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This weekend

13 THURSDAYS!

What: Champaign Center Partnership's annual summertime promotion of all things Campustown. Pick up your Campustown passport starting May 16 and collect stamps from participating businesses when you try their special deal. Return your stamped passport to collect a prize at the end of the summer. Don't miss Chow Down in Campustown, 5 to 9 p.m. May 30, featuring free food samples, live music and family-friendly activities.

When: May 16-Aug. 8.

Where: Campustown, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-352-2400., champaigncenter.com/13thursdays or email info@champigncenter.com.

GOLDY'S FRIDAY NIGHT CRUISE-IN

What: Anything with wheels. Register to win prizes and 50/50 sale go to our Parkland college Scholarship fund. No fee, no set time to stay, food specials, pool table specials, No burnout, loud music or excess speeds.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. third Friday every month, May 17-Sept. 20.

Where: Goldy's Bar and Grill, 123 S. Mattis Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info:cusundownerscarclub.org, info@cusundownerscarclub.org.

PLAYING IT SAFE

What: A day of family safety education, including games, entertainment, child identification kits, prizes, inflatables and more. Carle's annual safety fair features more than 40 activities and exhibits that focus on safety awareness for the entire family. Between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., the first 1,500 guests will receive a free sample sandwich from Jimmy John's.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18.

Where: Leonhard Recreation Center, 2307 Sangamon Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info:carle.org/playingitsafe.

CAR, TRUCK, BIKE AND TRACTOR SHOW

What: Vehicles will line State Street and several local vendors will be lined up on Broadway Street. Food will be available from Possum Lodge 812, music by DJay's DJ Service and the Masonic C.H.I.P. program by George A. Sental Lodge 764 in Zancha's building. Bounce houses from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sparrow's Unlimited, a non-profit 501c3 organization in Lovington that provides assistance to families in need.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18.

Where: downtown Lovington.

Cost:Fee to show is a new, unwrapped toy to be given to a child this Christmas.

More info:sparrows-unlimited.com.

SUMMER READING KICK-OFF PARTY

What: Come dance and move to the Zecca Bom band, playinge music that grooves, inspired by Brazilian soul and reggae. Channel your inner musician with one of the instruments from the Library's music equipment collections. Then sport a fancy costume with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' mobile photo booth. Crafts and free ice cream.

When: 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 18.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069 or urbanafreelibrary.org.

ANNUAL SPRING SOIREE FUNDRAISER

What: Inspired by the life and times of Robert Allerton, this unique experience will immerse you in the culture, fashion and entertainment of the 1920s. Enjoy live entertainment, swing dance performances and lessons by the Illini Swing Society, a silent auction, lawn games, dinner and dessert stations, vintage cars and more.

When: 4 p.m. May 18.

Where: Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

More info: Call 217-333-3287.

SUMMER READING KICK-OFF PARTY

What: All-ages community celebration— with curiosity stations, face painting, balloon art, DIY kids crafts and more. Sign up starts May 19 for the Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. You can win books, backpacks and more.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. May 19.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2070, email librarian@champaign.org or champaign.org.

Next week

ILLINI REGIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT

What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Full schedule: regional.kwbridge.com.

When: May 21-27.

Where: Holiday Inn, 101 Trade Center Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-359-0042 or email kwalker2@comcast.net.

NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMER BLOCK PARTIES

What: Block party fun. Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 23.

Where: Countrybrook Apartments neighborhood, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217- 819-3931, champaignparks.com or email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HUMAN SOCIETY'S GIANT GARAGE SALE

What: Selling clothing, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, toys, tools, gardening, holiday decorations, books, sports equipment, animal-care items and more, plus treasures in our Unique Boutique.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. May 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (bag sale, 9 a.m. to noon) May 26.Giveaway, 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 26.

Where: former Rogards, 214 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Admission: $5 donation, May 24; $3 donation until 3 p.m., fee waived with Friday's bracelet, May 25; $1 donation, May 26. Bag sale, $3 per bag.

More info: Call 217-344-7297 or cuhumane.org/NewsEvents/GIANTGarageSale.aspx.

13TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND CAR SHOW

What: The show is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Dash plaques given to first 100 entries. Additional award categories: Top 25 cars, Top 20 trucks, Top 5 youth (16-21), DACC Students' choice. Car show will be held rain or shine. There will be music, food and prizes.

When: Show registration, 9 to 11 a.m.; Free racing simulator, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Trophies at 3 p.m. May 25. Dyno Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; registration starts at 8:30 a.m. May 25.

Where: Technology Center Parking Lot at Danville Area Community College, Danville.

Cost: Show registration fee, $10. Dyno Day registration, $50 cash or check for 3 Dyno Pulls and a print-out.

More info: Call 217-344-7297 or cuhumane.org/NewsEvents/GIANTGarageSale.aspx.

OPENING DAY CELEBRATION

What: Free activities for you and your little swimmers. Public swim and concessions specials. Free — pictures with Mr. Turtle, noon to 1 p.m.; games and activities, noon to 3 p.m.; children's face painting, 1 to 2 p.m. Kids Q&A with our lifeguard staff at 3 p.m. Purchase season pool pass now.

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 25. Center is open May 25-Sept. 2.

Where: Sholem Aquatic Center, 2205 W. Sangamon Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission to anyone with an active military ID.

More info: Call 217-398-2581, champaignparks.com or email Sholemcustomerservice@champaignparks.com.

URBANA'S DOWNTOWN GETDOWN

What: Arts and culture, live music, DJs, an artist's street market, kids zone, teen maker lab, inflatables, games, live arts demos, performances, and more. May 25: DJ: DJ Medusa, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; live music from Timbalú, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts Council, City of Urbana's Arts and Culture Program, Urbana Park District, Urbana Business Association and The Urbana Free Library.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. fourth Saturdays, May 25-Aug. 24.

Where: Main Street, downtown Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

FILMS

Next week

EVERY MOTHER COUNTS

What:Screening of the PBS documentary "When the Bough Breaks" (28 minutes), followed by a panel discussion led by Sistering CU.

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 21.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2070 or champaign.org or Sisteringcu.org

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "The Thin Man." (1934). Not Rated. 93 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. May 25.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only).

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

MUSIC

This weekend

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guests, Cindy and Ron Crawford. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. May 17.

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.

BARN BASH

What: Concert benefiting the Urbana Parks Foundation featuring the Boat Drunks. Music, cash bar, food trucks. Rain or shine.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. May 17.

Where: Hudson Farm, 1341 County Road 1800 East, U.

Cost: $20 general admission, $57 VIP at urbanaparksfoundation.org/barnbash.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

TIM HAWKINS, LIVE IN CONCERT

What: Tim's gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine.And while his stand-up is riotous, fans are often more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim's hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame .

When: 7:30 p.m. May 17.

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

Cost: Tickets$24-$49, additional $4 processing fee (online only). $79 UBER Fan packages and special Group Discounts available.

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

NELLY WITH TWISTA AND FUTURISTIC

What: Presented by HOT 105.5. Rain or shine event.

When: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. May 17. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Where: Champaign County Fairgrounds, 1302 N. Coler Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $28-$45. Children 6 and younger are free.

More info: eventbrite.com/e/nelly-with-twista-and-futuristic-tickets-54888691554.

20TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO VETERANS CONCERT

What:Hosted by the PBL High School Band. Concert will include patriotic music including a performance of all the Armed Forces Service Songs. Special seating for veterans and their families. Prior to the concert, the PBL Band Parents Association hosts a lasagna dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with live music by the award-winning PBL jazz bands. Monies from the dinner will be used to fund the PBL Band Program instructional and material costs.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7 to 9 p.m. May 18.

Where: Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Gym, 700 W. Orleans St., Paxton.

Cost: No charge, but a free-will donation will be taken..

More info: Email trumpeter@pblpanthers.org or call 217-379-4331.

CHORALE'S 27TH ANNUAL YOUNG ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT

What: Concert theme, "Homeward Bound," featuring The Chorale, the Sycamore Brass Quintet and by top winners of this year's Young Artist Scholarship competition — Sarah Perdekamp (voice), Jessica Dolan (voice), and Nathaniel Waterson, a baritone.

When: 7 p.m. May 18.

Where: Faith United Methodist Church, 2729 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Cost: $15 payable at the door. Children 12 and younger, free.

More info: Call 217-586-2079 or email ajbeyler@juno.com.

SUNDAY HARMONY WITH THE MERRY TRAVELERS

What: They are a psychedelic folk rock band from Urbana. Their music sound is a fusion of soul, blues, andclassic rock, with a folk singer-songwriter front woman.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. May 19.

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N. Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Free music.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

What: Music by Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi Music. Champaign Park District's 2019 Concert Series held throughout Champaign. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 19.

Where: Clark Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

What: The orchestra is comprised of student musicians representing 16 area schools and home-schooled groups from area communities. The concert will also feature 2019 ECIYO Concerto Competition Winner, Jenna Lee, violin.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 19.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free music.

More info: Call 217-333-6280 or 217-356-9812 or krannertcenter.com or conservatorycentralil.org.

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.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: Featuring Candy Foster & Shades of Blue on May 24. Downtown Danville, Inc. and Portal Entertainment Group present this 20th annual event, May 24 through Aug. 23 Beer truck and food vendors will be on hand.

When:5 to 9 p.m. May 24.

Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music and parking.

More info:summersounds@portalbooking.com, facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/

DANCING

This weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Hour Novice Dances for beginners (levels 1-3) at 7 p.m. Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. May 17.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Euphor. Lauren Kriel, 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 17.

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

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: West Coast Swing Night Club. Featuring a mix of music from West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, Salsa, Bachata, Hustle and more from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tango dance, featuring a live tango orchestra, 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 18.

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.

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 21-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. Memorial Day casual. Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 24.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

SMARTY PANTS BIG BALLOON SHOW

What: The Big Balloon Show is an entertaining combination of magic, comedy and Smarty's award-winning, eye popping, larger-than-life balloon creations inspired by classic vaudeville.

When: 1 to 1:45 p.m. or 3 to 3:45 p.m. May 18.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info:champaign.org, email librarian@champaign.org or call 217-403-2030.

'PEACE, LOVE, AND A PARKING LOT'

What: Country Theatre Workshop's fundraiser is a variety show to raise money to pave the CTW parking lot. Brian Zecher, Kena Clark, Earl Kroll, and Jayne Henrichs along with Jordyn Ward, Megan Schippert, Suzanne Light and London Clark will perform.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 18, 2 p.m. May 19.

Where: Country Theatre Workshop Theatre, 2 miles north of Cissna Park on Illinois 49.

Cost:Tickets $15; available at the door.

More info: Call 815-457-2784.

Next week

COMEDY NIGHT

What: C-U Comedy Club live. Live Stand Up Comedy, with comedian Steve Sabo, (HBO, NBC, E! and Comedy Central). Sabo has shared the stage with comedy legends such as Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Dave Attel, Jim Breuer, and Christopher Titus. A comedy club and festival veteran, Steve has performed in 46 states, seven countries and four islands!

When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. May 25.

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

'I DO, I DO'

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

When: 7:30 p.m. 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.

'RAPUNZEL'

What: Red Mask Players. Children's Theater.

When:: 7 p.m. May 17, 2 and 7 p.m. May 18, 2 p.m. May 19.

Where: Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $6.

More info: Call 217-442-5858, email boxoffice@redmaskplayers.com or redmaskplayers.com.

'WALKING WITH MY ANCESTORS'

What: A one-woman play by Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum: musician, dancer, and musicologist. In this ritual drama Aduonum seeks guidance from her ancestors who began their journey to the Americas as enslaved Africans in Ghana, West Africa. The play is a production by the Coalescence Theatre, Bloomington.

When:7:30 p.m. May 18.

Where:C4A Community Center for the Arts, 202 W. Main St., U.

Cost: $10 admission.

More info: Call 217-384-5150.

Next week

'TIK-TOK OF OZ'

What: Homer Opera House theater. "Tik-Tok of Oz" is the eighth book in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum and it follows earlier Oz plays that were done at the Homer Opera House with local youth and from the surrounding communities.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 24 and 25, 2:30 p.m. May 26, 7:30 p.m. May 31 and June 1, 2:30 p.m. June 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $8-$12.

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

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

ALLERTON PARK THIRD SATURDAY GARDEN TOURS

What: Each tour takes you through several of the formal gardens at Allerton and around the exterior of the Mansion. Learn about the history of the estate and the man who created i. In the case of lightening/thunder, the tour will be cancelled, and your ticket can be transferred to another tour date upon request.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. on the third Saturday, May 18 through Oct. 19.

Where: meet on the Allerton Green House Cafe patio, Monticello.

Cost: General admission, $5; ages 12 and younger, free.

More info: Call 217-333-3287 or allerton.illinois.edu/events/third-saturday-garden-tours/.

MOON WALKS

What:Join us for a special full moon hike!

When:8 to 9:30 p.m. May 18.Where:Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.Cost: Free.More info: Call 17-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org.

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 19-26.

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.

MAY BIKE MONTH CELEBRATION

What:Celebrate National Bike Month with the Urbana Park District. Enjoy a free concert with Riders of the Golden Maize, 6 to 8 p.m. while visiting bike shops offering ABC bike safety checkups as well as bicycle and advocacy groups. Join a round-trip night ride departing at 8 p.m. to enjoy the Kickapoo Rail Trail on way to St. Joseph.

When:6 p.m. May 22.Where:Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.Cost: Free.More info: prairiecycleclub.org.

AFTERNOON ADVENTURES — MINI GARDENS

What:Make and take home a mini garden kit for wildflower fun all summer. Afternoon fun designed especially for school-age kids first through fifth grade.

When:3:30 to 4:15 p.m. May 23.Where:Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-403-2030, email librarian@champaign.orgchampaign.org or champaign.org/events.

STAR PARTY

What:Enjoy cheeses and mocktails while listening to featured speaker, David Leake from the Staerkel Planetarium, Champaign, on the application for and acquisition of the first recognized International Dark-sky Association park in Illinois. Vermilion County Naturalist Lara Darling will present the adverse effects of light pollution on wildlife, insects and plants. Father Timothy Sauppé will have materials from the International Dark-sky Association and a short video on light pollution. Weather permitting, telescopes will be available for viewing the stars and galaxies.

When:7:30 p.m. May 24.Where:Kennekuk County Park's Nature Center, Danville.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-442-1691.

TAKE ME FISHING

What: Free fishing fun for all ages. Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award. Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait will be available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. All event fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and younger is required.

When:9 to 11 a.m. May 25.Where:Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Penfield.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org.

HISTORY ALONG THE RAIL TRAIL

What: Learn about the rich cultural history that surrounds the Kickapoo Rail Trail area. Join us for an engaging 6.7-mile bicycle tour of the trail as we stop along the way to discuss local history. Dress for the weather; bring your own bike. Participants should make arrangements for return from St. Joseph. Registration required at ccfpd.org.

When:10 a.m. to noon May 25.Where:Kickapoo Rail Trail. Tour begins at the access point near the northern end of the Urbana Walmart's parking lot and ends near The Wheelhouse restaurant in St. Joseph.Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-586-2612 or email pcain@ccfpd.org.

PRAIRIE FARM

What: Traditional farm animals such as sheep, pigs, goats, horses, cows, chickens and more. Petting area. Educational tours need to be scheduled three weeks in advance, call 217-819-3986.

When: Season opens May 25. Daily hours, 1 to 7 p.m., May 25-Aug. 1. Educational tours, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 29-Aug. 2. Closed in the event of inclement weather.Where: Prairie Farm, 2202 W. Kirby Ave., C.Cost: No admission charged, but donations are appreciated. Educational tours fees, $40, residents/$60, non-resident for 16 or fewer participants, $50/$75 for 17-30 participants.More info: Call 217-805-4100. 217-398-2583 or email jimmy.gleason@champaignparks.com.

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 25.

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

Cost: Free.

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

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: 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 and Memorial Day.

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 19 and 26.

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: Reception for "Painting the Prairie Juried Exhibition."

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 17. 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 June 8; 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.

LAMON HOUSE

What: Visit the Vermilion County Museum Society's historic home on the first Sunday of each month to meet Melissa Beckwith Lamon and her brother Hiram Beckwith, portrayed by Becky and Alan Woodrum, as you tour the site. The Vermilion County Museum will be showcasing the Lamon House this year at Arts in the Park, June 22-23 at Lincoln Park.

When:1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, May 19 through Oct. 27.

Where: 1031 N. Logan Ave., in Lincoln Park, Danville.

Cost: Donation only.

More info: Email vermilioncounty@att.net or call 217-442-2922.

MONTICELLO RAILWAY MUSEUM

What: 401 in Steam. Experience riding behind the restored 1907-vintage steam locomotive.

When: May 18 and 19. Depart every 1 1 / 2 hours from museum site (Nelson Crossing), 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. From downtown (Wabash Depot), 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. From downtown, 4 p.m., no return trip to downtown.

Where: 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello.

Cost: Fares $9-$14; children under 2 years old are free with adult paid fare.

More info: mrym.org, call 877-762-9011 or email info@mrym.org.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: Grand opening of exhibit "Frieda Mumm's Discovering Home," formerly known as the Children's Discovery Area in the museum lower level. Nearly all of this newly renovated exhibit space will be hands-on and interactive. Opening activities include tales of home told by a professional storyteller, old-fashioned household chores with a historical twist, a real live horse and buggy, arts and crafts centered on the idea of home, and more. No registration required.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. May 18.

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: DYI Saturday. A new topic with a special guest each session. Make, create and collaborate with an Do It Yourself science projects and experiments.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Saturday of every month.

What: Toddler Tuesdays. A new topic each week. Activities are based on art, science, games, and other sensory activities.

When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

What: Animal Encounters. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time.

When: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Admission $4-$5.

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: Armed Forces Day celebrationwith re-enactors from different eras. Encampments and military vehicles will be on display, weather permitting. Re-enactors from Civil War to Vietnam will be on hand for questions and answers and will display uniforms and accouterments of that time. Museum volunteers will give tours.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. (Madison Street from Vermilion to Hazel will be closed to through traffic during this time).

Cost: Free and open to the public however, a suggested donation, $2, students, $5, adults.

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

PLANETARIUM

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Sky show:"Spring Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, May 17, 31, June 7.

Main feature:"Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope" 8 p.m. May 17 and 18, May 31. Closed May 24, 25, June 1.

Children's features:"In My Backyard," 7 p.m. Saturdays, May 18.Where: Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.Cost: Admission, $5-$6.

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: Melissa Hahn, Robeson Elementary School; Shannon Percocco, Centennial High School, and Lolita Zwetler, Edison Middle 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 September.

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.

PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show."

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Through May 30.

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).

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.

THE URBANA FREE LIBRARY

What: Young Artists' Exhibition. Artwork by the students of Hua Nian Art Studio on display.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Through May 25.

Where: Children Services, 200 W. Green St.

Where: 210 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069 or urbanafreelibrary.org or email childrens@urbanafree.org.

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: "Interpretations," new paintings by Artisans 10+, Sandra Batzli, Cindy Carlson, Beth Chasco, Sandy Hynds, Judy Jones, Jana Mason, Ann McDowell, Ann Rund, Bonnie Switzer and Gayle Tilford.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through July 6.

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:Over 150 vendors selling Illinois-grown produce, plants and flowers, farm products, wine, and baked goods, art and crafts, and foods trucks. First Saturday each month showcases a demonstration of a dish incorporating ingredients sourced locally by market vendors. Additionally, the Market's free children's programming-Sprouts at the Market (urbanaillinois.us/sprouts) and free art workshops and performances coordinated by the Urbana Arts Program (urbanaillinois.us/arts) offered each month.

When: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, May 18 through Oct. 26

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

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

DANVILLE FARMER'S MARKET

What: Summer Market opens. Hosted by Danville Farmer's Market and Franklin's Farm Blooms and Heirlooms. Local vendors selling things they make, bake, cook or grow.

When: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, starting May 18 through October. (3rd Saturdays are exceptions to this rule).

Where: Crossroads Christian Church parking lot, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

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

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.

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 21-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/.