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Heritage students enjoy experts' work in creating gardens

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.


Parkland students getting on track for motorsports industry

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.


Galaxy of galleries: Where to view original art in East Central Illinois

If you're looking for original art, you don't have to go far.

East Central Illinois has plenty of galleries, tucked away on small-city streets and along country roads, or in an insurance agency office, or as part of a business, usually custom framing.


Parkland Theatre sets auditions for 'Pillowman'

CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland Theatre will have auditions for Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the theater in west Champaign. Callbacks will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 25.

Director Randi Collins Hard will cast five men (character ages 20 to 50), one woman (character age 20 to 30) and one girl (character age 8 to 11). The audition will consist of readings from the script and improvisation. The readings are available online at www.parkland.edu/theatre.


Tuesday at Illinois State Fair to showcase Monticello

Monticello residents will get the chance to show off their talents at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this year since Tuesday, Aug. 12, has been declared "Monticello Day."

Monticello is the smallest community to be selected, said Callie Jo McFarland, Monticello's director of community development.


Little Theatre on Square features musical with Elvis hits

The Elvis Presley musical "All Shook Up!", which opened Wednesday at the Little Theatre on the Square, will close the theater's 51st summer mainstage season.

To be presented through Aug. 17, "All Shook Up!" is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Presley, with book by Joe DiPietro.


Wall of Fame nominations being accepted at Danville High

DANVILLE – Do you know a distinguished Danville High School alum or attendee who would like to hang around with the likes of Gene Hackman and Dick Van Dyke?

You may want to nominate him or her for the school's Wall of Fame.


Retired teacher puts her cooking craft into book form

URBANA – Shirley Splittstoesser's idea of fun may seem like work to some folks.

She loves to cook, then write about cooking and teach it to others.

"Cooking truly has been my hobby," she said.

Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, her idea of a good time was "cooking up a storm. My sister never understood it, but it was fun to me," she said.


Jazz trio to perform at McLean County Arts Center

The Bruce Breitweiser Trio will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington.

The performance will benefit the center's exhibition programming fund. A donation of $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers is suggestevd.


Indian vocalist to perform on UI campus

URBANA – The Indian Cultural Society and Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth will present a vocal music concert featuring Smt. Aruna Sairam at 7 p.m. Friday in the University of Illinois Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. The event is free and open to the public.

Sairam will be accompanied by violinist Sri Vitthal Ramamoorthy, with Sri Thiruvaroor Vaidyanathan on the mridangam.