Shopper Blog: Clydesdales\ Visit Among Local Highlights Of 2021


By Jennifer Green

Updated April 28, 2022 1:28 PM

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Email: Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.

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▪ MilliporeSigma St. Louis Recruiting Event — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. Thursday, April 28. MilliporeSigma, 3050 Spruce St., St. Louis. Information on the career opportunities at its eight manufacturing facilities in St. Louis provided. Local Interviews for qualified applicants will be conducted. Includes a signing bonus of between $3,000-$5,000 depending on the role and shift, comprehensive training, competitive pay including bonuses, great benefits. Other benefits include tuition reimbursement, paid volunteer time, generous parental leave. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at

▪ Friends of O’Fallon Public Library Book Sale — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2. O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon. Books, books and more books in all genres. Plus audio books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games, miscellaneous items and friendly people. Free admission. Sponsored by the Friends of the O’Fallon Public Library.

▪ Red Cross Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Southwestern Illinois College Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, History Room, 4950 Maryville Road, Granite City. Must be 17 or older. Photo ID required. Refreshments provided to all doors. 800-733-2767 or for an appointment.

Columbia Market Kick Off — 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Schnucks parking lot, 1000 Columbia Center, Columbia. The Columbia Farmers Market begins with fresh produce, eggs, honey, flowers, baked goods, pickles, fresh coffee products and so much more.

▪ Seed Saving & Plant Breeding — 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Online via Zoom. Saving your own seeds is a great way to save money, preserve genetic diversity, adapt a crop to your local environment, and even develop your own varieties. Dean Gunderson, Director of Education here at Seed St. Louis, will cover the easiest crops to save seeds, the basics of saving seeds, and the basics of selecting your own varieties. To register:

▪ St. Louis Herb Society Herb Sale — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30 (if any plants remain). Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis. Shop more than 6,000 herb plants, representing more than 125 varieties. Members of The St. Louis Herb Society will be on hand to share plant care tips and information about the Society. Included with Garden admission. Free for Garden members.

Indian Market Days at Cahokia Mounds — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville. More than 30 vendors from various tribal affiliations with jewelry, sculpture, paintings, pottery and more for sale. Visitors also can purchase Cahokia Mounds items at a Cahokia Mounds Gift Shop table. This free event supports Cahokia Mounds and complies with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.

▪ Tower Grove Park Beer and Cocktail Garden — 4-8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through October. Ruins Pond, Tower Grove Park, 4257 Northeast Drive, St. Louis. Enjoy a variety of seasonal and classic Schlafly beer, four seasonally rotating cocktails from STL Barkeep, food truck fare, live music, yoga and yard games. Free to attend. A portion of the beer and cocktail proceeds will benefit Tower Grove Park.

▪ Sixth annual Aphra Behn Festival — 8 p.m. Friday, April 29; Saturday, April 30; and Sunday, May 1. Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive St., St. Louis. The Aphra Behn Festival’s goal is to give women interested in directing and writing for theatre an opportunity to get more experience, experiment, and hone their craft. The Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble will produce three original plays written and directed by women artists. Tickets: $15.

Waterloo Market Kick Off — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo. The Waterloo Farmers Market begins with fresh produce, bedding plants, eggs, honey, Microgreens, herbs, flowers, pickles, garlic, knife sharpening, baked goods, fruit, jam, crafts, made-to-order coffee drinks and kettle corn.

▪ St. Clair County Garden Club Plant Sale — 8:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. Wild Birds Unlimited, 2657 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Members provide plants from their own gardens, and we provide milkweed plants to help Monarch butterflies. House plants, cactus, ground covers, shrubs; hostas, iris, summer bulbs, a few planters, hanging and patio-bound, as well as small pots for seeds. Get answers to gardening questions and info on the Club from Members helping at the sale.

▪ Arbor Day Celebration — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. New Athens Marina Campgrounds, New Athens. The community is invited to participate in a fun morning of tree planting – 50 trees!. Participants include Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, New Athens FFA, New Athens Library and village officials. Bring a shovel. Rain date: May 7.

▪ Caffeine and Chrome — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Cruise in with your collectible car or daily driver and bring your appetite. Indulge in pastries and coffee while supplies last. All makes and models are welcome, with plenty of parking space. This family and pet friendly event is free and open to the public.

Grant’s Farm opens its 68th season Saturday, April 30. This year will include a variety of tours, including a Clydesdale Close-Up Tour. Visit for more info. Provided

▪ Grant’s Farm 68th Season Opening — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from April 30 through May 29 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting Monday, May 30. Grant’s Farm, 10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis. Now under the leadership of the Busch Family Ownership Group, Grant’s Farm will continue to offer fun family experiences with no admission charge. Private tours, Clydesdale Close-Up tours, Animal Encounters tours are available by reservation.

▪ MindsEye Inaugural Beep Baseball ‘Battle for Illinois’ — 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. University of Illinois Springfield Red Park Field, 2100 Vachel Lindsay Drive, Springfield. At 11 a.m. interested community members can wear a blindfold and try batting and fielding alongside the Gateway Archers, who will play a doubleheader against the Chicago Comets starting at 1 p.m.

▪ Riverbend Earth Day — 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. The Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton. Riverbend Earth Day is back in full force this year with booths from over 40 local earth friendly artisans and environmental organizations. From pottery and jewelry to native plants and baked goods, there will be a great selection of locally produced wares and ideas for how to make your home a little greener.

▪ East St. Louis NAACP Branch Political Action Committee Townhall — 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 2. Power of Change Church, 2348 Jerome Lane, Cahokia Heights. The meeting is being held to educate area residents about voter redistricting and the importance of voting, especially during midterm elections. For questions, please contact Robert Betts, Political Action Chairman at or Dr. Warletta Brookins, Co-Chair at

▪ Red Cross Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Memorial Hospital Belleville, Auditorium, 4500 Memorial Drive, Belleville. Must be 16 or older. Photo ID required. Lunch provided to all doors. 800-733-2767 or, sponsor code “MemorialBelleville” for an appointment.

▪ Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Virtual Conference — 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Online event. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free virtual Alzheimer’s educational conference for Illinois residents as part of its 2022 national Educating America Tour. The conference, which is free and open to everyone, will allow participants to learn from, and ask questions of, health and caregiving experts. For info or to register:

High School Student Job Fair — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Triad High School Library, 703 E. Highway 40, Troy. The job fair is for high school students ages 15-18 who are seeking employment. To register:

Green Door Art Gallery presents ‘Botanicals & Blooms II’ — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday starting Wednesday, May 4. Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore St., Webster Groves, Missouri. An exhibit celebrating all things floral and botanical. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 20. 314-202-4071.

Green Door Art Gallery opens its “Botanicals & Blooms II” exhibit Wednesday, May 4. The exhibit includes a variety of works including “Spring Bouquet,” a watercolor by Marty Spears. Provided

▪ Food on the Move — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. New Shining Light HDNC, 740 Broadway Ave., Venice. Free food distribution. SNAP support and referrals provided. Masks and social distancing required and enforced.

▪ Red Cross Blood Drive — 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. St. James Catholic Parish & School, Parish Room, 412 W. Washington Ave., Millstadt. 800-733-2767 or, enter “Shane” for an appointment.

▪ St. Mary Semi-Annual Rummage & Bake Sale — 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. St. Mary Catholic Church, 218 W. Kentucky St., Trenton. Half price Thursday and $3 per bag Friday.

▪ St. Andrew’s Spring Book Fair — 3-8 p.m. Friday, May 6 (by reservation) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 406 Hillsboro Ave., Edwardsville. The Book Fair features more than 20,000 used books, well organized and priced to sell. Categories include fiction (hardcover and paperback), children’s books, history, literature, pets, sports, regional history, cookbooks, gardening, art, biography, music, humor, large print, religion, reference, science fiction and much more. The books are sorted by category with some categories also alphabetized by author. To make reservations for Friday: 618-656-1294 or

▪ Picnic in Your Park 2022 — Noon, Sunday, May 15. Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis. The second annual event encourages attendees to choose a spot anywhere on the expansive park grounds and enjoy a pre-purchased picnic basket of delicious food from Butler’s Pantry, live entertainment from the Red and Black Brass Band, yard games and more. Baskets on sale through May 2 and can be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. on May 15 in the North Gateway of Gateway Arch National Park. Purchase a basket at


▪ Metro Cribbage Club — 6 p.m. Thursdays. American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. For more information, contact Yvonne Bright, 618-344-1521 or

▪ St. Clair County Office on Aging Mahjong — 12:30 p.m. Fridays. 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Mahjong is a game usually played by four people with 144 tiles that are drawn and discarded until one player secures the winning hand. Join our group and play this popular tile game. 618-234-4410, ext. 7034, or ext. 7044.

▪ Granite City Senior Social Club Bingo — 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar, Granite City. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $1, plus $1 for four cards. Must be 50 or older or disabled to play. Masks recommended. 618-444-6771.

▪ St. Clair County Office on Aging Pickleball — 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Nichols Center, 515 E. D St., Belleville. Pickleball is the latest trend for seniors and has been described as a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. 618-234-4410, ext. 7034 or 7044.


▪ The 15th annual QFest St. Louis — Friday, April 29, through Thursday, May 5. Galleria 6 Cinemas in Brentwood, Clayton roads in Richmond Heights, Missouri, and online. This year’s QFest features 35 films from 13 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Spain, U.K., and U.S.), including nine narrative features, six documentary features, 17 narrative shorts, and two documentary shorts. For tickets and program info:

▪ Davina and the Vagabonds — 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Blue Strawberry, 364 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis. Tickets start at $30.

▪ Monroe Actors Stage Company presents ‘Bright Star’ — 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29; Saturday, April 30; and Sunday, May 1. Monroe Actors Stage Company, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo. Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s “Bright Star” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. For tickets and additional performances: 618-939-7469 or

▪ Golden Anniversaries Film Discussion: ‘Deliverance’ — 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 (Rescheduled from April 16). Virtual event. In this adaptation of James Dickey’s bestselling novel, a relaxing canoe trip turns into an frighteningly intense fight for survival. Intro and discussion by Peter Bolte, writer-director of the narrative features “All Roads Lead” and “Dandelion Man” and cinematographer of the documentary features “The Booksellers,” “Casting By,” and “Thank You for Your Service.”

▪ Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos — 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are broadly regarded as premier examples of Baroque orchestral music. Concertmaster Lenora-Marya Anop will lead the Bach Society Orchestra in a rare performance of all six instrumental masterpieces presented in one afternoon. This brilliant performance of intimate and virtuosic chamber music will be a highlight of the 2022 St. Louis Bach Festival.

▪ The Trophy Mules — 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Seven Restaurant & Bar, 7 S. High St., Belleville. Corey Saathoff and Josh Kean acoustic.

Beautiful Brahams with guest artist Jessica Kinzie Hunter Platt, violin — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. Free admission.

‘A Night at the Opera’ with Christine Brewer and the Masterworks Chorale — 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1. St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. The concert of favorites from the lyric stage will include solo selections by Mozart and Lehar, performed by Brewer. The Masterworks Chorale will perform some of opera’s most celebrated choruses, including Borodin’s dynamic “Polovtsian Dances,” made famous by the musical “Kismet”; and Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus,” made (in)famous by the Marx Brothers. Free admission.

▪ Comedy Magic from Jeff Lefton & Steve Barcellona — 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2. Blue Strawberry, 364 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis. Tickets start at $10.

▪ McKendree presents ETHEL: ‘Documerica’ — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. A poignant and evocative meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources, and ourselves. This dynamic multimedia concert fuses a multi-screen video tapestry of vintage images from 1970’s America, with music by some of today’s most innovative and engaging composers.

▪ Dean Minderman Memorial Concert featuring the Mizzou New Music Ensemble — 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis. The Sheldon and the Mizzou New Music Initiative honor longtime St. Louis music journalist and musician Dean Minderman, who passed away in September 2021, at this very special concert featuring three new commissioned works. This tribute concert will include three pieces commissioned in honor of Dean Minderman, composed by MNMI students, including “Provinciana” by Santiago Beis, “Night Blossoms” by Ben Colagiovanni and “Romance of the Worms” by Emily Shaw. Proceeds from the concert will be dedicated to carrying on the St. Louis Jazz Notes blog through Jazz St. Louis.

▪ Monica Reed — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Blue Strawberry, 364 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis. Tickets start at $25.

Clubs & Support Groups

▪ Creating A Healthier Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays from April 28-June 16. Community Hope Center, 1201 Hope Center Lane, Bethalto. A series of wellness workshops focusing on The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness. These fun interactive workshops might be just the boost needed to recover from the pandemic blues. To register for this free workshop:

▪ Highland Garden Club — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Korte Rec Center, 1 Nagel Drive, Highland. The featured program will be about mushrooms, presented by Charles Ambuchl. Guests are always welcome.

Gift of Voice Winners’ Circle Peer Support — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Eden Church, 903 N. Second St., Edwardsville. This peer-led support group for people who have been in jail/prison and addresses the needs of those working on confronting life’s struggles, including mental health and legal challenges. The group offers safe, positive and relaxed space to share support, encouragement and success with others in similar circumstances.

▪ St. Luke Perpetual Help Sodality Luncheon & Card Party — Noon Tuesday, May 3. St. Luke Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Cards, bingo, games with prizes. Menu TBD. Bring canned food for the Food Pantry. 618-236-1124.

▪ Memory Café — 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays in May. Online via Zoom. The Memory Cafe concept benefits the person living with mild cognitive impairment, early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partner by providing a way to socialize with compassionate people in a safe, understanding, and relaxed atmosphere. To join, email Gail at

Wellness Recovery Action Planning — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Edwardsville (address shared when you RSVP). Recover from difficult life circumstances and learn the skills necessary to accomplish your goals. Feel better again and live a normal life. To register:

▪ Belleville Community Band — 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Belleville Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Currently seeking new members, particularly woodwinds, percussion and tuba. Visit the Belleville Community Band Facebook page for more info.

▪ PFLAG Edwardsville — 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Rainbow House on Main, 808 N. Main St., Edwardsville. We offer support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ people and their allies. Contact Amy for more information, 618-977-5078 or

▪ St. Clair County Genealogical Society — 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Online via Zoom. From Seminary to University: 194 Years of History in the McKendree Archives. McKendree Holman Library Director Deborah Houk and University of Illinois-Springfield public history graduate program student Justin Smock provide a brief history of McKendree University, and the difference between an archivist versus an historian. They cover what types of materials can be found in the Archives and how to access them; their digitized materials and how to request information from the Archives. The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited. Reservation information is at or


▪ O’Fallon Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Traditional menu of cod, hamburgers, hot dogs, pork steaks and several side dishes. Dine-in and carryout. Credit cards accepted. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229 or

▪ Aviston Legion Fish Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod (baked or fried), catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, fries, baked potato, slaw, applesauce. Dine-in and carryout. 618-228-7311.

Reservations Required

▪ St. Clair County Office on Aging Yoga Gold — 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. Nichols Center, 515 E. D St., Belleville. A 60-minute class led by certified instructor Jessica Pollock. Features traditional yoga poses (sitting and standing) and breath work. Sitting in a chair instead of using a yoga mat is an option. Cost: Three classes for $25. 618-234-4410, ext. 7034 to register.

▪ St. Clair County Office on Aging Fraud Prevention — 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4. 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Seniors have increasingly become the target of scammers. Suzanne Phegley, Fraud investigator for FCB Banks and Chairperson for the St. Clair County Elder Justice Council will discuss scams and how to spot them, skimming and what to look for and how to spot telephone fraud. Registered attendees eligible for attendance prizes. Reservations required. Call 618-234-4410 ext. 7044 to reserve your spot.

▪ 25th annual Tour de Stooges — Saturday, May 7. McKendree University, Melvin Price Convocation Center, 701 College Road, Lebanon. Check-in begins at 5:30 a.m. for long-distance riders. All riders must finish by 4 p.m. Register by May 1 for a chance to win a case of Schlafly Beer. For details and registration:

Worth the Drive

7th annual Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail, Southern Illinois. Eight potters will be featured on the Trail this year. The self-guided driving/biking trail will include six stops marked by Pottery Trail signs, and go through beautiful Jackson and Union Counties in Southern Illinois and a stop across the river in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The event is free and open for everyone. The public is invited to interact with the potters, see their creations and view demonstrations. There will also be pottery for sale at each stop.

Hillbillie Ranch’s 4Wheelin’ for Autism — 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Hillbillie Ranch, 20491 Otterville Road, Jerseyville. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Event starts at 10 a.m. Jeeps only. Cost: $25 per vehicle to participate. Includes 50/50 drawing, prizes. Portion of proceeds to benefit the Illinois Center for Autism. To register: 618-223-3232.

▪ River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Giant City State Park — 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Meet at the Giant City Visitors’ Center, 235 Giant City Road, Makanda. This will be a hike of about five miles, and will be of moderate difficulty. This hike is free and open to the public. Hikes are intended for people in good health who have done some hiking in the past. Hiking sticks and boots or sturdy shoes are strongly recommended. All hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please. 618-841-4838.

▪ Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance Beltane Celebration — Noon Sunday, May 1. Giant City State Park, Shelter 2, 235 Giant City Road, Makanda. The gathering starts at noon. A children’s maypole will be at 1:30 p.m. with the full ritual to follow at 2 p.m. A potluck will follow. Please bring something you’d like to share.

This story was originally published April 27, 2022 8:00 AM.

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