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Out and About for May 22, 2011.

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May 22

Last day for Cornbelt Carving Club's 11th annual Sculptures in Wood show at the Shirk Center on Illinois Wesleyan University's campus. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $3 for adults. Contact Mike Hartzler at 309-706-8103.

May 29

Pepsi Ice Center is marking five years of operations, almost a dozen successful programs and hundreds of new hockey players and skaters. On Memorial Day weekend the Bloomington Parks & Recreation facility will host the "High 5 Celebration" in honor of its fifth anniversary, with free classes and other opportunities for visitors to get on the ice. Included are classes on skating, speedskating, hockey and curling. A special open skate session will follow. A full list of events is available at

May 29

Kick off your Chicago summer with a car-free bike ride down world-famous Lake Shore Drive for the 10th annual MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive. Enjoy live entertainment and breakfast at the post-ride festival in Grant Park. This bike ride is a fundraiser for the Active Transportation Alliance, Chicagoland's voice for better biking, walking and transit. Registration is $42 and includes an event T-shirt, as well as access to the post-ride festival and rest stops. Register online and save $5 with coupon code PEOPLEFORBIKES5.

More Out and About

June 4

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country for the 19th annual celebration of America's trail system and its supporters and volunteers. Visit www.American Hiking .org or call 301-565-6704.

June 4

Lexington Sportsman's Club is hosting a full-course archery 3-D shoot for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 per shooter, 11 years and up. Age 10 and younger shoot free. Door prizes, exhibitors on site and trophy to the top shooter.

June 4-5

Ottawa's 2 Rivers Wine and Jazz Fest features Illinois' finest wine paired with food and jazz. Shirley King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King, will headline the inaugural event. Times are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 4 or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5 along the Illinois riverfront. Buy tickets at www.ottawa2 .

June 11

Delta Waterfowl hosts a Sporting Clays Shoot at Oakridge Sportsmen's Club, Mackinaw. Sign in from 8 to 9 a.m. Cost is $50 per person, payable when you sign in. The fee covers lunch and drinks, 100 rounds of sporting clays and prizes. Bring your favorite call. Register before June 7 at 309-838-9152.

June 11

Make memories for kids at the annual fishing clinic and derby for kids 5-12 at Miller Park. The McLean County Sportsmen's Association, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, State Farm Foundation, the McLean County Sheriff's Department and The Pantagraph host the free event. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The first 200 receive T-shirts. Bring a bucket and your fishing gear. Worms and a lunch at noon are provided. The pond is stocked with catfish prior to the event. Call 309-275-9891 for information. No fishing license required.

June 12

From 1 to 4 p.m., Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funks Grove is hosting a workshop on the role of parents and grandparents as "gatekeepers" to children's earliest nature experiences. Presenter is Karen Stephens, director of Illinois State University Child Care Center and author of The Complete Parenting Exchange Library. The focus will be on incorporating nature into children's daily lives. Cost is $15 for nature center members, $20 for non-members. Register by June 5 at www.sugargrovenature or call 309-874-2174.

June 18

Based in Moultrie and Douglas counties, the Farm Collectors Association will host its 2nd annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise to take drivers on a scenic 30-mile ride in the heart of Illinois Amish country. The route includes visits to Arthur, Cadwell and Sullivan. To participate, tractors must be manufactured prior to 1980 and be able to maintain a speed of 10 mph. Register at 7 a.m. in the CHI parking lot in Arthur. The drive will leave at 7:30 a.m. and return about noon. A $25 registration fee covers one driver and tractor and will include one lunch. Additional lunch tickets may be purchased. Pre-register at 217-791-1026 or fbjf1964@

June 18

Carlock Park Palooza will include a parade at 4:30 p.m. ending at Rock Creek Veterans Park; barbecue and hot dogs, ice cream, pies, lemonade shake-ups; kids games; music; firemen's muster; duck race; softball competition; family activities; and fireworks.

June 18-19

The 25th annual Quad City Air Show at the Davenport Municipal Airport will include the Navy's Blue Angels, the Air Force's F-15 SE Force Heritage Strike Eagle Demo Flight, Shockwave Jet Semi, plus Bob Carlton and his Jet Glider, Clyde Zellers in Navy Aerobatics, Todd Green from Stuntworks, DAV-FLIGHT B-25J Miss Mitchell and E-Team -- Elvis has Left the Airplane. Visit www.quadcityair or call 563-322-7469.

July 9

The annual Pedaling for Kicks bike ride through McLean and Woodford counties starts at East White Oak Bible Church at County Roads 1200 East and 2000 North in rural Carlock. Start time is 6 to 8 a.m. Same-day registration begins at 5:30 a.m. or register at Call 800-676-2353 for more information. The event is sponsored by The Oak Spokes bike club as a benefit for the Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International.

July 10

The Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run is a new running event that's part of Milwaukee's Summerfest. The race will take place at 8 a.m. A total of $22,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top 20 male and female runners in each race. All runners receive a finisher's medal, along with a short-sleeve technical T-shirt, a wristband for entry into the Summerfest grounds, and one additional Summerfest general admission ticket. Proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin Inc. and Milwaukee World Festival Inc. For more information, visit

July 24

The annual Patton Cabin Open House in Lexington will be from 2 to 6 p.m. The cabin is one of the oldest structures in McLean County, built in 1829. Take a step back in time. Activities include tours of the cabin, butter making, Black Hawk War re-enactors, children's games, knitting, herb garden information, quilting, storytelling and more. The cabin is located in the Lexington Pool Park off of North Cherry Street. 309-365-8779.

Aug. 7

Central Illinois Open Water Swim is scheduled for Aug. 7 at Evergreen Lake in northern McLean County. Details will be released soon at

Through Sept. 5

Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life is at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The Cycle of Life, a 14,000-square-foot exhibit, features a special presentation on the human life cycle and the arc of aging as well as more than 200 specimens preserved through plastination. For more information go to or call 773-684-1414.

Sept. 10

The Illinois Masters Swimming Association and the U.S. Masters Swimmers hosts Big Shoulders open water swim at 8 a.m. at Ohio Street Beach, Chicago. Swim 5K or 2.5K. Waves seeded by time for first heat, then by age and distance. Check out, call Scott at 630-408-8884.

Sept. 18

A new Evergreen Lake Ultra & 25K race will be held at Comlara Park/Evergreen Lake in northern McLean County. Start time is 6:15 a.m. The race features a scenic flat course. More information is at


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