German youth choir Tookula plans C-U stop

Free concert Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church

CHAMPAIGN — Tookula, a 60-voice German youth choir, will present a free concert of classical, folk, popular and sacred music from around the world at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Library events, July 6-13, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 6, 2014

By TED KOOSER/U.S. Poet Laureate 2004-06

I'm especially fond of sparklers because they were among the very few fireworks we could obtain in Iowa when I was a boy. And also because in 2004 we set off the fire alarm system at the Willard Hotel in Washington by lighting a few to celebrate my inauguration as poet laureate. Here's Barbara Crooker, of Pennsylvania, also looking back.

'Windswept' continues new fantasy series

"Windswept" by Jadie Jones is the second book in a beautifully written young adult/new adult fantasy series, full of reincarnation, immortal villains, horses, a strong heroine and a hunky hero.

C-U Haiku, July 6, 2014

Edited by LEE GURGA/For The News-Gazette

morning dew dries:

the ball rolls quickly

into the hole

— John Murray, Champaign

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

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

Guilty pleasure

Ask 'Mimi' July 6, 2014

Hey, Mimi, is there one event in the Virginia Theatre 2014-'15 season you are stoked about?

Yes, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. I heard the band, with Champaign native Viktor Krauss on bass, in '06 at Krannert Center.

Fundraiser offers new twist on 'Oz'

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County will present on the evening of July 14 the "Wizard of Oz: There's No Place Like Home" event, featuring a reception before the screening of the classic 1939 movie at the Art Theater Co-op.

Tuscola venue has 'Red, White & Blues' event tonight

The Fourth of July might be over but Independence Day-themed events aren't. The Vault Arts Collective in Tuscola will host, starting at 6 tonight, "Red White & Blues," a free party featuring blues slide guitarist Reverend Robert (Bobby Reynolds) and art by guest artist Jan Kappes.

Look, up in the sky ...

When and where to catch fireworks this holiday weekend around the area:

TODAY (Friday, July 4, 2014)

Bement: Dark, Bement and Piatt County Forest Preserve

Champaign: 9:15 p.m., west side of State Farm Center

Charleston: Dusk, Coles County Airport

Cissna Park: Dusk, Kellart Lake

Clinton: Dusk, Clinton High School

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