Just Askin' | The early-Thanksgiving effect

Q: Does Thanksgiving falling so early affect how much people spend on Christmas gifts?

A: It doesn't appear to.

Thanksgiving lands on Nov. 22 this year, the earliest it can be. But Ana Serafin Smith, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation, said, "It really doesn't make too much of a difference."

Alley accommodations still up in air as work to begin on high-rise

CHAMPAIGN — Construction crews will begin work Monday on the new Campustown high-rise on the southeast corner of Sixth and Green streets.

But while accommodations are being made for pedestrians, the developer and nearby business owners are still figuring out where they'll have to park once the alley behind them is closed.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.

Neighbors worried about alley access during high-rise's construction

CHAMPAIGN — The owner of the Cracked restaurant on Green Street is not looking forward to more than 18 months of construction in his backyard.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House.Bring a bag to collect your goodies.

Shopping around: Firefighters turning vacant buildings into training sites

CHAMPAIGN — The former Bergner's at Market Place Mall was used last week as a training site for Champaign firefighters.

No, it's not being torn down, as was the case last month when they trained at Dr. Howard Elementary School.

Instead, firefighters used the vacant mall space to practice rope-assisted searches in an environment they don't often get to practice in.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 18-25, 2018


This weekend


Ford County wind-farm developer seeks extension of special-use permit

GIBSON CITY — The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 11-18, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


The Way We Were: Lincoln Square

With a historic hotel anchoring one side and a fancy new department store on the other, Lincoln Square had a bright and shiny start in 1964.

The department store, Carson's, changed names a couple of times and just went out of business as Bergner's at Market Place Mall. For years, there have been weddings, weekly bingo games and patriotic events at Lincoln Square.