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Local events: Butterfly festival, fish fries, farmers markets & more on schedule

Belleville News-Democrat logoBelleville News-Democrat 8/26/2020 By Jennifer Green, Belleville News-Democrat

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

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


? Self-Guided Butterfly Festival — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Wednesday, Sept. 30. Baebler Educational Farm, 4022 JJ Road, Waterloo. Families can participate at their leisure and learn more about butterflies, bees and native plants. Pick up an activity bag from the kiosk at Baebler Farm. The bag includes a hiking map, native plant guides, pollinator scavenger hunts, and youth activities. Post photos from your visit on Facebook and participate in a photo contest. Contest details are in the activity bag and on the Baebler Educational Farm Facebook page. For more information, call 618-939-3434 or visit

? Special Olympics Fundraiser — 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30. Schnucks, 2222 Troy Road, Edwardsville. Members of the Edwardsville Police Department will be selling T-shirts and other merchandise to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois Athletes. Donations accepted. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. For more information about getting involved with or making a donation to Special Olympics can be found at

? 19th annual TOCO Family Festival (Virtual) — 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Online on the TOCO Family Festival Facebook Page. The event will kick off with a live silent auction at 7 p.m. Friday that runs until 10 p.m. Saturday. Includes musical acts, family workshops, shopping and giving opportunities. The festival will be hosted online by TOCO Radio.

? Time for Change Event for Racial Equity — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. City Foundry STL, 3730 Foundry Way, St. Louis. Celebrate Black-owned businesses in St. Louis as well as encourage the community to take action for racial equity by registering to vote. Featuring local food in partnership with Taste of Black St. Louis from a variety of local restaurants for take-out only as well as local Black-owned retail vendors. To create a safe and socially-distanced environment, attendees must purchase a $5 ticket for an hour time slot online at Masks are required. All ticket sales will be donated to Action STL and Forward Through Ferguson. Guests will enter via the parking garage on Forest Park Parkway (east of Vandeventer on the south side of the street) and be guided by the vendors at a safe social distance.

? Dierbergs Markets annual Mega Hiring Event — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. Online event. Dierbergs Markets is looking to fill more than 100 immediate employment opportunities across all 24 metro area stores. Opportunities range from full-time and part-time entry level positions to managerial and specialized positions. Virtually meet with recruiters, learn more about the company and open positions. Qualified candidates may receive offers on the spot. To attend, candidates should visit to register.

Club News

? National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwestern Illinois (NAMI SWI) — 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Online via Zoom. Virtual support meetings for family members and other caregivers of individuals with mental illness. Meetings are peer-led and rely on the knowledge and experiences of the group to help one another. Registration is required in order to receive the link to these meetings. For more information or to register, contact Pat Rudloff at

? Knitting and Crochet Night Hosted by Millstadt Library — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Online via Zoom. Catch up on your yarns and your yarns with this online event. If you need more yarn, contact the library for curbside delivery. Join Zoom meeting For information:

? 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. If you would like to join the teleconference, please call/text 618-567-6095 or email

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

? Belleville Chapter of PFLAG — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Online event. A support, education and advocacy group for the LGBTQ community, their families and allies. This month’s topic of discussion will be the history of PFLAG. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information or a link to the meeting, contact the chapter via email at, visit or call 618-977-5078.


? Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge Wings & Things — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Carry-out only. Must call to order. 618-233-2600 or 618-233-1450.

? O’Fallon 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. Eat in or carry-out/call-in. Credit cards accepted. 618-632-6229.

? Swansea Fish Stand – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and more. Saturday: fried chicken. Open for carry-out and call-in orders. Swansea Improvement Hall and Bar are open. 618-222-7171.

? Millstadt Fish Fry and Jam Session — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Eat-in or carry-out. 618-476-1180.

? Collinsville American Legion Fish Fry — 3-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. Curbside delivery only. Cash only. Place an order by calling 618-345-2508. Last orders taken at 7:15 p.m.

? Highland Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Fish, chicken, shrimp, sides. Carry-out and limited dine-in available. Masks required for customers going through the serving line. No call-in orders.

? Collinsville Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Limited menu. Drive-thru and limited dine-in. No call-in orders. Cash only.

? Glen Carbon American Legion Post 435 Fish Fry — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. American Legion Post 435, 190 S. Main St., Glen Carbon. Limited menu of dinners and sandwiches, catfish, cod, Alaskan white fish and chicken strips, slaw and fries. Dinners: $11, sandwiches: $8, sides: $2.50 each. Curbside/Carry-out service. 618-288-7119.

? Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Fridays. Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Call 618-566-2288 to order.

? Taco Tuesday at the Millstadt VFW — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Millstadt VFW Post 7980, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Serving up tacos, burritos and taco salads all day. Clubroom opens at 11 a.m. There is a chairlift located at the back entrance and goes down into the dining room with access to the clubroom.


? Blues at the Arch: Carolyn Mason — 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Online event. This popular end-of-summer celebration pays tribute to St. Louis’ storied blues history and showcases the talents of our hometown artists. The free concert will stream online at and @gatewayarchpark Facebook page. RSVP at

? Something Spoken: Tennessee Williams On the Air – ‘Summer at the Lake’ — 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. On the air on Classic 107.3 FM. Enjoy a fully produced Williams’ one-act play along with interviews with scholars, directors and actors. Broadway legend and St. Louisan Ken Page will narrate and noted Williams scholar Tom Mitchell will offer commentary. Broadcast will stream online at until Sept. 18.

Reservations Required

? Virtual Saturday Morning Yoga — 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Online via Zoom. Start your weekend with an energizing session of yoga with instructor Sarah Hartwig. Register at

? Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive — 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. Lebanon Lions Club, 412 S. Madison St., Lebanon. Appointments are required. 866-448-3253 or

? Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Bus on the Quad, Edwardsville. Appointments are required. 866-448-3253 or

? Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive — 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. Shiloh United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St., Shiloh. Appointments are required. 866-448-3253 or

? 2020 Pumpkin Field Day — 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Belleville Research Center, 2036 Charles Lane, Belleville. Presenters will introduce the field trials, address various pest and production related topics and further discussion. Participants can then take a self-guided tour of the plots, which will have signs detailing trial information. Light refreshments will be provided. Tours are limited to 20 participants each. It is highly suggested that participants wear masks. Social distancing practices will be followed. The program is subject to change subject to local or state health guidelines. Registered participants will be notified via email should any changes be made. Register online at A virtual tour option via Zoom is available at noon the same day:

? Community Link’s 14th annual Virtual Edition Buddy Walk — Saturday, Sept. 5, through Monday, Sept. 7. Join Community Link as they unite for a common cause and raise funds at the annual Buddy Walk. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support of people with developmental disabilities, take the first step and donate or register today. For information or to register:

? University of Illinois Extension’s Everyday Environment Webinar Series: Watershed Planning — 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Online via Zoom. Extension Watershed Outreach Associates Haley Haverback-Gruber and Jennifer Jones will cover how watershed-based planning in Illinois uses a collaborative, grassroots approach to improve and protect the state’s water resources. Learn how Illinois conservationists work with communities on a local level to preserve their natural resources. For information, registration and other events in this series, visit

? Highland Moose Lodge 23rd annual Phil Powers Memorial Golf Outing — 10 a.m. Shotgun start, Saturday, Sept. 12. Timber Lakes Golf Course, 3120 Forest Lake Lane, Staunton. Three-person scramble with flights; two threesomes play together. Includes 18 holes of golf, giveaways, prizes and pork steak dinner. Entry fee: $150 per team before Tuesday, Sept. 1; $225 per team after Sept. 1. For information or to register: 618-531-7208 or 618-781-3250.

? Belleville Area Humane Society Tail-Gate Bingo — 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. St. Clair County Event Center, 1550 E. Illinois 15, Belleville. Gates open at 6 p.m. Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 19. Groups will be given two parking spaces, one to park in, and one to set up chairs to play bingo, while social distancing. Cost: $25 per person; one person must register for all people in the car. Must be 18 or older to play. Space is limited. Cash prizes. Dogs are welcome. Bring a table, chairs and flashlights. Drinks available for purchase. To register: For information:

Farmers Markets

? F.R.E.S.H. Farmers Market — 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays. East Side Health District, 638 N. 20th St., East St. Louis. Fresh local produce, spices and more. Social distancing and face mask guidelines will be in place. Customers can drive by, walk up or call in orders. Cash, credit, debit and EBT accepted. 618-271-8722, ext. 102.

? Swansea Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Behind Burger King. Fresh local produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey and more. Social distancing guidelines will be in place. Signs will be posted. Have monetary denominations of $10s, $5s and $1s available; no change will be given. Wear masks, keep your distance.

? Monroe County Farmers Market, Columbia — 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. Schnucks parking lot, 1000 Columbia Center, behind McDonald’s and Taco Bell, Columbia. Cash sales. Items available include bedding plants, bread, jams and much more. Social distancing practices will be present to keep both vendor and customer safe. Vendors will be wearing masks and sanitizing hands and surfaces frequently. Vendors will be handling their produce for customers.

? Maryville Drive-Thru Farmers Market — 5-6 p.m. Thursdays. Maryville Village Hall, 2520 N. Center St., Maryville. Pre-orders and pre-pay. Customers place orders through Facebook before noon on Thursday and pay online. When arriving for pick-up, give your name, remain in your vehicle, then drive up to each farm. Your order will be placed in your trunk/vehicle. Select items available for last-minute, onsite purchase when picking up orders. or

? Sparta Farmers Market — 2-5 p.m. Fridays. Corner of Broadway and St. Louis streets, Sparta. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

? Millstadt Farmers Market — 3-6 p.m. Fridays. Millstadt VFW Post 7980, 200 S. Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Featuring produce, plants, baked goods, kettle korn, jam, jewelry, honey, Avon and much more. Directed by St. Clair County Health guidelines. 618-476-3037 or

? The Ste. Genevieve Farmers Market — 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 600 Market St., Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. A weekly fresh selection of locally-produced vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, canned goods, vinegar, jams, jellies and freshly baked goods.

? Monroe County Farmers Market, Waterloo — 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. The Family Video parking lot, 100 Plaza Drive, Waterloo. Cash sales. Items available include bedding plants, bread, jams and much more. Social distancing practices will be present to keep both vendor and customer safe. Vendors will be wearing masks and sanitizing hands and surfaces frequently. Vendors will be handling their produce for customers.

? Belleville’s Old Town Farmers Market — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. First block of South Charles Street, between East Main and East Washington streets, Belleville. Food and agricultural products only at this point. Do not attend if sick. Only one family member should attend. Let vendors select and bag goods. Masks and 6 feet of social distancing required by all. Exact change requested; no change will be offered. Link/SNAP/EBT accepted.

? Alton Farmers & Artisans Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street, Alton. Fresh produce, plants, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods and other edible products will be available. Social distancing measures will be in place. Pre-ordering is encouraged. Electronic payment preferred. Cash accepted; bring small bills. Vendors advised not to give change.

? Land of Goshen Community Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Downtown Edwardsville, St. Louis Street, Edwardsville. Open rain or shine. Social distancing measures will be in place. The Market will only include sales of food and hygiene items to limit the number of vendors and allow for at least 10 feet of space between all stalls. The Market asks customers to send only one shopper per family/household. Customers are asked to wear masks.

? Vine Street Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. O’Fallon Station 212 E. First St., O’Fallon. Online pre-orders and pre-pay still available. Orders can be placed with individual vendors online. Vendor availability and order deadlines vary. Market guidelines for onsite shopping include masks, social distancing, not touching products at vendor stands. For details and information: or

? Drive-Thru Vine Street Market — 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays. O’Fallon Station 212 E. First St., O’Fallon. Online pre-orders and pre-pay only, no walk-ups. Orders can be placed with individual vendors on Facebook. Vendor availability and order deadlines vary. For details and information:

? Land of Goshen Online Market — 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 (for pick-up). 222 Artisan Bakery, 222 Main St., Edwardsville. Online orders accepted Friday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Aug. 31. Order at Call 618-659-1122 for curbside pick-up.

Worth the Drive

? Elsah Museum 2020 Photography Exhibit: ‘My Favorite Window’ — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Village of Elsah Museum, 26 Lasalle St., Elsah. The purpose of the exhibit is to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the beauty and unique qualities of the Village. This year’s theme is “My Favorite Window.” This exhibit will be open through next year. Visitors are required to wear masks. No more than five visitors are to be inside the building at any time. Hand sanitizer is available at the door. For information, visit

? Green Door art gallery presents: ‘Figure, Form and Formless’ — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays starting Sept. 2. Green Door art gallery, 21 N. Gore St., Webster Groves, Missouri. Featuring figurative acrylic works by Cbabi Bayoc and figurative oils by Maxine Thirteen, nuno-felted and printed forms by Carla Duncan, silver and semi-precious stone jewelry by Laurie Van Mondfrans, and oil and cold wax abstracts by Mark Witzling. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The artwork in this exhibit will be available for sale through Oct. 31. 314-202-4071 or


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