Parks and Recreation

Ask 'Mimi' March 30, 2014

From concerts at Allerton to the Boneyard Arts Festival to hanging out in downtown Champaign, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has the answers.

Q: When's the first outdoor concert of the season at Allerton Park near Monticello?

A: April 18, though it's sort of inside — in the beautiful renovated loft of the Dutch-style hay barn on the west side of the park.


Dispose of unwanted electronics at free event Saturday at DACC

DANVILLE — Vermilion County residents can drop off unwanted electronics items for free at a collection event Saturday.

Items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon at the north parking lot of Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.


Entertainment listings, March 27-April 3, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


Sign of spring: State stocking lakes with fish

More than 1,500 live 3- to 4-pound trout were delivered Tuesday to Lake of the Woods near Mahomet. The delivery is part of a stocking of sites across the state by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

By the numbers:


Entertainment listings, March 20-27, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


UI softball youth clinic is sure to be a hit

Want to run a ballpark? Want to learn more about batting?

The University of Illinois Softball Program will present Kids Take Over The Ballpark & Youth Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Eichelberger Field, 1201 W. Florida Ave., U.

The Big Ten Conference game against Iowa starts at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast on WDWS 1400-AM.


Entertainment listings, March 14-20

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


Eagle Creek operator hanging it up after 4 years

SHELBYVILLE — A little more than four years after it successfully bid to take over operation of the Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville, BMDD Resorts Corp. of Decatur has abruptly pulled out.

A lodge and convention center at the lakefront resort has been closed since July 2009, and now the golf course there, since renamed The National, is also closed for business.


Urbana looking to expand outdoor dining options with 'Curbanas'

URBANA — Visitors to downtown Urbana this summer won't be cooped up inside if they don't want to be — city officials will be testing the water with a unique kind of outdoor seating that turns narrow sidewalks into outdoor cafes.

They're called "Curbanas."


Firearms facility near White Heath a step closer to reality

WHITE HEATH — A firearms training facility near White Heath is one round of yes votes away from becoming a reality.

If approved by the Piatt County Board on Wednesday, a special-use permit would allow master firearms instructor Joel Ripper to provide concealed carry handgun training at his home, located about 1 1/2 miles north of White Heath.


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