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.
DANVILLE – Downtown Danville Inc. is looking for participants for its Back to School Bash from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 in downtown Danville.
The event welcomes booths with family-friendly activities for free or a small fee, those that offer educational information or giveaways and those that sell goods and services.
LERNA – The 32nd annual Bluegrass Jam Session will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.
A 19th-century photographer and a blacksmith will be featured at the site on Saturday and Sunday. All of the events are free and open to the public.
ARTHUR – Homemade Amish furniture, walking tacos and family fun are just a few of the features offered at the 47th annual Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale.
The event runs Aug. 22-23 at the Otto Center just south of Arthur.
URBANA – WILL has launched its digital radio service after several months of testing a new digital broadcast transmitter at its FM tower near Monticello.
The new FM 90.9 digital service provides three streams of content: FM 90.9 HD1, a simulcast of the FM music service; and FM 90.9 HD2 and HD3, which both carry the news and information service broadcast on AM 580.
ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Community Organization is seeking vendors for its annual Labor Day Street Sale from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 in downtown Rossville.
Hours for the event are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Labor Day.
CHAMPAIGN – Carlos Nieto said he intends to push ahead with plans to open an off-track betting parlor at Jupiter's at the Crossing, despite neighbors' complaints to the Champaign City Council.
Nieto wouldn't project an opening date for the OTB Wednesday morning, but said "the sooner, the better." He said he hosted a meeting for residents of southwest Champaign on Sunday night, with 40 or 50 in attendance.
SIDNEY – The village's annual summer festival may get a new home.
Sidney Summer Fun Daze, which is organized by the Sidney Improvement Group, has been held downtown for the last five years. Sidney Improvement Group member Keith Kropp approached the village board Monday to ask about the possibility of moving the event to Witt Park, which is in the northwest corner of the village.
CHAMPAIGN – Unlike "American Idol," the Champaign-Urbana Days Fashion and Talent Show is never about winning, says organizer Linda Turnbull.
"The show is about expressing yourself and getting better. When kids first come, they're nervous. Every year they get better."
Sitting on an Air France plane July 9, preparing to fly overseas for the first time in her life, Mary Scott yelled over the voices of 47 fellow Peace Corps volunteers traveling to Africa.
"I just graduated from college, and nothing is holding me back," said Scott, a Mahomet-Seymour High School graduate before going to Western Illinois University. "I love the idea of foreign travel, of foreign countries and of foreign languages."