Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Volunteers sought for 14th annual Lake Vermilion Clean-Up Day

DANVILLE — Aqua Illinois and the Lake Vermilion Water Quality Coalition are seeking volunteers for the 14th annual Lake Vermilion Clean-Up Day on Friday.

St. Joseph veterans memorial dedicated in park so kids learn freedom's price

ST. JOSEPH — For a memorial dedicated to veterans past, present and future, it's only fitting that you can find it in an all-ages setting.

St. Joseph American Legion Post 634 unveiled a veterans memorial Monday with a ceremony in St. Joseph Community Park. The attendees gathered with local veterans and offered thanks while speaking over the flapping of countless American flags.

Danville World War I memorial due for cleaning, slight relocation

DANVILLE — It towers over the corner of one of Danville's busiest intersections, yet it can easily go unnoticed.

It's hard to get to and even trickier to shoot a picture of without stepping into traffic.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

Wet Roots Walk

The weather didn't exactly cooperate last weekend for the fourth annual Roots Walk at Crystal Lake Park, though I enjoyed sauntering through a loop, stopping to listen along the way to seven different acts, many of them quite good.

Weekend Planner: Time to make a splash

With May temperatures rising slowly, it might not feel like the time of year when municipal pools re-open. But it is. Most of the pools will be ready for business today and will remain open through Labor Day, though Garfield Municipal Pool in Danville, which has an attached AMBUCS zero-depth spray park for kids, will close Aug. 11.

Survey: Champaign residents mostly satisfied with park district

The head of the University of Illinois department in charge of compiling survey results for the Champaign Park District said residents seem to be satisfied with the programming, facilities and services that the district provides.

Entertainment listings, May 25-June 1, 2017


This weekend


What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Hosted by local players from Bridge at Ginger Creek community bridge club.

When:9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily May 25-29.

Where: Hawthorn Suites, Champaign.

Top of the Morning, May 24, 2017

More than 400 players are expected to compete at this week's Illini Regional Bridge Tournament, which kicked off Tuesday night at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign (three sessions per day through Monday). I asked Chairwoman Karen Walker if it gets rowdy.

Block party/food distribution event set Thursday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Coming this summer to a handful of Champaign neighborhoods: block parties with free groceries to go.

For the first time ever, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and the Champaign Park District are getting together to host block parties and food giveaways in a handful of neighborhoods.

The first one will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Countrybrook Apartments in west Champaign.

Getting Personal: Natalie Kenny Marquez

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 33-year-old Champaign resident Natalie Kenny Marquez chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She runs Urbana's Market at the Square on Saturdays. She also swims and has heavy-equipment skills.

How did you become the director of the farmers market in Urbana? Do you have an agricultural background?