GEORGETOWN — City council members approved a three-year contract on Monday for fireworks displays during Independence Day celebrations.
Ciy officials voted to continue to use DCV Imports of Lincoln as the fireworks contractor for the city celebrations.
DANVILLE — The "Veterans Experience 2013" art exhibit will be on display from Tuesday through April 27 at the Danville Art League, 320 N. Franklin St., Danville.
The public can view the exhibit from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The art league is closed on Sundays.
CHAMPAIGN — Thomas Nicol and members of Zoo Improv will present an interactive theater production on Friday evening to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Champaign County.
DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College Players, who are part of the college's Liberal Arts Division, will present the revue "Stage Door," written by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman, next weekend.
The performances, open to the general public, will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Bremer Theater on the DACC campus.
CHAMPAIGN — Hostyle Gospel, a hip-hop group with a Christian twist, will be part of the 2013 Family Rock Jam from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Champaign School of Music, 1712 S. Duncan Road.
The Family Rock Jam will be an interactive rock workshop and all-out jam with Hostyle Gospel for Champaign-Urbana families of adults and children of all ages.
Gloria Loring is probably best known for her work during the 1980s when she starred in "Days of Our Lives" as Liz Chandler, co-wrote popular TV show theme songs like "Facts of Life," and had a hit song with "Friends and Lovers."
DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players will present the murder-mystery, "Zara, Or Who Killed the Queen of the Silent Screen?," the next two weekends at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.
The iris tightens her grip
— Samira Didos, Champaign
Robert Morgan, who lives in Ithaca, N.Y., has long been one of my favorite American poets. He's also a fine novelist and, recently, the biographer of Daniel Boone. His poems are often about customs and folklore, and this one is a good example.
It's said they planted trees by graves
to soak up spirits of the dead
through roots into the growing wood.
This week, I'm sharing two more Golden Kite Award Winners from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: