Lake Charleston Trails
Visit Lake Charleston for hiking, biking, walking, running, bird watching, fishing. Five trails available, connect to Lakeview Park, Woodyard Park, and Lake Charleston for a relaxing walk, run, or ride! Bring the whole family or take a quiet walk with your Big/Little. Visit the Lake View Trails Charleston Illinois Facebook Page to get up-to-date info on the current trail maps and volunteer opportunities to help make these trails great for everyone! More info at www.charlestonillinois.org.
The Great Pumpkin Patch: 30th Season
Open daily through Wednesday, October 31. Located in Arthur on the border of Coles and Moultrie Counties, the Great Pumpkin Patch is great fall fun for the whole family! Get into the spirit of Fall and Halloween with pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hay rides and other Fall festivities.
FREE Movies at the LifeSpan Center
Monday-Friday @1 pm. Free popcorn and lemonade with movies. For list of movie titles, visit www.colescouncilonaging.org.
Ninja Warrior Classes
Tuesdays/Monthly 5-6pm or 6-7pm. Wednesdays/monthly 5-6pm or 6-7pm at Phoenix Elite, 1101 N Loxa Rd, Mattoon. Ages 5-12. $50/month. Train like a Ninja Warrior at Phoenix Elite. Class includes strength and coordination training. Obstacles include two warped walls, cargo net, rope swing, spider wall, monkey bars hurdles, and more. More info: 217-345-6897 www.charelstonillinois.org.
Story Time & Snuggles
Last Wednesday of every month at 10am at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Take your little ones to a relaxing morning read filled with crafts and play time. (teddy bears and stuffed animals are allowed) To register online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
Mattoon Farmers Market
Open every Friday, Spring through Fall, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., or while supplies last. This event is held at Lytle Park. For more information, visit www.mattoon.illinois.gov.
First Friday of every month at 10am at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Take your little to a fun day of adventures while learning about nature and its inhabitants. 1$ per person. (All ages are welcome, but double check when registering). To register online, email email@example.com or call the nature center at 217-235-4644.
9-10:30am, Saturdays, @ Lincoln Log Cabin, S Lincoln Highway for ages 14-18yo, 15$/person/class. Special instructor Linda Ross will be teaming up with the Lincoln Log Cabin for teaching yoga to the community while being surrounded and sometimes under baby goats! Join them in a fun time and some stress release. Check out their Facebook for dates.
Fit-2-Serve Community Garden
Every Saturday from 9-11am at 520 South 5th Place in Mattoon. Come volunteer some time out in the sun, learn to plant and watch it grow!
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
2nd and 4th Saturday each month at AMC Theatre. AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.
Youth Open Gym
October-March, Noon-2pm (Sundays) for ages 1st-12th grade at the CHS West Gym 1615 Lincoln Ave, Charleston. 3$ per person/ per session. (Closed Dec 22, Dec 29, Mar 15). Bring your own basketball and come let off steam playing games such as HORSE and Pick Up.
Teen/Adult Open Gym
October-April, 8-10pm Tuesdays, 3$/per person at Jefferson Elementary Gym- 106 9th street Charleston. Bring your own basketball and come play some different games with your pals. Watch the newspaper/Facebook for exact dates.
The Road That Built the Nation
October 2nd from Noon-1:30pm at the Charleston Public Library. Molly Bellamey, formerly on the National Road Association of Illinois Board of Directors, will educate on the purpose and funding of the road that began in 1811 in Cumberland, MD and ended in Vandalia, IL in 1837. She will describe pioneers who moved west, and how they managed the work and hardships of travel in the early 1800s. The National Scenic Byways Program will be examined along with things to see and do today along the Road in Illinois. Not to be missed, Molly’s delightful children’s book, Patch on the National Road, will be shared. Lucky attendees will go home with a copy! Free and open to the public. Registration requested at 581-5114.
Session 1: October 3-24 Thursdays from 5-6pm, 45$ per child and age range of 7-12yo. Join the world of culinary with no-bake recipes and artistic expression. Enjoy learning different techniques and even take a bite home! The event will take place in Charleston City Hall Basement. To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
October 4th 4-5:30pm, 15$ per child and age range of 3-6yo. Enjoy a night of pampering and fun activities to relax and unwind. This night will be filled with fun and laughter as you spoil yourself with your favorite princess attire! Please bring flip-flops. The event will take place in City Hall Basement. To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
October 5th from Noon–4p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Free for the whole family. It’s our annual Fall Fest and give back to the community. This traditional fall event is FREE for the whole community and includes kettle corn, caramel apples, apple cider, carnival games, face painting, costume contest, haystack hustle and more! For more information, call 235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.
Lincoln Log Cabin – Saturday Story Series
October 5th at 10:30 AM at the Lincoln Log Cabin Visitor Center. Saturday Stories feature the reading of a historically-themed children’s book, followed by activities and crafts which help to engage youngsters in our American history and bring the stories to life. The programs, geared towards ages 3-10, are free and open to the public. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org.
5 Mile House- Living History -Fall Festival
October 6th from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM at the 5 Mile House in Charleston. Living History Open Houses – 1-4 pm. Demonstrations run 1-4 pm; Music from 1:00-2:30 pm; Programs are at 2:30 pm:
Open Hearth & Stove Cooking
Spinning & Weaving
Farm Animal Petting
Corn Husk Doll Making
Music by Motherload
Also featuring Professor Phineas Fairhead, Phrenologist; Andy Anderson, Magician; Gary & Deb Longcor’s Kettle Korn.
For more information, visit www.charlestontourism.org and click “Charleston Calendar of Events”.
Session 2: October 7-28, 3:30-5pm (Mondays) for ages 9-14. $25/child. At Jefferson School, Mrs. Cline’s room. The Charleston Rec Dept & CUSD are teaming up to offer a unique LEGO opportunity. Join other LEGO fanatics in learning how to create and program super robots. Sessions will work on improving your programming and building skills. Sign up: 217-345-6897 or www.charlestonillinois.org.
FREE GED CLASSES
Charleston- Tuesday October 8th@ 4pm. Coles County Health Department on 825 18th street.
Mattoon- Wednesday October 9th @ 9 am & 4pm. Lakeland College Workforce Developmental Center on 305 Richmond Ave. East.
Effingham- Tuesday, October 8th @ 9 am & 4pm. Lakeland College Kluthe Center on 1204 Network Center Blvd.
Contact 217-238-8292 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
Construct It- STEM Science
October 9 &16th from 6-7pm, 25$ per child at the Charleston City Hall Basement. Learn how to build and create new construction ideas and unique building ideas using engineering, science and, math. To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
Little Wheels Play Date
October 9, 10:30am – 11:30am for ages 2 to 6 with adult at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Parking Lot at the south end of the parking lot. Bring any scooters, bikes, trikes, or anything that has wheels. Don’t forget to wear your helmets! Info: 217-345-4913.
Homeschool Game Club
October 10th 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.
Broadway for Beginners
Session 1: October 10th -Nov 14th,$38 per child at the Charleston City Hall basement. Looking to live out your dreams as a superhero or a movie star? Join these fun classes to let off some creative steam. Enjoy fun crafts and small skits that will make you feel like a super star. To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
Paint the Town, 5K Color Run
October 12th at 9:00 am behind KC Summers. Run or walk in honor or in memory of family and friends who have faced cancer. Fee- $25; $30 day of race. Register at www.sarahbush.org.
Make and Take
October 12th from 10:30am – 4:00pm, or while supplies last, at the Charleston Library. Kids under eight, please bring a grown-up to help. Drop in to make one, some, or all our crafts, then take them home! For more information, call 345-1514 or visit www.charlestonlibrary.com.
Kids Chess Club
October 12th & 26th 10-11am ages 2-12th grade @ Mattoon Library Programming room. Learn and play Chess with other children as you increase your tactics and planning skills. For more information, call (217) 234-2621 or visit email@example.com.
Make a Scarecrow
October 12th from 1-3pm @ Mattoon Library Programming room. Learn how to create and decorate a scarecrow to help the Mattoon library get ready for fall with presenter: Lou Ann Shoultz. For more information, call (217) 234-2621 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Stop Community Christmas Fundraiser
October 17th at Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Mattoon. Stop in for lunch, dinner or both and Papa Murphy’s will donate 20% of sales on REGULAR priced items to the One Stop Community Christmas program! This program helps provide Christmas assistance to those in need in Coles and the surrounding counties. YOU MUST MENTION ONE STOP COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS WHEN YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER FOR THE DONATION TO BE APPLIED. All forms of payment are accepted including SNAP benefits.
October 22 & 29 from 5-6pm, 25$ a child for ages 5-12. Learn how to make child-safe bath bombs, sugar scrubs, jiggly shower jellies, and many more! Find them @ City Hall Basement 520 Jackson Ave Charleston. To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
October 25th & 26th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Douglas-Hart nature Center. Fee: $8 for 3-11 year olds and $10 for ages 12 and up. Take a hike through trails led by a guide through costumes characters, creepy creatures, and unexpected twists! After jumps and screams, visitors will be treated to a hayride back to the center. To register, visit www.dhnature.org or call 235-4644.
EIU Home Coming Events
Homecoming Parade- 9:30 am 7th street- Division
Homecoming Tailgate 11:30am-1:30pm O’Brien Field Parking Lot
Homecoming Football Game- 2pm O’Brien Field
Enjoy a day of fun and tons of food with your littles! Bring candy bags for the parade and some fun games for the tailgate.
Lincoln Log Cabin – Torchlight Halloween Hike & Wiener Roast
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Join the Lincoln Log Cabin for their Torchlight Halloween Hike and Wiener Roast where you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy Lincoln Log Cabin in the dark! They will start at the Visitor Center for a bonfire and wiener roast, and have crafts for the kids. Hike the paths between our historic farms by torchlight and hear storytelling in the Lincoln Cabin. Enjoy live music as you sit around the fire. To benefit the educational and interpretative programs of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Foundation will be selling hot dogs and s’mores for you to roast over an open fire, and hot cider for drinking. http://www.lincolnlogcabin.org/.
October 29th from 6-7:30pm, 10$ per child @ City Hall Basement 520 Jackson Ave Charleston. Make some creepy crafts and play some spooky games all while dressed up as your favorite character! To register, visit website www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
Cross County Mall: Halloween Ball
October 31st. Stop by in costume on Halloween day between 5-8pm for an evening of trick-or-treating and other fun!
Session 3: November 4-25th, 3:30-5pm (Mondays) for ages 9-14. $25/child. At Jefferson School, Mrs. Cline’s room. The Charleston Rec Dept & CUSD are teaming up to offer a unique LEGO opportunity. Join other LEGO fanatics in learning how to create and program super robots. Sessions will work on improving your programming and building skills. Sign up: 217-345-6897 or www.charlestonillinois.org.
Wall Hanging DIY
Nov 6th 6-7:30pm, $25 per person. Learn so new tips and tricks of weaving and crafts. Learn how to Loom and make a DIY one as well! The event will take place in Charleston City Hall Basement @ 520 Jackson Ave. To register, visit www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.
Under the Sea Family Dance
Ages 4 and up with adults. $25/couple, $10 additional children. Take your little to a night out dancing and snacking while WEIU TV & FM mixes up some popular hits. Register by Thurs., Nov 5 @5pm. @CHS Cafeteria Use north entrance. To register, visit www.charlestonillinois.com or call 217-345-6897.