Parks and Recreation

Bement increases Fourth of July donation

Bement’s two major summer celebrations dominated discussion at the Bement Village Board meeting April 8. The board decided to increase its donation to the Fourth of July fireworks, and hope to allow use of an eight-passenger golf cart for Old Glory Days despite the fact the village does not have a golf cart ordinance.

Monticello Egg Hunt draws over 200 participants

More than 200 youth took part in the Monticello Easter Egg Hunt on the morning of Saturday, April 12 at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello. Organized by the City of Monticello Recreation Department, the number of participants was a record for the annual event.

Allerton concert series kicks off April 18

Allerton Park and Retreat Center has announced the details of its first 2014 concert in the U of I Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton Park.

Youth gets wish in Monticello

Four-year-old Lukas McCabe of Fisher traveled to Allerton Park near Monticello Saturday (April 5) to watch his dad run in a 10K trail race, but left as the recipient of a travel trailer thanks to Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Hundreds run in Allerton Half-Marathon and 10K

A good crowd turned out on a sunny day Saturday, April 5, 2014 to run in the Allerton Half-Marathon and 10K at the wooded Allerton Park near Monticello. There was also a recreational 5K Trail Glo run on Friday night.

"Whites of Spring" set for Friday

“The Whites of Spring,” a new offering similar to the popular Reds of Christmas wine-tasting event will be held this Friday in downtown Monticello. Those taking part will be able to sample white wines at various restaurants and other businesses. At least 17 merchants are taking part in the first Whites of Spring, which will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 4.

City Council commissions bicycle network master plan

The City of Monticello should be able to add a bicycle network master plan to its list of long-range planning tools by the end of the year. The city council Monday approved spending up to $25,000 with the Farnsworth Group to draft the plan, which could include both extensions of existing trails and possible bicycle routes within the city.

MMS holds annual talent show

Monticello Middle School's 14th Annual Talent Show was a hit with the students, staff and family on Friday, March 21.

Students and faculty participated in a multitude of acts including numerous vocal solos and duets, skits and comedic relief.

Auditions set for "'Til Beth Do Us Part"

Auditions for Monticello Theatre Association’s summer production "‘Til Beth Do Us Part" by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten will be held at the Phoenix Theatre on Market St. in Monticello at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8. The comedy is directed by Carrie Brocksmith and will be performed May 31, June 1 and June 6 and 7.

Hankerin' Hillbillies set for this weekend in Bement

This weekend Bement Schools will be presenting the musical comedy “Hankerin’ Hillbillies”, produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc., Englewood, Col. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, March 21-22.

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