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Mattoon Tourism Newsletter 04-18-12

Upcoming Community Events
Binga for HOPE:
On Wednesday, April 18th, HOPE of East Central Illinois Children's Program will host its second annual Longaberger Basket Binga.

make a joyful noise:
Charleston Community Theatre presents "Godspell" Musical

Find autism tools at the mattoon y:
April 20th is the Autismswim Open House for Special Needs Families

Also April 20th is the COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR

and a child shall lead them:
Let your youngin' lead you to the Cross County Mall this weekend, April 21st for the Festival of the Young Child.

celebrate good times, c'mon:
"Celebration: a festival of the arts" on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

sing, sing a song:
All American Boys Chorus, April 21st at the Doudna Fine Arts, Eastern Illinois University.

Have the courage start, be fearless:
April 21st Girls on the Run 5K, at Charleston High School.

Let them read books:
You're Invited to the Grand-Reopening of the Library's Children's Department this Saturday, April 21, from 10 am -2 pm.

Rootin tootin Repunzel, let down your hair:
April 22nd Mattoon Area Family YMCA 4pm,Rescuing Repunzel.

Plan for success:
The SE IL SCORE Chapter is hosting a new for 2012 April 24th Score Chapter

Mattoon Tourism Newsletter 04-11-12

Upcoming Community Events

Forget me not:
Please make plans to join in the first annual Forget me not, Race for Remembrance, Saturday April 14th at Lytle Park in Mattoon.The race begins at 8:30am and cost to participate is only $20 with proceeds benefiting efforts to provide awareness of pregnancy and infant loss as well as precious keepsakes for families affected by such loss. Donations will also be accepted at Lakeview College of Nursing ATTN: Jamie Summers 580 W Lincoln Ave, Charleston, IL 61920.

To register online log on to:

Celebrate good times...c'mon:
Earth Day is coming up, April 22nd but it is never to early to celebrate and there is no better place than Douglas Hart Nature Center. April 14th is the Earth Day Festival at Douglas Hart Nature Center with a variety of activities from 7am to 2pm. There will be a garage sale, plant sale and exchange, crafts, and a scavenger hunt.

For more information log on to:

Take me out to the ballgame:
Two great opportunities for Mattoon to show their love of sports.
This weekend kicks off the softball season with the 2012 Spring Round Robin Tourney hosted by the Mattoon Pride. Games will be April 14-15th at the Mattoon Roundhouse Complex.

For more information log on to:

EIU will take on the University of Illinois April 18th at Grimes Field. The game starts at 6pm in Peterson Park, 500 Broadway Ave., in Mattoon.

Mattoon Tourism Newsletter 3-28-12

Upcoming Community events

Going for the Gold:
Don't miss your chance to go for the Gold at the "Gold" Splash Bash March 31st at the Mattoon YMCA from 5-10pm featuring Beckah Shae benefit concert at 7pm. Beckah Shae is a contemporary Christian artist with music that has the same beats at current top 40 hits but is an anthem for her faith. The hear some of her music check out All proceeds from the concert benefit Autiswim at the Mattoon YMCA. Concert tickets are only $5 per person and can be ordered online at or at the Y. The Mattoon YMCA is located at 221 North 16th St. in Mattoon.

Come to the Y for a Hoppin' good time:
The Mattoon YMCA has teamed up with Broadway Christian Church to provide youth ages 0-11 years old the opportunity to collect Easter Eggs for gifts and healthy snacks! The event will be held this weekend March 31st at 10:30am. Families will have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in fun activities. This is a free community supported event filled with lots of fun for everyone! For more information
call the Y at 234-9494.


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