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Meat shoots, Lenten fish fries and more going on this week

Donate blood from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mobile donor bus, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. Photo: Bill Singsank of Belleville is prepped to donate blood by Bob Deist.
Donate blood from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mobile donor bus, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. Photo: Bill Singsank of Belleville is prepped to donate blood by Bob Deist.

What’s Happening for Feb. 15

Noon Thursday, Feb. 8, 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.

Lenten Fish Frys

  • Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30 to 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

  • Belleville Fish Fry — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Fish by the pound, plate, sandwich. Sponsored by the Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies.

  • Caseyville Fish Fry — 4 to 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 to 8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat-in or carryout. Cod, catfish fillets, tilapia, sides.

  • Collinsville Fish Fry — 3 to 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 to 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.

  • East Carondelet Fish Fry — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Community Center, 823 State St., East Carondelet. Cod cutups, shrimp and sides. Carryouts available. 618-286-8601.

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  • Ellis Grove Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry — 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Ellis Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 501 Eggemeyer Plaza, Ellis Grove. All-you-can-eat fish, catfish, cod and shrimp. Dine in or carry out. 618-859-3473.

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

  • 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. 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. Dine in or carryout. 618-248-5505.

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

  • Holy Cross Lenten Fish Fry — 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 460 Church St., Livingston. Cod tails, Alaskan white fish, catfish fillets or shrimp. Carry outs available. 618-637-2146.

  • Holy Family Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Ave., Granite City. 618-877-7158.

  • Holy Trinity Fish Fry — 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights.

Janet O’Donnell plates up fish at the Maryville Knights of Columbus fish fry. Zia Nizami

  • Maryville Knights of Columbus Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Parish Center, 200 N. Lange Ave., Maryville. Shrimp, cod, hot dogs, desserts. 618-344-6464.

  • Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carryout. 618-566-2288.

  • Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club: Annual Fish Fry — Starts 4:30 p.m. Friday. Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. $10 all-you-can-eat. 618-566-4456 or 618-566-7452.

  • Millstadt Fish Fry and Jam Session — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. 618-476-1180.

  • O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4 to 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 to 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 to 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 and more. Sides and desserts. Carryouts available. No phone orders.

  • Shiloh Fish Fry — 5 to 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.

  • Smithton Turner Society Fish Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Smithton Turner Hall, 115 N. Julia Drive, Smithton. Fried cod and beer specials. Dine in or carry out. Homemade baked goodies. 618-277-9690. Menu online:

  • St. Agatha Parish Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. 207 S. Market St., New Athens. Cod, shrimp, meatless spaghetti, sides. Eat in or carry outs available. 618-475-3579.

  • St. Elizabeth Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. St. Elizabeth Church, 2300 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Cod, catfish, pollock, jack salmon, shrimp. Eat in or carry out.

  • St. Henry Fish Fry — 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. 5303 W. Main, Belleville. Cod, salmon, shrimp, sides. Dine in or carry out. 618-233-2423.

  • St. Joseph Church Fish Bake and Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Baked and fried cod, shrimp, sides, desserts. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Eat in or carryout. 618-539-4720.

  • St. Rose Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. St. Rose park location, 17633 St. Rose Road, Breese. Cod fish, shrimp, sides.

  • St. Teresa Men’s Club Fish Fry — 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. St. Teresa, 1108 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Fish by the sandwich or pound. Shrimp, spaghetti, sides and homemade desserts.

  • 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 to 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 to 8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus, Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.

  • Waterloo Sportsman’s Club Fish Fry — 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. 4903 Sportsman Road, Waterloo. 618-458-9927.

  • Waterloo VFW Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 8 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.


  • Sparkles, Suds and Sweets Walk — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Belleville Main Street merchants, Belleville. Enjoy sparkling wines, beer and sweets tasting while strolling downtown Belleville. Cost: $25 pre-registration at Sponsored by Belleville Main Street, a non-profit committed to the renovation, economic growth, and business recruitment and retention of downtown Belleville.

  • Children’s Dyslexia Center of Southern Illinois: Book Sale — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays during Lenten fish fry. Scottish Rite Building, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Most books $2 or less. Paperbacks $1. Proceeds benefit Children’s Dyslexia Center.

  • Ballroom Dance — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St. Music by “The Casuals.”

  • Book Fair — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Holy Family Church, 116 Church St., Cahokia. Paperbacks 50 cents each and hardcover books $1 each.

  • Square Dance — 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sponsor: Dandy Dancers. Theme: “New Dancer Dance.” Kate Garrison calling. No rounds this evening. 618-660-6030.

  • Blood Drive — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mobile Donor Bus, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are suggested. 866-448-3253 or, sponsor code: 10155.

  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Open House celebration — 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. 3718 State St., East St. Louis. Dedication and blessing at 11 a.m. Saturday. The society celebrates a new Outreach Ministry Center and remodeled soup kitchen, pantry, thrift store and warehouse. The public is invited.

  • 11th Annual Discovery Sundays: “Pruning Do’s and Don’ts” — 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Maryville Community Center, 500 E. Division St., Maryville. Presented by Ken Wheat, master gardener and master naturalist. Discovery Sundays are offered by Maryville Park and Recreation. All sessions are free and open to the public.

  • 16th Annual Used Book Fair and Bake Sale: St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Breese American Legion, 575 N. Main St., Breese. Specials change each day, admission charged first day only. Bake sale items available Friday only. Proceeds benefit auxiliary activities for St. Joseph’s Hospital.


  • Millstadt Boy Scout Troop 622: “All You Care to Eat” Pancake Breakfast fundraiser — 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. St. James Parish Center, 423 W. Madison St., Millstadt. Pancake breakfast with sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy. Adults $8, children $3, free for children under 5.

Club News

  • Optimist Club of Belleville — Noon Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Program: “Special Olympics,” presented by Justin Dunning, director. Guests are always welcome.

  • American Association of University Women — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. 733 Glen Mor, Shiloh. Program: My Rwanda Experience by Flavia Everman.

  • Dupo Classmates and Friends —11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Aunt Maggies Restaurant, 230 N. Main St., Columbia. Monthly “lunch bunch” meeting.

  • Fairview Heights Elks: Open House — 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 9480 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Celebration of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 150th birthday.

  • Parents Without Partners — General monthly meeting 5:30 p.m., orientation for prospective members 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Olympika Restaurant, 127 N. Belt East, Swansea. Janet, 618-234-5937.

  • L.I.F.T. Club trip — 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Pick up at Valhalla Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Trip to Josephine’s Tea House, Godfrey. Cost is $49. 618-233-9818.


  • Annual Spring Knights of Columbus Ham and Meat Raffle — 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Columbus Club, 114 W. Oak St., Millstadt. Free pork sausage and fried potatoes, attendance prizes. Proceeds benefit local charities and non-profits. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

  • 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.

  • SWIC Red Bud Campus: Annual Poetry Contest — Completed entry forms must be submitted by Monday, Feb. 26. Forms can be found online: Completed forms may be mailed to Amy Brockman, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville IL 62221 or turned in to SWIC Red Bud Campus Student Development Office. Individuals of all ages are invited to participate. Information: 866-942-7942, ext. 5324.

  • High School Art Competition: 2018 Congressional Art Competition — Submissions are due by March 6 at Rep. Mike Bost’s O’Fallon office, 302 W. State St., O’Fallon. The theme of this year’s competition is “Illinois’ Bicentennial: 200 Years of Artistry.” This contest is for high school students in the 12th Congressional District. For more information and rules: or 618-622-0766.

  • 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.

  • Okawville American Legion: BB Gun Shoot and Raffle — 1 p.m. Sunday. 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Meat and cash prizes, chance to win BB gun, special “kids only” rounds. House gun and $3 a shot. Free chili.

  • Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club: Meat Shoot — 1 p.m. Saturday. 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. Features bean soup, meat rounds, money rounds. Joe Haas, 618-566-7452.
  • Gustave Koerner House Restoration Committee: Trivia Night — Doors open 6:30 p.m. Trivia at 7 p.m. Saturday. St. Luke Hall, 300 N. Church St., Belleville. $10 per person, tables of 8. Quilt raffle drawing. Reservations: 618-235-6471.

  • Meat Shoot for USO of Missouri —Noon Sunday. American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Event features spin wheel, 50/50, gun raffle, attendance prizes. Sponsored by American Legion Riders.

Registration Required

  • Free Citizens Utility Board clinic — 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 21. Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, 6755 State St., East St. Louis. Learn how to save money on your utility bill. This event is free and open to the public. Register: 312-263-4282 ext. 111 or email, with the subject: East St. Louis 2/21.

  • 9th Annual “Growing Hope” Breakfast — 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Hecker Community Center, 230 E. Washington St., Hecker. No cost to attend breakfast; donations will be accepted. The breakfast raises awareness of services Caritas Family Solutions provides to the community. Reservations and information:, Samantha Lappe at 618-213-8717 or

  • Friends of Waterloo Masonic Lodge: Trivia — 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Waterloo VFW, Metzger-Crook Post 6504, 406 Veterans Drive, Waterloo. Doors open 6 p.m. Play begins at 7 p.m. $10 per player, 8 player per team max. Event features mulligans and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds support Waterloo Masonic Lodge programs. Reservations: 618-971-9411 or

  • “Secrets of Tatting” workshop — 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 24. Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. Learn about “tatting,” an old and delicate art form, or explore new patterns in this workshop. Tickets: or 618-692-1818.

  • Free Hunter Safety Class — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 5. Klucker Hall, 14 Park Drive, Shiloh. Students will need to attend both classes and pass a test to obtain Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Card. Free class designed for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Register online: or call 618-624-5400, ext. 1136.

  • “Taste of the Beautiful Life” — 7 p.m. March 3. Columbus Plaza Center, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Local dishes prepared by local restaurants. All proceeds benefit Fontebella Maternity Home. This event features samples, drinks, music, silent auction and raffles. Tickets cost $25 or $40 and must be purchased by Feb. 28. Tickets: or

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Jerry Baker, 58 of Marissa, dressed as the New Year’s Baby, jumps during the Polar Plunge at Smitty’s Marina in New Athens. Tim Vizer News-Democrat

  • Special Olympics Polar Plunge of Belleville — 4 p.m. Friday, March 9. 6435 W. Main St., Belleville. In the past 19 years, plungers have raised more than $18.4 million for the Special Olympics. Register: or call Justin Dunning, 618-654-6680 or

  • “No Gun Smoking” Dinner Theater — 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. McCormick Center, West Harrison and South Second St., Belleville. Performed by: Die Laughing Dinner Theater. $40 per person, $300 for table of 8. Event includes dinner catered by Aunt Maggie’s Catering, 50/50 and gift baskets. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent De Paul Feeding Ministries. Tickets: 618-394-0126.

  • “The Bottoms Up Bash: For Colorectal Cancer Awareness” — 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Knights of Columbus Hall, Highland. An event to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and benefit for the Wesselmann family and Jennifer Wesselmann was 42 when she passed away from colorectal cancer on Dec. 27 of last year. Admission: $15 person, $25 couple. Entertainment provided by “The Simple Therapy Band.” Event also features 50/50, booze barrel raffle and silent auction. There will be games to promote awareness and early detection along with a photo booth. Contact Deb Elledge for tickets at 618-210-9631 or


  • Chamber Music Serenade — 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. Conducted by Robert Hart Baker. Tickets available:, or at the door.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Rahamses Galvan, Anna Smith, Emily Schneider and Lisa Henrichs will appear in “Transferred: A Story About Life After Death.” Provided

  • Transferred: a story about life after death — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Friday, Saturday. Rogue House, 1320 Milton Road, Alton. Presented by The Rogue Theatre Co. Tickets at door are $15.

  • Alton Little Theater: “Who’s in Bed with the Butler” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

  • A Valentine’s Celebration: “Today’s Patsy Cline” — Doors open 6 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, and Friday. Tickets $30 general. Show only, $20. The Gathering Place Off Broadway, 290 S. Burns St., Sparta. or 618-965-3726.

  • “The Classic Rock Experience” — 8 p.m. Saturday. Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. A celebration of the '70s biggest touring bands. Tickets: 618-307-1750 or

Worth the Drive

  • St. John’s Community Care: Healthcare Town Hall — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Join a discussion on how to improve healthcare in the metro-east with ideas for new legislation. Hosted by St. John’s Community Care and State Rep. Katie Stuart.

  • National Museum of African Americans on Stamps — 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Traveling museum will be on display. Check out the collection and meet the curator, Charlene Blair. Program is free and no registration required.

Left to right: Oliver Bacus as Tartuffe, Trey Ball as Orgon and Hannah Warntjes as Elmire. Valerie Goldston

  • “Tartuffe” — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Katherine Dunham Hall, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus. A classical comedy by Molière about Tartuffe, a fraud and pious imposter. General admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors and non-SIUE students. Tickets: 618-650-2774 or at the Theater and Dance Box Office.

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