Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

State tourney leaves little room to spare at 2 local alleys

While interest in bowling seems to be declining at the national level, the local scene is about to receive a jolt.

For the first time in 50 years, the Illinois Women's Bowling Association's state tournament will be held in Champaign County. The tournament is expected to bring about 200 bowlers a weekend to Arrowhead Lanes and Western Bowl from Feb. 24 to April 23.

Estimates for facilities work give Champaign Park Board sticker shock

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Park Board members got a jolt of sticker shock Wednesday night after hearing the estimated costs for expanding the operations and maintenance facilities just east of the Bresnan Meeting Center.

Project Architect Scott Burge and Engineering Manager Michael Friend of The Farnsworth Group told the board the bill could be as big as $8.564 million.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 12-19, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

16TH ANNUAL COUNTYWIDE MLK CELEBRATION

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 8, 2017

Do you know anything about Tongues Unknown, the band playing at the Canopy Club next Sunday?

Yes, it's a project of 2009 UI alum Connor Grant, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and played lead guitar with Sean Lennon's band, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, now on hiatus.

Galena B&B putting up Monticello painter

GALENA — A Monticello artist experienced in plein-air painting will be among four artists-in-residence this month at the Goldmoor Inn in Galena.

Caroline Goldsmith and the other award-winning painters will each spend a week at the inn that will end with them teaching a class outdoors, weather permitting, or from a glass gazebo overlooking the Mississippi River.

Tom's #Mailbag, Dec. 30, 2016

Question for Tom? Ask it here


Kind of a slow week at the mailbag, mostly because I’ve been off much of the time.

But readers provided some good questions, some of which we’ll address this week and others we’ll take up next week.

Judge signs order nullifying vote to dissolve Rantoul Park District

RANTOUL — A Champaign County judge has signed a court order nullifying the results of the November referendum that dissolved the Rantoul Park District.

Judge Tom Difanis' action followed an agreed order that was reached by various parties in the case.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 29, 2016-Jan. 5, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

CANDLESTICK LANE HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY

What: The 53rd annual Urbana Christmas tradition of the neighbors living on Grant Place decorating their homes for Christmas as a group. Drive cautiously and turn off headlights.

When: Every evening from 5 to 10 p.m. through New Year's Day.

Danville YMCA puts search for new director on hold

DANVILLE — After two of their top three candidates dropped out of the running, Danville YMCA officials have temporarily suspended their search for a new executive director.