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Community Events

Tolono firefighters hold prevention festival

TOLONO — The Tolono Fire Department will have a number of fun approaches to teach fire prevention at its third annual Fire Prevention Fall Festival Saturday.

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Unity West Elementary School in Tolono, located on County Road 600 N (the Sadorus Slab) just west of U.S. 45.

Going gray for homecoming at UI

Do not adjust your television sets. The Illini will indeed be playing in gray on homecoming.

It's the 90th anniversary of the day Harold "Red" Grange dominated with four TDs in the Memorial Stadium dedication game, Oct. 18, 1924.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 23-30, 2014

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Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer TIM MITCHELL’s entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Weekend Update, Oct. 18, 2014: Barrels of fun

It's over in about 15 seconds, but these moments stretch out — there's no shortage of drama in a barrel race. The National Barrel Racing Association is holding its Illinois State Show through Sunday at Gordyville USA in Gifford. In rodeos, horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around barrels in the fastest time — without touching the barrels.

Top of the morning, Oct. 18, 2014

Those 50 high school marching bands at Memorial Stadium today aren't the only ones making beautiful music in these parts this weekend. The 50th State Fiddle Contest is Sunday in Effingham.

Here's more courtesy Teresa Foreman of the Illinois Old-time Fiddlers Association:

Third annual breast-cancer walk set Tuesday at Danville VA

DANVILLE — The Federal Women's Program and Women Veterans Program will hold their third annual breast-cancer awareness walk and candlelight ceremony Tuesday at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville.

Activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Information about breast cancer, its risks and early detection will be available.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 16-23, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

A legendary opportunity

DANVILLE — On Friday night, local singer Willie "Sweet Willie" Johnson was thrilled just to sing for The Contours with Joe Billingslea, an original member of the Motown act famous for "Do You Love Me."

"To be honest, just to sing in front of The Contours would be a great privilege to me," said Johnson, who got that chance Friday night.

Run or Dye fundraiser to brighten Rantoul

RANTOUL — More than 3,000 walking and running art canvases are about to visit Rantoul. And if they don't get colorful, they'll dye trying.