Parks and Recreation
The ninth annual Holiday Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Champaign Park District, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
In case of bad weather, the parade will be postponed until 6 p.m. Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN – A city icon for decades, the neon marquee that hung prominently off the facade of the Virginia Theatre since the 1940s lay in crumpled pieces on Park Street on Tuesday.
Several area organizations are vying for money in the latest round of the Pepsi Refresh Project.
The project allows community members to vote for projects through Nov. 30. The top vote-getters are awarded money. Project supporters are allowed 10 votes each day, and you can vote via Facebook, text and online.
A steam locomotive could be coming to East Central Illinois, but it may take a little exertion on your part to power it here.
Union Pacific is holding an online contest to determine a route for a steam locomotive excursion in 2011.
URBANA – The Urbana Park District board unanimously approved the concept for a new Crystal Lake Pool on Tuesday night, but members of the north Urbana neighborhood said they opposed the plan and would work to defeat the tax increase proposal to pay for it.
Flags, speeches and music will honor military veterans at three community celebrations in Mahomet this weekend.
Museums in Tuscola and Danville next week will hold programs for veterans and people interested in military lore.
The Living Flag: Old Glory Sings programs at Mahomet Christian Church, 908 N. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet, are in their sixth year.
TILTON – Mayor David Phillips wants to make his village a destination for ATV and dirt-bike riders.
DANVILLE – The city's share of the $90 million in federal grants that Illinois recently received for bike paths and similar projects means a new multiuse path through one of the city's most historic neighborhoods will be ready in 2012.
Millions of dollars were designated on Friday for hiking and biking improvements in East Central Illinois.
The projects include:
– Almost $1.2 million for a multipurpose path along Lake of the Woods Road in Mahomet.
– $1.2 million for a shared-use path at the Lincoln Park Historic District in Danville.
DANVILLE – Last spring, a group of friends and running coaches stepped in to ensure that a summer running program for Vermilion County kids continues, and now, they're offering an opportunity for adults to run and help the youth program at the same time.