Parks and Recreation
Staff Writer TIM MITCHELL's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:
The Japan House for the first time is hosting a Japanese arts festival with scads of nonstop events Sunday afternoon. Among them: Candyman Masaji Teresawa, who performs at festivals year-round. "He's amazing. It's hard to explain if you haven't seen him," said Cynthia Voelkl, assistant director at Japan House. "He creates fanciful candy as a glass blower would create it out of glass.
URBANA — It's a sad time at the Crystal Lake Park aquatic center.
The days are shorter, cooler and, for the hardcore outdoor swimmers, almost over.
"Do you want to see me cry?" said April Conner of Urbana, who was about to swim laps Wednesday morning for 45 minutes to an hour. "I love nature. I live to be outdoors and it doesn't get any better than this.
The executive director of the Champaign Park District is hopeful that this past weekend's record breaking ticket sales at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana event will result in more money available for scholarships.
GIBSON CITY — An exploratory committee recently formed to pursue creating a fishing and recreation area at the Jordan Industrial Park's pond west of town will meet for the first time on Aug. 30 at City Hall.
Their "New Miserable Experience" album was a big hit way back in 1992, but the Gin Blossoms continue to have experiences, miserable or otherwise, and will grace the Taste of Champaign-Urbana at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
LeROY — The LeRoy Police Department announced on its Facebook page that Mayor Steve Dean has imposed a curfew on Bowman Park in the city.
"Due to vandalism and lack of respect for public property, Bowman Park is CLOSED from dusk until 7 a.m. until further notice," read the post, which was attributed "by order of the mayor."