Marathon races to affect bus service Friday, Saturday

URBANA — Champaign-Urbana bus service will be affected by the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races Friday evening and for several hours on Saturday.

Artists against AIDS sale begins this week

CHAMPAIGN — Artists Against AIDS, the largest annual fundraiser for Greater Community AIDS Project, will be held April 26-29 at the McKinley Fitness Center, 500 W. Church St., C.

That's a new location this year. In previous years, the event has taken place in downtown Champaign.

Volunteers still needed for 'critically important' marathon slots

CHAMPAIGN — Organizers for the Christie Clinic Illinois marathon are putting out a call for more volunteers — 205, to be exact.

Of that number, at least 88 are needed for what organizers call "critically important" course jobs.

Sculptor's work finally in place in Urbana

URBANA — Artist John David Mooney believes dusk is the "magic hour," when the colored lights on his 33-foot-high abstract sculpture outside city hall are at their most effective.

Urbana, art league seek more tree-themed sculpture

URBANA — As far as themes go, John David Mooney's newly installed 33-foot-high sculpture just north of city hall won't be alone.

The city of Urbana Public Arts Commission and the Public Art League have issued a national call to artists to submit for a competition sculptures that would be leased for two years and placed in downtown Urbana.

AMC Theatres agrees to services for disabled

DANVILLE — Theater-goers in Danville and Mattoon will soon be able to enjoy movies, regardless of hearing or vision disabilities.

As the result of a settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, AMC Theatres has agreed to provide personal captioning services and audio-description technology for people with disabilities at all of its theaters.

'The Iceberg Version' performance planned

HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston Public Library will present an original Reader's Theatre production called "The Iceberg Version" to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the lower level meeting room of the library, 110 N. Fourth St., Hoopeston.

Danville schools foundation to hold annual celebration

DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation will recognize four outstanding teachers and showcase student musical prowess at its annual "An Evening of Singing and Dancing" event on Friday.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and be held at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at the high school, 202 E. Fairchild St.

T.G.I. Friday's in Champaign closing

CHAMPAIGN — The TGI Friday's restaurant in Champaign is closing after 20 years in business, according to the parent company.

Calls placed Friday to the franchisee's regional manager, Greg Wallace, were not immediately returned.

Paxton to hold community sale Saturday

PAXTON — By the end of this week, Brad Strebeck might just become an honorary meteorologist.

The lead organizer of Paxton's Community Sale has been constantly checking the weather forecast for the biggest variable for Saturday's big event: rain. So far, so good, as the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high in the mid-60s.