Back to school starts Thursday in Alton

ALTON – The Telegraph has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Alton to host a free and fun Back to School on Thursday, July 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Alton, 2512 Amelia St., Alton .

The Bash will have a carnival theme with games, a dunk tank, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy. The City of Alton will be taking a close look at a fire truck and a police cruiser. Republic Services will exhibit a truck. Other events scheduled for the day include an exhibit from the TreeHouse Wildlife Center and a dance demonstration from the Dazzler Dance Company.

The event is FREE with the donation of school supplies to benefit the Boys and Girls Club School Supply Drive. Each student will receive eight free station tickets with additional tickets on sale at $2/1.

Here’s what else is happening in the area:


• Alton Little Theater presents Shrek: The Musical: 7:30 p.m., Alton Little Theatre, 2450 N. Henry St., Alton.

• Protected Reality: 10 a.m., Wood River Round House, 633 N. Wood River Ave., Wood River.

• Foster Township Blood Drive: 2-6:30 p.m., Foster Township Hall, 2919 Main Street, Fosterburg.

• No Dry Eye Seminar in Alton: 4-5pm, SureVision Eye Centers, 1 Professional Drive, Alton.

• Jay and Waylon: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo at Alton VFW: 7-9 p.m., Alton VFW Post 1308, 4445 Alby St., Alton.

• Backwoods Deuce: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Bakers and Hale, 7120 Montclair Ave. Godfrey.

• Peter Porcelain and the Double Standard: 6pm-9pm, Moussalli’s Prime, 7415 IL-143, Edwardsville.

• Lanny and Julie: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Big Daddy’s Edwardsville, 132 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• Annie’s Frozen Custard Fundraiser: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Annie’s Frozen Custard, 11 Illini Drive, Glen Carbon

• Blake Fultz: 9pm-midnight, The Back Bar, 228 CN Main St., Edwardsville.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo at Wigglers: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wiggler’s Bar and Grill, 7243 Saint James Drive, Edwardsville.

• Michael Clarke Acoustic: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Civic Park, 1301 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City.

• Steve Mellas: 5 to 9 p.m., Grafton Pub, 225 W. Main St., Grafton.

• Celebrate Alton’s Recovery: 6:30-9:00 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1422 Washington Ave., Alton.

• Take Off Pounds Sensably (TOPS): weigh-in at 9 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., meeting immediately after the weigh-in until 10:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 160 E. Lorena Ave., Wood River. For more information, call 618-259-7343.

• Al-Anon Meeting: 9:15 a.m., First Baptist Church Room 107 (buzzer), 201 S. Moreland Road, Bethalto.

• Al-Anon meeting: 7:00 pm, Upper Alton Baptist Church and Kindergarten, 2726 College Ave., Alton. For more information, call 618-463-2429. To find more helpful meetings, visit and


• Alton Little Theater presents Shrek: The Musical: 7:30 p.m., Alton Little Theatre, 2450 N. Henry St., Alton.

• Back-to-School Party: 4 to 7 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Alton, 2512 Amelia St., Alton.

• Civic Memorial Class of 1965 Lunch: 11:00 am, Eagles Nest Restaurant, 117 E. Bethalto Drive, Bethalto.

• Drink for a Cause: 4-9 p.m., The Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton.

• 4th Ward Monthly Information Meetings: 6:00 pm, Today’s Beauty Supply, 1415 Central Ave., Alton.

• Wood River Farmers Market: 4 to 9 p.m., 143 and 1st St., Wood River. Every Thursday until September 29.

• Alton Night Market: 7-10 p.m., grounds adjacent to Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Every Thursday from June 2 to July 28.

• Grafton Music in the Park: 7 to 9 p.m., Grove Memorial Park, Grafton. Jake Weber and The Drifters will perform.

• Alton Muny Band Thursday Night Concerts: 7:30 pm, Riverview Park Gazebo, Riverview Drive at Bluff Street, Alton.

• The Step Brothers: 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

• Jarrod Lutz: 6 p.m., The Corner Tavern, 1013 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• Danny Kalaher: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Pavia’s Place, 2265 Madison Ave., Granite City.

• Brighton Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m., Schneider Park, 414 N. Maple St., Brighton. Every Thursday until October 6.

• East Alton History Museum Open: 1-4 pm, East Alton History Museum, 119 N. Main St., East Alton.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Illinois Zoom Meetings: 7-8:30 p.m. Registration is required to receive the meeting link. Email Pat Rudloff, [email protected] to register.

• A Course in Miracles: 1 p.m., New Bethel UMC, 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. For more information, call 618-288-7910 or 618-698-5088.

• Karaoke with DJ Toni: 8 p.m.-midnight, Martin’s Tunes & Eats, 575 S. 6th St., Wood River.

• Karaoke Thursday: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Marina Holiday Shores, 100 Elm Drive, Edwardsville.

• Cornhole Tournament: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill, 2511 IL-157, Edwardsville.

• The Roundtable: 4-7 pm, AOS Alternative Office Space, 219 Eastgate Plaza, East Alton.

• Xtreme Bar Bingo: 7 to 9 p.m., Edison’s Entertainment Complex, 2477 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville.

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