CHAMPAIGN – Artist Edgar Heap of Birds will return to the University of Illinois campus on Friday to talk about his oft-vandalized installation in front of the cultural houses on campus. He will speak at 2 p.m. in Latzer Hall in the University YMCA, 1011 S. Wright St., C.
Heap of Birds will address his working process, the social impact of his work and the six incidents of vandalism of the pieces on campus.
CHAMPAIGN – A former Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia will have a benefit event on Saturday evening at the Indi Go Gallery to raise money to ship books to the African country.
Books for Zambia will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Indi Go, 9 E. University Ave., C. It was organized by Nicole Bridges, a Peace Corps volunteer in Chadiza, Zambia, from 2006 to 2008. The suggested donation is $25; free beverages and wine will be served.
The St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library is hosting a program called Healthy Holiday Cooking.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and will feature Carol Shriver, a registered dietician for Provena. She will discuss healthy menus and healthy substitutes for holiday dishes. The program will feature food samples of her suggestions.
URBANA – The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center will celebrate on Saturday the 10th anniversary of the birth of independent media.
At the Independent Media Center at 202 S. Broadway Ave., U, events will take place most of the day. The schedule:
RANTOUL – A Pokemon trading card competition will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rantoul Public Library.
As the first event, players compete for trading card packs and a city championship medal.
URBANA – Area artists are invited to submit work for an exhibition opening Dec. 12 at the Independent Media Center that will honor the late Kiwane Carrington. The deadline for contributions is Saturday.
"Kiwane's Future" will feature art by new University of Illinois School of Art and Design faculty member Patrick Hammie, who teaches painting, as well as installation pieces, video portraits and other tributes, including comments and responses collected from community youths and advisers.
DANVILLE – The Danville Recreation Department will host its annual Christmas Craft Fair from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Harrison Park Clubhouse, 1300 W. Voorhees St.
"We're going to have 23 vendors this year," said Cindy Parson, recreation manager for the city. "That's the most we've ever had, so it will be real cozy, but we will have everyone set up in a pattern so that buyers get a chance to see all there is to offer."
URBANA – Singer Nirmalya Roy's and tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya's lives have them moving around the world.
Recently they performed in Nashville and Austin, and in September, Roy sang at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with sitar great Ravi Shankar, no less.
URBANA – The C-U Storytelling Guild will have a storytelling event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U, to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
The event, "Feed Your Body and Soul," will feature eight guild storytellers: Patricia Hruby Powell, Linda Dust, Barb Bolser, Camille Born, Lynn Randall, Dan Keding, Kim Sheahan and Kathe Brinkmann.
CHAMPAIGN – The contemporary photography exhibition "Indirect Objects: Captured Identities" will open Monday at the Parkland Art Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and a gallery talk at 7 p.m. by Springfield artist Liz Murphy Thomas.
The Valentine All-Stars will perform music during the event, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 6.