Events for second half of June 2013

Events for second half of June 2013

A roundup of events from June 16-30, 2013, provided by the venues for our Summer Fun Guide.

6/16 — Sholem Aquatic Center Father's Day Celebration. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sholem Aquatic Center, Champaign. Enjoy your Father's Day with a dads-only cannonball contest, "Father Knows Best" trivia, "Draw Your Dad" contest for kids 3-12 and half-price rootbeer floats for all dads at the concession stand. Cost: Regular pool admission. Free admission for all dads (must accompany a paying child). 398-2550,

6/16 — Singles/Couples Dance. 5 to 8 p.m., Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band. $10. 875-3090.

6/17-20 — 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 17: Japanese Kumihimo Braiding. June 18: Snakes in Eggs. June 19: Hats Off! June 20: Make an Origami Bouquet. Fee $10 for each day, except $25 on June 19. 390-8911,

6/17 — AMBUCS Greater Champaign County Chapter Ninth Annual Charity Golf Outing. 11:30 a.m., Stone Creek Golf Course, 2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd., U. Hosted by the Greater Champaign County AMBUCS. $100 per player; four-person teams. Registration and free range use will start at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction at dinner, and card games throughout the day. All proceeds will benefit AMBUCS projects. Please wear collared shirts and slacks or shorts. Register: 493-9026.

6/18-23 — Piatt County Junior Fair. Piatt County Fairgrounds, Cerro Gordo. See more information in the fair and festival story. 677-2248,

6/18 — Zip Code Day. 9 a.m., Bement Post Office. Events start at 9 a.m. and include a historical view of the Bement postal system and U.S. postal system. Keepsakes commemorating the event will be available. 678-2791.

6/19 — Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Blair Park, Urbana. Featured band: Keith Harden. In the event of rain, the event will take place the next night.

6/20-22 — 59th Annual Piatt County Trail Blazers Rodeo. Gates open 5 p.m., rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. June 20, 21 and 22, Piatt County Trail Blazers, Monticello, 1 mile north at Interstation 72, Exit 166. Showcasing bareback, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Parade 10 a.m. June 22, downtown Monticello. 762-2663.

6/21-24 — Annual You Pick Lavender Festival. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sharp's Crossing Lavender Farm, 1495 County Road 2300 N., C. Pick a bundle for $6.50. Choose from a variety of shades. Demonstrations and instructions for making a lavender wand. Variety of lavender related products available in the barn shop. Also, a class to create your own lavender wreath; call Jan Meier, 612-720-0377, to register.

6/21 — Summer Solstice Day. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sholem Aquatic Center, Champaign. Enjoy the longest day of the year with extended pool hours, free face painting, free yoga Sun Salutation exercise at sunset, and a free sparkling grape juice toast to the sunset! Cost: Regular pool admission. 398-2550,

6/21-22 — Glorious Garden Festival. 1 to 8 p.m. June 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington. 309-828-1084.

6/21-23 — Taste of Champaign-Urbana. 5 to 10 p.m. June 21, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23, West Side Park, Champaign. See more information in the fair and festival story. 398-2550,

6/21 — Neighborhood Campout. 5:30 p.m. June 21 to 9:30 a.m. June 22, Jones Park, Savoy. Bring your tent and sleeping bags; we will provide the games, hot dogs and, of course, the s'mores. Bring your own drinks and side dishes. Set up your tent anytime after 5:30 p.m. Friday; all tents need to be down by 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 359-3550,,

6/22 — The Second Annual Dave E. Sessions Memorial Ride. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., departing from Randolph Township Fire Department, 103 S. Buchanan St., Heyworth. About 225 miles with stops in Tremont, Havana, Beardstown and Mason City and returns to Pit Row in Heyworth. Sponsored by Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club Illinois Chapter 5, Bloomington. Registration, 9 to 11 a.m. Last bike in at 5:30 p.m. at Pit Row. Music by EMT Entertainment, 50/50, raffle prizes and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Central Illinois Burn Center, Operation Santa and the Dave Sessions Scholarship Fund. Register at

6/22 — Civil War Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Lerna. Visit with the Lincoln family as they discuss the latest war news and find out where Abraham Lincoln's relatives are serving in the war (then read their letters home). Join family matriarch Sarah Lincoln as she puts together a package of items to be sent to her grandson Alfred Hall, of the 123rd Illinois, Infantry. 345-1845.

6/22-23 — Danville Arts In The Park. Lincoln Park, Danville. See more information in the fair and festival story. 444-5315,

6/22 — Bow-Dacious String Band concert. 2 to 2:45 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Violins, cellos, violas, mandolins, and more! It's bound to be a rollicking good time when Robin Kearton and the Bow-Dacious String Band kids perform popular tunes, from bluegrass to waltzes. Bring the whole family. 403-2030," target="_blank">http://" target="_blank">http://

6/22 — Pie Run. 6 p.m., West Side Park, Champaign. A 3.14-mile course that starts and ends at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana festival. Along the way, water and pie stops provided by local bakeries and restaurants. At the end of the race, choose to finish either "pie free" or "flying pie." Awards given in various categories. Cost: $20, resident; $30, nonresident. 398-2550,

6/23-29 — Ford County Fair. Ford County Fairgrounds, northeast corner of Melvin. See fairs and festivals story for more information. 379-2920,,

6/23 — Car show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chanute Air Museum, 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. Eight car clubs participating. Call for admission fees. 893-1613,

6/23 — Danville Municipal Band. 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Park, 1000 Logan Ave., Danville. Concert finale for Danville's Arts In the Park weekend. 597-1955.

6/24, 27 — 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 24: Wire Basket Weaving. June 27: Japanese Kumihimo Braiding. Class size limited to 10. All supplies provided. Fee $10. 390-8911,

6/24 — Sixth Annual Covenant Cup. 12:30 to 8 p.m., Urbana Golf & Country Club, West Country Club Road, U. Plan on joining us for the premier golf outing of the year, presented by the Presence Covenant Medical Center Foundation. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Get a discounted price if you register by May 31; $175 per golf or $700 per foursome. Fee includes: Lunch, participant gift, green fees and cart, prizes, nonalcoholic refreshments on the course, steak dinner with cocktails. Register at 337-4714, Registration form at

6/25-29 — Vermilion County Fair and Expo. Vermilion County Fairgrounds, U.S. 150, west of Oakwood. See the fairs and festivals story for more information. 443-4005,

6/26 — Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Crestview Park, Urbana. Featured band is Urbana Pops: Feat Ensembles. In the event of rain, the event will take place the next night.

6/27 — Piper's Hut Concert Series. 6:30 p.m., Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Features Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtn. Fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility of rock influence. In collaboration with the CU Folk & Roots Festival. Tickets at the venue before the start of the show, while supplies last. Tickets handled through the Folk & Roots website.,

6/28-30 — Bloomington Gold Corvette Show. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. The Granddaddy of Corvette Shows!,

6/28-29 — Bement Garage Sale Days. 7 a.m. to dusk both days, community of Bement. More than 30 homes included on map.,

6/28-30 — World War II Re-Enactment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E., Arcola. Tomahawk throwing demonstration. Adults $10, seniors (60+) $8, children (5-12) $6, under 4 years, free. 268-4106,

6/28, 29 — Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 28 and noon to 2 a.m. June 29, downtown Champaign. See more information in the fairs and festivals story.

6/28 — Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m., Spalding Park, Champaign. Live music, inflatables, games, crafts and more. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550,

6/29-30 — Saybrook's annual Stars and Stripes Celebration. 8 a.m. June 29 and 7 a.m. June 30. See more information in the fairs and festivals story. 781-1951.

6/29 — Take Me Fishing. 9 to 11 a.m., Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Kids' awards, activities and more. Basic fishing instruction available to beginners. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived; all fishing is catch-and-release. Cane poles and bait are available, but you are welcome to bring your own. Adult supervision of children is required. Free. 896-2455,

6/29 — Great Annual Rocket Launch Of 2013. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pick Dodds Park, Champaign. The Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club is holding its biggest rocketry event of the year, GARLO 2013. Rockets of all sizes will be welcome; all spectators are invited. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 at about 9 a.m. for status of launch. Free. 217/359-8225,,

6/29 — Wildlife Medical Clinic: Feathered Friends. 2 to 2:45 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The UI Wildlife Medical Clinic will bring their live bird ambassadors to help teach school-age children about wildlife, conservation and ecosystem health. 403-2030," target="_blank">http://" target="_blank">http://

6/29 — Meet the Vanishing Woman. 2 to 2:45 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. School-age children are invited to come meet Ellen Craft, portrayed by actress Jennifer Goran, and historical novelist Doug Peterson, as they present a dramatic production based on the lives of Craft and Henry Brown, slaves who made daring, creative escapes to freedom within three months of each other in the late 1840s. Kids can also crawl into a replica of the box in which Henry escaped. 403-2030,

6/29 — Arthur Freedom Celebration Fireworks and Parade. 1 to 11 p.m., downtown Arthur. See more information in the fair and festival story.

6/30 — Village Gardeners' 15th Garden Walk. 3 to 7 p.m., St. Joseph area. A selection of five diverse gardens. Whether you are an avid gardener looking for new ideas, inspiration and motivation or someone who simply appreciates natural beauty, this is a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Tickets $6 in advance, $8 day of the walk. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Schuren Nursery in St. Joseph, Country Arbors and FS Farmtown in Urbana, and Prairie Gardens in Champaign. Day of the walk, tickets may be purchased from 2:45 to 5 p.m. at the southeast corner of the four-way stop in St. Joseph, Main Street and U.S. 150, 369-9060.

6/30 — Danville Municipal Band. 7 p.m., Lincoln Park, 1000 Logan Ave., Danville. "In Honor of Those Who Have Served and Are Serving Our Nation: A Patriotic Concert." 597-1955.

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