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Atwood's Apple Dumpling Festival set to begin on Aug. 15

ATWOOD – The Apple Dumpling Festival gets under way at 3 p.m. Friday.

The festival, which is in its 15th year, will once again offer the Apple Raffle. Only 200 apples will be sold at $5 each for a chance for participants to win half the money collected. The winning apple will be drawn at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Apples can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce booth near the main stage.


Stopping by: Mahomet botanical gardens a treat for senses

MAHOMET – Tucked behind the Early American Museum at Lake of the Woods Preserve are 10 acres of beautiful gardens with hundreds of flowers, trees, shrubs and plants.

The Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens are full of walking paths, blooming flowers and gardening discoveries.


Brat Pack to launch arena season with Danville Stadium show

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.


Prairie Fruits Farm schedules first farm dinner Saturday

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 restaurant's event to benefit 10-month-old with cancer

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.


Urbana organic farm tasting success and sustainability

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.


Backstage - and onstage - with cast of CUTC's 'Joseph'

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.


Lincoln-Douglas debate exhibit visiting Champaign library

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.


Counted Cross-stitch artists to show their work Sunday

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.


New Carle clinic facility to host open house on Thursday

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.