Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Launch party: Freedom Celebration 'brings the community together'

CHAMPAIGN — If they stay in town for the Fourth of July holiday, most Champaign County residents know what they'll be doing on Tuesday.

They'll run in the 5K Walk/Race or Youth Run in the morning and then watch the Freedom Celebration parade starting at 11:05 a.m.

Independence Day events, June 29-July 8, 2017

Area fireworks and other happenings celebrating the Fourth of July holiday include the following:


Rantoul. Freedom Celebration, June 29-July 4. Free live music, carnival, parade, monster trucks, fireworks and more. Opens with a carnival, 3 to 10 p.m. June 29 at Wabash Park. Fireworks at dusk on July 3.

Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017



What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.

4 events to provide preview of Balloons Over Vermilion

The public can get a preview of the second annual Balloons Over Vermilion festival at four upcoming community events.

Champaign Park District applying for grant to buy Human Kinetics Park

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District has taken the first step toward taking ownership of a park on the city's north side.

At a special meeting Monday night, the park board voted 4-0 to apply for a federal grant through the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Cash Box Kings giving Allerton the 'Royal Mint' treatment

MONTICELLO — The Cash Box Kings sound like they could have been recorded in Chess Studios in the 1950s, and that's the effect they're going for.

The blues band plays at Allerton Park on Friday night, the same day as their Alligator Records label debut, "Royal Mint." Local favorites the Blues Deacons open for the three-time Blues Music Award nominee.

Weekend Planner: Bigger, better fun in Tolono

Brian Booher, president of the planning committee for Tolono Fun Days, said committee members are often "told we've got one of the best small-town celebrations, and our fireworks show rivals others in big towns." This year Booher and friends promise an even bigger and better fireworks show, having spent $12,000 on the pyrotechnics.

Top of the Morning, June 24, 2017

The Emord siblings will proudly represent the family at today's dedication of Emord Memorial Park in downtown Gifford.

Subscriptions for Virginia's 2017-18 season now on sale

CHAMPAIGN — Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season at the Virginia Theatre are on sale now via the box office or by calling 217-356-9063.

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017



What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.