Habitat’s Habitaste
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Lake Land College to sponsor Blood Stem Cell and Marrow Registry Drive @ Laker Point of the Luther Student Center
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Lake Land College Student Activity Board is sponsoring a Blood Stem Cell and Marrow Registry Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Representatives from the Be The Match organization will be available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Laker Point of the Luther Student Center to talk with students, employees and community members who are interested in registering to be a donor.

People who register to be a blood stem cell and bone marrow donor have the opportunity to save someone’s life. A peripheral blood stem cell donation is a non-surgical procedure and is only slightly more involved than giving blood. Most donors are back to their normal routine in one to two days.

According to Be The Match, 70% of patients who need a stem-cell transplant do not have a fully matched donor in their family and must rely on the generosity of a stranger.

Donors must be between the ages of 18-44. Those who are older than 44 and want to be involved can encourage others to register as a potential donor.

To pre-register, go to

For more information about being a donor, contact Kathy Black, division chair business/business instructor, at 217-234-5348 or

For more information about Lake Land College Student Life visit

Business Expo @ Cross County Mall
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Business Expo
10am-3pm—The 2019 Business Expo is the perfect opportunity to introduce or reintroduce your business products and services to a mass audience. It’s also the prime time to learn about other businesses products and services offered in the area. Entertainment will be provided by local musicians throughout the day!

Taste of the Expo
11:30am-2pm- As always, the Taste is a premier event at the expo! Local restaurants and catering services provide samplings of their culinary delights. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office @ 1518 Broadway or at the event. 5 tastings for $5.00

Our Town Gallery
10am-3pm—Our Town industries are invited to showcase their locally manufactured products used in households and industries throughout the world…which will be located in the Main Entrance of the Mall, Section D. Come catch a glimpse of the GALLERY. It’s a perfect time to see what Mattoon has to offer.

Booth Registration

Taste Registration

Last Chance Tri @ Mattoon Area Family YMCA
Oct 6 all-day
This is a great triathlon for the beginner tri-athlete: 275 yard heated pool swim, a 12 mile bike ride and finishes with a 3.1 mile run.  Register as an individual or as a team (2-3 members).  All sections of the triathlon begin and end at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. Pre-registration will include a tech shirt if registered by September 15, 2018. Awards are given to overall Male/Female finishers, top 3 in each gender/age group, top 3 in Clydesdale and Athena, top team in each relay division, overall fastest swim, overall fastest bike, and overall fastest run. Register through the Y or online at

Program Date/Time: October 6, 2019

Fee: $55/individual, $120/team
Paint the Town, 5K color run @ behind KC Summers
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am

Paint the Town, 5K color run. Run or walk in honor or in memory of family and friends who have faced cancer – starts at 9 am, Saturday, Oct. 12, behind KC Summers, Mattoon, $25; $30 day of race Register at


Girls on the Run 5k @ Mattoon Area Family YMCA
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am

Girls on the Run of East Central Illinois will host its 5k event on Saturday, November 9 at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. Girls on the Run is a physical activity based, positive youth program (PA-PYD) that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions to teach life skills to girls in 3rd to 8th grade. During the ten week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections and encourage community service while they prepare for an end-of-season celebratory 5k event.

Participation in this 5k event is open to the public and all proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run of East Central Illinois. Registration includes an event shirt and a finisher’s medal. **To be guaranteed the event shirt, participants must register by October 11, 2019. For registrations received after this date, shirts will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.

For more information about the event, how to register and volunteer opportunities, visit

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Start time: 9:00 am
Registration fee: $25.00
Online registration: August 1 through Friday, November 8 at 12:00pm
Event Day Registration: $30

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

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.