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Freeburg Homecoming, Columbia Days Summer Festival, Germantown Bier Fest are this week

The Freeburg Homecoming will be held Friday and Saturday at Freeburg Recreation Park. The free event will include food, rides, entertainment and more.
The Freeburg Homecoming will be held Friday and Saturday at Freeburg Recreation Park. The free event will include food, rides, entertainment and more.

What’s Happening for Aug. 16, 2018

Noon Thursday, Aug. 16, 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.


Germantown ‘Bier Fest’ — 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Schoendienst Park, Park Road, Germantown. Food, rides, live music, games and more.

Food Truck Festival — 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Scottish Rite, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville. Live band, open house. Public welcome.

Columbia Days Summer Festival — 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Turner Hall and Metter Park, 206 E. Legion, Columbia. Amusement rides, games, food, music and more.

Freeburg Homecoming — 4 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Freeburg Recreation Park, 300 East Hill St., Freeburg. Great food, drink, tractor/truck pulls, carnival rides and entertainment. Free admission.

Centralia Balloon Fest — 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Centralia Foundation Park, 600 N. Pleasant Ave., Centralia. Opening ceremony 3 p.m. Friday. Admission: $3 per day. Kids age 6 and under: Free.

O’Fallon City Fest — Friday and Saturday. O’Fallon Community Park, 308 E. 5th St., O’Fallon. The ‘City Fest’ features food, rides, games and live music from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and beginning at noon on Saturday. There will be a car show, bike ride and fun run at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday with the parade route going down Lincoln Street.

Annual Kirchenfest — 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Hecker Community Center building and grounds, Hecker. Event features old fashioned fried chicken and pork sausage dinners, mass at 4 p.m., quilt bingo at 6:30 p.m., live music, half mile fun walk and run at 7:15 p.m. and the 12th Annual Tiki Trot at 8 p.m. Also features picnic attractions and stands.

Maeystown fire department barbecue and car show — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Maeystown. BBQ and “show us your ride” cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.


Trinity U.C.C. Book Sale — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Trinity U.C.C., 47 N. Douglas, Belleville.

Cactus Moon Band — 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. 216 Service St., Swansea. Country music dance with free admission.

Diva’s Night Out — 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Registration: 5 to 7 p.m. at Ambassador Travel, 312 East Main St., Belleville. Ends at Gaslight Square, 227 East Main St., 8 p.m. for prize drawings and live music. Fee: $5.

Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club Traditional Walk — 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Randolph County YMCA, 130 S. Oak St., Red Bud. Walk includes 5k, 10k, 15k and 20k distances. Registration from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Participation fee: $3.

Back-to-School Event — 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Quad City Community Development Center, 1634 7th St., Madison. Event sponsored for the first 200 students in attendance. Health services, food, music and fun activities. Information: 618-741-8422 or 618-846-4043.

Square and Round Dance — 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Kevin Bersing calling Squares; The Tevlins calling Rounds. Theme: Hawaiian Night.

Free job counseling — Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Belleville Main Library, S. Jackson and E. Washington streets, Belleville. Professional job counselors available for those who don’t have a job or those who want a better job. Free meal included. All are welcome.

People of Possibilities class — 4:15 to 5 p.m. Monday. Memorial’s Belleville Health and Sports Center, 1001 S. 74th St., Belleville. Fitness class for people 12 to 35 years of age, with physical and mental disabilities. Class fee: $20 per month. Registration required: 618-398-2778.

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. 16. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea.

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

Maryville Farmers Market — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Drost Park, 8 Schiber Court, Maryville.

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

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

‘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.

The Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club will hold a traditional walk Saturday in Red Bud. Visit for more information. Derik Holtmann


St. John UCC Spaghetti Dinner — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. St. John UCC, 21 N. Walnut St., Trenton. All-you-can-eat spaghetti (meat or meatless sauce), salad, bread, dessert. Dine-in and carryout available. Pre-order for drive-thru available by calling 618-224-9828 after 4 p.m.

Fish Fry — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Scottish Rite, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville. Public welcome.

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.

All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken – 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 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, catfish, 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 September. 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.

Eckert’s in Belleville offers pick-your-own apples. Steve Nagy


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. Partner Night. 618-233-3370.

Reservations Required

Health screening — 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Free health screenings for seniors ages 60+. Limited appointments; registration required. 618-656-0300.

9th Annual Bradley R. Smith Memorial 5k Run/Walk — 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Troy Tri-Township Park, 409 Collinsville Road, Troy. For information or to register or volunteer,

Karaoke Contest and Music in the Park — 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Schranz Memorial Park, 360 Honeysuckle Lane, Swansea. For information:

Gateway to the Stars: Kids Explorer Night — 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Education Classroom at Gateway Arch Visitor Center, St. Louis. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. For reservations, call 314-655-1708.

Registration is open for the 9th Annual Bradley R. Smith Memorial 5k Run/Walk. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at troy Tri-Township Park. Visit for more information or to register or volunteer. Derik Holtmann

Club News

Parents Without Partners — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Olympika Restaurant, 127 North Belt East, Swansea. Orientation at 6:30 p.m. For more information, 618-234-5937.

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.

Dupo Classmates and Friends — 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Roundtable Restaurant, 6400 West Main St., Belleville.

▪ ‘Son’s O’ Bucks’ Banquet — 7 p.m. Saturday. Karban’s Knotty Pines, 4569 Buss Branch Road, Waterloo. Doors open 5:30 p.m.


Gesher Music Festival — Through Aug. 19. Performance times and locations vary. See schedule at

Odds Lane — 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Hwy 61 Roadhouse, 34 S. Old Orchard Ave., Webster Groves. No cover.

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival: “An Act of Defiance” — 4 pm. Sunday. Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema, 1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard # 210 Plaza, Frontenac, St. Louis. Tickets $13; $8 for students.

Eckert’s Summer Concert Series — 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Eckert’s Country Store, on Route 15, Belleville. Friday:The Wooks. Saturday: The Baker Family. Free concerts.

Homecoming Gospel Choir — 6 p.m. Sunday. St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. 618-397-5994 or 618-245-9133.

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. Skeet Rodgers, 7:30 p.m. Inner City Blue Band, Dexter Allen. Free, open to the public. Information:

Worth the Drive

Cool off with a Good Book — 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Six Mile Regional Library, 2001 Delmar Avenue, Granite City. Enjoy an afternoon of cool reads and cool snacks. To register: 618-542-6238, ext. 785.

Carlyle Courthouse Square Farmers’ Market – 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. 8th Street between Franklin and Fairfax streets, east side of Courthouse Square, Carlyle. Includes homemade soap and wine, baked goods, eggs.

Late Summer Movie Night — 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville. Movie: “A Dog’s Purpose.” Free and open to the public.

▪ ‘Jammin’ at the Zoo’ presented by Macy’s — 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. St. Louis Zoo, Government Drive, St. Louis. Live music, wine and beer tastings. Proceeds to benefit the Zoo and its efforts to save endangered species.

Inaugural Jefferson County ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive — Noon to 7 p.m. Monday. Elks Lodge 1721, 4 Elks Club, Festus. Twelve first responder districts will participate. Donors’ blood donations decide who wins bragging rights and a plaque. To donate: 800-733-2767 or

Farmers and Artisans Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Corner of Landmarks Blvd. and Henry Street, Alton. or 618-463-1016.

Monroe County Farmers Market, Columbia — 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Schnucks parking lot at 100 Columbia Center, Columbia.

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

Nashville Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market — 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. 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.

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