Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Top of the Morning, Aug. 6, 2014

Advertised as the first new piece of art at Allerton Park since 1942, Ruth Gee's sculpture — "Reflective Moments" — is a big deal.

And we're not just talking weight.

"It takes five men to unload," Gee said. "I'd say about 350 pounds."

Budget means extra closures for state historic sites

SPRINGFIELD — Many state historic sites will close an additional day each week after Labor Day, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency said Monday.

THE FUTURE FIVE: From Spidey on the Quad to pancakes in St. Joseph

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Champaign marking National Night Out on Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign residents are invited to take part in National Night Out on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Communities across the country take a stand against crime by locking doors, turning on porch lights and spending the evening outdoors with neighbors.

It's Your Business: Project a chance for cyclists to share rides

Editor's note:  Get more business development news Monday at 7:40 a.m. on WDWS as the morning show crew visits with Champaign's Planning & Development Director Bruce Knight.


Entertainment listings, July 31-Aug. 7, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Get up-close look at the stars at CUAS event

The Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society's monthly observatory open house uses its 16-inch telescope to observe planets, star clusters and the moon.

The open house takes place from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at 926 County Road 700E, Champaign.

Girl Scouts get donation of 70-acre campground

SPRINGFIELD — Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will soon have a new 70-acre campground.

The Honey Bend Campground & Resort in Litchfield, about 130 miles southwest of Champaign, is being donated by Joe Scott Sr. and Loretta Scott, owners of Scott Properties in St. Louis, the organization announced.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


If you missed the film on award-winning critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," during Ebertfest or at the Art Theater in Champaign, the movie begins a run at the Virginia Theatre at 7 tonight. Repeat showings are scheduled each night through Aug. 1.


Bike polo a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping good time for all skill levels

The first time David Moore showed up to play a game of pickup bike polo he asked whether he could practice first.

"They told me to get in on the next game," he said.

The "welcoming" atmosphere is one thing the 30-year-old graphic designer likes about CU Bike Polo, one of the newest street games to pedal into the twin cities.