UI Astronomer James Kaler returns to the dome to talk about comets. Learn about what comets are, how they orbit the Sun, and the prospects for observing Comet ISON. Admission is $1 at the door.
Friday, 7–8 p.m., Staerkel Planetarium
December 6, 7, 13, and 14
Trace the history and development of many of the world’s holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Staerkel Planetarium
Enjoy an eclectic collection of movies songs in this free concert.
Saturday, 1–2 p.m., Parkland Theatre; free
Parkland plays Millikin JV.
Saturday, 7 p.m., Dodds Athletic Center
What? Santa has lost his compass and can’t find his way home? Can the stars help? Learn about the day and night sky and how the stars seem to make pictures in the sky in this holiday show for young stargazers.
Saturdays, 7–8 p.m., Staerkel Planetarium
December 7 and 14
Cobras Men’s Basketball
Parkland plays South Suburban in the Parkland Classic and faces Lincoln Trail CC, respectively.Saturday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m., Dodds Athletic Center
Parkland Theatre is casting 1 lead female, 6 males, and 1 girl age 9–12 for the thriller by Frederick Knott.Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; callbacks, if needed, 5 p.m., Parkland TheatreWintry Mix
Enjoy a variety of concert selections, including some holiday tunes, from the Parkland Wind Ensemble and the Parkland Concert Band.
Sunday, 3 p.m., Parkland Theatre; free
Thomas Wirtel leads the band in such well-known favorites as Come Fly with Me by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn and On the Sunny Side of the Street by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields.
Sunday, 7 p.m., Parkland Theatre; free
Whole Health Lecture: The Neuroscience of Changing Your Diet
Bring your lunch and enjoy this series from health professionals about various topics in complementary and alternative therapies. This month, Sandra Ahten, life and diet coach, will present “Are Your Issues All in Your Head? The Neuroscience of Changing Your Diet.”
Tuesday, noon–1 p.m., Parkland on Mattis, Room H102; free
Marsh Jones, professor of history at Parkland College will present this talk. No registration is needed.
Wednesday, 10–11 a.m., Champaign Public Library; free
Take a live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight’s sky in a show for all ages.
Friday, 7 p.m., Staerkel Planetarium
Now through February 1!
Delores Fortuna, adjunct professor of ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, curates this biennial invitational, which features works of eight talented U.S. ceramic artists. Visit www.parkland.edu/gallery for Parkland Art Gallery hours.