Community Events

Community Events

Program battling child hunger in Danville gets $5,000 from Balloons Over Vermilion

DANVILLE — Eight years ago, retired nurse Rose Gates launched a program to help feed children in need when they're not at school. Four years later, her all-volunteer, donation-funded program was feeding around 180 kids identified through Danville school district social workers.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 13, 2019

There is no art form more American than tap dance. If that tidbit of info caught you flat-footed, you'll never have a better chance to catch up on what you've missed than this week when Dance at Illinois, Lyric Theatre at Illinois and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts kick off a tap-focused spring season with a screening of the documentary "American Tap."

Just 1 Question: 2019 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen finalists

Ahead of the 2019 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen pageant, which begins Thursday at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, staff writer Tim Mitchell asked seven area county fair queens: What makes Illinois a great state?

For the retirees, Jan. 13-20, 2019

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.

Religion calendar, Jan. 11-18, 2019

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Clergy Corner, Jan. 11, 2019

For one glorious night, EMMERSON HJORT will get to be the belle of the ball — pampered and dressed to the hilt while dancing and singing at a special prom next month at Champaign's First Christian Church.

"It's gonna be a night I will treasure for the rest of my life," said the Monticello High School junior.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 10-17, 2019


This weekend


What: Comedian and ventriloquist on his "Passively Aggressive" Tour.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: $45.50 plus fees.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or

Next week


Youth, adult mental-health first-aid trainings set in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Mental Health 708 Board office is providing both youth and adult mental-health first-aid trainings this month and next.

Chicago gospel group to kick off Danville's annual MLK Day celebration

DANVILLE — A Chicago gospel group will kick off Danville's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 20.

"Peace in the Midst of the Storm" is the theme for the two-day event, which will feature The Douglas Singers. The group will perform during the scholarship banquet, set for 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St.

Cissna Park: Small town, big dreams

Throughout 2019, we’ll spotlight our area’s tiniest towns — and what makes them tick. Today: Cissna Park (population 846), home of the state’s No. 1-ranked basketball team

Cissna Park High School boys' basketball coach Kevin Long gathered his team into a classroom that's lined with four couches, which his sweaty players sank into after a morning practice over winter break.