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Safety tips for Halloween

Tips for keeping your trick-or-treaters safe:

— Never send young children out alone.

— Walk with younger children to the door to receive their treats.

— Plan your route around familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.

— Kids should wear bright, flame-retardant costumes so they can easily seen in the dark.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogists face many challenges

Genealogists soon discover that tracing one's ancestors can be a challenging project. Facing dead ends or brick walls are obstacles to be expected but are usually far outweighed by pleasant findings and often surprising discoveries. Some personal examples seem appropriate.

Pacifica Quartet returns to C-U

URBANA — Pacifica Quartet violinist Simin Ganatra says the ensemble should play Keeril Makan's quartet, "Return," when it comes back to perform Thursday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts with pianist Menahem Pressler.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry

I'm not alone in noticing how time accelerates as we grow older, and as the seasons grow ever more brief, the holidays are gone in a wink. This poem by Nancy Price about Halloween catches a little of that. She's an Iowan whose poems are so heartfelt, clear and useful that we could run them every week and none of you would complain.

Trick or Treat

The ghost is a torn sheet,

President of metaphysics school to speak

CHAMPAIGN — Laurel Clark, the national President of The School of Metaphysics, will speak in Urbana and Champaign this week about her new book, "Intuitive Dreaming."

Drama students to present 'Beauty and the Beast'

WESTVILLE — Westville High School drama students will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school's old gymnasium.

The show will feature fairy-tale characters, costumes, special effects and music, including tunes such as "Be Our Guest." The students have been rehearsing and building sets since the beginning of the school year.

Ebertfest passes go on sale this week

CHAMPAIGN — Passes for the 2013 Roger Ebert's Film Festival will go on sale starting Thursday.

The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. Related talks and panel discussions will be at the University of Illinois.

The passes are $145, plus processing; 1,000 passes will be available.

Urbana High grad returning for season-opening Chorale concert

CHAMPAIGN — Violinist Rachel Koblyakov, a graduate of Urbana High School and a senior at the Juilliard School of Music, will perform as guest artist with The Chorale in its season-opening concert Saturday.

Tickets go on sale this week for monster truck show; Globetrotters also coming back

CHAMPAIGN — Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the Monsters & Magic Tour, a monster truck show coming Jan. 19 to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

The 7:30 p.m. show will have more than 40,000 pounds of monster trucks, including Raminator, Star Marshal, Chalkboard Chuck and the Lucas Oil Stabilizer.

Beethoven on menu Friday at Foellinger

URBANA — Sinfonia da Camera will present its "No-Holds-Barred Beethoven" concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, featuring several guest artists and two major works by Beethoven, a concerto and a symphony.