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After the Labor Day parade in Belleville, there will be a picnic at Hough Park

The Belleville Labor Day parade starts 10 a.m. Monday on 1st Street and will end at Hough Park for other festivities throughout the day.
The Belleville Labor Day parade starts 10 a.m. Monday on 1st Street and will end at Hough Park for other festivities throughout the day.

Noon Thursday, Aug. 30, 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.


Belleville Labor Day Parade and Picnic — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Hough Park, 417 N. Third St., Belleville. Parade from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Route: 1st St. from Washington south to Monroe, Lincoln-Harrison-Garfield from South Illinois west two blocks to 2nd St., S. Illinois from Monroe, north to “C” St., west to 3rd St. to Hough Park.

Japanese Festival — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis. Celebrate the culture and traditions of Japan at this annual event. Visit or call 800-642-8842 for more information.

Millstadt Homecoming — 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Liederkranz Park, 301 N. Jefferson, Millstadt. Parades both days at 5 p.m. Food and game stands, carnival rides, live music and more.


Apple Fest — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Eckert’s Farms, on Route 15, Belleville. Wagon rides, live entertainment, festival foods, children’s activities and more.

Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial Hospital auditorium, 4500 Memorial Drive, Belleville. Appointments recommended but not required. 800-733-2767 or and enter code MemorialBelleville.

Immaculate Conception Parish Picnic — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. 117 East Madison St., Columbia. Fried chicken dinner with homemade pie, bingo, rock wall, music, games and more.

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. 30. 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. 30. 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. 30. 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.

The Labor Day Parade and Picnic will be held Monday in Belleville. The parade will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will end at Hough Park. The celebration at the park will include food, beverages and more. Zia Nizami


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

Edwardsville Masonic Lodge Breakfast — 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Edwardsville Masonic Lodge, 90 Kriege Farm Road, Glen Carbon. Biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs. Eat in or carry out. Adults $7, children ages four to 10 $3, Three and under are free. 618-656-7137.

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.

Reservations Required

For Kids’ Sake 8th Annual Superhero 5K — 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Turley Park, 109 N. Glenview Drive, Carbondale.

Home Alone Class — 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Memorial Hospital Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center, Community Conference Room, 4700 Memorial Drive, Belleville. Class to help parents and children determine a child’s readiness to stay home alone and to prepare for the experience. Registration is required. 800-678-5437, press three.

Blood Drive — 3:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Millstadt Consolidated School, 211 West Mill St., Millstadt. To schedule an appointment, 800-733-2767 or and enter MillstadtCS.

Glo Bingo — 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Scottish Rite, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Bingo starts 7 p.m. Tickets available by the table of eight. Table: $160. Per person: $20 by Sept. 4. At the door: $25 per person. Must be 18 and older. Tickets include bingo cards, glow dabbers and glow hats. Bring your own snacks. Cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 drawing and more. 618-670-9725.

‘The Second City’ — 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Visit for tickets and information.

9th Annual Feed the Need Concert, featuring Alison Krauss and the Harmans — 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton. Tickets available at Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, Metrotix and Senior Services Plus. 618-465-3298.

Kiwanis Blood Drive — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Public Safety Building, 285 N. 7 Hills Road, O’Fallon. To schedule an appointment, 800-733-2767 or and enter KiwanisOfallon.

2nd Annual Tour DeFlames Bike Fun Ride — 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Schoendienst Park, Park Road, Germantown. Hosted by the Germantown Fire Department Auxiliary. Proceeds to benefit the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department. Visit for information or to register.

Early Pregnancy class — 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. Cost: $5, includes Understanding Pregnancy booklet. 618-234-2120, ext. 31260.

Club News

O’Fallon Garden Club meeting — 6 p.m. Tuesday. Rock Springs Park, 1428 E. 3rd St., O’Fallon. Program: Kyle Cheeseborough - Moonlit Gardens, Bellefontaine Cemetery. Interesting features to make gardens appealing at night. Work days 8 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, weather permitting. Free and open to the public.

Polish American Ladies Society — 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Theme: PALS is golden. Lunch is brown bag with dessert and beverage. Bring items or monetary donation for food pantry. Special collection for USO of Missouri. New members welcome. 618-277-8950.

Belleville Township High School West Class of 1973 Reunion — 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Tavern on Main, 301 East Main St., Belleville. Cost: $15 per person. Appetizers provided, cash bar. 618-977-2705.

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.

The works of realist painter Martha Iler, pictured with her piece “Invitation,” can be seen on display at Kaskaskia College Dr. Dee and Sue Boswell Art Gallery through Dec. 4. Provided


Free Fall Classic Series: ‘Ferris Bueller’s day Off’ – 7 p.m. Friday. The Lory Theater, 810 Main St., Highland. Visit for a list of the entire series.

Worth the Drive

‘Martha Iler: Collected Works’ — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Dec. 4. Kaskaskia College Dr. Dee and Sue Boswell Art Gallery, 27210 College Road, Centralia. Series of paintings and work from the past 10 years of Iler’s life. For an appointment or more information, 618-545-3025.

Movies in the Park Series: ‘Moana’ — 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Edwardsville City Park Bandstand, Edwardsville. Free and open to the public.

Art exhibit: ‘Artful Messages’ — Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Oct. 28. Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves, Mo. Featuring calendar drawings by Mary Engelbreit, photo realism paintings of Alex Johnmeyer, manipulated photography by Jerry Schmutz, transparent watercolors by Gary Beazley, and works by 30 other artists. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Visit for gallery hours.

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. 30. 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. 30. 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.