Community Events

Community Events

Editor scripted own career path

Shevone Myrick's road to a bachelor's degree had a few more twists and turns than the four other Women of Distinction honorees she'll share the stage with at next week's Girl Scouts of Central Illinois ceremony.

Living in Ebert's childhood home 'kind of cool'

URBANA — As a 12-year-old newspaper carrier, Josh Bubniak had no clue that Roger Ebert's childhood home was on his route.

Put on your dancing shoes — and make sure they're sturdy

CHAMPAIGN — At Centennial High School, students have baked and sold cookies. They've sold thousands of candy bars. And tonight, they'll celebrate and dance with the public and some of the families they hope to see benefit from their fundraising this year.

LIVE: 2015 Ebertfest Day 2

Welcome to our LIVE report from Ebertfest, coordinated by staff writer MELISSA MERLI, who has been on hand for each one of the festivals in downtown Champaign.

She will be tweeting regularly throughout the week. Follow her here

Circus coming to Rantoul

RANTOUL — A bunch of clowns are coming to Rantoul. And elephants. And camels. And tigers.

The Kelly Miller Circus will present two shows on Tuesday — at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. — near the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center along U.S. 45 south.

Ford County Fair adds night of music

ELLIOTT — Rather than the traditional single-night concert, Ford County Fair organizers announced this year's lineup will feature three artists performing in two concerts:

— Headliners for the June 23 main show are Frankie Ballard and Granger Smith, who fair officials describe as "two of the hottest new acts" in country music.

A cash bash: Refund burning a hole in your pocket?

According to the IRS, the average refund for the 2013 tax year was $3,034. To celebrate getting past Tax Day, you don't need to spend anywhere near that this weekend, believe me. Here are 10 things you can do:

Entertainment listings, April 16-23, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Event marks 150th anniversary of Lincoln assassination

MAHOMET — The 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln will be commemorated tonight at the Museum of the Grand Prairie at the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.

They work behind the scenes

URBANA — As an aspiring filmmaker, University of Illinois senior Jigar Patel looks forward to Ebertfest, the capstone event each year for Illini Film and Video.

For the past 15 or so years, club members have volunteered at the festival, videotaping each movie introduction, discussion and Q-and-A at the Virginia Theatre.