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Danville Light Opera sets bus trip to 'Spamalot' in Chicago

DANVILLE – Danville Light Opera is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Tony-award-winning musical "Spamalot."

The trip will leave the Village Mall at 10 a.m. for a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Jan. 24 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.

Danville Madrigal shows to feature fine music, dinner, desserts

DANVILLE – The Danville High School music department will present its annual Madrigal dinner and dessert shows Dec. 8-11 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.

The dinners are at 6 p.m. Dec, 8, 9 and 10, and the dessert performance is at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $15 for dinner and $10 for the dessert performance. Also available are patron tickets for a minimum donation of $20. Patrons receive recognition in the Madrigal program, and their money goes to the financial support of the DHS Choral Booster Program.

Contest-winning compositions to be performed in concert at UI

URBANA – A 24-year-old graduate student composer at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin is the winner of the 12th annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition at the University of Illinois.

Abel Paul will have his "fragmentos del vertigo" performed by the UI New Music Ensemble, with conductors Stephen Taylor and Mei-Fang Lin, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. After the concert, there will be a reception in the lobby featuring music by the Boneyard Jazz Quintet.

Subject of benefit has long, healthy relationship with Callaway

DANVILLE – Ann Hampton Callaway met Tracy Parker through Kari Strand when Parker and Strand were in Up With People. All have remained friends since the 1980s.

Callaway has been working with Parker's parents, Carol and Robert Parker of Danville, to do a benefit to help with mounting medical bills.

'Pet Pictures with Santa' to benefit new dog park in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Professional photographer Jonathan Kim will take photographs of pets with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Kaufman Lake Boathouse in Champaign.

"Pet Pictures with Santa" is a fundraiser for the Champaign Park District's new dog park in southwest Champaign.

Singer-composer putting her talents where her heart is

DANVILLE – Ann Hampton Callaway is not shy about using her talent and influence to help worthy causes, whether it's her friend Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer Movement, participating in a fundraiser for the Leukemia Foundation at Carnegie Hall or making a special trip to Danville to help out a friend who grew up here.

Callaway will perform at a benefit for former Danville resident Tracy Parker. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at The Heron Restaurant, 34 N. Vermilion St.

Rare visit to North Korea opens area couple's eyes to life there

North Korea is not likely to be found on a list of popular tourist destinations.

But the "hermit kingdom" was the first choice of destination for Homer residents Ray and Christine Cunningham on a recent trip overseas.

Ray, a certified records manager and certified archivist who is manager of records services at the University of Illinois, and Christine, a board member for the Homer Community Improvement Association, visited the country Oct. 7-11. They traveled with Koryo Tours, a company that operates out of Beijing.

UAW Local 579 retirees to hold annual Christmas party Dec. 3

TILTON – The United Auto Workers Local 579 Retirees will hold its annual Christmas Party at noon Dec. 3 at the union hall on the 1009 Catlin-Tilton Road.

The potluck meal begins at 12:30 p.m. Retirees are asked to bring a covered dish to share. The organization will provide meat, rolls, beverages and table service. The event is free for UAW 579 (General Motors) retirees; spouses and surviving spouses are eligible to attend. It is not open to guests or public.

Musical event to benefit hurricane victims in Haiti

CHAMPAIGN – The Black and White Steppers will perform with live band Of A Native Tribe at a charity fundraiser Friday evening at Radio Maria restaurant in Champaign.

Tickets to the event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. are $5 in advance. Advance tickets may be bought from 10 p.m. to midnight today at Barfly. Ask for Melissa. Advance tickets may also be bought between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bruce Nesbit African-American Cultural House at Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street on the University of Illinois campus.

Musical event at Radio Maria to benefit Haitian hurricane victims

CHAMPAIGN – The Black and White Steppers will perform with live band Of A Native Tribe at a charity fundraiser Friday evening at Radio Maria restaurant in Champaign.

Tickets to the event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. are $5 in advance. Advance tickets may be bought from 10 p.m. to midnight today at Barfly. Ask for Melissa. Advance tickets may also be bought between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bruce Nesbit African-American Cultural House at Mathew Avenue and Nevada Street on the University of Illinois campus.