Metro-East Living

Outdoor art events are coming to Highland and Belleville on Saturday

Deslarue Clark adds to her chalk drawing of a St. Louis, Chicago skyline combo during the Highland Street Art Festival in 2017. The 2018 Street Art Festival will be held Saturday at Highland’s downtown square. The event will include activities, food, games and more.
Deslarue Clark adds to her chalk drawing of a St. Louis, Chicago skyline combo during the Highland Street Art Festival in 2017. The 2018 Street Art Festival will be held Saturday at Highland’s downtown square. The event will include activities, food, games and more.

Noon Thursday, Sept. 13, 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.


Okawville Fair & Wheat Festival — 5 p.m. Friday through 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Community Park, Okawville. Food, games, live music, rides and more. Free admission and free parking. 618-234-5694.

Street Art Festival — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Square, 948 Main St., Highland. Art, activities, food, games and more.

12th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival — 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Alton. A day of live music, food and beverage vendors, earth-friendly products, activities and much more.


The Kitten Lady: ‘Tiny, but Mighty’ — 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis. Hannah Shaw, aka The Kitten Lady, brings an evening of lighthearted but inspiring tales of animal rescue adventures. Proceeds will benefit the Petfinder Foundation.

St. Vincent de Paul ‘Friends of the Poor’ Walk — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. Demazenod Drive, Belleville. Registration begins 8 a.m. Advance registration not required. Forms available online at or call 618-394-0126 for more information.

Wine & Jazz Under the Stars — 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The Butterfly House, Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, Mo. Live music with Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Visit for more information.

‘Love a Little Louder’ Musical Mental Health Awareness Rally — 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis. Free admission; donations welcome. Doors open 7 p.m.

Arts & Artisans on Main — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 121 West Cedar St., Columbia. View and purchase local hand crafted items. Live music.

SWIC Guest Lecture and Faculty Recital — 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Schmidt Art Center, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Guest Lecture: SWIC Clarinet Instructor Meghan Yankowskas, 2 p.m. Music Faculty Recital: Meghan Yankowskas, Electric Clarinet, 3 p.m.

SWIC Speaker Series — 3 p.m. Wednesday. Schmidt Art Center, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Guest Lecture: Humans of STL Creator Lindy Drew. Drew shares first-person stories and photographic portraits, featuring people and places throughout St. Louis.

PSOP Travelogue Program — 1:30 p.m. Monday. Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Meeting to highlight two excursions taking place in 2019: Spectacular Yellowstone in Winter and Scotland & Northern Ireland. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7020.

Children’s Gently Used Clothing Sale — Noon to 6 p.m. Friday. CrossView Church, 915 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. 618-624-6114.

Craft/Vendor Event — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. CrossView Church, 915 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. Call 618-624-6114 for more information.

Rummage Sale — 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Parish Center, 205 Rasp St., Shiloh. Pre-sale Friday with $3 admission; general public Saturday. Sponsored by Corpus Christi Catholic Church Ladies Club. 618-632-7614.

Bundles for Babies community baby shower — 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, main lobby, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. Open to new moms, moms-to-be and families. For more information, 618-234-2120, ext. 31260.

Nursing Career Fair — 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, first-floor board room, 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon. For area registered nurses and certified nurse assistants interested in joining the clinical team. Offering up to $15,000 sign-on bonus for qualified professionals. 618-526-5783 or

Cow Pie Bingo — 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Highland Square, 1115 Broadway, Highland. Fundraiser to support Highland School Band programs. Barbecue, music and more. For tickets: or 618-660-6661.

‘Election Day 1818’ Illinois Bicentennial Celebration — 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial, 3012 1st St., Kaskaskia. Celebrate the first state election. Visit for more information.

Belleville Helping Belleville — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Belleville. Serve your hometown in just one day. Includes food drive to benefit Community Interfaith Food Pantry at the BASIC Initiative’s office, 227 East Main St., Belleville, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers for this year’s projects can sign up online at or call 618-233-5877 for more information.

Annual St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish Picnic — 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 1910 West Belle St., Belleville. Mass at 4 p.m. All-you-can-eat chicken dinner (dine-in or carryout) 3 to 6:30 p.m. Live music, quilt bingo, games and rides for kids, food and beverages and much more.

Concord Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale — 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Concord Church, 338 Covington Drive, Waterloo. Items not priced. Visitors invited to make donations to benefit an orphanage in India.

Gateway West Gesneriad Society Annual Show & Sale — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room. 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis. Included with garden admission. African violets, episcia, petrocosmea, kohleria, sinningia, columnea, nematanthus, primulina and more. 314-406-4628 or

Belleville Historical Society Tag Sale — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 633 East Garfield St., Belleville. Find bargains on vintage and retro items. Hourly door prizes. Free popcorn and drink. Hot dogs and brats, sauerkraut available for purchase.

‘Paint Historic Belleville’ Plein Air Paint-out and Auction — 8 a.m. Saturday. Garfield Street Historic Saloon, 633 East Garfield St., Belleville. 8 a.m. to noon: Artists paint at various historical sites in Belleville. 1 p.m.: Paintings for sale by auction.

Weihl-Hawkins Rifle & Pistol Club Open House — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. North County Road, Mascoutah. Accepting applications for new members. See the 200-yard rifle range.

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. 13. 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. 13. 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. 13. 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 annual “Paint Historic Belleville” plein air paint-out event will take place Saturday. Artists paint at various historical sites in Belleville and their paintings will be auctioned later in the day. For more information about this event, visit Steve Nagy


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.


Glo Bingo — 7 p.m. Saturday. 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 in advance; $25 at the door. 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, cash prizes and more. 618-670-9725.

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. 618-233-3370.

Reservations Required

National Geographic Live: “On the Trail of Big Cats” – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Visit the wild side of the world with photographer Steve Winter. Information 618-537-6097 or

John Wilt Foundation 5K Honor Run/Walk — 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument, 737 East Wesley Drive, O’Fallon. Proceeds will support the military through the USO and Fisher House at Jefferson Barracks. Visit or more information or to register.

Belleville West End Ogre & Princess 5K — 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. St. Matthew UMC, 1200 Moreland, Belleville. Visit for registration and other information.

‘Making a Scene: A. St. Louis Theatre Expo’ — 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts (on the Webster University campus), 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, Mo. Talks, demonstrations, pop-up performances, backstage tours and more.

United 4 Children Family Fun Night Open House — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. 1310 Papin St., St. Louis. Free evening of socializing, fun activities, and learning more about United 4 Children. STEAM activities, raffle station, food, and more. RSVP by Sept. 24 at

Ticket Sale: Polar Express Train Ride — Online now at Purchase tickets for the Polar Express Train Rides starting Nov. 16 and continue running on selected dates through Dec. 30. Funds and awareness to benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

AARP Driver Safety Course — 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27. Trenton Education Center, 520 E. Broadway, Trenton. Cost: $15. Pre-registration required. Registration code: LLI 7608 TR01D. To register: 618-545-3475 or 618-545-3255.

Women, Wellness & Wine event — 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Copper Dock Winery, 498 White Oak Lane, Pocahontas. Social hour 5 to 7 p.m. Comedian Jeremy Nunes 7 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Must be 21 and older. Visit for information or to register.

5th Annual Rides for Wishes — Noon Saturday, Sept. 22. Ted’s Motorcycle World, 4103 Humbert Road, Alton. Ride ends at VFW Post 1308, 4445 N. Alby St., Alton. Cost: $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. First 100 online registrants will be eligible for a $100 cash prize drawing after the run. Visit to register or for more information.

Club News

Collinsville Class of 1955 Reunion — 5:30 p.m. Friday. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville.

PSOP Book Club — 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. PSOP Building Room 204, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Book: “Burden of Proof” by Scott Turow. Discussion Leader: Bonnie Gundlach.

O’Fallon Historical Society meeting — 7 p.m. Tuesday. Organist Jack Moelmann’s home, 1015 Matthew Drive, O’Fallon.

Metro East Pachyderm Club meeting — Noon Friday. Dewey’s Pizza, 425 Regency Park, O’Fallon. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Contact John Rosenbaum at if you plan to attend. Various pizzas, salad, soft drinks and coffee will be available for a cost. All are welcome.

Madison County Genealogical Society meeting — 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Edwardsville Public Library Community Meeting Room, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Presentation: “Tale of Two States - Kentucky and Illinois.” Presented by Eddie Price. Guests always welcome.

Parents Without Partners meeting — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eckert’s Restaurant, 951 South Green Mount Road, Beleville. Orientation at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Janet at 618-234-5937.

Mascoutah Tuesday Women’s Club Tea — 1 p.m. Saturday. Trinity Farm, 11858 Zimmerman Road, Mascoutah. Program: “The Power of Women” presented by Ret. Judge Milton Wharton. Tickets available for $20 at the Mascoutah Public Library. Includes unlimited specialty teas, savories and desserts. Bring a boxed good, soup or condiment for donation to Mascoutah Food Pantry to receive raffle entry for each item donated. Questions for for reservations of a table of eight, contact Carol Ferk at 618-566-4251.

Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club walk — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville.

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 ‘Jumanji’ — 7 p.m. The Lory Theater, 810 Main St., Highland.

The Gaslight Squares Jazz Band with T.J. Muller — 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Doubletree Hotel, 1973 Craigshire Road, St. Louis. Doors open 1:15 p.m. Tickets available at the door. Open to the public. Free parking. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

John Scott Classics — 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Gathering Place Off Broadway, 290 S. Burns, Sparta. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m. Dinner Show: $35, VIP $40. Show only: $20. For tickets or information: or 618-965-3726 or 618-967-9926.

Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts Chamber Music — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fontbonne University Doerr Chapel, 6800 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis. Free concert series. Visit to see the full series schedule.

Worth the Drive

Grand Cote Cruisers: 2018 Dairy Queen Car Cruises — 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Dairy Queen, Coulterville. Employees Choice Award and attendance prizes.

Kimmswick Living History Day — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Kimmswick, Mo. Celebrate the Jefferson County, Mo., bicentennial with various events throughout the day.

Wild Horse & Burro Event — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Wild Horse and Burro Off-Range Corral, 22295 Sheep Farm Road, Ewing. Approximately 100 animals. Event to include sale-eligible animals. 866-468-7826 or for more information.

Art Exhibit: ‘Architecture Meets Sculpture’ by Brad Eilering — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays - Saturdays, 12 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29. Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Visit or call 618-462-5222 for more information.

4th Annual Flight Fest — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sparta Community Airport, 1800 N. Market St., Sparta. Helicopter rides, young eagle flights, aircraft and show car displays, food trucks and vendors, music, activities and more. Free admission. Free parking. 618-443-5321.

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

Monroe County Farmers Market, Columbia — 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. 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. 13. 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.