Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Top of the Morning, Nov. 1, 2017

An active second-grader, Villa Grove's JOHNATHON MAURER loves riding bikes.

A beyond-his-years 7-year-old, he also enjoys helping others.

That's why his parents weren't entirely surprised when he offered up the sweet-riding Krome he got as a birthday present to a classmate who needed a bike.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE) members will display their handcrafted projects for judging for the State Conference March 2018. Guest speakers are Bonnie Smith, Illinois Homemakers Camp, and Karen Cunningham, motivational speaker. Public invited.

When: 10 a.m. Oct. 26.

Champaign park board weighing increase in fee for flower islands

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign park board is considering increasing the fees to participate in the district's popular flower-island program.

The program is a way that local businesses partner with the park district to add splashes of color to help beautify the community.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Oct. 22, 2017

Where do you go to enjoy fall colors outdoors?

According to's Fall Foliage Prediction Map, this weekend is supposed to be peak time for autumn colors in most of Illinois.

Richard J. Leskosky: A full buffet of Hitchcock

It's become something of a tradition for The News-Gazette Film Series to include a Hitchcock retrospective right before Halloween.

Actors fill legendary shoes in UI Cemetery Walk

Meet Bob Zuppke. He has been dead since 1957, but here he is with his gray sweater, whistle and a "Stadium Builder" button. All that's missing are the cleats.

Joseph Rank shows off the posture and half-smile of the late coach, and stands in front of his grave.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 19-26, 2017


This weekend


What: Back for its fifth year as Central Illinois' premiere haunted attraction with 10,000 square feet of terror, customers will find terror at every turn; "Lights Out" events, Oct. 19 and 30. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Pair of Japanese cultural treasures speaking at UI this month

CHAMPAIGN — Two prominent Japanese cultural figures, including a "Living National Treasure of Japan," will give talks and demonstrations at the University of Illinois this month.

Vermilion County panel won't let its half of Kickapoo Rail Trail languish

DANVILLE — With more than $2 million in government funding for the Kickapoo Rail Trail still hung up because of Illinois’ budget problems, trail proponents on the Vermilion County side are reviving a fund-raising committee to get matching dollars for other grants that could finally launch construction on their end of the recreational path.

Indoor trampoline park coming to former YMCA in west Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — An indoor trampoline park is moving into a former Champaign County YMCA building on Country Fair Drive.

Arizona-based Elevate Trampoline Park, which opened a location in July in Peoria, will open another at 707 N. Country Fair Drive, where the Y's former Family & Fitness Center was located.