Hurricane Hermine cast a hard eye at my old abode this week, and now the fine folks at the Madison County Health Department remind us that September is National Preparedness Month. This is a sign.
The first week of September is dedicated to “Preparing Family and Friends,” which includes making a communication plan if cell phones and the Internet don’t work. (Don’t panic, kids. You will exist without Snapchat.) Go to www.ready.gov to check your ready list; then peruse these five things we can enjoy that my Floridian friends can’t this weekend.
▪ Midwest Wingfest is an annual tradition at the St. Clair Square Mall parking lot. It continues from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Saturday’s 5K is at 7 a.m.; it’s $30 on race day, with an award for best-dressed poultry. Jon Pardi, of “Head over boots” will be part of the musical entertainment. The wing-eating contest is at 3 p.m. Saturday. Not a wing fan? Go for the pulled pork, chili dogs and beer. For more information, go to www.midwestwingfest.com.
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▪ St. Libory Schlambach Fest, sponsored by the St. Libory Commercial Club, starts at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Libory with a car show; dinner begins at 4 p.m. The Venedy band will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Turn-a-bouts playing after; quilt bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. Inflatables for the kids will be available all afternoon and evening.
▪ More than 25 dealers will be at the St. Louis Gateway Postcard Club show, which continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1234 Vandalia St. in Collinsville. Food for sale, but admission, parking and appraisals are free. For more information, call Tom Snyder at 618-531-4189 or email email@example.com.
▪ “Marshall’s Miracle,” a movie about a bullied boy who tries to rescue an injured dog, plays for free at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in Edwardsville City Park Bandstand, next to the public library. Marshall will be at the park starting at 6:15 p.m. for a meet and greet. Stop by and get your photo taken with the star of the movie.
The first of the Concerts at the Confluence starts Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. This weekend features DD Revival with rock ‘n’ roll from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Food, beer and wine will be for sale. Go to ConfluenceTower.com for a complete schedule of concerts; the tower is at 435 Confluence Tower Dr. in Hartford.
Thank (Labor Day Parade)
The Belleville Labor Day Parade and Picnic — the real reason for our three-day weekend – starts at 10 a.m. Monday on First Street, heading south to Monroe. It will take a left on Monroe and another left onto South Illinois to West C with another left on West C to end at Hough Park. A picnic for union members and their families begins at 11:30 at Hough Park.
Venture across the river
Both the St. Louis Greek Festival — www.sngoc.urg — at the corner of Forest Park and Kingshighway in St. Louis and the Big Muddy Blues Festival — bigmuddybluesfestival.com — at Laclede’s Landing — make it worth your while to cross the mighty Mississippi. The Japanese Festival is also going on this weekend at the Missouri Botanical Garden; go to www.mobot.com for more information.
P.S. Prepare to volunteer
As part of that National Preparedness Month, the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps will be holding a Volunteer Orientation Training from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Madison County Health Department, 101 E. Edwardsville Road in Wood River. Advanced registration is required. Call 618-296-6096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.