Events for first half of June 2013
A roundup of events from June 1-15, 2013, provided by the venues for our Summer Fun Guide.
6/1 — Eighth annual Bike Rally Park to Park ... Edgar to Clark. Start time, 7:30 a.m. at Twin Lakes Park, Paris, Ill. Sponsored By CAMA Teens. Short, medium, long and extra-long bicycle routes to choose from. Supports the CAMA Teens of Clark and Edgar Counties, a drug awareness and prevention group that promotes fun, healthy and drug-free activities for high school students in six area high schools: Chrisman, Kansas, Marshall, Martinsville, Paris, Shiloh. email@example.com.
6/1 — Take a Hike. 8:30 to 10 a.m., begins and ends at Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 25273 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Celebrate National Trails Day and the start of Great Outdoors Week as we search for local wildlife that inhabits the preserve. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/1 — Cruising For A Cure. First stop, 9 to 10 a.m. at Dana Colbert Park, 203 E. Church St., Savoy. Fundraiser for American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Champaign County and sponsored by Sundowners Car Club. Second stop, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., downtown Sidney. Third stop, noon to 12:45 p.m. Park on Grand Avenue, St. Joseph. Final stop, 1 to 2 p.m., downtown Homer (you can enter your car after arriving for Homer Soda Fest car show). Voting by the public; trophies will be awarded — including to car owner who brings in the most donations to American Cancer Society. 979-1504, email@example.com.
6/1 — Playing It Safe. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Champaign County Fairgrounds, Coler and Fairview avenues, Urbana. With so much to see and do your entire family will want to spend the day at this safety fair. Annual safety fair sponsored by Carle and Safe Kids Champaign County. More than 40 activities and exhibits that focus on safety awareness for the entire family. Admission and all activities are free. carle.org/playingitsafe.
6/1 — Homer Soda Fest. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown at First and Main, Homer. See more information in the fair and festival section. 202-0618, 369-8436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/1 — The Great Gourd Gathering. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Great Pumpkin Patch, 2 miles south of Arthur. The Illinois Guard Society's Annual Gathering. Come to admire, to be inspired, or to tap into you well of creativity. Walk away with your own signature design or with your favorite artist's design. Call 543-2394.
6/1 — Meet Author Sarah Weeks: Summer Reading Kickoff. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Get to know the creator of acclaimed books including So B. It, Pie, and Mac and Cheese. Weeks will give two hourlong talks: 10:30 a.m., emphasizes her picture books and easy readers; and 2 p.m., focuses on fiction for older children. Book sale and signing follows each presentation. This event is a kickoff for the library's summer reading game, "Have Book, Will Travel," for ages infant through high school. Register and pick up a reading log before or after the event. 403-2030, http://www.champaign.org
6/1 — Arthur Annual Spring Festival: Strawberry Jam. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Arthur. See more information in the fairs and festivals story. http://www.illinoisamishcountry.com.
6/1 — Aquatic Center (expected) Grand Opening. 12:30 to 8 p.m., Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center, Urbana. Open until Sept. 2. Variety of new features such as a climbing wall where users can fall off into the pool, a variety of slides and diving boards, a sand play area, and a competition/activity pool. Public swim hours: 12:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Weekdays, pool pass holders can enter the pool at noon. 384-7665, urbanaparks.org.
6/1 — Poets in the Parlor. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St., Springfield. The War Poetry of Vachel Lindsay: Marge Deffenbaugh presents on the poems of Vachel Lindsay that relate to war. 524-0901.
6/1 — Hootin' and Hollerin' Hootenanny. 2 to 7 p.m., Prairie Farm, 2202 W. Kirby Ave., C. This season kickoff will feature local music, classic family-favorite lawn games, inflatables for kids, creative country crafts and a summer-style cookout. No admission is charged, but donations to help feed the animals are appreciated. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
6/1, 29 — Mid-State Kart Club Races. 5 to 9 p.m., Mid-State Kart Club, 160 Kender Lane, Dawson. Race 4 on June 1; Race 5 on June 29. Watch entry-level and skilled asphalt sprint go-kart racers compete for the 2013 Mid-State Kart Club Championship. Designated spectator areas are free, pit access available for a nominal fee. 553-3613, 352-6107, email@example.com, http://www.midstatekartclub.com.
6/1— Thomasboro Street Dance. Gates open at 6 p.m., Thomasboro. Food and beer for purchase at Thomasboro Fire Department. Feudin' Hillbillys play from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Ages 21 and older to enter.
6/1 — Movies in the Park. Dusk, Wabash Park, 500 Wabash Ave., Rantoul. "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial," Rated PG. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 893-3323. http://www.rantoulchamber.com.
6/1 — Hayride. 7 p.m., Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville. Meet at staff office parking lot. $1.
6/1-2, 7-8 — "The Hallelujah Girls." 7:30 p.m. June 1, 2:30 ant 7:30 p.m. June 2, 7:30 p.m. June 7-8, Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $12.50 each and may be purchased at http://www.monticellotheatre.org or by sending a check to P.O. Box 81, Monticello, IL 61856.
6/2 — Champagne British Car Show. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington. 309-828-1084.
6/2-8 — 52nd Annual International Carillon Festival. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Washington Park, Springfield. Concerts nightly except Wednesday (festival banquet that evening); 787-3532. Weather permitting, 9:15 p.m. June 7. Rain date, 9:15 p.m. June 8. Carillonneurs from several countries will perform on this world class instrument. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the beautiful music of the bells at this family event. Fireworks. Free. 753-6219, http://www.carillon-rees.org, http://www.enjoyillinois.com.
6/2 — Danville Municipal Band. 7 p.m., Lincoln Park, 1000 Logan Ave., Danville. Concert, "As Summer Was Just Beginning." 597-1955.
6/3-6 — Summer crafts for school-age children. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., craft class room, Champaign Church of the Brethren, 1210 N. Neil St. June 3: All About Adinkira. June 4: Create An Origami Zoo. June 5: Pop Goes the Paper. June 6: Make a Mask. Class size is limited to 10. All supplies provided. Fee $10 each day. 390-8911, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/3 — The 21st annual Macon Resources charity golf tournament. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., South Side Country Club, 1650 Cottage Drive, Decatur. The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with lunch, followed by tee off at 1 p.m., with dinner and prizes afterwards. Entry fee $540 for a team of four; includes lunch, dinner, a goody bag and golf fees. All proceeds benefit two programs, Bright Start and Kid's Connect. Register at 875-1910 ext. 880 or email@example.com.
6/3-8/26 — Playscape Mondays. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road. A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal, Remember to dress to get dirty. Free. 896-2455m firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/3-8/15 — The Fabulous Baker Girls. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, kitchen, Champaign Church of the Brethren, 1210 N. Neil St. A kitchen craft club for young women ages 12-14. Learn healthy baking and cooking practices along with meal planning and preparation. Space limited to six per week. Membership $45 per week. 390-8911, email@example.com.
6/4 — Growing Up Wild: Something Fishy. 10 to 11 a.m., Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet. Learn what it's like to be a fish as we play in nature. For preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. Outdoors. Dress for the weather. $5 per child. Register by May 31. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/4-8/15 — YBs (Young Bakers). 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, kitchen, Champaign Church of the Brethren, 1210 N. Neil St., C. A kitchen craft club for young men ages 12-14 . No programs July 1-5. Participating young men will learn healthy baking and cooking practices along with meal planning and preparation. Space limited to five each week. Membership $45 per week. Some scholarship help is available. 390-8911, email@example.com.
6/4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 — Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring August Crow (Americana and old and new folk music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 4, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 7: New Riders of the Golden Maize (traditional country and old rock 'n' roll). June 11: Marvin Lee Band (old-fashioned country). June 14: Joni Dryer and The Maytags (blues, pop, and country). June 18: Hoosier Daddy (country and popular). June 21: J. R. Country (old-fashioned country). June 25: Mike Ellis and The Midnight Sons (country and more). June 28: State Line Band (traditional bluegrass). Dockside Caf offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam Oct. 26. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
6/5 — Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Victory Park, Urbana. Featured band: Kilborn Alley (blues). Gather the family, bring your blankets and lawn chairs and a picnic dinner and spend the night with us. Games and activities for families and kids, a chance to see an Urbana fire truck or Urbana police squad car up close, and the chance to meet city officials and talk to them. In the event of rain, the event will take place the next night. http://www.urbanaparks.org
6/6 — In Concert at CPL: The Diva and the Dude. 2 to 3 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. They perform with heart and soul and sass and brass, combining the Diva's velvet voice with the Dude's gripping guitar. Kathy Harden and Andy Baylor have been playing and singing in the C-U area for decades. Classic blues, rock, and pop form the eclectic range of their repertoire. For all ages. 403-2070, http://www.champaign.org
6/6 — "Cold-Blooded Creatures." 4 to 5 p.m., Rantoul Youth Center, 1306 Country Club Lane. See, touch and hold reptiles from around the world! Presented by the Friends of the Rantoul Public Library. Part of the library's Summer Reading Club "Have Book — Will Travel," for ages birth to 14. Open to the public. 893-3955, 892-4356, http://www.rantoul.lib.il.us.
6/6-8/1 — English Country Dancing for Fun and Fitness. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays (no class July 4), Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. For ages 50 and older. Jonathan Sivier leads these fun, social and low-impact dances that provide good exercise for the mind and body. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, nonmarking shoes. For ages 50 and older. Early bird cost, $32, residents, $48, nonresidents. Cost $40, residents, $60, nonresidents. 367-1544, http://www.urbanaparks.org
6/6 — Don't Bug Me. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Izaak Walton Cabin, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet. Discover the mysterious lives of these creepy, crawly critters, and learn some natural ways to get them to stop bugging you! This indoor presentation will include interactive family activities. $2; children 4 and younger, free. Registration required; 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/6-9 — 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival. 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 6, 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 7, 5 to 9:30 p.m. June 8, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 9 at Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. Grant Park has five stages: 11:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. June 7, 11:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. June 8 and 9. Opening night, June 6, Millennium Park, features Shemekia Copeland headliner with guest, Quinn Sullivan, blues guitar prodigy. Headliners at Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park: Earnest "Guitar" Roy, Irma Thomas, Bobby Rush and his Blues Band, June 7; Ronnie Baker Brooks, Ottis Clay and the Platinum Band, The Memphis Soul Revue, June 8; Delmark artist Shirley Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, James Cotton, John Primer, Billy Branch, Eddy "The Chief: Clearwater, Lil' Ed, Deitra Farr, Demetria Taylor, Matt Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana Felton Crews, Kenny "Beedeyes" Smith, June 9. 312-744-3316, http://www.chicagobluesfestival.us.
6/7-8 — Paxton citywide garage sales. Starting at 7 a.m. both days, Paxton. About 100 sales every year. Maps will be available at both Casey's locations and Village Pantry. email@example.com.
6/7-9 — Logan County Route 66 Activities. Lincoln and Atlanta. Events ranging from garage sales, auto racing and an electric car show to art exhibits and the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame banquet. Annual Route 66 Garage Sale, 7 a.m. until dusk June 7-9 at the VFW, 915 Fifth St., at The Mill, 738 S. Washington St., and private garage sales throughout the community of Lincoln. Poweri competition on June 7 at Lincoln Speedway on the Logan County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 3 p.m., with Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. The Mill 2nd Saturday Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8; flea markets to be held the second Saturday of each month through October. The Lincoln Art Institute Gallery, 112 S. McLean St., Lincoln, open, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. June 8. Main Street Lincoln will sponsor a PLUS 5K run and health fair on June 8, downtown Lincoln. 732-8687. A free, public Electric Vehicle Cruise-In, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. June 8, along the original Mother Road in historic downtown Atlanta. All electric and hybrid cars invited, vintage music, great food, 50/50 drawing, hourly drawings. 648-5077.
6/7-8 — Farmer City city-wide garage sales. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 8 a.m. to noon June 8, Farmer City. 309-928-2676, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/7-9 — Civil War Medical Encampment. All day, Old State Capitol State Historic Site, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield. Indoor and outdoor demonstrations and living history camps detailing the importance of medical advancements during the Civil War. Complete with re-enactors, camp life and activities for the entire family, including authentic Civil War living history programs on the grounds of the Old State Capitol and history education programs in the site's historic rooms. Sponsored by Memorial Medical Center. 785-7960, http://www.illianacivilwar.org.
6/7-9 — Civil War re-enactment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E., Arcola. Adults $10, seniors (60+) $8, children (5-12) $6, under 4 years free. 268-4106, http://www.rockome.com.
6/7 — Nature Play Pre-K: Something Fishy. 10 to 11 a.m., Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn what it's like to be a fish as we play at the Homer Lake Natural Playscape. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. Dress for the weather. $5. Register by June 4. 896-2455, email@example.com.
6/7, 8, 11, 13-15 — "The Pinocchio Show." 10:30 to 11 a.m., Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. A 2013 Theatre For Young Audience show. The magical coming-of-age classic gets a fun and wacky makeover in this shortened version of the popular musical. Stick around after the show to meet the entire cast and get autographs from your favorite characters. Tickets $10.40. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
6/7 — Crisis Nursery's 20th Annual Dinner and Auction. 5 to 10 p.m., I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Tickets $100. Raffle tickets $10 each or five for $40. All proceeds benefit Crisis Nursery. 337-2731, crisisnursery.net.
6/7, 28 — Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m.; June 7 at Robert C. Porter Family, Champaign; June 28 at Spalding Park, Champaign. Live music, inflatables, games, crafts and more. Free. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Keep an eye out in May for a list of bands playing at the event near you. Free. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
6/7 — Concert in the Park: Jazz in June. 6 to 8 p.m., Brick Wall Garden, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Jazz music performed by The Chip McNeill Quartet. Suggested donation $5 per person or $10 per family. Concerts in the Park are presented by the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union the first Friday of every month April through October 2013. 333-3287.
6/7, 14, 21, 28 — Bement Country Opry Band. With guest Jason Gentry, 8 p.m. June 7, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. June 14: Linda Thomas. June 21: Mary Pfeifer. June 28: Eric Gordon. $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
6/8 — Eighth Annual Ogden Lions Club Bicycle Benefit Ride For Camp Lions. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ogden. A 12-, 20-, 32- or 62-mile ride. Registration, 7 to 10 a.m. Meal will be provided, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To benefit camp lions a summer camp for vision and hearing impaired children. $20 for adult, $12 for children under 12. Online registration at http://www.signmeup.com/90167. 621 9943, http://www.lionwap.org/ogdenil, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/8 — Take a Kid Fishing Day. 8 to 9 a.m., Colbert Park, Savoy. Come on out to the park for a fishing clinic for your little angler. The "reel" basics of fishing will be taught. Fee includes a special rod and reel for your child. Bait provided. Help your little angler catch a keeper. 359-3550, email@example.com, http://www.savoyrecreationcenter.com.
6/8 — 59th Annual Lions Club Chicken Fry and Old Glory Festival. Downtown Bement's City Park, Bryant Cottage State Historic Site and Bodman. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. See more information in the fair and festival story. http://www.bement.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/8 — Lake Mingo Trail 7.1 Mile Run. 9 a.m., Kennekuk Cove County Park, Danville. Kennekuk Road Runner event. Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Online registration at http://www.active.com. 431-1367, email@example.com, http://www.kennekuk.com.
6/8 — Kids' Fishing Derby. 9 a.m. to noon, Kaufman Lake, Champaign. Co-sponsored by the Optimist Club of Champaign-Urbana for children who love to fish! Prizes awarded, and a free hot dog lunch. Bring your own fishing tackle; bait provided. Children should be accompanied by parent or guardian. Free. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
6/8 — Illini Bass Club and D.A.R.E. Kids' Fishing Derby. 9 a.m., Horseshoe Pond, Kennekuk County Park, rural Danville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Free.
6/8-9 — Summer Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. See more information in the fair and festival story. 632-4000.
6/8 — Mud Stew: A Play Date for Kids and Their Adults. 1 to 3 p.m., Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road. June 8 is National Get Outdoors Day. Celebrate this holiday and the start of June's "Leave No Child Inside Month." Reconnect your kids with the joy of free-play outdoors. Remember to dress to get dirty. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org
6/8, 22 — Model rocket launch. 1 to 6 p.m., Pick Dodds Park, Champaign. Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes are welcome and all spectators are invited. Free. In case of questionable weather, call Greg Smith at 840-1678 at about 11 a.m. for status of launch. 359-8225, http://www.CIARocketry.org.
6/8 — The Magic of J.R. Thomas. 2 to 2:45 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Enjoy astounding antics by Champaign magician extraordinaire J.R. Thomas. This free event will be fun for the whole family. 403-2030, http://www.champaign.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.champaign.org
6/8 — Sundowners Car Club at Relay For Life of Champaign County Car show. 4 to 6 p.m., Centennial High, Champaign. Registration, 3 to 4 p.m. Top 5 Trophies. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Champaign County. 979-1504, email@example.com, http://www.relayforlife.org/ChampaignIL.
6/8-9 — Relay For Life of Champaign County. 6 p.m. June 8 to 6 a.m. June 9, Centennial High track, 913 S. Crescent Drive, C. Family-friendly activities all night: dancing, bands, Twister contest, Potato sack races, picture scavenger hunt, tug-of-war, karaoke, etc. Join in the aerial photo of the biggest ribbon picture. Campsites will be fundraising with creative ideas selling items, food, etc. Food vendors. Kids' activities 4 to 8:30 p.m. Surf Around the "track" and have your passport stamped and learn ways to prevent cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Opening ceremony, 6 p.m. Luminaria ceremony, 9 p.m. Closing ceremony, 5:30 a.m. 979-1504, 356-9076, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.relayforlife.org/ChampaignIL.
6/8 — Cruisin' Night on Eldorado. Eldorado Street, Decatur. The time honored tradition of cruising Eldorado Street is back again in 2013. James Pinckard, devoted Cruisin' Nights committee chairman, has cooperation from businesses along the Eldorado Street strip to allow participants and spectators space to park and flaunt their vehicles. Several area car clubs will gather at their favorite Eldo hangouts at about 6 p.m. Individual car owners are encouraged to join the cruise. Free and open to the public. 972-9049, 454-3531.
6/8 — English Country Dancing. 7 to 10 p.m., Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. 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. Admission is $2. 359-8225, email@example.com, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.
6/8 — Melvin Music Show featuring Chrissy Rigsby. 7 p.m., Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food available for sale. 388-2853.
6/8 — Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Starwatch. 8:30 p.m. to midnight, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E., Penfield. Meet at activity center at 8:30 p.m. for a short presentation by David Leake, director of Staerkel Planetarium. Then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view stars, planets and more. Weather permitting, the program will go until midnight. No cloud date. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/9 — Walk for Sight. 5 p.m., Peterson Park, Mattoon. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. 5K walk with activities including Beep Baseball, food, drinks, music, informational booths displaying what the Lions of Illinois Foundation does for your community, a free T-shirt or pin, and the new Diabetic Retinopathy Unit. Walk as individuals or teams for your favorite organization. Or if you would like to sponsor an organization, Lions can provide a walker. Bring a completed registration form with donations to the park. 466-2675, email@example.com.
6/9 — Raptor Awareness Show by World Bird Sanctuary. 2 p.m., Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Learn about native birds of prey through a demonstration and flight show. Free. 618-346-5160.
6/9 — Splish Splash Water Safety Bash. 2 to 4 p.m., Sholem Aquatic Center, Champaign. Learn valuable skills and ask water safety questions at this free clinic. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
6/9 — Summer Garden Concert Series. 5 to 7 p.m., Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet. Join us for our first concert of the year, featuring the Middle Town String Band with an extensive repertoire of folk, bluegrass, and gospel music. Free. 586-2612, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/9, 30 — Hessel Park Concert. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hessel Park, Champaign. Sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of great local bands. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
6/10-13 — Summer crafts for school age children. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., craft class room, Champaign Church of the Brethren, 1210 N. Neil St., C. June 10: Slotted Animal Ark. June 11: Straw Loom Weaving. June 12: Tumble Bug 500. June 13: The Great Frame Up. Class size limited to 10. All supplies provided. Fee $10 for each day. 390-8911, email@example.com.
6/11-8/27 — Children's feature, "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure." 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 27 and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, June 13 through Aug. 1 (except July 4), William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Explore the night sky with friends from "Sesame Street." Join Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu as they take an imaginary trip to the Moon. This interactive show for young children was co-produced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium and Liberty Science Center. Admission $4-$5 at the door. 351-2446, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.parkland.edu/planetarium
6/11-7/30 — "Flight Adventures." 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. New for 2013: Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators. Collaboration with the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul. Admission $4-$5 at the door. 351-2446, email@example.com, http://www.parkland.edu/planetarium
6/11 — Community Cinema: "Love Free or Die." 6 to 8 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The story of Gene Robinson, who in 2003 became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. The monthly Community Cinema series offers free screenings of thought-provoking films from "Independent Lens" on PBS followed by locally focused panel discussions. Each film includes closed captions. A sign language interpreter provided for the discussion. 403-2070, http://www.champaign.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.champaign.org
6/12 — Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Southridge Park, Urbana. Featured band: Susie and the Shy Guys. In the event of rain, the event will be the next night. http://www.urbanaparks.org.
6/13 — Book signing fair. Noon to 4 p.m., Chanute Air Museum, 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. Aviation authors at the museum with their books. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and active/retired military, $8; students, $5; 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, http://www.aeromuseum.org.
6/13-16 — Musical Theater Revue. Rantoul Theatre Group, June 13-16, Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul. Directed by Michael C. Nelson. A concert of selections from across the breadth of musical theater. Tickets $7-$10. 892-1121, http://www.rtgonline.org.
6/13-16, 20-23 — "Urinetown, the Musical." Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, musical comedy, 7:30 p.m. June 13-15, 2:30 p.m. June 16, 7:30 p.m. June 20-22, and 2:30 p.m. June 23; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. A hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Tickets $8-$16. 344-3884, http://www.cutc.org.
6/13-8/1 — "Solar System Safari." 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, except July 4, William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. A jungle adventurer uses a magical camera to take visitors on an exciting safari through the Solar System. The Sun, Moon, planets, and dwarf planets come to life, taking on unique personalities and describing their own characteristics and eccentricities. Admission $4-$5, available at the door. 351-2446, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.parkland.edu/planetarium.
6/13, 24, 27 — Family Engineering Nights at the Orpheum. 4 to 7 p.m., Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Fun, hands-on activities geared around engineering. Do fun challenges and explore the important role that engineering plays in everyday life. All admission fees are waived. 352-5895.
6/14-16 — General Grierson Days Civil War Reenactment. Community Park, Jacksonville. One of the Midwest's largest mounted Civil War reenactment gets better every year in this, the hometown of General Benjamin Grierson, Civil War leader and cavalry officer. Authentic battle reenactments, period vendors, lots of food and fun event for the whole family. Free. 243-5678, http://www.enjoyillinois.com.
6/14 — Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra Concert. 7:30 p.m., Temple Square, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. Presented by the Indiana Symphony Society Inc. The 360-voice, all-volunteer chorus and 65 members of the orchestra will perform music from Bach to Broadway, folk to spirituals and patriotic favorites. Suitable for children ages 8 and older. Tickets: $27-$67; available at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, 800-745-3000. Internet orders: bankerslifefieldhouse.com or ticketmaster.com, 351-7535.
6/15 — Woofstock 2013. 9 a.m. to noon, Macon Resources, 2121 Hubbard Ave., Decatur. Event features a variety of activities for the entire family including Rescued Paws on Parade, Pooch Parade with Best Trick and Best Dressed contest, Fido Fotos, microchipping, food, vendors and demonstrations. Fundraiser for Homeward Bound Pet Shelter. http://www.homewardboundpetshelter.com.
6/15-16 — Father's Day Weekend. Monticello Railway Museum. Depart both days from main museum site at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and from Wabash Depot downtown at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Dads ride free when accompanied by their children. Diesel train rides, featuring vintage railroad cars and engines. Visit their display cars which include restored Pullman cars and a post office car http://www.mrym.org, 877-762-9011.
6/15 — Pop the Top Car Show. Downtown Arcola, next to the Moomaw American Hippie Memorial. Registration, 10 a.m. to noon, $10. Awards at 3 p.m. Dash plaques for first 50, awards and trophies. Plus see the 15 murals painted by the Walldogs last June. 493-4518.
6/15 — Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration. Noon to 3 p.m. at Douglass Park, Champaign. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery. Bring your family and friends to Douglass Park, Champaign, where you can listen to great music and visit different vendors, children are invited to make arts and crafts and play on the bounce house and obstacle course. Free. Sponsored by Champaign Public Library and Champaign Park District. 398-2550, 403-2090, http://www.champaign.org, champaignparkdistrict.com.
6/15 — A Day with Sir Randall. 2 to 2:45 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. What was it like to train and equip a medieval knight? Wearing a mid-15th-century harness or suit of armour, Sir Randall will explore how knights were prepared, protected, and attacked. Get an up-close look at a display of medieval helmets, armour, and weapons at this event for all ages. 403-2030, http://www.champaign.org
6/15 — Strawberry Jam. 4 to 8 p.m., Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Musical performances by local bluegrass musicians and fresh strawberries over ice cream (while supplies last). The grassy meadow adjacent to the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center is the perfect spot for this free concert with an old-fashioned flavor. Features a hayrack ride through the park and guided prairie tours. Bands: The Young and the Fretless, 4 to 5 p.m.; The Baulous Javelinas, 5;30 to 6:30 p.m.; Big Bluestem, 7 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 367-1544, http://www.urbanaparks.org
6/15 — St. Joseph-Ogden Alumni Association Dinner and Dance. 4:30 to midnight, Royal Community Building. Classes being honored this year are 1963 and 1988. All alumni and attendees from Ogden High School, St. Joseph High School and St. Joseph-Ogden High School are invited. Send your email and mailing addresses to email@example.com. 469-2373.
6/15 — Daddy/Daughter Father's Day Fling. 6 to 9 p.m., Bement Municipal Hall, 148 W. Bodman St. $5 a couple and corsages can be purchased in advance at Petals and Porch Posts, 119 E. Bodman, for $15. Contact the Bement Recreation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/15 — Field to Fork dinner. 6 to 9 p.m., Monticello Golf Course. The first in a series featuring locally grown foods prepared by a local chef. Come enjoy dinner in slow food fashion. Sponsored by Monticello Chamber of Commerce. Advance tickets only. 762-7921.
6/15 — Champaign Center City Summer Stage. 7 to 11 p.m., hit the streets of Campustown and enjoy some of the best local artists C-U has to offer. Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys is the headliner. One of the Champaign Center Partnership Premier Events. http://www.champaigncenter.com.
6/15 — The Central Illinois English Country Dancers' annual Playford Ball. 8 to 11 p.m., Illini Union, Ballroom, 1401 W. Green St., U. English country dancing with music by The Flatland Consort. Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Short introduction to English country dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fans and finery are encouraged. Period costumes admired, but not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $7. 359-8225, email@example.com, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org/playford.html.
6/15 — "WWE Live." 7:30 p.m., U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison, Bloomington. Don't miss your favorite WWE Superstars in action including John, Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, Dolph, Ziggler, The Shield and Kaitlyn. Tickets start at $15. ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, http://www.uscellularcoliseum.com.