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SHIRLEY – Looking for a place to visit that truly offers something for everybody? Then you're going to love this find in nearby McLean County – the Funk Prairie Home and museums at rural Shirley, southwest of Bloomington.
If you are interested in beautiful homes and furnishings, period herb gardens or formal flower gardens, local, state or national history, farming, early inventions, rock collecting, Indian artifacts, farm-drawn vehicles and implements – or the development of Funks G Hybrid seed corn – you should definitely consider "stopping by" this site.
CHAMPAIGN – Auditions for "The Nutcracker" will take place Saturday at the Champaign Ballet Academy, 2810 W. Clark Rd., C.
The auditions are open to the general community. Registration online is recommended, but can be done at the studio on the day of auditions.
HOMER – Plans for this year's Homer Krazee Daze festival Sept. 12 and 13 are in full swing, with plenty of dancing, food, children's events, a car show, a small business expo, and a parade.
Shops on Main Street will hold sidewalk sales both Friday and Saturday, and special in-store events on Saturday.
ARTHUR – Anita Henderlight will leave this week for her sixth trip to Sudan, where she works with a nonprofit organization that is establishing schools and recruiting students in south Sudan.
The way she tells it, the Taylorville native was an unlikely candidate to travel to rural Africa. She liked the comforts of her life in America.
DANVILLE – The Reader's Route at Danville Area Community College needs volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read better.
Some students need help reading instructions on a medicine bottle, or a note from their child's teacher; others want to read the Bible or get their GED.
CHAMPAIGN – A 2009 Saturn Sky sports car will be raffled off this fall to benefit a technology upgrade at Parkland College's Staerkel Planetarium.
The "chili-pepper red" car is valued at $28,575. A maximum of 750 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. Sales began Tuesday, with the drawing for the winner Oct. 24 at the annual Parkland College Gala.
WESTVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District will offer a guided leaf-collecting hike at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 in Forest Glen Preserve, 20301 E 900 North Road.
The free tour is for students needing leaf collections for school requirements or anyone interested in learning more about leaves.
CHICAGO – Two new exhibitions will be on view from Friday through Oct. 4 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois.
An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.
URBANA – The lineup has been announced for Monday's Labor Day Parade in Urbana.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Illinois Street and Broadway Avenue. It continues south on Broadway to Washington, east on Washington to Lierman and north on Lierman to the Brookens Building drive.
URBANA – After hearing anti-folk songwriter Jeffrey Lewis two years ago in Chicago, Morgan Reisman was inspired to begin writing and performing his own music.
Soon he was setting up concerts, for himself and other young musicians, in his backyard, houses, the Independent Media Center in Urbana and other venues.