Calendar of Events - Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce

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Owls are sometimes referred to as wise old owls or birds of mystery and folklore, but what's the real story behind these birds of prey?  In this fall themed class, participants will learn about owls of Illinois through hands-on material followed by a nature inspired owl craft using natural and up-cycled materials.

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9/6/20191:00pm to 3:00pmMarita Metzke

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9/6/20196:00pm to 10:00pmChris Garver

Please join us to celebrate Lifetime Eye Care's new location in Mattoon! The ribbon cutting for their Mattoon location will take place at the office at 1821 Charleston Ave (19th & Charleston, adjacent to KC Summers GM)
at 12:15. We invite you all to come celebrate! 

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9/10/201912:15pm to 1:15pm

Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 PM 
Mattoon Eagles Club (1917 Oak Ave.)
Admission and 10 Binga games - $10
Doors open at 4:30 pm, food and beverages available; featuring prize packages from area boutiques, consultants and businesses
Raffle – Four tickets to a St. Louis Blues game during 2019-20 season; $5 each or 3 for $10
Tickets & information available at, or by calling 217 258-2511

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9/10/20195:30pm to 9:30pm

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9/12/20195:00pm to 7:00pmJessica Killough

Subconsciously, do we all view older people in a certain way? Why are people treated as if they're invisible as they age?  In this session, participants will learn key terms and concepts related to the erasure of older people's lives as well as strategies for serving as allies to and advocates for individuals as they age. 

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9/13/20192:00pm to 3:30pmMarita Metzke

9/18/19:  Enjoy a photographic journey on Wednesday (followed by an on-site guided walk on Thursday), of Coles County’s newest natural area.  Join photographer and GPF Board Member, Fred Delcomyn, as he uses his photography to highlight the unique land forms, plants and animals of Warbler Ridge.  Warbler Ridge Conservation area, located between Lake Charleston and Fox Ridge State Park, began when a private non-profit conservation organization, Grand Prairie Friends (GPF), purchased a 141-acre site in 2012. Seven years later, the site has grown to 1,000 acres and now includes nine acres of restored wetland, thousands of new trees and ten miles of trails for the public to enjoy along the meandering Embarras River.

9/19/19: Sarah Livesay, will lead a guided walk at the Warbler Ridge site.  Fred Delcomyn will join the group on the walk ready to give photographic tips to those who want them.  Participants should wear appropriate outdoor shoes and clothing and be prepared for one hour of moderate walking.

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3:30pm to 5:00pmMarita Metzke

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Kevin and Paul Baumann, brothers,  are very knowledgeable about local cemeteries and have visited cemeteries in their travels internationally. They will start the day with a PowerPoint presentation on Tombstone Art. In the afternoon, Roselawn-Mound Cemetery and Old City Cemetery will be toured, with Paul and Kevin as guides. One just might hear bagpipes in the background and see re-enactments of moments in the life of pioneers who lived long ago. In case of rain, we will meet back in the library (after lunch on your own) for afternoon stories of art in the lives of those who lived here in Coles County long ago.  

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9/28/201910:30am to 5:00pmMarita Metzke

Molly Bellamey, formerly on the National Road Association of Illinois Board of Directors, will educate on the purpose and funding of the road that began in 1811 in Cumberland, MD and ended in Vandalia, IL in 1837.   She will describe pioneers who moved west, and how they managed the work and hardships of travel in the early 1800s.  The National Scenic Byways Program will be examined along with things to see and do today along the Road in Illinois.  Not to be missed, Molly's delightful children's book, Patch on the National Road, will be shared.  Lucky attendees will go home with a copy! 

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10/2/201912:00pm to 1:30pmMarita Metzke

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10/10/20195:00pm to 7:00pmJessica Killough

Run or walk in honor or in memory of family and friends who have faced cancer – starts at 9 am, Saturday, Oct. 12, behind KC Summers, Mattoon, $25; $30 day of race Register at or 217 258-4011

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10/12/20199:00am to 1:00pmPatty Peterson

Join us for Sip & Shop on Thursday, October 17 from 4:30-8:00 PM at Unique Suites! Sip on delicious wine or specialty cocktails as you shop the booths of our local, talented vendors. Tickets are only $15, if you purchase ahead of time, and $20 at the door. Each ticket will include a drink ticket. Purchase 9 tickets and  receive the 10th free! 

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10/17/20194:30pm to 8:00pmJessica Killough

If you love to read mysteries and want to try some new authors, come trade recommendations at this one-time "book club." Tell the group about your favorite type of mystery--cosy, police procedural, period piece, suspense, foreign intrigue--and within that type, your favorite author and title. Or just listen if you prefer. Take home a list of authors and titles to try! Bring a snack to share (optional).

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10/24/20192:00pm to 4:00pmMarita Metzke

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