Illinois Highland Events Planned for Madison County


Wednesday September 29th at noon is the deadline to appear in next week’s “Around Town” list. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the number of submissions, events can only take place once in print form, will be changed and will appear within one week of the event date.

Email: Mail to: Highland News Leader Around Town, Belleville News-Democrat, PO Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.

Thursday September 30

Southwestern Illinois National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI SWI) – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Online via Zoom. Virtual support meetings for family members and other caregivers of people with mental illness. Meetings are peer-led and draw on the knowledge and experiences of the group to help each other. Registration is required to receive the link to these meetings. For more information or to register, contact Pat Rudloff at

Friday October 1

Book sale – 9 a.m. to noon. Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Book donations are accepted during the book sale and on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 618-667-2133.

Highland Fish Fry – 4-7 p.m. VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Fish, chicken, shrimp, side dishes. Limited take-out and indoor meals. Masks mandatory for customers passing through the service queue. No call control.

Aviston Legion Fish Fry – 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod (cooked or fried), catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, fries, baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce. Dinner and take out. 618-228-7311.

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents Crafted: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony – 6:30 p.m. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Enjoy happy hour drink specials with SLSO after work, then take in an inspiring hour-long concert. Music director Stéphane Denève will share his thoughts on music before a catchy performance of Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s triumphal Fourth Symphony. Tickets start at $ 15.

From Friday October 1 to Saturday October 2

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff – 10:30 am Friday October 1 and 8 pm Saturday October 2. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Music can answer the biggest questions. In “The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives, a lone trumpet asks “Why are we here?” For the answers, Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte” looks to the past, while Christopher Rouse’s “Rapture” finds spiritual comfort. Then Stéphane Denève and the soloist Yefim Bronfman bring us together in the warm embrace of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Love answers everything. Tickets start at $ 15.

From Friday October 1 to Sunday October 3

Best of Missouri Market – noon to 8 p.m. Friday, October 1; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 2; and Sunday October 3. Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis. Over 100 vendors featuring food, crafts, native plants, herbs, personalized jewelry, crafts and more. A kids’ corner will feature farm animals, crafts and a “pumpkin patch” with sustainable pumpkin decoration led by Perennial. New this year: Kids can visit a School of Rock instrument petting zoo. Cost: $ 16 for 13 years old and over, $ 5 for children 3 to 12 years old, $ 8 for members of the Garden, free for children who are members. or 314-577-5100.

Saturday October 2

Goshen Country Community Market – 8 a.m. to noon. 100, rue Saint-Louis, Edwardsville. Rain or shine. Fresh locally grown produce, live music and more. or

Lebanon Fall Festival – 9 am to 4 pm In Lebanon Brick Street, 221 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. The annual fall festival will be full of fun, food, and great gift ideas. Spend the day with your friends, family and great music and nice people. Free and open to the public.

Sunday October 3

Albers Legion Lunch – 8 am to 11 am American Legion Post 1026, 600 N. Bertha St., Albers. Dinner on site or to take away available. Cost: $ 10 adults, $ 5 children 5-12, under 5 free. 618-248-5505.

National Chain of Life – 2-3 hrs Intersection of Illinois 143 and US 40, Highland. Join the community as we strive to bring attention to this scourge that strikes our nation as a silent and praying witness to life. Arrive early to register and choose your sign, the Small Victories table captains will meet and hand out signs and help with the chairs. This is a peaceful, non-denominational prayer event, open to all denominations and churches. 618-654-5800.

Tuesday, October 5

Parents of Loved Ones with Drug Addicts – 7 to 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom. The PAL Group provides education, support and hope to family members and loved ones of someone with an addiction disorder. If you would like to join the conference call, please call / text 618-567-6095 or email

From Wednesday October 6 to Friday October 8

Sale of sweets and pastries at St. Mary’s Church – 6 pm to 8:30 pm Wednesday, October 6; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7; and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 8. St. Mary’s Church, 218 W. Kentucky St., Trenton. Thursday is half price and Friday is $ 3 on bag day.

Other events in the region

Madison County Probation Diaper Drive – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Thursday, October 21. Probation Office, Madison County Administrative Building, 157 N. Main St., Suite 312, Edwardsville. Collection of diapers and wipes. The probation will deliver the donated items to the offices of the Emmanuel Free Methodist Church in Fosterburg.

LeadHERship Seminar – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, October 8. Virtual event. Attendees of this event will discuss and learn more about women’s issues encountered in the business world while recognizing the “Remarkable Women” of the Riverbend area. Individual registrations are $ 30 for members of the RiverBend Growth Association or $ 40 for non-members. A group rate for six to eight people is also available at $ 150, allowing for flexible meeting space that facilitates an in-person atmosphere with all of the same benefits of the virtual environment.

Electronic waste collection event – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 9. On appointment. 5257 N. Illinois 157, Edwardsville. During these collections, residents who have made an appointment can drop off household electronic devices. The event is free, but registration is required. Those who are not pre-registered will be refused to avoid long waiting times and the overwhelming capacity of the site. Register at

Camp Ondessonk 26th Annual Golf Benefit – 8 a.m. Saturday, October 16. Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course, 1501 N. Waterworks Road, Okawville. All money raised will benefit the camp and will be used for such things as supporting and improving programs, funding scholarships for children of all income levels to experience the camp, and funding new ones. initiatives to fulfill our mission of providing exceptional outdoor and outdoor activities. spiritual adventures that empower children of all ages. Cost: $ 110 per golfer or $ 440 per team of four, includes golf and cart, snacks and refreshments on the course, lunch, skins and mulligans.

City of the Sun 5K Trail Run – 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 7. Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville. Take part in this rain or shine event to help raise funds to preserve the Cahokia Mounds. Please note that this is a trail and the ground can be wet and uneven. Registration fees: $ 25 before October 1; $ 30 after October 1st. For more information:

Polar Express Train Ride – From Wednesday November 17 to Thursday December 30. St. Louis Union Station, 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis. Tickets are now on sale for the Polar Express Train Ride vacation attraction at Union Station in St. Louis. Tickets start at $ 35. Prices vary depending on the day and time.

Highland Area Community Foundation elects 2021-2022 leaders

The Highland Area Community Foundation elected leaders for the year 2021-2022 at their annual meeting held in May: Lee Rinderer, 2nd vice president; Mark Korte, treasurer; Shari Ammann, secretary; Ryan Goodwin, 1st Vice-President; and Jeff Hebrank, president.

The foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1995, continues to impact its service area which includes Highland Community Unit School District # 5, as well as the Townships of Marine, St. Jacob. and St. Rose.

To date, the foundation has given nearly $ 4 million to the community in the form of grants and transit funds, helping many organizations and groups over the years.

It has received funds for the Korte Recreation Center, City Special Events, Hard Road Theater, Downtown Improvement Fund, Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, Veterans Memorial, All Abilities Playground / Park and numerous funds from scholarships, to name a few. A complete list of the various permanent and intermediary funds created through the foundation is listed on the foundation’s website.

For more information on the Highland Area Community Foundation, visit or call the office at 618-654-4727.

The Highland Arts Council is looking for young artists

The Highland Arts Council is looking for young artists to participate in Youth Arts Expo on Saturday November 13 at the Highland Masonic Lodge.

Visual artists, musicians, singers, actors and writers in grades 6-12 are encouraged to apply to participate in this event. All applicants will be presented, and it is free to participate and attend. Anyone interested should contact Shannon at

The Highland Arts Council is delighted to welcome talented young artists from the region to the third annual Arts in Action: Youth Arts Exhibition.

The exhibition will give young artists the opportunity to present their emerging talents to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited to attend this free event in support of young artists.

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