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6:30-10:30 a.m., Charleston Farmers Market, Courthouse Square, 561 Jackson, Charleston, 217-345-8018

8-9:30 a.m., Senior Bingo, County Market, W. Rt 16, Shelbyville,, 217-774-5555

10-10:30 a.m., Storytime and Snuggles, registration recommended, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 Dewitt Ave. E., Mattoon,, 217-235-4644,

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Nutrition on a Budget, Salvation Army, 1300 Richmond Ave., Mattoon,, 217-234-3915 ext. 226

10 a.m., Story Time, Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library, 2 West Water St., Sullivan,, 217-728-7221 

11 a.m.-noon, Senior Social Group, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St., Charleston,, 217-345-1514

Noon-1:30 p.m., Synthetic Diamonds: What's the Difference?, please register, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St., Charleston,, 217-581-7415

1-3 p.m., Ladies game of pool for all ages at the LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston, 217-639-5150, visit

6-9 p.m., Book Discussion: Things Fall Apart, Tuscola Public Library, 112 E. Sale St., Tuscola,, 217-253-3812

6:30-7 p.m., EHS Homecoming Parade, Downtown Effingham, Jefferson Ave.,, 217-540-1100

7-10 p.m., Songwriter Open Mic Night, Village Wine & Gifts, 109 S. Banker, Effingham,, 217-347-0477

Sept. 28

8 a.m., The Great Migration Bird Walks, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 DeWitt Ave. E., Mattoon,, 217-235-4644,

9-10:30 a.m., Free Play Group, Moultrie County Beacon Bright Start, 203 S. Graham, Sullivan,, 217-728-7396

10-10:45 a.m., Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston,, 217-639-5150

10:30 a.m., Books and Babies, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 Sixth St., Charleston,, 217-345-1514

4-5 p.m., Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom, EIU Booth Library, Witters Conference Room 4440, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston,, 217-581-7542,

5-8 p.m., Habitaste, fundraiser for Coles County Habitat, Unique Suites Hotel, 920 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston,, 217-348-7063,

5-7 p.m., Travel Club: Canadian Rockies, Tuscola Public Library, 112 E. Sale St., Tuscola,, 217-253-3812

6 p.m., Sew Happy Hearts Quilting Club, Municipal Building, 533 Chestnut Ave., Neoga,, 217-895-2200,

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

6-8 p.m., John McMahon and Alyssa Gambill perform, Riggs Beer Company, 1901 S. High Cross Rd., Urbana,, 217-718-5345,

6:30-7:45 p.m., The Opioid Crisis: How is it affecting our community, in the former Deb's clothing store near J. C. Penneys, Cross County Mall, 700 Broadway Ave., Mattoon,

6:30-8:30 p.m., Katie Flynn performs, Houlihan's, 1900 S. First St., Champaign,, 217-819-5005

7 p.m., Open Mic Night, Jackson Avenue Coffee, 708 Jackson Ave., Charleston,, 217-345-5283

7-10 p.m., Midnight Express performs, Pla-Mor Danceland, 1300 E. Third St., Pana,, 217-823-5535 or 618-283-1314,

7:30 p.m., Gary Allan performs, Effingham Performance Center, 1325 W. Outer Belt, Effingham,, 217-540-2788

7:30 p.m., Jupiter String Quartet: 15th Anniversary Celebration, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana,, 217-333-6820

7:30 p.m., Hank Williams Jr. with special guest Black Stone Cherry, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison, Bloomington,, 309-434-2679


Slay It Again, Sam, Sept. 6-Oct. 25, Green Mill Village Theatre, 917 Green Mill Rd., Arcola,, 217-268-4400,

The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Sept. 22-Oct. 8, Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur,, 217-423-3189

1787 The Musical, Sept. 15-24, Homer Opera House, 101 N. Main St., Homer,, 217-493-6175


Sports Card Show, Sept. 22-24, Cross County Mall, 700 Broadway Ave. E., Mattoon, 217-519-9734,

Volunteer at Friendship Garden, Thursdays, registration required, Friendship Garden, 1698 Lafayette Ave., Mattoon; Volunteer with the Conservation Crew, Tuesdays and Thursdays, registration required, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 E. DeWitt Ave., Mattoon;, 217-235-4644,

Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration, Sept. 23-24, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, 420 S. Lincoln Hwy., Lerna,, 217-345-1845,

The Great Pumpkin Patch 28th Season, through Oct. 31, 1749A Co. Rd. 1900 N., Arthur,, 217-543-2394,

Keep on the Borderlands 8: Eberron, The Last War, Sept. 20-24, Wolf Creek State Park, 1837 N. Wolf Creek Rd., Windsor,,

Greenup Fall Festival, Sept. 21-23, Town Square, 115 E. Cumberland St., Greenup,, 217-923-3401

Boutique Blvd Fall Show 2017, Sept. 22-23, Thelma Keller Convention Center, 1202 N. Keller Dr., Effingham,, 217-663-4106,

Gentle Yoga, Tuesdays; Duplicate Bridge, Wednesdays; Duplicate Bridge Intermediates, Thursdays; Ron Diehl Center, 1906 S. Fourth St., Effingham,, 217-342-4415

Paris Honeybee Festival, Sept. 22-24, Downtown, 206 S. Central St. and Edgar County Fairgrounds, 1104 N. Main St., Paris,, 217-465-4680 or 217-822-4680

25th Anniversary Season, through Oct. 30, Pumpkin Works, 21788 E. Terre Haute Rd., Paris,, 217-275-3327,

Music, Movement & Playtime, Saturdays ages 0-2, Sundays ages 2-5, adult must accompany child, The Rec Center, 109 E. Madison St., Paris,, 217-466-9622

2017 Pet Fair Extravaganza, Sept. 23-24, Prairieland Feeds-America's Country Store, 303 S. Dunlap Ave., Savoy,, 217-352-2232

Make Space Challenge, Fridays-Sundays; Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd., Decatur,, 217-423-5437,

Pygmalion, Sept. 20-24, various Champaign locations,,

Prairie Skies, Fridays through Sept.; Violent Universe, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept.; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure, Saturdays through Oct. 22; William M. Staerkel Planetarium, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign,, 217-351-2568

Toddler Tuesday, Tuesdays; Animal Encounters, Wednesdays and Fridays; DIY: Weekend Wizards, Saturdays; Orpheum Children's Museum, 346 N. Neil, Champaign,, 217-352-5895

15th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, Sept. 22-24, Downtown Springfield, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza,, 866-783-6645


Coles County 1917 Tornado, through Sept. 29, Museum at the Depot, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon,, 217-666-9735,

Works of Photographer Joe Ethridge, through Sept. 30, Common Grounds, 1612 Charleston Ave., Mattoon,, 217-258-6286,

Joy Tsou, Coles County Arts Council's Artist of the Month, through Sept., City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave., Charleston,, 217-345-6897

2017 Art & Design Faculty Biennial, through Oct. 29; No More Mr. Nice Guy: Ben Venom, through Oct. 29; Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Japanese Prints from the Taubman Museum of Art's Permanent Collection, through Oct. 29; The Tarble Arts Center, 2010 Ninth St., Charleston,, 217-581-2787

Total Eclipse, through Nov. 20; Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon, through Dec. 31; EIU Booth Library, South Lobby, Charleston,, 217-581-7542,

Watercolors by Michael Delaney, through Oct. 14, Flourishes Gallery and Studios, 140 1/2 E. Main, Shelbyville,, 217-827-5690

Artwork of Heather Chism, through Sept. 30, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. Third, Effingham,, 217-342-2464

Saving Places, Changing Times: Works by Mary Ann Michna & Jonathan Soard, through Sept. 29, Bicentennial Art Center and Museum, 132 S. Central Ave., Paris,, 217-466-8130

Gaslight Art Colony Member Show, through Oct. 14, 516 Archer Ave., Marshall,, 217-293-1050,

Face to Face, through Sept. 28, Decatur Area Arts Council, 125 N. Water St., Decatur,, 217-423-3189

Gradual Dislocation by Mike Pasier, through Sept. 28, Perkinson Art Gallery, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur,, 217-424-6318 or 217-420-6636

Monarch Mural Challenge, through Sept. 29; Barb Stobaugh Photography and Curt Knapp Photography, through Oct. 31; Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur,, 217-423-7708.

2017 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition, through Sept. 23; Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting, and Natural History in Early Modern Europe, through Dec. 22; Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future), through Dec. 22; World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean, through Mar. 24, 2018; Provenance: A Forensic History of Art, through June 2, 2018; Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Urbana,, 217-333-1861,

State Town & Country Amateur Art Show, Sept. 16-30, Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., Champaign,, 217-398-2376,

Stepping the Mast: Rob Millard-Mendez, Sept. 25-Nov. 4, Parkland College, Giertz Gallery, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign,, 217-351-2485

Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150, through Dec. 21, 2018, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana,, 217-333-2360

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