Parents get answers about Danville High's 'upper houses'

DANVILLE – Before Thursday, Elizabeth Carl had heard "bits and pieces" about Danville High School's new "upper houses," and was worried.

Sure, her youngest daughter, Bethany Watson, loves Freshman House and has gone from struggling in school to making the honor roll. But what would these new small learning environments for sophomores, juniors and seniors offer her older daughters, Cortney and Katlyn Watson, who already have adapted to the large building and want to take certain classes before graduating in 2010?

Teacher's project aims to show students teamwork, empathy

CHAMPAIGN – The middle school students looked over the new refrigerators and stoves Wednesday – not your typical customers of large kitchen appliances, but they have jelly to make.

44th Lincoln-Douglass-King Banquet set in Danville

DANVILLE – Allen Chapel AME Church will hold its 44th annual Lincoln-Douglass-King Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 77 N. Gilbert St.

Guest speaker is Danville native Troy Collier, the academic counselor for the University of Illinois men's and women's basketball teams.

Auditions scheduled for Sullivan theater's summer season

SULLIVAN – Auditions for local actors interested in working the summer mainstage season at the Little Theatre On The Square will have a chance to audition from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan.

The auditions will be for anyone age 16 and up, for both chorus roles and title roles.

UI students schedule dinner Friday to aid rural China youths

CHAMPAIGN – Chinese students will have a fundraising dinner starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the University YMCA, 1101 S. Wright St., C, to raise money to help students in rural China.

Savoy 16 to host UI's Entrepreneur Film Festival on Saturday

SAVOY – The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois will have its first Entrepreneur Film Festival on Saturday at the Savoy 16 theaters.

The event is part of Innovation Week. The movies to be shown are:

DACC seminar on heart disease and women set for Feb. 24

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College is hosting a seminar called "Heart Disease Prevention for Women" on Feb. 24.

The seminar is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Laura Lee Room in Lincoln Hall, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Longtime UI administrator to be honored with Athena Award

CHAMPAIGN – Kathleen Holden got her degrees in social work, but spent her career as a university administrator.

As it turned out, a lot of administration work ended up being social work.

Danville Caucus' forum to focus on race and education

DANVILLE – The Danville Caucus will host an educational forum at Danville Area Community College's Bremer Conference Center, 2000 E. Main St.

The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. It is free and open to the public.

Parkland College trustees move campus master plan forward

CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland College Board of Trustees took several steps forward Wednesday on the first phase of its campus master plan.

The board approved issuing funding bonds (not subject to voter approval unless 10 percent of registered voters demand it) for renovation and construction work. It includes building a new applied technology facility for automotive, HVAC, welding and collision repair programs; roof replacements; the first phase of a gym remodel; elevator upgrades; remodeling three building wings; and paying off debt for the renovation of the health professions wing on Mattis Avenue and for an administrative software system.