CHAMPAIGN – Garry Harrison and the New Mules, who specialize in the traditional music of Illinois, will offer fiddle and banjo and clogging workshops on Saturday at Techline and the Phillips Recreation Center.
The day will end with a concert at 8 p.m. at Techline, 24 E. Green St., C.
SAVOY – Through Sunday, supporters of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, better known as BACH, can support the ensemble by making purchases at Pages for All Ages bookstore in Savoy.
Pages for All Ages will donate 15 percent of each purchase to BACH when the buyer mentions the ensemble at checkout. This donation applies to both online and in-store purchases. A news release from BACH suggests that supporters start their Christmas shopping early while supporting BACH at the same time.
ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Community Organization is seeking participants for its 7th annual Holiday Light Parade set for 6 p.m. Dec. 6.
The group will offer cash prizes this year for floats in two categories: Business/Organization, which includes churches, and Families, Friends or Neighborhoods. Call parade Chairman Kevin Young at 474-1642 for more information.
CHARLESTON – The fourth annual Embarras Valley Film Festival honoring Eastern Illinois University alumna Joan Allen will take place from Tuesday through Nov. 8 on the EIU campus and in downtown Charleston.
Throughout the week, there will be afternoon sessions and evening screenings with discussions led by members of the EIU faculty, screenings at the Will Rogers Theatre and an afternoon reception at Miller's Banquet Hall that Saturday. All events are free and open to the public.
CHAMPAIGN – The contemporary Christian rock band Third Day has canceled its concert on Friday evening at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
Carol Anderson, the tour promoter, said drummer David Carr's father died Tuesday and the band tried but was unable to find a replacement drummer.
DANVILLE – The North Ridge Middle School show choirs are sponsoring a frozen Beef House rolls sale.
Members of the choirs will take orders for the frozen yeast rolls as well as strawberry jam and apple butter. Delivery is set for Nov. 24.
DANVILLE – The Danville Symphony Orchestra will hold the Gail and Harry Adams Young Artists Competition at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
The competition is an opportunity for area youth to compete on their chosen instrument sagainst their peers.
Georgia Womble's boss says she is the type of person you would want by your side in troubled times.
"She's just very compassionate and a very gentle person," said Rosalie Adkins, area administrator for Community Care Systems, where Womble works as a caregiver for elderly clients.
Womble was recently recognized as an Employee of the Year by the Illinois Department on Aging. There were nine statewide recipients of the award honoring older workers who continue to play a very important role in the workforce.
MAHOMET – The Hi-Tower rises above a memorial garden, a playground for kids and Elks Lake near the main entrance of Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve. My stepson and I climbed plenty of stairs all the way to the top of the six-story tower to get a bird's-eye view of one of the most popular outdoor spots in Champaign County. At the top of the hour, we listened to the bell carillon chime while we caught our breath before going down the almost 100 stairs.
Families and groups of school children love to visit the Hi-Tower and surrounding area in Lake of the Woods, according to Andee Chestnut, public information director. People also use the tower to train for hiking trips and climb up and down the stairs with backpacks.
CHAMPAIGN – The Developmental Services Center today was expecting two truckloads of cleaning products from Altrusa International of Champaign-Urbana.
Altrusa, a service organization of business and professional leaders, collected some $2,000 worth of things like detergent and anti-bacterial wipes for the center as part of Make A Difference Day.