Coles County Community Events February 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

American Girl Party: Felicity

February 1st from 4 – 6:30 pm in the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 4 – 10. Grab your favorite American Girl and join us for an evening of fun! We’ll share stories, create a craft, have a snack, and even watch an American Girl movie! The fee is $15 / child. To register online, please click on the following link: https://activenet005.active.com/charlestonrecdept/.

 

HOMESCHOOL FAMILY GAME NIGHT    
February 1st from 5-7p.m at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Game on! Homeschool families are you ready for a friendly game of Pictionary? Trivia? Charades? And other classic games? This special Game Night is full of pizza, drinks, snacks, dynamic game show hosts, and an array of prizes for each game and overall winners! Fee: $25/Non-member Family, $20 /Member Family. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

 

GROUNDHOG DAY  
February 2nd from 10a.m-Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 5-12.
Today is the day – Groundhog Day! Will there be 6 more weeks of winter or is spring on the way? Join us for this fun program to explore the history of Groundhog Day with a game, craft, and story time! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

 

Make and Take           

February 2nd from 10:30am-4:00pm, 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.

 

‘TOADALLY’ FUN VALENTINES   
February 2nd from 1-3p.m at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 5-12. Animals love Valentine’s Day “beary” much. Create your own animal inspired Valentine’s Day cards for “somebunny”! Fee: $7/Non-member, $5 /Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

 

Grandma Didn’t Tell Me…

February 4th, 11th, and 18th from 4-6pm at the Booth Library on EIU’s campus. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Every family has its stories, some are shared openly, some are not. Using free internet sources, learn to find and read the records of your ancestors’ lives, following them as they followed their dreams. See how your ancestors fit into the American experience, whether they were new immigrants, westward pioneers, or old settled colonists. This is an easy entry into the world of genealogy for the interested beginner. Register by 2/1/19 by calling 217-581-5114.

 

Teen Buttons               

February 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.

 

Library Legos              

February 7th from 4:00pm – 5:15pm at the Charleston Library for youth 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.

 

TOTS 4 TARBLE

February 8th from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at the Tarble Arts Center on EIU’s campus for pre-schoolers. This event is FREE 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.

 

Sweetheart Gift & Craft Show

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

 

Getting Twiggy With It!

February 8th from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center.  Mother Nature is a wonderful resource for DIY projects so spring into the crafting season by making your own Twig Door Wreath! All materials will be provided for making a beautiful spring inspired wreath for your home. Options for decorating include variety of twig shapes and sizes, burlap, raffia, ribbons, silk flowers or leaves, and more! No special skill set is needed other than an open mind to create! To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

 

EIU Jazz Festival

February 8th at 7:30 PM at Doudna Hall on EIU’s campus. Over 300 student musicians coming to EIU’s Jazz Festival.  Special guest Andy Martin headlines EIU’s 60th Annual Jazz Festival.

 

Eastern Illinois University is getting ready to host its Annual EIU Jazz Festival. Hundreds of high school and junior high age student musicians will converge on the Charleston campus to hear great jazz performances and sharpen their musical skills from an outstanding lineup of professional jazz players and educators.

 

Tickets for the opening concert $17 for general admission, $13 for seniors (62+), $7 for students, and can be purchased online at www.eiu.edu/doudna or at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the scheduled performance. Convenient free parking is located near the fine arts center. To arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Arts Patron Services at 217-581-3110 or doudnatix@eiu.edu. For more information, visit the website https://www.eiu.edu/doudna/events.php?id=441.

 

Gun Show

February 9th-10th at the Cross County Mall. For more information, call 258-8513 or visit www.crosscountymall.com.

 

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

February 9th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening The Kid Who Would Be King. 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/.

 

Mom and Me Spa Day             

February 9th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Mattoon Library for ages 6-12 with the help of a parent or guardian. Participants will make a variety of bath and body products. To register, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

 

Teen Spa Day               

February 9th from 1-2:30 PM at the Mattoon Library for ages 13-18. Participants will make a variety of bath and body products. To register, call 234-2621 or visit www.mattoonlibrary.org.

 

EIU UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ART SHOW

February 10th from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at the Tarble Arts Center on EIU’s campus. This event is free and open to the public! This competitive exhibition features a diverse array of media: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, digital art, computer animation, metals, and ceramics. Each year, a panel of area-college and university Art faculty and art professionals selects the participants. This program is co-organized by the EIU Art and Design Department and the Tarble Arts Center. For more information, call 348-0430 or visit www.charlestontourism.org.

 

Urban Butterfly Initiative

February 10th from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public!  The Urban Butterfly Initiative is a community service project that helps beautify urban areas and make urban green spaces more ecologically-functional by integrating butterfly habitat throughout cities. UBI hopes to connect people with nature so they can better understand and appreciate its importance, and help make cities be part of the solution for biodiversity loss. This presentation will focus on the goals of the initiative, details for some of the specific projects happening locally, and how you can help! RSVP by 2/8. To register, call 217-581-5114.

 

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

February 12th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Miss Bala. 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/.

 

Teen Craftivity           

February 12th from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Library for Middle & High Schoolers. Make a DIY project here and take it home. For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

 

Catch the Buzzzzzzzz…

February 13th from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at the Charleston Library. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! As spring is approaching and flowers will be blooming it’s time to learn more about how bees are part of our everyday lives.  We will be discussing the lifecycle of bees, the roll of the bee in the hive, different types of bees, and about the beehive itself. You will also learn about pollinator plants and what we as humans do to help and harm bees. You will be in for a delightful educational workshop and will be amazed how important this small animal is to our survival. RSVP by 2/11. To register, call 217-581-5114.

 

YOU ARE MY BOO!
February 14th from 10-11a.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. This event is FREE and open to the whole family. Spend Valentines at the Nature Center with your little boo (Youth/ages 2-5) for a special storytime and craft. For more information, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

 

Glo BINGO- Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser

February 15th at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont for ages 18 and older. Doors open at 6pm. Games start at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Come out for a great time with BINGO, food, drinks, and 50/50 drawing. For tickets, call Christy at 217-540-1413, visit BBBSGloBingo.eventbrite.com, or stop by the Carriage House in Altamont or Dairy Queen in Effingham.

 

Hunter Education

February 15th from 6 – 9 pm and February 16th from 8 am – 4 pm for ages 10 and up at Charleston Gun Club. Any person born after 1/1/80 will not be issued a hunting license unless they take this course. Course topics include first aid, field safety, hunter responsibility, wildlife conservation & identification, basic archery & muzzle loading, wildlife management, firearms & ammunition and state regulations. NOTE: Participants must attend both days to pass the class. No personal guns allowed! Register early-classes fill quickly! Parents attending with a child do not need to register unless taking the course for themselves. To register, go to https://activenet005.active.com/charlestonrecdept/.

 

Daddy Daughter Dance

February 16th at 7:00 PM at the Charleston High School Cafeteria for ages 4 and up with an adult. Dads and daughters- get ready for fun at the annual dance. Featuring Illinois Party Booth and WEIU TV & FM. Snacks and punch will be provided. Sign up early! Pre-Registration deadline is Thursday, February 15th at 5:00 pm! Pre-Registration fee: $25 per couple; $10 for additional child. Walk up fee: $30 per couple; $10 for additional child. To register, call 345-6897, visit www.charlestonillinois.org or stop by our office at 520 Jackson Ave.

 

BLAST INTO THE PAST
February 18th from 10a.m-3p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12. In honor of President’s Day, we will blast into the past to the time period when America gained its first President. Participants will experience daily life of an early settler. There will be plenty of old-fashioned fun! Participants should bring a sack lunch. Fee: $12/Non-member, $10/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.

 

Create Your Own… Photo Coaster

February 18th from 1-3pm at the LifeSpan Center. You must bring an actual photo to create this coaster. Future projects: March 18th– Birdhouse, April 15th– Wash Rag Bunny. Limited to 20 participants. To register, call 639-5150.

 

Bowls of HOPE Fundraiser

February 19th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Home Church in Charleston, formerly Salisbury Church. Join HOPE of East Central Illinois for our 16th Annual Soup Supper and Dessert Auction. Live entertainment will be provided by the Moondogs. $15 ticket gets you soup and a handcrafted bowl or purchase a $5 ticket for soup only. You can purchase tickets at First Neighbor Bank, First Federal Savings & Loan or at the Lincoln Branch of First Mid Bank & Trust.  All funds raised will assist area survivors of domestic violence. For more information, call Kelly at 348-5931.

 

Cozy Mystery Meet Up                         

February 20th from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at SweeTea’z in Charleston. Come and share about your favorite mystery author or book! Hope to see you there! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.

 

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

February 23rd the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening The Lego Movie2: The Second Part. 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/.

 

Whiteside Garden Volunteer Day

February 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.

 

Mom & Son Date Night

February 23rd from 7-8:30pm at Phoenix Elite on Loxa Rd. for mothers and sons ages 4-15. Enjoy a night out and learn some Ninja Warrior training and compete for prizes. You’ll work up an appetite to enjoy some light refreshments on your date night. Fee: $22 per couple and $9 for additional child. For more information, call 345-6897 or visit www.charlestonillinois.org.

 

STEP AFRIKA!

February 23rd at 7:30 PM at Doudna Hall on EIU’s campus. Step Afrika! pays homage to the African American step show, introduces audiences to Zulu and South African Gumboot Dance, shares the step tradition of audience participation and closes with a complex, polyrhythmic percussive symphony that brings audiences to their feet. Step Afrika! Now ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States. Sponsored as part of African American History Month. Register by 3/14/19. For more information, call 348-0430 or visit www.charlestontourism.org.

 

Fox Ridge S.P. Foundation’s Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast                               

February 23rd from 7:00 am – 11:00 am at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston. For more information, call 235-5661 or visit www.mattoonchamber.com.

 

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings

February 26th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Fighting With My Family. 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/.

 

The Stigma of Mental Illness

February 28th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM at LifeLinks in Mattoon. Event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Depression is a character flaw and people should just “snap out of it”.  Have you ever heard this comment?  Is this fact or fiction?  Join this session to learn about the popular myths of mental illness, how they are perpetuated in society and what can be done to help fight the stigma of mental illness. RSVP by 2/26/19.  To register, call 217-581-5114.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.  

 

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.

 

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.