The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 21, 2013

Community Briefs

Kids can learn technology


DANVILLE — Danville Public Library will present a new series of Project Next Generation classes for fifth-graders.

Classes will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 22, through March 13. Students may choose either Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Students will learn to use computers, scanners, cameras, flip cameras, tablets, work on the library blog and much more. To register, call the library at 477-5225 by Monday.

Club to serve soul food

The Grown Folks Social Club will host its Soul Food Night from 6-11 p.m. Friday at the Untouchables Motorcycle Club, 106 Commercial St.

The gathering will feature blues, old school and adult R&B. Music will be provided by DJ Debra.

Attendees are asked to bring a $5 donation. Food will be provided. Menu will include fried chicken, greens, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese and more. The club requests no carry-outs.

The purpose of the club is to provide social entertainment.

Elks to serve catered meal

The Danville Elks Lodge 332 will serve its weekly catered meal at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the lodge, 421 N. Vermilion St. Reservations must be received by noon Tuesday. Price: $11.

Encore will cater the meal, which includes manicotti, Caesar salad, glazed carrots, garlic bread and chocolate cream pie.

Following the dinner, Kate Peters, regional director of Girl Scouts of America, will discuss scouting in Illinois, especially in the East Central district. E.R. Luebbers will make a presentation from the lodge for the support of the Girl Scout Programs in Danville and Vermilion County.

For details, call the lodge at 442-0145.

DHS Players present play

The DHS Players will present the comedy, “Midsummer Jersey,” by three-time Tony nominee Ken Ludwig.

The play is a blend of the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” and of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Shelter seeks dog houses

The Humane Society of Danville is seeking used dog houses or materials to make the houses.

The homes will be given to dogs locally that do not have adequate shelter. A volunteer has offered to build houses if materials are donated.

Officers will pick up any donated dog houses in the city and disinfect them; call 446-4110 to make arrangements.

Golden K to hear speaker

Kevin Green will speak about “Cuba and U. S. Agriculture” to the Danville Kiwanis Golden K at 2 p.m. today at CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St.

Legion to host bingo night

American Legion Post 210 will host its bingo night every today. Doors open to the public at 5:30 p.m.

Project kicks off today

The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Project will have its kick-off event starting with a free meal at 1 p.m. today in the Downtown Danville Banquet House, 38 N. Vermilion St.

The meal is open to the public and will be served until 4 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Downtown Danville Inc. is part of the initiative, which started this fall with several volunteers wanting to establish a volunteer database for the Vermilion County area. The database will connect volunteers with opportunities to help those in need.

To volunteer for the kick-off, call Pat Bowers at 443-6710 or e-mail her at

Chorus welcomes guests

Danville Barbershop Chorus will have guest night at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Lutheran Church, 901 W. Fairchild St.

Men interested in singing four-part harmony should attend. Note reading is not required. Call 474-9986 or 497-3087 for more information.

Audubon group to meet

The Middlefork chapter of the Audubon Society will present a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Danville Public Library.

Lance Merry will give a program on colorful native fishes, “Warblers of the Underwater World.” Several of his photos are on display at the Anita Purves Center in Urbana.

Ag club sponsors toy show

The Danville Area Community College Ag Club will sponsor its 25th annual Farm Toy Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the Mary Miller Gym.

The general public will be given the opportunity to buy, sell or trade farm toys with area collectors and dealers. There will be door prize drawings about every half-hour. A kiddie tractor pull for kids ages 3-10 will be at 1:30 p.m. A concession stand will be available.

Admission is $2 for adults and free for those 11 and younger. Proceeds go to the Ag Club Activity fund and the annual Ag Day fund.

For information, call Craig Potter at 443‑8805 or 443-8816, or e-mail him at

Bureau sponsors seminar

The Vermilion County Farm Bureau Marketing Committee is hosting its annual Market Outlook Seminar at 9:30 a.m. today in the Farm Bureau Auditorium of the Vermilion County Center for Agriculture, 1905 U.S. Route 150 at Henning Road.

The first part of the program will feature information from local elevators. The second part of the program will have market analysts giving their opinion on future commodity prices.

For more information, call the Farm Bureau at 442-8713.

Club presents program

The Danville Garden Club will host “Petrified Forest Just Down the Road” by Scott Elrick at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Danville Public Library

Elrick is from the Illinois State Geological Survey Department of the University of Illinois. At 10 square miles, it is the world’s largest intact petrified rain forest ever discovered. He will describe the geological and climatic factors that led to the preservation of this fossil forest.

Library honors Dr. King

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Elester Wilkerson will present an excerpt from Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech and a selection of poetry at 4:30 p.m. today at the Danville Public Library, beginning in the Children’s Department. A reception will follow.


Seminar features baseball

Steve Springer, performance coach and scout for the Toronto Blue Jays, will present “Quality at Bats: The Mental Side of Hitting” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School, 500 W. Mulberry St.

The talk is targeted at baseball and softball coaches who want to better understand what batters deal with at the plate. It also is for players who want a better mental advantage.

Price: $50 per family. Attendees will receive an audio CD and DVD worth $60 with paid attendance. Call Chad Steinbaugh at 280-0907 to reserve a spot.


Church sets potato dinner

The Hoopeston United Methodist Church will host its Baked Potato Dinner and Salad Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

Freewill donations will benefit the Hoopeston Area Appalachian Service Project Youth Group.


Legion to feature activities

American Legion Post 51 of Westville will offer new activities.

At 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, the Legion will have wings, three for $1 or $1.50 for carry-outs until they are gone.

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, the Legion will offer $1 tacos until they are gone. There will be pool and euchre.

Then from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday the Legion will serve fish fry dinners for $7, both in-house and carry-outs.

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GED classes offered

The Warren County Learning Center is offering GED classes at four sites. Day and night classes are available, with orientations held monthly.

Interested parties can call the Warren County Learning Center at (765) 764-1880 to find out more.