Week of Dec. 29-Jan. 4
7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.,, Red Cross Blood Drives, Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave., Effingham, www.redcrossblood.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS.
10 a.m.-noon, New Year Cheer, for five- to-seven-year-olds, decorate party hats, noise makers, play games and more to ring in the New Year! $2 for members, $4 for non-members. Registration required. Without adult chaperone. Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 Dewitt Ave. E., Mattoon, www.dhnature.org/, 217-235-4644, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 a.m., Lego Club Jr.,ages 2-5 with an adult, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham, www.effinghamlibrary.org, 217-342-2464
2:30 p.m., Senior Bingo, Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St. #101, Tuscola, www.jarmancenter.com, 217-253-2323
4-6 p.m., Nature Nuts Kids Club at Douglas-Hart, Meetings are dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of nature. There is a $10 new member fee due at the first meeting. Registration required. Without adult chaperone. Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 DeWitt Ave. E., Mattoon, www.dhnature.org/, 217-235-4644.
5 p.m., New Years Show, Bement Country Opry is a Branson style show with lots of music and comedy suitable for the whole family; a potluck dinner will be served at 5 p.m., $10, Adults, $5. Children 12 & under, Bement Country Opry, 201 State St., Monticello, www.bementcountryopry.com, 217-377-0550, email@example.com.
6-8 p.m., Table Runner Paint Night, design your own hand painted table runner. Silk runner measures 12-inch x 108-inches. All supplies are included for this $30 class; Monroe Art Studio, 708 Monroe St., Charleston; www.facebook.com/monroeartstudio, 217-348-1514, firstname.lastname@example.org.
8-11 p.m., Jeremy & the Surviving Members perform, Tuscan Hills Winery, 2200 Historic Hills Dr., Effingham, www.effinghamwinery.com, 217-347-9463
8 p.m., Superbad Unplugged, The Orchard Inn, 800 N. Third St., Effingham, www.facebook.com/theOrchardInn, Effingham, 217-342-9025.
8:30 p.m., Deray Davis's Annual Funny and Famous Comedy Jam, Peoria Civic Center, 201 S.W. Jefferson Ave., Peoria, www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 1-800-745-3000
9:30 p.m., BongoJak performs, Donnie's Homespun Pizza, 126 Oakland Ave., Decatur, www.donnieshomespun.com, 217-424-4344
7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.,, Red Cross Blood Drives, Effingham Blood Donation Center, 603 Eden Ave., Effingham, www.redcrossblood.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Red Cross Blood Drives, KC Summers, 117 S. 19th St., Mattoon, www.redcrossblood.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS.
1-3 p.m., DIY Weekend Wizards; Grab a friend to make, create and collaborate with on Do It Yourself projects and science experiments; Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil, Champaign, www.orpheumkids.com; 217-352-5895.
1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., Harry Potter Experience; The EPC presents a completely interactive movie experience, including a full showing of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," a costume contest, door prizes, and Butterbeer. Grab your goodie bag at the door and you and your fellow wizards will bring the movie to life. A VIP experience is available: see website for details; VIP 1 p.m., $30 | Regular 2:30 p.m., $15; Effingham Performance Center, 1325 W. Outer Belt, Effingham, the-epc.org/, 217-540-2788.
2-4 p.m., Holidays for the Birds, learn about different birds that stay in Macon County for the winter, then make a peanut butter or Crisco pine cone bird feeder, Rock Springs Nature Center; Free. Register online by Dec. 29. 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur; www.maconcountyconservation.org; 217-423-7708.
7-9 p.m., Jake & Mikayla perform, Holiday Inn/TK Grille, 1301 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, www.facebook.com/HolidayInnEffingham/, 217-540-7777
9 p.m., Rather 80's New Years Party, Donnie's Homespun Pizza, 126 Oakland Ave., Decatur, www.donnieshomespun.com, 217-424-4344
10 p.m., Ru Rah Presents: Infused Saturdays Episode 7, Line-Up T.B.A., Infusion Bar & Banquet Center, 2882 N. Dineen, Decatur, infusiondecatur.com/bar/, 217-875-2416
10 a.m.-2 p.m., New Years Eve Blues Brunch with acoustic blues music by Joe Asselin; Donnie's Homespun Pizza, 126 Oakland Ave., Decatur, www.donnieshomespun.com/, 217-424-4344
10:30-1 p.m, Noon Day Drop, you and your kids can celebrate the New Year at noon; Everyone will be decked out in party hats and noisemakers; includes craft activities, music, crazy hats, noisemakers, a countdown to the big event, and a drop of more than 4000 balloons at the strike of noon. $6 for members, $8 for general admission, $28 for families of four ($7/person); Orpheum Children?s Science Museum, 346 N. Neil, Champaign; www.orpheumkids.com, 217-352-5895.
noon, NYE Countdown, midnight ball drop, fireworks, live music from Dexter O?Neal and the Funk Yard, drinks and more. Skating will also be open from noon-9 p.m., Peoria Civic Center, 201 S.W. Jefferson Ave., Peoria, www.peoriaciviccenter.com, 1-800-745-3000.
1 p.m., Resolution Rush 5K, formerly known as the Frozen 5K and was presented by the Neoga Booster Club. The race is now by the NHS Cross Country and track teams. The proceeds from the race this year is to go towards a purchase of a shed to store equipment; 5,000 meter flat course (3.1 miles), start and finish near Neoga Jr./Sr. High School. Each mile will be marked and splits provided. Race will be chip timed. Pre-register by mail or on the day of the race from 1-1:45 p.m. at Neoga Jr./Sr. High School. Make checks payable to NEOGA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM and mail completed forms to: Tim Mueller, 330 Walnut Ave., Neoga, IL 62447-1309; Neoga High School, 790 E. Seventh St., 217-821-2700. *
1:30-2:30 p.m., "Noon" Year's Eve, afraid you won't last until midnight to welcome the New Year? ring in the New Year with stories, food, and fun; The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor), Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., Urbana, urbanafreelibrary.org/, 217-367-4069, email@example.com.
5-8 p.m., New Year's Eve at the Lodge, Charleston Elks Lodge #623, 720 Sixth St., Charleston, www.facebook.com/CharlestonIllinoisElks/, 217-345-2646.
6 p.m., New Year's Celebration, playing games, singing and spending time together, Effingham Bible Church, 710 W. Jefferson Ave., Effingham, www.effinghambiblechurch.org/, 217-342-9671
6 p.m., New Year's Eve Dance: Benny and the Amigos; For Singles/Couples. Open to the public. Pot Luck Optional. $10 per person. Paper products provided. Pla-Mor Danceland, 1300 E. Third St., Pana, www.facebook.com/PlaMorDanceland, 618-283-1314 or 217-823-5535, firstname.lastname@example.org
7 p.m., New Year's Eve Party, SING A LONG with Andy Rueter and his bandmates; complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer specials, a champagne toast at midnight, Tuscan Hills Winery, 2200 Historic Hills Dr., Effingham, www.effinghamwinery.com, 217-347-9463.
7 p.m., Midnight in Margaritaville, 1 Ticket $60; 2 Tickets $100; Hot & Cold Appetizers, BBQ Dinner & Desserts to be served through out the eveningm Champaigne Toast, Comedians, DJ, Arcola Best Western Plus Hotel and Convention Center, 917 Green Mill Rd., Arcola, gmvtheatre.com/, 217-268-4400, email@example.com
7-10 p.m, Soul Riot performs, Holiday Inn/TK Grille, 1301 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, www.facebook.com/HolidayInnEffingham/, 217-540-7777
8 p.m., New Year's Eve Bash with Feudin' Hillbillys, $25.00 - $60.00, 19 and over, The City Center, 505 S. Chestnut, Champaign, www.citycenterchampaign.com, 217-954-0556.
8 p.m., X-Krush New Year's Eve Party, tickets $10 and available at the gate only, 51 Main, 51 E. Main St., Champaign, www.facebook.com/51-Main-102119377040287/, 217-493-2108
8:30 p.m., NYE Celebration: A Masquerade Ball, $80; a special evening at Allerton filled with costumes, cocktails, music, and dancing! Come in your masquerade mask and cocktail best to enjoy passed hors d?oeuvres, live music, an open beer/wine bar, and a fun photo booth. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and a late night snack. Space is limited, Allerton Park & Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Rd., Monticello; http://allerton.illinois.edu/; Jordan Zech, 217-333-3287, firstname.lastname@example.org .
8:30 p.m., Greeting 2018, Food and drink and the (nearly) full of the moon. Live music will be performed by the Naked Sissy's, Country Haven Event Center, 8560 E. 1400th Ave., Effingham, countryhaveneventcenter.com/, 217-821-4091, email@example.com
8:30 p.m., Midnight Remedy Band performs, Mattoon Eagles Club, 1917 Oak Ave., Mattoon, www.foe.com/, 217-235-3033
9 p.m., 3 Shades of Grey performs, BJ's Downtown Lounge, 102 N. Main St., Exit 159, Effingham, 217-342-5654.
9:30 p.m., New Year's Eve Party w/ Rev. Robert and the Rhumba Bums, 9:30 p.m., $5 cover, Macs' Uptowner, 623 Monroe Ave., Charleston, www.facebook.com/macs.uptowner; 217-345-4622
10 p.m., New Year's Eve Comedy Jam & After Party, Infusion Bar & Banquet Center, 2882 N. Dineen, Decatur; http://infusiondecatur.com/bar/; 217-875-2416
9:30 a.m., Monday Morning Makers, Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library, 2 West Water St, Sullivan, www.sullivanil.us/departments/library/index.php, 217-728-7221
5 p.m., Knitting Club, Tuscola Public Library, 112 E. Sale St., Tuscola, www.tuscolalibrary.org/, 217-253-3812.
10 a.m., Story Time, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham, www.effinghamlibrary.org, 217-342-2464
10-10:45 a.m., Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program; Led by a trained leader, the low-impact, gentle, and safe, range-of-motion exercises are suitable for every fitness level and ability, performed seated or standing; LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston, www.colescouncilonaging.org, 217-639-5150
10:30 a.m., Toddler Time With Mother Goose, Marshall Public Library, 612 Archer Ave., Marshall, www.marshallillibrary.com, 217-826-2535
11 a.m., Dine with a Doc, Max J. Knight Community Building Banquet Hall, One Masonic Way, Sullivan; Reservations: 217-728-4394, Angie Clawson, 217-728-4394 ext. 1200, firstname.lastname@example.org.
11:30 p.m., Lunch with the women of the Class of 1960, Dirty's Bar & Grill, 7th & Lincoln, Charleston; Joyce Williams, 217-345-9614, email@example.com
noon-5 p.m., Teen Buttons, craft event, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St., Charleston, www.charlestonlibrary.org/, 217-345-1514
12:30-2:30 p.m., Snowy Day; Lots of fun activities about snow and how animals survive winter; For kids in grades 1st-4th. $2 fee. Call to register. Ballard Nature Center, 5253 E. U.S. Highway 40, Altamont; www.ballardnaturecenter.org, 618-483-6856, firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 p.m., Memoir Writing Group, Registration Required; To register, call the library at 217-342-2464 x1, email email@example.com or register online at www.effinghamlibrary.org; Effingham Public Library 200 N. Third, Effingham, 217-342-2464
1-4 p.m, Make Space: Snowman Stretch, Kids and families will be given a challenge and will need to use hammers, recyclables, and their ingenuity to solve the problem; $1 per project for children; Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd., Decatur; www.childrensmuseumofil.com/, 217-423-5437
3:45-4:45 p.m., Reading Redbirds Youth Book Club, for 4th-8th graders; enjoy planning/assisting with library events and talking about their favorite books; Lovington Public Library, 110 W. State St., Lovington, www.lovingtonpld.us/, 217-873-4468, firstname.lastname@example.org.
4:30 p.m., Bingo, Moultrie County Beacon, 401 W. Water St., Sullivan, www.mcbeacon.org, 217-728-7396
5-8 p.m., Open Mic Night, Common Grounds, 1612 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, www.mattooncommongrounds.com, 217-235-2877
5:30-7:30 p.m., Irish Music Circle performs, All musicians welcome, Jackson Avenue Coffee, 708 Jackson Ave., Charleston, www.jacksonavenuecoffee.com, 217-345-5283
5:30 p.m., Movies at the Library: Wind River, Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St., Decatur, www.decaturlibrary.org/, 217-424-2900
7 p.m., Poetry Night, Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, http://bobsbookstore.net, 217-345-2627
10 a.m., Story Time, ages 3-5, Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library, 2 W. Water St., Sullivan, www.sullivanil.us/library/library.html, 217-728-7221
1-3 p.m., Ladies Game of Pool, all ages, LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston, www.colescouncilonaging.org/lifespancenter.html, 217-639-5150
1-4 p.m, Make Space: Toy Take Apart, Kids and families will be given a challenge and will need to use hammers, recyclables, and their ingenuity to solve the problem; $1 per project for children; Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd., Decatur; www.childrensmuseumofil.com/, 217-423-5437
5 p.m., Queen of Hearts Drawing and Burger Night, Charleston Elks Lodge #623, 720 Sixth St., Charleston, www.facebook.com/CharlestonIllinoisElks/, 217-345-2646
5-7 p.m., Workforce Wednesday Class: Hire Me! How to Convince Employers You Are The One, Effingham County Chamber, Sherwin Williams, 711 W. Wabash, Effingham; www.effinghamcountychamber.com/; 217-342-4147, email@example.com.
7-10 p.m., Songwriter Open Mic Night, Village Wine & Gifts, 109 S. Banker, Effingham, http://effinghamvillagewine.com, 217-347-0477
9-10:30 a.m., Free Play Group for Moultrie County Toddlers, Moultrie County Beacon Bright Start, 203 S. Graham, Sullivan, www.mcbeacon.org/brightstart.html, 217-728-7396
9:30 a.m., Story Hour, Neoga District Library, 550 Chestnut Ave., Neoga, http://neoga.lib.il.us, 217-895-3944
10 p.m., SWAG - Seniors with Attitude Group, Join our social group for Seniors; Monthly door prize. No Registration Required; Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham, www.effinghamlibrary.org, 217-342-2464
10-10:45 a.m., Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston, www.colescouncilonaging.org, 217-639-5150
10:30-11 p.m., Toddler Time with Mother Goose, Marshall Public Library, 612 Archer Ave., www.marshallillibrary.com/, 217-826-2535
Noon-1 p.m., Tech Assistance, registration recommended, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham, www.effinghamlibrary.org, 217-342-2464
12:15 p.m., Feed on Fiction: Adult Story Time, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham, www.effinghamlibrary.org, 217-342-2464
6 p.m., Healthy New Year 2 018; Guest speakers include Dr's Don and Nancy Selvidge; free health Screenings provided by SBLHS, Nutrition information, Door Prizes and lots of Freebies; Family Worship Center, 5475 Lerna Rd., Mattoon, www.mattoonfamilyworshipcenter.com, 217-234-6022, firstname.lastname@example.org
6 p.m., Bingo, American Legion, 8 E. Strain St., Sullivan, 217-728-4612
6:30-7:30 p.m., Cross Country Classics performs, Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, www.maconcountyconservation.org, 217-423-7708
6:30 p.m., East Central Harmony Women's Chorus, Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church, 2175 Harrison St., Charleston, www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=East%20Central%20Harmony%20Chorus, 217-345-9558, email@example.com.
7 p.m., Open Mic Night, Jackson Avenue Coffee, 708 Jackson Ave., Charleston, www.jacksonavenuecoffee.com, 217-345-5283
Call for Entries: Exhibitors Wanted for Oh My Stars & Pinwheels, through Jan. 5, 2018, Mattoon Arts Council, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, www.mattoonartscouncil.org, 217-258-6286, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton's Lighted Christmas Village, Nov. 18-Jan. 10, 2018, Cross County Mall, 700 Broadway Ave. E., Mattoon, 217-235-3403
Volunteer with the Conservation Crew, Tuesdays and Thursdays, registration required; Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 E. DeWitt Ave., Mattoon; www.dhnature.org, 217-235-4644, email@example.com
Shelbyville Festival of Lights, through Dec. 31, Forest Park, 325 E. North Ninth St., Shelbyville, 815-347-7967
Wonderland in Lights, Nov. 23-Jan. 2, 2018, Community Park, Temple Ave., Effingham, www.visiteffinghamail.com, 217-342-5310
Holiday Break Craft Table, through Jan. 3, 2018, all ages, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham, www.effinghamlibrary.org, 217-342-2464
Duplicate Bridge, Wednesdays; Duplicate Bridge Intermediates, Thursdays; Ron Diehl Center, 1906 S. Fourth St., Effingham, www.effinghamparkdistrict.org, 217-342-4415
Make Space Challenge, Fridays and Saturdays, Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd., Decatur, www.childrensmuseumofil.com, 217-423-5437
Candlestick Lane Holiday Lights Display, through Jan. 1, 2018, Grant Place Between Cottage Grove and Philo Roads, Urbana
Coles County Arts Council's December Artist: Melissa M. Harden, through Dec. 31; Charleston School District Student Artwork, through Dec. 31; City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave., Charleston, www.charlestonillinois.org, 217-345-6897
Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon, through Dec. 31; EIU Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, http://booth.eiu.edu, Steve Brantley 217-581-7542 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Beth Heldebrandt 217-581-6064 or email@example.com
Chris Cohoon: In All Around I See; Cream Co. Living Room; and Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone's Mad Here, all through Feb. 4, Tarble Arts Center, 2010 Ninth St., Charleston, www.eiu.edu/tarble; 217-581-2787
Annette Russo: Reigning Cats and Dogs, through Jan. 13, 2018; Tribute to Sue McConnell, through Jan. 13, 2018; Flourishes Gallery and Studios, 140 1/2 E. Main, Shelbyville, http://flourishesgalleryandstudios.vpweb.com, 217-827-5690
David Castor Photography, through Dec. 31; Barn Colony Artists, through Dec. 31; Decatur Camera Club Photography Exhibit; Melody Arnold Photography Exhibit, Jan 2-Feb. 28, 2018; Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, www.maconcountyconservation.org, 217-423-7708.
Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas, through Jan. 7, 2018, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield, www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov, 217-557-5589, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Big Screen
Listings for Dec. 29-Jan. 4
AMC Showplace 10, 2509 Hurst Dr., Mattoon; 217-234-8898, 217-348-8884, 888-AMC-4FUN; "Downsizing" (R); "Father Figures" (R); "Ferdinand" (PG); "The Greatest Showman" (PG); "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (PG-13); "Pitch Perfect 3" (PG-13); "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (PG-13); "Wonder" (PG); view updates and showtimes at www.amctheatres.com.
LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston; free movies w/ popcorn and lemonade; Schedule not available; Call 217-639-5150 or visit www.colescouncilonaging.org for more information.
The Art Theater, Church and Neil, Champaign, 800-237-8752; "Darkest Hour" (PG-13); visit www.thearttheater.org for showtimes.
Avon Theatre, 426 N. Water, 217-422-8151; "Darkest Hour" (PG-13); "The Greatest Showman" (PG); "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (PG-13); view updates and show times at www.theavon.com.
RMC Cinemas, Village Square Mall, S. U.S. Route 45; "Downsizing" (R); "Father Figures" (R); "Ferdinand" (PG); "The Greatest Showman" (PG); "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (PG-13); "Pitch Perfect 3" (PG-13); "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (PG-13); view updates and showtimes at www.rmccinemas.com.
Drive-N Theatre, 16045 E. Hwy. 33, Newton, 618-455-3100; Closed for the Season; view updates and showtimes at www.driventheatre.com.
The Paris Theater, 119 N. Central Ave., Paris, 217-465-6048; "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (PG-13); "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (PG-13); view updates and showtimes at kjbtheaters.com/ParisTheater.
Boarman’s Roxy, 149 E. Main St., all shows $4; "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (PG-13); receive updates and showtimes at 217-774-ROXY (7699), www.boarmansroxytheatre.com.