Some March events you'll want to hit

Some March events you'll want to hit

March your way through a month of tornado chasers, running down a rainbow, LEGO engineering, Vince Gill and polyester teenagers.

March 6-8

'Hairspray JR.'

Experience the wild antics of "Hairspray" as adapted for children in "Hairspray JR."

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it will be played by local pupils and students in the Champaign Park District Youth Theatre Program.

Producer Lisa Isaacs said the script has been changed to reflect the younger audience.

"This is a huge musical in that it goes right from song to song with great choreography," she said.

Shows are at 7 tonight, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

For tickets or more information, visit

March 7

Parkland Planetarium World of Science talk: Confessions of a Storm Chaser

Storm chaser Andrew Pritchard will walk through — or run through — how to hunt down dangerous storms in central Illinois.

Admission is $1 at the door. The talk is at 7 p.m. Friday at Parkland's Staerkel Planetarium, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

More information is at

March 8-9

AMBUCS Home & Living Expo

The Danville-area club is hosting its largest charity event of the year at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and proceeds will benefit people with disabilities, particularly children.

The event will feature live entertainment and businesses from the area displaying their goods and services.

For more information, visit

March 8


The Orpheum Children's Science Museum will host its 5th Annual LEGO Day to show off the skills of junior engineers. It will include guest judges, building-block games, demos and open build tables.

Participants are welcome to build an entry on their own or grab a friend and create an entry as a team. All work will be displayed from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., C.

Participants need to drop off their masterpieces by Friday. There is a $5 fee per entry, and payment will be taken at the museum during drop-off.

March 14

Dynamic duo

Country music superstar Vince Gill — and Christian superstar Amy Grant, his wife — will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Virginia. More information is online at

March 20

VOICE Reading Series

Hear the voices of the future at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at the Gelvin Noel Gallery of Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

The VOICE Reading Series showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the University of Illinois Creative Writing MFA program.

March 22

Run it off

After all that sitting in March, close out winter with the 28th Annual Mountain Goat Hill Runs.

The Kennekuk Road Runners sponsor the challenging runs, starting at 11 a.m. March 22 at Kickapoo State Recreation Area, 10906 Kickapoo Park Road, Oakwood.

The registration closing date is 1:59 a.m. March 16.

More information is at

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