CHAMPAIGN – About 500 tickets remain for "An Evening with David Sedaris," his comedy lecture/book signing Friday at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
Tickets are $55, $47.50 and $42.50. Sales have been good, with the Virginia having sold 1,000 so far, Jameel Jones, manager of the theater, said earlier this week.
URBANA – A painter, a firefighter and a pilot in training, this year's homecoming parade marshal has seen a lot in 23 years, including two tours in Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Katherine Maglia of the Illinois Air National Guard was to oversee the soggy proceedings Friday, but had only a reception to shine at, after the non-stop drizzle canceled the parade itself.
DANVILLE – After Kathy Langellier's first introduction to the Fischer Theatre, she knew she wanted to come back with her group, the Illiana Paranormal Society, to do some real investigation.
According to Langellier and her group, as well as members of the Midnight Ghost Hunter Investigators out of Kentland, Ind., there is still a lot of activity in the building.
BEMENT – Two new "Looking for Lincoln" exhibits and a Lincoln-related photographic exhibit are coming to the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site this weekend.
Site manager Marilyn Ayers said two Lincoln wayside exhibits will be unveiled and dedicated during a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the historic site, located at 146 E. Wilson St., Bement.
DANVILLE – John P. Wright was a volunteer extraordinaire with the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System. Before his death in March 2008 at age 74, he had logged 49,668 hours at the facility over nearly 40 years.
DANVILLE – The 2009 Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation Festival of Trees is looking for more volunteers.
In its 13th year, the festival annually uses more than 1,400 people. This year's event is from Nov. 14 through 18 at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.
Five years after losing out because of a state clerical error, Champaign County has won a $9 million federal grant to overhaul services for troubled youths.
The six-year grant will fund an ambitious program to coordinate and improve help for children and teens with serious emotional problems, and give families a much bigger say in their treatment.
The money comes from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA.
CHAMPAIGN – Kay Bird is not a Pop Tart.
She is a Realtor with 31 years experience.
"A Pop Tart real estate agent is one who gets a call from someone who saw a 'For Sale' sign, says, 'I can be there in half an hour;' and jumps in the car to go," Bird says.
When you become successful, you don't need to be on call on 30 minutes' notice.
CHAMPAIGN – Bolokade Conde was only 2 years old when his mother realized he would be a drummer – mainly because of the way he pounded on her shoulders as she carried him on her back.
Conde, who grew up in a village in the Sankaran region of Guinea, Africa, remembered that he also always asked her to take him to wherever people were drumming.
URBANA – Remember tetherball? The hostage crisis in Iran? Record players? Mimeographs?
They were all a part of the world for Leal Elementary School students in 1981, when they buried a time capsule as part of the celebration of the school's 125th anniversary.