Community Events

6 panel discussions set for Ebertfest

URBANA — If you can't get enough of the movies at the 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, which starts Wednesday, there will also be six academic panel discussions.

All will be held in the morning; all are free and open to the public; and all but the last one — a workshop for filmmakers — are in the Pine Lounge on the first floor of the Illini Union, 1401 Green St., U.

UI's McFadden wins marathon's wheelchair race


BOSTON (AP) Tatyana McFadden of the University of Illinois has won the women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon for the second straight year.

McFadden celebrated her 25th birthday Monday and listened as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played on Boylston Street one year after the bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured.

'Draggin' Main' set in Paxton

PAXTON — Downtown Paxton's fifth annual "Draggin' Main" car cruise is set for 5-11 p.m. today.

Freedom Celebration looking for volunteers, donations

CHAMPAIGN — July 4 is still a couple of holidays away, but it's not too early to sign up to help with the Champaign County Freedom Celebration or make a donation toward the festivities' cost.

Sign-ups are also underway for the 5K race/walk included in the event lineup, says Marie Polk, the Freedom Celebration's general chairwoman.

Updated: Marathon to reopen registration

The Illinois Marathon will reopen registration for most of its races for several days starting Friday, organizers announced Thursday.

Online registration will reopen at 12:01 a.m. Friday and close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday for the marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, full I-challenge, half I-challenge and 5K races.

Entertainment listings, April 17-24, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Tourist season has arrived

April is a busy month for tourism in Champaign County, and maybe nobody knows that more than Visit Champaign County President and CEO Jayne DeLuce.

Under the glow of a couple Boneyard Arts Festival displays, she sat down with The News-Gazette to talk about what's going on this month and why it's so important to the area.

Record turnout for Austin's Day service projects

CHAMPAIGN — A beautiful Saturday brought record numbers of volunteers to Austin's Day projects.

With more than 225 volunteers showing up, Centennial teacher Jeron Blood said, the day was the best ever for the school's Interact Club, which he sponsors. The goal had been about 150.

A dance marathon Friday set the event into motion, Blood said.

Melissa Merli's weekend update: Early Easter egg hunts

Hunting Easter eggs?

Get your baskets ready

Easter is April 20 but many egg hunts sponsored by churches, park districts and other organizations are this weekend. Here's a look at a few of the events, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli.

One-day, two-show circus to perform June 9

PAXTON — The circus is coming to town.

The park district's board this week approved a motion to sponsor a one-day, two-show circus at Coady Park. Culpepper & Merriweather will present two shows with traditional circus performances, including acrobats, on the evening of June 9.

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