Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017



What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.

St. Joe church has dozens of couples who've stayed golden

URBANA — To Linda LeRette, commitment makes a strong marriage.

LeRette and her husband of 51 years, Steve, were one of the 24 couples from St. Joseph's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church that celebrated wedded bliss Wednesday afternoon.

AudioFeed Christian-music festival to rock fairgrounds this weekend

URBANA — Fans of non-mainstream Christian music will gather at the fourth annual AudioFeed Music Festival from Friday through Sunday at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. The event features more than 130 music acts, speakers, seminars, children's activities and film screenings.

Getting Personal: Wayne Pitard

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Wayne Pitard of Champaign chats with staff writer Melissa Merli. The 66-year-old Pitard is a retired professor of religion at the University of Illinois and a former director of the Spurlock Museum on campus.

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McKinley Presbyterian Church set to unveil new solar roof

CHAMPAIGN — A new solar-panel rooftop project will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation on the University of Illinois campus.

Religion calendar, June 23-29, 2017

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Clergy Corner, June 23, 2017

From the Tatums at Canaan Baptist to the Lemans at the Vineyard, you'll find spouses working side-by-side at churches all across the area. Less common a sight: husbands and wives serving as faith leaders of different congregations. We tracked down six such clergy couples. These are their stories.

Teens put 'give back' in C-U Public Health District's Give Back Garden

CHAMPAIGN — This mighty little garden already puts thousands of pounds of produce on the table every summer for those who can afford it least.

Now, the Give Back Garden launched in 2012 by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is weed-free and a lot safer for those who tend it, thanks to 10 teenagers with a heart for service.

Top of the Morning, June 22, 2017

Don Follis' next "On Faith" column in The News-Gazette is scheduled to run July 2.

That's if he doesn't melt first.

Our longtime contributing pastor is spending his summer study leave in Phoenix, where on Wednesday it was a bit toasty (read about the heat wave on A-7).

Newest chapter for 'Baby Crystal Hope' a bit of a homecoming

URBANA — A few months back, Skyler James didn't have any idea she'd wind back up in Urbana, where her birth made front-page news 21 years ago.

You may remember Skyler — or baby "Crystal Hope," as she was better known back then. On Nov. 4, 1995, she was rescued by firefighter Charlie Heflin after an anonymous caller, presumably her birth mother, said she'd left an infant in a cemetery.