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URBANA — One of the newest festivals in Champaign-Urbana has quickly become one of the most popular.

Japan House's Matsuri took place last year for the first time on the grounds of the house and nearby University of Illinois Arboretum.

The Japan House staff had planned for 1,000 people. Instead, 3,000 to 4,000 showed up.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 18-24, 2016

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It's Your Business: Legends tees up renovation

Legends Driving Range and Executive Course at 4551 Nicklaus Drive, C, is in the midst of a major renovation project.

Assistant golf pro Ryne Burnett said a complete remodeling of the interior and other improvements are underway at the nine-hole facility.

Later this month, work crews will begin reconstruction of the west side of the driving range tee.

CU Days, in its '40th-something year,' begins tonight at Douglass Park

CHAMPAIGN — No one knows exactly how long Champaign-Urbana Days, a two-day festival in Douglass Park, has been going on.

The Champaign Park District has been trying to pinpoint the year of origin but has so far determined that it's been happening since the mid- to late '70s, said Douglass Park Manager Tiffany White.

"So we're into the 40th-something year," she said.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 11-17, 2016

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What: Livestock auction, barnyard tractor and truck pull, carnival bargain night, Aug. 11; motocross, Aug. 12; and pedal tractor pull, demolition derby, Aug. 13. Daily livestock shows. Nightly musical entertainment. Carnival, kiddie day, Aug. 13.

Park board endorses concept of Unit 4 facilities at Spalding Park

CHAMPAIGN — While it didn’t take a formal vote Wednesday night, the Champaign Park Board verbally agreed to “endorse the concept” of cooperating with the Champaign school district on improvements to Spalding Park if voters approve a facilities referendum this November.

Jerrod Niemann, Parmalee to play Grange Grove

CHAMPAIGN — Country music acts Jerrod Niemann and Parmalee will perform free concerts in Grange Grove before Illini football games this fall.

The Niemann concert will be at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 before the Illini take on North Carolina, scheduled for a 6:30 kickoff.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 4-10, 2016

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Park district, schools could share Spalding

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District board has agreed to allow Unit 4 to use land at Spalding Park for shared athletic space, but with a few pricey provisions.

Any changes to Spalding would have to "meet the park district's mission and future plans," park board President Tim McMahon wrote in a letter that Unit 4 board President Chris Kloeppel read aloud at this week's meeting.

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