Community Events

Community Events

Air Force rejects Rantoul request for museum planes

RANTOUL — In what Mayor Chuck Smith called "a huge surprise and a disappointment," the Air Force has rejected Rantoul's request to keep three vintage aircraft currently housed at the Chanute Air Museum.

Area history, Aug. 3, 2015

In 1915, Urbana Mayor O.L. Browder again appointed Thomas Long chief of police, and again the council refused to confirm, by a vote of 6 to 2.

Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state.

Fairly busy after the county fair

URBANA — Although the Champaign County Fair wrapped up Saturday, the fairgrounds won't stay quiet for long.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 2, 2015

How much longer do the Friday Night Live events last this summer?

Four more. Despite this summer's fickle weather, 40 North 88 West has had to cancel only one Friday Night Live, which features local music acts at three outside locations in downtown Champaign.

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.

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.

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