Each summer, people from throughout the state make their way to Eastern Illinois University's picturesque, compact campus for a variety of competitions, camps and conferences.
People of all ages can find opportunities to learn more about topics that interest them. Read on for a quick look at the variety of events EIU is hosting, along with links so you can register for upcoming activities that you (or your children, parents or grandparents) would like to attend.
Camps and conferences
The most well-known high school athletic events hosted by EIU are the Illinois High School Association championships for badminton and girls' and boys' track and field, but young students from throughout the state continue to make their way to EIU throughout the summer for other athletic and educational pursuits, as well.
In fact, EIU will host more than 40 camps and conferences for young athletes, musicians, pilots, artists, journalists and more.
The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps -- comprised of teenage boys from around the country -- will make its annual trek to EIU to prepare for its 2013 national tour. The Cavaliers' June 3-20 stay will include its first full dress rehearsal of the year at 8 p.m. June 15 at O'Brien Stadium.
"EIU goes out of its way to accommodate what we do -- giving our fans in Charleston the first taste of this year's show is the least we can do to return the favor," said Mark Ackerson, the corps' tour director.
A full list of events coordinated by EIU's Camps and Conferences office can be found on its website.
Fun learning opportunities just for youth
"Summer's Cool, Summer School" offers more than 20 different programs -- including one-day workshops, weekend seminars and weeklong camps -- for ages 5 to 18 through the School of Continuing Education. Topics include, but are certainly not limited to, gymnastics, computers, writing, cooking, Spanish, art and Legos. To view the full schedule or enroll a child in "Summer's Cool, Summer School" events, please click here.
The Tarble Arts Center has also scheduled three courses: Summer Art Investigations (ages 4-6), Summer Art Investigations II (ages 7-9) and Exploration in Painting (ages 10-14). Register by June 7 on the Tarble website.
Students with an interest in running their own businesses will enjoy EIU Camp e3, an interactive entrepreneurship camp for ages 14 to 18, to be held June 23-26.
For ages 50+
The Academy of Lifetime Learning is a year-round program that offers educational opportunities for people 50 and older. Summer classes on paper weaving, bookbinding restoration and Spanish for travel are scheduled, as is a master class on "Living Longer, Stronger and Happier." For a full list, please see www.eiu.edu/adulted/all.php.
Concerts and exhibits
The Doudna Fine Arts Center is planning two special summer performances. Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee is to present a concert at 4 p.m. June 9; and comic, magician and ventriliquist Andy Gross and juggler Fred Anderson are to perform at 7 p.m. July 18. For details or to purchase tickets, please see the Doudna website.
The Tarble Arts Center's "Looking At Lincoln" exhibition -- featuring the center's recently acquired drawings of Abraham Lincoln by artist Charles Turzak, as well as other items from its permanent collection -- will be open June 1 through Aug. 11. A related exhibition, "Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts," runs through July 7.
Summer classes at EIU
Of course, EIU students can also be found on campus in the summer. Summer sessions -- which are comprised of both on-campus and Internet-based courses -- are offered in three different lengths: four weeks, six weeks and eight weeks.
"Taking classes during summer is an excellent way for students to decrease time to obtaining a degree and reduce student costs," said Will Hine, dean of the School of Continuing Education.
The six- and eight-week sessions begin June 10. Register before the first class day to avoid a $25 late registration fee. For more information regarding summer sessions, visit www.eiu.edu/summer.