Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN — Don't be surprised if you find evidence of fire in grassy areas at two Champaign parks this fall — and two others next spring.
It's not an accident or arsonist's handiwork, but the result of a planned controlled prairie burn.
"We're promoting the good stuff and getting rid of the bad stuff," said park district horticulture Supervisor Randy Hauser.
RANTOUL — There are a couple of bank officials, a village trustee, a retired insurance official, a retired corporate officer, a former teacher and at least one non-golfer.
They make up the citizens advisory committee named to study the future of Rantoul's Brookhill Golf Course and the Rantoul Park District.
MAHOMET — Like most things, change has come over the years to Lake of the Woods.
The Sangamon River Music Festival in downtown Mahomet offers free entertainment for everyone.
The event runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Mahomet's Main Street.
The annual festival offers carnival rides, a food court, beer tent, vendors and music.
If you're thinking about swimming at an inland lake in East Central Illinois, you might want to think again.
It's not just that there could be something unpleasant in the water, it's also that what's there might go undetected for weeks.
MAHOMET — Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, most people in Champaign County would probably recognize a photograph of the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden at Lake of the Woods: the lily-studded pond, the cascading waterfall, the Japanese-style red iron bridge.
"It's our most visited and photographed site," said Champaign County Forest Preserve Executive Director Dan Olson.
CHAMPAIGN — Two years after its swimming pool closed, Champaign's Spalding Park remains a neighborhood hub.
More than 100 people could be found at the park on a midweek afternoon, enjoying the sunshine.
After 30 years of making art, Annatjie Els is doing her first art fair, the Taste of Champaign-Urbana.
The Champaign woman trained as a lawyer in her native South Africa but took an Urbana Park District watercolor class about 30 years ago.
The artist is now making the leap to showing and selling her own watercolors.