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Calendar of Events

2014 Calendar


January

Jan 11 - Passage to India Fundraiser
Top of the Roc, 6th St
6:00 pm - Midnight
An evening of live music to help send Rev. Robert to study music in India in 2014. Tickets are $10 at the door. Evening will include music by Motherlode, Resonation Station, Revered Robert, Moondogs, and Superbad. You can also support Bobby by donating on his website www.revrobert.com and click on the "tip jar". See attached flyer.

Jan 23 - Blood Drive & Pie Buffet
2127 18th Street
Starts at 10:00 am
Charleston

(217) 345-1212
In honor of National Pie Day we will have a pie buffet beginning at 10:00 am. Come celebrate with us and choose from a wide variety of fresh home made pies. In addition to our pie celebration, Community Blood Services will be here to host a blood drive. The blood drive begins at 3 pm, receive a slice of pie for donating blood.

Jan 26 - SACIS ZUMBAfest!
Lifespan Center, Loxa Rd
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fundraiser Donation: $10 for Adults, $5 for Children and Sr. Citizens. Be healthy from the inside out! Bring your family and friends - all ages! Water and healthy snacks available . Raffle and Silent Auction! To donate raffle prizes, silent auction items or to become a MAJOR SPONSOR (your name will be on T-shirts in promotions) please call SACIS (217) 348-5033 or email: sacisch@consolidated.net

February

Feb 1, 2014 - Charleston Challenge Mid-Winter Classic
Carl Sandburg School, 1924 Reynolds Dr.
Registration begins at 8:00 am
Get ready to run a 5 k - 10 K - 15 K race. Be prepared for all weather condition ~ sun, rain or snow! www.charlestonchallangeduathlon.com For information, call (217) 348-0430.
Register online at
www.Active.com

Feb 1 - St. Vincent de Paul Society Trivia Night
Moriarty Hall, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 921 Madison Street
6:30 pm Start Time

All proceeds will help us to assist those in need in our Charleston community. Email ptcoulton@gmail.com to reserve a table.

February 6-8 - The Vagina Monologues - An empowering performance about women's lives!
Performances Thursday - Saturday @ 7 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm
Tarble Arts Center
All proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services (SACIS), a local not-for-profit organization providing crisis and on-going services to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment AND HOPE of East Central Illinois, a private non-profit agency serving victims of domestic violence through the provision of Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education. There will be a Silent Auction sponsored by local businesses before the show. Cost is $7 for students/seniors, $10/general admission. Tickets are available at the MLK Union ticket office (581-5122), EIU's Women's Resource Center (581-5947), and Jackson Avenue Coffee (345-5283). See flyer for more details. 

Feb 8 - Love - N- Chocolate Resale Tour
Local Participating Stores
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

YOU ARE INVITED! Don't miss this fundraising event that benefits Standing Stone Community Center in Charleston. Enjoy resale shopping, chocolate, and helping others. The Resale Tour includes 9 Charleston resale shops and complimentary Bidwell Chocolates at each of these shops. Pick up a PASSPORT with a $5.00 donation at your first shop on the tour. The PASSPORT includes a map to find the 9 participating resale shops. For more information please call Home Again Consignment Shop (217) 345-4700.

Feb 8 - Lincoln's Birthday 1st grade education program
Lincoln Log State Historic Site
All Day


Feb 8 - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Open House
Lincoln Log State Historic Site
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Weather Permitting: Visit with the Lincoln family as they celebrate the birthday of their illustrious relative Abraham Lincoln from 10:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday, February 8th, 2014.   The Lincoln farm will be a buzz with activity as the many friends and relatives of the president gather to help family matriarch Sarah Lincoln celebrate Abraham’s special day. While Sarah Lincoln is busy baking Abraham’s favorite cake, his friends and relatives will entertain you with their personal stories and anecdotes about life with Lincoln. Regardless of weather the Visitor Center will be offering a slice of birthday cake to visitors! 

Feb 14 -
Singing Valentines for Hire

Charleston/Mattoon

All Day
Quartets from the Coles County Barbershop Chorus will deliver a box of chocolates and sing a romantic song for your loved one in the Charleston/Mattoon area!  Proceeds benefit area high school vocal music programs.  For details and to order, go to
www.ColesCountyChorus.com.

Feb 14 - Vow Renewal Ceremony
Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Begins at 2:30 pm
(217) 345-7066
This event is for 12 of Hilltops's residents and their spouses but is also open to the general public. It will be set up just as a wedding ceremony with cake, refreshments, music, and decorations. If a couple would like to participate in the vow renewal just contact Hilltop, but it is open to anyone who wanted to watch without an RSVP. 

Feb 14 - Valentine's Day Dinner Theater Production - "Murder Take Two"
Your LifeSpan Center
6:30 pm - Doors open at 6:00 pm

Your LifeSpan Center in conjunction with The Central Illinois Stage Company (CISCo) will be presenting a very special Dinner Theater Production. Tickets for this one time event at $35 for singles and $65 for couples (full dinner included). Tickets are available at your LifeSpan Center and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For advanced ticket purchases, please call (217) 639-5150 for more information. Enjoy a night of performing arts, laughter, delicious foods, and complimentary adult beverages! Come and have a fun romantic night out with your special someone! Funds raised from this event will go toward your LifeSpan Center to help with programming and offset daily costs.

Feb 25 - Bowls of HOPE
Moriarty Hall, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 921 Madison Street 
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Soup supper and hand-crafted bowl $15; or just he soup for $5 plus a FAB-ulous Dessert Auction that is always loads of fun! Plus live music! This fundraiser benefits HOPE's mission to empower people to live independent, non-violent lives by providing HOUSING OUTREACH, PREVENTION & EDUCATION. For more info, call HOPE 348-5931

www.hope-ece.org  and "LIKE" us on Facebook!


March


March 2 - La Grande Soiree for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Keller Convention Center, Effingham, IL
(217) 258-2511

March 5 - April 9 (Wednesdays) Care for the Widow  
Broadway Christian Church
5:00 - 6:15 pm

Are you a widow? You don’t have to go through this alone. This class is designed to help women work through the challenges of being widowed. We will learn how God already has a plan to help us overcome these issues.
For more information please call (217) 235-4009.

March 8 - Benefit for Ashley Duzan
American Legion Hall, 1903 Maple Ave., Mattoon
1:00 - 8:00 pm

Ashley (29) was diagnosed with breast cancer has just had a double mastecomy. She will undergo chemotherapy and possibly radiation and will be unable to work for several months. As a single mother, Ashley desperately needs our financial help so she can keep her bills paid and take care of her 2 year old daughter.
Everyone is welcome to join us and can come and go as you please! This event features fun, food, and entertainment for all. Entertainment will be provided by Andrew's Family Magic (1-2 pm), local bands Bad Daddies (2-4 pm), Motherlode (4-6pm), and Effingham's Barbed Wire and Roses Band (6-8pm) will be playing. A silent auction and a 50/50 raffle and much more will be taking place. Donations are being gratefully accepted at the Community Thrift Store located at 655 Castle Drive in Charleston, or online at www.gofundme.com/ashleyduzan. 

March 9 - Trigg Family Benefit
Mac's Uptowner, On the square (623 Monroe, Charleston)
1:00 - 6:00 pm

Fire destroyed the home of Darryl and Terry Trigg. Please help them build new memories. Food, fun and live music with Reverend Robert, Motherlode and Altered Ego. Donations may be mailed to First Neighbor Bank, 1415 18th St, PO Box 500, Charleston, Attn: Trigg Family Fund, given to Stacey Hackett @ CHS; or given to Kevin McGugan @ Mac's Uptowner. $5 donation at the door please. 

March 18 - Gee's Bend Quilters II
Historical Mattoon Train Depot
1:00 - 8:00 pm

There will be a free book signing from 1-4 pm, with items for sale. From 4-6 pm there will be a Student/Adult quilt class ($40/2) 3 evenings. This will be an inter-generational class for families and friends. Two register for one price and attend all 3 nights. Snacks provided.

March 19 - Gee's Bend Quilters II
Historical Mattoon Train Depot
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mattoon Middle School 7th grade Language arts classes from 9-11 am. From 1-4 pm there will be an Afternoon with Quilters of Gee's Bend.  Hear stories and songs, meet the quilters, and view the quilts. Quilts and small items are for sale. Available to groups and guilds. EIU Academy of Life Long Learning will be in attendance from 1-3 pm, and there is room for more guests during this time slot. The Student/Adult Quilt Class #2 will run from 6-8 pm. 

March 20 - Gee's Bend Quilters II
Historical Mattoon Train Depot
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Available Programming for groups/guilds from 10 am - 4 pm. Student/Adult quilt class #3 from 6-8 pm. 

March 21 - Gee's Bend Quilters II
Historical Mattoon Train Depot
8:30 am - 7:30 pm

A Quilter's Workshop ($125) which includes breakfast, beverages, and lunch run from 8:30-4 pm. Dinner with the Quilters ($20) runs from 5:30-7:30 pm and you can spend the evening and have dinner, and enjoy a program of songs and stories. Items available for sale.

March 22 - Gee's Bend Quilters II
Historical Mattoon Train Depot
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Quilters Workshop ($125), includes breakfast, beverages, and lunch. 

March 22 - Annual Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation Dinner:
The Vanishing Woman
Lincoln Log State Historic Site
6:00 pm

Please join us for an exciting evening of history as we explore the tale of Ellen Craft who escaped from slavery by passing herself off as a white man. The tale will be told by author of The Vanishing Woman, Doug Peterson with a special performance by dramatist Jennifer Goran as Ellen Croft.

March 22 - Men Who Cook
Lifespan Center, Mattoon, IL
(217) 345-82590

A potluck event featuring local men preparing bite-sized samples of their favorite dishes. Participants vote for their favorite chef's dish. Trophies are awarded to the top three 3 chefs in each food category (appetizer, chili, entree, soup/salad/side dish, & dessert). Chef with the most votes receives the Grand Master Chef! Tasting is from 6:00 - 8:30 pm and awards begins at 9:00 pm. A donation of $25/person is requested. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of East Central IL. For more information or for reservations please call (217) 345-8250 or email childadvocacy@consolidated.net. 

March 24 - Gee's Bend Quilters II
Historical Mattoon Train Depot
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Threads of Time Quilt Shop, Danville. Evening program ($20).  

March 28 - 150th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot
Courthouse Square
Times Vary

Join us for a weekend full of remembering. For complete listing of activities - visit www.charlestonillinoisrio.org or call Charleston Tourism (217) 348-0430

March 29 - Arts & Eats Dinner
The Little Theatre on the Square (Sullivan)
5:00 pm  Appatizers and Cash Bar, 6:00 pm Meal service begins

The Arts & Eats Committee has been hard at work on our final Arts & Eats Dinner that will take place Saturday, March 29, 2014 on stage at The Little Theatre on the Square! We are excited to announce our amazing 5 course menu!  Get your tickets before they are gone! Wine pairing with each course and entertainment! By reservation only. Tickets are $60/person. Reservations can be made online by clicking the above button, by visiting or calling the SCED office 217-728-4223 or visit us at 112 W. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Aprilpr 6 - We Sing Body Electric Poetry Walk
Charleston Town Square Sidewalks
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
(217) 348-4570

Apr 11 - What Women Want
Unique Suites Hotel, 920 W. Lincoln
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
(217) 345-7041

Apr 12 - Girls on the Run 5K
Trojan Hill (behind Charleston Middle School)
9:00 am Start Time
Calling all Superheroes! We welcome YOU to walk, skip, or run your way to the finish line! Join in one of the most moving and unique 5k events in the state! This is a non competitive 5k, with a family friendly celebration at afterwards. The 5k will start and finish on the track behind Charleston Middle School. Register online at www.girlsontheruneci.org or call Beth with questions: (217) 234-9494.


Apr 18 – Take Back the Night

LOCATION CHANGE! 
7th Street Underground in MLK Union

Starts at 6:00 pm

(217) 348-5033

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pr 24 - HOPE's Children's Basket Binga
Charleston VFW
(217) 348-8815 - Camille Gordon


Apr 25 – Citizens Against Child Abuse Author Sarah Burleton
Charleston Library
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Apr 25-27 - 2014 Celebration: A Festival of the Arts

Eastern Illinois University Campus Doudna Fine Arts Center S. 7th St.
A celebration of a multitude of arts ~ everything from blacksmithing to watercolor, accompanied by live performances and a variety of unique food vendors. www.eiu.edu/~festival
(217) 581-2113

Apr 26 - Art and Antiques at Osage Farm 
Osage Farm, 1344 E County Rd 720 N
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
A unique shopping experience, Art and Antiques at Osage Farm showcases the area's finest country and Americana antique dealers. This year features fourteen high quality antique dealers and eight folk artists, pork chop sandwiches and local band, Big Blue Mountain. Rain or shine, event under cover. Free Admission. Directions: Take Rt. 16 west 1½ mi., turn left on Beechtree Rd. (Crestline Vet Clinic). Drive ¼ mi. to “T” and turn right on 720 N County Rd. Drive ½ mi. to 1320 E and turn left. Drive 1 mi.- Osage Farm is on the left. (217) 508-8812
www.artandantiquesatosagefarm.com

April 26 - National Poetry Month : Featuring Poet Dan Guillory
Lincoln Log State Historic Site
2:00 pm

Join us in the Visitor Center at the Lincoln Log Cabin for an afternoon of poetry with Dan Guillory poet and author of a number of Lincoln-related books including; Living With Lincoln, The Lincoln Poems and House Poems which features poetry about our own Lincoln Log Cabin.

April 26 - LifeLinks Presents Casino Night 
Mattoon Golf & Country Club
7:00 - 11:00 pm

Come play your favorite Las Vegas style games and win cash! Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold 'Em Poker, Bang, a 50/50 raffle, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar are all available! Tickets are $25/person and you must be 21 or older to attend. To purchase tickets, please contact Debby Cook at (217) 238-5720. LifeLinks is a not for profit community mental health center serving Coles County since 1965. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit children & adults with mental health disorders. For more information visit their website at www.lifelinksinc.org/casinonight.  

April 27 - Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Morton Park
1:00 pm

Designed to raise awareness and empathy for women impacted by sexual violence, this event is open to folks of all genders and ages. Wear a pair of women’s heels (if you dare!), decorate a pair of comfy sneakers or flip-flops, or add some bling to your wheels and join us for this easy one-mile trek. Get a great t-shirt and maybe even win a prize! Sign up to be a sponsor and get your name on the t-shirt. Information on prizes, registration, teams, sponsorship and more can be found at www.sacis.org. 

May

May 3 - "Tour de Exchange"
Charleston High School, 18th and Lincoln Ave
Registration starts at 6 am, Staggered Starts from 6:30 am - 9:30 am

Grab your bikes and head out of this annual ride hosted by the Exchange Club of Charleston. 10,
25 and 50 mile routes on paved roads and SAG support. $20/adult & $10/child ($50 max per family) all registration includes a shirt. www.exchangeclubofcharleston.org

May 3 -  Sheep To Clothing 
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Follow the process of creating fabric in the 19th century, beginning with raw wool. Our volunteers will take you through the entire spectrum of the home based manufacturing process; quite literally from sheep to clothing.
For more information, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org, or call (217) 345-1845

May 3 - Weaving Fundraiser for the Moore Home Restoration
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation will kick off their fundraising campaign for the restoration of the Moore Home, scene of Abraham Lincoln's family farewell before leaving for Washington DC in 1861 with a unique pledge drive. The site manager will be weaving Venetian Carpet throughout the day with pledges for the number of yards woven.

May 3 - Victory Garden Plant Sale
Lincoln Log State Historic Site
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation will again be selling heirloom flowers, plants, and herbs to raise funds to support the educational and interpretive programming at Lincoln Log Cabin. 

May 4 – 3rd
 Annual 18th Street Spring Block Party

May 7 - Lifespan Center Senior Expo
11021 E. County Road 800 North, Charleston, IL
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

May 10-11 - IHSA Girls Badminton Tournament
Eastern Illinois University, Lantz Gym
For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org/sportsactivities/girlsbadminton.aspx

May 11 - Annual Dale Double Memorial Golf Scramble (May 18th - raindate)
Meadowview Golf Course
8:00 am
Join our charity fundraiser to raise money for Coles County Habitat for Humanity's efforts to build 2 homes for hard working, lower income families. We are looking for golfers and hole sponsors ($20 of $70 golfing fee is tax deductible, 100% of $100 hole sponsorship is tax-deductible) http://www.colescountyhabitat.net/

May 16-18 - IHSA Girls State Track & Field
Eastern Illinois University, O'Brien Stadium
For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org/sportsactivities/girlstrackfield.aspx

May 18 – Races for all the Paces
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

May 23-25 - IHSA Boys State Track & Field

Eastern Illinois University, O'Brien Stadium
For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org/sportsactivitiesboystrackfield.aspx

May 26 – Open Hearth & Woodstove Cooking demonstrations. The Charleston Riot of 1864.
Five Mile House, 5 miles south of Charleston

June

Jun 5 – Community Band Concert
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Kiwanis Park Amphitheater
Charleston, IL
345-6987

Jun 7 - Coles County Barbershop Chorus Annual Show 
Charleston High School
4:00 pm Concert followed by dinner and Afterglow
The award-winning Coles County Barbershop Chorus presents its 45th annual show with our featured performers are Premium Blend from Kansas City, which placed among the top 20 quartets in the world at the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2013 International Quartet Competition.  More information and tickets for the show and the afterglow dinner will be available at www.ColesCountyChorus.com

Jun 7 - Jonah Fish Fry
Lifespan Center, 11021 ECR 800N
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Jonah Fish Fry, sponsored by the Coles County RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), is fast approaching. This is a great community event – show your support for RSVP and get a wonderful meal as well! Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. (217) 639-5165

Jun 7 - Victory Garden Program: Perennial Gardening
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
2:00 pm

Learn the ins and outs of using perennial plants in your gardens with Larry Shobe, of Eastern Illinois University, a frequent  panelist on Mid-American Gardener produced by WILL TV.

Jun 9 - Summer Start Up! Community Festival
St Charles Church, 921 Madison
Noon - Sunset

St Charles Church will host their annual summer festival for community members of the Greater Charleston area. Activities for the whole family will be featured, including bingo, live music, games, raffles, crafts, auctions, pork chop dinner, a beer garden, races and much more! www.saintcharleschurch.org (217) 345-3332

Jun 12 – Community Band Concert
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
345-7790

Jun 14 - Annual Sarah Bush Lincoln Golf Outing
Meadowview Golf Club, Mattoon
Further details about this event call Kimberly Lockart at (217) 238-4765

Jun 14 - Civil War Saturday: The Role of the Civil War Surgeon
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site


Jun 19 – Community Band Concert
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kiwanis Park Amphitheater
Charleston, IL
For more information, call 345-6897

Jun 23 – Redhawk Rampage at EIU Spring Triathlon/Kids Fun Run/5k Run/Walk
Event Location: Lantz Arena, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Kids Fun Run: 8:00 am  5k Run/Walk: 8:30 am  Sprint Triathlon: 10:00 am

Jun 26 – Community band Concert
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kiwanis Park Amphitheater
Charleston, IL
345-6897

Jun 27 - Charleston Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing
For more information visit www.charlestonchamber.com, or call (217) 345-7041
 
Jun 2014 - date to be determined - Corn Belt Shrine Club Truck & Tractor Pull
Coles County Fairgrounds
Come out and enjoy a day filled with Trucks and Tractors. For more information, contact Mike at mikem@itpapulling.com.

Jun 27 - Charleston Chamber of Commerce 35th Annual Golf Outing - "Buy Local-Play Local"
Charleston Country Club
Registration 10:30-11:30 am, Lunch 11 am-Noon, Shotgun Start 12 Noon
Dust off those clubs and get ready for a day of fun in the "Buy Local - Play Local" Charleston Chamber Golf Outing. $100 all-inclusive fee per player includes driving range, putting contest for $5000, 18 holes of golf & cart, mulligans, lunch, give-aways, snacks and beverages on the course, "Beat the Mayor" contest, Par 3 poker, dinner and prizes. Foursomes and individuals are welcomed! Registration form available on www.charlestonchamber.com
. (217) 345-7041

Jun 29 - Trials & Tribulations: The Story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial
Oakland
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy a unique combination of living history, dramatic theatre and an 1847 meal to learn this story of the courageous Bryant family who sought freedom in Coles County. This is the only time that Abraham Lincoln represented the slave owner. www.matsontrial1847.org
(217) 508-9113.

Jun 29 - Red, White, and Blue Days Bingo
North Pavilion, Morton Park, Division and Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
www.charlestonredwhiteandblue.com (217) 345-7691 charlestonrwb@gmail.com

July

Jul 3-4 - Red, White, and Blue Days
Morton Park, Division and Lincoln Ave.
www.charlestonredwhiteandblue.com (217) 345-7691 charlestonrwb@gmail.com
July 3rd, Wednesday
1:00 pm Vendors and Activities begin
6:30 pm Music TBA
Farmer of the Year/Little Mr. and Miss
8:00 pm Music TBA

July 4th, Thursday
6:30 am Habitat for Humanity Run/Walk
9:30 am Chalk In - Coles County Arts Council
10:00 am Foam Pit & Inflatable’s
1:00 pm Parade
2:15 pm Bell Ringing
2:30 pm Music TBA
*Vendors will be available all day. Foam pit and Inflatable’s end at 2 pm

Jul 4 - Fireworks at Coles County Airport
Dusk
Food vendors on site. Free admission. Handicapped parking available. Shuttle buses running from Charleston and Mattoon. Bring lawn chairs/blankets. No personal fireworks, pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. (217) 345-7120 www.colescountyairport.com

Jul 5 - Patriotic 4th
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

Join us at Lincoln Log Cabin for an old fashioned Celebration of our nations Independence Day!
 
Jul 10 – Community Band Concert
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
345-6897

Jul 12 - Victory Garden Program: Learn to Can and Preserve Your Garden Produce
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

Join us to learn how easy and fun canning the produce from your own garden can be! In this beginners course we will be working with in-season produce. All the ingredients, necessary equipment and jars for this  hands-on lesson are provided. (Class size is limited so reservations are required)

Jul 13 - Trials & Tribulations: The Story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial
Oakland
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy a unique combination of living history, dramatic theatre and an 1847 meal to learn this story of the courageous Bryant family who sought freedom in Coles County. This is the only time that Abraham Lincoln represented the slave owner. www.matsontrial1847.org
(217) 508-9113

Jul 22 – Concert In The Park
Summer Strings
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(217) 348-0430

 Jul 25 - Christmas in July Trivia Night - Fundraiser for Christmas in the Heart of Charleston
Charleston Public Library
6:00 pm
Gather your friends for a night of Christmas Trivia about music, movies and more! All the proceeds will go towards the Christmas in the Heart of Charleston in December! Teams of up to 6 individuals will compete in 10 categories to see who knows the most about Christmas. The team answering the most questions correctly, will win $100 CASH! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase! For more information, call (217) 348-0430

Jul 26 - Civil War Saturday
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
Specific Program TBD
 
Jul 27 - Aug 3 - 160th Annual Coles County Fair
Coles County Fairgrounds
For more information call 345-2656 or visiting www.colescountyfair.com

August

Aug 5 - Concert In The Park - Mackville 
Kiwanis Park
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
(217) 348-0430
Their music is a mix of bluegrass and gospel music and consists of alternating vocal leads with strong harmonies along with instrumentals. They love playing bluegrass and gospel music and have a great time! They hope their music will inspire or encourage faith; and they definitely enjoy helping and encouraging others!

Aug 9 - Victory Garden Program: Cooking from the Garden
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

Join us in the garden as we cook from the garden! In the world if food, the local food movement is gaining ground. Consuming more locally grown and produced foods increases the freshness with the added benefit of stimulating economic development in your own community. Four our garden side program local chef (TBD) will showcase delicious recipes using locally sourced foods.

Aug 10 - Annual Bluegrass Jam
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
It's bluegrass time again at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, with both fans and performers gathering on Sunday August 10, from 11am-5pm. Musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for an all day of jamming with informal groups playing along the creek throughout the day. the site's volunteers will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs, and more with proceeds benefit the historical and interpretive programs at the site. Anyone with a love of this unique style of music is welcome to join one of the many groups playing in the park. For more information visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org, or call (217) 345-1845.

Aug 15 - EIU Move-In Day 
Campus Housing Dorms
Welcome back students! EIU's dorms officially open the doors for the newest group of students to arrive for the 2012-2013 school year! www.eiu.edu/~housing (217) 581-5111.

Aug 17 – WEIU Kids Day
Kiwanis Park, Charleston, IL
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Aug 17 - Run for the Fallen
CHS Trojan Hill, Charleston, IL
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Come honor a Fallen Soldier! Walk a lap around the track in honor of a lost life. This is a FREE event and on-site registration is available. Contact Parks & Rec Dept at 345-6897 for registration form.

Aug 23 - Civil War Saturday: The Underground Railroad/The Free Black Experience in Illinois
Lincoln Log cabin State Historic Site
2:00 pm

While Illinois is known today as the Land of Lincoln, life for free persons of color in pre-Civil War Illinois was anything but easy. Learn about the 
Abolitionist movement, the Underground Railroad and the experience of free African-Americans in Illinois during our early history. 


Aug 23-24 - Relay for Life Walk
Peterson Park, Mattoon
4:00 pm - 6:00 am

Who will you walk for? Whatever your reason for fighting cancer, you'll make a difference by joining the American Cancer Society Relay For Life! www.RelayForLife.org/colesil Contact Laura Hopping at (217) 356-9076.

Aug 24 – Progressive Pickin’ Party!
Shops around Charleston
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
(217) 345-4700

September

Sept 6 - Civil War Saturday
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
Specific Program TBD

Sept 20 - Charleston Challenge Duathlon
Carl Sandburg School, 1924 Reynolds Dr.
9:00 am
This 2 mile run, 19.2 mile bike ride, 2 mile run will test your endurance. Challenge yourself on this hilly and scenic course. There will be team and individual divisions available with prizes in all divisions.
(217) 348-0430

Sept 27 - Art and Antiques at Osage Farm
Osage Farm, 1344 E County Rd 720 N
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
A unique shopping experience, Art and Antiques at Osage Farm showcases the area's finest country and Americana antique dealers. This year features fourteen high quality antique dealers and eight folk artists, pork chop sandwiches and local band, Big Blue Mountain. Rain or shine, event under cover. Free Admission. Directions: Take Rt. 16 west 1½ mi., turn left on Beechtree Rd. (Crestline Vet Clinic). Drive ¼ mi. to “T” and turn right on 720 N County Rd. Drive ½ mi. to 1320 E and turn left. Drive 1 mi.- Osage Farm is on the left. (217) 508-8812 www.artandantiquesatosagefarm.com

Sept 27-28 - Harvest Frolic
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Lincoln Log Cabin's annual Harvest Frolic! Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children's games, doll making and hearth cooking. There will also be a three-legged race, a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and a "dipping cup race" and a special scavenger hunt will be open to children 12 years of age or younger. Visitors are encouraged to take part in these period games and activities. Demonstrations, food, period music and entertainment along with our featured visiting artisans will round out the weekend programming.

Sept 27-29 - Eastern Illinois University Family Weekend
Eastern Illinois University campus

Pack up the family and check out the family weekend activities, including the EIU Panthers football game. www.eiu.edu

Sept 28 – 18th St Fall Festival
18th St in Charleston
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
(217) 345-4700

October

Oct 4 - The Homecoming Happening
In Charleston
7:00 pm

“The Happening” is a variety show, reception and silent auction that will be held in Charleston to celebrate the educational legacy of the Charleston School District while raising funds to secure its future success. It should be a fun and lively evening filled with wonderful food, great entertainment, interviews and testimonials from teachers and former students. If you're interested in performing please contact Tina Winings (twinings@charleston.k12.il.us or (217) 348-8952. Please see the flyer for other information. 

Oct 11 – Stop the Bullying Conference
Eastern Illinois University
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Join EIU in welcoming Dr. Justin Patchin to the annual Bullying Conference. It will be held at EIU on October 11th. Conference Registration available online.
For more information, contact Mildred Pearson at (217) 615-0274 or visit www.bvcbullyingproject.net

Oct 24-26 - Eastern Illinois University Homecoming
Eastern Illinois University campus and Charleston community
Weekend events include an "all-you-can-eat" sunrise breakfast, homecoming parade, EIU Panther football game, tailgating & MORE!

*** Parade Route - Sat 9:30!***
Starts at 7th and Lincoln Ave.
North on 7th St.; West on Monroe Ave.
South on 6th St.; West on Polk Ave.
South on Division St.
Ends at O'Brien Stadium
Check out
www.eiu.edu/homecoming for further details.

Oct 25 - Torchlight Halloween Hike and Weenie Roast
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

Join us for a torchlight hike around the historic site then return to the Visitor Center for a Barn Dance and weenie roast.

Oct 30 – Yuletide Tunes & Treats ~ Dessert Buffet, Silent Auction & Music
Charleston Moose Lodge, 615 7th St
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, auction ends at 7:40 pm
(217) 348-0430

November

Nov 8 - Charleston Challenge 40 Mile Relay
Carl Sandburg School, 1924 Reynolds Dr.
9:00 am
Divisions include Superman, Dynamic Duo, and Teams
(Male, Female & Open Team Categories)
(217) 348-0430
This event hosted by the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department features 40 miles of fun for up to 4 team members. Team and individual divisions available. www.charlestonchallengeduathlon.com

Nov 15 - Charleston Chamber Lootery
Charleston Country Club
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Each ticket admits 2 people for fun, food and fabulous cash giveaways. Every tenth ticket wins a cash prize with a Grand Prize of $2,000. For tickets, call (217) 345-7041 Chamber of Commerce.

Nov 22-23 - Festival of Trees
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System Health Education Center
Friday, November 22, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Saturday, November 23, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces will once again adorn the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education. Net proceeds to benefit Healthy Kids program, Emergency Department renovation and the Surgery Center. www.sarahbush.org (217) 238-4765

December

Dec 1 - Coles County Barbershop Chorus Christmas Benefit Concert
Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 4th St, Charleston
3:00 pm
A one-hour program of sacred and secular music will be presented by the 35-man chorus, whose members come from 19 area communities. Four local quartets will perform as well as a mixed ensemble featuring six of the men from the chorus and their wives. Admission to the concerts is free. A freewill offering will be taken, all of which will be donated to area food pantry and homeless shelter programs.

Dec 1 - Coles County Barbershop Chorus Christmas Benefit Concert
First Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Ave, Mattoon
7:00 pm
A one-hour program of sacred and secular music will be presented by the 35-man chorus, whose members come from 19 area communities. Four local quartets will perform as well as a mixed ensemble featuring six of the men from the chorus and their wives. Admission to the concerts is free. A freewill offering will be taken, all of which will be donated to area food pantry and homeless shelter programs.

Dec 6 - Christmas in the Heart of Charleston
Courthouse Square
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Holiday parade, carriage rides, refreshments, window displays, entertainment, photos with Santa and much more. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. Parade starts at 5 pm. Streets leading to the Square will be closed ~ please park 2-3 blocks off the Square and walk inward. Check out our event page on Facebook under "Christmas in the Heart of Charleston". For more information please call (217) 348-0430.

Dec 6 - Civil War Santa's Visit
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Christmas 1860's style at Lincoln Log Cabin. While Christmas would not become an official holiday until 1870, during the Civil War soldiers both north and south found ways to celebrate. Join us as we welcome Civil War era Santa Claus, whose image once graced the front page of Harper's Weekly as he distributed gifts to Union soldiers. Let's hope they won't be any hardtack under our tree this year!

 
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