Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Free fishing in Illinois this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Local bass fisherman Gary Montgomery enjoys taking his grandsons out on the water with him even if they don't stick to fishing.

Kissing the Blarney tones

Feeling shamrocky? Allerton Park & Retreat Center will host the Allerton Irish Fest from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday on the Gate House Lawn at Allerton Park.

The evening will feature two separate Irish music performances — The Spud Hunters from 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by The Shanties from 7:30 to 9:30.

The Allerton facility is at 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Entertainment listings, June 5-12, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

'Tis the season for outdoor festivals

Outdoor festivals have everything summer can offer — music, food, crowds, sun, sunscreen giving off the smell of the beach ... and the occasional mosquito.

One thing that's new this year is that Taste of Champaign-Urbana ought to offer more sun and less soggy food, with the festival pushed back to Aug. 15-16 at West Side Park.

No support for smoking ban in Urbana parks

URBANA — Park board members in Urbana say they're willing to consider some light restrictions on smoking at park district facilities, but not a blanket prohibition.

At a study session Tuesday night, park board members asked park district staff to prepare a proposal to prohibit smoking in some areas, such as playgrounds and other areas where children congregate.

Dedication set to rename Wheatfield Park for Larson

URBANA — Wheatfield Park in Urbana will become the new Larson Park in ceremonies Wednesday night.

The park, in southeast Urbana between McHenry and Combes streets, is being renamed to honor Bruce Larson, who served for 42 years on the Urbana Park District board, 37 of them as board president.

Entertainment listings, May 29-June 5, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Ask 'Mimi' May 25, 2014

Of all the performances coming up at Krannert Center in its next season, which one do you not want to miss?

State wants Mahomet trail to conform to accessibility guidelines

MAHOMET — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking the village of Mahomet to take steps to develop the Sangamon River Greenway — or risk losing out on future grant money.

Water's a bit cool, but that won't stop weekend boaters

DANVILLE — Cool, rainy weather this spring hasn't helped warm up water temperatures at local lakes and rivers, but state conservation officials still expect recreational boaters to be out in force this holiday weekend.

"This weekend is the big kickoff, but the water is still a bit cool," said Bill Cottrell, Illinois State Conservation Police officer for East Central Illinois.