Metro East region events

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The Monroe County Farmer’s Market will be held in the Schnucks Parking Lot in Columbia in the afternoon of Thursday, July 14. (Photo courtesy Monroe County Farmers Market)


Young Architects Practice Their Skills

Thursday, 1-3 p.m.

Edwardsville Children’s Museum, 722 Holyoake Road

$40 members; $50 non-members

Three-part series teaches science, literacy, technology and the arts. Drop-off program for youth ages 5-8 on July 14, 21 & 28. To register, email or call (618) 692-2094.


MUSIC Dance at Wild Country

Thursday, 7-10 p.m.

Wild Country, 17 Commerce Drive, Collinsville

Members $5, non-members $9, first-time guests free

Free lessons in Imperial Swing, Stationary Cha-Cha. Singles welcome. For more information, visit


Swansea Farmers Market

Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rural King Parking Lot, 2801 N. Illinois St.



Fred and His Feathered Friends Bird Show

Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon

Columbia Public Library, 106 N. Metter Ave., Columbia

Free (registration required)

For more information, call (618) 281-4237.


JULY 14-16

St. Jacob Homecoming

Thur. 5-9 p.m.; Fri. 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat. 11 a.m. – midnight

Village Park, St. Jacob


There will be parades both Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (6:30 p.m.), plus live music, bingo, carnival rides and vendor booths. For more information, call (618) 644-5666.



Monroe County Farmer’s Market

Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

Schnucks Parking Lot, 1000 Columbia Centre Drive., Columbia


Shop local for plants, produce, baked goods, crafts and knife sharpening. For more information, call (618) 792-3596.



Book Signing – David Baugher

Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Alton Museum of History and Art, 2809 College Ave., Alton


Baugher, author of “Secret St. Louis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure,” will be available to autograph books. By turns wistful and whimsical, this is a book which answers the questions you never knew you had about St. Louis. For more information, visit



An Evening of Mo-Town

Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey

$20 each, 2 for $35

Presented by 100 Black Men and Olin Brass. For more information, call (314) 518-4518.


Hummingbird Festival

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford


Hummingbirds will be caught, banded and released in cooperation with the Illinois Audubon Society. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.


Karaoke Night at the VFW in Troy

Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight

VFW Post 976, 123 W. Market St., Troy

Join Doctor Phil and Mary for an evening of fun and great music at the VFW in Troy.  Sing your favorite songs or just kick back and enjoy the music with family and friends. For more information, call (618) 667-8387.


Book Sale at the Library

Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 W. Main St.


Fill up a bag for just $3. For more information, call (618) 344-1112.


Lego Math at the Library

Saturday, 10 a.m.

Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 W. Main St.

Lego Club subject for the month is Lego Math. For more information, call (618) 344-1112.


Movie Matinee: The Giver

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 W. Main St.


The movie “The Giver” will be shown. For more information, call (618) 344-1112.


2016 Ride for Heroes

Saturday, 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church, 600 Columbia Centre, Columbia


25, 50 and 80-mile bike ride to raise money to support JCS Heroes. For more information, call (636) 288-9950.


JULY 16-17

Belleville Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market

Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Belle-Clair County Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East.


Over 600 tables of goodies including old and new merchandise. For more information, call (618) 233-0052.


JULY 17-24

Monroe County Fair

Sunday – Sunday

Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 State Rt. 156, Waterloo

Animals, rides, games, competitions and food. Each evening features something special. For more information, call (618) 939-7796.



Nature Detectives at the Library

Monday, 11 a.m. – noon

Columbia Public Library, 106 N. Metter Ave.


Kids can build a food web and learn about animal habitats. For more information, call (618) 281-4237.


JULY 18-22

Digital Photography Camp

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Riverbender Community Center, 200 W. 3rd St., Alton


Students in grades 5 through 8 will take pictures like a pro and edit them like a Hollywood effects artist. They will learn all the cool things you can do with pictures on a computer from filters and enhancements to animations and 3D effects. In addition, they will learn traditional 2D animation – hand drawn and stick figures. For more information, call (618) 465-9850.



Die Laughing Dinner Theater

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Atrium Hotel & Conference Center, 3800 Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton

$36 per person

Come and get served up a heaping helping of hospitality, Red Neck Style with the play “Get Hitched to a Redneck of Die!” For more information, call (618) 462-1220.


Moonlight Hike

Tuesday, 8:30 – 10 p.m.

The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey


Join TNI members and friends on a night hike along the woodland trails through the Mississippi Sanctuary or Olin Nature Preserve. For more information, call (618) 466-9930.



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