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Top of the Morning, April 6, 2015

Sure, robins have been hopping around.

The real sign of spring in Chambana is when the outdoor events start popping up like those crocuses and daffodils everyone is posting on Facebook.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, April 5, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. poet laureate, 2004-06

Some of us will be eating ham on Easter, and I thought I'd offer you a poem about a champion pig, by Jill Breckenridge, a Minnesotan who has written a series of poems based on that state's fair.

Her most recent book of poems is "Sometimes," published by Nodin Press, 2015.

Pretty Ricky

A disappearing dog and counting crows

If you're heading outside for a walk on this special Sunday, watch out — especially if you've got a dog!

Library events, April 5-12, 2015

Events planned for local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

'To Helen Back' puts mystery in Midwest

St. Louis mystery and young adult author Susan McBride, who is also a USA Today best-selling author, has a new fun, cozy series, and the first book is "To Helen Back." Subtitled "A River Road Mystery," this story takes place in the small town of River Bend, Ill., with a quirky cast of characters, a dead body and a sleuth who loves puzzles.

Ask Mimi, April 5, 2015

What's up with "Food," the movie shot entirely in Champaign County last summer?

It title was changed to "Consumed." Recently, the music score and color correction were finished. The feature remains in final stages of post-production, according to Brett Hays, its line producer and unit production manager.

Studio Visit: Sharon Haworth and Tracy Satterthwaite

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Sharon Haworth, 51, and Tracy Satterthwaite, 59, both of Urbana, the co-owners of Cracked Glass in Champaign, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Did you two buy this place together and when?

Tracy: Yes, a year ago in September.

Why?

C-U Haiku, April 5, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

sun on metal roof

across open fields I see

white windmills turning

— James Babbs, Stanford

April's not just for Ebert

Roger Ebert's Film Festival, one of the premier entertainment events in this region, tends to overshadow all the other arts happenings in April.

Many of the non-Ebertest events are coming up this weekend. Some are major for their sponsoring organizations as well as for arts lovers.

That's entertainment

Billboards to show local artwork

CHAMPAIGN — 40 North 88 West, Champaign County's Arts Council, and Adams Outdoors Advertising will unveil during the Boneyard Arts Festival this coming weekend billboards featuring images created by six local artists.