All in a day's work

CHAMPAIGN — It's just after 8 on a sunny Tuesday morning, and a loud whirring sound reverberates through Champaign Fire Station 1.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Music scene

Amasong schedules two performances

Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus, will present the concert "Flight: Songs of Migration" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. next Sunday at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.

For the retirees, April 3-10, 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.

Boneyard Arts: 'A lot going on'

The Boneyard Arts Festival has gone digitally interactive in a big, or maybe we should say, comprehensive way.

Business listings, April 3, 2016

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

217 Outdoor Services, 561 U.S. 150 North, C, Edward Dix, same address, and Matthew Babb, 1778 County Road 2100 E, St. Joseph.

Durango M Drywall, 2413 E. Green St., U, Adam Rodriguez, same address.

Wired In: Chris Weiher

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Chris Weiher, 35, CEO of Watch Me Work, a live-streaming collaborative project that ultimately will be a consulting firm. Watch Me Work is in its early stage of development and is "pre-revenue," as he puts it.

Letter from Birdland: Our landscape is coming to life

Birdland is suddenly green. The grass is lush and thick, and soon I will need to walk behind my little electric mower, but not yet.

Studio Visit: Robert Perry

Robert Perry, 47, of Urbana is a theatrical lighting designer, an associate professor of lighting design at the University of Illinois and owner of Structures of Light, a sculptural light fixtures business. 

When and why did you start Structures of Light?

Ferry godmother

CHAMPAIGN — As an Ebertfest hostess, Amani Ayad ferried around a festival guest in 2014 whom she had never heard of before.

Of course, before heading to Willard Airport to pick her up, Ayad did some research — and washed her Nissan Rogue.

Two years later Ayad would see the actress, Brie Larson, pick up the Academy Award for best actress for portraying a captive mother in "Room."

Area history, April 3, 2016

Today is Sunday, April 3, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: