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July Member of the Month

“Age does not limit you from doing things you enjoy" is a statement that reflects the vivacious nature of Arthur Leu. Learning, he says, helps to renew interest in the subjects and questions which have long been missing from one’s life. The Academy provides abundant opportunities for learning. Art's interests include music, theatre, travel, and community participation. He offers a Robert Frost quote that reflects his unique penchant for leadership:  “The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them."  He thoroughly enjoyed the Academy trip to Patterson Springs Bed & Breakfast. The Academy provides diversified learning opportunities to help Art accomplish his objective of filling his time constructively.  He recommends that everyone take advantage of learning experiences and make the very best of them.  Art is a bright and positive addition to our adventures.  Come out and meet him!

Exploring Lincoln's Roots

October 10-12, 2014

Join us for a three day, two night educational trip exploring the Indiana and Kentucky roots of Lincoln.

We will visit the historic Farmington Plantation, Lincoln's boyhood homes, and the Perryville battlefield site; then we'll explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with a tour of the Maker's Mark Distillery. Both nights will be spent at the Inn at the Historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill outside Herrodsburg, Kentucky.

$492 per person fee includes:

  • transportation
  • lodging
  • all admission fees
  • guided tours
  • breakfast buffet each morning

$100 non-refundable deposit due August 5, 2014
$392 balance due September 5, 2014

Visit http://www.eiu.edu/adulted/14lincoln.php to view the  itinerary or to register online, or call 217-581-5114.

Volunteer Opportunities

The new Habitat for Humanity ReStore is seeking volunteers to help sort, organize, price, clean, and provide customer service. The Academy is offering help from 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday, so please register for a slot starting August 12.

The Tarble Arts Center is seeking volunteers to welcome, count,  assist visitors, and help monitor the galleries in two-hour shifts during open hours Tuesday through Friday.

The Charleston Food Pantry is calling for volunteers to help with group scheduling and organizing food drives.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, contact Marita at 217-581-5114 or mjmetzke@eiu.edu.

Fall 2014 Program Guide

The Fall 2014 Academy Program Guides will soon be available, with an expected date of July 25, 2014. Members will receive a postcard notification when they are available for pickup at many convenient locations near you, including:

•Airport Steakhouse
•Charleston City Hall
•Mattoon City Hall
•Dirty's Bar & Grill
•Your local public library
•Midas (Charleston AND Mattoon)
•Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
•Mattoon YMCA

The Life and Work of Paul Turner Sargent: Coles County Painter Extraordinaire

August 9, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Lincoln Log Cabin Visitors' Center Theatre

Paul Turner Sargent (1880–1946) was born, schooled, and worked in Hutton Township, Coles County throughout his 30+ years as a professional landscape artist. Photographs and descriptions of his early and adult life and 50+ images of his painting will be presented by Dick Hummel in an overview of a local personality treature. Come learn about Paul Turner Sargent at this Academy event!

This event is free and open to the public!

Image Credit: University Archives, Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University

Book Club

The Academy Book Club will reconvene August 12, 2014 from 5–6:30 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays at the Charleston County Market's upstairs Study Room.

Make sure to read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander (a page turner!) so that you are ready to discuss.

Record-Breaking Words

Did you know that some of the words most likely to be misspelled according to http://www.fun-with-words.com are dumbell, accidentally, collectible, daquiri, and pastime?

Can you name any words with 10 letters or more that can be typed using only the top row of the keyboard? How about the middle row?

Have fun with other word-related brain challenges here: http://www.fun-with-words.com/word_records.html#Dictionary_Words.