Entertainment listings, July 17-24, 2014
A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.
DeWitt County Fair. Continues July 17-19, Farmer City fairgrounds. July 17: 8:30 a.m., cattle show; 6:30 p.m., carcass winners presentation; 7 p.m., Raminator Monster Truck, Pro Late Model and Illini Racing Series Midgets, Street Stock Special. July 18: 7 p.m., stock car races (fourth annual Junior Kimler Memorial). July 19: 9 a.m., goat show; 10 a.m., western horse show; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., pet parade (grandstand), children's games, kids' tractor pull, face painting by Sally the Clown; noon to 4 p.m., beef, pork, open and chili "cook-off" contest; 5 to 9 p.m., IPA tractor and truck pull. 309-275-4461, farmercityfair.com.
Iroquois County Fair. Continues 9 a.m. July 17-20, 1:15 p.m. July 21, Iroquois County Fairgrounds, 2 miles north of Crescent City. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Livestock shows, afternoon entertainment, 4-H shows and more. Demolition derby, 7:30 p.m. July 17 and 19; horse and pony shows, 9 a.m. July 17-20; talent shows, 6 and 8 p.m. July 18; rodeo, 7:30 p.m. July 18; 4-H dog show, 2 p.m. July 17; Dog Agility, 6 p.m. July 19; tractor pulls, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. July 20; awards, 1:15, and livestock sale, 1:30 p.m. July 21. 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. Project expo followed by the livestock show, July 24. Livestock exhibitors 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 18-26, 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, $10-$25. 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, $10-$30. July 26: tractor and truck pull, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. champaigncountyfair.cc.
Second annual Taste of the Prairie. Noon to 9 p.m. July 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19, Green Mill Village, Arcola. A family event showcasing artisans, artists, crafts, collectibles, farmers' market, food and more. Kiddie tractor pull, 3 p.m. July 18; registration, 2 p.m. Acoustic bluegrass by Mackville, 6:30 p.m. July 18. Food and children's activities are in the parking lot of the Best Western plus Green Mill Village Hotel and Suites. All of the artists, vendors, quilts and crafts are inside the Best Western Plus Convention Center. 254-4012, email@example.com, gmvdevelopment.com.
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. Free admission to grounds. Grandstand admission $2-$15. $2 parking. 463-8365, 822-0905, edgarcountyfair.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.
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.
Sidney Fun Daze. 5 p.m. to midnight July 25 and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 26, Sidney. July 25: Carnival, 5 to 10 p.m.; beer tent, 6 p.m. to midnight, with Ryan Ideus and The Feudin' Hillbillys, 9 p.m. to midnight. July 26: Breakfast at town hall, 7 to 10 a.m.; kiddie tractor pull, 10:30 a.m.; carnival, 1 to 10 p.m.; car show registration, 2 to 5 p.m with awards with DJ Mike Roy, 8 p.m.; parade, 4:30 p.m.; bags tournament inside beer tent, register at 1 p.m., tourney at 2 p.m.; music by Cliff Stoker in beer tent, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
CASA Royal Ball. 6 to 9:30 p.m. July 25 and 26, Harrison Park Palace, Danville. Two magnificent Arabian nights. Come dressed in royal attire. A family event, fundraiser for CASA, interactive fairy tale and celebration of the arts. Interact with kings, queens, genies, jesters and fairies, see tumbling pirates at the outdoor pirate ship, create art in the Royal Art Gallery, make pixie dust and magical snow with fairies in the wooded Fairy Garden, get a mini-makeover in the Royal Spa, see Arabian dancers, visit the genie in the Giant Genie Lamp and purchase food at the Moroccan Main Street Vendor. Tickets limited, $20, at Carmack Car Capitol and casavermilion.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Champaign-Urbana Days. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8 and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C. Generations of visitors flock to this annual event to celebrate family and reunite at Douglass Park. Entertainment, food, children's activities including inflatables and Touch-a-Truck, and a senior luncheon. champaignparkdistrict.com.
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.
Cheeseburgers and Fun. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9, Bunker Hill Historic Area at Kennekuk County Park, 5 miles west of Danville. Music, antique car show and entertainment. Free admission. 442-1691, vccd.org.
Champaign County Home and Community Education's third annual Garage Sale. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9, Farm Bureau Building, 801 Country Fair Drive, C. Household items, jewelry, designer clothing, books and children's clothing, plus a bake sale. 621-2724.
138th annual Fairbury Fair. Free gate until 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 14 and 15, until 11 a.m. Aug. 16 and 17. Carnival rides, games, bags tournament, demo derby, stock car racing, 5K run and music in the beer tent nightly. fairburyfair.com.
Teen Movie. "The Lego Movie," 3 p.m. July 18, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. Rated PG. For teens ages 12-19. Free.
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. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For possible cancellation due to weather: rantoulchamber.com, 893-3323.
Monday Matinee. 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. 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.
Monday Matinee Classic. 2 p.m. Aug. 4, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. Free. 477-5220.
Summer Afternoon Matinees. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 6 through 13, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. "Snow Buddies" (2008), rated G, Aug. 6. Popcorn provided. Free. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies. 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" (1964). Call to register, 267-3170.
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.
Movie night. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 8, downtown Monticello. Car enthusiasts can bring cars for a car show. Live music, dinner on the square and a free presentation of "Grease" at sunset. Bring chairs, blankets and your favorite movie-watching gear. Movie sponsored by Pearls & More Jewelry.
Teen Movie Night. 7 to 9:20 p.m. Aug. 8, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. "Divergent." Rated PG-13. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.
Second annual Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition. 2 and 5 p.m. Aug. 9, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Pens to Lens, a project of the Champaign Urbana Film Society, invites K-12 students in East Central Illinois to submit original screenplays, which are then made into short films and movie posters by the local art community. At this special gala screening, see the finished films and celebrate student writing with awards and other surprises.
Summer Afternoon Matinees. "Racing Stripes" (2005), 1 p.m. Aug. 13, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Rated PG. Popcorn provided. Free. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.
Monday Matinee. 2 p.m. Aug. 18, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. Free movie series on the third Monday of every month. 477-5220.
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.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Back Door Cajuns (Cajun), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 18, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Friday Night Live. Street-side performance series, 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, July 18 through Aug. 22, at three intersections, Walnut and Chester; Neil and Park; Neil and Church (One Main Plaza), downtown Champaign. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances, and a family activity. Free. 40North.org/FNL, FNLChampaign.com, Facebook.com/FNLChampaign.
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 event includes 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. The Painkillers Blues Band, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Cody and The Gateway Drugs (acoustic, rock 'n' roll), 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. A bus going to the concert leaves at 5:30 p.m. from Busey Bank parking lot, downtown Champaign, and returns after concert about 9:30 p.m. Bus seats 45, so first 45 there will get to ride. Cost $5.
Sounds at Sunset. Featuring Mike Ingram and Kayla Brown, 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.
Bellflower Country Opry. With guest, Ozzie Pearl, 7 p.m. July 19, gymnasium, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower. Doors open, 6 p.m. Ozzie will sing, call a square dance or two and might have a story to tell. Also, Amy Heider will sing a lot of her favorites. Bid farewell to Heider, as she and her husband will be moving to Seattle, Wash. Tickets $10, adults; 12 and younger, free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.
The Prairie Ensemble. "A Musical Soiree," 7:30 p.m. July 19, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. With featured soloist, principal flutist Mary Leathers Chapman. Final concert. 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, email@example.com.
An Evening with Wildwood. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 19, The Upper Bout, 723 S. Neil St., C. A string band from Champaign and Mahomet drawing on traditional bluegrass influence as well as contemporary artists. $10 at the door. 607-8132.
Boaz Sharon. Guest Artists Recital, 7:30 p.m. July 21, Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Sharon, Professor of Piano, Boston University, performs works by Couperin, Brahms, Albniz and Prokofiev.
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. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Summer Piano Institute 2014: Ian Hobson.Faculty Artist Recital, 7:30 p.m. July 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Works by Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. 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.
Boaz Sharon and Ian Hobson. Joint piano recital, 7:30 p.m. July 23, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Duo piano works by Liszt, Debussy, Gershwin, Villa-Lobos and Szymanowski.
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.
Summer Piano Institute Final Gala Concert. 7:30 p.m. July 25, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. The participants in the Summer Piano Institute perform works they have prepared over the course of the week with Professors Hobson and Sharon.
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.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Prairie City (country and popular), 2 to 4 p.m. July 27, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Sundays, Tuesday and Fridays. 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.
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. 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 Avenue 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.
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.
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; 10 percent off if purchased before July 14. 815-432-3830, sugarcreekopera.ticketleap.com.
Le Chteau de la Voix prsents Jean-Baptiste Lully's Armide. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 p.m. Aug. 3, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Singers from around the world descend on Urbana for an intense two-week preparation for two performances of Baroque opera on the stage.
Music by Ben Bedford. 8 p.m. Aug. 2, Sleepy Creek Vineyards. 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Folk music full of historical storytelling in the tradition of musical icons such as Bill Morrissey and Woody Guthrie. Tickets $12 or $10 for six-plus. 733-0330, sleepycreekvineyards.com.
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.
Sounds at Sunset. Featuring Candy Foster and Shades of Blue (R&B and blues), 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5, Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C. Sounds at Sunset events include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables and more. Free. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. champaignparkdistrict.com.
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.
Allerton Bluegrass. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8, Gatehouse Lawn in Allerton Park, Monticello. The Chicago-based Henhouse Prowlers will open with their brand of bluegrass. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., headline act The Special Consensus Band. Their 2012 "Scratch Gravel Road" received a Grammy Award nomination for best bluegrass album. Free.
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.
Summer Garden Concert Series. 5 to 7 p.m., Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Sounds of the Prairie Community Band plays music ranging from Sousa marches to big band to Broadway. Free. 586-2612, ccfpd.org.
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. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Bob Weaver, 8 p.m. Aug. 15, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Bluegrass in the Gardens. Noon to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425 E, Arcola. Featuring The Bankesters; Tommy Brown & County Line Grass; Trinity River; Potters Wheel; Chris Talley Trio; Cornfields & Crossroads; Burie Family; and Dog 1. $15 for adults, two-day pass $25; children 7-18, $8. 268-4106, rockome.com.
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, email@example.com.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 9 p.m. July 18, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the third Friday of every month. $5 cover Friday. 442-7339.
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.
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. Tropical Night, July 25. $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.
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.
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.
Western Wednesdays. 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Line dance lessons, 7 p.m., followed by open dancing. Dance instructor, Janet Mayol. For all ages. $5. 693-7225.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. July 25, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends. Held the fourth Friday of every month. Pass the hat. 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.
Old Time Rock 'n' Roll Dancing. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 1, VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by The Flashbacks (best of the '50s, '60s and '70s) of Port Charlotte, Fla. All proceeds go to the UI Educational Fund for Wounded Warriors. Donation $5, at the door. 493-9636.
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.
Benefit dance for Crisis Nursery. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 2, the Elks Lodge, Savoy. Open to the public. Music by The Flashbacks (best of the '50s, '60s and '70s) of Port Charlotte, Fla. Cash bar. All donations given to Crisis Nursery. Donation $5, at the door. 493-9636.
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, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Bev Wolfe. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13, 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.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the third Friday of every month. $5 cover. 442-7339.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Too Old To Be Controlled. Caller, Kristi Emilsson. Workshop, "Triplets Revisited" with Scott Meyer, 6:45 p.m. 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.
Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. Fridays, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. Zoo features other local troupes as an opening act each week. Phoenix and Phriends, with Transprov Imports, followed by a listening of Zaireeka, July 18. Participate or just watch. Family-friendly, interactive kids' show, 7 p.m. July 25 (the last Friday of each month), followed by the regular features at 8 p.m. $5. zooimprov.com, email@example.com.
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 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 Show. 8 to 10 p.m. July 26, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Featuring Mary Mack, a professional folk humorist of Comedy Central fame. 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, sleepycreekvineyards.com.
'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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Always ... Patsy Cline.' Beef House Dinner Theatre, continues 2 p.m. July 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.
'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. email@example.com.
'Orphans.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. July 17-19; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.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.
Science Fiction Reader's Theatre pieces. Creative Dramatics Workshop. 7:30 p.m. July 18 and 19, 2:30 p.m. July 20 and 1 p.m. July 26; Sidney Town Hall. During the Sidney Summer Fun Daze. Four tales: "The Trouble with Tribbles," "The One Who Waits," "They Are Made Out of Meat" and "The Menace From Earth." July 26, from 1 p.m. until the parade, each of the above shows shown at random times, with breaks in between during other festivities. Also, additional short pieces interspersed with other things, including a short sci-fi story, "The Vegetarian's Nightmare." Free, with any donations accepted. 688-2395.
'The Sound of Music.' Continues 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.
'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.
'Lincoln's Trial & Tribulations.' Dinner theater, 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 26, Aug. 16; and 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19; 1847 Dr. Hiram Rutherford home near the town square, Oakland, and the covered pavilion at Independence Pioneer Village, north Oakland. Evening starts with tours of the Rutherford home, followed by an 1847 meal. Then, the 1847 Matson Slave Trial in Coles County story performed in the pavilion at Independence Pioneer Village. Tickets $30. Rain or shine. 508-9113, matsontrial1847.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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
'Annie.' Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre, 7:30 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 2, Cobb Auditorium, Urbana High School, 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, email@example.com.
'4000 Miles.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1-3, 6-9; 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.
'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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Naturalist programs at the Middle Fork. Saturdays, July 19-26, 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.
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 23, regular fun run and walk. Next medal night, July 30. kennekuk.com.
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. 10 a.m. 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. All proceeds donated to Community Blood Services of Illinois. The bloodmobile will be at the event to raise 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. Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society's monthly observatory open house. Observe planets, star clusters and the moon through a 16-inch telescope. Free. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. email@example.com, 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, and $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.
Growing Up Wild: The Wonders of Water. 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 5, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6. Learn what makes water ecosystems special. Dress for the weather. $5 per child. Register by Aug. 1. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Sunset Paddle. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Explore the aquatic life of Homer Lake via canoe. Canoe experience required. Equipment provided; bring water to drink and bug spray. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; adult must accompany children under 18. $8 or $4 if you bring your own canoe. Registration required: 896-2455.
Howl at the Moon Ultramarathon. 7 a.m. Aug. 9, Kennekuk Cove County Park, Danville. Kennekuk Road Runners' 24th annual Howl at the Moon 8-Hour Run/Walk. Timed ultramarathon on a 3.29-mile loop with participant support from Kennekuk's volunteers. No race-day entry. Details and entry forms at kennekuk.com.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk," "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, ends July 18. "Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition," opening reception 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 25, through Aug. 29. "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, 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.
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. Steam train rides, 11 a.m. July 19 and 1 p.m. July 20. Ride behind restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401. Depart from museum site (Nelson Crossing) at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and downtown (Wabash Depot) at 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. July 19; 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and from downtown at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. July 20. From downtown, 4 p.m., no return trip to downtown. Steam fares, $9-$14; children under 2, free with adult. myrm.org, 877-762-9011, email@example.com.
Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Exhibit, "Homegrown: Gardening Yesterday & Today," through Dec. 31. Permanent exhibits: "Prairie Stories," "Blacksmithing on the Prairie" and "Champaign County's Lincoln." Discovery room, interactive stations and a gift shop. Free; donations appreciated. Hours: 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. "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. "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. 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. 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, as part of the celebration of the museum society's 50th anniversary. Through July 31. Quilt luncheon, noon July 23, honoring 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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, vcwm.org.
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, through Aug. 22. — Main feature: "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 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.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "#WeAreIllinois," photographs and quotes from the Intercultural Horizons Internship Program's social media initiative, #WeAreIllinois, 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," through July 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.
Figure One.116 N. Walnut St., C. To celebrate the opening of Figure One's third annual Summer Artists in Residence program, a welcome reception to meet the artists, Jeff Horwat and Melonie Mulkey, 5 to 8 p.m. July 18. Exhibition opening and reception for the work created during their residency, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5; through Oct. 4. Self-care Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. July 27, Aug. 10 and 24. Open Studios, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 15. 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.
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, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.
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. Reception and "ugly sweater contest," 3 to 5 p.m. July 18, Marshall Gallery. Lunchtime exhibit tours, noon to 1 p.m. July 24. 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 at 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.
Vance Township Library. 107 S. Main St., Fairmount. Vermilion County Conservation District traveling exhibit featuring "Archaeology," opens July 21, through July 28. A program for families, especially school-age children, on archaeology will be given at 1 p.m. July 25. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 733-2164.
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.
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. "Nature Inspired" by Laura Bradley, through July 29. 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, email@example.com, indi-go-art.com.
Larry Kanfer Gallery. 2503 S. Neil St., C. Larry Kanfer Gallery Off the Wall Event, July 24-27. Images from the International, Woodlands and Prairiescapes collections, and from the 2015 calendars. Discount on all artwork. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 24-26, noon to 4 p.m. July 27. 398-2000.
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. July 19 — Danville Public Library programs on the library lawn: Community Action Head Start; Cowboy Music by Harley "Tex" Wynn; Meet the Animals (Dogs for Heroes, Bismarck); Jackpot Raffle. 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.