O’Fallon Around Town - April 4 edition

Noon Friday, April 5, is the deadline to appear in next week’s “Around Town” listing. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Submissions will be edited and appear in the week before the event date.

Send event info via email to Questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.

Thursday, April 4

St. Clair County Genealogical Society — 7 p.m. Online via Zoom. Program: “The Happy Invention: History and Significance of Picture Postcards.” The first picture postcards were published for the 1889 Paris Exposition. In America, the first picture postcards were printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, making Illinois the birthplace of the American picture postcard. Katherine Hamilton-Smith, a museum and archives professional with 30+ years experience, is the founding curator of the Teich Archives, the world’s largest collection of postcards and related materials located at the Newberry Library, Chicago. She looks at the documentary power and significance of postcards and the role Illinois played in their history and development. The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited. Reservation information is at or

Friday, April 5

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

O’Fallon Knights of Columbus & Ladies Auxiliary 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, tilapia, catfish, 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.

Fraternal Order of Eagles #545 — 5-7 p.m. every Friday. Fraternal Order of Eagles #545, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and chicken strips. Fish available by pound or plate. Sides: slaw, fries, onion rings, hush puppies, spaghetti, cheese balls and applesauce. Desserts provided by the Ladies Auxiliary. Dine-in or carryout available. 618-624-5412 or

The Arcadia Dance Orchestra — 7:30 p.m. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Featuring an authentic, 11-piece 1920s-style jazz band based in St. Louis. Named after the once-famous Arcadia Ballroom (“On Olive, near Grand”), the group consists of incredible musicians playing era-correct instruments with red-hot energy and keen historical accuracy. This performance is part of McKendree University’s Discovery Series. Tickets are $20.

Friday, April 5 thru Sunday, April 7

19th annual Builders St. Charles Home Show — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7. St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Blvd., St. Charles, Missouri. Local companies bring countless experts to this event who offer valuable home improvement knowledge and advice. People can see, learn about and buy the latest home products and services in one convenient location. Free admission and parking.

Saturday, April 6

Sip and Shop Event — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. West St. Louis St., Lebanon. Free appetizers, free beverages, prize raffles and great shopping.

St. Clair County Historical Society 21st Fashion Promenade — 11 a.m. St. Clair Country Club, 100 S. 78th St., Belleville. Theme: Witty Women, Past and Present. Cost: $60 per person. For tickets or info: 618-234-0600 or

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Trivia Night & Silent Auction — 7 p.m. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Interpretive Center Lobby, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Evening includes the silent auction, mulligans, 50/50 raffle, used book sale. Cost: $20 per person or $150 for a table of up to 10. This event supports the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (CMMS) and the Powell Archaeological Research Center (PARC). For reservations: 618-344-7316 or

Sunday, April 7

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus: ‘The Glory That Was Greece’ — 3 p.m. Graham Chapel, Washington University, 6475 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis. The competing tensions found in the tragedy Antigone by Sophocles are presented through four odes composed expressly for us by Ned Rorem, Sasha Johnson Manning, Kerensa Briggs, and Melissa Dunphy. Their dramatic choruses find relief in the tender and deeply personal poetry of Sappho, set by Clare Maclean and Ildebrando Pizzetti.

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival — Thru Thursday, April 18. B&B Theatres, 12657 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, Missouri. Visit our festival lineup to buy individual tickets OR purchase an All-Festival Pass! Seats are VERY limited for every screening, so don’t wait until the previews start. Contact our Box Office Manger Hannah Ryan at or call 314-442-3179 for more information on tickets.

Tuesday, April 9

Distinguished Speaker Series: What’s Your MVP? Leadership Lessons from the Coach Who Inspired ‘Ted Lasso’ — 7 p.m. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Coach Donnie Campbell is not just an inspirational coach, but also in part, the impetus for the wise and ever so cheerful lead character of the Emmy Award Winning show, Ted Lasso. His colorful keynote provides valuable leadership lessons that can be seen on the court, but more importantly applied in the workplace.

Wednesday, April 10

National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Alvin G. Bohley Chapter 1019 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. O’Town Food Hall and Tap House, 1214 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Speaker Steve Mueller on the life cycle of Purple Martins at noon. All active and retired federal and postal employees are welcome. Meetings held the second Wednesday of each month except for May and December socials. NARFE remains the go-to resource for the federal community. For information, contact James at or call 618-795-5174.

Thursday, April 11

Jarvis Township Senior Center Hand and Foot Card Game — 1 p.m. Jarvis Township Senior Center, 409 Collinsville Road, Troy. Seniors play the second and third Thursdays of the month. No charge to play; you don’t need to know how to play. All seniors are welcome. Call the center at 618-667-2022 for more information.

Other area happenings

Author Talk: ‘Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades’ — 1 p.m. Friday, April 12. Field House Museum, 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis. The Field House Museum is pleased to welcome back author Jim Merkel to discuss his 2020 book, Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades, in conjunction with the museum’s latest exhibition, Growing Up on Fifth: Childhood in 1850s St. Louis. Merkel’s book shares the stories of over 100 St. Louisans. Ranging from joyous to humdrum, and even to the grim, these childhood memories offer a glimpse of life in still frame, from the start of the 20th century to the present day. This program is free with limited availability in person and on Zoom. Reservations must be made in advance at, by calling the Museum at 314-421-4689, or by emailing

O’Fallon Township Rummage Sale — 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13. Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, household items available.

Scout Troop 40 Ecycle Event — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. 126 Seibert Road, Shiloh. Accepting anything with metal, a cord and/or a battery.

Madison County Historical Society Speaker Series: Lincoln and Koerner at the Crossroads of History — 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Jack LeChien and Mollie McKenzie, Co-chairs of the Gustave Koerner House Restoration Committee in Belleville, will present “Lincoln and Koerner at the Crossroads of History.” Free and open to the public.

O’Fallon Township Senior Committee — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. Dinner and entertainment. Cost: $3. Reservation deadline: Friday, April 12.