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DANVILLE – Every year the staff of the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation Festival of Trees tries to bring something new and exciting to the five-day event.
One of this year's new events is the Celebrete in the Vigneto.
"We decided to try the wine-tasting as a way to have something that men might enjoy as well," said Angie Lazzell, development specialist with the foundation. "It seems like all of our events have been aimed primarily at women and children."
DANVILLE – Immanuel Lutheran Church will host its annual "The Drummer Boy" Bazaar and Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the school gymnasium, 1930 N. Bowman Ave.
The barbecue luncheon with cole slaw, baked beans, chips, beverage and desserts is being served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN – The next SPEAK Cafe will be from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Palette Cafe in Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.
The theme, set by emcee Aaron Ammons, is "Thanks for Giving Us: Kindred Spirits."
From Robin Kearton, artistic director of Community Center for the Arts:
Crane Alley, on the north side of Main Street in downtown Urbana, just east of the Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main, is hosting the city's largest collection of intentionally placed leaves. This display is at your disposal for dragging feet, breathing fabulous fall smells and generally having fun.
DANVILLE – A local business and volunteer auxiliary will partner with the Salvation Army for upcoming programs before the holidays.
First Student Inc., which provides school transportation in Danville, will hold a coat drive from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at its 827 E. Cleveland St. garage. Men's, women's and children's coats in all sizes can be dropped off at the bus garage and will be sorted and distributed by the Salvation Army.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Farm Bureau is taking orders for fresh Florida citrus as well as specialty nuts and candies for the holidays.
RURAL PESOTUM – Churches scattered across the countryside have always interested me because of their quaint charm and the local history that has happened within the doors.
But none has caught my eye like St. Mary's Catholic Church in rural southern Champaign County near Pesotum. The mere size of it is enough to make one wonder what this lovely church is doing out among the corn and soybean fields of central Illinois. It is about 3 miles east of Pesotum and 3.5 miles north of Villa Grove.
INDIANAPOLIS – The American Legion has launched a new Web site to help veterans and their families understand the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which takes effect Aug. 1, 2009, and how it compares with other federal education benefits for veterans.
The site, www.mygibill.org, includes explanations of the different GI Bill benefits, news alerts and updates, frequently asked questions, state-by-state benefits and online application opportunities.
URBANA – The University of Illinois College of Media will celebrate the publication of books by two faculty members at 2 p.m. Monday in the Authors Corner at the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., C.
The authors are professors Lisa Nakamura and Anghy Valdivia, and the event is free and open to the public. Their book discussions will be followed by a question and answer session, book signings, refreshments and prize giveaways.
CHAMPAIGN – Keller Williams Realty will host a food drive Monday through Friday to help Salt & Light.
Canned goods and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the office, 821 S. Neil St., C, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.