Metro-East Living

9/11 memorial events and Homestead Harvest Days are on tap this week

The 7th Annual September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois 5K will take place Sunday at Hough Park in Belleville. A Moment of Remembrance Ceremony and dedication of Phase 3 construction will be held Tuesday. Phase 3 includes a bronze door plaque, Survivor Tree seedling, benches and more.
The 7th Annual September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois 5K will take place Sunday at Hough Park in Belleville. A Moment of Remembrance Ceremony and dedication of Phase 3 construction will be held Tuesday. Phase 3 includes a bronze door plaque, Survivor Tree seedling, benches and more.

Noon Thursday, Sept. 6, 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.


Homestead Harvest Days — 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Latzer Homestead, 1464 Old Trenton Road, Highland. Celebrate the history and recognize the significance of the farming community to America’s growth. Admission: $3 Friday, $5 Saturday and Sunday.

Popeye Picnic Celebrates Bicentennial — 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Chester. Visit for more information.

32nd Annual Biddleborn Schlachtfest/Wurstmarkt — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Trinity United Church of Christ, 5698 Biddleborn Road, Marissa. Food, entertainment, activities and more.

66th Shiloh Picnic — 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Shiloh Community Park, 1 Park Drive, Shiloh.

Music Festival — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford. Performers, some in period clothing, will play traditional music throughout the site.

12th Annual Grafton Art in the Park — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Grove Memorial Park, Market Street, Grafton. The event features live music, vendors, art activities, fine art, demonstrations and more.

St. Patrick Church-Ruma Bicentennial Celebration — 10 a.m. Sunday. St. Patrick Church, #1 Pioneer Lane, Ruma. Mass, parade, food and activities. Bring lawn chairs. For more information: 618-282-3176, Joan at 618-282-2233, or Ruth at 618-282-2703.

9/11 events

September 11 Memorial 5K — 9:11 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Hough Park, 417 N. Third St., Belleville. Visit for more information.

Moment of Remembrance Ceremony — 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois, 1125 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Includes dedication of phase three construction of the memorial. 618-233-6518, ext. 1245 or


Book Sale — 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Tri Township Library, 209 South Main, Troy. Books, magazines, puzzles, games, DVDs and CDs available.

John Curry Ministries: Kingdom Black Business Conference 2018 — 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Fort, Conqueror’s Christian Center, 200 E. Washington, Belleville. Learn about intellectual property from Samuel Digeronolamo, senior counsel of HuschBlackwell LLP of St. Louis. A presentation about business including start up’s, business plans, marketing and customer service tips will take place at 5 p.m., Sept. 15, at the Fort. Information:

Mixed and Matched Gospel Group — 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Calvary Lutheran Church, 6606 West Main St., Belleville. Free of charge and open to the public. Ice cream cones will be provided. Climb aboard a fire truck and talk to local firemen.

Kids Resale — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. St. Henry Church, 5303 W. Main St., Belleville. Clothing, toys and equipment. Sponsored by Metro East Mothers of Multiples.

Square and Round Dance — 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Wayne Primeau calling Squares; Jacqui Landau cueing Rounds.

Family Health and Safety Fair — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Memorial Medical Office Center, 4600 Memorial Drive, Belleville. Information, interactive games and activities at this free event. 618-257-5649 or

Nanna’s Kids Closet free coat giveaway — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Power of Change Family Multiplex, 1825 Jerome Lane, Cahokia. Nanna’s Kids Closet to give away 300 free coats for preschool to high school-aged children. All children must be accompanied by a parent. One coat per child.

Fifth Annual Get Out! Paint Out! — 8 a.m. start Friday through Sunday. McKendree University Gallery of Art, 701 College Road, Lebanon. Artwork created this weekend will be displayed in an exhibition Sept. 13-29. Call 618-537-6986 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, Sept. 6. 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, Sept. 6. 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, Sept. 6. 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 Latzer Homestead in Highland is a turn-of-the-century home built by Louis Latzer, the founder of PET Milk. The home is now owned by the Highland Historical Society. The grounds play host to a festival every September, Homestead Harvest Days, where antique farm machinery and old-school techniques, such as plowing with mules, are put on live display. Curt Libbra


Friends+Wine+Food=Fun at Poppy’s — 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Poppy’s Inc. dba Widmer Floral & Greenhouse, 1619 Papin St., Highland. Wine tasting and appetizers. No reservations needed. Cost: $10.

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.

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. Everyone welcome. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main, Smithton. Partner Night. 618-233-3370.

Celebrate the history and recognize the significance of the farming community to America’s growth this weekend at Highland’s Homestead Harvest Days event. Megan Braa

Reservations Required

‘Miracles & Milestones’ benefit auction — 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. 612 North Event Space, 612 N. 2nd St., Laclede’s Landing, St. Louis. Auction to benefit Karla Smith Behavioral Health. RSVP by Sept. 15. Visit for more information.

Fall Fashion Forecast Luncheon — 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 12. Bellecourt Place, 120 North Jackson, Belleville. Speaker: Kay Gulley, “Turning Raindrops into Rainbows.” Program includes a fashion show. Reservations by Sept. 10. 618-567-3959.

Color of Autumn Workshop — 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15. Monroe County Annex Building, 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo. Program includes presentation on Pollinator Pocket Gardens and Fall Lawn and Landscape Tasks. Space is limited for some sessions. Pre-registration required by Sept. 7 online at or call 618-939-3434.

‘We Will Remember You’ Candlelight Vigil — 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Lourdes Grotto, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville. Registration required; space is limited. 618-394-6270 or

Bible Study: ‘The Book of Exodus’ — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, 22 & 19. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Guild Center, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville. $10 per session or $30 for the series. 618-394-6270 or

18th Annual Polish Heritage Open Golf Tournament — 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The falls Golf Course, 1170 Turtle Creek Drive, O’Fallon, Mo. Golf, drinks, dinner included with $100 fee. For registration information, call 314-922-7657 or 314-644-2861.

GriefShare Seminar and Support Group — 6 to 7:30 Tuesday. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Conference Room lower level, 1300 Beltline Road, Collinsville. Seminar for people grieving the death of a loved one. Call 618-344-5131 for information or registration.

Club News

St. Clair County Genealogical Society meeting — 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Guest Speaker: Diane Renner Walsh. Topic: Genealogy 101: Illinois Regional Archives Depository and Illinois State Archives with emphasis on land and probate records. Free and open to the public.

St. Clair Women’s Summer Club Luncheon — 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Tim and Joe’s, 6600 West Main St,. Belleville.

PFLAG Belleville Chapter meeting — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B St., Belleville. Viewing of webinar, “So Yo Think You Can Ally.” All are welcome. 618-977-5078 or

Bible Study — 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Through April. First Baptist Church,1111 E US Highway 50, O’Fallon. Free Bible study: “People of the Promised Land, Part 1.” Visit or call 808-489-3571 for more information.

Senior Swing Timers Star Spangled Banner Dance — 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. American Legion Post 137, 109 N. Penn St., O’Fallon. Featuring DJ Dr. Dee. $10 for members/$12 for non-members. Open to the public. 618-277-4540.

Collinsville High School Class of 1958 Reunion — 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Doubletree Inn, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville. Cost: $45 per person. Cocktail hour 3 p.m.; dinner 4 p.m. Mixer 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Collinsville Rec Club. Contact Sandy Bloomquist Werkmeister at 618-235-3271.

M.U.S.I.C. Swing Dance Club — 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. VFW Hall, 1234 Vandalia St., Collinsville. One hour free lesson with paid admission. First-time guests get in free. Doors open 5 p.m. Lessons start 5:30 p.m. dance 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Free Fall Classic Series ‘Dirty Dancing’ — 7 p.m. Friday. The Lory Theater, 810 Main St., Highland. Visit for a list of the entire series.

Elsie Parker and The Poor People of Paris — 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Tickets: $12 in advance or at the door. 618-462-5222 or

Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis with conductor Andrew Peters — 7 p.m. Sunday. First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 E. Adams Ave., Kirkwood, Mo. Program includes Arvo Part’s Fratres, Johannes Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. 314-349-4497 or

Worth the Drive

Litchfield Picker’s Market – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 400 N. State St., Litchfield. Live music and vendors.

Free Blood Pressure Checks — 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 6. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. No registration required. No age requirement. Walk-in only.

International Literacy Day Book Fair & Festival — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Novel Idea Bookstore, 1400 Niedringhaus, Granite City. Contests, activities, prizes, music, fun and more. 618-709-7779.

$2 Movies at the WIldey: ‘Citizen Kane’ — 7 p.m. Tuesday. Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets only available the day of the show one hour before showtime.

Roscoe Misselhorn Expo ‘18 — 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Misselhorn Art Museum, 611 West Second St., Sparta. Fall exhibition: ‘New Acquisitions.’ Free and open to the public.

USS LST 325 Ship Memorial tours — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Chester Riverfront, Chester. Tickets available at Chester City Hall, 1330 Swanwick St., Chester.

MS River Valley - Friends of NRA fundraising banquet — 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. The falls Reception & Conference Center, 300 Admiral Weinel Blvd., Columbia. Auction and raffle to raise money for the National Rifle Association. 314-339-6099.

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, Sept. 6. 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, Sept. 6. 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.