Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Tom's #Mailbag, May 27, 2016

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Outdoor concerts aplenty this summer

Outdoor concerts mean music and sunscreen during the day, maybe with some cool treats.

Come late afternoon, early evening, there's something special about the sounds echoing as the sun slowly sets.

Entertainment listings, May 26-June 2, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

UPDATED: Report says Eagle Creek should be demolished

SPRINGFIELD — The 27-year-old Eagle Creek Resort, closed by a court order in 2009 after mold was detected, should be demolished, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.

New hours, date, location for Relay for Life

CHAMPAIGN — Participation in Relay for Life of Champaign County is sagging, and its leaders hope a brand new central location and new entertainment will be just the shot in the arm it needs to bring back a crowd.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: A day full of bird calls

The hour before sunrise on the first Saturday in May finds me in the same place most years. That's standing on a bridge over the Sangamon River north of Mahomet with my friend Greg Lambeth, playing a recording of a whippoorwill's call in hopes we'll get one to call back.

Weekend planner, Kids to Parks Day

It's no secret that many children prefer staying indoors to play video games, watch TV or surf the Internet. So that's why we have Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, at Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., where there will be activities that dovetail with the Booker T. Washington STEM Academy's Wellness Rocks 2016 Fitness & Picnic Expo. Here's more courtesy of Staff Writer Melissa Merli:

CUTC's return to Virginia 'a step forward'

CHAMPAIGN — After a six-year absence, the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company will return to the Virginia Theatre in August to stage "Oklahoma!" as its 25th anniversary show.

CUTC started out in 1991 as the resident theater company at the Virginia, helping to save the vintage vaudeville house, which the Champaign Park District acquired in 2000.

Entertainment listings, May 19-26, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Charlie Maybee is steppin' up

CHAMPAIGN — Tap dance often gets pushed aside, with modern, ballet and Irish dance receiving more attention — and maybe more respect.

There's no textbook on tap and written histories about the form are few, short and far between, said Charlie Maybee, a tap dancer and director of dance arts for the Champaign Park District.