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Southwest Illinois calendar: 9/11 remembrance, fish fries, virtual events and more

Belleville News-Democrat logoBelleville News-Democrat 9/9/2020 By Jennifer Green, Belleville News-Democrat

Noon Thursday, Sept. 10, 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.


? Second annual Veterans’ Recognition Banners Registration — Now through Monday, Sept. 21. The city of Edwardsville is inviting residents to assist in recognizing and honoring area veterans and active military through banner sponsorship. Those who sponsored a veteran last year will once again see those banners displayed on lampposts in addition to new banners that are obtained through sponsorship this year. The banners currently placed on the lampposts on Main Street and surrounding streets will be replaced with banners honoring these special men and women. The banners will be displayed Tuesday, Oct. 20, through Veterans Day, Nov. 11. For information or to register:

? 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

? Free COVID-19 Testing — 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 10. Fairmount Park, 9301 Collinsville Road, Collinsville. No appointment needed. Masks are required. Open to the public (adults and children over 6 months). Valid phone number required for results notification.

? September 11 Virtual 2020 Moment of Remembrance — 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Live-streamed at Honoring those who died, those who came to aid, and those who survived. Only program participants will be allowed on site for this year’s ceremony. A video recapping the event will be available to view the following week at 618-235-3060.

? Take the 2020 Census — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 (during the Vandalia Farmers Market). 310 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia. Join State Sen. Jason Plummer and help shape your future by completing the 2020 census. Reservations are highly recommended. 618-283-3000.

? Farmers to Families Food Box Giveaway — 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. West Junior High School, 840 Royal Heights Road, Belleville. In coordination with August Gate Church, the Farmers to Families Program will be in Belleville, giving away boxes of food, while supplies last. Hosted by Send St. Louis.

? Residential Shredding Day — 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. St. Clair Township Building, 107 Service St., Swansea.

? Free COVID-19 Testing — 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 15. Ralph Korte Stadium (SIUE campus), 3345 Stadium Drive, Edwardsville. No appointment needed. Masks are required. Open to the public (adults and children over 6 months). Valid phone number required for results notification.

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

? Collinsville Junior Service Club — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Junior Service Pavilion, Glidden Park, Branch Street, Collinsville. The club is seeking new members, so any ladies who are interested in joining are welcome to attend. Due to COVID-19, meetings are held outdoors with social distancing. Picnic tables are available, but it is encouraged that attendees bring a lawn chair.

? 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:

? GriefShare Seminar/Support Group — 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 15. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Conference Room, lower level, 1300 Beltline Road, Collinsville. A helpful, encouraging seminar for people grieving the death of a loved one. For information or registration, 618-344-3151 or

? 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. Online via Zoom. See weekly email for link or email 618-210-8156 or

? Bible Study Fellowship Belleville Women’s Class — 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 16. Online via Zoom. The class will be studying Genesis, a recounting of humanity’s shared story and an exploration of life’s deepest questions. For information or to register, call Jane at 618-520-8357 or Paula at 618-593-4104.

? Our Lord’s Lutheran Church Fall Speaker Series — 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 21. Online via Zoom. A six-week series aimed at helping participants explore some of the most challenging issues facing our society and what they can do to make a marked difference. Series includes 75-minute talks with breakout sessions. Text 330-244-7963 to request the Zoom meeting ID and password or email


? Erika Johnson: Jazz Standards – Established and Emerging — 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Blue Strawberry Showroom & Lounge, 364 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis. A night of jazz standards, both established and emerging, from this very, very accomplished singer. Erika Johnson’s musical roots are in East St. Louis. She has performed with jazz greats James Carter, Russell Gunn, and Willie Akins. Johnson has refined a sound uniquely her own, while paying homage to those who have gone before. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets and information:


? ‘I Love Movies’ Virtual Trivia Night Part II — 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, through Thursday, Sept. 17. Online event. This popular and challenging movie-themed trivia night will be returning for another online edition with more opportunities for prizes on Questions will be themed into groups of 20 spread across four nights. Cost: $5 contribution per night to play. For more information, visit

Reservations Required

? Contemporary Art Museum St Louis Exhibit Openings — Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 21. Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis. Visit the fall/winter exhibitions. Reserve free timed-tickets for entry. Walk-ins will be accommodated based on availability. Masks required. For tickets and museum hours, visit

? Virtual Saturday Morning Yoga — 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Online via Zoom. Start your weekend with an energizing session of yoga with instructor Sarah Hartwig. Register at

? ‘Fake News, Lying Politicians, and Dirty Tricks: Madison County on the Eve of the Presidential Election, 1860 (or 2020?)’ — 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Online via Zoom. The Madison County Historical Society presents a live webinar comparing presidential politics of 1860 with today. Presented by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Emeritus Professor Stephen Hansen. Free registration is required at 618-656-1294.

? University of Illinois Fall Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series: Hardscaping Basics for Patios and Retaining Walls — 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. Online via Zoom. Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Enroth as he talks about the basics of modular patio paver and retaining wall installation. Free and open to the public. Register online at

? Virtual Candidates Forum: Illinois Supreme Court Fifth Judicial District — Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Online via Zoom. Featuring candidates Judy L. Cates and David K. Overstreet. Both candidates are presently Justices on the Fifth Judicial District of the Illinois Appellate Court. Moderators will be John Fitzgerald, President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, and Dennis J. Orsey, President of the Illinois State Bar Association. Free registration online at A Zoom registration link will be included in the confirmation email.

? Night at the Zoo — 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis. Adults ages 21+ are invited to spend an exclusive, limited-attendance evening among the animals at the Saint Louis Zoo. Enjoy Zoo exhibits and complimentary admission to special attractions, two complimentary drink tickets, a free animal-themed mask, and special discounts at food outlets and gift shops. Advance tickets cost $25/member, $30/non-member and are required. No tickets available at the door.

? Girl Scouts Together Virtual Benefit — 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Online via Zoom. Girl Scouts of all ages will sing, tell stories and dream big at this live event. Proceeds from the event will fund the increasing demand for STEM programs throughout the council. Donations also will provide financial assistance to families for whom the $25 registration fee for Girl Scouts is more than they can afford. Tickets to the Virtual Benefit are available for a suggested donation of $25, the cost of one Girl Scout registration. For tickets and information:

? Virtual Evening Flow Yoga — 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Online via Zoom. Instructor: Anne Highes. Classes are suitable for those newer to yoga or those wanting a basic flow class. This class introduces traditional yoga postures, teaches you how to breathe, and helps you feel more comfortable in the yoga practice. Register at

? Belleville Chamber of Commerce Virtual Chili Chase 5K — Saturday, Oct. 10. Virtual event. This event is normally part of the annual Belleville Chili Cook-off. While the cook-off is canceled, there is no reason we can’t still run together from the comfort of wherever we are. Run (or walk) your distance wherever you want. The goodie bag will be shipped right to you. Registration fee: $25, includes a T-shirt and commemorative bowl. Registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 18. Event takes place rain or shine. No refunds. For information: Wendy Pfeil at or call 618-233-2015. To register:


? 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. 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. Carry-out only. 618-476-1180.

? Collinsville American Legion Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Fridays. Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. Curbside delivery only. Cash only. Place an order by calling 618-345-2508.

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

? St. Joseph Church Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Carry-out only and limited menu. Fried cod loins (plate, sandwich or pound), shrimp, green beans, fries, homemade slaw and mac and cheese. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Orders taken in person or by calling 618-539-4720.

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

? Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge Fish Fry — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Call in an order at 618-233-1450 or 618-233-2600 to pick up or to eat in the Beer Garden.

? 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.

? Albers Legion Carry-out Only Chicken Dinner — 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. American Legion, 600 N. Bertha St., Albers. Dinners are $9 each. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1026. 618-248-5505.

? 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. Carry-out only. 618-476-1180.

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.

? 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 six 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:

Worth the Drive

? September Market Days — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Veteran’s Park, 800 S. 27th St., Mt. Vernon. A flea market and vendor fair with a variety of vendors sell diverse items such as antiques, collectibles, handmade items, plants, jewelry, blacksmith, flea market finds, produce, baked goods and more! Admission is free and kids’ inflatables are provided.


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