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It's opening night for CUTC's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Virginia Theatre, and I find myself in the unfamiliar role of participant rather than observer.
I'm onstage 12 minutes into the first act, along with News-Gazette colleagues Mary Schenk and Jim Rossow, plus so many cast members I can hardly tell what's going on.
A traveling exhibit commemorating the Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debates is coming Monday to the Champaign Public Library.
The Lincoln Trail Libraries System is commemorating the 150th anniversary with the exhibit. It is currently at the Bement Library through today. It will be at the Champaign library from Monday through Aug. 31; the Danville Public Library from Nov. 1-31; the Paxton Public Library from Dec. 1-31; and the Watseka Public Library from Feb. 1-28.
DANVILLE – Jesse Van Halen and the Brat Pack are excited about playing in the Danville Stadium venue.
The interactive band with its all '80s music will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the stadium, 9th Street and Highland Boulevard.
CHAMPAIGN – Prairie Fruits Farm, an organic goat-cheese and fruit farm on North Lincoln Avenue in rural Champaign, will offer its first farm dinner Saturday.
Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Alisa DeMarco will create a four- to five-course meal using local food grown in sustainable ways. Diners are asked to bring their own wine or other alcoholic beverage as Prairie Fruits does not have a license to sell alcoholic beverages. It does have a certified kitchen.
PAXTON – Organizers are calling Aug. 12-16 "Willamina's Week" in Paxton.
Willamina Clayton is the 10-month-old daughter of Will and Katie Clayton. She has been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and is currently undergoing treatment at Riley's in Indianapolis.
Bill Bagby calls his business Tiny Greens Organic Farm, but with it he's gone green in big ways.
Foremost among those is the underground cement building in which sprouts and baby micro-greens are grown, some hydroponically, and some in the company's own compost mix.
WESTVILLE – Arlene Olmstead of Danville and Sharon Latoz of Georgetown had to share honors at last year's Vermilion County Conservation District Counted Cross-Stitch Show.
Visitors for the 17th annual show will get to see why, in a display of former best-of-show winners as well as new entries from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the air-conditioned Gannett Outdoor Learning Center in Forest Glen Preserve, seven miles east of Westville.
CHARLESTON – The Carle Foundation will hold an open house at its new facility at 5731 Park Drive, Charleston, in the Coles Business Park, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
There will be refreshments, door prizes and self-guided tours.
HOMER – Master Gardener Joan Lane, with support from naturalist Suzanne Smith, designed and maintain the prairie courtyard garden at Heritage Elementary School in Homer.
The two women volunteer their time in this and two other gardens at the school.
CHAMPAIGN – Scott Breeding of Rantoul took a chamois to a freshly washed green and white Chevy Malibu Thursday afternoon at Parkland College, and Lucas Lange of Gibson City drove it onto the trailer that would take it to the St. Louis area, where they would be drag racing.