Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Hello Mr. Squirrel, it's just me, Mr. Pumpkin!

Our yard is what you might call squirrel friendly.

Older neighborhood, mature trees, plenty of room for nests, berries everywhere and, most enticing of all, an oak tree loaded with acorns right across the street. The squirrels even eat the smelly fruit that falls from our infamous gingko tree (a behavior I’m happy to encourage).

Last-minute pumpkin help

If you, like me, are desperately planning a fall party for your child's classroom this week -- or just a Halloween party for the kids at home -- here are a couple of websites that might be useful.

Spookifying! Weekend Family Picks

Halloween is just around the corner, so take a ghost train ride, check out some cool pumpkin displays or go for a spooky skate this weekend! For a full Halloween calendar of events, check the E3 magazine in Thursday's News-Gazette.

Last Sprouts event of the season!

So your son won’t touch broccoli? Can’t choke down green beans? Even turns up his nose at carrots?

Bring him to Urbana’s Market at the Square this weekend, where the last “Sprouts at the Market” event of the season will offer kids a chance to sample locally grown fruits and vegetables and learn about hunger in their own back yard.

A new park? Read all about it in Family Picks!

Be among the first to play in Mahomet's newest park this weekend at the dedication of Bridle Leash Park! Lots of activities for the younger set, including a Kid-Friendly Haunted Barn. On that theme, you can also decorate a pumpkin in Tolono or enjoy music at the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur.

Pumpkins, pumpkin ice cream - and squirrels

I didn't really plan to spend $18.25 on pumpkins.

We got into Halloween decorating in a big way last weekend, so the kids and I trekked out to Negangard's Pumpkin Patch near Sidney with some friends. The prices are so cheap we sort of went overboard.

Too young to be 'mean girls'

Dear American Girl: Open the vault!

I got a letter the other day from my friends at the American Girl company in Middleton, Wis.

Well, it wasn’t to me personally, just all of us poor saps who granted our daughters’ wish for an American Girl doll — in this case, Felicity Merriman and/or her best friend, Elizabeth Cole.

Celebrate reading and science! Weekend Family Picks

We're celebrating children's literature and science this weekend -- with not one but two appearances by the Cat in the Hat -- starting with the annual Youth Literature Festival at Krannert.

Generous in victory

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank collected more than $2,200 -- and counting -- for the Food for Families drive at Saturday's Illinois-Ohio State game at Memorial Stadium.

It wasn't all from Illini fans. Food bank spokeswoman Cheryl Precious noted that Buckeye fans were "very generous to this community."