WWE 'Raw' event tickets going on sale day after New Year's

CHAMPAIGN – World Wrestling Entertainment Raw and Extreme Championship Wrestling Raw will bring some matches to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 2.

In one match, John Cena will wrestle Chris Jericho for the world heavyweight championship. In the "RAW Special 2 on 3 Challenge Match," Rey Mysterio and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels will face "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Manu.

Stopping By: Paxton tea room an experience in dining, decor

PAXTON – The Country Thyme Tea Room is considered a local jewel in Paxton's downtown business district, nestled in the restored Marshall Building close to the county's courthouse.

Bonnie Kaeb has run the restaurant for 15 years, most of them at the 124 W. State St. location.

Inside, the tea room offers a look from days more than a century earlier. The Victorian decor features mauves and greens punctuated with Bonnie's own antiques, making the tea room the perfect place for a genteel ladies' lunch.

It's Your Business: Garcia's to return to Campustown in March

Garcia's Pizza-in-a-Pan, which closed its longtime and final Campustown store location last month, should have a new campus-area shop up and running in a few months.

Co-owner Ralph Senn says a new location (to be disclosed soon, he promises) has been lined up and will open in early March.

Local woman packages joy - and it's bigger than a shoe box

CHAMPAIGN – A 7-year-old girl in an African country soon will be exclaiming over her collection of presents:

A T-shirt picturing a sparkly cat and dog, washcloths, plastic animals, a purple Teddy bear, flip flops, colored markers, tablet of paper, toothbrush and toothpaste, and hard candy.

Chicago museum hosting 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' in 2009

Heads up, Harry Potter fans: "Harry Potter: The Exhibition," will open at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on April 30, 2009.

Tickets are now on sale online at www.msichicago.org.

UI string ensemble adds Grammy nod to growing list of honors

URBANA – The Pacifica Quartet had a tough assignment nearly three years ago that had nothing to do with performing per se.

The musicians had to spend three hours outside in frigid January weather in Chicago, posing for a cover shot for The Gramophone, the world's leading classical music magazine.

Lincoln's Challenge cadets humble, thankful at end of journey

Desmond Battles happily played the piano as he rehearsed a song for Saturday's Lincoln's Challenge Academy graduation ceremonies.

Battles has lost more than 35 pounds since the day he arrived on campus, and the teen from the South Side of Chicago considers himself a big winner.

Holiday Tour of Homes to be Sunday in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Area Healthcare Foundation will present a Holiday Tour of Homes from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Featured on the tour are the homes of:

Danville YMCA holding registration for youth, adult classes

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for both youth and adult program classes.

Classes for the winter session begin Jan. 5, 2009, and are seven weeks long.

Unity East students collect pennies for school-building program

PHILO – Unity East Elementary School students are doing their part to fund school construction in war-torn areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Through the Pennies for Peace program, students are collecting coins to help educate children who have nowhere to learn.

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