Valentine’s Day Crafts
February 1st and 8th from 4 – 6 pm in the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 4 – 15. We’ll get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with some fabulous Valentine’s Day Crafts! These items will make great decorations or homemade gifts for the family. Session 1 will include ages 10 – 15, and Session 2 will include ages 4 – 9. Session 1: February 1st: ages 10 – 12 yrs, 4 – 4:45 pm, $15/ child ages 13 – 15 yrs, 5 – 6 pm, $15/ child. Session 2: February 8th: ages 4 – 6 yrs, 4 – 4:45 pm, $10/ child ages 7 – 9, 5 – 6 pm, $12/ child To register online, please click on the following link: https://activenet005.active.com/charlestonrecdept/
American Girl Party
February 2nd 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 which will be Felicity! The fee is $15 / child. To register online, please click on the following link: https://activenet005.active.com/charlestonrecdept/
“TOAD-ALLY” FUN VALENTINES
February 3rd from 10 am – noon at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages five – 12-year-olds. Animals love Valentine’s Day “beary” much. Create your own animal inspired Valentine’s Day cards for “some bunny”! $3 per member, $5 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 email@example.com. Many programs require materials and preparation time. Failing to register for a program could result in class cancellation, or many classes fill quickly and result in a waiting list.
Charleston Challenge Mid-Winter Classic
February 3rd at 10 am at Carl Sandburg School for all ages. Join us for a run through Charleston and the surrounding area on our 5K, 10K, or 15K course! The race will happen whether it’s sunny or snowing! Cost is $20 on or before January 21st. Add $15 for a shirt or $5 for a cap/gloves. Any registration after January 21st is $30 and a shirt/beanie/gloves are not guaranteed. The 15K race is scheduled to start at 10:00 am, the 10K race at 10:15 am, and the 5K race at 10:30 am. All races start at Carl Sandburg School (1924 Reynolds Drive). We will be serving food at the awards ceremony where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are awarded, in each distance for male and female, in the following categories: 19 & under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50 and up. For more information, visit our website: www.charlestonchallengeduathlon.com, or call Diane at (217) 345-6897. To register online, please click on the following link: https://activenet005.active.com/charlestonrecdept/.
St. Vincent de Paul Society – Trivia Night fundraiser
February 3rd at 7 pm in St. Charles Church Moriarity Hall. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society hopes you will save February 3 on your new calendar for our Trivia Night fundraiser to assist our Charleston neighbors in need. Doors open at 6 pm. $10 a ticket and $5 for students. Babysitting is provided for kids. Hope to see you there! To reserve a table, call Newman 217-348-0188 ex 12 or St. Charles 217-345-0332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 3rd from 1 – 3 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages Seven – 12-year-olds.
First Saturday of every month 1 – 3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 3 – Shadows
Sat., Mar. 3 – Rainbows
Sat., Apr. 7 – Egg-citing Science
Sat., May 5 – Rabbits
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. $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 email@example.com.
Free Tax Preparation
February 5th – April 15th from 8:30 am – 4 pm at the LifeSpan Center. Each year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free, face-to-face tax help to people with low-to-moderate income. IRS-tax law certified volunteers provide this free service with electronic filing to all people who qualify. All you have to do is bring your documentation, and we’ll do the rest. Call to make an appointment at 217-639-5150. For more information, visit colescouncilonaging.org.
February 8th – March 1st every Thursday from 5 – 6 pm in the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 7 – 12. No-Bake Cooking teaches children simple recipes so they can help Mom or Dad in the kitchen. We will learn kitchen safety tips along with essential kitchen tools. The best part–kids get to eat their delicious creations and take part of it home with the recipe! Dairy and peanut products will be present. To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/.
Sweetheart Gift & Craft Show
February 9th at 10 am – February 11th at 5 pm at the Cross County Mall. Treat yourself, or someone you love, to a fun weekend of shopping at the Cross County Mall! Come take a look at our vendors featuring a wide variety of gifts and crafts. You will be sure to find something to give your sweetheart (or keep for yourself)! Interested vendors contact Lauren Metzger at (217) 246-6793. For more information, contact the Cross County Mall Office for event information 217-258-8513.
Give Kids a Smile
February 9th from 8 am – noon by appointment at MyCharlestonDentisit located on Lincoln Ave. in Charleston. We will be providing free dentistry to children 4 – 17 who may not otherwise receive basic dental care in honor of Give Kids a Smile. Cleanings, exams, X-rays and more will be provided during the event. If you know of children in need, please refer their parents or guardians to call 217-345-1315. Space is limited. For more information, visit mycharlestondentist.com.
Laker Visit Day
February 9th from 9 am – noon in the Luther Student Center. The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Parents/guardians and spouses are welcome to come along and attend the Parent and Spouse Session. Representatives from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid & Veteran Services, Counseling Services, Career Services and Student Life will provide information and answer questions. The event includes campus tours and informational sessions by Lake Land College Student Ambassadors. Participants will also meet with faculty members in their academic area of interest to learn more about program offerings at Lake Land. Additional Laker Visit Days are scheduled for March 23 and June 21. Register online at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5254.
EIU Jazz Festival
February 9th and 10th at 5 pm in Douglas Hall of Eastern Illinois University. The 59th Annual EIU Jazz Festival will open on Friday, February 9, with a concert featuring the EIU Jazz Ensemble and a performance by virtuoso trombonist Andy Martin. On Saturday, February 10th, visiting bands will perform, compete, and participate in clinics during the day. Festival participants and audience members will also be treated to a midday performance by the EIU Jazz Ensemble and Andy Martin. Andy Martin is a virtuoso jazz trombonist based out of Los Angeles. Martin is well known for his work with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the Tom Kubis Band, and the Bill Homan Big Band. He has long been one of L.A.’s most prominent trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion picture soundtracks, and live theater. He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Bublé. His television credits include the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Martin has been the lead trombonist on television shows Dancing With The Stars and American Idol. His motion picture credits span the soundtracks of over 150 major films. For the Jazz Concert on the 9th tickets are $16.00 for general, $13.00 for seniors and $7.00 for students. To register online, visit https://www.eiu.edu/doudna/events.php?id=408.
Make and Take
February 10th from 10:30 am – 4 pm or while supplies last, in the KidSpace Atrium of the Charleston Public Library. Create meaningful valentines for your loved ones at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library’s Valentine themed Make and Take. Kids under eight, please bring a grownup to help! Make it here and Take it home! This is a free family program, open to the public. A library card is not needed to attend. For more information, call 217-345-4913 or visit charlestonlibrary.org.
AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
February 10th and 24th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Peter Rabbit. 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/.
FROSTY FAMILY FUN
February 10th from 10 – 11 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Second Saturday of every month, 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, call 217-235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.
February 10th from 10 am – noon at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages Seven – 12-year-olds. Second Saturday of every month, 10 am – Noon.
Feb. 10 – Shadows & Sunprints
March 10 – Animal Sculptures
April 14 – Squish & Squeeze Painting
May 12 – Mandalas in the Wild
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! $3 per member, $5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Songs of Love
February 11th at 4 pm in Dvorak Concert Hall on EIU campus. Tickets for the February 11th Songs of Love concert are priced at $13 for general admission, $11 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Tickets 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 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the scheduled performance. Featuring the EIU Choral Ensembles. The aura of romance will be in the air when Eastern’s Choral Ensembles present a “tour de force” celebrating the majesty of love. Works include Remembrances of Love by James McCray with harpist Julia Jamieson. To order tickets, visit https://www.eiu.edu/doudna/events.php?id=410.
Great-Gran was Bit by a Rattlesnake, but at Least She Died Rich
February 12th at 4 pm in the Booth Library on EIU campus for all ages. How do you sort truth from family fiction? Using free internet resources, we’ll start to track down your ancestors and learn the stories of their lives. What documents are available and how do you find them – and what do they mean? How do your ancestors fit into the panorama of American history? An easy entry into the fascinating world of genealogy for the interested beginner. The event is free. For more information, contact Marita Metzke at 217-581-5114 or at email@example.com.
February 13th from 5 – 6 pm in the Zone of the Charleston Public Library. Middle School and High School students are invited to make a featured Do It Yourself project, then take it home. This is a free program and is open to the community. A library card is not needed to attend. For more information, call 217-345-4913 or visit charlestonlibrary.org.
AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
February 13th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Maze Runner: The Death Cure. 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/.
Glo Bingo Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser
February 16th from 6 – 10 pm at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont for ages 18 and older. Glo Bingo Fever is Back! Shake the winter blues off at this fun event! Great for groups to attend together for companies, families and friends (over the age of 18)! Doors open at 6 pm and Bingo Starts at 7 pm. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, and food/bar drinks available for purchase from the Cookie Jar in Altamont, IL. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Buy online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glo-bingo-benefiting-big-brothers-big-sisters-of-effingham-county-tickets-41786159528 or call (217) 540-1413 or email Christy@JoinSomethingBig.org.
February 15th – 16th from 6 – 9 pm and February 17th 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 all three 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://www.activekids.com/charleston-il/hunting/classes/hunting-classes-hunter-education-2018?int=72-3-A7.
February 17th from 7 – 9 pm in the Charleston High School cafeteria for ages 4 and up. Get ready for fun at the annual Daddy / Daughter Dance. Featuring Illinois Party Booth and WEIU TV & FM. Snacks and punch will be available. Register EARLY!! The fee is $25 / couple, with a $10 / additional child fee if registered by 5 pm on February 15th. After February 15th, registration is $30 / couple, with a $10 / additional child fee. Registration will be available at the door, ($30 / $10). To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/
February 19th from 10 am – 3 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages five – 12. Feeling cooped up this winter? Time to break out and party! Kids are invited to wear a fun animal costume and party with the wild creatures at the Nature Center. Silliness, games, party snacks and music will cheer up our winter! $6 per member, $8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Combos Concert
February 20th at 7:30 pm the Doudna Theatre of Eastern Illinois University. EIU’s Jazz Combos perform under the direction of Paul Johnston and other jazz faculty. This performance is free and open to the public. Takes place in the Doudna Hall theater. https://www.eiu.edu/doudna/events.php?id=411
Lego my Library
February 21st from 4 – 5:15 pm in the Rotary Room A of the Charleston Public Library for grades K – 8th. 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 5:00 pm and 5:15 pm 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, call 217-345-4913 or visit charlestonlibrary.org.
Perfect Your Plate
February 22nd at 4 pm on the 2nd floor of County Market for all ages. Eating right and staying active are important no matter what your age. As we get older, our bodies have different needs, so certain foods and nutrients become especially important for good health. During this session, you will learn about special nutrient needs of adults who wish to stay healthy. This class will teach you how to cook with nutrient dense foods and participants will go home with easy recipes to try at home. For more information, contact Marita Metzke at 217-581-5114 or at email@example.com.
Fox Ridge Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
February 24th from 7-11am at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston. Come out for all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast! Tickets: Adults: $6, Children ages 5-12: $3, Children under 5 eat free! Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. For advance tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Running of the Nerds
February 24th from 7:30 am at the Neoga Jennings Park. This race is a fundraiser for the Neoga High School National Honor Society. The money raised will help support service projects and help pay national dues. Come exercise your body and mind! There is a special brain trivia component along the race course. Signs with different trivia questions and the answers will be placed on the route. At the end of the race you will have an opportunity to fill out and turn in a sheet to see how much you retained from the questions and answers you read along the course. During the awards ceremony the first person’s sheet drawn from the box with ALL the correct answers will win a prize! The race starts at the pavilion at Neoga Jennings Park (east end of 7th street). Registration will be at the old elementary school building located on 6th street, next to the Park. For more information, call Kirby Davis, National Honor Society Advisor, Neoga High School at 217-895-2205.
AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
February 27th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Black Panther. 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/.
March 2nd from 3:30 – 6:45 pm in the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 4 – 14. 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! Ages 4 – 6 will attend 3:30 – 4:15 pm, 7-10 years from 4:30 – 5:30 and 11 – 14 years 5:45 – 6:45 pm. $15 for each child. To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/.
March 3rd 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. To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/
4-H Skating Party
March 4th from 5:30 – 8 pm at the Silver Star Skating Rink. Lit’l Bit Country 4-H Club is once again inviting all 4-H members from Effingham, Coles, Clay, Fayette and Jasper counties to a skating party at the Silver Star Skating Rink in Mattoon. The cost is $4 per skater (payable to Lit’l Bit Country), plus $1 rental for skates or inline skates (or bring your own at no cost). A snack bar is available and there is a play area for smaller kids. Be sure to invite your friends to come join the fun! Please register by March 1, 2018 at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17869.
March 12th from 8:30 – 9:30 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages five – 12-year-olds.
Mon., March 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Charleston Spring Break)
Fri., Apr. 6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mattoon Spring Break)
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. $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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Snowman Contest
March 18th is the last day to submit picture for Summer Snowman Contest. How about a Summer Snowman? Build a snowman, ready for summer, for your chance to win a Charleston Rotary Pool Punch Card! Your Summer Snowman can be constructed anywhere in Coles County. Submit your picture to email@example.com by March 18th. Prizes Include: 1st place: Pool Punch Card (10 visits to the pool). 2nd place: $15 off a pool pass. 3rd place: $5 off any program. To register online, please click on the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/charlestonrecdept/.
Kids’ Easter Egg Scramble
March 24th from 9 – 10 am at Morton Park in Charleston for ages 1 – 10. Hop on over to Morton Park and join in for an Eggstra Special Egg Hunt! If the weather is severe, we will reschedule. Bring your Easter baskets! This event is FREE! Please register on-site at Morton Park East Pavillion (2nd St) 10 minutes before your start time.
9:10 am – 1 & 2 yr olds
9:20 am – 3 & 4 yr olds
9:30 am – 5 & 6 yr olds
9:40 am – 7 & 8 yr olds
9:50 am – 9 & 10 yr olds