Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Prairie Rivers Network honoring Mahomet man's efforts

CHAMPAIGN — Bruce Colravy has always been drawn to streams.

As a kid growing up in Ford County's Piper City, he had to settle for exploring drainage ditches.

"I'd peer into the water and look for life. Surprisingly, there was quite a bit in there," Colravy said, laughing and recalling how he and a friend once pulled a 35-pound snapping turtle from one.

Urbana park board weighing 29% increase in tax levy

URBANA — The Urbana park board likely will vote next month to ask for a 29.3 percent increase in the park district's property-tax levy.

But it's not as bad as it sounds, district officials say.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 13-19, 2016

Special events

This weekend

2016 SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION

What: Annual gathering of the area's finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Enjoy the chefs' creations for a 90-minute tasting experience before the live auction. Have dessert as you bid on one of the unique packages.

When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: 'Bear' made a big impression

So much of conservation is about the concrete. Stop a pipeline here, plant milkweed for monarchs there, try to move the levers of political power with an email or a protest. Even when we turn our attention to climate change, with its remote (from where I live) effects, we're on to wind turbines and solar power before very long.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 6-12, 2016

Special events

This weekend

BALDWIN ASYLUM HAUNTED HOUSE

Tom Kacich: Eagle Creek still evading wrecking ball

Call it the "abandoned lakeside resort" that won't die.

Oktoberfest: Less oompah, more oomph

CHAMPAIGN — If you're expecting Lawrence Welk-style polka at Saturday's Oktoberfest, the Polkaholics might give you a bit of a start.

This is punk-rock polka, says guitarist and vocalist "Dandy Don" Hedeker. They'll be on about 8:30 p.m.

Apparently, the punk-polka combination works.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2016

Special events

This weekend

ARTESIAN FALL FESTIVAL

Tom Kacich: Hold your horses, trail runners

As inviting as it looks, it's important to know that the first leg of the long-awaited Kickapoo Rail Trail is not yet open.

And the 6.7-mile segment of the recreational trail from Urbana to St. Joseph — the first of its type in East Central Illinois — won't be open until next summer.

Nominating petitions available for Urbana park board seat

URBANA — Nominating petitions are available for the single Urbana park board seat up for election next spring.

Board member Nancy Delcomyn, a member of the park board since 1993, said that she is running for another six-year term.