Volunteer At Friendship Garden
Every Monday and Thursday from 1-3p.m.at Douglas-Hart Nature Center’s Friendship Garden. A gardener’s dream with a wide variety of horticultural plants. Located at the corner of Layfette Avenue and 17th Street in Mattoon, the garden is very popular over the lunch hour for adults and after school with families. Refreshments will be served at the end. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conservation Crew At Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Every Monday– Friday from 9 a.m.-Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Throughout the year our conservation crew is working hard removing invasive species, collecting seeds, working in the greenhouse and a variety of other conservation projects. Drop in when you can or set up a regular schedule. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email email@example.com.
Badminton: Teen / Adult Open 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.
Farmer’s Market on the Square
Every Wednesday from 7-10am on the Court House Square in Charleston.
On Thursdays beginning in September from 6:15-7pm at the YMCA. This program is open to all ages. Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 234-9494.
Community Band Concert
Every Thursday from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Kiwanis Park in Charleston for all ages. FREE Concerts weekly performed by volunteer band members from all over Central Illinois! Bring a lawn chair and dinner. For more information, contact 217-345-5650.
Farmer’s Market At Lytle Park
Every Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Lytle Park in Mattoon.
Fit-2-Serve Community Garden
All summer long. Come volunteer at the garden on Saturdays from 9 – 11 am, Mondays from 1 – 2:30 pm and Thursdays from 1 – 2:30 pm at the Big garden located at 520 South 5th Place in Mattoon. For more information, contact Bill Duey at 708-829-7324 or at email@example.com.
Open on weekends on Old State Road in Mattoon. Come out for a fun time of go cart racing and more! For more information, visit their Facebook page.
18th Street Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday from 8am-Noon at the Coles County Center for Human Services building on 18th Street in Charleston.
SPROUTS (KIDS GARDENING WITH MASTER GARDENERS)
The fourth Saturday of every month from 11am-Noon at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Topics change each month but past topics include: 3 sisters, bug jars, Kokedama moss balls, and more! Master Gardeners volunteer through the U of I Extension office. For more information about Master Gardeners visit https://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/colesmg/. Please dress to be outside and in the garden. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. This event is FREE. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.
September 4th from 4pm – 5pm at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Middle & High Schoolers Make your own custom buttons to keep or share! Limit of 2 per student. Visit www.charlestonlibrary.org or call 345-1514.
September 4th at 5:30 pm at the Mattoon Eagles Club. 5:30 pm Early-Bird Binga; 6 pm – Regular Binga. $10 Admission fee. Net proceeds support SBL Lincolnland Hospice programs. Call 217 258-2511 for tickets.
WEBELOS: INTO THE WOODS
September 4th & 11th from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. In this adventure, scouts will explore the importance local plant and trees to us and animals. Fee: $5/Scout. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.
Concert in the Park: TBD
September 4th at 7 pm in Kiwanis Park. Come enjoy a free, family friendly concert; bring your lawn chair. For more information, contact 217-345-5650.
September 5th from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the Mattoon Public Library for ages 12-18. Come enjoy games with friends! All types of tabletop games. For more information, call 234-2621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 5th & 6th at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Homeschoolers, please call – most mixed classes have a wait list. Advanced classes have spots available on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Youth or Family Program. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email email@example.com.
Coles County Cop Chase Glow Run
September 7th begins and ends at the LifeSpan Center. Registration begins at 6:30pm. 1 mile Fun Run starts at 7:30pm and 5k begins at 8:30pm. Fee: $20 with a t-shirt. Register before August 20th to guarantee a shirt. Fee day of registration will be $25. Proceeds will benefit the Coles County Council on Aging. Participants are encouraged to wear items that glow. To register, visit www.raceentry.com or call 639-5150.
Free Children’s Dental Care Day
September 8th from 8am-2pm at the Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Clinic at 5001 Lake Land Blvd. in Mattoon. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Lake Land College will provide a free day of dental care for children ages 5 and under. At this event children will receive free preventative and diagnostic services, including cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, sealants and x-rays. The exams given will satisfy the mandatory dental screening for kindergarten. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to make an appointment by September 6th. Those without an appointment will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an appointment, visit dentistby1.com/Mattoon, call 630-718-4844 or email JOMalley@deltadentalil.com.
Kids Day at the Castle
September 8th from 10am-Noon at the EIU University front lawn. Come meet Daniel the Tiger and bring your camera to get a picture with him! Other children’s activities will be available throughout the day, too.
Nature Nuts Kids Club
September 8th from 10am – 12pm at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Started in 2013, the Nature Nuts Kids Club manages an area on the Douglas-Hart Nature Center property. Meetings are dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of nature. There is a $10 new member fee due at the first meeting. Registration required. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBQ and BINGO
September 8th from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. For more information: www.fivemilehouse.org
Power Our Planet
September 8th from 1-3pm at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Come out for a FREE day of kids’ activities, making/flying kites, paper airplane contest, solar and wind expo, a drawing for a ladies’ bike, and more! For more information, call 235-4644 or visit dhnature.org.
RRA- Fall Craft Night-3 ways
September 12th from 6pm – 8pm at the Charleston library. One project turns into 3 months of decorating. Fold book pages into a column. Make 3 mini garlands– Fall, Boo, Blessed. Add other decorations for each month and you are done. Visit www.charlestonlibrary.org or call 345-1514.
PEO Rummage Sale
September 14th & 15th at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon. For more information, call 258-8513.
Special Olympics Family Festival
Save the date! September 15th is the Special Olympics Family Fest! For more information, visit https://www.consolidated.com/about-us/community-matters/special-olympics-family-festival.
Make and Take
September 15th 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! Visit www.charlestonlibrary.org or call 345-1514.
September 15th from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the Mattoon Public Library for ages 12-18. Come enjoy games with friends! All types of tabletop games. For more information, call 234-2621 or email email@example.com.
GO COLLECT ROCKS DAY
September 16th from 1-4p.m. Come out and bring the family for this FREE event! Staff and volunteers will hide over a hundred painted rocks throughout the afternoon at both of our sites: Douglas-Hart Nature Center and Friendship Garden. Be sure to tag us if you share your finds @douglashartnc on social media. Happy collecting rocks day! For more information, call 235-4644 or visit dhnature.org.
September 18th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm at the Charleston library. Come watch a little piece of LGBTQ history. Milk is the story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. Visit www.charlestonlibrary.org or call 345-1514.
Lego My Library
September 19th from 4:00pm – 5:15pm 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. Builders will have the opportunity to Show and Tell between 5:00pm and 5:15pm to admire everyone’s skill and imagination. All Legos are provided. This free program is open to the public. A library card is not needed to attend. Visit www.charlestonlibrary.org or call 345-1514.
Sports Card Show
September 21st-22nd, the Sports Card Show will be held at the Cross County Mall. For more information, contact Krazy Rich directly at (217) 519-9734 or call the mall at (217) 258-8513.
EIU Family Weekend
Save the date! On September 22nd pack up the family and check out the family weekend activities, including the EIU Panthers football game. http://www.eiu.edu/union/family_weekend_schedule.php.
September 22nd & 23rd from 10am-4pm at Lincoln Log Cabin. The event is free and open to the public. Don’t miss experiencing 19th-century life on the farm! Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms and will include children’s games, craft and doll making, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in period games and activities. Volunteers will demonstrate apple cider pressing, and food preservation. A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including, woodcarving, spinning, soap-making, embroidery, pottery, broom making, blacksmithing, embroidery, and many other 19th-century crafts. The Unreconstructed String Band will perform, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will be here, the Clockwork Clown will be returning, dulcimer playing, and be sure to catch the 19th-century magic show. Don’t miss the Frolic 5K! A 5k run and mile walk to kick off the festivities on September 22! To register, visit https://www.active.com/lerna-il/running/distance-running-races/frolic-5k-and-mile-walk-2018.
BOY SCOUTS: MAMMAL STUDY
September 24th & October 1st from 5:30 – 7:30p.m at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center.
Scouts will complete requirements 3c, 4d, and 5 during this program. On their own (before or after), scouts must complete requirements 1 and 2. Fee: $5/Scout. To register, call 235-4644 or visit dhnature.org.
Douglas-Hart Nature Center Fundraiser
September 26th from 4-9pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in Mattoon. This fundraiser will help offset school transportation expenses for nature center field trips. BE SURE TO VISIT THE NATURE CENTER WEBSITE AND SHOW THE TICKET FOUND ON THE HOMEPAGE and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. You may pick up hard tickets from the nature center or show the ticket from your phone. For more information, call 235-4644 or visit dhnature.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT FUN
September 28th from 6-9p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7-12.
This special evening is hosted by the Nature Nuts Kids Club. Parents – drop off your children to learn more about joining the club during a pizza dinner. The night will be complete with kid’s choice games! Fee: $8/Non-Member, $6/Member. To register, call 235-4644 or visit dhnature.org.
SACIS Take Back the Day 5K Run/Walk
September 29th at 8:00 AM at Sister City Park in Charleston. Registration is from 7-7:45am. Fee: $20 prior to the event. $25 day of the event. Student/senior rate: $10 and children 6 and under are FREE. Register by September 21st to guarantee a shirt. To register, visit www.firstgiving.com/sacis.
October 6th from Noon-4p.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. 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 dhnature.org.
2018 Fiddle Celebration Concert and Official State Fiddle Contest
October 6th & 7th at the Effingham Performance Center. Admission is $5 each day.
Sat. Oct. 6:
Jamming & Fiddle Swap in the afternoon,
Concert at 7pm featuring Genevieve & Smith Koester, Charlie Walden & Patt Plunket, Old Time Country Band
Sun. Oct. 7:
Official State of Illinois Old Time Fiddle Contest
12:30pm Registration deadline,
1:00pm Contest begins
$10 day of Contest
Online registration $8.00 at www.illinoisoldtimefiddlers.org/Contest. For more information, go to www.illinoisoldtimefiddlers.org.
October 7th from 9am-5pm at First Fruits Homestead located at 2436 N. County Rd 1800 E
Charleston IL 61920. Come out for a great family friendly event featuring live music from:
Motherlode 9 – 11am, Kings & Queens 11 – 1pm, Big Blue Mountain 1 – 4pm. Visit www.firstfruitshomestead.org.
Paint the Town 5K Color Run
October 13th at 9:00 am at the 1900 block of Broadway (across from KC Summers). Along with the race, there will also be food, music, bounce houses. Race Fee: $20. Net proceeds support SBL Regional Cancer Center. For more information, call 217 258-4011 or visit https://www.sarahbush.org/.
Lego My Library
October 17th from 4:00pm – 5:15pm 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. Builders will have the opportunity to Show and Tell between 5:00pm and 5:15pm to admire everyone’s skill and imagination. All Legos are provided. This free program is open to the public. A library card is not needed to attend. Visit www.charlestonlibrary.org or call 345-1514.
Safe Trick or Treat
October 20th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon. Visit www.crosscountymall.com or call 258-8513.