jean Nolan.

▪ Optimist Club of Belleville — Noon Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Program: “Like It Was Never Broken,” presented by Annie Ochner, co-owner of Creative Clay in O’Fallon. Guests are always welcome.

▪ The Wednesday Club — 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. The program is “East St. Louis trivia.” The club meeting will include an auction for a sweet basket and purse sale.

▪ Madison County Genealogical Society — 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Lola DeGroff will give a presentation on World War I. Guests are always welcome.

▪ St. Clair Woman’s Club meeting — Brunch 11 a.m. Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Members are invited for Valentine’s fun and games.

▪ Turkey Hill Grange meeting — 7:30 p.m. Friday. Corner of Highway 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville. Program: Fresh Pasture Farms, Millstadt. Speakers: Norm and Sandy Sutter, Wade and Jaime Sutter. Refreshments follow. Guests always welcome.

▪ 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.

▪ Silver Creek Quail Forever: Gun Chicken and Beer Dance — Doors open 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Albers American Legion, 600 N. Bertha St., Albers. Admission at door $35. Youths $10. Music by Cactus Moon. Donate a non-perishable food item and receive a chance to win a Henry Lever Action 22. This event features a chicken dinner, cash drawings, three gun raffle for chapter youths in attendance, gun safe drawing and more. Advance tickets call: Carl Toennies, 618-779-9556 or Yogi Albers, 618-523-4789.

▪ Conservative Women’s Coalition: Meet the Candidate Night — 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. IHOP restaurant, 4233 S. State Route 159, Glen Carbon. Candidates will be given time to speak and a question and answer session will be held. Free refreshments will be served. The public is invited. Information: Linda Campbell, 618-980-4133 or Kim Farkas, 314-402-4543.

▪ National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1019 — 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Golden Corral, 3360 Green Mount Crossing Road, Shiloh. This month will be a social rather than a formal meeting. Guests welcome.

Fish Frys

▪ 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 Fridays — 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Freedom Farm, 6355 Hilgard Memorial Drive, Freeburg. Sponsored by American Legion Post 58. Cod and walleye available by sandwich or plate. Homemade pizza also available. 618-660-6670.

▪ Friends of the Cougars: Fish Fry 2018 — 4:30 to 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday and Friday. Albers American Legion Hall, 600 N. Bertha, Albers. Proceeds of fish frys used to support the Cougars Athletic programs at Albers and Damiansville Elementary Schools. Fish fry every Friday during Lent. 618-248-5505.

▪ 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.

▪ 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. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. St. Elizabeth Church, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, jack salmon, shrimp. Eat in or carry out. Fish fry every Friday in Lent.

▪ St. Joseph Church Fish Bake and Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Baked cod, fried cod loins (plate, sandwich, pound), shrimp, grilled cheese and more. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Eat in or carry out. 618-539-4720.

▪ St. Mary Parish Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Fried cod, walleye by sandwich, plate or pound. Sides like fries, onion rings, spaghetti and more. Drinks and desserts offered. Dine in and carryout options.

▪ St. Michael Paderborn Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. St. Michael’s Paderborn, 4576 Buss Branch Road, Waterloo. Mass at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by St. Michael’s Church.

▪ 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 Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus, Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.

▪ Waterloo VFW Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Metzger Crook Post 6504, 406 Veterans Drive, Waterloo. Sold by the pound, sandwich or plate. Cod, catfish, walleye, salmon and shrimp. Carryouts. 618-939-7999.


▪ Breakfast for American Legion Youth Programs — 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Albers American Legion, 600 N. Bertha St., Albers. Pork sausage, ham, pancakes, eggs and more. $9 adults, $4 child, 5 and under free. Carryouts available. Proceeds for Legion Youth Programs. 618-248-5505.

▪ New Athens Knights of Columbus: Annual Valentine’s Candlelight Steak Dinner — Serving food from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. St. Agatha’s Parish Center, 207 S. Market St., New Athens. Menu: ribeye steak, jumbo shrimp or marinated chicken breasts. Sides and drinks. Hamburgers also available. Everyone welcome.

▪ Walton’s Chicken Dinner — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.

▪ Youth Valentine’s Spaghetti Dinner — 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, 150 Wilma Drive, Maryville. Tickets cost $9 for adults, $6 for children, and ages 5 and under are free. The spaghetti dinner supports the youth’s trip to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America youth gathering in Houston, Texas, this coming summer. 618-345-5692.


▪ 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.

▪ 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

▪ Prima Pow-Wow: A free, all-female teen conference and luncheon — Doors open 10 a.m., event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Sunset Hills Country Club, 2525 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville. Nine female speakers discuss their relatable life experiences with young females aged 13 to 21. A free luncheon will be served. This event is open to all 13 to 21 year old females, their parents and grandparents. No male attendees allowed. Tickets available at, search keyword: Prima EDW.

▪ Highland Lions Trivia Night — Doors open 6 p.m., trivia 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2520 Poplar St., Highland. This event features trivia, silent auction and 50/50. Cost $15 per person at tables of 8 to 10 players. No alcohol allowed. Reservations: 618-779-3815 or 618-402-7555.

▪ Black History Month: Underground Railroad Tour — 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Security Parking Lot, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Reservations: 618-468-6400 or

▪ St. Clair Beekeepers Association: Beginner’s Beekeeping Class — 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Madison County Farm Bureau, 900 Hillsboro St., Edwardsville. Class taught by experienced beekeepers. Cost $60 per person. $30 for students and youth under 21 years. Cost includes textbook and lunch. To register: Information: Vickie York, 618-288-1846 or Barbara Beal, 618-803-2754.

▪ 14th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance — 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Pkwy West, Belleville. Hosted by the Belleville Parks and Recreation. Price $35 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter. Registration is required: 618-233-1416 or 688-277-9785. Online registration is not offered. If registered after Feb. 27, the cost increases to $25 per person.

▪ “Road to Recovery” Trivia Night — Doors open 6 p.m., trivia 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb 17. Catholic War Vets, Route 159, Freeburg. This event is to help offset medical expenses for Tami Goldschmidt Wilson and Chuck LaFore, who had a serious motorcycle accident. Cost $200, 8 members max. Silent auction, prizes, games and more. Reservations: Scott Huschle, 618-363-3393.


▪ St. Paul UCC Fine Arts Valentine Concert: The Sounds of Harmony Barbershop Chorus — Dinner 6:15 p.m. 7:15 concert. Saturday. St. Paul UCC, 115 West B St., Belleville. The concert is free. Tickets are required for the dinner only. Cost $18 and available through the church office.

▪ Blues Music by Paul Bonn — 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. 216 Service St., Swansea. Sponsored by the Swansea Improvement Association. Blues, cajun, and rhythm and blues music featuring “Paul Bonn and the Bluesmen.” Free admission.

▪ Greenville University: Schoenhals Fine Arts Symposium — Vocal recital at 4 p.m. Sunday. James E. Wilson Recital Hall, Greenville University, corner of Elm Street and College Avenue, Greenville. Christine Brewer, a Grammy-Award winning soprano, will perform a recital. At 9:30 a.m. Monday, Brewer will speak. At 3:30 p.m. Monday, Brewer will offer a vocal master class. All events are free and open to the public. The symposium will take place at Greenville University. Information: 618-664-6560.

▪ Monroe Actors Stage Company: “Dark of the Moon” — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Historic Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. A fantasy set in the Appalachian Mountains and directed by Pat Hunsaker. Show intended for mature audiences. General admission, $12. Students and seniors, $10. or 618-939-7469.

▪ Auditions for “An Inspector Calls” — 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Historic Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. Cold script reading. There are roles for four men aged 25 to 65, one young woman aged 14 to 16 and three women aged 20 to 60. The full-length play can be viewed on YouTube. Questions: director Zona Ludlum,

▪ Clinton County Showcase: “Things My Mother Taught Me” — 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Avon Theater, 525 N. 2nd St., Breese. A new comedy that takes a generational look at relationships. General admission, $12. Students, seniors, and active military, $10. Youth, $8. Tickets: call 618-526-2866 or may be purchased before show at box office.

▪ Alton Little Theater: “Who’s in Bed with the Butler” — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Feb. 14. 2450 N. Henry St., Alton. A comedy with fast-paced dialogue and a mystery too. Admission: adults $17, students $10. Information or tickets: 618-462-6562.

▪ “Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp”: Winter Concert Series — 7 p.m. Friday. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Led by French-speaking Creole fiddler and accordionist Dennis Stroughmatt, this concert features contemporary blues, swamp pop and traditional Cajun and zydeco dance tunes. Tickets: 618-307-1750 or

Worth the Drive

▪ Chicken and Dumpling Dinner — 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. St John Lutheran Church, 312 S. 5th St., Baldwin. Sponsored by the St. John Lutheran Fellowship. Chicken and dumplings, sides, desserts and drinks. Carryouts available. Bulk chicken and dumplings for sale, bring your own containers.

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The Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield will offer free admission and special events on Feb. 12, in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Provided

▪ Abraham Lincoln birthday celebration — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 112 N. 6th St., Springfield. The library dedicated to Abraham Lincoln will celebrate what would have been his 209th birthday by offering free admission, showcasing its rarest artifacts and sharing the winners in its statewide children’s art contest. More information:

▪ “Pathways to Leadership” — 10 a.m. Tuesday. Ahlemeyer Atrium, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. 618-468-6400.

▪ Black History Month: Attorney Ebony Huddleston Law Profession Presentation — Noon, Monday. Reid Memorial Library, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

▪ Black History Month: “American Promise” Screening — 10 a.m. Tuesday. Trimpe 141, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

▪ Six Mile Community Voices Project — Beginning Saturday, Feb. 10. Six Mile Regional Library District of Granite City is looking for local youth ages 10-14 and veterans to be involved in film making workshops beginning Feb. 10. This project is funded by a “Project Next Generation Grant” from the Illinois State Library. For further details and questions: 618-452-6238, ext. 755.

▪ 11th Annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival — Friday through Sunday. Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis. The international festival will feature 24 films from 16 different countries and 50 documentaries. The festival is free and open to the public. It includes discussions with some of the filmmakers and experts in the subject areas following the screenings. For a complete listing, go to Information: Niyi Coker, or 314-516-4852.

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

▪ “Science on Tap” — 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis. 80 plus beer tastings, science demonstrations, live music and more. Tickets:

▪ Art exhibit: “The Delinquent Comic Art of ‘Wascally Wee Willy’ Harroff — 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Grand opening of William Harroff’s art exhibit. The show will run until March 16.