Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Champaign business is lone bidder for Kickapoo cafe, river trips

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign recreation business has submitted a proposal to run river trips and the cafe at Kickapoo State Recreation Area next year, according to state officials.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 1-8, 2016

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: View the displays of lights.

When: Light displays from 5 to 8 p.m. every evening until Jan. 2.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 283-5833.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

Decatur couple's gift will help fund structure

MONTICELLO — When he was young, David Rathje used to love visiting Allerton Park with his dad.

Rathje, who became a University of Illinois-educated electrical engineer, following in his father's profession, never forgot the park.

Nothing but net: Appeals court rules backyard hoop can stay

CHAMPAIGN — The most-talked-about basketball hoop this side of State Farm Center can stay in an upscale southwest Champaign backyard.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2016

Special events

This weekend

PAXTON CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND STORY TIME

Rantoul Park District may get a mulligan

URBANA — The vote earlier this month to dissolve the Rantoul Park District may be in jeopardy, based on a Champaign County judge's ruling Monday.

Main Street/Gifford: Back on its feet

The future of this village is in a bunch of kids eating ice cream and running around, some so young they barely remember a devastating tornado three years ago.

At Lenny's Ice Cream, which serves the thickest roast beef sandwiches around, as well as fancy coffee drinks, the accent is on frozen dairy products, shipped in from an artisanal operation in Wisconsin.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 17-24, 2016

Special events

This weekend

FESTIVAL OF TREES

Tom's #Mailbag, Nov. 11, 2016

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Central, Centennial drama departments teaming up again

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central and Centennial high schools have long enjoyed an intense crosstown rivalry, mainly in athletics.

So when the schools' drama departments came together for the first time last year to present a joint production of "The Little Mermaid," things were uneasy at first.