Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Environmental Almanac: In defense of the eastern gray squirrel

We missed "Squirrel Appreciation Day" last week, but I think you'll enjoy this engaging column by Laura Schultz, who was a student in my University of Illinois environmental writing class last fall. — Rob Kanter

By LAURA SCHULTZ

Forest preserve board OKs new director, Middle Fork's Dark Sky bid

MAHOMET — The Middle Fork Forest Preserve in northeastern Champaign County would become the only officially designated Dark Sky Park in Illinois, under an application advanced Thursday night by the Champaign County Forest Preserve District board.

The board also unanimously named Mary Ellen Wuellner as the district's ninth executive director in its 70-year history.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

LIONS IN WINTER LITERARY FESTIVAL 2018

What: An annual literary festival, featuring readings by three visiting authors, CM Burroughs, Rachael Hanel and Vu Tran, who will also lead craft talks on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; an editors' panel; a book fair and more.

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 27.

Forest preserve district's interim director expected to be made permanent

MAHOMET — Mary Ellen Wuellner, the interim director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District since September, is expected to be formally approved tonight as the district's ninth executive director and the first woman to hold the post.

She will be paid $100,000 a year.

Dwight Yoakam coming to Virginia Theatre in March

CHAMPAIGN — Singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam is coming to the Virginia Theatre in March.

Yoakam, who has also acted in movies and on television, will perform with guest Brandy Clark at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the theater, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

County selling 2 lots acquired through public-nuisance ordinance

Two empty lots acquired by Champaign County through enforcement of a public-nuisance ordinance have been put up for sale:

Entertainment listings, Jan. 18-25, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

COMMUNITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS BENEFIT

Motorcycle club's bowling tournament to raise funds for C-U at Home

Calling all bowlers who want to have fun while helping the homeless this weekend.

The Blue Crew Motorcycle Club of Central Illinois is hosting a bowling tournament Sunday to benefit the C-U at Home' One Winter Night project, intended to help the homeless in Champaign and Urbana.

Group formed to push Dynegy to move coal ash away from Middle Fork

DANVILLE — A small group of people who love the Middle Fork River have formed a new grass-roots group to push the Dynegy energy company to move tons of coal ash away from the National Scenic River.

Parkland board approves contract for 8-acre solar farm

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College could have its own 8-acre solar farm by later this year.