Searching for a fun event to attend this weekend? Metro-east calendar is your guide

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Noon Thursday, Aug. 11, is the deadline to appear in next week’s What’s Happening. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions.

Due to the number of submissions received, events may run only one time in print, will be edited and appear the week before the event date.

Email: lifestyle@bnd.com. Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.

Events

Swansea Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cucumbers, okra, potatoes. Food truck, kettle corn, crafts, soaps, Cardinals and Blues shirts, plants.

The Herald Square Farmers Market takes place 5-7 p.m. every other Thursday at Old Herald Brewery & Distillery in Collinsville.
The Herald Square Farmers Market takes place 5-7 p.m. every other Thursday at Old Herald Brewery & Distillery in Collinsville.

Herald Square Farmers Market — 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Old Herald Brewery & Distillery, 115 E. Clay St., Collinsville. Local farms, fun local businesses, handmade goods, live music and Old Herald brews and eats. facebook.com/events/470174421783040

Millstadt Township Farmers Market — 3-6 p.m. Fridays. Millstadt VFW Event Center, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Featuring everything: local plants, fruit, coffee, produce, flowers, honey, eggs, baked goods, jellies/jams and flea market items. No vendor fees. 618-476-3037.

Tower Grove Park Beer and Cocktail Garden — 4-8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through October. Ruins Pond, Tower Grove Park, 4257 Northeast Drive, St. Louis. Enjoy a variety of seasonal and classic Schlafly beer, four seasonally rotating cocktails from STL Barkeep, food truck fare, live music, yoga and yard games. Free to attend. A portion of the beer and cocktail proceeds will benefit Tower Grove Park. schlafly.com

30th annual Cruz-In the Dam Car Show Nationals — 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Carl’s 4-Wheel Drive, 1509 Carlyle Road, Bartelso. The first 50 participants will receive dash plaques and goody bags. Participants will cruise from Carl’s 4-Wheel Drive across Saddle Dam II and the main dam before arriving at Mariner’s Village Resort in Carlyle for the remainder of the show. The public is invited to view the cars at Mariner’s Village from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The show will include food, drinks, games, and prizes. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Rockin’ Radio Revival and other live music. The evening will conclude with a cruise across the main dam at 9:30 pm. facebook.com/events/439019451457351

O’Fallon Township Rummage Sale — 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13. Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, household items available.

Vine Street Market at O’Fallon Station — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. O’Fallon Station, 212 E. First St., O’Fallon. Locally grown vegetables, flowers, fruits, eggs, cheese and meats. A selection of bakers and sweet treats along with coffee, craft brew beverages and artisans. Live music, patio seating, food truck on site. Bicycle and pet friendly. 618-624-0139 or ofallonstation.com/vine-street-market.

Metals & Electronics Recycle Drive — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13. Public Parking Lot, 227 W. Main St., Collinsville. Accepting office equipment, vehicles, electronics, batteries, appliances, machinery. Fees for TV/Monitor, CRT. No paper, glass, plastic, wood, cardboard or tires. 618-344-7232.

Touch-a-Truck and Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Horner Park, Lebanon. Shop local handmade goods and homegrown produce. Touch-a-Truck activities, concessions. Rodger from Twist & Bounce with balloon animals for the kids from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. facebook.com/events/384027507046063

Community Health Fair & Tools 4 School — 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Venice Recreation Center, 305 Broadway, Venice. Senior Time (age 55+) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community time and school supplies giveaway from 1-3 p.m. Games and activities. Kids, bring swimwear (weather permitting).

The Taste of East St. Louis — Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14. 901 Martin Luther King Drive, East St. Louis. The best food vendors meet face to face to celebrate the unique tastes that Illinois and surrounding areas have to offer. facebook.com/events/517433682816399

Book Reading with Doug Feldmann: ‘The Dean of Clinton County: A Baseball Novel’ — 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Collinsville Public Library, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville. Doug Feldmann, author of several books on the St. Louis Cardinals, will discuss his newly-released baseball novel, “The Dean of Clinton County: A Baseball Novel.” Discounted and signed copies will be available for purchase.

Missouri Botanical Garden Green Living Festival — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Saint Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis. The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Green Living Festival is returning in person as a series of pop-up events at institutions throughout the heart of St. Louis. The “Summer of Sustainability” series invites visitors to engage with experts at these events throughout the summer in a day of learning and exploring ideas for sustainable lifestyles. The Aug. 13 event is included with regular entry to the Saint Louis Art Museum where general admission is free. 314-577-5100 or mobot.org/greenlivingfest.

O’Fallon Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking Watch Party — 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. O’Fallon Public Safety Building, 285 N. 7 Hills Road, O’Fallon. Doors open at 1 p.m. Watch the online broadcast of the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking from Nashville, Tennessee. This is the highlight of the annual international convention where the best speakers from Toastmasters all over the world compete for the title “World Champion of Public Speaking.” Learn how Toastmasters can help you with your skills in public speaking and leadership while we enjoy refreshments and a friendly atmosphere that allows us all to grow in every aspect of our lives. Free admission. 618-616-5994.

Games

Metro Cribbage Club — 6 p.m. Thursdays. American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. For more information, contact Yvonne Bright, 618-344-1521 or ybrightmail@gmail.com.

Euchre — 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main St., Smithton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Partner night. Snacks welcome. Water, soda and coffee will be available for purchase. Masks not required. 618-791-8769 or 618-698-3785.

Granite City Senior Social Club Bingo — 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar, Granite City. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $1, plus $1 for four cards. Must be 50 or older or disabled to play. 618-444-6771.

Beacon Summer Fun Trivia — 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. St. Augustine Church, 1910 West Belle, Belleville. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Includes silent auction, raffles. Cash prizes. BYO snacks. Water, beer, wine and soda available for purchase. Cost: 20 per person. Tables of 10 players. To reserve a table: 618-416-4538, ask for Mike.

Theater/Concerts

Highland Thursday Night Live Concert Series: Lakeside Acoustics — 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Downtown Square, Highland. Enjoy live entertainment on Thursday evenings. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair(s), blanket, cooler, etc., and enjoy the show. The Lions Club will be selling brats, pork burgers and chicken sandwiches. highlandil.gov

Blues at the Arch Festival — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12; 10 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Gateway Arch National Park, North Gateway near the Eads Bridge and Laclede’s Landing, St. Louis. A free weekend-long music festival where attendees can rock out to local and national blues artists while enjoying popular local eats and drinks. archpark.org/blues

Highland Muny Band — Approximately 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Downtown Square, Highland. Listen to the beautiful music of the Muny Band all summer. Free and open to the public. facebook.com/HighlandMunyBand

Heartland Community Chorus Auditions — By appointment Wednesday, Aug. 17, through Friday, Sept. 9. Singers over the age of 16 welcome. Singers needed in each section. Sing a hymn, art song, patriotic song, or Broadway song. Please bring two copies of the music, or one, if you have your piece memorized. You will also be asked to sing some 5-note scales and match some pitch patterns. We will have copies of a few songs at the audition for your use (“Amazing Grace”, “America”). To schedule an audition, contact Luanne at 618-791-8408 or luannemurphy@gmail.com.

Clubs & Support Groups

St. Clair County Office on Aging Grief Support Group — 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15. PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Diana Cuddeback, LCSW, with Heartlinks Grief Support Center facilitates this peer grief support group for older adults who have lost a loved one. Learning about the grief process and being with others who understand helps. This group meets on the third Monday of each month. Please call Susan at 618-234-4410, ext. 7044, to register.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones — 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Online via Zoom. The PAL group provides education, support and hope to family members and loved ones of someone who has an addiction of substance use disorder. Free and open to all. For info or to join the Zoom meeting, contact Craig at 618-567-6095. palgroup.org

O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Meeting — 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays. O’Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. 618-210-8156 or ofallonsunriserotary.org

Belleville Community Band — 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Belleville Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Currently seeking new members, particularly woodwinds, percussion and tuba. Visit the Belleville Community Band Facebook page for more info.

Food

O’Fallon Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Traditional menu of cod, hamburgers, hot dogs, pork steaks and several side dishes. Dine-in and carryout. Credit cards accepted. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229. facebook.com/KnightsOfColumbus4239

Aviston Legion Fish Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod (baked or fried), catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, fries, baked potato, slaw, applesauce. Dine-in and carryout. 618-228-7311. avistonlegion.com

Okawville American Legion Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Fridays. American Legion Post 233, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Dine in or carryout. Also serving lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday with a salad bar. Pizza made fresh and served every day. facebook.com/OkawvilleLegion

Turkey Hill Grange Ham and Peach Dinner — 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Turkey Hill Grange, Illinois 15 and Green Mount Road, Belleville. Ham, green beans, coleslaw, regular and German potato salad, spiced peaches, peach sauce, peach cobbler, fresh sliced peaches and ice cream. Cost: $16 adults; $8 kids 5-10; under 5 eat free. Eat in or carryout. Air conditioned and handicapped accessible.

Reservations Required

Virtual Saturday Morning Yoga — 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Online via Zoom. Get fit and healthy when you join us for an energizing session of yoga with instructor Sarah Hartwig. Space is limited. Registration required. Register at glencarbonlibrary.org.

Hops for Heroes — Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Edwardsville Moose Lodge, 7371 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Hops for Heroes is a charity beer tasting featuring craft breweries from the St. Louis area. Tickets include four hours of beer tasting from local breweries, a complimentary beer tasting glass, and T-shirt. Food will be available for purchase as well. Must be 21 to enter. Proceeds support the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight Network. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.com or https://bit.ly/3PApe5d.

Medicare Q&A with Jon Bergmann — 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main St., Glen Carbon. Bring your questions on how to register and what is covered when you sign up for Medicare. Requires Registration. glencarbonlibrary.org

Virtual Evening Flow Yoga — 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Online via Zoom. A Slow Flow mixed levels practice that will lead you through a series of yoga poses that focus on strengthening, lengthening, and stretching. Requires Registration. Instructed by Anne Hughes. Register at glencarbonlibrary.org.

Pitch for Cancer Research Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser — 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Trenton Community Park, Trenton. Prizes will be awarded to the top four team finishers. Food, beer and drinks will be available for purchase. It is being held in memory of Helen Andersen (Lebanon, IL) and Ashley Furlong, both who died from cancer at such a young age. Cost: $20 per person or $40 per team of two. Proceeds benefit cancer research. To register: https://bit.ly/3chkUtg. For info: Mark Skaer 618-623-2769 or skaer.mark@gmail.com.

St. Clair County Office on Aging - Aging Safely- Aging in Place — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24. 201 N. Church St., Belleville, Adaptive Equipment & Caregiving Corner will present a closer look at how focusing on home safety can improve functional independence, decrease fall risk and assist with aging in place. Reservations required. Registered attendees eligible for attendance prizes. Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7044 to register.

28th annual His Kids Cancer Support Golf Tournament — 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Oak Brook Golf Course, 9157 Fruit Road, Edwardsville. Four-person scramble with 18 holes, cart, range balls, longest drive, closest to pin, flighted prizes. Food and beverages on the course and lunch provided. Cost: $300 per team of four ($75 per player). Register by Aug. 22 at hiskidsinc.org. 618-654-4020.

Worth the Drive

Ste. Genevieve Farmers Market – 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. KC Hall grounds, 600 Market St., Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Locally produced vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, canned goods, vinegars, jams, jellies and freshly baked goods. facebook.com/SteGenevieveFarmersMarket

Monument Unveiling and Dedication to John O’Dell and the River-to-River Trail — 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Herod Springs Baptist Church, Route 34, Herod (Pope County). The River-to-River trail was only a dream, which had been an aspiration for decades until the 1990s, when John O’Dell set out on foot to blaze a trail from the Ohio River to the Mississippi River. O’Dell enlisted the aid of the USDA Forest Service, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and many private citizens who generously contributed their time to help make the dream a reality. Today the trail stretches 159 miles from Elizabethtown and Battery Rock on the Ohio River to Grand Tower on the Mississippi. O’Dell passed away last year. All are welcome. 270-331-1553.