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By Leia Kedem

Everyone back on a normal sleep schedule? Check. New shoes broken in? Check. Backpacks fully loaded? Check. Frozen pizza for dinner? Wait a minute.

Rock and rollin' in Mahomet

The Sangamon River Music Festival in downtown Mahomet offers free entertainment for everyone.

The event runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Mahomet's Main Street.

The annual festival offers carnival rides, a food court, beer tent, vendors and music.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 21-28, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival: A-MAIZE-ING

Wherever there is butter, Pepsi and music, you'll find Corny, the lovable but enigmatic mascot of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.

Though he will work 18 hour days this weekend — the festival lasts till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Corny managed to squeeze in an interview with The News-Gazette.

Meg Makes: Mixing Indian, picnics, potatoes

I love it when my universes collide.

Earlier this summer, WDWS-WHMS-WKIO, sister stations of The News-Gazette, had a promotion during which the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck visited their station. They also had a contest, with the prize of free potatoes for a year.

Danville hopes to make school meals free for all students

DANVILLE — Greg Lazzell often likes to point out that Danville students receive one of the cheapest square meals in town.

He hopes to make it even cheaper for more students in the 2015-16 school year. As in free for everyone.

My Amish Home: Making most of sunny days with visitors

"Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help." Psalm 146:1-3

116,000 in area rely on food pantries, meal programs

URBANA — One out of five people in a 14-county area of East Central Illinois relies on food pantries and meal service programs to eat, according to a new report released Monday by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Feeding America.

Park district says August move for Taste pays off

The head of the Champaign Park District said moving this past weekend's Taste of Champaign-Urbana event to August paid off.

Planners also shortened the annual food fest, which previously took place in June, to just Friday and Saturday instead of three days.

Taste of Champaign-Urbana: It's not just about the food

After 30 years of making art, Annatjie Els is doing her first art fair, the Taste of Champaign-Urbana.

The Champaign woman trained as a lawyer in her native South Africa but took an Urbana Park District watercolor class about 30 years ago.

The artist is now making the leap to showing and selling her own watercolors.