Parks and Recreation
DANVILLE – When Vickie Hicks overheard people making negative comments about Vermilion County, it inspired her to write a story about appreciating the area's assets.
Now the tale, "A Story of the Kingdom of Wannalot," will be used to help instill community pride in area students, and get them thinking about how they can improve their hometowns.
URBANA – Members of the Guttergals bowling team at Clark-Lindsey Village are a competitive bunch.
"We're not happy unless we have a strike or more than 200 points (during each game)," said Shirley Mahaffey, who at age 80 admits she's "a very competitive person.
If you need more holiday music in your life, consider calling Dial-A-Carol.
The service is located at Snyder Hall, a residence hall on the University of Illinois campus.
URBANA – Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has teamed up with the Mark Morris Dance Group and local entities to offer a monthly movement workshop for people with Parkinson's disease.
The next session will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 in the Drama Rehearsal Room on the lower level of Krannert Center. The monthly class will take place through May 2010.
SAVOY – Village board members voiced support Wednesday for the development of community green spaces, noting the many benefits they provide, such as higher property values, lower crime rates, recreation for children and improved quality of life.
Trustee Bill Smith said it is important for Savoy to show unity on the issue with Champaign and Urbana, as those cities consider passing land-cash donation ordinances for parks and green spaces.
URBANA – Visions for what might make a good aquatic facility can be put on paper Thursday in the planning process of the Urbana Park District.
"Urbana citizens are welcome to take part in the planning," said Vicki Mayes, executive director of the park district.
URBANA – As city officials prepare for an extensive network of bicycle lanes and paths, the estimated $8.7 million expense – spread over 10 or more years – has at least one immediate, nonmonetary cost: 77 parking spaces.
The city's traffic commission will consider the proposal to remove the parking spaces, along portions of Race and Washington streets and Philo Road, during a 4 p.m. Tuesday meeting at the City Building, 400 S. Vine St., U.
CHAMPAIGN – Arborists and foresters across East Central Illinois are brainstorming how to prepare for a beetle that has already killed millions of ash trees in the Midwest.
URBANA – Area bike riders and motorists can learn about plans to install additional bike lanes – and remove some on-street parking to make way for those lanes – in Urbana during an open house next week.
The open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Urbana City Council Chambers, 400 S. Vine St.
An Asian restaurant is expected to open early next year in the former Baker's Square building near Market Place Mall in Champaign.
Ginger Asian Bistro, 1902 Center Drive, will feature Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food when it opens.