Entertainment listings, June 28-July 5, 2018

Entertainment listings, June 28-July 5, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

FORD COUNTY FAIR

What: Highlights include Western Horse Show, a queen pageant, talent show, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, C-Bar rodeo, petting zoo, carnival, a variety of livestock shows, food and more. Friday night concert features Travis Tritt with Craig Campbell and Jordan Davis.

When: June 28-30.

Where: Fairgrounds, 329 E. Third St., Melvin.

Cost: Gate admission, $5, June 28; $30 includes the concert (Advance Tickets $25, ages 10 and younger $10), June 29; $5 (noon to 3 p.m.), $10 (3 to 9 p.m.), ages 7-12 $5, June 30. Season ticket, $20. Children ages 6 and younger free except Friday.

More info: fordcountyfair.org or call 217-388-2815 during fair week.

RIGGS BEER FEST

What:June 28 includes beer, music, food and a Harley test drive; June 29 includes food, mini farmers market, RC test drive, Harley test drive, drone night racing; June 30, drone racing, food, mini farmers market, Harley test drive, horse and buggy rides; July 1, food, horse and buggy rides, adult pinewood derby, mini farmers market. Music at 5 and 8 p.m. by Doty and Dexter and Killer Bee Honey, June 28, Rives Brothers and Caleb Cook, June 29, Vinny Santanelli and Love Sign, June 30, plus Corduroy at 2:30 p.m. June 30, and Sweedler Band at 1:30 p.m. and Chip McNeil Jazz Quartet at 4 p.m. July 1.

When: Starts at 3 p.m. June 28 and 29, noon June 30 and July 1.

Where: Riggs Beer Company, 1901 S. high Cross Road, U.

More info: Call 217-718-5345 or email info@riggsbeer.com.

FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT AND FIREWORKS

When: Includes full show - Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, and Street Stocks - and fireworks..

When: 4 to 10 p.m. June 29.

Where: Farmer City Raceway located at Farmer City Fairgrounds, 850 N. Grove St.

Cost: General admission is $5..

More info: Call 309-928-9110, farmercityracing.com or email farmercityfair@gmail.com.

GIFFORD COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

When: On June 29, Marvin Lee Band (country/gospel), the movie, "Sing" at 8:30 p.m. and concession items. A full day jam packed with entertainment and fun for all ages including 5K Run and Walk at 7 a.m., 1K Kids Fun Run at8 a.m., parade at 11 a.m., music, food vendors, inflatables, knockerball, car show and more. Race day registration begins at 6 a.m. for the 5K and 8 a.m. to the 1K at Emord Park. Fireworks at dusk at Werner Roessler Park.

When: 6:30 p.m. June 29 and 7 a.m. June 30.

Where: June 29 at Werner Roessler Park. June 30 at Emord Park, Main Street.

RANTOUL FREEDOM CELEBRATION

When: Chamberlain Carnival, June 29-July 3. Food vendors, 2 to 9 p.m., family friendly activities, 5:30 to 9 p.m., car show, 3 to 7 p.m. with awards at 7:30 p.m., Rantoul veterans color guard, 6 p.m., National Anthem, 6:15 p.m., X-Krush, main stage, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk set off behind ATT building July 3. Rantoul Rotary Club's Pancake breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m., parade at 9:30 a.m. July 4.

When: Carnival only, June 29-July 3. Other events, July 3 and 4.

Where: Hap Parker Aquatic Center, 320 W. Flessner, Rantoul.

More info: Call 217-893-3323 or rantoulchamber.com.

RANKIN'S ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

When: Events on June 29 include: a tractor pull weigh-in from 3 to 5 p.m., the food pavilion open from 3 to 10 p.m., the beer tent open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and an antique tractor, four-wheel truck and stock farmer tractor pull at 6 p.m. Events on June 30 include: the food pavilion open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the beer tent open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., an adult water ball fight from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids games and activities from 1 to 3 p.m., a cake walk for people of all ages from 3 to 4 p.m., a kids water ball fight (ages 6-15) at 3 p.m., musical entertainment by DJ Sound Explosions from 9 p.m. to midnight, and a fireworks display at dusk (about 9 p.m.)..

When: June 29 and 30 .

Where: Centennial Park, Rankin.

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 29 through Aug. 24.

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

Cost: Free.

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

TOLONO FUN DAYS

What: Friday: Tolono Twilight Trek 5K, 6 p.m.; Kids' 1 / 2-mile run, 7 p.m.; and free outdoor family movie at dusk. Flea market, food vendors, petting zoo and pony rides, inflatables, pork chop sandwiches. Saturday's events start at 6:50 a.m. with a flag raising and sunrise service, followed by a parade, inflatables, petting zoo and pony rides, helicopter rides, kiddie tractor pull, Scovill mobile zoo, Wings of Wonder bird rescue, Bowmentum archery team, music, retiring of the colors and concludes with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

When: 6 to 11 p.m. June 29 and 6:50 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 30.

Where: West Side Park, Tolono.

More info: Facebook/TolonoFunDay or TolonoFunDay@yahoo.com.

'THUNDER OVER LAKE VERMILION'

What: 4th of July Party and 80th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration. Music by Sojourn Rocks. Food available. Fireworks start about 9:45 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. $5 admission for adults. Children under 10 are free No backpacks or coolers. Rain date: July 2.

When: Doors open at 5 p.m. June 30.

Where: Danville Boat Club. 15750 Boat Club Road, Danville.

More info: Call 217-442-4021.

SAYBROOK FREEDOM FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

What: The daylong celebration starts with a flag raising breakfast at the American Legion. There will also be food vendors (set up at 9:30 a.m.), games, a parade, car cruise-in, music, merchandise vendors, petting zoo and fireworks at dusk.

When: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 30.

Where: Saybrook.

More info: Call 309-475-8121.

2018 ARTHUR FIREWORKS CELEBRATION

What:Annual celebration with a salute to Illinois' bicentennial, a rare chance to view a replica of Abraham Lincoln's funeral hearse, and fireworks. The hearse will be available for viewing at the corner of South Vine and West Progress Streets and will be driven in the Arthur 2018 Illinois Legacy Parade "Happy 200th Birthday Illinois" at 2 p.m. Street food vendors on West Illinois Street. At 4 p.m. the festivities move to the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds just off Illinois Route 133. There will be music, food, pony rides, kids' activities, skydivers, powered parachutes, and concludes with fireworks. Food and drink stands.

When: 4 p.m. June 30. Hearse viewing, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Jurgens Park and Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-543-2242.

FIREWORKS AT THE GAO GROTTO

What: Please carpool, and arrive early. Parking fills quickly. After the music ends, starting at dusk, fireworks over looking Lake Vermilion.

When: Doors open at 3 p.m. July 1.

Where: Gao Grotto, 2400 Denmark Road, Danville.

Cost: Admission $2.

More info: Call 217-442-8344.

Next week

MONTICELLO FREEDOM FESTIVAL

What:Music, Action Inflatables, kids' games, 20 food vendors, music, balloons, pony rides, raffles, and fireworks at 9 p.m. Parking is limited, so buses will shuttle visitors to the fireworks from Monticello High School on Kratz Road from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m., then back to the high school following the fireworks. Donations will be accepted. Fireworks traing special: Ride the train from downtown Monticello to watch the Monticello fireworks at Lodge Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and insect repellent

When: 4 to 11 p.m. July 3. Trains depart at 8 p.m.

Where: Lodge Park and Monticello High School, Monticello. Train departs from the Wabash Depot, downtown Monticello.

Cost: Free admission. Train fare, $10-$12, under 2 years old, free with adult.

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

FIREWORKS AT TURTLE RUN

What: Day of music, food and fun. Live music starts at noon. Balloon Launch at 5 p.m. DJ Dance party inside at 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

When: 9:30 p.m. July 3.

Where: Turtle Run Golf Club and Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville.

More info: turtlerungolfclub.com/banquet-center or call 217-442-8876.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION WITH DANVILLE DANS

What: The Dans for their Four on the Fourth Blast, taking on the Lafayette Aviators. After the game, a fireworks display.

When: 6:30 p.m. July 4.

Where: Danville Stadium, 610 Highland Blvd., Danville.

Cost: Admission to the game and fireworks afterwards: $4 for adults, $3 for K-8th grade, and age 5 and younger, free. Concessions' hot dog and soda combo, $4.

More info: danvilledans.com or call 217-474-2457 or email danvilledansnews@gmail.com.

SIBLEY AREA FOURTH OF JULY

What:"Sibley's Parade Down Memory Lane Est. 1959." Sibley Lake Pavilion activities start with food stands at 7 a.m., Fire Department Water Ball Tournament at 8:30 a.m., youth fishing derby at the lake and softball games at the baseball field, both at 9 a.m., parade at 11:30 a.m. (registration, 10 to 11 a.m.). A Burr Oaks Vintage Tractor Drive begins at 1 p.m. A fast-pitch softball game at 1 p.m. at the ballfield. Old-fashioned kids' games at 1 p.m. at the park. Other youth activities include a frog jumping contest at 2 p.m., knockerball at 3 p.m. (registration, 2:30 to 3 p.m.), inflatables and more, 4 to 7 p.m. Bingo for all ages, 3 to 5 p.m. Remote-controlled air and boat show at 5 p.m. at the lake. Entertainment by the band Sweetwater at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk.

When: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., then fireworks at dusk July 4. Rain date July 5, fireworks only.

Where: Sibley Lake and park, Sibley.

Cost: All activities are free.

More info: Call 217-417-6136, Facebook Page (Sibley 4th of July) and sibley4thofjuly.weebly.com.

BELLFLOWER'S OLD-FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY

What:A day filled with fun events and activities for all ages. Theme will be a celebration of the Bellflower Fire Protection District's 70th anniversary. Fun Run/Walk honoring Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin at 7 a.m. starts the day. Followed by Immanuel Lutheran Church's annual bake sale at the Fire Station, open houses at the library and Depot Museum (with a display of Bellflower's antique fire-fighting gear and equipment), parade at 9:30 a.m., flag-raising ceremony, singing of the National Anthem, see the new fire truck, face painting and games for kids. Afternoon and evening activities: concession stand, horseshoes, bag toss, watermelon-eating contest, Kids Water Games, balloon artist, softball game, grilled pork chop supper, patriotic community sing-along and the Bellflower Country Opry will perform. Fireworks at dusk, free ice cream following the fireworks.

When: 7 a.m. July 4. Rain date for fireworks only: July 7.

Where: Afternoon and evening activities at Don Harden Field, Bellflower.

More info: Email Bellflower4th@gmail.com.

CHAMPAIGN FREEDOM CELEBRATION

What: 5K Race Walk, parade and evening program. Evening festivities begin with musical entertainment on the main stage, children's bounce house/inflatables). Parking in the State Farm Center and Activities and Recreation Center parking lots. Around 9:10 p.m., announcements, National Anthem, an invocation, and retiring of our nation's flag, followed by the fireworks.

When: July 4. Race registration, 7:30 a.m. Youth run, 8:30 a.m.; 5K Race/Walk at 9:05 a.m. Parade at 11:05 a.m. Evening festivities begin at 7 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center. Race registration between the Northwest and Northeast Parking Lots on Kirby.Race starts at Florida Avenue (between First and Fourth street) across from Memorial Stadium. Parade begins near First and Kirby. Evening festivities at Kirby Avenue between First and Oak streets. Fireworks at lot E-14 west of State Farm Center.

More info: Call 217-531-3777 Hotline, email info@july4th.net or http://www.july4th.net.

SEYMOUR 4TH OF JULY PARADE

What:A small-town parade full of tractors, floats, and candy.

When: 10 a.m. July 4.

Where: downtown, Seymour.

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

What:Parade at 11 a.m. Line up will begin at the grade school at 10:30 a.m. At Christman Park, a Legion fish fry begins at noon, a water slide and a duck race at 4 p.m. at the river in the park.

When: 11 a.m. July 4.

Where: Rossville.

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

What:There will be give-a-ways, a cannon ball contest, and a wall climbing contest.

When: 12:30 to 8 p.m. July 4.

Where: Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center, 14 01 N. Broadway Ave., U.

More info: Call 217-239-7946 or urbanparks.org.

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS

What:"America the Great" celebration with a 2 p.m. July 4 parade through downtown and along Route 105, followed by activities at Forest Preserve Park that will include vendors, cake walks, watermelon eating contests, food and fireworks at dusk.

When: July 4.

Where: Forest Preserve Park, Bement.

More info: 217-678-4741.

FREEDOM FEST

What:ood concessions and some family activities start at 3 p.m.; Music in Motion begins at 3 p.m.; and at 9 p.m., after a tribute to our service men and women, a spectacular fireworks display set to music will light up the lake.

When: 3 p.m. July 4.

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: Admission, $2; children 5 years old and younger are free. Additional contributions will be greatly appreciated.

More info: Call 217-586-3360.

FREEDOM FEST JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

What:Concessions, vendors, food, music and activities, 4 p.m. DJ and music by Music by Mike. Games and contests: Hula hoop contest, hobby horse races, sack races, ring toss game, ping pong ball game (grand prize game style), kiddy hay stack hunt, watermelon eating contest, egg toss, tug of war, water balloon toss. Fireworks at dusk. 50/50 raffle tickets - winner announced after fireworks. Vendors can sign up by emailing hac61849@yahoo.com.

When: 4 to 10 p.m. July 4.

Where: Homer Village Hall, 500 E. Second St.. Homer.

Cost: Bounce House, $5 all day.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/272198519980887/?ti=cl

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. July 6.

Where: Johnston Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

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, July 6 through Aug. 24.

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

Cost: Free.

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

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What:Join CLAW: Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling for Midsummer Mayhem, a free maniacal show, featuring the punk sounds of Bookmobile. There's an outside stage, so enjoy the show from the shady patio, or play by the waters of Boneyard Creek. Stay after for a performance by Timbalú.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. July 6.

Where: 25 O'Clock Brewing Company, 208 W. Griggs St., Suite 101, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Imbibe Urbana - Home | Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ImbibeUrbanaIL, or email imbibeurbana@gmail.com.

100 YEARS OF THE SAMUEL T. BUSEY LIBRARY

What:Centennial Celebration with special exhibits, "Mary E. Busey's Gift: A Centennial Celebration of The Samuel T. Busey Library," all ages games and activities from the early 1900s, Live music by New Orleans Jazz Machine, Remarks by special guests, cake and specialty drinks from the Cafe and a presentation by author Brian Adams, "A Library Building Second to None: A History of Urbana's Samuel T. Busey Library".

When: 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 7.

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

Cost: Free.

More info:urbanafreelibrary.org/programs/centennial-celebration-100-years-samuel-t-busey-library or call 217-367-4025.

SPARKS IN THE PARK

What: Full day of activities including a 5K, American Legion pancake breakfast at Community Building, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, parade at 9:30 a.m., interactive children's activities and Wheel's Car Club Car Show start at 11 a.m., afternoon/evening activities includes live music, Tuscola Woman's Club Cake Walk, mud volleyball, laser tag, knockerball, and fireworks at dusk. Throughout the day Tuscola Fire Department will have an Apparatus display at the entrance of the park. Ervin Park Swimming Pool will be open from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

When: 6:45 a.m. July 7.

Where: Ervin Park, North Main Street, Tuscola.

More info: Call 217-253-2112 or email tourism@tuscola.org

Future highlights

MOULTRIE-DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR

What:Queen and baby pageants, livestock shows, exhibits in merchant building, grandstand entertainment, beer tent, rodeo, ITPA Tractor Pull.

When: July 8-14.

Where: Fairgrounds, 301 E. Columbia St., Arthur.

Cost: Free.

More info:moultriedouglascountyfair.com.

MAHOMET AUTO FEST

What:Hosted by Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration 9 a.m. Awards beginning around 3 p.m. Raffles, 50/50 around 3:00pm. Car Cruise at 4 p.m. Judging done by Class and Peoples Choice, Best of Show. Food, drink, desserts, giveaways.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8.

Where: downtown Mahomet.

Cost: Fees/admission: $15 entry fee per vehicle. T-shirts available, $20.

More info:https://www.mahometchamberofcommerce.com/pages/MahometAutoFest.

FISHER FAIR

What: Donkey racing returns to the fair this year. Other fair favorites include queen pageant, farm frenzy, tractor and truck pulls, horse show, rodeo, livestock, car show, lawn mower derby, demolition derby and 5k.

When: July 10-14.

Where: Fairgrounds, 226 E. Sangamon St., Fisher.

Cost: Daily admission ranges from $5 to $10. Season pass $30.

More info: fisherfair.com or call 217-897-1437 week of fair only.

HISTORIC FARM DAYS

What: Sponsored by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Lots of food available. Exhibits of antique farm machinery and field demonstrations, construction equipment, lawn and garden tractor, and trucks. Sawmill, blacksmith shop and restored log cabin on the grounds. Daily tractor parade, kids' pedal pull and entertainment. Antique tractor pull, steam engine, "sparks show" and fireworks Saturday night. Tractor raffle, July 15.

When: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12-15.

Where: I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club show grounds, 400 Busey St., Penfield.

Cost: $10, $25 multi-day pass, children 10 and younger free.

More info: Call 217-497-7686 or 219-863-1270 or antiquefarm.org.

DANVILLE BOAT CLUB BALLOON SPLASH-N-DASH PARTY

What: Kick-off party for Balloons Over Vermilion. Enjoy a lake front seat and watch 10 hot air balloons fly over Lake Vermilion as they compete to hit a target in front of the Danville Boat Club. Mingle with the balloon pilots and crew, live music with Jeremy Harper and special guest, Steve Rodman. Children's area with games, face painting and a balloon basket photo opportunity. Cash bar, soft drinks and food will be available for purchase.

When: Gates open at 6 p.m. July 12.

Where: Danville Boat Club, 15750 Boat Club Road, Danville.

Cost: Adults $5, children 12 and under free.

More info: Email susierodman@gmail.com or call 217-474-1971.

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.

BBQ COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER

What: Biscuits and gravy, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Pulled pork and hot dogs lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. BBQ competition and bags tournament. Food, 50/50, raffles, car show, dunk tank, bounce house and more. Organized by the Clinton Eagles Auxiliary to raise money for HOOAH (Healing of our American Heroes) Deer Hunt for Heroes organization that sponsors hunting and fishing trips for wounded and disabled veterans (hooahdeerhuntforheroes).

When: Set up and registration begin at 6:30 a.m. July 14.

Where: Clinton Eagles Lodge #593, 200 N. Center St., Clinton.

More info: Call 217-454-0963 or 309-826-3802.

SPINNERS AND WEAVERS DAY

What: Vermilion County Conservation District. Sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Guild. See 15 to 20 spinning wheels, colorful natural fibers including silk, and handmade items. Spinners, weavers, and other fiber artists are encouraged to come and join the fun.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14.

Where: Gannett Outdoor Education Center at Forest Glen Preserve, east of Westville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-662-2142, vccd.org or email asteeples@vccd.org

FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR RE-ENACTMENT

What: Fully costumed re-enactors will portray life on the frontier at the Homestead Cabin Area. This includes battles, fife and drum corps, cannon demonstrations and fashions. Battle of Forest Glen will be at 2:45 p.m. July 14 and 2:30 p.m. July 15.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.July 14 and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 15.

Where: Forest Glen Homestead Cabin, east of Westville.

Cost: Free.

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

COURTHOUSE ROCKS

What: Live performance from Bad Medicine, car show, "Coco" movie on the big screen.

When:6 to 11 p.m. July 14.

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. Kayla Brown, 7 to 8 p.m.; Craig Russo, 8:45 to 10 p.m.; Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 10:30 p.m. to midnight, a new Champaign-Urbana tribute band debuting this summer with four performances scheduled in the area.

When:7 p.m. to midnight July 14.

Where:Walnut Street and University Avenue, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: champaignparks.com/streetfest, email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or mojotompetty@gmail.com or call 217-819-3931 or 217-840-2985.

More info:Email mojotompetty@gmail.com, call 217-840-2985 or Facebook.com/mojotompetty.

FARMER CITY/DeWITT COUNTY FAIR

What:Carnival rides, food, and nightly entertainment.

When: July 17-21.

Where: Fairgrounds, 850 N. Grove St., Farmer City.

Cost: Daily admission ranges from $5 to $10. Season pass $30.

More info:farmercityfair.com or email rick.corneglio@frontier.com.

IROQUOIS COUNTY FAIR

What:Highlights include a church service, concert featuring Nick Lynch Bank, demo derby, figure eight demo derby, truck and tractor pulls, Wild World of Animals, exhibits, livestock carnival, food and more. Gate admission $7.50. Grandstand entertainment additional fee.

When: July 18-23.

Where: Fairgrounds, 1390 E. 2000 N Road, Watseka. Cost: Daily admission ranges from $5 to $10. Season pass $30.

More info: iroquoiscofair.com or call or 815-683-2359 from July 1 through Aug. 1.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR

What:Popular events include auto racing, music, horse show, carnival, rodeo, livestock, talent show, harness racing, motorcycle races, motor madness, tractor pull and concert on July 27 featuring Trace Adkins with special guests Tracy Lawrence and Confederate Railroad.

When: July 20-28.

Where: Fairgrounds, 1302 N. Coler Ave., U.

Cost: Gate admission: Adults $5, children 12 and under free, season pass $25. Grandstand shows additional charge.

More info:champaigncountyfair.cc or call or 217-267-8461.

EDGAR COUNTY FAIR

What:157th anniversary. Come see the vast premiums, exhibits and races. Motorcross on July 24, Barnyard Scramble, carnival. All programs will be educational, entertaining and uplifting.

When: July 20-28.

Where: Fairgrounds, Paris, Ill.

Cost: Free admission to the grounds all week.

More info:edgarcountyfair.comor call or email skinridgepoultryfarm@gmail.com.

SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT SHOW

What:More than 20 vendors selling a wide variety of handcrafted items. The SAL will be selling lunch at the event.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21.

Where: American Legion Post #24, 705 Bloomington Road., C.

Cost: Free.

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

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. July 26.

Where: Johnston Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

SIDNEY FUN DAZE

What: Carnival, food and craft vendors, and beer tent with music, Zack Dable Experience, 6 p.m. and Conrfield Mafia, 9 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Breakfast, 7 a.m. at Sidney United Church; food and craft vendors open and Kiddie bike parade, 10 a.m.; Scott Messman Memorial Kiddie tractor pull (ages 3-8), noon (registration, 11:30 a.m.); carnival; Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue, 1 p.m.; Car show registration begins and Coal Black Exotics, 1 p.m.; Bags Tournament, 2 p.m., registration, 1 p.m.; parade, 3 p.m.; Keith Kropp Memorial Car Show, 3 p.m., awards at 6 p.m. Bands at beer tent: Ali Brann and Jeremy Harper, 1 p.m.; Just Peachy, 3:30 p.m.; Live Jukebox Show, 6 p.m.; 90s Daughter, 9 p.m..

When: 5 p.m. to midnight July 27 and 7 a.m. to midnight July 28. Carnival, 5 to 10 p.m. July 27 and noon to 10 p.m. July 28.

Where: Downtown Sidney. Carnival in old school lot.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/141660276410165/.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Something different each month. Live local, social culture. Family friendly — for everyone. Check online for details closer to the date.Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3.

Where: 25 O'Clock Brewing Company, 208 W. Griggs St., Suite 101, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Imbibe Urbana - Home | Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ImbibeUrbanaIL, or email imbibeurbana@gmail.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, Aug. 3-24.

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

Cost: Free.

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

NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMER BLOCK PARTIES

What: National Night Out. 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. Aug. 7.

Where: Beardsley Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

FILMS

This weekend

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 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.

Next week

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "Toy Story 3"(2010). Rated G. 103 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. July 3 and 5.

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

What: "The African Queen"(1951). Rated G. 104 minutes.

When:1 and 7 p.m. July 7.

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

Cost: Tickets $6.

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

Future highlights

MOVIES AT THE POOL

What:See "Coco." 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. July 8.

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.

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "Despicable Me"(2010). Rated PG. 95 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. July 9 and 10.

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.

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES

When: The series is focused on discussing challenging family topics. Documentary film, "The Heroin Project," raises awareness of the heroin problem in and around southern Illinois. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A discussion panel with law enforcement and health experts.

When: 6 p.m. July 10.

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.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES

What:The movie is an award winning, music filled story of an orphaned, penniless but ambitious young man and with a mind crammed with imagination and new ideas. Call to reserve a seat.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. July 11.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-267-3170 or email westvillepubliclibrary@gmail.com.

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "Despicable Me 2"(2013). Rated PG. 98 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. July 11 and 12.

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.

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "Despicable Me 3"(2017). Rated PG. 90 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. July 13 and 14.

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.

MOVIES IN THE PARK

What:Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce's outdoor family movie series will show "Peter Rabbit," outdoors. Movie-goers may bring sleeping bags, blankets and chairs.

When: Dusk July 13.

Where: Wabash Park., Rantoul.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-893-3323, rantoulchamber.com or email office@rantoulchamber.com.

SUMMER MATINEE SERIES

What:This Disney animated tale of the romance between a young American Indian woman and Capt. John Smith, who journeyed to the New World with other settlers to begin fresh lives. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a person over 13 years of age. Rated PG. Free popcorn.

When: 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 18.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-893-3955 or rantoul.lib.il.us.

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "The Little Mermaid"(1989). Rated G. 83 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. July 24 and 26.

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.

SUMMER MATINEE SERIES

What:This week we go to Polynesia: An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a person over 13 years of age. Rated PG. Free popcorn.

When: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 25.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-893-3955 or rantoul.lib.il.us.

SPECIAL SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

What:Help bring a special screening of the film "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" to the Savoy 16. Hosted by Rurairi Mcenroe with mental health advocate group Rattle the Stars. More people are needed to sign up to secure the screening. Discussion before and after, materials and resources from AFSP to take home.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 25.

Where: Goodrich Savoy 16, 232 W. Burwash Ave., Savoy.

Cost: Reserve your tickets ($12) at https://gathr.us/screening/23080

More info:gathr.us

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "Minions"(2015). Rated PG. 91 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 9.

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.

MUSIC

This weekend

ARTBEAT MUSIC WEEK

What: Annual Music and Arts Festival. This year, ArtBeat Music Week will not only have music and arts from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, but Saturday is an all day event with bands from 2 to 10 p.m. Music will include: James Jones Trio, 90's Daughter, Heel Dragger, X-Krush, OMNI, Rod Sickler's Radio 6 Band, Suspicious Activity, The First Gig Rock N Roll Camp Kids and more! Food vendors.

When: June 28-29.

Where: Temple Plaza, downtown Danville. Art and Craft vendors in grass lot across the street.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217 431-2424 or email jcundiff@palmerarena.com.

'THE LOUD 100 ... AND 1'

What: Danville's biggest music jam is part of ArtBeat Music Fest 2018. The second annual event features First Gig Instructors (members of El Guapo, 90s Daughter, X-Krush, James Jones Trio and more. Food and beverage vendors.

When: 6 p.m. June 28.

Where: Kresge Park, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-431-2424, palmerarena.com or artbeatmusicfest.com

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring ArtBeat Music Week (Partnership with David S. Palmer Arena). Kicking the night off will be Love Sign followed by Escaping Neverland (featuring members of our First Gig Rock N' Roll Camp for Kids — Decatur instructors.) Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event May 25 through Aug. 24 (skipping July 13 for Balloons Over Vermilion).

When: 6 to 10 p.m. June 29.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

AMBUCS FRIDAY NIGHTS

What: Presented by Watchfire Sign, a series of summer music concerts. June 29 is James Jones Trio. Food and drinks are available on site. Rain or shine.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. June 29.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: ambucsfridaynights.com.

REDS, WHITES AND THE BLUES

What: Concert Series, presented by the University of Illinois Community Credit Union. Billy Galt and the Blues Deacons will open for "Muddy Water's last guitar player" John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band. Bring blankets or chairs.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. June 29.

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, email allerton@illinois.edu or call 217-333-3287.

ILLINOIS Bach Academy: CANTATAS

What: The Illinois Bach Academy explores four cantatas by J.S. Bach and one by his second cousin, Johann Ludwig Bach.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 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 call 217-333-6280.

TRAVIS TRITT AND CRAIG CAMPBELL

What: Concert is at the Ford County Fair. Don't miss the after concert party in the beer tent with Jordan Davis.

When: 7 p.m. June 29.

Where: Ford County Fairgrounds, Melvin.

Cost: Tickets, $25 in advance and $30, day of the show; includes fair admission, parking and unlimited carnival rides. Special $10 ticket (available only at the gate tonight) for kids 10 and younger; includes unlimited carnival rides.

More info: fordcountyfair.org.

ILLINOIS SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC 2018: SECOND SESSION

What: A fixture for more than 60 years, ISYM hosts free concerts to culminate each session. The first session of ISYM will feature the following concerts: Pre-College Black Chorus, 10 a.m.; Pre-College Flute A, noon; and Senior Chorus, 2 p.m. Pre-College Low-Brass, all in Foellinger Great Hall. Pre-College Percussion, 10 a.m.; Pre-College Flute B, noon; and Pre-College Clarinet, 2 p.m., all in Tryon Festival Theatre.

When: 10 a.m. June 30.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

ARTBEAT MUSIC FEST 2018

What: We'll finish with a bang! Our First Gig Live Concert will kick the day off at 1 p.m. at Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. Then it's back downtown to Temple Plaza for a day of music featuring graduates First Gig Rock N' Roll Camp for Kids — Danville. This all leads up to our headliner that night, 90s Daughter!

When: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. June 30.

Where: afternoon at Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.; and evening at Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-431-2424, palmerarena.com or artbeatmusicfest.com.

ICE CREAM AND INDEPENDENCE: UNITED WE STAND

What: Ice cream social and concert. Join WDWS Newstalk-1400 AM and host Jim Turpin in celebrating Independence Day in style with the best in American music performed by the Champaign-Urbana Civic Wind Band, featuring Yvonne Redman, soprano.

When: Frozen yogurt at 1:30 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. July 1.

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

Cost: Tickets $9-$19.50. Additional $2 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).

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

THE WHISKEY CHARMERS

What: Free Music Sunday. A Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. July 1.

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

Cost: Free.

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

Next week

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert featuring Kittens Inc. Join us the first Saturday of the month this summer for live local music.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. July 2.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

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

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.

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. July 6: Nick Ailes Duo (country/bluegrass/Americana). 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. July 6.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Missy Vail Frakes. Monticello Masonic Lodge will serve grilled hamburgers, Cowboy Beans, potato salad, cole slaw and ice cream sundaes for dinner at 5 p.m.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. July 6.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring Rock Posse on July 6. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. 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).

When: 6 to 10 p.m. July 6.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert, featuring Kittens Inc.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. July 7.

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: THE DULCIMER GUY

What: Mike Anderson brings songs, stories, a boingy-boingy thing, a clackity-clack thing, a noseflute, and more for a dynamic performance that keeps audiences, young and old, entranced.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. July 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.

BEN BEDFORD

What: Vine & Vibes Free Music. Folk and roots music.

When:4 to 6 p.m. July 7.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Mike Porter. Food for sale by Melvin Youth.

When: 7 p.m. July 7. (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.

Future highlights

SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT SERIES

What: The Young and The Fretless (old-time mountain music). All ages.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 8.

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.

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. July 9 (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. July 11 is Painkiller Blues Band playing blues. Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: July 12.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 11.

Where:Victory Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: This week's music features New Souls with Mike Ingram, Brandon T. Washington, and Cici Stewart performing a contemporary blend of funk, R&B, and soul music. Try a new wine.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 12.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

VICTOR & PENNY

What: Sleepy Creek Concert Series. Featuring tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar work, and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny deliver swing-infused folk-jazz in the band's signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation.

When:9 to 11 p.m. July 13. Doors open and cocktails start at 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $12.50 through Eventbrite.com or Tables of 10 are $100( limited supply and only available by calling or emailing with a phone number).

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

ILLINOIS SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC 2018: THIRD SESSION

What: A fixture for more than 60 years, ISYM hosts free concerts to culminate each session. The first session of ISYM will feature the following concerts: Junior Strings, 10 a.m.; Junior Orchestral 11 a.m.; Junior Concert Band, noon; Junior Symphonic Band, 1 p.m.; Junior Chorus, 2:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m. July 14.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE: FACULTY RECITAL #1

What: The Summer Piano Institute showcases faculty talent from the School of Music.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 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 217-333-6280.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. July 18 is Church Street Ramblers playing early 20th century jazz. Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: July 19.

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

Where:AMBUCS Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE: FACULTY RECITAL #2

What: The Summer Piano Institute showcases faculty talent from the School of Music.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 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 217-333-6280.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. July 18 is Church Street Ramblers. Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: July 19.

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

Where:AMBUCS Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: This week's music features Ranae Wilson, curating this evening of Broadway music. Performers will include Ranae Wilson, Tafadzwa Diener, Dane Brandon, Kari Croop, Ethan Smith, Olivia Nelshoppen, Bryan Goode, and accompaniment by Tommy Howie. Try a new wine.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 19.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

TWILIGHT CONCERTS ON THE QUAD

What: Annual outdoor summer concert series presented by the Illinois Summer Band. The concerts are a link between the band program and the community, offering an opportunity for community members to perform alongside current students and band alumni. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

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

Where: University of Illinois Quad, Urbana. On the lawn on the south side of the Illini Union.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-333-3025, bands.illinois.edu or email bands@illinois.edu.

SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE: STUDENT GALA CONCERT #1

What: The Summer Piano Institute showcases student talent at the first Student Gala Concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 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 217-333-6280.

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. July 20 is a free family concert featuring Jay Sand, "All Around This World" (world), featuring African, Asian and Latin American cultures. 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. July 20.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

'ALL AROUND THIS WORLD'

What:Family concert presented by Urbana Park District and Urbana Free Library. Jay Sand, guitarist, with unique hands-on experiences with music, dance and song. Performance featuresAfrican, Asian and Latin American cultures.

When:1 to 2 p.m. July 20.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Donald Dennis Bettis. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. July 20.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

AMBUCS FRIDAY NIGHTS

What: Presented by Watchfire Sign, a series of summer music concerts. July 20 is TBT Band. Food and drinks are available on site. Rain or shine.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. July 20.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: ambucsfridaynights.com.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring Mank N Sass, on July 20. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event May 25 through Aug. 24.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. July 20.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

OUTSIDE AT RESEARCH PARK

What: Concer series is presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois. Opening set at 6:30 p.m. of New Orleans funk and jazz from local favorite Jive Bag, led by Jonny Beckett. At 7:30 p.m., southern blues woman Marcia Ball with her superb keyboard skills.

When: 6:30 p.m. July 20.

Where: Research Park, 1816 S. Oak St., C. Performance space and seating just south of the Atkins Building, corner of First Street and St. Mary's Road. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar Building, 1901 S. First St..

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

JOHN CONLEE

What: Country music icon in concert.

When: 7 p.m. July 20. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $50 and $60. All tickets $5 more day of show. http://www.itickets.com/events/399173.html or call itickets at 800-965-9324.

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

'ALL AROUND THE WORLD' FAMILY CONCERT

What: All ages. Performances featuring African, Asian and Latin American cultures by Jay Sand, guitarist, children's music teacher and world traveler. Presented by Urbana Park District and the library.

When: 1 to 2 p.m. July 21.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

ILLINOIS SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC 2018: FOURTH SESSION

What: A fixture for more than 60 years, ISYM hosts free concerts to culminate each session. The first session of ISYM will feature the following concerts: Junior Concert Band, 10 a.m.; Junior Symphonic Band, 11:30 a.m., all in Foellinger Great Hall. Musical Theatre, 10 a.m. in Tryon Festival Theatre.

When: 10 a.m. July 21.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE: STUDENT GALA CONCERT #2

What: The Summer Piano Institute showcases student talent at the first Student Gala Concert.

When: 1:30 p.m. July 21.

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 217-333-6280.

LIVE! MUSIC FOR KIDS: SUPER STOLIE

What: Super Stolie's energetic, interactive show inspires the silliness in everyone. Performing on acoustic guitar and with her magical looping pedal, she serves up a dynamic batch of fun, original kids' songs, nursery rhymes and popular cover tunes.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. July 21.

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

Cost: Free.

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

TIM CROSBY BAND

What: Vine & Vibes Free Music. He is a southern Illinois-based songwriter and performer in the Americana/country rock genre.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. July 21.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE: STUDENT CONCERTO CONCERT

What: Sinfonia da Camera partners with the School of Music's Summer Piano Institute in this concert.

When: 4 p.m. July 21.

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 217-333-6280.

SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE: FACULTY CONCERTO CONCERT

What: Sinfonia da Camera partners with the School of Music's Summer Piano Institute in this concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 21.

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 217-333-6280.

KAREN BRIDGES

What: Free Music Sunday. A Midwest-based songwriter, Bridges is a classically trained singer and multi-instrumentalist.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. July 22.

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

Cost: Free.

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

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

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

When: 6 to 8 p.m. July 22.

Where: Kaufman 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. July 23 (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. July 25 is The Live Jukebox playing pop hits and classics. Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: July 26.

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

Where:Crestview Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: This week's music features classical guitar with Guido Sanchez-Portuguez. Try a new wine.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 26.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring Vinyl Generation on July 27. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event May 25 through Aug. 24.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. July 27. Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music.

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

IN CONCERT AT CPL: KAYLA BROWN

What: Enjoy an afternoon of music by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kayla Brown! Born and raised in the Champaign-Urbana area, Kayla's approach to folk and indie can be described as enchantingly soulful. For all ages

When: 2 to 3 p.m. July 29.

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

Cost: Free.

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

MUSIC ON THE LAKE

What: Hot Iron String Band (originals songs and classic favorites in their lively modern bluegrass style).

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 29.

Where: Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Home.

Cost: Free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

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

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

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

When: 6 to 8 p.m. July 29.

Where: Eisner Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

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. July 30 (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. Aug. 1 is Wildwood String Band playing bluegrass. Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: Aug. 2.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

Where:Larson 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. Aug. 3 is Vinnie Santanelli (folk/blues). 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. Aug. 3.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert featuring Wild Wood String Band.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

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

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Linda Thomas. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

AMBUCS FRIDAY NIGHTS

What: Presented by Watchfire Sign, a series of summer music concerts. Aug. 3 is Trey Hughes. Food and drinks are available on site. Rain or shine.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: ambucsfridaynights.com.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring 90's Daughter on Aug. 3. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event May 25 through Aug. 24.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3. Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music.

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

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Dennis Stroughmatt. Food for sale by Melvin Swim Team.

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 4. (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.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. Aug. 8 is New Souls playing neosoul/funk/R&B/90s hip-hop.Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: Aug. 9.

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

Where:Prairie Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

TAJMO: THE TAJ MAHAL AND KEB' MO' BAND

What: The convergence of two unique American blues artists who are multi Grammy Award winners.

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $45-$125. VIP package, $219. Additional $6 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).

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

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring Boss Hogg & The Rambling Troubadours. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event May 25 through Aug. 24 (skipping July 13 for Balloons Over Vermilion).

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

AMBUCS FRIDAY NIGHTS

What: Presented by Watchfire Sign, a series of summer music concerts. Aug. 17 is Stone Bluff. Food and drinks are available on site. Rain or shine.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: ambucsfridaynights.com.

DANCING

This weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. June 29.

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

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: Summer Swing Dance. Weekly swing social dancing. All are welcome. Usually DJ'd by a local dance. No partner or special shoes required.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. Mondays, July 2-30.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org.

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, July 3-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.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. July 6.

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 Fiddlin Banjo Billy and The Old-Time Players with caller, Deborah Hyland. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. July 6.

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

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

Future highlights

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Open dancing. Win a prize to share.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. July 13.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: A dinner and a dance with music by Salt Fork River Band. Call to register for dinner.

When: Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6 to 8 p.m. July 14.

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

Cost:$5 and includes meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: Night Club Dance.

When: 7 to 9:30 a.m. July 14.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Live music.Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. July 15.

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

Cost: Admission, $3.

More info: Call 217-359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org or email ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Ice Cream Social. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. July 20.

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 Too Old to Be Controlled with Jim Hemphill calling. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. July 20.

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

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. July 27.

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 Acoustic Mayhem with Jonathan Sivier calling. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3.

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

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Live music.Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12.

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

Cost: Admission, $3.

More info: Call 217-359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org or email ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Meadowhawk with Roger Diggle calling. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17.

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

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

ENTERTAINMENT: JUGGLING FUNNY STORIES

What: Nationally-known family entertainer Chris Fascione brings children's stories to life with his high-spirited and innovative performances. Full of energy, humor and imagination, Chris, a Storytelling World Award winner, creates colorful characters through his unique combination of acting, storytelling, comedy, and juggling. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a person over 13 years of age.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. June 29.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-893-3955.

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. With special guests, Jonathan Pitts and Sharon Shoemaker.

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 29.

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

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

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

JUGGLING, MAGIC, AND MORE!

What: Juggling, magic, and a huge dose of humor! Troy Roark consistently leaves his audiences laughing to the point of tears. For all ages.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 30.

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

Cost: Free.

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

Next week

SLEEPY CREEK PRESENTS: C-U COMEDY

What: An evening of laughs with C-U Comedy with Jesse Tuttle and Justin Tuttle.

When:8 to 10 p.m. July 7. Doors open and cocktails start at 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $10 through Eventbrite.com. Tables of 10 are $80 (limited supply and tables of 10 option only available by calling or emailing with a phone number).

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

Future highlights

AMATEUR VARIETY SHOW

What:Come out to see the show with area talent performing live onstage at the Historic Lorraine All proceeds fund the theatre restoration.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. July 20.

Where: The Lorraine Theatre, 324 E. Main St., Hoopeston.

Cost: Admission, $5-$10.

More info: http://thelorrainetheatre.com/events/ or call 217-497-2286.

MAGIC WITH TIM STOLBA

What: Tim Stolba stands out as one of the Midwest's premiere magicians! He has amazed and entertained audiences of all ages for over three decades!

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. July 28.

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

Cost: Free.

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

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT

What: Volume 27 of Champaign-Urbana Design Organization's showcase for local creativity. Hear from passionate community members discussing an array of topics in concise talks illustrated by 20 slides displaying for 20 seconds each.

When: Doors open at 7:20 p.m., show at 8:20 p.m. July 28.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: http://thecudo.org/pecha-kucha-app/,facebook.com/pechakuchaCU or email pechakuchaCU@thecudo.org.

THEATER

This weekend

'DOROTHY, OZMA, AND THE SHAGGY MAN'

What: Homer Opera House theater presents the Fifth Book in Lyman Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" series.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 29 and 30, 2:30 p.m. July 1.

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

Cost: Tickets $7-$10.

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

'HELLO, DOLLY!'

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

When: 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.

'INTO THE WOODS'

What: Central Illinois Stage Company's annual summer musical, for their 20th anniversary season.

When: 7 p.m. June 28-30, and 2:30 p.m. July 1.

Where: Salisbury Church, 2350 E. Madison Ave., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $8-$15.

More info: Email centraliltheatre@gmail.com.

Next week

'THE ALIENS'

What: The Celebration Company. A play of silences and dialogues set behind a coffee shop in a small town in Vermont.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 5-8, 11-15, 18-21. One of the Sundays is usually at 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

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

'DAMN YANKEES'

What:Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway send up of love and the American pastime.

When: 8 p.m. July 5, 2 and 8 p.m. July 6 and 7, 2 p.m. July 8, 8 p.m. July 10, 2 and 8 p.m. July 11, 8 p.m. July 12, 2 and 8 p.m. July 13, 2 p.m. July 14 and 15.

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.

'MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET'

What: The Beef House Dinner Theatre.

When: Evening shows July 6, 7, 27 and 28, Aug. 3 and 4, doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. EDT); matinees July 8, 26, 29, Aug. 1, 2 and 5, doors open at 11:30 p.m., show at 1 p.m. CDT (12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. EDT).

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

Cost: Tickets $46, includes dinner.

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

'SPREADING IT AROUND'

What: A comedy presented by Country Theatre Workshop.

When:7:30 p.m. July 5-7, 2 p.m. July 8, 7:30 p.m. July 12-14, 2 p.m. July 15.

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.

'SUPERKIDS'

What: An original musical. The Little Theatre for Young Audiences..

When: 10:30 a.m. July 6, 7, 10, 12-14.

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

Cost:Tickets $10.40-$12.50.

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

'13: THE MUSICAL'

What: Twin City Theatre Company Stars of Tomorrow student production.

When:7 p.m. July 6 and 7, 2 p.m. July 8, 7 p.m. July 12-14, 2 p.m. July 15.

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

Cost: Tickets $15-$18.

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

Future highlights

'ANNIE: THE MUSICAL'

What: Champaign Urbana Theatre Company and J. Barry Howell production.

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 2-4, and 2 p.m. Aug. 5.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$24.

More info: cutc.org or call 217-356-9063.

'ANNIE'

What:The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals.

When: 2 and 8 p.m. July 18, 8 p.m. July 19 and 20, 2 and 8 p.m. July 21, 2 p.m. July 22, 8 p.m. July 24, 2 and 8 p.m. July 25, 8 p.m. July 26, 2 and 8 p.m. July 27, 2 p.m. July 28 and 29.

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.

'THE BARBER OF SEVILLE'

What: Comedy and music of Rossini presented by Sugar Creek Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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

Where: Harold & Jean Miner Auditorium, Clifton Central High School, 1134 3100 N., Clifton.

Cost: Tickets $45-$75.

More info: Call 815-432-3830 or sugarcreekopera.com.

'THE BIG BAD MUSICAL'

What: DLO Musical Theatre. In this smart and wickedly funny musical, the jury (with audience participation) must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world!

When: 7 p.m. July 12 and 13, 1 and 5 p.m. July 14.

When: St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets, $5-$10.

More info: dlomusicaltheatre.com, call 217-431-1660 or email boxoffice@dlomusicaltheatre.com

'DISNEY'S NEWSIES'

What: The Beef House Dinner Theatre.

When: Evening shows July 13, 14, 20 and 21, doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. EDT); matinees July 15, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 25, doors open at 11:30 p.m., show at 1 p.m. CDT (12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. EDT).

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

Cost: Tickets $46, includes dinner.

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

'MADAGASCAR, A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, JR.'

What: Take a journey out of the zoo with your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. The Little Theatre for Young Audiences.

When: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3, 4, 7, 9-11.

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

Cost:Tickets $10.40-$12.50.

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

'MARY POPPINS JR.'

What:Presented by Champaign Park District Youth Theatre (5th-8th Grades)

When: 7 p.m. July 19, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 20, and 2 and 7 p.m. July 21.

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

Cost: Tickets $12-$14.

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

'MARY POPPINS, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL'

What: A comedy presented by Country Theatre Workshop.

When:7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-4, 2 p.m. Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 2 p.m. Aug. 12.

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.

'A NIGHT OF CULTURE: FAITH COUNTY II'

What: Rantoul Theatre Group.

When:7:30 p.m. July 20 and 21, 2 p.m. July 22, 7:30 p.m. July 27 and 28, 2 p.m. July 29

Where:.

Cost: Tickets $7-$10.

More info: Call 217-892-2151 or email info@rtgonline.org.

'SWEAT'

What: The Celebration Company. A Pulitzer Prize-winning play about class and race set in a bar in the eroding factory town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-5, 8-12, 15-18. One of the Sundays is usually at 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

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

'THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE'

What:27th annual Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre performance.

When: 7 p.m. July 19-21, 2 p.m. July 22.

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

Cost: Tickets Adults, $14; students/seniors, $10; children 12 and younger, $7.

More info: Call 217-367-15445 or urbanaparks.org.

'YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN'

What:Mel Brooks Musical. The electrifying adaptation of Brooks' monstrously funny film.

When: 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 8 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 4, 2 p.m. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. Aug. 7, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Aug. 9, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 10, 2 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12.

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.

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

PRAIRIE FARM

What: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: 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.

PLAY DAYS IN THE PARK

What: The 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 28.

Where: King Park, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-367-1544.

BATS AT BUSEY WOODS

What:All Ages (recommended for age 6 through adult; under 15 with registered adult) Discover more about these misunderstood creatures of the night and the many ways they benefit humans. We will begin with a multi-media presentation indoors, and then head outside in search of bats. Learn about the status of white-nose syndrome in Illinois and what you can do to help.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. June 29.

Where: Anita Purves Nature Center and Busey Woods, Urbana.

Cost: Early bird cost: $7 resident/$11; deadline cost: June 15 $9 resident, $14 Non-resident.

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

LODA CEMETERY PRAIRIE NATURE PRESERVE STEWARD DAY

What:Explore an original piece of Illinois Prairie while helping restore this historic site. Help us remove invasive plants like Sweet Clover from the beautiful 12-acre Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve site. On-site instruction, tools, great company and snacks provided. Dress in long sleeves, pants, sun hat, gloves and bring water. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VP8GS5K.

When: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 30. Carpool available at 7:45 a.m.

Where: Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve. Carpool available from Blain's Farm and Fleet, 2701 N Cunningham Ave, U. Southeast corner of the lot.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-621-6299, Grandprairiefriends.org or email sarah@grandprairiefriends.org

GARLO 2018

What:The Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club's biggest rocketry event of the year, the Great Annual Rocket Launch Of 2018. Rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. While supplies last, free rockets for kids (6-12 years old) to fly at the launch, will be given away. Call Greg Smith at 217-840-1678 around 9 a.m. for status of the launch.Rain date: July 7.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 30.

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

Cost: Admission is free, but there will be raffle to raise funds to pay for GARLO, raffle tickets $1 each or six for $5.

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

Next week

FAMILY FUN AT THE PLAYSCAPE

What: Join naturalists at the Homer Lake Natural Playscape for a hands-on hour of fun! Our naturalist staff will provide exploratory tools and games to get you and your family discovering nature's many wonders. Remember to dress to get dirty.All ages.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. July 2.

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

Cost: Free.

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

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.

LEARN TO FISH

What: Taught by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources instructor. After the session, attendees will practice casting, learn the art of setting the hook and how to remove a hook, and to release a fish.

When: 1 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 31.

Where: Clinic begin at the Large Pavilion at Crystal Lake Park, near the Lake House, 206 W. Park St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-367-1544.

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 through August.

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

More info: kennekuk.com.

NATURE PLAY PRE-K: A BUG'S LIFE

What: An outdoors program for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn about insect behavior and observe them up close. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather. Register by July 5 at ccfpd.org.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. July 6.

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

Cost: Free.

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

MINI-TRI AND NANO-TRI

What: Test your internal fortitude and athletic ability. The Champaign Park District's 34th annual Mini-Triathlon, a chip-timed event for ages: 8+ years, consists of a 200-yard swim, a 6-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run. Nano-Tri, for ages 4-7, consists of a 25-yard swim, 1-mile bike and a -mile run. Tots bring your bikes, bikes with trainers, or big wheels; helmet required. Register by June 25.

When: 7:30 and to noon July 7. Nano-Tri follows the Mini-Tri.

Where: Centennial Park, 2200 W. Kirby Ave., C.

Cost: Fees, Mini-Tri, $30 residents, $45 non residents; Nano-Tri, $5-$7.50.

More info:Email Topher.Wendt@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3994.

SIXTH ANNUAL MID SUMMER FUN RUN

What:American Legion Riders Post 568 Poker Run Saturday, July 7. Run will start at the Urbana VFW with sign-up. Live music from Caleb Cook and Shovelhead Band. All profits and donations will benefit local Veterans of Champaign County. Must be 21 years of age to attend.

When: Sign-up at 10:30 a.m. and ride leave time noon July 7.

Where: Urbana VFW Post #630, 1303 E. Main St., U.

Cost: Poker Run $20 per person, $15 at the gate for live music.

More info:Call 217-841-6357 or 217-249-4546

STAR WATCH

What: Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars in one of the darkest locations in the county. Meet at the North Waterfowl Management Area. Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. All ages. No cloud date. Call 217-351-2567 for weather updates.

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

Where: North Waterfowl Management Area, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield.

Cost: Free.

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

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. July 7.

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.

Future highlights

TRACKING DOWN NATURE

What:Learn how to look for clues about what goes on behind-the-scenes in nature when we're not watching. Jennifer Wick from the Champaign County Forest Preserve District will help you tell a story about the plants and animals that share our environment. For children ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

When: 11 a.m. to noon July 12.

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

Cost: Free.

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

PIATT COUNTY GARDEN WALK — OVER THE GARDEN GATE

What: Tour six of Monticello's amazing gardens. Gardening information at each site. Bonus: City garden walking map. Rain or shine. If you purchase tickets online, you must pick up booklets in one of the extension offices Clinton, Decatur or Monticello before July 14.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14.

Where: Monticello.

Cost: Tickets $10 in advance at Piatt County Extension Office, call for other locations in Monticello and Bement, $12 day of event at Wabash Depot, 200 E. Livingston St.

More info: Call 217-762-2191 or go.illinois.edu/dmp or email vallhand@illinois.edu.

CANOING FOR BEGINNERS

What: Choose the morning or the afternoon session. After learning the basics of canoeing and water safety, you will be a part of a canoe caravan around Homer Lake. Explore the animals and plants of the water while practicing your canoeing skills. All equipment provided; please bring sunscreen and water to drink. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. Register by July 13 at ccfpd.org.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. July 14.

Where: Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost: $8 per person, or $4 if you bring your own canoe.

More info: 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. July 14.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CHAMPAIGN AREA FISH EXCHANGE

What: Summer auction. Auction of Aquarium/Pond hobby related items. Fish, plants, equipment, books, food, etc. may be presented for sale. Open to public.

When: Doors open for registration, 8 a.m. July 14. Auction at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water St., U.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 217-359-6707, email champaignfishguy1@yahoo.com or champaignfish.com

WINGS OF WONDER

What: Come see magnificent tropical birds from Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue, a nonprofit based in Mahomet. Learn all about adopting and caring for these exotic pets who need new homes. For all ages..

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. July 14.

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

Cost: Free.

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

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. July 19.

Where: Crestview Park, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

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. July 14.

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

Cost: Free.

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

SLITHER AND CRAWL: SNAKES AND TURTLES

What: Come learn about snakes and turtles (and touch them) when the Anita Purves Nature Centercomes for a visit. For children ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

When: 11 a.m. to noon July 26.

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

Cost: Free.

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

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. July 28.

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

Cost: Free.

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

TAKE ME FISHING

What: Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but may bring your own. Kids will have the chance to win awards. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived for this event; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and under is required. All ages.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. July 29.

Where: Peninsula, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

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

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. Aug. 2.

Where: Blair Park, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

CUAS MARS OBSERVING

What: Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening observing Mars. Public is invited. Call for weather updates.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3.

Where: Meadowbrook Park, 2808 S. Race St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-356-2567, email cuas@cuas.org or http://cuas.org.

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. Aug. 4.

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.

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Summer exhibition, "Capturing Landscape," through Oct. 20. Other exhibitions that opened in the spring: "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 Dec. 8.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and July 4.

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, "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: Time Machine: Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets. This family-friendly event explores the many ways that we bring celestial objects into our daily lives. Activities include a gallery treasure hunt, an exploration of touchable objects, and a concert of sky-related folktales. Available on a drop-in schedule, free.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 1.

What: Spurlock Museum Time Machine: Docent-Led. Exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. This month, Silver and Gold. This Sunday features docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts. Available on a drop-in schedule.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 8.

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

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.

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What:"Illinois Bicentennial — Iroquois County Style." Pictures and artifacts of Iroquois County following the theme of the state song, "Illinois."

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and first Sunday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed holidays (except open July 4). Through June 29.

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: Call 815-432-2215 or 815-432-3730.

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: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

What: Summer in the Schoolhouse: Geography. Jump back in time to 1890 and see if you can keep up with a 19th century geography lesson. Class will be taught by our own school marm or master, straight out of the past. Class dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome.

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon July 6.

What: Museum Mondays: I Scream, You Scream. We all scream for ice cream. We'll show you how ice cream has been made for many years, and also show you fun ways to make it at home. A drop-in program for all ages.

When:10:30 a.m. to noon July 9.

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:"From Russia with Love: John Garvey's Russian Folk Orchestra."

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 Sept. 3.

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: Opening day for 36th Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show. 75 to 100 quilted entries on display. A special exhibit, "Cloth from the Past," in conjunction with the Bicentennial Celebration.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 3. Open, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through July 31.

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: Year-long farming exhibit, "Down on the Farm," highlighting the agricultural history of Vermilion County and honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau. Two main floors covering wars for over 250 years. The Illinois war museum displays memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost:Admission, $2-$4; children under age 6 and active duty military personnel and their families are free.

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, June 29 through July 27. Main feature:"Spirits from the Sky, Thunder on the Land," 8 p.m. Fridays, June 29 through Aug. 3, plus 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

Children's features:"Sunstruck," 11 a.m. June 28. "In My Backyard," 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Thursdays, July 2-26. "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays, July 2-26.

Full dome light show: Pink Floyd's "The Wall," 9 p.m. July 6.

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

Cost: Admission, $5-$6.

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

EXHIBITS

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER

What: Illinois natural history both inside and outside the center. Indoors, explore the Field Station through hands-on displays that include new discovery drawers and seasonal exhibits: interactive "frog calls" and "bird calls" drawers, wear "wonderful wings" and pretend to be a flying animal, and discover animal X-rays on the light table. Watch wildlife in the center's habitat garden and feeding station or relax with a favorite nature book in the Observation Room.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed July 4. Closed Aug. 12-19 for cleaning.

Where: 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

More info: Call 217-384-4062.

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: 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: 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). Closed holidays. Through September.

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.

GIERTZ GALLERY AT PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "Exhibition: Illinois at 200." To celebrate the Illinois bicentennial, Giertz Gallery is collaborating with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council hosts this juried exhibition highlighting the achievements of contemporary working artists in our state.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except July 4. Through Aug. 8.

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." Explore Kickapoo Rail Trail's fascinating history of uses.

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: Exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Illini Union Document Services and University of Illinois Press. The exhibit is an engaging visual history of the University's printing history, publishing services, and evolving print technology.

When: 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Through June 30.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu, call 217-333-9350,printing.illinois.edu and press.uillinois.edu/press_centennial.html.

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: Art Exhibition Series: Summer exhibit, "Marilynn Dean Cleveland Show."

When: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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.

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "The Legacy of Glenn Bradshaw."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through July 28.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

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

FARMS / MARKETS

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, June 30 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, July 3 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 with 50-60 plus vendors.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on third Saturday of every month, Aug. 18-Dec. 15. Except July due to the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair.

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

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

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