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A-OK Network opens doors for Parent Cafes on Nov. 10

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department's A-OK Network will sponsor an event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the New Life Christian Center, 2105 N. Bowman Ave. Danville, to mark the beginning of its Parent Cafes program.

The event will provide information about three upcoming Parent Cafes, the first of which will be in January. It also will allow parents to get to know each other and help them identify issues affecting young families.

Artist will discuss exhibition at upcoming Parkland events

CHAMPAIGN – The work of an artist most associated with the promotional materials he's designed for Seattle-area bands will be displayed from next Monday through Dec. 6 at the Parkland Art Gallery.

The artist, Art Chantry, will be at the reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery and at a luncheon and lecture from noon to 2 p.m. Friday in Room D244 at Parkland College.

Stopping By: Relive Dr. Rutherford's past at Oakland home

OAKLAND – The doctor's office and home of Dr. Hiram Rutherford in Oakland gives one insight into the daily life of a small-town doctor and his family in the mid-to-late 1800s. The home, dating back to 1847, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Those were the days when women wore hoop skirts, men smoked corn-cob pipes, couples had lots of children and mortality rates were high. A doctor was among the most important men in any community, and Rutherford's two-story home reflected his community stature.

Five channel changes in store for Comcast customers

URBANA – Comcast is making five channel changes Nov. 11, and some subscribers will have to make changes to see those channels.

– C-SPAN2, now seen on Channel 16, will be carried only on Channel 446. It will continue to be part of Comcast's "basic" level of service, but basic subscribers will need a digital set-top box or compatible equipment to see it.

Celebration Company's 'Speech and Debate' a real hoot

URBANA – As Karen Vaccaro first read the script of Stephen Karam's play, "Speech and Debate," she laughed so much her husband felt compelled to check on her.

"It grabbed me, and I love that," she said. "It's so political and accessible at the same time."

Vaccaro will direct the relatively new play, which opened just last year off-Broadway in New York and played later in Chicago, at the Station Theatre in Urbana. It opens Thursday.

Emotional capitalism, sexuality on tap for author's series

CHAMPAIGN – A new discussion series sponsored by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois will bring together authors and UI scholars to discuss recent books.

The Author's Roundtable series, which began this semester, gives invited scholars opportunities to discuss their work with a panel of UI faculty members and graduate students in a conversational setting. The events are held at the Music Room of Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.

Grand Ball to highlight songs and dance from Civil War era

Abraham Lincoln loved music; he was most passionate about the melodies and lyrics that reflected the American experience.

"Throughout his tenure as U.S. president, Lincoln heard music of every mood in the White House, military camps and Washington, D.C.," said Scott Schwartz, director of the Sousa Archives and American Music Center at the University of Illinois. "It was as varied as the president's and America's kaleidoscopic musical tastes, but most often it spoke from the heart of a nation."

For American Music Month, which happens every November, Schwartz organized several events to harken back to the music of Lincoln's time.

A major highlight will be the Grand Ball on Nov. 22 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center that will feature the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Brass Band, which plays Civil War-era music.

Asian American Orchestra plans concert to fete 10th year

Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra is pulling out all the stops at its 10-year anniversary concert on Thursday at Krannert Center.

In fact, Brown considers it the anniversary capstone concert of the year. "It's the only time during our 10-year celebration that we will play the entirety of 'Rhapsody in Blue,'" he said. "We've just done excerpts because we wanted to present an overview of all the material we've been doing the past 10 years."

Urbana High music teacher captures students' imaginations

URBANA – Tamra Gingold's violin is at her shoulder, and she's playing skillfully as two high schoolers follow along, watching her lead as they keep the rhythm on their own violins.

Gingold's violin – inherited from her grandfather – is named Dvorak, after her favorite composer, and the moment itself feels a little classical, a little like a Hallmark card of a perfect teaching moment.

Except Gingold is playing "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, the music rocking off the walls of her little office at Urbana High School.

When you're a student of Gingold's, playing a string instrument can mean learning classical music – sophomore Laura Orozco's favorite – or it can mean playing the latest Alicia Keys song, as freshman Kamiya Gable practiced on Tuesday. Even hip-hop is in the Gingold violin vocabulary.

"She likes to open our minds up to a lot of different kinds of music," Orozco said.

"She brings fun to it. It's not just boring and strict," Gable said. "She has a creative mind, and that's what I love. ... She's one of the teachers who's there to help. She wants you to get better."

Perhaps that's why Urbana's string program has grown in leaps and bows ... er, bounds. In fifth grade alone, about 75 students are taking lessons during school, Gingold said.

Monticello couple reserve an ornament of love

MONTICELLO – It was the end of the 1964 school year, and a couple of Monticello 13-year-olds, Georgia Cooper and Leslie Munster, had been flirting in the hallways for months.

She'd tease her 6-foot-tall future beau by calling him "Tiny." He'd call her "Princess" and "Bright Eyes."