CHAMPAIGN – A benefit concert for Salt & Light Ministries and the Montgomery family, chosen for makeovers by the popular ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," is scheduled for Saturday evening at the University of Illinois Research Park.
The Boat Drunks – an award-winning, Jimmy Buffet-influenced band – will play from 4 to 7 p.m. at the research park, corner of First Street and St. Mary's Road, Champaign. Admission is three cans of food or a money donation to the family of Nathan Montgomery, executive director of Salt & Light.
DANVILLE – Lane Baldwin has high expectations for his organization's second Foodstock Fall Festival.
"This is our main event to support the Danville Area Food Pantry," said the founder of a group of volunteers that offer monthly free meals and help keep the pantry stocked.
TOLONO – Unit 7 officials want fans of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to watch for children in the area early next week.
It was announced Tuesday that Philo residents Nathan and Jenny Montgomery, whose children attend Unit 7 schools, were chosen by the show to get a brand-new home. Superintendent Michael Shonk told school board members Wednesday that show's representatives have said the family is returning to the home between 1 and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
DANVILLE – Even overcast skies and some rain didn't keep a steady flow of customers away from the farmers' market in downtown Danville on Wednesday.
PHILO – It was the worst-kept secret in this small town.
Rumors had been circulating for at least a week that Nathan and Jenny Montgomery and their two boys and two girls had been chosen for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the TV show that depicts a family getting a brand-new home built for them within a week, while they are on vacation.
Sometimes the only thing we know for certain about gardening is that we have planted way too many zucchini plants. Like the rambling kudzu that has overtaken the South, the zucchini seem to multiply by inches and feet within hours. A tiny nubbin of a zucchini at dawn seems to be 14 inches long and weigh 3 pounds by sundown.
And if that seems to be exaggeration, you'll need to prove it to me.
URBANA – As part of a performance-art piece a few years ago at a Chicago gallery, Maggie Taylor hand-fed oranges to people, delivering them vitamin C when they most needed it, the dead of winter.
Over the years her performance art has become even more participatory. Take her last piece, which took place Saturday evening at her home in Urbana.
She called it "Big Neighborhood Supper."
Joyce Sigler of rural Villa Grove highly recommends this Pepper Mash. She got it from the cookbook "Sacramental Magic in a Small Town Cafe" by Brother Peter Reinhart. Sigler writes, "It is so amazing and easy and it lasts indefinitely! It's a great addition to any barbecue sauce for that perfect heat you are after."
3 pounds FRESH red chilies, preferably red jalapeno peppers, but you can use any mix of peppers with some heat.
CHAMPAIGN – City council members voted unanimously Tuesday to reject Comcast's formal proposal to renew their cable franchise in town.
DANVILLE – Gov. Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes, state comptroller and candidate for governor, will attend the Vermilion County Democratic Party picnic on Saturday.
The free annual event will be at noon Saturday at the White Oak Barn Shelter at Kennekuk County Park on Henning Road northwest of Danville.