Community Events

Community Events

Schools defunct, but camaraderie isn't

PHILO — They came from as far back as the Class of 1942 and as far away as Oregon.

After all, it isn't every year that alumni from two defunct area high schools — Longview Township and Allerton/Broadlands/Longview, or ABL — get to relive their glory days with former classmates.

Weekend planner: Butterflies at the Virginia

We've all heard of the sad decline in the monarch-butterfly population. It's one reason the Champaign Park District wanted to focus on butterflies this summer. So the district, with Mitch Marlow, front-of-house coordinator at the Virginia Theater, came up with the family-friendly "Flight of the Butterflies" event starting at 2 p.m. today at the Virginia.

Cookoff set in Paxton

PAXTON — The fourth annual Paxton Swine 'N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival has been set for Sept. 19, in downtown Paxton.

The event will feature barbecue cookoffs in two categories: ribs and chicken.

The triumphant return of Chase Rice

The last time Chase Rice played the Champaign County Fair, he was an up-and-coming warmup act. Two years, endless gigs and one smash hit album later, Rice returns to Urbana tonight as a full-fledged headliner who has gotten the hang of playing in front of full houses. A few other things you ought to know about the star of tonight's show:

Entertainment listings, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Volunteers to paint aging bridge's rails

DANVILLE — Wanted: Volunteers to help paint the Memorial Bridge rails on Saturday. Those afraid of heights need not apply.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

CHAMPAIGN — The Developmental Services Center and Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club will present the C-U in the Prairibbean XI benefit concert Saturday in front of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C.

And the winner is ... We'll know soon

We know when Farm Aid 30 will be but, with Sept. 19 fast approaching, mum's still the word on where. Organizers promise an answer this week, with local music fans pushing hard on social media for a return to the site of the original show — the UI's Memorial Stadium. A few numbers of note:

The Future Five, July 27, 2015