Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Marcus Jackson/About Town: His namesake's 'a lot to live up to'

CHAMPAIGN — Having lived for 47 years with a recognizable first name, Thor Peterson has heard just about every joke or comment there is to be made relating to the Norse god of Thunder.

With the emergence of the "Thor" franchise and "The Avengers" movies with Chris Hemsworth playing the role of the large, powerful and bearded man, it's even picked up.

Entertainment listings, April 20-27, 2017


This weekend

AG DAY 2017

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Celebrate Earth Week

Earth Day was conceived in 1970 to promote awareness and understanding of environmental crises, on the premise that awareness and understanding would lead to action. All these years later, we celebrate Earth Week in the same spirit.

Safeguards in place for non-runner emergencies at marathon

CHAMPAIGN — Marathons have become widely popular, but they also come with an unintended risk for people living in their host cities, according to a new national study.

Weekend Planner: Lookin' for eggs? Go west

All week long, energetic bunnies have been laying plastic eggs near downtown Champaign. One of the best places for the eggs, filled with chocolates and slips of papers for toys and stuff, is at West Side Park, where the Champaign Park District sponsors the Eggstravaganza event at 11 a.m. today. Special-events manager ZOE STINSON said it's for kids ages 10 and under.

Project has Middle Fork bank looking new, but does it protect?

DANVILLE — Canoeists, kayakers and tubers floating the Middle Fork this summer aren't likely to miss the new grass and hundreds of tons of large white rocks neatly arranged on a rebuilt section of bank that separates a Dynegy Inc. coal-ash pit from the river.

Kickapoo Rail Trail work blazing along

Questions for Tom? Ask them here

FULLS SIDING — In less than three months, the first segment of the 24.5-mile Kickapoo Rail Trail — from St. Joseph to Urbana — will be open to the public.

Entertainment listings, April 13-20, 2017



What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Register on-site, 7:15 to 8 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 p.m. April 14.

Champaign school board begins talks with 7 firms for referendum work

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 is entering into negotiations with seven familiar firms that will complete the work on all of the projects funded through the $183.4 million referendum — except the athletic fields at Spalding Park.

Top of the Morning, April 11, 2017

Tracy Crane was the logical pick to quarterback our revamped outdoors coverage. She's heavy into backpacking and mountain biking, and in early May, she will try her hand at turkey hunting.

"I've been told there's a good chance I won't be successful my first time out," said Crane, equipped with a bow, arrow and license for her May 4 debut near Bismarck.