For the retirees, Nov. 1-8, 2015

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.

Singer-songwriter's homecoming

URBANA — Singer-songwriter Somi, who grew up in Champaign, has done impressive things since she last sang at Krannert Center in 2011.

For one, she signed with the major label Sony Music/OKeh Records. It released her fifth album, "The Lagos Music Salon," which promptly debuted at No. 1 on the jazz charts.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Theater scene

'Streetcar' in Danville

The Red Mask Players will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams at 8 p.m. this and next Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. this and next Sunday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Business listings, Nov. 1, 2015

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

Affordable Cleaning, 2301 County Road 2600 E, Ogden, Nichole Hallowell, same address.

AOM Remodeling and Restoration, 608 A Staley Road, C, Ashley Matthews, 2750 Hunters Pond Run #12, C.

Astral Solutions, 6 Dunlap Court, Savoy, Michael Dixon, same address.

Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 1, 2015

What is that little white vehicle artist Nina Paley is tooling around in (right)?

That is a Dutch Sinner Mango, or velomobile, a recumbent tricycle. It does not have a motor, other than Paley power. She doesn't plan to add an electric assist "because I don't roll that way," she said. "I'm not thinking about it as a car. It's a tricyle."

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 1, 2015

Before we close the books on Halloween ’15, we asked these familiar faces to think back to the most unforgettable costume they ever put on — by choice or mom’s orders.


Standup comic, playing Virginia Theatre on Saturday

Area history, Nov. 1, 2015

Today is Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the morning, Nov. 1, 2015

It's not just the basketball players who are excited to return to a renovated State Farm Center.

Tom Plackett, in his 26th year working at the arena, is so full of adrenaline he might just be able to touch the rim on Re-Opening Night. What was the reaction of the 58-year-old Paxton High grad when he snuck a peek a few weeks ago?

"Oh, my!" he said. "It's not the same building."

Weekend planner: 'Good traditional country'

Touring musician Dennis Stroughmatt has performed French Creole music originating from a tri-state area including Illinois at many venues, among them the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Library of Congress and Kennedy Center. He's now playing more old-time country and western swing and will return to this area to perform at the Philo Country Music Show at 3 p.m.

'He always had a smile on his face'

WILLOWBROOK — A Willowbrook man who died Wednesday night in a vehicle accident on Interstate 57 in Champaign County is being remembered as a kind and compassionate spiritual leader of children.