Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

A Life Remembered: Conservationist left legacy in nature she preserved

DANVILLE — From the bald eagles at Plum Island sanctuary in northern Illinois to the flowing native prairie grasses and forbs at Forest Glen Nature Preserve in Vermilion County, nature lovers have a lot to thank Marilyn Campbell for.

Travel/Missouri River, Part II: In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark


In this space a few weeks ago, we offered some highlights along the lower Missouri River. This week, we turn to the upper portion of the Missouri.

We recommend flying into Bismarck, N.D., which is located on the Missouri, and renting a car for this leg of the Lewis and Clark trip to the headwaters of the Missouri.

Weekend Planner: This may tickle the stuffing out of you

The 25th annual Scarecrow Festival today at AMBUCS Park in east Urbana is not much of a fundraiser for the Greater Champaign County AMBUCS, said organizer KEITH JAMIESON. Instead, it's designed to promote the park at 1200 E. University Ave.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 22, 2017

Give the good-timing award to the Illini Quarterback Club. For the third year in a row, it's hosting a Punt, Pass & Kick competition for area youths. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Last year, it was held at the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility. This year, the event is moving to Champaign's Zahnd Park.

$1 million gift to Allerton Park to be used to improve access to mansion

MONTICELLO — A $1 million gift to the Allerton Park and Retreat Center will improve access to the mansion, the top source of revenue for the University of Illinois park.

The gift from Dave and Debbie Rathje of Decatur will be used for a new 22-foot concrete driveway that will run along the current Gate House carriage lane, where guests would have historically approached the mansion.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 21-28, 2017


This weekend


Environmental Almanac: Appreciating hummingbirds in Illinois

More often than not, when I try to point out hummingbirds to other people, I wind up gesturing toward air.

"Hey, guys," I call, "come see the hummingbird at the ... oh, nevermind."

Getting Personal: Dave Monk

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with Dave Monk of Champaign, who has combined agriculture, artistry, engineering and education as a media presence since he came to the U.S. from Australia more than three decades ago. Monk can be heard on the WEFT-FM show "Prairie Monk" and its podcasts.

Scaring up a good time at Monticellobration — Festifall

It's not technically fall yet, but the orange and brown colors are already out in Monticello, where Monticellobration — FestiFall arrives Saturday with scarecrows and pumpkins, as well as classic cars and some bands.

The pretty-darn-lifelike scarecrows are already up around the courthouse square, more likely to scare off birds than the guy in "The Wizard of Oz" ever did.

CUTC's second Penguin Project: 'Mulan Jr.'

URBANA — The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's second Penguin Project — described as "social change disguised as theater" — will be "Disney's Mulan Jr.," to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The performances will be at the Urbana High School Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St. Tickets range from $8 to $12.