Religion calendar, Feb. 12-19, 2016

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Christian act to play Mahomet festival

MAHOMET — Organizers of the 2016 Sangamon River Music Festival have made their first band announcement of the year: contemporary Christian act I Am They.

The Carson City, Nev.-based band is a six-piece ensemble that has recently begun attracting nationwide attention with the release of its self-titled debut album.

Meg Makes: Coffee-crusted steak for 2 will wow

Every year, I struggle with recipes in mid-February. Valentine's Day is a wonderful occasion to cook a special meal. But the arrival of Ash Wednesday and Lent mean many people are going meatless.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Now is the time to start writing stories

Every family has stories to tell and it's never too late to start writing about them! This advice has been given by many columnists over the years but it still deserves repeating. An easy way to begin is to purchase a little notebook, preferably with lines to make writing easier, date the first page and begin writing.

My Amish Home: Rays of sunshine on a cloudy day

"I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord, and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." Isaiah 57:19-21

Bottenfield students hustling to honor late teacher

Bottenfield Elementary School students are honoring their late physical-education teacher with their feet.

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 9, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Watseka Elks Lodge 1791

About the club

Exalted Ruler: Scott Kingdon

Origin: The lodge was granted its charter from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1950 and currently has around 250 members.

To Your Health: Recess before lunch

By Irisha Clark

For the retirees, Feb. 7-14, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Striking gold: 50 things about Super Bowl 50

In honor of the Super Bowl's 50th anniversary, staff writer Paul Wood unearthed 50 nuggets about the big game