Quarter Auction Benefits Junior Service Club
Thursday, 7-10 p.m.
Collinsville VFW, 1234 Vandalia St.
Bring your quarters and bid on items from local direct sale vendors, local businesses and crafters. Admission includes one bidding paddle. For more information, call (618) 344-7195.
February Vets Connect
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Suite 5, 4509 N. Illinois St., Swansea
All veterans and military welcome to discuss challenges and opportunities. For more information, visit usvetsfoundation.org/.
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow
Thur., 2-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-9 p.m..; Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m..; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
America’s Center Convention Complex, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, Mo.
In addition to water sports products on display, there will be the “Lumberjills” who will demonstrate log-rolling, chainsaw-carving, axe-throwing skills. Kids can catch-and-release trout and learn archery at the 3-D Archery Range. For more information, visit www.stlouisboatshow.com.
Library After Dark
Friday, 6:30-8 p.m.
O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza
Adults over 21 will enjoy music, socializing and light refreshments kid-free. Jeremy Wright will provide the music. For more information, visit ofpl.info/events/library-after-dark for more information.
Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp in Winter Concert Series
Friday, 7-9 p.m.
The Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville
French-speaking Creole fiddler and accordionist will entertain with mix of contemporary blues, swamp pop and traditional Cajun and zydeco dance tunes. For more information, call (618) 307-1750.
Bernina Academy: Fear No Fabric
Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
1966 Vandalia St., Collinsville
Bernina Educator led workshop to learn how to master any fabric with your Bernina presser feet. For more information, call (618) 345-3661.
Friends of Hayner Book Bag Sale
Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hayner Library, 327 State St., Alton
Fill a bag with books, tapes, records, DVDs and VCR tapes for $3. For more information, call (618) 462-0677.
ALT: Who’s In Bed with the Butler?
Fri. & Sat., 7:30
Alton Little Theater, 2450 N. Henry St.
$17; students $10
Mad-capped hilarity with mile-a-minute dialogue and a very twisted plot. For more information, call (618) 462-3205.
St. Louis Woodworking Show
Fri. noon-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr., Collinsville
Over 50 exhibitors offer every tool you’ll ever need, no matter your skill level. For more information, visit thewoodworkingshows.com/st.-louis.
Dead of Winter Festival
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mineral Springs Mall, 301 E. Broadway, Alton
Celebrate winter ghosts, hauntings, and the macabre at the mysterious Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton. For more information, call (618) 465-3200.
Spay & Neuter Clinic in Edwardsville
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Metro East Humane Society, 8495 State Rte. 143
Dogs $30; Cats $20
Madison County residents on Food stamps or Social Security Disability. Low income Illinois residents (single under $20,000/yr, married under $32,000) can have their pets neutered at the special low rate. Regular price is $95 per animal. Schedule an appointment by calling (618) 550-7647.
Family Sweetheart Dance
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main St.
Free with a canned good for the food pantry
The Junior Friends of the Glen Carbon Library are sponsoring the dance with a Star Wars Valentine’s Day theme. For more information, call (618) 288-1212.
Maple Tapping at the Oblates
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
4350 Levis Lane, Godfrey
Learn with a hands-on approach about the process for making maple syrup. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, call (618) 466-9930.
Sonneborn Relay for Life Trivia Night & Dinner
Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
Carlinville Elks Lodge, 201 W. Main St.
Dinner $10; Trivia $10 per person
Menu includes chicken or pork chop dinner. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. The Macoupin County Relay for Life will benefit. For more information, call (217) 473-2165.
Mardi Gras Dinner & Dance
Saturday, 7-11 p.m.
Argosy Casino, 1 Piasa St., Alton
$40 per person
The YWCA is sponsoring a dinner that will feature Cajun Seafood Boil and music by Big George and NGK. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, call (618) 465-7774.
Old Town Market
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Corner of S. Charles and East Washington in Belleville
Vendors of homegrown produce, meats, preserves, soaps and art will be on hand. For more information, call (618) 233-2015.
Honor Guard Winter BBQ
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
American Legion, 375 E. Locust St., Columbia
$4, $6, $8
BBQ plates and sandwiches with a variety of sides, pork steaks and brats. For more information, call (618) 281-5556.
Valentine’s Tea Fundraiser
Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1212 Homer Adams Pkwy., Godfrey
$35 per couple; $20 per person; child 3-10 $10
The Great Rivers Choral Society presents an afternoon of mini-tea sandwiches, desserts, song and fellowship. For more information, call (618) 401-1450.
64th Annual Sausage Supper
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Highland Masonic Lodge 583, 721 9th St.
All you can eat Old Swiss Sausage Supper. For more information, call (618) 654-8000.
Monday, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Hettehnausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon
$15; $10 student/child
David Epley teaches kids the fundamentals of science through the character Doktor Kaboom. Sponsored by Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development. For more information, call (618) 537-6863.
Look Good, Feel Better
Monday, 1-3 p.m.
Alton Memorial Hospital, 6 Memorial Dr., Alton
The AMH Cancer Care Center presents a wig and makeup tips for women with cancer. Registration required by calling (618) 433-7979.
Ranken Technical College Information Night
Monday, 6-7 p.m.
Wood River Public Library, 326 E. Ferguson Ave.
Among the topics addressed will be campus tours, financial aid and placement testing. For more information, call (618) 254-4832.
All You Can Eat Pancake & Sausage Supper
Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 228 N. 6th St., Wood River
Adults $8; Children 6-10 $4
Dinner includes pancakes, sausage, applesauce and drinks. Proceeds benefit scholarship funds. For more information, call (618) 254-6682.
Skin Cancer Screening
Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Dr.
Dr. Noor Ahmed will perform free cancer screenings. Make an appointment by calling (800) 392-0936.
The Neverly Brothers at The Wildey
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
252 N. Main St., Edwardsville
A Celebration of love songs from The Golden Age of Rock n’ Roll. For more information, call (618) 307-1750.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Wednesday, 4-6 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, 106 N. Metter
Enjoy Anti-V-Day food, cards, and gifts and games all while listening to an Anti-V-Day music playlist. Recommended for teens. For more information, call (618) 281-4237.
–Metro East Calendar of Events Feb. 8 – Feb. 14–