Entertainment listings, June 26-July 3, 2014
A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.
Ford County Fair. Continues June 26-28, fairgrounds, Melvin. Events include daily morning livestock shows; daily petting zoo; rides on the midway; truck and tractor pulls, June 26; C-Bar Rodeo, June 27; demo derby, June 28. Music in the beer tent: Cover 4, June 26; Outbound Drive, June 27; Back Paiges, June 28. Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians with Al Pierson, 8 to 11 p.m. June 28, dance building. fordcountyfair.org, email@example.com.
Vermilion County Fair and Expo. Continues June 26-28, Vermilion County Fairgrounds, U.S. 150, east of Oakwood. Vendors, livestock, horse show, barrel race, bull riding, food and more. Beer tent from 4 p.m. to midnight each day, and on June 28 with bands, Masons Jar and Outbound Drive. Carnival rides, 5 to 10 p.m. June 26, 5 p.m. to closing June 27 and 28. Grandstand lineup includes: truck and tractor pulls on June 26, demo derby on June 27, talent contest on June 28. 443-4005, thevermilioncountyfariandexpo.com.
Piatt County Trail Blazers 60th annual rodeo. 7:30 p.m. June 26-28, Trail Blazers Clubhouse grounds, north of Monticello. Gates open, 5:30 p.m. Sanctioned by International Professional Rodeo Association, event showcases bareback, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. June 26, Family Night/Proud to Wear Pink ($4 admission for kids); June 27, queen coronation at 7 p.m.; June 28, parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Monticello, a Kids and Clowns lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Rick Ridings Ford and a dance in the evening, $2 cover charge. Adult tickets, $10; kids, $5. 493-3633.
Bloomington Gold Corvette Show. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 27 and 28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29, State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. Celebrating the event's 41st anniversary. Mecum Auction, 5 p.m. June 28. The road tour will be the main event. The parade leaves at 6 p.m. from the State Farm Center, west on Windsor Road over to Illinois 10/Springfield Avenue out to Monticello, where Corvettes will circle the square, and ends in downtown Champaign for a street festival held in conjunction with the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. Admission tickets $20 for one day at the gate, $50 for three days. visitchampaigncounty.org ,BloomingtonGold.com, 309-888-4477.
Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. June 27 and 28, downtown Champaign. Enjoy inflated rides, carnival games, professional wrestling and live music. 2014 Dinosores Motorcycle Club Bike Show, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The Kids and Family area, located by Orpheum Children's Museum, includes inflated rides, the Scovill Zoo, blues music on the stage by artists 21 years and younger and visits from mascot Louie. Several award-winning barbecue vendors, plus arts and crafts, also available. Check the music category of this calendar for the festival's music stage entertainment. Free admission; $5 suggested donation at the gate. bluesbrewsandbbqfest.com.
Carson & Barnes Circus. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 28, Blain's Farm & Fleet, , 2701 N. Cunningham Ave., U. Elephants, camels, clowns, acrobats, aerialists, horses, jugglers, dogs and a variety of acts. Circus midway, featuring concessions and a petting zoo, opens 45 minutes before show; entrance to the tent opens 30 minutes before show. Tickets $5 in advance at The Chief studios, Blain's Farm & Fleet and "ticket stops" around the area; full price day of show. Tickets in advance, $12, adults, and $6, children; $10-$16 at the gate. Cash only. BigTopShow.com.
Tolono Fun Days. 7 p.m. to midnight June 27 and 6:50 a.m. to midnight June 28, West Side Park, Holden and Whitehead streets, Tolono. Friday: 5K Kracker Klassic steps off at 7 p.m.; free outdoor movie after the race; adult coed softball. Saturday: Sunrise Ceremony at 6:50 a.m. with flag raising at veterans memorial, ecumenical patriotic service with Celebrate Life singers; parade at 11 a.m.; antique cars from parade displayed after parade until 2 p.m.; Grass Roots Revival (bluegrass) after parade, Decadents (rock) at 2:30 p.m. and Crazy Johnny (oldies) at 5 p.m., The Veggies, a 12-piece band, 8 to 11 p.m.; and at dark, the Boom Boom Boys' fireworks show. Both days: food court, flea market and more. 840-6749, Facebook/TolonoFunDay.
Champaign County 4-H Dog Show. 9 a.m. June 28, Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana, 2210 E. Ford Harris Road, U. Champaign County 4-H'ers and their dogs exhibiting in dog obedience, rally obedience and showmanship. web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv, 4-husa.org.
Saybrook Stars and Stripes Celebration. 8 a.m. June 28 and 6:30 a.m. June 29, downtown. Family event. Garage sales, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Family Movie Night, 8 p.m. June 28. From 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 29; breakfast, church service, parade, craft/flea market and food vendors, games and family entertainment, car cruise-in and tractor show, raffle and 50/50 drawings, free live music by Chris Corkery, 2 to 4 p.m., and The Back Paiges, 5 p.m. to dusk, plus fireworks. Details on Facebook at Saybrook Stars and Stripes Celebration. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pop the Top Car Show. 10 a.m. June 28, downtown Arcola. Car show registration, 10 a.m. to noon. Dash plaques for the first 50 cars. Door prizes and hand-crafted trophies for the top 25. Plus unique "Object d'Art" trophies for best of show, people's choice, most likely to attract unwanted police attention, unsafe at any speed, best pop top. Closest to the Spirit of the Hippie Memorial. 268-4278.
Arthur Freedom Celebration and Fireworks. June 28, Arthur. In the morning, a craft show, followed by parade at 1 p.m., then a live wrestling performance downtown and other activities. Food vendors, a petting zoo, mechanical bulls, a baseball tournament, Central Illinois Air from Mattoon offering helicopter rides at 4 p.m. for $20; an air show, featuring a World War II T-6 aircraft and sky-divers from Mid-America Sport Parachute Club from Taylorville, precedes the fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m., all timed to music simulcast on 106.7 FM/The Fox. arthurfestivals.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.
Monticello Freedom Celebration. July 3, Monticello. Several community events, including an air show at Eli Field, featuring a variety of model airplanes. Fireworks Train (tickets sold in advance). Parking available at Lodge Park, Trailblazers or go to Kratz Road (behind school) and ride the bus. Inflatables, pony camel rides, children's games, stagecoach rides and food vendors starting at 4 p.m.; entertainment, 5 to 9 p.m.; fireworks display, 9 p.m. cityofmonticello.net.
Rantoul's Firecracker Classic. 5:30 to 11 p.m. July 3, Rantoul Airport. Freedom Celebration features music with the Cover 4 band kicking off the night, followed by the Black N Blue Band, for a night of country, classics and favorites; activities for the kids include giant inflatables, a kids' zone and laser tag, and rides in the monster truck, The Raminator; Rockin' the Runway, a 5K run/walk, at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. The Fourth of July parade at 9 a.m. July 4. 893-3323, rantoulchamber.com/4th-of-july-activities/.
Fireworks Train. Trains depart at 8 p.m. July 3, from the Wabash Depot, downtown Monticello. Ride the train to watch the fireworks. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and insect repellent. The concession stand will have sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks. Children under 2 ride free with a paying adult. Reservations advised. 762-9011, mrym.org.
Champaign County Freedom Celebration. Youth run and 5K race/walk, 9:05 a.m. July 4, starting on east side of State Farm Center, Champaign; registration, 7:30 a.m. Parade at 11:05 a.m., near First Street and Florida Avenue, continues east on Florida to Lincoln Avenue, then proceeds north on Lincoln to California Avenue. Entertainment at 7 p.m., west side of State Farm Center. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., launched from UI parking lot E14, west of State Farm Center. july4th.net.
Fourth of July Celebration in Sibley. 9 a.m. July 4, Sibley Lake and Park, and downtown. Car and motorcycle show, 9 a.m. to noon at park, downtown; 309-826-5053. Parade, 1 p.m. (registration, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Township Building). Corn hole/bags contest, 2:30 p.m., Old School Park. Activities at Sibley Lake: children's catch-and-release fishing derby and a water ball contest, 9 a.m.; food stands throughout the day, pavilion; free, old-fashioned children's games, 2:30 p.m.; bingo after parade, pavilion; face painting, interactive inflatables and Fun Believable Balloons, 4 to 7 p.m., park; Cardboard Boat Regatta boat races, 4 p.m., with registration, 3 to 3:30 p.m.; parade winners and raffle prize winners announced, 2014 royalty introduced, 6 p.m.; free concert by Back Paiges, 6:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk over the lake. Rain date for fireworks, July 5. sibleyfourthofjuly@yahoocom, 745-2549, sibleyfourthofjuly.com.
Fourth of July at Sholem. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4, Sholem Aquatic Center, Centennial Park, Champaign. Activities will include free face painting, a kid-friendly cannonball contest, America-themed trivia contests, free watermelon- and ice cream-eating contests, concessions and food and drink specials. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Freedom Fest. Noon to 10 p.m. July 4, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet. Food concessions and some family activities start at 3; Music in Motion plays from 5 to 9 p.m.; at 9 p.m., after a tribute to service members, a spectacular fireworks display set to music. Admission is $1 per person, with children 5 and under free. Additional contributions will be appreciated.
Bement Freedom Celebration. 2 p.m. to dark July 4, Bement and Piatt County Forest Preserve Park outside Bement Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Bement. Games, activities, food, fireworks.
Seymour Show and Shine Car Show. 2 to 5 p.m. July 4, Main Street, Seymour. Public is invited to come and check out the cars for free. Preregistration for car show, $8; $10 day of show. 369-8829.
Pounds for Hounds. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5, under the tents on the lawn of the Humane Society, 1225 N. Collett St., Danville. Clothing sold by the pound. Books and additional items available. Face painting and other family fun. All proceeds go to the Humane Society. 443-4110.
Sparks in the Park. Noon to 4 p.m., July 5, Ervin Park, Tuscola. Car show, presented by Wheels Car Club. Participant voting. Registration, noon to 2 p.m. Awards, 4 p.m. $10 entry fee. 253-3047, 253-4147, 268-3873.
73rd annual Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show. July 8-12, Fisher Fairgrounds, 226 E. Sangamon St. Events include a horse show, livestock exhibits, lawn mower demolition derby, 5K run/walk, demolition derby, amusements and live music. 897-1437, fisherfair.com.
Gordyville USA flea market and auction.4 to 9 p.m. July 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13; Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Auction, 10 a.m. July 12 and 11 a.m. July 13. Free admission. 568-7117.
Spinners and Weavers Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12, Gannett Center, Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville. The C-U Guild and Hoosier Heritage Spinners & Weavers meet for a day of fun and fiber arts. Free. CUspinweave@gmail.com, centralillinoisfiberguild.org.
'Kickin' It Country' fundraiser. 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. July 12, Turtle Run Golf and Banquet Center, Danville. Appetizers, beer and spirits sampling, a barbecue style buffet, line dancing, an ice cream social, mechanical bull riding, souvenir photos and a live auction. Country music by Hillbilly Rockstarz. Western wear encouraged. Event raising money for new and enhanced imaging equipment for the Catheterization Laboratory at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville. Tickets $50; $400, table of eight. 442-6583.
DeWitt County Fair. July 15-19, Farmer City fairgrounds. Livestock shows, Queen and Little Miss Pageant, harness racing, motorcycle and ATV races, Raminator monster truck, stock car racing, Western horse show, tractor pulls, Kids Day. 309-275-4461, farmercityfair.com.
Iroquois County Fair. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. July 16-21, Iroquois County Fairgrounds, 2 miles north of Crescent City. Livestock shows, demolition derby, horse and pony shows, tractor pull, talent show, teen dance, rodeo and more. 815-683-2359, iroquoiscofair.com.
4-H Project Expo and Livestock Show. 8 a.m. July 18 and 19; and 8 a.m. July 24, Kesler Hall, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. 4-H members will exhibit over 600 projects including cooking, visual arts, woodworking, aerospace and crops, and 300 animals to be judged at the fair. The project expo will be followed by the livestock show taking place July 24. Livestock exhibitors will have a full day of showing in each species, followed by Master Showmanship Contest in the afternoon and livestock auction in the evening, hosted by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. 333-7672.
Champaign County Fair. July 18-27, Champaign County Fairgrounds, 1302 N. Coler Ave., U. July 18: Preview Night and Grandstand Party; entertainment is Blackjack Billy with Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys opening. July 19: car and truck show and motorcycle rodeo; carnival opens. July 20: horse show, religious service, firemen's water ball competition, rodeo. July 21: preschool day in kiddie land, talent show. July 22: livestock judging; harness racing, featuring matinee and evening races. July 23: livestock judging, motorcycle races. July 24: Youth Day, grandstand show Blackberry Smoke, featuring Matt Poss Band. July 25: Scott McCrerry, featuring Gracia Harrison, at the grandstand. July 27: tractor and truck pull, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. champaigncountyfair.cc.
War re-enactment. July 19 and 20, Homestead Area, Forest Glen Preserve. French and Indian War re-enactment. 662-2142, vccd.org.
Medieval Day. 12:30 to 4:40 p.m. July 19, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Travel back in time for this annual action-packed afternoon that includes faux swordplay, food samples, a costume try-on, storytelling and dancing. Something for every age. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.
Edgar County Fair. July 19-26, Edgar County Fairgrounds, Paris. Queen pageant, livestock shows, harness racing, carnival, talent show, tractor pulls, demolition derby and more, 463-8365, 822-0905, edgarcountyfair.com.
Center City Summer Stage. July 26, corner of Sixth and John streets, Campustown. Kicks off at 3 p.m. with Kids Fest: a full block of carnival games, dancing, music, costumed characters, giveaways and a petting zoo. Admission $5 per child up to four children in a family. Additional children, free. No admission fee for adults. Concert starting at 6 p.m., featuring Mike Ingram and Friends, 90s Daughter and the Brat Pack. Eating contest on the stage between acts — eat the Big Fat Ugly in 20 minutes or under. Prizes to top three winners; email email@example.com for eating contest. Free.
'Reel Deals.' "Muppets Most Wanted," rated PG, 1:30 and 7 p.m. June 26, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. $4. 356-9063.
Summer Quad Cinema Series. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," 9 p.m. July 1, Anniversary Plaza north side of the Quad, north of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Rated PG-13. Presented by Illini Union Board. In case of inclement weather, film will be shown in Illini Union. Free.
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies. "The Monuments Men," Rated PG-13, 2 to 4 p.m. July 2, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. Movie is based on a true story about an unlikely World War II platoon that is ordered to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. Call to register. 267-3170.
Movie night. "Despicable Me 2," 8 to 11 p.m. July 11, downtown Monticello. Free movie on the big screen. Bring your favorite movie-watching gear, chairs and blankets. Sponsored by Subway of Monticello and Monticello Main Street.
'The Wizard of Oz' screening and fundraising gala. 6 p.m. July 14, Hyatt Place Hotel. Presented by C-U Habitat for Humanity. "There's No Place Like Home" because "there's no place like home." Appetizers, beverages, mingle with Habitat supporters. At 7:30 p.m., watch the 75th anniversary release of "The Wizard of Oz" at 7:30 p.m. Movie critic Chuck Koplinski will introduce the movie, followed by remarks from Habitat executive director Sheila Dodd. $25 ($26.87 with service fee) for the whole evening. 819-5115, firstname.lastname@example.org, brownpapertickets.com/event/708603.
Rantoul Movies in the Park. "ET," 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 18, Wabash Park, 500 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul. Starts at dusk. Classic about an extraterrestrial nicknamed ET and his time on Earth. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For possible cancellation due to weather: rantoulchamber.com, 893-3323.
Monday Matinees. 2 p.m. July 21, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. Free movie series on the third Monday of every month. 477-5220.
Monticello Movie Night. "We Bought a Zoo," 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 25, Bring your favorite movie-watching gear, chairs and blankets. Movie sponsored by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce. Free. 762-2583.
Krannert Uncorked. With The Curses (modern swing/jazz ), 5 p.m. June 26, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.
Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. June 27 and 28, downtown Champaign. Friday's entertainment — 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. Free admission; $5 suggested donation at the gate. bluesbrewsandbbqfest.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Joni Dreyer and The Maytags (mix of blues, pop and country), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 27, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Sunday, Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Timber Train (traditional, popular and bluegrass), 2 to 4 p.m. June 29. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Friday Night Live. Street-side performance series, 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, June 6 through Aug. 22, at three intersections, downtown Champaign. June 27: Sharon Cho and Erik Swanson (jazz/popular covers), 6 p.m.; Young Kim and Jonathan Beckett ( jazz duo), 7 p.m., Walnut and Chester; No Good Jane (contemporary rock), 6 p.m.; Kevin Cory (R&B), 7 p.m., Neil and Park; George Turner Trio (jazz), 6 p.m.; Samba Soul Band (classical Brazilian Samba), 7 p.m., Neil and Church (One Main Plaza). Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances, and a family activity. Free. 40North.org/FNL, FNLChampaign.com, Facebook.com/FNLChampaign.
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, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 29, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring McMahon and Cassidy (mix of traditional and popular), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 1, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Sunday, Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Strings Attached (mix of bluegrass, mountain gospel, old-time, other favorites and bad jokes), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 3. New Riders of the Golden Maize (traditional country music and old rock 'n' roll), 2 to 4 p.m. July 6. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 2, Prairie Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. July 2 features Blues Deacons. 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, July 3; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Ice Cream and Independence. July 3, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Serving frozen yogurt outside the theater at 5 p.m. Music performed by the Champaign-Urbana Civic Wind Band and featuring the Canadian Brass at 7 p.m. Tickets $12. 356-9063.
Independence Day Concert. 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 4, the park behind the Homer Village Hall. Featuring Sounds of the Prairie Community Band. Music and fireworks at the Homer Independence Day Celebration. Rain date: same time July 5. Concert is 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. Patriotic show with Erica Neal and Mariah Henderson. Tickets $10. Food at 6 p.m. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hessel Park Concert. ESP, featuring Surreal Deal, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 6, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Marvin Lee Band (old-fashioned country), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 8, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Mike Ellis and The Midnight Sons (country music and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 11. The Uplifters (gospel and country), 2 to 4 p.m. July 13. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 9, AMBUCS Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. July 9 features Crazy Johnny Band. 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, July 10; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Krannert Uncorked. With Eclectiq Soul (R&B), 5 p.m. July 10, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.
Downtown Danville Summer Sounds Concert. Featuring Monkey's X, 6 to 9 p.m. July 11, 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, Dennis Stroughmatt, 8 p.m. July 11, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10 in advance and $13 at the door. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Mariposa Music Festival. 6 p.m. to midnight July 12, downtown Champaign. Features two stages of entertainment at intersection of Main and Neil streets, and Chester and Walnut streets. Food and beverages from downtown establishments. Headliner is Braid, a nationally known rock emo group. Also, nationally recognized bluegrass band, Cornmeal. Six other acts including Phox, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Moonrise Nation, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Common Loon, and The Curses. Free. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Concert in the Park. Featuring High Cotton (bluegrass), 7 p.m. July 12, Kolb Park, St. Joseph. stjosephillinois.org/parks-and-recreation-2.htm.
Bach Vespers. 5 p.m. July 13, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. Second in a series of Bach Vespers — three free concerts/services of evening prayer that will center around the sacred cantatas (extended works for instruments and voices), choral motets and psalms of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.
In Concert at CPL: Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen. 2 to 3 p.m. July 13, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Singer-songwriter Rego with her three lifelong friends: Matt Yeates, drums; Eric Fitts, mandolin and upright bass; and Cory Ponton, guitar and banjo. All ages. regorego.com, 403-2070.
Summer Garden Concert Series. Featuring Two Boys Goin' Nowhere, 5 to 7 p.m. July 13, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Musical evening filled with animal-themed songs, in honor of the library summer reading theme "PAWS for Reading." For all ages. Free. 586-2612, ccfpd.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Hoosier Daddy (country and popular), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 15, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. The Back Door Cajuns (Cajun), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 18. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 16, Victory Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. July 16 features Cody and the Gateway Drugs. 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, July 17; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Krannert Uncorked. With Crofton Coleman and Friends (popular/jazz standards), 5 p.m. July 17, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.
Summer Band's annual Twilight Concerts on the Quad. 7 p.m. July 17 on the Quad, just south of the Illini Union. Featuring the University of Illinois Band. The final Twilight Concert of the summer. Bring lawn chairs.
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 Illinois 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.
Allerton Roots and Blues. 6 to 9 p.m. July 18, Gatehouse Lawn in Allerton Park, Monticello. Opening act, Cody and The Gateway Drugs (acoustic, rock 'n' roll). From 7:30 to 9 p.m., the Painkillers Blues Band. Free.
Sounds at Sunset. Featuring Cody and the Gateway Drugs, 6 to 8 p.m. July 18, Sunset Ridge Park, Staley and Boulder Ridge roads, Champaign. Each free Sounds at Sunset event will include an array of activities such as live music and inflatables. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Crystal Bowersox concert. 7 to 10 p.m. July 18, Watseka Theatre, 18 E. Walnut St., Watseka. The 2010 American Idol runner-up will perform her amalgam of blues, country, folk and rock. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and a full bar. Tickets $35, $25. 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guests The Kilmers (Pam and Polly), 8 p.m. July 18, 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.
The Prairie Ensemble. "A Musical Soiree," 7:30 p.m. July 19, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. With featured soloist, flutist Mary Leathers Chapman. Concert conversation, 7 p.m. General admission, $18; children and students with ID, $8. 355-9077, prairieensemble.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring McMahon and Cassidy (mix of traditional and popular), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 22, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Big Creek Guitar Band (blues), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 25. Prairie City (country and popular), 2 to 4 p.m. July 27. Bob Schifo and Friends (country and popular), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 29. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Summer Piano Institute 2014: Ian Hobson. 7:30 p.m. July 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 23, King Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. July 23 features The Painkillers. 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. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Rain date, July 24; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Krannert Uncorked. With Katie Flynn and Gordy Wilson, jazz/cabaret, 5 p.m. July 24, Lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
11th Sister Singers Network National Women's Choral Festival. 7 p.m. July 24, 3 p.m. (Block A) and 7 p.m. (Block B) July 25; 3 p.m. (Block A) and 7 p.m. (Block B) July 26, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Performers: Charlottesville Women's Choir, San Diego Women's Chorus, Brattleboro Women's Chorus and Grand Rapids Women's Chorus. Tickets $10-$30. 333-6280.
Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. July 25, Scott Park, 207 E. Springfield, Ave., C. Mhondoro performs. Free Sounds at Sunset events throughout Champaign feature an array of activities including live music and inflatables. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Summer Sounds Concert. Featuring Mike Dangeroux (Reggae music), 6 to 9 p.m. July 25, Temple Plaza, North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville. 5 p.m. for food and drinks. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Erica Neal, 8 p.m. July 25, 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.
Bach Vespers. 5 p.m. July 27, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. Final program in series of Bach Vespers — three free concerts/services of evening prayer that will center around the sacred cantatas (extended works for instruments and voices), choral motets and psalms of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Music for the meeting of the Town Council, featuring professional chorus, period instrument orchestra and organist Christopher Holman.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 30, Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. July 30 features Bruiser and the Virtues. 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. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Rain date, July 31; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Krannert Uncorked. With The Prairie Dogs (bluegrass, patriotic tunes, folk-laced melodies from the American Songbook, jazz, and swing), 5 p.m. July 31, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Illini Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 26 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, email@example.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. Tango practice at 7:35 p.m. June 27. No dance, July 4. $9. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 2, Harrison Park Clubhouse on West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by Miscellaneous 3. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Western Wednesdays. 7 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Learn how to dance to country hits and more. Lessons at the beginning followed by open dancing. Line dances, swing dances, couple dances, group dances, any dances you want to learn. 693-7225.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. July 9, 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. July 11, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Euphor. Caller, Gail Hintze. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. urbana-contra.org.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 16, Harrison Park Clubhouse on West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by Captain's Three. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. July 18, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Turnip the Beet. Caller, Michael Hamilton. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. urbana-contra.org.
English Country Dance in the Garden. 3 to 5 p.m. July 20, Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden by the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mahomet. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience not required. Free. 359-8225, firstname.lastname@example.org, centralillinoisecd.org.
Couples/Singles Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. July 20, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
Family Storytelling Concert. 7 to 8 p.m. June 26, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Hear "Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!" read by Kim Sheehan, assistant director of education at Spurlock Museum. Free. 893-3955. rantoul.lib.il.us.
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. zooimprov.com, email@example.com.
'Animals and Artifacts and People, Oh My!' 3 to 3:45 p.m. July 5, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Join the Spurlock Museum's resident storyteller, Kim Sheahan, as she shares stories and artifacts that show the wide range of relationships with the animals around us. For all ages.
Mark Nizer 4-D. 7 p.m. July 12, The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Original comedy, world-class juggling, movement, music and technology. Pre-show dinner in the Concourse and the 4-D show. Tickets $15 for dinner and show; kids 12 and younger, $10. eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
Zoo Improv Comedy Troupe. 3 to 3:45 p.m. July 19, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Champaign-Urbana's own improvisation troupe. 403-2030.
All Ears: Animal Stories. 3 to 4 p.m. July 21, Champaign Library's Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St., C. Pause a while with storyteller Kim Sheahan as she celebrates this year's Paws to Read program with animal tales from around the world. 403-2090, champaign.org.
'Big River.' Continues 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.
'Once Upon a Mattress.' Tri-County Players, continues 7 p.m. June 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. June 29; Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton. Tickets $12. Group rates are available for 10 or more. 379-7028.
'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, the Broadway Musical.' Continues June 26 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 $35-$39; $10 discount off regular prices for children 12 and younger. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.
'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. July 3-6, 9-13 and 16-19; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.
'The Jungle Book.' Theatre for Younger Audiences, 10:30 a.m. July 4, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 12; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets: Children, $10.40; adults, $12.50. Season tickets, $28.05. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'Little Shop of Horrors.' 2 and 8 p.m. July 2, 8 p.m. July 3, 4 and 8 p.m. July 5, 2 p.m. July 6, 8 p.m. July 8, 2 and 8 p.m. July 9, 8 p.m. July 10 and 11, 4 and 8 p.m. July 12 and 2 p.m. July 13; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'Always ... Patsy Cline.' Beef House Dinner Theatre, 8 p.m. July 11 and 12, 2 p.m. July 13, 16 and 17, and 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2; Beef House, 16501 Indiana 63, Covington, Ind. Features more than 27 Patsy Cline hits. Doors open at 6 p.m. for evening shows and 12:30 p.m. for matinees. Tickets $39, includes buffet dinner and show. All times Eastern. 765-793-4770, beefhouserolls.com.
'Annie.' Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre, 7:30 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 2, Urbana High School Theater, 1002 S. Race St., U. Tickets $7-$14. 367-1544, urbanaparks.org.
'Backstage with Toshi Reagon and Morley.' 9:30 p.m. July 19; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $50-$60. 333-6280.
'The Music Man.' Central Illinois Stage Company, 7:30 p.m. July 17-19 and 2:30 p.m. July 20; Salisbury Church, 2350 Madison Ave., Charleston. Tickets $13, $8 for children under 12. email@example.com.
'Return to the Forbidden Planet.' Beef House Dinner Theatre, 8 p.m. July 25 and 26, 2 p.m. July 27, 30 and 31 and Aug. 7, 8 p.m. Aug. 9 and 2 p.m. Aug. 10; Beef House, 16501 Indiana 63, Covington, Ind. Shakespeare meets sci-fi meets rock concert in this jukebox musical. Doors open at 6 p.m. for evening shows and 12:30 p.m. for matinees. Tickets $39 and include buffet dinner and show. All times Eastern. 765-793-4770, beefhouserolls.com.
'Ring of Fire.'Beef House Dinner Theatre, 8 p.m. July 18 and 19, 2 p.m. July 20, 23 and 24 and Aug. 3 and 6 and 8 p.m. Aug. 9; Beef House, 16501 Indiana 63, Covington, Ind. A tribute featuring more than 30 Johnny Cash hits, performed by Beef House actors, singers and musicians. Doors open at 6 p.m. for evening shows and 12:30 p.m. for matinees. Tickets $39 and include buffet dinner and show. All times Eastern. 765-793-4770, beefhouserolls.com.
'The Sound of Music.' 2 and 8 p.m. July 16, 8 p.m. July 17 and 18, 4 and 8 p.m. July 19, 2 p.m. July 20, 8 p.m. July 22, 2 and 8 p.m. July 23, 8 p.m. July 24 and 25, 4 and 8 p.m. July 26 and 2 p.m. July 27; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'That's What She Said.' 7 p.m. July 19; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Another round of incredible speakers — from world-famous musician-activists to working moms who have never been on stage. Backstage with Toshi Reagon and Morley right after the show. Tickets $10-$30. 333-6280.
Fishing clinics. Two sessions daily, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, through July 31 at Kaufman Lake, Champaign, and at Crystal Lake, Urbana. Educational portion and actual fishing. Equipment and bait provided. Individuals can participate in any of the sessions and attend more than once. Free. 367-1544, 398-2550.
Naturalist Programs at the Middle Fork. Saturdays, through June 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.
PiersenStrong 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.; 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. Picnic lunches, $5. Fundraiser for Piersen Eaker, 2, who suffered injuries that will mean a lifelong need for care. A portion also donated to Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois. piersenstrong5k.com.
Hummingbird Happening. 9 a.m. to noon June 28, the Ethington's home, 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.
Take Me Fishing. 9 to 11 a.m. June 28, Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Kids will have the chance to win awards. Basic fishing instruction available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children is required. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org
Great Annual Rocket Launch of 2014. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28, Dodds Park by Parkland College, Champaign. Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club's biggest rocketry event of the year. Rockets of all sizes are welcome. All spectators are invited to come and watch. For status of launch, call Greg Smith, 840-1678, around 9 a.m. Free. 359-8225.
Amateur Radio Field Day. 1 p.m. June 28 continuing to 1 p.m. June 29, Ford-Harris Park, half-mile west of U.S. 45 north of Urbana. The Twin City Amateur Radio Club will participate in the annual nationwide event. Several stations set up by local amateur radio operators to communicate across the country. Visitors are welcome. Guest operators under the supervision of licensed operators are encouraged. Free.
Wildlife Medical Clinic: Feathered Friends. 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 28, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. For school-age children. UI Wildlife Medical Clinic staffers will bring their live bird ambassadors to teach children about wildlife, conservation and ecosystem health. vetmed.illinois.edu/wmc, 403-2030, champaign.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.
Growing Up Wild: Shapes in Nature. 10 to 11 a.m. July 1, 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, to learn as they play in nature. Dress for the weather; $5 per child. Register by June 27. 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. Wednesdays, 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.
Champaign County Freedom Celebration 5K Race-Walk and Youth Run. 7:30 to 11 a.m. July 4, registration and start/finish line both on the east side of the State Farm Center on Fourth Street. Registration, 7:30 a.m.; youth run, 8:30 a.m.; 5K race/walk, 9:05 a.m. Parking in State Farm Center parking lots. Registration fees: $18, on or before June 27; $25, after June 27 and race day entries. No charge for youth run (no shirt). july4th.net/5k-race-walk.
Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch. 9 to 11 p.m. July 5, Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Observatory, along County Road 700 E, 1.4 miles west of I-57 and 0.8 miles south of Monticello Road, C. Monthly observatory open house. Observe planets, star clusters and the moon with a 16-inch telescope. Free . 351-2567, email@example.com.
Nature Hike. 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 11, Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Urbana. Guided hike to explore native plants and animals. Rain or shine, so dress accordingly. urbanaparks.org.
Wings of Wonder. 3 to 3:45 p.m. July 12, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. See magnificent tropical birds from Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue, a nonprofit based in Mahomet. Learn all about adopting and caring for these exotic pets that need new homes. For all ages. 403-2030, champaign.org.
Meet the Animals. 1 to 4 p.m. July 19, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. See live animals brought by Scovill Zoo's Mobile Zoo, including small mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world. Free. 586-1268, ccfpd.org.
Take Me Fishing. 9 to 11 a.m. July 26, Boathouse Peninsula, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 101 N. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet. Kids will have the chance to win awards. Basic fishing instruction available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children is required. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
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. "Cousins," works by the Trine family, through July 18. "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," ends 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 — ballroom, grocery, military and toy 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.
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. Operational railroad yard open to the public. The museum, open every Saturday and Sunday, 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. 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: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 586-2612.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. DIY Weekend Wizard, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays. "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. Courtyard is open for the season, play outside: Dino Dig, Whisper Dishes, Playhouse, Rock Grotto and Butterfly Garden. 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. "A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh," through June 30. "Pogo Studio: Capturing the Sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Music Scene 1985-2014, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign," opens July 1, through June 24, 2016. "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 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, email@example.com.
Vermilion County War Museum. 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. D-Day exhibit, located in an expanded area of the museum, features items from the USSHarding. 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. Closed July 4. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Summer Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 22. — Main feature: "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 22, no show July 4. — "The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather," 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, through July 29; and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, through July 31. — "The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth," 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, through July 29; and 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, through July 31.
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.
Danville Public Library. 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "The Quilt Collection of Barbara Forbes Stover" through July 31. 18 quilts from her collection will be on display. Created in honor of the Vermilion County Museum's 32nd Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show, July 2014. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays and major holidays. 477-5220.
Figure One. 116 N. Walnut St., C. The Pop-Up Shop Show. The combined efforts of all three pop-ups on view for the public, through June 21. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 1 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 333-0786, email@example.com.
Georgetown Public Library. 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown. Vermilion County Conservation District traveling exhibit featuring "Archaeology," June 30 through July 7. A program for families, especially school-age children, on archaeology will be given 1 p.m. July 7. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 662-2164.
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 (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.
Oakwood Public Library. 110 E. Finley Ave., Oakwood. Vermilion County Conservation District traveling exhibit featuring "Archaeology," through June 30. A program for families, especially school-age children, on archaeology will be given on June 27. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 354-4777.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Through the Decades: Selected Student Artwork from the Permanent Collection," through July 24, Giertz Gallery. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. July 19, with a gallery talk by Lisa Costello and Laura O'Donnell, and music by Big Blue Stem. Free. Summer hours for the Giertz Gallery: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Closed July 3. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.
Storefront/window exhibit. 133 W. Main St., U. "Small, Smaller, Smalst" paintings by Phil Strang, through June 29, 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 end 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," 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. Art @ the Y 2014 summer exhibition, "I Have Something To Say" by Marilynn Dean Cleveland, through Aug. 24. 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, ends June 28. Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, during studio hours or by appointment. 417-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broken Oak Gallery and Studio. 1865 N. 1225 E Road, White Heath. Works by local artists Beth Chasco, Sally Bliss Nolan and Linda Whitler, ends June 28. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through June and other times by appointment. email@example.com, 762-4907.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danville Art League. 320 N. Franklin St., Danville. Landscapes by Barbara Curtis McDonnell, through July 31. Public hours: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday; 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. 442-9264.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Outstanding in Our Field: 7 Central Illinois Artists Transforming Trash into Art," ends June 28. Featured artists: John McDevitt, Melissa Mitchell, Melody Moore-Carlson, Cindy Sampson, Phil Strang, Eric Walsh and Sally Walsh. Receptions with music by John Coppess, 5 to 9 p.m. June 28. Regular gallery hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; except on days with reception. "Giving Forward" by local watercolor artists including Rebecca Renwick, Don Lake, Judy Jones, Bonnie Switzer, Margaret Decardy, Barb England, Barb Ryan, Anu Murphy, Barb Strauss and Jenny Barrett, opens July 2, through July 13. Proceeds of sales of their artwork donated to the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans. Reception, 7 to 9 p.m. July 11. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; except day with reception. 904-613-2623, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.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, 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.
Monticello Main Street Farmers' Market. 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 2, in front of the Community Building on North State Street (Allerton Library), Monticello. Many vendors with seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, breads and more. 762-3661, 762-9318, email@example.com.
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.