Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

It's Your Business: Project a chance for cyclists to share rides

Editor's note:  Get more business development news Monday at 7:40 a.m. on WDWS as the morning show crew visits with Champaign's Planning & Development Director Bruce Knight.


Entertainment listings, July 31-Aug. 7, 2014

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

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Get up-close look at the stars at CUAS event

The Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society's monthly observatory open house uses its 16-inch telescope to observe planets, star clusters and the moon.

The open house takes place from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at 926 County Road 700E, Champaign.

Girl Scouts get donation of 70-acre campground

SPRINGFIELD — Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will soon have a new 70-acre campground.

The Honey Bend Campground & Resort in Litchfield, about 130 miles southwest of Champaign, is being donated by Joe Scott Sr. and Loretta Scott, owners of Scott Properties in St. Louis, the organization announced.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


If you missed the film on award-winning critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," during Ebertfest or at the Art Theater in Champaign, the movie begins a run at the Virginia Theatre at 7 tonight. Repeat showings are scheduled each night through Aug. 1.


Bike polo a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping good time for all skill levels

The first time David Moore showed up to play a game of pickup bike polo he asked whether he could practice first.

"They told me to get in on the next game," he said.

The "welcoming" atmosphere is one thing the 30-year-old graphic designer likes about CU Bike Polo, one of the newest street games to pedal into the twin cities.

IDNR cutting deer permits

DANVILLE — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reducing the number of firearm deer hunting permits in some counties this year — including Champaign and Vermilion — and eliminating late winter hunting in 20 counties.

But some hunters believe those changes still aren't enough to deal with dramatic drop-offs in the state's deer harvest.

School site may well become central in years ahead

Cornfields. Fringe. The boonies.

The proposed site for Central High School along the city's northern border has inspired those descriptions from residents who see it as urban sprawl.

The site itself — 80 acres north of Interstate Drive, where Neil Street ends — is still a farm field, and to the north and beyond is nothing but soybeans, corn, trees and silos.

Entertainment listings, July 24-30, 2014

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

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Teepees: An undiscovered delight

GEORGETOWN — Before my parents moved to assisted living earlier this year, my mother and I would go to Forest Glen Preserve every Sunday to hike.

We usually headed to our favorite trails near the Pioneer Cabin. The road to them leads through the campgrounds, which include three large white teepees for rent.