Entertainment listings, June 27-July 4

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Special events

This weekend

Ford County Fair. Continues 8 a.m. to midnight June 27, 28 and 29, Ford County Fairgrounds, northeast corner of Melvin. Truck and tractor pull and children's tractor pull, June 27; rodeo, June 28; demo derby, June 29; daily livestock shows. Music of Cover 4 after the 6 p.m. pull, June 27; Outbound Drive in beer tent after 7 p.m. rodeo, June 28; Back Paiges in the beer tent after 6 p.m. derby, and Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians with Al Pierson, 8 p.m. in dance building, June 29. 379-2920, fordcofair@hotmail.com, http://www.fordcountyfair.org.

Vermilion County Fair and Expo. Continues June 27, 28 and 29, U.S. 150, west of Oakwood. Carnival, Vermilion County 4-H members exhibiting their 4-H projects, vendors and concessions, livestock shows, nonlivestock shows and beer tent entertainment. Grandstand entertainment. New this year: the High-Flying Pages Aerial and Animal Thrill Show. 443-4005, http://www.vermilioncountyfair.com.

Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28, 29 and 30, State Farm Arena, 1800 S. First St., C. The "granddaddy" of Corvette shows is known for its certification of authentic and restored Corvettes, Survivor Corvettes, swap meet, Corvette auction, educational seminars, Corvette road tour, and historic Corvettes from special collections. At the gate, tickets $20 for one day or $50 for three-day pass. Children 12 and younger, free. 309-888-4477, http://www.bloomingtongold.com, shelley@bloomingtongold.com.

Rankin's Independence Day celebration. June 28 and 29, Centennial Park. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a tractor pull sponsored by Rankin Lions Club (weigh-in, 3 p.m.); 304-2461 or 304-1920. On Saturday, children's games, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; concert by the Bill Polson Band, 1 to 3 p.m.; cake walk, 3 to 4 p.m.; concert by the Gary Popel Band, 4 to 6 p.m.; and bean bag tournament (sign-ups, 5:30 p.m.), 6 p.m., with $20 fee for two-person team; 799-2134. Fireworks at dusk Saturday. Music by Outbound Drive following the fireworks. Food available for purchase. There will also be a beer tent.

Gifford Community Celebration. 7:30 a.m. to midnight June 29. 5K run/walk (registration, 6:30 a.m.), 7 a.m.; kid run (registration, 8 a.m.), 8:30 a.m.; Dream Baseball DH, 9 a.m.; parade (south down Main Street), 11 a.m.; music, inflatables, petting zoo, games, noon to 6 p.m.; food/drink vendors, noon to 10 p.m.; kiddie tractor pull, 12:30 p.m.; Minute to Win It, 2 p.m.; Strong Man Show, 3 p.m.; watermelon-eating contest, 4 p.m.; cricket-spitting contest, 5 p.m.; community patriotic cantata, 6 p.m.; Marvin Lee Band, 6:30 p.m.; fireworks, dusk; movie, "We Bought a Zoo," after fireworks; all at Werner Roessler Park. Beer garden, food and music, 3 p.m. to midnight; bags tournament, to be determined; DJ, 4 p.m.; Mike and Kayla, 6 p.m.; Feudin' Hillbillys, 8 p.m.; all behind Gifford State Bank, $5 admission. http://www.onlinebanking.giffordbank.com.

Saybrook's annual Stars and Stripes Celebration. 8 a.m. June 29 and 7 a.m. June 20, at the park. Townwide garage sales, Saturday morning. Saturday evening, a teen dance with a DJ at the community center and, for those too young to attend the dance, a movie will be shown in the city park. Refreshments available. Sunday begins with a 5K run, followed by breakfast in the park before the community church service at 10 a.m. Parade at 12:30 p.m., with many activities and food vendors in the park to follow, including a children's tractor pull and Simon Says. Car cruise, motorcycle and tractor show, 2 to 5 p.m. Music by The ByGones ('70s, '80s and '90s) in the park with fireworks at dusk. 781-1951.

Arthur Freedom Celebration. 1 to 11 p.m. June 29, downtown and Jurgens Park south of the high school off Illinois 133. Parade, 1 to 3 p.m. (lineup begins at noon). Farmers' market, crafts and vendors, downtown, early in the day. The celebration in Jurgens Park begins at 4 p.m. with an air show, featuring sky divers, helicopter rides, free T-shirts launched by the fire department and dropped by the Rural Aviator and, possibly, World War II aircraft. Food and drink stands, and inflatable games for all ages throughout the afternoon and evening. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. Sponsored by Arthur Rotary Club. http://www.ArthurFestivals.com.

Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 28 and noon to 2 a.m. June 29, Main and Walnut streets, behind The News-Gazette Building, downtown Champaign. Featuring some of the area's top barbecue with more than 13 award-winning barbecue vendors. Two days of music with national and local bands on three stages, including member bands of the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society, Jr. and the Blues Rockers, the James Jones Trio and Jerry Lee and the Juju Kings. Arts and crafts, Dinosores Motorcycle Club bike show, food and beer. Free admission; $5 suggested donation at the gate. http://www.bluesbrewsandbbqfest.com.

Happy Haven Fourth Hummingbird Happening Quilt Show. 9 a.m. to noon June 29, Happy Haven, 17009 N. County Road 2200 E, Oakland; turn at the red balloons. Snacks and drinks available. 346-3363, 218-2049.

Artist's Day in the Garden. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29, Wesley Whiteside Botanical Garden, corner of Illinois 16 and County Road 1820 E, just east of Charleston. Annual outdoor fundraiser provides area residents and artists of all abilities with the opportunity to create and be inspired in the open air of the Whiteside Garden. Sponsored by Coles County Arts Council. Paper, crayons and watercolor sets available, but bring lawn chairs and whatever else the choice of medium requires. Entry donation, $3-$5; 12 years or younger, free, with participating adult. 348-1538, earthstar@consolidated.net.

Tolono Fun Days Festival. June 29, West Side Park. Cub Scouts raise the flag, 6:50 a.m., followed by ecumenical service and Celebrate Life Singers at the park. Kracker Classic 5K (youth run, 7:30 a.m., 5K steps off at 8 a.m.) at East Side Park. Parade at 11 a.m.; lineup, 10 a.m. at Walnut Street and Central Avenue. Food vendors, flea market, car show (awards, 3:30 p.m.) and I&I gas engines on display; Tolono Historical Society building open. Inflatables open at noon. Crisis Nursery booth with kids' activities, noon to 5 p.m. Full Throttle, noon to 2 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull, 1:30 p.m. (sign-up, 1 p.m.) Airlife helicopter landing, 1:30 p.m. Grass Roots, 2 to 3 p.m. Descendents, 3 to 5 p.m. Girls' softball tournament, 3 p.m. Matter of Days, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RC Fest car demos, 5:30 p.m. at small diamond infield. The All Vegetable Band, 8 to 11 p.m. Flag lowering and singing of national anthem, 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Parade of Corvettes. "GoldTour," 6 p.m. June 29, leave from the State Farm Center, Champaign. An anticipated 1,200 Corvettes will head west on Windsor Road over to Route 10/Springfield Avenue out to Monticello, where Corvettes will circle the square. Corvettes will be led back into Champaign, where they will take over the streets of downtown in conjunction with the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. 351-4133.

The Ageless Iron Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show. Noon to 7 p.m. June 29, Gray and Market streets, Sidell. Live music, a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m., raffles and a penny vote for your favorite entry. Register to enter an Ageless Iron in the show, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $15. All proceeds benefit the Harvey Stunkard Post 530 American Legion and Auxiliary. 530-2554, ala.tammy.ward@gmail.com.

St. Joseph Garden Walk. 3 to 7 p.m. June 30, four in St. Joseph and two country gardens north of the village. Rain or shine. Tickets $6 in advance at Schuren Nursery, St. Joseph; Country Arbors and FS Farmtown, Urbana; and Prairie Gardens, Champaign. Day of walk, $8, from 2:45 to 5 p.m., southeast corner of the four-way stop in St. Joseph (Main Street and U.S. 150). 369-9060.

Future highlights

82nd annual Moultrie-Douglas County Fair. July 7-13, Jurgens Park behind the high school, Arthur. A full week of activities, including livestock shows, tractors pulls, demolition derby, horse and pony shows, livestock shows, agriculture and fine arts exhibits, live entertainment, a midway carnival, beer tent and entertainment, and grandstand entertainment. 725-3565, http://www.moultriedouglascountyfair.com.

72nd annual Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show. 1 to 11 p.m. July 9, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 10 to 13, Fisher Fairgrounds, 226 E. Sangamon St., Fisher. Exhibit and commercial building open July 9-12, commercial building open July 13. Amusements on the midway daily. July 9: Military Day and Queen's Night, bingo, Miss Fisher Fair Queen Pageant and Little Miss Pageant. July 10: children's games, pedal tractor pull, bingo, ITPA Tractor and Truck Pulls. July 11: bring canned goods for the Fisher Food Pantry for a $2 admission charge, open sheep show, bingo, remote-control show in the grandstands. July 12: open beef, horse, dairy and goat shows, bingo, AMVETS fish fry, 4 to 10 p.m., lawn mower demolition derby, Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys tailgate party on the track. July 13: Senior Citizens Day, 5K run/walk, All-American Mutt Show, junior rabbit show, car show, bingo, fried chicken supper, demolition derby, Fisher Stadium renovation drawing. 897-1437, 841-3487, fisherfair2@frontier.com, http://www.fisherfair.com.

Historic Farm Days. Gates open at 7 a.m. July 11-14, Penfield. Sponsored by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club, Penfield. Gate fee only. Exhibits of antique farm machinery and yesterday's farm trucks and cars. Field demonstrations of harvesting, baling, combining, plowing and construction equipment. Daily parade, antique tractor pull and kids' pedal pull. Entertainment each evening with fireworks Saturday night. Museum features antique farm machinery, tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. 219-863-1270, http://www.antiquefarm.org.

Champaign Area Fish Exchange Summer Auction. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13. Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water St., U. Doors open for registration, 8 a.m. Auction, 10:30 a.m.; aquarium/pond hobby-related items. Fish, plants, equipment, books, food, etc. may be for sale. Free admission. 359-6707.

Spinners and Weavers Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13, Gannett Outdoor Education Center, Forest Glen Preserve, Westville. The Champaign-Urbana and Hoosier Heritage Spinners and Weavers meet to demonstrate many fiber arts with natural and man-made materials. Free. 662-2142.

Dr. John Alexander MacRae's Incredible Tent of Wonders. 2 to 2:45 p.m. July 13, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. See a collection of artifacts, relics and curiosities from the six corners of the globe. MacRae is a "doctor of curiositology" and a real-life naturalist, raptor rehabilitator and former director of Naper Settlement. 403-2030.

Ice cream social. 4 to 7 p.m. July 13, Pleasant View Building, corner of Myer and Holloway streets, Bismarck. Given by Newell Township Historical Society. Entertainment includes a car show and music. Fundraiser to benefit the restoration of the Bank Museum, corner of Chicago and Holloway streets in Bismarck, which will be open for tours. Tickets $4, at the social or call 759-7680.

Heritage Sunday and Ice Cream Social. 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 14, Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Bement. Visitors can experience what life was like in the mid-1800s, including a first-person interpretation, by visiting the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site for ice cream and entertainment on the cottage lawn. 678-8184, hpa.bryantcottage@illinois.gov.

Mattoon Bagelfest. July 16-20, Peterson Park, 500 Broadway Ave., Mattoon. Miss Bagelfest contest, 7 p.m. July 16. Baby contest at Cross County Mall, 6 p.m. July 17. Food and vendors, noon to 11 p.m. July 18, noon to 10 p.m. July 19, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 20. Carnival, 6 to 10 p.m. July 17, 5 to 11 p.m. July 18, 1 p.m. to midnight July 19, 11 a.m. to midnight July 20. Main stage: Finding Favour (contemporary Christian), 8 p.m. July 18; Victoria Ghost (country), 8 p.m. July 19; and Joe Nichols (country), 8 p.m. July 20. Mattoon Pride Tourney, Roundhouse Complex, July 18-20. Bingo, 6 p.m. July 18 and 19, 1 p.m. July 20 in Demars Center. Beer tent, 5 to 11:45 p.m.; with music, Rod Sickler's Radio Six, 7 p.m. July 19; and X-Krush, 7 p.m. July 20. Run for the Bagel, 7 a.m.; free bagel breakfast, 8 a.m.; entertainment, 8:30 a.m., Rotary Band Shell; bagelfest parade, 10:30 a.m.; Bagel Bow Wow in Rotary Band Shell, 1:30 p.m. July 20. http://www.mattoonbagelfest.com, http://bagelfest2013.eventbrite.com.

Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair. July 16-20, Farmer City Fairgrounds. Queen pageant, Little Miss pageant, harness racing, stock car racing, livestock shows, demo derby, Raminator monster truck, Western horse show, kids' day, motorcycle races, tractor and truck pulls with a live band to finish. Chili, beef, pork and open cook-off contest on July 20. The hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and races at 7 on Fridays, weather permitting. 309-928-9110, farmercityfair@gmail.com, http://www.farmercityfair.com.

Iroquois County Fair. Gates open at 7 a.m., close at 10 p.m., July 17-22, Iroquois County Ag and 4-H Club Fair fairgrounds, 2 miles north of Crescent City. Livestock show exhibits, demolition derby, horse and pony shows, tractor pull, talent show, teen dance, CB Rodeo grandstand show, and more. 815-457-2947, 815-683-2359, http://www.iroquoiscofair.com.

Edgar County Fair. July 20-27, Edgar County Fairgrounds, Paris, Ill. Activities include fair queen pageant, livestock shows, harness racing, carnival, talent show, tractor pulls and demolition derby. 463-8365, 822-0905, http://www.edgarcountyfair.com.

Champaign County Fair. July 19-27, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Coler and Fairview avenues, Urbana. July 19, demolition derby. July 20, 22nd annual car and truck show, daylong salute to veterans with Military Appreciation Day and the Prairieland Monster Nationals in the evening. July 21, day full of events starting with the annual horse show and the firefighter water ball competition, and ending with the rdeo. July 22, Gracia Harrison from NBC's "The Voice" will be a guest judge for the talent show and perform in a free concert on the main stage. July 23, harness racing. July 24, Illinois Half-Mile Championship Motorcycle Racing, and Dick Andrea Memorial Race. July 25, country music show, featuring Justin Moore with special guest Chase Rice. July 26, demo derby 2 (Compact Crazy Night with new figure 8 event). July 27, Illinois Championship Truck and Tractor Pulls. http://www.champaigncountyfair.cc or Facebook page.

Farm Horse Pull. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E, Arcola. Visitors can watch two-horse teams compete in multiple weight classes. Adults $10, seniors (60 and older) $8, children (5-12) $6, under 4 years free. 268-4106, http://www.rockome.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.rockome.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.rockome.com.

Coles County Fair. Noon July 28, 8 a.m. July 29 to 31, 11 a.m. Aug. 1, 8 a.m. Aug. 2, 9 a.m. Aug. 3, 8 a.m. Aug. 4; Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. Livestock shows, 4-H shows, queen and little miss pageants, carnival, professional bull riding, arts and crafts, harness racing, truck and tractor pull, demolition derby and more. 856-3571, http://www.colescountyfair.com.

Films

This weekend

Summer Blockbuster Movie Series. "Pirates of the Caribbean," 1 and 7 p.m. June 29, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $4. Performance on the Wurlitzer pipe organ by David Schroeder before the 7 p.m. film. http://www.thevirginia.org.

Future highlights

Global Lens 2013. "Southwest" (Sudoeste), 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. July 18, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2011. 128 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, parklandartgallery@parkland.edu.

Movies in the Park. Dusk July 19, Wabash Park, 500 Wabash Ave., Rantoul. "Hotel Transylvania," rated PG. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 893-3323. http://www.rantoulchamber.com.

Global Lens 2013. "Student," 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 1, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Darezhan Omirbayev, Kazakhstan, 2012. 90 minutes. Kazakh and Russian, with English subtitles. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, parklandartgallery@parkland.edu.

Movies in the Park. Dusk Aug. 16, Wabash Park, 500 Wabash Ave., Rantoul. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Rated PG. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 893-3323. http://www.rantoulchamber.com.

Music

This weekend

'A Grand Night for Singing.' Continues 7:30 p.m. June 27, 28 and 29; Salisbury Church, 2350 Madison Ave. (Old State Road 316), Charleston. Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, presented by Central Illinois Stage Company in celebration of CISCo's 15th anniversary. Tickets $12, $10 each for groups of 10 or more. 549-8351.

Krannert Uncorked with Rick Kubetz and Terry Bush (Americana). 5 p.m. June 27, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Wine samples. Free. 333-6280.

Piper's Hut Concert Series. Features Acadian powerhouse trio Vishten, 6:30 p.m. June 27, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility of rock influence. This show is in collaboration with the C-U Folk & Roots Festival. http://www.brownpapertickets.com. pipers.hut@gmail.com, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring State Line Band (traditional bluegrass), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 28, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. June 28, Spalding Park, Champaign. Regional Battle of the Bands. Sounds at Sunset events held throughout Champaign. Each event will include activities such as music, inflatables, games and crafts. Free. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, ChampaignParkDistrict.com.

'Danville Sings.' 6 to 8 p.m. June 28, Mardis Gras Courtyard, Vermilion Place, 14 N. Hazel St., Danville. Taylor Wolfe will headline an event that will also showcase other local talent. Wolfe is the winner of WCIA "CI Living's" singing contest. Free. 260-2154.

'Hear Our Song: A Benefit Concert for Pediatric Stroke Awareness.' 7:30 p.m. June 28, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Featuring the voices of Jason and Nicole Morgan; April and Andy Blacker; Jeff Chandler; Kari Croop; and sisters Monica Samii and Nina Samii Frye; accompanied by Dan McCue and Andy Croop on piano and guitar. Silent auction, baked goods and beverages for sale. Tickets $10-$15 at the door. All proceeds go to Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association. http://www.chasa.org.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. June 28, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Full Throttle. Classic rock and blues party band, noon to 2 p.m. June 29 at the Tolono Funday Celebration, West Side Park, Tolono.

Black Oak Arkansas. 7 to 10 p.m. June 29, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Tickets start at $25. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.

Southern Fried Fest. 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. June 29, Vermilion County Fairgrounds, Danville. Evening of blues, Southern rock and country. Featuring the James Jones Trio, Renegade, the Matt Poss Band and national recording artist Jason Charles Miller. Outdoors, open to all ages. Must be 21 for beer tent. Admission $10. 474-3851.

Hessel Park Concert. Featuring Tons 'O' Fun Band, 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 30, Hessel Park, Champaign. 398-2550, http://www.ChampaignParkDistrict.com.

Danville Municipal Band. 7 p.m. June 30, Lincoln Park, 1000 Logan Ave., Danville. Concert, "In Honor of Those Who Have Served and Are Serving Our Nation: A Patriotic Concert." 597-1955.

Next week

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Bob Schifo (country and popular songs), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 2, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 3, Prairie Park, Urbana. Featuring music by the Blues Deacons. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. Games and activities for families and kids. Meet city of Urbana officials. In the event of rain, the event will take place the next night. http://www.urbanaparks.org

American English — Beatles Tribute. 7 to 10 p.m. July 3, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka. All proceeds to benefit the local food bank. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Showtime at 7 p.m. Tickets $20. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.

Clarke Buehling in concert. 7 p.m. July 3, Techline, 307 S. Locust St., C. Recognized for his interpretations of late-19th-century, classic finger-style banjo, Buehling is also in the forefront of the recent resurgence of interest in the earlier minstrel banjo style. Tickets $12-$15 at the door. All proceeds go to the artist. 352-5570.

Gunny Sack Revue. 7 to p.m. every Wednesday, Gunny Sack Event Center, 1061 Yoder Center, Arthur. No cover. Donations accepted. Lunch at 11 a.m. Finger foods and soda. Philo Schrock, 273-2969.

AudioFeed Music Festival. July 5 through 7, Champaign County Fairgrounds, North Coler Avenue, Urbana. Over 60 bands and artists, and a few speakers. Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, Listener, The Soil & The Sun, Timbre, Bill Mallonee, hushpad, Mayhew the Traitor, Sean Michel, Glenn Kaiser Band, Michael Roe (of the 77s, Lost Dogs), Jeff Elbel+Ping, Lauryn Peacock, Spoken Nerd, Robert Deeble, Dead Artist Syndrome, Devin Shelton (formerly of Emery), The Burial, Hope for the Dying, Ashland, Ravenhill, The Choir, Denison Witmer, While Heroes Sleep and more. Tickets for the whole festival in advance $40, $50 at the gate. One-day passes, $25. generationsmgmt@gmail.com, http://www.audiofeedfestival.com.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Black Ridge Road (traditional bluegrass), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 5, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Downtown Danville Summer Sounds Concert Series. Featuring Just Us Summer Band, 6 to 9 p.m. July 5, Temple Plaza, corner of Vermilion and North streets, Danville. Presented by Downtown Danville Inc. and Danville AMBUCS. 443-3886, http://www.summersounds.org.

Concert in the Park — Allerton Blues. 6 to 8 p.m. July 5, Gatehouse Lawn, Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Featuring Kilborn Alley Blues Band. Enjoy the show before the fireworks show. Rain location: Allerton Barn. Suggested donation: $5; $10 per family. Concerts in the Park are presented by the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union the first Friday of every month April through October 2013. 333-3287.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Logan Kirby, 8 p.m. July 5, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Conductor Jack in Concert. 2 to 2:45 p.m. July 6, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The 2011 Emmy Award-winning songwriter and star of "The Zinghoppers Show" on PBS was named "Nashville's Best Kids Entertainer" by the readers of Parent Magazine for the past four years. Classic kids' songs and original tunes as Jack accompanies himself on guitar, ukulele and banjo. 403-2030, http://www.champaign.org.

In Concert at CPL: Ben Bedford. 2 to 3 p.m. July 7, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Bedford refers to his style as "American portrait songwriting," drawing upon history for inspiration and presenting songs with a strong sense of time and place. 403-2070. http://www.champaign.org.

Hessel Park Concert. Featuring Decatur Park Singers, 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 7, Hessel Park, Champaign. Relax and listen to the sounds of local bands. Free. http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

Future highlights

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Marvin Lee Band (old-fashioned country), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 9, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 10, Wheatfield Park, Urbana. Featured music by High Cotton. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. Games and activities for families and kids. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, the following night. http://www.urbanaparks.org.

Krannert Uncorked with Maurice McKinley (jazz). 5 p.m. July 11, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Wine samples. Free. 333-6280.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Kickapooligans (from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Rolling Stones and Wilco), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 12, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. July 12, Sunset Ridge Park, Champaign. Featuring music by The New and Slightly Used. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables, games and crafts. Free. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, ChampaignParkDistrict.com.

Outside at the Research Park. 6:30 p.m. July 12, UI Research Park, Champaign. Performance space and seating area just south of the building, corner of First Street and St. Mary's Road. Headliner is Spuyten Duyvil (alternative American roots band), with opening act The Diva and The Dude (Kathy Harden and Andy Baylor). Green fair, 6 p.m. Free parking in lot south of the Caterpillar/SAIC Building, 1901 S. First St. Presented by Krannert Center and Fox/Atkins Development LLC. Free. 333-6280.

The Little River Band. 7 to 10 p.m. July 12, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Considered one of Australia's most significant bands, the group has worldwide album and CD sales topping $30 million. Tickets start at $40. Add a meal before the show for $10. 815-993-6585.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Polly and Pam, the Kilmer Sisters, 8 p.m. July 12, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Melvin Music Show. 6:30 p.m. July 13, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Featuring Bellflower Country Opry. Doors open, 5:30 p.m. Food available for sale. Adults $10, children 12 and younger free. 388-2853.

Philo Country Music Show. 3 to 5:15 p.m. July 14, R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 108 Madison St., Philo. Showcases country music talent in a Branson-style live music stage show. Hosted by Ed Clem and Chrissy Rigsby. Guest star, Tony Booth, the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists 2009 male vocalist of the year. Guest, Dennis Stroughmatt, fiddle. Featuring Logan Kirby, vocals; Dyke Corson, lead and steel guitar, vocals; Dave Ohllson, drums, vocals; Ed Clem, bass, vocals; and Chrissy Rigsby, piano, sax, vocals. Concessions. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 367-3898, 352-1477.

Summer Garden Concert Series. Featuring Prairie Community Band, 5 to 7 p.m. July 14, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Evening of patriotic music, including music by John Phillip Sousa and a salute to the nation's armed forces. Free. 586-2612, kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mitchells Bluegrass and Gospel, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 17, King Park, Urbana. Featuring music by Painkillers. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. Games and activities for families and kids. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, the following night. http://www.urbanaparks.org.

Krannert Uncorked with Michael Kammin, solo guitar. 5 p.m. July 18, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Wine samples. Free. 333-6280.

Concerts on the Lawn. Summer music series features Prairieland Pickers (folk songs, gospel), 7 p.m. July 18, Mason Point campus, 1 mile east of Sullivan on Route 121. Third Thursday evening of each month, through August. Open to the public with free admission and refreshments. Bring a lawn chair. 728-4394, 728-4223, http://www.petersonhealthcare.net/masonpoint.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mitchells Bluegrass and Gospel, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 19, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Concerts on the Lawn. Summer music series, featuring Shriners Jazz Band, 7 p.m. July 18, Mason Point campus, 1 mile east of Sullivan on Illinois 121. Third Thursday evening of each month, May to August. Open to the public with free admission and refreshments. Bring a lawn chair. 728-4223, http://www.sullivan-chamber.com, http://www.masonpoint.org.

Downtown Danville Summer Sounds Concert Series. Featuring Outbound Drive, 6 to 9 p.m. July 19, Temple Plaza, corner of Vermilion and North streets, Danville. Presented by Downtown Danville Inc. and Danville AMBUCS. 443-3886, http://www.summersounds.org.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Cindy Suttles Moore, 8 p.m. July 19, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Champaign Music Festival. 7 p.m. to midnight July 20, downtown Champaign. Bands to be announced. http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

Benefit for Richard "DJ Half-Dead" Knip. 1 to 11 p.m. July 21, Traxside Pub and Sports Lounge, 4 E. Holden St., Tolono. Full day of live, local music is planned; special item auctions, gun raffle, car/truck/bike show and more. Bands include country acts Ashley Edwards, Jared Ketterman, Zach Linley, Chris Corkery, Wild Angels and Sampson Jones Gang, and tailgate rock acts Killer Bee Honey, X-Krush, ESP and OMNI. Suggested donations: adults, $10; children, ages 5-12, $5; under 5 years, free. 485-1016, http://tinyurl.com/helphalfdead.

Hessel Park concert. Featuring Jim Marcum Swing Band, 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 21, Hessel Park, Champaign. Relax and listen to the sounds of local bands. Free. http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

Danville Municipal Band. 7 p.m. July 21, Lincoln Park, 1000 Logan Ave., Danville. 597-1955.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mike Ellis and The Midnight Sons (country and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 23, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Collison Country Music. 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 24, outside, next to Masonic Lodge, Collison. Featuring Philo Country Opry Band. Food served by the Masons starting at 5 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. 497-2291.

Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 24, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Featured music by New Riders of the Golden Maize. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. Games and activities for families and kids. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, the following night. http://www.urbanaparks.org.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Country Gentlemen (old-fashioned country), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 26, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. July 26, Scott Park, Champaign. Featuring music by Steve Rodman. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables, games and crafts. Free. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, ChampaignParkDistrict.com.

Molly Hatchet. 7 to 10 p.m. July 26, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. American Southern rock/hard rock band, formed in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1975. is known for its hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster." Add dinner before the show for $10. 815-993-6585.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. July 26, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Danville Municipal Band. 7 p.m. July 28, Lincoln Park, 1000 Logan Ave., Danville. 597-1955.

Bach and Beyond. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 28, Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal, 1011 S. Wright St., C. The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana chorus performs choral music of Bach, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Whitacre. Tickets $10 at the door; cash or check. www. baroqueartists.org.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Bob Schifo (country and popular songs), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 30, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399.

Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 31, AMBUCS Park, Urbana. Featuring music by Bruiser and the Virtues. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. Games and activities for families and kids. Meet city of Urbana officials. In the event of rain, the event will take place the following night. http://www.urbanaparks.org.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Simon Webb and Friends, 8 p.m. Aug. 2, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Darren Bettis, 8 p.m. Aug. 9, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Melvin Music Show. 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Featuring Rick Flessner and Friends. Doors open, 6 p.m. Food available for sale. Adults $10, children 12 and younger free. 388-2853.

Tony Holt and The Wildwood Valley Boys. 7 p.m. Aug. 14, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E, Arcola. Mackville, a local bluegrass/gospel band, at 6:15 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults and $6 for children at the gate. 268-4106, http://www.rockome.com.

Concerts on the Lawn. Summer music series features Brad Darr (oldies, classic), 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Mason Point campus, 1 mile east of Sullivan on Route 121. Third Thursday evening of each month, May to August. Open to the public with free admission and refreshments. Bring a lawn chair. 728-4394, 728-4223, http://www.petersonhealthcare.net/masonpoint.

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. 2 p.m. Aug. 25, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E, Arcola. Mackville, a local bluegrass/gospel band, at 1:15 p.m. Cost will be regular park admission, $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children. 268-4106, http://www.rockome.com.

Collison Country Music. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, outside, next to Masonic Lodge, Collison. Featuring Highway 341 Band. Food served by the Masons starting at 5 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. 497-2291.

Dancing

This weekend

Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. June 28, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends (Tex Wynn, Al Waite, Ron Johnson, Terry Cottrel and Dave Coleman). Food served, 5 to 7 p.m. Held the fourth Friday every month.

Outdoor Milonga. "Milonga del Campo Afuera," 5 to 8 p.m. June 29, Meadowbrook Park, Garden Pavilion, Race Street, south of Windsor Road, Urbana. DJ Ron plays classic tango music. Picnic (bring food to share). Free admission. Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://www.centraltango.com.

Danville Area Super Singles and Couples Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. June 29, American Legion Post 210, 201 N. Jackson St., Danville. Music by Mike's DJ and Karaoke Service. Bring a snack to share and $5 for the DJ. 759-7872, 267-3601.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.

Next week

Blues dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. July 7, Emerald City Lounge, 118 N. First St., C. Beginner lesson, 6 p.m. DJ. BluesCENTRAL's first Sunday blues; through December. Free. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.

Future highlights

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. July 12, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. David Ernst, caller. Music by Euphor. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Admission $5; students/seniors $4; under 13 free. 359-8225, http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. July 19, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Gail Hintze, caller for both dances. Music by Bow-Dacious. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. Also, a family dance, 7 p.m., with Bow-Dacious Summer Camper Band, and new dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Admission $5; students/seniors $4; under 13 free. 359-8225, http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org.

Singles/Couples Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. July 21, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.

Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. July 26, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends (Tex Wynn, Al Waite, Ron Johnson, Terry Cottrel and Dave Coleman). Food served, 5 to 7 p.m. Held the fourth Friday every month.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. July 26, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Meg Dedolph, caller. Old-time tunes by Cliff Harrison, Jim Nelson and Andy Gribble. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. Workshop at 6:45 p.m., "Gender Bender Contras" with Kristi and Angela. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m. Admission $5; students/seniors $4; under 13 free. 359-8225, http://urbana-contra.org

Blues dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4, Emerald City Lounge, 118 N. First St., C. Beginner lesson, 6 p.m. DJ. BluesCENTRAL's first Sunday blues; through December. Free. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.

Performing arts

This weekend

Meet the Vanishing Woman. 2 to 2:45 p.m. June 27, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. School-age children are invited to meet Ellen Craft, portrayed by actress Jennifer Goran, and historical novelist Doug Peterson as they present a dramatic production based on the lives of Craft and Henry Brown, slaves who made escapes to freedom in the late 1840s.

Friday Night Live. Street-Side Performance Series presented by Bank Champaign. 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, through Aug. 16, downtown Champaign. Free street-side performances. July 28 includes: Cliff Stoker (acoustic rock/easy listening), 6 p.m., John McMahon (acoustic rock/jazz/folk), 7 p.m., Walnut and Chester; Paige McQuigg & Chip Stephens (jazz, folk and beyond) 6 p.m., Kati and Jeremy Pessin (acoustic pop), 7 p.m., Neil and Park; and George Turner Trio (jazz), 6 p.m., Samba Soul (classical Brazilian Samba), 7 p.m., Neil and Church (One Main Plaza). If you are interested in performing: 351-9841 or kwhite@40north.org. http://www.fnlchampaign.com, http://www.facebook.com/FNLChampaign.

Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. Fridays, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. A guest improv group performs before Zoo Improv each week. Participate or just watch. $5. 356-7805, http://www.zooimprov.com, contact@zooimprov.com.

Theater

This weekend

'Evil Dead: The Musical.' 8 p.m. June 27-30, July 3-7, 10-13; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.' Continues 8 p.m. June 27 and 28, 4 and 8 p.m. June 29 and 2 p.m. June 30; Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.

'Life Could Be a Dream: The 1960 Doo-Wop Musical.' Continues 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon Sunday, June 27 to July 14, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Tickets $35-$39 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.

'Past Forward Summer Theatre.' 7 p.m. June 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. June 30; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Staged reading of memoirs penned by local authors, members of Past Forward Memoir Writing Group. Readings include short stories, poems, music and observations about the writers' lives and experiences. Tickets $6-$8. 345-2287.

Next week

'Anything Goes.' 2 and 8 p.m. July 3, 8 p.m. July 4 and 5, 4 and 8 p.m. July 6, 2 p.m. July 7, 8 p.m. July 9, 2 and 8 p.m. July 10, 8 p.m. July 11 and 12, 4 and 8 p.m. July 13 and 2 p.m. July 14; Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.

'Dora the Explorer Pirate Adventure.' 10:30 a.m. July 5, 6, 9 and 11-13; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. A 2013 Theatre for Young Audience Show. Breakfast with Dora, Diego, Boots and Swiper taking place at 9 a.m. July 6, 9,11, and 13 ; $10. Stick around after the show to meet the entire cast and get autographs from your favorite characters. Tickets $10.40. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.

Future highlights

'The Fiddler on the Roof Jr.' 7 p.m. July 11, 1 and 7 p.m. July 12 and 7 p.m. July 13; the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Presented by participants in the Champaign Park District Youth Theatre Summer Camp. 819-3902, Patty.Dudley@cparkdistrict.com.

'Freud's Last Session.' 8 p.m. July 25-28, July 31 to Aug. 3; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.

'Les Miserables.' Eighth annual Kathy Murphy Student Production, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-3, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-10 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$16. 344-3884, http://www.cutc.org.

'Monty Python's Spamalot.' 2 and 8 p.m. July 31, 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2, 4 and 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 2 p.m. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 7, 8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9, 4 and 8 p.m. Aug. 10 and 2 p.m. Aug. 11; Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.

'The Music Man.' 7:30 p.m. July 25-27 and 2 p.m. July 28, Urbana High School Theatre, 1002 S. Race St., U. The 22nd annual Youth Summer Theatre performance. Members of the Urbana Pops Orchestra will perform the music. Adults, $14; students and seniors, $10; children 12 and younger, $7. 367-1544.

'Will Rogers Follies.'2 and 8 p.m. July 17, 8 p.m. July 18 and 19, 4 and 8 p.m. July 20, 2 p.m. July 21, 8 p.m. July 23, 2 and 8 p.m. July 24, 8 p.m. July 25 and 26, 4 and 8 p.m. July 27 and 2 p.m. July 28; Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.

Outdoors / nature

This weekend

5K Freedom Run, 1 mile walk and Kids Fun Run. 7:30 a.m. June 29, Moraine View State Park, LeRoy. Registration, 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Hosted by the village of Downs.

Fitness in the Forest. 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1, campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. A fast-paced, heart-pumping program that includes hikes, strength and cardio training, plus other healthy and fun fitness activities in a friendly outdoor atmosphere. Free. 595-5692, hq@ccfpd.org, http://www.ccfpd.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.ccfpd.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.ccfpd.org.

Take Me Fishing. 9 to 11 a.m. June 29, Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Kids' awards, activities, basic fishing instruction available. Illinois fishing license requirement waived; all fishing is catch-and-release. Cane poles and bait available, but you may bring your own. Adult supervision of children is required. Free. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

C-U at Home One Summer Day. 9 to 11 a.m. June 29, Hessel Park, Champaign. Opportunity for families to get involved together to take steps to fight homelessness. Rain or shine, walk to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to help support these residents. This year's goal is 200 walkers, raising at least $100 each, to provide professional case management to offer direct assistance to residents. 819-4569, http://www.cuathome.us.

Great Annual Rocket Launch of 2013. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29, Pick Dodds Park, Champaign. The Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club is holding its biggest rocketry event of the year, GARLO 2013. Rockets of all sizes welcome, and all spectators are invited. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 9 a.m. for status of launch. Free. 359-8225, cia-info@ciarocketry.org, http://www.CIARocketry.org/garlo.html.

Wildlife Medical Clinic: Feathered Friends. 2 to 2:45 p.m., June 29, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The UI Wildlife Medical Clinic will bring its live bird ambassadors to help teach children about wildlife, conservation and ecosystem health. For school-age children. 403-2030, http://www.champaign.org.

Naturalist programs. Noon to 1 p.m. weekends, to Sept. 1, campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. Time varies. Each weekend, the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. Free. Schedule at http://www.ccfpd.org.

Pollination Fascination. 2 to 3 p.m. June 30, UI Pollinatarium, 606 W. Windsor Road, U. May Berenbaum on "Applied bee-nomics: how the honey bee genome project is helping to save the honey bee." 265-8302, http://www.life.illinois.edu/pollinatarium.

Next week

Playscape Mondays. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, to Aug. 26, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal. Dress to get dirty. Free. 896-2455, sclementz@ccfpd.org.

Growing Up Wild: Turtle Time. 10 to 11 a.m. July 2, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Learn what makes turtles different from other types of wildlife at the forest preserves. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. Dress for the weather. $5 per child. Register by June 28. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.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. wachtel@comcast.net, 649-6861.

Second Wind Running Club Summer Fun Runs. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, north side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. A timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 15-minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile. Held during daylight savings months only (April through October). Typically time changes to 6 p.m. in late September. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.

Sibley's first Electric 5K Fun Run. 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. July 3, Sibley Gazebo, Sibley. A one-of-a-kind nighttime experience for all different speeds, ages, shapes and sizes. Proceeds go to HUSH, a nonprofit organization that works with kids on giving back to society. Grab your family, friends and multiple glow sticks and get ready to become electric at what will be an annual event. Register at http://www.getfitmom.net. getfit2mom@gmail.com.

Nature Play Pre-K Turtle Time. 10 to 11 a.m. July 5, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. July is Wild about Wildlife Month. Learn what makes turtles different from other types of wildlife at the forest preserves. Outdoor event for preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. $5. Register by July 2. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

Pollination Fascination. 2 to 3 p.m. July 7, UI Pollinatarium, 606 W. Windsor Road, U. Susan Kivikko on "Is your hive healthy?" 265-8302, http://www.life.illinois.edu/pollinatarium.

Future highlights

Discover Reptiles. 3 to 4 p.m. July 8, Champaign Public Library, Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St. Get up close and personal with snakes and turtles from the Anita Purves Nature Center. For school-age children. 403-2090.

Kennekuk Road/Trail Runners Summer Fun Runs/Walks. 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 21, except July 3, Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Cross Country Course, Danville. Meet at Meadow Shelter near Clear Pond. Featuring 1-, 2- and 3-mile runs/walks or 3-mile Clear Pond Trail. Free entry. Ribbons and medals, with cookouts to follow on event nights. http://www.kennekuk.com.

Meet the Animals. 1 to 4 p.m. July 20, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. See live animals brought by Scovill Zoo's Mobile Zoo, including small mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world. Free. 896-2455, pleiter@ccfpd.org.

Take Me Fishing. 9 to 11 a.m. July 27, Boathouse Peninsula, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 101 N. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet. Kids' awards, activities and more. Basic fishing instruction available to beginners. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived; all fishing is catch-and-release. Cane poles and bait available, but you may bring your own. Adult supervision of children required. Free. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Starting Point: Artworks of J. Fred Woell," through July 7. "Surrealism and Its Influence" and "Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa," both through July 28. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," through Sept. 29. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and July 4. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu.

Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," featuring the museum's first digital multimedia interactive. 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.

Other museums

Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. "Some of My Favorite Photos," photography by Mary Haag, through July 19. "Works by Alice Baber" from the Paris Art Center's permanent collection, ongoing. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.

Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms, featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, http://www.champaignmuseum.org, director@champaignmuseum.org.

Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and active/retired military, $8; children K-12, $5; 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, http://www.aeromuseum.org.

C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum. 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. Annual quilt show, "Quilted Keepsakes 2013," ends June 30. Tour the Victorian mansion and see the variety of quilts displayed throughout the C.H. Moore Homestead Mansion. $3 adults; $1, ages 12-18. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 935-6066 http://www.chmoorehomestead.org.

I&I Historic Farm Museum. 309 E. Busey St., Penfield. Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 595-5413 or 863-2681, http://www.antiquefarm.org.

Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Local artist gallery opening reception, 2 to 4 p.m. July 6. See the newest art on display, featuring Sally Bliss Nolan and Derek Winstanely. Talk with artists about their work. Refreshments. Free. 586-2612, kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C "Animal Encounters," 2 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time. See aquatic turtles, land turtle, bearded dragons and corn snake. Exhibits, facility and programs are family- and science-centered. Toddler Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday; sensory activities based on art, music, math and games. Free with admission, no registration. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $3-$4, children under 2 and members free. 352-5895, http://www.orpheumkids.com.

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. "A British Tar: John Philip Sousa's Anglo-American Connections," ends June 28. Exhibits ending in July include: "John Philip Sousa's 1912 Victor Recording Sessions," through July 15. "A Divided Musical Affair: Arthur Endres Kraeckmann's Love Letters to Mabel Roeher," through July 29. 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 accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-56) and a one-room schoolhouse; natural history displays, a coal mine shaft. "Vermilion County in the Civil War," through 2015. Admission: museum and Fithian House, $4; museum only, $2.50 for adults. $1 for teens 13-17, children 12 and younger free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 442-2922, http://www.vermilioncountymuseum.org.

Vermilion County War Museum. 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. D-Day exhibit. Exhibits with items from the pre-Revolutionary War period through the current operations in Afghanistan. Recently remodeled areas include a new section on veterans' scrapbooks and diaries, Civil War display, a combat weapons display for all wars, plus items in the Vietnam and Spanish-American War displays. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission $2, under 12, $1. 431-0034, vcwm@comcast.net, http://www.vcwm.org.

Planetarium

William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Closed July 4. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Summer Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 28. — Main feature: "Violent Universe," 8 p.m. June 28; "Cosmic Colors," 8 p.m. Fridays, July 5 through Aug. 24. — Children's features: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 1 p.m. Tuesdays, through July 30; 10 a.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 1, except July 4; "Flight Adventures," 2 p.m. Tuesdays, through July 30; "Solar System Safari," 11 a.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 1, except July 4.

Exhibits

Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "Many Cultures, One Community," a group exhibit, ends July 1. Artists include Ian Wang, Selena Wang, Rashmi Kapoor, Vivia Tran, Hua Nian, Amrita Bamrah, Lei Shanbhag, Joy Yang, Jason Xing, Siti-Mariah Jackson, Cheryl Chau and Hermia Soo. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-9300, go.illinois.edu/aacc.

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. The third display, "Specialty Household Lamps," ends June 30. The fourth display, "Household Utility: Part 1," opens July 1. The collection is on loan from someone who has been collecting kerosene-era items for many years. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 678-8184.

Illinois Terminal. 45 E. University Ave., C. "Getting to Champaign," photography exhibit, second floor and in the main stairwell. The exhibit highlights significant milestones in the evolution of ground transportation in Champaign-Urbana. Ongoing. Free. Hours: all day, every day.

Illini Union Art Gallery. 1401 W. Green St., U. "So Many Beasts of Burden," featuring the work of several artists from the master of fine arts program at the UI, ends June 28. Art exhibit to explore societal contributions and influence of animals. Free. Regular hours: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday. 333-3663, http://www.iuboard.uiuc.edu.

Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Meredith Setser: Tunnel Vision," opens July 1, through Aug. 1. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. July 11, with gallery talk at 7 p.m. and music by Desafinado. Free. Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.

Springer Cultural Center. 301 N. Randolph St. C. "Nostalgic Moment: II," artworks of Siti Mariah Jackson and Brian J. Sullivan, through July 19. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. 398-2376, http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "Looking at Lincoln," through Aug. 11. "Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts," through July 7, eGallery. 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. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. "Casino Royale and Beyond: Sixty Years of Ian Fleming's Literary Bond," through July 12, Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-2290.

University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Identity, Activism and Youth," through Aug. 18. Exhibit for social justice by humanitarian designer and Chicana artist Nancy Guevara and the students of Urbana High School participating in Art, Media, and Design, a 21st Century Learning Center course. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://www.universityymca.org/art.

Urbana City Building. 400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Photographs at Urbana's Market at the Square," through July 31. Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.

Galleries

The Alley Gallery. 113 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "The Naked Truth; the Nude in Fine Art Photography," by photographers Stephen Chrisman, Craig McGonigal, David Nolan and Ian Wang, through July 14. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, or by appointment. 497-2286.

Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Joseph Gallo Mono Prints, Peyton Stewart Paintings and Celine Brousard Photographs," through mid-August. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and during studio hours or by appointment. 328-9642.

Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "The Ledger Book" new drawings by Ron Kovatch, recently retired from the School of Art + Design at the UI, through Aug. 10. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Figure One. Exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. "Art + Design Alumni Exhibition," ends June 30. Forty-five alumni displaying 99 works of art. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 333-0855, http://www.art.illinois.edu.

Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Three Ways to Get Here" by Cecil Bilbo, Sally Walsh and Phil Strang, opens June 28 through July 6. Three receptions, 6 to 9 p.m.: opening, June 28; red white and blue, July 3, and closing, July 6. With food and drinks at all three and music by John McMahon, Bruiser and the Javalinas on June 28, Cody and the Gateway Drugs on July 3 and David Howie on July 6. Gallery hours: 2 to 9 p.m. each day except July 4. 898-4646, http://www.indi-go-art.com.

Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Exhibiting paintings by artist Caroline Goldsmith, opening reception, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20, through Aug. 24. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month or by appointment. 762-8248, http://www.redhousegallery.net.

Sleepy Creek Vineyards. 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Quilts by Nina Paley on display through August in the Hayloft Gallery. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.

Sugar Creek Boutique. 118 S. Main St., Homer. Art and crafts, including sculpture by Rick Larimore, jewelry by Gail Williams, fused and stained glass by Jo Duchene and works by another 12 artisans, through Aug. 31. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1 to 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 896-4012.

Farms/markets

Downtown Danville Farmers' Market. 7 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays, through October, Danville Public Library lawn, 319 N. Market St. Variety of local produce, home-baked goods and crafts. A parent-child activity every Saturday. http://www.downtowndanville.org/calendar.htm, 443-3886.

Lavender U-Pick. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28-30, Sharp's Crossing Lavender Farm, 1495 County Road 2300 N, C. U-pick a bundle for $6. Last opportunity to pick and enjoy lavender fresh from the farm this year. http://www.SharpsCrossingLavender.com, JanMeier@SharpsCrosssingLavender.com.

Urbana's Market at the Square. 7 a.m. to noon, rain or shine every Saturday, through Nov. 2, corner of Illinois and Vine Streets, downtown Urbana. A bounty of local produce, meat, dairy, flowers, arts, crafts and more. http://urbanaillinois.us/market.

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