Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Entertainment listings, Dec. 14-21, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 14 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

Tom Kacich: Meadowbrook sculpture a Wright homage

The king of Prairie Town, aka noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright, now looks over the prairie at Urbana's Meadowbrook Park.

Results of erosion study near Dynegy ash pits stirs calls to action

DANVILLE — An engineering study has confirmed that the embankment separating the Middle Fork River from millions of cubic yards of potentially harmful coal ash is eroding at an average of more than 2 feet per year, prompting local river advocates to call for swift action to protect the waterway.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 7 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY WONDERLAND

Balloons Over Vermilion grant puts Kickapoo Rail Trail over top

DANVILLE — The long-awaited construction of the Kickapoo Rail Trail's Vermilion County leg can begin next year thanks to the first major donation from the Balloons Over Vermilion festival.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Nov. 30 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

Champaign council unanimously supports dockless bike-sharing systems

CHAMPAIGN — The city council on Tuesday expressed unanimous support for implementing bike-share rental systems that allow users to park bikes anywhere when finished.

UI professor's Paper 2 Tree project aims to grow an academic forest

A University of Illinois professor is encouraging his colleagues to give back to their communities — trees included.

Mattia Gazzola, assistant professor in UI's Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, just launched Paper 2 Tree — a project for UI researchers to fund local tree planting and provide educational outreach once their papers get published.

Entertainment calendar, Nov. 23-30, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

'46TH ANNUAL URBANA HIGH SCHOOL THANKSGIVING DINNER'

What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call ahead for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

Tom Kacich: Over 50 years, Turkey Trot has evolved into massive event

Robin Hall admits the first Urbana Park District Turkey Trot wasn't his idea.

Imitation, after all, can be a mother of invention.

"As with most things, somebody else was doing one, and I thought it was a great idea. I thought I'd try it," said Hall, who in November 1968 was the fresh-out-of-college superintendent of recreation for the park district.