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Five things to do this weekend: Go on the hunt


Allergic to tree pollen? Bless you. Some of us might consider donning allergy masks to get outside, but get outside the house we must this weekend because that’s where the fun is.

Power down

Edwardsville is taking part in Earth Hour on Saturday evening, and promises to keep you entertained when the power is off. The second annual “Edwardsville Unplugged” concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Edwardsville City Park and features two local teen bands. The global lights-off initiative is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the park will be dark then. The evening starts off with a presentation on global warming at 5 p.m. inside the library.

Bikes in air

See some monster madness at the Jones Dome at 6:30 Saturday night. Supercross – you know it’s “super” and not “moto” because it’s inside – features dirt bikes practically flying around a course with jumps, tight turns and plenty of air. Tickets for the kids start at $10, plus fees, on

This month is for her

Herstory Weekend kicked off Friday night, but the fun continues Saturday evening with music and scholarship recipients, among other plans. The purpose of the event is to fund college scholarships for single parents at SWIC and help fund Tapestry of Community Offerings’ missions. Tickets are $12 for the night of arts and music featuring women at Governor French Academy, 219 W. Main, Belleville. Email, call 618-257-8626, or go to for more information.

Shed light on autism

The Illinois Center for Autism is taking Saturday night to “celebrate and support those we serve” with a wine reception, a formal dinner, a silent and a live auction, entertainment by jazz guitarist John Farrar and more. Tickets are $60; the event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Clair Country Club, 100 S. 78th St., Belleville. Go to or call 618-398-7500 for more information.

Egg hunts

The official Easter Bunny hops around next weekend, but let’s get in a little practice early, shall we? (Hint: Next weekend is for the kids; this weekend can be for the rest of us, including our four-legged friends.)

Noon Saturday, Catholic War Veterans, 3535 Route 159, Freeburg (3 miles south of Belleville). For ages up to 11.

8 p.m. Saturday, Far Oaks Golf Course, 119 Old Collinsville Road, Collinsville. Adults hunt for the 4,000 eggs; more than 100 of the orbs will hold the prize of $1 to – wait for it – $500. Plenty of other prizes too, for a ticket of $25. Preregister at 618-920-5828.

10:30 a.m. Saturday, the East Belleville YMCA hosts a 5K as part of the Hunt for the Cure, with the run on the Y’s new trail. The egg hunt will have 5,000 eggs; they’ll also have zumba, rock climbing, games and more. The 5K starts at 9 a.m., the fun run at 10. Egg hunt gets rolling at 10:30 a.m.

noon Sunday at PIC Park in Pierron (say that five times, fast) in promises lots of eggs for your basket, along with face painting, a bounce house, a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, fire truck tours, food and drinks available.

11 a.m. Saturday is time to let the dogs loose. For $10, your pup can hunt for four eggs and every egg has a prize. The Belleville Area Humane Society’s Doggy Egg Hunt is at Camp Bow Wow, and they’ll also have photo ops with the bunny for $10. Register at or by calling 618-235-3712.