Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Rail trail workshop, celebration, ride planned in Urbana

URBANA — A public workshop on providing a connection between Weaver Park in Urbana and the Kickapoo Rail Trail will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Champaign County Highway Department building, 1605 E. Main St., U.

That will be followed by a rail trail celebration and ride.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Rich harmonies on display

If you're looking for an enveloping musical experience, head to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for The Nakatani Gong Orchestra. The players produce rich harmonies from multiple layers of bowed gongs.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 3, 2017

Did you go to the Kickapoo Rail Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony in St. Joseph?

Yes. I could not miss this historic event, particularly because when I was younger, I often bicycled between Urbana and Danville. I wish this trail, 20 years in the making, had existed then. But better late than never.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

THE 74TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL

What: Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees. National Sweetheart Pageant, midway, beer tent, flea market, display area, car show, 5K, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, contests, entertainment including Jo Dee Messina with Forgotten Highway at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and more.

Local union sets Labor Day parade, events in Urbana

URBANA — AFL-CIO Local 601 will once again celebrate Labor Day in Urbana, with a parade and free activities afterward.

Danville's first air show in more than 30 years set to take flight

DANVILLE — It was 1987 when Mike Potter caught the Springfield Air Rendezvous and was blown away by the display of air power and aviation history.

Now, the manager of the Vermilion Regional Airport is thrilled to be bringing an air show to the Danville area — the first in more than 30 years.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2017

The many volunteers and supporters involved in the Idea Garden's Accessibility Project will be recognized at Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Urbana.

As rewarding as that will be, messages like the one delivered by ELLEN CUNNINGTON pack more punch.

Funds for removal of deadly dams in Danville still jammed up

DANVILLE — When Illinois passed its budget earlier this summer, Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer eagerly anticipated the release of state funds for the removal of two low-head dams in the city that have been the site of drownings in decades past.

But, at this point, there's no indication when funds will be appropriated.

Urbana moves forward with grant to replace beetle-ravaged ash trees

URBANA — Residents might see changes in scenery after the Urbana City Council gave initial approval Monday to a $15,000 tree-planting grant from the Morton Arboretum and U.S. Forest Service.

Letter from Birdland: Living and learning at Lake Dorothy

Michael and I are beginning to think about what to bring the next time we backpack into the wilderness — a couple more small carabiners to hang stuff from the tent or the pack, a few clothespins, a bag with pockets to keep our food organized.