The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 27, 2013

Community Briefs

The Commercial-News


Festival tickets on sale

Special event tickets for the Presence Foundation’s annual Festival of Trees go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the David S. Palmer Arena. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, online at or by calling (877) 772-5425.  Ticket prices vary per event.

Returning special events include: the Polar Express, the Children’s Holiday Breakfast, the Ladies’ Luncheon, the Heroes Lunch, the Crystal Ball, the Princess Tea Party and Silver Bells Bingo. New events will be Family Night Bingo and Festival After Hours, which marks the return of an adults-only evening event with food, drink and music.

Legion to serve fish

American Legion Post 210 will host its “Big Fish & All the Trimmings” from 5-8 p.m. today at the post. The menu features tilapia, catfish, frog legs, plus other menu items. Carry-outs will be available.

Grotto meal today

The Gao Grotto will host “Grilling on the Patio” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today. Menu includes: hamburgers, tenderloin sandwiches or breaded chicken strips with sides: $6. 

Fish, chicken on menu

The Knights of Columbus will serve beer-battered fish and chicken strips from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today. Meals include sides. Price: $6 for adults, $4 for children. Following dinner “Wop n Nan” Karaoke will be in the bar from 7-11:30 p.m.

Church to sell meals

Word of Life Mt. Zion Ministries will sell dinners starting at 11 a.m. today at the church, 1535 E. Fairchild St. Dinners include: catfish fillets for $10, chicken wings for $8 and pulled pork sandwiches for $6.

Band competition Saturday

The Danville High School Instrumental Music Boosters are hosting the 40th annual Danville Viking Invitational Marching Band Competition Saturday. The first band performs at 4 p.m., and awards are at 8:15 p.m.

The Band of Vikings will perform at 8 p.m.  Tickets: $3 for children, students and seniors; $7 for adults. Longtime Danville band director Jon Dugle will be recognized for his contributions to the music heritage at DHS.

Taste of Downtown Danville starts today

Downtown Danville Incorporated is sponsoring the Taste of Downtown Danville today through Sunday downtown.

Today’s events include the KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Competition and the American Legion Riders Post 210 motorcycle show. Registration for the show will be from 4-6 p.m. Fee is $10. Registration for the motorcycle show will be from 4-6 p.m. with judging in three categories starting at 8 p.m. Registration fee is $10 and includes the following categories: Street/Stock, Custom and Best of Show.

Saturday's lineup includes bands, food, drink tastings, art and craft vendors, barbecue competition judging, Crimestoppers car show and kids’ activities.

On Sunday there will be a church service, gospel music, family activities and food.

Park clean-up Saturday

The Lincoln Park Historic District will sponsor a Lincoln Park clean-up Saturday. Participants should meet at the north entrance at 9 a.m. Picks and bags will be provided.

Nominations being taken

The Danville Rotary is accepting nominations for the 2013 Vocational Service Person of the Year Award.  This award is presented each year to an individual who has shown outstanding achievement in his/her vocation by encouraging high ethical standards and by dignifying that vocation as an opportunity to serve society. Nominators are encouraged to submit previous nominees.

Nomination forms can be found on the Rotary website, Or call Amy Marchant at 443-2999 or email Deadline for nominations is Tuesday.

Décor removal scheduled

The McKendree Cemetery Board requests the removal of all decorations by Monday. Winter decorations may be put on graves after Oct. 15. These dates include McKendree, Bock, Niccum and Elwood cemeteries.

Elks present Gunsmoke

The Elks Lodge 332 will open its doors for a Gunsmoke night at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Jewel Lucas will provide dinner for $10. Music will be performed by Tom Kukla. Members and guests are invited. RSVP by calling 442-0145.


Apple Fest Saturday

The Covington Apple Fest has announced their entertainment lineup for 2013. The Apple Fest will take place one week earlier than in previous years. Apple Fest will be from 9:30 a.m. EDT to 5 p.m. EDT Saturday. With questions, call Amy Wright, (765) 585-5945.

Apple Fest entertainment schedule (all times EDT):

9:45 a.m. — Welcome – Mayor Brad Crain

9:50 a.m. — National Anthem by Rhyanon Bodine

10 a.m. — Johnny Appleseed & Little Miss Apple of Your Eye Contest

10:15-10:45 a.m. — Dance by Deborah

11-11:30 a.m. — Covington High School Band

11:45-12:15 p.m. — Wabash Valley Area Band

12:30-1 p.m. — Rick Randles

1:15-1:45 p.m. — Friendship Circle Center Line Dancers

2-2:45 p.m. — Marc Stucker – Elvis impersonator

3-3:30 p.m. — Brandi Mikalik

3:30-4 p.m. — Ashlee Hollis

4:15-4:45 p.m. — Mazzey Spring


First aid, CPR classes set

The Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle is offering two free American Heart Association HeartSaver courses Oct. 7 at the Hoopeston First Church of God, 1012 E. Orange St. — 9:30 a.m. to noon: first aid certification; 12:30-4 p.m.: CPR certification with AED.

Registration is required at least 10 days prior to class. Participants must be 14 years old or older. For details, go to or call Carle at 383-4601.


Group helps horses, children

Hooves of Hope will host an open house Saturday. Doors open from 5-9 p.m. with a concert featuring The Marvin Lee Band starting at 6 p.m. Hooves of Hope is located at 7757 US Route 136. The non-profit organization uses horses to offer hope and healing to children and families.


Legion plans fish fry

The Rossville American Legion will have a fish fry from 5-8 p.m. today at the post. Menu includes: cod, shrimp, chicken strips and salad bar. Children’s menu will feature hot dogs and chicken strips.


Annual dance today

The West Lebanon Past and Future Annual Dance is set for today at the West Lebanon, Ind., Fire Station. Hwy 341 band starts at 6 p.m. EDT. Food will be served at 5 p.m. EDT. Activities: 50/50 drawing and cake walk.


Book sale starts today

The Westville Public Library will have their “Fall-tastic” Book Sale starting at 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.  The sale will be held in the building behind the library.