Champaign church to host fifth annual free, traditional community dinner on Christmas Day

First Christian Church is once again hosting a Community Christmas Dinner for people who would otherwise be alone or without a special holiday meal to share on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, 3601 S. Staley Road, Champaign. Appetizers will be served at 12:30 p.m. with a traditional, sit-down dinner at 1 p.m.

Fun at Village Tree Lighting

The 24th annual Ornament Workshop and Tree Lighting was held Dec. 7 at the Philo Public Library. Children make ornaments that they can take home with them, and then participants sing Christmas carols before decorating and lighting the Village Christmas Tree.

Korean War veteran from Philo goes on Honor Flight

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight of Springfield took to the air on Oct. 28 for its sixth and final flight of the 2014 season. Serving central and southern Illinois, the charter had nine World War II, 66 Korean War era and six Vietnam War era veterans aboard from the U.S.

Seniors welcome Santa

The Good Samaritan Senior Services program of Catholic Charities, Champaign-Piatt County, sponsored a potluck on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at St. Patrick’s parish center, Tolono. Participants brought dishes to share. There was Christmas music, and Santa visited. Walmart in Savoy donated gift cards for the presents that Santa gave each attendee.

Santa comes to Tolono library

Children had the chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and have their picture taken with him on Friday night at the Tolono Public Library.

2015 Small Farms Webinar Series

The University of Illinois Extension Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational event for the small farm community that provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois.

2015 Invasive pest awareness workshops will focus on early detection and response

University of Illinois Extension has announced the dates for its 2015 Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Workshops covering important landscape and nursery pests, diseases, and invasive plants. Workshops will be offered at eight locations in Illinois beginning in January 2015.

Club learns about history, culture and food of west central European country

Germany was the focus of the Champaign County Home and Community Education’s annual International Luncheon on Nov. 17.
HCE members from units throughout the county brought in potluck dishes native to the country for the luncheon.
Theresa Van Wakeman Wilson and Marvin Lee Flessner provided the entertainment.

Read the full story in the Dec. 4 issue of The County Star.

Redneck Apparel expands, moves

A downtown Sidney business has expanded and moved across the street.
Redneck Apparel has moved from 220 S. David St. to 219 S. David St. The business opened its retail location downtown last spring after having started in the back office of owners Keith and Teresa Kropp’s garage.

Read the full story in the Nov. 27 issue of The County Star.

4-H learns about family business

A rural Philo man talked about his family’s popcorn business at a recent meeting of the Philo 4-H Friends club.

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