Entertainment listings, Sept. 20-27, 2018


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What: A day full of family fun. Pony rides, petting zoo, facepainting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, free kids games and straw maze, local food trucks and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Where: Prairie Gardens, 3000 W. Springfield Ave., C.

Cost: One Pudgy ticket, $1.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 19, 2018

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For years, RICHARD and JOANNE GERARD have made the short trip to Jocko's in Danville for good food and company.

On Friday, the restaurant's staff turned the tables on the Oakwood couple.

North Champaign Wendy's closed temporarily for maintenance

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CHAMPAIGN — During Monday's heat wave, customers craving a cool Frosty from Wendy's had one fewer place to turn as the store on North Prospect Avenue was closed for maintenance.

Significant Structures | Tiernan Building embodies work of 'Urbana's architect'

URBANA — This building has never lost its magic.

The first floor of 115 W. Main St. was once a grocery store (now Crane Alley), but above it were an opera house, then a Masonic organization. You can clearly see these traces, even in a building with many new touches.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 13-20, 2018


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Just Askin' | Remodeling at KFC/A&W in Savoy

Q: What's going on with the KFC/A&W in Savoy?

A: The store at 1321 N. Dunlap Ave. is being remodeled.

"It is temporarily closed," said Lori Eberenz, a spokeswoman for KFC. "It's getting a roof repair and will reopen once that has been completed."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 9, 2018

Their television debut is 9 p.m. Tuesday on Big Ten Network. But that's crunch time for the hardworking staff at Legends, a popular joint among the Campustown crowd.

So general manager Tracey Herbert scheduled a watch party at the restaurant for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when more of his employees can sit back and soak in a replay of "Campus Eats" with limited interruptions.

Surprise visit has patrons at Urbana's Caffe Paradiso in, well, paradise

URBANA — Dana Yun's most famous customer ordered black tea and, upon her recommendation, the homemade tiramisu — then realized he didn't have any cash.

"Somebody have my wallet?" former President Barack Obama asked his staff during his surprise visit Friday to Caffe Paradiso in Urbana.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 6-13, 2018


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Just Askin' | High-tech upgrade for Champaign McDonald's

Q: What's happening at the McDonald's on Mattis Avenue?

A: It's being remodeled with digital kiosks, Bluetooth tables and digital drive-thru menu boards.