Illinois Highlands Events Planned in Madison County

Wednesday, April 20 at noon is the deadline to appear on 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 be run once in print, will be edited and appear within a week of the event date.

Email: [email protected] Mail to: Highland News Leader Around Town, Belleville News-Democrat, PO Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. For questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.

Thursday April 21

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwestern Illinois (NAMI SWI) – 7-8:30 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 [email protected]

friday april 22

Aviston Legion Fish Fry – 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod (baked or fried), catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, fries, baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce. Dine in and take away. 618-228-7311 or

Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23

Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony — 10:30 a.m. on Friday April 22 and 8 p.m. on Saturday April 23. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Conductor Kirill Karabits brings a touch of light and exuberance to his SLSO debut. Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto features SLSO’s Allegra Lilly as a mystic, virtuoso and dancer. “Nagillar” by Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh sparkles with the energy of a well-told tale. Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 was written in times of war, but leaves us optimistic about the future of humanity. 314-534-1700 or

Saturday April 23

Madison County Catholic Charities Annual Fundraiser: Help in Motion — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Bluff City Grill, 424 E. Broadway, Alton. The evening includes a cocktail, dinner, music from Glendale Riders, a draw for $10,000 and activities. Dinner tickets: $50 each. Raffle tickets: $25 each or buy two, get one free. 618-462-0634 or

sunday april 24

Family Concert: SoundLab Live — 3 p.m. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Doors open at 2 p.m. Take part in a musical scavenger hunt featuring musicians from the St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra and have your photo taken on the green screen directing the SLSO. Enter the SoundLab with your SLSO to hear and see music through sound waves, discover how sound travels great distances, and explore how our favorite tunes keep us connected with the music of Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven. 314-534-1700 or

Monday April 25

Brian Owens: Complete Gamer – Tribute to Bob Gibson — 7 p.m. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Complete Gamer is a celebration of Cardinals legend and Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Bob Gibson. This multimedia experience features original music performed by Brian Owens and musicians from Life Creative Group, a creative arts company dedicated to sharing the talent and stories of the St. Louis area globally. 618-537-6863 or

tuesday 26 april

Parkinson’s Disease Discovery Group — 2-3 p.m. Sullivan Conference Room, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, 12866 Troxler Ave., Highland. Meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. This group provides the opportunity to learn and share helpful information, help each other deal with issues related to Parkinson’s disease, and connect with others who can relate to your experience. Registration is not required to attend. Wearing a mask (without fabric) is always compulsory in health establishments. For more information or questions, please call 618-651-2720.

Parents of dependent loved ones – 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Online via Zoom. The PAL group offers education, support and hope to family members and loved ones of someone who has a substance abuse disorder. Free and open to all. For more information or to join the Zoom meeting, contact Craig at 618-567-6095.

Wednesday April 27

The Sheldon presents Mark Sparks, flute, with Peter Henderson, piano — 8 p.m. (Postponed from February 2). The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis. Mark Sparks, recently retired principal flute of the Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra, performs the first Sonata for flute and piano by Bohuslav Martinu, and the Sonata in A minor by Robert Schumann, originally for violin and piano, arranged by Sparks for flute and piano. Other works include “Romanze” by Richard Strauss, “Rondo” by Franz Doppler for two flutes and piano, and a new work by Mizzou composer Robyne Sieh for flute and piano, performed by Peter Henderson and student Isabella Saldaña. of Sparks of O’ Fallon, Illinois and a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. For tickets and information:

friday april 29

Damiansville PTO Trivia Night – 7 p.m. Damiansville Elementary School Gymnasium, 101 E. Main St., Damiansville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Includes silent auction, table decoration contest (theme: sports), prizes for the top two teams. BYO snacks and drinks. Cost: $100 per table of eight to 10 players. 217-962-1919 or 618-973-6909.

Saturday May 7

25th Annual Stooges Tour – McKendree University, Melvin Price Convocation Center, 701 College Road, Lebanon. Check-in begins at 5:30 a.m. for long-distance runners. All runners must finish before 4 p.m. Register before May 1 for a chance to win a case of Schlafly beer. For details and registration:

Highland man wins Greenville Country Club tournament

The Greenville Country Club hosted its first golf tournament of 2022 on Saturday, April 9. The overall champion was Brendan Bargetzi of Highland.

Spring Scramble for One

In a one-person scramble, golfers can hit a second shot after any shot/putt. If golfers choose to make a second shot/putt, they must use that shot/putt. A total of 40 golfers participated, including members and non-members of the Greenville Country Club

Championship flight results:

  • Champion: Bargetzi, shooting 8 under the park, 64.
  • Second place: Cole Pickett, shooting a score of 65.
  • Third place: Mike Eaton, shooting 66.
  • Fourth place: Tommy Ponce, scoring 67.

Results of flight “A”

  • First place: Joe Kelly, shooting 71 (won in playoffs).
  • Second place: Dan Weiler, shooting a score of 71.
  • Third place: Gaite Brauns, shooting a score of 72 (playoff scorecard).
  • Fourth place: Mitch Gilman, shooting a score of 72.

Results of flight “B”

  • First place: Gene Kious, scoring 78 (won in a playoff game).
  • Second place: Tim Chilovich, shooting 78.
  • Third place: Andrew Ray, shooting a score of 79 (playoff scorecard).
  • Fourth place: Dave “Pug” Rommerskirchen, with a score of 79.

2 rewarded skins

  • Zach Marchello: He was the only player to score a Birdie 2 on par 3 of hole #8.
  • Tommy Ponce: He was the only player to score an Eagle 3 on par 5 of hole 16.

Well done and thank you to club president Gene Kious, his team and head greens goaltender Bryan Braye. The bar/restaurant did a fantastic job and the course was in great condition.

The next tournament at Greenville Country Club is Saturday, May 7 — “GCC Spring Fling”

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