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2020 Library Crawl, Jan. 10th-27th, 2020. A library ‘crawl’ is a fun way to tour the library systems in Illinois by visiting five or more participating libraries and checking out what they have to offer. Be sure to talk to the librarians to get your passport and find out what is unique at each library. And remember, your library card can easily be used in any of these libraries to check out items and you can then return the items to your home library! The fantastic courier delivery service in Illinois will make the trip and get the items back to their original shelves. Bring this passport along on your Library Crawl and receive a stamp or initials from the libraries you visit. To show off where you have traveled, use #IHLSLibraryCrawl2020 on social media! Then turn the passport in to your home library for a chance in their prize drawing. For more info, visit your local library. Mouse Races, Jan. 17th, 2020, 6-10pm. Collinsville VFW, 1234 Vandalia St. Collinsville, IL. Collinsville Chamber of Commerce presents the 2020 Mouse Races! This event is open to the Public! Tickets are available now at the Chamber office. $15 per person. $20 at the door. Adults only please. You many bring your own snacks. Draft beer and soda drinks included. Drinks will be available for purchase. Pizza will be for sale and snacks. For more info, call 618-344-2884 or go to https://bit.ly/2T672Xk. (Continued)

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Local Events Calendar (Continued) Goshen Winter Market, Jan. 18th, 2020, 8am-12pm. Hosted by The Land of Goshen Community Market. Location: Newsong Fellowship, 201 Saint Louis St. Edwardsville, IL. Join us on the third Saturday of the month through the winter so you can stock up on some of your favorite goods from our Goshen Market vendors! For more info, go to http://www.goshenmarket.org/. Gateway Spring Home Show, Jan 18 & 19th, 2020. Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr. Collinsville, IL. Find Experts, Inspiration & More! At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement - whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. Save time by meeting a wide range of companies under one roof. Discover new ideas and interesting products for your home. Find the best resources in home improvement, landscaping, and design services. Meet face to face and get a "feel" before you hire. Get expert advice and learn from the pros. Get inspired and excited about your home and the countless possibilities. For more info and a free pass, go to https://www.gatewayhomeshow.com/. Tanner Houck’s Baseball Skills Camp, Jan. 18th, 2020 9am-7pm. Collinsville High School, 2201 S. Morrison Ave, Collinsville, IL. Join Boston Red Sox pitching prospect & 2017 MLB first-round pick, Tanner Houck, at his baseball skills camp. Attendees will practice with Tanner and his coaches with hitting, fielding and pitching drills. (continued page 5) www.metroeastmessenger.com

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Local Events Calendar (Continued) Goshen Winter Market, Jan. 18th, 2020, 8am-12pm. Hosted by The Land of Goshen Community Market. Location: Newsong Fellowship, 201 Saint Louis St. Edwardsville, IL. Join us on the third Saturday of the month through the winter so you can stock up on some of your favorite goods from our Goshen Market vendors! For more info, go to http://www.goshenmarket.org/. Gateway Spring Home Show, Jan 18 & 19th, 2020. Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr. Collinsville, IL. Find Experts, Inspiration & More! At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement - whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. Save time by meeting a wide range of companies under one roof. Discover new ideas and interesting products for your home. Find the best resources in home improvement, landscaping, and design services. Meet face to face and get a "feel" before you hire. Get expert advice and learn from the pros. Get inspired and excited about your home and the countless possibilities. For more info and a free pass, go to https://www.gatewayhomeshow.com/. Tanner Houck’s Baseball Skills Camp, Jan. 18th, 2020 9am-7pm. Collinsville High School, 2201 S. Morrison Ave, Collinsville, IL. Join Boston Red Sox pitching prospect & 2017 MLB first-round pick, Tanner Houck, at his baseball skills camp. Attendees will practice with Tanner and his coaches with hitting, fielding and pitching drills. (continued page 5)

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Local Events Calendar (Continued) Dueling Pianos, Jan. 23rd, 2020 7:30pm. Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main St, Edwardsville, IL. Clap along, laugh along, and sing along with what is now a regular feature at the Wildey Theatre. Dueling Pianos is a joyous mix of music and parodies that range from classic rock and country to R&B, show tunes and everything in-between. This show features Edwardsville own dueling piano veteran Mike Sonderegger and Cameron Brown. Come with a date, a friend, family or a group. It is great fun for all! These shows always sell out, get your tickets early! For tickets, go to www.wildeytheatre.com. Discovery Day January- Busy Winter Birds, Jan.25th, 10-12pm. Watershed Nature Center, 1591, Tower Ave. Edwardsville, IL. Find the magic of discovery at the Watershed Nature Center with Discovery Day. Come enjoy special activities designed for young explorers, ages 5-12, as we learn about busy winter birds. The special focus will be birds and how they interact with their winter habitats. Discovery Day is free and open to the public. Groups of 5-10 participants are welcome if registered in advance. Go to http://www.watershednaturecenter.org/ for more info. ROCK FORE HOPE, Jan. 25th, 6-11pm. The Regency Conference Center, 400 Regency Park, O'Fallon, IL. Let's Jam for a Cause! A night of music and dancing to benefit Swing Fore Hope, featuring music from South of Sanity! Doors open at 6pm; Silent Auction at 7 pm; Band begins at 8 pm. Individual Tickets – $50. Reserved Table of Eight – $350. Bring Your Own Food (No Crockpots). No food will be provided at the event. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit http://swingforehope.org/2020-rock-fore-hope/. www.metroeastmessenger.com

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Restaurant Directory Restaurant Name

Address

Denny's

1) 522 Ramada Blvd, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 345-8995 2) 737 W Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL 62269, (618) 622-0471

Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill

215 Harvard Drive, Edwardsville, IL, (618) 650-9109

Glazy Squares

1) 443 S Buchanan St, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 692-5242 2) 410 Beltline Rd, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 3440200

Jilly's Cupcake Bar

222 E Park St, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 307-9545

L.C.'s Pub

605 N. Main Street, Caseyville, IL 62232, (618) 855-9007

Lottie's Café Mady’s Video Gaming

Other Features American/Bar & Grill Open 24 Hours

Website

www.dennys.com

Cajun Comfort Food/Fresh Seafood/Daily www.gulfshoresrestaurantan Specials/Weekly Live Music (see website dgrill.com for dates and times) Dine In/Pastries/Coffee Award Winning Cupcakes/Ice Cream/Custom Cakes/Wedding Cakes/Online Ordering Available Carryout/Patio/Happy Hour/Daily Specials/Gaming/Karaoke Every Other Friday Carryout/Catering/Daily Specials/Gaming/Occasional Live Music

1099 Belt Line Road, Suite D, Collinsville, IL 62234, (618) 223-8253 623 Edwardsville Road, Troy, Illinois (618) 505-7188

Bar/Casino

McDill's Irish Pub

334 Saint Louis Rd Collinsville, IL, 62234 (618) 344-9875

Peel Wood Fired Pizza

1) 921 S. Arbor Vitae ,Edwardsville, IL 62025 (618)659-856 2) 1104 S. Cherry St., O'Fallon, IL 62269, (618)726-2244

The Command Post Bar and Grill

104 N Main St, Troy, IL 62294 (618) 667-9892

The Wooden Nickel Pub & Grill

171 S. Main Street, Glen Carbon, IL (618) 288-2141

Time Out Sports Bar & Grill

111 W Market St, Troy, IL 62294 (618) 667-2221

Carryout/Daily Specials/Happy Hour/Gaming/Occasional Live Music

Woody'z Pub & Grill

100 S. Long Street, Caseyville, IL (618) 344-3218

Carryout/Daily Specials/Happy Hour/Gaming/Occasional Live Music

www.facebook.com/GlazySq uaresdonuts/

www.jillysedwardsville.com

www.facebook.com/LCs-Pub www.facebook.com/LottiesCafe Mady's Facebook Page

Daily Food Specials/Dine in or Carry https://www.facebook.com/ Out/Pool Table/Gaming/UFC Fight Viewing McDills

Order Online /Carryout/Patio/Brewery/Seasonal www.peelpizza.com Specials Video Gaming/Pool/Dart Leagues/Draft https://www.facebook.com/ and Craft Beer Selections/Children TheCommandPost708/ welcome with an adult. 18+ Patio/Carryout/Happy Hour/Daily https://www.facebook.com/ Specials/Occasional Live Music WoodenNickelGlenCarbon/ www.timeoutsportsbargrill.c om https://www.facebook.com/ Woodyz-Pub-Grill1471695363047851/

Asian China King (Edwardsville) China King (Troy)

1063 S State Rt. 157, Edwardsville, IL 62025, www.edwardsvillechinaking.c Dine in/Carry Out/Order Online/Delivery (618) 692-1888 om 535 Troy Ave #537, Troy, IL 62294, Dine in/Carry Out See Menu (618) 667-8886

Mexican 1) 400 S Illinois St, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 236-9492 Mariachi's Mexican 2) 2922 N Center St, Maryville, IL 62062, Restaurant (618) 288-6300 3) 717 W Washington St, Millstadt, IL 62260, (618) 476-6223 Zapata's Mexican Restaurant

Carryout/Order Online/Catering/Daily Specials/Gaming/Party Room

www.mariachismexfood.com

1) 8 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL (618) Lunch Buffet/Carry Out/Catering/Daily 343-1337 2) 4660 N Illinois Street, Fairview Specials/Party Room/Karaoke Every Other www.zapatasmexican.com Heights, IL, (618) 277-5474 Friday Go to www.metroeastmessenger.com for coupons!

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Business Directory Gas & Convenience

Circle K

7900 N Illinois St, Caseyville, IL 62232

(618) 344-1286

2233 Vandalia St, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 344-1352

301 Salem Pl, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 6559 IL-162, Maryville, IL 62062 826 W Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL 62269

(618) 624-6013

www.circlek.com

(618) 288-7920 (618) 632-2177

1242 Thouvenot Ln, Shiloh, IL 62269

(618) 622-2220

Handee Mart

411 N Main St, Caseyville, IL 62232

(618) 344-3667

https://www.facebook.com/hande emartcaseyville/

Huck's Convenient Food Store

1029 Lincoln Hwy, Fairview Heights, IL 62208

(618) 632-4807

www.hucks.com

702 Vandalia St, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 345-9777

Shell

970 US-50, O'Fallon, IL 62269 1011 W US-50, O'Fallon, IL 62269

(618) 622-0630 (618) 632-2787

https://find.shell.com

TA

819 Edwardsville Rd, Troy, IL 62294

(618) 667-9931

www.ta-petro.com

Moto Mart

www.shell.com

Retail & Services Chelsey Reed-Hair Designer & Makeup Artist

2400 N Center St Maryville, Illinois

(618) 410-0882

www.facebook.com/chereedhairst ylist

Chiropractic Works

410 Regency Ctr, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 477-8364

www.chiropracticworkscollinsville. com

DogWatch Hidden Fences

Email: Alan@dogwatchofillinois.com

(618) 692-9131

www.dogwatchofillinois.com

Edward Jones-Financial Advisor: Denise Arendell

303 Fountains Parkway, Suite 210 Fairview Heights, Il 62208 denise.arendell@edwardjones.com

(618) 622-4977

www.edwardjones.com/denisearendell

Kelly's Butcher Shop & Deli

804 South Main St., Troy, IL 62294

(618) 667-6268

https://www.facebook.com/Kellys ButcherShopDeli/

Lonnie's Liquors

2004 Vandalia St, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 344-3430

1150 St. Louis Road, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 345-0611

25 Commercial St, Millstadt, IL 62260

(618) 476-7490

7835 Ivory Ave. St. Louis, MO 63111

(314) 638-2710

The Autobody Shop

6665 Center Grove Rd Edwardsville IL, 62025

(618) 656-6545 (24 Hour Towing after hours (618) 593-7603)

www.theautobodyshop.net

Xtreme Green Synthetic Turf

Email: Alan@xgreensynthetic.com

(314) 241-8873

www.xgreensynthetic.com

Mike's Automotive

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Hotels Comfort Inn Collinsville

8 Commerce Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234

(480) 725-1637

www.wyndhamhotels.com

Days Inn Collinsville

12 Commerce Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 803-4032

www.wyndhamhotels.com

4 Gateway Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 346-0607

www.marriott.com

Fairfield Inn by Marriott St. LouisCollinsville La Quinta Inn & Suites Collinsville

6 Gateway Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 855-8400

www.laquintacollinsville.com

(618) 223-5383

www.wyndhamhotels.com

(618) 624-3636

www.choicehotels.com

(618) 212-1300

www.ihg.com

(618) 688-2526

www.wyndhamhotels.com

(618) 398-7124

www.radisonhotels.com

Best Western- Troy

2 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234 305 Salem Pl, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 313 Salem Pl, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 45 Ludwig Dr, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 140 Ludwig Dr, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 2020 Formosa Rd, Troy, IL 62294

(618) 667-9200

www.bestwestern.com

Red Roof Inn

2030 Formosa Rd, Troy, IL 62294

(618) 667-2222

www.redroof.com

Super 8-Troy

910 Edwardsville Rd, Troy, IL 62294

(618) 505-1189

www.wyndhamhotels.com

Super 8-Collinsville Econo Lodge Holiday Inn Super 8 by Wyndham Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Best Western

116 Regency Park, O'Fallon, IL 62269

(618) 622-8600

www.bestwestern.com

Extended Stay America

154 Regency Park, O'Fallon, IL 62269

(618) 624-1757

www.extendedstayamerica.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites

136 Regency Park, O'Fallon, IL 62269

(618) 726-2323

www.wyndhamhotels.com

Sleep Inn

140 Venita Dr, O'Fallon, IL 62269

(618) 589-3999

www.choicehotels.com

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

445 Regency Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269

(618) 624-4900

www.marriott.com

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Local Events Calendar (Continued) Puzzles for the Pantry, Jan. 26th, 1-4pm. First Baptist Church of Collinsville (Gymnasium), 723 St. Louis Rd, Collinsville, IL. Teams compete to finish the same jigsaw puzzle in the least amount of time. Proceeds to benefit the Collinsville Food Pantry. Doors open at 1 pm, play begins at 1:30 pm. $60 per table/team (2 to 4 persons). To reserve your table, contact Barb at 618-910-1646. No outside drinks or alcohol allowed. ALL drinks must be purchased at location. Snacks & Food Allowed.

Indoor Drive-In Movie, Jan. 31st, 2020, 6:30-9pm. City of Collinsville Parks and Recreation, 10 Gateway Dr. Collinsville, IL. Bring your blankets, pillow, lawn chairs and family as the Activity Center is turned into an outdoor movie theater. Families will enjoy the Toy Story 4 along with a Popcorn Bar with all the fixings and a craft. Residents $2, non-residents $3. Entry fee includes up to 4 people and each additional person is $3. Families are encouraged to bring their own drinks. Craft projects will start at 6:30pm and movie at 7pm. For more info, go to https://bit.ly/39PUrND. A Night Out Featuring Johnny Holzum and The Well Hungarians, Feb. 1st, 2020 6:30pm-11:30pm. Firemen’s Bingo Hall, 9510 Collinsville Rd, Collinsville, IL. All proceeds benefit Gateway Rush and Reiniger Memorial Soccer Park. Tickets include draft beer until 10:00pm, soda, and food provided by some of the best local restaurants including: Big Daddy's - Edwardsville; Sugarfire 64 - O'Fallon; EdgeWild Edwardsville; Time Out Bar & Grill - Troy; Syberg's - O'Fallon; The Wooden Nickel - Glen Carbon; Sloan's Pub House - Collinsville; Edison's - Edwardsville; Lotawata Creek - Fairview Heights; Honeydip Bake Shop - Collinsville; Glazy Squares Donuts – Collinsville. Food will be served from 6:45-8:00pm. We will be collecting nonperishable food items and toiletries for the Caseyville Food Pantry. For tickets, go to https://bit.ly/35BZiPv. St. Louis Woodworking Show, Feb.7th-9th, 2020. Gateway Convention Center, 1 Gateway Dr. Collinsville, IL. Show hours- Friday: 12-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-3pm. Purchase tickets at the door of any of our events for $14. Buy your tickets online and receive $2 OFF. Tickets are good for all three days of the show. Children under 15 years old are admitted free with a paid adult. Active duty Military/Fire/Police with valid ID are admitted free. http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/st.louis.html Daddy Daughter Date Night, Feb. 7th, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm. City of Collinsville Parks and Recreation, 10 Gateway Dr., Collinsville, IL. Enjoy a night filled with appetizers, dancing, photo booth and more! Photos by John Locus Photography available for an additional fee. A parent or guardian mut be registered for this event and may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration required. Register online at www.collinsvilleil.org/programs. Glo Bingo (Benefiting the Belleville Area Humane Society), Feb. 8th, 2020, 7-10pm. 200 S. Bel-Air Bowl, Belt West Belleville, IL Enjoy bingo under black light with a crazy emcee, over $1000 in cash prizes, silent auction, raffles, drinks, music, and more! Ticketing cost is $25 per person in advance. Price includes six cards for ten games, a glow hat, and a glow dabber. There is a cash bar, but you can bring your own snacks. You must be 18 or older to attend. Seating is 8 per table. Doors open at 5:30PM, bingo begins at 7:00PM. Register at: https://bit.ly/2QvwQKA or via phone at (618) 235-3712. www.metroeastmessenger.com

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Local Events Calendar (Continued) 2nd Annual Fireman’s Music Trivia, Feb. 8th, 2020, 7pm. Maryville Village Fire Dept., 300 N. Donk Ave., Maryville, IL. Come join us for a night of singing along with friends as the Maryville Firefighters host their Music Trivia at our fire station on February 8th. Enjoy a night out as we challenge your music knowledge. You bring your table foods and snacks and we will provide the beverages. Alcohol and Non-alcohol options available. Prizes –1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $250, 3rd Place - $100. This is a music trivia. So, dress accordingly and you could be one of our “best dress” winners. Individual Best Dressed - $100. Table Best Dressed - $250. The table cost is $250 for up to 10 people. Doors open at 6:00PM. You can get your tickets for your table a few ways. Mail your check, payable to the Maryville Fireman's Homecoming Association to Maryville Fire Department, 300 North Donk St. Maryville, IL. 62062. Or email to: dhartman@maryvillefire.com and Darin will contact you with more info. Daddy Daughter Dance, Feb. 22nd, 2020. 6-8:30pm. Tri-Township Park Activity Center, 284 Riggin Road, Troy, IL. For girls ages 3-16 and their Dads (this includes grandpas, uncles, or any other significant male role model). Enjoy an evening with a pizza & soda dinner, games, and plenty of dancing at our Activity Center (Spin City)! $15 per dad & daughter, $6 for each additional daughter. Professional photos will be available for purchase at the event. Reservations are non-transferable and registration will end on 2/19. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to https://bit.ly/2sY3awC. The Empty Bowl, Feb. 26th, 8am-5pm. Gateway Convention Center, 1 Gateway Dr. Collinsville, IL. What a great way to support your community and neighbors. Admission: $10. All proceeds go to Collinsville Food Pantry. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at Gateway Convention Center. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at the Administration Office at Gateway Convention Center during 8 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday. For more info: Call Barb (618)-910-1646. So. IL. Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries: Guided Tour, Feb. 29th, 10am-4:30pm. Tour begins at SIUE, 420 University Dr., Edwardsville, IL. Settle back as we drive through the beautiful vistas of Southern Illinois's Monroe County to tour breweries and distilleries in this rural Metro East community. The adventure begins with departure at 10 a.m. from SIUE, visiting a winery and multiple distilleries and breweries for behind-the-scenes tours, tastings, and a little history from SIUE’s resident beer, wine, and spirits expert, Dr. Bob Dixon. Travelers will return to SIUE at 4:30 p.m. Registration fees cover all transportation, tours, and tastings or a signature drink at each stop. Additional drinks and food are available for purchase at each location. To register, go to https://bit.ly/2N676T9. HBR Home Show, Feb 28th (2-8pm), Feb. 29th (10am-7pm), Mar. 1st (11am-4pm). Location: Gateway Classic Cars (Gateway Classic Cars Headquarters) at 1237 Central Park Dr, O'Fallon, IL. It's time for the Metro East's favorite HOME SHOW! Take the LEAP and come see the latest building and construction trends. If you are remodeling, building, or looking for project ideas, this show has something for everyone! Don't miss it! Hosted by Home Builders & Remodelers Metro East. For more info, go to http://hbrmea.org/home-show.

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Weekly Reoccurring Events MONDAYS ▪ Preschool Story Time (2nd and 4th Monday of the month), 10:30am at the O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL. We will share stories, play games, learn rhymes, and explore the alphabet. Our facilitator, Miss Julie, presents early literacy tips and pre-reading activities. Registration is required at www.ofpl.info. ▪ Euchre, played every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 9:30 to 11:00 AM, Main Street Community Center, 1003 N Main, Edwardsville, IL. www.mainstcc.com ▪ Story Time, every Monday and Tuesday at 10 AM, Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main, Glen Carbon, IL. www.glencarbonlibrary.org ▪ Little Me Story Time, every Monday 10:30-11am, Pat Huck Community Room at Tri-Township Public Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy, IL. For parents and children up to 3 years old. www.troylibrary.org ▪ Pinochle, played every Monday, 12-3pm. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL. www.mainstcc.org.

▪ Story Time, 7pm, every Monday, Six Mile Regional Library in the Training and Events Room, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL. www.smrld.org.

TUESDAYS ▪ $2 Movies, every Tuesday at The Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL. Classic films on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen. Tickets only available the day of the show one hour before showtime, CASH OR CHECK ONLY (credit/debit cards accepted for concessions.) Lobby opens 6PM. Showtime 7PM. www.wildeytheatre.com ▪ Stretch & Move Classes, 8-9am, $1 per session. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL. Classes Are held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. www.mainstcc.org ▪ FIT4MOM at the Library, second Tuesday of every month, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL. Join FIT4MOM 618 owner, Codi Jackson, for a free and fun total body workout called Stroller Strides. You and your "rider" will participate in a 60-minute total-body (indoor) workout comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration. For your rider, there are songs and other fun activities. After the workout, enjoy a short story and play session facilitated by Miss Julie, our Early Childhood Program Facilitator. Registration is required @ https://ofpl.info/events/fit4mom-library. For more info about the story time portion, contact youthservices@ofpl.info

▪ Quilting, 9-11am. Every Tuesday at Jarvis Township Senior Citizens Center, 410 Wickliffe St., Troy, IL. https://troyseniorcenter.com/ ▪ Story Time every Monday and Tuesday at 10:00am, Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Glen Carbon Library, 198 S Main St, Glen Carbon, IL. www.glencarbonlibrary.org 15 www.metroeastmessenger.com


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Weekly Reoccurring Events (Continued) ▪ Preschool Story Time, every Tuesday, 10-10:3pam, Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St. Collinsville, IL. Children will enjoy themed stories and a craft. https://mvld.org/collinsville_calendar ▪ Bingo every Tuesday, 1-3pm. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL. www.mainstcc.org ▪ Open Gaming every Tuesday, Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville, IL. Every Tuesday from 4-7pm we hook up a game system and let you choose the games ▪ Lego Club, 5-7pm, every Tuesday at six Mile Regional Library, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL. Grades K5th. ▪ Knitting and Crochet Club, 6-8pm, 2nd Tuesday of each month, Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St. Collinsville, IL. https://mvld.org/collinsville_calendar ▪ Graphic Novel Club, 2nd Tuesday of every month, Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville, IL. No registration is required. Books will be available at the main desk. https://mvld.org/collinsville_calendar ▪ Book Club for Adults, 2nd Tuesday of every month 6:30-8pm. Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main St., Glen Carbon, IL. Book will be available at the main desk. www.glencarbonlibrary.org

WEDNESDAYS ▪ Book Babies, every Wednesday at 9:15am, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL. This program is for babies 0-18 months old and a caregiver. Registration is required. www.ofpl.info. ▪ Toddler Tales, every Wednesday at 10:15am, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL. This program is for toddlers 18-36 months old and a caregiver. Registration is required. www.ofpl.info ▪ Free Chair Yoga, every Wednesday, Granite City Township, 2060 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL. For more info, call (618) 877-1215. ▪ Baby Boogie, every Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am, Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St., Collinsville, IL. https://mvld.org/collinsville_calendar ▪ Free Yoga Time! Every Wednesday at 6:30-8pm, Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St. Collinsville, IL. Ages 16+ are welcome. Bring your own mat. Registration is required. https://mvld.org/collinsville_calendar ▪ Story Time, every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main St., Glen Carbon, IL. www.glencarbonlibrary.org

THURSDAYS ▪ Lions Club Bingo, 7pm every Wednesday at Trimor Bingo Hall, 3701 Nameoki Rd. Granite City, IL. ▪ Story Time with Gail, every Thursday at 10:30am, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL. www.ofpl.info www.metroeastmessenger.com

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Weekly Reoccurring Events (Continued) ▪ Stretch & Move Classes, 8-9am, $1 per session. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL. Classes Are held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. www.mainstcc.org ▪ Story Time, every Thursday at 10am, Six Mile Regional Library District, 2145 Johnson Rd. Granite City, IL. www.smrld.org. ▪ Pinochle played every Thursday, 12-3pm. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL. www.mainstcc.org ▪ Bingo, every Thursday, 12-3pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville, IL. $1 card. www.discovercollinsville.com ▪ Free Video Game Club, every Thursday, 6-7:30pm. Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St. Collinsville, IL. https://mvld.org/collinsville_calendar ▪ Square Dance Lessons, every Thursday, 7-9pm. Wood River Roundhouse, 633 N. Wood River Ave, Wood River, IL. First lesson is free, $5 per lesson after that. Call Bo at (618)288-9838 or email fsemith@aol.com. ▪ Police Bingo, every Thursday at 7pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 425 Old Alton Road, Granite City, IL. Proceeds benefit the programs supported by the Granite City Police Dept. including youth athletics. www.granitecity.illinois.gov. FRIDAYS ▪ Book Babies, every Friday at 10:15am, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL. This program is for babies 0-18 months old and a caregiver. Registration is required. www.ofpl.info ▪ Toddler Tales, every Friday at 9:15am, O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL. This program is for toddlers 18-36 months old and a caregiver. Registration is required. www.ofpl.info ▪ Bingo, every Friday from 1-3pm. Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main, Edwardsville, IL. www.mainstcc.org ▪ Eagles Bingo, every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. Tri-mor Bingo Center, 3701 Nameoki Rd. Granite City, IL. www.granitecity.illinois.gov. SATURDAYS ▪ Nintendo Switch Gaming, every Saturday, 1-4pm. Grades 7-12. Six Mile Regional Library, 2001 Delmar Ave., Granite City, IL. www.smrld.org ▪ Saturday Story Time, every Saturday at 10:30am. No registration required. Maryville Community Library, 8 Schiber Ct. Maryville, IL. www.maryville.lib.il.us ▪ Eagles Bingo, every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. Tri-mor Bingo Center, 3701 Nameoki Rd. Granite City, IL. www.granitecity.illinois.gov 18


Blackberry Avocado Smoothie Bowl Add more fruit to the “most important meal of the day” with this smoothie bowl bursting with flavor. Blended blackberries, blueberries and banana provide a nutritious start to your day, and it can be topped with additional fruits, almonds, chia seeds and more for added texture.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Smoothie bowl: • ¾ cup blackberries, plus additional for garnish • ¼ cup blueberries, plus additional for garnish • ¼ cup Friendly Farms Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt • ¾ cup Friendly Farms Unsweetened Original Almond milk • ½ avocado • ½ frozen banana • 1 teaspoon Stonemill Pure Vanilla • 1 teaspoon Simply Nature Organic Wildflower Honey • 2 teaspoons lime juice

Place all smoothie bowl ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, reserving additional berries for garnish. Transfer to serving bowl. Choose your favorite garnishes and enjoy! Recipe Courtesy of Chef Audrey, ALDI Test Kitchen

Optional Garnishes: Simply Nature Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds Southern Grove Sliced Almonds, toasted Blackberries Blueberries Lime zest

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