Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Keep Vermilon County Beautiful sets litter-cleanup event Saturday

DANVILLE — A small army of volunteers committed to cleaning up various areas of Vermilion County will be out picking up litter Saturday morning, and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful organizers encourage others to join them.

"We are inviting the public to come help beautify our county," said Brenda Adams, executive director of KVCB.

50 years, and plenty more to spare

DANVILLE — Shirley Gibson was nearly 30 before she picked up a bowling ball. Since then, she hasn't put it down.

Recently, the Danville woman was honored for her 50 years with the TNT Bowling League at Bulan's Bowl, 1436 Warrington Ave., just west of Danville. She will also be recognized at her league's banquet at Sarge's Tap this evening.

Entertainment listings, May 4-11, 2017


This weekend


What: Uniformed re-enactors, representing Allied and Axis units as well as civilians from 1939 through 1945, will gather at the Bunker Hill Historic Area. View living history displays, public battles, tactical skrmishes and more at this free event.

Deadline extended for Champaign Park District survey

The deadline to return a survey from the Champaign Park District has been extended to this Friday.

The original deadline for the 23-question survey was last Friday. It's aimed at helping form a plan for the future of Spalding Park as well as hearing what the community thinks about Champaign parks overall.

Bike to Work (or Campus) Day set Tuesday

Tuesday is the day to leave the car at home for Bike to Work (or Campus) Day.

Ten welcome stations across the community will be open from 7 to 10 a.m. offering free snacks, coffee and Bike Month 2017 T-shirts to cyclists.

Weekend Planner: Playground Earth

The grand opening of the new Friendship Grove Nature Playscape last week drew 520 people — despite it being the same day as the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and in the middle of Roger Ebert's Film Festival. If you missed it last week, head to the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway, U, today.

Urbana couple donates 29 acres of farmland for use as park

URBANA — An Urbana couple, long associated with the Urbana parks, have donated 29 acres to the Urbana Parks Foundation for what eventually will become the city's sixth-largest park.

The gift by Nancy and Fred Delcomyn was announced Thursday night at the annual meeting of the parks foundation at the Urbana Country Club.

Used-bike sale postponed to May 6 because of weather

CHAMPAIGN — A community used-bike sale to benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail, scheduled for Saturday at Champaign Cycle, is being postponed because of the rainy forecast for this weekend.

The new date for the sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

Top of the Morning, April 27, 2017

Champaign's Sholem Aquatic Center — like most of the area's public pools — doesn't open for another month.

But on Monday, they began pumping some 900,000 gallons of water into the various pools and lazy river. The process carried into Wednesday.