CHAMPAIGN – Picture the ultimate Champaign-Urbana homecoming visit:
– Native son buys his grandmother new flat-screen television. While he's installing it, he appears on screen.
– Same returnee takes his grandfather, who used to work the gates, to the Illinois-Michigan football game. Illini win.
WESTVILLE – As children, my brother, sisters and I had only a vague idea of what my father did in the Army Air Forces in World War II.
He seldom told war stories – only when we begged – and never in much detail.
We knew he was a co-pilot who had flown paratroopers on D-Day, the famed invasion of Normandy.
CHAMPAIGN – A legendary American composer who developed the Deep Listening philosophy and practice will be in-residence from Friday through Nov. 17 at the University of Illinois.
Pauline Oliveros will be on campus as a George A. Miller Visiting Artist, leading workshops and giving lectures that are free and open to the public.
URBANA –Amara Yoga & Arts will open on Saturday the exhibition, "Dogboy-Face2Face – The Work of Robert Chapman," featuring new and older work by the Champaign-based artist.
The opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
DANVILLE – Danville Light Opera is set to hold open auditions for its dinner theater production of "The Spitfire Grill."
Auditions are at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at DLO's Center Stage rehearsal hall, in the Dena's Hallmark wing of the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.
URBANA – Two free events are taking place this weekend at the Urbana Free Library.
At 4 p.m. today the Teen Film Crew will present the "Twin City Horror Movie Premiere" in the Lewis Auditorium of the library at 210 W. Green St., U.
URBANA – The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will present the hit off-Broadway musical "Zombie Prom." It will open Thursday evening and run through Nov. 21.
"Zombie Prom," written by Dana Rowe and John Dempsey, is directed by Mikel Matthews Jr., who directed "The Full Monty" this past summer at the Station.
Many times, homemade sauces are better than the ones you buy at the store in a jar or can.
But who has the time to start sauces from scratch? Well, fire up your slow cooker because sauces (and one salsa) are easy and healthy with these recipes from the "Fix-It and Forget It Big Cookbook."
URBANA – If you're looking to eat healthy on a reduced budget, try mainly beans and grains and buy in bulk, advises Jacqueline Hannah, general manager of the Common Ground Food Co-op.
A former cook, Hannah dispensed that advice during her monthly Eating Healthy on a Budget class in the Lincoln Square Village hallway behind the co-op.
URBANA – Amateur photographers should be gearing up now to enter the ninth annual Champaign County Camera Club Best in Show competition in late February at Lincoln Square Village.
There is an early bird deadline of Feb. 6 and a final deadline of Feb. 13. Entry forms are available online at www.champaigncountycameraclub.org and at competition sponsors, among them The News-Gazette, Illini Studio, the Urbana Park Dsitrict, Framer's Market and Busey Bank.