What’s Happening

July 3, 2011

Grafton’s Music in the Park — 7-9 p.m. today, The Grove Memorial Park in Grafton. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Music by George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass. Make a food donation to the Grafton Food Pantry and get a free glass of lemonade. Hosted by Grafton’s Chamber of Commerce. Free.

Wine Cellar & Bistro — 8 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Gabie; 8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Joel Butler performs at Westview Wine Cellar & Bistro 1803 Ramada Blvd., Collinsville.

Little Texas — 5 p.m., Saturday, Alton Riverfront Amphitheater, Alton. Admission $15 in advance, $20 at door, children younger than 5 free. Performance benefits Meals on Wheels. 465-3298.

“Nobody Greater” Concert Series — 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Grace Tabernacle Family Church, 2640 St. Louis Ave., East St. Louis. Features Chena Coleman, Amateur Night at the Apollo, The Sound of Grace, Lakia, Teliyah Carson, DelMia Lester. 741-9445.

Edwardsville Band — 4 p.m. Sunday, Leclaire Park, Edwardsville. Featuring the Edwardsville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Kerfoot. Includes several Gershwin songs, music from “The Wiz,” Marine Corps march, Sousa march. Concert is free. Bring chairs for seating. Sponsored by friends of Leclaire. Concession stand at intermission.

Benld Concert — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Benld City Park. Music by Dixie Dudes Dixieland Band. Free. Bring lawn chairs.

Country Western Dance — 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Belleville/Swansea Moose, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. DJ, Ed and Lisa Barbour. 277-7872.

Lions Club Picnic — today-Saturday, City Park, 760 St. Louis Ave., Tilden. Rides, concessions, food, beverages, music by Turnpike Cruisers on Friday. Bingo Friday and Saturday.

Summer Cruise 2011 — today-Sunday, Neighborhood Social Club, 4168 State Route 162, Pontoon Beach. Classic hot rods, ‘ 60s era muscle cars, customs, street rods, kit cars and today’s daily drivers. Special attractions include Keith and Eddy Arteman and the legendary Bloomington Ghost, Buddy Dickerson and his Patriot Charger from St. Louis and Jim Rodebaugh and his ’68 Charger custom convertible from Kansas City, Mo. Trophies awarded.

Wildey Movie — 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville. Movie is “Stingray.” $6-$8. Saturday 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. movie is “Looney Tunes: Back inAction,” $4-$6. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, “Fast and Furious,” $6-$8.

Third Annual Bellemont — dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday and stick horse racing at 7:30 p.m., St. Clare Church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. Admission $15. Evening includes dinner, a cash bar, friendly wagering, the “Sophisticated Lady” hat contest. Music by The Yard Dawgs Jazz Quartet.

Cruise Night — 5-9 p.m. Friday, Coulterville Dairy Queen, Coulterville. Sponsored by Grand Cote Cruisers Car Club. Dash plaques, door prizes, games, ’50/’60s music.

All Night Beach Blast — 7:30 p.m.-6 a.m., Friday, Fun Spot Skating and Party Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville. $20 admission, (includes midnight snack) $2 skate rental. Features skater’s revenge, splash for cash, beach ball tag and more.

Route 66 Festival — Friday and Saturday, Edwardsville City Park. Friday stage schedule: Londin Band, 6:30 p.m.; Butch Wax and the Hollywoods, 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday entertainment: 12:30 p.m. showcase of local talent; 2:30 p.m. Exit 12; 4 p.m. DANG; 6:30 p.m. Fanfare; 9-11:30 p.m. Bob Kuban Brass Band. Trolley tours of Edwardsville’s historic districts, face painting, children’s activities, local artists and historic displays in the park all weekend. Classic car cruise, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wine, Dine & Jazz — 5-10 p.m. Friday, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Downtown Belleville Public Square. Free. Featuring live jazz, wine tasting and food court. Friday, The Usual Suspects with Gypsy Brown, 5-6:15 p.m.; The Dawn Weber Group, 6:45-8 p.m.; Jim Stevens Group, 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Starlifter Jazz Combo, 4-5 p.m., Tony D. and The Groove, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stantana, 7-8:15 p.m., Vince Martin, 8:45-10 p.m.

Optimist Rodeo — 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, MidAmerica Airport, Mascoutah. Sponsored by Optimist Club of Belleville. $12 adults, $6 children younger than 12. Seven rodeo events and a calf scramble. 19th annual Internationa Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo.

Living History Days — Friday-Saturday, Hill’s Fort Society, Greenville. At reconstructed fort. Taste life on the frontier. Directions: Interstate 70 to exit 45 south on Illinois 127; then 100 yards south of the interstate, turn east (left) onto Museum Avenue. Follow this for a quarter mile to the site.

Library Summer Festival Kickoff — 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Wednesday and June 16, Case Halstead Library, 571 Franklin St., Carlyle. Friday: Manzini the Magician and escape artist and Flutes and Fairies with Theresa O’Hare and Celtic guitarist Tom Irwin. Face painting, balloon twisting, concessions. Saturday: book sale at 9 a.m., Harvey the Juggler at 11:30 a.m., Swords and Roses do a performance of the Royal Wedding at 1 p.m. Wednesday and June 16, How to Make a Dragon with artist Joy McLauglin.

St. Elizabeth Parish Picnic — Friday-Sunday, parish grounds, 2300 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Fish fry, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Pigs ‘n blanket, 4-7 p.m. Saturday; all-you-can-eat chicken dinner, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Music by Out of Focus from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday; Rocket Band from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and GTO from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday; Neon Cadilac, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and SH-Boom, 6-10 p.m. Sunday. Bingo all three days. 5K run on Saturday. Silent auction. Carnival rides.

Schweizerfest — 8-midnight, Friday-Sunday, Highland town square. Hosted by the Jaycees. Parades, with theme of “Rock Bands,” are at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Highland High School Marching Band both evenings. Music by Hair Syndicate, 8-midnight Friday. Saturday lineup includes aasher tournaent, noon; Highland Idol and music by Divided Highway, 1-4 p.m.; music by Buffalo Road and Rockin Horse, 8-midnight. On Sunday, bags tournament, noon; Highland Idol, 1-4 p.m; music by Smokin Aces, 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Memories of Elvis, 7 p.m. Food, amusement rides and games for children; mechanical bull, poker stand.

Kid’s Fishing Tournament — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday-Monday, Carlyle Lake, Dam West Spillway. Registration 8:30 a.m. Trophies awarded for total weight in two age categories, 10 and younger and 11 and older. Sponsored by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake.

Car Cruise — 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dupo Car Show, Dupo. Hosted by Lakers Car Club. 876-1294.

Classic Car Cruise — 6:30 p.m., Saturday, leaving Lincoln Middle School, Route 66 past Edwardsville City Park and circling to Cassens Transport parking lot. Registration fee is $5. Sponsored by The Auto Body Shop and J.F. Electric. cityofedwardsville.com.

Walking Tour of Belleville — 10 a.m., Saturday, Forgotten Treasures Antique Shop, 1012 W. Main St., Belleville. Parking, West Main and S. 10th St. Encompasses approximately 16 city blocks and will last about 90 minutes. Cost $10 per person, no one younger than 12 allowed. Marvin’s Camera, 233-4810.

Kaskaskia Valley Nature Festival — 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Hanft Park, New Athens. Viewing of wild animals, question and answer session, educational seminars, displays. Plants, artwork and publications available for sale. $2 parking. Food available for purchase.

Two Rivers Fishing Fair — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton. Free event. Fishing poles, bait and supplies provided. Food and drinks on site. Outdoor educational festivities, trout and bluegill ponds, virtual reality fishing, bow fishing stations with 3D targets. Free gifts and prizes. Bluegrass musician and storyteller. Cardinals mascot Fredbird, 1 p.m.

Paws on Parade — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Melvin Price Memorial Park, Swansea. Free. Pledge walk starts at 11 a.m. Pet contests, pet photos, The Straight 6 Band & DJ, pet caricaturist, games and prizes, silent auction, raffles, food, drink and much more. $20, or pre-register $15 at pawfestival.com. Proceeds to Belleville Area Rescue of K-9s.

Salute to Scott — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, O’Fallon City Park. Flag ceremony at 10:45 a.m.. Free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pony rides, rock-climbing wall, inflatables, fireman’s pole and antique fire engines. Business Expo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Family activities, police and EMS display. military dog demonstration. Radio Disney on site, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Illinois Kids perform, 1-2 p.m. Making a huge banana split; get ready to eat it about 2 p.m. Attendance prizes, free family swim.

Freedom Fest 2011 — All day Saturday, 1667 Fifth St., Madison. Block party, free cookout, free kids games and bounce houses, live music (Jezreel Sun, Steve & the Group, Tammy Jennings) and dance team Anointed Feet. Free clothes pantry. Broken Wings Concert, 6:30 p.m. 217-240-0059.

Heritage Days — 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Schlosser Museum, 114 W. Walnut St., Okawville. Book fair, flea market, vendor show and rummage sales. Food includes apple-wood smoked pulled pork, bratwurst, corn-on-the-cob, German-style potato salad, buttered noodles and homemade pies. Saturday entertainment: Thursday Night Thunder, 11:30 a.m.; Saturday Saturday, 11:30 a.m.; Thunder & Lightning Cloggers, 12:30 p.m.; The Harmony Roses barbershop quartet, 1:30. Sunday entertainment: The Groennert Girls, 11:45 a.m.; Pickin Chicks, 12:45 p.m. Sponsored by Okawville Chamber of Commerce.

Glass & Pottery Show — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 29th Annual Belleville Antique American Glass & Pottery Show & Sale, Belle-Clair County Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. 29 dealers from nine states. Guest authors: Danny Cornelius, Don Jones, Thomas Smith. A-Z depression, elegant, carnival, pattern glass, American made dinnerware and pottery. A panel of experts will offer flass identification from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5. Free parking.

Luncheon and Fashion Show — 1 p.m., Saturday, Hitz Home, 201 Belle St., Alhambra. Price $5. Salad luncheon. Fashion Show by Cato’s.

Music at Metter — 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Metter Park, Columbia. Featuring Butch & the Polka Kings. Food, refreshments. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Car Cruise — 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights.

Summer Fun Skates — 1 p.m.-4 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, all summer long, Fun Spot Skating & Party Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville. $5.50 Admission, $2 skate rental. Features cool summer fun. Limbo, musical corners, wipeout and more.

Civil War Program — 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Tri-Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy, Historical Society Annual dinner meeting, Civil War theme. “A Prelude to the Civil War” by Walter Hall. $15 per person in advance, $20 at door. Catered dinner. Public invited. RSVP by Friday. 667-6662.(*16*)

Labor & Industry Museum — 123 N. Chuch St., Belleville. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday. Free admission. Donations accepted. Newest exhibit, archealogical dig at National City, the footprint of the new bridge to span the Mississippi River. 222-9430.

“The Dog Days of Summer” Exhibit — through July 29, Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Sculptures of dogs from the American Kennel Club Museum. Trees by painter Raymond Yeager.

Art After 5 Art Hop — Circle of Health Wellness Center, 700-A S. Illinois St., Belleville. Artists Amy Hoffman and Jackie Reich. Art on display until June 30. Free.

Glen Carbon Heritage Museum — 124 School St., Glen Carbon. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Yanda Log Cabin — 148 Main St., Glen Carbon. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. fourth Saturday of each month.

St. Clair County Historical Society Museum — 701 E. Washington St., Belleville. Also the Kunz House at 602 Fulton St., Belleville. Hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. $2 adults, $1 children 6 to 14, 5 and younger free.

Barbecue — 3-7 p.m. today, Turkey Hill Grange, Illinois 15 and Soth Green Mount Road, Belleville. Eat in or carry out. 531-2600.

BBQ & Bake Sale — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today M&I Bank Parking Lot, 2 Carlyle Plaza Drive, Belleville. All proceeds to SAVE.

Maryville Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m., every Friday, Maryville Knights of Columbus, Maryville. Carryouts available.

South of the Border Fiesta — 4-8 p.m. Friday, Bluff Grange, 8567 Illinois 163, Millstadt. $7 per person, all you can eat. Taco salad, tacos and burritos, grilled steak, chicken and shrimp, spanish rice, refried beans, sopapillas.

Aviston Fish Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 1239, 601 South Clinton, Aviston. Eat in or carry out. 228-7311.

Cahokia Fish Fry — 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Cahokia Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 3 and East Fifth Street, Cahokia. Also chicken dinners. Carryouts available. 337-1303.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 157, Collinsville. Eat in or carry out.

Fairview Heights Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road. Walton’s Fish Fry. Carryouts: 632-5222. Homemade desserts. Chicken dinners 3-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Fairview Heights Fish Fry — 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Fat Daddy’s, inside VFW Post 8677, 5325 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights. Barbecue on Saturday, chicken on Sunday. 235-4112.

Highland Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carry out. 654-6367.

Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carry out. 566-2288.

O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon. Sponsored by KC and Ladies Auxiliary. Eat in or carry out. 632-6229.

O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4-8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 805, 221 W. First St., O’Fallon. Sponsored by Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 and Ladies Auxiliary. 624-2651.

Okawville Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 233, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Sponsored by American Legion Post. Eat in or carry out. 243-6545.

Scott Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, outside Belleville gate, Scott Air Force Base. Eat in or carry out. 746-9801.

Shiloh Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Sponsored by Eagles No. 545. Eat in or carryout. 624-5412.

Smithton Fish Fry — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-9 p.m. Friday, 4-9 p.m. Saturday; 3-8 p.m. Sunday, Opie’s Fish Stand, Smithton. Carryouts available. 234-6400.

Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 301 Service St., Swansea. Sponsored by Swansea Fish Stand. 222-7171.

USO Breakfast Fundraiser — 7 a.m.-10 a.m., Saturday, 122 E. State St., O’Fallon. $6 adults, $4 children. Features all-you-can eat biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Sponsored by O’Fallon Masonic Lodge. 632-3177.

Breakfast Buffet — 8-10:30 a.m., Sunday, Corpus Christi Parish, 205 Rasp St., Shiloh. All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet featuring bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast sticks, biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, fruit, pastry and drink. Cost, $7.50 per adult, $3.50 per child, ages 6-12, younger than 6 free. 632-7614.

Chicken & Dumpling Dinner — 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 315 S. Smith St., Smithton. Adults $7.50, children 6-12, $3.50. Features all you can eat chicken & dumplings, green beans, corn, slaw, applesauce, pie and desserts, milk, tea, lemonade and coffee. 233-7358.

Cribbage — 6:30 p.m. today, Knights of Columbus Club, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Nine games, nine opponents. Sponsored by Len Wahlig Cribbage Club. Phil, 288-7910 or Sandy, 636-295-2670.

Euchre Tournament — 7 p.m. Friday, Senior Center, Smithton.

Euchre Tournament — 1:30 p.m., Sunday, St. Pancratius Parish Center, Fayetteville. Cost $5. Contact Becky 978-4999.

Swansea Farmers Market — 2-6 p.m.. today, parking lot of Rural King, Illinois 159, Swansea.

Alton Marketplace — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, parking lot, Henry Street and Landmarks Boulevard in Alton. Locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, organically grown crops. Plant materials, grass-fed meat, honey, fresh bread, baked goods, hand-crafted artwork. Nature crafts, seed bracelets or ladybug pins and magnets.

Rummagepalooza — 8a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, TOCO Shop Parking Lot, 825 W. Main St., Belleville. Rain date is Sunday. Kids activities, live music.

St. Libory Community Yard Sale — 7 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Maps of participants at Roger’s Service Station. 768-4429.

Mascoutah Farmers Market — 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Silver Creek Mills, 808 S. Jefferson St., Mascoutah. Fresh vegetables, herbs, potted plants, meat, baked goods, jams/jellies, farm fresh eggs and more. Live music and a coffee bar, Local and organic vegetables and grass fed meats.

Grafton Riverside Flea Market — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Historic Boatworks, 400 Front St., Grafton. More than 75 vendors. graftonloadingdock.com.

Farmer’s Market — 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, City Park, Coulterville. Through October.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” — 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. The Monroe Actors State Company is staging Joseph Kesselring’s play for the second time in its 11-year history. Tickets, $10, seniors and students, $8, and can be reserved by calling 939-7469 or online at masctheatre.org.

Dance Recital — 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Lindenwood College. Becky Kern’s Dance Studio’s 50th dance recital.

Trap League — 6 p.m. today, Highland Pistol and Rifle Club, east of intersection Bellm and Iberg roads, Highland. Practice and 5-stand.

Trap League — 7 p.m. today, Edwardsville Gun Club, Edwardsville. 656-2875 or edwardsvillegunclub.org.

Trap Shooting — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1535 N. County Road, Mascoutah. Sponsored by Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club

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