Parks and Recreation
Really hot days like these take me back to the mostly idyllic days of my youth. The air had a summer smell to it, a sound even — with crickets and mourning doves and cardinals and robins chattering — and we had months ahead with no school.
From time to time, as the mercury would climb — in my memory, it was mostly on Sunday afternoons — Dad would tell us five magic words:
FARMER CITY — A year ago, organizers of Farmer City Heritage Days decided it was time to go big and book a national music act for the 2016 event.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.
RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.
Retrospective on Davies' career opens
A retrospective spanning the 45-year career of artist Glen C. Davies of Urbana will open Friday at Illinois Wesleyan University's Merwin & Wakeley Galleries in Bloomington.
This is a big weekend for the central Illinois radio-controlled model enthusiasts community. Starting today and running through Sunday, the Champaign County Radio Control Club will be hosting the Extreme Flight Championships at its flying field on Bloomington Road, a half-mile west of Mattis Avenue
The event is billed as the battle of the best in Champaign.
DANVILLE — Lead-up events to next month's new festival — Balloons Over Vermilion — kick off next week.
Seven communities will host events prior to the big show on July 15-16, which will feature about 30 hot air balloons at the Vermilion Regional Airport north of Danville.
RANTOUL — If not for a village of Rantoul loan program, a long-established local business might have closed.
DANVILLE — As a kid growing up in Westville, Ken Konsis would go with his dad east of town to a rugged, wooded area to hunt squirrels. In the summertime, they'd pick blackberries, then cool off with a swim in a nearby creek.
"You'd be so hot and sweaty after picking blackberries," Konsis said.