Community Events

Community Events

Grammy-winning pianist returning home for workshops, show at Centennial

NEW YORK — A Grammy winner is coming home to lead workshops this week at Centennial High School.

Virtuoso pianist Laurence Hobgood, whose father headed the theater department at the University of Illinois, is friends with Scott and Marian Wyatt — he played at their wedding — and will work with her students as well as perform music he will write with her.

Vermilion County Peer Court's fundraising auction set for Friday

DANVILLE — A kitchen-cabinet refinishing package, photography and massage packages and a Weber grill package are among the items going on the auction block Friday at the 20th annual Peer Court Auction.

The event will be held at Turtle Run Banquet Center in Danville. An auction preview will start at 6 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 7.

For the retirees, Feb. 3-10, 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, Feb. 1-8, 2019

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UI set to unveil newest strategic plan called 'The Next 150'

CHAMPAIGN — Fresh off a celebration of its first 150 years, the University of Illinois is looking ahead to the next century and a half in its latest strategic plan.

CU's Got Talent set to take Virginia stage on Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — CU's Got Talent, and a show this weekend will prove it.

The fundraiser runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre.

The competition will showcase local talent, so community members can see eight talented performers in action.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 31, 2019

For the first time, the Virginia Theatre is hosting CU's Got Talent, Champaign West Rotary's biggest fundraiser.

Emcee JESSICA KUNZ of WCIA and Virginia Director STEVEN BENTZ were kind enough to brave Wednesday's cold to make our On The Go cover happen.

Country star Dustin Lynch to headline Champaign County Fair

URBANA — Country music fans can get their fix at this year's Champaign County Fair, as it was announced on Wednesday that country star Dustin Lynch will headline the fair on July 26.

Dylan Scott will open the show.

Lynch, known for such hits as "Small Town Boy," Good Girl" and "Seein' Red," was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in September 2018.

Too cold for One Winter Night? Not possible: 'That's the whole point'

With CU at Home's "One Winter Night" fundraising event approaching, Executive Director Rob Dalhaus had been watching the forecast closely over the past few weeks. But he chose not to develop an alternate plan for the event, in which hundreds of people sleep outside in downtown Champaign to simulate what a winter night is like for the homeless.

The Dwelling Place sets first hygiene-product handout Friday in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON — The Dwelling Place of Vermilion County will hold the first of its countywide distribution of hygiene and household-care supplies Friday in Hoopeston.

The Essentially Basic Hygiene and Household Care Pantry distribution will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hoopeston Multi Agency Service Center, 206 S. First Ave.

It is open to women who are 18 or older.