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Embarras Valley Film Festival to honor Joan Allen

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.

Christian band Third Day cancels Assembly Hall concert

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.

Sales at Pages of All Ages to benefit local ensemble

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.

Participants sought for Rossville's Holiday Light Parade

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.

North Ridge show choirs selling frozen Beef House rolls

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.

Young Artists Competition seeks area music students

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.

Provena fundraiser to feature wine tasting, jewelry sales

URBANA – Wine tasting and jewelry sales will be part of a new fundraiser sponsored by the Provena Covenant Auxiliary and Foundation.

Proceeds will support the center's lobby renovation and campus revitalization project.

The Wine Tasting and Pearls & More Jewelry Sale is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1802 S. First St., C.

Champaign native earns American Cancer Society award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Champaign native Lori Greenstein Bremner has won an award from the American Cancer Society Action Network.

The 1975 graduate of Champaign Central High School and 1980 graduate of the University of Illinois lives in Sonoma, Calif., now. She is the daughter of Helen Greenstein, Champaign, and the late Orie Greenstein. As California's state ambassador lead to the society, Bremner, a cancer survivor, facilitated statewide advocacy trainings last year and this year. She also has mobilized other volunteers and participated in various Relay for Life events.

Rantoul woman earns agency's Employee of the Year honor

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.

Stopping By: Lake of the Woods' Hi-Tower offers great views

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.