Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

New faces coming to Kickapoo trail

OAKWOOD — There will be some new faces along Clear Lake Trail in Kickapoo State Park this year, but hikers may have to search to spot them.

More than 20 hand-carved, wooden "spirit faces" will be nestled among the trees along a section of the trail called "Spooky Hollow."

Grant will bring improvements to Douglass Park

SPRINGFIELD — The Champaign Park District will receive a $300,000 grant for improvements at Douglass Park.

The grant, announced over the weekend by Gov. Pat Quinn, is among $16.5 million that will be spent on 46 local park projects across the state.

Quinn said they're part of his agenda "to ensure that no child is left inside."

Bait expectations: Opening of rainbow trout season may draw a crowd

Another sure sign it's spring in Illinois: rainbows.

A rite of the season for more than 40 years, Illinois natural resources officials stocked 47 designated ponds, lakes and creeks across the state last month with more than 60,000 Missouri-raised rainbow trout in preparation for today's 5 a.m. opening of its spring catchable trout program.

New displays, new fun at Orpheum

CHAMPAIGN — More Legos! they screamed. More computers!

Since it's best to keep kids entertained while you're educating them, the Orpheum Children's Science Museum listened to the clarion calls.

They ordered more of the Danish plastic building blocks, so beloved that a hit movie has been made about them.

Entertainment listings, April 3-10, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

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Improvements on tap for Champaign's Douglass Park

The head of the Champaign Park District said upgrading and maintaining the district's facilities is a very important part of what the organization does.

Ratio Architects, which has a Champaign office, will give a presentation Thursday night at a public meeting on the proposed improvements to Douglass Park at 512 East Grove Street.

Cubs calling up area 100-year-old for Opening Day

Lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and former Buckley and Loda resident Louie Reinhart is gearing up for the game of his life on Friday, the Cubs' home opener.

Letter from Birdland: Indianapolis Trail connects city, nature

I'm walking on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail next to the Indiana State Museum. I'm here for the 4C's Convention, a professional conference, where I'm meeting colleagues from around the nation, learning some tricks from a variety of English teachers, listening to research findings, and sharing experiences. It's a sunny day, so I'm taking a little time between sessions to walk.

Ask 'Mimi' March 30, 2014

From concerts at Allerton to the Boneyard Arts Festival to hanging out in downtown Champaign, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has the answers.

Q: When's the first outdoor concert of the season at Allerton Park near Monticello?

A: April 18, though it's sort of inside — in the beautiful renovated loft of the Dutch-style hay barn on the west side of the park.

Dispose of unwanted electronics at free event Saturday at DACC

DANVILLE — Vermilion County residents can drop off unwanted electronics items for free at a collection event Saturday.

Items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon at the north parking lot of Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.