DANVILLE – Every year the staff of the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation Festival of Trees tries to bring something new and exciting to the five-day event.
One of this year's new events is the Celebrete in the Vigneto.
"We decided to try the wine-tasting as a way to have something that men might enjoy as well," said Angie Lazzell, development specialist with the foundation. "It seems like all of our events have been aimed primarily at women and children."
DANVILLE – Immanuel Lutheran Church will host its annual "The Drummer Boy" Bazaar and Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the school gymnasium, 1930 N. Bowman Ave.
The barbecue luncheon with cole slaw, baked beans, chips, beverage and desserts is being served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Farm Bureau is taking orders for fresh Florida citrus as well as specialty nuts and candies for the holidays.
CHAMPAIGN – Keller Williams Realty will host a food drive Monday through Friday to help Salt & Light.
Canned goods and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the office, 821 S. Neil St., C, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
DANVILLE – The North Ridge Middle School show choirs are sponsoring a frozen Beef House rolls sale.
Members of the choirs will take orders for the frozen yeast rolls as well as strawberry jam and apple butter. Delivery is set for Nov. 24.
The head of the State Universities Retirement System will be leaving by the end of the year.
Dan Slack, who has been the association's executive director since 2005, has accepted a job to be chief executive officer of the Colorado Fire and Police Pension Association.
DANVILLE – The Fairchild School Reunion group will hold its fall wiener roast at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in Ellsworth Park, off West Main Street.
The group will provide chili, hot chocolate, coffee and table service.
SHIRLEY – Looking for a place to visit that truly offers something for everybody? Then you're going to love this find in nearby McLean County – the Funk Prairie Home and museums at rural Shirley, southwest of Bloomington.
If you are interested in beautiful homes and furnishings, period herb gardens or formal flower gardens, local, state or national history, farming, early inventions, rock collecting, Indian artifacts, farm-drawn vehicles and implements – or the development of Funks G Hybrid seed corn – you should definitely consider "stopping by" this site.
Last summer, singer Dena Vermette of Champaign had the good fortune to meet actor George Clooney in the lobby of a small hotel at Lake Maggiore, Italy.
They struck up a conversation which quickly turned to jazz. Clooney mentioned that in the late 1960s his father, a jazz buff, had frequented New York clubs where he heard a blind pianist whom he preferred over the legendary jazz pianist George Shearing, who also is blind.
Clooney couldn't remember the pianist's name.
"Donnie Heitler?" Vermette asked.
"That's it," the actor replied.
Vermette, a jazz-turned-cabaret singer, also favors Heitler, with whom she has performed.
ATWOOD – The Apple Dumpling Festival gets under way at 3 p.m. Friday.
The festival, which is in its 15th year, will once again offer the Apple Raffle. Only 200 apples will be sold at $5 each for a chance for participants to win half the money collected. The winning apple will be drawn at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Apples can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce booth near the main stage.