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Dreaming of a weekend full of dreamy events

We got this press release and couldn't resist telling you about these events.


We invite you to the events of our 22nd Annual National Dream Weekend, sponsored by the School of Metaphysics:

Movie reviews — we got 'em

Richard J. Leskosky thought "Death at a Funeral" was funny but not as good as it could have been, giving it 2.5 stars. Here's his capsule on the film:

Seeking recipes for your favorite graduation party dishes

Graduation parties celebrate those who have made it through and walked across the stage in a cap and gown. But they also tend to celebrate excellent food — you know, the cream cheese mint recipe from your grandma, the Swedish meatballs everyone seems to love and the salad that reminds you of occasions such as these.

Four stars for 'How to Train Your Dragon'

Richard J. Leskosky's capsule on "How to Train Your Dragon':

A young Viking (Jay Baruchel) befriends a dragon despite the ongoing war between his
village and dragons and tries to engineer peace before an apocalyptic battle occurs.
Loose adaptation of a popular children’s novel. Very engaging, impressive CGI
animation with exhilarating and dizzying flight scenes and an interesting, unusual
emphasis on characters with disabilities.

Fractured song lyrics — an epidemic

In Sunday's paper, I wrote about how I badly butcher songs:

We're already getting a few responses from readers who have butchered a few of their faves, as well.

Want in on the fun? Comment on this blog, or shoot me an e-mail at We'll publish some responses in a future e3 or elsewhere among the N-G features pages.

— Tony Mancuso

Rantoul Pantry could win $10,000

If you’d like to help the Community Services Center in Rantoul win $10,000 with a few computer strokes, listen up.
The pantry is one of 10 finalists in the Stove Top Stuffing Spread the Warmth contest. Three that get the most votes will win money. It is hard to tell where each charity listed is located, but the Rantoul pantry is No. 9.
To vote, go to Go to “vote now,” click on the finalist you want and register with your addresses and telephone number to post your vote. You can vote daily until April 4.

Leftover, mom recipes needed

Attention all spring holiday cooks!
I’d like to know what you re-cook with the Easter Sunday leftovers. Do you have recipes for using up the surplus?
I’m thinking about ham scraps and bones, hard-cooked eggs and wilted asparagus, but maybe you have additions to the list.
Please send in any Easter leftover recipes by April 1. Yes, I know that is before you put the Easter dinner in the oven, but we prepare the feature pages early.
I’ll also be in the market for recipes that you cook for your moms on Mothers Day weekend.

We're looking for community musical groups

The News-Gazette is seeking musical groups in our circulation area that allow community members to participate. We're looking for bands, choruses and other groups to be included in an upcoming article.

If you participate in such a group, or know of one, please contact staff writer Meg Thilmony by e-mailing her or calling 217-351-5217. We'll need your information by April 7.

Photo: From The News-Gazette - members of the Danville Municipal Band in 2007.

Country singer Darryl Worley to perform at Watseka Theatre

This press release landed in my inbox this morning, and I thought you'd be interested

- Meg Thilmony

Country music star DARRYL WORLEY will perform at the Watseka Theatre in Watseka on April 10. (That's a Saturday.)

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for balcony seating and $40 for the main floor. VIP tickets are also available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Watseka Theare at 815-993-6585 or online at

Gluten-free seminar in April

As a follow-up to our series on food allergies, people looking for help with gluten-free and dairy-free cooking can get advice at an April seminar.
The Gluten-Free Cooking Expo will be at the Wyndham Hotel in Lisle April 17 and 18.
Cooking demonstrations, advice from cook book authors and nutritionists, recipes and a children’s activity area are planned.

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