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Five Things To Do This Weekend: Downton will be done, but have a spa day first

Mary Cooley
Mary Cooley

Please, peas, please go in the ground fast this weekend. Both and The Farmer’s Almanac indicate this is a weekend for gardeners to get to work, but there’s a (manure)-ton of things going on outside of the vegetable garden, too. Kindly disregard any dirty fingernails you see this weekend at these five events.

Oh, Edith

Sympathy butters no parsnips, Mrs. Patmore has said, so we must put on our good English stoic faces for the final episode of “Downton Abbey,” airing on PBS at 8 p.m. Sunday.

It might help to first attend “Young at Heart” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lindenwood Auditorium, 2600 W. Main St. in Belleville. The Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, Celtia and the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform themes from “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Downton Abbey.” Tickets at the door are $18, $15 for those 55 and older or active military, and $10 for students. For more information, go to

Eagle Fest

Spend a full day with eagles and their friends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc.

▪  10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Meet some of the feathered crew and their caretakers from World Bird Sanctuary

▪  Noon and 2 p.m.: The Natural History Education Company of the MidSouth presents Physics of Flight

▪  All day: Tours of the lock and dam, short interpretive walks, viewing a nest with a mated pair of eagles.

The event is free; for more information call Kaskaskia River Project Office at 618-284-7160 or e-mail KaskyL&

Spa day

Partners for Pets is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter with more than 70 dogs and nearly 40 cats available for adoption now. That’s a lot of pet chow.

A Wash ‘n’ Wag fundraiser — at Four Muddy Paws at 2127 Illinois 157 in Edwardsville between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday — hopes to alleviate that somewhat. Humans accompanying pets are welcome to appetizers and wine. The $15 cost includes a shampoo and an emailed photo of your spruced-up pup.

Catch her story

Kick off Women’s History Month by enjoying a dinner and dance Saturday night, and the Making A Difference Awards on Sunday night, both part of TOCO’s Herstory Weekend.

The Governor French Academy is hosting the Tapestry of Community Offerings shop’s 12th annual Herstory Weekend at its campus at 219 W. Main Street in Belleville. Proceeds from the $15 tickets go to TOCO, whose mission is to empower children and families.

For more about the weekend events, go to

Are you experienced?

More than 60 local artists will showcase their artistic abilities at the Schmidt Art Center on the SWIC Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville.

The artists are all age 60 and older, and the show is called “Experienced: A Senior Art Competition.” SWIC and the St. Clair County Office on Aging are partnered with the Gateway East Artists’ Guild and Art on the Square for the event, which is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go to to see the some of the exhibits.