Parks and Recreation
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.
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.
More info:Call 283-5833.
URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS
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.
CHAMPAIGN — The most-talked-about basketball hoop this side of State Farm Center can stay in an upscale southwest Champaign backyard.
PAXTON CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND STORY TIME
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.
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.
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.