Coles County Community Events May 2019


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.

Douglas-Hart Nature Center Summer Camps

Check out the Summer Camps at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Member registration opens March 15, public registration opens April 15th. For a list of camps, visit www.dhnature.org.

AMC Summer Movie Camp

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly activity to take the kids to this summer, AMC Theatres is offering a $4 movie deal to keep them occupied while school is out.

Admission to a kid-friendly movie and a KidsPack containing popcorn, a fountain drink and a pack of AMC Footi Tootis is just $4 plus tax. The special offer is every Wednesday morning throughout the summer. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2GHoTxa .

Card Games at the LifeSpan Center

Every Wednesday from 1-3:30pm at the LifeSpan Center dining room. All ages, skills, games welcome. Cards and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 639-5150.

Fit-2-Serve Community Garden

Every Saturday from 9-11am at 520 South 5th Place in Mattoon. Come volunteer some time out in the sun, learn to plant and watch it grow!

Walk to Wellness

May 1st – August 31st. Would you like to win two tickets to see a Major League Baseball Team?  Well, start walking! This Spring, sign up for Walk to Wellness. You could win two tickets for a September game!  Your mission is to walk or run a total of 266 miles between May 1st and August 31st.  Why 266 miles?  It’s the straight-line distance between Busch Stadium and Wrigley Field! Progress reports, required at the end of the month, via email (recsup@co.coles.il.us) or by hard copy, may be mailed to our office (520 Jackson Ave.) or dropped in any water bill drop box (addressed to the Parks & Rec. Dept.) Those who reach the monthly goal will have a chance to win some great prizes!  If you miss a month, don’t worry, just catch up! On August 31st, those who complete the entire distance of 266 miles will be entered into a raffle to win two tickets to see an MLB Team! Walk to Wellness is done on the honor system – don’t be the few who ruin it for the many! Contact the Charleston Park and Recreation office for more information or to obtain a progress report. Walk to Wellness is FREE to all participants and there is no age requirement! For more information, contact the Charleston Parks & Recreation Dept at 345-6897.

101 Classes at the LifeSpan Center

Never stop learning because life never stops teaching. Come learn the basics of Sign Language: the alphabet, Music: basic notes, or Braille: dot to dot. All classes will be held at the LifeSpan Center from 11am-Noon and each class costs $5, all supplies will be included. Dates are as follows: Sign-May 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th. Music-June 6th, 12th & 26th. Braille-July 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th. All ages welcome. Participants under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Limited seating of 12. To register, call 639-5155.

Homeschool Game Club       

May 9th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Mattoon Public Library 2nd Floor. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.  

Make it for Mother’s Day

May 9th from 5:15-6:15pm at the Charleston City Hall basement for ages 4-10. We’ll make a special present for your mother, grandmother, aunt, or whoever you wish! You’ll leave the class with a wrapped and ready homemade present that will be cherished forever. Fee- $15. To register, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

IHSA Girls State Badminton Tournament              

May 10th -11th at Lantz Arena on EIU Campus. Visit the IHSA website for more information.

TOTS 4 TARBLE

May 10th from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at the Tarble Arts Center on EIU campus. Continuing this spring is a new monthly program for the pre-schools. Join us for story time and hands-on activities led by Tarble docents and EIU Early Childhood majors! FREE and Open to the Public. For more information, call 348-0430 or visit www.charlestontourism.org.  

CARDBOARD CAR COMPETITION              

May 10th from 6-8:30p.m.at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. 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! This event is FREE. For more information, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

Eastern Coles County Spring Cleanup      

May 11th at 7:00 AM. ONE LOCATION * Leaf & Limb Drop Off – (1200 W Madison Ave) * NO Appliances – Grose Appliance accepts appliances all year long.

The City & County will provide dumpsters at no cost to residents. Only Coles County residents (no contractors) may participate in the cleanup. Items that will not be accepted: Building materials or construction debris exceeding 1 cubic yard (drywall, shingles, dirt, brick, concrete, asphalt, rock, etc.); Tires; Liquids (of any kind); Batteries; Car parts (exceeding 1 cubic yard); Burnt material (ashes of any kind); florescent light tubes and landscape waste. Identification will be checked!

City of Charleston 520 Jackson Avenue Charleston IL 61920 217.345.5650 Regional Planning 651 Jackson Avenue Charleston IL 61920 217.348.0521

SBLHC Races for All Paces 

May 11th starting at 7am at EIU Campus. We will begin and end the races on the track of O’Brien Stadium. The courses are exciting and include the Panther Trail, campus locations, local neighborhoods and the half-marathon goes into the country with hills and other exciting challenges along the route.

We have an event for everyone and every skill level. We begin with the Half Marathon at 7 a.m., the 10K Individual at 7:50 a.m., the 5K Times Run/Walk steps off at 8:15 a.m., followed by the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. The little ones can get in the fun by participating in the Toddler Trot or the Diaper Dash at 10:15 a.m. There are inflatables, music, and lots of other fun activities at the start/finish line. To register or for more information, visit https://www.sarahbush.org/races/.

Gardenfest

May 11th from 9am-Noon at Lytle Park. Formerly known as “Herbfest,” the kick off to the gardening season in Mattoon is again at Lytle Park. For more information, visit www.mattoonillinois.gov.

Chess Event for Kids

May 11th from 10 – 11 am in the Mattoon Public Library for grades 2 – 8. Kids Chess Club is an opportunity for kids to come and play against other players of their own age or to learn the basics of the game. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit  www.mattoonlibrary.org.

MOTHER’S DAY TEA              

May 11th from 10a.m. – Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for the whole family. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Friendship Garden and during your exploration, visit different activity stations. Decorate a flower pot, plant a flower, play games, and of course, enjoy some tea and light refreshments! To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

May 11th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Avengers: Endgame. Sensory Films are designed for families who are affected by autism or other disabilities to have the opportunity to enjoy movies in a safe and accepting environment. Families can bring their own snacks and kids are allowed to talk and move around. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com/sff/.

Make and Take

May 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.

Line Dancing

May 13th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Teen Super Smash Bros. Tournament Sign-up

May 13th– 30th at the Charleston Public Library KidSpace Desk for ages 13-18.Love Super Smash Bros.? Think you have the skills to take on other players? Grab your friends and sign-up for our upcoming tournament to be held on Thursday, June 6 at 3:00pm. The 1st place winner will receive a prize! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Little Wheels Play Date

May 13th from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Parking Lot for ages 2 to 6 with adult. Bring your wheels and join us in the south end of the parking lot to have fun on your scooters, bikes, trikes, skateboards, roller skates, or anything that has wheels. Don’t forget your helmets! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Homeschooling 101 

May 13th from 6pm – 7pm at the Charleston Public Library Rotary Room A. Considering homeschooling, but now sure where to start? Jeanne Camp (Director of local Homeschooling group, Christian Homeschool Activities) will cover how to get started, the legal requirements, how to connect with other homeschool families, & answer your questions. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

May 14th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Avengers: Endgame. Sensory Films are designed for families who are affected by autism or other disabilities to have the opportunity to enjoy movies in a safe and accepting environment. Families can bring their own snacks and kids are allowed to talk and move around. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com/sff/.

Game Club at MMS  

May 15th from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM for teens. This event will take place out of building at the Mattoon Middle School. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

Kids in the Kitchen  

May 15th from 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM at the Mattoon Public Library Community Room. MPL is partnering with Fit-2-Serve to offer an after school kids cooking class. In this class we will be making hummus! There are 25 spots available. Free to participate. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

Girls IHSA Track and Field Finals, EIU

May 16th-18th at 9:00 AM at O’Brien Stadium on EIU campus. For more information, visit www.charlestontourism.org.

Library Legos

May 16th from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library for 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.  

Energy Efficiency

May 17th from 9:30-10:30am at the LifeSpan Center. Learn about energy conservation and small home repairs that you can do to keep your home energy efficient. 1-on-1 counseling available. This event is FREE and light snacks will be provided. Anyone who pre-registers will receive an energy kit valued at $75. To register, call 639-5150.

Book Sale        

May 17th from 10am – 6pm & May 18th from 10am-5pm. at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Featured at this sale will be FREE kids & teen books!  Great for kids, caregivers, & educators! Come and stock up!

Hardcover books, audio books, DVDs and vinyl records are $2. Paperback books, children’s books, music CDs, puzzles and games are 50¢. There also is a large selection of sale books for 25¢. 

Books are sorted into categories such as Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Hobbies & Crafts, History, Inspiration, Biography, Cookbooks, Sports, Gardening, Classics, and Children’s books. 

We accept cash or checks. All proceeds from the book sale support the Charleston Carnegie Public Library.  For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

MATTOON CITY WIDE CLEANUP DAY   

May 18th from 8-11am at the Mattoon Yard Waste Facility at Shelby Avenue and Logan Street. The dumpsters are available for City of Mattoon and Coles County residents. A Driver’s License, or other proof of residency, is required in order to dispose of material at the site. The site is open for residential clean-up only. The site will not be open to commercial contractors. Load size will be limited to 1 ton trucks and trailers. For a list of accepted waste materials, visit www.mattoonillinois.gov.

PJ Masks & Pajama Party

May 18th from 9:30-11am at the Charleston City Hall basement for ages 3-7. Ready to rock with Catboy and Owlette? Join us for games, clips of PJ Masks, crafts and snacks. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas! Fee: $15. To register, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

Community Band

We are looking for volunteer musicians, ages 12 and up, to play in the Community Band! Jr. High through adults are welcome to join. Practices are scheduled on Tuesday nights. First practice will be May 23rd. Concerts are free and open to the public and will be performed at the Kiwanis Park in Charleston on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm. Concerts will run from May 30th-July 11th. For more information, email tourism@co.coles.il.us or call Ginger at 621-7772.

Boys IHSA Track and Field Finals, EIU     

May 23rd-25th at 9:00 AM at O’Brien Stadium on EIU campus. For more information, visit www.charlestontourism.org.

Lincoln Log Cabin: Exploring Wool and other Textiles: What will “Ewe” Make Today?

May 25th at Lincoln Log Cabin. Early pioneers raised sheep and used their wool as a raw material to make clothing, blankets, hats, stockings, and more. When sent to the local weaver, wool could also be made into Venetian, striped, and ingrain carpets for their floors. In a modern world where we try to make environmentally friendly choices, there’s one fiber that’s always been ‘green’… WOOL!

Join us for a hands-on adventure in the many uses of wool. Interpreters will be on the farm to teach both children and adults the skills used to create wool items, from prepping the raw wool all the way to crafting items. In addition to learning to knit or crochet, visitors will have an opportunity to sit down at a loom and try weaving for themselves. For more information, visit http://www.lincolnlogcabin.org/

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

May 25th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Sensory Films are designed for families who are affected by autism or other disabilities to have the opportunity to enjoy movies in a safe and accepting environment. Families can bring their own snacks and kids are allowed to talk and move around. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com/sff/.

Chess Event for Kids

May 25th from 10 – 11 am in the Mattoon Public Library for grades 2 – 8. Kids Chess Club is an opportunity for kids to come and play against other players of their own age or to learn the basics of the game. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

Rotary Pool

The Charleston Rotary Pool will open May 27th and closes August 11th. Admission: ages 10 yrs. and up-$5, ages 1-9 yrs.-$4, and ages 55 yrs. and up-$4. Children ages 9 yrs. and under must be accompanied by an individual age 16 yrs. or older. For more information, call 345-3233.

Lytle Park Pool

The Lytle Pool opens shortly after the last day of school and closes when school is back in session. Pool hours are from 11:30am-7:45pm. Admission: ages 12 and older-$4, ages 2-11-$3 and free to children under 2 years of age. Visit http://lytlepark.com/ or call 258-9801.

Line Dancing

May 27th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Zumba Gold Backyard Boogie

May 27th at 11am in the backyard of the LifeSpan Center. This class is free and will be an outside 45 minute dance party. Donations will be accepted for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For more information, call 639-5150.

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

May 28th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum. Sensory Films are designed for families who are affected by autism or other disabilities to have the opportunity to enjoy movies in a safe and accepting environment. Families can bring their own snacks and kids are allowed to talk and move around. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.amctheatres.com/sff/.

Mattoon Food on the Move

May 29th – August 9th on Mondays – Fridays in Mattoon. We will not serve on July 4th or 5th. Children must eat their lunch with us and cannot take any food home. A Salvation Army vehicle will stop at the following locations:

West Park Plaza                                         11:00 am

Lakeland Mobile Estates                          11:40 am

Old State Village                                        12:20 pm

Sunrise Apartments                                   1:00 pm

East Rudy Place                                            1:40 pm

We please ask that all children 5 and under come with a parent/guardian. The truck will be at each location for 20 minutes only. In case of thunderstorms, lightening, or torrential rain, the Salvation Army reserves the right not to serve that day. Cancellations will be posted on the Salvation Army Facebook page by 10:30am. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 217-234-3915.

Charleston Food on the Move

June 3rd-August 8th on Mondays – Thursdays in Charleston. We will not serve on July 4th or 5th. Children must eat their lunch with us and cannot take any food home. Food is prepared by the Salvation Army, but an EIU vehicle will stop at the following locations:

Ne-Co Fields Park                                         11:00 am

Long Acre Estates                                         11:30 am

Carl Sandburg Elementary                         12:00 pm (June Only)

EIU Textbook Rental                                    12:20 pm (June Only)

EIU Textbook Rental                                    12:00 pm (July-August)         

We please ask that all children 5 and under come with a parent/guardian. The truck will be at each location for 20 minutes only. In case of thunderstorms, lightening, or torrential rain, the Salvation Army reserves the right not to serve that day. Cancellations will be posted on the Salvation Army Facebook page by 10:30am. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 217-234-3915.

Mini Golf in the Stacks Design a Hole Sign-up    

June 3rd at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library for all ages: Kids under 16 with an adult.

Sign up to design a hole at the KidSpace Desk between June 3-14. Sign up to build and bring your golf hole design to the library for patrons to play through on Tuesday, June 18! Stop by the KidSpace Desk for more information about how you can participate. Call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Summer Shirt Stenciling

June 3rd from 10am – 5pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, KidSpace Patio for all ages, but kids under 8 with an adult. Drop in with your own dark colored t-shirt or tank top to make a fun summer themed shirt! You pick the summer themed template of your choice and we will use the water/bleach technique to design your shirt! Call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Kid’s Pendulum Painting    

June 3rd at 11am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library KidSpace Patio for kids 3-18, those under 8 with an adult. Learn about how you can use a pendulum to create a fun community painting to be displayed in the KidSpace! Call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

Aqua Aerobics

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from June 3rd- August 9th at the Charleston Rotary Pool from 5:30-6:30pm for ages 14 and up. Jump in, splash around, and stay in shape. Fee: $5 per class or $25 punch card (good for 6 classes). Visit www.charlestonillinois.org or call 345-6897.

Teen Buttons               

June 4th from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public 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.  

Aqua Zumba

Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 4th-July 25th at the Charleston Rotary Pool from 5:45-6:45pm for ages 14 and up. $5 per class or $25 for 6 classes.  Visit www.charlestonillionois.org or call 345-6897.

Strut Your Stuff by Douglas-Hart Nature Center               

June 6th 10:30am – 11:30am at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Craft Room for preschoolers with an adult. Get acquainted with the best show on Earth…Nature! Animals love to move it, move it! Get into character by practicing the sounds and movements of show stopping animals like the beautiful peacock. You will definitely get the chance to strut your stuff during this nature-inspired program. Craft and live animal encounter! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.  

Super Smash Ultimate Showdown!              

June 6th 3pm – 6pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Rotary Room B for ages 13-18. This program is free to the public; no library card needed. Signup will begin May 13th and end on May 30th. To register, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.  

Alex Russell Memorial Kids’ Fishing Derby

June 8th from 8:30-10am at Lake Charleston for ages 5-15. Help honor Alex Russell by spending the morning of fishing fun! Parents are welcome to stick around, but the kids must do the fishing. Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Bring your own bait! Registration will take place at the Lake from 8-8:30am. For more information, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

Moana Party

June 8th from 9:30-11am at the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 3-7. Join us for a Luau party complete with songs, games, dancing, Storytime and Hawaiian inspired crafts! Fee: $15. To register, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

Mattoon ArtWorks

June 8th from 10am-2pm in downtown Mattoon. Bring the family out to participate in craft activities, check out local art, live music, food trucks and more! For more information, check out the Mattoon Artworks Facebook page.

LYTLE PARK TRIATHLON 

June 9th from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM at Lytle Park in Mattoon. We are excited to announce we’re hosting the Lytle Park Tri! This event is a sprint triathlon with 300 meter swim, 12.5 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. Register as an individual or as a team. All stages of this race will start and finish at Lytle Park. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age/gender division. For more information, please visit www.mattoonymca.org.     

Fee: $55 for individual

Fee: $120 for team

Day of registration fee: $65 individual   

Day of registration fee: $130

Lincoln Log Cabin – Hearth Cooking Demonstrations    

June 9th at Lincoln Log Cabin. Have you ever wondered what types of dishes were popular in 19th century American cooking? Did they have ‘comfort foods’ like macaroni and cheese? Stop by and visit out kitchens as we demonstrate 19th-century cooking. We’ll run the gamut from plain to fancy fare though baking, boiling, frying, roasting and toasting.  Lean about the seasonality of 19th-century ingredients and the equipment and methods for both cooking and preserving food. Period receipts (recipes) will be available for many of the foods we’ll be cooking, adapted for use in your own kitchen. For more information, visit http://www.lincolnlogcabin.org/.

Line Dancing

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

Celebrate Pride!         

June 10th from 6pm – 7pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Did you know that June is LGBTQ Pride month? Come celebrate diversity in the Library. We are going to have our very own PRIDE party. Come for fun, snacks, and socializing. We will have some fun activities to enjoy. Wear your PRIDE colors and come join the fun! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.  

Homeschool Game Club

June 13th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Mattoon Public Library 2nd Floor. For more information, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.  

RRB Family Movie    

June 13th from 3:00pm – 5:30pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Rotary Room B.

Families, come and watch “Mary Poppins Returns” Rated PG, with us on the Big Screen. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. Free program open to the public, no library card required. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.  

Make it for Father’s Day

June 13th from 5:15-6:15pm at the Charleston City Hall basement for ages 4-10. Homemade gifts come from the heart. That’s why we’ll make one for your father, grandfather, or whoever you wish. You’ll leave the class with a one-of-a-kind present to give to that special someone. Fee- $15. To register, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

Rabbit Show

June 14th-15th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

Wedding Re-Sale Event

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

Lincoln Log Cabin- Both days: Civil War Encampment

June 15th & 16th at the Lincoln Log Cabin. Learn about the men who answered President Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861. Members of the 5th and 9th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiments will be encamped at Lincoln Log Cabin on Father’s Day weekend. Visit with the soldiers in camp, watch mounted and dismounted drilling exercises, and learn about the lives of Civil War soldiers. For more information, visit http://www.lincolnlogcabin.org/.