Entertainment listings, May 7-14, 2015

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

Special events

This weekend


My Amish Home: Stocking up on flowers as weather warms

"But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communications out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Colossians 3:8,9,10

Meg Makes: For a smaller dessert, try cake for 2

I'm a member of a two-person household, and I recently stumbled upon a recipe for chocolate cake that's both delicious and perfectly portioned two people.

I customized it from a recipe I found on It's actually a vegan recipe (I rarely buy milk and so found myself unprepared at cake-baking time).

Meg Makes: It's the perfect time for rhubarb pie

I love rhubarb season, and I find it an especially good time for a pie.

This recipe comes from my co-worker, Breanne Ertmer, and it tastes just like I think spring should. Its texture is wonderful, and the nutmeg is a perfect touch. If you like a sour pie, make it with just 1 cup of sugar.

Rhubarb Custard Pie

11/2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup flour

My Amish Home: Nice to see sun, even if it is windy

"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God!" Colossians 1:9,10

Champaign plans up to $710,000 in incentives

CHAMPAIGN — City staff will ask the city council tonight whether to prepare a development agreement offering up to $710,000 in incentives for the redevelopment of the former Sullivan Chevrolet complex in downtown Champaign.

Events spotlighting restaurants let patrons expand their palate

A Champaign program called Conscious Cuisine is pushing taste buds and brain cells to the limit. Champaign Center Partnership held free demos at Big Grove, Escobar and Pekara this spring. And they were successful enough that they'll be doing it again.

It's Your Business: Success leads to commercial site for guitar service shop

Hector Trevino's home-based business — a guitar repair and servicing shop — has done so well that it has moved to a commercial location in Urbana.

The Guitar Workshop opened at 1007 N. Cunningham Ave., Suite B — next to McCallister Audio — a few weeks ago.

Meg Makes: Have more fun with two kinds of blondies

If you're looking for an easily customized dessert that will have people raving, blonde brownies are the way to go.

Today, I've got two decadent versions to share. One is from my kitchen — Salted Chili-Chocolate Blondies. Another is from a colleague, Champaign resident Rachel Chartoff. Her Bacon-Bourbon-Toffee Blondies will knock your socks off.

My Amish Home: Hoping the sunshine is here to stay

"And hereby we do know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: Hereby we know that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him also so to walk, even as he walked." 1 John 2:3-6