Entertainment listings, July 26-Aug. 2, 2018

Entertainment listings, July 26-Aug. 2, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR

What:4H Day: 4-H shows, sheep and rabbit, 8:15 a.m., swine, 9 a.m., goat, 9:30 a.m., and beef, 10 a.m.; limited ride booklets (age 3-12), 1 to 4 p.m.; Motor Madness Motorsports Extravaganza, 7 p.m. July 26. 4-H Horse Show, 9 a.m.; concert by Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence and Confederate Railroad, 7 p.m. July 27. Ag Day: ITPA Tractor Pull, 11 a.m.; IPA Tractor Pull & IL Championship Semi-Truck Pull, 5 p.m. July 28.

When: July 26-28.

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

Cost: Gate admission: Adults $5, children 12 and under free, season pass $25. Grandstand shows additional charge. $25 unlimited ride bracelet, noon to 5 p.m. July 28.

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

EDGAR COUNTY FAIR

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

When: July 26-28.

Where: Fairgrounds, Paris, Ill.

Cost: Free admission to the grounds all week.

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

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 Call 217-819-3931.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HCE ANNUAL GARAGE SALE - PLANT AND BAKE SALE

What: Jewelry, collector dolls, doll clothes, linens, games books, some furniture, craft items, holiday items, Boutique and much more, variety of plants and bake sale.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. July 27.

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

Cost: Admission $1; children free.

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

SIDNEY FUN DAZE

What: Carnival, food and craft vendors, and beer tent with music, Zack Dable Experience, 6 p.m. and Cornfield 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/.

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 27 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.

MIDDLE FORK JEEP SHOW

What:A fun and family friendly event to attend - jeeps, food, music and door prizes. All jeep models welcome.Many categories including Best Show and Best People Choice. Draw prizes every 30 minutes. Live rock music by Zach Dable Trio, 3 to 4 p.m.; live 80's music s by Jack Tatar, 5 to 7 p.m. Rain date: Aug. 4. Different bands will be playing on rain date.

When: Registration, noon to 2 p.m., show and judging, 2 to 6 p.m. July 28.

Where: Park Bistro at Kickapoo State Park, 1 Clear Pond, Oakwood. Kickapoo State Park, 10906 Kickapoo Park Road, Oakwood.

Cost: Registration fee $10 and includes 2 drawings for door prizes.

More info: Email MiddleforkJeepShow@yahoo.com.

TRIVIA NIGHT

What: Bring a full team of five (maximum) or come alone and join a smaller team. 20 categories, five questions each. Free popcorn and small bottled water or soda. Presented by Save the Lorraine Foundation. All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the Lorraine Theatre. Call to reserve a table.

When:6 p.m. July 28. Or come at 5:15 p.m. for food.

Where:Little Lorraine Theatre, 214 E. Main St., Hoopeston.

Cost: $10 per person. Winning team members receive refund of entry fee. Sandwich, chips and cookies for $15, including entry fee.

More info: Call 217-397-2211 or 217-304-5308.

Next week

SECOND ANNUAL STEAM THRESHING SHOW

What:The 2018 show will be centered around harvesting and threshing (using antique farming equipment) oats. Other antique and vintage agricultural equipment on display. Farm equipment and field demonstrations. Blacksmithing, goat milking and butter churning demonstrated. There will be a petting zoo of farm animals; pony, buggy and train rides; activities for children; and pitching horse shoes and other activities for adults; food tent and vendors.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. Threshing at 10:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. and baling at 11 a.m., 1:30., 3 and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Threshing at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. and baling at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

Where: Illinois Amish Heritage Center, 284 Illinois Route 133, three miles east of Arthur.

Cost: Admission $10 per person, $20 per car or buggy.

More info:Call 217-721-9266, or 217-543-2232 or http://www.illinoisamish.org.

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.

40 NORTH'S FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

What: Live street-side performance series. Six acts perform outdoors at three different downtown locations every Friday night. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock, blues, 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.

VILLA GROVE CAR SHOW

What: Awards to Top 30 Cars, Top 10 Motorcycles, Top 10 2 Wheel Drive Trucks, Top 5 4x4 Trucks, Top 5 Import/Tuner, Top 5 Special Interest, Top 10 Original Plates, Best Paint, Best Interior, Veteran's Choice, Sponsor's Choice, Furthest Traveled, Club Participation and Best of Show. 50/50 and Grill package raffle to benefit local domestic violence shelters. Goodie bags, door prizes, free barbecue/hotdog lunch for all entrants, free t-shirt to first 25 registered 100 Dash Plaques.

When:Aug. 4. Registration, 9 a.m. to noon. Awards at 4 p.m.

Where:Harrison Park, Villa Grove.

Cost: Entry fee $15.

More info: Call 217-621-5569 or 217-832-9778, email villagrovecarshow@gmail.com or facebook.com/villagrovecarshow.

GEORGETOWN FAIR

What: Fair kicks off Aug. 4 with barrel racing, swine and goat shows and one of the nation's largest overweight horse pulls. Carnival opens Aug. 6 operating daily until Aug. 11. Daily music entertainment, pig races and a petting zoo are free attractions. Daily livestock shows, food, exhibits and evening grandstand entertainment: overweight horse pull, Aug. 4; Tommy Brandt Concert with special guests, Joyous and Fonda Kizzee, Aug. 5; queen pageant, Aug. 6; talent contest, Aug. 7; tractor and truck pull, Aug. 8; barnyard tractor pull, Aug. 9; rodeo, Aug. 10; demolition derby, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

When: Aug. 4-11.

Where: Fairgrounds, 413 N. Seminary St., Georgetown.

Cost: Gate admission, free on Aug. 4, 5; $4 on Aug. 6, 8, 10, 11; $1 on Aug. 7, 9; Children 5-11, $1, under 5 free gate at all times. Gate season tickets, $12. Grandstand tickets, $1-$12.

More info: georgetownfair.com, call 217-662-6415 or email info@georgetownfair.com.

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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.

FOOD TRUCK RALLY AND SUMMER READING CELEBRATION

What: Books and food — what could be sweeter? Enjoy delicious dishes and icy treats from a variety of local vendors. Live music on the lawn and the food trucks will be set up in the library parking lot. Everyone is welcome at this community-wide celebration.

When: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CHEESEBURGERS AND FUN

What: Vermilion County Conservation Foundation's annual social/fundraising event. Cheeseburgers, over 350 antique cars and tractors on display, live bands, food vendors, kid's activities, vintage baseball and Kennekuk Road Runners Howl at the Moon 8-hour run/walk. Live entertainment from 1 to 9 p.m. includes 1 Foot In, Left 4 Dead and Lady Luck.

When: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 11.

Where: Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, Danville.

Cost: No cover charge. Cheeseburger, chips and soda from 3 p.m. until sold out, for $6.

More info: Call 217-442-1691, vccfoundation.info or email asteeples@vccd.org.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA DAYS

What: Celebrate the "Chambana" community. Enjoy live music, sports competitions, senior activities, food trucks and more.

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

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Email katherine.hicks@champaignparks.com or call 217-398-2573.

HERITAGE TRACTOR DRIVE

What: One of Vermilion County Farm Bureau's centennial activities. Farm tractors will travel to Oakwood on U.S. 150, then south toward the Catlin-Homer Road, continue into Catlin with a rest stop at the park, then south on Catlin-Indianola Road, then east toward Westville, then north on Illinois 1 towards Danville and head to Lincoln Park for lunch. In the park, the public is invited to get an up-close look at the tractors and purchase lunch. After lunch, the drive returns to the fairgrounds. Tractor registration forms at the Farm Bureau office or online at vcfb.info; register by Aug. 1.

When: Drive departs at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 11.

Where: Tractors lineup at Vermilion County Fairgrounds, west of Danville off U.S. 150. Lunch at Lincoln Park, Danville. Tractor registration forms at Farm Bureau office, 1905-C U.S. Route 150, Danville.

Cost: A pork chop sandwich lunch will be available for purchase.

More info: Call 217-442-8713.

COURTHOUSE ROCKS

What: Live performance from Acoustic Flag, car show, "Despicable Me 3" movie on the big screen.

When:6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11.

Where:downtown Monticello.

Cost: No cover charge, donations gladly accepted.

More info: Call 217-762-2583.

142ND FAIRBURY FAIR

What: Music in beer tent: DJ, 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16; Jury's Out, 8 p.m. Aug. 17; The Indigos, 8 p.m. Aug. 18. On the Midway: Luehr's Ideal Rides, Kidbucks Game Show, Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, Knockerball Max, A Zoo to You, pony rides, dunk tank. Grandstand: Kids drawing (6 years and under), 7 p.m. Aug. 15; demolition derby, 7 p.m. Aug. 17, $10; stock car racing, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18, $10; community worship service, 10 a.m., and children's drawing (12 and under), 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Rooster crowing contest, 10 a.m. Aug. 15. Day Care Day, 10 a.m., Meat goat show (registration 5:30 p.m.), 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Euchre tournament (check-in 12:30 p.m., $7), 1 p.m. Aug. 17. 5K run or 2 mile walk (registration 6:45 a.m.), 8 a.m.; kids baggo tournament (check-in 12:15 p.m., free), 1 p.m. Aug. 18. Antique farm equipment display, noon; Antique tractor parade, 2 p.m.; chili cook off, noon to 4 p.m.; Baggo Tournament (check-in 12:15 p.m.), 1 p.m.; Wood carving auction winners announced, 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

When: Aug. 15-19.

Where: 600 S. Third St., Fairbury. Entrance gates at First and Third Street.

Cost: Season ticket for adult, $15; children 12 and younger, free. Free gate until 3 p.m. and $5 after 3 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16, and free until 11 a.m. and $5 after 11 a.m. Aug. 17-19.

More info: Call 815-692-3222, fairburyfair.com or email fairburyfair@gmail.com.

TASTE OF CHAMPAIGN-URBANA

What: Food featured from some of C-U's best restaurants. Come out to discover new food while enjoying high-quality music and entertainment with a frosty beer in hand. Huge assortment of arts and crafts vendors, activities for the entire family, including a Kids Zone, the 6th Annual Pie Run. Tickets can be purchased by cash or credit at the Ticket Tent in the center of the park.

When: 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 18.

Where: West Side Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free admission. Food, beer, beverages and activities require tickets. Non-refundable tickets are sold in sheets of five for $5. "Taste of Portions" available at each food vendor and are between 1-2 tickets.

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

KRAZEE DAZE WITH HOMER SODA FEST 2018

What: Soda tastings, food and unique vendors, music, carnival rides and more. Carnival rides and food vendors on Aug. 23. Arts, crafts and vendors, food vendors, carnival, evening music by Nickel & Dimes in the beer tent on Aug. 24. Arts, crafts and vendors, food vendors, Homer Soda Fest, Sundowners Car Club, carnival, laser tag, and in beer tent, music in afternoon by Jake Tatar and evening by Zach Dable Experience and Vinyl Generation on Aug. 25.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23, 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 25.

Where: Downtown Homer.

More info: homersodafestival.com/krazee-daze-with-homer-soda-fest-2018.

URBANA SWEETCORN FESTIVAL

What: Lots of merchandise and food vendors, and lots of sweet corn. Family-friendly activities, including action inflatables, Bud Light Corn-Hole, puzzle hunt, face painting, guitar pic bracelet making and painting of Ellnora mural, and evening music by We the Animals (indie rock), Avon Dale(rootsy rock), and Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Aug. 24. Children's games, didjerido instrument making, petting zoo, corn eating contests, Motor Muster Car Show, and evening music by Ant Dogg (Hip Hop, Rock, R&B, and Blues), Lou Dibello Band (hard rock) and New Souls (soul, funk, R&B, neosoul, Motown and 90s jams) on Aug. 25.

When:5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 25.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanasweetcornfestival.com.

NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL

What: Carnival, bingo, Motocross, beer garden, flea market, car show, Grand Parade, petting zoo, music, kids fishing derby, contests, 50 tons of sweetcorn and many other events. Rising Country Star Chris Lane to headline the Hoopeston Jaycees 75th National Sweetcorn Festival on Sept. 1. Country Duo Smithfield also added to the event. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Trey Hughes. National Sweetheart Pageant, Sept. 1 and 1.

When: 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 30, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 31, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to midnight Sept. 2 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 3.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Tickets start at $20. $3 gate admission to the park, 7 years and younger are free.

More info:http://hoopestonjaycees.org/festival/ or email info@hoopestonjaycees.org.OPENING NIGHT PARTYWhat:50th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff. Krannert Center invites all to celebrates its history with fabulous artists, dancing, food and beverage, a by-the-decades car display surrounding the center, and the chance to dress from a decade of your choice, 1960s to the future. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Lobby with Ranky Tanky, followed by Baracutanga and AJ Ghent, then New Orleans Jazz Machine in the Amphitheatre (rain location, Studio Theatre).

When: Food sales begin and doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 7.

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

Cost: Free, donations encouraged.

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

FAMILY DAY

What: 50th Anniversary Celebration. Family-friendly event celebrating Krannert Center's commitment to programming for all ages. Enjoy a variety of Central lllinois' most talented artists and a mix of interactive activities that encourage hands-on arts exploration.

When: 10 a.m. Sept. 8.

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

Cost: Free, donations encouraged.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.JAPAN HOUSE 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONWhat: Kosho Fukushima's Shinto blessing accompanied by violin music and floral arranging, remarks from dignitaries and special guests, a tea ceremony, taiko drumming, Michiyoshi Sat's contemporary tsugaru-jamisen musical performance, a traditional koto and shamisen ensemble, a kimono parade, large-scale calligraphy and ending with Bon Odori, traditional style of Japanese dancing performed at festivals.

When: 2 p.m. Sept. 8.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$65.

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

FILMS

This weekend

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 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.

Next week

SUMMER MOVIE MATINEE SERIES

What:This summer's final matinee is based on a New York Times bestseller. The movie tells the story about a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. 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. Aug. 1.

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

Cost: Free.

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

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES

What:The film stard Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts as parents of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Call to reserve a seat.

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

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

Cost: Free.

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

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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.

MOVIES IN THE PARK

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

When: Dusk Aug. 10.

Where: Wabash Park., Rantoul.

Cost: Free.

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

2018 PENS TO LENS

What:Student Screenwriting Competition and Gala Screening. Children write original screenplays which are then made into short films by local filmmakers. Watch the finished films, walk the red carpet, and celebrate some very creative student screenwriters. Awards are presented at each show time. Screenings feature films written by K-8th grade students at 2 p.m. and films written by 8th-12th grade students at 6 p.m.

When: 2 and 6 p.m. Aug. 11.

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

Cost:$12 pass; $8 standard; free for ages 18 and younger.

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

MOVIES AT THE POOL

What:See "Beauty and the Beast." (2017). 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. Aug. 13.

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: "Snow White"(1937). Rated G. 83 minutes. Part of the 11 film Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 16.

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.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "The Long, Long Trailer" (1953). Rated G. 103 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 18.

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

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

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

A VIRGINIA THEATRE SPECIAL EVENT

What: "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). Rated G. 161 minutes. 2001 turns 50 this year, and the Virginia is celebrating with a full week of screenings of Stanley Kurbick's masterpiece on a new 70mm print struck from the original negative—without any digital remastering, effects, or edits.

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 20-24, 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 25 and 1 p.m. Aug. 26.

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

Cost: $8.

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

ANIMATION VACATION

What: "Mary Poppins"(1964). Rated G. 139 minutes. Last film in the Summer of Disney series.

When:6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 30.

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.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What:Adapted from Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962). Not Rated. 130 minutes.

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

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER REEL DEALS

What: "Lady Bird" (2017). Rated R. 95 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and 6.

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

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

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

REWIND 92.5 FILM SERIES

What: "Ghostbusters" (1984). Rated PG. 105 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 8.

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER REEL DEALS

What: "The Shape of Water" (2017). Rated R. 123 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and 13.

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

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

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

MUSIC

This weekend

KRANNERT UNCORKEDWhat: 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.

PAUL ROLLAND STRING PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP FACULTY RECITAL

What: Concert features Cellist Dmitry Kouzov, a University of Illinois music professor, with his wife, Yulia Fedoseeva, accompanying him on piano. Other performers include Illinois graduates Joanne May, Joanne Erwin, Gerald Fischbach, Lucy Manning and Illinois String Academy coordinator Aaron Jacobs.

What: 7:30 p.m. July 26.

Where: Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://music.illinois.edu/events.

PARK BISTRO Music

What: Live music featuring Captains 3 on July 25, TBA on July 27 and W Jake Tatar on July 28. Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 29.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 27 and 28.

Where: Park Bistro at Kickapoo State Park, 1 Clear Pond, Oakwood.

More info: Call 217-446-6986, facebook.com/kickapooStatePark/ or parkbistrokickapoo.wixsite.com/kchal.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Music by Vinyl Generation. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. This 20th annual concert series is presented by Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group through Aug. 24.

What: 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/.

DOC ASHTON AND THE ROOT CANALS

What: This eight-piece band presents a series of Sunday evening concerts. They play from jazz to blues and pop rock.

When: 6:30 p.m. Sundays, July 29 through Sept. 2.

Where: Lincoln Park, Danville.

Cost:Free.

More info: Email docashton1@aol.com.

IN CONCERT AT CPL: KAYLA BROWN

What: Folk and indie music by the singer, songwriter and guitarist Kayla Brown.

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, modern bluegrass).

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 Desafinado. 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.

Next week

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.

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.

PARK BISTRO MUSIC

What: Live music featuring Timber Train on Aug. 1, Black Ridge Road on Aug. 3 and Joni Dryer Band on Aug. 4. Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 29.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1, 3 and 4.

Where: Park Bistro at Kickapoo State Park, 1 Clear Pond, Oakwood.

More info: Call 217-446-6986, facebook.com/kickapooStatePark/ or parkbistrokickapoo.wixsite.com/kchal.

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. 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: Music by 90's Daughter. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. This 20th annual concert series is presented by Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group 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/.

CANDY FOSTER AT BOOMERANGS/SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER

What:Candy Foster and Shades of Blue performs and will be raising money for Candy's music scholarship to Parkland College. There will be a 50/50 raffle, auction items, and donations to benefit the Candy Foster Music Scholarship.

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

Where:Boomerangs Bar and Grill,1309 E. Washington St., U.

Cost:$5 cover.

More info: Call 217-239-7264, email boomerangs.bar.grill@gmail.com or http://www.facebook.com/events/231995017630691/.

LIVE! MUSIC FOR KIDS - MYSTIC DRUMZ

What: Join the fun in this musical adventure to find Marshmallow Island. Meet the hilarious characters who color the show with a splash of silly. It's an adventure in world music blending multicultural themes, incredible sound effects, and electric instruments.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. Aug. 4.

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

Cost: Free.

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

C-U IN THE PRAIRIBBEAN XIV

What: Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club's 14th annual fundraising event. The event will showcase Jake and Jackson as the opening act, followed by The Tons O' Fun Band, and The Boat Drunks will finish the evening of great local music. There will be a large silent auction, and a $2,500 cash raffle. Hosted by Developmental Services Center.

When: 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 4.

Where: In the parking lot in front of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, corner of Neil and Washington, downtown Champaign.

Cost: Event tickets, sponsored by Enterprise and Herff Jones, $10. Raffle tickets, sponsored by First State Bank, $5 each or five for $20. Both tickets are available for purchase by clicking the links below.

More info: http://www.dsc-illinois.org

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Dennis Stroughmatt and his band from southern Illinois. Pork chops, chips, pies and drinks will be sold 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.

Future highlights

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.

PARK BISTRO MUSIC

What: Live music featuring Pure Country on Aug. 8, Dable Allen Band on Aug. 10 and Hoosier Daddy on Aug. 11. Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 29..

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8, 10 and 1.

Where: Park Bistro at Kickapoo State Park, 1 Clear Pond, Oakwood.

More info: Email kitleehuang@hotmail.com, call 217-446-6986, facebook.com/kickapooStatePark/ or parkbistrokickapoo.wixsite.com/kchal.

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.

IRISH FEST

What: Concert Series, presented by the University of Illinois Community Credit Union. Music from The Shanties Weavers, and The Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's premier traditional bands, will headline. Bring blankets or chairs.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10.

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.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Music by Boss Hogg & The Rambling Troubadours. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. This 20th annual concert series is presented by Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group through Aug. 24.

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/.

PRAIRIE CROSSROADS AUGUST BLUES FEST

What: Featuring local, regional and national acts. The performers will range from R&B based blues, to traditional, big band and also cotton patch, soul blues. Local food trucks will be on site. Beers from local breweries will also be available. Local crafts and artists, local non-profits and fun events for everyone. Hosted by Prairie Crossroads Blues Society. They will give 10 percent of any profit from this year's fest to their blues education program and hope to grow the fest each year.

When: 2 to 10 p.m. Aug. 11.

Where: Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. (If it rains we're moving inside Kessler Hall)

More info: Call 217-390-7756 or 217-417-0772 or email prairiecrossroadsblues@gmail.com.

SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT SERIES: JEAN RENE BALEKITA AND BOMOYI

What: Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi will join us and sing in multiple languages. Sounds of jazz and gospel will be intertwined with an African rhythm for a truly unique performance. Don't let the summer sun get you down, as we will be making and sampling ice cream.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12.

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

Cost: Free. Other refreshments will be available for purchase.

CMore 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. Aug. 13 (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.

PARK BISTRO Music

What: Live music featuring Chickadee Sermon on Aug. 15, June Kinney Band on Aug. 17 and Young and Fretless on Aug. 18. Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 29.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15, 17 and 18.

Where: Park Bistro at Kickapoo State Park, 1 Clear Pond, Oakwood.

More info: Email kitleehuang@hotmail.com, call 217-446-6986, facebook.com/kickapooStatePark/ or parkbistrokickapoo.wixsite.com/kchal.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. Aug. 15 is Surreal Deal playing 70's jam bands.Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: Aug. 16.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15.

Where:Meadowbrook Prk, PrairiePlay, 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. 17 is Inland Calypso (Calypso/steel drum). 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. 17.

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, Samantha Baker Krepton. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Aug. 17.

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. 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.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Music by Steve Rodman & Love Sign. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. This 20th annual concert series is presented by Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group through Aug. 24.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

PARK BISTRO MUSIC

What: Live music featuring Mike Higgins on Aug. 22, Aquila on Aug. 24 and Riders of The Golden Maize on Aug. 25. Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 29.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22, 24 and 25.

Where: Park Bistro at Kickapoo State Park, 1 Clear Pond, Oakwood.

More info: Call 217-446-6986, facebook.com/kickapooStatePark/ or parkbistrokickapoo.wixsite.com/kchal.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Music by Dalton Halls Band. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities. This is the last concert in this year's concert series presented by Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

MAHOMET MUSIC FESTIVAL

What:An annual tradition of family-friendly fun. Music, beer available by Mahomet Lions Club, food court, street vendors, crafters village, carnival rides, cornhole tournament, parade and more. Country music stars Mark Chesnutt and Rodney Atkins to headline; Chestnutt at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and Atkins at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Christian Powerhouse Group, Carrollton at 11 a.m. Aug. 25. Other bands, Whiskey River Band with John Koller. 6 p.m., The Finchely Boys, 7 p.m., and Ray Fulcher. 8 p.m. Aug. 24. Jake Loban & Onoliegh Pommier: Bringing Nashville To Mahomet, 6 p.m., Kasey Tyndall, 6:45 p.m. and Adam Sanders, 8 p.m. Aug. 25.

When: Aug. 24 and 25.

Where:Main Street, downtown Mahomet.

Cost: Free music.

More info: MahometMusicFest@gmail.com, MahometMusicFestival.com.

THE VOJODEYL TRIO

What: Thetrio (Radim Vojtek, Martin Deyl and Karolina Magdelena Kupczyk) from the Czech Republic will be offering a sampling of Czech folk music from their homeland at several venues during an August visit to Illinois this year.

When: 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 26.

Where: Spulock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: spurlock.illinois.edu/events/#all or call 217-333-2360.

JOSE GOBBO OFFLINE BAND

What:Concert of soulful blues with this local trio lead by Urbana-based blues guitarist, Jose Gobbo. For all ages.

When:2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 26.

Where:Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green St.

Cost: Free.

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

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert. Gospel Jazz Fest.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 26.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

More info: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call or 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. Aug. 27 (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.

PARK BISTRO Music

What: Live music featuring John McMahon on Aug. 22, Champaign Freight on Aug. 24 and The Dixie Flyer Band on Aug. 25. Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Sept. 29..

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29, 31 and Sept. 1.

Where: Park Bistro at Kickapoo State Park, 1 Clear Pond, Oakwood.

More info: Call 217-446-6986, facebook.com/kickapooStatePark/ or parkbistrokickapoo.wixsite.com/kchal.

COUNTING CROWS '25 YEARS AND COUNTING' TOUR

What:After more than two decades and 20 million albums sold globally, Counting Crows will celebrate 25 years of making music by hitting the road for a worldwide tour. Opening acts are not yet confirmed and will be announced at a future date.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

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

Cost: Tickets $32.50-$127 plus fees.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or statefarmcenter.com/CountingCrows.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

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

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Sept. 7.

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.

JAKE OWEN: 'LIFE'S WHATCHA MAKE IT TOUR 2018'

What:Big Loud recording artist Jake Owen brings his tour to the State Farm Center with special guests, Chris Janson and rising star Jordan Davis.

When: 8 p.m. Sept. 7.

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

Cost: Tickets $39-$69 plus fees.

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

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Philo Country Opry. Food for sale by Melvin Lutheran Church.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 8. (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.

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. Sept. 10 (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.

THE HOT SARDINES

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. Vintage jazz band featuring frontwoman, Elizabeth Bougerol and stride piano player Evan "Bibs" Palazzo, a blazing brass lineup and tap-dancing rhythm section.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$35.

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

LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE

What: Marquee Great Hall Series. "Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter)."

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$49.

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

DANNY GOKEY: HOPE ENCOUNTER TOUR

What: Grammy nominee, Dove Award winner, and Capitol recording artist, Danny Gokey is gearing up for his first-ever headline tour with this fall's Hope Encounter. Also featuring Grammy nominee Tauren Wells and breakout artist Riley Clemmons.

When:7 p.m. Sept. 23. Gold Circle includes pre-show acoustic performance and photo opportunity, 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $25, $35, and $75 (Gold Circle). Additional $4 processing fees apply (online only).

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

THE AVETT BROTHERS

What:American folk rock band in concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

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

Cost: Tickets $45-$65, plus fees.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or statefarmcenter.com/CountingCrows.

AN EVENING WITH LYLE LOVETT AND ROBERT EARL KEEN

What: The Virginia Theatre proudly welcomes back Lyle Lovett, touring this year with legendary singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

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

Cost: Tickets $39.95-$69.95.

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

DANCING

This weekend

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.

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. July 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 31-Oct. 23.

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

Cost: Free.

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

STARLITE BALL

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

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1.

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

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Friday, Aug. 3-Dec. 28.

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.

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: A dinner and a dance with music. Call to register for dinner.

When: Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

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

Cost:$5 and includes meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

Future highlights

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.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCING

What: With the Champaign-Urbana Israeli Folkdancers. All are welcome, regardless of experience. Start at 7 p.m. with beginner dances, and progress to an intermediate level. Lots of open dance time. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes.

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

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

Cost: Free, donations are accepted at the door.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

STARLITE BALL

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

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22.

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

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

WEST COAST SWING NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: West Coast Swing Night Club provides a variety of music and decoration to have a special Saturday night out. Open dancing.

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

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: First Fall 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. Aug. 27.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org.

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: A dinner and a dance with music. Call to register for dinner.

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

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

Cost:$5 and includes meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

ZOO IMPROV FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV

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

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 27.

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

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

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

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 nine presentations by community members discussing an array of topics in concise talks illustrated by 20 slides displaying for 20 seconds each. Music by DJ Brian Mertz. Joanna Machen, emcee.

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.

Next week

FIRST FRIDAYS: CLOTHESPIN PUPPETS

What: Clothespin Puppets organization offers one-of-a-kind shows that are custom adaptations of popular children's literature. This fun puppet show will highlight a picture book and includes meeting a large marionette puppet. Also, make your own puppet to take home.

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

Where: Urbana Free Library, The Busey-Mills Reading Room (first floor). 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

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

Future highlights

'DEATH MAKES A HOUSE'

What: An audience-interactive murder mystery dinner presented by Champaign Urbana Theater Company's Seven Corpse Dinner Murder Mysteries. A fundraiser to benefit The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.

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

Where: Elks Lodge, 903 N Dunlap Ave., Savoy.

Cost: $40 a piece or two for $75. Raffle items will be available

More info: Email Linda Knox at lrosek61@yahoo.com or cutc.org.

DOUG CHURCH, ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST

What: Doug Church, regarded as an icon in the industry, winning numerous awards, will be "shakin' it up" at Lorraine Theatre along with "Change of Habit" Tribute Band. Reserved seats online at thelorrainetheatre.com or general admission at the door the evening of the performance.

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

Where: Lorraine Theatre, 3254 E. Main St., Hoopeston.

Cost: Tickets $20-$30, plus $1.69-$2.04 service fee.

More info: thelorrainetheatre.com or call 217-397-2211.

THEATER

This weekend

'ANNIE'

What: The fourth show in the theatre's 2018 summer season line up features 13 young performers from the Central Illinois area as Annie and the orphans in one of the world's best-loved musicals.

When 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.

'FAITH COUNTY II: AN EVENING OF CULTURE '

What: Rantoul Theatre Group presents this slapstick comedy.

When:7:30 p.m. July 27 and 28.

Where:Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.

Cost: Tickets $7-$10.

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

'THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME'

What: Homer Opera House theater presents an adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," not a musical, but a closer representation of the literary nuance of the original book.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 27-29.

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.

'MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET'

What: The Beef House Dinner Theatre.

When: Evening shows July 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 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.

Next week

'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.

'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, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL'

What: A comedy presented by Country Theatre Workshop. CTW's final show of the season.

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.

'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.

'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.

Future highlights

'DISNEY'S THE ARISTOCATS - KIDS'

What: Presented by Champaign Park District Youth Theatre. Stage adaptation of Disney's animated classic motion picture, and featuring a jazzy upbeat score. 30 minute version.

When:7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21, 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 22.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$12.

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

'DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL'

What: Teen musical. Presented by DLO Musical Theatre in partnership with Teen Theatre Company of Danville.

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 12.

When: Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, Danville.

Cost: Tickets, $7-$15.

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

'DISNEY'S TARZAN THE MUSICAL'

What:Twin City Theatre Company.

When:7 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25, 2 p.m. Aug. 26, 7 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2 p.m. Sept. 2.

When:SoDo Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost:Tickets $15-$18.

More info: twincitytheatreco.com, twincitysquared@gmail.com.

'NOISES OFF!'

What: This hilarious and classically comic play takes a look at the follies of theatre folk.

When: 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 18, 2 p.m. Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Aug. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 22, 8 p.m. Aug. 23, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 24, 2 p.m. Aug. 25 and 26.

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.

'STRANGE WINDOW: THE TURN OF THE SCREW'

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. Presented by The Builders Association, an Obie Award-winning performance and media company.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

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

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

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.

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.

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 28.

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

Cost: Free.

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

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

Next week

SUMMER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 15-minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

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

Where: North side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

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

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.

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.

NATURE PLAY PRE-K: GONE FISHIN'

What: Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6. Learn all about fish as we pretend to be them, and we will even learn some basics of fishing. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Register by Aug. 2 at ccfpd.org.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 3.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CRYSTAL LAKE PARK CLEANUP

What: Join United By Blue, Champaign Outdoors, Urbana Parks District clean the shore lines of the Saline Branch in Crystal Lake Park. All cleanup supplies, snacks and drinking water will be provided. After the cleanup, join us for a Volunteer Happy Hour at Riggs Beer Company. Every volunteer will receive a free Riggs pint glass or glass growler. Sign up at: unitedbyblue.com/urbana.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

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

More info: Call 484-788-4044, unitedbyblue.com/urbana or email maria@unitedbyblue.com.

23RD ANNUAL RUN MAHOMET

What: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and MAYC/MPRD 1 Mile Fun Run will be held to benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club's after-school and summer programs. A run for everyone. All participants will receive a Fun Run T-shirt, participant ribbon, refreshments. Participants in the half marathon, 10K and 5k races who register by July 15 will receive an event- and gender-specific technical shirt.

When: Aug. 3 and 4. The 1 Mile Fun Run at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. The half marathon and 10K races at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 7:20 a.m. Aug. 4.

Where: All three races start and finish at Mahomet-Seymour High School.

More info: RunMahomet.com or email runmahomet@gmail.com.

CUAS MARS OBSERVING

What: The planet Mars will be as close to the Earth as it has been in the last 15 years at the end of July. Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening observing Mars. Weather-permitting, if skies are cloudy observing will move to Aug. 4. Call 217-351-2567 for cancellation information.

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

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

Cost: Free.

More info: 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.

Future highlights

CHERRY PIE RIDE

What: A fun ride with a 10-mile family route and a 30-mile long route. Ride with your kids or your friends and have a piece of pie at the finish. The ride benefits the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 1 p.m. Aug. 5.

Where: Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost: Free.

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

 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. Aug. 6.

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

Cost: Free.

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

ILLINI SUPER JET FLY-IN

What: See real turbine powered R/C Jet aircraft fly at speeds up to 200 MPH!

When: Aug. 9-11. All day starting 7 a.m. Aug. 9 until 11 p.m. Aug. 11.

Where: Eli Field Model Air Park, located just east of the Monticello Railroad Museum, Monticello.

More info: https://www.elifield.com/events/illini-super-jets.

SUNSET PADDLE

What: Learn who comes out when the sun goes down as we explore aquatic life of Homer Lake via canoe. Previous canoe experience is required. All equipment will be provided; bring water to drink and bug spray. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. Space is limited. Register by Aug. 8 at ccfpd.org.

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

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.

KENNEKUK ROAD RUNNERS HOWL AT THE MOON

What: The 28th annual 8 hour run/wWalk. A 3.29 mile loop with support from Kennekuk's outstanding volunteers. Do as little or as much as you can. A perfect event for your first Ultra. Post-race party with food, drink, prizes and music.

When: 7:30 a.m. Aug. 11.

Where: Kennekuk Cove County Park, Danville.

More info: kennekuk.com.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

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

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11.

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

Cost: Free.

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

4-H HOPSTARS! RABBIT AGILITY SHOW

What:Check out this one-of-a-kind event. The Hopstars, a local 4-H Rabbit Agility club, will be doing a demonstration. The bunnies will hop, crawl, and leap through an obstacle while being guided by their 4-H handlers. For all ages.

When: 2 to 2:45 p.m. Aug. 11.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CUAS HOMER LAKE STARWATCH

What: Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening observing the stars. Tonight, observe the Perseid meteor shower. Meet at the Interpretive Center at 8:30 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the Walnut Hill Shelter area to view the stars, planets, and more. Weather permitting. Call for weather updates.

When: 8:30 p.m. to midnight Aug. 11.

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

Cost: Free.

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

PIE RUN

What: A 3.14-mile course for walkers or runners. Water and pie stops provided. Choose to finish either "pie free" or "flying pie." Pie/Pi-themed costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded. Children may run with parents, but must be supervised at all times. All registrants must provide a valid email address to receive pre-race information. Deadline: July 30 to get a shirt; Aug. 15 to get a guaranteed spot unless the event is full. On-site registration if slots available.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18. Participant check-in at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Starts and ends at West Side Park, Champaign.

Cost: Fee (resident/non resident) $20/$30.

More info: topher.wendt@champaignparks.com or call 217-398-2581.

CUAS FAMILY SKYWATCH/PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

What: Join members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Inc. at their observatory for their public open house. See the stars and planets through the large public telescope.Weather permitting. Call 217-356-2567 if weather threatens or skies are cloudy.

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

Where: Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Observatory, southwest of Champaign, south of Monticello Road on County Road 700 E, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cuas@cuas.org or cuas.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. 23.

Where: Victory Park, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

BATS AT THE BRIDGE

What: Learn about these ecologically important mammals and how white-nose syndrome is affecting their populations. After a short presentation indoors, participants head over to the Covered Bridge to look for the bats that roost there. Register by Aug. 23 at ccfpd.org.

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

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

Cost:$3 per person; children 2 and younger are free.

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

REMOTE CONTROL AIRPLANE FLYING EVENT

What:Annual "Barnstormers Over Champaign," hosted by the Champaign County Radio Control Club, features the large RC models all doing amazing stunts. Pilots come from a number of states to participate. See the planes upclose and talk to the pilots.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Where: CCRCC Flying Field, on Route 150, 2.2 miles west of Champaign's Mattis Avenue, Champaign.

More info: ccrcc.info or email otedb@comcast.net,

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. Aug. 25.

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

Cost: Free.

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

EXPLORE THE STARS WITH ASTROILLINI

What:Learn about stars and more with AstroIllini, a group of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates from the UIUC Astronomy Department interested in conducting astronomy related Education and Public Outreach on the UIUC campus and in the C-U community.

When: 3 to 3:45 p.m. Aug. 25.

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

Cost: Free.

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

MEADOWBROOK PARK FULL MOON NIGHT RIDES

What:All ages. Full moon night rides depart shortly before sunset to enjoy the sunset and moonrise over the prairie on a 'pick your speed' ride very low traffic country roads to Sidney Dairy Barn to enjoy the regional favorite ice cream. After eating and socializing, the sun is set, the moon is in the sky for a magical ride home.

When: Aug. 25. Dates and times vary depending on night of full Moon.

Where: Depart from Windsor Road parking lot.

Cost: Free.

More info: prairiecycleclub.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. Sept. 1.

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.

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. Sept. 8.

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

Cost: Free.

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

UI MUSEUMS

Spurlock Museum

What: Exhibit, "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: Spurlock Museum Summer Sunday: Docent-Led. Exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. This month, Planets, Stars, and the Moon. 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 29.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

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

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: "Annual Midwest Juried Photography Exhibition."

When:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through Aug. 24.

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

Cost: Free admission.

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

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

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

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

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

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

DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM

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

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

Where: 700 S. Main St., Tuscola.

Cost: Free; donations are welcome.

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

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

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

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

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

Cost: Free admission.

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

FORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WATER TOWER MUSEUM

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

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

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

Cost: Free.

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

I&I HISTORIC FARM MUSEUM

What: Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11; or by appointment. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September.

Where: 309 E. Busey St., Penfield.

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

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What: Home and Garden Faire. Vendor items will include artwork, sculptures, antiques, plants and flowers, garden accessories, garden art, garden clothing, produce/farmers' market items, stained glass, garden wood crafts and signs, photography, handmade jewelry, baked goods, repurposed and recycled items and approved home party vendors. Food will be available in the Red Barn.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28.

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: iroquoiscountyhistoricalsociety.com or call 815-432-2215.

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: History. Jump back in time to 1890 and see if you can keep up with a 19th century history 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. All ages.

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon July 27.

What: Museum Mondays: Music Makers. Using everyday objects, we will make extraordinary instruments. Create an imaginary symphony with drums, harps, and shakers galore! Use what we have, or bring your own objects. All ages. Drop-in program.

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

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:2nd Annual Orpheum Kid's Archaeology Day. This fun and educational event marks the anniversary of the grand opening of Archaeology Field Station and Excavation Unit. Families can learn about ancient peoples and cultures, experience real artifacts, and can become amateur archaeologists. From basketry to ceramics and neolithic tools. Hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

When:1 to 5 p.m. July 28.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: $5 general admission, free for museum members.

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

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

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

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends, some holidays. Through Oct. 29.

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

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

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

UI LIBRARY

What: Exhibition, "ART + BOOKS," highlights creations by selected book artists and presses from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library collections: Loujon Press, Bea Nettles, Flying Fish Press, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr, Rusell Maret, and Jana Sim, from the 1960s to the present.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through Aug. 15.

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

Cost: Free.

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

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: 36th Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show. 75 to 100 quilted entries on display.

When: 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: 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, July 27, Aug. 3 featuring Mars' close approach. Planetarium closed Aug. 8 through Labor Day weekend, reopens Sept. 7.

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

Children's features:"In My Backyard," 10 a.m. Thursdays, July 26. "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 11 a.m. July 26. "Solar System Safari," 7 p.m. Aug. 4.

Full dome light show: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4.

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. 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 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. 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).

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.

JAPAN HOUSE

What: Capturing Illinois Landscapes with Larry Kanfer. A special Krannert Art Museum event at Japan House where we'll talk with local photographer Larry Kanfer about his work engaging the Illinois landscape. Bring your camera for a creative exploration of the Japan House gardens and University of Illinois Arboretum with opportunities to create new landscape photographs outdoors.

When:3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 2.

Where:2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U.

Cost:Free; donations accepted.

More info: https://kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1861.

CITY OF URBANA

What: Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Scenes Of Downtown," illustrations by Christopher Evans.

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Urbana City Building; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Urbana Free Library. Closed holidays. Through Aug. 30.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: facebook.com/urbanapublicarts.

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, July 28 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 31 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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