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Five Things To Do: Marines and their toys, birds and their peanuts

Marchers in an O’Fallon Veterans Day parade last year.
Marchers in an O’Fallon Veterans Day parade last year. BND

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Happy Birthday

The Marine Corps does not turn 240 until Tuesday, but we make it a point not to raise such quibbles with the Marines who want to celebrate on Sunday with a meat shoot. Especially when they are taking donations for Toys for Tots at their own birthday bash.

The Marine Corps League Detachment 74 Riders promises birthday cake; there will also be a 50/50 drawing, meat raffle and other raffle and attendance prizes. Each donated toy will get you one raffle ticket, up to three tickets.

The party and meat shoot start at noon Sunday — we’re betting it’ll start promptly — at the American Legion Stookey Post 1255 on 201 Eiler Road in Belleville.

Veterans Day Parades

▪  Veterans groups, active-duty military and guard and reserve members will be in the Troy Veterans Day parade at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Troy. As if that weren’t enough, expect vintage military vehicles and rare cars. And no parade would be complete without the fire department, scouts, and a high school band. Follow the parade to the end at Veterans Memorial in the park for a short ceremony honoring veterans.

▪  The Highland Moose Lodge 2479, along with the Highland VFW Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439, are running a Veterans Day Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday starting at Olive and Main streets. The City Council has declared the week as Veterans Awareness Week.

1860s style

West Belleville, as you may remember, used to be its own town way back when. Bob Brunkow, historian with the Belleville Historical Society, says the German immigrants who settled in the area in the 1960s tended to favor brick cottages, some of which remain today.

“It’s kind of a hidden part of the city that people tend to not know anything about,” Brunkow said. The Belleville Historical Society is giving a one-hour tour at 10 a.m. Saturday in the area of 10th to 12th streets in Belleville, starting at 1106 W. Main St. Brunkow says they’ll talk about the history of West Belleville, the coal mining that residents were drawn to and see the interior of a home and business, where tourists can enjoy the pressed-metal ceilings.

The $10 ticket goes toward the society, which hopes to renovate the home at the West End Park that is on the tour.

“It’s a renovation that hasn’t happened yet, but you get a sense of the size and materials,” he said.

For peanuts

“The Peanuts Movie” is in theaters now, but you can watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center at 419 W. Main St. For those up to 10, the library will have a scavenger hunt and crafts and play Peanuts Bingo.

For the birds

But at the exact same time, The World Bird Sanctuary is bringing live birds of prey to Cahokia Mounds for a free Raptor Awareness Show. Raptors, such as hawks and owls, will fly over the audience as sanctuary keepers tell tantalizing facts about the birds. The show starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville.