Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Top of the morning, March 28, 2016

I mean, really, who doesn't love Allerton Park?

When my sons were young, we were in a YMCA program that included campouts at the 4-H camp there every autumn. Our group of dads and sons added a campout every winter, and we basically had the place to ourselves.

Organizers will bring music back to the meadow

MONTICELLO — Music and nature lovers will once again be able to enjoy performances at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center throughout the spring, summer and fall.

The concert series, presented by the University of Illinois Community Credit Union, will feature a variety of musical genres performed in the outdoor setting at Allerton Park, located at 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Area update: St. Joe Legion proposing memorial for veterans

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph American Legion is proposing a veterans memorial, to be placed at the sports complex on the east side of the village.

Area update: Preparing for budget cuts helped Mahomet

MAHOMET — At this time last year, Gov. Bruce Rauner had proposed slashing local governments' share of income tax revenue — and Mahomet officials responded by making some cuts to the village budget.

But that decrease in revenue never materialized, chiefly because state lawmakers never passed a budget of their own.

Entertainment listings, March 24-31, 2016

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

Waltz this way

David Bowie said it best in "Let's Dance":

While color lights up your face, Let's Sway, sway through the crowd to an empty space.

Even if you felt like ballet as a kid was a flop, or you could never master the latest moves, there are several places in the area that offer adult classes.

'This is payback time'

DANVILLE — As a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Julius W. Hegeler II flew 70 combat missions in the Korean War, including the last.

Later, he helped build a company that would become the world's largest contract packager of chemical specialties and one of Vermilion County's largest employers.

Summer Fun Guide

The News-Gazette will publish its annual Summer Fun Guide — a calendar of festivals, plays, concerts, donkey races, etc. — on May 11.

If you'd like your event to be included — free of charge — let us know by April 14.

Weekend planner: Evening bird walk

Chelsey Walsh, public program specialist at Champaign County Forest Preserve District, likes the American Woodcock, also known as a Timberdoodle, Sky Dancer and Labrador Twister. She calls the bird cool, kind of cute and funky looking — they have long tweezer-like beaks and brown feathers that camouflage them against leaf litter on the ground.

Tom's #Mailbag, March 18, 2016

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