Parks and Recreation
If you're thinking about swimming at an inland lake in East Central Illinois, you might want to think again.
It's not just that there could be something unpleasant in the water, it's also that what's there might go undetected for weeks.
MAHOMET — Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, most people in Champaign County would probably recognize a photograph of the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden at Lake of the Woods: the lily-studded pond, the cascading waterfall, the Japanese-style red iron bridge.
"It's our most visited and photographed site," said Champaign County Forest Preserve Executive Director Dan Olson.
CHAMPAIGN — Two years after its swimming pool closed, Champaign's Spalding Park remains a neighborhood hub.
More than 100 people could be found at the park on a midweek afternoon, enjoying the sunshine.
After 30 years of making art, Annatjie Els is doing her first art fair, the Taste of Champaign-Urbana.
The Champaign woman trained as a lawyer in her native South Africa but took an Urbana Park District watercolor class about 30 years ago.
The artist is now making the leap to showing and selling her own watercolors.
"The Railway Man" comes out on DVD. Academy Award winner Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman star in this true story of a British army officer who was tormented as a prisoner of war in a World War II labor camp and what happens decades later when he finds out the Japanese man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive.
CHAMPAIGN — Pearl's Day Care will mark 26 years with a reunion block party starting at noon Aug. 30.
The party will include food and a chance for families and children who have attended the center to at 505 E. Washington St., C, to celebrate, said owner Pearl Buchanan.
DANVILLE — It's not every day that the governor comes to your hometown, let alone shakes your hand and recognizes you and your classmates for something you've done.
But that's what happened to 14-year-old Peyton Blodgett and the other members of the North Ridge Middle School Problem Solvers on Thursday.