Meg Makes | A great dish for summer's sour cherries

When my husband and mom picked sour cherries in the heat on the Fourth of July, I knew the resulting dish would have to be good. My idea for this recipe didn't disappoint.

Dinner, open-mic event set at Cunningham Township Community Garden

URBANA — An open-mic event will be held tonight at the Cunningham Township Community Garden outside the township office at 205 W. Green St.

"Open Scene Open Mic" will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and include a barbecue dinner. There will be a musical performance and welcomed entertainment includes spoken-word poetry, performance storytelling, comedy, songs and dance.

PepsiCo's beverage sales dip

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo's beverage sales are still struggling as the company tries to adjust to Americans' changing drinking habits.

Fisher Fair 2018: Donkeys, Feudin' Hillbillys and more fun

The 77th edition of the Fisher Fair kicks off today with a pair of worthy causes.

Tonight is "Giveback Night," with patrons' choice of admission fees — cash ($2 per head) or food (five boxed items, or 10 per family) — benefit the Fisher Food Pantry.

Also happening today: a 4 p.m. blood drive.

Top of the Morning, July 10, 2018

Working the popular beer tent at next month's Taste of Champaign is serious stuff. Turns out volunteers are required to attend a four-hour class to learn about how to hold a cup when pouring (45-degree angle) and how much head to leave (about an inch).

Danville church's community-outreach effort bearing fruit — and vegetables

DANVILLE — Residents can now enjoy zucchini and kohlrabi fresh from the garden courtesy of the First Assembly of God Church.

Just Askin' | Staying sharp

Q: Is there anyone in the area who sharpens knives? My two best knives are in desperate need of sharpening.

A: We found two options: Chambanoy Knife Sharpening ($4-$7) and Schnucks grocery stores (free).

Frank's Weekend Faves, July 8, 2018

For as long I've lived in these parts, the Iron Post in Urbana has been a community institution for live local jazz. But if you're like me, and it's been too long since you've seen that for yourself, word is, the Post is hosting a couple of excellent reasons to get reacquainted this week.

Esther Rose will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

OSF, Faith in Action seeking donations of fresh produce

DANVILLE — OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center and Faith in Action are seeking donations of produce from gardeners and farmers who have some crops to spare.

Donated produce will be made available to older adults near Danville and Georgetown who either can't garden themselves or don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Weekend Top 10, July 6, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Sparks in Tuscola

Saturday's "Sparks in the Park" is reason enough to head to Tuscola. Feed your face with pancakes, watch the parade, listen to the Kitchen Band, play mud volleyball and take in a fireworks display: Perfect.