Religion calendar, June 24-July 1, 2016

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Dick Van Dyke: 'I'm 17 again'

DANVILLE — Dressed from head to toe in black and looking the part of a chimney sweep straight out of "Mary Poppins," 15-year-old Carter Mallady couldn't believe it when Dick Van Dyke looked right at him from his seat in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and sang, "Ain't it a glorious day."

Connecting the community

URBANA — Nearly two decades after her passing, Jettie Rhodes' message remains as strong as ever.

Saturday will mark the 17th annual Martin Luther King Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day. The title may be a mouthful, but Rhodes' impact on the community is greater.

Rhodes and her husband moved from Grenada, Miss., to Champaign-Urbana in the 1940s so they could pursue a better life.

Unique opportunity

Saturday's inaugural Iroquois and Ford County Garden Walk will showcase one type of landscaping most others can't — the Illinois prairie in its natural state.

#TheMJs, June 24, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



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What's in a name? David B. Kramer Memorial trophy

There's a shiny new piece of hardware taking up space in the newsroom at the LeRoy Farmer City Press called the David B. Kramer Memorial trophy. The News-Gazette community newspaper won the award that was established in 2014, given to the state's best small non-daily newspaper, earlier this month at the Illinois Press Association awards.

Top of the morning, June 24, 2016

The year was 2003, the movie was "Finding Nemo," and I couldn't wait to take my 3-year-old.

He liked it — except for the barracuda killing the mom, a trio of ravenous sharks and the monster fish at the bottom of the ocean. All in a dark theater. He almost bolted.

Task force starts with listening

CHAMPAIGN — From discipline in schools to deaths in the largely black Champaign County Jail, community members shared their personal experiences with racial disparity in criminal justice and how they thought it could be improved at a community forum held by the Champaign County Racial Justice Task Force on Thursday night.

Here's how to get the blues

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Galloway and others at Fluid Event Center had a theme going for the 2016 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival.

But they "tossed it out the window" as soon as they booked The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Reverend Horton Heat.

Just 1 question: Why do you enjoy making art?

This week, aspiring artists are exploring a range of media and techniques at Studio 101: Creating the Artist of Tomorrow, a summer art camp at Danville Area Community College.