Entertainment listings, March 17-24, 2016

Entertainment listings, March 17-24, 2016

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

Egg hunts

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

What: Hear stories, make a craft and hunt for eggs. For children ages 8 and under. Registration is required in advance. Arrive at least 10 minutes earlier than your assigned time.

When: 10 a.m. to noon March 19.

Where: Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave.

More info: Call 893-3955.

EASTER EGG HUNT

What: Arrive 10 minutes early to the event. The event lasts for only a few minutes and will start promptly at 10 a.m. by the organizers' clock.

When: 10 a.m. March 19.

Where: Crestwood Park, St. Joseph.

NITE LITE EGG PURSUIT XXIII

What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS for the opportunity to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win great prize packages.

When: Register on-site: 7:15-8 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 to 9 p.m. March 25.

Where: Hessel Park, Champaign.

Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 819-3931.

ANNUAL HOMER EASTER EGG HUNT

What: Sponsored by Homer American Legion Auxiliary. Open to children up to and including third grade.

When: 1 p.m. March 19. Rain date, March 26.

Where: North side of the Homer Village Hall, East Second Street.

EASTER EGG HUNT

What: Arrive 10 minutes early to the event. The event lasts for only a few minutes and will start promptly at 10 a.m. by the organizers' clock. If there is rain, there will be a drive-thru egg giveaway.

When: 10 a.m. March 26.

Where: Ogden Park.

26TH ANNUAL EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA

What: Thousands of eggs wait to be found. A special guest on-site for all the little egg hunters. For ages 10 and younger (children are divided into age groups). Bring a basket.

When: Hayrack rides, 10 to 10:45 a.m. (weather permitting); hunt starts,11 a.m. March 26.

Where: West Side Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 819-3931.

EGGS-PLORATION

What: A good, old-fashioned egg hunt. Before the hunt, kids will be able to get their faces painted and play in inflatables. Bring a basket.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26. Hunt starts promptly at noon.

Where: Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email katherine.hicks@champaignparks.com or call 819-3973.

THE EASTER BUNNY'S WILD GOOSE CHASE

What: Adult Easter egg hunt. This year's Easter egg hunt will have thousands of dollars in prizes. Presented by Downtown Danville Inc. & Skeff Distributing Co.

When: 7 p.m. March 26.

Where: Downtown Danville. Must report at Palace Park next to Fischer Theatre before 7 p.m. to get a participant's bracelet.

Cost: Tickets $10.

More info: https://event.attendstar.com/event/show/downtown-danville-adult-easter-egg-hunt_6226/ or call 474-1618.

FETCH! PET CARE HOPPIN' HOUND EGG HUNT

What: Bring the whole family to the only egg hunt your pup can enjoy as much as you do. All ages. Treats and refreshments for dogs and humans, activities for the kids, pet photography, and prizes.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. April 2.

Where: Champaign Bark District Dog Park, Champaign.

More info: Email claudia.christy@champaignparks.com or call 819-3926,

Special events

This weekend

PARKLAND COLLEGE'S 19TH ANNUAL CULTURES FAIR

What: The fair features belly dancing; a traditional Chinese silk and bamboo musical performance; a Congolese rhumba group; traditional Indonesian dance and music; and Capoeira Angola, a martial arts and ritual combat dance showcase. Other interactive cultural activities will be held in U140. Open to the public.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17.

Where: Student Union (U wing), Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free, although donations will be collected for BuildCongoSchools.org.

More info: parkland.edu.

Future highlights

BROCTON RED BARN MARKET

What: Juried show of antiques, repurposed items, fishing lures, toy barns, furniture and home decor from barn wood, and crafts market. Demonstrations of whittling and chair caning on April 2. More than 50 vendors inside and outside on barn grounds. Food available.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2.

Where: Red Barn, Brocton. Located on Illinois 49, 5 miles south of U.S. 36 or 5 miles north of Illinois 133.

Cost: Admission $3; free parking.

More info: broctonil.org or call 385-2450.

FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS

What: Free carousel rides and Balloons by Pookie. Entertainment/performances near the fountain.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. April 1 (first Friday of each month).

Where: Food court at Market Place Mall, Champaign.

More info: Call 356-2700.

ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND SWAP MEET

What: Featured will be model train layouts, the Monticello Railroad Museum's kiddie ride, model railroad dealers, National Model Railroad Association and railroad historical society display and sale tables.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 2 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3.

Where: Lincoln Square Village, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 552-6514.

STEVE LITMAN PRESENTS COMEDIAN BRIAN REGAN

What: Regan is a unique comedian whose material is relatable to generations of fans.

When: 7 p.m. April 3.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:$44.50; additional $5 processing fee applied (online only).

More info:Call 356-9063, thevirginia.org or BrianRegan.com.

11TH ANNUAL EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL

What: Participants create an "edible book," inspired by fiction or nonfiction literary works or characters. All entries will be exhibited, documented, then eaten. Photographs of all edible books will appear in the Edible Book Festival gallery.

When: Public viewing begins, 11:30 a.m. April 4.

Where:University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., U.

More info: library.illinois.edu/ediblebooks or facebook.com/CUEdibleBooks.

BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVAL

What: Sculptors, weavers, photographers, painters and other visual artists join musicians, dancers, actors, poets and other performers in sharing their creativity at a variety of venues — from cafes, galleries and cultural houses to retail stores and salons. More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard Arts Festival is a unique celebration of the arts in Champaign County.

When: April 7-10.

Where: Countywide event that takes place in dozens of different venues in Champaign, Urbana, the University of Illinois campus, Mahomet, Homer, Rantoul and Fisher.

More info: 40North.org or call 363-3795.

12TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF QUILTS

What: Cunningham Children's Home's annual quilt festival joins the Boneyard Arts Festival this spring as one of more than 90 galleries showcasing the arts in central Illinois. Also includes a silent auction and quilt boutique, a gift shop, bake sale and the Patchwork Cafe. Guest speaker, Erick Wolfmeyer, on April 9. All proceeds benefit youths served by Cunningham.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 and 9.

Where: Cunningham Children's Home, 1301 N. Cunningham Ave.

Cost: Tickets $5 donation at the door.

More info: cunninghamhome.org.

CIRCUS PAGES, FAMILY CIRCUS

What: Animals starring in the circus ring include elephants, white tigers, camels, acrobatic dogs, liberty ponies, horses and white lions. Aerial, juggling and clown acts, and whenever possible Earhart's Globe of Death makes an appearance with motorcycle mayhem.

When: Two shows, to be announced, April 11.

Where: Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost: Tickets $16; two free children (14 years and younger) per paid adult with merchant coupons found at area merchants; additional children $2 each; elephant ride, $7; photo opportunities, $5 each.

More info: Call 359-6960, fluideventcenter.com, email info@fluidevents.org.

HOSPICE HEARTS FRENCH MARKET

What: Local merchants selling handcrafted and other unique goods, live music, street performers, cafe and more. Benefit for Hospice Hearts, a nonprofit, all-volunteer animal rescue that cares for cats and dogs orphaned due to owner nursing home admission, serious illness or death.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17.

Where: Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost: $3 admission ticket.

More info: Email hospicehearts@yahoo.com or call 708-921-9346.

Films

This weekend

SALUTE TO NEWMAN & REDFORD

What: "All the President's Men" (1976). Rated R. 138 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. March 17.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $4; additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "42nd Street" (1933). Not rated.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. March 19.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $6; additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

SATURDAY MATINEE

What: Docudrama/comedy/musical starring Debbie Reynolds. Free popcorn.

When: 3 to 5:15 p.m. March 19.

Where: Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 893-3955 or rantoul.lib.il.us.

Next week

MOVIE MATINEE

What: Watch the Minions movie and make a themed craft. Bananas optional. Rated PG. 91 minutes. For family/all ages.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. March 21.

Where: Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C.

More info: Call 403-2090 or champaign.org.

MONDAY MATINEE CLASSIC

What: Refreshments begin at 1:30 p.m.

When: 2 p.m. March 21.

Where: Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Cost: Free.

More info: danville.lib.il.us or call 477-5220.

SALUTE TO NEWMAN & REDFORD

What: "The Hustler" (1961). Not rated. 134 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. March 22 and 24.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $4; additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

AFTERNOON ADVENTURE, MUSICAL MATINEE

What: This spirited musical fantasy is adapted from a 1980s animated series. Rated PG. Free popcorn.

When: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 23.

Where: Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 893-3955 or rantoul.lib.il.us.

Future highlights

SALUTE TO NEWMAN & REDFORD

What: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969). Rated PG. 110 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. March 29 and 31.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $4; additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

FILM SCREENING

What: "Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History," a documentary exploring the contributions and sacrifices of disabled veterans throughout American history. A panel discussion will follow the screening. For adults. Presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education and the library.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 30.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 403-2070 or email librarian@champaign.org.

AFTERNOON MOVIE MATINEE

What: Comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. For adults 18 and older. Light refreshments served. Reservations required.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. April 6.

Where: Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St.

More info: Call 267-3170.

ASIALENS

What: Documentary film and discussion series: "My Fair Wedding" (2014). 94 minutes. Organized by the Asian Educational Media Service in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum.

When: 7 p.m. April 12.

Where: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 333-9597 or aems.illinois.edu.

Music

This weekend

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Night Music Quintet. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. March 17.

Where: Atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

More info: http://beckman.illinois.edu/events/calendars/thursday-concerts.

ELENA BUTTIERO AND FERDINANDO MOLTENI

What: Performance combines a theatrical piece with songs. Concert of Italian popular music, "Genoa and the Mediterranean." The performers play the piano and a folk guitar and sing.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. March 17.

Where: Illini Room B, first floor, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email rota@illinois.edu or call 244-8243.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With Varsity Men's Glee Club. Opportunity to try a new wine.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. March 17.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or 333-6280.

TAKE 6

What: Big Mix Series. Take 6's mix of melodies generates a feel-good experience of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. This performance opens the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses Centennial National Seminar that will take place over three days on the campus of the University of Illinois.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 17.

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$34.

More info: krannertcenter.com or 333-6280.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY

What: Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Mariah Henderson. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. by the Monticello Lions Club.

When: 7 p.m. March 18.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom, 201 State St.

Cost: Show tickets, $10; dinner is $8.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

MARK GIFFORD, WURLITZER PIPE ORGAN/SPECIAL FILM SCREENING

What: Concert showcasing the Virginia's historic Wurlitzer pipe organ with guest artist Mark Gifford, who will accompany a full-length silent film, Cecile B. DeMille's 1927 classic, "King of Kings." Presented by the East Central Illinois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and John Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 18.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:$3-$5.

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

KIRTAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST CRYSTAL GRAY

What: Kirtan is call-and-response chanting (singing) practiced as part of India's bhakti yoga devotional tradition, a form of mantra meditation set to music. Lyric sheets are provided, and no previous musical experience is necessary.

When: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 18.

Where: The Living Yoga Center, 212 S. First St. C.

Cost: A donation-based gathering; just bring yourself and an open mind.

More info: Call 351-8359 or email roger.lee.thorson@gmail.com.

FOLK ROCK NIGHT

What: An old-style, coffeehouse-type folk rock night. Joe and Liana Reichlin will be playing before the show starts. Show begins at 7 p.m. with the Lowes, followed by Freddy J. at 7:30, Neal Edwards at 8, Jim Dodds at 8:40 and Cole Hieke at 9:20.

When: 7 p.m. March 19.

Where: Homer Opera House theater, 101 N. Main St., Homer.

Cost: Tickets $8; $7, students and seniors; $5, kids under 12 years old; reduced price for those ordering tickets ahead of time at Homeroperahouse.com.

More info: Call 688-2395 or Homeroperahouse.com.

BELLFLOWER COUNTRY OPRY

What: Classic country, gospel music by Belfllower Country Opry Band with guest, Mike Porter. Porter will sing everything from Elvis, to the '50s and '60s, to the good ole country classics.

When: 7 p.m. March 19.

Where: Bellflower Community Center, gymnasium, 202 Center St.

Cost: Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free.

More info: Call 898-7493, 309-722-3497.

UFLIVE! PRESENTS DON'T ASK

What: Don't Ask plays Klezmer music in the spirit of early Eastern Europe's Jewish village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences and other surprises thrown in the mix.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. March 20.

Where:Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 367-4405 or urbanafree.org.

BEN LOHRBERG

What: Lohrberg, an actor, singer and native of Danville, presents "Pure Imagination: A Concert." He will be accompanied on piano by Jennifer Woodrow, director of choral music at North Ridge Middle School.

When: 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET) March 20.

Where: The Beef House, 16501 N. State Road 63, Covington, Ind.

Cost: Tickets $20; includes dessert, beverage and show.

More info: Call 474-5111 or 799-0001, or ben2theglobe.eventbrite.com.

LAKE LAND COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHOIR

What: Annual spring concert. The choir includes college students as well as members of surrounding communities including Arthur, Arcola, Effingham, Charleston, Mattoon, Neoga and Sigel. A reception will follow in Laker Point. Open to the public.

When: 3 p.m. March 20.

Where: Lake Land College Theater, Luther Student Center, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 821-6469.

Future highlights

U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND AND SOLDIERS' CHORUS

What: Concert by the oldest and largest of the U.S. Army Field Band's performing components.

When: 3 p.m. March 27.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Free, but you must have a ticket.

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

JEFF & SHERI EASTER

What: Concert.

When: 6 p.m. March 27.

Where: Penn Station, 122 E. Progress St., Arthur

Cost: Tickets $15, 12 and younger are free.

More info: pennstationarthur.com, call 962-0015 or email pennstationarthur@gmail.com.

SEA CHANTEY SING

What: Sing sea chanteys, the energetic work songs of the sailors, and other songs of the ocean, the inland waters, the fishers, dockworkers and the ports. Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 28. (fourth Monday of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

JIM PUGH, TROMBONE

What: Pugh is the solo trombonist with Steely Dan and a professor of jazz studies in the UI School of Music.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 29.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or 333-6280.

MEMORIAL CONCERT FOR REID ALEXANDER

What: Presented by the UI School of Music. The varied program will feature musical tributes from professional colleagues and students of Professor Reid Alexander, who died in November 2015.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 30.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email ctsitsar@illinois.edu.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With Lyric Theatre @ Illinois. Opportunity to try a new wine.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. March 31.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or 333-6280.

UI WIND SYMPHONY

What: Since its inception, the symphony has served as an ambassador for the historic Illinois bands program and is an innovator in the wind band field. Hosted by the UI School of Music.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 31.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or 333-6280.

DOCHA (DOWNTOWN CHAMPAIGN CHAMBER MUSIC)

What: The DoCha Young People's Concert, "Digging Downbeats," at 1 p.m. April 1 and 2, featuring Rami Vamos and Natalie Monterastelli. This comic, musical play/performance will be followed by a hands-on activity for children. A chamber music performance at 7 p.m. April 1 and 2 and 5 p.m. April 3; open to people of all ages. Performed by faculty at the UI School of Music.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. April 1 and 2 and 5 p.m. April 3.

Where: The Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: docha.org.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY

What: Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Chris Krause. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. by the Masonic Lodge.

When: 7 p.m. April 1.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom, 201 State St.

Cost: Show tickets, $10; dinner is $8.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

MAVIS STAPLES

What: Grammy Award-winning singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples will perform in concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 1.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:$29.50-$79.50; additional $4 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Dennis Stoughmatt and his South Illinois Band. Food for sale at 5:30 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. April 2 (doors open at 5:30 for those wanting to purchase food).

Where: Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St.

Cost: Admission $10; children 12 and younger free.

More info: Call 388-2853 or melvinillinois.org.

WORLD PERCUSSION GROUP

What: The members of the WPG have been selected by audition from hundreds of applicants worldwide and represent the very best young percussion players.

When:7:30 p.m. April 4.

Where: Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $7-$15.

More info:Call 581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.

TRIO VOCE

What: Classical Mix Series. Trio Voce is a spectacular piano trio — piano, violin and cello.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 7.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$37.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

AFTERGLOW WITH JADE HILTON

What: Featuring singer/songwriter Jade Hilton.

When: 9:30 p.m. April 7.

Where: Lobby, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

UI WOMEN'S GLEE CLUB MOM'S DAY CONCERT

What: More than 60 voices combine to celebrate women at this special event.

When: 2 p.m. April 9.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

UI BLACK CHORUS MOM'S DAY CONCERT

What: Performance features spirituals, gospel anthems, jazz works and R&B songs.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 9.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

IN CONCERT @ CPL: TITO CARRILLO GROUP

What: Jazz trumpeter and UI Professor Tito Carrillo will perform contemporary and Latin jazz favorites with his ensemble. Presented in Spanish and English. For all ages.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. April 10.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

More info: Call 403-2070 or email librarian@champaign.org.

TIMOTHY EHLEN, PIANO

What: Ehlen has performed in Carnegie Hall, with the Cleveland Orchestra and at festivals around the world.

When: 3 p.m. April 10.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel, Scottish love, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy, sailor and railroad songs; spirituals, protest, war and anti-war songs. Instruments welcome; no singing experience required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 11 (second and fifth Mondays of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

UI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

What: University of Illinois School of Music. The versatile members of this group showcase percussion traditions from across the globe.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 12.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

ILLINOIS MODERN ENSEMBLE

What: University of Illinois School of Music event. The ensemble focuses on contemporary and experimental music featuring compositions by prominent artists, as well as new works by students and faculty members.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 14.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY

What: Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Erica Neal. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. by the Lions Club.

When: 7 p.m. April 15.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom, 201 State St.

Cost: Show tickets, $10; dinner is $8.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "Brass Blowout!" The CUSO season finale highlights the brass section, the powerhouse of the orchestra. From Wagner's Overture to Rienzi to Manuel de Falla's colorful Spanish ballet, concluding with Ravel's Bolero, a showcase for the whole orchestra.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 15.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

More info: cusymphony.org/brass/, krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

UI VARSITY'S MEN'S GLEE CLUB

What: University of Illinois School of Music event. This spring concert includes rousing popular and classic choral pieces.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 16.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

BELLFLOWER COUNTRY OPRY

What:Classic country, gospel music by Belfllower Country Opry Band with guest, Jillian Hooker.

When: 7 p.m. April 16.

Where: Bellflower Community Center, gymnasium, 202 Center St.

Cost: Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free.

More info: Call 898-7493, 309-722-3497.

UI TROMBONE CHOIR

What: University of Illinois School of Music. More than a dozen trombone players will blend their sounds.

When: 3 p.m. April 17.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

ILLINOIS STRINGS ORCHESTRA

What: University of Illinois School of Music. The orchestra plays a variety of musical works, from the classics to new pieces.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 18.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

UI HINDSLEY SYMPHONIC BAND

What: University of Illinois School of Music. The band performs music for large ensembles, historic works, transcriptions and modern pieces.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 19.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

JAZZREACH: AN EVENING WITH THE METTA QUINTET

What: Big Mix Series. In addition to a combination of original compositions and jazz standards, this concert will feature the quintet in partnership with local high school students who will participate in a three-day mentoring program, "Sittin' In and Groovin' Out."

When: 7 p.m. April 20.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$24.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring COLAB (interdisciplinary performance group: dance, music, engineering). The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 21.

Where: Atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

More info: http://beckman.illinois.edu/events/calendars/thursday-concerts.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Concert by Parkland Guitar Ensemble.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 21.

Where: Second Stage Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 351-2270 or faa.parkland.edu/music/calendar.html.

JUPITER STRING QUARTET

What: In its final Krannert Center performance of the 2015-16 season, the UI quartet-in-residence enjoys a "chamber music all-star" evening, with guests Natasha Brofsky on cello and Roger Tapping on viola..

When: 7 p.m. April 21.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

UI STEEL BAND

What: This University of Illinois School of Music group performs calypso, soca, jazz and global styles.

When: 7 p.m. April 21.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

SINFONIA DA CAMERA

What: "Lost and Found." In this unique concert, Sinfonia highlights two monumental works that were nearly lost forever. Featuring Csaba Erdelyi, Sinfonia's principal violist. At 6:30 p.m., soloist Erdelyi will host a pre-concert lecture

When: 7:30 p.m. April 23.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

BERNHARD SCULLY, HORN

What: Featuring the UI faculty member in concert.

When: 3 p.m. April 24.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

SEA CHANTEY SING

What: Sing sea chanteys, the energetic work songs of the sailors, and other songs of the ocean, the inland waters, the fishers, dockworkers and the ports. Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 25. (fourth Monday of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Concert by Parkland Jazz Combo.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 25.

Where: Second Stage Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 351-2270 or faa.parkland.edu/music/calendar.html.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

What: Academy Award-winning and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will perform a solo concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 30.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $42.50-$64.50.

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

Dancing

This weekend

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY WEEKLY DANCE

What: Two hours of swing dancing DJ'd by local dancers. All are welcome. No special shoes or dress required.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. Thursdays, March 17 through May 5.

Where:Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance. Class demos and dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 18.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event features Ben Smith, alias D.R. Shadow, from Indianapolis providing electronic music for a techno contra. Lauren Peckman, caller. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New contra dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. March 18.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $4-$5.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

MARCHFEST DANCE AND SONG EVENT

What: Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Workshops in English, American and Welsh dances, sea chantey and shape-note singing and an evening English Country Dance Ball. Music by Martha Edwards and Friends with caller Mady Newfield. Costumes for the ball are encouraged but not required.

When: Noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) to 11 p.m. March 19.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Admission $25, all day, or $5, each workshop; open sings free; $12, evening ball.

More info: centralillinoisecd.org, call 359-8225 or email jsivier@illinois.edu.

COUNTRY DANCING

What: Public dances. Bands include Broken Prairie on the first Saturday of the month, Backsliders on the second, Battle Creek on the third and Champaign Country Opry featuring Chrissy Sparks Band with special guests on the last Saturday. Guests are Logan Kirby and Stephanie Foster, March 26.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. every Saturday.

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

Cost: $5; last Saturday of each month, $10.

More info: Call 398-9527.

Next week

INTERNATIONAL DANCING

What: Sponsored by the Illini Folk Dance Society. Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world. No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, March 22 through May 28.

Where: Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Check schedule in north lobby because room assignments get changed without advance notice.

Cost: Free.

More info: http://illinifolkdance.s3.amazonaws.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What: A weekly public social ballroom dance. Hot Bachata Moves, 7 p.m. Open dancing, 7:30 p.m.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. March 25.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 359-5333.

Future highlights

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What: A weekly public social ballroom dance. Open dancing, 7:30 p.m. Door prizes.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. April 1.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event features music by Meadowhawk. Calling by Ardea Thurston-Shaine and Scott Meyer. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New contra dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. April 1.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $4-$5.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

WEST COAST SWING NIGHT CLUB AND ARGENTINE TANGO

What: Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. April 2.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 359-5333.

STARLITE BALL

What: For ballroom dancers of all ages. With music by the band Captain's 3. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center.

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 6.

Where: Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville.

Cost: $5.

More info: Call 443-2999 or email luann.picklap@gmail.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What: A weekly public social ballroom dance. Hot Bachata Moves, 7 p.m. Open dancing, 7:30 p.m.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. April 8.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event features music by Dump Chickens. Calling by Meg Dedolph. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New contra dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. April 8.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $4-$5.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

BLUES DANCE SERIES

What: Series of blues dances. DJs to be announced. Dress casual. Bring dance shoes or other shoes with clean, dry soles.

When: 9 p.m. to midnight April 8. Various days each month through May 13.

Where: Defy Gravity Pole Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio, 24 E. Green St., Suite #11, C.

Cost: $5; $3, university students with ID; free for anyone registered for the preceding 8 p.m. blues dance lesson.

More info: facebook.com/groups/bluescentral, defygravitycu.com or email defygravitycu@gmail.com or tangorider33@gmail.com.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE EVENING

What: Sponsored by Illini Folk Dance Society, the event will feature choreographed Scottish set dances. These are social couple dances not to be confused with the more challenging solo highland dancing. The dances will be simple to moderate, but all will be taught; no previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. April 9.

Where: Illini Union Room 314, 1401 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email bonnythiel@yahoo.com

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required, but soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes should be worn.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. April 16.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Admission $3.

More info: Call 359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org or email ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org.

SPRING BALLROOM DANCE

What: Theme, "Dancing With The Stars." Sponsored by Bismarck Dance Club. Music by Donna Weghorst and Friends. Evening of dancing, music, fellowship, refreshments and door prizes.

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 16.

Where: Bismarck High School gym, Bismarck (driveway, east side).

Cost: $10; nondancers, $5.

More info: Email luann.picklap@gmail.com.

Performing arts

This weekend

VOICE READING SERIES

What: KAM After Hours. New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois. Featuring Alison Syring, Chekwube Danladi and Annah Sigidu.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 17.

Where: Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, main level, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

More info: kam.illinois.edu/events/experiences.html or call 333-1860.

ZOO IMPROV

What: Improv comedy, featuring local improv troupes as an opening act each week, with a closing set from zoo members. The last Friday of the month, Zoo Improv's Interactive Family Show.

When: 7 p.m. most Fridays.

Where: SoDo Theatre; enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Admission, $5.

More info: zooimprov.com or email contact@zooimprov.com.

Future highlights

SPEAK CAFE

What:KAM After Hours. "Perfecting Your Craft." SPEAK (Song, Poetry, Expression, Art and Knowledge) Cafe is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 14.

Where: Palette Cafe, Krannert Art Museum, main level, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

More info: kam.illinois.edu/events/experiences.html or call 333-1860.

STUDIO DANCE II

What: Dance at Illinois Series.

When: 7 and 9 p.m. April 21-23.

Where: Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $8-$15.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'

What: The Dance Arts School creates a whimsical night of mischievous magic in the moonlight with its interpretation of the classic William Shakespeare play. The Dance Arts and Isle of Erin Irish dancers will perform traditional and contemporary Irish dance, as well as new contemporary works.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 23 and 2 to 4 p.m. April 24.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $10-$13; additional per-ticket processing fees apply, $2 (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

VOICE READING SERIES

What: KAM After Hours. New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 23.

Where: Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, main level, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

More info: kam.illinois.edu/events/experiences.html or call 333-1860.

Theater

Next week

'ALICE IN WONDERLAND'

What: Rantoul Theatre Group.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 25 and 26, 2 p.m. March 27, 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. April 3.

Where: Grissom Hall Theatre, 2914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul.

Cost: Tickets $7-$10.

More info: rtgonline.org or call 892-1121.

'CONSTELLATIONS'

What: The Celebration Company.

When: 8 p.m. March 24-27, 30, 31, April 1-3, 6-9.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

More info: Call 384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

Future highlights

'AGING MAGICIAN'

What: Big Mix Series. Intertwines puppetry, theater, shadow play and fascinating scenic designs with onstage Brooklyn Youth Chorus and live music from American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 2.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$29.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

'THE BOYS IN AUTUMN'

What: Entertaining blend of holiday hits and favorite sacred selections. A live band, lively production numbers, colorful costumes and hilarious guest stars.

When: Doors open at 6 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. showtime) April 15 and 16, 12:30 p.m. (2 p.m. showtime) April 17.

Where: The Beef House, 16501 N. State Road 63, Covington, Ind.

Cost: Tickets $42.

More info:beefhouserolls.com or call 765-793-4770.

'DEATHTRAP'

What: Comedy thriller presented by Red Mask Players.

When: 8 p.m. April 1 and 2, 2 p.m. April 3, 8 p.m. April 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. April 10.

Where: Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $15-$18.

More info: Call 442-5858 or email redmaskplayers@hotmail.com.

'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF'

What: Parkland Theatre presents this classic musical.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 3 p.m. April 24, 7:30 p.m. April 28, 29 and 30 and 3 p.m. May 1.

Where: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $10-$16; groups of 15 or more, $12 each; opening night, April 14, is "pay what you can" night; April 28 is half-price night.

More info: Call 351-2528, parkland.edu/theatre.

'THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD'

What: The Celebration Company.

When: 8 p.m. April 21-24, 27 to May 1, May 4-7.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

More info: Call 384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

'IN THE BLOOD'

What: Illinois Theatre Series. Contemporary adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 19th-century classic, "The Scarlet Letter."

When: 7:30 p.m. March 31, April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 3 p.m. April 10.

Where: Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

'KISS ME KATE'

What: Lyric Theatre at Illinois Series.

When: Performances, 7:30 p.m. April 21-23 and 3 p.m. April 24. Dessert and conversation, 6:30 p.m. April 23 and 2 p.m. April 24.

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$29. Dessert and Conversation, $7.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280.

'RAGTIME! THE MUSICAL!'

What: Danville Area Community College Players' spring production.

When: 7 p.m. April 15, 2 and 7 p.m. April 16 and 2 p.m. April 17.

Where: Bremer Theater, Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. main St.

Cost: Tickets $5, students with ID; adults, $15; plus $1.50 fee if purchased online.

More info: daccplayers.com, call 443-3222, 443-8724 or email daccplayers@yahoo.com.

'RETURN TO OZ'

What: Comedy presented by Creative Dramatics Workshop.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2, 2:30 p.m. April 3, 7:30 p.m. April 8 and 9, and 2:30 p.m. April 10.

Where: Main stage, upstairs, Homer Opera House, 101 N. Main St., Homer.

Cost: Tickets $5-$8.

More info: Call 688-2395 or homeroperahouse.com/tickets-available.

'ROMEO + JULIET'

What:Presented by Eastern Illinois University Theatre Department. The familiar story becomes new in this retelling.

When:7:30 p.m. April 15, 16, 21-23 and 2 p.m. April 24.

Where: The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $5-$12.

More info:Call 581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.

'YOU CAN BANK ON MURDER

What: Side by Side Productions presents a murder mystery dinner (a three-entree Italian buffet dinner). Call by March 26 for reservations.

When: Doors open at 6 p.m., with meal served at 7 p.m. April 2.

Where: American Legion, 203 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City.

Cost: Tickets $25.

More info: Call 309-431-1329.

'WILLY WONKA, JR.'

What: Presented by the students of the STAR Dance and Drama Program,.

When: 7 p.m. April 8, 2 and 7 p.m. April 9 and 2 p.m. April 10.

Where: The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets $35.40-$37.50.

More info: Call 728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

Outdoors/nature

This weekend

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Join in a search for the elusive wood snipe, aka the American woodcock, as the males perform their amazing courtship display at dusk. A short presentation, followed by a hike to look for them. Meet at Buffalo Trace Prairie parking lot on Route 47 across the street from the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Registration required.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. March 18.

Where: Buffalo Trace Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

MOUNTAIN GOAT HILL RUNS AND WALK

What:Kennekuk Road Runner's 30th annual runner event. A 2.2-mile walk, 4.4-mile run and 8.8-mile run. Party at Turtle Run Banquet Room after the event.

When: 11 a.m. March 19.

Where: Kickapoo State Recreation Area, near Danville.

Cost: $15-$25 for walk/runs. Register at active.com.

More info: kennekuk.com, email krr@kennekuk.com.

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Join in a search for the elusive wood snipe, aka the American woodcock, as the males perform their amazing courtship display at dusk. A short presentation, followed by a hike to look for them. Registration required.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. March 19.

Where: Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org

Next week

WINTER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's outdoor group runs a 4- or 6-mile loop through campus and Urbana. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, November through March.

Where: Meet at the southwest entrance to the UI Armory (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street).

More info: secondwindrunningclub.org.

WOODCOCK WALK

What: Discover the secret life of the bird with the upside-down brain when you take a guided twilight stroll with Champaign County Audubon Society members. Participants will hike through muddy and nonpaved surfaces. Register by March 21.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. March 23.

Where: Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 384-4062 or urbanaparks.org.

NATURE AT NIGHT

What: Have you ever wondered how nocturnal animals thrive at night? On this hike, learn about night vision and other adaptations that are used after sunset. Also learn how humans can use their other senses to navigate in the dark. Registration required.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 25.

Where: Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

Cost: $3.

More info: Call 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org

EARLY WILDFLOWER HIKE

What: Hike the Sangamon River bluffs to see the first wildflowers of spring. The hike will also go within earshot of the great blue herons as they rebuild their nests. The hike will be off trail and will include a stream crossing. Registration required.

When: 10 a.m. to noon March 26.

Where: Meet at Buck Schroth Parking Lot, Allerton Park & Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Cost: $5.

More info: allerton.illinois.edu, call 333-3287 or email allertoninfo@illinois.edu.

Future highlights

NATURE PLAY PRE-K: BUGGY BASICS

What: Outdoor program for preschoolers ages 2-6. Sing and dance while learning about bug bodies and habitats. Chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with their children as they experience the natural world. Register by March 29.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. April 1.

Where: Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost: $5 per child.

More info: Call 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

HIKING TYKES

What: Ages 3-6 with an adult. Take your tyke on a trek to experience hands-on nature. A guide will lead themed trail activities and ensure safe exploration. Hikes will be on dirt, grass and boardwalk trails; come prepared. Indoor exploration will be planned if necessary.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, April 1-22. Arrive by 9:45 a.m. to register.

Where: Meet at Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Hikes in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park.

Cost: Each session is $6 (early bird), $7 (registration), $8 (drop-in) for residents; $9, $11, $12, nonresidents. Early bird registration due two weeks prior; registration due one week in advance; or drop-in.

More info: Call 384-4062 or urbanaparks.org

FETCH! PET CARE HOPPIN' HOUND EGG HUNT

What: For all ages. Bring the whole family to the only egg hunt your pup can enjoy with you. Treats and refreshments for dogs and humans, activities for the kids, pet photography and prizes.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. April 2.

Where: Champaign Bark District Dog Park, Champaign.

More info: Email claudia.christy@champaignparks.com or call 819-3926

GROWING UP WILD: BUGGY BASICS

What: Outdoor program for preschoolers ages 2-6. Sing and dance while learning about bug bodies and habitats. Chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with their children as they experience the natural world. Register by April 1.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. April 5.

Where: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: $5 per child.

More info: Call 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

PLIGHT OF THE MONARCH

What: Local filmmakers Kirby and Cindy Pringle will screen their 20-minute film "Plight of the Monarch," followed by a question-and-answer panel with a focus on how people can support butterfly populations by planting native plants. The library will be giving away seed packets that attract monarchs and other pollinators to help start butterfly gardens around town.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 9.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 403-2070 or email librarian@champaign.org.

CALEB CARLSON ILLINI VETERANS MEMORIAL 5K

What: The student organization Illini Veterans is hosting its annual 5K on campus to honor the memory of fallen service members and to raise funds for the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10.

Where: University of Illinois Quad, Urbana.

More info: illiniveterans.org/home/5k and for registration.

REMARKABLE REPTILES

What: Get up close and personal with snakes and turtles from the Anita Purves Nature Center. For school-age kids.

When: 4 to 5 p.m. April 13.

Where: Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 403-2090 or email librarian@champaign.org.

CUAS FAMILY SKYWATCH

What: Join members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Inc. at their observatory to see the stars and planets through the large public telescope. Canceled in the event of bad weather, including cloudy skies.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. April 16.

Where: CUAS Observatory, southwest of Champaign, south of Monticello Road on County Road 700 E.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 351-2567 or cuas.org.

BUTTERFLIES, BEES AND BLOOMS: IDENTIFYING POLLINATORS AND THEIR PLANTS

What: For ages 15 and older. Learn how to identify common butterfly and bee pollinators in your yard and the plants they need to survive. Join local entomologist and wildflower aficionado John Marlin to explore bees; then butterfly experts Michaels Jeffords and Susan Post introduce butterflies.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 18.

Where: Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: $3 resident, $5 nonresident by April 4. $4 resident, $6 nonresident by April 16. Code: 3696.

More info: Call 384-4062 or urbanaparks.org

'JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD LIVE!'

What:Animal expert Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the stage. Audiences can expect to see approximately 15 animals.

When: 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 29.

Where: The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $19.50-$39.50; additional $3 per-ticket processing fees apply (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum

What: Spring 2016 exhibitions — "Collage: Moving Beyond Paper" and "Collecting Photography," both through March 26; "Time/Image," through April 23; and "Spheres of Influence: African Vessels from the KAM Collection," through May 15. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," ongoing.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; late Thursday hours ("KAM After Hours") until 9 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission; suggested donation, $3.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 333-1860.

Spurlock Museum

What: "North of the Northern Lights: Exploring the Crocker Land Arctic Expedition 1913-1917."

When: 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.; through July 31. Sunday. Closed Mondays and holidays.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

More info: spurlock.illinois.edu or call 333-2360.

Other museums

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: "Annual Town and Country Amateur Art Juried Exhibition," through March 18.

What: Opening day for "Annual Edgar County Student Show."

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22; open, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment; through April 24. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Where: 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: parisartcenter.com or call 466-8130.

DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM

What: Artifacts covering a variety of interests including military, medical, toys, historical clothing, housewares, organizations and clubs, art, schools, railroads, businesses and trades, farming and agriculture, radio, quilting and crafts.

When:9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.

Where:700 S. Main St., Tuscola.

Cost:Free admission; donations welcome.

More info: Call 253-2535, douglascountymuseum@hotmail.com or facebook.com/docomuseum.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: Spring break activities. Stop by the museum for a fun-filled activity each day: candle dipping, quilting, butter churning, soap felting and games, March 21-25, respectively.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. March 21-25.

Cost: Free.

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet.

More info: Call 586-2612 or museumofthegrandprairie.org.

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What: "James Beauchamp and the Harmonic Tone Generator."

When: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; throughMay 27. Closed weekends, some holidays.

Where: Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

More info: For guided tours, call 244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

UI LIBRARY

What: "O put me in thy books! 400 Years of Shakespeare in Fiction."

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; through April 25. Closed UI holidays.

Where:Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U.

More info: library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 333-3777.

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-56) and a one-room schoolhouse; natural history displays, a coal mine shaft; and "Vermilion County in the Civil War."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Where: 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville.

Cost: Museum admission, $1-$3. Museum and Fithian House admission, $1-$5. Children 12 years old and younger, free.

More info: vermilioncountymuseum.org or call 442-2922.

VERMILION COUNTY WAR MUSEUM

What: Exhibits with items from the pre-Revolutionary War through the operations in Afghanistan. Displays for the Civil War, Gulf wars, Spanish-American War, Korean War, World War I, World War II, D-Day and the Research Library. Combat weapons for all wars and items from the Vietnam and Spanish-American wars.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: $2-$4; children under age 6 free.

More info: vcwm.org, call 431-0034 or email vcwm@comcast.net.

Planetarium

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Sky show:"Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, March 18 through April 29. Closed March 25 and 26.

Main feature:"Spirits of the Sky, Thunder on the Land," 8 p.m. March 18 and 19. "Dawn of the Space Age," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting April 1.

Children's feature: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 7 p.m. March 19. "Flight Adventure," 7 p.m. Saturdays starting April 2.

Where: Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Show admission, $4-$5. Lecture, $1.

More info: Call 351-2568 or 351-2446.

Exhibits

AMARA YOGA & ARTS

What: Exhibit by local artist Suzanne Keith Loechl.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, during studio hours or by appointment; through April.

Where: Suite 156B, Lincoln Square, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U.

More info:suzannekeithloechl.com, amarayoga.com or email info@amarayoga.com.

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER

What: "Jodi Adams: The Art of Intention," featuring the work of the yoga teacher and photographer.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; through April 30. Closed Sundays.

Where:1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: urbanaparks.org, email sajohnson@urbanaparks.org or call 384-4062.

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

What: Exhibit, "#WeAreIllinois," a collection of photographs and quotes from the Intercultural Horizons Internship program's social media initiative, #WeAreIllinois.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; through April 1.

Where: 1210 W. Nevada St., U.

More info:facebook.com/weareillinois, oiir.illinois.edu/aacc or call 333-9300.

COMMON GROUND FOOD CO-OP GALLERY

What: Art gallery show by Kelly Hieronymus.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. every day; through March 25.

Where: Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, U.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 352-3347 or commonground.coop/store/classroom/art-gallery.

DANVILLE ART LEAGUE

What: Gallery exhibition, artwork from veterans.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday; through March. Closed Sundays.

Where: Paul Brumaghim Gallery, 320 N. Franklin St., Danville.

More info: Call 442-9264 or email thedanvilleartleague@gmail.com.

Giertz Gallery AT PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "Light and Form: Works by Ann Coddington and Jason Peot."

When:10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; through March 29. Closed Sundays and March 21-26.

More info: artgallery.parkland.edu, call 351-2485 or email giertzgallery@parkland.edu,

ILLINOIS TERMINAL

What: Wall displays, "MTD Art: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood": "Untitled" by Amanda Peoples, "Yarn Pattern" by Tifani Vancil, "House Plants" by Casey Lowry and "Slat Painting 14,016" by Nathan Westerman, the artists chosen to be featured inside all MTD buses.

When: All day, every day; through April 26.

Where: Across from the elevators on the first floor, 45 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: 40north.org/programs/mtd-art or call 384-8188.

ILLINI UNION ART GALLERY

What: "Seventh Annual Eric Show," a local area high school art competition. This juried show is endowed by Dale M. and Margaret Steffensen in memory of Dale's son, Eric (1951-1970).

When: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; through April 3.

Where: Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu, 40north.org/programs/eric-show.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "Transformation of Being," paintings by Oscar Luis Martinez of Chicago, an alumni of the University of Illinois and well-known on campus for the historic murals that he painted on the walls of the former La Casa Cultural Latina building.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; through April 22. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Where: University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

More info: 337-1500, universityymca.org/art.

SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER

What:Opening of "Town & Country Amateur Art Show."

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19. Spring break hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday; March 21-26. Open, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; March 28 through April 16.

Where: 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 819-3909, email michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or champaignparks.com/art-exhibits.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER

What: "Kim Krause: The Nature of Things."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and by appointment; through March 20. Closed Mondays and holidays.

Where: Brainard Gallery, 2010 Ninth St. (South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info:eiu.edu/tarble, call 581-2787 or email tarble@eiu.edu.

CITY OF URBANA

What: Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, featuring work by Urbana artist Peggy Flavin.

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Urbana City Building; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Urbana Free Library; through June 3.

Where: Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.; and Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits or call 328-8265.

Galleries

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "Art at Illinois State," new work by 10 artists on the faculty at Illinois State University: Brian Franklin, Claire Lieberman, Tyler Lotz, Jean Miller, John Miller, Morgan Price, Laura Primosic, Randy Reid, Sarah Smelser and Michael Wille.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; through March 19. Closed Sundays through Tuesdays.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

More info: cinemagallery.cc or call 367-3711 or email baxley@baxleymedia.com.

GALLERY 217

What: "Photo Noir" art exhibition.

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Monday through Friday by appointment; through April 2.

Where: 9 E. University Ave., C.

More info: gallery217.com, email info@gallery217.com or call 840-2127.

Farms/markets

FARMERS' MARKET AT THE FISCHER

What: Registered farmers' market vendors will have craft and baked goods to sell. Registration packets may be obtained at the Danville Public Library checkout desk at 319 N. Vermilion St.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, March 19 through May 7.

Where: Fischer Theater, 158 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Free to the vendor, though a donation to Fischer is requested.

MIDDLE MARKET

What: Produce, baked goods, meats, eggs and artisan cheeses, jams and jellies, arts and crafts and more. Urbana Business Association.

When: 8 a.m. to noon second and fourth Saturdays, March 26 through April 23.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

More info: urbanabusiness.com.

THIRD SATURDAY MARKET

What: An indoor market filled with creative crafts, Amish baked goods and unique finds.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 (third Saturday of every month, January through December).

Where: Gazebo Annex Building, corner of Vine and Progress streets, downtown Arthur.

More info: Call 520-3349 or email nurselynn75@yahoo.com.