Event to benefit Catholic Charities Senior Services

Longaberger Basket BingA and More will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Holy Cross Parish Center, 405 W. White St., Champaign. Sponsored by the Catholic Charities Advisory Board of Champaign and Piatt Counties, all proceeds will benefit the local programs of Catholic Charities including the Good Samaritan Senior Services, the food pantry at St.

Registration open for 2014 AGMasters Conference

Online registration is now open for the 2014 AGMasters Conference scheduled for Dec. 15 and 16 at the iHotel and Conference Center, Champaign.

St. Thomas Catholic School hosting 5K run through Philo

St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo is hosting its fourth annual Schumacher Shuffle on Saturday, Nov. 22.
The event will include a 5K run and walk and a 1K Kids Fun Run. All proceeds from the event will go towards buying the girls’ volleyball team uniforms and to benefit the St. Thomas student athletes.

Read the full story in Nov. 20 issue of The County Star.

Church to raise money for homeless drop-in center

St. Paul Lutheran Church is hosting its biannual “Living Christmas Tree” this year with an eye toward helping those who have nowhere to call home.
Choir members will perform a new cantata this year entitled “Joy to the World” at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

Comedian Kathy Griffin to perform at historic Virginia Theater Jan. 23

Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times best-selling author, five-time Grammy nominee, and Broadway hit Kathy Griffin makes her first-ever Champaign appearance at the historic Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. Tickets may be purchased at the Virginia Theatre box office, by phone at (217)356-9063 or charge online at Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.

Dance studio doubles as nightclub on Saturdays

 A dance studio here is now moonlighting as a nightclub.
Christine Rich opened the doors of the Breathe Nightclub at 1402 Regency Drive West, Savoy, last month. The all-ages club will be open every Saturday night.

Read the full story in the Nov. 13 issue of The County Star.

Trick or Treat Street

Kids were able to break out their Halloween costumes a little early for the annual Trick or Treat Street last Monday at The Savoy Recreation Center. The event included music, games, a haunted house and more. Local businesses were on hand with decorated booths to provide  goodies to the participants.

St. Thomas Catholic School celebrates second annual Greek Day

It was all Greek to them.
On Oct. 17, junior high students at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo celebrated a Greek Day as the culmination of a literature unit in which they are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan. The junior high students are reading one book in the series each year and with it are learning about the history of ancient Greece.

Award-winning authors visit three area schools

The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities unit of the College of  Education at Illinois brought award-winning authors to Unity schools on Oct. 17.

New Sidney library building makes its debut

A once-vacant downtown building that dates back to the 1870s has come back to life, and with it, a community resource has solved a longstanding problem.
The Sidney Community Library held an open house Oct. 18 to celebrate its move into its new facility at 217 S. David St., from the old one at 221 S. David. The old building was 700 square feet; the new one is four or five times larger.

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