Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Giving them a fair shake

Between now and the return of school days, sun and junk food go together with concerts, rides and planned vehicular disasters at fairs all across East Central Illinois. Staff writer PAUL WOOD checked in with several of them.

Entertainment listings, June 15-22, 2017


This weekend


What: Live street-side performance series. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, along with a cappella music, belly dancing and live painting.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 16 through Aug. 25.

Annual Driving the Dixie event set Saturday

DANVILLE — You don't need an antique or sports car to drive the historic Dixie Highway during Saturday's annual Driving the Dixie event.

Bench to be dedicated in memory of Westville girl who drowned

WESTVILLE — In a part of Zamberletti Park where little Ryleigh Arnett liked to play, a bench will be dedicated in her honor this weekend, when she was to have celebrated her fifth birthday.

Ryleigh drowned in a swimming pool Sept. 21, 2016, while at the Shawnee's Little Shadows Daycare facility on Maplewood Avenue in the Home Garden neighborhood north of Westville.

Weekend Planner: See how they fly

If you've ever wanted to try your hand at radio-controlled aircraft, cars or drones, today's the day. For the first time, Horizon Hobby is hosting the Horizon RC Fest starting at 10 a.m. and running until dusk at Eli Field, the company's test field near Monticello. Here's more on the family-friendly event courtesy of staff writer Melissa Merli:

A Life Remembered: UI Campus Rec director 'a mentor and a friend' to many

Many words can be used to describe Tony Clements.

Talented. Funny. Mentor.

The list goes on and on. But but above all, Tony Clements was a friend.

"He didn't know a stranger," said Terry Elmore, associate director of University of Illinois Campus Recreation.

Danville's new basketball courts belong to 'BoBo'

DANVILLE — Two new basketball courts at Garfield Park will be dedicated to the man behind the popular youth basketball program that's held there each summer.

Up a creek? There's plenty of paddles nearby

It can be cool and breezy even on the hottest days when you're on the water. While you won't see many boats on the Boneyard — though you should check out the Boneyard Yacht Club — there are a number of lakes and rivers in the area where you can rent a canoe, kayak, tubes or pedal boats or bring your own.

Top of the Morning, June 8, 2017

We didn't just change the look of our weekly weekend preview.

We changed the name of it.

And, as you'll notice by flipping through today's eight-page extra, we changed the feel of it.

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Danville town hall sees support for moving coal ash away from river

DANVILLE — Urbana resident Eileen Borgia kayaked the Middle Fork River on Sunday for the first time this year.

She said she saw areas along the national scenic river upstream from Kickapoo State Park where she believes contaminants from coal-ash pits on the property of a former coal-fired power plant owned by Houston-based Dynegy are seeping into the river.