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Wine, blood and a stop at the cop shop on tap this weekend

Get a sneak peek at Belleville's new police station

If you don't want to wait for or can't make the open house on Saturday, here is a first look at the new, $10 million Belleville Police station. Get an insider's view without joining the force or committing a crime. Get the 360-degree view by click
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If you don't want to wait for or can't make the open house on Saturday, here is a first look at the new, $10 million Belleville Police station. Get an insider's view without joining the force or committing a crime. Get the 360-degree view by click

After this week’s heat advisories, perhaps we want to eat Popsicles and sit in front of fans all weekend.

But that could be a waste of a perfectly good weekend.

Wine, Dine & Jazz

More than a dozen wineries — plus the local beer distributor — will be providing a third of the title for the Wine, Dine & Jazz Festival between 4 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Public Square in downtown Belleville. Ten food trucks, including Korean tacos, Brazilian cuisine and Belleville’s own Righteous Pig, take care of the second part, which leaves only the jazz.

Saturday’s lineup is the Soul Cafe Jazz Group, Funky Butt Brass Band, D’Erania Stampley & Friends, Big Mike Aguirre and the BluCity Allstars, Anita Rosamond, Ptah Williams and Back to the Future.

Wiffle

BBQ and ball at the Trenton City Park on Saturday, when teams of three to four people will play Wifflepalooza 2K16 while cooks compete with their rib and wing recipes. Tasting begins at noon; wristbands are $15 and children 12 and under eat free. Proceeds go to the Wesclin D.A.R.E. program. Wifflepalooza costs $25 per person; $35 includes a BBQ wristband. Call 618-698-4955 for more information.

Police open house

The Belleville Police Department is showing off its new home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 720 West Main St. in Belleville. Official host is Mayor Mark Eckert, and Art on the Square is providing refreshments.

The former bank building now includes a dispatch center build to withstand an F-5 tornado and holding cells. That’s right, you can experience a moment in jail and get out again without even posting bail.

Hummingbird Festival

Pere Marquette’s reference center says there are mysteries of the hummingbird, and those mysteries will be revealed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. The annual Hummingbird Festival includes craft and art vendors, face painting, balloon animals, games, live music, wine tasting, educational film and restaurant favorites. For more information, go to www.pmlodge.net or call 618-786-2331.

15 minutes, no insurance necessary

Stay cool — and get a cookie — by enjoying some air conditioning and giving blood at any one of these drives or donation centers this weekend. The American Red Cross says a blood product is needed every two seconds; and it takes 24 to 36 hours to collect, process and distribute that blood.

Saturday drives include from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Godfrey Church of Christ, 6412 Humbert Rd, and the same time at the Senior Citizen Center at 711 South Main St. in Smithton. Sunday, go to the YWCA at 304 E. Third St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Fairview Heights Blood Donation Center, at 10886 Lincoln Trail, is open both days from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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