The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 19, 2012

Community Briefs

Grotto to serve spaghetti


DANVILLE — The Gao Grotto will serve a spaghetti dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.23. Meal also includes salad and bread stick for $6.

Street closure extended

The city of Danville announces Maple Street between Pries Street and Bahls Street is closed and will reopen at 7 a.m. today, weather permitting.

For more details, contact the superintendent of streets and sewers.

Madrigal tickets on sale

Tickets are now available for the Danville High School Madrigal Dinner. Performances are: 6 p.m. Dec. 3-5 and a dessert-only performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.

Tickets may be purchased from the Music Department at Danville High School. The cost for the dinner and the show is $15 for Dec. 3-5 and $10 for dessert and the show Dec. 6. The cost is a minimum $20 donation for a patron ticket Dec. 3-6.

Patrons are special friends who choose to give extra financial support to the DHS Choral Booster program. Patron donors must be received before Nov. 21.

Order forms may be accessed online at At the site, select “Schools,” then “Danville High School” from the menu column. Complete the form and submit it, along with payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Deb Hill at The Hills, 1810 Smith Ave., Danville, IL 61832.

For details, call Deb Hill, 446-4829, or e-mail her at

DLO schedules auditions

Auditions for Danville Light Opera’s dinner theater “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” will continue at 6:30 p.m. today at DLO’s Center Stage rehearsal hall in the Village Mall.

If necessary, a call-back-by-invitation audition session will take place Tuesday.

Those auditioning should prepare a song to sing. There also will be a dance audition and a cold read from the script.

Those under 18 may audition with parental permission and the understanding that this satirical comedy is intended for mature audiences and contains strong language.

Performances will be Feb. 15-17, 2013, in the Danville Area Community College Bremer Center Auditorium.

Audition forms and character descriptions are available on the DLO website at

Breakfast K to meet

The Danville Breakfast Kiwanis Club will meet at 6:45 a.m. today at CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin. The program speaker will be Bob Boesdorfer, president, Danville/Champaign Banking Center, First Midwest Bank.

Golden K to hear speaker

Provena Foundation program coordinator Dottie McLaughlin will speak to the Danville Kiwanis Golden K at 2 p.m. today at CRIS Healthy-Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St. She will talk about I Sing The Body Electric.

Library plans matinee

The Danville Public Library Outreach Department’s free Monday Matinee series will show the 2012 film “Joyful Noise” today. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m. The film will begin at 2 p.m. in the first floor meeting room. The movie stars Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Keke Palmer.

Sign up now for ‘Toys’

Signups for the Toys for Tots program are taking place this month at the Salvation Army, 855 E. Fairchild St. People may sign up from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 29.

People need to bring: photo ID, proof of income (last 30 days’ worth of income), proof of residency (power bill, aid card, mail with address, etc.) and child or children’s information (birth certificate, medical card, proof of custody). Only one family member may sign up the child or children. For more details, call 442-5911.

Blanket drive on Friday

The Robin Hood Foundation of Danville is sponsoring its fourth annual Blanket Drive. The foundation will collect new or gently used blankets from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in the Kmart parking lot.

Blankets will be distributed a week later at the Abundant Life Pentecostal Church of God, 400 Logan Ave.

Lions Club to hear speaker

Katey Osterbur, director of Peer Court, will speak to the Danville Lions Club at noon Tuesday at the Days Inn, 77 N. Gilbert.

Romack in contest overseas

Danville resident Ignatzia Romack is seeking residents’ votes in an online McDonald’s contest for Morocco.

Romack, a junior at Illinois Wesleyan University, has been attending school overseas at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

Residents can visit the website,, and vote for Romack’s entry in the photography category. She is pictured in a photo with a man proposing to her with a box of chicken nuggets. After residents click on her photo, they must enter an e-mail address on the left side of the form and fill out the information on the right: name, phone, e-mail, address, password, etc. After they receive a confirmation e-mail, participants must put their e-mail and password into the upper left-hand corner of the web page, choose the photo and click “vote.”

The contest ends Tuesday. Residents can vote once per day. The winners of each category win about $20,000.

Offices to cut back hours

Effective today, Illinois Social Security offices will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, a permanent reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.

Also on Friday, all Social Security field offices will be closed to the public. And, beginning Jan. 2, 2013, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

Most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Visit or call (800) 772-1213 for a listing of services. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 325-0778. Many online services are available in Spanish at


Keen Agers to have lunch

The Bismarck Keen Agers will meet from 11:30-2 p.m. Tuesday the Bismarck First Church of Christ, 100 Maiden Lane.

A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served at noon. Bring a covered dish to share and your own table service. Meat will be furnished.

Blood pressure will be taken at 11:30 a.m. Program will start around 1 p.m. All seniors of the Bismarck area are welcome.


FFA to give to children

The Ridge Farm FFA chapter is hosting a Christmas for Kids program. The chapter will accept donations of hats, scarves, gloves, socks, educational games, school supplies and bathroom hygiene items. No electronics will be accepted.

Toys will be purchased through donations by the FFA chapter only. Those who would like to make a donation for toys may do so.

This program will allow families who can’t afford some things for Christmas to have the chance to open gifts. Those who are in need or those who know someone in need should call the high school office at 662-6716.


Center offers GED classes

The Warren County Learning Center offers free adult basic education/General Educational Development (GED) classes. There are now four sites available: Warren County Learning Center, Benton Central High School, Veedersburg Main Street Center and Covington Cap Building.

Distance education classes are also available for those who qualify to residents in all surrounding Indiana counties. Classes feature individualized instruction. New student orientations for classes take place monthly.

Call (765)764-1880 to enroll in all classes.