Coles County Community Events April 2018

Looking for work?
Are you 16 – 24 years old? You may be eligible for paid work experience, paid vocational training and free support. The C.E.F.S Workforce Office has employment programs designed to help youth get hired and succeed. Plus, get hands-on job experience that matches your skills and interests. For more information, contact C.E.F.S Workforce Office at 217-238-8213 or 217-238-8282.

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.

Come Out and Play
April 4th every Wednesday from 1 – 3:30 pm in the dining room of the Lifespan Center for all ages. Join us for card games and light refreshments. All skills and games are welcomed. You needn’t have to bring a thing. Dial-A-Ride can provide a ride for people of all ages! For more information, contact the Lifespan Center at 639-5150.

Firestarters (Mattoon Spring Break)
April 4th from 9 am – 5 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages five – 12. Don’t play with fire… master it! Build your own fire and light it under the safe supervision of our fire-leaders. Cook treats over the open flames and make your own flickering-flame fireless candle to take home. Dress to play outdoors and bring a sack lunch. Fees: $15 per member, $17 per non-member. Without adult chaperone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Conservation Crew at the Nature Center
April 5th from 8:30 – 10:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. This crew works on a variety of conservation projects throughout the year. Sign up when you can or set up a regular schedule. Registration is required. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Jungle-Mangi (Mattoon Spring Break)
April 6th from 9 am – 5 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages five – 12. Welcome to the Jungle! Like the game of Jumanji, this program is “for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind.” During this outdoor adventure game, children will be challenged with wilderness survival. “Adventurers beware: do not begin unless you intend to finish.” Dress to play outdoors and bring a sack lunch. Fees: $15 per member, $17 per non-member. Without adult chaperone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Spring Sport and Recreation Show
April 6th and 7th from 10 am – 9 pm at the Cross County Mall. Join us in a weekend of fun! We will have Harley-Davidson motorcycles and recreational vehicles from Legacy along with boats from Lake Sara Marina along with power sport vehicles from Powersports HQ! For more information, contact Krazy Rich at 217-519-9734.

Sunburst Under the Sea Pageant
April 7th from 11 am – 2 pm at the Cross County Mall. Everyone dreams of a day they can be a princess. Shouldn’t every child have a special day to shine? A day the whole family will see them in the spotlight. Age groups for ALL Girls/Ladies, Boys 1 month to 4 years. Everyone who participates will receive a crown and trophy. Forms with all the information are available at the Mall or e-mail Mary@sunburstbeauty.com. Don’t miss this, hurry enter today. Be a Princess for the day. For more information, contact Lauren Metzger at 217-246-6793

7th Annual Camp New Hope
April 7th at 11 am at the Walkway in Mattoon for ages 8 and older. Camp New Hope is a nonprofit organization that conducts various recreational programs for people with developmental disabilities. It provides summer camp, respite and swimming pool. Signup at Camp New Hope and ride promptly at 12:30 pm. Ride will be ending at the Walkway approximately at 5:30 or 6 pm. Presale on shirts: $15 for t-shirts and $25 for hoodies with $2 extra for 2xl and up. All proceeds go to Camp New Hope. If you have donations or are interested in being a sponsor, contact Emma Dasenbrock at 217-821-0727.

Whiteside Garden Service Day
April 7th from 10 am – noon at the Whiteside Garden for all ages. The event is FREE. What is the Whiteside Garden? 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. Why is this site so important to EIU? 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. Register by April 6th. To register, make an account at https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/ace/EnrollmentCard.awp?&Course=SP18ALWHITES&Mode=ECADD.

STEAM Saturday
April 7th from 1 – 3 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages seven – 12. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Participants will engage in building, design, games, crafts, and problem solving in a fun and hands-on environment. Fees: $4 for members, $6 for non-members. Without adult chaperone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Calling all Actors
April 9th at 4 pm in the Doudna’s Dvorak Concert Hall on EIU campus for grades K – 12. EIU’s Doudna Fine Arts Center and the Missoula Children’s Theatre are looking for school age children to be part of a full-scale production of Gulliver’s Travels scheduled April 13th and 14th. There will be a fun and unique opportunity that provides great arts education and team building experiences. There is no cost to be in the production. To register your child, you can call 217-581-3110, 217-581-8513, email decrews@eiu.edu, or send us a message on the DFAC Facebook page. See schedule below for details.

Monday, April 9th 4 – 6 pm AUDITIONS – All Students
6:15 – 8:15 pm Specific cast members ages 8 – 18
Tuesday, April 10th 4 – 6 pm Specific cast members ages 8 – 18
6:15 – 8:15 pm Specific cast members ages 8 – 18
Wednesday, April 11th 4 – 6 pm Entire cast
6:15 – 8:15 pm Entire cast except those Kindergarten – age 7
Thursday, April 12th 4 – 6 pm Entire cast
6:15 – 8:15 pm Entire cast except those Kindergarten – age 7
Friday, April 13th 4 – 7:30 pm Entire cast
7:30 pm SHOWTIME – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 14th 12:30 – 2 pm SHOWTIME – 2:00 pm matinee
6 – 7:30 pm SHOWTIME – 7:30 pm

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
April 10th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Ready Player One. 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/.

Boy Scouts: Gardening
April 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Complete requirements 3,4,5,6, and 7 during this two-evening program. Requirement 8 will be started, but will take 90 days to complete. Scouts will need to complete requirements 1 and 2 on their own, before or afterwards. Fees: $10 per scout. Without adult chaperone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Webelos: Cast Iron Chef
April 10th from 6 – 8 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Scouts will work together to prepare a meal, and then enjoy it around the campfire. They will also learn and demonstrate how to properly build and light a fire. Fees: $6 per scout. Without adult chaperone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

American Girl Party: Samantha
April 10th on Tuesdays from 4 – 6:30 pm in the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 7 – 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/.

After School Art!
April 11th from 3:30 – 5 pm in the Mattoon Artsy Chic Studio & Boutique. After school art meets Wednesday after school! 3:30-5pm! Cost is $20 and includes snacks, painting, and pottery fun! Pay when you come! For more information, contact the studio at 217-218-6272.

Bird Walk for Homeschool Families
April 12th from 9 – 11 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. This is your chance to see those birds who may be here one week, but gone the next. Led by Ms. Dakota, the group walks the trails at a leisurely pace in search of everything from backyard birds to those amazing migratory warblers. Dress for outdoors and please bring binoculars. FREE! Family Program – children must be accompanied by an adult. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Spring Book Sale
April 12th from 9 am – 4 pm outside the south entrance of the Booth Library on EIU Campus. A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for purchase. All items have been donated by the campus and local communities. Library staff requests no sales in advance. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be postponed. For the latest information on scheduling, check this website: www.library.eiu.edu, or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

2018 Big Brother, Big Sister Pajama Party! Sibling Class
April 13th from 6 – 7:30 pm at Sarah Bush Lincoln. This fun course is excellent for preparing the little people already in your household for a new baby! It includes discussion of basic baby do’s and don’ts, a movie, snack, photo op, and more! Bring: Child in pajamas with one pillow, one blanket and a baby doll, teddy bear or other stuffed toy to practice holding a baby. Children must be accompanied by a parent. The fee is $5 per child. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, contact Allison Masse at amasse@sblhs.org or call 217-258-2229.

Friendship Garden Volunteer Work Day
April 14th from 9 – 11 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Volunteer at Friendship Garden, located at the corner of Layfette Avenue and 17th Street in Mattoon, with a variety of spring chores. The garden is very popular over the lunch hour for adults and after school with families. It is a gardener’s dream with a wide variety of horticultural plants. Refreshments served. Registration required. For more information or to register, contact the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Frosty Family Fun
April 14th from 10 – 11 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Join one of our naturalists for a morning of family fun. Storytime for toddlers, and engaging exploratory centers for all! For older kids check out our class Adventure Art offered on the same Saturday! Free per member, $1 per non-member. Registration recommended. Family Program– children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register, contact the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Annual Pork Chop BBQ – Coles County Fairgrounds
April 14th from 11:30 am – 6:30 pm at the 4-H/Extension Center on Coles County Fairgrounds. A meal includes 2 pork chops, a baked potato, applesauce, carrot sticks, bread and butter, brownie, ice cream and beverage, all for $8.50. Tickets must be purchased in advanced and can be purchased from any 4-H’er or at the Coles County Extension Office, located at 707 Windsor Rd, Suite A, Charleston. A convenient feature for take-out patrons is the Pork Chop drive-thru. For drive-thru meals, customers will enter the East entrance of the Fairgrounds, turn at the first right and follow the orange cones past the south side of the horse barns and around to the West side of the Arts Hall. 4-H’ers will take their orders and deliver them directly to the car. Exit is through the Fairgrounds south entrance. Dine-in patrons will be served in the 4-H Center where seating will be available. The overflow for seating will be on the East end of the Arts Hall. Proceeds are used to fund the Coles County 4-H educational youth programs. For more information about the BBQ or the 4-H youth program, contact the Extension office at 345-7034.

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
April 14th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Sherlock Gnomes. 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/.

Spring Rocks
April 14th from 1 – 3 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Mattoon Rocks, so let’s kick off spring with painting rocks to hide around the area. Free! Adult or Family Program – children must be accompanied by an adult. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, contact the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Adventure Art
April 14th from 10 am – noon at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages seven – 12. Each month will feature a new art project that gets us outdoors and active! Perfect for energetic kids. A sample photo of each project will be posted on Facebook in the weeks preceding each session. Dress to explore outside! Fees: $3 per member, $5 per non-member. Without adult chaperone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, contact the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Fairy Garden Furniture
April 16th from 6 – 8 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Participants will hand craft fairy furniture and accessories. Nature is your store for moss, sticks, and rocks, but a lot of decorative items will be available to use as well. Fees: $10 per member, $12 per non-member. Adult or Family Program –children must be accompanied by an adult. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, contact the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

The Journey to Adulthood: What Parents Need to Know (Sexuality)
April 17th from 6 – 8 pm at Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education Board Room in Charleston. This FREE training is for parents, caregivers and guardians of individuals age 10 and older with a mild, moderate, or severe disability. The goal of this presentation is to provide information about the changes that puberty and adolescence bring to every child. Deadline for registration is April 10th. To register, go to www.fmptic.org/events/trainings or call 866-436-7842 ext. 3516.

Lego My Library
April 18th from 4 – 5:15 pm in Rotary Room A of the Charleston Public Library for all ages. 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. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser
April 19th, April 26th, April 27th, May 4th and May 11th from 5:30 – 7 pm at Mattoon Lanes. April will bring on one of BBBS’ biggest fundraisers, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. This year’s theme is Rock ‘n Bowl. Gather 3-5 friends, family members, co-workers, etc. and come out to Mattoon Lanes for a great time of bowling, food, drinks, prizes and fun! Each team member will need to raise a minimum of $50 in pledges which will go to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Feel free to dress for the theme as trophies are awarded in the categories of Best Dressed and Most Funds Raised! To register your bowling team, call the BBBS office at 348-8741.

EIU’s Celebration Arts Festival
April 20th – 22nd from 9 am – 2 pm on EIU campus for all ages. A campus and community tradition since 1977, Celebration is a multi-cultural event featuring a variety of arts events including live music, food, children’s activities, a fine arts and crafts fair, and much more. It has long been an anticipated event for the residents of Charleston and its surrounding neighbors, and we are thrilled to bring it back. If you would like to be involved in planning the return of Celebration or would like to participate as a vendor, please contact the festival planning office at 217-581-8513 or email festival chair Dan Crews at decrews@eiu.edu.

Beckett Show
April 20th – 22nd from 10 am – 5 pm at the Cross County Mall. This event will showcase products like coins, tokens, collectible pins, collecting supplies, old bank notes & cheques, obsolete stock certificate, paper currency, ancient coins, sports cards, and many more collectibles. For more information, contact the Cross County Mall at 217-258-8531.

REV. PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND
April 20th at 7:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre of Doudna Fine Arts Center on EIU campus. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a three-piece American alt-country blues band from Brown County, Indiana, living in a rural area north of Nashville, Ind., and south of Bean Blossom. They play more than 250 dates per year at venues ranging from bars to festivals. New + Emerging Arts Program Tickets Support Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. Fee: General $17.00, Senior $13.00, and Students $7.00. For more information, contact the Doudna Fine Arts Center at 217-581-3110.

Fantastic Breakfast and Where to Find It
April 21st from 8 – 11 am at the Charleston VFW. Fee: $5 per person. There will be pancakes, a raffle, door prizes, and kid activities. There will be a free photo booth and you can dress as your favorite wizard or beast. All proceeds benefit Bright Minds Educational Programs. For more information, call 217-508-0755 or email embracingautism@gmail.com.

Healthy Kids Day
April 21st from 9 am – noon at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. The Mattoon Area Family YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. The Y will join hundreds of Ys across the country to kick off summer programming and celebrate healthy kids this spring! This event is designed to help kids get a jump start to their summer. Our goal and commitment to the community is to raise awareness about health and encourage families to get active. For nearly 30 years, Healthy Kids Day at the Y has been an annual tradition of inviting all youth and their families – regardless of membership status – to play, explore, learn, and access healthy snacks at no charge. For more information, contact Sarah Dowell at 217-234-9494.

EIU Women’s Softball
April 22nd at noon on the EIU baseball field. Come out and support EIU women’s softball for their double header senior night against Jacksonville State! Admission is free!

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
April 22nd at 2 pm at Morton Park in Charleston open to all ages and genders. Join us to raise awareness and empathy for women impacted by sexual violence. Wear a pair of heels (if you dare!), decorate comfy sneakers or flip flops, or add some bling to your wheels. Easy one-mile trek around Morton Park neighborhood. On-Site Registration begins at 1:00pm. Register by April 16 to guarantee an event t-shirt! Fees: $20 General Registration Fee and $10 Senior/Student Registration. For more information, contact SACIS at 217-348-5033 or email sacisch@consolidated.net.

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
April 24th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Rampage. 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/.

Storytime and Snuggles
April 25th from 10 – 10:30 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Stories are for everyone . . . so bring your stuffed animal to snuggle with during story time and craft time! FREE for member, $1 per non-member. Registration recommended. Family Program – children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, contact the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Dispose Unused Medication
April 26th from 10 am – 2 pm. Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Collection sites: Arcola Police Department, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Mattoon Walgreens, Pana Walgreens, Sullivan Police Department, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Lobby. Visit www.dea.gov or call 800-882-9539 for a collection site near you.

2018 Graduate Art Exhibition
April 27th at 5 pm – May 20th at the Tarble Arts Center. The Tarble Arts Center and the EIU Art and Design Department proudly present the annual thesis exhibition of work by the current MA candidates in Eastern Illinois University’s Studio Art program. Every year a wide range of styles, media and art-making approaches are on view. This program is co-presented by the EIU Art and Design Department and the Tarble Arts Center. For more information, contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217-581-2787.

Earth Day
April 28th from 9 am – noon at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Save the date for Earth Day 2018! Tree planting, invasive plant removal, crafts, refreshments, conservation stations, science fair and more! Free! Family Program – children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

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 our 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.

Hobson-Wasp Naval Disaster
May 2nd from noon – 1:30 pm in the Charleston Public Library for all ages. On April 26, 1952, a guard ship, the USS HOBSON, collided with a larger aircraft carrier, the USS WASP. The HOBSON split completely in two and, in less than 4 minutes, descended into the cold Atlantic water. On that dark and moonless night, 175 US Navy Sailors and their Captain were thrust brutally to the bottom of the ocean where they rest in eternal sleep. Sixty-one survivors of the HOBSON were rescued by the heroic efforts of sailors serving on the accompanying ship, the RODMAN, and on the WASP which had a huge gaping hole in her bow. This book is being written at the request of the son of one of the sailors serving on the HOBSON who died that night. This young sailor was one of the 176 who never got to go home, never experienced family again. He didn’t get to hold the child he was expecting nor care for him as he was growing up. Many stories have been shared by the survivors and witnesses of this catastrophe. This is an account of an error in judgment which resulted in a tragedy met by those who serve with competent action, integrity, kindness, and reverence for those who serve. Please pre-register by April 30th with the Academy of Lifelong Learning at academy@eiu.edu or 581-5114.

DIY Succulent Planters
May 3rd from 6 – 8 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Walkaway with something unique, trendy, and upcycled for your succulent plants in this spring inspired class. Paint and affix accessories to your planter to fit your home décor, break for some yummy refreshments, and finish up by potting your succulents to take home. $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Registration required. Without adult chaperone. To register, contact the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

STEAM Saturday
May 5th from 1 – 3 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages seven – 12. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Participants will engage in building, design, games, crafts, and problem solving in a fun and hands-on environment. Fees: $4 for members, $6 for non-members. Without adult chaperone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! For more information or to register, contact the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Resource Fair
May 8th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Salvation Army in Mattoon. You are invited to come learn more about the resources available in your community – visit booths and speak with representatives from human service organizations who serve individuals and families in Coles & Cumberland counties. Lunch provided, free of charge. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 217-234-3915.

Job Fair
May 9th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Salvation Army in Mattoon. You are invited to come speak with employers and explore employment opportunities available in your community! For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 217-234-3915.

Make It For Mothers’ Day
May 10th from 5:15 – 6:15 pm in the Charleston Rec Board Room for ages 4 – 10. Need a Mothers’ Day present? During this class, we’ll make a special gift for your mother, grandmother, aunt, or whomever you wish! You’ll leave the class with a wrapped and ready homemade present that will be cherished forever! The cost, of the class, is $15 / child and is designed for children ages 4 – 10 years. To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/

IHSA Girls State Badminton Tournament
May 11th – 12th at EIU Lantz Arena and SRC. EIU is excited to host the 2018 Boys and Girls IHSA State Track Meets and IHSA Girls Badminton. Eastern Illinois University and the city of Charleston are busy gearing up for another exciting year of IHSA competition. Now is the time to make your lodging request for the state meets, and Eastern provides a variety of accommodations. For more information, contact the EIU Campus Recreation at 217-581-2820.

EIU Men’s Baseball
May 13th from 1 – 3:15 pm at Coaches Stadium. Come out and support EIU’s baseball team on their senior night when they play Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at Coaches Stadium. Admittance is free! For more information, contact Eastern Illinois Athletic Department at 217-581-6014.

IHSA Girls State Track Meet
May 17th – 19th at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston. EIU is excited to host the 2018 Boys and Girls IHSA State Track Meets and IHSA Girls Badminton. Eastern Illinois University and the city of Charleston are busy gearing up for another exciting year of IHSA competition. Now is the time to make your lodging request for the state meets, and Eastern provides a variety of accommodations. For more information, contact the O’Brien Stadium at 217-581-2106.

IHSA Boys State Track Meet
May 24th – 26th at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston. EIU is excited to host the 2018 Boys and Girls IHSA State Track Meets and IHSA Girls Badminton. Eastern Illinois University and the city of Charleston are busy gearing up for another exciting year of IHSA competition. Now is the time to make your lodging request for the state meets, and Eastern provides a variety of accommodations. For more information, contact the O’Brien Stadium at 217-581-2106.