C-U native experiencing early success in Hollywood

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.

Reporter's father recalls role in WWII operation

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.

Legendary composer to be in-residence at UI

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.

Exhibit featuring work of Champaign artist to open

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.

Open auditions planned for 'Spitfire Grill' production

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.

Free poetry, film on tap this weekend

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.

Off-Broadway musical 'Zombie Prom' opens Thursday

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.

Slow Cooked: Easy, healthy and tasty sauces, salsa

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."

Food co-op manager offers tips for inexpensive meals

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.

Came club plans best-in-show competition in February

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.