Coles County Community Events June 2018

Food on the Move- Mattoon
May 29th – August 10th on Mondays – Friday in Mattoon. We will not serve on May 28th and July 4th 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 Apts 1:40 pm

We please ask that all children 5 and under come with a parent/guardian. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 217-234-3915.

Charleston Farmer’s Market
Every Wednesday from 6:30 – 10:30 am through summer and fall in the Charleston Courthouse Square. Fresh produce, baked goods, and homemade music! Come on out and shop locally, play some tunes, and just sit, smell, and listen (Musicians welcome)! For more information on booths, call Mike Knoop 217-345-8018 at Roc’s Blackfront.

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.

18th Street Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday from June-October 7th from 8 am – noon in the Coles County Health Department parking lot. The primary focus for the market is fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and homemade items (as space permits). Live music will be scheduled, adding to the festive atmosphere! Interested vendors or musicians should contact Steve Runyon at 217-345-4700 or by email athomeagain1@consolidated.net.

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 bill.duey@fit-2-serve.net.

2nd Annual Tour de Charleston
June 2nd at 8:45 am in Charleston for all ages. Annual Tour de Charleston, presented by the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, offers cycling courses of 12.5, 25, and 50 mi distance. The 3 courses begin at the historic Coles County Courthouse Square in Charleston, Illinois, and travel through scenic rolling hills and bucolic rural landscapes in Coles & Clark Counties. The Tour de Charleston Bike Race is a timed event. All participants who pre-register will receive a participant packet and a t-shirt. Awards will be presented to overall male & female winner in all three races along with the top 2 males & females in each of the following age divisions: 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & over. Whether you’re interested in improving your time or just enjoying the view, it’ll be a great day. At the finish line, you’ll be greeted with music, a live DJ, and an awards ceremony following the events. Musefest hosted by CTF will also be taking place around the Square on the afternoon of June 2nd. To register, go to https://www.active.com/charleston-il/cycling/races/2nd-annual-tour-de-charleston-2018.

Musefest
June 2nd from 10 am – 4 pm in Downtown Charleston. This event is hosted by artists of the 9 Muses Art Gallery and the crafters of Creative Craft craft store! Come enjoy a fun filled day of sunshine, good food, live music and vendors! For more information, contact Amanda Honn at 217-218-7684.

STEAM Saturday
June 2nd from 1 – 3 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature 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. $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.

Reading Takes You Everywhere – Tinker and Take
June 4th from 10:30 am – 6 pm in the KidSpace room of the Charleston Public Library for all ages. Kick off summer reading at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library on June 4 from 10:30-6:00, or while supplies last, in the KidSpace. There will be crafts and activities for all ages that celebrates our theme Reading Takes You Everywhere. Kids under eight, please bring a grownup to help. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Food on the Move- Charleston
June 4th – August 9th Monday – Thursday in Charleston. Children must eat their lunch with us and cannot take any food home. We will not serve on July 4th. An Eastern Illinois University vehicle will stop at the following locations:

EIU Textbook Rental *975 Edgar 11 am
Long Acre Estates 11:35 am
Ne-Co Field’s Park 12:05 pm

We please ask that all children 5 and under come with a parent/guardian. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 217-234-3915.

Ms. Drizzle & the Magic Book Box! by Douglas-Hart Nature Center
June 5th from 2 – 3 pm in the Craft Room of the Charleston Public Library for grades K – 6. Ms. Drizzle is coming to town with her “Magic Book Box” and creature side-kick! Join her for an adventure to faraway places–transforming into impossible forms–to discover the solution to a mysterious creature problem! Live animal encounter included. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Teen Buttons
June 5th and July 4th from 4 – 5 pm in the Zone of the Charleston Public Library for middle school – high school students. Make your own custom buttons to keep or share! Limit of 2 per student. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

MadCap Puppets Present: Rumpelstiltskin
June 6th from 1 – 2 pm in the Mattoon Public Library for all ages. Rose must spin straw into gold to save her father! With the help of a strange little creature, she does the impossible, but she could lose everything if she can’t guess his name. This musical adaptation is sure to delight audiences of all ages! For more information, contact Jasmine at 217-234-2621 or jasmine@mattoonlibrary.org.

Boy Scouts: Nature Badge (2 Classes)
June 8th and June 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Scouts will explore wildlife and learn to identify different species. During this program, scouts will complete requirements 1, 2, 4b, 4c, and 4e. On their own, they must complete 3, 4a, and 4g before or afterwards. $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.

Adventure Art
June 9th 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! $3 per member, $5 per non-member. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Without adult chaperone. For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Nature Nuts Kids Club
June 9th from 10 am – noon at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages seven – 12. 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. Without adult chaperone. For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
June 9th and 12th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Solo: A Star Wars Story. 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/.

Hearth Cooking Demonstrations
June 9th from 10 am – 4 pm 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 our kitchens as we demonstrate 19th-century cooking. We’ll run the gamut from plain to fancy fare though baking, boiling, frying, roasting, and toasting. Learn 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, contact the Lincoln Log Cabin at 217-345-1845.

Star Auto Sales Grand Anniversary Celebration
June 10th at noon at Star Auto Sales located at 301 N. Logan in Mattoon . There is a free car give-away, pizza, and live DJ. There will be bouncy houses for kids. Ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 2 pm and winner will be announced at 4:30 pm. Must be at least 16 years old to enter and have valid driver’s license. The winner must be present at the time of drawing. One ticket per person. Tickets are free. For more information, contact 217-235-5050.

5 Mile House – Living History Open Houses 1-4
June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, and July 22nd from 1 – 4 pm at the 5 Mile House. Demonstrations run 1-4 pm; Music from 1:00-2:30 pm; Programs are at 2:30 pm: Flat Mountain; Country, Gospel, Bluegrass; My itinerant preacher grandfather’s portable organ / musical instruments from around the world. Childrens activities include: Hearth and Woodstove Cooking. For more information, visit www.fivemilehouse.org

Would You Rather, by Douglas-Hart Nature Center
June 12th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Craft Room of the Charleston Public Library for grades K – 6th. Yes! No! Maybe?! Words are powerful tools–and we have the power! Kids will make the choices that steer our animal adventure and create a unique story. The choices are yours…and the fun will be, too! What will you choose? Live animal encounter included. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Academy of Lifelong Learning – We Climbed an Alaskan Glacier
June 13th from noon – 1:30 pm in the Rotary A room of the Charleston Public Library. The Worthington Glacier is a 5,774-acre valley glacier that we successfully climbed – enjoying incredible scenery and fresh melted glacier water. We’ll stop in Vancouver, B.C., Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay along the way. Travel through Alaska with us learning about our trip with photos and stories. Please pre-register with the Academy of Lifelong Learning at academy@eiu.edu or 581-5114.

Lunch and Learn Open House @ Friendship Garden
June 13th and July 11th from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. A trained horticulturist will be available to share and demonstrate seasonal appropriate gardening topics every fifteen minutes. Whether you have the day off, are out running errands, or stop in over your lunch hour, our horticulturalist will share gardening tips or even answer any questions you may have about caring for gardens. For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

Lego My Library
June 20th and July 18th from 4 – 5:15 pm in the Rotary Room A of the Charleston Public Library for grades K – 8. 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. Kids under 8, please bring an adult. A library card is not needed to attend. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Dump the Pump
June 21st. Come and ride with the best team in town. Dial-A-Ride will be celebrating the 13th Annual Dump the Pump Day by offering FREE Zipline Transportation for this one day only. Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride Public Transportation (instead of driving) and to help save money. Along with free Zipline rides, Dial-A-Ride will be raffling giveaways which will include a free monthly pass! In Addition, a free token of our appreciation will be handed out for each Zipline rider that day. For more information, contact Dial-A-Ride at 217-639-5169 or 1-800-500-5505

Laker Visit Day
June 21st 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. Parking in the Northwest lot is recommended. Register online at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5254.

Maker Day Balloon Cars
June 21st from 1 – 6 pm in KidSpace room of the Charleston Public Library for all ages. Join us and design some great projects. We will be designing and building balloon cars. If you built a car last year, come this year and see if you can build a better and faster car. Kids under eight need an adult. While supplies last. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Make and Take
June 23rd and July 21st from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, or while supplies last in the KidSpace of the Charleston Public Library. Drop in to make one, some, or all of our crafts, then take them home! Kids under eight, please bring a grown-up to help. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
June 23rd the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening The Incredibles 2. 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/.

June in June
June 26th from 6 – 7 pm in the Rotary B room of the Charleston Public Library. Join June Hayden on a trip to Alaska. June will be showing her Alaskan adventure trip pictures. She will talk about her favorite beautiful scenic spots. If you ever have dreamed of going to Alaska come join June to learn all about it. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

3rd Annual Mini Golf in the Stacks
June 28th from noon – 7:30 pm in the Charleston Public Library. Are you hooked on mini golf? Can you slice your way through the stacks? Bring your family and friends to putt putt your way through the library. Holes will be designed and set up by your fellow patrons. Vote for the hole you like best, and then see who wins the golden putter award! Stop by KidSpace Desk to play. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Family Movie Wonder
June 28th from 1 – 3 pm in the Rotary B room of the Charleston Public Library for all ages. Join us for a summer movie on the big screen. This newly released movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Nature Nuts Kids Club
June 29th from 4 – 8 pm at 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. Without adult chaperone. For more information or to register, call the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email douglashartnc@consolidated.net.

19th Century Pies
July 7th from 10 am – 4 pm at Lincoln Log Cabin. A staple dish of the 1800s that is so much more than dessert! Visit our historic interpreters to learn about the different fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in 19th-century gardens that would all be used in pies. Guests will receive a copy of 19th-century “receipts” (recipes) to try the pies at home. For more information, contact the Lincoln Log Cabin at 217-345-1845.

Lifespan Center Bazaar 2018
July 9th from 7 am – midnight at the LifeSpan center. Got stuff? We have an opportunity for you to bring your goods to an indoor/outdoor venue to sell your stuff! If you sell products such as Avon, Tupperware or some other merchandise including artisan goods, we invite you to come and join us! If you know someone who does, make sure to tell them! If you are a food vendor, or know of a food vendor or a food truck, please forward this to them as well! This day will be your day to utilize the LifeSpan Center. Rain or Shine! For more information, contact the LifeSpan Center at 217-639-5150 or at lifespancenter@gmail.com.

Maker Day Hot Air Balloons
July 12th from 1 – 6 pm in the KidSpace room of the Charleston Public Library for kids grades K – 5th. Get rid of the summer blahs, come to a Maker Day while supplies last, in the KidSpace. Design your very own Hot air balloon. Use your creativity to make something that flies. Kids under eight please bring an adult. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Let’s Connect
July 14th from 8:30am-Noon at the Life Span Center on the corner of Loxa Road & 800N in Charleston. This program is primarily for Grandparents caring for younger relatives, but is open to all. Children welcome! Content will include bonding and mentoring children, cyber bullying, warning signs of addiction and younger content focused for youth 12 and under: backyard bugs, healthy snacking and summer fun activities. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. To register, call 217-639-5150.

Bad Art Night
July 16th from 6 – 7 pm in the Rotary Room B of the Charleston Public Library. Would you love to do an art project but don’t feel talented enough? No worries with the Bad Art Night at the Library! Come and color outside the lines. Glue, paint, mark, cut, do whatever you want! Let’s see who can make the Baddest piece of art! We will have supplies and some pictures to work on. Do you have a piece of art you don’t like? Bring it with you and make it over! For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Teen Craftivity: Giant Crepe Paper Flowers
July 17th from 4 – 6 pm in the Zone of the Charleston Public Library. Registration required (starting 7/3/18), 10 student limit. This month’s project will be giant crepe paper flowers! Make awesome flowers to be displayed at the Library until August 11. They will then be available to take home! For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Concert in the Park: Summer Strings
July 17th at 7 pm in Kiwanis Park. Come enjoy a free, family friendly concert; bring your lawn chair. For more information, contact 217-345-5650.

Run for the Bagel
July 21st at 6:30 am in at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. This event is held in conjunction with Mattoon’s annual Bagelfest. Come celebrate our community! In 2018, we will offer two races to choose from. Both the 5k run/walk and the 10K Run will begin at 6:30 am. Registration includes a performance blend t-shirt and is $25 through March 31. This run will begin just north of the KC Summers Toyota Dealership at 19th and Broadway Avenue and will end at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. The course is flat, fast, and partially shaded. You will finish in time to enjoy the free bagel breakfast, as well as, the Bagelfest Parade! All races will be chip timed and official results will be recorded. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age/gender division for both races. Early registration opens January 1. For more information, please visit www.mattoonymca.org.

Family Movie Wrinkle In Time
July 26th from 1 – 3 pm in the Rotary Room B of the Charleston Public Library for all ages. Join us for a summer movie on the big screen. This newly released movie is about Meg Murry who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

Searching For Asteroids
July 30th from 6 – 7 pm in the Rotary Room B of the Charleston Public Library for all ages. How does the human race come together as one to search for killer asteroids? Where in the sky do astronomers search? How do we know how big a newly discovered asteroid is? Join Astronomer Tyler Linder for all things Asteroid. He specializes in finding and tracking the position of Near-Earth Asteroids. For more information, contact the library at 217-345-4913.

The Prevention Initiative Birth-3 Program
Do you know about the Prevention Initiative Birth-3 Program? The FREE service is a voluntary educational and supportive program offered to families that reside in Mattoon. Any family that is deemed eligible and is expecting or has a child under the age of 3 is welcome to participate. The mission of this program is to promote long lasting bonds with families within the school district CUSD#2. Services provided will include: prenatal support, parent education, health, hearing and vision screenings for the child, educational activities for parent & child, connections to local support services and agencies and much more! To find out more, contact Katrina at 217-238-8800.