Entertainment listings, May 10-17, 2018

Entertainment listings, May 10-17, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend

SPRING FLING

What: Live music by Tony and Craig, Country Heart Band, raffles, 50/50 drawing, car show, American Legion Riders 568 bike display, kids activities, laser tag by Alpha Dog Entertainment, fun for all ages. Fundraising event for the Post.

When: Noon to 7 p.m. May 12.

Where: VFW Gung Ho Post 6750, 675 N. Ohio Ave., Rantoul.

Cost: Car show entry, $5. S&W M&P raffle, $10 tickets. Guitar and amp combo raffle, $10 tickets.

More info: Call 217-819-3040.

BOWL FOR A CURE AND MINI GOLF FOR A CURE

What: Fundraisers for American Cancer Society. Come help raise money for the fight against cancer. 50/50 drawing and other fantastic raffles. Ask others for sponsorship. Prizes for top bowlers! Person who brings in the most donations, special prize. 18 Holes of Black Light Mini Golf. Special gift for Mothers and Survivors of cancer.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. May 13.

Where: Arrowhead Lanes, 1401 N. McKinley, C.

Cost:Three games of bowling and shoes, $20. 18 Holes of Black Light Mini Golf, $13. Three games of bowling and one of 18 holes of golf, $30.

More info:Call 217 352 5288 or facebook.com/events/611470622523194/

Next week

SPRING CRAFT AND PLANT SALE

What: Several vendors with handcraft items for sale. Variety of plants will be for sale. Also, a bake sale. Sponsored by Champaign County Home and Community Education).

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19.

Where:Champaign County Farm Bureau, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost:Entry fee: $1, children free.

More info:champaigncountyhce.wordpress.com, mfroesch@illinois.edu, 217-621-2724.

SPRING SOIREE AND GARDEN PARTY

What: Allerton's annual fundraiser. Inspired by the life and times of Robert Allerton, guests will be immersed in the culture, fashion, and entertainment of the 1920s. Stroll through the formal gardens, listen to live jazz music, and watch yard games on the Bowling Lawn. Peruse the Mansion and enjoy tasting stations followed by dancing, dessert, and a champagne toast at dusk.

When: 4 p.m. May 19.

Where Allerton Mansion & Gardens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Cost: Tickets $65 until May 11. Additional tickets for $70, as space allows. Tickets do not include a donation; come prepared to make a gift at the event.

More info: Allerton.illinois.edu, call 217-333-3287 or email bfrerichs@illinois.edu.

Future highlights

NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMER BLOCK PARTIESWhat: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. May 24.

Where: Countrybrook Apartments, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217- 819-3931, champaignparks.com or email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY ANNUAL GIANT GARAGE SALE

What: The area's largest treasure trove — returns Memorial Day Weekend, selling clothing, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, toys, tools, gardening, holiday decorations, books, sports equipment, animal-care items and more, plus treasures in our Antiques/Uniques Boutique.

When: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26, 10 a.m. to noon May 27. Bag sale starts at 3 p.m. May 26. Giveaway on May 27.

Where: former County Market at 312 W. Kirby Ave., C.

Cost: $3 entrance donation until 3 p.m. May 25. $1 donation to enter the giveaway May 27.

More info:Call 217-344-7297 or cuhumane.org/NewsEvents/GIANTGarageSale.aspx

FARMER CITY HERITAGE DAYS

What: Community dinner and cake walks, May 24, and bags tournament, May 25; entertainment, Luke Perring, The Walkabouts, Blue Collar B, 6 p.m. May 25; all in beer garden. Free community movie, "Space Jam," dusk May 24, bring chairs. Plant sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25, city park. Comic Laser Tag Adventures, 6 p.m. May 25. Face painting, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; car show, 1 p.m. May 26. Festival features Drake White with Darryl Worley concert, May 26. Music kicks off at 6 p.m. Worley at 7:30 p.m. followed by White.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. May 24, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. May 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 26. Carnival and vendors, 5 to 10 p.m.

Where: downtown, city park, Monticello.

Cost:Featured concert is free with a limited number of VIP tickets available for purchase. Admittance to Beer Garden is free, however those wishing to enjoy an adult beverage must be 21 and purchase and armband for $5.

12TH ANNUAL CAR & TRUCK SHOW

What: Hosted by The Danville Area Community College Technology Division. Co-sponsored by Central Illinois Mustang Club. Open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Dash plaques given to first 75 entries. Additional award categories: Top 25 cars, Top 20 trucks, Top 5 youth (16-21) and DACC Students' choice. Music, food and prizes. Raffling off $200 gift certificate to Omni-Kolor of Danville. Proceeds go to DACC scholarship. Rain or shine.

When: Registration, 9 to 11 a.m.; Trophies at 3 p.m. May 26.

Where: Technology Center Parking Lot at DACC, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Cost:Registration fee, $10.

More info:Call 217-443-8787.

CULPEPPER & MERRIWEATHER CIRCUS

What: Big Top Circus. Starting an hour before the show, bouncy houses, a 22-foot slide, pony rides, face painting and a concession stand.

When: Shows at 2 and 4:30 p.m. May 27.

Where: 500 E. 2nd St., Homer.

Cost: Tickets $7-$10 presale. Show day, $8-$13. Cash is accepted directly at each attraction.

More info: Tickets at https://squareup.com/store/homer-activity-committee-hac Or you may call 217 722-8040.

13 THURSDAYS: CHOW DOWN IN CAMPUSTOWN

What:13 Thursdays all new launch event featuring food samples, sidewalk sale shopping and family-friendly activities. Experience Campustown each Thursday this summer while the students are away, May 24 through Aug. 16.

When: 4 to 9 p.m. May 31.

Where: Campustown, Champaign.

Cost: Free. parking validation is included in the Campus Center Parking Deck.

More info: Call 217-352-2400, champaigncenter.com or info@champaigncenter.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

What: Live street-side performance series. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, along with a cappella music, belly dancing and live painting. Presented by 40 North through the generosity of Midland States Bank, No Regrets Tattoos, and Illini Radio Group, Champaign Center Partnership and City of Champaign.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 1 through Aug. 24.

Where: Intersections of Neil and Church, Neil and Park or Walnut and Chester streets, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: 40north.org/programs/friday-night-live, facebook.com/FNLChampaign or call 217-351-9841.

OLD GLORY FESTIVAL

What: Annual festival with contests, live music, vendors and food in downtown Bement. Fun entertainment for children of all ages. Car and Truck Show, Tractor Show, kids tractor pull, stagecoach rides, movie night in the park, petting zoo, inflatables. Bryant House at Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, will be open for tours, 1 to 2 p.m.

When: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 9.

Where: Veterans Park, the adjacent Bryant block, and downtown Bodman Street, Bement.

More info: oldgloryfestival.com or call 217- 678-2580.

COURTHOUSE ROCKS

What: Live performance from Firebox Bluegrass Band, car show, "Beauty and the Beast" movie on the big screen.

When: 6 to 11 p.m. June 9.

Where:Downtown Monticello.

More info: Call 217-762-2583.

STREET FEST

What: Join us for live local music in the streets of downtown Champaign. Enjoy local food and drinks available from your favorite downtown establishments and listen to some great C-U talent.

When:7 p.m. to midnight June 9.

Where:Neil Street/Main Street, Champaign.

More info: champaignparks.com/streetfest, email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931.

PIATT COUNTY FAIR

What: June 14: Flag Day; Celebrate Our Youth activities; evening go-kart race. June 15: ITPA tractor pull; 5 to 6 p.m. deadline for junior (kids 8 to 18 years of age) general entries for exhibits, from fine art to culinary to floriculture to crafts to crops; inflatables; Wreckless Whiskey band at 9 p.m. in beer barn. June 16: Inflatables, afternoon and evening; adult non-livestock show, focusing on hobbies and crafts, in morning; Battle of the Bars in afternoon in beer barn; bands, Antics at 5 p.m. and later that night, Cary Miller Band; other activities, including fireworks. June 17: the Outlaw Hookers Antique Tractor Pull. Livestock shows include dairy cattle on June 15, swine on June 16, and beef cattle on June 17. Food vendors.

When: June 14-17.

Where: fairgrounds, Cerro Gordo.

More info: piattcountyfair.com or email fair@piattcountyfair.com

61818 ZIP CODE DAY DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL

What: Festival includes craft vendors, direct sales vendors, and a few food vendors downtown. Also mini art classes for adults and children, games, a bike decorating contest, after they take their bike safety class, dog contest, salsa making contest, and more. Jam sessions in the civic center, pie and ice cream at some of the churches, activities and speakers at the library, a time capsule, and raffles.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16.

Where: Downtown Cerro Gordo.

More info: Call 217-412-3404 or face book page 61818 ZIP CODE DAY Festival.

JUNETEENTH EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATION

What: Join us in celebrating 153 years since the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas and freed the last of the slaves. Bring your family and friends to Douglass Park for summer fun and games. Sponsored by the Champaign Public Library Friends and the Champaign Park District. For all ages.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. June 16.

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

More info: Email douglassbranch@champaign.org, champaign.org or call 217-403-2090.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

What: The oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States. Enjoy music and visit different vendors while learning about this important holiday. Children can make arts and crafts, play on the bounce house and obstacle course, or get soaked in the Splash Pad.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. June 16.

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

More info:Email darius.white@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3961.

VILLAGE OF BONDVILLE SESQUICENTENNIAL AND BONDVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT 60TH YEAR CELEBRATION

What: Celebrate Bondville's 150-year anniversary in the spirit of the hometown family atmosphere with games and a dunk tank. A Top 10 Judges Choice Car Show for all makes and models, noon to 3 p.m.; registration, 10 a.m. to noon at the park, sundownerscarclub.org. Birds on the Wire band (country, classic rock and rock), noon to 4 p.m. Food from Mamma D's Smokehouse and ice cream from You Scream Ice Scream.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. June 16.

Where: Bondville Village Park.

NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMER BLOCK PARTIES

What: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. June 21.

Where: Human Kinetics Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: champaignparks.com or zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3931.

64TH ANNUAL PIATT COUNTY TRAIL BLAZERS RODEO

What:Thursday Night Is Cancer Awareness Night; a portion of June 21 ticket sales go to Kirby Hospital to make cancer gift baskets. Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, downtown Monticello. Kids and Clowns lunch right after the parade at Rick Ridings Ford Monticello.

When:Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. June 21-23.

Where: Trail Blazers Arena, Monticello.

Cost: Tickets: Kids 3 and younger, free; ages 4-12 years old, $4 on June 21, $5 on June 22, 23; adults 13 and older, $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Three-day passes, kids, $12, adults, $30. June 21 only, a family pass (two adults, two kids), $20.

More info:pctrailblazers.org/Piatt-County-Rodeo.html.

BALLOONS OVER VERMILION

What: Over 30 colorful hot air balloons will dazzle the Vermilion County countryside n Mass Ascents, Fly-ins, Community Flights and spectacular Nightly Balloon Glows. Something for kids of all ages. Live music, kids zone, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides, balloon school, classic car show, sand volleyball tournament, beer tent, lots of great food vendors.

When: 3 p.m. to midnight July 13 and 1 p.m. to midnight July 14.

Where: Vermilion Regional Airport, Danville.

More info: Balloonsoververmilion.com.

FILMSThis weekend

REEL DEALS

What: "The Help" (2011). Rated PG-13. 146 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. May 10.

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

Cost: $5. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "My Darling Clementine" (1946). Rated G. 97 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. May 12.

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

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

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

Next week

MOVIES ON THE MAINSTAGE

What: "The Red Sparrow." Rated R. 142 minutes. Concessions available.

When:7 p.m. May 18, 2 and 7 p.m. May 19.

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

Cost:Tickets, $3-$5, only available at the door.

More info:Call 217-728-7375 or email theshow@thelittletheatre.org.

Future highlights

MOVIES AT THE POOL

What:See "The Little Mermaid." Outside snacks are allowed. Bring sealed drinks in coolers. Water bottles must be filled once on the premises. No glass containers or alcohol. In case of inclement weather, movies may be canceled.

When:Doors open at 8:15 p.m. and movies begin at 8:30 p.m. June 10.

Where: Crystal Lake Park, Aquatic Center, 1401 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Admission, $6, resident; $9, nonresident. Season pass, $4-$6. Admission to movies is separate from daily admission to swim..

More info:urbanaparks.org

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES

When: The series is focused on discussing challenging family topics. Documentary film, "Monster in the Mind: The Convenient Un-truth about Alzheimer's," shown in honor of Brain Awareness Month. Following the movie, a discussion led by Elizabeth Hagemann, Education and Outreach Manager for the Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter, and Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, Family Life Educator for U of I Extension.

When: 6 p.m. June 12.

Where: Champaign County Extension Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost: Free. 1.5 CEUs for allied health professionals have been applied for through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois.

More info: Register at go.illinois.edu/FilmSeries.

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "Cinderella" (1950). Rated G. 74 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. June 19 and 21.

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

Cost: Tickets $3. (or all 11 for $25).Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES READERS' CHOICE

What: Cast your vote for any of the following "Bringing Up Baby" (1938), "Cleopatra" (1963), "King Kong" (1933), "Metropolis" (1927) or "A Star is Born" (1954). and the winning film will screen.

When:1 and 7 p.m. June 23.

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

Cost: Tickets $6. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "The Jungle Book" (1967). Rated G. 78 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. June 26 and 28.

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

Cost: Tickets $3. (or all 11 for $25).Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MUSICThis weekend

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Flute and Harp Duo with Jean Lee and Sydney Campen. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. May 10.

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

More info: Email communications@beckman.illinois.edu or http://beckman.illinois.edu/events/calendars/thursday-concerts.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Parkland Pops will perform a variety of '90s music.

When: 1 p.m. May 12.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: faa.parkland.edu/music/calendar.html

HEAR OUR SONG - BROADWAY HITS FROM STAGE AND SCREEN!

What: Arrive early to bid on many silent auction items from local merchants and to purchase refreshments. All proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) to increase pediatric stroke awareness.

When:4 to 6 p.m. May 12.

Where:Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave.

Cost: $15 adults.$10 seniors (65 and up) and children (12 and under).

More info: Call 217-840-1032, email jason@jasonthetenor.com2178401032 or crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/hear-our-song-a-concert-for-pediatric-stroke-awareness.

THE BRASS BAND OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS

What: Annual spring concert entitled "Remember When... ." includes a tuba player from Monticello. The concert will feature cornet soloist Gabe Myers, and the cornet trio of Kelly Rackauskas, Sherman Lewis, and Gabe Myers, who will perform two selections with the band.

When:7 p.m. May 12.

Where:Auditorium, Normal West High School, 501 N. Parkside Road, Normal.

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

More info: Call 309-846-5395.

Next week

LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD: A JAZZ RECITAL

What: Featuring jazz vocalist Lara Semetko, a doctoral candidate in Voice Performance - Jazz in the School of Music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

When:3 to 4 p.m. May 14.

Where:Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive

Cost: Free and open to the public (donations accepted).

More info: Call 217-333-1861 or http://kam.illinois.edu

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel songs, Scottish love songs, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy songs, sailor songs, railroad songs; spirituals, protest songs, war songs, antiwar songs. Instruments welcome, but not required; Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. May 14 (second and fifth) Mondays of every month).

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

More info:Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

BLUEGRASS ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION

When: 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

Where: Meet in the hallway near Spark Museum and Play Café at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-621-2631 or email kleiss@illinois.edu.

UNPLUGGED AND ORIGINAL MUSIC SERIES

What: First installment of the series. Each week will include select featured performers and the last hour will be an open mic setting where up and coming performers have their chance to showcase their original songs.

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

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost:Music is free.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Gary Osterhoff. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. May 18.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner usually $8 or $9.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 217-377-0550, 217-897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

ANNUAL ROOTS WALK

What: Listen to live blues, roots, folk and Americana music, while strolling past the trees in the park. Features a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the walks of the park. Musicians along the park road, close to the North Woods Pavilion. Brought to you by Urbana Park District and C-U Folk and Roots Festival.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 18.

Where: Crystal Lake Park, Urbana. Rain location: Anita Purves Nature Center.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-9575 or 217-367-1544.

PSYCHOSTICK, AIRACOBRA, THE VILLENS

What: Heavy metal concert. "We Couldn't Think of a Tour Name Tour."

Where: 8 p.m. May 18.

Where: Vintage Villains, 126 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

More info: Call 217-213-5664 or https://www.facebook.com/vintagevillains/ or event.attendstar.com.

BIG GROVE CELLO ENSEMBLE

What:Join for a concert by the Big Grove Cello Ensemble! The Big Grove Cello Ensemble (BGCE) is a community music group in Champaign-Urbana, of amateur, professional, and student cellists. Led by Samuel Araya, BGCE plays a variety of music written and arranged for multiple cellos and performs throughout the academic year.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. May 19.

Where: Mahomet Public Library, 1702 E. Oak St., Mahomet.

More info: Call 217-586-2611.

AMASONG

What: Spring concert, "Nevertheless, She," is a concert of music exclusively written by women. Amasong will also welcome back CU's all-women folk bluegrass group, the Coneflowers. There will be a silent auction/raffle of gifts donated by local businesses.

When: 4 p.m. May 19 and 20.

Where: McKinley Presbyterian Church, 801 S. Fifth St., C.

Cost: Suggested admission is $15. More if you can; less if you can't.

More info: amasong.org or email office@amasong.org.

VINO & VIBES

What: Hadley Kennary, a singer-songwriter whose music is an Americana/pop blend of heartfelt, clever lyrics and infectious melodies.

When:4 to 6 p.m. May 19.

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Free music.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

SALUTE TO VETERANS CONCERT

What: Hosted by Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Band. The concert will include patriotic music including a performance of all the Armed Forces Service Songs. Before the concert, the PBL Band Parents Association will host a lasagna dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with live music by the PBL jazz bands. Proceeds from the dinner will go to fund the PBL band program's instructional and material costs. The director of the band, Timothy Hess, is a veteran of the Marine Corps and is serving with the 182nd Air Lift Wing based in Peoria.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. May 19.

Where: Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, gym, 700 W. Orleans, Paxton.

Cost: No charge for concert, but freewill donations accepted.

More info: Call 217-379-4331 or email trumpeter@pblpanthers.org.

Future highlights

UFLIVE! PRESENTS SCHLOMO AND THE SCHLEPTETWhat:Come enjoy klezmer music—known as the mournfully happy music of the Jewish diaspora. Clarinetist Sol Baer will be joined by Frances Harris, Sam Gingher, Derick Cordoba, and Rob Sweedler.

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

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

Cost:Free.

More info: urbanafree.org or call 217-367-4405.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

What: Champaign Park District's 2018 Concert Series held throughout Champaign. Music by The Painkillers. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 20.

Where: Clark Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931.

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY AND ALISON KRAUSS

What: Together Live.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $26.50-$246.50 plus fees.

More info: statefarmcenter.com/events or call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: 20th annual event, May 25 through Aug. 24, featuring Wreckless Whiskey on May 25. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. May 25.

Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music.

More info: summersounds.org, http://www.facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/

ECHOES OF POMPEII

What: A Pink Floyd Tribute. Food will be available for purchase this evening.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 25. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $30.

More info: Call 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com or email info@watsekatheatre.com.

VINO & VIBES

What: Featuring Kayla Brown, whose voice provides for an enchantingly soulful approach to her take on folk and indie music.

When:4 to 6 p.m. May 26.

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Free music.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

THE HIGHWAYMEN

What: A tribute to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Food will be available for purchase this evening.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 26. Doors and dinner at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $40; $5 handling fee applies at checkout. Dinner, $15.

More info: Call 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com or email info@watsekatheatre.com.

IN CONCERT AT CPL - KITTENS INCORPORATED

What:Enjoy the first sounds of Summer with the breezy, beachy tunes of Kittens Incorporated, featuring local musicians Bryan and Jolee Phelps. For families.

When:2 to 3 p.m. May 27.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: librarian@champaign.org, champaign.org or call 217-403-2070

FREE MUSIC SUNDAY

What: Featuring Stuart Smith, a songwriter and guitarist who weaves stories and honest lyrics in a sound exploration of American music ranging from folk, blues, country, jazz, and rock. His band brings the songs to life with vivid and virtuosic instrumentation for a uniquely individual live experience.

When:2 to 4 p.m. May 27.

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost:Music is free.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

What: Champaign Park District's 2018 Concert Series held throughout Champaign. Music by Cosmology. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 27.

Where: Powell Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931.

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. May 28 (fourth Monday of every month).

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

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. May 30 is The Impalas featuring Kenna Mae (blues). Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: May 31.

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

Where:Carle Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

FOLK & ROOTS FRIDAYS BROWN BAG LUNCH CONCERTS

What:Join the Urbana Park District and C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the first and third Fridays of each month for some great, free folk and roots music at the Lake House. June 1: Dewclaw (improv, blues, swing). Bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake. In case of inclement weather, it will be held inside.

When:Noon to 1 p.m. June 1.

Where:Lake House in Crystal Lake Park, 206 W. Park, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: 20th annual event, May 25 through Aug. 24, featuring Alex Jenkins & The Bombers on June 1. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. June 1.

Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music.

More info: summersounds.org, http://www.facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/

AMBUCS FRIDAY NIGHTS

What: Presented by Watchfire Sign, a series of summer music concerts. June 1 is Feudin' Hillbillys. Food and drinks are available on site. Rain or shine.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. June 1.

Where: Turtle Run Golf Club stage, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: ambucsfridaynights.com.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guests, Cindy and Ron Crawford. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. June 1.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner $9.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 217-377-0550, 217-897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert. Katie Flynn Hessel Park 100th Birthday Celebration.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. June 2.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

More info: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call or 217-819-3931.

LIVE! MUSIC FOR KIDS: GET JAZZY

What: Swing, stomp, strut and sway to the joyous rhythms of jazz performed by "The Jazz Band." For kids and their families.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 2.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: librarian@champaign.org, champaign.org or call 217-403-2030.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. June 6 is KoKo and Sparks & Co. playing classic rock, country, oldies) Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: June 7.

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

Where: Anita Purves Nature Center, Friendship Grove, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

SUMMER KICK OFF CONCERT

What: Concert Series, presented by the University of Illinois Community Credit Union. Music from Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen & Lupe Carroll. Bring blankets or chairs.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. June 8.

Where: Gate House Lawn, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Cost: $5 per person; $10 per family. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

More info: allerton.illinois.edu, allerton@illinois.edu, 217-333-3287.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring James Jones Trio, June 8. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event May 25 through Aug. 24 (skipping July 13 for the Balloons Over Vermilion). Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. Free music and parking.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. June 8.

Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music and parking.

More info: http://www.facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/

ELI YOUNG BAND

What: The country music band will be joined by special guests Brown & Gray, performing in the outdoor venue. Rain or shine.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 8.

Where: Grange Grove located immediately west of Memorial Stadium, Champaign.

Cost: Tickets $20 plus fees. Day of the show, an additional $5 added to the ticket price.

More info: Call 866-455-4641, statefarmcenter.com.

THUNDERSTRUCK

What: In concert. Food will be available for purchase this evening.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 8. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $20; general admission. Dinner, $15.

More info: Call 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com or email info@watsekatheatre.com.

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Marvin Lee Band. Food for sale by Friends of Melvin Methodist Church.

When: 7 p.m. June 9. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for those wanting to purchase food).

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

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

More info: Call 217-388-2853.

Sunday, June 10

SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT SERIES

What: Candy Foster and The Shades of Blue will kickoff the series. ! Enjoy the view and celebrate the start of summer with a garden concert. All ages.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. June 10.

Where: Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: Free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

More info: Call 217-586-2612 or email pcain@ccfpd.org.

BAROQUE ARTISTS OF CHAMPAIGN URBANA

What: "BACH Shines - A Celebration of Life." BACH explores themes of life and death with unifying texts of a variety of sacred and secular traditions. Final program of our season.

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 10.

Where: St. John Catholic Chapel, 604 E. Armory, C

Cost: Tickets $10-$20.

More info:baroqueartists.org or email info@baroqueartists.org.

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel songs, Scottish love songs, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy songs, sailor songs, railroad songs; spirituals, protest songs, war songs, antiwar songs. Instruments welcome, but not required; Singing experience is not required.

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

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

More info:Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. June 13 is Love Sign playing classic and modern rockabilly, country favorites. Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: June 14.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 13.

Where: South Ridge Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

CELTIC WOMAN

What: This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites, and contemporary pop songs, all in the group's distinctive signature style.

When: 7 p.m. June 14.

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

Cost:Tickets $45-$106, additional $6 processing fees per ticket apply (online only).

More info:Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

FOLK & ROOTS FRIDAYS BROWN BAG LUNCH CONCERTS

What:Join the Urbana Park District and C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the first and third Fridays of each month for some great, free folk and roots music at the Lake House. June 15: Backdoor Cajun Band (Cajun).Bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake. In case of inclement weather, it will be held inside.

When:Noon to 1 p.m. June 15.

Where:Lake House in Crystal Lake Park, 206 W. Park, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: 20th annual event, May 25 through Aug. 24, featuring House of Cards on June 15. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. June 15.

Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music.

More info: summersounds.org, http://www.facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Rocking Terry Lee" Jerry Lee Lewis style. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. June 15.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $15; dinner, $9.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 217-377-0550, 217-897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

AMBUCS FRIDAY NIGHTS

What: Presented by Watchfire Sign, a series of summer music concerts. June 15 is Cuzin Eddie. Food and drinks are available on site. Rain or shine.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. June 15.

Where: Turtle Run Golf Club stage, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: ambucsfridaynights.com.

PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO: A VERY INTIMATE ACOUSTIC EVENING

What: Their undeniable chemistry, Benatar's mezzo-soprano vocal range and Giraldo's trail blazing work as a producer, guitarist and songwriter have created some of rock's most memorable hits.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $39.50-$79.50, additional $5 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

LIVE! MUSIC FOR KIDS: BABALOO

What: Babaloo brings a high-energy, over-the-top, rousing one-man musical comedy act for kids of all ages.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 16.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Email librarian@champaign.org, champaign.org or call 217-403-2030.

STRAWBERRY JAM

What:A Day at Meadowbrook Park event. Taste strawberries over ice cream and listen to music by The Bashful Youngens, 4 p.m., High Cotton, 5:30 p.m., and Hobnob String Band, 7 p.m.; take a hayrack ride through the park; guided prairie tour; and check out Friendship Grove Nature Playscape at Anita Purves Nature Center.

When: 4 p.m. to sunset June 16.

Where: Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

What: Champaign Park District's 2018 Concert Series held throughout Champaign. Music by Snayl. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. June 17.

Where: Powell Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. June 20 is Keith Harden playing folk/Americana. Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: June 21.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 20.

Where:Blair Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

DANCINGThis weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Mother's Day Dance .Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 11.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

COUNTRY DANCING

What: Public dances. Bands include Broken Prairie on the first Saturday of the month, Caleb Cook Band on the second, Battle Creek on the third and various country bands on the last Saturday.

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

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-398-9527.

Next week

INTERNATIONAL DANCING

What: Sponsored by the Illini Folk Dance Society. Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the worldNo previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, May 15-Oct. 23.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: https://illinifolkdancesociety.weebly.com.

STARLITE BALL

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

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

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

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Hour Novice Dance at 7 p.m.Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. May 18.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by the West Urbana Ceili Band with caller, Karen Jackson.No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Cost: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: Night Club Dance.

When: 7 to 9:30 a.m. May 19.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

Future highlights

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Memorial Day casual. Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 25.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Cruise Themed Dance Party. Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by The Mean Lids with caller, Bob Green. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Cost: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: A dinner and a dance with music by Tex & The Tumbleweeds. Call to register for dinner.

When: Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6 to 8 p.m. June 2.

Where:Hoopeston Multi-Agency Service Center, 206 S. First Ave., Hoopeston.

Cost:$5 and includes meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

STARLITE BALL

What: For ballroom dancers of all ages. With music by the band Bev Wolf & Co. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center.

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

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

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Hour Novice Dance at 7 p.m.Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

ENGLISH COUNTRY PLAYFORD BALL

What: The Central Illinois English Country Dancers host their annual Playford Ball. Live music will be provided 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: 2 to 5 p.m. June 10.

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

Cost: Admission $7.

More info: centralillinoisecd.org/playford.html.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Class Demonstrations.Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. June 15.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Big Bluestem with caller, Kristen Planeaux. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. June 15.

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

Cost: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: Night Club Dance.

When: 7 to 9:30 a.m. June 16.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

STARLITE BALL

What: For ballroom dancers of all ages. With music by the band Second Chanc. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center.

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 20.

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

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

PERFORMING ARTSThis weekend

FUNDRAISER COMEDY NIGHT

What: Starring headliner Stewart Huff, who has performed in comedy clubs nationally and internationally, and Charlie Hester, a musical stand up comic and Danville native.A fundraiser for the Fischer Theatre

When: 8 p.m. May 12. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets go on sale April 25-$12 in advance, Limited tickets at the door night of performance for $15.

More info: Email charliehestercomedy@gmail.com , or check the Fischer Theatre facebook pag.

Next week

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY

What: A mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $39-$58 plus fees plus fees.

More info: statefarmcenter.com/events or call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470.

Future highlights

ZOO IMPROV FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV

What: Kid-friendly interactive family show at 7 p.m. followed by the cage-free comedy for the rest of the family at 8:30.

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 25.

Where: SoDo Theater, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

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

TWIST AND SHOUT SPRINGDANCE RECITAL

What: Twist and Shout is hosting its 9th Annual Spring Recital.

When: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 2.

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

Cost:Tickets: $10-$15, additional $1 processing fees per ticket apply (online only).

More info:Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

ART IN MOTION ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL

What: Presented by Art in Motion Dance Studio. This special recital showcases the studio with over 25 years in serving the community.

When: 6:30 p.m. June 7-9.

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

Cost:Tickets: $22, additional $3 processing fees per ticket apply (online only).

More info:Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

GALLO DANCE STUDIO DANCE RECITAL

What: This recital will showcase recreational and competitive dancers ranging in age from 2-17.

When: 2 p.m. June 9.

Where: Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews, Ave., U.

More info:Call 217-469-6236 or email gallodancestudio@gmail.com.

THE AMAZING STRONG MAN

What: The Strong Man will bend nails! Roll frying pans! Break chains! Come see Illinois' own 2010 America's Got Talent contestant perform his amazing feats. For all ages.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 9.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Email librarian@champaign.org, champaign.org or call 217-403-2030.

THEATERThis weekend

'AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY'

What: The Celebration Company. This modern masterwork by Tracy Letts has earned multiple Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama..

When: 7:30 p.m. May 10-12.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

More info: Call 217-384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

'DOUBLEWIDE, TEXAS'

What: Comedy. Monticello Theatre Association.

Where: 7:30 p.m. May 12, 2:30 p.m. May 13, 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 19, 2:30 p.m. May 20.

Where: Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello.

Cost:Tickets $12.50.

More info: Call 217-762-2679, monticellotheatre.org or email tickets@monticellotheatre.org.

'MOMMY DEADEST'

What: A Mom's Day murder mystery dinner presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's Seven Corpse Murder Mystery Dinners.Food by Encore Catering served buffet style.

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 12.

Where: The Dragonfly event center at Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 North Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Tickets $40.

More info: Email events@sleepycreekvineyards.com or call 217-733-0330.

'THE MOUNTAINTOP'

What: Twin City Theatre Company presents a gripping re-imagination of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When: 7 p.m. May 11-12, 2 p.m. May 13, 7 p.m. May 17-19 and 2 p.m. May 20.

Where: Sodo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets $12-$15.

More info: twincitytheatreco.com or call 217-353-5282 or email twincitysquared@gmail.com.

'SISTER ACT'

What: DLO Musical Theatre presents the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit film. Dinner performances on May 12 and 13.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 11, 6:30 p.m. May 12 and 12:30 p.m. May 13.

When: Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Cost: Tickets (May 11), $19, adults; $10, students. Dinner shows (May 12 and 13), $27-$37.

More info: dlomusicaltheatre.com, call 217-431-1660.

Next week

'JULIUS CAESAR'

What: Presented by Creative Dramatics Workshop. By William Shakespeare, but staged in modern dress and a lot of modern named Senators and political figures.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 19, 2:30 p.m. May 20, 7:30 p.m. May 25 and 26, 2:30 p.m. May 27.

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

Cost: Tickets $7-$10.

More info: homeroperahouse.com, call 217-688-2395 or 217-493-6175.

'SEUSSICAL KIDS'

What:Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called The Who's and he tries to save them. A story of friendship, loyalty, family and community.

When: 7 p.m. May 17 and 18, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 19.

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

Cost:Tickets $10-$12. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

Future highlights

'ALADDIN, JR.'

What:Presented by Future Stars (formerly S.T.A.R.).

When: 10:30 a.m. June 8, 9, 12, 14-16,

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

Cost:Tickets $21.75-$37.50.

More info: Call 217-728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

'HELLO, DOLLY!'

What:The classic Broadway hit, bursts with humor, romance, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history.

When: 2 and 8 p.m. June 20, 8 p.m. June 21 and 22, 2 and 8 p.m. June 23, 2 p.m. June 24, 8 p.m. June 26, 2 and 8 p.m. June 27, 8 p.m. June 28, 2 and 8 p.m. June 29, 2 p.m. June 30 and July 1.

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

Cost:Tickets $21.75-$37.50.

More info: Call 217-728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

'A SECOND HELPING: CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES 2.'

What:Presented byCountry Theatre Workshop.

When:7:30 p.m. June 7-9, 2 p.m. June 10, 7:30 p.m. June 14-16, 2 p.m. June 17.

Where: Country Theatre Workshop theater, 1280 E. 770 N Road, 2 miles north of Cissna Park.

Cost: Tickets $12.

More info: Call 815-457-2626 or countrytheatre.org.

'UNLUCKY IN LOVE'

What: Presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's Seven Corpse Murder Mystery Dinners.Food will be catered and served buffet style.

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 16.

Where: The Dragonfly event center at Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 North Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Tickets $40.

More info: Email events@sleepycreekvineyards.com or call 217-733-0330.

'THE WINTER'S TALE'

What:The World Stage Homeschool Theatre Company. All performances are open to the public.

When:1 and 7 p.m. June 1, 7 p.m. June 2.

Where:Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave., C.

More info: Email nicolfamily@gmail.com.

OUTDOORS / NATUREThis weekend

PACK THE PARK

What: Activities that the whole family can enjoy. Andrew's Family Magic Show, 7 p.m. May 11 at Amphitheater. Inflatable bounce houses by the Playground, canoe rides at the Boat Ramp, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bags Tournament, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Main Shower House Lot, music by ToneQuest at the Amphitheater, 7 to 10 p.m. May 12.

When:May 10-12.

Where: Coon Creek Campground, Lake Shelbyville.

Cost: Free camping during this event.

More info: Call 217-774-3951 ext. 2, email lakeshelbyville@usace.army.mil.

KIRBY DERBY

What:Annual 5k walk/run, 10k run, and kids race through Monticello. Packet pickup is May 11 at the Monticello Community Building.

When: 8 a.m. May 12.

Where: Forest Preserve Park 1411 N. Market St., Monticello.

Cost: $30 April 4-May 10; $35 May 11-race day.

More info: https://www.active.com/monticello-il/running/distance-running-races/kirby-derby-10k-run-5k-run-walk-kids-race-2018

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

What:The C-U Herb Society's annual herb plant sale is its only fundraising event 2018. They will be joining Grand Prairie Friends' annual native plant sale, and African Violet Society, Coyle Woodlands, Central Illinois Orchid Society and Twisted Twig Bonsai will be selling their plants too.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12.

Where:Lincoln Square Mall), U.

More info: cuherbsociety.org/plantsale/plantsale.html, grandprairiefriends.org/plantsale2018.php

MODEL ROCKET WORKSHOP

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club will hold a workshop, "3, 2, 1, ... Blast Off!" for kids ages 8 and older. Kids will build a model rocket kit in the morning and then launch it in the afternoon at Dodds Park, weather permitting. Register with the Champaign Park District or at the door.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. May 12.

Where: Leonard Recreation Center, 2307 W. Sangamon Ave., C.

Cost: $24.

More info: CIARocketry.org/build_fly.html, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org.

RICK SCOTT BENEFIT MOTORCYCLE RUN

What: Show your love and support for a great man in his fight against lung cancer. Includes silent auction, with performances by The Bluetone Drivers, Killer Bee Honey.

When:Sign up 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., benefit run at noon; 6 p.m. to midnight May 12.

Where: Sign up at StoneCold Motorcycle Club, 905 S. Walnut St., C. Silent auctions and music, at Goldies Bar and Grill, 123 S. Mattis Ave., C.

More info: Call 217-306-6236.

10TH ANNUAL BIRD MIGRATION FESTIVAL

What: Learn about the birds that live in and visit our preserves through games, crafts, stories and more. During the mist netting demonstration, see live birds up close. Performance by local storyteller Kathleen Brinkmann. All ages.

When: Main event, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12. Mist netting demonstration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; storyteller, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: ccfpd.org, call 217-896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: 1 to 6 p.m. May 12.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org

GARLIC MUSTARD HUNT WORK DAY

What: Help the Land Conservation Foundation get rid of this invasive plant that quickly overruns our natural environment, eliminating the native plants that we enjoy and that support wildlife. Meet at the west edge of Schnuck's parking lot on Mattis Avenue at 1 p.m. to carpool or at 2 p.m. at Mettler Woods.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. May 12.

Where: Mettler Woods Nature Preserve, DeWitt County.

More info: Email deanna@landconservationfoundation.org or call 217-725-5886.

SUNDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

What:Walk with Champaign County Audubon Society leaders and search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake. All skill levels are welcome (under 15 years with supervising adult). Learn basic bird-watching and identification techniques. Bring binoculars or borrow one from the center with a refundable credit card deposit of $15 (pick up, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday).

When:7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, May 13-27.

Where:Meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Free.

More info: champaigncountyaudubon.org or call 217-384-4062.

Next week

SUMMER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's 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.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, April through October.

Where: North side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

More info: secondwindrunningclub.org or funruns@secondwindrunningclub.org.

NATURE HIKES 101 FOR THE NEWBIE LEADER

What: Ages 18 and up. Explore the natural world and discover fun and engaging ways to share what we know with all ages. Hands on and largely outdoors so be ready to play, explore and ask questions. Take home a ready to use, tricks-of-the-trade pack as well as a renewed sense of awe.

When:6 to 8:30 p.m. May 16.

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

Cost: $30, resident, $45, non resident, by May 2;$33-$49 by May 14.

More info:Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org.

SPRING CRAFT AND PLANT SALE

What: Several vendors with handcraft items for sale. Variety of plants will be for sale. Also, a bake sale. Sponsored by Champaign County Home and Community Education).

When:8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19.

Where:Champaign County Farm Bureau, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost:Entry fee: $1, children free.

More info:champaigncountyhce.wordpress.com, mfroesch@illinois.edu, 217-621-2724.

DAY AT THE FORK WITH PRAIRIE RIVERS NETWORK

What:Come celebrate the Middle Fork River at the Kickapoo State Recreation Area. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking, nature walks, Kids Fishing Derby, lawn games, food, acoustic jam session with local artists, and riding the Bike Trail.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19.

Where: Kickapoo State Recreation Area, outside Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://prairierivers.org/day-at-the-fork

CUAS FAMILY SKYWATCH

What: Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Inc. Come and have a look at magnificent astronomical objects through the many telescopes. A new observatory building was recently completed to accommodate the increasing number of guests. Use the newly refurbished primary dome instrument, a 16 primary diameter mirror Cassegrain telescope. Canceled in the event of bad weather, including cloudy skies.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. May 19.

Where: CUAS Observatory, 926 County Road 700 E, Tolono.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cuas@cuas.org or cuas.org. Call 217-356-2567 if the weather is iffy.

Future highlights

PRAIRIE FARM

What: Opening day for the season.The farm features traditional farm animals, such as sheep, pigs, goats, horses, cows, chickens and more. In the event of inclement weather, the farm will be closed; 217-805-4100 for closure updates.

When: 1 to 7 p.m. May 26. Open, 1 to 7 p.m. daily through Aug. 11. Petting area is open, 3 to 5 p.m. daily.

Where: 2202 W. Kirby, C.

Cost: No admission is charged, but donations to help keep them operating are appreciated.

More info: Call 217-398-2583 or email pfarm@champaignparks.com.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: 1 to 6 p.m. May 26.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org

THE AMERICAN HERO CHALLENGE

What: A 5k obstacle course race to honor our police, fire, and military personnel. Proceed will benefit the Feed My Starving Children organization There will be a "hero heat" for the police, fire, and military (active or retired); and a heat for the general public. Awards issued for top "hero" finishers and age group awards for general public.

When: First heat begins at noon May 26.

Where: Independence Pioneer Village, Oakland

Cost: Registration fee $50. Spectators and parking are free. Donations are greatly appreciated.

More info: raceentry.com/races/american-hero-challenge/2018/register

HORIZON HOBBY RC FEST

What: A free, fun-filled hands-on RC event for the whole family.

When: June 1-3.

Where: Eli Field Model Airpark, Monticello.

Cost: Free.

More info: elifield.com.

KID'S FISHING DERBY

What: The Illini Bass Club will hold its annual kid's fishing derby at Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Registration 8 a.m.; fishing poles and bait available. Every participant wins a prize!

When: 8 to 11 a.m. June 2. Registration at 8 a.m.

Where: Horseshoe Pond, 9 a.m. Kennekuk County Park, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691, http://www.vccd.org or email vccd@vccd.org.

KID'S FISHING DERBY

What:Ages 6-12. For children who love to fish. Prizes will be awarded and a free hot dog lunch will be served. Bring your own fishing tackle — bait will be provided. A parent/guardian should accompany their child(ren) and fill out a permission form for each participant, available on-site the day of the event. Raindate: June 3.

When: 9 a.m. to noon June 2. Registration at 8 a.m.

Where: Kaufman Lake, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931.

MATTHEW C. FARRELL 5K RUN/WALK

What:The fun run/walk can be taken at any pace. Runners, joggers, walkers, families, and leashed dogs are welcome to participate. Registration required; early online registration encouraged.All proceeds go to The Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund and Scholarship giving a graduating UHS student who plans to study the Arts, a full ride to Parkland College.

When: 9 a.m. June 2. Registration at 8 a.m.

Where: Meadowbrook Park, 101 W. Windsor Road, U. Check-in and onsite registration at Windsor Road pavilion.

Cost: Early registration (by May 19 and receive T-shirt), $25; onsite registration, $30..

More info: matthewfarrell5k.com.

HAYRIDE

What:Enjoy your county park located in the southern part of Vermilion County with a relaxing hayride tour. Forest Glen Preserve offers a hayride the first Saturday of each month, June through October. No pre-registration required.

When: 7 p.m. June 2.

Where: meet in the Staff Office Parking Lot, Forest Glen Preserve, east of Westville.

Cost:$1 per person.

More info: Call 217-662-2142 or vccd.org.

KENNEKUK ROAD RUNNERS SUMMER FUN RUNS/WALKS

What: Weekly 1 mile, 2 mile, and 3 mile run/walks. Entry is free with ribbons or medals to all finishers - and every night is a cookout night.

When: 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6 through August.

Where: Kickapoo State Recreation Area Cross Country Course, Danville.

More info: kennekuk.com.

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

What: Meet the turtles, bearded dragons, snake, tarantula, and roaches from the Orpheum Children's Museum. Learn about their habitat, diet, adaptations for feeding, camouflage, protection, and locomotion. For school-age kids.

When: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. June 7.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Email librarian@champaign.org, champaign.org or call 217-403-2030.

PLAY DAYS IN THE PARK

What: Urbana Park District staff bring the fun to you on select Thursdays this summer for a free Play Day in your neighborhood. Activities, sports, laughter, meeting new friends and more. All ages and abilities are welcome. Activities, equipment, popcorn and drinks are provided.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 7.

Where: Crestview Park, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

KENNEKUK ROAD RUNNERS LAKE MINGO TRAIL TRACE

What: 20th Annual. 7.1 Miles of challenging trails circling Lake Mingo. Grand Slam Event #3 of the 2018 season.

When: 9 a.m. June 9.

Where: Kennekuk Cove County Park, Danville.

More info: kennekuk.com.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: 1 to 6 p.m. June 9.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org

HORIZON HOBBY AEROTWO

What: Giant scale model glider show.

When: June 13-17.

Where: Piatt County Airport, Monticello.

More info: elifield.com.

A DAY AT MEADWBROOK PARK

What: Free yoga. Self-guided garden walk at Interpretive Center garden (part of Champaign County Master Gardeners "Beauty for All"). Free Bee Spotter Bee Blitz at Garden Pavilion; photograph bees on a guided expedition through the Sensory Garden and Spomer Prairie. Free Let's Go Fly a Kite at Meadow behind PrairiePlay; bring a kite or make one at the kite making station. Strawberry Jam; taste strawberries over ice cream and listen to music; take a hayrack ride; guided prairie tour; and check out Friendship Grove Nature Playscape at Anita Purves Nature Center; free.

When: 9 a.m. to sunset June 16. Yoga, 9 to 10 a.m. Garden walk, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bee blitz, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fly a Kate, 1 to 3 p.m. Strawberry Jam, 4 p.m. to sunset.

Where: Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

Cost: Free. Cost for garden walk, tickets at 217-333-7672.

More info: Call 217-367-1544. Call 217-384-4062, beespotter.org/beeblitz, by June 15 for Bee blitz.

UI MUSEUMSKrannert Art Museum

What: "School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition," through May 12. Spring 2018 exhibitions, "Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And Yet My Mask is Powerful" through July 14 ; "Allan deSouza: Through the Black Country..." through July 14 ; "Provenance: A Forensic History of Art" through June 9.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Museum is free admission; suggested donation, $3.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1860.

Spurlock Museum

What: Exhibits, "Cahokia's Religion: The Art of Red Goddesses, Black Drink, and the Underworld" through May 20; "Past Time Pastimes: Vintage Board Games" through July 8; and "Knowledge at Work: 150 Years of the University of Illinois" through Dec. 21.

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. Sunday. Closed Mondays and university holidays.

What: Arts Explorations, themed art projects for adults and older kids. Japanese cloth folding.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 13.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

More info: Email spurlock-museum@illinois.edu, call 217-333-2360 or spurlock.illinois.edu.

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: "22nd Annual Paint Illinois Juried Exhibition."

When:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through June 8.

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

Cost: Free admission.

More info: parisartcenter.com or call 217-466-8130.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

What: Four exhibits: "When We Went to War," "Champaign County Uncrated," "A Second Home, 150 Years of Living at the University of Illinois" and "The Art of Louise Woodroofe." The museum other highlights include a new community room, formal lobby and gift shop.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed holidays.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

More info: champaigncountyhistory.org, email President@ChampaignCountyHistory.org or call 217-356-1010.

DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM

What: The museum celebrates the history of Douglas County and East Central Illinois by collecting, researching, preserving, and interpreting artifacts of historical and cultural interest. A large, private collection of Civil War Era firearms on long-term display.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Sunday by appointment only. Closed holidays.

Where: 700 S. Main St., Tuscola.

Cost: Free; donations are welcome.

More info: douglascountymuseum.org or call 217-253-2535.

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society. Current showcase exhibit honors Malcolm Clarno and his family's life in Farmer City. Clarno was the first Farmer City casualty of World War II. His transport ship, the USAT Dorchester, sunk from a German U-Boat torpedo with 672 soldiers dying.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays; or call to set up appointments.

Where: 224 S. Main St., Farmer City.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 309-928-3488 or 309-928-7198, http://fcghsociety.org or email admin@fcghsociety.org.

FORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WATER TOWER MUSEUM

What: The museum which features Ford County history with the current temporary display celebrates the state of Illinois' bicentennial.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through November.

Where: In the remodeled city water tower and pump house, adjacent to Majestic Park, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton (behind the Paxton City Hall, 145 S. Market St.).

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723.

I&I HISTORIC FARM MUSEUM

What: 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.

When: 9 a.m. to noon May 12; or by appointment. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September.

Where: 309 E. Busey St., Penfield.

More info: Call 217-863-2681 or 217-493-3101, antiquefarm.org.

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What:"Illinois Bicentennial in Iroquois County." Displays depicting the history of Iroquois County, its people and businesses. There are separate rooms dedicated to certain events or activities, such as the Wayne Hiles Military Room, the one-room school, the small music room, the old-time kitchen and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and first Sunday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed holidays.

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: Call 815-432-2215.

MONTICELLO RAILWAY MUSEUM

What:Mother's Day weekend. Mom is treated to a relaxing ride with her family on our vintage train. Moms ride free when accompanied by their children.

When: May 12 and 13. Depart every 11 / 2 hours from museum site (Nelson Crossing), 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. From downtown (Wabash Depot), 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. From downtown, 4 p.m., no return trip to downtown.

Where: 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello.

Cost: Fares $6-$10; children under 2 years old are free with adult paid fare. Moms ride free with a paid fare.

More info: mrym.org, call 877-762-9011 or email info@mrym.org.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: The museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. A special exhibit, "1968: A Time for Every Purpose." The museum will have 1968-themed programs on the movies, modern architecture, the Vietnam War, and Civil Rights throughout the 2018 year.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. daily through May. Summers hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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

Cost: Free.

More info:ccfpd.org, call 217-586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: DYI Weekend Wizard. A new topic each week. Do-it-yourself projects and science experiments.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

What: Toddler Tuesdays. A new topic each week. Activities are based on art, science, games, and other sensory activities.

When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

What: Animal Encounters. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time.

When: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Admission $4-$5.

More info: orpheumkids.com, email info@orpheumkids.com or call 217-352-5895.

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What:"Illinois' Anti-Establishment Soundscapes: Troubled Waters in 1970."

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. Closed weekends, some holidays. Through Oct. 29.

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

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

More info: For guided tours, call 217-244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: The Vermilion County Museum Society is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War I with the exhibit, "Over There."

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

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 217-442-2922.

VERMILION COUNTY WAR MUSEUM

What: Armed Forces Day celebration, with re-enactors from different eras. Encampments and military vehicles will be on display weather permitting. Re-enactors from Civil War to Vietnam will answer questions and will be displaying uniforms and accoutrements of that time. Museum volunteers will give tours.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Free admission, however, a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for students will be accepted.

More info: Call 217-431-0034, vcwm.org or email vcwm@comcast.net.

PLANETARIUM

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Sky show:"Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, May 11 through July 27.

Main feature:"Solar Superstorms," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 11-19.

Children's feature: "Solar System Safari," 7 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, May 12-19.

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

Cost: Admission, $5-$6.

More info: Call 217-351-2568 or 217-351-2446.

EXHIBITS

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

What: Group art exhibit, "Fighting for Visibility."

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed holidays. Through May 12.

Where: 1210 W. Nevada St., U.

More info: https://oiir.illinois.edu/aacc/our-programs/artist-showcase, email aacc@illinois.edu or call 217-333-9300.

BOOTH LIBRARY

What: "Designs of Duty," an exhibit featuring seven East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos. Related exhibits: Military flags; "Symbols of Service," featuring University of Illinois student veterans; aircraft nose art from World War II to today; Vietnam War helmet graffiti; and literature and poetry during wartime.

When:8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. Through May 11.

Where:Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston.

Cost:Free.

More info: http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/designsofduty/ or call 217-581-6072.

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: Opening reception for exhibition series, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," featuring artwork by students and art teachers from three Champaign schools: Booker T. Washington STEM Academy (Emily Pawlicki), Dr. Howard Elementary School (Michael McLoughlin), and Central High School (Ravyn Rodgers).

When: 3 to 4 p.m. May 20. Open, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, first floor. And 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, FriendShop Bookstore (elevator to lower level). Through September. Closed holidays.

Where: Main library on the east wall of the children's area, and in the FriendShop Bookstore, 200 W. Green St.

Where: 200 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2070 or champaign.org.

DANVILLE ART LEAGUE

What: Reception and critique for "The Sharon Schmitz Regional Open Art Competition."

When: 1 p.m. May 12. Open, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. During the month of May.

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

More info: Call 217-442-9264 or email thedanvilleartleague@gmail.com.

GIERTZ GALLERY AT PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: Gallery reception for "Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Show," with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Music by Ms. M and the Jokers. The exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2017.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 16. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Through May 31..

Where: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu or email giertzgallery@parkland.edu.

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "From Rail to Rail."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sunday.To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed holidays. Through Dec. 28.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email pleiter@ccfpd.org or http://www.ccfpd.org/education/interpretive-center-homer-lake).

ILLINI UNION ART GALLERY

What: "Untold" by Lori Fuller.

When: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday. Through May 31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu.

ILLINOIS TERMINAL

What: MTD art, "Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood": "False Premise,"digital by Keenan Dailey; "The Lives of Others," pen & ink by EKAH; "Innocuous Stimulus," digitally printed silk organza by Sarah Marjanovic; and "Identity," digital photograph by Nika Lucks, the artists chosen to be featured inside all MTD buses.

When: All day, every day. Through July 31.

Where: Wall displays 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.

SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER

What: Opening day for Art Exhibition Series: Summer exhibit, "Marilynn Dean Cleveland Show."

When: May 21. Open, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Except May 26, 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Through June 30.

Where: 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: champaignparks.com/artexhibits.

More info: Call 217-398-2376, 217-819-3909 or champaignparks.com/art-exhibits.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER

What: "2018 Graduate Art Exhibition," Main Galleries, "On View: The Way We Were," Brainard Gallery; and "David Jien Time Will Tell," eGallery.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays. Through May 20.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: eiu.edu/tarble, call 217-581-2787 or email tarble@eiu.edu.

UI LIBRARY

What: Exhibition, "Designed, Displayed, & Discarded: Ephemeral Printing in Alton, Illinois, 1835-1855," 3 p.m., with guest speakers, Adam Doskey and Krista Gray.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through May 31.

Where:The Ellen and Nirmal Chatterjee Exhibition Gallery in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 217-333-3777.

THE URBANA FREE LIBRARY

What: Opening day for Young Artists' Exhibition. Artwork by the students of Hua Nian Art Studio on display.

When: May 14. Open, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Through May 26.

Where: Children Services, 200 W. Green St.

Where: 210 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069 or urbanafreelibrary.org.

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "Ten Ways with Watercolor," watercolor paintings by Don Lake, Harold Boyd, Richard Boschulte, Rhea Edge, Harold Gregor, Ken Holder, Cynthia Kukla, Robert Lee Mejer, Ed Shay and Fred Jones.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through May 12.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

More info:cinemagallery.cc, call 217-384-2253 or email baxley@baxleymedia.com.

FARMS / MARKETS

SOLA GRATIA FARM

What:Annual spring plant sale. Many varieties of organically farm grown veggies, herbs, heirlooms and perennials plus locally sourced flowers including hanging baskets, potted and bedding.

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May 11-20.

Where:2200 S. Philo Road, U.

More info: Call 217-367-1189 or email solagratiacsa@gmail.com

URBANA'S MARKET IN THE SQUARE

What: The market features fresh produce, baked goods, meats and cheeses, wines, arts and crafts, and more.

When: 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday, May 12 through Oct. 27.

Where: Corner of Illinois and Vine streets, downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanamarket.org.

CHAMPAIGN FARMERS' MARKET

What: Local farmers and food artisans bring fruits, veggies, flowers, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, and more. Market Seedlings, kids' program, on the last Tuesday of the month, with special activities and tastings for kids, plus stories and book giveaways from the Champaign Public Library.

When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 15 to Oct. 30.

Where: parking lot by Neil and Main streets, downtown Champaign (320 N. Neil).

More info:thelandconnection.org/market.

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: Crafters and vendors with creative crafts, antiques, bake goods and unique finds. Something new every month. Arthur will also be having their All Around Town Garage Sales, May 18 and 19.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on third Saturday of every month, May 19-Dec. 15, 2018.

Where: Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-520-3349, 217-254-5010 or email dbissonett@gmail.com.