That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Music scene

Free concert at Urbana High

"The Syncopated Clock" by Leroy Anderson will be among the pieces that will be performed by the Urbana Pops Orchestra at a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St.

Getting Personal: Jada Burr

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 17-year-old Sidney resident Jada Burr, the 2016 Champaign County Fair queen, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Burr will be a senior at Unity High School and is a manager at Maurices in Champaign. She is most interested in being a positive role model.

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Business listings, July 17, 2016

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Ars Antiqua-Il, 2606 Melrose Drive, C, Kenneth Howell, same address.

Clemith and Ava's Helping Hands, 2703A Wellington Drive, C, Ava Henry, 1411 Montgomery St., U, and Clemith Eskridge, 2703A Wellington, C.

For the retirees, July 17-24, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Love in the air

Summer's the perfect time to spend a magical moment with a significant other at a romantic spot. Though surrounded by corn and soybeans, this area has plenty of them. Our five recommendations, courtesy of staff writer Melissa Merli:

Lake effect

Heron County Park


Twilight on the Mississippi

By Frank Hosek

We departed the dock into the gray-flannel morning. A catchy tune from the steam calliope echoed off fog-enshrouded banks as we began our Mississippi River excursion.

Area history, July 17, 2016

Today is Sunday, July 17, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Danville police were appealed to Saturday night to aid in the search for Mrs. Ora Winger, a bride of but a few hours. The 16-year-old bride walked out of a Covington, Ind., restaurant about an hour after the marriage ceremony had been performed and she hasn't been seen since.

This day in history, July 17, 2016

Today is Sunday, July 17, the 199th day of 2016. There are 167 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, New York, shortly after departing John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people on board.

Letter from Birdland: A return to the Bluegrass State

It's sunny in Kentucky today. I can hardly believe I'm here for my final residency. At first, it seemed the two years would take forever, and driving down a few days ago, I told Ellis that it felt like yesterday when I was here in January. Our youngest drives me down so he can have the car while I'm gone.