Events scheduled to help with adoption costs

Here are three upcoming fundraisers the Sookarry-Hurley family are holding to help pay for costs associated with bringing three Mauritian children they plan to adopt to the United States:

— Aug. 24. An authentic curry dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Getting Personal: Todd Salen

Today, The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli chats with W. Todd Salen, 55, of Champaign, a real estate broker at Ramshaw Real Estate.

Education, aspiration don't always add up to better job

Mahomet man's experience is illustrative of the underemployment problem facing many in the U.S.

MAHOMET — Sitting in front of a computer screen, Jason Lamb's face brightens as he comes across a job ad for managing a costume jewelry store.

"Here's an opening at Claire's. Cassidy would love it if I worked there," he said, referring to his 10-year-old stepdaughter.

Rantoul to honor Manley

RANTOUL — Warren Manley never was a man to sit around and hobnob for long. Not when there was work to be done.

Ken Crawford, pastor at Manley's former church, First Baptist of Rantoul, saw it firsthand.

"Ever since I've known him he's been a ball of energy," Crawford said. "There's something to do, and time's a wastin.'"

Studio Visit: Claire Cannon

Studio visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Claire Cannon, 25, a musician and music instructor who is part of the Duke of Uke and his Novelty Orchestra as well as other local bands.

Q: Are you still going to move to New Orleans later this month?

For the retirees, Aug. 4, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Annual pretty baby contest scheduled for Saturday

GEORGETOWN — The 13th annual pretty baby contest sponsored by the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School class of 2004 will take place Saturday at the Georgetown Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the contest will start at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The contest is open to children ages 4 and younger. The registration fee is $5 for each child entering the contest.

Business and professional briefs, Aug. 4, 2013

New jobs

Jorstad to manage ag lending. Chip Jorstad has been named agricultural lending manager for Busey Bank, Champaign.

He has more than 10 years of experience serving business customers.

In his new role, he will support farmers and their operations while continuing to support commercial real estate customers.

Magazine honoring Forty Under 40

Central Illinois Business magazine, published by The News-Gazette, has announced the winners of its sixth annual Forty Under 40 Awards.

Melissa Merli: Young actress thinking big

Former Champaign girl who's been in four films eager to fulfill dreams

I recently saw "Fruitvale Station," with the added bonus of meeting in person one of its stars.