Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

The Great Outdoors: Birding season, kayaking anglers, deer website

On Wednesdays, staff writer Tracy Crane shows her wildlife side. Email tips to tcrane@news-gazette.com.

Birding season warming up

Entertainment listings, March 16-23, 2017

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PRAIRIE GARDENS FAIRYTALE GARDEN FAIR

Sheriff: Bones found in Middle Fork not from missing people

LUDLOW — DNA extracted from skeletal remains found nearly four years ago in a river in northeast Champaign County does not match any missing people, Sheriff Dan Walsh said Thursday.

Walsh said the human skull and tibia, which were discovered by a family canoeing in the Middle Fork River in early August 2013, likely were from the same person, as the DNA extracted from each is similar.

Entertainment listings, March 9-16, 2017

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BECKMAN INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE

The Great Outdoors: Flowers, smartphone hikes, hidden wildlife

On Wednesdays, staff writer Tracy Crane shows her wildlife side. Email tips to tcrane@news-gazette.com.

February flowers

Nick Offerman returning to UI for Japan House event

URBANA — Actor/humorist Nick Offerman will return to town to take part in "Whisky, Wood and Barbecue," a fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. April 1 for Japan House, founded by his mentor, Shozo Sato.

Ask 'Mimi,' March 5, 2017

Did late actor Bill Paxton attend Ebertfest?

Yes, in 2001, with Sam Raimi's crime drama "A Simple Plan." I remember seeing him after he appeared at the Virginia, at a late-night art show in downtown Champaign. He seemed curious and unpretentious.

Call for Summer Fun Guide events

The News-Gazette will publish its annual Summer Fun Guide — a calendar of festivals, plays, concerts, donkey races, etc. — on May 24. If you'd like your event to be included — free of charge — let us know by April 24.

To submit your item for consideration, email features@news-gazette.com or post it to our online calendar. The calendar will list activities between May 25 and Sept. 30.

Entertainment listings, March 2-9, 2017

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URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Family-friendly for everyone.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. March 3.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

More info: Email imbibeurbana@gmail.com.

PIATT COUNTY ANTIQUE DAY

The Great Outdoors: Turkeys, bobcats, mushrooms, adventures

On Wednesdays, staff writer Tracy Crane shows her wildlife side. Email her at tcrane@news-gazette.com.

8: The age of SCOTT BRANCA's son, HUNTER, when he shot his first turkey.

The warmer-than-normal weather has the Branca boys itching to get into the woods for the spring wild turkey hunt.