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VIP Cross Cuts celebrates its first anniversary on Friday

ALTON – VIP Cross Cuts, 2809 Homer M Adams Parkway, will celebrate its one-year anniversary from 3-7 p.m. Friday, July 1.

The event will feature vendors and food trucks, bike giveaways and many other prizes.

The barbershop is owned and operated by Anthony Fane, a minister with the New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in O’Fallon, Illinois.

“I want to give back to the community that has supported me and played a major role in keeping the doors open,” Fane said.

Fane was working as an auto mechanic in Alton when he wanted to start this business. He sold all his tools so he could pay tuition at barber school. Within two years, Fane earned his barber’s license. Six months later he found the location in Alton.

Here’s what else is happening in the area:


• 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. Roaming Home will work.

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

• Chavas 9th Anniversary Celebration: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Chava’s Mexican Restaurant, 217 E. Vandalia St., Edwardsville.

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

• Skylark Brothers: 7 p.m., Big Daddy’s Edwardsville, 132 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• Summer Celebration with Witness Distillery: 3 to 6 p.m., Chef’s Shoppe Gourmet Kitchen Store, 2320 Troy Road, Edwardsville.

• Strength for Women: 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., Main Street Community Center, 1003 Main Street N., Edwardsville.

• McKay NAPA Auto Parts Monthly Car Cruise: 5-8 p.m., McKay NAPA Auto Parts, 613 S. Springfield, Virden.

• 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, 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.


• VIP Cross Cuts First Anniversary: ​​3-7 pm, VIP Cross Cuts, 2809 Homer M. Adams Parkway, Alton.

• Darry Garcia’s Lonesome Blues: 7:30-10:30 p.m., The Lodge at The Lovejoy, 401 Piasa St., Alton.

• Daisy-Chain EP Launch Show: 8 p.m., The Conservatory, 554 E. Broadway, Alton.

• Tragg Band: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Russell E. Dunham Memorial Post 1308, 4445 N. Alby St., Alton.

• Sam Foor and Jacob Pullen Duo: 8 p.m.-midnight, Chez Marilyn, 119 W. 3rd St., Alton.

• Nathan Sickmeier and Co.: 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

• Up all night: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.

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

• Hometown Heroes: 5 p.m., Carrollton Historic Square, 721 Powell Brothers Memorial Highway, Carrollton.

• Dueling Pianos: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Bakers and Hale, 7120 Montclair Ave., Godfrey.

• St. Andrew’s Book Fair: 4-8 pm, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 406 Hillsboro Ave., Edwardsville.

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

• Against the Grain: A Comedy Show: 8:30 p.m., Recess Brewing, 307 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

• Nerf Herder Scruffy-Looking: 7-10 p.m., Manhattan’s Coffee & Socialhouse, 3361 Fehling Road Unit 6, Granite City.

• Denver Wade Trent: 3-7 p.m., The Winery at Aerie’s Resort Event Venue, 600 Timber Ridge, Grafton.

• Claudia: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Grafton Pub, 225 W. Main St., Grafton.

• Dave Caputo: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Loading Dock, 401 Front St., Grafton.

• For more information on Al-Anon meetings, call 618-463-2429. To find more helpful meetings, visit and