Metro-East News

Five things to do: Art, music and helping others

You might think that the weekend after a three-day weekend would be laid back. You might need to reconsider.

Sidewalk art

Far beyond tic-tac-toe and hopscotch, 50 artists on Saturday will use chalk to transform the streets in historic Highland into an art museum. It’s the Annual Street Art Festival and Art Expo, which includes judging of the chalk art works, music, food and a children’s area. Artists check in at 8 a.m. and judging is at 4 p.m.; event hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it is free.

Sailing, take me away

Enjoy the smell of fresh lake air at the annual Whale of a Sail Regatta with seven races this weekend at CSA Harbor at Carlyle Lake, starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. They’ll have sailing and race, food and music. Go to for more about the event and the Carlyle Sailing Association, which also offers sailboat rides to us mere land lovers who don’t know a jib from a jibe.

Feel good effort

Grab a paintbrush, rake or other tool at Abraham Lincoln School at 8 a.m. Saturday to be part of Belleville Helping Belleville, rapidly becoming an annual volunteer tradition. This year has 12 projects, and they’re looking for about 225 volunteers to give six (or less, really) hours of their time.

The projects include landscaping at St. John Bosco Center or Hough Park, and painting at Catholic Urban Programs and East End Park. There’s also three Adopt-A-Highway areas that need attention.

Lunch is sponsored, to boot.

Hear it

Loufest is just over the river at Forest Park this weekend, with tickets starting at $60 a day. So you could go some of the 34 bands scheduled to play there.

The bands played on

Go see the marching bands refuse to yield at the Belleville East Marching Invitational or the Metro-East Marching Band Classic at O’Fallon Township High School.

It’s gonna be loud.

The Marching Lancers take their field at 2 p.m. for an exhibition; the competition starts at noon Saturday for Alton, Centralia, Edwardsville, Highland and Wesclin, along with some Missouri schools. Admission is $6, $4 students and free for kids under 7.

The bands then quick-time it up the road to OTHS after that, because the Classic starts at 3 p.m. and features several of those same schools plus even more. The large school awards is at 10 p.m.

Contact reporter Mary Cooley at or 618-239-2535. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryCooleyBND.