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Midwest Salute to the Arts is this weekend in Fairview Heights, plus more things to do

Midwest Salute to the Arts celebrates its 30th year this weekend at Moody Park. Festivities will start 6 p.m. Friday evening. Visit for the full schedule.
Midwest Salute to the Arts celebrates its 30th year this weekend at Moody Park. Festivities will start 6 p.m. Friday evening. Visit for the full schedule.

Noon Thursday, Aug. 23, 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.


Midwest Salute to the Arts — 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Everett Moody Park, 525 S. Ruby Lane, Fairview Heights. Featuring 100 award-winning artists and 11 mediums.

Fair St. Clair 200 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. O’Fallon Community Park, 401 E. 5th St., O’Fallon. Special exhibits, demonstrations, vintage baseball game, living history, hands-on activities, live music and more. Free and open to the public.

East St. Louis Heritage Festival — 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, 101 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Circle, East St. Louis. Exhibits, live entertainment with a tribute to Miles Davis by the Bosman Twins; demonstrations, photo booth, marketplace vendors and more. Admission: Free.

Kirchenfest — 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. St. Paul Catholic Church, 1412 9th St., Highland. Food, live music, games, entertainment and more.

3rd Annual Back to School Parade Festival/International Football Classic — 11 a.m. Saturday. Parade starts at 12th St. Baseball Diamonds, ends at Madison CUSD 12, 602 Farrish St., Madison. Food, music, games, activities. Football game starts 2 p.m. 618-877-1712, ext. 6265.

Family Freedom Festival — 11 a.m. Saturday. VFW Post 1300, 3401 Century Drive, Granite City. Support local veterans with food, drinks, live music, games, door prizes, silent auction, television raffle and more.

Waterloo Homecoming — 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Downtown Waterloo. Live music, carnival rides, games, and plenty of food and drink offered by local organizations. Parade 5 p.m. Saturday.

Children’s entertainment at this year’s Midwest Salute to the Arts will include the Bubble Bus, Taleypo the Storyteller and the Children’s Creation Station. The Midwest Salute to the Arts event will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tim Vizer


Book signing: Doug Feldmann — 10 a.m. Saturday. Breese Public Library, 530 N. 3rd St., Breese. Former baseball scout and published author Doug Feldmann will give a presentation and sign books. Free and open to the public. For information, 618-526-7361.

Mid-Illinois Iris Society Iris Sale — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.Caseyville Township Senior Center, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Sale features iris plants that do well in this area. 618-822-6584.

Polka Dance — 2:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Polish Hall, 826 Greenwood St., Madison. Music by Mike Wisnewski (The Polka Connection). Cost: $7. Sandwiches for purchase. 314-867-7897 or

Rummage Sale — 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. St. Henry Creative Learning Center, 5303 West Main St., Belleville. Friday: $5 admission. Saturday: $5 a bag sale at noon.

CDBG Operations Corporation Housing Expo ‘18 — 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Main Street 4204, 6435 West Main St., Belleville. Free workshops and door prizes, snacks and refreshments. 618-274-7832, ext. 231 or ext. 229.

O’Fallon Township High School Band Boosters Yard Sale — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. OTHS High School South Gym, 600 S. Smiley, O’Fallon. Admission is free. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the school 4 to 8 p.m. Friday – no electronics.

‘A Night Out with Luke Naliborski’ — 7 p.m. Saturday. Leu Civic Center, 213 N. Market St., Mascoutah. See Luke Naliborski, author of “Ghosts Never Say Boo” and “Creepy With a Chance of Ghosts,” and Len Adams, author of “Phantoms in the Looking Glass.” Tickets available at Leu Civic Center; I Had That, 125 E. Main St., Belleville; and Mascoutah Public Library, 3 W. Church St., Mascoutah.

Parkview Church Flea Market — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parkview Church, 50 Longacre Drive, Fairview Heights.

Troy Family Summer of Fun Movie Night: ‘Jumanji’ – 8:15 p.m. Friday. Troy Tri-Township Park, 410 Wickliffe St., Troy. Entertainment start 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs. 618-667-8769 or

‘When Mental Health Hits Home’ Conference — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Shrine Visitors Center, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville. Conference will focus on the topic of “Managing Mental Health Transitions.” Cost: $40, includes lunch. To register or for information, visit

Art Exhibition Opening Reception — 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. The Schmidt Art Center, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Featuring works of Kimber Mallett, Melody Evans and Don Bevirt. 618-222-5278 or

Recycling Event — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Emeth Lodge #1030, 815 Water St., Cahokia. Recycle unwanted electronic and metal items. Items include: appliances, batteries, bicycles, cameras, computers, lawn equipment, microwaves, phones, pots and pans, power tools and more. Not accepted: cardboard, glass, paper, plastic or tires. 618-344-7232.

Buck-A-Bag Sale — 9 to 11 a.m. Friday. 1050 N. State, Freeburg. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing $1 per bag. Toys, shoes, and miscellaneous also $1 per bag. Books are free. Sponsored by Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank. 618-539-5070.

Sunday Funday — 11 a.m. Sunday. Christ Church Scott Campus, 4051 IL-161, Belleville. Worship 10 a.m. Food trucks, live music, bounce houses.

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

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

Maryville Farmer’s Market — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. 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 Farmer’s Market — 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. Veterans of Foreign Wars parking lot, W. Washington St., Millstadt.

Carlyle Courthouse Square Farmers’ Market — 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. 8th Street between Franklin and Fairfax streets, east side of Courthouse Square, Carlyle. Includes homemade soap and wine, baked goods, eggs.

‘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.

Patrons of the Salute to the Arts in 2016 are seen through a copper and stainless steel sculpture by local metal artist Kevin Trobaugh. Trobaugh is one of the many artists who will be returning to this year’s event. Tim Vizer


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.


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. Millstadt Senior Center, 102 S. Jefferson, Millstadt. 618-476-3731.

Reservations Required

Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra auditions — Wednesday, Aug. 29. Lindenwood University, Scheidegger Center, 2300 W. Clay St., St. Charles, Mo. Auditions for all orchestral sections, including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Special interest in flute and clarinet. To set up an audition time: 314-727-4374.

Blue Jeans Bash & Legacy Awards — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Randy’s Rescue Ranch, 1400 East Highway 50, O’Fallon. 618-222-2561 or

31st Harry A. Penelton Golf Scramble — 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Oak Brook Golf Course, 9157 Fruit Road, Edwardsville. Participation is first come, first serve. Registration: $100 per person, includes green fees, cart, breakfast, lunch, light beverages. Day includes live and silent auctions, raffle, attendance prices and more. Entry deadline: Saturday, Sept. 1. For information, 618-659-0969, 618-960-4226 or 618-656-5925.

Encore Entrepreneur Roundtable — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Fairview Heights Municipal Building Recreation Room, 10025 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Resources to support the curious entrepreneur or business owner age 50 and older. Event is free. For details or to register, 314-856-5747 or

Club News

Granite City Senior Social Club — 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.

Optimist Club of Belleville — Noon Tuesday. Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Guests and new members always welcome. Speaker: Pam Leonard. Program: “See the Magic.”

Metro East Pachyderm Club meeting — 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. AFP O’Fallon Field Office, 6 Eagle Center, O’Fallon. Speaker: Bob Stevens, Abraham Lincoln historian. Arrive at 5:30 to socialize and have dinner. Non-members are welcome.

Fairview Heights Women’s Club — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Executive board will hostess the salad supper at 6:30 p.m. Each member to bring a dish.

O’Fallon Women Empowering Women meeting — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Bella Milano, 455 Regency Park, O’Fallon.

Metro East Social Single ‘Luau Dance’ — 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Disc jockey: Dr. Dee. Members $7, non-members $9. Open to singles or couples (most attendees over 50 years old). Cash bar, drawing and attendance prizes.

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.


Free Fall Classic Series “A League of Their Own’ — 7 p.m. Friday. The Lory Theater, 810 Main St., Highland. Free and open to the public. Visit for a list of the full series.

Eckert’s Summer Concert Series — 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Eckert’s Country Store, on Route 15, Belleville. Friday: The Dusty Brothers. Saturday: Harper and Midwest Kind. Free concerts.

Troy Community Band – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The Wiesemeyer Center, 410 Wickliffe St.,Troy. Free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs.

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

Worth the Drive

St. Louis Dystonia Zoo Walk — 8 a.m. Sunday. St. Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis. Walk to raise awareness about dystonia. There will be games, face painting, refreshments, lots of door prizes, and some special guests.

Free Blood Pressure Checks — 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Free screenings. No registration required. No age requirement. Walk-in only.

Annual GRMC Auxiliary Shoe Roads Productions Sale — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Gateway Regional Medical Center lobby, 2100 Madison Ave., Granite City. Klogs, Dansko, Alegria, Vera Bradley and more.

Law Library Open House and Ribbon Cutting — 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Madison County Courthouse, 155 North Main St., Edwardsville. Join Third Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla and the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and visit the remodeled Law Library.

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. Jeremiah Johnson, 7:30 p.m. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Free, open to the public. Information:

Annual LPHA All-American Picnic Potluck — 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhaus, Granite City. Fun potluck picnic to socialize and reminisce about Lincoln Place with friends and family.

Movies at Metter Park ‘Beauty and the Beast Sing Along!’ — Dusk, Friday. Metter Park, 124 S. Metter Ave., Columbia. Concessions available. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 618-281-7144 or

Christian Family Day — 11 a.m. Saturday. 200 block of 9th St., Mt. Vernon. Concessions, live music, crafts, games, giveaways and more. 618-242-3151.

SIPA ‘Bless Your Ride’ event — Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Giant City State Park, Shelter 3, 235 Giant City Road, Makanda. Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance will bless your favorite means of transportation. The event is free. Donations accepted. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. 618-924-0263.

‘A Pair of Great-Horned Owls Become Parents’ by Paul Feldker — 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. Free program.

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. 23. 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. 23. 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.