Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Volunteers sought for cleanup event at Danville's Ellsworth Park

DANVILLE — Organizers are looking for volunteers to participate in a cleanup day Saturday at Ellsworth Park.

The event, sponsored by the Danville Parks and Recreation Department and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon during the Vermilion River Festival. Volunteers will remove litter from the banks of the North Fork River and the surrounding park area.

Mimi's two-wheeled adventure

URBANA — Back in the day, when I was younger and lighter, I would often bicycle after work from Danville to Indianola and back, making for a nice 38-mile round trip.

Such distances were nothing to me. I had long been into bicycling, enjoying the simple freedom of wheeling through nature and the countryside on my own power and the wind through my hair, and seeing nature up close.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017


This weekend


What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Forest preserve district leader leaving for Champaign Park District

MAHOMET — Dan Olson, executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District for more than five years, will be leaving later this month to become the director of operations for the Champaign Park District.

Olson's last day at the forest preserve district will be Sept. 12.

Rail trail workshop, celebration, ride planned in Urbana

URBANA — A public workshop on providing a connection between Weaver Park in Urbana and the Kickapoo Rail Trail will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Champaign County Highway Department building, 1605 E. Main St., U.

That will be followed by a rail trail celebration and ride.

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Rich harmonies on display

If you're looking for an enveloping musical experience, head to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for The Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The players produce rich harmonies from multiple layers of bowed gongs.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 3, 2017

Did you go to the Kickapoo Rail Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony in St. Joseph?

Yes. I could not miss this historic event, particularly because when I was younger, I often bicycled between Urbana and Danville. I wish this trail, 20 years in the making, had existed then. But better late than never.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees. National Sweetheart Pageant, midway, beer tent, flea market, display area, car show, 5K, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, contests, entertainment including Jo Dee Messina with Forgotten Highway at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and more.

Local union sets Labor Day parade, events in Urbana

URBANA — AFL-CIO Local 601 will once again celebrate Labor Day in Urbana, with a parade and free activities afterward.

Danville's first air show in more than 30 years set to take flight

DANVILLE — It was 1987 when Mike Potter caught the Springfield Air Rendezvous and was blown away by the display of air power and aviation history.

Now, the manager of the Vermilion Regional Airport is thrilled to be bringing an air show to the Danville area — the first in more than 30 years.