The Great Leaf Hunt
October 2nd – October 14rd anytime at Effingham Library Children’s Programming Room for all ages. Stop in the Children’s Library to hunt colorful leaves that spell out secret messages. No registration required. For more information, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Memoir Writing Group Meeting
October 3rd at 1 pm at the Luttrell Room in the Effingham Library. Focused on writing about their life story for their family and friends or just for themselves, this new writing group welcomes newcomers and all level of writers. Typically meeting for two hours, participants are encouraged to bring writing that they’ve worked on to share with the group. At each meeting, possible writing prompts are shared. Participants are encouraged to consider various aspects of their life story. The writing prompt or assignment to prepare for the October meeting is to write about “To Be Announced”. Each member may read their writing aloud. During the meeting, participants also have 15-20 minutes to write about another topic that will be drawn from an envelope of prompt ideas. It, too, will be shared with the group. Registration is required, call 217-342-2464 or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Night Terrors of Effingham Special Price Night
October 5th – 6th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Ready to be scared? Prepare yourself for an experience like nothing before in South Central Illinois! Night Terrors of Effingham is 12,000 square feet of horror and fun. Head to Village Square Mall for Night Terrors of Effingham! May be too intense for children under 12 years of age. A “toned-down” children’s haunt is available. Fee: $6 per person. For tickets, visit www.nightterrorsofeffingham.com.
Teen Book Discussion
October 5th from 4:30 – 6 pm in the teen department of the Effingham Public Library for ages 13-18. Join us in the teen department for a book discussion. This month we’ll talk about our favorite mysteries and pick the books for upcoming discussions. No registration required. For more information, call 217-342-2464 or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Grapevine Bluegrass Festival
October 6th – 8th at Larson’s Landing. All ages are welcome. Persons aged 15 and under are admitted free and are the responsibility of the adults who bring them. You will want to bring lawn chairs or folding chairs of some sort. For tickets, visit www.grapevinebluegrass.com.
October 6th at 7 pm in the Effingham Performance Center. The music, art and the technological magic of iLuminate brings you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary, hip-hop, Latin and breaking, all using the power of light. With a mash-up of dazzling wizardry, spectacular dance moves, high-tech effects and original music, iLuminate is a unique, in-the-dark event not to be missed. To purchase ticket, visit www.the-epc.org/iLuminate.html.
Bearing Down on MS 5K
October 7th at TREC Trail. Registration begins at 8am, race starts at 9 am. This 5K race is in memory of Tad “Bear” Kopf and proceeds will go to MS research. Online registration is available at secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127693.
Effingham Farmers Market
October every Saturday from 8 am – Noon at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. The Effingham Farmers Market provides the Effingham community and area visitors with fresh, locally-grown food, art, live music and quality artisan goods. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Trick or Trivia
October 7th from 6 – 11:00 pm at V.F.W. post 1769. Come out to the V.F.W post 1769 for a night of team trivia! There will be teachers, staff, parents, area businesses and community members to help make this a great night. Plenty of good food, auction items, trivia and most importantly fun can be expected! Costumes are welcome but not required. For more information on this event please contact Unit 40.
Family Force 5
October 8th at 6 pm in the Effingham Performance Center. Family Force 5 has been packing dance floors with their dynamic mix of guitar-driven rock, big dance beats, cool synth lines and witty pop culture references since their inception in 2004. Their shows are raucous and party-centric, but their message and lyrics promote a positive message of faith and family. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Making Custom Latex Masks with JD Noll
October 10th at 6:30 pm at the Effingham Library for teens and older. Join us as JD Noll, owner of Etsy shop “JD James Creations”, demonstrates how to create custom latex masks using a variety of tools and techniques. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
October 13th in downtown Effingham. This annual event includes great chili, sides, and desserts all by your local businesses. There will also be live music and a bounce house, so bring the family. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
October 13th at 6 pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Come for a presentation, including live owls, by the Illinois Raptor Center. A fun trail walk will finish up the evening. To register, call 618-483-6856.
Night Terrors of Effingham
October 13th – 14th, 20th -21st, and 27th – 28th Ready to be scared? Prepare yourself for an experience like nothing before in South Central Illinois! Night Terrors of Effingham is 12,000 square feet of horror and fun. Head to Village Square Mall for Night Terrors of Effingham! May be too intense for children under 12 years of age. A “toned-down” children’s haunt is available. For tickets, visit www.nightterrorsofeffingham.com.
1872 Courthouse Celebration and Grand Ball
October 14th from 10 am – 10:30 pm at Effingham County Courthouse Museum. The 1872 Courthouse Celebration and Grand Ball at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum features historical presentations, re-enactors, musical concerts and closes with a Grand Ball to end the festivities. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Introductory Chess Class
October 14th at 2 pm at the Effingham Public Library for all ages. Ryan Reardon will teach the introductory chess class and no knowledge of chess is necessary. The class will last about 90 minutes. Registration is required. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
53rd Annual Illinois State Fiddle Contest
October 15th from 1 – 5 pm at Thelma Keller Convention Center. The IOTFA focuses on the preservation of old time fiddle music and passing the tunes and styles of playing down to the younger generation. Fee: $5 a person/free for ages 8 and under. For more information, visit illinoisoldtimefiddlers.org.
Live Music: The Barefoot Movement
October 15th at 7 pm in Effingham County Courthouse Museum. The Barefoot Movement will be performing live at the Effingham County Courthouse. Be sure to get down there to check out this band! To purchase tickets, visit www.thebarefootmovementofficial.com.
Not-So-Scary Monster Matinee
October 22nd from 2 – 5 pm at the Village Square Mall. We’re locking up all the deranged psychos and running off the monsters for this one day event geared towards children. Bring your young ones to experience the spooky atmosphere for some Halloween season fun. Flashlight guided tours, candy giveaway, games, face painting and a special magic performance by Owen the Magnificent! For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or visit www.nightterrorsofeffingham.com.
Family Game Night
October 24th from 6 – 8 pm on the 2nd floor of the Effingham Public Library open for all ages. First monthly Family Game Night and we’re kicking off with a Halloween Theme, so dress up if you want. No registration required. For more information, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Spooky, Kooky Night
October 27 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Ballard Nature Center. Hike a spooky decorated trail. There will be lots of fun games in the yard for the kids to play. Bring flashlights. Rain cancels. For more information, visit www.ballardnaturecenter.org.
Halloween at Evergreen
October 28th from 4:30 – 8:30 pm at Evergreen Hollow Park. Celebrate Halloween a few days early with the Effingham Park District. This is a FREE family-friendly event that will have a costume contest, candy trail, pumpkin painting and much more! For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Harley-Davidson Trunk or Treat Halloween Party
October 28th from 11:30 am – 3 pm at Legacy Harley-Davidson. Bring your bike, truck, car, whatever, and decorate the trunk/tour pack. Saddle bags up so the kids can Trunk or Treat! There will be a $100 gift card for best costume and $100 gift card for best decorated trunk. For more information, visit www.legacyhd.com or call 217-342-3494.
Intermediate Chess Class
October 28th at 2 pm at the Effingham Public Library for all ages. Ryan Reardon will teach the introductory chess class. The class will last about 90 minutes. Registration is required. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
October 29th from 2 – 4 pm at Maple Street Parade Route. Join us for the Effingham Sunrise Rotary’s annual Halloween Parade: “I Love the 80s.” For more information or to get involved, contact Effingham County Chamber of Commerce for a parade form or Nathan Earnest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Night Terrors of Effingham Final Night
October 31st from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Village Square Mall. Ready to be scared? Head to Village Square Mall for Night Terrors of Effingham! Visit www.nightterrorsofeffingham.com for tickets and more information.
November 18th at the Ballard Nature Center. Junior Girl Scouts from 9:30 – 11:00 am. We will do activities to help you earn the “Flower Badge.” Brownie Girl Scouts from Noon – 1:30 pm. We will do activities to help you earn the “Outdoor Adventure Badge.” Bear & Wolf Cub Scouts from 2:30 – 4 pm. We will do activities for adventures “Fur, Feathers & Ferns” and “Paws on the Path.” Fee: $4 per scout. (badges not included). Call to register 618-483-6856.
Girl Scout Fun Day
November 24th from 1 – 3 pm at Ballard Nature Center for all levels of scouts. Earn a hiking fun patch and a birds fun patch. $6 per scout (patches included). Call to register, 618-483-6856.