14: What Women Want and more. Unique Suites Hotel, 920 W. Lincoln from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event focuses on promoting, encouraging and entertaining women. For more information, visit www.charlestonchamber.com.
20-22: Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center. Blacksmithing to watercolor, accompanied by live performances and a variety of unique food vendors. For more information, visit www.eiu.edu/~festival.
20-22: Children’s Art Activities at Celebration. 7th Street (between Tarble and Doudna Fine Arts Center). Hands-on art make-and-take activities for children.
27: Area 9 Special Olympics Spring Games. EIU O’Brian Stadium. For more information, contact Vanessa Duncan, email@example.com.
28: Sheep to Clothing. Lincoln Log Cabin, all day. Discover how raw wool from the Lincolns’ own sheep is turned into finished cloth for use on the farmstead. Watch interpreters as they weave on the site’s mid-19th century Sargent and Martin looms.
5: Eastern Illinois University Commencement. EIU Lantz Arena.
5: 18th Street Spring Block Party. 18th Street. For more information, contact Home Again Consignment at 217-345-4700.
11, 12: IHSA Girls State Badminton Tournament. EIU Lantz Arena and SRC. For more information, visit the IHSA website.
11: Lake Land College Commencement.
13: Races For All Paces. EIU O’Brian Stadium. Half marathon, 10K, 5K walk/run, 1 mile, Toddler Trot, & Diaper Dash distances available. For more information, visit www.sarahbush.org/races.
17-20: IHSA Girls State Track Meet. EIU O’Brian Stadium. For more information, visit the IHSA website.
24-27: IHSA Boys State Track Meet. EIU O’Brian Stadium. For more information, visit the IHSA website.
May 20-October 7: 18th Street Farmers Market. 825 18th St. Saturdays only from 8 a.m. to noon. Fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and homemade items (as space permits). Live music. Interested vendors or musicians should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3: Tour de Exchange. Downtown Courthouse Square. Visit Tour de Exchange 10-, 25- or 40-mile cycling races. For more information, visit www.charlestonchamber.com.
8, 15, 22: Community Band Concert. Kiwanis Park Amphitheater from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 217-345-6897.
June 6-October: Charleston Farmer’s Market. Downtown Square every Wednesday until October from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fresh produce, baked goods, and music. For more information, call 217-345-8018 at Roc’s Blackfront.
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