Cool things to do this week

At Thursday take the kids to Cedarhurst of Bethalto, 903 N. Moreland Road, 6:30 p.m. for their first Trunk or Treat in Cedarhurst! Bring your ghost, goblins and witches for a spooky evening hosted by the families, staff and residents of Cedarhurst.

It’s the perfect time of year for Owl Fest, a two-day event Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. at The Nature Institute (TNI), 23956 Green Acres Road, Dow. It’s a fall festival and open house combo. This is the only event where the TNI hospital, flight enclosure and rehabilitation buildings are open to the public. TNI Animal Education Ambassadors will be available to meet and greet. Audiences will get a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities while enjoying educational speakers, local environmental organizations, crafts, food, live music, raffle, vendors, kid-friendly activities and TNI’s famous Teddy Bear Clinic. Accessible parking and shuttle service available. All ages are welcome, free access, open to the public. Visit for more information.

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Don’t miss Dueling Pianos at Bakers & Hale from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Bring yourself and your song requests to Patio Bakers and Hale, 7120 Montclair Ave., in Godfrey. This is, hopefully, the first of many piano dueling events!

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Visit the Global Brew Beer Fest from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday to delight your beer-loving palate. It’s been far too long and the Edwardsville Global Brew Tap House can’t wait to see you in Edwardsville City Park, 101 S. Buchanan St.! There will be live music and people doing some really cool things in the community. Free participation, open to the public.

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At Sunday visit another Trunk or Treat from 5 pm to 7 pm at New Bethel United Methodist Church, 131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. Located behind the church, there will be treats, play time, free hot dogs, and fun!

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