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Mascoutah Homecoming, Bond County Fair kick off this week

The Mascoutah Homecoming und AugustFest will be at Shreve Park Friday through Sunday.
The Mascoutah Homecoming und AugustFest will be at Shreve Park Friday through Sunday. Provided

What’s Happening for August 2

Noon Thursday, Aug. 2, is the deadline to appear in next week’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 Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.


Mascoutah Homecoming and AugustFest – Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5. Scheve Park, Harnett St. and Harper Road, Mascoutah. Parades, carnival rides, tractor pulls, a car show, music, food and more.

Bond County Fair – Thursday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 7. Bond County Fairgrounds, 1224 Midway Drive, Greenville. Exhibits, carnival rides, food, activities and more. Admission $2 per person. Free for ages 10 and under.

Peanut Butter and Jam Festival – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Downtown Square, 1115 Broadway, Highland. 618-654-3721.

Third Annual Belleville Peace Festival – 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 19 Public Square, Belleville. Come together as a community and enjoy food, beverages, vendors and performers.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Picnic – 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. St. Francis of Assisi, 2nd and Clinton streets, Aviston. All-you-can-eat fried chicken, roast beef, homemade dressing, dessert, drinks. Quilt bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Mass at 4 p.m. Basket booths, raffles, country store, rides and more. Information:

St. Anthony’s Parish Picnic – 4 to 8 p.m. Chicken dinner. Saturday. St. Anthony’s Church Grounds, Route 153, Lively Grove. Rain or shine. Polka Mass at 5 p.m. Quilt and cash bingo starts 6:30 p.m. Concessions, novelties, prizes. Music by Polka Connections. 618-824-6271.


‘Back to School: Fun Fair’ — 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual “Back to School: Fun Fair”. Participating families will leave with a backpack full of school supplies. Participating schools include BASSC Elementary, Belleville School District 118, Belle Valley School District 119, Governor French Academy, Harmony-Emge School District 175, High Mount Elementary School District 116, Illinois Center for Autism, Menta Academy, Signal Hill School District 181, Whiteside School District 115, Zion Lutheran Grade School and area Catholic grade schools. For more information:

Old Town Farmers’ Market — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. First block of South Charles between East Main and East Washington Streets, Belleville. Locally grown fruits, vegetables, meat, honey, baked goods, dog treats, plants and crafts.

Swansea Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea.

Maryville Farmer’s Market — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Drost Park, 8 Schiber Court, Maryville.

‘Come as You Are’ Tai Chi — 5 p.m. Every Wednesday. Ever and Anon Park, corner of East Main and Mascoutah Ave., Belleville. Free one-hour class for all ages and skill levels. Sponsored by the Belleville Heritage Society.

Millstadt Farmer’s Market — 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. Veterans of Foreign Wars parking lot, W. Washington St., Millstadt.

Mascoutah Farmers Market – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Across from Mascoutah City Hall, 3 W. Main St., Mascoutah.

Carlyle Courthouse Square Farmers’ Market – 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. 8th Street between Franklin and Fairfax streets, east side of Courthouse Square, Carlyle. Includes homemade soap and wine, baked goods, eggs.

O’Fallon Farmer’s Market – 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Next to the caboose, west of First and Lincoln streets, O’Fallon.

Archaeology Day at Cahokia Mounds features ancient craft demonstrations, hands-on activities and more. The annual event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Provided

Archaeology Day at Cahokia Mounds – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville. Learn more about archaeology from excavations to analyzing artifacts to experimental archaeology. Free and open to the public. Information: 618-346-5160 or

Back to School Fun Fair – 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Belleville elementary Chamber Member Schools and their families are invited to attend to receive a backpack full of school supplies, participate in activities, have fun. Hosted by Greater Belleville Chamber’s Education Committee. 618-233-2015 or

Memorial Hospital Blood Drive – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial Hospital – East Community Room, second floor, 1404 Cross St., Shiloh. Must be 16 or older to donate, feeling healthy and well the day of the drive. Photo ID required. Lunch provided. To register: 800-733-2767 or

Blood Drive – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Public Library, 419 S. Second St., Caseyville. Donors should eat and hydrate well before donating. Photo ID required. Cannot have donated more recently than June 8. For an appointment: 618-345-5848 or

“It Takes a Village” Community Fair – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Penniman Elementary School, 1820 Jerome Lane, Cahokia. Receive free back-to-school essentials such as haircuts, teeth cleanings, backpacks, housing information and more.

Rummage/Bake Sale – 8.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, Friday and 1 a.m. to noon Saturday. New Baden United Methodist Church, 107 W. Hanover St., New Baden. Friday items half price. Saturday $5 per brown bag. Information: 618-228-7202.

Zoar Church’s “Bar-B-Que and Bluegrass” – 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Zoar UCC Church, 9103 D Road, Columbia. Music by George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass, Fiddlers Frolic featuring Lilian Roever, Maybelle Ritzel and Lily Ingram. Free and open to the public.

Campfire Church – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1419 N. 17th St., Belleville. Games and food, followed by stories and songs of faith around the campfire. Bring a lawn chair. 618-233-7159.

Luncheon and Card Party – Noon Tuesday. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Chicken salad, Summer Surprise roll, cake, coffee, tea. Cards, bingo and other games with prizes. Cost: $8 per person. Please bring canned items for Community Interfaith Food Pantry. 618-236-1124.

Square Dance – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 20002 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Theme: Ice Cream Float Night. Square and Round dance sponsored by Dandy Dancers. Tom Murray calling Squares. The Tevlins cueing Rounds. 618-660-6030.

Driver’s Licence/Registration Renewal – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Southwestern Illinois College, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Mobile unit will be available for driver’s license or vehicle registration renewals, obtaining duplicate or corrected licenses, or obtaining Illinois identification cards. 217-782-5984.

Dance at the Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge. Music by the “Alley Kats”.


Aviston Legion Fish and 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 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.

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 and Chicken Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. O’Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fallon. Carryouts available. 618-632-8879.

Okawville Fish and 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.

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.

Turkey Hill Grange barbecue — 4 to 7 p.m. Every Thursday through Sept. Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 E. Illinois Highway 15, Belleville. Featuring pulled pork, pork steak and brats. Proceeds benefit community service projects. Carryout or eat in.

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.

All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken – 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. 618-476-1180.

Evening in Athens – 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 405 Huntwood Drive, Swansea. Authentic Greek lamb shanks, gyro, salads, Greek sweets. Carryout available. 618-277-0330.

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. Carryout available. No phone orders.

Taste of Columbia – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Historic Main Street, 121 W. Cedar St., Columbia. Sample the best food and drink Columbia has to offer. Sponsored by Historic Main Street Columbia Association. Presented by Main Street Abbey. 618-281-7144.

Edwardsville Masonic Lodge Breakfast – 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Edwardsville Masonic Lodge, 90 Kriege Farm Road, Glen Carbon. Pancakes and sausage with scrambled eggs. Eat in or carryout. 618-656-7137.

Carnival rides, food, parades and more will be available at the Mascoutah Homecoming und AugustFest Friday through Sunday at Schreve Park. Provided


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

Reservations required

Pedal for Autism — Aug. 18. Starts at Metro East Parks and Recreation District Building, 104 United Drive, Collinsville. 2, 9, 26, and 40 mile routes available. Register online at All proceeds from this event benefit Illinois Center for Autism.

Club News

Optimist Club of Belleville – Noon Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Guests always welcome. Speaker: Jim Miller, owner of “Collector’s Corner Shop-Treasures” on 125 E. Main St., Belleville.

Granite City Senior Social Club dance – 1 to 3 p.m. Monday. Granite City Township Hall, 2061 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Admission $5. Lunch available for $3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Belleville Unit of Church Women – 11:30 a.m. Friday. Olympika Restaurant, 127 North Belt East, Swansea. For reservations, 618-520-8112.

TOPS IL592 weight loss group – 7 p.m. Every Thursday. St. John UCC, Faith Hall Entrance, 307 West Clay, Collinsville. Weigh-in 6:30 p.m. 618-345-6218.

Polish American Ladies Society (PALS) – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Theme: Celebrating National Picnic Month. Officers will provide lunch. Food items, cash donations collected for food pantry. Special collection for an animal organization. New members welcome. 618-277-8950.

O’Fallon Garden Club – 6 p.m. Tuesday. Rock Springs Rotary Park, 1428 E. 3rd St., O’Fallon. Program: Aria Chevess, Herbs and Ways of Cooking Those Vegetables That Tend to Overflow Our Gardens. Free and open to the public. Information:

Memorial Auxiliary Book Bazaar Donations – 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Warehouse, behind Medical Office Center – Two, Belleville. Accepting books, DVDs, CDs, records, audio books, magazines, cookbooks, yearbooks, games and puzzles for the 2019 Book Bazaar. 618-257-5545.

St. Clair Country Genealogical Society – 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Robert McDonald presents Geneaology 101: Free and open to the public.

PFLAG Belleville – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B St., Belleville. Topic of discussion: Our Commitment to Unity and Inclusion. All are welcome. Information: 618-977-5078 or

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1019 – 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Golden Corral, 3360 Green Mount Crossing Road, Shiloh. Buffet at 11 a.m. Meeting at noon. Program: Estate Planning and Long Term Care, presented by Attorney Heidi Dodd. Information: 618-526-7932 or


Auditions for “Newsies” – 1 p.m. Saturday. Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Be prepared to sing 16 measures of an upbeat Broadway tune and learn/perform a dance combination. Information:

Concert in the Park at Bellevue Park – 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Bellevue Park, 401 Bellevue Park Drive, Belleville. Free concert. Music by “A Step Beyond.” Bring a lawn chair. 618-233-1416.

Eckert’s Summer Concert Series – 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Eckert’s Country Store, on Route 15, Belleville. Friday: The Boogiemen. Saturday: Kim Massie. Free concerts.

“Hunchback of Notre Dame” – 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday. Breese Northside Park, 1000 North Main St., Breese. Performed by Clinton County Showcase. Doors open 7:30 p.m. 618-526-2866.

“Godspell” the musical — 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Doors open 6:30 p.m. St. Clare Church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. Tickets $5. Free for children ages 5 and under. Musical will be performed by a community theater troupe from St. Clare Church. or 618-632-3562.

Linda Blumich cleans her buck goat at the 2017 Bond County Fair. Megan Braa

Worth the Drive

The Rising Stars Showcase – 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis. Join the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation for an afternoon of amazing talent from the finalists and nominees of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards. Free admission. Open to the public.

St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra – 8 p.m. Friday. Edgar M. Queeny Park, Greensfelder Recreation Complex, 550 Weidman Road, St. Louis. “FLIGHT: Let Your Imagination Soar” includes music from “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “Harry Potter,” “The Wizard of Oz” and many more. Tickets $15 for gallery, $30 for table seats. 314-421-3600 or

Eric Prewitt Band – 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Hwy 61 Roadhouse, 34 S. Old Orchard Ave., Webster Groves. Variety of acoustic rock/pop from the 1960s to current music with originals mixed in. No cover.

Blues at the Arch – 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Gateway Arch National Park, North Gateway by the Eads Bridge. Performances: 6 p.m. Little Dylan, 7:30 p.m. Zac Harmon. Free, open to the public. Information:

Movies in the Park – 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Edwardsville City Park Bandstand, Edwardsville. Free family movie, “Peter Rabbit,” will be shown. Event is sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville.

Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Corner of Landmarks Blvd. and Henry Street, Alton. Artist Demo: Origami with Taeko Wogi. or 618-463-1016.

Land of Goshen Community Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Madison County Courthouse, 155 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

Monroe County Farmers Market, Columbia — 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Schnucks parking lot at 100 Columbia Center, Columbia.

Monroe County Farmers Market, Waterloo — 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The Family Video parking lot, 100 Plaza Drive, Waterloo.

Nashville Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market — 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. In front of the Washington County Courthouse, 163 East St. Louis Street, Nashville.

Sparta Farmer’s Market — 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. Broadway and St. Louis Streets, Sparta. Visit the market’s Facebook page for updated information.

Music in the Park — 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Grove Memorial Park, intersection of Main and Market Streets, Grafton. Free community concert. Bring lawn chair or blanket. 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jersey Community High School Band.

Special Olympics Illinois 2018 Golf Regional – 8:45 a.m. Friday. Oak Brook Golf Course, 9157 Fruit Road, Edwardsville. Volunteers and fans invited to cheer on players as they compete to advance to the State Outdoor Sports Festival. 618-654-6680.

Market Days – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Veteran’s Park, 800 S. 27th St., Mt. Vernon. Back to School Bash includes free dental cleanings, affordable, fresh produce, 4-H barbecue, flea market, kids activities, vendor fair and more. Free admission. Information: 618-242-3151 or