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September 2018

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Events in the month of September 2018
Labor Day: Chamber Closed

Lincolnland Binga

Sarah Bush Lincoln's Lincolnland Binga raises funds to help support Lincolnland Hospice programs. Event includes Early-bird Binga beginning at 5:30 pm with Binga beginning at 6 pm; silent auction, raffle, food and drinks available. $10 admission fee covers 10 games.

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Business After Hours: EIU Athletics

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Power Our Planet: A Rise for Climate Celebration

Bring your friends, your parents, your kids, and your neighbors to join in the kite flying, paper airplane contests, SunPrint creations, and more! Other activities include interactive presentations by renewable energy experts, a drawing for a ladies’ mountain bike, and snacks.  All totally free, including cotton totes for the first 50 families!  It’s a hands on, family friendly celebration of wind and solar power that’s sponsored by Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Coles Progressives, and the People’s Climate Movement. 

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Board of Directors: Chamber Board Room

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"The Flu Then and Now: 1918 to 2018" exhibit

Booth Library's fall 2018 exhibit and program series provides historical information on the 1918 influenza pandemic as well as providing a current public health perspective on influenza.

Topics of contagion, vaccination and infection will be covered from a historical, medical and social perspective. The effect of the 1918 flu on EIU and Charleston will be highlighted. Coverage of the epidemic in the press will be explored. Local public health experts will cover measures taken to control future epidemics.

A full schedule of programs related to this topic also will be presented. For more information on this exhibit and program series, visit

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It can be viewed anytime the library is open. Visit the library website for more details at

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Business After Hours: Clarence Miller Insurance, Lake Charleston Pavilion

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1918 Influenza: Impact, Implications and Uncertainty

Lecture by Dr. Sheila Simons, Department of Health Promotion

Keynote presentation as part of library's opening of its fall exhibit, "The Flu Then and Now: 1918 to 2018," which will be on display at the library through Dec. 27, 2018.

One hundred years ago the “Spanish” influenza pandemic took an estimated 675,000 American lives. Ninety-nine percent of deaths occurred in people under 65; nearly half of those were between the ages of 20-40. It was the most severe pandemic in recent history, with global deaths exceeding 50 million people. With little understanding of the causation and risk factors associated with H1N1, public health was woefully unprepared.

In total, four influenza pandemics have occurred: 1918, 1957, 1968, and 2009. Each pandemic has provided valuable lessons for public health. Developments since the 1918 pandemic have consisted of vaccines, anti-viral drugs, and the establishment of a global surveillance system by the World Health Organization. Other tools such as social distancing, good hand hygiene and cough etiquette assist in the slowing the spread of influenza.

In the United States today, more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized for flu-related complications. And over the past three decades there have been some 3,000-49,000 deaths each year. With the increase in growing populations, urbanization, and mega-cities, the opportunity for the spread of infection increases the likelihood of another influenza pandemic. Despite many uncertainties, the study of past pandemics may help public health develop future planning for timely responses.

For more information on the exhibit and program series, visit

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Chamber of Commerce Week Open House

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Fall Book Sale

Booth Library will host its fall book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 outside the south entrance of the library. The public is invited.

A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for purchase. All items have been donated by the campus and local communities.

Library staff requests no sales in advance. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

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Diplomats Meeting: Unique Suites Hotel

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Walking Tour of Historic Charleston

Join us for a walking tour highlighting Charleston’s Courthouse Square and neighboring 6th & 7th Streets Historic District. The Charleston Historic Preservation Commission and Coles County Genealogical Society are partnering to provide the tour featuring architectural details and family histories connected to a collection of 19th and 20th century structures ranging from Italianate and Queen Anne to Craftsman bungalows and period revival styles. The tour will convene at 10:30 a.m. at Ambero Antiques, 514 6th Street, and is free of charge.

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College: Plan Now or Regret It

Guest speakers John Stewart, James Argoudelis, and a representative from EIU's Office of Financial Aid will speak about topics on how you can start saving for your children's education.

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Birding In The Age of Economic Ornithology

Even before the rise of commercial air travel and ballistic missiles, air brought to mind direct connections with distant parts of the world more readily than land and water did.  This presentation will explore several interrelated aspects of the influences of birds and bird migrations upon Illinoisans’ geographic and environmental perceptions during the first century of Illinois’s statehood.

First, rural Illinoisans paid considerable attention to wild birds, both as sources of food and as allies in the war against insect pests before effective synthetic pesticides.  Second, a sense that bird populations were declining due to habitat loss and hunting led to increased efforts to figure out bird migrations.  Third, those who worked to understand migration did so through vast collaborative webs.  Fourth, ornithological studies drew attention to connections to distant places.  Finally, understandings of bird migrations were influenced by politics insofar as birders tended to consider North America north of Mexico as a main unit of study (thereby distorting the ranges of many birds) and tended to displace blame for declining bird populations.

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Advanced Directive? Power of Attorney? FAQS

If I sign a power of attorney, will I be surrendering all control over my affairs? What is a living will? How does it differ from a power of attorney for healthcare? Join Chuck LeFebvre, attorney from Champaign, to learn the answers to these questions and many more. Chuck will address the features and benefits of several legal instruments that will give you control over who assists you with your finances, property, or healthcare in the event that you become too ill or impaired to express your wishes. Bring your list of questions!

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LifeSpan Center Vendor Bazaar

LifeSpan Center Vendor Bazaar
8am - 1pm.
If someone would like to be a vendor, we have a registration form - deadline for vendors to sign up is Sept. 14 


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Car Show and Parts Swap

Dial-A-Ride's "Can't Drive 55 Car Show & Parts Swap
Saturday, Sept. 29: 9am - 3pm
LifeSpan Center
11021 East Co. Rd. 800 North at Loxa Rd., Charleston, IL

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Lynch Farm

Come visit a fourth generation family farm and woodland just one mile southwest of EIU campus.  Robert and Virginia Lynch purchased Farm 12 of Coles County in 1948.  This 40 acre homestead is located on what was then known as Hog Farm Road, our present day University Drive.  Hear the history of the farm starting with Robert who attended EIU from first grade through college, Tom (his son) who attended EIU’s laboratory school through graduate school, and now Mike and Scott Lynch, both EIU graduates as well.  The farm was originally a livestock and produce operation which featured a roadside stand that many of Charleston’s most seasoned residents can still remember.  Tour the grounds and view the current activities including organically grown tomatoes, pick-your-own sweet corn, a hopyard and pumpkin patch.  Learn about the ongoing forest management practices and discuss future plans for the property such as native prairie grass stands and botanical display gardens.  As stewards of the land for successive generations, the Lynch Family wishes to create a sustainable, family friendly environment for Charlestonians to enjoy.

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