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 and 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.
Cancer benefit. Doors open, 5 p.m. Jan. 4, Turtle Run Golf and Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville. For Robert "Sponge Bob" Downing of Danville. Cornhole Tourney (registration, 5 to 5:30 p.m.), 6 p.m.; 50/50 drawing; live auction, 8 p.m.; DJ and karaoke to follow. Cash donations can be deposited at Landmark Credit Union for the Bob Downing cancer benefit fund. 799-1548, 474-1030, 304-2594, 799-7282.
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.
Afternoon movie."Despicable Me 2" (2013), 1 p.m. Jan. 2, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Gru (Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Rated PG. Free popcorn. 893-3955. rantoul.lib.il.us.
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies."The Egg and I" (1947), 2 p.m. Jan. 8, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. Bob (Fred MacMurray) informs his new bride Betty (Claudette Colbert) that he has resigned his city slicker job and bought a chicken farm. Free; call ahead to reserve seats. 267-3170, westvillepubliclibrarydistrict.org, email@example.com.
'Live and Local' at Allerton Mansion. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10, Allerton Mansion, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Featuring Kevin Kelly of WILL and music by Tom Turino. Doors will open at 6:30. $5 cover charge at the door; cash bar from 6:30 to 10. 333-3287; firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Concert at CPL: Sounds of Cuba with Sandunga. 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. This trio performs upbeat, danceable sounds of Cuban Son, bolero and Guajira Son. For all ages. This monthly music series is made possible by funding from the Library Friends. 403-2070.
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, email@example.com, 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, 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. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.
Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2014. 6 p.m. Jan. 25, University of Illinois 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, 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, 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. 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.
Holiday dance. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jewell Whyte VFW Post 728, 8 Pine St., Danville. The Battle Creek Band will play country favorites. $6. 442-1227.
Ballroom dance. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, The Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Social ballroom dancing, casual attire, no partner needed. $9. 359-5333, http://www.regentballroom.com.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Second 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.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 17, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Billy Mathews and His Old Time Players (Christine and Paul Breene) bring their old Missouri tunes for a lively night of dancing with Scott Meyer and Matt Turino calling. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors $4. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m. urbana-contra.org.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24, 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.
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, http://www.zooimprov.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lions in Winter 2014. 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. Jan. 25, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. EIU's English Department and College of Arts and Humanities' annual literary festival features visiting writer and genre workshops, lectures, readings, book fair and more. Workshops, editors' panel, Jan. 25; cost $40; lionsinwinter.org/registration/. Students may register and attend the visiting writer workshops for free; $10 to add the lunch. Readings by writers, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; free and open to the public. Keynote readings, Friday, by Jami Attenberg; Saturday by Jason Koo, Alissa Nutting and Ryan Van Meter. lionsinwinter.org, email@example.com.
'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.
'The Paisley Convertible.' 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch, Jan. 16 through March 2; Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Buffets at 6 p.m. for evening performances and noon Sunday. Full buffet performances. Call for ticket prices. 309-965-2545,
Outdoors / nature
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 a close-up look at the resident snake and turtles. Learn their natural and personal histories. $2; ages 2 and younger, free. Registration requested. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 30th annual Siberian Express Trail Run. 11 a.m. Jan. 4, Kickapoo State Park, west of Danville. Registration, 9:30 a.m. at Kickapoo Park Maintenance Garage. 7.45 miles on the Wilderness Trail. Entry fee: $30, race day. Awards to all finishers. Party, 12:30 p.m. at Spanky's Banquet Hall and Sarge's Tap, 409 E. Main St., Danville. Cost for food, $7. kennekuk.com.
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. email@example.com, 649-6861.
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.
Full Moon Hike. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, River Bend Forest Preserve, 1602 W. Mid-America Road, Mahomet. The full moon of January was once called the "wolf moon" because Native Americans observed wolves in the moonlight at this time of year. Wolves won't be seent, but you may hear the howl of coyotes on an interesting hike. Dress for the weather. $2. Registration required, 896-2455, email@example.com.
School's Out: Bald Eagles. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn all about the bald eagle. Try your hand at building an eagle's nest outside, then come inside for hot chocolate or tea and fun family eagle crafts. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owl Prowls. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Explore Busey Woods at night and search for owls with Illinois Natural History Survey avian specialist Tara Beveroth. Learn owl calls and explore owl pellets. Meet Anita Purves Nature Center's resident screech owls while you warm up with hot chocolate. 367-1544.
New Moon Hike. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Sangamon River Forest Preserve, 2797 County Road 600 E, Fisher. Guided hike during the new moon to explore the landscapes of the savanna and the stars. Dress for the weather. $2. Registration required. 896-2455, email@example.com.
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. 26 to 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. "Members Only" exhibit opens Jan. 17, through Feb. 14. Opening reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. "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, firstname.lastname@example.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. 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. "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. 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. "A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh," through June 30. "Traveling America's Early Highways: A Strothkamp Family Road Trip 1920-1930," through July 7. "Celebrating the Harding-Hindsley-Begian-Keene Band Legacy at the University of Illinois," through Aug. 18. "Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana's Local Music Scene 1980-2000," through Sept. 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, some holidays and Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or email@example.com.
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. 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, vcwm.org.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "Child of the World" art exhibit by Jessica Lee Rojas, through Jan. 28. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Dec. 26 to Jan. 10. 333-9300.
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. The ninth display, "Railroad Lanterns," opens Jan. 1, through Jan. 31. The collection is on loan from someone who has collected kerosene-era items for many years. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 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. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. "Love Less Violently," through Jan. 31, 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. Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Dec. 26 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. "The 2013-14 Tarble Humanities Exhibition: Kate Brooks In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer's Journey after 9/11" and "Non-Text: Text as Image," both through Feb. 23, 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/.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Artwork to Support Local Efforts for Clean Water Resources" by Kim Curtis, through Jan. 19. The show, a collaboration between the artist and Prairie Rivers Network, features works from the artist's series, Thirtyseven, which documents the wetland area along the San Francisco Bay area's Highway 37. 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.
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "The Potters of Mata Ortiz," through Jan. 18. Handmade, hand-painted pots from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
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. 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.