Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Environmental Almanac: Another episode in funeral of native flora

In one of the fall classes I teach at the University of Illinois, the only required reading is Aldo Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac." Although it was published nearly 70 years ago, I find that it speaks more eloquently to the central questions posed by the Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability major than anything written since.

Weekend Planner: Harmonic convergence

A nationally known Nashville, Tenn., bass player with roots in Champaign and an award-winning harpist are joining in harmony for an evening of music tonight at the Allerton Music Barn near Monticello. VIKTOR KRAUSS and MAEVE GILCHRIST will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 12-19, 2017


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Blossoms, books and whimsey

This column was published in the Oct. 10 News-Gazette.

Now that my kids are taller than me, I get these pangs of nostalgia whenever I see our favorite childhood haunts — their grade school playground, the sprinklers at Hessel Park, the children’s desk at the library, even the dollar bins at Target where they’d pick out holiday decorations.

Weekend Planner: Monster trucks, lumberjacks and mustaches

If you like monster trucks, lumberjacks, pumpkin chucking and mustaches, today's second Champaign Park District Flannel Fest (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hessel Park) is for you. One of the prime attractions this year is an appearance by the monster truck Raminator, from the Thomasboro-based Hall Brothers Racing Team.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 5-11, 2017


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Infrastructure, environment top City Council's goals

CHAMPAIGN — City department heads and council members established their primary goal areas for 2017-'19, with the infrastructure and the environment category leading the pack.

The areas were determined Wednesday at the last of the city’s two goal setting meetings this week. They’re as follows, from most- to least-emphasized:

— Infrastructure and the environment

$10 million community center planned for Champaign's north side

CHAMPAIGN — The founders of Human Kinetics are teaming up with the Champaign Park District to create a $10 million community center on the city's north side.

In addition to recreational and other park district activities, the center will provide a new home for programs for the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club.

A Life Remembered: Conservationist left legacy in nature she preserved

DANVILLE — From the bald eagles at Plum Island sanctuary in northern Illinois to the flowing native prairie grasses and forbs at Forest Glen Nature Preserve in Vermilion County, nature lovers have a lot to thank Marilyn Campbell for.

Travel/Missouri River, Part II: In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark


In this space a few weeks ago, we offered some highlights along the lower Missouri River. This week, we turn to the upper portion of the Missouri.

We recommend flying into Bismarck, N.D., which is located on the Missouri, and renting a car for this leg of the Lewis and Clark trip to the headwaters of the Missouri.