Parks and Recreation
MONTICELLO — The Allerton Park and Retreat Center will host a variety of events over the next few weeks, inviting the public to enjoy what's typically the off-season at the park south of Monticello.
FARMER CITY — Heritage Days has received permission from the city council to have a beer garden at this year's celebration.
The Farmer City Council approved a $10,000 grant to the organizing committee, then passed an ordinance that would allow a beer tent at the festival by suspending an existing ordinance temporarily.
The fifth Disc Golf Ice Bowl takes place Saturday at Dodds Park in Champaign. The emphasis is on fun and charity rather than competition, says organizer Wilbur Wallisof the nonprofit Champaign County Disc Golf Club, which organizes recreational play year-round at the area's three courses. Saturday's Ice Bowl will raise money for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
The head of the area's tourism organization said a new partnership with a city outside Champaign County will help cover a large gap in the promotion of that community.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge is expected to rule on whether a Chicago nonprofit group can move ahead with a lawsuit seeking to stop "Star Wars'" filmmaker George Lucas' plan to build a $400 million museum on the shores of Lake Michigan.
URBANA — Shamisen virtuoso Sato Michiyoshi, who's on his first U.S. tour, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U.
At the annual Klondike Derby today at the Boy Scouts' Camp Drake between Urbana and Danville, the Scouts travel on snow sleds as if they were navigating the Arctic on dog sleds, testing their survival skills at the 400-acre camp. Unfortunately, the warm weather might not co-operate with the Arctic idea. But the show, if not the snow, will go on anyway.