Coles County Community Events June/July 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.

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.

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.

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; Day of registration fee: $65 individual   

Fee: $120 for team; 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/.

Summer Playground
Session 1: June 17-21, Session 2: July 15-19, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-11:30am.  Ages: entering 1st through 6th grades.  Charleston City Hall Basement.  FREE  Children will participate in organized games, sports, art projects, and other exciting activities.  Pre-registration is required by calling 217-345-6897

Junior Counselor in Training Porgram
May-August, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm.  Ages: entering 7th and 8th grades. $15/day or $75/wk.  Learn leadership skills and gain job skills as a Junior Counselor working with our Day Camp program.  Junior counselors will assist with day cam activities and assist with the Kindergarten and 1st grade campers.  Interested candidates need to complete an application at the Charleston Parks and Rec Office.  Call for more info 217-345-6897

Community Band Concerts
Thursdays May 30-July 11, 7:30-8:30pm at Kiwanis Park Amiptheater, all ages welcome.  FREE concerts weekly performed by volunteer band members from all over Central Illinois.

Goat Yoga
Saturdays June 22, July 13, August 24, September 14; 9-10:30am, Lincoln Log Cabin in Charleston, near playground, $15/person.  Ages 14+ (ages 14-18 must be accompanied by an adult.)  Get ready for goat yoga! We’re excited to host a special session of yoga with our visiting goats and our fantastic yoga instructor, Linda Ross.  This special session for all ability levels will be outside at Lincoln Log Cabin.  The goats are curious and will chew and climb on almost anything.  Bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Yoga attire may get dirty; please dress accordingly.  To Register 217-345-6897 www.charlestonillinois.org

Red, White, and Blue Bingo
June 30th, 2pm, VFW Post 1592, 1821 20th St, $.50/card/game.

Make A Wish Convoy

June 29th at Coles County Fairgrounds.  Free, open to community.  Family event portion of the event is 8am-2pm.

#WSBSummertimeCEO

May 20th – July 31st, ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.  Stop in any Washington Savings Bank location to fill out an application for your very own lemonade stand kit! Kits include cups, pitcher, spoon, lemonade mix, sanitizing wipes, button, Income Statement Sheet and start-up money.  Bring your income statement to the WSB Summertime CEO Closing Party on August 3rd 10am on Banker St in Effingham or August 2nd at 4:30pm in Mattoon.  Visit Washington Savings Bank in Effingham or Mattoon to learn more and fill out your application!  www.washingtonsavings.net

Movies in the Park

Movies start at dusk in Lytle Park: June 7 Small Foot, June 14 Ralph Breaks the Internet, June 21 Mary Poppins Returns, June 28 Christopher Robin, July 5 Lego Movie 2, July 12 How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World, July 26 Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse, August 2 Bumblebee, August 9 Aquaman.

Sidewalk Art Contest
July 17th, 10-11am, Charleston City Hall Building, FREE.  Bring your imagination to the walkways of Charleston. Young artists can design their own portion of the sidewalk around City Hall.  Prizes will be awarded in several age groups.  More info 217-345-6897.

Paw Patrol Party

July 27th, 9:30-11am, Charleston City Hall Basement, ages 3-7, $15/child.  Paw Patrol Party, a celebration of the best pups around!  We will be watching Paw Patrol clips, coloring and doing fun Paw Patrol crafts!  To register, call 217-345-6897 or www.charlestonillinois.org

Concerts (& Plays) in the Park

July 16th, 25th-27th , August 13th, 27th  and September 10th.  All at 7pm, open to all ages, FREE.  Concerts and plays will be at Kiwanis Park, Daum Ampitheater. Donations are accepted.  Other dates may be added.  If you are interested in performing as a featured artist/group, contact Diane at 217-348-0430.

Red, White & Blue Days – Morton Park

July 3, 8pm John Michael Montgomery

July 4, 1pm Parade; 2:30pm concert

Other activities include kids area, food vendors, all-you-can-eat ice cream

Coles County Fireworks

July 4, 9:15pm at Coles County Memorial Airport, Rt 16.

WEIU Kids Day

August 17th 10am-noon, Buzzard Hall at EIU.  Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and Nature Cat!  Arts & Crafts, lots of interactive activities provided by more than 20 organizations, plus a bicycle giveaway for one boy and one girl!  More info 217-581-7193 ksarmstrong@eiu.edu

Summer Escape

June 3rd-July 26th at Eastern Illinois University for kids ages 6-18. EIU’s School of Extended Learning has planned some exciting summer activities for you and your friends and family.  Camp sessions include Magic Camp, Robotics, Fashion Camp, LEGO Robotics, LEGO Engineering, and Art Camp.  Check out the schedule and fees at www.eiu.edu/adulted/kids/php or call 217-581-5114 for more info.

101 Classes

June 6, 12, 26 11-12pm – Music 101, at the LifeSpan Center, all ages welcome.

July 3, 10, 17, 24 11-12pm – Braille 101, at the LifeSpan Center, all ages welcome.

Each class is $5, all supplies provided.  If interested, please contact the LSVP Dept at 217-639-5155.

Body Electric Art Tour

June 8th 10am-2pm at the Mattoon YMCA.  View more than 300 art projects created by high school and middle school students from our seven-county area.

Car Show

June 16th at Coles County Airport, hosted by Coles County Old Car Shows.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Johnson Flight Encampment

June 22-30 at Coles County Airport.  Promotes aviation to young people by teaching them to fly gliders, balloons, and powered aircraft.

Open House and Fireworks Display

July 4th at Coles County Airport – Food vendors on site and FREE admission. Handicapped parking is also available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The fireworks show will begin at dusk. No personal fireworks and pets allowed. Shuttles available from Mattoon and Charleston.

Children’s Story Time

Tuesdays at 10am, Mondays at 4:30pm at Mattoon Library, 2nd floor.www.mattoonlibrary.org

The Great Space Caper

June 5th 1:30-2:30pm at the Mattoon Library, Kids Space. Famous space explorer, Buzby, crash lands his spaceship on a strange planet and forms an unlikely friendship with a stranded alien named Galax. Together, they uncover the mysteries of our universe as they search for a new planet that the funny little creature can call home. Open to all.  www.mattoonlibrary.org

Kids Chess

June 15th or 29th, 10-11am at the Mattoon Library, Programming Room.  Kids Chess Club is an opportunity for kids from grades 2 through 8 to come and play against other players of their own age or to learn the basics of the game. www.mattoonlibrary.org

Yoga Day

June 21st, all day at Mattoon YMCA.  Join us for a day of relaxation, meditation and stretching. The longest day of the year will be filled with a special schedule of yoga opportunities to help you align your mind, body and spirit. Mats will be provided and door prizes will be offered at each class.  Fee: Free and open to the public!

Celebrate Pride

June 10th 6-7pm at the Charleston 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!  www.charlestonlibrary.org

Fossil Trackways

June 12th 10:30-11:15am at the Charleston Library.  Fossil loving kids in 3rd to 6th grade; learn about Fossil Trackways, presented by Katie Lewandowski, Associate Professor of Geology at EIU. Learn about Body Fossils and Fossil Tracks and discover how we know about ancient life! See some suites of fossils then recreate some existing fossil trackways to see what interpretations we can make from them. This is a free program and is open to the community. A library card is not needed to attend. www.charlestonlibrary.org

Movie Wednesday

June 12th 1-4pm at the Charleston Library, Rotary Room B. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and in conjunction with EIU’s Booth Library display, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond” (beginning July 1st), we are showing First Man. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! www.charlestonlibrary.org

RRB Family Movie

June 13th 3-5:30pm at the Charleston Library. Families, come and watch “How to Train Your Dragon” Rated PG, with us on the Big Screen in Rotary Room B at our Family Movie Afternoon.

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. www.charlestonlibrary.org

Mini Golf in the Stacks

June 18th 12-7pm at the Charleston Library. All Ages, those under 16 with an adult

Love mini golf? Bring your family and friends to putt putt your way through the library. Holes will be designed and set up by your fellow patrons.

RRB Folded Book Heart Craft

June 18th 6-8pm at the Charleston Library. This folded book heart is a timeless tabletop or mantle decor piece. The project is easier than it looks. We will give you the book, the pattern, you will make the measurements on each page and then fold to make the heart. Bring a friend for some folding fun.

Amazing Animal Attractions by Douglas-Hart Nature Center

June 19th 10:30-11:30am at the Charleston Library, Craft Room. Grades K-6th; Children under age 8 with an adult. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, welcome to the show of a lifetime that you won’t want to miss! Stand in awe at the unusual animals of Mother Nature. Small and tall, furry and scaly! These animals are like nothing you’ve ever seen before—they are one of a kind! Craft and live animal encounter included!

Library Legos

June 20th, 4-5pm at the Charleston Library, Rotary Room A.  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. 

Library Scavenger Hunt

June 21, 1-2pm at the Charleston Library.  Children ages  6-18 (ages 6 & 7 should be accompanied by an adult) are invited to join us so that they can  become familiar with our library.  Children will work in teams to find certain books and areas in the library.   This is a free program, open to the public.  A library card is not needed to attend.

Make and Take

June 22, 10:30am-4pm, while supplies last at the Charleston Library, KidSpace Atrium. 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!

Animal Avangers

June 26, 2-3pm at the Charleston Library, Craft Room. Douglas-Hart Nature Center returns to present “Animal Avengers” for Grades K-6th; children under 8 must be with an adult. Is that a bird? A plane? No! It’s a bat! A spider! An ant! Nature sets the scene for our avenging animals. Marvel at their superpowers as they triumph through Earth’s beautiful scenery. Craft and live animal encounter included. This is a free program and is open to the community. A library card is not needed to attend.

Movies and Mysteries

June 26, 6-7:30pm at the Charleston Library. Are you a mystery fan? Join us for a fun evening sharing mysteries that have made it to the small screen and BIG screen! Share about some of your favorites and maybe learn of a few more!

Teen Movie

June 27, 3-5:30pm at the Charleston Library, Rotary Room B. Teens, come and watch “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (PG-13) on our big screen in Rotary Room B. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! This free program is for teens ages 13-18.

Fandom Friday

June 28, 10:30am-4:30pm at the Charleston Library. Avengers fans assemble! Join us for the adult make & take of all things MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). We’ve seen all the movies, now come and make some crafts featuring Avengers symbols, quotes, etc! All supplies and instructions will be provided. Grab a friend and drop in!

RRB – DIY Jewelry

July 9, 6-8pm at the Charleston Library. Try your hand at making jewelry using beads, clothespin springs, paper clips which we will have on hand. If you like, bring your own beads and charms to use.

Movie Wednesday

July 10, 1-4pm at the Charleston Library. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and in conjunction with EIU’s Booth Library display, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond” (beginning July 1st), we are showing Apollo 13. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks!

Family Movie

July 11, 3-5pm at the Charleston Library. Families, come and watch “How to Train your Dragon 2” (PG) on our big screen in Rotary Room B at our Family Movie Afternoon. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks! This is a free program; open to the public. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

RRB – Fabric Flower Pins

July 16, 6-8pm at the Charleston Library. Make your own fabric flower pins to wear or pin to a tote bag. All Supplies will be provided. bring a friend and craft the night away.

Library Legos

July 18, 4-5pm at the Charleston Library, Rotary Room A, 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. 

Make and Take

July 20, 10:30am-4:00pm, or while supplies last at the Charleston Library, KidSpace Atrium. 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!

Wizard of Oz Movie

July 23rd 5-7pm at the Charleston Library, Rotary Room B. Come watch one of the most entertaining movies– The Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy on her adventure to Oz. Feel free to sing along with the songs!

Teen Movie Night

July 25th, 3-5:30pm at the Charleston Library, Rotary Room B. Teens, come and watch “Ready Player One” (PG-13) on our big screen. Feel free to bring your own snack and drinks!  This free program is for teens 13-18

C.A.R.E. Club

3rd Thursday of every month, 4-6pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Ages 12-17 – 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! Member who meet volunteer goals will earn a free t-shirt and become Certified Animal Handlers at DHNC.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

2nd and 4th Saturday each month at AMC Theatre.  June 8th – Aladdin, June 11th – Dark Phoenix, June 22 – Secret Life of Pets 2, June 25 – Men in Black International.  AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly. 

LifeSpan Center Movies

Monday-Friday at 1pm at the LifeSpan Center.  Free family movies like Incredibles 2, Batman Begins, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Hotel Transylvania 3, Despicable Me 3, Ralph Breaks the Internet and more!  See the full line-up at www.lifespancenter.org, click on “connections”.