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CHAMPAIGN – Cynthia Turner and Heartspeak will introduce its second compact disc of contemporary Christian music at Sunday's SAFE House benefit concert.
They are the headliners for the Jazz & Gospel Fest at Hessel Park, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, that also will feature eight other groups and soloists.
THOMASBORO – As Andrew Cribbett sat among his competition, his mind raced.
Did I stick that move? Was my posture strong and stable? Did the judges like me?
The boy from Thomasboro pondered these questions as it came time to announce the winners.
As his category approached, Andrew didn't think he had a chance. "There were 68 people in the dance category," he said. "It was the largest at the competition."
URBANA – Guitarist Jake Hertzog, a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music and an alumnus of University High School, will perform as part of his trio from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Sweetcorn Festival in Urbana.
While here, Hertzog also will do a media tour:
The Danville High School boys track team will take advantage of a Ford Motor Co. promotion as a fundraiser this weekend.
The Courtesy Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership, 231 W. Main St., will host the event and donate $20 (up to a total of $6,000) to the team each time someone mentions Danville High School when test-driving a Ford vehicle during the Cruise 4 UR School event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the dealership.
MAHOMET – Abraham Lincoln worked or stayed in St. Joseph, Homer, Mahomet, Urbana and Champaign, and on Monday the state will be putting historic displays up saying just that.
Cheryl Kennedy, the director of the Early American Museum in Mahomet, said volunteers will be erecting the wayside signs in advance of Lincoln's 200th birthday next February. They're part of the first round of a statewide project, the Looking for Lincoln Coalition, which has already started looking at its next group of sites.
URBANA – WILL radio will have a Digital Information Fair and Open House from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., U.
The free event will allow listeners to talk to the experts on the WILL technical team: News-Gazette columnist Rich Warren and David Harris of Harris TV and Appliances in Farmer City.
Roger Earl, founding drummer of Foghat and Savoy Brown, begins the conversation with a polite apology: He's a few minutes late for our phone interview because he was held up by airport security in Omaha.
Yikes! Not another celebrity handgun-in-the-suitcase scandal!
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Animal Shelter Foundation will hold a "Kitten Shower" from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.
The population explosion of cats with kittens puts a strain on the shelter's budget for supplies about this time each year. The public can help with donations of cash or gift cards to grocery or pet stores and kitten food, non-clumping clay cat litter, small blankets and towels, Clorox wipes or other sanitizing wipes and cat toys.
Sweet corn season is now.
Festivals for eating ears of the delectable grain abound.
If you are cooking or preserving it at home, here are some ideas.
OAKLAND – Nestled under a canopy of trees, right on the edge of Shady Bay at Walnut Point Lake, sits the Walnut Point Cafe, where you can satisfy just about any craving for homemade comfort food. Ice cream is a big seller here, as are the cobblers and the hot fudge brownie sundaes.
But it's the hot foods, heaped high on the plates, that get the regulars stopping by each week. Co-owners Kathy and Rick Strange have been running the Walnut Point Concessions within Walnut Point State Park for eight years.