The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 4, 2013

Community Briefs

Blues/gospel program set


DANVILLE — The Danville Public Library serves as the host for the blues/gospel portion of the series “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, will present the program from 7-9 p.m. today in the first-floor meeting room.

The free program will include film clips from “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home” and “Say Amen, Somebody.”

In addition, a short performance of blues music will take place. Members of the rhythm section of the EIU jazz ensemble, accompanied by their professor, Paul Johnston, will be joined by Danville-area musicians Mark Lindvahl on trumpet and Doc Ashton on saxophone.

Golden K to hear speaker

John Alexander, executive director of the Danville Family YMCA, will speak to the Danville Kiwanis Golden K at 2 p.m. today at CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St.

Blood drive set for today

The Red Cross will offer a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. today at Community Church of God, 535 S. Bowman Ave.

Board plans town hall

The Vermilion County Mental Health Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Danville Township town hall, 101 W. North St., to conduct business from the cancelled Jan. 28 meeting and also to discuss plans for the upcoming Feb. 25 town hall meeting on the Mental Health Safety Net and School Violence.

CASA to train volunteers

Court Appointed Special Advocates will host advocate training from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 5, at the Danville Township Building, 101 W. North St. Call Kerrie Gill at 446-5975 for more information.

Eagle Day on Wednesday

Danville Area Community College will host its annual Eagle Day at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at the college.

Displays typically include birds of prey such as falcons and nocturnal birds. Handlers allow birds to fly free over the heads of audience members. Each year, the highlight is the appearance the national symbol, the Bald Eagle.

Grotto to serve burgers

The Gao Grotto will serve hamburgers, grilled tenderloins and chicken strips from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday.

Meal includes choice of one meat, fries and baked beans. Price: $6.

Knights feature band

Seventeen Sisters will play at the Knights of Columbus for a Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 9. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for food, and the band will start at 7:30 p.m.

The band plays all kinds of music. Cajun food will be available. Tickets are $10 each or $80 for a table.

For more information on the group, visit

iPad workshop scheduled

The Internet Masters’ “Mac Kid” will present a three-hour workshop on mastering the iPad in the computer lab of Danville Lutheran School in the Trinity Lutheran Church Building, 824 E. Main St.

“The Incredible iPad” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 11. Cost: $30. Seating is limited to 10. Class fee is nonrefundable. Attendees should bring their iPad to class.

To register, call Larry Pasquale at 443-2050, or send check to Internet Masters, c/o Larry Pasquale, 20923 Walnut Hill Road, Danville, IL 61834. A spot in the class is not guaranteed until payment is received.

Actors to discuss film

Mike Boedicker will present a screening of the 1960 film “To Kill a Mockingbird” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the first-floor meeting room at the Danville Public Library.

Cast members from the Red Mask Players’ production of the stage play will participate in the informal discussion following the movie. The program is free.

Excursion planned to park

The Danville Area Community College Community Education group is sponsoring a photo excursion to Yellowstone National Park in May.

An informational meeting about the trip is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the DACC offices at the Village Mall. This is a no-obligation meeting.

Information will include what to expect, what to bring and what students will learn from the experience.

Photographer Les Woodrum will lead the photo tour of Yellowstone National Park from May 25 through June 2.

Sites will include all the major geyser basins, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, the Mammoth Hot Springs area and more.

Trip cost: $2,500 per person. Price for the eight-day, seven-night trip includes hotel accommodations, airfare and instruction.

To register for the informational meeting or for the Yellowstone trip, call DACC at 554-1668 or e-mail For more information, e-mail photographer Les Woodrum at

Program topic: mushrooms

The Vermilion County Master Gardeners will present a special program on shiitake mushrooms.

Research forester Jeremy Parish will give the presentation at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St.

Pre-register by calling the University of Illinois Vermilion County Extension Office at 442-8615. Or register at the door. Program cost: $5.

Door prizes will be given away after the presentation. Refreshments will be provided. For more details, call 442-8615.


Beekeeping classes set

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms will sponsor beekeeping classes on Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9 and March 23.

Class topics include: bee anatomy, roles of the honeybee, pests and diseases, hive equipment, seasonal management, honey extraction and uses of honey. Certified master beekeeper David Burns and his wife, Sheri, will teach the class.

Go online at or call the farm at 427-2678 to register.

There is a fee for the class. Registration includes materials, book and hive tool.


Fundraising banquet set

The Oakwood Community Education Foundation will host its annual fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. CST March 2 at the Beef House Restaurant, Covington, Ind.

Tickets: $30 per person. Event and table sponsorships are available by contacting any foundation board member. One hundred percent of the money raised by this event benefits students and teachers in the Oakwood School District by providing academically enriched programs and equipment that otherwise would not be available.

For tickets and additional event information, call Todd Lee at 474-4626 or Greg Wolfe at 474-1552; or e-mail