Community Events

Community Events

Religion calendar, Nov. 24-30, 2017

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Tuscola's Black Friday extra busy as state title game looms

TUSCOLA — The Christmas shopping season is kicking off today in the Outlets at Tuscola — hours before the Tuscola Warriors kick off in the state football finals in DeKalb.

Ceremony closes yearlong tribute to fallen Champaign police officer

CHAMPAIGN — The public is invited to join in a Champaign Police Department tribute Saturday to an officer killed in the line of duty 50 years ago.

Officer Robert Tatman, shot with his own service weapon, died on Nov. 25, 1967, in west Champaign.

His killer has never been found.

Entertainment calendar, Nov. 23-30, 2017


This weekend


What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call ahead for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

No 'cupcake' law? No sales of homemade goodies

GEORGETOWN — If it's fall, it's a good bet that Jill Pope is in the kitchen, whipping up batches of that Georgetown-famous homemade spicy mustard from her father's recipe, a perennial best-seller during the city's November Holiday Gathering.

"People come for it," she says. "I get calls during the year from people wanting it."

Parade of Lights: Blast from the past

Ready for a retro Christmas? PAUL WOOD talked to the sponsors for the parade,
where Santa Claus will make an appearance in his sleigh at the end.

The Champaign Center Partnership and the 17th annual Christie Clinic Parade of Lights will present "Miracle on Neil Street" — a retro-themed holiday celebration in the heart of Downtown Champaign on Saturday.

Tom Kacich: Over 50 years, Turkey Trot has evolved into massive event

Robin Hall admits the first Urbana Park District Turkey Trot wasn't his idea.

Imitation, after all, can be a mother of invention.

"As with most things, somebody else was doing one, and I thought it was a great idea. I thought I'd try it," said Hall, who in November 1968 was the fresh-out-of-college superintendent of recreation for the park district.

For the retirees, Nov. 19-25, 2017

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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

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

Tuscola football fans to gather for a big serving of spirit

TUSCOLA — Those making the trip to Athens for today's Class 1A state semifinal football game between Tuscola and the host school will be met by delectable smells just beyond the field.

Weekend Planner: An early wonderland in Mansfield

The village of Mansfield hosts its 16th annual Winter Fest today in the downtown area. Carriage rides, visits with Santa, craft booths and a bunch of food venders will be on hand to help the community start its celebration of winter.

"We want to help people get an early start to their holiday shopping," festival director AMANDA OZEE said.