Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

CUTC's second Penguin Project: 'Mulan Jr.'

URBANA — The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's second Penguin Project — described as "social change disguised as theater" — will be "Disney's Mulan Jr.," to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The performances will be at the Urbana High School Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St. Tickets range from $8 to $12.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 14-21, 2017


This weekend


Wife plants seeds to allow late husband's legacy to grow at Allerton

MONTICELLO — In the late '70s, Christie Roszkowski's husband, Mark, introduced her to Allerton Park. From then on, the couple spent a lot of time there, believing nature is good for the psyche.

In fact, Mr. Roszkowski became a Master Naturalist, aiming to do volunteer work on the trails at Allerton. A Master Gardener, his wife planned to volunteer in the gardens.

Volunteers sought for cleanup event at Danville's Ellsworth Park

DANVILLE — Organizers are looking for volunteers to participate in a cleanup day Saturday at Ellsworth Park.

The event, sponsored by the Danville Parks and Recreation Department and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon during the Vermilion River Festival. Volunteers will remove litter from the banks of the North Fork River and the surrounding park area.

Mimi's two-wheeled adventure

URBANA — Back in the day, when I was younger and lighter, I would often bicycle after work from Danville to Indianola and back, making for a nice 38-mile round trip.

Such distances were nothing to me. I had long been into bicycling, enjoying the simple freedom of wheeling through nature and the countryside on my own power and the wind through my hair, and seeing nature up close.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017


This weekend


What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Forest preserve district leader leaving for Champaign Park District

MAHOMET — Dan Olson, executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District for more than five years, will be leaving later this month to become the director of operations for the Champaign Park District.

Olson's last day at the forest preserve district will be Sept. 12.

Rail trail workshop, celebration, ride planned in Urbana

URBANA — A public workshop on providing a connection between Weaver Park in Urbana and the Kickapoo Rail Trail will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Champaign County Highway Department building, 1605 E. Main St., U.

That will be followed by a rail trail celebration and ride.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Rich harmonies on display

If you're looking for an enveloping musical experience, head to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for The Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The players produce rich harmonies from multiple layers of bowed gongs.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 3, 2017

Did you go to the Kickapoo Rail Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony in St. Joseph?

Yes. I could not miss this historic event, particularly because when I was younger, I often bicycled between Urbana and Danville. I wish this trail, 20 years in the making, had existed then. But better late than never.