Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Tom Kacich: Exploring the pristine Sylvester Woods

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.

Entertainment listings, May 2-9

 

 

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Special events

This weekend

2013 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Images from the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Heart attack set Champaign man on road to first full marathon

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.

Marathon Notebook: Running heavyweights give their take on bombings

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.

5K win a record-setting salute

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.

Touch (but don't catch) a few rays

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.

Summer registration open for Danville club

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.

Best friends prepare to canoe to Gulf

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.

Virginia set to strut its renovated stuff

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.