Parks and Recreation

Kirby Derby seeks entertainers

Organizers of this year’s Kirby Derby 5K & 10K Run, 5K Walk and free Kids’ Race would like to expand the entertainment that was provided along the race route in 2014.

MTA announces summer workshops

Monticello Theatre Association has announced its fifth season of summer workshops.

Storyteller entertains bucket fillers

Story teller and musician Mike Lockett of Normal (right) was the special guest for Bement Elementary’s Bucket Filler assembly Tuesday, March 24. Student who meet certain goals were able to take part in the special event.

Locket not only told stories, but encouraged students to sing along as he presented music at the assembly.

Students spend spring break on Allerton Park projects

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is owned by the University of Illinois, but park operators still feel the facility is an unknown gem when it comes to college students.

Record number turn out for Monticello egg hunt

Area youth were not about to let 28 degree temperatures keep them away from the Monticello Easter Egg Hunt Saturday.

After all, there were some 4,000 eggs to collect.

Awning added to Phoenix Theatre

Not long ago, Monticello Theatre Association founding member Lana Ross was pretty sure a second-hand awning that had been salvaged from Ameren in Clinton would have no place at MTA’s Phoenix theatre in Monticello.

Allerton concert series lineup announced

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is has announced the line-up for its 2015 Concert Series presented by the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union (UIECU). The Series runs throughout the spring, summer, and fall with a variety of musical genres performed in the unique natural setting at Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Rd., Monticello.

Entries open for Fair Queen pageant

The 2015 Miss and Junior Miss Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant and 2015 Parade of Princesses will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

The fair is currently seeking contestants for Miss, Junior Miss and Parade of Princesses divisions.

Bement's Easter Egg Lane starts Thursday

The popular Easter Egg Lane, an annual Bement tradition, returns March 29 to April 5 with colorful decorations along Route 105 through this central Illinois community, including the lawn of Bryant Cottage State Historic Site.

MTA auditions March 30-31

The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) will be holding open auditions for the upcoming play “Stealing Home” at 7 p.m. March 30-31, 2015 at the Phoenix Theater, 1406 N Market, Monticello.

Those not available for either date can schedule a prior audition by emailing

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