Entertainment listings, May 29-June 5, 2014
A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.
Danville Jaycees' Springfest. Continues 6 to 10 p.m. May 29, 3 to 11 p.m. May 30 and 31 and 2 to 7 p.m. June 1, the old Daniel School site, 1625 Georgetown Road, Tilton. Music by Cast Iron Band, May 29; Susan Williams Band, May 30; and Alex Jenkins Band, May 31. Free.
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; had to 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; VIP pass (unlimited samples), $10. Also, barbecue through the Brick Street BBQ Cook Off. Bluegrass and Americana bands will entertain throughout the day. Check out the Sundowners Car Show and visit with a variety of local vendors. homersoda.com/fest.
Anglo-Viking celebration of spring. Encampment open to public, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1, Pioneer Encampment, Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville. Held by Micel Folcland Inc., the local branch of Regia Anglorum, a living history group. Costumed interpreters in an Anglo-Scandinavian encampment of the 11th century; activities include combat, militia drill, textiles, archery, cooking and coin making from the British Early Middle Ages. Free admission. 384-7333, email@example.com.
Historic Buildings at Kennekuk. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Labor Day, Kennekuk County Park, west of Danville. Historic buildings, cabin and nature center open.
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. 5 to 10 p.m. June 6, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 7 and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8, various locations in Brocton, located between U.S. 36 and Illinois 133 on Illinois 49. Music by Lead Bottom Band, 6 p.m., and 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.
Catlin Strawberry Festival and 5K Fun Run/Walk. Run/walk, 6:30 p.m. June 6. Registration 5 p.m., $15. For children under 10, a kids' glow run will immediately follow. Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7, Catlin Park. For children of all ages, a dunk tank, carnival games, cake walk, bounce house and obstacle course. Hot dogs, Italian beef and strawberry shortcake, for a suggested donation, and a variety of vendors. From 7 to 9 p.m. in front of the American Legion on Sandusky Street in Catlin, music by the Susan Williams Band, plus contests including hula hoop, watermelon eating, ponytail, and bubble gum blowing. Hosted by the Ladies of Catlin. ladiesofcatlin.weebly.com.
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 from 1:30 and 3 p.m. by the State Line Bluegrass/Gospel Band. 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.
2014 Playing it Safe. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. Free event focuses on safety awareness for the entire family. Hourly prize drawings, inflatables, free Sonic hot dog to the first 1,500 people.More than 40 safety activities and exhibits. carle.org/playingitsafe.
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.
Wheels Car Club's 26th annual Spring Fling Car Show. June 7, downtown Tuscola. Registration begins, 5 p.m. Music by Jim Easter and the Artistics Band ('50s and '60s rock 'n' roll). 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.
Gulpepper & Merriweather Circus. 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 11, Duham Park, Onarga. Watch the tent raising between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Tickets $6-$10 in advance, $7-$13 circus day. 866-244-8676.
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.
Boot Scootin' Auction. 5:30 to 10 p.m. June 13, Schroeder Farms, Bellflower. Traditional barn dance music and barbecue fixings. Tickets $50. All proceeds benefit the BLAST program in the Mahomet school district. mahometyouth.org, 586-6323.
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.
UI Extension Vermilion County Master Gardeners 2014 Garden Walk. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14, homes in Oakwood including those of Kevin and Winnie Beers, Ron and Janice Lee, Paul and Pat Coolley, Ila Hillard and Herb Wiese, and the Butchkos, plus Sleepy Creek Winery and the Herb Garden and Historic Atwood House at Kennekuk County Park. Tickets: $8 until June 13; $10 on June 14; available at Vermilion County Extension Office in Plaza 31, 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville, Danville Gardens, Berry's Garden Center, Big R and Kennekuk County Park. 442-8615.
Uncork Urbana Wine Festival. 1 to 9 p.m. June 14, Busey Bank parking lot, corner of Main and Race streets, Urbana. Chance for wine lovers and enthusiasts (ages 21 and older) to gather for wine, music and food. Sample wines from up to 15 different vineyards and craft beer. Cooking demos and sample food pairings. Admission $10; includes a commemorative tasting glass (while supplies last) and five tasting tickets; additional tickets available. urbanabusiness.com/uncork-urbana-wine-festival, email@example.com.
Summer Kickoff Festival. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sholem Aquatic Center, 1 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park in Champaign and 1 to 7 p.m. June 14 at Prairie Farm, Champaign. Public swim and aquatic events at Sholem. Park activities include inflatables, lawn games, face painting, zucchini races, live music, crafts and balloon animals, and concerts in the park: Henhouse Prowlers, 1 to 3 p.m., and Brasstastic, 5 to 7 p.m. Prairie Farm activities include country crafts and games, touch-a-tractor, balloon animals and hayrack rides. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.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.
Piatt County Fair. June 17-22, 523 S. Jefferson St., Cerro Gordo. Fair pageant at 7 p.m. June 17; Autumn Zero performs at 8:30 p.m. June 20; White Whiskey Coalition (4 p.m.) and Riverbottom Nightmare (8:30 p.m.) take the stage June 21; ITPA tractor pull, 6:30 p.m. June 20; noon bags tournament and an antique tractor pull conclude the entertainment on June 22. Free admission. 454-8815, piattcountyfair.com.
Arts in the Park. June 21 and 22, Lincoln Park, 1000 Logan Ave., Danville. More than 60 artists booths, two full days of continuous on-stage performances, "Art on Wheels" classic car show Saturday morning, a children's tent and festival food, all under the century-old trees of the historic park.
Ford County Fair. June 22-28, fairgrounds, Melvin. Country music sensation Parmalee will perform at 7 p.m. June 24; rodeo returns on June 27. New this year is a radio-controlled car event. The demo derby will offer a new class. 388-2815, fordcountyfair.org.
Vermilion County Fair and Expo. June 24-28, Vermilion County Fairgrounds, U.S. 150, east of Oakwood. Carnival, vendors, queen pageant, truck and tractor pulls, demo derby, beer tent, food and more. 443-4005, thevermilioncountyfariandexpo.com.
Reel Deals. "2001: A Space Odyssey," (1968), 7 p.m. May 29, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $4. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.
Community Cinema Screening. "The New Black," 7 to 9 p.m. .June 3, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Illinois Public Media's June Community Cinema film tells the story of how African-American communities are grappling with LGBT rights issues in light of the same-sex marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. Free parking in UI Lot D22 next to the museum. 333-7300,
Fifth annual Reel It UP! Film Festival. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3-24, the Art Theater Co-op, C. Presented by the UP Center. June 3: "Puzzles," "Valentine Road." June 10: "Kumu Hina," "Trans." June 17: "I'm A Lesbian, Montreal," "Out In Suburbia," "Leading Ladies" (filmed in Champaign). June 24: "Such Good People," "Interior. Leather Bar." unitingpride.org/#!reel-it-up/ces6, 550-4248.
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 information, 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.
Movie Night. 8 to 11 p.m. June 20, downtown Monticello. "Wreck It Ralph" shown at sunset. Enter to win an Xbox and "Wreck it Ralph" game. Concessions available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 762-2583.
The News-Gazette Film Series. "Maltese Falcon," 1 and 7 p.m. June 21, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. One Saturday each month, classic films are screened in original 35 mm. Tickets $6. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.
Friday Night Live. Street-side performance series, 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, May 30 through Aug. 22, at three intersections, downtown Champaign. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances, and a family activity. May 30 — Walnut and Chester: 6 p.m., Bruce "Bruiser" Rummenie and Dawna Nelson (blues/Americana/roots); 7 p.m., Joe Asselin, guitar (blues). Neil and Park: 6 p.m., Matter of Days (rock/pop/alternative); 7 p.m., Hathaways and Tom Turino (music from the Andes). Neil and Church (One Main Plaza): 6 p.m., Big Creek Guitar Band (classic rock/blues); 7 p.m., Gloria Roubal and Paul Sabuco (acoustic pop/rock). Also, balloon animals, a pop-up "rock star" photo booth, and samples from Homer Soda Co. Free. 40North.org/FNL, FNLChampaign.com, Facebook.com/FNLChampaign..
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 Inc. and 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.
Alex Jenkins and The Bombers Blues Band. "A night of blues," 5 to 7 p.m. May 31, old Daniel School location, Georgetown Road, Tilton. The Danville Jaycees' Springfest presents this free outdoor concert.
Race Street Bash. 1 to 5 p.m. June 1, in front of C4A Studios,103 N. Race St., U. Hosted by the Community Center for the Arts. Old-fashioned, family-friendly carnival with live music, a variety of musical try-it areas, games, local business vendors, face painting and more. Live music includes jazz, string quartets, world and folk music, and tango. Free. In the event of rain, activities will move indoors to Lincoln Square Mall. firstname.lastname@example.org, 384-5150.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Strings Attached, 2 to 4 p.m. June 1, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Sunday, Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring August Crow (Americana and old and new folk music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 3, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Sunday, Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 6: New Riders of the Golden Maize (roots-rock and country). 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.
University of Illinois Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton — Irish Concert. 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 6, Gatehouse Lawn, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Two separate Irish music performances: The Spudhunters, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and The Shanties, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Food and drink available for purchase, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested entry donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. 333-3287, email@example.com.
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), 2 to 4 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), both 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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 Inc. and Danville AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
Outside at the Research Park. Opening act, Upshot, at 6:30 p.m., and Davina and the Vagabonds at 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 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. Featuring 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.
Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. June 14, Art Coop, 150 Lincoln Square, U. Featuring Sean Gavin and Friends. Traditional Irish music. Tickets $20 adults, $10 student/senior. firstname.lastname@example.org, pipers-hut.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring a singalong with Hillbilly Valentine, 2 to 4 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), both 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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.
Don't Ask Klezmer Band. 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 21, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. For all ages. Klezmer music in the spirit of Eastern Europe's village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences.
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. Rain date: same time, June 28. Free.
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana. Durufle's "Requiem," 7:30 to 9 p.m. June 22, St. John the Divine Episcopal Chapel, 1011 S. Wright St., C. Twentieth-century music based on Gregorian chant with the Baroque Artists Chorus and organ. baroqueartists.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Bob Schifo and Friends (country and popular), 2 to 4 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), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m June 29: Timber Train (traditional, popular and bluegrass), 2 to 4 p.m. 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.
Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. June 27 and 28, downtown Champaign. Friday's entertainment lineup — Main Stage: Johnnie Mae, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Holle Thee Maxwell, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Curtis Salgado, 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Second Stage: Cody and the Gateway Drugs, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Rosie Ledet, 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday's lineup — Main Stage: U.S. 105.9 Country Singing Competition, noon to 1 p.m.; Jason Elmore, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Nikki Hill, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Albert Cumings, 8:30 to 9 p.m.; Buckwheat Zydeco, 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Second Stage: The Surreal Deal, 1 to 2 p.m.; Maurice John Vaughn, 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Motorcycle Awards Show, 5:30 to 6 p.m.; Eddie Shaw, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Several award-winning barbecue vendors, plus arts and crafts, also available. Free admission; $5 suggested donation at the gate. bluesbrewsandbbqfest.com.
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 Inc. and Danville AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
UI Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton — Bluegrass concert. 6 to 9 p.m. June 27, Gatehouse Lawn, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Two bluegrass performances: Frank F. Sidney's Western Bandit Volunteers (American roots music), 6 to 7 p.m.; and Chatham County Line (mix of bluegrass, Americana, folk and rock that it calls "bargrass"), 7 to 9 p.m. Food and drink available for purchase, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested entry donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. 333-3287, email@example.com.
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. ESP, 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. Green Fair, 6 p.m.; 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. The July 18 event will feature a green fair for sustainability-minded local businesses and organizations to share information about their green efforts. Held just southwest of the State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 S. First St. Free.
Bement Country Opry Band.Red, White & Blue "A Salute to America," 8 p.m. July 4, 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.
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. West Coast swing practice at 7:35 p.m. May 30. $9. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.
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.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Starlite Ball.6 to 9 p.m. June 4, Harrison Park Clubhouse on West Voorhees Street, Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Captain's Three. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Cost $10. 443-2999.
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.
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.
Sunday night dance. 7:30 to 10 p.m. June 8, Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., C. West Coast Swing. With all-star dancer April Prince. Workshops, 6 and 6:45 p.m. Admission $5; students/newcomers, $2. cuwestcoastswingdancers.com.
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.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. June 13, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Kate Fritz and Tom Turino. Caller, Anne Huber. 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.
Thomasboro Street Dance. Gates open at 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.
Starlite Ball.6 to 9 p.m. June 18, Harrison Park Clubhouse on West Voorhees Street, Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Bev Wolfe. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Illini Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 19 to July 10, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Swing-era dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston and more. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No special shoes or dress required. Free. illiniswing.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. June 20, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Free birthday dance for Ellen Jacobsen Isserman and Max Kummerrow. Music by The Cosmic Otters. Workshop, "Swing Dance," led by Miriam Larson, 6:45 p.m. Caller, Rachel Wallace. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. urbana-contra.org.
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.
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. 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.
Little Theatre Summer Showcase. Evening of cabaret-style entertainment, 6:30 p.m. May 31, Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Featuring the 2014 summer season cast. Tickets $25. thelittletheatre.org.
PechaKucha Night Champagn-Urbana Volume 15. "The Nitty Gritty," 8:20 p.m. May 31, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Doors open, 7:45 p.m. with music by DJ Wisconsin. Nine unique speakers. Topics and perspectives vary widely. Prom attire encouraged. Free admission. Cash-only beer and wine bar. thecudo.org/pkn, pechakucha.org.
Twist and Shout 2014 Spring Dance Recital. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 7, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Recital showcases the accomplishments over the past nine months of the studio's students ages 18 months to 18 years. Tickets $10-$15; additional processing fees $1 per ticket, online only. 356-9063, thevirginia.org, twistandshoutdanceandcheer.com.
Puppet Palooza. 2 to 4 p.m. June 7, Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton. Presented by Tri-County Players from Puppetfolk Productions. Family-friendly puppet show, followed by a workshop for kids grades K-8. Under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult. $15 with early registration, $20 at the door. Adults get in free. 379-7028.
Art in Motion 2014 Spring Dance Recital. 6:30 p.m. June 12, 13 and 14, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $18; additional processing fees $2 per ticket, online only. 356-9063, thevirginia.org, aim-dance.com.
'Boeing Boeing.' Continues May 29 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 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.
'Henry V.' 7 p.m. May 30 and 1 p.m. May 31; Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave., C. Shakespeare's history play performed by 30 home-schooled teenagers. Free. firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com.
'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.
'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.
'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 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. Featuring 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, firstname.lastname@example.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. A Stephen Sondheim revue. 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.
'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.
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.
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.
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 ages 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.
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.
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. 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.
Kids' fishing derby. 9 a.m. to noon June 7, Kaufman Lake, Champaign. For ages 6-12, accompanied by parent/guardian. Prizes and a free hot dog lunch served. Bring your own fishing tackle; bait provided. Rain date, June 8. Free. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
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, email@example.com.
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 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, adults; $12, children under 12 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature hike. 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 20, Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Urbana. Engage all of your senses on a guided hike to explore native plants and animals. These guided hikes will take place rain or shine; dress accordingly. urbanaparks.org.
Piersen Strong 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. 8 a.m. to noon June 28, in and around the Eastern Illinois University football parking lot, next to O'Brien Field, Charleston. 5K at 8 a.m., with the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to follow. After the races, festivities include face painting, bounce houses, music by DJ Adam Drake and BreakAway Band, the Sarah Bush Lincoln KickStart mobile, a firetruck, and picnic lunches for $5. Fundraiser for Piersen Eaker, 2, who suffered injuries that will mean a lifelong need for care. A portion also donated to the Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois. piersenstrong5k.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. "Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk" and "Mandala Flea Market Mutants" and "Art as Provocation," through July 27; "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," permanent display. Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 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. "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.
C.H. Moore Homestead/DeWitt County Museum. 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. "Quilted Keepsakes 2014," opens June 1, through June 29. Antique quilts from the museum's collection as well as privately owned quilts on temporary loan will be featured throughout the house. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: Adults, $3; ages 12-18, $1; ages 11 and younger, free. 935-6066, chmoorehomestead.org.
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. 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.
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.
I&I Historic Farm Museum. 309 E. Busey St., Penfield. Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September, 9 a.m. to noon. 595-5413 or 863-2681, antiquefarm.org.
Monticello Railway Museum. 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Operational railroad yard open to the public. The museum, open every Saturday and Sunday from May through October, regularly offers diesel train rides. Explore rail cars and other equipment, and view museum displays. Display cars include restored Pullman cars and a post office car. Depart from museum site (Nelson Crossing) every 1 hours, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and downtown (Wabash Depot), 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and from downtown from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. From downtown, 4 p.m., no return trip to downtown. Diesel fares, $6-$10. Steam fares, $9-$14; children under 2, free with adult. myrm.org, 877-762-9011, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 31. "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 email@example.com.
Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Accepting quilted items during regular hours, June 6-20, for the 32nd Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show in July. 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 5 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, firstname.lastname@example.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. 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, email@example.com, vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through June 13. — Main feature: "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays, May 30 through Aug. 22, no show July 4, and Saturdays, May 31, Aug. 9-23. — Children's feature: "Coyote Explores the Earth, Sun and Moon," 7 p.m. Saturdays, May 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.
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.
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. Hours (June through August): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.
Storefront/window exhibit. 133 W. Main St., U. "Small, Smaller, Smalst" paintings by Phil Strang, May 29 through June 29. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. May 30, in the windows. 649-4565, email@example.com.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "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. "Fire Burne and Cauldron Bubble:" Witchcraft at the Dawn of Modernity," opens May 30, through Aug. 8, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, north side of the Main Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-3777, library.illinois.edu/rbx.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "I Have Something To Say," the work of Marilynn Dean Cleveland curated by Art at the Y, an initiative of the University YMCA, May 29 through Aug. 24. Opening reception to the public, 5 p.m. May 29. 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.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "At Arm's Length" by Steven Hudson, through June 3. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. May 30. "Refreshingly Fifty," photography by Jessica Lewis Watson, opens June 7, through June 17. Reception and birthday party for Watson, 6 to 9 p.m. June 16. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 904-613-2623, email@example.com, indi-go-art.com.
The CU Sunday Market. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, 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, and local and regional artists. 359-6960, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Danville Farmers' Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 4, south parking lot, of Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handmade crafts. 443-3886, email@example.com, downtowndanville.org.
18th Street Farmers' Market. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 7 through Oct. 4, parking lot of the Coles County Department of Human Services, 825 18th St., Charleston. Primary focus will be free food products; fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods; art/craft vendors accepted as space permits. firstname.lastname@example.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.