Harry Potter Menu at The Cafe
October 3rd and 4th from 11:30 am – 1 pm at EIU’s Klehm Hall Room 1414. This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017. Fee: $5.50 cash only. For more information on this exhibit and program series, visit http://booth.eiu.edu/hp20.
Harry Potter Buttons
October 4th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Charleston Public Library for Middle & High Schoolers. Design your own buttons featuring Harry Potter quotes and characters. Limit of 2 buttons per student. For more information, visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.
Harry Potter Quidditch Photos
October 5th from 3:30 – 5:30pm at Charleston Public Library for Middle & High Schoolers.
Catch the snitch in mid-air. Photos will be posted on the Library’s Facebook page! For more information, visit www.charlestonlibrary.org.
Teen/Adult Open Gym
October – April on Tuesday evenings from 8 – 10 pm at Jefferson Gym in Charleston for ages 15 and older. Bring your own basketball, and shoot some hoops with your pals. Great “drop-in” games are sure to pop up. Dates are subject to change; no open-gym during Christmas Break or Spring Break. Fee: $3/person. For more information visit www.charlestonillinois.org or call 217-345-6897.
October 6th from 4 – 5:30pm at the Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 3 – 6 years. Be pampered like a princess and have your nails painted, hair done, eat a snack, and make a craft. Wear your prettiest princess dress and please bring flip-flops. Fee: $15. To register, visit www.charlestonillinois.org or call 345-6897.
Annual FWC Fall Fest & Chili Cook-Off
October 7th from 3 – 6 pm at the Family Worship Center in Mattoon. This free, fun-filled event is open to the community. Variety of Bounce Houses, Pumpkin Bowling, Corn Toss, Pumpkin Ring-Toss, Cake Walk, Cotton Candy, Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Prizes, Chili Cook-Off, Music and Hotdogs by Kep’s Cooking. Do you think your Chili has what it takes for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place? Please bring enough to share. Sign-up at the Welcome Center to enter the cook-off. This is an outdoor event, please dress appropriately for the weather. Rain? We will move the event indoors. We are in need of FWC volunteers. Please sign-up on Sunday mornings to help us make this event a success. For more information, visit www.mattoonfamilyworshipcenter.com.
October 7th from Noon – 4pm at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. For more information, call 217-235-4644 or visit www.dhnature.org.
We Bought The Farm, Now What?
Five Feline Farm
October 7th from 10 – 11 am at Five Feline Farm. Discover how two entrepreneurs transformed a neglected five acre tract into a productive small farm. With a focus on interdependent relationships, learn how a desire for natural, whole food drives each decision on the farm. Directions provided to registered participants prior to event. For more information, call 217-581-7415 or email Academy of Lifelong Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Mile House Living History Open House
October 8th from 1 – 4pm at the 5 Mile House. There will be live music, open hearth cooking and children’s activities! For more information, visit www.charlestonillionois.org or call 345-6897.
Friendship Garden Volunteer Day
October 12th and November 2nd from 1 – 3 pm at the Friendship Garden. The Friendship Garden is located at the corner of Layfette Avenue and 17th Street in Mattoon. The garden gets a lot of foot traffic from the community. It is a gardeners dream with a wide variety of interesting horticultural plants. There are many tasks to be done this fall to keep the garden looking nice. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email email@example.com.
Friday Night Fun
October 13th from 5 – 8 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7 – 12. Parents, I think a date night is in order! Drop your kids off at the nature center for a night of Friday fun. Games, crafts, and pizza! Fee: $5 per member, $7 per non-member. Registration required. Without adult chaperone. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freedom is Home Run
October 13th at 7 pm at the Family Worship Center. The FWC Celebrate Recovery Ministry is hosting a movie-night at Family Worship Center. Popcorn and drinks available for a donation and free childcare provided. For more information, visit www.mattoonfamilyworshipcenter.com.
Paint the Town 5k
October 14th at 8am in Mattoon. This Color Run/Walk is to honor all who have faced any form of cancer. Fee: $20. To register, visit www.sarahbush.org/paintthetown5k or call 345-6828.
Fire Prevention Week Open House
October 14th from 10am – 2pm at Charleston’s Fire Station 2, behind McDonalds. There will be several Fire Prevention and Safety activities and displays for kids and adults. For more information, visit www.charlestonillionois.org or call 345-6897.
Make and Take
October 14th from 10:30am – 4pm at the Charleston Public Library. Located in the Kid Space Atrium. All ages are welcome, children under eight with an adult. Love to craft? Drop in and make one! For more information, visit www.charlestonlibrary.org or call 217-345-1514.
AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
October 14th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening My Little Pony: The Movie. 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/.
People and Places: A Workshop for Writers
October 14th from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at The Historic Mattoon Train Station. Wherever there is a good story there are characters worth knowing and places worth exploring. If you love to write, grab your notebook or laptop and join us for a day of interactive sessions designed to help you make people and places come alive on the printed page. This workshop will be useful to writers of fiction and non-fiction alike and is open to adults of all ages. Space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot. Fee: $15. To reserve a spot, go to https://sce.eiu.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=FA17ALWRITER.
Muggles, Magic, and Abuse
October 17th from 4 – 5pm at EIU’s Booth Library Witter Conference Room 4440. Muggles all over the world were captivated by the charm of Harry Potter’s magical adventures, which taught us lessons about everything from compassion to perseverance to the importance of standing up against evil. But the darker side of Harry’s tale, in reality, affect millions of children: abuse and neglect. Join Angie Hunt, from HOPE of East Central Illinois, for a discussion on how this affected Harry and how the reality compares. For more information, visit www.charlestonillionois.org or call 345-6897.
October 20th from 5 – 8 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 6 – 10. What is that creeping and crawling in the night? Owls, spiders, bats, and . . . MONSTERS! This graveyard smash will include games, crafts, dancing, and pizza! Costumes optional but encouraged. Fee: $5 per member, $7 per non-member. Registration is required. Without adult chaperone. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email email@example.com.
EIU Annual 2.5K Homecoming Race
October 21st at 9 am at Old Main. The race is a 2.5K walk/run. Registration and check-in at Old Main Foyer starting at 8 am. The race starts at 9AM on the corner of 7th St. and Lincoln Ave. Divisions will consist of Walk, Run, Roll (Wheelchairs). Top finishers in each category will be recognized. All proceeds will go to the EIU Recreation Administration Student & Honors Organizations to assist with continued education opportunities. Fee: Pre-registration $10 before October 7th. Registration/Same-day registration $15. T-shirts available for $5 before October 7th. To register, visit http://www.eiu.edu/homecoming/race.php.
Youth Open Gym
October 22nd – April 1st on Sundays from noon – 2pm at CHS West Gym for youth in 1st – 12th grade. Bring your own basketball and shoot some hoops with your friends. Come for a game of “HORSE” and often “Pick-up” games will break out! Fee: $3/person/session. For more information, visit www.charlestonillionois.org or call 217-345-5650.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
October 23rd – October 27th at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Drop off your decorated pumpkin or jack-o-lantern Oct. 23 through Oct. 27 for your pumpkin to be displayed during our biggest event of the year – Haunted Hike! Patrons who attend the hike will vote for their favorite pumpkin or jack-o-lantern. Prizes awarded! Complete list of rules and entry forms are available in the Nature Center, or visit our website at http://www.dhnature.org/pumpkin-contest.html.
World Instruments You Can Play
October 24th from noon – 1:30 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church. While every culture in the world may not have a word that means “music”, people of every culture have had musical ways to express themselves. This class is designed to introduce you to some of those instruments, collected by the instructor. At this session, you will learn what many of these instruments sound like, where they are from, and how they are played. Some of them are actually easy to play and you will learn a simple method you can use to learn how to play a new instrument. For more information, visit www.charlestonwesley.org.
AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
October 24th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Geostorm. 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/.
Are You Lost? Lake Charleston Trails
October 26th from 1 – 2:30 pm at Lake Charleston. Love to walk, bike and hike in nature, but don’t know the paths or the “rules”? The newly established system of sustainable trails at Lake Charleston are a regional treasure, however you may enjoy them more with preparation. Brendan Lynch, Bike & Hike’s Manager, was instrumental in bringing the trail project together. Brendan will describe the project, equip us with navigation help on the multiple trails, provide tips for staying safe, and suggest etiquette that is sometimes unknown to the novice. Bring your bottle of water! For more information, call 217-581-7415 or email Academy of Lifelong Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry Potter Night
October 26th from 6 – 10 pm at Booth Library and Tarble Arts Center EIU. This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017. For more information on this exhibit and program series, visit http://booth.eiu.edu/hp20.
Night of the Downtown Dead Zombie Glow Run/Walk 5k
October 27th at 6 pm in Mattoon Common Grounds. This fun run/walk will start out Mattoon’s first Halloween Downtown Celebration zombie parade! Wear your best Zombie Clothes and glow wear as the sun will be setting. Participants will get a ZOMBIE MEDAL! Then we can all go back downtown to continue with all of downtown Mattoon’s Halloween celebration activities – trunk or treat, live music, rock Climbing wall, food vendors, arts and much more! Fee: $10. To register, visit www.mattooncommongrounds.com.
Haunted Hike Festival
October 27th – 28th from 5:30 – 8:45 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. An “Invasion” of unexpected guests along with strange lights, electrical interference, and other phenomena are occurring at the Nature Center that even have our traditional characters running scared at our most popular event – Haunted Hike! Trails are transformed into a dark and scary experience for Halloween goers on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 from 5:30-9p.m. Please take note of our new start time, 5:30p.m.! Our guides will escort you through the haunted forest as you encounter many creatures. We recommend young children walk the trails during our daylight hours, 5:30-6p.m. Last hike leaves at 8:40p.m. Fee: $6 for children ages 3-11, $8 for ages 12 and up. Night of tickets will be $8 per child and $10 for ages 12 and up. Arrive early as spots fill quickly. To pre-purchase tickets and reserve your hike time, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or stop by the Visitor Center.
Family Fun Night – Trunk or Treat!
October 28th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Wesley United Methodist Church. This will be followed by hot chocolate, s’mores, hot dogs, music and much more on the back lawn! Folks of all ages can decorate their cars and bring treats, and everyone is invited to the events after the Trunk-or-Treating! For more information, visit www.charlestonwesley.org.
Master Gardening With Kids
October 28th from 11 am – noon at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 6 – 12. Children can work alongside U of I Extension Master Gardeners the fourth Saturday of every month for fun and hands-on gardening fun! Free! Registration appreciated. Without adult chaperone. Children younger than six years of age must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email email@example.com.
Torchlight Halloween Hike, Pumpkin Carving Contest & Wiener Roast
October 28th from 6 – 9 pm at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Join us for our Torchlight Halloween Hike and Wiener Roast where you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy Lincoln Log Cabin in the dark! We will start at the Visitor Center for a bonfire and wiener roast. Bring out your best carved pumpkin by 4:30 pm and visitors will judge the best carvings and prizes will be awarded. You will also want to hike the paths between our historic farms by torchlight to hear storytellers from the Lincoln Cabin and Sargent House there to entertain guests with seasonal stories. To benefit the educational and interpretation programs of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Foundation will be selling hot dogs and s’mores for you to roast over an open fire. For more information, visit www.charlestontourism.org.
October 31st and November 2nd from 5:30 – 7 pm at CHS Wrestling Rm for youth in 1st – 8th grades. Join Wrestling Club coach Bucky Reddish for this 2-day clinic to see if wrestling is for you! This is also a good way to get back into shape for the Club season! (No T-Shirt) Fee: FREE. To register, visit www.charlestonillionois.org or call 217-345-5650.
November 4th – November 18th at 9 – 10:30 am at CHS West Gym for youth in 1st – 4th grades. Join CHS Couch, Blain Mayhall, his coaching staff and the Trojan basketball team for this instructional basketball program for girls and boys for stress skill development, coordination, and sportsmanship. Individualized instruction and team play will be included. Includes a T-shirt. Fee: $35/child. To register online, please click on the following link: https://activenet005.active.com/charlestonrecdept/.
Weekend Conservation Days – Volunteer Opportunity!
November 4th from 9 – 11 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for people of all ages as well as groups. This is a great activity to do as a family. Youth under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please come dressed to work outside. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEAM Saturday with Spiders
November 4th from 10 am – noon at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7 – 12. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Come to this fall STEAM class to learn why spiders are friends not foes with a spider web building competition and more. Each child in attendance will also receive a copy of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web! Fee: $4 per member, $6. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email email@example.com.
Seed Collecting – Volunteer Opportunity
November 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th from 9 – 11 am at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. We will be collecting prairie seed that will be spread in the prairie this winter. For this session we will travel off site to collect seed and to learn how to identify prairie plants in the winter. Registration required. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECO-MEET (School Field Day)
November 8th at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. The Nature Sleuth Eco-Meet is a team competition between area schools in the East Central Illinois region. School teams are made up of a handful of students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th. The competition is open to any school in the area. Eco-Meet promotes a better understanding and use of our natural and cultural resources. The Nature Sleuth Eco-Meet is a joint effort between the Douglas-Hart Nature Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (who host the JV and Varsity levels of Eco-Meet). For more information, visit: http://www.dhnature.org/eco-meet-school-competition.html.
American Girl Party
November 10th from 4 – 6:30 pm at Charleston City Hall Basement for ages 4 – 10 years. Grab your favorite American Girl and join us for an afternoon of fun! We’ll share stories, create a craft, have a snack, and even watch an American Girl Movie about Samantha! Fee: $15. To register, visit www.charlestonillinois.org or call 345-6897.
Girls on the Run 5k
November 11th at 9 am at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. Anyone who has been to a Girls on the Run 5K knows that it is unlike any other running event. It is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten-week season of Girls on the Run programming. Our 5K is a non-competitive event that will bring a smile to your face! Join our girls, their coaches, and running buddies as we cover 3.1 miles throughout Mattoon, IL. This is a celebration 5K, and times will not be recorded nor will results be posted. Everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner! Fee: $25 –Registration (for registrations received on or before 5:00 pm on Friday, November 10) and $30 – Day of Registration (for registrations on-site Saturday, November 11). For more information, visit www.girlsontheruneci.org.
Boy Scout Reptile and Amphibian Study
November 14th and 21st from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Work toward earning your “Reptile & Amphibian Study” badge with a certified merit badge counselor. Participants will complete many requirements during the 2-evening program. Requirements 1 and 8b will be started during the program, but not fully finished. Requirements 4 and 7 will have to be completed on your own. Fee: $10 per scout. Registration required. Without adult chaperone. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email email@example.com.
AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showings
November 14th the AMC Theater in Mattoon will be screening Thor: Ragnarok. 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/.
WILD Friday Night
November 17th from 6 – 9 pm at Douglas-Hart Nature Center for ages 7 – 12. Parents drop off your kids for WILD nights at DHNC! Each night is a WILD adventure about wildlife with themed activities, games, and crafts! Fee: $3 per member, $5 per non-member. Registration required. Without adult chaperone. To register, call the Nature Center at 217-235-4644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.