Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN – Cyclists and cheerers-on will have a little race music to listen to during Saturday and Sunday's Tour de Champaign bike race.
Between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, bands Full Throttle, The Unpossible and Vvvvv! will play on a stage near One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – Fireworks for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration will be on Saturday night at Dodds Park in northwest Champaign, next to Parkland College.
The event has been marred with traffic snarls in the past since moving to Parkland two years ago.
Police are taking steps to prevent repeats of the traffic snarls in and around Parkland College and Dodds Park, where the Freedom Celebration fireworks will be on Saturday night.
It is a Lincoln theme for many events this Fourth of July.
And what could be more apropos with this year's celebration of the 200th birthday of our 16th president?
WESTVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District still has room in some of its summer outdoor camps for children at Forest Glen Preserve.
The camps are designed for specific age groups, and registration and fee payment are required in advance.
CHAMPAIGN – Sally Feller was up early on a recent morning, arriving at the Champaign Park District's new dog park shortly after 7 a.m. with her dogs, Cassidy and Trooper.
Cassidy and Trooper's excitement at arriving at the park is evident, as they literally pull Feller inside the main gate to the fenced-in park. Once inside, she slips off their leashes.
OAKWOOD – As the worm wriggled in her fingers, Alex Davis' face scrunched up at the ickiness.
But learning to fish was one of the 16-year-old Danville girl's tasks for the day, so she baited the hook of her borrowed fishing rod.
URBANA – Park officials in Urbana are using July to begin planning for a possible replacement pool at Crystal Lake Park.
This is the first summer since 1927 that there is no swimming at an outdoor pool in the park – the result of major structural and mechanical failures at the pool last summer as well as the failure in 2008 of a tax increase proposal that would have paid for millions of dollars in improvements at the facility.
DANVILLE – The GAO Grotto and the Danville Boat Club will sponsor their joint Parade of Lights on Lake Vermilion at 9 p.m. Friday.
Prior to the parade, food will be served at both locations, which will be open to the public for the event.
CHAMPAIGN – The Orpheum Children's Science Museum doesn't have specific plans at this point of precisely how it would use the $500,000 proposed in the state capital bill for expansion.
But the museum would like to expand to the north with a multistory building perhaps two or three years down the road, said Sonya Darter, the museum's executive director.