Parks and Recreation

Fifth grade musical is this Saturday in Cerro Gordo

Cerro Gordo fifth grade students will present “Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale For Mr. Dickens Jr.” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 in the middle school gymnasium.

Trailhead upgrades start at Allerton Park

With no restroom facilities available at Allerton Park west of the Sangamon River, it has always been a challenge for trail runners and walkers to, well, find relief.

Input given on Nick's Park

Members of the community gathered Thursday night, Dec. 3 at the Livingston Center for a public input session about the future of Nick’s Park.

Bryant Cottage Open House is Saturday

The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site will help Bement usher in the Christmas holiday on Saturday, Dec. 12, with an open house, carriage rides, music and more.

The first 20 families to visit during the holiday open house will receive hand-made Christmas ornaments.

'Holiday Hotel' Saturday at Phoenix Theatre

Monticello Theatre Association is in rehearsal for its final show of the 2015 season, The Holiday Hotel, a musical written and directed by Cochran Keating. The production is set for this Saturday, Dec. 5 with showtimes at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm.

Bement holds tree lighting

The Village of Bement held its first tree lighting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 29 in Veterans Park. Besides the lighting of the village's 15-foot tall Christmas tree, the event featured hot chocoloate and the singing of Christmas carols.

Madrigal Dinners set for Dec. 10-12

Already sick of holiday advertisements? Try singing Christmas songs beginning in August. That’s when a select group of 19 Monticello High School students started rehearsals for the annual Madrigal Dinners, which are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12 in the high school auditorium.

Publishing firm picks up local author's book

Monticello author Dick Fox has seen his second book published in the last two years. The author of “The Domestic Vietnam,” the veteran and longtime coach also wrote “Softball/Baseball: The Next Level,” a book that has been updated and recently released by Page Publishing.

'Harvey' up next at MTA

The Monticello Theatre Association is currently rehearsing the comedy “Harvey” for performances in mid-November. Mary Chase wrote “Harvey” in 1944, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945, beating out Tennessee Williams with his play “The Glass Menagerie.”

CrossFit coming to Kirby

The push for wellness continues at Kirby Medical Center. Fresh off the opening of its 1-mile long Wellness Trail, the Monticello hospital has announced plans to open a CrossFit gym (known as a “box” within the CrossFit community).

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