Entertainment listings, May 15-22, 2014
A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.
The Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17 Flying Fortress. "Aluminum Overcast" will visit, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15-18, University of Illinois' Willard Airport, south of Champaign. Ground tours, 2 to 5 p.m. May 16-18, and public flights available, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. May 16-18, for this historic World War II bomber aircraft. Flights can be scheduled. Ground tours are free for active-duty military and veterans as well as children under 8 years when accompanied by a paying adult. Group tours available. b17.org/tour, 1-800-359-6217.
Clinton May Days Festival. 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 15, 5 to 9:30 p.m. May 16, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18; Mr. Lincoln's Square, downtown Clinton. Includes Luehrs' Ideal Rides Carnival each day, food and craft vendors open 5 p.m. May 16 and noon May 17 and 18, and lots of free entertainment, including an outdoor movie at dusk May 16 and music on stage at 7 p.m. May 17. Events on May 17 include First Christian Church's 2014 5K for 5K fundraiser, 8 a.m.; aMAYzing Scramble, 9 a.m.; water ball competition, 2 p.m.; Pro Wrestling Glory's MayDays Madness, 3 p.m.; American Legion's pork chop supper, 5:30 p.m. 935-3364, 866-433-9488.
Mental Health Awareness Expo. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 16, the Center for Children's Services, 702 N. Logan Ave., Danville. Various community organizations and information on mental health, an obstacle course, games, free Zumba lesson, free food, prizes and fun. Free. 446-1300.
22nd annual Building Fair. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17, outside, parking lot in front of Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Celebrate the community's rich heritage in architecture, historical preservation and the building trades, while getting hands-on experience in both the art and science of the "built" environment. Free. email@example.com, 352-5895.
30th Champaign County Humane Society Giant Garage Sale. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 23 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24, Kesler Hall, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. Admission fee $2, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23. $3 bag sale, 3 to 6 p.m. May 24. Giveaway of leftovers, 10 a.m. to noon May 25, $1 admission. All proceeds support the Champaign County Humane Society. 344-7297, cuhumane.org.
Historic Buildings at Kennekuk. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, May 25 through Labor Day, Kennekuk County Park, Danville. Historic buildings, cabin and nature center open.
Campground Memorial Day Parade. 5 to 6 p.m. May 25, Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. Watch the parade go by or go along for this trip around the preserve campground. Stop by to decorate your bike (or wagon) and your face at 4 p.m. Meet in the grassy area near Willow Pond beach. Canceled if inclement weather. Free. 586-1268, ccfpd.org.
Heyworth's HeyDays. May 29 to June 1, Heyworth. Family fun includes carnival rides, baking contests, 5K race, musical entertainment and a community church service. Carnival rides, 5 to 9 p.m. May 29, 6 to 11 p.m. May 30 and 1 to 11 p.m. May 31, with additional hours on June 1. heyworth-il.gov/heydays.
A Garden Party. 5:30 p.m. May 30, Peony Garden at Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Buffet dinner, silent auction items and music from the Vine Street Ensemble. Tickets $50; must be purchased by May 21. All proceeds go to the care and maintenance of Allerton's gardens. 333-3287, allerton.illinois.edu.
Christie Foundation's Create Excellence Event. 6 to 9 p.m. May 30, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. In an artful atmosphere designed by Cinema Gallery, sample wines, savor appetizers, enjoy the evening's entertainment, and help the Charles W. Christie Foundation create excellence for community medical education and scholarships. Tickets at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/christie.
Second annual Homer Soda Fest. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 31, downtown Main Street, Homer. Sample any of the showcased 250 glass-bottled sodas for 25 cents each or get a VIP pass (unlimited samples) for $10. Also, barbecue through the Brick Street BBQ Cook Off, featuring local eats competing for a trophy. Throughout the day, bluegrass and Americana bands will entertain the crowd. Check out the Sundowners Car Show and visit with a variety of local vendors. homersoda.com/fest.
Strawberry Jam. Arthur's annual spring festival opens 9 a.m. June 6 and closes 5 p.m. June 7, downtown Arthur. Merchants' sidewalk sales, craft vendors, flea market, kids' zone, commercial and food vendors, entertainment including games and music, fresh strawberries and lots of strawberry treats. 543-2242, arthurfestivals.com.
Brocton Spring Festival and Draft Horse Show. Events start at 5 p.m. June 6 and 6:30 a.m. June 7 and 8, various locations in Brocton, located between U.S. 36 and Illinois 133 on Illinois 49. Music by Lead Bottom Band, 6 p.m.; The Troy Stone Band, 7 p.m. June 6; Sawyer Brothers Band, 7 p.m. June 7; Crystal Valley Quartet, 10 a.m. June 8, under the tent uptown. Noon draft horse shows (June 7 and 8). Events include a pork chop meal, parade, kiddie tractor pull, magic, antique tractors exhibit, bingo, fish fry, pancake breakfast, gospel music, food vendors, crafts and collectibles, and petting zoo. 385-2473, 385-2450, broctonil.org/festival.
Raggedy Ann and Andy Rally.June 6-8, Arthur and Arcola. Theme: "Rekindling the Friendships." June 6: banquet and auction, 5:30 p.m. at Yoder's Kitchen, Arthur; reservations required, 251-7047, firstname.lastname@example.org. June 7, special events planned all day at Rockome Gardens,125 N. County Road 425 E, Arcola, including a story and art lesson, coloring contest, cookie tree activity and music. Vendors will set up with a variety of Raggedy dolls and goods in the Red Barn. Johnny Gruelle's original painted murals acquired by the gardens, displayed at Marcella's Raggedy Shop. Entry fee. June 8: business meeting to plan the 100th birthday celebration in 2015. 268-4106, rockome.com.
Clinton Art and Antiques Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 and 8, Clinton Antique Mall, corner of Illinois 54 west and U.S. 51. Local and area artists along with antique dealers present their works and wares. A face painter, music groups and area arts organizations will be included.
Spring Fling Car Show. June 7, downtown Tuscola. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Wheels Car Club presents the 26th annual Spring Fling. Music by Jim Easter and the Artistics Band. Trophies for top 26 cars, best of show, best engine, best paint and best interior. A family event, no alcohol. Registration fee, $10. 253-3047, 253-4147, 268-3873.
Gordyville USA flea market and auction.4 to 9 p.m. June 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15; Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Auction, 10 a.m. June 14 and 11 a.m. June 15. Free admission. 568-7117.
60th annual Bement's Old Glory Festival. June 14, Bement. Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 5K walk/run (registration, 6:45 a.m./start, 8 a.m.), flag raising, free stagecoach rides, petting zoo, kids' obstacle course, ice cream and flag lowering. Veterans Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: vendors, cutest baby contest, classic car show, DJ and Bement Community Band, a Salute to Old Glory program, kids' games and activities, inflatables. Bodman Street, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: volleyball tournament, entertainment, music including The King Family Band, Nickel and Dime Band and High Cotton, and the Lions Club Chicken Fry. Coles Pasture, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: big trucks and antique tractors, helicopter viewing and strong man competition. Boyer Street: cricket-spittin' contest, 11 a.m. Champaign Street: kiddie tractor pull, 1:45 p.m. State Bank of Bement's '50s/'60s show, 7 p.m. at Bement Country Opry. bement.com.
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration. Noon to 3 p.m. June 14, Douglass Park, Champaign. Listen to music and visit different vendors. Children will also be invited to make arts and crafts and play at the bounce house and obstacle course. 403-2090, champaign.org.
Sundowners Car Show. 1 to 5:30 p.m. June 14, northeast corner of Centennial High School, Champaign. Benefit for the American Cancer Society sponsored by Sundowners Car Club. Registration from 1 to 3 p.m. Winner announced at 5 p.m. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. 898-2239, 979-1504, relayforlife.org.
Summer Kickoff Festival. 1 to 7 p.m. June 14, Centennial Park, Champaign. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. public swim and aquatic events at Sholem Aquatic Center; other activities include inflatables, lawn games, face painting, zucchini races, live music, crafts and balloon animals. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Premiere of film. "Heroes and Dreamers," 10 a.m. May 16, Leal School gymnasium, 312 W. Oregon St., U. Hosted by the Leal Elementary third- and fourth-grade students of teachers Greg Ballweg and Molly Headtke. The film project, created by Ken Paxton, speech and language therapist at the school, documented these students' work over several related, academic projects. An art exhibition of the students' work highlighted in the film will begin at 9:30 a.m., prior to the showing of the film. Open to the public. Free.
Monday Matinees. 2 p.m. May 19, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. Free movie series on the third Monday of every month. 477-5220.
Movie night. 6 p.m. May 23, Eli Field, 959 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Enjoy a model-jet air show, followed by Disney's "Planes" on the big screen. Also, a craft for kids and concessions available. Movie sponsored by Kirby Medical Center. Rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in the Eli Field hangar. Free. 762-2583.
The News-Gazette Film Series. "A Night at the Opera," 1 and 7 p.m. May 24, the Virginia Theater, 203 W. Park Ave., C. One Saturday each month, classic films are screened in original 35 mm. Tickets $6. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies. "Red 2," 2 to 4 p.m. June 4, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. This film, rated PG-13, features retired CIA agent Frank Moses, who reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Call to reserve a seat. 267-3170.
Rantoul Movies in the Park. "Frozen," 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 6, Wabash Park, 500 E. Wabash Ave. Starts at dusk. Disney movie about two sisters and what true love means. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For weather cancellation, check rantoulchamber.com or call 893-3323.
Summer Wednesday family matinees. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 11 through Aug. 13, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Free popcorn provided. Find the titles each week on library website. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.
Monday Matinees. 2 p.m. June 16, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. Free movie series on the third Monday of every month. 477-5220.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mitchells Bluegrass and Gospel, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 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. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Third Friday Pop-Up. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 16, Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, 4410 N. Lincoln Ave., C. A specially themed evening. Music by local jazz musicians the New Orleans Jazz Machine, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Food from the Big Easy priced a la carte. Bring a blanket and/or chair. No reservations required. 840-4097, 643-2314, prairiefruits.com.
Roots Walk. 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 16, Crystal Lake Park, North Woods Pavilion, Urbana. Listen to live, local roots, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of Urbana's oldest park. The C-U Folk and Roots Festival will have a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the candlelit walks of the park. Musicians will be centered around the North Woods Pavilion. Parking at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center. Rain date: May 17; call 367-9575. 367-1544, urbanaparks.org.
Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. May 16, The Upper Bout, 723 S. Neil St., C. Featuring Paddy Keenan and John Walsh. Traditional, acoustic Celtic music. Tickets $20 adults, $10 student/senior. email@example.com, pipers-hut.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Cindy Suttles-Moore, 8 p.m. May 16, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Bluegrass open jam session. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17, Market Street Resale, one block south of Illinois 49 and U.S. 150, Ogden. Parking available at the Pink House at that intersection. Outside, weather permitting.
Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. May 17, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425 E, Arcola. Music featuring nationally award-winning bands and local favorites: Balsam Range, James King Band, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, Mackville and Firebox Bluegrass Band. Bands will perform an afternoon and evening concert with Balsam Range doing one big show to close the festival at 7 p.m. Bluegrass jamming encouraged inside the park, but not in the concert area. Tickets at gate: $15, adults; $6, children. rockome.com, 268-4106.
Parkland Pops. "Disco!" choral concert, 1 p.m. May 17, Parkland College Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Flash back to the hits of the '70s. Free and open to the public.
Sara Sasaki, violin. Urbana Pops Orchestra recital series, 2 p.m. May 17, Urbana Free Library, auditorium on the lower level, 210 W. Green St. Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians showcased at recitals through May 17. urbanapops.org.
15th annual Salute to Veterans Concert. Featuring the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Band, 7 p.m. May 17, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School gym, 700 W. Orleans St., Paxton. Featured in the concert will be a color guard provided by American Legion Prairie Post 150. Special seating for veterans and their families. Freewill donation accepted. Lasagna dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., with music by the PBL Junior High jazz bands. Dinner $7. Proceeds go to fund the PBL Band Program. 379-4331.
Bellflower Country Opry. Featuring the house band (good ole country music), 7 p.m. May 17, gymnasium, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. Tickets $10, adults; 12 and younger, free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.
UFLive! presents Kristi and Miriam. 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 18, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Miriam Larson and Kristi Emilsson sing a variety of songs, from lyrical folk ballads to silly animal songs to singalong rounds. Official kickoff for the Summer Reading Program. urbanafreelibrary.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park.Featuring Rodman Rail (songs from John Denver, Eagles, James Taylor and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 23, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. May 27: the Oakwood Boys (mix of blues, original and popular music). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Janet Durham, 8 p.m. May 23, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hessel Park Concert. 6 to 8 p.m. May 25, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. Battle of the Bands second- and third-place winners. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana. 7:30 p.m. May 25, Historic Round Barn,1201 St. Mary's Road, C. BACH presents a complete, staged Baroque opera, Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," for its final performance of the season. Tickets $20, general; $10, students. Go early for an ice cream social, 6:45 p.m. on the barn's lawn. baroqueartists.org.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 28, Carle Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. May 28 features ESP. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities. Kids can get a close-up look at an Urbana police car and visit with an officer; adults can meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, May 29; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. May 30, Robert C. Porter Family Park, Rising and Windsor roads, Champaign. Music by Cody and the Gateway Drugs. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music and inflatables. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Downtown Danville Summer Sounds Concert. Featuring Hillbilly Deluxe (country), 6 to 9 p.m. May 30, Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville. Food and drinks, 5 p.m. The Summer Concert Series is presented by Downtown Danville by Danville AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Chris Krause, 8 p.m. May 30, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hands to Drum With Rocky Maffit. 3 to 4 p.m. May 31, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Maffit, percussionist, will share his unique way with the drum.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Strings Attached, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 1, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 3: August Crow (Americana and old and new folk music). June 6: New Riders of the Golden Maize (traditional country music and old rock 'n' roll). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 4, Wheatfield Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. June 4 features High Cotton. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities. Kids can get a close-up look at an Urbana police car and visit with an officer; adults can meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, May 29; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Krannert Uncorked. With Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen (Americana), 5 p.m. June 5, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.
Allerton Park Concert. 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 6, Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Featuring The Shanties, "New Irish" music. An opening act will be named later.
An Evening with Candy Foster and Shades of Blue. 6:30 to 10 p.m. June 6, Alto Vineyards, 4210 N. Duncan Road, C. Sample Daily Bread's daily fare, sip wines and listen to the blues. Donations $25. Cash bar. Benefit for Daily Bread's mission of feeding the hungry. Tickets at 352-5065, 352-3611, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Kim Biehl, 8 p.m. June 6, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Tim Stephens in Concert. 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 7, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. A dog-howling, chicken-foot-stomping, alphabet-and-number-learning, folksy-fun, silly concert of songs and guitar music for families.
Melvin Music Show. Featuring Marvin Lee, 7 p.m. June 7, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St., Melvin. Food available. Doors open at 6 p.m. 388-2853.
In Concert at CPL: 'The Book of Goddesses.' 2 to 3 p.m. June 8, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. The Archaea Tree Ensemble will present a multimedia program with music written by award-winning composer Robert Paterson and inspired by the beautiful illustrations and text from "The Book of Goddesses" by Kris Waldherr. 403-2070, champaign.org.
Summer Garden Concert Series. Featuring Big Bluestem (traditional bluegrass and folk music), 5 to 7 p.m. June 8, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Free. 586-2612, ccfpd.org.
Hessel Park Concert. Featuring Delta Kings, 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 8, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Lowes (bluegrass, gospel and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 8, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 10: J.R. Country (old-fashioned country). June 13: Hoosier Daddy (country and popular). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 11, Southridge Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. June 11 features The Live Jukebox Show. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities. Kids get a close-up look at an Urbana police squad car and visit with an officer; adults can meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, June 12; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
An evening with Janis Ian. 7 p.m. June 12, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets for dinner and show, $20. eiu.edu/doudna, email@example.com, 581-3110.
Downtown Danville Summer Sounds Concert. Featuring Bloodline (blues/rock), 6 to 9 p.m. June 13, Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville. Food and drinks, 5 p.m. The Summer Concert Series is presented by Downtown Danville by Danville AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
Outside at the Research Park. Opening act Upshot, 6:30 p.m., and Davina and the Vagabonds, 7:30 p.m. June 13, UI Research Park,1816 S. Oak St., C. Held just southwest of the State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 S. First St. Free.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Paul Lewis, 8 p.m. June 13, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Strawberry Jam. 4 p.m. to sunset June 14, Meadowbrook Park, Windsor Road and Race Street, Urbana. Free strawberries and ice cream (while supplies last), hayrack rides and tour of the prairie. Features bluegrass music: The Young and the Fretless, 4 to 5 p.m.; Big Bluestem, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; The Prairie Dogs, 7 p.m. to sunset. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. Overflow parking is at Stone Creek Church. Urbanaparks.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring a singalong with Hillbilly Valentine, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 15, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 17: Marvin Lee Band (old-fashioned country). June 20: State Line Band (traditional bluegrass). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 18, Blair Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. June 18 features Keith Harden. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities. Kids get a close-up look at an Urbana police squad car and visit with an officer; adults can meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, June 12; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Sounds at Sunset. Featuring Bruiser and the Virtues, 6 to 8 p.m. June 20, Robeson Park, Champaign. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music and inflatables. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Chrissy Rigsby, 8 p.m. June 20, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Sounds of the Prairie Community Band. 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 21, Kolb Park, St. Joseph. The band opens its season with a concert in the park; an evening of music for the whole family. The event is outdoors. Rain date: Same time, June 28. Free.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Bob Schifo and Friends (country and popular), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 22, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 24: Country Gentlemen (old-fashioned country ). June 27: Joni Dreyer and The Maytags (mix of blues, pop and country). June 29: Timber Train (traditional, popular and bluegrass). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 25, Crestview Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. June 25 features Susie and the Shy Guys. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities. Kids get a close-up look at an Urbana police squad car and visit with an officer; adults can meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, June 12; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Downtown Danville Summer Sounds Concert. Featuring Live Karaoke Band, with special guests, 1st Gig Camp Kids, 6 to 9 p.m. June 27, Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville. Food and drinks, 5 p.m. The Summer Concert Series is presented by Downtown Danville by Danville AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Terry Smith, 8 p.m. June 27, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hessel Park Concert. Featuring Lou DiBello, 6 to 8 p.m. June 29, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Outside at the Research Park. Opening act, Candy Foster and Shades of Blue, 6:30 p.m., and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, 7:30 p.m. July 18, UI Research Park, 1816 S. Oak St., C. Held just southwest of the State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 S. First St. Free.
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. Saturday Novice & Night Club Dance, 6 to 10:30 p.m. May 17. $9. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.
Urbana Country Dancers contra dance. 7 to 11 p.m. May 17. Barn Dance at Kalyx Center, 442 E. 1300 North Road, Monticello. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a potluck dinner with new and old friends, 5 p.m. Dance to the music of Genevieve and Smith Koester with Cliff Harrison, 7 p.m. Caller, Scott Meyer. $5; $4 students; children under 13, free. Directions: 762-9561, urbana-contra.org/directions.html. urbana-contra.org.
Couples/Singles Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. May 18, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
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' monthly dance and workshops. May 18, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Workshops: basics, 6 p.m.; intermediate, 6:45 p.m. Fee for workshops: one, $6; both, $10 per person. Dance, 7:30 p.m. Cost: general, $5; students/newcomers, $2. Door prizes. 708-794-6416, cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Sunday Blues dance. 6 to 9 p.m. May 18, Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., C. Beginner lesson, 6 to 7 p.m. Free. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
English Country Dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. May 24, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience, not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225 centralillinoisecd.org.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. May 28, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the second and fourth Wednesday every month. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. May 30, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Big Bluestem. Callers, Jonathan Sivier and Matt Turino. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. $5; students and seniors, $4. urbana-contra.org.
Heroes Ball. 6 to 10 p.m. May 31, Custom Smokehouse, south U.S. 45, in Mattoon. Hosted by Becky Guymon and Dana Drew of Mattoon to raise funds for the Illinois Chapter of Operation Homefront. Promlike event features musical entertainment by Rock Mobile DJ Service, complimentary formal photos, complimentary photo booth, raffles, door prizes, cash bar and more. Must be 21 years old. Tickets $25; $40 per couple. 294-3879, 294-0470, teamimps.com.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. June 6, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Young and the Fretless. Workshop, "Gender Bender Contras," 6:45 p.m. Caller, Lauren Peckman. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m., prior to most dances. urbana-contra.org.
English Country Playford Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. June 7, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience, not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $7. 359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org/playford.html.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. June 11, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the second and fourth Wednesday every month. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.
Thomasboro Street Dance. Gates open 6 p.m. June 14, Thomasboro Fire Department. Ryan Ideus and Feudin' Hillbillys, 8 to 11 p.m. Food and beer for purchase. 21 and older to enter.
Fundraiser nightclub dance with workshops. 6 to 10 p.m. June 14, New Covenant Fellowship Building,124 W. White St., C. Swing and West Coast swing workshops, 6 p.m. Dance, 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets $15 for a single, $25 for a couple; spectators $5; children age 10 and younger, free. $15 at the door per person, no couple discount. Ticket includes two workshops and dance. Funds to benefit Habitat for Humanity and Abolition International. 708-794-6416, cuwestcoastswingdancers.com.
Couples/Singles Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. June 15, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. June 25, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the second and fourth Wednesday every month. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.
C-U Storytelling Guild event. 7 to 9 p.m. May 15, Institute 4 Creativity, 111 S. Walnut St. , C. This concert, "All in the Family," part of the Second Storey concert series, features stories old and new, told by master storytellers Dan Keding, Linda Wiss Dust, Sue Searing, Emily Bayci, Lesley Deem and Barbara Orden. Admission $10. Beverages available for a donation. email@example.com.
Civil War re-enactment demonstration. 5 to 7 p.m. May 16, Figure One, exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. Juxtaposed against the portraiture of William Blake, living historian Dan Flora will discuss Champaign County's involvement in the Civil War while portraying a captain of the 20th Illinois Infantry. 333-0786, figureone.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. Fridays, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. Zoo will feature other local troupes as an opening act each week. May 16: Aubrey Does It With Anybody with guest, Nicholas Dietrich. Participate or just watch. Family-friendly, interactive kids' show, 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month, followed by the regular features at 8 p.m. $5. 356-7805, zooimprov.com, email@example.com.
Bellies for Life 2014. 7 to 9 p.m. May 24, Highdive, 51 Main St., C. A belly dance show that benefits the Illinois breast cancer organization ABCD. Doors open, 6 p.m. $7 with a student ID, $15 at the door. Sponsored by The Highdive. pangaea.fatcow.com.
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana. 6:45 to 9 p.m. May 25, UI Round Barn, St. Mary's Road, Urbana. Semistaged performance of Purcell's opera of love and loss, "Dido and Aeneas," with costumed Baroque dance in a unique, rustic setting. 6:45 p.m. social time and 7:30 p.m. performance. baroqueartists.org.
PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Volume 15. 8:20 p.m. May 31, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. 1980s prom theme. The PechaKucha format — 20 slides presented in 20 seconds each — gives each of eight to 12 presenters only six minutes and 40 seconds of fame. Free admission. thecudo.org/pkn, pechakucha.org.
'As You Like It.' Stone Soup Shakespeare, 6 p.m. May 17; Twin Lakes Park, on Illinois 1 (North Main Street) near the north edge of Paris, Ill. Outdoor performance of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy. In addition, before "As You Like It,'" director Eric Mercado will direct Stone Soup Shakespeare's first new work, a 10-minute production created from the winner of a juried playwriting competition. Free. Bring nonperishable cans of soup to be donated to the local Compassionate Food Ministry. If raining, the performance will be under the pavilion. parispubliclibrary.org, 463-3950.
'Boeing Boeing.' Continues May 15 to June 15; Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch. Buffets at 6:30 for evening performances and noon Sunday. Tickets $33-$37 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.
'The Hobbit.' Red Mask Players, spring 2014 children's show, 7 p.m. May 16 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 17; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Tickets $3-$5. Box office hours, 6 to 8 p.m. May 14. Tickets at the door 30 minutes before the showtimes. 442-5858, firstname.lastname@example.org, redmaskplayers.com.
'Drop Dead!' Champaign Central High School, 7 p.m. May 20, 22 and 24; Central High School, 610 W. University Ave. Tickets $5.
'[Title of Show].' Champaign Central High School, 7 p.m. May 21 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. May 25; Champaign Central High School, 610 W. University Ave. Enchanting musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. Tickets $5.
'Big River.' 2 and 8 p.m. June 18, 8 p.m. June 19 and 20, 4 and 8 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. June 22, 8 p.m. June 24, 2 and 8 p.m. June 25, 8 p.m. June 26 and 27, 4 and 8 p.m. June 28, and 2 p.m. June 29; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'The Brothers Size.'Illinois Theatre in association with Definition Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. May 29 to June 1, June 4-7; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.
'Cinderella.' Theatre for Young Audiences, 10:30 a.m. June 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 and 14; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets: children, $10.40; adults, $12.50; season tickets, $28.05. Royal Breakfast with Cinderella and Friends, 9 a.m. June 7, 10, 12 and 14; $10. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'The New Short Play Festival.'Illinois Theatre in association with Definition Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. June 11 and 12, 7:30 and 10 p.m. June 13 and 7:30 p.m. June 14; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Features lively theatrical works by young writers who explore the diverse nature of human experience. "Evening News" by Aaron Carter; "Seward, Kansas" by Matthew-Lee Erlbach; "Pigeons, Sharks, and Vixens" by Matthew-Lee Erlbach; "Blackie's Funeral" by Paco Jose Madden; "Stepping Out" by Damir Konjicija and Leah Williams; "A Taurian Tale " by Tarell Alvin McCraney; "Just Suppose" by Tucker Rafferty; and "The Space Behind Your Heart" by Steven Simoncic. Tickets $5-$8. 333-6280.
'Once Upon a Mattress.' Tri-County Players, 7 p.m. June 20 and 21, 2 p.m. June 22, 7 p.m. June 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. June 29; Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton. 766-1174, email@example.com.
'42nd Street.' 2 and 8 p.m. June 4, 8 p.m. June 5 and 6, 4 and 8 p.m. June 7, 2 p.m. June 8, 8 p.m. June 10, 2 and 8 p.m. June 11, 8 p.m. June 12 and 13, 4 and 8 p.m. June 14 and 2 p.m. June 15; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'Putting It Together.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. June 5-8, 11-15 and 18-21; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.
'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.'7:30 p.m. June 12-14, 2:30 p.m. June 15, 7:30 p.m. June 19-21 and 2:30 p.m. June 22; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's ninth annual Kathy Murphy Student Production features talented area youths 18 and younger. Tickets $8-$16; at the door or cutc.org.
'Til Beth Do Us Part.' The Monticello Theatre Association, 7:30 p.m. May 31, 2:30 p.m. June 1, 7:30 p.m. June 6 and 7; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $12.50. monticellotheatre.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Broadway Musical.' June 19 through July 27; Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch. Buffets at 6:30 for evening performances and noon Sunday. Tickets $33-$37 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.
Bird hike. 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 16, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Join a naturalist to look for migrating birds, including warblers, orioles, waterfowl and other species commonly found at Homer Lake. Binoculars provided or bring your own. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Mental Health Awareness run/walk. 9 to 11 a.m. May 17, Winter Park, Danville. This event is for the Center for Children's Services, a division of Aunt Martha's for the programs in Vermilion County. Registration, $30 on race day. Registration, 8:30 a.m. by the softball fields; pick up a packet. 446-1300, NWilliams1@auntmarthas.org, auntmarthas.org.
Clinton Lake Sailing Association open house. Noon to 4 p.m. May 17, Clinton Lake Marina, 6599 Sailboat Road, Weldon, (south side of Clinton Lake). Hosted by Clinton Lake Sailing Association. Anyone interested can go for a ride and meet some of the club members. clsasailing.org, email@example.com.
Corgi-Con. Noon to 4 p.m. May 17, Urbana Dog Park, 1501 E. Perkins Road, U. Enjoy an afternoon of corgi capers. Your corgi can run, play and socialize off leash in this 10-acre fenced space with lots of open meadow for running. Humans will enjoy watching the herding and wrestling. CORGICON@yahoo.com, urbanaparks.org/facilities/55.html.
Sunday Morning Bird Walks. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays through May 25; meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park. Learn basic bird-watching and identification techniques from a leader of the Champaign County Audubon Society. Bring binoculars or call 384-4062 to inquire about borrowing a pair. urbanaparks.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.
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. secondwindrunningclub.org.
Take Me Fishing. 9 to 11 a.m. May 24, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E., Penfield. Kids will have the chance to win award. Basic fishing instruction available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but you may bring your own. All fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children required. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Model rocket launch. 1 to 6 p.m. May 24, Dodds Park, Champaign. Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Free. Call 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch. CIARocketry.org.
Kaleidoscope: Dart for the Arts. 2 to 4 p.m. May 31, Wyman Park, Sullivan. Parking, registration, and dart start at 600 N. Washington St., Sullivan. Run, walk, hop, dance or scoot this 5K as you get sprayed with water and covered head to toe in splashes of color throughout the course. Meet the new cast and crew of the summer 2014 season of The Little Theatre on the Square. 728-2065, email@example.com.
Family Skywatch. 8 to 10 p.m. May 31, CUAS Observatory, south of Monticello Road on County Road 700 E, southwest of Champaign. Join members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society to see the stars and planets through a large telescope. Sessions canceled in the event of cloudy weather; call 351-2567 for status. Directions: cuas.org. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Growing Up Wild: Oh Deer! 10 to 11 a.m. June 3, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6, with their parents/grandparents. Learn about Bambi by searching for tracks, touching a pelt and feeling buck antlers. Dress for the weather. $5 per child. Register by May 30. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Kennekuk Road/Trail Runners Summer Fun Runs/Walks. 6:15 p.m. every Wednesday, June 4 through Aug. 20, except July 3, Kickapoo State Recreation Area, cross-country course, Danville. Meet at the Meadow Shelter near Clear Pond. 1-, 2-, 3-mile runs/walks. Free entry to all. Do not have to be a member to participate. Ribbons and medals with cookouts on event nights, weather permitting. kennekuk.com.
Nature Play Pre-K: Oh Deer! 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. June 6, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Outdoor program for preschoolers ages 2-6, with parents/grandparents. Learn about Bambi by searching for tracks, touching a pelt and feeling buck antlers. Dress for the weather. $5 per child. Register by June 3. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
CAMA Teens Bike Rally. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 7, Twin Lakes Park, Paris, Ill. Registration and packet pickup from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Annual fundraiser for the Coalition Against Methamphetamine Abuse teen chapters in Clark and Edgar county high schools. Routes include 4, 20, 42 and 72 miles. A light lunch and massages provided at the end of the race. Riders under 12 years must be supervised. Registration: $30, individuals; $20, teams. hrcec.org.
Naturalist Programs at the Middle Fork. Saturdays, June 7-28, 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. Be sure to check the current schedule at ccfpd.org/Preserves/Attractions/MiddleForkCampground.html. 586-1268.
Take a Hike! 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 7, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Celebrate National Trails Day and the start of Great Outdoors Week by searching for local wildlife that inhabits Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Hayride. 7 p.m. June 7, Forest Glen Preserve, 7 miles east of Westville on County Highway 5. Meet at the staff office parking lot. $1 per person. vccd.org/activities.html.
Lions of Illinois Walk for Sight. Opening ceremonies, 5 p.m. June 8, Petersen Park, Mattoon. Registration, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participate by individual walking, team walking and group of walkers. $20 per walker. Free with $100 or more in donations collected. High school students and younger free, but each walker encouraged to collect at least $50 in donations. 466-2675, firstname.lastname@example.org, or facebook: Walk for Sight of East Central Illinois.
Lake Mingo Trail Run. 9 a.m. June 14, Kennekuk Cove County Park, Danville. Kennekuk Road Runners event. 7.1 miles of challenging trails circling Lake Mingo. Details and entry forms at kennekuk.com.
Ogden Lions Club Bicycle Benefit Ride. June 14, starts and ends at Ogden Village Park, Ogden. Starts 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; registration, 7 to 10 a.m. on North Market Street across from the grade school. Benefit ride for Camp Lions. There are 12-, 20-, 32- and 62-mile routes with SAG stops and meal at end of ride, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds go to Camp Lions. Entry fee: $20, adult; $12, children under 12 years with an adult. Register online or day of ride. 621-9943, e-clubhouse.org/sites/ogdenil.
Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride. June 14, starts at Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center, after registration/check-in between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Event coincides with National Get Outdoors Day. Options for a 22-, 52- or 65-mile ride. The 65-mile route will loop the entire lake and take riders to the five lake communities of Shelbyville, Findlay, Bethany, Sullivan and Windsor. Plan the ride to return by 3 p.m. for an after-ride social at the visitor center that includes music and food for purchase. $20. Register by May 25 to receive a T-shirt. tinyURL.com/lakeshelbyville, 774-3951, ext. 2.
Relay for Life of Champaign County. 6 p.m. June 14 to 6 a.m. June 15, Centennial High School Track, 913 S. Crescent Drive, C. A family-friendly event with activities for everyone all 12 hours. Kids' activities: inflatables and games, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Opening ceremony, 6 p.m., immediately followed by a survivor lap, caregiver lap and team lap; luminaria ceremony, 9 p.m.; fight back ceremony, 9:30 p.m. June 14. Closing ceremony with awards, 5:30 a.m. June 15. relayforlife.org/ChampaignIL, email@example.com.
Hummingbird Happening. 9 a.m. to noon June 28, Happy Haven, 17009 N. County Road 2200 E, Oakland. Turn at red balloons. An up-close view of these tiny birds as Vernon Kleen, master permit bander and member of the Illinois Audubon Society Board of Directors, captures and bands the birds. Snacks and drinks available. 346-3363, 218-2049.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition," through May 18. "Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk" and "Mandala Flea Market Mutants," through July 27; "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," permanent display. Spring 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 Monday. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. "Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags," through Aug. 10. Exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," features 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. "18th Annual Paint Illinois Juried Exhibition," through June 13. Reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 16. "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. 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.
C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum. 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. Second annual Red Cross Kite Festival, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17. Rain date: May 24. Free food, drinks and kites, or bring your own kite. Local firefighters and paramedics will assist those who need help flying their kites. Firetruck, ambulance, Rick Sullivan's Red Wagon and Emergency Response Unit on display. All vehicles available to fully check out. Also, the Lee Baker kite display. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 935-6066, chmoorehomestead.org.
Ford County Historical Society Water Tower Museum. Located in the remodeled city water tower and pump house, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton. "Treasures from the Museum Attic" features items that have been in storage and some that date to the mid-19th century; through July 6. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. 379-3723, 379-4111, rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfchs.
Monticello Railway Museum. 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Steam train rides, 11 a.m. May 17 and 1 p.m. May 18. Ride behind restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401. Depart from museum site (Nelson Crossing) at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and downtown (Wabash Depot) at 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. May 17; 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and from downtown at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. May 18. From downtown, 4 p.m., no return trip to downtown. Steam fares, $9-$14; children under 2, free with adult. myrm.org, 877-762-9011, email@example.com.
Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Exhibit, "Homegrown: Gardening Yesterday & Today," through Dec. 31. Permanent exhibits: "Prairie Stories," "Blacksmithing on the Prairie" and "Champaign County's Lincoln." Discovery room, interactive stations and a gift shop. Free; donations appreciated. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. daily. 586-2612.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. DIY Weekend Wizard, 1 to 3 p.m. May 24. "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. Saturday and Sunday. 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. "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. "World War I with America's March King," through March 20, 2015. 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. 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. 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.
Historic Lamon House. Located in Lincoln Park, North Logan Avenue, Danville. Tour the home and on the first Sunday of each month meet Melissa Beckwith Lamon and her brother Hiram Beckwith, portrayed by Becky and Alan Woodrum. Hours: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Sunday, through Oct. 27. 442-2922, 442-9222, email@example.com.
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. Displays for the Civil War, combat weapons for all wars and items in the Vietnam and Spanish-American War. Remodeled displays of the Gulf Wars and Spanish-American War, a new Korean War display area and an enlarged World War I area. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission: Adults $4; under 18 years, $2; under 6, free. 431-0034, firstname.lastname@example.org, vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. Closed May 23 and 24. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through June 13. — Main feature: "The Planets," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 17. — Children's feature: "Coyote Explores the Earth, Sun and Moon," 7 p.m. Saturdays, May 17, 31 and Aug. 9-23.
Alice Campbell Alumni Center. 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. "Sojourn" by Sylvia Arnstein, University of Illinois alumna, through June 25. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Saturday hours only when classes are in session, not over breaks or holidays. 333-1471, uiaa.org.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "Women, Culture & Society," paintings and photography by a diverse group of Asian-American artists from the Champaign-Urbana community, through July 1. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. oiir.illinois.edu/aacc, 40north.org.
Figure One. Exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. Installation piece, "(Re)Reticulation" by Laura Wennstrom, ends May 17. "Between the States," ends May 17. "Well-Loved" by Colleen Maynard and Cream and Flutter, through May 19. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 1 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 333-0786, figureone.org, email@example.com.
Illini Union Art Gallery. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. "De Espaldas/Seen from the Back," a photography exhibit by Alejandro Lugo, through June 27. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 300-7889.
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.
Institute 4 Creativity. 111 S. Walnut St., C. Exhibit, "CU on Board: A Skateboard Project," through May 24. Features almost 100 skateboard decks designed by Champaign-Urbana students and adult artists. Many of the boards on sale to benefit 40 North's After School Art Program, ArtSpeak. Closing reception, noon to 5 p.m. May 24. Reception admission: $5-$10 suggested donation. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. institute4creativity.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpretive Center. Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Exhibit, "Passenger Pigeons," through Dec. 31. Special exhibit commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the passenger pigeon's extinction. Free. Hours (through May): 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Mattoon Depot. 1718 Broadway Ave. (Lone Elm Room), Mattoon. A new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, "Hometown Teams: Sports in American Communities," through June 1. Free. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; by appointment. 800-500-6286, prairie.org.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition," through June 7. 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 May 26. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "Global Threads: International Folk Art Textiles" ends May 18; and "From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois" and "Text & Textiles: Crafting the Lives of Guy and Irene Buzzard," both through June 29. 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. "Babylon to Baseball: Recent Additions to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library," ends May 16, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, north side of the Main Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed May 26. 333-3777, library.illinois.edu/rbx.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Inside/Outside," works by Laura Wennstrom, ends May 17. 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, "Tree Artwork," created by children in the preschool, K-3 classes at University Primary School and Prairie Elementary School as part of a schoolwide tree project, through Aug. 3. 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. "Thousand Dollar Quilts" and other works by Nina Paley, through June. Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, during studio hours or by appointment. 417-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "An Avian Cabinet of Curiosities," photography by Michael Jeffords and Susan Post, through June 14. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, cinemagallery.cc.
Cracked Glass. 202 S. First St., C. Work by local artists, including stained glass, fused-glass pieces, bead jewelry, paintings and prints by Dick Detzner and Dennis Roberts and wood sculpture by Rick Larimore. Hours: noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 359-6489, cracked-glass.com, email@example.com.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Those Who Teach, Can" from Champaign Unit 4 school district art teachers, through May 17. Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. May 16. "Dividing Time: Christopher Troutman," opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. May 20, through May 23. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday (except May 16 and 20); 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 904-613-2623, 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. 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.
The CU Sunday Market. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, beginning May 18, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Year-round "everything" market, welcoming a large selection of farmers, crafters, antique dealers, flea market sellers, not-for profits, community groups, entertainers, home-based businesses, local and regional artists. 359-6960, email@example.com.
Downtown Danville Farmers' Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, May 17 through Oct. 4, south parking lot, of Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handmade crafts. May 17 activities include fun activities on the library lawn for all ages, including water safety by Future Problem Solvers, live music, a performance by Schlarman Academy students at 10 a.m. and acroyoga. 443-3886, firstname.lastname@example.org, downtowndanville.org.
Urbana's Market at the Square.7 a.m. to noon, rain or shine every Saturday, through Nov. 1, Illinois and Vine Streets, downtown Urbana. Local produce, meat, dairy, flowers, arts, crafts and more. urbanaillinois.us/market.