The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 25, 2013

Community Briefs

Sale to benefit Irby family


DANVILLE — A community rummage sale will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Vermilion Heights Christian Church, 726 Oakwood Ave.

The proceeds of the sale will be used to help offset the cost of the medical bills and living expenses for the Ryan Irby family. Irby was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma. He has started the process of harvesting stem cells in preparation of a stem cell transplant and super chemo in Indianapolis.

Donated items, large or small, may be dropped off between the hours of 5-8:30 p.m. March 1 at the church.

Grotto to serve fish, clams

The Gao Grotto will serve beer-battered fish or chicken strip dinners with fries and coleslaw for $6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Or patrons may order a breaded shrimp and clams combination dinner with fries and coleslaw for $9.

Church sets rummage sale

The First United Methodist Church will host a rummage sale from 3-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Proceeds go toward mission work.

Talent show for children

The Danville’s Got Talent show is seeking entrants ages 3-13. Talents may include: instrumentals, drama, dance or vocal pieces, etc.

Season 1 of the talent show will kick off from 3-5 p.m. March 10 at the Vermilion Regional Airport, Cloud 9, 22633 N. Bowman St. Danville’s Christian Cunningham will make an appearance.

For details, call 597-3750 or send e-mail to

Deadline to register is March 2. Entry forms may be downloaded from Send entry form by fax to (866) 517-1174 or mail to P.O. Box 914, Danville IL 61834 -0914, Attn: MT/DGT.

Entry forms can also be picked up and dropped off at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Class of ’03 to reunite

The Danville High School Class of 2003 will host its 10-year reunion in August.

To receive information about the reunion, those who graduated or those who know someone who graduated from DHS in 2003 should e-mail their name, e-mail address and mailing address by Thursday to Alana Tinsley at

The reunion dates are Aug. 16-18.

Trivia night helps program

Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation will host its first “Luau for Learning” Trivia Night on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the trivia starting at 7:30 p.m.

Teams of up to eight people will answer general trivia questions on a variety of topics from music to sports and from Vermilion County history to food.

Registration fee: $100 for a table, which equates to $12.50 per person. The top two teams will receive awards. Recognition will be given to the team with the best team spirit.

Funds raised go toward the Ag in the Classroom program. Registration forms can be downloaded at

Businesses that are interested in being an event or round sponsor can contact the Vermilion County Farm Bureau offices at 442-8713.

Attendees are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, etc.

Groups plan blood drive

St. James United Methodist Church and Community Blood Services of Illinois will sponsor a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 504 N. Vermilion St.

Refreshments will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome. Age 17 is the minimum blood donor age in Illinois or age 16 with a signed parent’s permission slip, which will be available at the church.

Donors should eat a hearty meal before they come and bring a photo ID or Blood Donor’s card. For more details, call the church at 442-1504.

Child conference nears

Danville Area Community College’s Community Education division is hosting “Family Connections,” the 33rd annual Developing Child Conference, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Rosa Milagros Santos Gilbertz, break-out sessions, exhibits, vendors and the Idea Room. The conference focuses on infants through second grade.

“Family Connections” provides more than 15 workshops to choose from during three working sessions. There are two tracks of workshops from which to choose: Autism Track and Birth-Second Grade Track.

To register online, go to Click on “Developing Child Conference.” Conference cost: $40. For more information, call the Community Education department at 554-1667. To see the complete brochure of conference workshops, go to:


Groups plan blood drive

Armstrong High School and Community Blood Services of Illinois will sponsor a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. today at the school, 30474 Smith St.

Refreshments will be provided. Walk-ins are welcomed.


Church plans beef dinner

Catlin United Methodist Church will have its semi-annual roast beef dinner 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Menu: roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, Beef House dinner roll, beverage and dessert. A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, call 427-5566 or e-mail

Covington, Ind.

Winter concert Thursday

Covington High School’s music department will present its winter concert at 7 p.m. EST Thursday in the school’s multi-purpose room.

The concert will feature performances by the band a choir. Admission will be free. For information, contact Andrew Simpkins, music director, at (765) 793-2286.


Groups plan blood drive

Homer United Methodist Church and Community Blood Services of Illinois will sponsor a blood drive from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 301 S. Main St.

Refreshments will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome.


Multi Agency dance nears

The Hoopeston Multi Agency will have a dance from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the agency, 206 S. First Ave.

The event will feature fellowship and music by Beverly Wolf and Company. Drinks will be provided. Attendees should bring a snack to share. Price: $5.

For more information, call 283-5544.


Foundation plans banquet

The Oakwood Community Education Foundation has scheduled its seventh annual Celebration Banquet for 6 p.m. CST Saturday at the Beef House Restaurant Banquet Center, Covington, Ind.

The celebration includes dinner, a silent auction and a keynote address by Oakwood alumna Amie Burke. Burke will be introduced by Gary Ludwig, owner of Ludwig Farms. The evening will focus on the agriculture industry and the district’s successful ag alumni.

Tickets are $30 per person or $60 for a couple. In addition to purchasing tickets, community members, businesses or organizations may support the foundation with a sponsorship.

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