Are We There Yet?
It's a three-day weekend, so take the time to enjoy a last blast of summer: a swim at Sholem Aquatic Center, a cheese festival, or a Symphony at Sunset. And who doesn't love a parade -- especially the one with all the candy?
One word for this weekend: suuweeet! As in corn, music, cars and, yes, a medieval jousting tournament at the Illinois Renaissance Fair.
Corn, get your corn: 35th annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, downtown Urbana. Free.
Researchers tell us childhood is the best time to learn a second language, when developing brains are primed to absorb any and all information.
Unfortunately, most public elementary schools have no foreign language instruction, with school districts citing both the cost and the lack of time in the school day.
Summer may be drawing to a close, but this weekend features plenty of fine arts, entertainment and other activities for the whole family.
SculptureFest, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Park Street between Neil and Randolph streets, Champaign. Free.
Since I was technically on vacation until Thursday, I devoted this column (in absentia) to updates on a few previous entries, with thanks to several readers.
All I want for Christmas ...
My daughter can now officially drink through a straw with her mouth closed.
It’s a hot day at Dodds Soccer Complex, and 6-year-old Quinn wanders over to her mom for another drink — and a squirt.
There’s this new water bottle, you see, with a nifty sprayer, and she can’t resist spritzing everyone around her.
“You look hot,” she says as I walk up, and proceeds to spray my arms and legs.
More than 2.3 million people have visited the Abraham Lincoln President Library and Museum in Springfield since it opened in 2005, including hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren.
Two agencies are offering grants to help fund the cost of field trips to the museum for schools with a significant number of low-income students.