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Lightworks. 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 26, Peterson Park, 500 Broadway Ave., Mattoon. Peterson Park lights up for the holidays with many animated displays. Free, with donations accepted. http://www.mattoon.illinois.gov, 800-500-6286.
Candlelight tours. "Images of Christmas," 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 23 to Dec. 28, C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays. Entertainment during candlelight tours. People in period dress and demonstrations. Pictures in the barn with Santa on Nov. 23. Admission: $3, adults; $1, ages 12-18. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 935-6066.
Paxton Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and story time. 7 p.m. Nov. 23, by the Christmas tree, corner of State and Market streets, downtown Paxton. Evening of music, crowning of Paxton Park District's Christmas holiday season prince and princess, presentation of essay contest winners by residents of Illinois Knights Templar Nursing Home, winners of Paxton IGA's coloring contest and The Golden Star award. Christmas tree lighting with story time following at The Vineyard Church. 379-4245.
Holiday Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 15, inside Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Crafts and edibles from local vendors.
Paxton Christmas Parade. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Market Street, downtown Paxton. Children may visit with Santa immediately following the parade in downtown Paxton. 379-4245.
Downtown Parade of Lights. 6 p.m. Nov. 24, downtown Champaign. A marvelous display of electric lights. Head downtown before the parade and meet with Santa, who will be at Jos. Kuhn & Co. all day long. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior League of Champaign-Urbana's 17th annual Festival of Trees. 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2; Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. The tree room will glow with the lights of the numerous trees and wreaths. Admission $3-$5; children 3 and younger, free.
VFW Post 5520 Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C. All vendors welcome. $10 registration fee. All donations go to the VA. 356-2984 or 390-4075.
Christmas in Homer. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Village Hall, 500 E. Second St. and downtown Homer. Sponsored by Homer Community Improvement Association. Cookie walk, craft vendors, Christmas Tree Lane, lunch and visit Santa at the Village Hall. Then head downtown for a snack or to do some shopping. 714-1607.
Paxton Business Open House and Community Christmas Singalong. Dec. 2, downtown. Savings at businesses, holiday entertainment and refreshments, noon to 4 p.m. Children can talk to Santa. Community Christmas Singalong, 4 p.m., Market Street Theater. Refreshments. 379-4245.
Downtown Danville's 'A Winter's Gathering.' 10 a.m. Dec. 7 and 8, downtown Danville. Sales and special activities both days. Dec. 7: "Downtown with the Dashers," evening of fun and prizes at Danville Dashers hockey game vs. Cape Cod, 7 p.m., David S. Palmer Arena. Dec. 8: Visit The Heron for the third annual Holiday Open House, featuring a variety of vendors. http://www.downtowndanville.org.
Fischer Theatre holiday. Celebration of its 100-year anniversary, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Fischer Theatre, Danville. Coinciding with Downtown Danville's "A Winter's Gathering." On-the-hour tours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short performance on stage. Retro soda tastings, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $5 for 12 samples. Bake sale. A cappella singing by members of the Danville Barbershop Chorus in the new Arts and Entertainment Museum located in the lobby. Visit Santa, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. http://www.fischertheatre.com.
Christmas in Paris. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Eagle Ridge Country Club, 928 Clinton Road, and select homes, Paris, Ill. Mistletoe Marketplace includes lunch and shopping, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the country club; $10. Christmas House Walk, 3 to 7 p.m., featuring beautifully decorated homes; tickets $10. All proceeds benefit Altrusa International Inc. of Paris literacy projects and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Edgar County. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 385-2400.
Into the West Film Series. Episode VI: "Ghost Dance," 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25; Native American House, 1206 W. Nevada St., U. In celebration of the 2012 National Native American Heritage Month.
Global Lens Film Series. "Mourning" (Soog), 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Parkland College, Room C118, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Morteza Farshbaf (Iran, 2011). 85 minutes. Persian, with English subtitles. Presented by Parkland Art Gallery. Film and popcorn are free. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Film. "Children of Heaven," 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. In celebration of the exhibit "A World of Shoes." The touching story of a poor brother and sister who find themselves sharing a pair of shoes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118849, 244-3355.
Bement Country Opry Band. Featuring guest Heather Riley, 8 p.m. Nov. 23, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Illinois Country Music Association Country Christmas Spectacular Show. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Mount Hope Community Hall, on the square, McLean. Also, a spaghetti meal at 5 p.m., with country music performed during the meal by ICMA entertainers. Meal by donation. 50/50 drawing, cake raffle, door prizes, Christmas items raffle. Admission: ICMA member adults $6, children 4-12 $3; nonmember adults $7, children 4-12 $4; children under 3, free.
Bellflower Country Opry. 7 p.m. Nov. 24, Bellflower Community Center, gymnasium, 202 Center St. Featuring the regular band members, along with guests Missy Vail, Chrissy Rigsby, keys, and Mike Brake, drums. Tickets $10 for adults; 12 and younger, free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.
The Conservatory of Central Illinois. Performances throughout the day, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 25, Barnes & Noble, Champaign. When identifying the conservatory at checkout, a portion of each purchase is donated to the conservatory.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With guests Andres Cardenes, violin, and Denise Djokic, cello. Tickets $5-$10. 333-6280, 244-4350.
Music and spaghetti supper. Nov. 29, commons room, St. Joseph-Ogden High School, St. Joseph. All proceeds to benefit the SJ-O Fine Arts Department. Dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Entertainment, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets $4-$6; at the door or 469-2332, ext. 133.
UI University Band and UI Campus Band. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Seventh annual St. Thomas More Madrigal Dinner. 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. Journey back in time to visit the royal court for a special holiday dinner, accompanied by musical and dramatic entertainment from St. Thomas More Music and Drama. King's Table, $35; Nobility, $25. Register by Nov. 28. 819-5721, email@example.com.
The Story Tour 2012 — A Christmas Celebration. 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30, University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Presented by World Vision, featuring many favorite Christmas carols as well as a musical journey from Genesis to Revelation. Featuring a full choir and orchestra. 866-455-4641, http://uofiassemblyhall.com.
UI Harding Symphonic Band and UI Hindsley Symphonic Band. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. Featuring guest Chris Krause, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Marvin Lee's Country Opry Christmas show. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Gifford Community Building, Gifford. With Lauren Wadley and a stage full of entertainers. Music to range from country to Christmas songs.
The Back Paiges. With guest appearance by Don Burns, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Admission: adults, $10; children 12 and younger, free. Pork chop sandwiches, chips, pies, desserts sold. 388-2853.
Ninety Miles, featuring Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton and David Sanchez. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.
Afterglow: Ark Ovrutski Quintet featuring Chip McNeill and Tito Carrillo. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Parkland winter concerts. Parkland Pops choral ensemble, featuring popular Disney tunes, 1 p.m. Dec. 2, and Parkland Community Orchestra and Parkland Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m. Dec. 2; both at Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Free.
Musical tribute to John Denver and Dan Fogelberg. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Steve Rodman's band, plus Doc Ashton, Mark Lindvall, Erin Halls, Chris Taylor, Brian Chrisman, Katie Koebrich, DHS Orchestra instructor Andi Tarquini, North Ridge Middle School band instructor Sammi Eriks and others. Several artists who performed with Denver and Fogelberg will make guest appearances. Fundraiser for Provena's Regional Cancer Center. Tickets $15 at the door; or in advance through the David S. Palmer Arena box office in person, at 877-772-5425 or at http://www.palmerarena.com.
Philo Country Music Show. 3 p.m. Dec. 2, R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 803 Madison St., Philo. Local country music talent showcased in a Branson-style, family oriented live music stage show. Hosted by Ed Clem and Chrissy Rigsby. Special guests: Gene Bray plus a surprise guest. Band members and other entertainers: Logan Kirby, Dyke Corson, Dave Ohllson, Jesse Francis, Clem and Rigsby. Admission $8; children 12 and younger, free. Concessions. 274-3888.
Coles County Chorus 38th annual Christmas Benefit Concerts. Dec. 2; 3 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth St., Charleston; and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Avenue East, Mattoon. Sacred and secular music presented by the chorus. Four local quartets will perform, as well as a mixed ensemble. Admission is free; free-will offering will be donated to area food pantry and homeless shelter programs.
UI Philharmonia. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Combo Concert I. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Krannert Uncorked with Los Guapos, Afro-Cuban jazz. 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Parkland In Your Ear Big Band and Parkland Concert Band. 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Free.
'People Who Live In Glass Houses.' Featuring the UI Wind Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Vocal Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
3 Doors Down, Daughtry with Southern California Rockers P.O.D. 7 p.m. Dec. 7, UI Assembly Hall Star Theatre, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets are $55, $49.50, $39.50; $5 UI student discount. Additional fees apply. 333-5000.
The African Francophone Choir. 7 p.m. Dec. 7, KAM Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. With Yamfu Nlandu, choir director, accompanied by live band. 333-1860.
UI Concert Jazz Band. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. Featuring guests, Kim Biehl and Paul Stancil, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
UI Jazz Saxophone Ensemble and UI Jazz Guitar Ensemble. 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Central High School Madrigal Dinner. 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Champaign Central High School, 610 W. University Ave., C. Festive music, dinner, wassail, boar's heads, kings and queens, lords and ladies, jesters and other trappings of pre-Enlightenment Europe. Dinner tickets must be reserved by Dec. 5, but you can show up at the door for wassail and music. http://www.maroons.org/madrigals.
Music by Woody Pines. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Everything from early 20th-century acoustic blues and rockabilly to the sounds of the White Stripes and The Black Keys, and even some hip-hop vibes. $12; $10, groups of six or more. 733-0330.
UI Jazz Band II. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Latin Jazz Ensemble. 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Annual Carol Concert. 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Danville Symphony Orchestra. "A Golden Holiday with the Chicago Brass Quintet," 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Danville High School Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St. Season tickets, $50-$90. Single tickets, $15-$28. 443-5300.
Winter Festival 2012. 4 p.m. Dec. 9, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Live music and decorated trees set the scene for this family friendly — and free — celebration of the festive winter season. 333-6280.
Parkland Chamber Singers and Parkland Chorus. "Sing We Now: Joyous Songs of the Season," 7 p.m. Dec. 9, McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C. With accompanists Kristina Engberg and Sunny Choo. Free.
UI Jazz Band III. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Trey Songz. "Chapter V World Tour Presented by OOVOO & MTV JAMS," with guests RCA recording artists Miguel and The Kaleidoscope Dreams Experience, and introducing Elle Varner, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 10, UI Assembly Hall, Star Theatre Expanded, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets 333-5000.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Hobson, along with Claude Edrei Hobson, piano, and J. David Harris, clarinet. Tickets $5-$10. 333-6280, 244-4350.
Regent Ballroom public dance. Social ballroom dancing, 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, through Dec. 21, Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Closed, Nov. 23. Holiday dance, Dec. 14. Last dance this year, Dec. 21. Mix of ballroom and Latin music. Singles and couples welcome. $9 at the door. 359-5333, http://www.regentballroom.com.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 24, Sidney Town Hall, Sidney. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month. Admission $5. 351-4110.
Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 13, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Swing-era dances such as East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Charleston. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No special shoes or dress required. Free. http://www.cu-swing.org/dances, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior League of Champaign-Urbana's Daddy-Daughter Dance. 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Festival of Trees, themed this year as a "Fairy Garden Party." Dessert served; lots of dancing and other activities scheduled. Tickets $20 per person. http://www.juniorleaguecu.org.
Urbana Country Dancers contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 1, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Tune Mountain Boys. Gail Hintze, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Two-step lesson and Cajun dance led by Matt Turino, 6:45 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
English country dancing. 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org, email@example.com.
Urbana Country Dancers contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Too Old To Be Controlled. John and Kathy Coffman, callers. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
English Country Christmas Ball. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15, Illini Student Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience not required. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. Admission $7. 359-8225, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org/xmas.html, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'The Nutcracker.' Champaign Urbana Ballet and Sinfonia da Camera, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $19-$38. 333-6280, 244-4350, email@example.com.
VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the creative writing master of fine arts program. 333-1861.
Dance at Illinois presents 'Perspectives.' Featuring new works choreographed and performed by the bachelor of fine arts candidates, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, Dance Rehearsal Krannert, Krannert Center, Urbana. Admission is free. The dance for the camera, "A Flower Doesn't Keep You Warm," will be presented on Dec. 9. Time and location to be announced. Free. Produced by the senior class.
COLAB Interdisciplinary Performances. 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Collaborative laboratory for musicians, dancers and engineers, featuring a concert of collective improvisations, compositions and choreography. 333-1861.
Shoes Stories. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, U. In celebration of the exhibit "A World of Shoes," storyteller Kim Sheahan will offer two concerts of multicultural folk tales highlighting footwear. From "Cinderella" to "Puss-in-Boots." Free.
'Bedroom Farce.' 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2; Creative Dramatics Workshop, 400 E. Byron St., Sidney. Tickets $5. 688-2395.
'Christmas Adventure.' Watseka Theatre Drama Club holiday musical, 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 25, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Tickets $5-$10. Lunch available for purchase beginning at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25. 815-993-6585.
'Home for the Holidays.' 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon Sunday, Nov. 22 to 30; 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon Sunday, Dec. 1 to 31; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Adult comedy. Tickets $32-$36. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.
'Annie Jr.' Champaign Park District Youth Theatre, 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1; Clif Aldridge Auditorium, Centennial High School, 913 Crescent Drive, C. Tickets $8; available at Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Road, C, or http://www.thevirginia.org.
'Independence.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, Dec. 5 to 9 and Dec. 12 to 15; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas.' Holiday puppet show, 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.
'White Christmas.' ACT Theater Company, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15; Father Kirk Memorial Hall, 520 N. Wood St., Gibson City. Seating is limited. Tickets $10. 641-3000, http://www.acttheatreco.org.
Outdoors / Nature
Turkey Trot. 9 a.m. Nov. 22, Crystal Lake Park, Urbana. Check-in, 8 a.m. at Lake House. One-mile run and walk. Donations accepted for the district's Youth Scholarship Fund. Free hot chocolate; Lite Rock 97.5 will raffle off prizes and turkeys for those present after the trot. 367-1544.
Second Wind Running Club Winter Fun Runs. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Indoor group uses the UI Armory Track. There is a fee to use this facility. The outdoor group runs 1 to 6 miles around campus. Meet at the southwest entrance (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street). All abilities are encouraged to attend and participate at the pace and distance desired. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.
Nordic Walking Group. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. firstname.lastname@example.org, 649-6861.
Outdoor Little School: Animal Senses. 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 28, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. For ages 2 to 4 with adult. Hands-on activities, hikes, songs and stories. Take home ideas for exploring together. $12 resident, $18 nonresident. 367-1544 .
Howl of the Coyote: A Moonlight Hike. 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Sangamon River Forest Preserve, 2797 County Road 600 E, Fisher. Guest presenter Lisa Braddock, local Corps of Discovery member and Master Naturalist, will explain why the coyote's resilience, adaptability and intelligence deserve respect. Presentation followed by a moonlight hike. $2. Registration required. 896-2455.
Polar Paws 5K and 10K Run/Walk. 10 a.m. Dec. 1, Centennial Park, Champaign. Racer check-in and on-site registration, 9 to 9:45 a.m. Dogs and their owners choose on the day of the race to run either the 5K (one lap) or 10K (two laps) distance. Fee $10-$15, covers one human and one dog. Humans running without dogs (i.e., children accompanying their parents) are also $10/$15 each. Register by Nov. 28. Information: http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.
Nature hikes. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway, U. Under 15 years with a registered adult. Take a hike with nature center staff and discover native plants and animals. Join in fun trail activities, learn animal adaptations, and identify plants and sounds around you. Dress accordingly. $8 resident, $12 nonresident by Nov. 24. Information: 384-4062.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," "Fields of Indigo: Installation by Rowland Ricketts with Sound by Norbert Herber," "Fashioning Traditions of Japan," "Expressions in Color: Selections from the Museum's 20th-Century Collection" and "Egungun! Power Concealed." All through Dec. 30. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Nov. 22 and 23. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Christmas paper crafts from around the world, 1 p.m. Nov. 24, for all ages; free. "A World of Shoes," through Feb. 10, 2013. "John Philip Sousa's 1912 Victor Recording Sessions," through July 15, 2013. "A Divided Musical Affair: Arthur Endres Kraeckmann's Love Letters to Mabel Roeher," through July 29, 2013. Five permanent galleries, featuring the cultures of the world. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. Free, suggested donation $3. 333-2360, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. "Works by the Effingham Art Guild," through Dec. 28. Opening reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.
Douglas County Museum. 700 S. Main St., Tuscola. "Music! Music! Music!" through Dec. 31. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and by appointment. Closed Dec. 24 to 26. 253-2535, http://www.docomuseum.org.
Ford County Historical Society Water Tower Museum. Located in the remodeled city water tower and pump house, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton. Books written and published by members of the Ford County Historical Society and books written in Swedish, on display through Dec. 12. Open 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the month, November through April; and by appointment. 379-3723, 379-4111 or 379-3217.
Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 600 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. "100 Discoveries: The Nature of the Grand Prairie," through Dec. 31. Permanent exhibits include "Prairie Stories," "Blacksmithing on the Prairie" and "Champaign County's Lincoln." Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free. 586-2612.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Opening night of Snow Globe, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 (after the Parade of Lights). A winter wonderland inside the theater's own snow globe, featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, candy cane ice hockey, snowball throwing, ice fishing and more. Bring a wish list for Santa. Hot chocolate, treats and crafts. $5 admission starting at 6:30 p.m. Snow Globe Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1-22. $6 members, $8 nonmembers. 352-5895.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. "The Forgotten Musicians of the Sousa Band," through June 3, 2013. "A British Tar: John Philip Sousa's Anglo-American Connections," through June 28, 2013. "The Musical Crossroads of John Jacob Mountz," through Sept. 9, 2013. "America and Sousa's Band Through the Photographic Lens of Charles Strothkamp," through Sept. 16, 2013. "John Philip Sousa's Jazz America," through Oct. 14, 2013. Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends and some holidays. Free, but donations are accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or email email@example.com.
For a longer list of museums in East Central Illinois, go to http://www.news-gazette.com/calendar.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $3-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Fall Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 23 through 30. — Main features: "Odyssey," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 17. "Season of Light" opens Nov. 23; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15. — Children's feature: "Santa's Secret Star," 7 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 24 to Dec. 7.
Alice Campbell Alumni Center. 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. "Inside India" by Larry Kanfer, through Dec. 20. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional photographs of this collection can also be viewed at the Larry Kanfer Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 398-2000, 800-852-6337, http://www.kanfer.com.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Shift: Contemporary Photography Exhibition" by Bruce Checefsky, Dana Fritz, Richard Gray, Christa Kreeger Bowden, Joyce Lopez, Michael Sherwin, S. Gayle Stevens and Sonja Thomsen, through Feb. 2, 2013. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed from 5 p.m. Nov. 21 through 25, Dec. 22 to Jan. 6, and Jan. 21. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. "2012 Art Faculty Exhibition," through Dec. 2, Main Galleries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. 581-2787.
UI Library. 1408 W. Gregory Drive, U. "Veterans Day 2012 Library Exhibit," through Nov. 30, Main Library's north-south corridor (first floor). "Theatre of the Air: Chicago's WGN Radio Series 1940-1956," through Nov. 30, Marshall Gallery, Main Library. Main Library building hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. "Wealth of Notions: Economists in Conflict," through Dec. 14, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 346 Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-3777, http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Art for Empowerment: Healing Through Art," through Dec. 14. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. http://www.universityymca.org/art.
Urbana City Building. Lobby, 400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's November to January "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Recent Work" by William Lawrence Deverell, through Jan. 31, 2013. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://www.urbanaillinois.us/arts.
Alley Gallery. 113 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "Intimate Treasures" by Steve Ingram of St. Joseph. Reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 25; Ingram will demonstrate and talk about his creative process and, weather permitting, make individual portraits for sale. Ongoing. Regular gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. 497-2286.
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "Flights of Fancy," studio furniture by Urbana artist Thomas Skaggs; paintings by St. Louis artists Grace Lin and James Wu; ends Nov. 24. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, http://www.cinemagallery.cc.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Louise Audrieth and Judith Johnson: Elements," opening reception. 7 p.m. Nov. 23, through Nov. 29. Hours: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. http://www.indi-go-art.com.
Kalarte Gallery. Inside Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. "Masks V," fifth annual exhibit and sale of masks from around the world, ends Nov. 24. Includes figures related to the Mexican Day of the Dead festival of Nov. 2. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. http://kalarte.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington, Monticello. Featuring photographs by Michael Holtz. Other artists periodically. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month or by appointment. 762-8248. http://www.redhousegallery.net.