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Craft beer walk, youth theater, dance recital on tap

Adam’s School of Dance, which got its start 50 years ago, is still going strong. There are locations in Belleville and O’Fallon.
Adam’s School of Dance, which got its start 50 years ago, is still going strong. There are locations in Belleville and O’Fallon.

Dancing for 50 years

Adams School of Dance is celebrating its 50th anniversary with what else? Dance.

The school will host an anniversary gala at 1 p.m. Saturday at Belleville West Auditorium. Alumni dancers and current dancers will perform.

Beverly Adams, who died last year at 83, opened her first studio on West State Street in O’Fallon in 1965, and a second one in Belleville. Four more generations of family dancers followed in her footsteps. Three will perform at the gala.

Adams’ dancers, from age 3 to adult, take part in the Shriners and Santa Claus parades each year and put on a holiday recital benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When interviewed in 2009, Beverly talked about her favorite dance, the waltz: “It’s the easiest dance there is because of the timing. If you just pick your feet up and put them down, you can dance it.”

Downtown Craft Beer Walk

Craft beer enthusiasts won’t want to miss Belleville Main Street’s Craft Beer Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Belleville.

A one-time charge of $25 will get you a sampling mug and 15 three-ounce pours at more than 20 locations, as well as live music.

Local breweries include 4Hands, 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., Kirkwood Station, Cathedral Square, Half Acre, Against the Grain, John G.’s Bier Deck & Tap Room, Peel Pizza and Brewery, Crown Valley and more.

For more information, such as a list of participating merchants, visit www.bellevillemainstreet.net or call 618-233-2015.

How To Eat Like A Child ...

Young performers will stage “How to Eat Like a Child ...” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Heritage Hall at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville. It’s the culmination of Elaine Laws’ two-week drama camp for children from 5 to 14.

The fun musical is based on the book by Delia Ephron. The full title? “How to Eat Like a Child ... and Other Lessons in NOT Being a Grown-Up.”

Through songs, dances and skits, the young thespians will cover such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room and how to laugh hysterically.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door, beginning at 6:30 each evening.

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