Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead
From the big cheese in Arthur to sweet corn in Hoopeston, staff writer Tim Mitchell's recommendations for the week ahead:
It's Free Fitness Week in Urbana. Try out any park district-run exercise class today through Friday at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, Phillips Recreation Center or Brookens Gym, free of charge. (Two exceptions: tai chi and transformer circuit.) For details, visit urbanaparks.org.
New to DVD today: "The Love Punch," a British comedy caper co-starring a 007 (Pierce Brosnan) and an Academy Award winner (Emma Thompson). The plot: a divorced couple agrees to set aside their differences to steal a $10 million diamond from a shady French financier. Also new: "Blended," with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
The Danville Illinois Kennel Club's annual two-day, all-breed dog shows get underway at the Georgetown Fairgrounds. Judging will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with prizes awarded in a variety of categories, including the sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding groups. Humans get in free.
Like cheddar? Then Douglas County is the place for you. The three-day, 42nd annual Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival starts Saturday and promises to be the cheesiest yet. The highlight: up to 72 contestants duking it out at 12:30 p.m. in the National Cheese Eating Championships. Everyone gets a 1-pound block of Colby and a bottle of water. First one to wolf if all down wins.
Who'll be crowned this year's Miss National Sweetheart on Sunday? Whoever it is, odds are she'll go on to fame — since 1970, eight Miss America winners have graced the stage in Hoopeston. But sweet corn is still the main attraction at the Hoopeston Jaycess' annual event — about 50 tons of it will be cooked with an antique steam engine and distributed ... for free.