Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From a Disney sing-along to an American Idol in C-U — Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.


Top of the Morning, July 21, 2014: From the archives

It's so cliche to call Allerton Park a jewel, but cliches get that way for a reason.

Ask folks around here for their favorite public places and Allerton is always on the short list. It gets 100,000 visitors a year.

Swimsuit? Birthday suit? Remembering swimming holes

Swimming holes have been going in and out of style, but they're guaranteed to raise a smile, at least in our memories.

Many around here were open ditches, as in the Saline Branch and the Boneyard, or gravel pits, or land scooped up to build highway ramps.

Every generation has its own memories of getting away from tiresome adults and skinny-dipping with friends

Ask 'Mimi' July 20, 2014

Q: Mimi, have you ever visited the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement?

A: I stopped in Bement a couple of months ago but the cute little cottage was closed. I hear it's worth a visit.

Built in 1856 by Bement businessman Francis E. Bryant, it's known as the place where Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln talked about their famous 1858 debates.

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2014

I'm not much into running.

But after hearing what the clever kids at Cissna Park High School are giving the fastest finishers at the upcoming Old Settlers Run 5K, I'm thinking of trading in the hightops for a pair of cross-trainers.

Forget about medals, ribbons and trophies. The winners get something much better, unless you're into counting calories:

Homemade pies.

School district wants Dodds land for Central

The Champaign school district has formally requested the use of 60 acres at Dodds Park for a future Central High School site.

Which way would you vote? Tell Tom Kacich about it here

Allerton concert a bolt of blues

The University of Illinois Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton Park offers Allerton's Blues and Roots with one band and two concert styles.

The concert series describes it as two concerts for the price of one, each concert similar but with enough differences that you will walk away feeling like you were educated on the roots and where blues came from.

Entertainment listings, July 17-24, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend

Former Eagle Creek lessee sues state

DECATUR — The onetime lessee of the Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville has filed a three-count lawsuit against the state of Illinois, and is seeking $100,000.

The rules of the Illinois Court of Claims — where the three-count suit was filed by Michael Ballinger of Decatur, president of BMDD Resorts — cap most claims against the state at $100,000.

Search for new Central: A renewed push for Dodds

CHAMPAIGN — When Champaign Park District Board President Joe Petry proposed this spring that the school district consider Spalding Park for the new Central High School, he made one thing clear:

Dodds Park was not on the table.

But the issue has not gone away, and in some respects it appears to have gained momentum.