Metro East Calendar of Events April 11 – April 18

Free Pizza Night will be held from 6-10 p.m. April 13 at Riverbender Community Center, 200 W. 3rd. St., Alton.


Free Pizza Night
Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Riverbender Community Center, 200 W. 3rd. St., Alton
$10 admission to the Center

Pizza Hut will provide the food and attendance prizes. All the usual activities will be available. For more information, call 618-465-9850.

CACTUS Performs at The Wildey Theatre
Friday, 8 p.m.
252 N. Main St., Edwardsville

Dubbed ‘The American Led Zeppelin’ back in 1970, the group performs loud, blues-edged, hard-rock music. For more information, call 618-307-1750.

APRIL 13-14

Rummage Sale at Bethalto UMC
Fri., 4-7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-noon
Bethalto United Methodist Church, 240 E. Sherman St.

Most items are $.25 and include furniture, clothes, antiques, books, toys, and movies. Free admission on Saturday For more information, call 618-377-8413.

Quarter Auction Benefits Local Charities
Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Wood River Moose #1349, 730 Wesley Dr., Wood River
$1 per bidding paddle

The Women of the Moose are sponsoring the auction and all proceeds will be distributed to local charities. For more information, call 618-259-0069.

Columbia City-Wide Yard Sales
Friday & Saturday, different times
City Hall: 208 S. Rapp Ave.

100+ yard sales throughout the city. For more information, call 618-281-7144.

APRIL 13-15

Monroe Actors Stage Company Presents ‘An Inspector Calls’
Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo
$12; $10 for students and seniors

Classic play by J.B. Priestly that exposes the hypocrisies of the upper classes in Edwardian England. For more information, call 618-939-7469.


Progressive Taste of Edwardsville & Glen Carbon
Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Restaurants in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon
$20; children 12 and under $10, $50 family of four

Patrons with wristbands will restaurant hop to sample each location’s menu items, then vote on their favorites in several categories. The event ends at Edwardsville High School. To purchase tickets, call 618-514-5588.

Riverbend Earth Day Festival
Saturday, noon-6 p.m.
Piasa Harbor, 10815 Lockhaven Rd., Godfrey

The event is sponsored by Old Bakery Beer Co., The Gateway Gardener, Phillips 66-Wood River, and Madison County Planning and Development. Included will be a celebration of nature, music, food and the arts. For more information, call 618-466-9930.

Military Muster for the 200th
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville

Army regulars (soldiers) gather at Stephenson House to commemorate Illinois’ Bicentennial. Discover what preparations were necessary in defense of the new state. Visitors can tour a military encampment, learn about a soldiers’ daily routine, obverse cooking demonstration, talk with an Army surgeon and watch as the soldiers practice military drill during this one day event. For more information, call

Greater Alton Concert Assoc.: The Sidestreet Strutters
Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Hatheway Cultural Center, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey
$30; students with ID $10

Award-winning group of musicians who got together in 1983 at Arizona State University to explore the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. For more information, call 618-468-4222.

O’Fallon Grand Prix
Saturday, start times begin at 8:30 a.m.
201 E. State St.

Bicycling event features a new course. For more information, visit or call 618-530-2648.   

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville

Show includes lasers, hi-def video projection, computer graphic animation, and a 3D video screen presentation. For more information, call 618-307-1750.

Area E-Waste Drives
St. Paul UCC, 115 West B St., Belleville, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Village of Glen Carbon, 151 N. Main St., 9 a.m.-noon
Columbia, 77 Veterans Pkwy, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Most things with a cord and anything metal will be accepted. CRT, projection, console and plasma TVs will be accepted with a fee from $5-$25. For more information, visit

Southern Illinois Sheep and Craft Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 IL-156, Waterloo

Fun activities for the whole family including working dog demonstration, sheep Olympics, and sheep shearing. Event includes demonstrations of traditional crafts. Lamb lunch served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 618-939-8536.

Collinsville Electronics/Appliance Recycling
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Public Parking Lot, 227 W. Main St.
Free for most items

Services provided by Power Recycling. Televisions/computers CRT accepted for $20-$40. For more information, call 618-344-7232.

Hot Wheels Rally
Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Greater Alton Church, 506 E. Airline Dr., East Alton

Youths from kindergarten to 5th grade will race their stock cars down a 50 ft. track. Participants can also enter one car in the show. Free Hot Wheels car for each entrant. For more information, call 618-259-5010.

Maryville Fire Department Mouse Races
Saturday, 6-11 p.m.
Maryville Village Fire Dept., 300 N. Donk St.
Single $15; couple $25

Included in the event will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, Booze Walk and cash bar. Beer, soda and water are free. For more information, call 618-344-8099.

Fiddle Contest & Bluegrass Show
Saturday, 5 p.m.
O’Fallon Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. US-50
$7; children 11 and under $3.50

Jam sessions, five full hours of fiddle picking and down home Bluegrass. Food provided by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 618-632-1384.


Alton Symphony Orchestra: Amen!
Sunday, 3-5 p.m.
Hatheway Cultural Center, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey
$10; seniors $5; children through 12th grade free

Second annual Amen! concert which combines the orchestra with the voices of the audience singing favorite hymns. For more information, call 618-468-3270.

2nd Annual Vandalia Kite Festival
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Kaskaskia College, 2310 W. Fillmore St.
Free admission

Games for the whole family plus free kites while supplies last. Bring your own kite to fly. For more information, call 618-283-0951.


Monday Night Piano Bar
Monday, 4-9 p.m.
Post Commons, 300 Alby St., Alton
Free admission

Opening day for the Monday Night Piano Bar. Happy Hour from 4-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 618-433-8871.


Open House for Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan for Alton
Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.
Alton City Hall, 101 E. 3rd St.

Review the draft bicycle & pedestrian network and share your feedback. For more information, call 618-463-3500.

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

Join the guided tour by Master Naturalist Judy and take in the vistas of the native wetland, prairie and forest habitats. For more information, call 618-692-7578.

OHS William Holden Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, 5-9 p.m.
O’Fallon Historical Society, 101 W. State St.

Help celebrate the birthday of O’Fallon’s famous native son, actor William Holden. There will be birthday cake and other refreshments. For more information, call 618-624-8409.

April Bad Art for Adults
Tuesday, 6-7 p.m.
Wood River Public Library, 326 E. Ferguson Ave.

Get in on the night of terrible arts and crafts with the theme of ‘Superhero Generator.’ The badder the better. For more information, call 618-254-4832.

$2 Movie
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville

The movie ‘Chicago’ will be shown. For more information, call 618-307-1750.


Brews and Brushes at Germania Brew Haus
Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.
617 E. Broadway, Alton

Get an appetizer of your choice, a free 16 oz. beer, cider or 5 oz. wine plus all the painting supplies you will need. Age 21 or older. For more information, call 314-667-4751.


–Metro East Calendar of Events April 11 – April 18–