Metro East Calendar of Events March 14 – March 21

The Metro East Home & Garden Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Metro-East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville. (Photo courtesy of Metro East Home & Garden Show)

MARCH 16-17

Highland Rummage Sale
Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-noon
First Congregational Church, 801 Washington St.
Free admission

Included will be kitchen and household items, furniture, books, toys, games and clothing. Sneak preview from 4-7 on Thursday with an admission of $3. On Saturday everything will be $2 a full bag. For more information, call (618) 654-4241.

Diva’s Night Out
Thursday, 5-8 p.m.
Begins at Toots’, 314 E. Main St., Belleville

Register between 5-7 and visit local businesses. Turn your passports in at Big Daddy’s, 313 E. A Street, for a chance to win prizes. The charity supported this month is Chick Time-St. Louis. For more information, call (618) 825-9075.

Concealed Carry Training in Troy
Thur. & Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bethel Baptist Church, 7775 Collinsville Road, Troy

The class will offer certification and the opportunity to apply for the Illinois concealed carry license. For more information, email

Justice Delayed vs. Justice Denied
Thur., 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main St.

Author Joyce Lakes will discuss her book about race, politics, and money in state government. Register by calling (618) 288-1212.


Teuscher Sings Mozart
Friday, 8-10 p.m.
St. Louis Symphony, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis
Tickets begin at $25

German soprano Lydia Teuscher sings a selection of Mozart’s exalted arias. Program ends with one of Haydn’s London Symphonies. For more information, visit

MARCH 16-18

ALT Presents ‘Exit Laughing’
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Alton Little Theater, 2450 N. Henry St.
$17; Students $10

When a weekly bridge game is interrupted by the death of one of the members, the other three ladies learn a whole new way of looking at life. For more information, call (618) 462-3205.

Collinsville Chorale Special Guest Heather Sorenson
Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia, Collinsville
Free; donations appreciated

The Chorale will perform a concert of Heather Sorenson’s works of sacred choral music. For more information, visit


Alton St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Downtown Alton

Businesses and restaurants along Third, Broadway and State streets will provide Irish fare and fun. For more information, visit

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Parade starts at 3rd and West Main streets in Belleville

For more information, call (618) 233-2015.

Ranger Navigation Day for Teens
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pleasant Ridge Park, 1345 Pleasant Ridge Road, Maryville

Teens will learn the basics of land navigation using a map and compass. To register, visit

Heartland Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Heartland Baptist Church, 4500 N. Humbert Road, Alton

Show will include a quilt raffle, door prizes, quilt appraisals, and a special display from the quilt collection of the Alton History Museum. For more information, call (618) 372-8787.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Wood River Moose #1349, 730 Wesley Drive
$6 (adult and 2 children under the age of 12)

Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit and drinks. For reservations, call (618) 259-0069.

Model Train Show
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Old Glen Carbon Fire House/Village Hall, 180 Summit St.

The train layout includes a depiction of the Glen Carbon area in the 1940s, a large steel mill and a coal mine. For more information, email

MARCH 17-18

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

Event includes speakers on home staging and home inspections as well as child fingerprinting by the Edwardsville Police Dept. For more information, call (618) 656-0043, Ext. 150.

American Indian & Ethnographic Show
Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville

Native American and other historical artifacts on display. For more information, call (618) 345-8998.

Maeystown Spring Art Show
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Downtown Maeystown

The painting of Monroe County artist Annette DeBourge will be featured. For more information, call (618) 458-6660.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market St. Patrick’s Day Event
Saturday, noon-3 p.m.
6569 N. Illinois St., Fairview Hgts.

Sample a variety of St. Paddy’s themed foods and beverages. Event includes kids’ activities and a chance to win a giveaway basket. For more information, visit


Re-dedication of Rock Springs Rotary Park
Sunday, 4 p.m.
1428 E. 34rd St., O’Fallon, Ill.

The Rotary clubs of O’Fallon, in partnership with the city, have provided over $200,000 and hundreds of hours of manpower to upgrade the cabin, playground, fire pit, and dog park. For more information, visit

Greater Alton Concert Association: Tony Pace
Sunday, 3-5 p.m.
Hatheway Center, Lewis & Clark College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey
$30; students with ID $10

Singer, impressionist and musician offers musical comedy and dead-on impressions. For more information, call (618) 468-4222.

Spring Equinox Observance
Sunday, 6:45 a.m.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville

The observance is held at the reconstructed Woodhenge. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


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

Explore the Nature Center with a guided tour of the native wetland, prairie and forest habitats. For more information, call (618) 692-7578.


Waterloo Art Walk
Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Waterloo businesses

Artists will be on hand to answer questions and will be selling their work. For more information, call (618) 570-8362.



–Metro East Calendar of Events March 14 – March 21–