The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 18, 2013

Community Briefs

YMCA open enrollment set


DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA is having open enrollment for its winter session. Member sign-up is currently open; nonmembers can sign up beginning today.

Available classes include: yoga, yoga boot camp, Pilates, gymnastics, tae kwon do, qi gong, swim lessons and home school P.E. Classes begin Feb. 25.

For questions, or to sign up, visit the YMCA at 1111 N. Vermilion St., or call 442-0563.

ATI Gang to meet Tuesday

The ATI Gang will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at De Coral Buffet, 3355 N. Vermilion St.

Photo class scheduled

The Internet Masters will present “Saving Your Memories” from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. Feb. 25 and 26 in the computer lab of Danville Lutheran School, located in the Trinity Lutheran Church Building, 824 E. Main St.

This class will teach how to: scan and save digital photos to a computer, organize and tag photos, resize and e-mail photos and burn a CD or DVD of selected photos.

Those students who have a camera, laptop, photo CD and flash drive may bring them to the class.

Class cost: $40. Seating is limited. Class fee is nonrefundable.

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.

Elks host spaghetti dinner

Elks Lodge 332 will host its annual spaghetti dinner Feb. 23 at the lodge, 421 N. Vermilion St. Doors open at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Menu includes: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread and cake. Price: $11. There will be wine specials. Reservations must be made by Wednesday. Call 442-0145.

Chorus seeks singers

The Vermilion Festival Chorus invites all those who enjoy singing in four-part harmony to join the chorus for rehearsals from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday evenings at Holy Family Catholic Church.

The chorus is preparing for its May 5 concert “Celebrate Music.” For more information, call chorus manager Gene Schroeder at 446-7543 or 431-0385. Auditions are not required. All voice ranges are welcome.

VA celebrates black history

To celebrate Black History Month, the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System will have a program at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Social Activities Room of building 104.

Tricia Teague, a Danville native, will be the guest speaker. Teague founded Progressive Black, a subsidiary of Plethora Publishing, Inc.

Alzheimer’s group meets

The Hawthorne Inn of Danville will have its monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday. The groups are designed for families dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Participants can share experiences and hear what others are facing and/or have experienced with loved ones.

The topic this month will be “Challenges Care-givers Face” with speaker Kim LeLoup. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings that start at 5 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

With questions, call LeLoup at 431-1600, extension 5.

Bowling fundraiser nears

Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages the community to participate in its premiere fundraiser, Bowl For Kids’ Sake.

The fundraiser’s finale takes place March 2 at Fast Lanes in Hoopeston and from 4-7:30 p.m. March 8 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Lincoln Lanes in Danville.

To participate, teams of five get together, and each teammate gets a pledge sheet and raises funds to ensure children in Vermilion County who want and need a mentor get one. Team members can set up a fundraising page at and send out information to friends and family so they can donate, too.

There are certain benefits for participants: every $100 raised ensures one’s name is placed in a drawing for one of two $75 Wal-Mart gift cards; those who raise money in other increments will be entered into a drawing for a mini Apple iPad and a Nook.

Many raffle baskets will be featured, including the “Eat Out 52 Weeks” basket, which includes coupons from the Beef House, Red Lobster and more. Also, 50/50 tickets are on sale now for $5 each.

Fundraising teams who bowl also get free shoe rental, pizza and bowling. Call 446-6601 to get more information and schedule a time to bowl.

Christian luncheon set

Danville Christian Women’s Connection will host its luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St. The lunch cost is $13.

The special feature “How Sweet It Is” will be presented by Donna Thompson of Brooke’s Candy Company, Dana, Ind.

Danielle Crowell of Metamora will speak on “Craving Chocolate and More,” and Jerry Ross and Terry McCurdy of Catlin will provide the music.

For reservations, call Linda at 431-5571 or Barbara at (765) 793-4765 by Thursday. Free preschool nursery is available by reservation.

Money benefits animals

The Vermilion County Animal Shelter Foundation will have a fundraiser at 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3101 N. Vermilion St. A percentage of the night’s sales will be donated to the foundation.

The foundation offers support to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter by staffing adoption clinics, organizing rescue trips for animals, providing a low-cost spay/neuter program and hosting fundraisers to pay veterinary care for sick or injured animals and medicines.

Tai chi classes offered

A couple of tai chi classes will take place at Danville Area Community College.

“Tai Chi for Health” will be from 6-7 p.m. starting March 5 through April 26 in the Mary Miller Dance Studio. Tai Chi for Health uses forms that are very low-impact, more upright postures and is suitable for people of all ages. The program also includes training in the popular 8 Pieces of Brocade qigong exercise set.

“Tai Chi–24 Form” beginners course will be from 7:15-8:15 p.m. March 5 through April 25, also in the dance studio. The 24 Form is slightly more rigorous than the Tai Chi for Health program and includes gentle bending, stretching and balance-challenging postures.

To register, or for more information, call 554-1668, visit or


School presents musical

The Covington High School drama department, in cooperation with the music department, will present the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” at 6:30 p.m. EST Thursday and 7 p.m. EST Saturday.

Both performances will be in the school’s multi-purpose room. It will be the school’s first musical in 20 years.

For information, contact Ethan Kuhn, drama director, or Andy Simpkins, music director, at (765) 793-2286.


Watercolor classes set

The d’Arlier Center has scheduled two classes with watercolor artist Pat Fay of Crawfordville at the d’Arlier Center. Classes will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST March 2.

Each class costs $35 and includes all supplies and materials. Students will leave with a matted picture ready for framing.

Class size is limited to 10 students. Register as soon as possible by calling Carolyn Lloyd at (765) 294-4824 or (765) 585-0709. Or send an e-mail to