American Legion Auxiliary Quarter Auction set

MATTOON -- The American Legion Auxiliary Quarter Auction is scheduled to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with bidding starting at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink will be available.

The auction will feature more than 20 vendors of crafts, books, toys, purses, wallets, yard decor, makeup, gift certificates, kitchenware, and other items.

The auction is a monthly event, held the third Thursday of each month, with profits going to Legion Family Christmas Baskets. The proceeds will benefit in-need families and individuals in the Mattoon community. Last year the Legion family provided Christmas baskets for 15 families, 10 children, and nine veterans. The last auction was for Mattoon Fire Department's Operation Sleigh Ride. They netted $390 for this project.

The American Legion is located at 1903 Maple Ave.

Juggler to perform at free fun night at Heart’s Rock Cafe

EFFINGHAM -- In celebration of the state-wide Family Reading Night, the Effingham Public Library is bringing juggler Jason Kollum to Effingham to perform at the Effingham High School’s Hearts Rock Café on Thursday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and Kollum takes the stage at 6 p.m.

This is an interactive family show for all ages of kids plus parents. The event is free. No library card or registration is required.

For more information, call the library at 217-342-2464, ext. 1, email or go online at

Human Rights Authority sets meeting

CHAMPAIGN -- The East Central Regional Human Rights Authority of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission plans to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the State of Illinois Office Building Conference Room, 2125 S. First St.

At that time, panel members will review and discuss complaints concerning allegations that the rights of people with disabilities are being violated at private and public facilities that provide mental health or developmental disabilities services.

The Human Rights Authority is a panel of nine citizen volunteers appointed by the commission and empowered by statute to investigate alleged violations of the rights of people with disabilities. The Human Rights Authority serves all counties throughout Illinois; case investigations ensure the rights of eligible children and adults who have a disability.

Cases tentatively set for this month’s agenda include complaints involving alleged violations of the laws, regulations and other mandates that protect the rights of people with disabilities.

Anyone who believes the rights of a person with disabilities are being violated may report this at the meeting or contact the authority's regional coordinator at 217-278-5577. All complainants' names are kept confidential.


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