List of upcoming community events (Oct. 28, 2015)

Taste of Home Cooking School headed to Champaign on Thursday

Tickets on sale for Taste of Home Cooking School

CHAMPAIGN — The Taste of Home Cooking School, sponsored by The News-Gazette, will take place Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign.

Taste of Home cooking specialist Karen Davis will be at the show to share her home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.

Jeff Shaffer to discuss year-end tax planning at Nov. 19 lunch event

PAXTON — Jeff Shaffer, of Fiorillo, Shaffer & Associates Ltd. in Paxton, will speak about year-end tax planning and changes during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch & Learn event, set for noon Thursday, Nov. 19, at the American Legion building on East Pells Street in Paxton.

Bourbon Smoke BBQ wins grand champ honors at 4th annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine

PAXTON — Jason Ishcomer and his buddies used “Big Bertha” — a massive, $10,000, factory-built triple-door Horizon smoker — to win Saturday’s fourth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.

But, as members of Ishcomer’s Bourbon Smoke BBQ team noted, the expensive cooking device is not the key to their success.

Corey Dennison to headline Paxton concert this Saturday

PAXTON — Corey Dennison’s first time in Paxton — a stop at the Arcade Cafe & Pancake House on the morning after he attended a friend’s wedding in Champaign — probably won’t be quite like his second.

Doctor to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast

ONARGA — Dr. Donald Reese, a family practice physician for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, will be the featured speaker at the University of Illinois Extension’s next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast, set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the UI Extension office in Onarga.

Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival getting bigger, better

PAXTON — Ben Grice thinks this year’s version of the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival will be even more of an attraction both locally and regionally than those in years past, with a national blues act lined up to perform, a better selection of food vendors on hand, more businesses selling their wares on Market Street, more activities offered for children, and even more prize mon

Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers wins award

PAXTON — Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers’ worldwide reputation as a maker of luxury grills keeps growing.

In 2012, the Paxton-based company’s owner, Chris Engelbrecht, was commissioned to build a grill for the Obamas to give to David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Paxton Swine 'N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival set for Sept. 19

PAXTON — The fourth annual Paxton Swine ‘N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Paxton.

The event will feature barbecue cookoffs in two categories: ribs and chicken.

“We may throw in some special categories if we can,” organizers Dave Mabrey and Ben Grice said in an email to last year’s contestants.

Cissna Park's annual Old Settlers Reunion set for Aug. 13-15

CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s 128th annual Old Settlers Reunion — one of the longest-running observances in Illinois — is set for Aug. 13-15 at the village park.

The event has been sponsored by American Legion Post 527 since 1946. Prior to that, going back to 1887, it was sponsored by a variety of community organizations.

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