Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

May check out Arts in the Park

Ask 'Mimi,' June 26, 2016

Someone asked me the other day whether there will be an Ellnora The Guitar Festival this fall at Krannert Center.

No, it's a biennial. The next, in fall 2017, will showcase, as Fretboard Journal says, "the world's most distinctive and influential guitarists."

Weekend planner: Arts in the Park

The first time Mary Ann Torri exhibited her art at Arts in the Park in Danville was in 1979. She didn't return until last year, when the organizers for the first time put the artist tents on an asphalt breezeway that runs through Lincoln Park, a historic park full of mature trees.

Fundraisers planned to help with rail-trail costs

MAHOMET — Three fundraisers are planned this summer and fall to help cover part of the funding gap for construction of phase one of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

Tom's #Mailbag, June 24, 2016

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here

Lots of transportation-related questions in the 'bag this week, along with some local history.

Tolono set for a good time

An extra $1,000 worth of fireworks will light up the sky in Tolono on Saturday night, wrapping up the annual Fun Day Festival.

Entertainment listings, June 23-30, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

What's next for Crystal Lake Park? Open house will show you

URBANA — Next week, the public will get its first chance to learn about more than $1 million of planned improvements at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park.

The Urbana Park District is hosting an open-house styled event between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 30 to unveil its plans to rehabilitate the lake that gives the park its name.

Go figure, June 22, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


What it will run the Champaign Park District to bring in rapper turned minister Kurtis Blow to co-headline August's Taste of Champaign-Urbana with alternative rockers Vertical Horizon ($15,000).

In the rough

On a steamy, sun-kissed Thursday afternoon at Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul, the parking lot is full and carts are backed up at the first tee.

Inside the clubhouse, owner Kevin Applebee kicks back with friends as regulars stroll in and out, enjoying a cold one after wrapping up their round.