Metro-East News

Five things to do this weekend: Get green, get muddy, get fed

You’ve been hauling yourself out of bed for days after that blasted time change, so there’s no reason to stop now. For added incentive ...

Spring’s first green

The Ancient Order of Hibernians says parade entries are up about 20 percent over last year for Saturday’s jaunt through downtown Belleville. About 40 Irish clans will be among the floats, bands, clowns, pipers and buglers. Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in the third block of West Main Street and saunters along to end at East Main and Oak Avenue.

For more Irish spirit, enjoy some Celtic music from the band Celtica from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at The Abbey, 5801 W. Main St., Belleville.

Get to work

How do you feel about invasive honeysuckle plants? Angry enough to help make them disappear?

The Watershed Nature Center at 1591 Tower Ave. in Edwardsville is taking volunteers to clean up, remove invasive species, and perform other general maintenance on its first Habitat Restoration Day of 2015. Exact jobs depend on the weather. Dress for outdoor work, including boots and long pants and sleeves. Register for the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday event by calling 618-692-7578 or emailing Those under 18 are welcome, but need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Orthographers apply here

Fancy yourself an expert speller? Join the Senior Spelling Bee at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Kuhl Hall, 1910 West Belle, Belleville. You must be older than 50 to participate in the bee, but any age can watch. The entry fee is $50 per 3-person team, and proceeds from the fee and audience participation games go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Organizer Carolyn Mers says the words will start simple, but the list of 300 will get progressively harder and were gleaned from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, other bees, and some from the list of 100 words every high school senior should know. For more information, call Mers at 618-398-4726 or email her at

(Orthography is “spelling in accord with accepted usage”, according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary. You can be an orthographer, but “orthographist” is not an option. Don’t you love a good dictionary?)

Quilt show

Grandma wouldn’t approve if we skipped this one. The ladies of the Tilden Presbyterian Church at 721 Butler St. are showing off at least 60 — “a whole church full,” says Carol Craig — of their quilts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. And not a single one is for sale, this is art and family heirlooms. Some are new, some old, “and some are really ancient,” Craig said.

The church started the show to raise money 39 years ago for the building. The $7 show ticket includes a large salad bar that Craig promises to be of “good variety with meats and fruits — it’s a meal.” The show also has a white elephant table, crafts and baked goods. For more information, call 618-587-5541.