Calendar of Events - Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce

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Thursday, August 22, 2019
Less than .1% of Indiana’s and Illinois’ original prairies and wetlands remain today. We’ll learn about conservation efforts at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands which has preserved or restored over 7,300 acres of natural area and connects 22,000 acres of habitat in Northwest Indiana. Kankakee Sands is home to over 100 rare, threatened or endangered species and supports the endangered Regal Fritillary butterfly, red-headed woodpeckers, plains pocket gophers, short-eared owls, ornate box turtles, glass lizards and over 700 native plant species, filling the land with song and sights to behold. In 2016, 23 Bison were brought to the site as part of the restoration process. The herd has grown to over 50, and amazing changes are taking place on the prairie. Feel a Bison hide and learn about these amazing animals!
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Friday, August 23, 2019
Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Allied Capital Title from Noon-2:00 PM on Friday, August 23. The ribbon cutting will take place at noon and we invite you to stay for the open house to enjoy a light lunch, view the office, and get to know their staff and services!
Allied Capital Title is a full-service title insurance agency servicing real estate transactions throughout multiple counties in Central Illinois and Central Indiana.Their staff works closely with attorneys, real estate agents and lenders to make the process simple and efficient for acquiring or refinancing a residential or commercial property.

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Friday, September 6, 2019
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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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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

Friday, September 13, 2019
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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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Thursday, September 19, 2019
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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