Findlay Legion Auxiliary meets blood drive goal

FINDLAY -- The Findlay American Legion Auxiliary met its goal of 20 pints of blood at their previous American Red Cross blood drive held on Oct. 4.

They not only met the goal, but surpassed it by 1 pint; 23 potential donors reported, but only 21 pints were actually collected. The next blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. today at the Findlay American Legion Hall. 

For more information, call Chris Tippit at 217-756-8207.

Planners of 2018 Project Graduation to meet

MATTOON -- The Class of 2018 Project Graduation planners will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Mattoon High School Cafeteria

Discussion topics will include committee sign up, raffle ticket distribution, and fundraiser events.

Those with questions should contact Katie Coffey at 217-259-9509 or Autumn Risinger at 217-218-9005.

Feed on Fiction at public library

EFFINGHAM -- Story time isn’t just for children anymore. Feed on Fiction, a lunchtime short fiction presentation, will take place on Thursdays in December from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Fearday Family Café at the Effingham Public Library.

Bring your lunch, a quiet hobby, or simply stare out the café windows while listening to Angie Steineman share a short story. No registration is required.

The library can be contacted at 217-342-2464, ext. 1, email info@effinghamlibrary.org or go online at www.effinghamlibrary.org.

Charleston Reading Circle to celebrate annual silver tea

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Reading Circle will celebrate its annual silver tea at its next meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the home of Maria Fichter-Wandling.

At the last meeting on Dec. 1, Janice Kahl reported on "The Battle for Christmas: A Cultural History of America’s Most Cherished Holiday" by Stephen Nissenbaum. The author became interested in the national holiday of Christmas as a young Orthodox Jewish child. As a social historian, he discovered that Santa Claus was not a creature of ancient Dutch lore and that the social and political changes between 1820 and 1840 were the source of many of our current traditions and customs.

For instance, the practice of giving gifts to children and supporting a Christmas charity originated then. He captures the glorious strangeness of the past to help us better understand our present celebrations of this special holiday time.

Following the book report, members each told a story of a memorable past Christmas.

For more information, contact Mary Jorstad at 217-348-5129 or 217-871-5129 or at mjorstad@gmail.com.

Charleston Elks to host annual National Hoop Shoot

MATTOON -- The Charleston Elks No. 623 will be hosting their annual National Hoop Shoot on Saturday.

The national contest in its 47th year is a free-throw competition for age groups 8-13 years. Three divisions each for girls and boys will show 25 free throws for best score. Winners will advance to district in Pana and possibly on to state, Iowa Regionals and National Finals in April.

Competing age groups are 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, girls and boys each. Ages will be based on how old entrants are on April 1, 2018. The Hoop Shoot will be held at the Mattoon Middle School, 1200 Ninth St.

The Charleston Elks area includes Mattoon, Oakland, Ashmore, Kansas, Casey, Greenup, Toledo, Windsor-Gays, Sullivan, Arcola, Tuscola, Newman and Hume. This event is free and any expenses beyond the local shoot will be covered by the Elks National Foundation.

Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. with the competition starting at 10 a.m.

Last year over 1.5 million girls and boys participated in the National Hoop Shoot

For more information, contact Rod Franklin at 217-345-9667.

Santa to appear at Mattoon depot

MATTOON -- Santa and his helper will be arriving by train at the Mattoon depot, track level, at 6:16 p.m. Saturday. Both he and his helper will then visit with all the young guests who come and see him. Don't forget to bring your cameras.

Santa's visit is sponsored by the Coles County Historical Society and Santa's transportation will be provided by Amtrak. Prior to Santa's arrival, around 6 p.m., there will be a reading of "T'was the Night Before Christmas".

Santa will also be offering treats to his visitors and cookies from Mark's My Store in Mattoon will also be provided to those who attend the event.

For more information, contact Janettt Winter-Black, Coles County Historical Society Board Member, 217-246-3400.

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