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Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Ballet performances

Weekend Planner: His dream lives on

The Rev. Claude Shelby of Salem Baptist Church in Champaign considers the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Celebration one of the best things that's ever happened here. He's been connected with it since its start 32 years ago. This year, it happens from 5 to 7 p.m.

Six in inaugural CU Fresh Start class still making effort

An effort to curb the rampant gun violence of the last few years in Champaign and Urbana continues to plod along.

The CU Fresh Start program, under discussion for months beginning in the latter part of 2015, got off the ground in October when the first "call-in" was held.

Danville's two-day MLK celebration includes banquet, parade

DANVILLE — The two-day Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Danville begins Sunday with a banquet and wraps up Monday with a parade and community service.

This annual event, organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, begins at 4 p.m. Sunday with a scholarship banquet at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St., Danville.

Fisher raising funds to buy wheelchair-accessible van for UI grad

FISHER — Mayor Milt Kelly and others in Fisher are raising funds to help a local UI graduate buy a wheelchair-accessible van that could give her the independence she needs to put her degree to work.

Danville nursing home cited by state twice in last three months

DANVILLE — A Danville nursing home has been cited with two violations over the last three months by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said that Gardenview Manor, a 213-bed skilled and intermediate care facility at 14792 Catlin-Tilton Road in Danville, was cited for a Type A violation in October.

Consultant to deliver report on nursing home this week

URBANA — A consultant hired by Champaign County to study the operations of the financially troubled county nursing home said part of the challenges facing the facility are the result of uncertainty over its future.

For the retirees, Jan. 8-14, 2017

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.

Chicago group eyes Bresee Tower for next project

DANVILLE — A Chicago organization with extensive experience providing affordable housing for the homeless is considering Bresee Tower in downtown Danville for its next project.

But some here would rather see the 12-story vacant office building turned into apartments geared toward students and professionals.

Religion calendar, Jan. 6-12, 2017

To submit items for this calendar, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

Bazaars, food, fundraisers