Parks and Recreation
URBANA — Two former local park district directors are competing for an appointment to a single seat on the Champaign County Forest Preserve District board.
For nearly 20 years, the village of Arcola celebrated native son Johnny Gruelle, an artist who created Raggedy Ann and Andy, with the Raggedy Ann and Andy Festival. It ended a few years back, but now there's a replacement: the Raggedy Ann and Andy Rally from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Rockome Gardens west of Arcola. Here's what's up, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:
CHAMPAIGN — Local bass fisherman Gary Montgomery enjoys taking his grandsons out on the water with him even if they don't stick to fishing.
Feeling shamrocky? Allerton Park & Retreat Center will host the Allerton Irish Fest from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday on the Gate House Lawn at Allerton Park.
The evening will feature two separate Irish music performances — The Spud Hunters from 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by The Shanties from 7:30 to 9:30.
The Allerton facility is at 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.
Outdoor festivals have everything summer can offer — music, food, crowds, sun, sunscreen giving off the smell of the beach ... and the occasional mosquito.
One thing that's new this year is that Taste of Champaign-Urbana ought to offer more sun and less soggy food, with the festival pushed back to Aug. 15-16 at West Side Park.
URBANA — Park board members in Urbana say they're willing to consider some light restrictions on smoking at park district facilities, but not a blanket prohibition.
At a study session Tuesday night, park board members asked park district staff to prepare a proposal to prohibit smoking in some areas, such as playgrounds and other areas where children congregate.
URBANA — Wheatfield Park in Urbana will become the new Larson Park in ceremonies Wednesday night.
The park, in southeast Urbana between McHenry and Combes streets, is being renamed to honor Bruce Larson, who served for 42 years on the Urbana Park District board, 37 of them as board president.