CHAMPAIGN – The Chorale, a 70-voice mixed community chorus, will open its 26th season in November with its annual Celebration of Life Concert, "One of a Kind – American Folk," featuring the world premiere of "In Sacred Manner" written by Alice Parker.
To mark The Chorale's quarter century of singing together, Parker and Chorale founder and music director Julie Beyler will each conduct The Chorale in selections by American composers.
At least two Champaign-Urbana natives will have their films shown at the 44th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 16-29 at various venues in Chicago.
Urbana native Nina Paley will have her animated feature, "Sita Sings the Blues," shown at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 18, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 19 and 6:15 p.m. Oct. 28, all AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Chicago.
DANVILLE – Special events tickets for this year's Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation Festival of Trees go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the David S. Palmer Arena box, 100 W. Main St. Tickets can also be purchased at www.palmerarena.com or by phone at 877-772-5425.
Special events requiring reservations through the purchase of advance tickets include:
URBANA – The city's public arts program will provide a free mask-making workshop Saturday morning at the Market at the Square farmers' market in Urbana.
The public is invited to participate in the free workshop for all ages any time between 8 a.m. and noon. Artist Lori Caterini of Champaign will guide people in the use of recycled materials to create "out-of-this-world masks," according to the city. The market will have a "Market at the Scare" costume party on Oct. 25.
CHAMPAIGN – The Conservatory of Central Illinois is expanding its Circuit Band Program for area students who have studied band instruments for at least one year.
Circuit Band is a beginning-level band that provides opportunities for beginning and intermediate students studying band instruments. The band has met in the summers in recent years and performed annually at the Downtown Festival of the Arts. Now it will continue to meet during the school year.
URBANA – The Urbana Free Library ALT Flicks film series will return at 2 p.m. Sunday with a showing of the French film, "Le Fils de l'Epicier" (The Grocer's Son).
The film is billed as a "smile-inducing story of a young man forced to leave the big city and return to his country village in Provence when his father falls ill." Maggie Flinn, a French film expert from the University of Illinois, will introduce the film.
URBANA – Though they swim in different lanes, on different teams, Urbana swimmers will be coming together for a common cause on Wednesday.
At the sixth annual "Make a Difference" meet, the Urbana, University Laboratory and Schlarman high schools' girls' swim teams will compete against each other in the lanes and work together to raise money for Crisis Nursery outside of the pool.
URBANA – Carl Deal Jr. and Tia Lessin, the directors and producers of the documentary "Trouble the Water," now playing at Boardman's Art Theatre in Champaign, will do a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allen Hall, after their award-winning film is shown there.
The event, open to all, will be in the main lounge of Allen Hall and is cosponsored by Unit One, Weston Exploration, and LEADS.
URBANA – Star Course, the University of Illinois student-run concert productions and promotions organization, will bring Carlos Alazraqui and Cedric Yarbrough's of Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" to Foellinger Auditorium on Nov. 9.
The two will perform sketch and improvisational comedy. Tickets go on sale starting next Tuesday at Ticket Central in the Illini Union, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling 333-5000. Service charges apply for phone orders. Tickets cost $18 for students and $20 for the general public.
On Friday, Champaign police officers and Champaign County sheriff's deputies will be waiting on diners at a local restaurant.
On Sunday, another Champaign officer will be participating in the Chicago Marathon on behalf of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a national cancer charity formed by the cyclist.
Police officers serve their communities in many ways, and Champaign police are involved in many local charities, according to Dave Shaffer, a sergeant who will be running in the Oct. 12 marathon for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.