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Nearly 50 events are on this week’s metro-east calendar with something for everyone

Noon Friday, Oct. 27, 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.

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

Send event info via email to [email protected]. Questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.

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▪ HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary Used Book Sale — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, Ungacta Conference Center, 12866 Troxler Ave., Highland. Featuring an impressive selection of fiction and nonfiction books, children’s books, cookbooks, puzzles, DVDs, CDs and more. Prices for hardback books will be $2, paperbacks are 50 cents, children’s books will be 25 cents and 50 cents, and oversized paperbacks, puzzles and DVDs/CDs are $1. Friday’s afternoon’s sale is a $3 Bargain Bag Sale. 618-651-2592.

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▪ Soulard Art Gallery: The Art of Darkness — Oct. 27 thru Dec. 1. Soulard Art Gallery, 2028 S. 12th St., St. Louis. See how local artists create artwork which represents the creepy, macabre, morbid, haunting, sinister and things that dwell in the night. This free, juried exhibit runs Oct. 27 thru Dec. 1. Gallery hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. 314-258-4299 or

▪ Oasis Class: The Life of Ernest Hemingway: The Man Behind the Myth — 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. AgeSmart Oasis, 801 W. State St., O’Fallon. Ernest Hemingway lived a spicy, interesting life! This Oasis class will offer a window into the man behind the myth. His love of bullfighting, drinking, and his revolutionary writing style may be widely known, but who is the real guy behind the legend of Ernest Hemingway? Come learn about his first love which inspired one of his greatest novels, his experiences as a journalist across the world, and why Hemingway is read by all age groups and still remembered as one of the greatest American writers to this day. Older adults can register for the course on Oasis’s website and view more classes at 314-862-4859, ext. 24.

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▪ Dandy Dancers Square Dance — 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Caseyville Township Senior Center, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Come out for an evening of square and round dancing. Next dance: Nov. 3. Want to learn? Ask about lessons: Rick, 618-234-1311.

▪ Caffeine and Chrome — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28. Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive #1, O’Fallon. Cruise in with your collectible car or daily driver and bring your appetite. Indulge in pastries and coffee (while supplies last). All makes and models are welcome, with plenty of parking space. This is a family and pet friendly event. Free and open to the public.

▪ 2023 Peace Festival — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Shiloh Community Park, 1 Park Drive, Shiloh. This year’s live entertainment features the Scott Air Force Base Starlifter Band and the fantastic Gene Jackson & Power Play Band. Circus Harmony is back to share their amazing talent. Food, face painting, demonstrations, informational booths and more. There will be plenty of activities for the entire family.

▪ Ruler Foods Customer Appreciation Event — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Belleville Ruler Foods Parking Lot, 1703 North Belt West, Belleville. A free, family-friendly event celebrating the store’s Belleville customers. Attendees will be treated to a free hot dog cookout and various Ruler Foods giveaway items. The first 300 guests will receive a reusable bag and can take home one of 180 gift cards, valued from $5-$100.

▪ Genealogy Research Meet Up — 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville. Members of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society will help navigate the wealth of genealogy research materials available in the library’s Archives and Research Department. Open to the public. No reservation required. For more information: or

▪ Green Door Art Gallery: Finding Flow: Immersed in the Act of Creating — Nov. 1 thru Dec. 30. Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore, Webster Groves, Missouri. Opening reception: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. This exhibit features acrylic paintings by Angela Fromme, Gary Lang and Luciana Sabatino, mixed media paintings by Elena Rybak and silver and stone jewelry by Joe Bova Conti. The artwork and jewelry will be on display and available for sale. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 314-202-4071 or

“Starved,” an acrylic on canvas painting by Angela Fromme, is one of the pieces that will feature in an upcoming exhibit at the Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, Missouri. Provided

▪ 2023 Art & Wine Walk — 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Downtown Belleville. Hop on the trolley and then stroll along Belleville’s Main Street while sampling wines, viewing artists’ work, and listening to local musicians at more than 25 Main Street merchant locations. Attendees receive a commemorative wine tumbler for sampling up to 15 – 1-ounce samples of wine (per state regulations). Ticket holders must be 21+.

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▪ Déjà vu Spirit Reunion — 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Ste. Genevieve’s Old Memorial Cemetery, 35 N. 5th St., Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Costumed Interpreters relaying the stories of Sainte Genevieve’s Early French Colonial families. Come experience the unique storytelling experience by lantern light, in Missouri’s oldest cemetery. For tickets and info:

▪ River-to-River Trail Society Fall Hike: Buttermilk Hill Picnic Area (Jackson County) — 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Meet at Spillway Lake Road, Kincaid Lake Dam. This will be a hike of moderate difficulty, 7.5 miles in length, 4.5 hours hiking time. This will be an out and back hike. The event is intended for people in good health who have done some hiking. Hiking sticks and sturdy shoes are recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please. Free and open to the public. This hike’s leader can be reached at 618-791-3086.


▪ Euchre — 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Smithton Senior Center, 711 S. Main St., Smithton. Doors open at 6 p.m. Snacks welcome. Water, soda and coffee will be available for purchase. Masks not required. 618-791-8769 or 618-698-3785.

▪ Glo Bingo — 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Tribout’s Belle Vegas Bingo Hall, 517 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Ticket includes six bingo cards for 10 games, a glo hat and dabber. Additional cards available for purchase. Ages 18+ only. Cash bar, BYO snacks, raffles: cooler of booze, lottery tickets, 50/50 and more. Halloween theme; costumes encouraged. Sponsored by St. Paul UCC, Belleville.

▪ Holy Family presents Cash & Quilt Bingo — 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. St. James Gymnasium, 412 W. Washington St., Millstadt. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Food available for purchase at 11:30 a.m. – fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs. Bingo begins at 1 p.m. Raffles: queen-size quilt, baskets, 50/50. 618-779-6000.

▪ Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge Sunday Night Bingo — 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Early Bird at 6:15 p.m. Cards sold at 5 p.m. Open to the public. Bring a canned good for one free card.

▪ Metro Cribbage Club — 12:30 p.m. Mondays. American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. For more information, contact Yvonne Bright, 618-344-1521 or [email protected].

▪ Troy Senior Center Bingo — 12:30 p.m. Mondays. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 112 N. Border, Troy. Includes light snack, cash prizes. No cost to play, no RSVP required. 618-667-2022.

▪ Belleville Area Humane Society Glo Bingo — 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Tribout’s Belle Vegas Bingo Hall, 517 S. Illinois St., Belleville. A lot of bingo, as well as raffle prizes, 50/50, grab bags, games, music and more. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Ticket includes six bingo cards for 10 games, a glo bingo hat, light-up foam stick and neon dabber. Ages 18+ only. Cash bar, BYO snacks.

▪ Holy Family Church Men’s & Women’s Club Trivia — 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Holy Family Church, 116 Church St., Cahokia Heights. Doors open at 6 p.m. Raffles, baskets and more. Call 618-779-6000 to reserve a table.

▪ YWCA Trivia Night — 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Best Western Premier Conference Center, 3559 College Ave., Alton. Doors open at 6 p.m. Evening includes 50/50 raffle, heads & tails, silent auction and fun trivia. Cost: $25 per person, $200 table of eight. 618-465-7774 or

▪ Missouri Chamber Music Trivia Night — 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave., St. Louis. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Missouri Chamber Music Festival is celebrating Season 14 with a fun and festive trivia night fundraiser. “Game Changers” will feature categories inspired by some of our favorite board games and, of course, some music related questions, wonderful silent auction items, a wine pull, mulligans, and 50/50 raffle too. Bring your own drinks and food. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting MOCM’s mission of great music performed greatly. Cost: $25 per person, $200 for a table of eight. For tickets:

Tribout’s BelleVegas Bingo Hall at 517 S. Illinois St. in Belleville will host upcoming glo bingo fundraising events to benefit local organizations. Jennifer Green/[email protected]


▪ Masterworks Children’s Chorus: ‘Music for Young Voices’ — 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Saint Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. In a concert for children of all ages, the Masterworks Children’s Chorus will present music of many traditions, suitable for young hearts and voices. A highlight of the concert will be a performance of excerpts from Humperdinck’s delightful “Hansel and Gretel,” with a retelling of the classic Grimm fairytale. With wicked witches and a haunted forest, it’s the perfect prelude to Halloween. For tickets and info:

▪ ‘Keyboard Praise’ — 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. St. Matthew Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. This free program features 10 grand pianos, the St. Matthew organ, hand bells, brass ensemble and more. 618-397-5994.

▪ Beethoven’s Piano Cycle: Paul Lewis Plays the Fourth — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, 1 Touhill Circle, St. Louis. Orpheus was Greek mythology’s superstar musician. Stéphane brings two responses to the myth, the bewitching beauty of Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Pianist Paul Lewis is among the world’s great Beethoven pianists, offering what “Gramophone” Magazine calls “shining musicianship.” The sprightliness of Prokofiev’s First Symphony and Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” refreshes us with a splash of colors, vivid lights, and rich tonal variety.

▪ The Tesseract Theatre Company presents ‘The Mad Ones’ — 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Marcelle Theatre, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, St. Louis. Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. Caught between a yearning for the unknown and feeling bound by expectation, she telescopes back to a time before her world had fallen apart. As she sits in the driver’s seat, she faces a choice: will she follow in her mother’s footsteps, or take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path? Additional performances Nov. 10-12. For tickets and info:

▪ Saint Louis Chamber Chorus: ‘Mexico’ — 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 5418 Louisiana Ave., St. Louis. The energy of the New World exerted upon Spanish colonists is heard in lively settings by Francisco Lopez Capillas and Manuel de Zumaya. These works are in contrast with the tender Aztec verse set by Carlos Chavez and contemporary part songs by Maria Granillo. General admission: $30; students: $10. 636-458-4343 or

Community & Farmers Markets

▪ Swansea Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Fresh local produce, baked goods, unique handmade crafts and more. Rain or shine. 618-520-5107 or

▪ Monroe County Farmers Market – Columbia — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Turner Hall, 211 E. Cherry St., Columbia. Local vendors offering plants and produce, baked treats and more.

▪ Millstadt Township Farmers Market — 3-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Millstadt VFW, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Fresh produce, baked goods, unique crafts, plants, honey, jams, jellies, flowers, jewelry, handmade soaps, eggs and vintage antiques. VFW also open for food, drinks and restrooms. Help support the veterans. 618-476-3037. Call, text or

▪ Monroe County Farmers Market – Waterloo — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28. Monroe County Annex, 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo. Produce, plants, baked goods, coffee vendors and so much more. Live entertainment and activities for the kids too.

▪ Riverside Flea Market — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 28-29. The Boatworks at The Loading Dock, 401 E. Front St., Grafton. Featuring more than 60 vendors and a variety of goods including antiques, collectibles, crafts, clothing, plants, décor and more.

Clubs & Support Groups

▪ Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance Samhain Celebration — 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Gaia House Interfaith Center, 913 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. Gathering starts at 6 p.m. with a meet-and-greet with the ritual at 7 p.m. A potluck will follow.

▪ Grief Share Seminar/Group — 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays thru Dec. 5. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, lower level, 1300 Beltline Road, Collinsville. Grief Share is for people grieving the death of a loved one. The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and others who have experienced the death of a loved one. Can start at any session. Cost: $20 for the workbook. 618-344-3151 or [email protected].

▪ Bible Study Fellowship — 9:30-11 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. St. Matthew Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. The morning group includes classes for newborn through pre-K. Examine the biblical truth for your life along with other women as they study the Gospel of John. For more info, call Jane, 618-520-8357 or Candy, 618-363-3285 or visit

▪ Metro East Herb Club — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Program: Sandy Richter from Sandy’s Back Porch will talk about growing winter pots. Visitors are always welcome.

▪ Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 26th annual Luncheon, Style Show, Silent Auction & Bazaar — 10 a.m. (Doors open) Thursday, Nov. 2. St. Clair Country Club, 100 S. 78th St., Belleville. Cost: $50 per person. For reservations: 618-236-0661 or 618-806-6949.

▪ St. Clair County Genealogical Society — 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. Online via Zoom. Program: “Introduction to Family Tree Maker – Building Your Family Tree.” Family Tree Maker Ambassador Mark Olsen gears his 90-minute program toward new and experienced researchers. It includes how the current software version differs from others, how it’s installed, basic tree building tools, and its interaction with Ancestry and Family Search. He also discusses Family Tree Maker partner product plug-ins, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator. The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited. For reservation information: or

▪ Japan America Society annual Dinner & Meeting — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. Kirkwood Performing Center, 210 E. Monroe Ave., Kirkwood, Missouri. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet old friends and make some new ones while sharing your appreciation of Japan and the Japan America Society. Learn about the amazing things we’ve done this year to build a relationship between Japan and the people of St. Louis, including travel scholarships; several sake events; and community partnerships with Laumeier Sculpture Park, University City Library, STL Art Fair, and more. Space is limited. For info and reservations:


▪ Waterloo VFW Post #6504 Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. Waterloo VFW Post #6504, 406 Veterans Drive, Waterloo. Traditional Menu of cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp, chicken, chicken strips, hamburgers, fries, slaw, hush puppies, onion rings, fried green beans and fried mushrooms. Cash bar available. Dine-in or carryout. Credit/debit cards accepted. Orders can be called in at 618-939-7999.

▪ O’Fallon Knights of Columbus & Ladies Auxiliary Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Fridays. Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Traditional menu of cod, tilapia, catfish, 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.

▪ Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. KC Club & Event Center, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, O’Fallon. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and more. Open for carryout, call-in and dine-in orders. 618-222-7171.

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

▪ 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.

▪ Albers Legion Breakfast — 8-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. American Legion Post 1026, 600 N. Bertha St., Albers. Serving pork sausage, ham, eggs, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, and pancakes. Cost: $13 adults, $6 kids 5-12, under 5 free. 618-248-5505.

▪ St. Stephen Church’s Men’s Club All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast — 8-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Voigt Hall, 901 S. Main St., Caseyville. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, milk, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $8 adults, $5 children 5-12, under 5 free. For information, call 618-398-9928 (day of the event).

▪ Turkey Hill Grange Wurstmarkt Dinner Fundraiser — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 IL-15, Belleville.

▪ Quail Club Ladies Auxiliary Wurstmarkt — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Church Road, Belleville. All-you-can-eat pork sausage dinner. Adults $14, 6-12 $6, 5 and under free. 618-791-2702.