Week of Nov. 17-23


10 a.m., Toddler Playgroup, ages 2-5 with an adult, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham, www.effinghamlibrary.org, 217-342-2464

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dine with a Doc, RSVP to 217-639-5150, LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston, www.colescouncilonaging.orgwww.dinewithadoc.com

3-6 p.m., Cookies with Claus, Sarah Bush Lincoln, 1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon, www.sarahbush.org, 217-348-2500

4-6 p.m., Maximum Forte performs, Sarah Bush Lincoln, 1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon, www.sarahbush.org, 217-348-2500

4-9 p.m., Holiday Extravaganza Vendor Fair, MBI Construction, 10225 E. IL-33, Effingham, www.directcellars.com/jessicalotz

5-11 p.m., Stronger Than You Think Benefit, to help Karen Hatton Carter, Tuscola Community Building, 122 W. N. Central Ave., Tuscola, www.facebook.com/events/2024310591131645/

5-6:30 p.m., Opening Reception: Works by Paris Artist Millie Arp, Bicentennial Art Center and Museum, 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, www.parisartcenter.com, 217-466-8130

5:30 p.m., Glo Bingo, ages 21+, proceeds benefit Paradise Equestrian Therapy, Charleston Moose Lodge, 615 Seventh St., Charleston, http://lodge1388.moosepages.org, 217-345-2012

5:30 p.m., Shelbyville Festival of Lights Kick-off Soup Supper, Shelby County Senior Center, 325 E. N. Sixth St., Shelbyville, 815-347-7967

6-9 p.m., Ashmore Mentoring Program, Ashmore Community Center, 211 S. Illinois St., Ashmore, www.facebook.com/AshmoreMentoringProgramtonyandbillie@mchsi.com, 217-349-8606

6-8 p.m., Sip & Shop Vendor Blender, Cathrine's Gallery, Gifts & More, 7 W. Jefferson St., Sullivan, 217-728-2684

6 p.m., Florist Design Class: Thanksgiving Addition, reservations required, Buxton's Garden Farm, 1489 Co. Rd. 725 E., Sullivan, www.buxtonsgarden.com, 217-728-7993, paula@buxtonsgarden.com

6 p.m., Steak Supper, American Legion, 8 E. Strain St., Sullivan, 217-728-4612

6-8 p.m., Reading Roundup Carnival, Martinsville Elementary, 410 E. Kendall St., Martinsville, www.martinsville.k12.il.us/Elem.htm, 217-382-4116

7-9 p.m., Christmas Landscape Night, Monroe Art Studio, 708 Monroe St., Charleston, www.facebook.com/monroeart708/, 217-348-1514, monroeartstudio@gmail.com

7 p.m., Oak Ridge Boys perform, Effingham Performance Center, 1325 W. Outer Belt, Effingham, http://the-epc.org, 217-540-2788

7-10 p.m., Greyhounds perform, Village Wine & Gifts, 109 S. Banker, Effingham, http://effinghamvillagewine.com, 217-347-0477

8 p.m., Rachel's Rockstar Karaoke, Jackpot Joe's Bar & Gaming, 1919 Western Ave., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/jackpotjoes, 217-234-9531

8 p.m., Superbad performs, Country Haven Event Center, 8560 E. 1400th Ave., Effingham, http://countryhaveneventcenter.com, 217-821-4091, erik@countryhaveneventcenter.com

8-11 p.m., Andy Rueter performs, Tuscan Hills Winery, 2200 Historic Hills Dr., Effingham, www.effinghamwinery.com, 217-347-9463

8:30 p.m., The Fab Hoedads with Justin Hays, VFW Post 1592, 1821 20th St., Charleston, www.thefabuloushoedads.com, 217-358-9273, mugnar@msn.com

9 p.m., Soupy-Loopy Performances, Kindred Spirits, 1414 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, www.kindredspirits2014.com/events/, 217-235-6789


6:30-10 a.m., Benefit Breakfast, American Legion Post 88, 1903 Maple Ave., Mattoon, www.legionpost88.com, 217-234-7155, raylwayne@yahoo.com

6:30-10 a.m., All-You-Can-Eat Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast, Charleston Masonic Lodge #35, 651 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston, 217-246-4072, jcole82@hotmail.com

8 a.m.-noon, Vendor Fair & Bake Sale, Neoga Elementary School, 641 E. Sixth St., Neoga, 217-895-3237

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Holiday Happenings Bazaar, First Christian Church, 202 S. Broadway St., Shelbyville, www.firstccshelbvyille.org, 217-774-2667

8-10 a.m., Free Community Breakfast, New Beginnings Church, 1007 S. Willow St., Effingham, www.nbceffingham.org, 217-342-3305, nbchurch@consolidated.net

8 a.m.-5 p.m., 29th Annual Christmas on Vinegar Hill, Various locations in Mt. Pulaski and Chestnut, www.mtpulaskiil.com

9-11 a.m., Breakfast with Santa, KC Summers Auto Group, 117 S. 19th St., Mattoon, 217-234-8863

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Self Defense Class, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, www.lakelandcollege.edu, 217-234-5087, sspaulding@lakelandcollege.edu

9-11 a.m., EVS Conservation Day: Lafferty Nature Center, Reynolds Dr., Charleston, www.embarrasstewards.org, 217-549-1555, thorsenhutton@gmail.com

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairground, 10 E. State Rt. 133, Arthur, www.facebook.com/3rdsaturdaymarketbazaar/, 309-253-6245

9 a.m., Amish Country Christmas Kickoff & Lighted Christmas Parade, Downtown, E. Progress St., Arthur, www.arthurfestivals.com, 217-543-2111

9 a.m., Tack & Horse Sale, Arthur Sale Barn, 1204 Vine St., Arthur, 217-543-3255

9 a.m.-noon, Holiday Bread Making Workshop, register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/ or call 217-347-7773, University of Illinois Extension, 1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham

9:30 a.m., Turkey Trot, South Elementary School, 805 S. Sixth St., Marshall, www.facebook.com/marshallilelementaryboosters/, 217-826-8079

10-11 a.m., Kids Chess Club, Mattoon Public Library, 1600 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, http://mattoonlibrary.org, 217-234-2621, cathy@mattoonlibrary.org

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Holiday Handmade Arts & Crafts Sale, Mattoon Train Depot, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, www.mattoonartscouncil.org, 217-258-6286, arts@mattoonillinois.org

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Third Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Event, proceeds will be donated to local veterans, VFW Post 1592, 1821 20th St., Charleston, www.facebook.com/events/317428238725422/, 217-259-4870

11 a.m., Mattoon Santa Chase Race, Mattoon Amtrak Station, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, www.mattoonsantachase.com, 217-234-2374, mattoonsantachase@yahoo.com

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chili Cook Off, House Brothers Tavern, 2009 Western Ave., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/housebrotherstavern, 217-234-0000, housebrostavern@gmail.com

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Book Signing for Simply Delicious, Home Again Consignment Shop, 830 18th St., Charleston, www.myhomeagain.net, 217-345-4700, homeagain1@consolidated.net

Noon-3 p.m., PetSmart Fall Feast, 104 Dettro Dr., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/PetSmartMattoonIL, 217-234-7800

1 p.m., Christmas Parade, Downtown Mattoon, www.mattoon.illinois.gov/ChristmasParade, 217-234-3611

2-10 p.m., Benefit for Melinda Adams, Moose Lodge, 1212 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, 217-234-3690

2-5 p.m., Harry Spiller Book Signing, Village Wine & Gifts, 109 S. Banker, Effingham, http://effinghamvillagewine.com, 217-347-0477

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Branson on the Road: Christmas Style, Effingham Performance Center, 1325 W. Outer Belt, Effingham, http://the-epc.org, 217-540-2788

5-10 p.m., Tacos N Darts, Rookies Sports Bar, 2012 Marshall Ave., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/RookiesMattoon, 217-234-6676

5-8 p.m., ILMEA District Senior/Junior Band, Orchestra & Choir Festival, EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 Seventh St., Charleston, www.eiu.edu/doudna, 217-581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu

5-8 p.m., Shoe Box Packing Party, Windsor Christian Church, 1100 Broadway Ave., Windsor, www.windsorchristianchurch.org, 217-459-2834, secretary@windsorchristianchurch.org

5 p.m., Chili Supper and Auction, Martinsville Fire Department, 8 S. Union St., Martinsville, 217-382-4223

5-8 p.m., Artist's Reception: Artwork of Tom Swopes, Gaslight Art Colony, 516 Archer Ave., Marshall, www.gaslightartcolony.com, 217-293-1050, gaslightartcolony@gmail.com

6 p.m., Band Together for Kids, VFW Post 1592, 1821 20th St., Charleston, 217-259-1808

6:30-9:30 p.m., Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Full House of Death, Willow Ridge Winery, 1796 N. 1475 East Rd., Shelbyville, www.willowridgewinery.com, 217-738-2323

7-10 p.m., Tom and the Country Boys perform, Ashmore Community Center, 211 S. Illinois St., Ashmore, 217-345-3192 or 217-549-1406

7-9 p.m., Redneck Romantics perform, Old Country Church, 108 N. Main, Findlay, 217-756-8852, wotsport@frontiernet.net

7 p.m., Glo Bingo, proceeds benefit Sacred Heart School, Effingham Event Center, 1501 W. Fayette, Effingham, www.glo-bingo.com, 217-342-4060

7 p.m., Heather & Marty CD Release Concert and Party, Effingham County Courthouse Museum, 100 E. Jefferson Ave., Effingham, www.effinghamcountymuseum.org, 217-540-8655

7-9 p.m., Backroom Spirits performs, Holiday Inn/TK Grille, 1301 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, www.facebook.com/HolidayInnEffingham, 217-540-7777

8 p.m., Superbad performs, Spanky's Food & Spirits, 1920 Oak Ave., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/Spankys-Bar-n-Grill-79431078863/, 217-234-2224

9 p.m., Karaoke, The Castle, 1828 Olive Ave., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/CastlePubGaming, 217-235-4841, castleinnlounge@gmail.com

9 p.m., Jane Doe performs, The Landing, 106 W. Harrison St., Sullivan, 217-728-8181

9:30 p.m., Rebel Rey & Todd Hazelrigg perform, Macs' Uptowner, 623 Monroe Ave., Charleston, www.facebook.com/macs.uptowner, 217-345-4622


8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Giant Flea Market, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Building, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, http:// jcflea.com/springfield/, 217-529-6939

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Last Outdoor Ride of the Year, Lincoln Trail Motorsports, 649 Co. Rd. 2150 E., Casey, www.lincolntrailmotosports.com, 217-932-2041

10-11:30 a.m., Crayons Kids' Party, preschool to 5th grade, New Life Church, 1504 Cooks Mill Rd., Sullivan, www.newlifesullivan.org, 217-728-4200, liz@newlifesullivan.org

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Third Annual All I Want for Christmas Craft Fair, Thelma Keller Convention Center, 1202 N. Keller Dr., Effingham, http://kellerconventioncenter.com, 217-347-5115, bover84@gmail.com

Noon-2 p.m., Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight, St. John's Lutheran Church, 901 W. Jefferson Ave., Effingham, www.stjohnslcms.net, 217-342-4334

1-4 p.m., Winter Wooden Door Hanger Class, Castle Finn Winery, 1288 N. 1200th St., Marshall, www.castlefinnwinery.com, 217-463-2600

2 p.m., Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Meeting, open to public, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St., Charleston, www.charlestonlibrary.org, 314-608-3451, annewc615@aol.com

2-4 p.m., Meet & Greet CHS Boys Golf Champions, Charleston Country Club, 8355 Country Club Rd., Charleston, www.charlestoncountryclub.org, 217-345-6603, ccclub217@gmail.com

2-7 p.m., Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers Jam Session, Lions Community Building, Forest Park, N.E. Ninth St., Shelbyville, www.illinoisoldtimefiddlers.org, 217-682-3208, aunttt@consolidated.net

2 p.m., Make & Take Class, pre-registration required, Junk to Gems, 402 Chestnut St., Strasburg, www.facebook.com/RileysJunktoGems/, 217-343-0214

2-4 p.m., Art Workshop: Happy Little Trees, Tuscan Hills Winery, 2200 Historic Hills Dr., Effingham, www.effinghamwinery.com, 217-347-9463

2:30-6:30 p.m., Bloody Mary Contest, Rookies Sports Bar, 2012 Marshall Ave., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/RookiesMattoon, 217-234-6676

3 p.m., Lake Land College Community Choir performs, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, www.lakelandcollege.edu, 217-234-5464

3 p.m., Centennial Organ Recital, Trinity Episcopal Church, 2200 Western Ave., Mattoon, www.facebook.com/trinityepiscopalmattoon, 217-234-4514, jbkozuszek@yahoo.com

4-6 p.m., Thanksgiving Feast, Windsor High School, 1424 Minnesota Ave., Windsor, 217-752-6896


8-11 a.m., Hay and Livestock Auction, Arthur Sale Barn, 1204 Vine St., Arthur, 217-543-3255

9-11 a.m., Seed Collecting Volunteer Opportunity, registration required, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 E. DeWitt Ave., Mattoon, www.dhnature.org, 217-235-4644, douglashartnc@consolidated.net

9:30 a.m., Monday Morning Makers, Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library, 2 W. Water St., Sullivan, www.sullivanil.us/library/library.html, 217-728-7221

10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., or 5:30 p.m., Preschool Story Time, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St., Charleston, www.charlestonlibrary.org, 217-345-1514

10:30-11:30 a.m., Knot Just Knitting, Lovington Public Library, 110 W. State St., Lovington, www.lovingtonpld.us, 217-873-4468, lovingtonpld@gmail.com

Noon, Books Between Bites, Mattoon Public Library, 1600 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, http://mattoonlibrary.org, 217-234-2621, wenche@mattoonlibrary.org

5 p.m., Knitting Club, Tuscola Public Library, 112 E. Sale St., Tuscola, www.tuscolalibrary.org, 217-253-3812

6 p.m., Charleston Chess Club, Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln, Charleston, http://bobsbookstore.net, 217-345-2627

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