Parks and Recreation
Last winter when it was cold and windy and wet, and the landscape was brown and bleak, I talked to Dan Olson about a glorious little speck on the landscape unlike almost any other spot in Champaign County.
CHAMPAIGN — Jim Doyle has always been a big believer in goals.
At 57, he's achieved many. He's a husband, father, Boy Scout leader, accomplished information systems technician, and an avid bicyclist, just to name a few.
After a major heart attack in November 2008, however, goals took on a whole new meaning.
CHAMPAIGN — Running close on the heels of the Boston Marathon, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon certainly has felt the shock waves of the April 15 bombings on Boylston Street.
Extra security will be in place today when the fifth edition of Champaign-Urbana's maturing marathon takes off.
CHAMPAIGN — Julia Williams had an orange ribbon pinned just above her left collarbone.
The color didn't have anything to do with finishing Friday night's 5K race at Memorial Stadium's 50-yard line.
For the 29-year-old Urbana resident, the accessory to her running gear had a more personal meaning.
Usually, the petting zoo doesn't have stingrays.
But in an exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo, you're encouraged to touch (gently) and feed (at $1 a pop) these cartilaginous creatures, cousins of the sharks who share their space.
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove just opened and runs through Sept. 29.
DANVILLE — Area youths can now register for the summer program session at the Boys & Girls Club of Danville. The session runs from June 10 through Aug. 16.
The fee is $175 per member and $125 for each additional member in the same family. Fees must be paid in full in order for members to have a guaranteed spot.
ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.
In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.
CHAMPAIGN — Just in time for Ebertfest, the Champaign Park District is ready to unveil the most substantial Virginia Theatre renovations to date.
Officials will open the theater at 203 W. Park Ave., C, to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.