Calendar of Events - Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Thursday, December 27, 2018

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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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Start your holiday off on the right foot! Join us for the 7th annual Bare Bones 5-Mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning alongside your family, friends, and community members. This will be the perfect start to the day without the frills of a big event. This will be a non-competitive road run with one self-service water station. No results will be recorded for this event.

The 5-mile run begins a 6:00 am and takes runners through the Mattoon Lightworks display at Peterson Park before sunrise.

Register before November 1, 2018, to guarantee yourself a long-sleeve technical race shirt. For registrations received after this date, shirts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
We all know of Burl Ives, the famed singer and actor born just south of Charleston in Jasper County, Il.  Join us to hear stories from friends that knew him and his wife, Dorothy, and worked to get the Burl Ives Studio at EIU built.  Why was it built by the Physical Plant staff? Why was the studio for visual artists named for a musical artist?  Learn another side of this amazing personality who began his life in central Illinois. Parking available around studio with parking pass, or get visitor pass from EIU Police Dept., 7th and Grant. 
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Saturday, December 1, 2018
An All Services Ball celebrating the services of Veterans, active Military, retired Military, National Guard, Reserves and First Responders!  This Ball will feature a full course meal, dessert, beverages, entertainment and photo opportunity ($10) and door prizes.  Tickets are $25 per person in advance.  Respected service uniform or business casual.  Public invited!  This event is supported by LifeSpan's LSVP Department.  

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