The African Vision of Hope gala in Edwardsville will take place on Thursday

EDWARDSVILLE – The African Vision of Hope, a non-profit organization, will hold its 16th annual gala at The Leclaire Room, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 22.

In October 1998, a group of young men called “the Zambian Acapella Boys” were brought to the United States by an American organization. They were there to sing and raise funds for their education. The Zambian Boys came to the church of Bob and Judi Bertels, who had the privilege of hosting some of the singers at their home for the weekend. The men were young and did not know America, our culture, our customs, our laws and our language.

The organization that brought them to the United States has had them perform all over the country while earning large sums of money. However, the boys and their families returning to Zambia never received the money or education they were promised and immigration stepped in to stop what turned out to be trafficking. human being. From there, a ripple effect began.

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• D-Lux Duo: 6pm-10pm, 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.

• Video Game Wednesdays: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Clifton Terrace Inn, 4922 Clifton Terrace Road, Godfrey.

• The Graham Band: 5-6 p.m., Bakers and Hale, 7120 Montclair Ave., Godfrey.

• SIUE Homecoming 2022: 5 p.m., SIUE Campus, 1 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville.

• Marina Farmers’ Market: 4-7:30 p.m., Marina Holiday Shores, 100 Elm Drive, Edwardsville.

• Dizzying atmosphere: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Moussalli’s Prime, 7415 Illinois Route 143, Edwardsville.

• Spencer McDole: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Big Daddy’s Edwardsville, 132 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• 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.

• Harvest Drive Duo: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Civic Park, 1301 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City.

• 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


• 16th Annual African Vision of Hope Gala: 6 pm, Leclaire Room, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville.

• Solar Career Fair: 10 a.m., Scott Bibb Center, 1004 E. 5th St., Alton.

• Kooliverse Couture Night: 6 p.m., The Conservatory, 554 E. Broadway, Alton.

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

• Rotary Club of Riverbend meeting: noon, Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton.

• Crossed the line: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

• Discovery Nature Club: 3 to 5 p.m., The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey.

• SIUE Homecoming 2022: 5 p.m., SIUE Campus, 1 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville.

• Texas Roadhouse Dine to Donate: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 6640 Edwardsville Crossing Drive, Edwardsville.

• Danny Kalaher: 7-10 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.