Coles County Community Events March 2019


Youth Open Gym

Every Sunday from Noon to 2pm from October 2018 to March 2019 (excluding Dec 23rd, Dec 30th & March 10th) at the West Gym of Charleston High School (1615 Lincoln Ave). The gym is for girls and boys 1st to 12th grades and cost $3 a person/visit. Please bring your own basketball. For more information, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

Badminton

January – December on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7 am and 7:30 – 9:30 pm in the McAfee gym on EIU campus for ages 12 and older. Join Kevin Hussey for an opportunity to play badminton with family and friends.  Multiple courts are available. FREE! No registration is required. Dates and times subject to change. For more information, contact the City of Charleston office at 217-345-5650.

Teen/Adult Open Gym

February – April on Tuesdays from 8 – 10 pm at the Jefferson Gym for ages 15 and older. Normally, we have some great “drop-in” games. Fee: $3 / person each visit. Doors will close at 9 pm if there are less than FOUR people in attendance. NOTE:  Please bring YOUR basketball! All dates are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. For more information, call the Charleston City Hall at 217-345-6897.

FREE Income Tax Assistance Through VITA

February 4th-April 12th at the LifeSpan Center. LSVP Volunteer Tax Preparers are available to fill out Federal and State income tax forms for ALL PERSONS OF ALL AGES AT NO CHARGE! Volunteer Tax Preparers are certified through the IRS. You must schedule an appointment, no walk-ins. To make an appointment, call 217-639-5150.

Monday Evening Story Time!          

Every Monday evening from 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM at the Mattoon Public Library for ages 3-7. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

Miss Brenda’s Preschool Story Time        

Every Tuesday from 10:30am – 11:00am at the Charleston Public Library for ages 3-5.  

Join Miss Brenda’s adventures with… Llama, Llama; If You Give a Mouse a…; Night Time and Little Owls. There will be an alphabet craft to go along with each adventure. Come and join us! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

C.A.R.E. CLUB             
3rd Thursday of every month from 4-6p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 12-17. THIS EVENT IS FREE! Douglas-Hart Nature Center is looking for members for our new Caring for Animals with Respect and Education (C.A.R.E.) Club! C.A.R.E. Club members will learn basic care and handling skills for turtles, salamanders, rabbits, and more! Members who meet volunteer goals will earn a free t-shirt and become Certified Animal Handlers at DHNC. For more information, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

Give Kids A Smile   

March 1st from 8am-Noon at MyCharlestonDentist.com in Charleston. FREE DENTISTRY DAY for ages 4-17! Free cleaning, exams, fillings, and more. To schedule an appointment, call 345-1315 or visit http://mycharlestondentist.com?srh=Give Kids A Smile.

ECIA Farm Show

March 1st-3rd at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Glamour Girl

March 1st from 3:30 – 4:15 pm in the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 4 – 6. Have a night full of pampering and fun. We’ll relax with facials, manicures, and mini-makeovers. Wear your hippest outfit and bring your friends! Fee: $15 for each child. To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/.

NIGHT AT THE NATURE CENTER              
March 1st from 6-9p.m at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. Welcome to the Night at the Nature Center! This nighttime program will feature a hike and games, and you never know what might come to life during this after hour’s special event! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

Community Garage Sale

March 2nd from 8am-Noon at the LifeSpan Center. Come see what treasures you can find! Interested in selling items? $10 fee per seller. For details, call 217-639-5150.

Trapper Education

March 2nd from 8 am – 4 pm at Charleston Gun Club for ages 8 and up. Trapper Education consists of a minimum of 8 hours of required instruction to receive a trapper license for persons under the age of 18.  Topics covered include essential equipment, trapping techniques, trap and pelt preparation, wildlife and fur-bearing management, reporting requirements, trapper ethics, game identification, state regulations, handling methods, and life histories of Illinois Fur-bearers. Bring your own lunch. To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/.

EARLY BIRD 
March 2nd from 10a.m-Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 5-7. The early bird gets in the worm in this bird inspired program! Learn about migrating birds through a game, craft, and a special snack – dirt pudding! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

Dr. Seuss Party.

March 2nd from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM at the Mattoon Public Library. Come and celebrate Dr. Seuss with the library, games, crafts, & fun activities. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

IT’S A ‘WATERFUL’ WORLD            
March 2nd from 1-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. The Earth’s surface is about 71% water, but only about 1% is easily accessible for drinking! Come to this STEAM Saturday program to discover what it takes to maintain clean water by games, activities, crafts, and more. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Each participant will receive a reusable water bottle to keep! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

One Giant Leap: A Musical Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

March 3rd at 4:00 PM. This program is held in conjunction with Booth Library’s spring exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond.” For more information on the exhibit and programming series, visit https://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/space, and find Booth Library on Facebook and Twitter.  “One Giant Leap…” presented by the Eastern Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Ticket prices are $6/$6/$5. Contact the Doudna Fine Arts Center to purchase tickets.

Teen Buttons               

March 5th from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Library for Middle & High Schoolers. Design your own buttons! Limit of 2 buttons per student. Keep it clean, keep it kind! Free program does not require a Library Card or registration. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Game Club at MMS  

March 6th & 20th from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM at the Mattoon Middle School for teens. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

TOTS 4 TARBLE

March 8th from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at the Tarble Arts Center on EIU’s campus for pre-schoolers. This event isFREE and Open to the Public. Join us for story time and hands-on activities led by Tarble docents and EIU Early Childhood majors! For more information, call 348-0430 or visit www.charlestontourism.org.

ECIA Antique Tractor Show

March 8th-10th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Quilt Show

March 8th-10th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (Charleston Spring Break)

March 11th from 9a.m-11a.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 4-6. The myth, the legend, the Abominable Snowman or better known as Big Foot has been sighted at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Will he finally be caught by the campers of Douglas-Hart Nature Center? You won’t want to miss out on the hunt for this legendary creature. Dress for indoor and outdoor play. Fee: $7/Non-member, $5/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

SKY HIGH (Charleston Spring Break)
March 11th from 10a.m-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. Fly high during this program! Participants will explore the flight of birds, insects, kites, and paper airplanes through games, crafts, and competitions! Participants should bring a sack lunch. Fee: $12/Non-member, $10/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

Free Movies at LifeSpan Center (Charleston Spring Break)

March 11th at 1pm at the LifeSpan Center. Come for a FREE showing of Avengers: Infinity War and get Free popcorn and lemonade. For more information, call 217-639-5150 or visit lifespancenter.org.

SPRING CLEANING (Charleston Spring Break) 
March 12th from 10a.m-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. Help us clean out our cabinets by making upcycled crafts, games, and much more! Participants should bring a sack lunch. Fee: $12/Non-member, $10/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

Free Movies at LifeSpan Center (Charleston Spring Break)

March 12th at 1pm at the LifeSpan Center. Come for a FREE showing of Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and get Free popcorn and lemonade. For more information, call 217-639-5150 or visit lifespancenter.org.

RRB-Irish Peat Pot

March 12th from 6pm – 8pm at the Charleston Public Library. Decorate a white washed peat pot for St. Patrick’s Day. Choose from a variety of ribbon, shamrocks, flowers, etc. to make a sun and easy tabletop item. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

CARDINALS VERSUS CUBS (Charleston Spring Break)               
March 13th from 10a.m-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. What animal are you cheering for this season – cardinals or cubs? Come out for a day of friendly competition to support your favorite baseball teams by learning about their animal inspired mascots through games, crafts, and activities! Participants should bring a sack lunch. Fee: $7/Non-member, $5/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

Free Movies at LifeSpan Center (Charleston Spring Break)

March 13th at 1pm at the LifeSpan Center. Come for a FREE showing of Solo: A Star Wars Story and get Free popcorn and lemonade. For more information, call 217-639-5150 or visit lifespancenter.org.

Movie Wednesday: Green Book    

March 13th from 1pm – 4pm at the Charleston Public Library. Join us for the Oscar nominated movie, Green Book starring Oscar nominated Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali . Synopsis: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Feel free to bring your own snacks! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

CAMPFIRE COOKING (Charleston Spring Break)             
March 14th from 10a.m-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. During this program, participants will set-up camp by making shelter, starting a fire, and cooking some delicious food! This day wouldn’t be complete without the campfire classic – s’mores! Lunch will be provided for this program. Fee: $12/Non-member, $10/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

Free Movies at LifeSpan Center (Charleston Spring Break)

March 14th at 1pm at the LifeSpan Center. Come for a FREE showing of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and get Free popcorn and lemonade. For more information, call 217-639-5150 or visit lifespancenter.org.

LUCKY CHARMS (Charleston Spring Break)        
March 15th from 9a.m-11a.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 4-6. Help the leprechaun find all this lucky charms during this St. Patrick’s Day inspired program. This program includes a story, scavenger hunt, game, and craft. Don’t forget Lucky Charms as a tasty treat – they’re magically delicious! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

OVER THE RAINBOW (Charleston Spring Break)            
March 15th from 10a.m-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. This program will take you “somewhere over the rainbow.” Participants will enjoy a scavenger hunt, crayon art, rainbow science experiments, and much more colorful fun! Go on the hunt for a pot of gold, and you will be sure to taste the rainbow! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

SBLH Rummage Sale

March 15th-16th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Free Movies at LifeSpan Center (Charleston Spring Break)

March 15th at 1pm at the LifeSpan Center. Come for a FREE showing of Christopher Robin and get Free popcorn and lemonade. For more information, call 217-639-5150 or visit lifespancenter.org.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

March 16th from 9:30-11am in the Charleston City Hall basement for ages 4-10. Calling all lads and lassies! If you enjoy games, activities, crafts and food, you are in luck! Join the fun and show your Irish spirit by wearing green. Fee: $15.  To register, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

1st Annual Williams Elementary School Teacher Chase 5k & 1 Mile Color Fun Run

March 16th at Williams Elementary school in Mattoon. 5K starts at 10am. 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 10:05am. This event will be on a flat course on city streets and all participants will receive a medal. Stay for the after party with a bounce house, Ninja-Warrior Course, DJ, food, photo booth, face painting and more! All proceeds will go to Williams Elementary School PTO. To register, visit www.GetMeRegistered.com/WESTeachersChase5k.  Fee before March 1st: 5K-$20, 1 Mile Fun Run-$10. Fee after March 1st: 5K-$25, 1 Mile Fun Run-$15. Feel free to participate with your Little! School Based Bigs may also attend this event with their Littles as long as the child’s parent/guardian transports them! If you are interested in attending with your Little, please contact the BBBS office at 348-8741.   

POTS OF GOLD SCAVENGER HUNT          
March 16th anytime between 10a.m.-Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. This event is FREE and open to the whole family! A leprechaun’s been spotted in the Douglas-Hart woods! A limited number leprechaun treasures are hidden on the grounds. Begin at the visitor center front desk to get the starting information. For more information, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

Make and Take

March 16th from 10:30am – 4:30pm or while supplies last at the Charleston Library. Kids under eight, please bring a grown-up to help. Drop in to make one, some, or all of our crafts, then take them home! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

The Vault Art Gallery

March 16th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at The Vault in Tuscola. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! “Unique.” “Dazzling.” “Impressive.” Those are the words visitors often use to describe The Vault Art Gallery in downtown Tuscola.  Join us to tour the gallery, learn about the artists and the unique ownership structure.  A new gardening section is underway and we will learn about the purpose and progress.  RSVP by 3/13/19. To register, call 217-581-5114.

JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS: DETECTIVE                         
March 16th from 1-4p.m at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for girl scouts. A leprechaun has stirred up trouble and is on the loose at the center, leaving behind an array of clues. In this holiday themed badge, Junior Girl Scouts can use their detective skills to capture the notorious leprechaun. Fee: $10/scout. For more information, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

Create Your Own… Birdhouse

March 18th from 1-3pm at the LifeSpan Center. Supplies will be provided. Future project: April 15th– Wash Rag Bunny. Limited to 20 participants. To register, call 639-5150.

Teen Craftivity           

March 19th from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Library for Middle & High Schoolers. Make a DIY project here and take it home. This month is an experiment with unusual materials—be prepared to try new ideas! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

“How to Find Killer Asteroids”      

March 21st at 3:30 PM. This program is held in conjunction with Booth Library’s spring exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond.” For more information on the exhibit and programming series, visit https://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/space, and find Booth Library on Facebook and Twitter. “How to Find Killer Asteroids,” presented by Tyler Linder, adjunct faculty member, Department of Physics, and astronomer at Astronomical Research Institute, Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library.

Library Legos              

March 21st from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Library for student in grades K-8. Kids under eight, please bring a grownup. If you love Legos, join us as we build together, take on challenges, show off building skills, and just have fun. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Expungement & Sealing

March 22nd from 9:30am-Noon or 1:30-4pm at the LifeSpan Center. A representative from Land of Lincoln Legal Aid will speak about the process of Expungement and Sealing and what crimes qualify. There will also be a representative from HOPE to speak about the services they offer. Register by March 21st. To register, call 348-5931 or email hope.lindseyj@gmail.com or angieh@hope-eci.org.

Cross County Mall Invitational Auto Display

March 22nd-24th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Whiteside Garden Volunteer Day

March 23rd from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Whiteside Garden in Charleston.  Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! In 1963, Dr. Wesley (Wes) Whiteside began transforming 5 acres of former farmland into a diverse botanical garden that has become a true treasure for east-central Illinois.  After he retired in 1987, Wes continued to nurture and develop his garden, drawing many visitors to view his collections, which are unmatched in the region. We love Whiteside Garden in part because it was one of our own that started this amazing community garden! It is a volunteer driven labor of love! Come and lend a hand to help mulching, weeding, trimming, and more. Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. RSVP by 3/20/19. To register,call 217-581-5114.

Grow Your Own: Salad Bowls  

March 26th from 1-2pm at the 4H building on the Charleston fairgrounds. Looking forward to a fresh salad for springtime lunches or a dinner side dish?   We will prepare planting bowls, select seeds, and start our re-growing salad garden for the patio.  We will also learn some of the nutritional benefits of eating mixed greens like baby spinach, kale, arugula, and butter lettuce.  All supplies included in fee.  Bring your own garden gloves. Fee: $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Please call 217-581-5114 to RSVP by 3/21/19.

Vision Board

March 26th from 6pm – 7pm at the Charleston Public Library. What is a vision board? Do you have goals that you want to work toward? Come spend an hour making your vision board to help make your goals come true. Supplies will be provided. Vision Board: a collage of images and words representing a person’s wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Therapy Dogs 

March 29th from 1-2pm at the 4H Building on the Charleston fairgrounds. Ever thought it would be worthwhile to take a dog to a nursing home, or care facility to visit residents? The Alliance of Therapy dogs registers you and your dog, after testing, to provide you with the tools to handle these visits with joy. Their goal is to form a network of caring individuals and their dogs who are willing to share happiness with others.  You’ll meet Jo Tucker and her dog to learn about this work. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Please call 217-581-5114 to RSVP by 3/27/19.

Cross County Mall Flea market

March 29th-31st at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Lincoln Log Cabin Volunteer Day

March 30th at 9:00 AM. Join us for volunteer day at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.  A number of projects need to be completed in order to get ready for summer.   Projects may include cleaning the cabin and the Sargent House and some light carpentry.  Lunch will be provided to volunteers .  Please RSVP by email at volunteer@lincolnlogcabin.org to help plan refreshments.

BODYPUMP Luau    

March 30th from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA for ages 14 and older. Say “aloha” to fun, fitness and freebies! Join us for this special offering of our popular BODYPUMP class that uses high repetitions to burn fat, gain strength and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning. Play games, win prizes and workout all at the same time. All of our BODYPUMP instructors will present motivating music and engaging choreography in the new tracks for the BODYPUMP 109 release. Fee: $3/member; $6/non-member. For more information, please visit www.mattoonymca.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Trivia Night

March 30th at Quail Creek Country Club in Robinson. Doors open at 6pm and trivia starts at 7pm. Come out for a fun night of rock trivia with live entertainment by Jared and Luke, beer/wine sampling, snacks and prizes! The winning team will walk away with $100 cash and bragging rights! VIP table- $350, Table for 8- $200, Individual Tickets- $25. All tickets include beer/wine sampling and snacks. Funds raised will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. To purchase tickets, visit www.classy.org/event/rock-n-roll-trivia/e217648. For more information, email donna@joinsomethingbig.org.

Teen Buttons               

April 2nd from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Library for Middle & High Schoolers. Design your own buttons! Limit of 2 buttons per student. Keep it clean, keep it kind! Free program does not require a Library Card or registration. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Model Rocketry Day-time and location TBA

April 3rd at 9:00 AM. This program is held in conjunction with Booth Library’s spring exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond.” For more information on the exhibit and programming series, visit https://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/space, and find Booth Library on Facebook and Twitter. Model Rocketry Day, sponsored by School of Technology.

THE HUNTS 

April 4th 7:30 PM at the Doudna Center on EIU campus. Known for their harmony-laced take on alt-folk, The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia based band of seven siblings, ranging in age from 28 to 19, who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives. The Hunts started experimenting with songwriting and have honed their sound, crafting positive songs that move audiences. Their songs are full of joy, powerful uplifting themes, and are great to sing along to whether you’re seeing them live or road trippin’ with the music blaring and windows rolled down. Register by 3/21/19. For more information, call 348-0430 or visit www.charlestontourism.org.

It Was a Crime To Be German  

April 5th from 3:30-5pm at the Mattoon Train Station Lone Elm Room. Book burnings…physical attacks upon immigrants…vandalism of immigrant-owned property…proliferation of irrational fear and hatred.  We might tend to associate such occurrences with dictatorships, but 100 years ago incidents such as these took place right here in Illinois.  The United States was involved in the “Great War,” and some Illinoisans considered anything German to be evil – including their fellow Illinois residents of German descent.  Although German immigrants and first-generation German Americans had been present throughout Illinois for decades and formed a large proportion of the state’s population, mob hysteria and violence against them escalated in Illinois during the World War I years.  A man was lynched in Collinsville, and what was his crime? He was a German immigrant.  Historical actor Barbara Kay will portray her great-grandmother, Margaret May, a resident of southern Illinois who saw and felt anti-German hysteria a century ago.  She will illustrate her presentation with photographs, newspaper headlines, and editorial cartoons of the time.  Through her first-person, costumed portrayal, she will bring the struggles of World War I-era German Illinoisans to life and will engage audiences with questions and discussion. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Please call 217-581-5114 to RSVP by 4/2/19.

CARDBOARD CAR COMPETITION              
April 5th from 6-8:30p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. This event is FREE and open to the whole family. Create a cardboard car at home, and bring it in to be judged at our first ever Cardboard Car Competition. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners will get a prize! After the competition, enjoy the “drive-in” theater where you can sit in your car, eat popcorn, and watch a movie. Movie selection will be announced closer to the event date. Fun for the whole family! For more information, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY    
April 6th from 10a.m-Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 5-10. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, come to the Nature Center for the program of a lifetime that you can’t get anywhere else! Dumbo is our inspiration for this circus themed program. Participants will explore the extraordinary world of elephants by games, activities, crafts, and more! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

FLOWER POWER     
April 6th from 1-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 5-10.Flowers are calling for a Spring Fling! We will learn about flowers and use them as our inspiration for games and activities! Not to mention, you will plant a seed, take it home, and watch it grow, grow, grow! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

The History of Coles County Poor Farm & Ashmore Estates

April 6th from 2-3:30pm at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Did your parents or grandparents ever tell you “If you don’t stop that you are going to send me to the poor farm”.  Ashmore Estates, originally known as the Coles County Poor Farm, is that place.  Located just West of Ashmore, IL this location has one of the most heartbreaking histories ever. The original structure on the farm was built in 1870.  In February of 1880 a fire occurred at the location, damaged the building and took the life of Elva Skinner, a child just short of her 5th birthday.  In 1916 the current building was constructed and became the home to many that had nowhere else to go. Robbin Terry, owner and Michele Watson-Baker, historian, will be on hand to discuss the past, present, and future of Ashmore. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public!  Please call 217-581-5114 to RSVP by 4/5/19.

High-Tech Treasure Hunt: Geocaching  

April 10th from Noon-1:30pm at the Charleston Library. What the heck is “geocaching”? It is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using a smart phone (or other GPA-enabled device).  Pages on the web or a map on your phone direct you to a specific set of coordinates and then you attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden there.  The cost to play? Perhaps a bit of shoes leather and gasoline.  There are 200 caches hidden within seven miles of Charleston.  Terry Weidner will explain the basics of the game, and share some interesting stories.  He has been geocaching for 15 years, along with seven million fellow geocachers, has been finding some of the more than  two million caches hidden worldwide. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public!  Please call 217-581-5114 to RSVP by 4/8/19.

Library Book Sale    

April 13th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Mattoon Public Library. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

Easter Egg Hunt                  

April 13th. The Charleston Parks and Recreation Department is having their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Hop on over to Morton Park and join us for this egg-stra special egg hunt. This event will be held even if it is drizzling. If the weather is severe we will reschedule. Register the day of the event and bring your own basket/bag. If you have any questions, call the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department at 345-6897.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND STARTING TIME ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1-2 Years old 9:10 am 

3-4 Years old: 9:20 am 

5-6 Years old: 9:30 am 

7-8 Years old: 9:40 am 

9-10 Years old: 9:50 am 

Make and Take

April 13th from 10am – 4pm or while supplies last at the Charleston Library. Kids under eight, please bring a grown-up to help. Drop in to make one, some, or all of our crafts, then take them home! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Easter Egg Hunt      

April 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Lytle Park in Mattoon.  Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny will help lead games and start our hunt!   Children will be split into age groups and ages up to 12 are welcome to participate! This event will take place rain or shine. 10 am: Meet the Easter Bunny and play games, 11 am: The hunt begins!  If inclement weather, event will be held at Broadway Christian Church. This event is FREE! For more information, call 235-5661 or visit www.mattoonchamber.com.

MAMA MIA!  
April 13th from 10a.m.-Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. This event is open to the whole family. It’s spring time at the Nature Center and littles ones are emerging once again. You know…feathered friends, furry friends, even scaly friends! Let’s throw a baby shower for our spring animals! Fee: $2/Non-member, $1 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.  

Lincoln Log Cabin Hosts an Easter Egg Roll 

April 13th from 1:00 PM-4 PM. Celebrate a presidential tradition at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site! The Lincolns and Sargents will be hosting a traditional Egg Roll and Easter Egg Hunt, along with other period games, a craft activity, and a story time for children. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1:30 p.m., and the Egg Roll begins at 2:30 p.m. Children (12 and under) will be divided into age groups, with each group having staggered start times. For more information, call 348-0430 or visit www.charlestontourism.org.