Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018

Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

WINE. MUSIC. AUCTION!

What: Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Ticket includes one drink ticket, an appetizer bar, silent auction, live music from Dustin Danger. All proceeds from the event will be for the future development of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

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

Cost: Tickets $50.

More info: Call 217-442-1691 or 217-586-3360.

MANSFIELD WINTER FEST

What: Over 30 vendors selling holiday decor, gifts and sweet treats. Downtown shops Three-Toad Treasures Funky Junk Shop, Rose 'n Berries and The Mansfield General Store, will also be open. Come early for coffee with DeMarchi's Espresso and breakfast with Two Reds BBQ or try their lunch along with Dragon Fire Pizza, Mansfield United Methodist Church, My Place in Mansfield, The Mansfield General Store and The Legion. Take a ride around Mansfield in a horse drawn carriage from Merrybeth Farm Carriage Service, sponsored by the Village of Mansfield. Set up at the gazebo downtown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Mrs. Claus for cookies and story time at the library at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17.

Where: Downtown Mansfield.

More info: Call 217-714-2934 or email aozee227@gmail.com.

SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW

What:More than 20 vendors selling their handcrafted items including soaps and lotions, home décor, custom paintings, jewelry, lighted bottles, and more. Lunch will be sold.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17.

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

More info: Call 217-356-5114.

ARTHUR'S ANNUAL DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

What: Spend the day shopping and enjoy all of the activities, Amish buggy rides (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), lighted parade in the evening (5:30 p.m.) and a visit from Santa. Downtown stores will have special sales all day and stay open late, holiday bazaars, and the Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar with 50-plus vendors (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Free barbecue sandwiches at noon and free hot chocolate and cookies after the parade.

When: Nov. 17.

Where: 220 Jurgens Parkway, downtown Arthur. Third Saturday Bazaar at the Merchant Building, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds.

More info: Call 217-543-2111 or 217-543-2766, illinoisamishcountry.com/ or facebook.com/3rdsaturdaymarketbazaar.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

What: Junior League of Champaign-Urbana. Enjoy the sights and songs of the holiday season while supporting our community. Or come to one of our many festive events that we have planned throughout the weekend; Family Winter Ball, Breakfast with Santa, Community Impact Gala.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets $5 for adults; $3, seniors; children 3 and younger, free; at the door.

More info: juniorleaguecu.org/festival-of-trees/ or email juniorleaguecu@gmail.com.

GIBSON CITY'S LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE

What: Theme for the 24th annual parade is "An Old Fashioned Christmas." Food and craft vendors will be set up downtown starting at 4 p.m. Following the parade, Santa will visit with children inside Hood's Ace Hardware, where it will be decorated for the holidays. Downtown Gibson City will be decorated with it's live Christmas Tree and lighted wreaths, stores will be decorated and carolers from churches will be singing Christmas carols.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Parade at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Parade kicks off from County Market on the south end of town and will travel north through the downtown area, Gibson City.

More info: Call 217-781-1905 or 309-825-0311.

TRIVIA NIGHT

What: Limited to 10 teams of up to five people each (or you can come alone and join a smaller team). Winning team members receive refund of entry fee. Free popcorn, cookies and a small bottled water or soda. Presented by Save the Lorraine Foundation. All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the historic Lorraine Theatre.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17. Come at 5:15 p.m. and enjoy: Sandwich, chips and cookies for $15, which amount includes the Trivia entry fee.

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

Cost: $10/person. Additional concessions available for purchase.

More info: Call 217-840-4870 or 217-304-5308.

INTERFAITH ALLIANCE THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

What Join in our fellowship of people living in harmony and celebrating a season of thanks. Here you'll find good friends, good will, and good music provided by the Interfaith Children's and Adult Choir. Hosted by Interfaith Alliance C-U.

When: 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Free. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to donate to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

More info: Call 217-333-6280 or https://www.facebook.com/events/2289850441057208/?active_tab=about

2018 FARMER CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE

What: Theme is "Christmas in the Wilderness." Sponsored by Farmer City Chamber of Commerce. Traditional entrants include various high school bands, Shrine entries, holiday floats, former WCIA Weather forecaster Judy Fraser and many others.

When: 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

Where: Steps off at the Farmer City Fairgrounds, Farmer City.

More info: Call 309-386-2791 or Farmer City Christmas Parade Facebook page.

Next week

'47TH ANNUAL URBANA HIGH SCHOOL THANKSGIVING DINNER'

What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call before 3 p.m. Nov. 20 for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 22.

Where: Urbana High School, cafeteria, 1002 S. Race St.

Cost:Free; donations are welcome and may be sent to the Student Senate at the high school.

More info: Call 217-384-3505 extension 4036 or 708-580-6396.

THIRD ANNUAL MINI CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

What: Community organizations, artists and businesses have been busy designing and decorating mini Christmas trees and wreaths. Stop by to see their creations, vote for your favorite design and place a bid in the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the MAAC Scholarship Program for high school students. Children can decorate their own ornaments and refreshments will be served daily.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 23, 24, 29, 30, 10 a.. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Monticello Area Arts Council Studio, 224 E. Livingston St., Monticello.

Cost: Free. Votes may be purchased for $1.

More info: https://www.monticelloareaarts.org/tree-festival or email maac_info@yahoo.com

PAXTON CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND STORY TIME

What: Annual tree-lighting ceremony and the park district's holiday prince and princess will be announced. Hope Vineyard Church is hosting the event and will provide a children's story time, hot cocoa and cookies, after the tree lighting.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

Where: Downtown Paxton by the Christmas tree, corner of State and Market streets. Hope Vineyard Church, 152 N. Market St.

More info: Call 217-379-4245.

PAXTON CHRISTMAS PARADE

What: Theme for PRIDE in Paxton's parade is "Christmas Express in Downtown Paxton." Santa will be at his hut downtown after the parade.

When: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

Where: Market Street, downtown Paxton. Santa Hut located in the lot by the park and Gazebo on Market street.

More info: Call 217-379-4245.

18TH ANNUAL CHRISTIE CLINIC PARADE OF LIGHTS

What: Santa rides on his sleigh up Neil Street, lighted floats and marching bands. Pre-parade activities are kid-friendly and open to the public: Visits with Santa at Big Grove Tavern, 3 p.m.; horse and carriage rides depart from the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 3:30 p.m.; Kids' Scavenger Hunt on Shop Local Saturday, check in at Jane Addams Bookshop to pick up your clue sheet, 4 p.m.; and carolers and local musicians in various locations downtown, 5 p.m.

When: 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24. Parade at 6 p.m. Tree of Lights lighting in One Main Development Plaza at 7 p.m.

Where: Downtown Champaign.

Cost:Pre-parade activities are free.

More info: champaigncenter.com/parade-of-lights or call 217-352-2400.

VILLA GROVE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL

What:Story time with Mrs. Claus, 3 to 4 p.m. at the library. "Jingle Jaunt," a one mile fun run/walk at 4 p.m. to view the lights and get you prepped for the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival to follow. Storybook Walk, vendors and games start at 4 p.m., tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

Where: Main Street, Villa Grove.

Cost: Free. Jingle Jaunt race fee, $10 and $2 sign up fee.

More info:https://www.facebook.com/villagrovechristmas/ or https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/IL/VillaGrove/VGChristmasTreeLightingFestivalJingleJaunt

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FOURTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREES AND CRAFT SALE

What: Beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display, several vendors with handcrafted items and holiday baked goods for sale. The trees and wreaths will be sold by silent auction, to be picked up at the end of the day or later by arrangement. Sponsored by Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE)

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Entry fee $2, children are free.

More info:Call 217-621-2724 or champaigncountyhce.wordpress.com.

MAHOMET VILLAGE CHRISTMAS

What: Horse-drawn carriage rides, lighting and decorating of trees, carolers, light parade, Children's Christmas Shop, visits with Santa, activities for kids, Coat & Mitten Drive, Christmas Tree Drive. Mahomet Village Christmas happens all weekend long, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Full schedule coming soon.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

Where: Main Street, downtown Mahomet.

More info: mahometchamberofcommerce.com/events-programs/village-christmas/ or call 217-586-3165.

RANTOUL AREA CHRISTMAS PARADE AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP

What: After the parade, festivities will continue at Santa's Workshop (aka The RACC Office) with music, visits and pictures with Santa, Reading with Mrs. Claus and multitudes of Good Will.

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

Where: downtown Rantoul. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 E. Sangamon Ave.

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

VERMILION COUNTY BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

What: Sausage and pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Patriots and Pioneers theme events at 10 a.m., include an American Legion flag ceremony, Illinois history talk by a Lincoln presenter, speeches by state Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and state Rep. Mike Marron (R-Fithian), performance by North Ridge Middle School's Red Coats; Christmas Ice Cream Social. Pumpkin and fresh apple pie judging contest, 1 to 3 p.m.; call 217-267-3334 to register. Music, beer, wine, concession stand and free popcorn start at 4 p.m. Music by Instrumental Illinois, then 90's Daughter, 6 p.m., and The Brat Pack, 8:30 p.m.

When: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: St. Mary's Hall, 231 N. State St., Westville.

Cost: All events free but free-will donations accepted. Bicentennial Golf Cart Raffle tickets $25 available at St. Mary's and Latoz Hardware, Westville.

More info: Call 217-267-3334.

VFW POST 5520 AUXILIARY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

What: Bake sale by the Sea Cadets, raffles, 50/50 drawing, luncheon, Mrs. Claus, more than 35 vendors of handmade items, and Backland Radio will provide the music throughout the day. All donations go to the VA.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 217-390-4075 or email nunnshdchck13@gmail.com.

SANTA PAWS

What:Bring your pets and children for photos with Santa Claws. Call to set up your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome also. Santa will be in the Summer Camp room. Enter the door under the blue striped awning, off Parke Street. Raffle tickets to win a dog or cat gift basket worth $75.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola.

Cost:Photos, $5. Raffle tickets, $1 each or six for $5.

More info: Call 217-508-5310, hands-4-paws.org or email hands4pawsinc@yahoo.com.

'CRISIS NURSERY 26TH ANNUAL CHILDREN's HOLIDAY SHOP'

What: Volunteers assist children, toddlers through 12 years of age, in choosing holiday gifts for their family and friends. Proceeds from this fundraiser help Crisis Nursery keep their doors open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3-7, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Dec. 1-8.

Where: New location — 1808 Round Barn Road, C.

Cost: All items under $10.

More info: Call 217-337-2731 or crisisnursery.net.

CRAFT BAZAAR

What: Twenty vendors with a wide variety of handmade items, lots of Christmas decorations and gifts, gift baskets, Rada cutlery, local honey, and Mahomet-Seymour spirit wear The event will include a bake sale and raffle, proceeds will benefit Give Me Five, a weekend nutrition program of the Mahomet-Seymour School District.

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 501 W. State St., Mahomet.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 217-356-5114.

CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART OF CHARLESTON

What: A free family-friendly community event. Santa's set up in City Hall taking wishes from boys and girls, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, free carriage rides take families around the square, and free performances and snacks abound.

When: 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Kicking off with a holiday parade at 4:45 p.m.

Where: on the square, Charleston.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-348-0430 or email tourism@co.coles.il.us.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

What: Visitors can tour the Atwood Home, Print Shop, Neff Grocery Store, Red Oak School, and Vermilion Chapel as they take in the sights of an old-fashioned holiday season. Refreshments, cookies, holiday crafts for the kids, music, and more. Hosted by The Vermilion County Conservation District.

When: 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

What: The historic buildings will be lighted for the public to enjoy.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2-31.

Where: Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691.

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: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: downtown Urbana.

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

FILMS

This weekend

VIOLENCE TO HEALING FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES

What:"Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope." The YWCA of the University of Illinois' documentary series is bringing public attention to the experiences of women and girls who have been swept into the trauma-to-prison pipeline. Each film is followed by public discussions facilitated by local experts and community members.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 15.

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

Cost:Free.

More info:ywcauofi.org or call 217-403-2070.

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "Sing-a-long Sound of Music." Join us for the Sing-along version of one of the most beloved musicals

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17, and 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

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

Next week

VIRGINIA THEATRE SPECIAL EVENT

What: "First Man." (2018). Rated G. 161 minutes. The riveting true story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon based upon the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, by James R. Hansen..

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 19-21, 23, 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25.

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

Cost: Tickets $8.

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

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 23, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 24, and 2 p.m. Nov. 25.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

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

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MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "The Polar Express." Kick off your holidays with this heartwarming story called a "new classic"!

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

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

REWIND 92.5 MOVIE SERIES: LISTENERS' CHOICE

What: Stand up and be counted and help us choose which of the following holiday favorites we show at this special December screening! The "candidates": "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), "Home Alone" (1990), "Jingle all the Way" (1996), "Die Hard" (1988).

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

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.

VIRGINIA THEATRE SPECIAL EVENT

What: Holiday in Whoville. Watch Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." (1966 television short). During the event we will have pictures with Santa, caroling, hot chocolate, and trolley rides through downtown Champaign.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Showing at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $3; free for children 2 years old and younger.

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

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES:THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "The Bishop's Wife." (1947). Rated G. 109 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only). See all five for $24.

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

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES:THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "Miracle on 34th Street." (1947). Rated G. 101 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only). See all five for $24.

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

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES: THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "Meet me in St. Louis." (1944). Rated G. 113 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only). See all five for $24.

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

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES: THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "A Christmas Carol." (1951). Not Rated. 87 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only). See all five for $24.

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

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES: THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "It's a Wonderful Life." (1946). Rated PG. 132 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only). See all five for $24.

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

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The classic Dickens' holiday story as told by your favorite Muppets.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 21, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22, and 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

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

MUSIC

This weekend

ILLINI STRINGS

What University of Illinois School of Music. This string orchestra performs music from the classics to music written in the 21st century. Musicians in this orchestra are comprised of non-music majors from all across the Illinois campus

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

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.

NATHAN MANDEL, SAXOPHONE

What University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What: Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Terry Smith. The Masonic Lodge will serve Turkey dinner and all the trimming

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Nov. 16.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $10.

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

FREE MUSIC FRIDAY

What: Music performance with The Bashful Youngens (Americana).

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

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

Cost: Free.

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

COLLIN RAYE AND SWEET TEA TRIO

What:With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee Raye will be part of an acoustic trio taking the stage. The concert will be the finale to this year's 22nd Annual Festival of Trees; adding to week of special activities this coming November. .

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where:David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $25-$65.

More info: palmerarena.com or call 1-800-514-3849.

VINO & VIBES

What: Music performance with The Chickadee Sermon (folk and bluegrass).

When:3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17.

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

Cost: Free.

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

JACKYL

What: Concert. Food available for purchase.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $50 plus $5 handling fee

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

BELLFLOWER COUNTRY OPRY

What: Belfllower Country Opry Band with guest, Ryan Ideus. He brings the ability to sing everything from classic country, to modern country, to gospel. A ham dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

Where: Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St.

Cost: Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free; meal, $6.

More info: Call 217-898-7493 or 309-722-3497.

FREE MUSIC SUNDAY

What: Music performance with Stuart Smith's Revelators (americana).

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Free.

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

LAKE LAND COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHOIR

What: The choir will present a holiday concert. The choir, consisting of approximately 50 mixed voices including students, college employees, and members of the community, presents two concerts annually. A reception will follow in the dining area at the college.

When:3 p.m. Nov. 18.

Where:Theater, Lake Land College, Mattoon. Due to construction behind the Luther Student Center where the Theater is located, concert attendees are advised to park in Parking Lot B or Parking Lot F, and follow the signs to the Theater.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-234-5464 or lakelandcollege.edu/student-life/community-choir/.

Next week

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.

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IN CONCERT AT CPL: BRANDON T. WASHINGTON

What: Listen to native CU solo guitarist, Brandon T. Washington, who will play a mix of obscure and common covers and original music from the bands he's been a member of. For all ages.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 25.

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

Cost: Free.

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

BAROQUE ARTISTS OF CHAMPAIGN URBANA

What: Messiah Sing-Along. An annual tradition for over fifteen years, this interactive concert might be your holiday season's favorite memory. We'll provide the conductor, terrific soloists, and accompaniment. You, the audience, will serve as the choir! Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Singers of all ages are welcome.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25.

Where:First Baptist Church at Savoy, 1602 Prospect Ave., Savoy.

Cost: Free-will donation..

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

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. Nov. 26 (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.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: The Parkland College Jazz Combo.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 26.

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

Cost: Free and open to public .

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

UI PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

What University of Illinois School of Music. The musicians of this orchestra play works ranging from new experimental pieces to classics of the literature.

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

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.

98 DEGREES AT CHRISTMAS

What: In five short years (1997-2002), 98 Degrees sold a staggering 10 million records, scored a chart-topping single, "Thank God I Found You," with Mariah Carey and collaborated with their idol, Stevie Wonder, on "True to Your Heart," for the 1998 animated Disney film "Mulan." Last year, 98 Degrees released their first full-length Christmas album in 18 years, "Let It Snow," to glowing reviews from both fans and critics alike

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

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

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$99.50. Additional $6 processing fees apply (online only).

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

ILLINOIS MODERN ENSEMBLE

What University of Illinois School of Music. The Illinois Modern Ensemble focuses on contemporary and experimental music.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Jooyon Chung, flute, and Dai-An Liu, harp. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Nov. 29.

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

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

CHIP McNEILL, JAZZ SAXOPHONE

What University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 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.

FREE MUSIC FRIDAY

What: Music performance with Stone and Snow. Singer-songwriters Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson have been crafting their unique style of folk-influenced music since 2012. When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

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

Cost: Free.

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

RONNIE MILSAP

What: Concert. Dinner in conjunction with the concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $70-$90, plus $5 handling fee. Dinner, $15.

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

LARRY GRAY, JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

What University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

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.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS CHILDREN'S CHORUS

What: The annual Winter Concert features holiday favorites. Four choirs performing - Music Makers, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, children and seniors are free, at the door.

More info: Call 217-722-4448 or email office@ciccsings.org .

MARCHING ILLINI IN CONCERT

What University of Illinois School of Music. This concert featuring its signature tunes, highlights of the season, and some exciting extras.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

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.

JEWEL: HANDMADE HOLIDAY TOUR

What: Performing Holiday classics, Holiday originals, and classic Jewel songs alongside special guests and family members, Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Tickets $45-$125. Additional $6 processing fees apply (online only).

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

ROLSTON STRING QUARTET

What: Cleveland Quartet Award Winner. Sunday Salon Series — Emerging Artists.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$55.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: The Parkland Chamber Singers and Parkland Wind Ensemble will hold their "Carols and Cheer" joint concert. Kristina Engberg serves as accompanist.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost: Free and open to public .

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: Springfield Ballet Company joins the DSO for the return of Tchaikovsky's timeless classic, "The Nutcracker."

When: 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $20-$40.

More info: Call 217-443-5300 or danvillesymphony.org or email info@danvillesymphony.org.

PHILO COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW

What: Showcase of local country music talent in a Branson-style live music stage show. Hosted by Ed Clem, bass and vocals, and Chrissy Sparks, piano, sax, vocals, on stage with Dyke Corson, lead and steel guitar, vocals; and Dave Ohlsson, drums, vocals. Special guest, Ron and Cindy Peddycoart Crawford.

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

Where: R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 108 Madison, Philo.

Cost: Tickets $10. Concessions available.

More info: Call 217-390-2700.

JAZZ COMBO CONCERT 1

What University of Illinois School of Music. Faculty musicians lead them through classic charts by influential writers plus current compositions.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

UI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE AND STEEL BAND

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

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: Parkland's Guitar Ensemble.

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

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

Cost: Free and open to public .

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

UI JAZZ TROMBONE ENSEMBLE

What: University of Illinois School of Music. Jim Pugh leads the ensemble on works arranged or written by group members.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

SIDEWALK PROPHETS 'GREAT BIG FAMILY CHRISTMAS TOUR'

What: Dove Award-winning band in concert. This inaugural event is a joyful and interactive experience and a holiday fun-filled event.

When:7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Tickets $15-$25; $45, VIP afterparty.

More info:Call 615-358-8756 or https://tinyurl.com/SWP-GBFC-DANVILLE-IL or https://www.facebook.com/events/262920084565945/

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "Holiday Glory," a concert of holiday cheer for the whole family. Vocal soloists Josefien Stoppelenburg and Kate Tombaugh join with the University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children's Chorus.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

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

UI JAZZ BAND IV

What University of Illinois School of Music. This group specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

BACH'S LUNCH CONCERTS

What: Music by Dearie (Indie). Bring a lunch or purchase a box lunch through the park district by noon on the Wednesday before the performance.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Performance is free. Lunches are $9; beverage, $1.25.

More info:Call 217-398-2376.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

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

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

CONCERT JAZZ BAND: HELGESEN FELLOWSHIP CONCERT

What University of Illinois School of Music. The classic jazz ensemble, UI Concert Jazz Band, is led by Chip McNeill—a performer with Arturo Sandoval, Nat Adderley, Maynard Ferguson, and the Woody Herman Orchestra.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

ILLINOIS WIND SYMPHONY

What University of Illinois School of Music. Since its inception, the symphony has served as an ambassador for the historic Illinois Bands program and is an innovator in the wind band field.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: Feollinger 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.

UI JAZZ GUITAR ENSEMBLE AND SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLES

What University of Illinois School of Music. Reeds and strings take the lead when these student jazz ensembles head into the Studio Theatre.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: Parkland Pops.

When: 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 8.

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

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

UI LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE

What University of Illinois School of Music. The ensemble performs works with South American, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and traditional jazz influences.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

UI JAZZ BAND III

What University of Illinois School of Music. This group specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: Parkland Concert Band and Orchestra.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

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

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

MICHAEL MCDONALD

What:Michael McDonald brings his This Christmas, An Evening of Holiday & Hits Tour to The Virginia Theatre..

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $49.95-$79.95.

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

UI JAZZ VOCAL AND JAZZ VOCAL COMBOS

What University of Illinois School of Music. Jazz vocalists can perform a cappella, create their own vocal percussion, become entire orchestras unto themselves, or sing dense arrangements backed by rhythm musicians.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

ANNUAL CAROL CONCERT

What University of Illinois School of Music. A festive tradition, this concert joins choruses, instrumentalists, and audience members in a celebration of the winter season.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

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. Dec. 10 (second (and fifth) Mondays of every month).

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

Where:Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

UI WIND ORCHESTRA AND HINDSLEY SYMPHONIC BAND

What University of Illinois School of Music. The orchestra performs works for large or small groups, traditional pieces, and new compositions. The band performs music for large ensembles, historic works, transcriptions, and modern pieces.

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

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.

UI JAZZ BAND II

What University of Illinois School of Music. This group specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

ANDREW PETERSON PRESENTS BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

What:Presented by Gather Round Production. Storied Nashville singer-songwriter and author Andrew Peterson presents the Advent song cycle Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

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

Cost: Tickets $25-$40.

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

UI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What University of Illinois School of Music. The premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will perform a variety of pieces conducted by Donald Schleicher.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

UI JAZZ COMBO CONCERT II

What University of Illinois School of Music. Students in these small jazz combos have the opportunity to hone their technique and work on tight arrangements. World-renowned faculty musicians lead them through classic charts by influential writers such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie plus current compositions.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

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. Jan. 14, 2019 (second (and fifth) Mondays of every month).

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

Where:Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

DANCING

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ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15.

Where: Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U.

Cost: Free.

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

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.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Class demonstrations. Open dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m..

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by The Mean Lids with 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. Nov. 16.

Where: Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St.,U.

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

TANGO AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM

What: Tango dancing with music by Tangotta, featuring Armand Beaudoin, bass and cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Sam Gingher, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar. All levels of ability are welcome.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 17.

Where: Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email kam@illinois.edu, call 217-333-1861 or kam.illinois.edu.

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. Nov. 18.

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.

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ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 20 and 27.

Where: Room 314-A, 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

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ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: Weekly swing social dancing. All are welcome. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No partner or special shoes needed.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. Nov. 26.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

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: 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Free, donations are accepted at the door.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6.

Where: Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U.

Cost: Free.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7: to 10 p.m. Dec. 7.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Big Bluestem with Tamara Lowenthal, 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. Dec. 7.

Where: Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St.,U.

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

ENGLISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BALL

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

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

Where: Illini Student Union, second-floor ballroom, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Admission, $7.

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

ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 11.

Where: Room B, 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. Holiday Dance. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14.

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: Christmas Ball 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. Dec. 15.

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

Cost: $5 and includes meal.

More info: Call 217-283-5544.

TANGO AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM

What: Tango dancing with music by Tangotta, featuring Armand Beaudoin, bass and cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Sam Gingher, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar. All levels of ability are welcome.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 15.

Where: Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email kam@illinois.edu, call 217-333-1861 or kam.illinois.edu.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Last Friday dance of 2018. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE

What: Limited seating, by reservation only. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts at 10 p.m. with midnight champagne and Celebration.

When: Doors open, 8 p.m. Dancing begins, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

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

Cost: $65/person.

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

PERFORMING ARTS

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VOICE READING SERIES

What: Hear new work by graduate student authors in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-333-1861, kam.illinois.edu or email kam@illinois.edu.

'CIRCA CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS & HUMANS'

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. Two programs by the multi-skilled artists of Australia's Circa. "Carnival of the Animals" was on Nov. 4.

When: "Humans," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$30.

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

COMEDIAN DREW HASTINGS

What: Nationally acclaimed comedian, mayor, farmer. He has appeared on HBO, FOX, NBC, an all-time favorite of the Bob & Tom Radio Show, and his One-Hour Comedy Central special "Irked & Miffed

When: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Where: Eastland Suites Hotel, 1907 N Cunningham Ave., U.

Cost:Tickets $21-$26.

More info: Call 217-367-8331, https://www.landpage.co/thecackleshack or email jesse@cucomedy.com.

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'NO BLUE MEMORIES — THE LIFE OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS'

What: In Manual Cinema's theatrical rendering, striking visuals combine with poetry, storytelling and original live music for an inspiring tale of identity, politics and one of the most remarkable American literary careers. Marquee Big Mix Series. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting a behind-the-scenes lecture and reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28,, in the Reading Room of the Main Library on campus.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

More info: krannertcenter.com, library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 217-333-6280.

'THE NUTCRACKER'

What: Champaign-Urbana Ballet and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra transform a festive holiday evening into an enchanted journey filled with glittering fairies, globally inspired vignettes, troublemaking rodents and a winsome cavalry.Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9..

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

Cost: Tickets $21-$45.

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

ST. LOUIS BALLET

What: For their performance, the first half of the program will feature contemporary pieces and will close with a divertissement of "The Nutcracker" Act II for the second half of the program.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $25.

More info:Call 217-581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.

TALENT SHOW WITH PATCH ADAMS MD

What: Fun Night for All Ages. Local talent, fun booths, bake goods sale, silent auction, raffle for prizes. Fundraiser for Gesundheit! Institute.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. 202 S. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Entrance fee, $5.

More info: Email programming@patchadams.com.

AN EVENING WITH NICK OFFERMAN

What:Humorist Nick Offerman returns to the site of his youthful matriculation with a collection of sawdusty musings on living with enthusiasm, crafting things in wood and most importantly, cultivating mirth. Offerman, University of Illinois Alum, generously is performing this show as fundraiser for the future Japan House Annex.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

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

Cost: Tickets $35-$80. VIP tickets, $250.

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org/event/an-evening-with-nick-offerman/.

VOICE READING SERIES

What: Hear new work by graduate student authors in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-333-1861, kam.illinois.edu or email kam@illinois.edu.

COMEDIAN STEWART HUFF

What: Alto Vineyards Comedy Night. His knack for embracing the foibles of humanity and his refreshing originality make him as likeable as he is hilarious.

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Where: Alto Vineyards, 4210 N. Duncan Road, C.

Cost:Tickets $15.

More info: cucomedy.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comedian-stewart-huff-alto-vineyards-tickets-52516274591 or email jesse@cucomedy.com or call 217-202-6023.

CLOTHESPIN PUPPETS HOLIDAY SHOW

What:The Picture Book Show is a fast-paced mix of holiday stories, puppets, and audience participation lovingly adapted from favorite holiday picture books, including Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood. For kids and their families.

When:3 to 3:45 p.m. Dec. 15.

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

Cost: Free.

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

SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE YOUR MAGIC

What: Rhis production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage.

When: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

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

Cost: Tickets $15-75 plus fees.

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

JEFF DUNHAM

What: Comedian and ventriloquist on his Passively Aggressive Tour.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $45.50 plus fees.

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

'GISELLE' AND 'THE SLEEPING BEAUTY'

What: Russian National Ballet Theatre perform Giselle's haunting saga and Princess Aurora's story of love. Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: "Giselle" at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, and "The Sleeping Beauty" at 7 p.m. Jan. 23, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$45.

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

THEATER

This weekend

'THE BEULAH REED SHOW 3'

What: Presented by Country Theatre Workshop. A variety show with music, comedy and entertainment. Fundraiser to help CTW pave the parking lot.

When:7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Tickets $15.

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

'DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.'

What: Presented by Champaign Park District Youth Theatre (fifth-eighth grades).

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

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

Cost: Tickets $12-$14.

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

'HIR'

What: The Celebration Company. A dark comedy by Taylor Mac, directed by Dustin Yokum.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17. 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.

'LITTLE PRINCESS'

What: Homer Opera House theater.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Tickets $8-$12.

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

'MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS'

What: DLO Musical Theatre. Based on the heartwarming film of the same name, Meet Me In St. Louis takes audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900s, on the brink of the 1904 World's Fair.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Tickets $20, adult; $7, student; online or at the door.

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

'THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940'

What: Parkland Theatre. A comedy about murders, secret identities, and the Golden Age of Broadway. Talkback immediately following this show, Nov. 8. Director Mathew Green, the cast and crew discuss the show and answer audience questions.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Tickets $9-$15; group (20 or more), $11.

More info: Call 217-351-2528 or email theatre@parkland.edu.

Future highlights

'ATLANTIS'

What: Premiere of an original musical by Scott Knier. The show will be performed as a staged reading. Illini Student Musicals.

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

Where: Lincoln Hall Theatre, 702 S. Wright St., U.

More info: Marketing@illinistudentmusicals.org.

'THE BEEF HOUSE CHRISTMAS SHOW'

What: December Stories. Dinner theatre. From energetic tributes to the joys and stories of the holidays to our passionate celebration of the reason for the season.

When: Evening shows Dec. 13, 14 , 15, and 21, doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. EDT); matinees Dec. 15, 16, 20, doors open at 11:30 p.m., show at 1 p.m. CDT (12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. EDT). Matinee shows on Dec. 15 and 20 are sold out but more tickets may open up. Call to be added to a wait list.

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

Cost: Tickets $45.

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

'BELIEVE... THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS'

What: Discover the true meaning of Christmas, a new holiday musical.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16.

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

Cost:Tickets $21.75-$37.50.

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

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER'

What: The Monticello Theatre Association. The story of the Herdmans, six delinquent children who go to church for the first time (for snacks) and become involved with the annual Christmas play there.

Where: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost:Tickets $15 for adults; $10, high school and younger.

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

'CINDERELLA'

What: 2018-19 WCIA 3 Broadway Series.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $39-$65 plus fees.

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

'KINKY BOOTS'

What: 2018-19 WCIA 3 Broadway Series.

When: 8 p.m. April 14.

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

Cost: Tickets $39-$65 plus fees.

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

'THE LITTLE TOWN OF CHRISTMAS'

What: Tri-County Players. An evening of holiday laughter and warmth.

When:7 p.m. Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1,7 and 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $12.

More info: Call 217-379-7028.

'MAMMA MIA!'

What: The Celebration Company. Music & lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 2, 5-8, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-15. One of the Sundays is usually at 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15. $10 for everyone on the first Friday performance.

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

'ORNAMENTS'

What:Six Christmas stories in one act. Charleston Alley Theatre. Family entertainment in conjunction with Christmas in the Heart of Charleston and Mattoon's Celebrate Downtown Christmas.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe St., Charleston; Dec. 7-9 in the Mattoon Train Station, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon.

Cost: Tickets, general admission $8; children 12 and younger free.

More info: Call 217-345-2287 or charlestonalleytheatre.com.

'PAGE THREE MURDER'

What: DACC Players, theatre troupe from Danville Area Community College, presents a comedic-thriller set in modern day London. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DACC Players rescheduled their performances, originally scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17.

When:  7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where:Bremer Theater, DACC, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Cost:Tickets, $5-$10; at the door.

More info: daccplayers.com or by emailing daccplayers@yahoo.com.

'RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, MUSICAL'

What: The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Tickets $32.50-$62.50.

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

'THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE'

What: The Celebration Company. A poetic drama by Deborah Brevoort based on the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103, Dec. 21, 1988.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-20, 23-27, Jan. 30-Feb. 2. One of the Sundays is usually at 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15. $10 for everyone on the first Friday performance

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

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

NATURE PLAY PRE-K FRIDAYS

What: For ages 6 years and younger with an adult. Drop by the nature center to discover self-guided activities for little naturalists. Adventures may lead you outdoors to the nature playscape as weather permits. Weekly themes depend on current events in nature.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Nov. 16-Dec. 14; except Nov. 23.

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

Cost: Free-will donations of $2/child are encouraged.

More info: Call 217-384-4062.

OWL-EBRATION

What: Celebrate the owls living at the nature center with a party in their honor. Games, crafts and up-close encounters with Eastern screech owls. Registraion required.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17.

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

Cost: Registration fees, Earlybird, $5 resident, $7 nonresident by Nov. 3; $6-$8 by Nov. 10.

More info: Call 217-384-4062 or 217-367-1544.

Next week

WINTER FUN RUNS

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

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, November through March 2019.

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

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

51ST ANNUAL TURKEY TROT

What: Urbana Park District's Thanksgiving morning tradition. A 1-mile fun run/walk for all ages. Free hot chocolate provided. Prize raffle after the run.

When: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22 (check-in, 8 to 8:45 a.m.).

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

Cost: Free. Donations taken for Urbana Park District Youth Scholarship Fund.

More info: Call 217-367-9575 or urbanaparks.org/events/51st-annual-turkey-trot-/

Future highlights

KIRBY WINTER WELLNESS WALK

What: An after-dark illuminated walk throughout the Gardens, sponsored by Kirby Medical Center.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 7 through Jan. 5.

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

Cost: Walk is free but donations are welcome.

More info: Allerton.illinois.edu or call 217-333-3287.

NINTH ANNUAL MIKE WALSH MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK

What: A fast, flat run through the streets of Bement followed up with complimentary Curtis Orchard Donuts and Cider. You'll also find a Christmas parade with Santa later that day. Donations for the race help fund a scholarship given by the family of Mike Walsh. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Bement/MikeWalshMemorial5KRun2.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.

Where: Bement High School, 201 S. Champaign St., Bement.

Cost: Race fee, $20 and a $2.50 sign-up fee. Price increases to $2 after Nov. 24.More info: Call 618-505-0181.

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 217-840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 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.

HOMER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

What: Join us for our natural approach to creating unique holiday gifts. Stations will be set up for children make and take home presents and decorations. Also, create treats to decorate the trees outside as a gift to the wildlife that call this preserve home. Come and go at your convenienc during program hours.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost: Free.

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

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

What: Experience nature at night on the shortest day of the year. Take a hike through Busey Woods to search for nocturnal wildlife, then gather around the campfire for hot apple cider, popcorn and s'mores. Set your intentions for the coming year, and craft a memento to take home with you. Registration is required. Age 8 and up with a registered adult.

When:6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21.

Where: Busey Woods and Fire Ring, Anita Purves Nature Center. 1505 N Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Resident, $12; noneresident, 18 by Dec. 7. $13-$20 by Dec. 14.

More info:urbanaparks.org/reigster or call 217-367-1544.

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Exhibitions, "2018 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition" and "Provenance: A Forensic History of Art" through Dec. 8; "Kennedy Browne: The Special Relationship" through Feb. 9; "Between the Buildings: Art from Chicago" through March 23, 2019, and "Blue & White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession" through May 11, 2019. KAM's collection galleries, including Encounters: The Arts of Africa the award-winning gallery of art from Africa and the African diaspora and a completely refreshed Ancient Mediterranean gallery on the lower level.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays when classes are in session. Closed Nov. 22 and 23. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission; suggested donation, $3.

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

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: Artful Nature: Rocks and Mineral. This program offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world.

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

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: Opening reception for"Bicentennial Art Center Members Only Exhibit."

When:5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Open, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through Dec. 28.

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. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. 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 is hosting a lunch, followed by a performance at noon by actor Kevin Wood, who portrays Abraham Lincoln. The program, "From Obscurity to Greatness: Lincoln and Illinois 1830-1861." Reservations are needed.

When: 11 a.m. Nov. 17. Hours, 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: Tickets. $12 for members; $15, non-members.

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

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society, the museum contains donated artifacts, pictures and documents telling the history of Farmer City's businesses, schools, churches, organizations, farm life and people

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. Winter hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, December through March.

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: Art Show, "Illinois Bicentennial - Iroquois County Style," based on the lyrics of the state song, "Illinois, Illinois." There are separate rooms dedicated to certain events or activities, such as the Wayne Hiles Military Room, the one-room school, the small music room, the old-time kitchen and more.

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

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: iroquoiscountyhistoricalsociety.com or call 815-432-2215 or 815-432-3730.

MONTICELLO RAILWAY MUSEUM

What:Lunch with Santa on the Train. Visit with Santa Claus while eating a kid-friendly sack lunch. Hosted by Monticello Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are sold exclusively online. The 11:15 a.m. train on Dec. 1 takes place during the Monticello Christmas parade. Those who ride that train will miss the parade.

When: Departs at 10, 11:15 a.m., 1 and 2:15 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2. Depot opens at 9 a.m.

Where: Wabash Depot, 200 E. Livingston St., Monticello.

Cost: Tickets $15 for coach, or, on 1 p.m. trains only, $150 for dining car service for a table of up to four people.

More info: mrym.org, call 877-762-9011 or 800-952-3396.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: "Remembering World War I: The American Legion In Champaign County." To honor the 100th anniversary of World War I, the Museum will present a brief history of the American Legion in Champaign County to coordinate with our 4th and final WWI exhibit as we discuss the contributions of Champaign County citizens to the First World War effort.

When: 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

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

Cost: Museum admission, free.

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

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: The Parade of Lights marks the opening night of the annual Snow Globe, a winter wonderland immersive event, featuring indoor sledding, holiday games, crafts, treats and more. Sponsored by Busey Bank.

Where: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24. Snow Globe continues, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1-15.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Opening night, $5, general admission; free for members. Reduced admission ($1) for income-eligible families. Regular Snow Globe admission, $3, members; $8, non-members; $24, family of four. Discounts available for income-eligible families.

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

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What: Sousa Archives and Center for American Music presents "Beautiful Music Around Us, Exploring America's Evolving Artistic Dialogues of Race and Identity," American Music Month 2018, exhibitions: "Banjos, Mandolins, and John Philip Sousa America's Musical Paradox" through Aug. 2, 2019; "Samuel S. Stewart and America's Banjo" through Sept. 27, 2019.

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.

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: New year-long farming exhibit, "Down on the Farm." The exhibit will highlight the agricultural history of Vermilion County and honor the 100th Anniversary of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through May 2019.

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 From Nov. 13-17, World War 1 displays highlighted in the museum in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the end of the War.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 17.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost:Admission price, $2-$5.

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, Nov. 16-Dec. 14.

Main feature:"Phantom of the Universe," 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17. "Season of Light" 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 24-Dec. 15.

Children's features:"Santa's Secret Star," 7 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17-Dec. 15.

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

Cost: Admission, $5-$6. Lectures, $2.

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

EXHIBITS

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER

What: Discover Illinois natural history both inside and outside the nature center. Indoors, explore the Field Station through hands-on displays that include new discovery drawers and seasonal exhibits. 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.

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: Bottenfield Elementary School (Melissa Farley), Carrie Busey Elementary Schooll ( John Odum), and Central High School (Enrika Stulpinaite Maldonado).

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 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 January 2019.

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

Cost:Free.

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

DANVILLE ART LEAGUE

What: Exhibit by Spencer Meagher is featured in the gallery. Meagher is a Plein Air and studio artist, with his studio in Mount Vernon.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Nov. 21-26. Through Dec. 15.

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

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

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "From Rail to Rail." Explore Kickapoo Rail Trail's fascinating history of uses.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed Saturday, Sunday and 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 ccfpd.org/education/interpretive-center-homer-lake).

ILLINI UNION ART GALLERY

What: "Light Seeker" by Champaign Photography Association.

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

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

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu, call 217-333-3137 or 217- 333-3660.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "perSISTERS, Icons from the Female Power Project" by Leda Black. Remarks by Black at 5:30 p.m.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Through Jan. 15, 2019.

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

More info: Call 217-337-1500, universityymca.org/art.

PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: Reception for "2018 State of the Art Photography Invitational: Locale," curated by Chicago photographer and educator Christopher Schneberger. Curatorial talk at 6:30 p.m. and music by Cobra Lounge Trio.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Open, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Fridays and Sundays, and from 5 p.m. Nov. 21 through Nov. 25. Through Feb. 2, 2019.

Where: Giertz Gallery, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

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

RICHMOND FAMILY WELCOME GALLERY

What: The Welcome Gallery, featuring interactive exhibits, personal stories of alumni, a showcase for the University of Illinois's rich history, traditions and achievements.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Where:Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U.

More info:Call 217-244-9035.

SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER

What: Opening day for the Art Exhibition, "Champaign Park District Art Show."

When: Nov. 17. Open, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 5, 2019.

Where: 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-819-3909, email michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or champaignparks.com/art-exhibits.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER

What: Exhibition, "In the Eye of the Beholder."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays. Through Dec. 16.

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

Cost: Free.

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

UI LIBRARY

What: Exhibition, "Building a Library The Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection at Illinois."

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through Dec. 14.

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.

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "Common Bonds." Encaustic paintings by Dana Brown. Studio furniture by Thomas Skaggs.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through Nov. 24.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

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

THE GILBERT GALLERY

What: Art exhibition, "Women With Vision," featuring artists, Beth Darling, Phil Strang, Laura Anne Welle. JAM, a local folk-rock duo, perform an acoustic set from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.

Where: 102 W. Main St., U.

Cost: Free admission, but art for sale.

More info: Call 217-367-2400.

LARRY KANFER GALLERY

What: Holiday Open House. See New Prairiescapes artwork and revisit the Off the Beaten Path: Ireland Collection. Four galleries of artwork.

When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

Where:2103 N. Dunlap Ave., C.

Cost: Free admission, but art for sale.

More info:Call 217-398-2000 or kanfer.com or email gallery@kanfer.com.

FARMS / MARKETS

URBANA'S MARKET IN THE SQUARE

What: The market features produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, arts and crafts, and more. The second Saturday of each month will feature Art in the Square; musical performances from local artists.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17-Dec. 22; 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 6-April 27, 2019.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square, downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanamarket.org, call 217-384-2319 or email urbanamarket@urbanaillinois.us.

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: The bazaar is filled with creative homemade crafts including woodworking, collectables, direct sales, unique finds and so much more.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on third Saturday of every month, Nov. 17-Dec. 15.

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

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

WINTER DANVILLE FARMER'S MARKET

What: This is a group of local vendors with a huge variety of products including baked goods, meat, eggs, coffee, crafts, produce (limited), plants, authored books and more. All vendor fees support the Fischer restoration and we invite shoppers to enjoy some special events and donate as well.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second Saturday, Dec. 8 through April.

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

More info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DanvilleFM/events/ or call 217-474-2701.

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