Metro East Calendar of Events Feb. 15 – Feb. 20

Calvary Cares is hosting a Soup & Service Day at the Alton Salvation Army to serve the homeless population on Feb. 15. (Photo courtesy of Calvary Cares)

FEB. 15

Soup & Service Day
Thursday, noon-1 p.m.
The Salvation Army, 525 Alby St., Alton

Calvary Cares sponsored luncheon to give you the opportunity to meet the homeless of our area. The purchased meal ticket will buy lunch for both you and a homeless man, women or child who will join you for lunch. We also ask you to bring with you an assortment of personal hygiene items that will be donated to the shelter pantry. For more information, call (618) 465-4357.

Diabetes Support Group
Thursday 1-2 p.m.
Olin Wing, Room G-252, Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive

Newest information about diabetes and how to control it. For more information, call (618) 463-7526.

EMS Heartsaver First AID CPR AED
Thursday, 4-9 p.m.
EMS Satellite, 161 N. Bellwood Dr., East Alton

For information or to register, call (618) 463-7150.

Drink a Beer and Benefit the Humane Society
Thursday, 4-9 p.m.
Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton
Free admission

Twenty-five percent of beer sales will be donated to the Metro East Humane Society. For more information, call (618) 656-4405.

Jedpardy! Trivia Night
Thursday, 7-9 p.m.
LakeHouse at Buffalo Park, 2822 N. Center St., Maryville

Test your knowledge of pop culture, current events, movies, television and books. Small prizes for the top three teams. For more information, call (618) 288-2200.

Astronomy Association Meeting
Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Ln., Godfrey

Naturalist Eddie Agha will lead the group to observe and record the constellations. For more information, call (618) 466-9930.

FEB.  16

Bonkers for Birds Awards Ceremony
Friday, 9-10 a.m.
National Great Rivers Museum, 2 Locks and Dam Way, East Alton

The annual Masters of the Sky event kicks off with a ceremony recognizing the achievements of the Bonkers for Birds artists. The winning submission from each classroom will be on display. There will be live bird presentations from the Treehouse Wildlife Center at 11 a.m.; 1 & 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, call (618) 462-6979.

Troy VFW Fish Fry
Friday, 4-8 p.m.
123 W. Market St. #A

Choice of fried cod, catfish, jack salmon and baked salmon or tilapia, cod cut-ups, shrimp and chicken strips. For more information, call (618) 667-8387.

Quilt Show Entry Registration Deadline
Friday, noon-11:59 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Quilt Guild, 406 Hillsboro Ave., Edwardsville

Quilters who have prepared an entry into the Illinois-themed show need to have their entry forms in by midnight. Entry forms are available at

Dine to Donate for Officer Lee Brousseau
Friday, 4 p.m.
Ravanelli’s Restaurant, 3 American Vlg, Granite City
Free admission

Twenty-five percent of your bill will be donated to assist Officer Lee and his family. For more information, call (618) 877-8000.

Alton K of C Fish Dinner Buffet
Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.
405 E. 4th St., Alton
$12 adults; $5 children 6-12

All-you-can-eat fish buffet dinner will be served every Friday in Lent. Menu includes 5 varieties of fried and baked fish, salad, vegetables, potatoes, cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese. For more information, call (618) 465-6913.

St Jacob UCC Youth Group Nerf Night
Friday, 6-9:30 p.m.
St. Jacob United Church of Christ, 207 W. Main St.
$20 at the door ($15 preregistered)

Children 5 and up can bring their Nerf guns and have a night filled with fun in different nerf games. Snacks and drinks included. Profit will benefit the mission trip to the Back Bay Mission in Mississippi. For more information, call (618) 644-2142.

Improv Theater: “When We First Met”
Friday, 8-10 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 N. Broadway, Alton

“When We First Met” is one-part high energy, two-parts improv games and a dash of love stories told by the audience. For more information, call (618) 462-05222.

Alton Train Show
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Franklin Lodge No. 25 AF&AM, 1513 Washington Ave., Alton

There will be more than 50 vendors with trains and train items to sell/buy. A model train will be set up on the stage to entertain the kids. For more information, call (618) 465-2211.

FEB.  16-18

Pokemon Regional Championships
Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr., Collinsville
Free to spectators

Players with a registered Pokemon Player ID number compete for the title of Pokémon Regional Champion as well as cash prizes and scholarships. For more information, email

FEB.  17

Fur, Feathers and Ferns Day at Willoughby
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville

Cub Scouts can complete their “Fur, Feathers and Fern Adventure” badge as they participate in a one-mile hike and learn about compost, plants and animals. Cubs should bring a sack lunch and a bottle of water. For more information, email

Highland Jaycees Mardi Gras Mystery Bar Crawl
Saturday, noon-6 p.m.
Madison County Fairgrounds, 2025 Park Hill Ave., Highland
$10 per person; up to 5 people per Krewe

Use the clues to find our participating locations and play NOLA themed games along the way. Don’t forget to dress your crew in their Mardi Gras best to win prizes. For more information, call (618) 304-9610.

Classic Rock Experience
Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Wildey Theater, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville

Celebrating the 70s biggest touring bands. For more information, call (618) 307-1750.

FEB.  17-18

Metro East Home & Garden Show
Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
6305 Center Grove Rd., Edwardsville

Fifth annual show offers more than 70 exhibitors, workshops, speakers, pet adoption opportunities, and door prizes. For more information, call (618) 656-0043, Ext. 150.

Masters of the Sky
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Great Rivers Museum, 2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton
$5; children $3

Birds of prey demonstration sponsored by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Meeting of the Rivers Program offers an opportunity to witness rehabilitated birds. For more information, call (877) 462-6979.

Flea Market in Belleville
Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt
Free admission

Hundreds of vendors selling antiques and collectibles as well as new merchandise. For more information, call (618) 233-0052.

FEB.  18

Coal Exhibit Open House
Sunday, 2-5 p.m.
O’Fallon Illinois Historical Society, 101 W. State St.

The OHS museum’s newest exhibit includes artifacts and the history of coal mining in the O’Fallon area. The exhibit was created by Tommy Fulford as his Eagle Scout project. For more information, call (618) 624-8409.

FEB.  20

Wilderness Walk
Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave, Edwardsville

Join a guided tour led by a Master Naturalist to see the native wetland, prairie and forest habitats. For more information, call (618) 692-7578.


–Metro East Calendar of Events Feb. 15 – Feb. 20–