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Christmas at Bement. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Bement. Events throughout the town include a pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 a.m. at Bement United Methodist Church; Mike Walsh Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m.; a holiday bazaar, 11 a.m. at Bement School; Christmas parade kickoff, 1 p.m., and visit with Santa following the parade. At Bryant Cottage State Historic Site: Christmas Tea and Story Readings, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a holiday open house, 5 to 7 p.m., featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, harp music, holiday decorations and luminaria. Luminaria display, 5 to 7 p.m. at Veterans Park. Free.
Green Mill Village Holiday Walk. Continues through Dec. 14, Arcola. Carriage Crossing Senior Living and Best Western Plus transformed with displays of decorated trees and wreaths, and festivities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Decorated-trees showcase continues through Dec. 14 at Carriage Crossing; free. The trees will be auctioned off by silent auction; proceeds go to nonprofit organizations. Final day of the festival, 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, includes Breakfast with Santa at Carriage Crossing, $5; Santa’s Workshop, with cookie decorating, holiday crafts, story time with Mrs. Claus and mailing a letter to Santa, $5; silent auction ending at noon. www.gmvdevelopment.com.
Christmas Tea & Story Reading. Dec. 14, every 90 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m., until 3 p.m., Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Bement. Families can enjoy traditional Christmas stories. Treats and beverages will be available. Free, with suggested donation of $5 per person. Call for reservations. 678-8184.
Japan House Pop-Up Holiday Bazaar. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16, Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Antique scrolls, strands of origami cranes, tea bowls, framed posters, all kinds of origami, fans, vases and more. Complimentary refreshments. Dec. 14, a break for tea ceremonies (reservations required) at 2 and 3 p.m. All proceeds go to the Japan House Internship Program. 244-9934.
‘My Favorite Things.’ Candlelight tours continue, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, through Dec. 27, 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: Nina Marshall, harpist, Dec. 13; Marcia Wise, vocalist, Dec. 20. People in period dress and demonstrations. 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.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20 through 31, Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville. 442-1691.
Opening of Candlestick Lane. Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 14, corner of Grant Place and Eastern Drive, Urbana. Candlestick Lane will be lit from 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Christmas.
Holiday celebration. 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., U. Special performance, Lica Jay. $5 contest. Stepper couple and electric slide team, food. Benefit for Unity Performing Arts and Career Center. email@example.com.
Noon Day Drop. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Ring in the new year with a big balloon drop at noon on New Year’s Eve. Make crazy hats, crazy noise and bring in the new year with a big balloon drop. Come early for a dance party before 6,000 balloons drop to ring in the new year. $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers, family pack four for $28. 352-5895.
10th annual Illini Farm Toy Show. 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 5, Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 1001 Kilarney St., U. Hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau District 12 Young Ag Leaders. Open room trading. Saturday includes a farm toy consignment “live” auction, 10:30 a.m. Adults: $3; children 6-12, $2; under 6 years, Free. Free admission on Jan. 4 with freewill donation to local ag-in-the-classroom programs. 202-2730.
Herb Day 2014. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 W. Killarney St., U. Educational sessions with speakers including Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain Herbs, Holly Shimizu of the National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and chef Marcus Terhune from the Urbana Holiday Inn. First educational session begins, 9 a.m. Retail area selling a variety of herbs, spices and gardening products, books and products from the presenters. Registration fee $60 by Jan. 10, includes an herb-themed lunch buffet; on-site, 8 a.m. Jan. 18; does not include lunch. Register at tinyurl.com/n5n9rdg, or contact Linda Harvey at 244-1693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Lens 2013. “Beijing Flickers” (You-Zhong), 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 12, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Zhang Yuan. 96 minutes. China, in Mandarin, with English subtitles. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, www.globalfilm.org, email@example.com.
Local indie film. “House of Thaddeus” screening, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. This feature film, shot in the historic Jewell House in Danville, features actors from Danville and Champaign-Urbana. Not rated. Filmmakers and several actors will discuss the film after the screening. Funds raised by the screening will support the Red Mask Players and the future promotion of the film. DVDs available. Tickets $6 at the door, cash or check only.
The News-Gazette Film Series. “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957), 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 18, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Organist David Schroeder will performing on the Virginia’s historic Wurlitzer pipe organ before the screening. Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee for online only. 356-9063, www.thevirginia.org.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. “A Season of Joy,” featuring the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus and the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Choral classics, masterpieces of the season, holiday favorites and a visit from Old St. Nick. Tickets $5-$35. 333-6280, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prairie Breezes Concert Series Presents Shalom! 4:15 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Traditional Eastern European Klezmer music. For children and their families. Prairie Breezes concerts take place on the second Friday of most months and are sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss. 367-4069.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Erica Neal, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.
TheGr8Change: Benefit Concert. 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Highdive, 51 Main St., C. Featuring Chicago native BeeKay, Champaign artists Young Blu, Jarrel Young and Mi$fit Music. Headlining will be TheGr8Thinkaz. Proceeds will go to The GOALS Project (Going on Against Life’s Struggles), a local nonprofit organization. Cover charge $5. rsvpthegr8change.splashthat.com.
Shane Dwight with Timmy D and Blind Justice. 9 p.m. Dec. 13, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Presented by Fluid Events & Smoky’s House BBQ. Doors open, 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 day of show. 359-6960, ext. 4.
‘Under American Skies: Celebrating Our Musical Community on Granny’s Porch.’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Featuring Central, Centennial and Urbana high school wind ensembles, closing out the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music’s 10th annual American Music Month Celebration. Tickets $5; $20, families of six. Pre-concert talk by Benjamin Montalbano on his new composition, 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. 356-9063.
UFLive! presents the New Orleans Jazz Machine. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Dixieland sextet, led by Carl Johnson on clarinet. UFLive! concerts offer a diverse lineup of local performers and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months. 367-4405.
Danville Symphony Orchestra. “An Italian Christmas,” 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets $15-$30. 443-5300, www.danvillesymphony.org.
‘Baroque Christmas at Holy Cross.’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark St., C. Featuring the University High School Madrigal Singers (in Elizabethan costume), the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana chorus and orchestra, and Central Illinois Children’s Choir. After intermission, audience joins in singing traditional carols. Tickets $10-$20. www.baroqueartists.org, 378-6802, email@example.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. Christmas show, 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music. Tickets $10. No show, Dec. 27. 877-6499.
Kenny Rogers Christmas and Hits Through the Years Tour 2013. With special guest, Linda Davis, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 22, UI State Farm Center Star Theater, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $38-$45. 866-455-4641, www.StateFarmCenter.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. New Year’s Eve dinner and show, 5 p.m. Dec. 28, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Potluck dinner at 5 p.m. and show at 6. Show features Eric Gordon, Erica Neal, Mariah Henderson, Terry Lynn Barton and Dan Wilson. Branson-style country music. Tickets $15-$20. 877-6499.
C-U at the Virginia: America Sings. 7 p.m. Dec. 31, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Presented by The Chorale. Also featuring the News Year’s Eve singalong with the Virginia’s Wurlitzer pipe organ. With guest, Michael Hammer, piano. Proceeds help support The Chorale’s Young Artist Scholarship program. Tickets $22-$24. $2 (per ticket) processing fees applies online only. 356-9063, www.thevirginia.org.
Music by Woody Pines. 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Modern ragtime bluesy group. Seats $12; groups of six or more, $10. 733-0330.
Charlotte Martin. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets: $10-$15. 581-3110, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eiu.edu/doudna.
Bement Country Opry Band. “Conway Twitty Salute,” with Eric Gordon and Rusty Cummins, 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.
Queensryche starring Geoff Tate. “The 25th Anniversary of Operation Mindcrime Tour,” 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. , Watseka. This outrageous rock band has sold over 20 million records. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Show, 7 p.m. All ages. Tickets $65, VIP; first few rows, $55; and $40. 815-993-6585, www.watsekatheatre.com.
Krannert Uncorked. 5 p.m. Jan. 23, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Musicians to be announced. Linger for the music, and try a new wine. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Pam and Polly “The Kilmers,” 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $10. 877-6499.
Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2014. 6 p.m. Jan. 25, UI State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. Winter Jam is the No. 1 tour in the world for three consecutive years, attracting more than a half-million people last year and selling out multiple venues. The headliner for 2014 is Newsboys, along with Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North and seven other top names in Christian music. Tickets $10 at the door. 866-455-4641, www.StateFarmCenter.com.
Darius Rucker: True Believers Tour. Featuring Eli Young Band with special guest David Nail, 7 p.m. Jan. 29, UI State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $40-$46. 866-455-4641, www.StateFarmCenter.com.
Krannert Uncorked. 5 p.m. Jan. 30, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Musicians to be announced. Linger for the music, and try a new wine. 333-6280.
Jupiter String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Franz Schubert’s driving, dramatic “Death and the Maiden” quartet, a pillar of the repertoire, will highlight this concert by the University of Illinois quartet-in-residence. Tickets $10-$25. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Cindy Suttles-Moore, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.
Ballroom dance. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, The Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Holiday dance, Dec. 20. No dance Dec. 27. Social ballroom dancing, casual attire, no partner needed. $9. 359-5333 www.regentballroom.com.
Urbana Country Dancers’ Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 13, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Mean Lids. Callers John and Kathy Coffman. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. www.urbana-contra.org.
BluesCENTRAL monthly blues dance. 8:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 13, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Beginners welcome. Lesson, 8:30 p.m.; dancing, 9 p.m. $7; students, $5. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
Christmas Party Dinner and Dance. Dec. 14, Gao Grotto, 2400 Denmark Road, Danville. Hosted by the Gao Grotto Revelers. Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Band, Seventeen Sisters, at 8 p.m. Tickets $15; attend the dance only (no dinner), $8 in advance or $10 at the door. 260-1983.
19th annual English Country Dance Christmas Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by The Flatland Consort. Dances led by Susan Burt, Jon Hanson, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Sivier. Fans and finery are encouraged. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. The ball is followed by a potluck dessert party with carol singing. Suggested donation $7 ($6 if you bring a dessert to share). 359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org, email@example.com.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
C-U West Coast Swing Dancers’ December Lessons and Dance. 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 15, Black Rock Pizza Co., 88 Broadway, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Beginner lesson, 6 p.m. Intermediate lesson, 6:45 p.m. Free dance, 7:30 to 10 p.m. All levels of dancing skill welcome. Cost $6 per person per single lesson. $10 for both lessons. firstname.lastname@example.org, sites.google.com/site/cuwestcoastdancers/Home.
Urbana Country Dancers’ Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 20, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Music by Acoustic Mayhem. Dances led by caller, Ann Huber. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. www.urbana-contra.org.
Singles dance and karaoke. 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 21, Gino’s Lounge, 77 N. Gilbert St., Danville. No cover. 765-299-7943.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 27, 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. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 28, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Captain’s Three. Cost $10. 443-2999.
One People presents The Lounge: GIFTED (Giving is for the Everyday). 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, The Hub, 912 W. Springfield Ave., U. Doors open, 7 p.m. A community event that provides a stage for local performers and raises awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes. One People will partner with Friends of Santa. Performers volunteer and represent a variety of art forms such as comedy, poetry, storytelling, spoken word and music. Free. email@example.com, onepeoplecu.org.
Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. every Friday, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. Zoo will feature other local troupes as an opening act each week. Participate or just watch. Family-friendly show, 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month, followed by the regular features at 8. $5. 356-7805, www.zooimprov.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories of Giving. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. In celebration of the holiday season, resident storyteller Kim Sheahan will offer a family storytelling concert of multicultural folk tales highlighting giving and generosity. Free.
Moscow Festival Ballet. “Swan Lake,” 7 p.m. Jan. 21; “Giselle,” 7 p.m. Jan. 22; and “Cinderella,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$45. 333-6280.
‘Chess.’ Musical, continues 8 p.m. Dec. 12-15 and 18-21; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, www.stationtheatre.com.
‘The Christmas Toyshop.’ Rantoul Theatre Group, continues 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15; Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul. Tickets $7-$10. 892-1121, www.rtgonline.org.
‘A Christmas Story.’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, noon and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
‘Deck the Halls.’ Music and comedy, continues Dec. 12-31; Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. Wednesday evenings are added in December. Tickets $34-$38 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.
‘Miracle on 34th Street.’ Bah Humbug Productions, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 22; Parkland College Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$12; family group “5 for $50” is available; email@example.com, 621-8276 or at the door.
‘Good Boys and True.’ 8 p.m. Jan. 23-26, Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, Feb. 5-8; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.
‘I Bet Your Life.’ Red Mask Players, 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, redmaskplayers.com/reservations.htm.
Outdoors / nature
Nature Tales and Trails. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Dec. 13, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Bring your child out for nature story time. Each month, a story will be read on a different nature-related topic and brought to life during a nature hike. 367-1544.
Merry & Bright Candy Cane Hunt. 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Prairie Farm, 2202 W. Kirby Ave., C. Kids ages 3-10 search the farm for hidden candy canes, some with prizes. Meet Santa, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and explore the farm featuring traditional farm animals. Free outdoor event. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Meet a Critter. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Learn fascinating facts and meet the nature center animals up close. Make a fun animal craft. 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. 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. 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Discover easy ways to explore side by side with your preschooler through hands-on activities, hikes, songs and stories. 367-1544.
Remarkable Reptiles. 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 3, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Join a naturalist for an close-up look at the resident snake and turtles. Learn their natural and personal histories. $2; children 2 and younger, free. Registration requested. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Critter Care. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Get an up-close visit with the resident wild animals. Have a behind-the-scenes look at their care and learn how they survive in the wild. Free. Registration required. 896-2455. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. “School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition,” “Return to Sender: Ray Johnson, Robert Warner and the New York Correspondence School,” “Correspondents of Ray Johnson,” “Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise” and “Yun-Fei Ji: Selected Works,” all through Jan. 5. “Encounters: The Arts of Africa,” permanent display. Fall hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and Dec. 23-Jan. 1. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. “Folk Art of Latin America,” through Jan. 5. “Inspired by ... Works of the C-U Spinners & Weavers Guild,” through March 9. 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, spurlock.illinois.edu.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. “Zenith: Selections from Eastern Illinois University’s Painting Program,” through Dec. 27. “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, 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, champaignmuseum.org, email@example.com.
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. Regular 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, aeromuseum.org.
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Snow Globe Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 14 and 21. A winter wonderland, featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snowball throwing, ice fishing with prizes and more. Sponsored by Busey. $6-$8; family four-pack, $28. “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. 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, orpheumkids.com.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. “The James Bond Theme: Music to Live, Die and Love Another Day,” through March 14. “How the Sousa Band Music Library Came to the University of Illinois,” through June 2, 2014. “A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh,” through June 30, 2014. “Traveling America’s Early Highways: A Strothkamp Family Road Trip 1920-1930,” through July 7, 2014. “Celebrating the Harding-Hindsley-Begian-Keene Band Legacy at the University of Illinois,” through Aug. 18, 2014. “Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana’s Local Music Scene 1980-2000,” through Sept. 29, 2014. 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, some holidays and Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Holiday Open House, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Santa Claus, dancers, singers, refreshments and historical characters. 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. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 442-2922, 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, 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: Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission $2; under 12, $1. 431-0034, email@example.com, vcwm.org.
Westville Depot and Historical Museum. South of the square, corner of South State at 1 C&EI Avenue, Westville. Annual bake sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14. Cakes, cookies, candy available for purchase. View the depot’s many historical items. Santa will be present from 10 to 11 a.m. to greet the children and give them a little gift. Proceeds from the bake sale will help maintain the depot. 267-2161.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. Closed Dec. 20, 21, 27, 28, Jan. 3 and 4. 351-2568, 351-2446.
— “World of Science” lecture series. Professor emeritus James B. Kaler, “From Out of No Where ... Comets!” 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Admission $1 at the door; Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free.
— Sky show: “Fall Prairie Skies,” continues 7 p.m. Dec. 13.
— Main feature: “Season of Light,” 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14.
— Children’s feature: “Santa’s Secret Star,” 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 14.
Alice Campbell Alumni Center. First level, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. “Handmade Paper” by Marjorie Roberts Alexander, ends Dec. 15. Presented by the UI Alumni Association. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-1471.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. “Child of the World” art exhibit by Jessica Lee Rojas, through Jan. 28, 2014. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 10, 2014. 333-9300.
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. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. “Love Less Violently” follows the summer’s show “So Many Beasts of Burden.” University artists Maria Lux, Shayna Egan and Cherie Fanning will showcase new pieces, both wearable and for display only. Through Jan. 31, 2014. Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed from 5 p.m. Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. 300-7889.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. “State of the Art 2013-2014: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational,” through Feb. 1. Free. 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 Dec. 21 through Jan. 5. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. “A Couple of Ways of Doing Something: Photographs by Chuck Close, Poems by Bob Holman,” through Dec. 20, 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, eiu.edu/~tarble/.
UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. “Archie Green and the Campus Folksong Club,” through Dec. 31, Marshall Gallery, first floor at Main Entrance. “Life on the Moon: Literary and Scientific Reflections,” ends Dec. 13, Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Details at go.illinois.edu/moon. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 1, except open Dec. 27, 30 and 31. 333-2290.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. “Artwork to Support Local Efforts for Clean Water Resources” by Kim Curtis, through Jan. 19, 2014. The show, a collaboration between the artist and Prairie Rivers Network. Paintings by Curtis available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the network’s advocacy for clean water. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 337-1500, universityymca.org/art.
Urbana City Building. 400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program’s “Artist of the Corridor” exhibit, “Elemental by Meredith Foster,” through Jan. 31. Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.
Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. “At the End, Before the Beginning” by Debra Domal, Aleksandra Sarnicka, Nathan Westerman and Nichole Sexton, through Dec. 19. Hours: during studio hours, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, or by appointment. 417-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broken Oak Gallery and Studio. 1865 N. 1225 E Road, White Heath. Works by glass artist Ian Duncan, fiber art by local artist Jane Barry, ceramics by Toni and Jay Mann, jewelry by Nora Swanson Arts and photographs by Judith Baker-Barrows, through Dec. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday or by appointment. 762-4907.
Heartland Gallery. 112 W. Main St., U. New Art Showcase, featuring new work by local artists Shoshanna Bauer, Sharon Davie-Barrett, Ann McDowell and Barb Ryan, as well as Irish artist Honor Hales, through Dec. 24. Holiday hours starting in December: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 337-4767, heartland-gallery.com, email@example.com.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. “Not Just Noise,” exhibition of artwork from six individuals linked by their passion to visually convey the underground music they love, Dec. 12-17. Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Regular hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org, indi-go-art.com.
Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Photographs by Michael Holtz, paintings by Caroline Goldsmith, plus books on Monticello and Allerton Park. Special appointments also available. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays. Holiday hours: Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21; plus Dec. 20 and 23. 762-8248, redhousegallery.net, email@example.com.
The White Dove Garden and Gallery. 703 W. Hill St., C. Oil and watercolor paintings by Alisa Ramshaw Chapman, ongoing. Other area artists during special exhibits. Complimentary refreshments. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. 359-0675, thewhitedovegarden.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curtis Orchard. 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Open every day through Dec. 20. Apples, peaches, cider, doughnuts, pies and other goodies. Free admission. Fun kids’ activities include the petting zoo (free), miniature golf (fee) and the giant slide (fee). 359-5565, curtisorchard.com.
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch and Christmas Tree Farm. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26-28; 1356 County Road 2900 N, Rantoul. Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch has reindeer, 5 acres of Christmas trees, a barn gift shop and a Western-style banquet hall. Reindeer tours, $4. 893-3407, ReindeerRanch.com.