After more than a decade vacant, the former Lox, Stock and Bagel space in downtown Champaign will be remodeled, and a new business is expected to open there by the end of the year.
Two native Watseka brothers are planning to open a bar, called Quality Beer, in the space.
Several area banks were recently cited as top performers by two national magazines on the basis of returns in 2008.
The ABA Banking Journal magazine listed the top 25 "non-Subchapter S" banks and thrifts with less than $100 million in assets, as determined by 2008 return on average equity.
Q: When did you start making art?
A: I can't remember when I didn't do it. In grade school I would do all the bulletin boards and backdrops for the student plays. I did medical illustrations for science classes. I did school emblems. During Black History Month, I'd do drawings of Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and other historical figures.
MONTICELLO – A rarely produced tango opera, chamber music, jazz and American music, plus a brass band, will be on tap at the third annual Allerton Music Barn Festival over the Labor Day weekend.
The festival runs from Sept. 3 through 7, lasting one day longer than last year. Tickets are on sale now.
CHAMPAIGN – Kathy Mattea, Funkadesi and Hot Buttered Rum will be the headline acts in the three-concert Outside at Research Park series this summer. Local bands will perform as opening acts at each concert.
The concerts – free and open to all – will be on July 17 and Aug. 14 and 28 in the grassy area south of the University of Illinois research building at First Street and St. Mary's Road, southwest of the Assembly Hall. Free parking will be available in the lot south of the Caterpillar/SAIC Building, 1901 S. First St., C; restrooms will be available in that building.
CHAMPAIGN – The artist's reception for "Michael Hoag: Layered Images" at the Parkland Art Gallery will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday , with a gallery talk by the artist at 7 p.m. and music by Jordan Kaye in the gallery lounge.
The gallery earlier reported an incorrect date for the reception.
The Freedom Celebration officials have postponed the fireworks and evening entertainment till Sunday.
The decision came after canceling the Fourth of July parade for the first time ever.
Fireworks displays in Rantoul, Lake of the Woods events have been postponed till Sunday. And the Leader reports Homer's events move to Sunday, with the exception of the fireworks, which will be July 11.
CHAMPAIGN – Only if there's the threat of dangerous weather will today's Champaign County Freedom Celebration parade through Urbana and Champaign be canceled, parade coordinator Eileen Morris said Friday.
Rain alone will not shut down the event, she said.
Other area celebrations
Arthur: Parade from Jurgens Park through downtown, 10 a.m.
Charleston: Morton Park, Illinois 16 and Lincoln Avenue; parade, 1 p.m.; fireworks, Coles County Airport, dusk, free.
CHAMPAIGN – Fireworks for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration will be tonight at Dodds Park in northwest Champaign, next to Parkland College.
The event has been marred with traffic snarls in the past since moving to Parkland two years ago.