Roller derby, a haunted house and more — June's got plenty to offer
Q: What would June be without professional hula-hoopers, roller derby queens, a little blues and jazz near dusk and the villainous Deliria Delight?
A: Not as much fun.
Most Saturdays through Sept. 13
Music Among the Vines concerts continue from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. most Saturdays at Alto Vineyards, 4210 N. Duncan Road, C. (There's no concert May 31 or June 14.)
Retail manager Michele Pieper said classic blues and jazz groups make for soulful evenings.
"We have some great bands that play more than once, including Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue, Black Magic Johnson and Alex Jenkins and the Bombers," she said.
Alto has been in the Illinois wine industry for more than 20 years and has won more than 700 awards in national and international competitions.
Events take place rain or shine.
There is a $5 cover charge; 15 and under are free.
Bottles of wine are not sold for on-site consumption during events. Food or beverages of any kind may not be brought in during events.
Designated drivers will receive free water or soda.
Check listings online at altovineyards.net.
The CU Sunday Market is not as well-known as Urbana's, but you can shop from local farmers and vendors and enjoy music and food from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday at Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C.
More information is at fluideventcenter.com.
The Twin City Derby Girls will be taking on the Illinois Remix, a team made up of skaters from surrounding leagues.
"Thirsty for a win, the ladies have been working hard on the track, pumping iron on the side and fine tuning their strategy to lay it all out there June 8," a press release notes.
The showdown is at Skateland, 208 W. Curtis Road, Savoy. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first whistle sounds at 7.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at twincityderbygirls.ticketleap.com.
The free Juneteenth Celebration at Douglass Park, from noon to 4 p.m., will mark a historic moment in American history.
In June 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war was over — and slavery had ended.
The Champaign Park District's Juneteenth Celebration offers music, vendors, arts and crafts and a bounce house and obstacle course.
Marketing manager Chelsea Norton said the Juneteenth Celebration is "exceptionally popular, especially around the Douglass area. The park was filled last year."
The park is at 512 E. Grove St., C.
More information is at ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
Crisis Nursery's 30th Anniversary Dinner & Auction will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 20 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.
Last year's fundraising event raised a record $140,000.
More than 100 silent auction baskets will be available, along with 15 high-quality live auction items.
Tickets to the event are $100 each. Prizes range from $250 to $1,500. Raffle tickets are on sale for $10 each or five for $40.
Or you can take on The Grand Raffle. For $100, you could win a trip of your choice. Only 100 tickets will be sold.
More information is at crisisnursery.net.
Dallas & Company's inaugural Carnival features a dunk tank, face painting, prizes, carnival games, entertainment by Carnivale Debauche, popcorn, balloons and an early look at the Haunted Room.
The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. both days at 101 E. University Ave., C.
Co-owner Ashley Dallas said Carnivale Debauche offers specialty acts such as a professional hula hoop, fire-swallowing and a "dance routine with giant feathers."
She said the event will feature a "Haunted Room."
But Dallas & Company isn't just about scary costumes and makeup.
"We are trying to let everyone know that we aren't just a Halloween store; we carry thousands of unique and fun things and we do every holiday (especially the Fourth of July)," she said. "We also rent many carnival games that are unique to us (we actually made them all, except our dunk tanks)."
For more information, visit dallasandco.com.
June 23 to June 28
The First Gig Rock N' Roll Camp takes place at Danville's David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St.
If young people want to learn how to run sound, compose, produce and perform rock, the camp offers two dozen area musicians to share their experiences.
The camp will be overseen by The Chicago Blackhawks Band.
For more information or to register, visit palmerarena.com.