Entertainment listings, July 10-17, 2014

Entertainment listings, July 10-17, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Historic Farm Days. Gates open 7 a.m. July 10-13, Penfield. Sponsored by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club, Penfield. Exhibits of antique farm machinery and yesterday's farm trucks and cars. Field demonstrations of harvesting, baling, combining, plowing and construction equipment. Daily parade, antique tractor pull and kids' pedal pull. Entertainment each evening including Marvin Lee's Country Show, 6:30 p.m. July 11, with special guests Treesa Smith, Doug Rigsby and Terry Cottrell; with fireworks Saturday night. Museum features antique farm machinery, tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Gate fee only. 694-4132, antiquefarm.org.

73rd annual Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show. Continues July 10-12, 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.

Ice cream social. 1 to 3 p.m. July 10, Sunset Memorial Park, Swan Pond, Danville. Free Custard Cup ice cream and entertainment by local vocalists.

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.

2014 Parade of Ponds. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12. A self-guided tour of a variety of water features by Chris' Water Gardens located from Champaign to Danville and surrounding areas in between. Tickets at Illini FS Farmtown, Urbana; Prairie Gardens, Champaign; Schuren's Nursery, St. Joseph; Growing Grounds, Bloomington; Don's Automotive, Homer; and Sleepy Creek Vineyard, Fairmount; or the link below. Ticket booklet $5, includes directions to locations. 896-2225, chriswatergardens.com,

Spinners and Weavers Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12, Gannett Outdoor Education Center, Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville. The Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild and Hoosier Heritage Spinners & Weavers meet for a day of fun and fiber arts. Free. 662-2142, CUspinweave@gmail.com, centralillinoisfiberguild.org.

Ice cream social. 4 to 7 p.m. July 12, Pleasant View Building, corner of Myers and Holloway streets, Bismarck. Homemade pie or cake, ice cream and drink, live music and an antique car show. Hosted by Newell Township Historical Society to raise funds to support the renovation of the former Farmers and Merchants Bank, which will be used as a historical museum. The Bank Museum, corner of Holloway and Chicago, will be open for seeing the nearly completed renovation. Tickets $4; at the social or call 759-7680.

'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.

Spalding Park Summer Events. Noon to 3 p.m. July 13, Spalding Park, Champaign. Activities include: pottery demonstration, dance arts performance, scenes from Disney's "Peter Pan Jr." and art activities. Hosted by Champaign Park District.

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.

Heritage Sunday. 4 to 6 p.m. July 13, Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Bement. Bluegrass music, ice cream sundaes and a historic interpreter portraying Florena Budwin, who fought alongside her husband during the Civil War and spent time in Andersonville Prison.

Next week

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.

Ice cream social. 1 to 3 p.m. July 17, Hessel Park, Champaign. Free Custard Cup ice cream and entertainment by a local vocalist.

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.

Historical jail tour. 6:30 p.m. July 18, former county sheriff's residence and jail, State and American Streets, Paxton. Ford County Historical Society members will offer a tour and give the history of the building, leading up to its acquisition by the Paxton Foundation in 2013. 379-4111, 379-3723.

French and Indian War re-enactment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20, Homestead Area, Forest Glen Preserve. Free. 662-2142, vccd.org.

Medieval Afternoon. 12:30 to 4:40 p.m. July 19, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Travel back in time with 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, Ill. Queen pageant, livestock shows, harness racing, carnival, talent show, tractor pulls, demolition derby and more, 463-8365, 822-0905, edgarcountyfair.com.

Future highlights

Ice cream social. 1 to 3 p.m. July 24, Sunset Memorial Park, Swan Pond, Danville. Free Custard Cup ice cream and entertainment by local vocalists.

Bud Light's Summer Stage. 3 to 10:30 p.m. July 26, Campustown, Sixth and John streets, Champaign. 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. Adults, free. Concert at 6 p.m., featuring Mike Ingram and Friends, 90s Daughter and the Brat Pack; free. Eating contest on the stage between acts — eat the Big Fat Ugly sandwich in 20 minutes or under. Prizes to top three winners; email erin@champaigncenter.com for eating contest. Free. 352-2400.

Coles County Fair. Noon, July 27, 8 a.m. July 28 to Aug. 3, Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. "Illinois' oldest continuous county fair" features livestock shows, queen pageant, harness racing, truck and tractor pull, carnival, music, horse show, demolition derby, arts and crafts and more. colescountyfair.com.

2014 Villa Grove Car Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2, Harrison Park, Villa Grove. "Cars for Critters." Registration, 9 a.m. to noon. Trophies, 3 p.m. Dash plaques, goody bags, first 25 entrants receive a free T-shirt, drawings for door prizes, 50/50 raffle, free barbecue and hot dog lunch provided. Entry fee $10. 621-3027, 832-9778.

Georgetown Fair. Aug. 2-9, Mill Street. Carnival, exhibits, livestock shows, horse show, queen pageant, tractor and truck pull and entertainment. 662-6415, georgetownfair.com.

St. Joseph Fall Festival. 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7, 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 9, Community Park, 2007 E. Grand Ave. Carnival rides, fish fry, games, Legion 50/50 drawing and food each day. Friday also includes Little Prince and Princess coronation, kiddie tractor pull and evening street dance at the park. Saturday also includes a pancake breakfast, 5K run and walk starting at Main Street and Route 150, Mutt Show, Community Festival Parade, talent show, evening street dance and aerial fireworks at the park.

Gordyville USA flea market and auction.4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10; Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Auction, 10 a.m. Aug. 9 and 11 a.m. Aug. 10. Free admission. 568-7117.

Films

This weekend

Urbana Summer Movie Nights series. "Breaking Away" (1979), 7 p.m. July 11, Busey Bank parking lot, downtown Urbana. Outdoor movie screening. Evening of film, food, drinks and live music featuring few local bands playing live before the movie. Bring chairs or blankets. Presented by Urbanalove, city of Urbana and others. Free. neutralcycle.com/movie.

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 News-Gazette Film Series. "Mutiny on the Bounty," 1 and 7 p.m. July 12, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $6 (includes pre-show performance by David Schroeder, organist). 356-9063.

Next week

'The Wizard of Oz' screening and fundraising gala. 6 p.m. July 14, Hyatt Place Hotel. "There's No Place Like Home." Presented by C-U Habitat for Humanity. 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. at The Art Theater. Movie introduction by movie critic Chuck Koplinski, followed by remarks by Habitat executive director Sheila Dodd. $25 ($26.87 with service fee). 819-5115, khill@cuhabitat.org, brownpapertickets.com/event/708603.

Summer Afternoon Matinees. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, July 16 through Aug. 13, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. "The Little Rascals Save the Day," rated PG, July 16. Popcorn provided. Free. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.

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.

Future highlights

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.

Summer Afternoon Matinees. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, July 23 through Aug. 13, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. "Meet the Robinsons" (2007), rated PG, July 23. Popcorn provided. Free. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.

Frozen Sing-a-Long. 6 p.m. July 24 and 25, 1:30 and 6 p.m. July 26, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $5. 356-9063.

Monticello Movie Night. "We Bought a Zoo," 8 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.

'Life Itself.' 7 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $5. 356-9063.

Summer Afternoon Matinees. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, July 30 through Aug. 13, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. "Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2" (2011), rated G, July 30. Popcorn provided. Free. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.

Rantoul Movies in the Park. "Happy Feet 2," 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center, 320 W. Flessner Ave., Rantoul. Starts at dusk. A penguin movie about finding your own special gifts. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For possible cancellation due to weather: rantoulchamber.com, 893-3323.

The News-Gazette Film Series. "It Happened One Night" (1934), 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $6. 356-9063.

Summer Quad Cinema Series. "The Amazing Spider Man 2," 9 p.m. Aug. 7, 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.

Music

This weekend

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.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mike Ellis and The Midnight Sons (country music and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 11, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. 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.

Friday Night Live. Street-side performance series, 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, July 11 through Aug. 22, at three intersections, Walnut and Chester; Neil and Park; Neil and Church (One Main Plaza), downtown Champaign. Walnut and Chester: Donna Herula, blues slide guitar, 6 p.m.; Amira Davis, African vocals and percussion, 7 p.m. Neil and Park: Gypsy Hips, belly dancing troupe, 6 p.m.; Wildwood (bluegrass), 7 p.m. Neil and Church (One Main Plaza): Emily Otnes and the Weekdays (jazz/pop/rock/country), 6 p.m.; Cody and the Gateway Drugs (rock), 7 p.m. 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 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; $13 at the door. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.

Mariposa Music Festival. 6 p.m. to midnight July 12, downtown Champaign. Two stages of entertainment at intersection of Main and Neil streets, and Chester and Walnut streets. Headliner is Braid, a nationally known rock emo group, 10:30 p.m., Stage 1. Also, nationally recognized bluegrass band, Cornmeal, 10:45 p.m., Stage 2. Six other acts: Moonrise Nation at 6:15 p.m., Common Loon at 7:30 p.m., Phox at 8:45 p.m., Stage 1; and The Curses at 6 p.m., Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound at 7:15 p.m., Jessica Lea Mayfield at 9 p.m., Stage 2. Free. Food and beverages from downtown establishments. 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.

Tookula, German youth choir. 7:30 p.m. July 12, Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C. Tookula, the most advanced of the several choirs at the Choir School of the Christuskirche, based in Minden, Germany, presents a concert of classical, folk, popular and sacred music from around the world. The performance is the third in Tookula's two-week U.S. tour. Free, but donations accepted.

Tons 'O' Fun and The Boat Drunks. 7:30 p.m. July 12, Effingham Performance Center, 1325 Outer Belt W., Effingham. Tons 'O' Fun Band plays high-energy, horn-driven classic rock, R&B, funk and soul. The Boat Drunks perform their own brand of tangy tropical rock. General admission tickets $15; in advance or day of show at the box office. 540-2788.

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.

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.

Opry star Leona Williams with guests. 5 to 7:30 p.m. July 13, R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 127 W. Washington St., Philo. Famed country entertainer and songwriter Leona Williams takes the stage for one performance with special guests Ron Williams, Dennis Stroughmatt and Chrissy Rigsby. Admission $15. No advance ticket sales. Tickets sold at door. 552-9417.

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.

Skid Row. '80s-'90s MTV metal icons, 7 to 10:30 p.m. July 13, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka. Sakara and Degard The Signal are opening the concert. All ages. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. 815-993- 6585, watsekatheatre.com.

Next week

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.

Future highlights

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., with founding music director Kevin Kelly, who is leaving the community for the Chicago suburbs. General admission, $18; children and students with ID, $8. 355-9077, prairieensemble.org, contactus@prairieensemble.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 Sundays, Tuesday and Fridays. 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.

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. Amasong, 7 p.m. July 26, followed by two mass chorus concerts. Other 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.

Krannert Uncorked. With Katie Flynn and Gordy Wilson, jazz/cabaret, 5 p.m. July 24, Lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

Sounds at Sunset. Featuring Mhondoro, 6 to 8 p.m. July 25, Scott Park, 207 E. Springfield Ave., C. 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 Orchestra (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. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mitchells Bluegrass and Gospel (a family bluegrass and gospel band), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday/Fridays. Strings Attached (a mix of bluegrass, mountain gospel, old-time other favorites and bad jokes), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 3. Aug. 5: The Oakwood Boys (a mix of blues, original and popular music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. J.R. Country (old-fashioned country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

Sounds at Sunset. Featuring Los Guapos, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1, Clark Park, McKinley and West Daniel Street, Champaign. 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.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Deb Schneider, 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 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.

C-U in the Prairibbean X. 5:30 p.m. to midnight Aug. 2, parking lot in front of Orpheum Science Museum, downtown Champaign. Annual fundraising event for Developmental Services Center, hosted by Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club, Gates open, 5:30 p.m. Featuring Appaloosa, 6 p.m., The Tons 'O' Fun Band, 7:15 p.m., and The Boat Drunks, 9 and 10:45 p.m. A large silent auction; a live auction, 8:35 p.m.; raffle winners announced, 10:40 p.m.; silent auction tent reopens for winners, 10:45 p.m. Tickets $10. Cash raffle tickets: $5 each or five for $20. 356-9176, dsc-illinois.org.

Sugar Creek Opera Festival. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Clinton Central High School, Clinton. One performance of "Die Fledermaus," a lightly staged operetta, in English. There will be no art fest, music fair or church tour this year. Tickets $40-$75 and are 10 percent off if purchased before July 14. 815-432-3830, sugarcreekopera.ticketleap.com.

Melvin Music Show. 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St., Melvin. Rick and Friends; food available. Doors open at 6 p.m. 388-2853.

Hunger Jam. 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3, Georgetown Fairgrounds, 413 N. Seminary St., Georgetown. Manic Drive headlines Hunger Jam at the 2014 Georgetown Fair with special guests Ryan Stevenson, The Lasting Hope and the FCOC Worship Band. Admission $10 at the gate. Bring a nonperishable item for the local food pantry. 662-2106.

Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6, Meadowbrook Park, PrairiePlay, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. Aug. 6 features The Surreal Deal. 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, Aug. 7; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.

Summer Sounds Concert. Featuring Alex Jenkins and The Bombers Blues Band, 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8, 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, Ashley Mehl, 8 p.m. Aug. 8, 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.

In Concert at CPL: Flower Jax. 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Local talents Chris Strand and Kenna Mae Reiss combine forces to form the band Flower Jax. Original songs and a few forgotten classics from the good ol' days. For all ages.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Augusti, McCabe and Payne (bluegrass musicians with eclectic tastes), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays/Fridays. Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons (country music and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Aug. 15: Joni Dryer and the Maytags (a mix of blues, pop and country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Dave Coleman (ballads and traditional songs), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. Country Gentlemen (old-fashioned country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

End-of-season concert. Featuring The Sounds of the Prairie Community Band, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Mabery D. Gelvin Botanical Garden behind the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mahomet. Fun-filled family concert. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside the museum. Free. president@communityartsresource.org.

Dancing

This weekend

Illini Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays, through July 31, 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, questions@illiniswing.org.

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.

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. 2 Step practice, 7:35 p.m. July 11. $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.

Next week

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.

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.

Future highlights

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, ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.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.

Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. July 23, 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 25, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Acoustic Mayhem. Caller, Jonathan Sivier. 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.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 1, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Mean Lids. Caller, Maggie Jo Saylor. 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.

C-U West Coast Swing Dancers' Sunday night dance. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3, Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., C. West Coast Swing. Admission $5; students/newcomers, $2. cuwestcoastswingdancers.com.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6, Harrison Park Clubhouse on West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Bev Wolfe. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Performing arts

This weekend

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, contact@zooimprov.com.

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 at 5 p.m. in the Concourse. Tickets $15; kids 12 and younger, $10. eiu.edu/doudna, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

Spalding Park Summer Event: Performing in the Park. Noon to 3 p.m. July 13 Spalding Park, Champaign. Variety of events for all ages. Champaign Park District Youth Theatre performs a preview of "Disney's Peter Pan Jr.," a taste of ballet and Irish dancing by members of the dance arts programs. Also, a pottery demonstration, face painting, water inflatables and more. Free. champaignparkdistrict.com.

Next week

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.

Future highlights

All Ears: Animal Stories. 3 to 4 p.m. July 21, Champaign Library's Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St., C. Pause awhile 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.

Comedy at Sleepy Creek. 8 to 10 p.m. July 26, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount. Featuring Mary Mack, folk humorist. One minute she'll tell you a joke about her family and growing up in Wisconsin, the next she'll sing a song about minnows. Also performing: Tim Harmston (NBC, Comedy Central and "Last Comic Standing") and host Jesse Tuttle. Seats $15, groups of 6-plus, $13 each. 733-0330.

Theater

This weekend

'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, 12:30 p.m. for matinees. Tickets $39, includes buffet dinner and show. All times Eastern. 765-793-4770, beefhouserolls.com.

'The Jungle Book.' Theatre for Younger Audiences, continues 10:30 a.m. July 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.' Continues 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.

'Orphans.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. July 10-13 and 16-19; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.

'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, the Broadway Musical.' Continues July 20-27; 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.

Next week

'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' Blue Ridge High School Thespian Troupe 5290 and Friends, 7 p.m. July 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. July 20; Moore Gymnasium at Blue Ridge High School, Farmer City. Tickets $7, $5 for children 10 and younger. Drinks and treats available at Hatter's Tea Shoppe. b_r_drama@yahoo.com.

'Backstage with Toshi Reagon and Morley.' 9:30 p.m. July 19; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $50-$60. 333-6280.

'Disney's Peter Pan Jr.' presented by Champaign Park District Youth Theatre, 7 p.m. July 17, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 18, and 2 and 7 p.m. July 19; the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $8-$10. 356-9063.

'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 years. centraliltheatre@gmail.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. Doors open at 6 p.m. for evening shows, 12:30 p.m. for matinees. Tickets $39, includes 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, after the show. Tickets $10-$30. 333-6280.

Future highlights

'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.

'Charlotte's Web.' Monticello Theatre Association, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $12.50; monticellotheatre.org, info@monticellotheatre.org.

'4000 Miles.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1-3, 6-9, through Aug. 9; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.

'Is There Life After Fifty?' July 31 through Sept. 14; 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.

'Legally Blonde.' 2 and 8 p.m. July 30, 8 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 2 p.m. Aug. 3, 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 8 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8, 4 and 8 p.m. Aug. 9, and 2 p.m. Aug. 10; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.

'Mary Poppins.' Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1 and 2, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7-9 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10; Parkland College Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C Tickets $8-$16; at the door or cutc.org.

'Once on This Island Jr.' Danville Light Opera's Summer Youth Musical, 7 p.m. July 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. July 27; Bremer Conference Center, Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. Tickets $5 and $7; at the door. No pre-sales. 431-1660, danvillelightopera@hotmail.com.

'101 Dalmatians.' Theatre for Younger Audiences, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1, 2, 5-9; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets: Children, $10.40; adults, $12.50. Season tickets, $28.05. Puppy breakfast, 9 a.m. Aug. 2, 5, 7 and 9 at The Little Theatre on the Square Dance Studio at 7 W. Jefferson St. Tickets $10. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.

'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, 12:30 p.m. for matinees. Tickets $39, includes buffet dinner and show. All times Eastern. 765-793-4770, beefhouserolls.com.

Outdoors/nature

This weekend

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.

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.

Naturalist programs at the Middle Fork. Saturdays, July 12-26, 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. Check schedule at ccfpd.org/Preserves/Attractions/MiddleForkCampground.html. 586-1268.

Next week

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, 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. July 16, run course opposite way. kennekuk.com.

Champaign Area Fish Exchange Summer Auction. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 19, Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St. Doors open at 8 a.m. Auction begins at 10:30 a.m. Fish, plants, food, equipment, books, etc. may be offered for sale. champaignfish.com, 359-6707, champaignfishguy1@yahoo.com.

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.

Future highlights

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.

RC Fest. July 26, West Side Park, 408 W. Holden St., Tolono. RC Fest is a not-for-profit, for-all-ages, radio control event hosted by 13-year-old Adam Munds from Tolono. Munds donates all of the proceeds to Community Blood Services of Illinois. The bloodmobile will be at the event to help Munds raise the awareness of the importance of donating blood. adam-munds.wix.com/rc-fest, Facebook at RC Fest.

Meet the Animals. 5 to 6 p.m. July 30, Anita Purves Nature Center. Meet the nature center animals up close and learn about their natural and personal histories. Fees for this program help support the care of the nature center animals. urbanaparks.org.

Mini-Triathlon. 7:30 a.m. Aug. 2, Centennial Park, Champaign. Champaign Park District's 32nd annual Mini-Triathlon. This chip-timed event will consist of a 200-yard swim, a 6-mile bike ride and 2-mile run. If you want to race with friends, you need to sign up together in the recreational category to guarantee your start times will be next to each other. Race packets emailed and posted online the week of July 21. $40, residents; $60, nonresidents. champaignparkdistrict.com.

Naturalist Programs at the Middle Fork. 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 2-30, 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. 586-1268, ccfpd.org/Preserves/Attractions/MiddleForkCampground.html.

Hayride. 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Forest Glen Preserve, 7 miles east of Westville on County Highway 5. Meet at the staff office parking lot. $1. vccd.org/activities.html.

CUAS Family Skywatch. 9 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2, CUAS Observatory; take Interstate 57 south to Monticello exit, go 1.4 miles west to 700 E, turn left and the dome is 0.8 mile to the south, on the left, Champaign. Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for their monthly observatory open house. Observe planets, star clusters and the moon through the 16-inch telescope. Free. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. cuas@cuas.org, 351-2567, cuas.org.

Micro- and Nano-Triathlons. 8 a.m. Aug. 3 for micro-tri, nano-tri follows, Centennial Park, Champaign. Micro- event features a 50-yard swim, mile bike ride and 1/2-mile run. The nano has a 25-yard swim, 1/2-mile bike ride and 1/4-mile run. Fees: Micro-, $10, residents, and $15, nonresidents; nano-, $5, residents, $7.50, nonresidents. champaignparkdistrict.com.

Playscape Mondays. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 4-25, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal. Dress to get dirty. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.

UI museums

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.

Other museums

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.

Catlin Heritage Museum. 210 N. Paris St., Catlin. Catlin Historical Society's annual ice cream social, 6 to 8 p.m. July 19. The grounds will be open for all visitors. Newly created displays, automobiles on display by The Illiania Antique Auto Club, music by Danville Barbershop and ice cream provided by Pizza Time of Catlin. 427-5766.

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, director@champaignmuseum.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.

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, 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. mrym.org, 877-762-9011, info@mrym.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: 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. "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," through June 24, 2016. "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 sousa@uiuc.edu.

Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. 32nd annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show, sponsored by Threads of Time Creative Swing and Retreat Center, plus a special display of quilts by Victorena Stanis on display, as part of the celebration for the museum society's 50th anniversary. Through July 31. Quilt luncheon, noon July 23, honoring Victorena Stanis for her efforts in establishing the local Midwest Heritage Quilt Show; includes a program by Deborah Fell about the current trends in art quilts. Cost $10, register by July 18. 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, vermilioncounty@att.net.

Vermilion County War Museum. 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. D-Day exhibit, featuring items from the USS Harding. 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. Displays of the Gulf Wars, Spanish-American War, Korean War 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. Active duty military personnel and their families admitted free from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 431-0034, vcwm@comcast.net, vcwm.org.

Planetarium

William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Summer Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, July 11 through Aug. 22. — Main feature: "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays, July 11 through Aug. 22. — "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.

Exhibits

Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "#WeAreIllinois," photographs and quotes from the Intercultural Horizons Internship program's social media initiative, #WeAreIllinois, opens July 14, through Oct. 17. Reception, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. The Intercultural Horizons interns of spring 2014 responsible for this initiative are Bryanna Charles, Ruby Chen, Lauren Colby, Mayank Kabra and Chelsea Lee. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. facebook.com/weareillinois, weareillinois.tumblr.com, 333-1300.

Danville Public Library. 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "The Quilt Collection of Barbara Forbes Stover" through July 31. Eighteen quilts from her collection will be on display. Created in honor of the Vermilion County Museum's 32nd annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show. 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.

Elwood Township Carnegie Public Library. 104 N. State St., Ridge Farm. Vermilion County Conservation District traveling exhibit featuring "Archaeology," July 14-21. A program for families, especially school-age children, on archaeology will be given at 2:30 p.m. July 21. Hours: 2 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 247-2820.

Illini Union Art Gallery. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Illini Union Board presents "Your Campus, Your Town," photography by Illinois student Rajat Saksena, opens with a reception, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 11, through Aug. 20. Free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 333-3663, iuboard.uiuc.edu.

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, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Through the Decades: Selected Student Artwork from the Permanent Collection," through July 24, Giertz Gallery.  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.

Sidell District Library. 101 Market St., Sidell. Vermilion County Conservation District traveling exhibit featuring "Archaeology," through July 14. A program for families, especially school-age children, on archaeology will be given 10 a.m. July 14. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday. 288-9031.

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 Main Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. "Knot Forgotten: The Tennyson Library of Crochet and Related Arts at Illinois," featuring Gilbert Witte's collection, through July 21, north/south corridor, first floor of the Library Building and Marshall Gallery. Lunchtime exhibit tours, noon to 1 p.m. July 15 and 24. Reception and "ugly sweater contest," 3 to 5 p.m. July 18, Marshall Gallery. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.

Galleries

Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "The Teapot Mystique: Don Frith and Eugenia Frith Meltzer," ceramic teapots by former University of Illinois Professor Don Frith and his daughter Eugenia Frith Meltzer, through Aug. 16. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, cinemagallery.cc.

Cracked Glass. 202 S. First St., C. Work by local artists, including stained glass, fused-glass pieces, bead jewelry, paintings and prints by Dick Detzner and Dennis Roberts and wood sculpture by Rick Larimore. Hours: noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 359-6489, cracked-glass.com, contact@cracked-glass.com.

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. "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, through July 13. Reception, 7 to 9 p.m. July 11. Proceeds of sales of their artwork donated to Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; except day with reception. "Nature Inspired" by Laura Bradley, July 16-29. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. July 18. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 904-613-2623, indigo.coop@gmail.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. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays. Special appointments also available. 762-8248, redhousegallery.net, redhousegallery@yahoo.com.

The White Dove Garden and Gallery. 703 W. Hill St., C. Oil and watercolor paintings by Alisa Ramshaw Chapman, ongoing. Other area artists during special exhibits. Complimentary refreshments. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. 359-0675, thewhitedovegarden.com, alisachapman@thewhitedovegarden.com.

Farmers' markets

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, cusundaymarket@gmail.com.

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, info@downtowndanville.org, 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. 18thstfarmmark@consolidated.net.

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, info@monticellomainstreet.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. Art at the Market, July 12: Free workshop "T-Shirt to Tote Bag" with Makerspace Urbana, 8 a.m. to noon; and Aduki Jazz Quartet, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. urbanaillinois.us/market.

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