Metro-East News

This weekend: Wildlife baby shower and a Pure Prairie League kind of night

Mary Cooley
Mary Cooley

There’s something about these five things to do this weekend that makes me want to say, “Go on, now. Git.” As in, get outside or get your toes tapping.

Babies are wild

Miss Manners would quite disapprove of the self-advertising announcement. Plus, one simply does not throw a baby shower for oneself.

But the more than 100 baby animals getting rehabilitation at the Treehouse Wildlife Center can’t read etiquette columns; they have quite a different use for newsprint anyway. The Treehouse folks are throwing a baby shower from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and their wish list includes such cutesy items as glass rodent water bottles, Science Diet or Blue Buffalo canned dog food, and 10- and 15-gallon rectangular fish tanks (no cracks and gently used is just fine.) They’re also hoping for gift cards from Farm & Home Tractor Supply, where they can get deer formula and special baby bottle tips and more.

The shower will include treats, games and prizes.


▪  Amie, what you want to do? For a while, maybe longer, see Pure Prairie League at SIUE? The country-rock band will be part of the Mississippi River Festival – Revisited at 8 p.m. Saturday at SIUE’s Morris University Center. Pure Prairie League is not unfamiliar to the SIUE campus, having been part of the original festival in 1978 and 1979.

Tickets start at $30.

▪  Having shut down at 10 p.m. Friday, NickFest starts up again on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church in O’Fallon. They’ll have a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m.; then take a break before starting the rides at noon. They’ll have facepainting and games for the kids, and entertainment will include the O’Fallon Township High School Jazz Band at 5 p.m. and Whiskey Dixon at 6 p.m.

Red, blue and white

They call it the Red Berries and Bluegrass Festival, but it also has ice cream at Trinity Farmstead, 11858 Zimmerman Road (off Illinois 177 east), Mascoutah. It’s free admission from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; hear George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They’ll have homemade strawberry desserts and ice cream, bratwursts and hotdogs. Farmstead produce is grown with no pesticides or non-organic fertilizers.

The festival will display creative arts and barn quilts done by adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Sponsor Abundant Living for All Foundation provides volunteers and supplies for horticulture, culinary arts, fine arts, crafts, woodworking and recreation at Trinity Gardens.

Bees knees

▪  Take your wanna-be green thumb to Maeystown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for gardening ideas and practices relevant to the Monroe County area. Learn which plants repel deer, find out how bees benefit the garden, and learn some old-fashioned and time-tested gardening techniques. Vici’s Front Porch and Tea Garden will serve Tabouleh Salad & Fresh Fruit, Chilled Orange Cream Soup, Rosemary Carrot Muffins and more for $12 a person, with herbs provided by Stuckmeyer’s Plants and Produce.

▪  Speaking of bees, the kids can make beeswax candles to take home at Lincoln Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at New Community Church, at 10 Chapel Court in Collinsville. They’ll have a speech by an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, as well as a Civil War soldier re-enactor and a doctor with his tools of the era. Lincoln Day also has a bounce house and made-from-scratch root beer.

Golf tournament

“Because We Can” play golf this weekend, perhaps we should do it for a cause. Check in at Triple Lakes Golf Course at 1 p.m. Saturday and help the nonprofit purchase gifts for older children who are hospitalized for extended periods. Because We Can was started by the late Charles Lynch II, who was born with cystic fibrosis and had lots of long stays at Children's Hospital as an older teen. He and his parents started Because We Can to provide older kids and teens with iPads or video games.

Triple Lakes Golf Course is at 6942 Triple Lakes Road in Millstadt. Sign up by contacting Charles Lynch at 618-473-2696.