Arts and Entertainment

'The Voice' contestant to perform at Gilman wine shop on April 25

GILMAN — Lupe Carroll, a musician, songwriter and recent contestant on “The Voice,” will be the featured entertainer during Inside Out’s monthly special event, Wine Down, on Friday, April 25.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Carroll, a resident of Bourbonnais, plays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Carroll describes his musical style as “soulful folk.”

Event in Gibson City raises $3,000 for Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

GIBSON CITY — Expressions Salon hosted a fundraising event at the Moyer District Library on Friday night and raised more than $3,000 for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a rare, life-shortening genetic neuro-muscular disorder that affects some 50,000 people in the U.S. Currently, there is no cure for the disease.

No Elvis or Michael clothing allowed

WATSEKA — Lisa Marie Presley will perform next month in Watseka.

But if you want to go to the show, don’t wear anything with images of her father or her late ex-husband.

Tickets for the show, scheduled for May 2 at the Watseka Theatre, are $45. There is a separate $150 meet-and-greet session scheduled for after the concert.

Paxton Swine N' Dine Festival returning to downtown in September

PAXTON — The second annual Paxton Swine N’ Dine Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in downtown Paxton.

The festival will include a barbecue competition for ribs and chicken with cash prizes awarded.

Bands will also perform from noon to 10 p.m., and beer tents will be serving beverages.

Watseka to host recycling event on April 26

WATSEKA — Area residents will be able to recycle unused electronics, small household appliances and many other items at a recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, in the parking lot outside the Big R store in Watseka at 1200 E. Walnut St.

Loda American Legion hosting fish fry Friday night

LODA — The Loda American Legion post will sponsor a fish fry at 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Legion Hall in Loda.

The meal will be available for dine-in or carryout.

Miller Park Zoo to make visit to Gibson City library

GIBSON CITY — The Miller Park Zoo will make a visit to the Moyer District Library as part of the library’s celebration of National Library Week from April 14-19.

The zoo will be at the library from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. During that time, free homemade ice cream will be provided from Crowridge Farm Ice Cream. The library is also giving away balloons, bookmarks and bags.

List of upcoming community events (April 10, 2014)

Book fair under way at PBL
PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School’s library is hosting a Scholastic BOGO Book Fair during regular school hours this week. All items are “buy one, get one free.”

Euchre group offering Thursday tournaments

Tickets on sale for fire district's Harley Raffle

PAXTON — Tickets are on sale for the Paxton Fire Protection District’s 12th annual Harley Raffle, scheduled for June 14 at the firehouse.

Raffle tickets are on sale for $100 each for a chance to win a 2014 Harley Breakout, valued at $18,000, or a cash payout of $10,000. Tickets can be acquired from any Paxton firefighter.

Draggin' Main car cruise set for April 19 in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — Downtown Paxton’s fifth annual “draggin’ Main” car cruise is set for 5-11 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Organizer Debi Chapman-Hermann created a Facebook page on March 26 promoting the event, which is a throwback to the old days when Paxton’s teenagers would cruise up and down Market Street as a weekend activity.

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