Entertainment listings, May 23-30, 2019

Entertainment listings, May 23-30, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

ILLINI REGIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT

What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Full schedule: regional.kwbridge.com.

When: May 23-27.

Where: Holiday Inn, 101 Trade Center Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-359-0042 or email kwalker2@comcast.net.

NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMER BLOCK PARTIES

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

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 23.

Where: Countrybrook Apartments neighborhood, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HUMAN SOCIETY'S GIANT GARAGE SALE

What: Selling clothing, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, toys, tools, gardening, holiday decorations, books, sports equipment, animal-care items and more, plus treasures in our Unique Boutique.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. May 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (bag sale, 9 a.m. to noon) May 26.Giveaway, 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 26.

Where: former Rogards, 214 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Admission: $5 donation, May 24; $3 donation until 3 p.m., fee waived with Friday's bracelet, May 25; $1 donation, May 26. Bag sale, $3 per bag.

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

13TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND CAR SHOW

What: The show is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Dash plaques given to first 100 entries. Additional award categories: Top 25 cars, Top 20 trucks, Top 5 youth (16-21), DACC Students' choice. Car show will be held rain or shine. There will be music, food and prizes.

When: Show registration, 9 to 11 a.m.; Free racing simulator, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Trophies at 3 p.m. May 25. Dyno Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; registration starts at 8:30 a.m. May 25.

Where: Technology Center Parking Lot at Danville Area Community College, Danville.

Cost: Show registration fee, $10. Dyno Day registration, $50 cash or check for 3 Dyno Pulls and a print-out.

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

OPENING DAY CELEBRATION

What: Free activities for you and your little swimmers. Public swim and concessions specials. Free — pictures with Mr. Turtle, noon to 1 p.m.; games and activities, noon to 3 p.m.; children's face painting, 1 to 2 p.m. Kids Q&A with our lifeguard staff at 3 p.m. Purchase season pool pass now.

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 25. Center is open May 25-Sept. 2.

Where: Sholem Aquatic Center, 2205 W. Sangamon Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission to anyone with an active military ID.

More info: Call 217-398-2581, champaignparks.com or email Sholemcustomerservice@champaignparks.com.

URBANA'S DOWNTOWN GET DOWN

What: Arts and culture, live music, DJs, an artist's street market, kids zone, teen maker lab, inflatables, games, live arts demos, performances, and more. May 25: DJ: DJ Medusa, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; live music from Timbalú, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts Council, City of Urbana's Arts and Culture Program, Urbana Park District, Urbana Business Association and The Urbana Free Library.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. fourth Saturdays, May 25-Aug. 24.

Where: Main Street, downtown Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

CAMPGROUND MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

What: Sit and watch this home-grown parade go by or come along for a trip around the campground. Want to participate? Get ready for the parade by stopping by to decorate your bike (or wagon) and your face at 4 p.m. Meet in the grassy area near Willow Pond beach. Program may be canceled for inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 5 to 6 p.m. May 26.

Where: Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Penfield.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-586-1268 or email campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

Next week

FARMER CITY HERITAGE DAYS

What: Offering a mix of local, regional and nationally known artists on Friday and Saturday evenings with Tyler Rich, the 2018 CMT Listen Up Artist, and Puddle of Mudd, an American post-grunge band, headlining the concerts on 9 p.m. May 31 and June 1, respectively. Complete with carnival, vendors, annual car show, BBQ cookoff, bags tournament, beer garden, and Saturday's Kid's Zone.

When: 4 to 10 p.m. May 30, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 31 and June 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2.

Where: Downtown Farmer City.

Cost:Tickets are free for general admission. Party Pit (the section closest to the stage) are on sale at farmercityheritagedays.com.

More info:Facebook.

CHOW DOWN IN CAMPUSTOWN

What: Free food samples, sidewalk sale shopping, 5 to 7 p.m.; chalk the Quad, 7 to 9 p.m. and a free outdoor movie - How to Train your Dragon 3 at 9 p.m. part of the Summer Quad Cinema Series.Part of 13 Thursdays (through Aug, 8), Champaign Center Partnership's annual summertime promotion of all things Campustown. See for participating businesses, champaigncenter.com/chowdown-in-campustown

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

Where: Campustown, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign.

Cost: Free 2-hour parking validation is available in the Campus Center Parking Deck — first-come, first-serve.

More info: Call 217-352-2400, champaigncenter.com/13thursdays or email info@champaigncenter.com.STRAWBERRY JAM FESTIVALWhat: Craft vendors, store sidewalk sales, food stands, live entertainment, special entertainment for the kids and fresh strawberries and strawberry stuff of all kinds. Strawberry pie-eating contest, backyard BBQ competition and more. Lots to see and do at Arthur's first big street festival of the season.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 and June 1.

Where: Downtown Arthur.

More info:arthuril.us or 1-800-722-6474.

BROCTON SPRINGFEST

What: May 31: Little Miss, Mister and Junior Miss Springfest contests (under the tent), then DJ, street dance. June 1: Parade, All Wheels Show (south of Red Barn), Springfest Market (in Red Barn or on street from town to barn), quilt show (in barn), adult pedal and kiddy tractor pulls (on main street), Willing Workers lunch (under the tent), bingo (under the tent), games for kids (south of tent) and adult (in arena), firemen fish fry (at fire station), talent show (south of the tent) and Battle Creek Band (under the tent). June 2: gospel sing (under the tent), horse show, road rally (meet at elevator), $1,000 drawing (in arena area), and 3-on-3 basketball (area new Community Center).

When: 6 to 9 p.m. May 31, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 1, 10 a.m. until after the 3 p.m. 3-on-3 basketball June 2.

Where: Brocton, between U.S. 36 and Illinois 133 on Illinois 49.

Cost:Tickets are free for general admission. Party Pit (the section closest to the stage) are on sale at farmercityheritagedays.com.

More info: Call 217-269-2617, 217-260-2652, 217-778-4008, 217-264-6007, 217-808-1581, 217-808-1580.

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 Illini Radio Group, Champaign Center Partnership and City of Champaign.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, May 31 through Aug. 23.

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, call 217-351-9841 or email kwhite@40north.org.

GEORGETOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S SPRING FLING

What: The vendor market and bake sale. Crafts, homemade goods, cutlery, cosmetics, signs, and more.

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

Where: parking lot of the Historical House, 510 N. Main St., Georgetown.

More info: Call 217-497-0726, 217-497-2269.

FROM SHEEP TO WOOL TO CLOTHING

What: Learn about pioneer clothing and engage in the following spinning activities and techniques: sheep shearing; wool washing and dying with organic dyes; loom weaving; spinning wheel demonstrations and quilt piecing. A 155-year-old spinning wheel displayed. A petting zoo will also be featured for children during the event. Sandwiches and drinks will be offered for lunch..

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1.

Where: Illinois Amish Heritage Center, 284 E. Rt. 133, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-268-4530 or illinoisamish.org.

BARBECUE COMPETITION

What: Central Illinois Bragging Rights "Thrill of the Grill" Backyard BBQ Competition. New date — more cash prizes — plus an automatic entry into the October KCBS Competition for the Backyard Overall Champion. Register early; with the event joining the Strawberry Jam on June 1, we expect a crowd.When: June 1.

Where: downtown Arthur.

More info: Call 217-543-2242, http://cibr-bbq.com/wp/thrill-of-the-grill/ or arthuril.us.

ARTHUR'S STRAWBERRY SOCIAL

What: Every vendor will include a strawberry theme. Every food stand will add strawberry items to their menu. Methodist Church's evening meal will add strawberries to their Pork Chop Dinner. Free strawberry give-aways all day long at the "Strawberry Tent," fun strawberry games, a strawberry pie eating contest, strawberry jams and jellies and fresh strawberries to eat here or take home. Craft and food vendors, a large Kids Zone and the traditional merchants spring sales.

When: June 1.

Where: Otto Center, 2058 County Road 1800 E, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-543-2242 or arthurfestivals.com,.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL MUSEFEST

What: Arts and Crafts Festival. A kids's area with inflatables, bounce houses, bumper cars and face painting. 30+ vendors with all sorts of arts, crafts and handmade items. Live music with local bands and artists. Grammy nominated artist, Robbie Fulks, joining us for a special performance.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1.

Where: historic Charleston square, downtown Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-218-7684 or facebook.com/events/creative-crafters/the-5th-annual-musefest.

FILMS

This weekend

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "The Thin Man." (1934). Not Rated. 93 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. May 25.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only).

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

MUSIC

This weekend

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring Candy Foster & Shades of Blue on May 24. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event, May 24 through Aug. 23 Beer truck and food vendors will be on hand.

When:5 to 9 p.m. May 24.

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

Cost: Free music and parking.

More info:summersounds@portalbooking.com, facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/

IN CONCERT AT CPL: KITTENS INCORPORATED

What:Kittens Incorporated Enjoy the sounds of husband/wife team of breezy pop with a hint of sand and campfire. For all ages.

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

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

Cost: Free.

More info:champaign.org/events or call 217-403-2030.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

What: Music to be determined. Champaign Park District's 2019 Concert Series held throughout Champaign. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 26.

Where: Eisner Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

Next week

SEA CHANTEY SING

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

When: 7 to 9 p.m. May 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.

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.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Weekly event, featuring music, from folk to soul and from rock bluegrass, in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. May 29 is Backyard BBQ Band (traditional country/originals/western swing). Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free activities, free popcorn and lemonade. Meet City of Urbana officials. Call 217-367-9575 for postponement information. Rain date: May 30.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 29.

Where:Carle Park, Urbana.

More info: Call 217-367-9575 urbanaparks.org.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring 90s Daughter on May 31. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event, May 24 through Aug. 23 Beer truck and food vendors will be on hand.

When:5 to 9 p.m. May 31.

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

Cost: Free music and parking.

More info: summersounds@portalbooking.com, facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/

A BIG NIGHT AT THE LITTLE THEATRE

What: This fundraising concert features the Rave-Ons, the group that brought you our 2018 hit, Million Dollar Quartet. Filled with amazing music, desserts and drinks, plus a live auction and reverse raffle, games and prizes. Help usher in our 62nd season and support programs of The Little Theatre On The Square.

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

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

Cost:Tickets $50.

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

LIVE! MUSIC FOR KIDS: JIGGLEJAM

What:Get ready to wiggle, jiggle, giggle, sing, and dance. Jodi Koplin will have you jammin' with styles from folk, rock, and country to calypso, boogie and blues. Puppets, shakers, bubbles, and contagious energy add jigglefun, and silliness abounds.

When: 3 p.m. June 1.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CROSSING THE EQUATOR

What:The singing women of Amasong have headed south this spring — all the way across the equator. Music from Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa is on tap. f Zulu, Portuguese, Maori or Xhosa be your mother tongue, come sing with us!When: 4 p.m. June 1 and 2.

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

Cost: Free.

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

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert featuringReckasto.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. June 1.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

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

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What:Featuring Stillgrass, a celebration of song with foot stompin' fun, back porch harmonies and a harvest of tone. Food for sale by Melvin Methodist Church.

When: 7 p.m. June 1. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for those wanting to purchase food).

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

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

More info: Call 217-388-2853.

SUMMER KICK OFF CONCERT

What:Annual Concert Series presented by the University of Illinois Community Credit Union. LOVE FOR ALLerton welcomes Americana songwriter and singer Carl Anderson, opening for Devon Gilfillian, a Nashville based singer-songwriter. Bring blankets or chairs. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Guests should bring blankets or chairs for outdoor concerts.

When: June 1.

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

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

More info: allerton.illinois.edu, allerton@illinois.edu or call 217-388-2853.

DANCING

This weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 24.

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, Backsliders on the second, Battle Creek on the third and the Fabulous Hoedads on the fourth 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 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. Tuesdays, May 28-Oct. 29.

Where: Room 314A, 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. Western Night. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 31.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

COMEDY NIGHT

What: C-U Comedy Club live. Live Stand Up Comedy, with comedian Steve Sabo, (HBO, NBC, E! and Comedy Central). Sabo has shared the stage with comedy legends such as Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Dave Attel, Jim Breuer, and Christopher Titus. A comedy club and festival veteran, Steve has performed in 46 states, seven countries and four islands!

When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. May 25.

Where: C-U Comedy Club (inside of Soma Ultralounge), 320 N. Neil St., C.

More info: Call 217-356-4784, cucomedy.com or email jesse@cucomedy.com.

Next week

TWIST AND SHOUT 10TH ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL

What: Presented by Twist and Shout, Dance and Cheer. The recital showcases the accomplishments over the previous nine months of the program's students aged 18 months to 18 years. A family-friendly show.

When: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 1.

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

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

More info: Call 217-351-9063 or thevirginia.org.

THEATER

This weekend

'I DO, I DO'

What:Charleston Alley Theatre. A musical about marriage. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 24 and 25, 2 p.m. May 26.

Where: Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe St., Charleston.

Cost: General admission tickets, $10.

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

Next week

'CHARLOTTE'S WEB'

What: Country Theatre Workshop presents Youth on Stage. Wonderfully talented children will present E.B. White's delightful tale.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 1 and 2 p.m. June 2.

Where: Country Theatre Workshop Theatre, 1280 E. 770 N Road, 2 miles north of Cissna Park on Illinois 49.

Cost:Tickets $5; available at the door.

More info: Call 815-457-2784 or countrytheatre.org.

'THE TEMPEST'

What: The World Stage Homeschool Theatre presents this William Shakespeare's play.

When:7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, May 31.

Where:Redeemer Church, 202 W. Illinois St., U.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-384-1914 or email nicolfamily@gmail.com.

'TIK-TOK OF OZ'

What: Homer Opera House theater. "Tik-Tok of Oz" is the eighth book in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum and it follows earlier Oz plays that were done at the Homer Opera House with local youth and from the surrounding communities.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 31 and June 1, 2:30 p.m. June 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $8-$12.

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

'TWELFTH NIGHT'

What: Outdoor performance. Stone Soup Shakespeare tours throughout the Midwest, bringing Shakespeare in the Park to communities from May to July. Bring something to sit on. Stone Soup Shakespeare will kick off Paris Public Library's summer children's programs by offering 3rd to 8th graders the opportunity to "Act Like a Star" at 1 p.m. at the library, 207 S. Main St.

When: 6 p.m. June. 1.

Where: Near the pavilion, Twin Lakes Park, Paris, Ill. If rain, the performance will be under the park pavilion.

Cost: Free. Audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be collected and donated to the local food pantry.

More info: Call 217-463-3950 or parispubliclibrary.org.

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

AFTERNOON ADVENTURES — MINI GARDENS

What:Make and take home a mini garden kit for wildflower fun all summer. Afternoon fun designed especially for school-age kids first through fifth grade.

When:3:30 to 4:15 p.m. May 23.Where:Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-403-2030, email librarian@champaign.orgchampaign.org or champaign.org/events.

STAR PARTY

What:Enjoy cheeses and mocktails while listening to featured speaker, David Leake from the Staerkel Planetarium, Champaign, on the application for and acquisition of the first recognized International Dark-sky Association park in Illinois. Vermilion County Naturalist Lara Darling will present the adverse effects of light pollution on wildlife, insects and plants. Father Timothy Sauppé will have materials from the International Dark-sky Association and a short video on light pollution. Weather permitting, telescopes will be available for viewing the stars and galaxies.

When:7:30 p.m. May 24.Where:Kennekuk County Park's Nature Center, Danville.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-442-1691.

TAKE ME FISHING

What: Free fishing fun for all ages. Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award. Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait will be available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. All event fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and younger is required.

When:9 to 11 a.m. May 25.Where:Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Penfield.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org..

HISTORY ALONG THE RAIL TRAIL

What: Learn about the rich cultural history that surrounds the Kickapoo Rail Trail area. Join us for an engaging 6.7-mile bicycle tour of the trail as we stop along the way to discuss local history. Dress for the weather; bring your own bike. Participants should make arrangements for return from St. Joseph. Registration required at ccfpd.org.

When:10 a.m. to noon May 25.Where:Kickapoo Rail Trail. Tour begins at the access point near the northern end of the Urbana Walmart's parking lot and ends near The Wheelhouse restaurant in St. Joseph.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-586-2612 or email pcain@ccfpd.org..

PRAIRIE FARM

What: Traditional farm animals such as sheep, pigs, goats, horses, cows, chickens and more. Petting area. Educational tours need to be scheduled three weeks in advance, call 217-819-3986.

When: Season opens May 25. Daily hours, 1 to 7 p.m., May 25-Aug. 1. Educational tours, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 29-Aug. 2. Closed in the event of inclement weather.Where: Prairie Farm, 2202 W. Kirby Ave., C.Cost: No admission charged, but donations are appreciated. Educational tours fees, $40, residents/$60, non-resident for 16 or fewer participants, $50/$75 for 17-30 participants.More info: Call 217-398-2583.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

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

When: 1 to 6 p.m. May 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

SUNDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

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

When:7:30 to 9 a.m. May 26.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: champaigncountyaudubon.org.

Next week

SUMMER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's outdoor group runs timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 5-10 minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April through October. Held during daylight savings hours only (April through October). Typically time changes to 6 p.m. in late September. Winter run usually first Tuesday in November.

Where: North side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

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

KIDS FISHING DERBY

What: Co-sponsored by Optimist Club of Champaign-Urbana for children who love to fish. Prizes awarded and a free hot dog lunch will be served. Bring your own fishing tackle, bait will be provided. A parent/guardian should accompany their child(ren) and fill out a permission form for each participants, available on-site at the event.

When:9 a.m. to noon June 1. Rain date, June 2.Where:Kaufman Lake, Champaign.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-819-3926 or email ashley.sims@champaigparks.com.

DARK SKY PARK DEDICATION CELEBRATION

What: Celebrate the night sky at Illinois' first and only International Dark Sky Park. Learn about the night sky and lighting pollution, hands-on activities, crafts, and speak with astronomy and astrophotography experts. "Dark Sky Places" presentation, 6 p.m. Crafts, hands-on activities, 7 p.m. Starwatch presentation by David Leake, Director of William M. Staerkel Planetarium, 8:30 p.m. Night sky viewing with Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, 9 p.m. to midnight. Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. Call 217-351-2567 for weather updates.

When:6 p.m. to midnight June 1.Where:Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3433 County Road 2700 E., Penfield.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-586-3360, email lsprinkle@ccfpd.org or 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. June 1.

Where: Meet at LJK Visitor Center parking lot, Forest Glen Preserve, 7 miles east of Westville.

Cost: $1 per person.

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

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Both Bow and Trees Galleries will reopen with new displays on May 28 and feature thoughtful reinterpretations of KAM's collection of European and American art from circa 1320 to 1950. Exhibition, "Blue & White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession" through Aug. 31. 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 Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and Memorial Day.

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,"Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind," in the Museum's Central Core Gallery. Part of the second annual Spring Symposium by Playful by Design, an interdisciplinary game studies consortium at the University of Illinois.

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. Through July 7.

What:Spurlock Sundays: Hats. Our May Sundays will feature drop-in activities led by our museum staff and volunteers. Activities include mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 26.

What:Summer exhibit, "Fall to Pieces: Ingenious Mechanical Puzzles From Around the World." June 4 through July 21.

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: "Painting the Prairie Juried Exhibition."

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through June 14.

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 Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

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

C.H. MOORE HOMESTEAD AND DEWITT COUNTY MUSEUM

What: Fully restored building and grounds depicting the elegant victorian era.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays and holidays. Open April through December

Cost: Admission, $5 for adults; ages 12-18, $2; ages 11 and younger and museum association members are free.

Where: 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton.

More info: chmoorehomestead.org or call 217-935-6066.

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:Displays include rifles of the Civil War, rifles of the Illinois countryside and a collector's prehistoric artifacts.

When: Summer hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday.

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 217-722-2227.

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 June 8; 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.

LAMON HOUSE

What: Visit the Vermilion County Museum Society's historic home on the first Sunday of each month to meet Melissa Beckwith Lamon and her brother Hiram Beckwith, portrayed by Becky and Alan Woodrum, as you tour the site. The Vermilion County Museum will be showcasing the Lamon House this year at Arts in the Park, June 22-23 at Lincoln Park.

When:1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, May 26 through Oct. 27.

Where: 1031 N. Logan Ave., in Lincoln Park, Danville.

Cost: Donation only.

More info: Email vermilioncounty@att.net or call 217-442-2922.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: The museum is 50 years old and is being celebrated with exhibit, "1968: A Time for Every Purpose." "Frieda Mumm's Discovering Home," formerly known as the Children's Discovery Area in the museum lower level. Nearly all of this newly renovated exhibit space will be hands-on and interactive.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. daily.

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

Cost: Free.

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

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: DYI Saturday. A new topic with a special guest each session. Make, create and collaborate with an Do It Yourself science projects and experiments.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Saturday of every month.

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

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

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

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

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Admission $4-$5.

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

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What:"Banjos, Mandolins, and John Philip Sousa America's Musical Paradox" through Aug. 2; "Samuel S. Stewart and America's Banjo" through Sept. 27.

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, UI 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: Exhibit, "Down on the Farm," highlights the agricultural history of Vermilion County and honors the 100th Anniversary of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through May.

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: Two main floors covering wars for over 250 years. Constructed in 1903, 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:"Spring Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, May 31, June 7.

Main feature:"Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope" 8 p.m. May 31. "Dawn of the Space Age," 8 p.m. Fridays, June 7-July 26.

Children's features:"The Little Star That Could," 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 6-27; "Coyote Explores the Earth, Moon, and Sun," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays, June 6-27.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: 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.

What: Nature Center's Birthday Party. Celebrate with us.

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

Where: 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

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

ARTISTS' ALLEY AT MCKINLEY

What: Exhibit, "Engage 4 Freedom," an interactive, rotating exhibition featuring the original Norman Rockwell works accompanied by community and student artwork and interactive expressions of freedom in the 21st Century. The McKinley Foundation is a partner of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Through May.

Where: in the corridor connecting the McKinley Foundation and Presby Hall, 405 E. John St., C.

More info: Call 217-344-0297 or mckinley-foundation.org/artists-alley.

BOOTH LIBRARY

What: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a new exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond."

When: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. Through May 31.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: Exhibition series, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," featuring artwork by students and art teachers from three Champaign schools: Melissa Hahn, Robeson Elementary School; Shannon Percocco, Centennial High School, and Lolita Zwetler, Edison Middle School.

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 September.

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.

40 POINT ONE

What: "Those Who Teach, CAN," showcasing personal artworks by Champaign Unit 4 Art Teachers in this annual exhibition.

When:8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through May 29.

Where:40 North's art space, 1300 S. Neil St., C (inside Consolidated Communications and across the street from Meatheads).

Cost: Free.

More info:Email kwhite@40north.org or call 217-351-9841.

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "More Than Migration: Monarch Butterflies. Bring Us Together."

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. 3.

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.

PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show."

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

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

Cost: Free.

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

THE URBANA FREE LIBRARY

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

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Through May 25.

Where: Children Services, 200 W. Green St.

Where: 210 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069 or urbanafreelibrary.org or email childrens@urbanafree.org.

UI LIBRARY

What: Spring exhibition, "Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman." Curated by Lynne M. Thomas, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through May 24.

What: Gwendolyn Brooks's Birthday Celebration! Join the Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a birthday celebration honoring Gwendolyn Brooks.earn about the writings and impact of our former Illinois Poet Laureate through readings of her work, performances, cake, and more.

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

Where:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 346 Library of the Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Cost: Free.

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

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "Interpretations," new paintings by Artisans 10+, Sandra Batzli, Cindy Carlson, Beth Chasco, Sandy Hynds, Judy Jones, Jana Mason, Ann McDowell, Ann Rund, Bonnie Switzer and Gayle Tilford.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays Through July 6.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

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

FARMS / MARKETS

URBANA'S MARKET AT THE SQUARE

What:Over 150 vendors selling Illinois-grown produce, plants and flowers, farm products, wine, and baked goods, art and crafts, and foods trucks. The first Saturday each month showcases a demonstration of a dish incorporating ingredients sourced locally by Market vendors. Additionally, the Market's free children's programming-Sprouts at the Market (urbanaillinois.us/sprouts) and free art workshops and performances coordinated by the Urbana Arts Program (urbanaillinois.us/arts) offered each month. Read at the Market with The Urbana Free Library, 8 a.m. May 25; enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

When: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, May 25 through Oct. 26

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

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

DANVILLE FARMER'S MARKET

What: Summer Market opens. Hosted by Danville Farmer's Market and Franklin's Farm Blooms and Heirlooms. Local vendors selling things they make, bake, cook or grow.

When: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, starting May 25 through October. (3rd Saturdays are exceptions to this rule).

Where: Crossroads Christian Church parking lot, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

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

CHAMPAIGN FARMERS MARKET

What: Seasonal, hand-picked produce, artisanal bread, local baked goods, jams, jellies, locally-roasted coffee, and chutneys. Market Seedlings kid's programming with different kid's activities set up by various community partners, and Carle Mobile Clinic, both on the last Tuesday of each month Also, educational events and workshops at the market throughout the season.

When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-Oct. 29.

Where: Downtown Champaign in the Parking Lot at Neil and Washington (outside the Orpheum Children's Museum, next to One Main Plaza)

More info: Facebook.com/ChampaignFarmersMarket/.

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: Average 50 to 60 'Cream of the Crop' vendors in handcrafted items, direct sales and baked goods at each event. While at the Bazaar see the Amish Country Tractor Cruise. More than 100 antique tractors take to the roads around Arthur. Bring yours or come early to watch them start out. We look forward to seeing you there, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 (third Saturday of every month).

Where: Merchant Building at Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, 220 Jurgens Parkway, Arthur.

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

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