Holiday Festival
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 9:00 pm

SBL Holiday Festival, Nov. 21-23, Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Friends Night Out – 6 – 8 pm Nov. 21, $10; Festival Opens 10 am – 8 pm, Nov. 22, 9 am – 1 pm, Nov. 23 $3; Gala and Live Auction 6 pm, Nov. 23, $75. See more information at

Lake Land College FEA club to host Grinch themed Kids’ Night Out @ Lake Land College, Field House
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Lake Land College Future Educators of America (FEA) club will host a Grinch themed Kids’ Night Out event on Friday, Nov. 22 from 5-8 p.m. in the Field House.

The event welcomes children ages 5-12 with Grinch-inspired activities including pin-the-heart-on-the-Grinch, face painting and crafts. The Grinch himself will even be present for a meet and greet and photos. Parents are encouraged to attend the event and join in on the fun-filled night.

A showing of the 2018 animated film “The Grinch” will play on a large screen at 6 p.m. Children and parents are welcome to wear comfortable pajamas or Christmas attire and bring pillows and blankets to lie on. Light snacks including popcorn, hot chocolate and fruit snacks will be provided.

The cost will be $5 per child and $15 for families with three or more children. Maximum capacity is 60 children. Pre-register by Nov. 15 by contacting Holly Koester, education specialist, at 217-234-5426 or

Lake Land College Community Choir Holiday Concert @ Lake Land College Theater
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm

The Lake Land College Community Choir will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Lake Land College Theater.

Musical selections from the Broadway musical The Pajama Game will open the concert with a blast of “Steam Heat!” The choir will sing an updated arrangement of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and a setting of “Patapan” with piano four-hands accompaniment, as well as a breathtaking piece combining “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.” Traditional carols such as “Good King Wenceslas” and “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella” will round out the program. A trumpet and drum combo with Amanda Moloney, Vandalia, and Alek Mann, Mattoon, will join the choir for jazzy settings of “We Three Kings” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High.” The concert will close with “Glow,” written and made famous by Paris, Illinois native Brett Eldredge.

A reception will follow in the dining area at the College.

Under the direction of Nancy Caldwell, music instructor, the Community Choir is a choir of mixed voices including students from the college as well as members of surrounding communities such as Mattoon, Charleston, Effingham, Neoga, Arthur, Sigel and Lovington. Randy Imig of St. Elmo accompanies the choir. The Community Choir was formed in January of 1998 and performs two concerts annually.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about the holiday concert and the Lake Land College Community Choir, contact Caldwell at 217-234-5464 or

Renowned Genetics Educator to Speak at Lake Land College @ Luther Student Center Theater
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

World-renowned human genetics educator Sam Rhine will host a Genetic Update Conference at Lake Land College, Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater.

The conference will focus on genomic medicine including growing organs in a lab and gene editing to cure disease. The conference, sponsored by the Lake Land College Math and Science Division, will be open to students, teachers, parents and the community. Many schools bring their AP and honors biology students to the conference. The cost is free to Lake Land College students, faculty and staff and $20 for other attendees.

Described by experts in the human genetics field as the most effective human genetics educator in America today, Rhine is the director of the Genetics Education Center near Indianapolis. He received the “Honorary Membership Award” by the National Association of Biology Teachers. The award is recognized as the highest honor bestowed on members of the profession and is awarded annually.

Rhine has made more than 8,500 presentations to more than 3.75 million teenagers in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Rhine is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indiana in Bloomington in the Department of Applied Health Science where he teaches a summer class on “Causes and Prevention of Birth Defects.” He also teaches summer classes at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and the University of Texas Pan AM campus in Edinburg, Texas. He has lectured in Toronto, Montreal, London, Prague, Vienna, Tokyo, Nairobi, Kenya and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Registration will be accepted through the morning of the conference. Attendees are not required to stay for the entire presentation and can enter the theater at any time. For more information or to register call 800-727-2315 or visit

Contact Lake Land College Biology Instructor Brenda Hunzinger with any additional questions at 217-234-5365 or

Bare Bones 5-Mile Turkey Trot @ Peterson Park
Nov 28 @ 6:00 am
Start your holiday off on the right foot! Join us for the 8th annual Bare Bones 5-Mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning alongside your family, friends, and community members. This will be the perfect start to the day without the frills of a big event. This will be a non-competitive road run with one self-service water station. No results will be recorded for this event.

The 5-mile run begins a 6:00 am and takes runners through the Mattoon Lightworks display at Peterson Park before sunrise.

Register before November 3, 2019 to guarantee yourself a long-sleeve technical race shirt. For registrations received after this date, shirts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. For more information, please visit

Start time: 6 am
Registration fee: $25
Online registration: September 1, 2019 through Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Early Bird Sweatin’ for the Stuffin’ @ Mattoon Area Family YMCA
Nov 28 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Early Bird Sweatin’ for the Stuffin’– free for members, $3 for guests

Thanksgiving Morning
Thursday, November 28

Bring your family and friends to the Y to burn off calories before your Thanksgiving feast. Our entire facility is open 7-9 am and we will offer a wide variety of group fitness classes.

Lake Land College to Celebrate Grand Reopening of the Luther Student Center @ lake Land College
Dec 5 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees invites all Laker alumni and community members to attend the Grand Reopening of the Luther Student Center on Thursday, Dec. 5. The open house will run from 3-6:30 p.m. with the Rededication Ceremony held at 5:30 p.m.

The Luther Student Center will be rededicated to Lake Land’s fourth and longest serving president, Dr. Robert K. Luther.

“Serving from 1988-2006, Dr. Luther fostered a culture of innovation and student-centeredness, strengthened the college’s financial foundation, greatly enhanced the beautiful campus we have today and brought national acclaim to our academic excellence. It is with great pleasure that we rededicate the Luther Student Center in honor of Dr. Luther and his vision of Lake Land College with a strong focus on student success,” Dr. Josh Bullock, Lake Land College president, said.

The Luther Student Center is located on the west side of Lake Land’s main campus in Mattoon. Bullock said it has been more than 20 years since Lake Land first identified the need to renovate and add space to the facility and there is great pride in seeing this project come to fruition. The newly constructed addition to the Luther Student Center adds 18,000 square feet to the existing renovated space of 28,000 square feet.

The state-of-the-art facility provides current and prospective students easier access to many college services under one roof. The Luther Student Center now houses the following departments: Admissions & Records, Counseling Services, Career Services, Student Life, TRiO Student Support Services, TRiO Destination College, Financial Aid, Accounting, Laker Nest Bookstore, Lake Land College Theater, Laker Point and the Lake Land College Police Department.

Guests of the open house and ceremony will tour the breathtaking Luther Student Center and campus, enjoy refreshments and visit with the Lake Land College community.

For more information about the grand reopening contact Jean Anne Grunloh, senior executive to the president, at 217-234-5222 or

Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Auction @ Mattoon Eagles Club
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm
@ LifeSpan Center
Dec 10 @ 11:30 am
Lake Land College Adult Education offers eight-week welding classes @ Lake Land College
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Lake Land College will offer an eight-week Welding Fundamentals (WEL – 057) course beginning Saturday, Jan. 11. The class will meet every Saturday from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on campus in Mattoon.

Basic welding processes including oxy-acetylene welding, arc welding, cutting and brazing will be covered within the course.

The condensed course has a cap of 12 students and will run eight weeks. The course is open to the public. Regular tuition and fees apply.

For more information, contact John Gentry, welding instructor, at 217-234-5065 or