Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Entertainment listings, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2018


This weekend



Trucking company that hauls Luke Bryan's gear got its start in Rantoul

RANTOUL — When Luke Bryan's gear arrives in Pesotum on Friday, it will be on the trucks of a company built in Champaign County.

June Bermingham of Rantoul started Xtreme Transportation in 2002 after selling a previous logistics company that she and a business partner had started.

Haunted Happenings moves from Kennekuk to Harrison Park Golf Course

DANVILLE — The long-running fall event Haunted Happenings is moving to Harrison Park Golf Course from its original venue at Kennekuk County Park.

The city of Danville announced Tuesday that it's joining with the Vermilion County Conservation District to co-host this year's event, set for Oct. 27 at the golf course, 1300 W. Voorhees St.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 24, 2018

Look closely and you can tell that picture above of veteran News-Gazette reporter Tom Kacich is not from the Kickapoo Rail Trail — it's from a recent hike at Glacier National Park in Montana.

But it demonstrates Kacich's love of all things outdoors.

The Law Q&A | Bicyclists have rights and duties

Summer weather still hovers, and bicyclists still abound. Ever wonder what the heck the Illinois rules are for bicyclists operating on the roadways and the sidewalks in Illinois? Can bicyclists even bike on sidewalks?

OK, class, let's review.

Environmental Almanac | In appreciation of chimney swifts

If you're a bird and you want lots of attention from humans, your best bets are a dramatic color scheme or a loud, pretty song.

Combine these characteristics, as the northern cardinal does, and you wind up as the state bird, and you get sports teams named after you.

Getting Personal: Kaizad Irani

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 55-year-old Champaign resident KAIZAD R. IRANI chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Irani teaches horticulture/landscape design and business at Parkland College in Champaign.

Warning on tickborne illnesses issued after Heartland virus found in Kankakee

SPRINGFIELD — The risk from tickborne illness is still lurking even as the summer winds down, state public health officials warned Friday.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 20-27, 2018


This weekend


What: A day full of family fun. Pony rides, petting zoo, facepainting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, free kids games and straw maze, local food trucks and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Where: Prairie Gardens, 3000 W. Springfield Ave., C.

Cost: One Pudgy ticket, $1.

Collection of household hazardous waste set for Sept. 29 in Danville

DANVILLE — Do you have any old oil-based paint cans, cleaning products or expired medicine cluttering your shelves?

Then you may want to consider taking them to a free household-hazardous-waste collection set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.