Experience Ireland without leaving home

URBANA — St. Patrick's Day isn't until March 17, but the upcoming weekend promises a "perfect storm" of Irish music, dance and art, according to Jake Schumacher, a musician steeped in the local Irish music scene.

Biography takes a look at Child's fondness for felines

Many people love Julia Child — whether they remember her from her 1970s and '80s cooking shows, own a copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" or grew to adore her through the popular contemporary book and movie, "Julie and Julia."

C-U Haiku

Sidewalk is shoveled.

Time to relax!

Here come the plows.

— Joanne Haynes, Urbana

Dance thesis works will be presented

URBANA — The masters of fine arts candidates in dance at the University of Illinois will present on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Studiodance One, an experimental 60-minute concert that will feature live music and video.

Group will host last of four director finalists on Saturday

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening will present the last of four music director finalists, Stephen Alltop, conducting the concert "Classics IV: Orchestral Masters."

High school students' art will be displayed

URBANA — The Eric Show, an annual exhibition of art by area high school students, will open Friday at the Illini Union Art Gallery, 1401 W. Green St., with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Digital magazine access well worth checking out

Have you tried Zinio? If you haven't tried it already or maybe haven't heard of it before, I highly suggest you check it out.

Guild takes last crack at decorating eggs

CHAMPAIGN — Easter has always been a special time for the Altar Guild at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church.

From the building facing West Side Park, colorful hand-decorated eggs, many with a silly sensibility, have been hatching since 1927.

This might be one of the most special Easters ever: the last time the guild, which has an aging population, crafts the eggs.

For the retirees March 3, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Visiting a land of history and beauty

By Karen and Marvin Paulsen

Traveling to Turkey is an opportunity to experience the many layers of religious and historical sites that shaped our western society centuries ago.