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Artists' applications available for Urbana market

URBANA — Urbana's Art at the Market is accepting applications from artists who want to participate as an art workshop leader or performer during the 2014 farmers' market season.

The Market at the Square in the Lincoln Square Village parking lot takes place every Saturday from May 3 through Nov. 1. It's open from 7 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

Library events, March 23-30, 2014

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

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

C-U Haiku

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Three sparrows convened

On my window sill, holding

Discussions of spring.

— Jerry Wood, Paxton

'Divergent' latest in reading craze

The Harry Potter series started the worldwide craze for reading a fiction series initially written for older children and young adults. All of a sudden, it didn't matter how old you were to read a popular collection of novels.

Two great stories about the weather

Since Mother Nature has been having a difficult time deciding whether it's winter or spring, maybe these two new seasonal picture books will give a hint as to how the yearly cycle is supposed to go.

Studio Visit: Debra Richtmeyer

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Debra Richtmeyer. A professor of saxophone at the University of Illinois School of Music, she co-organized and co-hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference that ended Saturday on campus.

Q: When did you start playing saxophone?

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

Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Scotland comes to Urbana

Who lives here? March 22, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Saxophonists take over C-U

An event-record 1,300 classical and jazz saxophonists — professional and amateur — are on the University of Illinois campus for the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference, co-hosted by UI saxophone Professor Debra Richtmeyer and J. Michael Holmes, director of admissions for the UI School of Music. The last conference in Arizona drew 600.

Ebert sculpture gets boost, but more money needed

CHAMPAIGN — The Ebert sculpture project has received another couple of boosts, this time from the Champaign Park District and its foundation.

The foundation gave $5,000 to the campaign to raise money for the bronze sculpture of the late critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert. The park district agreed to take over ownership of the sculpture and its maintenance and insurance.