Entertainment listings, Aug. 7-13, 2014
A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.
Georgetown Fair. Continues Aug. 7-9, Mill Street. Home economics and ag produce exhibits; contests; livestock shows starting at 2 p.m. Aug. 7, 5 p.m. Aug. 8 and 8 a.m. Aug. 9. Carnival, 6 p.m. Aug. 7-8, 5 p.m. Aug. 9. Music at 7 p.m.: Country Karaoke, Aug. 7; Highway 341, Aug. 8. Grandstand events: tractor and truck pull, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7; motocross, 7 p.m. Aug. 8; demolition derby, 7 p.m. Aug. 9. 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 includes Little Prince and Princess coronation, kiddie tractor pull and evening street dance at the park. Saturday 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 fireworks.
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. Annual event to celebrate family. Entertainment, food, children's activities including inflatables and Touch-a-Truck, a senior luncheon, sports competitions including an all-star basketball tournament, 3-point shootout, softball tournament and live wrestling by Supreme Productions Zero1 USA wrestlers. Free school and sports physicals available to children. 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. Displays at the buildings at Bunker Hill; a chainsaw carving demonstration; displays of antique, custom, hot rods, muscle cars and antique tractors; tours of the completed Kennekuk Environmental Education Center phase one in Kennekuk County Park. Music: Alex Jenkins and The Bombers Blues Band, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Hitmen, 2 to 4 p.m.; Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Wright Brothers, 8 to 10 p.m. Food vendors start, 11 a.m. Cheeseburger cookout starts, 4 p.m.; $5. Fundraiser for Vermilion County Conservation District Foundation. 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.
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.
C-U Day Fashion and Talent Show. 3 p.m. Aug. 9, north side of Douglass Park, in the cul de sac of Eureka Street, Champaign. Family-friendly event for all ages. Hear your favorite '90s songs. Theme: "Throwback '90s: The Reunion Show." cufashiontalentnfp.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, plus music in beer tent nightly. fairburyfair.com.
58th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois. Aug. 14. Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, Urbana campus, off St. Mary's Road on South Wright Street Extended. Researchers will discuss a variety of topics in crop sciences. Field tours depart at 7 a.m. from the St. Mary's location, making stops at research plots and repeating every half-hour until noon. Lunch available for a nominal charge. The exhibition tent will feature ACES programs, commercial vendors, research posters and student clubs. agronomyday.cropsci.illinois.edu, Sue Overmyer at 217-300-3702 or email@example.com.
Cissna Park's 127th annual Old Settlers Reunion. Aug. 14, 15 and 16, Village Park, Cissna Park. Sponsored by American Legion Post 527. Food and beverages every day at park pavilion and legion. Bingo every evening, plus Saturday afternoon at park. Amusements on the midway; unlimited rides $20 every night, plus Saturday afternoon. Free entertainment: talent show, 7 p.m. Aug. 14; Battle Creek Country, 8 p.m. Aug. 15; Breaking Storm, 8 p.m. Aug. 16, outdoor stage at park. Free dances with: Don Hays Classic Country, 9 p.m. to midnight Aug. 15; Back Paiges, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 16; Outbound Drive, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Legion. Firemen's pork chops, evening Aug. 15. 5K walk/run, Aug. 16; check-in, registration at Cissna Park Methodist Church; 815-867-6831. Parade at noon Aug. 16. Kiddie tractor pull, 3 p.m. Aug. 16, Route 49 east of park. Plain or barbecue pork or chicken supper, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at legion.
21st annual Apple Dumpling Festival. Aug. 15 and 16, downtown Atwood. Food including hot apple dumplings and homemade ice cream, parade, music, kiddie tractor pull, car show, games and inflatables. 578-2221.
Mansfield Homecoming. Aug. 15-17, downtown Mansfield. Begins Friday night with kiddie tractor pull at 6:30 p.m. and Elvis impersonator (Jimi Cochrane) and ends around 4 p.m. Sunday. Carnival, parade, talent show, lawn mower and tractor pulls, car show, bands, kiddie tractor pulls, rib cook-off, vendors. Flea market at park. 493-9254, 489-4481.
Taste of Champaign-Urbana. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 16, West Side Park, downtown Champaign. This festival features food from some of Champaign-Urbana's best restaurants and local beers and wines from favorite breweries and wineries, music and entertainment, arts and crafts and children's activities. Run in the second annual Pie Run, a 3.14-mile event. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Midwest Reining Horse Association Midwest Extravaganza. 8 a.m. Aug. 16 and 17, Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. 568-7117.
Architecture and art tour. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State St., C. Art "Treasure Hunt" for children. Sample "A Taste of Baroque" by organist Michael Fisher in two family-friendly programs at 12:10 and 1:40 p.m. Enjoy the "Taste of Champaign" then cross State Street to "Take a Tour." 352-9827.
Mennonite Relief Sale. Aug. 22 and 23, Otto Center, half-mile south of Arthur. Food booths, 4:30 to 7 p.m., and auction, 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22; pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m., auction from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., silent auction from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and children's auction at 10 a.m. Aug. 23. Auction features locally handcrafted Amish furniture and other items. 543-2994, 259-3467, arthurreliefsale.org
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 23, on Main Street between Race and Vine streets, downtown Urbana. All the sweet corn you can eat; vendors with food, information and merchandise; Action Inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, indoor laser tag, pony rides and petting zoo; Motor Muster Car Show, a showcase of vintage automobiles; music on multiple stages; and beer tent. See list of entertainment under music category. 344-3872, urbanabusiness.com/events/urbana-sweetcorn-festival-2014, firstname.lastname@example.org.
University YMCA's 13th annual Dump & Run, a community recycling event. Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24, at the UI Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., U. Aug. 23, $2 admission and international UI students get in free. Aug. 24, $3 bag sale and half-price furniture, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and "free sale," 2:30 to 4 p.m. universityymca.org/dump_and_run.
WEIU Kids Day at the Castle. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23, Eastern Illinois University Old Main front lawn, Charleston. "Meet and Greet" with Daniel Tiger. Bounce houses, fun games and prizes, dance contest, free books, snacks and drinks, bike giveaway. Activity bags given to first 300 children. Local organizations offering free activities for children and families. 581-7193, weiu.net.
71st annual National Sweetcorn Festival and National Sweetheart Pageant. Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, McFerren Park, Illinois 1 and Penn Street, Hoopeston. Tons of free sweet corn, grand parade, musical entertainment, demo derbies, truck and tractor pulls, car shows, horse show, flea markets, local art show/competition, carnival rides, midway games and National Sweetheart Pageant. Presented by the Hoopeston Jaycees. 283-3873, hoopestonjaycees.org/festival.
Illinois Amish Country Cheese Festival. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1, downtown Arthur. Two blocks dedicated to the little ones, with kids' zone, pony rides, inflatables, clowns, games and activities. Cheese games, sidewalk sales, craft and other stands, a car-truck-motorcycle, music and stage shows, buggy and stagecoach rides, street performers and food. Free samples of cheese served daily from the multiple 300-pound wheels; free cheese given to Cheese Game participants. Cheese available to purchase. Pre-festival activities: fireman's pancake and sausage breakfast at firehouse, 6 a.m. Aug. 30; communitywide church service, 11 a.m. Aug. 31; Lions Club breakfast, 6 a.m., Rat Race 5K and 10K Run/Walk registration, 6:30 a.m.; One Mile Fun Run, 7:15 a.m., Rat Race 5K and 10K runners, 7:30 a.m., Rat Race 5K Pat Wood Memorial Recreational Walkers, 7:45 a.m.; Kids' Chase the Cheese Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1. 800-722-6474, arthurcheesefestival.com.
Mike Birbiglia. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Thank God for Jokes Tour. Award-winning comedian, author and filmmaker Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in a show about jokes, and how they can get you in trouble. Tickets $35-$45. 356-9063.
Reel Deals. "Jurassic Park" (1993), 7 p.m. Aug. 7, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. C. Tickets $4. 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.
#Urbanalove Summer Film Series. 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8, Busey Bank parking lot, 201 W. Main St., U. Free movie. Canceled if rain.
Monticello 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. 762-2583.
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 6 p.m. Aug. 9, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Pens to Lens is a project of the Champaign-Urbana Film Society. Original screenplays by K-12 students in East Central Illinois are made into short films and movie posters by Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. At this special gala screening, see the finished films in two blocks of film screenings. K-7th-grade students at 2 p.m.; older students at 6 p.m. A filmmaker talkback follows each block. CUDO gallery show at 5 p.m. Tickets $8 for each block, $12 for a festival pass; students 19 and younger, free.
Reel Deals. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), 7 p.m. Aug. 12-14, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. C. Tickets $4. 356-9063.
Summer Afternoon Matinees. "The Muppets Most Wanted" (2014), 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.
Reel Deals. "Alien" (1979), 7 p.m. Aug. 19, 20, 21, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. C. Tickets $4. 356-9063.
Monticello Movie Night. "The Goonies," 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22, Allerton Park Gatehouse Lawn, Monticello. Bring chairs, blankets and your favorite movie-watching gear. Movie sponsored by Allerton Park Retreat Center. 762-2583.
Reel Deals. "Back to the Future" (1985), 7 p.m. Aug. 26, 27, 28, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. C. Tickets $4. 356-9063.
The News-Gazette Film Series. Viewers' choice, 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Pre-show performance by David Schroeder, organist. Vote for your favorite at thevirginia.org. Tickets $6. 356-9063.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring J.R. Country (old-fashioned country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday/Fridays. Augusti, McCabe and Payne (bluegrass musicians with eclectic tastes), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10. 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, Aug. 8-22, at three intersections: Walnut and Chester, Neil and Park and Neil and Church (One Main Plaza) in downtown Champaign. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances, and a family activity. Free. 40North.org/FNL, FNLChampaign.com, Facebook.com/FNLChampaign.
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, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Music and hog roast. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 9, VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C. Entertainment includes Billy Galt, noon to 2 p.m.; Cliff and Christy Stove, 2 to 4 p.m.; Brent Black, 4 to 6 p.m. MC Hack Martin. Raffles. Support the Men's Auxiliary. Rain or shine. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 at the door, kids under 10 years old $3.
First Gig Rock 'N' Roll Camp Concert. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 9, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. These kids will have worked hard with their bands at the camp learning songs, recording and making their own band merchandise. Support these young rockers, pick up their CDs, band photos and band shirts, meet the camp directors and instructors and enjoy the rock show. 431-2424.
Village Harmony. Vermont-based teen world music singing ensemble, 7 p.m. Aug. 9, McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of Fifth and John streets, Champaign. Part of an 11-day concert tour of the Midwest. Their program highlights the distinctive sounds of world music traditions. Admission $5-$8 at the door. Heidi Weatherford at email@example.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.
Summer Garden Concert Series. 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Mabery D. Gelvin Botanical Garden behind the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. End-of-season concert, featuring Sounds of the Prairie Community Band playing music ranging from Sousa marches to big band to Broadway. In case of rain, the concert will be inside the museum. Free. 586-2612, ccfpd.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons (country music and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays/Fridays. Joni Dryer and the Maytags (a mix of blues, pop and country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Marvin Lee Country Show. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Hale Park, Philo. Classic, old- country music. Stage full of entertainers, with guests, and Ed Clem and Crissy Rigsby and the Philo Opry Band on Aug. 12. Pork chop sandwiches and ice cream available for purchase. One of a series of Tuesday night shows being held through Sept. 9. Bring a lawn chair.
Jack Russell's Great White. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. These MTV darlings have a rockin' show with multi platinium hits. All ages. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Showtime, 7 p.m. 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com.
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, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Bluegrass in the Gardens. Noon to 6 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.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Dave Coleman (ballads and traditional songs), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. 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.
Music at Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. Aug. 22 and 23, Urbana: — Miller Main Stage — Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue at 6 p.m., 90's Daughter at 7:30 p.m. and Feudin' Hillbillys, 9:15 to 10:45 p.m. Aug. 22; Decadents at 6 p.m., Brushville at 7:30 p.m. and Eddie Money, 9:15 to 10:45 p.m. Aug. 23. — One Community Together — Traditional Jazz Orchestra at 6 p.m., Hathaways at 7 p.m., The Painkillers Blues Band at 8 p.m., Sun Stereo from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 22; Bow-Dacious String Band and BBL Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble at noon, Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre Joao Grande at 1 p.m., Champaign Park District Dance Arts School at 1:15 p.m., Classy Combinations at 1:30 p.m., Djibril Camara and Mara Giri Dance Ensemble at 2 p.m., Bones, Jugs and Harmony at 3 p.m., Killer Bee Honey at 4 p.m., Central, Centennial and Urbana high school marching bands, 5 to 6:15 p.m. Aug. 23. — CU Folk and Roots Stage — Bowdacious String Band at 6 p.m., Mae and the Dark Days at 7 p.m., The Ol' No. 7 at 8 p.m., The Curses at 9:15 p.m. Aug. 22; Urbana Hootenanny with Dustin Norder and Sam Payne at 6 p.m., Cretaceous String Band at 7 p.m., John Coppess and Friends at 8 p.m., The Strom Bros at 9:15 p.m. Aug. 23. 344-3872, urbanabusiness.com/events/urbana-sweetcorn-festival-2014, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sangamon River Music Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22 and 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Main Street, Mahomet. Kicks off at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in downtown Mahomet with a carnival, bingo, vendors, food and beer tents. Friday music includes Tons 'O' Fun Band at 5:30 p.m., Strung Out Band at 7:30 and classic rock band Head East headlining from 9:30 to 11. Parade at 10 a.m. Aug. 23, followed by carnival, vendors, food and bingo starting at 11 a.m. and beer tent at noon. Saturday music includes Citizen Way at noon, Outbound Drive at 6 p.m., Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys at 8 and Chris Cagle closing out the festival from 10 to 11:30 p.m. mahometchamberofcommerce.com. email@example.com, 586-3165.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring State Line Band (traditional bluegrass music from both sides of the state line), 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday/Fridays. Bones, Jugs and Harmony (high-energy jug band music), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. The Uplifters (gospel and country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Timber Train (traditional, popular and bluegrass songs performed with great vocal harmony), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. McMahon and Cassidy (a mix of traditional and popular songs), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 31. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Christopher Hawkins, 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hessel Park Concert. Featuring a Gospel Jazz Fest, 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Linda Thomas, 8 p.m. Aug. 29, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hessel Park Concert. Featuring New Orleans Jazz Machine, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign. champaignparkdistrict.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring August Crow (Americana and old and new folk music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday/Fridays. Rodman Ball (songs of John Denver, Eagles, James Taylor and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Augusti, McCabe and Payne (bluegrass musicians with eclectic tastes), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Big Bluestem (traditional fiddle music with Irish influence), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
10th annual Meadowbrook Park Jazz Walk. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Live, local jazz music while you enjoy the works of art on display at the Wandell Sculpture Garden. A selection of jazz soloists and small combos scattered along the candlelit paths of the park. Free. Parking at Race Street entrance; overflow parking at Stone Creek Church, corner of Race Street and Windsor Road. Rain date, Sept. 6, 367-9575.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Wade and Teresa Landry, 8 p.m. Sept. 5, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Dinner and evening with Dave Bennett. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Danville Country Club, 2718 Denmark Road, Danville. Danville Symphony Orchestra fundraiser. Proceeds offset symphony production expenses. Tickets $75. 443-5300, danvillesymphony.org.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Besides four Grammy Awards, he was recently named the Texas state musician. Tickets $39.50-$58.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Aug. 8. 356-9063.
Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival. Sept. 11-14, Kennekuk County Park, Danville. Four-day camping event with 100 percent organic, guaranteed feel-good music, performed by world-renowned musicians on four unique outdoor stages. phasesofthemoonfestival.com.
Krannert Center opening night party. 6 p.m. Sept. 12, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. With mariachi music by Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez, 6 p.m., Samba Soul, 7:45 p.m., and Tiempo Libre, 8:45 p.m. Marquee Big Mix Series. $5. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. Band Night, 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
John Winninger, cello. Guest artist, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Smith Memorial Hall, Memorial Room, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With Diane Rivera, piano. Free.
Rosanne Cash. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and best-selling author's latest album, "The River & The Thread." Marquee Big Mix Series. Tickets $10-$48.333-6280.
St. Louis Orchestra. Featuring Yefim Bronfman, piano, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Marquee Great Hall Series. Tickets $10-$48.333-6280.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Sing-along with Hillbilly Valentine (bring your favorite songs to share in a singalong), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14, 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), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Joni Dryer and the Maytags (a mix of blues, pop and country music), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. The Young and the Fretless (traditional old-time string band music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The Lowes (bluegrass, gospel and more), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Sudden Sound Concert. Featuring Joe McPhee | Survival Unit II, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.
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. $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.
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. 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.
Couples/Singles Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Len and Lois. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends. Held the fourth Friday of every month. Pass the hat. 442-7339.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27, 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. Aug. 29, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Dead Beets. Caller, Jim Hemphill. 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.
Illini Swing Society Fall Kickoff Dance. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Illini Union, Room 200, 1401 W. Green St., U. Biggest dance of the year. Free beginning lesson before almost three hours of dancing. No experience or partner needed. No special shoes or dress required. Free. illiniswing.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 3, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Miscellaneous 3. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.
English Country Dance.7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience not required. First hour will feature an introduction to English Country Dance. Free. 359-8225, email@example.com, centralillinoisecd.org.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10, 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 dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Second Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Bev Wolfe. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.
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. Aug. 8: Level 2 Improv Class performance, Manly show. Aug. 15: Double Date. 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. $5. zooimprov.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Volume 16. "The Nitty Gritty," 8:20 to 11 p.m. Aug. 8, Krannert Center, Urbana. Doors open 7:45 p.m. with music by DJ Mertz and continues throughout the night. Nine unique presentations, 8:20 p.m.; 20 slides presented for 20 seconds apiece give each presenter only six minutes and 40 seconds of fame. Free. email@example.com, pechakucha.org, facebook.com/events/419586198179816.
SPEAK Cafe. 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, Palette Cafe, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. "Passion Pleasure & Pain: The Making of a Poet." 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.
Susan Marshall & Company: Play/Pause. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Dance-theater. Marquee Big Mix Series. Tickets $10-$33. 333-6280.
'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 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $7, adults; $3, children under 12 years old. firstname.lastname@example.org.
'4000 Miles.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. Aug. 7-9; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.
'Is There Life After Fifty?' Continues Aug. 7 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 $33—$37 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.
'Legally Blonde.' Continues 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, continues 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, continues 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7-9; 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. 7 and 9 at The Little Theatre on the Square Dance Studio, 7 W. Jefferson St. Tickets $10. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'Return to the Forbidden Planet.' Beef House Dinner Theatre, continues 2 p.m. 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, include buffet dinner and show. All times Eastern. 765-793-4770, beefhouserolls.com.
'Ring of Fire.'Beef House Dinner Theatre, continues 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.
'Lincoln's Trial & Tribulations.' Dinner theater, 5 to 8:30 p.m. 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.
'Chasing Charming.' Red Mask Players, fall children's show, 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 6, and 2 p.m. Sept. 7; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, email@example.com, redmaskplayers.com.
'The Fox on the Fairway.' Sept. 18 through Nov. 2; 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.
'Leading Ladies.' Parkland Theatre, musical, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 and 9-11 and 3 p.m. Oct. 12; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $9-$15; $11 each for groups of 15 or more. "Pay What You Can Night," Oct. 2. "Half-Price Night," Oct. 9. 351-2528, parkland.edu/theatre.
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.
Naturalist programs at the Middle Fork. Saturdays, through Aug. 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. Check schedule at ccfpd.org/Preserves/Attractions/MiddleForkCampground.html. 586-1268.
VFW 5K Run/Walk. 10 a.m. Aug. 9, Winter Park, Danville. Cross-country 5K run/walk open to all. A Vermilion County Fun Run event to raise money to fill the void left by the robbery of Danville VFW 728 in early July. Complimentary sandwiches served at the VFW, 8 Pine St., following the run/walk. Race has multiple levels of donation: minimum $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Register at vermilioncountyfunrun.org.
Feeding Frenzy. 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 9, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. For ages 3 and older (under 15 with adult). Get a behind-the-scenes look at the nature center's education animals (snakes, owls and turtles) and see them up-close during feeding time. Suggested donation $4 per family. 384-4062.
Playscape Mondays. Continue 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 11-25, 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.
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. Regular fun run/walk, Aug. 13. kennekuk.com.
19th annual Mahomet Half-Marathon, 5K and Inaugural Youth Run. 7 to 10:05 a.m. Aug. 16. Races start and finish at Mahomet-Seymour High School, 302 W. State St., Mahomet. Registrations accepted online through 2 p.m. Aug. 14 and 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. on race day on site. Packet pickup is Friday before the race. Register before July 28 to select size event T-shirt. All finishers receive medals. All proceeds benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club. runmahomet.com, 586-6323.
Bats at the Bridge. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet. Learn more about these ecologically important mammals and how white-nose syndrome is affecting their populations. After a short presentation indoors, presentation moves to the covered bridge to look for the bats that roost there. $3; children 2 and under are free. Registration required 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
24th Giant Scale Fly-In. "Barnstormers Over Champaign," 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24, RC airfield on U.S. 150, 2.5 miles west of Mattis Avenue, Champaign. Hosted by Champaign County Radio Control Club. Talk to the pilots and see the planes up close; information on how to fly RC planes. Free admission and parking. 898-9666, ccrcc.info.
Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch. 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, 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. Monthly observatory open house. Observe planets, star clusters and the moon through a 16-inch telescope. Free. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. firstname.lastname@example.org, 351-2567, cuas.org.
Sunday morning bird walks. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26, meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake. Learn basic bird-watching and identification techniques from a leader of the Champaign County Audubon Society. Bring binoculars or call 384-4062 to inquire about borrowing a pair.
Walk MS. Registration opens at noon; walk at 1 p.m. Sept. 7, Meadowbrook Park, West Windsor Road and South Race Street, Urbana. Those participating will explore a piece of Illinois' natural history in the recreated tallgrass prairies of the park. Participants will team up to walk 1—3 miles on one of the route options. Held by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise funds for research, programs and services. 312-423-1138, email@example.com, walkMSillinois.org.
Operation Honor Guard 5K Fun Run. Runners, 8 a.m. and walkers, 8:15 a.m. Oct. 11, Sunset Memorial Park, Danville. Adults and kids, $17; all active military and veterans, free. Registration must be completed by Sept. 6 to ensure a T-shirt. To help support Danville American Legion Post 210. All proceeds donated to Operation Honor Guard, which honors our military at their funeral services. OperationHonorGuard.us.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "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. "Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition," 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.
C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum. 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. Museum's newest exhibit, "Fascinating Finds: A Collection of Found Artifacts," featuring a variety of items found in DeWitt County, on display and continuing to evolve through the end of December. Admission $1-$3, under 12 years old free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 935-6066, chmoorehomestead.org.
Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms — ballroom, grocery, military and toy rooms — featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, champaignmuseum.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and active/retired military, $8; children K-12, $5; 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, aeromuseum.org.
Ford County Historical Society Water Tower Museum. Located in the remodeled city water tower and pump house, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton. "Doll Display," a life-size 1930 Effanbee doll, donated to the museum by the descendants of Ellen and Ruth Sandstedt, sisters who were raised in the Paxton area. Also, children's nursery items from the 1930s. Aug. 10 through Oct. 26. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. 379-3723, 379-4111, rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfchs.
I&I Historic Farm Museum. 309 E. Busey St., Penfield. Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September, 9 a.m. to noon. 595-5413 or 863-2681, antiquefarm.org.
Monticello Railway Museum. 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Steam train rides, 11 a.m. Aug. 16 and 1 p.m. Aug. 17. 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. Aug. 16; 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and from downtown at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Aug. 17. From downtown, 4 p.m., no return trip to downtown. Steam fares, $9-$14; children under 2, free with adult. mrym.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. 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, free (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; and Saturdays, Aug. 9-23. — Children's feature: "Coyote Explores the Earth, Sun and Moon," 7 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 9-23.
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. 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.
Figure One.116 N. Walnut St., C. Figure One's third annual Summer Artists in Residence program, featuring artists Jeff Horwat and Melonie Mulkey, through Aug. 26. "Self-care Sundays" with Jeff Horwat, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 and 24. Open studios with Horwat and Mulkey, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15. Exhibition opening and reception for the work created during their residency, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5; through Oct. 4. 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.
Hoopeston Public Library. 110 N. Fourth St., Hoopeston. Vermilion County Conservation District traveling exhibit featuring "Archaeology," opens Aug. 11, through Aug. 15. Program at 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Regular hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. 283-6711.
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. "MTD Art: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood," wall displays, across from the elevators on the first floor, by Stacey Gross, Kuldeepa Vartak-Mehta, Rajat Saksena and Kim Kissinger Marino, the artists chosen to be featured inside all MTD buses, through Nov. 31. "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.
UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. "Fire Burne and Cauldron Bubble: Witchcraft at the Dawn of Modernity," ends 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. 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.
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.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Lisa Kesler, Beth Darling and Robert Champman," through Aug. 11. "The BARE Project," a photography series created by Emily Otnes, Anna Longworth and Alisa Greene, opening reception, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15, through Aug. 27. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 904-613-2623, email@example.com, indi-go-art.com.
The CU Sunday Market. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Year-round "everything" market, welcoming a large selection of farmers, crafters, antique dealers, flea market sellers, not-for profits, community groups, entertainers, home-based businesses, and local and regional artists. 359-6960, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curtis Orchard. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 20, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. The orchard this fall celebrates "The Wizard of Oz's" 75th anniversary with farm additions to honor the Hollywood classic. Thirty apple varieties, pressed cider, pumpkins, gourds, squash. Country store open every day, a bakery, and cafe open for lunch every day, Aug. 17 to Nov. 27. Kids' activities, daily through mid-November, include a free toddler area and petting zoo, a giant slide ($1) and miniature golf ($2). 359-5565, curtisorchard.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. Danville Public Library programs, Aug. 9: Girl Scouts; Animals (Dogs for the Blind). 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. Vegetable Art with The Land Connection, 8 a.m. to noon; and music of Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen (folksy pop/rock), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9. urbanaillinois.us/market.