LODA — Santa will arrive in town riding a manure spreader.
It's Christmas, naturally, so try making gifts
Homer Lake Forest Preserve will offer a natural approach to creating holiday gifts from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Stations will be set up for children to make, wrap and take home presents and ornaments for their families and friends.
URBANA — The Urbana Business Association will have its annual Magic Motors Holiday Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 1710 N. Willow Road. The association's "premier networking event" is hosted by Allen Strong, owner of Silvercreek Restaurant and Courier Cafe.
Back when the Candlestick Lane tradition started — it was either 1962 or 1963 — coordinated neighborhood Christmas light displays were fairly common.
CHAMPAIGN — Wind ensembles from three Champaign-Urbana high schools will perform together for the first time at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre.
"Under American Skies: Celebrating Our Musical Community on Granny's Porch" also will be a fundraiser for the Urbana, Champaign Central and Centennial high school bands.
CHAMPAIGN — First Christian Church will once again serve a free turkey dinner complete with entertainment and gifts for kids to anyone who needs a meal or somebody to share the holiday with on Christmas day.
Reservations are being taken now, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to make this event happen, said Lynne Barnes, who is helping plan the dinner.
CHAMPAIGN — The 14th PechaKucha Night C-U will take place Friday evening at the Highdive, 51 Main St., C. It will feature presentations from eight creative folks, among them filmmaker/artist Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") as well as music from DJ Mertz.
Images from the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation's gala at Pear Tree Estates on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
DANVILLE — Each month, Chuck Brooks sees 65 to 70 new families in line at the Danville Area Food Pantry.
It's troubling, he said, especially because many of the new faces are seniors and the newly unemployed.
"I thought that number would level off at some point, but it hasn't yet," said Brooks, the pantry's chairman.
URBANA — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank hopes to raise enough money Tuesday to provide thousands of meals to feed the hungry.
The food bank is holding a drive-through collection set for 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at WCIA's back parking lot on Randolph Street across from the Champaign Public Library.