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EVENTS

This weekend

SPRING CRAFT AND PLANT SALE

What: Several vendors with handcrafted items and a variety of plants will be for sale plus a bake sale. Sponsored by Champaign County Home and Community Education

When: 4 to 8 p.m. May 3.

Where: Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost: Entry fee, $1; children, free.

More info: Call 217-621-2724.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Jewelry Jackpot at Idea Store (May 2-5), Lincoln Square Mall. Extravaganza at The Rose Bowl Tavern. Music all night with Steve Meadows, 5 p.m.; The Rives Brothers, 8 p.m.; and Boneyard Brass Band, 9 p.m. Immersion Festival, multidisciplinary experimental arts festival, at Independent Media Center, with evening experimental music performances, May 3 and 4 (daytime workshops May 4, a visual arts gallery, video art projection installations, and a 16.2 channel sound dome installation) Locally crafted goods and gifts at Revelry Market at Broadway Food Hall.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. at Idea Store; 5 p.m. to midnight at Rose Bowl Tavern and IMC; 5 to 8 p.m. at Broadway Food Hall, May 3.

Where: Lincoln Square Mall, 201 Lincoln Square; Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race St.; Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave.; Broadway Food Hall, 401 N. Broadway Ave., downtown Urbana.

More info: Imbibe Urbana - Home | Facebook, facebook.com/ImbibeUrbanaIL or email imbibeurbana@gmail.com.

THE NINTH ANNUAL 18TH STREET BLOCK PARTY

What: This special event is a celebration of spring sponsored by many of the 18th Street businesses. Food and craft vendors, a free carriage ride, the Annual Touch a Truck, in-store shopping specials, a "pop-up" farmers market, and a Vendorfest with 25+ craft and direct sales vendors. Numerous activities for every member of your family.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.

Where: 18th Street, Charleston.

More info: Call 217-345-4700.

PARKLAND MOTORSPORTS CAR SHOW

What: Classic and late-model custom cars, trucks, and other vehicles on display. Sponsored by the Parkland Motorsports Club. Community residents are invited to display their vehicles. Car show judging at noon; awards at 3 p.m. Also, an engine challenge; a swap meet, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in M2 parking lot (pre-registered vendors only); autocross racing event, 10:30 a.m. in M6 parking lot (registration, 8 to 9:30 a.m.). Also, new this year, Parkland's Perimeter Road Sound Recordings' first annual Perimeter Road Music Festival, an all-ages show featuring bands from Champaign-Urbana, food trucks, and information from Parkland College student clubs and organizations, 1 to 6:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.

Where: Parkland College, Champaign. Car show in M parking lots. Music festival in B1 parking lot.

Cost: Free spectator admission to car show and music festival. Registration fee $15 at parkland.edu/carshow.

More info: Call 217-345-4700.

UIUC FASHION SHOW

What: Students from ARTS 299 - Fashion Design, a School of Art and Design class, will be presenting their one-of-a-kind ensembles. Wearable works of art will walk the runway, combining sustainability and creativity.

When: 7 to 7:30 p.m. May 4.

Where: Lobby of Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 Lorado Taft Drive, C.

Cost: Admission is free. Free parking is available in the E2 lot in front of the building.

WORLD WAR II REMEMBRANCE DAYS

What: World War II re-enactors, public battle re-enactments and military camp displays; concessions.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5.

Where: Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691.

FILMS

Next week

MAY REEL DEALS

What: "Spirited Away." (2001). Rated PG. 135 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. May 7 and 9.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $5. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MAY REEL DEALS

What: "Seder-Masochism." (2010). Not rated. 78 minutes. Loosely following a traditional Passover Seder, events from the Book of Exodus. But, there's another side to the story: that of the Goddess, humankind's original deity. Seder-Masochism resurrects the Great Mother in a tragic struggle against the forces of Patriarchy. Screening featuring a panel discussion with filmmaker Nina Paley, Just Foreign Policy Director Robert Naiman, and other special guests, immediately following the movie.

When: 7 p.m. May 8.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MUSIC

This weekend

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Mike Porter. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. May 3.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BENEFIT

What: Benefit concert hosted by Tim and Jamie Berthel. Appetizers, dessert and entertainment by the DSO's guest artist, Robert Michaels, guitar. This benefit will kick off the DSO weekend with delicious food, cash bar and music in the beloved and unique Heron restaurant.

When: 6 p.m. May 3.

Where: The Heron restaurant, 34 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $50.

More info: Call 217-443-5300 or danvillesymphony.org or email info@danvillesymphony.org.

PERIMETER ROAD MUSIC FESTIVAL

What: Perimeter Road Sound Recordings is the student-staffed music record label at Parkland College. The all-ages event will feature a lineup of bands from across Champaign-Urbana as well as music artists signed to the record label; food trucks; and tables staffed by Parkland College Student Life clubs. The music festival will be held in conjunction with the annual Parkland Motorsport Club Car Show, a daylong event..

When: Noon to 7 p.m. May 4.

Where:B1 parking lot on the Parkland campus, Champaign.

Cost: Free admission

More info: Email perimeterroad@gmail.com, Perimeter Road Facebook or Instagram page.

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert featuring Edison Middle School Bands.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. May 4.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

More info: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.com or call or 217-819-3931.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS YOUTH CHORUS

What: Forty-first annual Spring Concert. Choirs performing: Music Makers, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. May 4.

Where: Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $5, children and seniors are free, at the door.

More info: Call 217-722-4448 or email office@ciccsings.org .

BELLFLOWER COUNTRY OPRY

What: Belfllower Country Opry Band with guest, Terry Smith (classic country music). A meatloaf dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. May 4.

Where: Bellflower Community Center, gymnasium, 202 Center St.

Cost: Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free. Meal, $6 for adults, children are free.

More info: 217-898-7493 or 309-722-3497.

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What:Featuring Marvin Lee Band presenting a Country Music Show. Guest performers, Maddie Flesner, Dyke Corson. Food for sale by Friends of the Library.

When: 7 p.m. May 4. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for those wanting to purchase food).

Where: Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St.

Cost: Adults, $10; children ages 12 and younger, free.

More info: Call 217-388-2853.

'VIA ITALIA'

What: With Robert Michaels, guitar, and Danville Symphony Orchestra.

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 4.

Where: Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Cost: Tickets $20-$40.

More info: Call 217-443-5300 or danvillesymphony.org or email info@danvillesymphony.org.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: "A May Medley," a joint concert by the Parkland Orchestra and the Parkland Concert Band.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. May 5.

Where: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email parklandpresents@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

Next week

BLUEGRASS ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION

When: 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

Where: Meet in the hallway near Spark Museum and Play Café at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-621-2631 or email kleiss@illinois.edu.

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Noël Wan, harp. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. May 9.

Where: Atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

More info: Email communications@beckman.illinois.edu or http://beckman.illinois.edu/events/calendars/thursday-concerts.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: Parkland Pops performance

When: 1 to 2 p.m. May 11.

Where: Parkland College Theatre, Second Stage, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email parklandpresents@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

DANCING

This weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Cinco De Mayo. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 3.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

COUNTRY DANCING

What: Public dances. Bands include Broken Prairie on the first Saturday of the month, Backsliders on the second, Battle Creek on the third and the Fabulous Hoedads on the fourth Saturday.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday.

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-398-9527.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Meadowhawk. Dale Wilson, caller. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. May 3.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. May 4.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Admission, $3.

More info: Call 217-359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org or email ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org.

Next week

ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, May 7-Oct. 29.

Where: Room 314A, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Check schedule in north lobby because room assignments get changed without notice.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://illinifolkdancesociety.weebly.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Mother's Day. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 10.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

ELEVENTH ANNUAL FAIRY TALE BALL

What: Fairy tale lovers of all ages are invited to an evening of stories, crafts, games, and entertainment. Don your shiny suit of armor or sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join in for an evening of fantasy and frivolity.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. May 3.

Where: Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069.

'SWAN LAKE'

What:Champaign Urbana Ballet presents this romantic fable of ill-fated passion and forgiveness is told through beautiful choreography amid magnificent sets — a timeless classic. All performances include the full ballet.

When: 7 p.m. May 3 and 4 p.m. May 4.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $12-$24.

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

Next week

COMEDY NIGHT

What: C-U Comedy Club live. Live Stand Up Comedy, with Chicago comedian Chris Schlichting, touring headliner at comedy clubs, private events, and corporate shows, having appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, as well as a guest across the Sirius XM channel.

When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. May 11.

Where: C-U Comedy Club (inside of Soma Ultralounge), 320 N. Neil St., C.

More info: Call 217-356-4784, cucomedy.com or email jesse@cucomedy.com.

THEATER

This weekend

'ADAMS AND JEFFERSON'

What: Homer Opera House theater presents the play about Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and their tumultuous relationship.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4, 2:30 p.m. May 5.

Where: The Homer Opera House, 101 N. Main St.

Cost: Tickets $8-$12.

More info: homeroperahouse.com or call 217-493-6175.

'ON THE EXHALE'

What: Twin City Theatre Company. Play by Martin Zimmerman.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4; 2 p.m. May 5.

Where: Sodo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets $12-$15.

More info: twincitytheatreco.com or call 217-353-5282.

'PLAZA SUITE'

What: The Monticello Theatre Association. Comedy written by Neil Simon.

Where: 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4, and 2:30 p.m. May 5.

Where: Monticello Theatre Association, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello.

Cost:Tickets $15, adults; $10, high school and younger.

More info: Call 217-762-2679, monticellotheatre.org or email tickets@monticellotheatre.org.

'STUPID ------- BIRD'

What: The Celebration Company. In this edgy, funny, and compassionate reboot of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," Aaron Posner has created a hilarious and moving meditation on love, art, life, and the world we live in. Adult content and language. No one under 16 admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 2-4.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

More info: Call 217-384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

Next week

'I DO, I DO'

What: Charleston Alley Theatre. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 10, 11, 2 p.m. May 12, 7:30 p.m. May 17, 18, 2 p.m. May 19.

Where: Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe St., Charleston.

Cost: General admission tickets, $10.

More info: Call 345-2287 or charlestonalleytheatre.com.

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

THE KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA CU ALUMNAE FLOWER SALE

What: The sale celebrates its 50th year with total donations over $103,000 going back to the community. This year, all net proceeds will benefit the Rosann Gelvin Noel Center at Cunningham Children's Home, in memory of Rosann Noel, a founding member of the flower sale.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3, 9 a.m. to noon May .4

Where: Indian Acres Swim Club, 1 Arrow Road, C.

More info: Call 217-778-2511 or 217-714.-3540.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY MAY PROGRAM

What: The recipients of last year's Kendeigh Grants from Champaign County Audubon Society will present the results of their research funded by the grants. Samantha Capel, a PhD student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and Daniel Goldberg, a PhD student from Illinois State University.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. May 2.

Where: The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: champaigncountyaudubon.org/birdwalks-and-programs/ or email mail@champaigncountyaudubon.org

TWIN CITY GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE

What: All plants are grown by garden club members and include perennials bulbs, and more.

When: 8 a.m. until noon May 4.Where:Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Ave., C.

More info: Email dotfrye@att.net.

WALK FOR WISHES

What: The East Central Illinois Walk for Wisheshosting a family-friendly walk to celebrate wishes granted to kids in our community and statewide. The day will include:

— Facepainting (by princesses!)

— Star Wars characters

— Touch a truck with the Arrow Pediatric Transport Vehicle

— Yard games

— Wish Family Reunion

— Sparkle the Make a Wish mascot

— 1 mile fun walk

— and much more!

Dress in costume if you're so inclined (we'll be giving prizes for our favorites) and join us for this 1-mile fun walk! all funds raised help us to grant wishes to kids with critical illnesses.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. May 4.

Where: Hessel Park, Champaign.

Cost: Register or make a donation at https://bit.ly/EastILWalkRegister.

More info: Call 217-493-8574.

SUNDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

What: Walk with Champaign County Audubon Society leaders and search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake. All skill levels are welcome (under 15 years with supervising adult). Learn basic bird-watching and identification techniques. Bring binoculars or borrow one from the center with a refundable credit card deposit of $15 (pick up, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday).

When: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, May 5-26.

Where: Meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: champaigncountyaudubon.org.

Next week

SUMMER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's outdoor group runs timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 5-10 minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April through October. Held during daylight savings hours only (April through October). Typically time changes to 6 p.m. in late September. Winter run usually first Tuesday in November.

Where: North side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

More info: secondwindrunningclub.org or email funruns@secondwindrunningclub.org.

ANNUAL HERB AND PLANT SALE

What: The Champaign-Urbana Herb Society, Grand Prairie Friends, African Violet Society, Coyle Woodlands, Twisted Twig Bonsai, and East Central Illinois Master Naturalist (selling only bird and bee boxes). GPF volunteers will help select plants suitable for your garden/landscape needs.Proceeds from the plant sale will go towards book donations to area libraries, mini-grants to schools and non-profit organizations, and to herb society's educational public herb garden at Meadowbrook Park.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until sold out) May 11.Where:Lincoln Square Mall, 201 Lincoln Square, U.

More info: cuherbsociety.org/plantsale/plantsale.html or grandprairiefriends.org.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: 1 to 6 p.m. May 11.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: CIARocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org

CUAS FAMILY SKYWATCH

What: Champaign Urbana Astronomical Society's monthly observatory open house. Look at astronomical objects through their many telescopes. Use the newly refurbished primary dome instrument, a 16 primary diameter mirror Cassegrain telescope. Canceled in the event of bad weather, including cloudy skies. Call if the weather is iffy.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. May 11.

Where:CUAS Observatory, County Road 700 E, C. Take I57 south to Exit 229 which is Monticello Road. Turn Right onto Monticello Road and go 1.5 miles West. Turn Left onto County Road 700 E and proceed 1 / 2 mile South to the Observatory.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-2567 if the weather is iffy.

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Public opening reception for "School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition."

When: 5 to 7 p.m. May 4. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays when University classes are in session; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays.Through May 12.

What: Spring exhibitions, "From Hand to Hand: Painting and the Animation of History in Northern India," "Emphatic: American Painting from the Collection" and "Renaissance to Modern Remix: Highlights from the European & American Art Collection" and "School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition," all through May 12. Exhibition, "Blue & White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession" through Aug. 31. KAM's collection galleries, including Encounters: The Arts of Africa the award-winning gallery of art from Africa and the African diaspora and a completely refreshed Ancient Mediterranean gallery on the lower level.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays when University classes are in session; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission; suggested donation, $3.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1860.

Spurlock Museum

What: Exhibit,"Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind," in the Museum's Central Core Gallery. Part of the second annual Spring Symposium by Playful by Design, an interdisciplinary game studies consortium at the University of Illinois.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and university holidays. Through July 7.

What: Spurlock Sundays: Hats. Our May Sundays will feature drop-in activities led by our museum staff and volunteers. Activities include mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 5.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

More info: Email spurlock-museum@illinois.edu, call 217-333-2360 or spurlock.illinois.edu.

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: Opening day for "Painting the Prairie Juried Exhibition."

When: May 10. Open, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through June 14.

Where: 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: parisartcenter.com or call 217-466-8130.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

What: Four exhibits: "When We Went to War," "Champaign County Uncrated," "A Second Home, 150 Years of Living at the University of Illinois" and "The Art of Louise Woodroofe." The museum other highlights include a new community room, formal lobby and gift shop.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

More info: champaigncountyhistory.org, email President@ChampaignCountyHistory.org or call 217-356-1010.

C.H. MOORE HOMESTEAD AND DeWITT COUNTY MUSEUM

What: Fully restored building and grounds depicting the elegant victorian era.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays and holidays. Open April through December

Cost: Admission, $5 for adults; ages 12-18, $2; ages 11 and younger and museum association members are free.

Where: 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton.

More info: chmoorehomestead.org or call 217-935-6066.

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society, the museum contains donated artifacts, pictures and documents telling the history of Farmer City's businesses, schools, churches, organizations, farm life and people

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays; or call to set up appointments.

Where: 224 S. Main St., Farmer City.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 309-928-3488 or 309-928-7198, http://fcghsociety.org or email admin@fcghsociety.org.

FORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WATER TOWER MUSEUM

What:Displays include rifles of the Civil War, rifles of the Illinois countryside and a collector's prehistoric artifacts.

When: Summer hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday.

Where: In the remodeled city water tower and pump house, adjacent to Majestic Park, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton (behind the Paxton City Hall, 145 S. Market St.).

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723.

I&I HISTORIC FARM MUSEUM

What: Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution.

When: 9 a.m. to noon May 11; or by appointment. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September.

Where: 309 E. Busey St., Penfield.

More info: Call 217-863-2681 or 217-493-3101, antiquefarm.org.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: The museum is 50 years old and is being celebrated with exhibit, "1968: A Time for Every Purpose."

When: 1 to 5 p.m. daily.

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

More info:ccfpd.org, call 217-586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: Astronomy Day event will include exciting science, take-home materials, and engaging discussion about science and society. These fun activities introduce guests to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and allow them hands-on interaction with Earth and space science concepts.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. May 11.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: $5 general admission and free for museum members.

More info: orpheumkids.com, email education@orpheumkids.com or call 217-352-5895.

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What:"Banjos, Mandolins, and John Philip Sousa America's Musical Paradox" through Aug. 2; "Samuel S. Stewart and America's Banjo" through Sept. 27.

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends, UI holidays.

Where: Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

More info: For guided tours, call 217-244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: Exhibit, "Down on the Farm," highlights the agricultural history of Vermilion County and honors the 100th Anniversary of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through May.

Where: 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville.

Cost: Museum admission, $1-$3. Museum and Fithian House admission, $1-$5. Children 12 years old and younger, free.

More info: vermilioncountymuseum.org or call 217-442-2922.

VERMILION COUNTY WAR MUSEUM

What: Two main floors covering wars for over 250 years. Constructed in 1903, the Illinois war museum displays memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Admission, $2-$4; children under age 6 and active duty military personnel and their families are free.

More info: Call 217-431-0034, vcwm.org or email vcwm@comcast.net.

PLANETARIUM

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Lecture: "The Black Hole at the Heart of M87" by Dr. Charles Gammie, UIUC astronomer and leader of the theory team, will talk about the latest images from Event Horizon Telescope and the massive black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87, 7 p.m. May 3.

Main feature:"Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope" 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 3-17, May 31. Closed May 24, 25, June 1.

Children's features:"In My Backyard," 7 p.m. Saturdays, May 4-18.Sky show:"Spring Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, May 10, 17, 31, June 7.

Where: Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.Cost: Admission, $5-$6. Lectures, $2 with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.

More info: Call 217-351-2568 or 217-351-2446.

EXHIBITS

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER

What: Discover Illinois natural history both inside and outside the nature center. Indoors, explore the Field Station through hands-on displays that include new discovery drawers and seasonal exhibits. Watch wildlife in the center's habitat garden and feeding station or relax with a favorite nature book in the Observation Room.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

More info:Call 217-384-4062.

BOOTH LIBRARY

What: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a new exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond."

When: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. Through May 31.

Where: Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info: library.eiu.edu/exhibits/space or call 217-581-6072.

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: Exhibition series, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," featuring artwork by students and art teachers from three Champaign schools: Josh Doniek, Centennial High School; Lucy Christianson, Franklin Middle School; and Amy Lozar, South Side Elementary School.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, first floor. And 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, FriendShop Bookstore (elevator to lower level). Closed holidays. Through mid-May.

Where: Main library on the east wall of the children's area, and in the FriendShop Bookstore, 200 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2030 or champaign.org.

40 POINT ONE

What: "Those Who Teach, CAN," showcasing personal artworks by Champaign Unit 4 Art Teachers in this annual exhibition.

When:8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through May 29.

Where:40 North's art space, 1300 S. Neil St., C (inside Consolidated Communications and across the street from Meatheads).

Cost: Free.

More info:Email kwhite@40north.org or call 217-351-9841.

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "More Than Migration: Monarch Butterflies. Bring Us Together."

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Through Dec. 3.

Where: Interpretive Center, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email pleiter@ccfpd.org or ccfpd.org/education/interpretive-center-homer-lake.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "Queering UP The Arts," curated by the UP Center to showcase local and regional queer artists, as the Y's Boneyard Arts Festival offering.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Through May 12.

Where: University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-337-1500 or universityymca.org/art.

PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "Parkland College Art & Design Student Juried Exhibition."

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Fridays, Sundays. Through May 4.

Where: Giertz Gallery, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu or email giertzgallery@parkland.edu.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER

What: Exhibition installation, "Come Wind, Come Weather," Brainard and eGallery. Sue de Beer presents two of her films in concert: The Blue Lenses (2015) and The White Wolf (2018). As the spring's signature exhibition, several programs will explore the themes presented in Come Wind, Come Weather.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays. Through May 19.

Where: Brainard & eGallery, 2010 Ninth St. (South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info: eiu.edu/tarble, call 217-581-2787 or email tarble@eiu.edu.

UI LIBRARY

What: Spring exhibition, "Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman." Curated by Lynne M. Thomas, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through May 24.

Where:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 346 Library of the Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 217-333-3777.

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "Remembering Louie," ceramics and paintings by Louis Ballard.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through May 4.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

More info:cinemagallery.cc, call 217-384-2253 or email baxley@baxleymedia.com.

FARMS / MARKETS

URBANA'S MARKET AT THE SQUARE

What: The market features produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, arts and crafts, and more. The second Saturday of each month will feature Art in the Square; musical performances from local artists. Rain or shine.

When: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, May through October.

Where: Corner of Illinois and Vine streets, downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanamarket.org, call 217-384-2319 or email urbanamarket@urbanaillinois.us.

WINTER VERSION — DANVILLE FARMER'S MARKET

What: New location but many of your Danville Farmer's Market vendors from the Fischer and the Crossroads Church Summer Market. Variety of vendors with an assortment of items.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Franklin St., Danville.

More info: facebook.com/pg/DanvilleFM/events/ or call 217-474-2701.

CHAMPAIGN FARMERS MARKET

What: Seasonal, hand-picked produce, artisanal bread, local baked goods, jams, jellies, locally-roasted coffee, and chutneys. Market Seedlings kid's programming with different kid's activities set up by various community partners, and Carle Mobile Clinic, both on the last Tuesday of each month Also, educational events and workshops at the market throughout the season.

When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 14-Oct. 29.

Where: owntown Champaign in the Parking Lot at Neil and Washington (outside the Orpheum Children's Museum, next to One Main Plaza)

More info: Facebook.com/ChampaignFarmersMarket/.

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: Average 50 to 60 'Cream of the Crop' vendors in handcrafted items, direct sales and baked goods at each event.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 (third Saturday of every month).

Where: Merchant Building at Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, 220 Jurgens Parkway, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-520-3349, 217-254-5010 or email dbissonett@gmail.com.