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Freshman jumped at creative opportunity

CHAMPAIGN — Urbana High School freshman Lillian Hall twice entered the Young Authors contest for schoolchildren, winning once.

She enjoyed that experience but finds Pens to Lens, in which scripts written by local students are adapted to film by local movie makers, far more exciting.

Library events, Aug. 2-9, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 a.m., Monday at the Main Library, introduce your baby to the joy of reading with stories, songs and bounces for children from birth to 18 months of age.

Farm Aid: UI organizer's journal details inaugural event

John Graham remembers the weather in Champaign on Sept. 22, 1985, was mostly cloudy with occasional light rain.

Oh, and there was the biggest musical event to ever hit Champaign — by far. Sixty major acts played the first and best Farm Aid.

"That damp, soggy afternoon had little effect on the spirits of 80,000 Farm Aid fans gathered at the Memorial Stadium," he recalls.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

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Mission: Midwest

The summer travel season is in full swing. As my available time winds down, I'm beginning to panic about when I'm going to be able to squeeze in a little time away!

If this is your situation too, you may want to take a look at some of the quirky Midwestern travel guides that I've found.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

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Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 2, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

The following is just one of three fine poems John Drury, who lives and teaches in Ohio, has written about the summer jobs he had when young.

Many of us have thought, with him, "So this is experience," though we might have added a question mark.

Here's what's happening in the area's ...

Music scene

Rossaroo coming soon to Watseka

WATSEKA — The 11th annual Rossaroo Music Festival will take place Friday and Saturday in rural Watseka, featuring 26 bands on two stages in a wooded area.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 2, 2015

How much longer do the Friday Night Live events last this summer?

Four more. Despite this summer's fickle weather, 40 North 88 West has had to cancel only one Friday Night Live, which features local music acts at three outside locations in downtown Champaign.

Odds are that 'Lucky Strike' is a hit

According to Bobbie Pyron's super-smart character, Genesis Magnolia Beam, the odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 614,759.

And the odds of being struck by lightning on a clear day at the Paradise Beach Goofy Golf mini course on your 11th birthday? That's too astronomical to measure!