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Family Picks -- Memorial Day Edition

It's a three-day weekend, so I know lots of you are headed out of town. But if you're staying put, the weather is supposed to be beautiful, pools are opening (though they may be chilly), and it's a perfect weekend to be outdoors with your kids. Check out these events:

A familiar face, far from home

This is one of those “what are the odds?” stories.

Oh to be 6 again...

I want to live in my daughter’s world.

The other night, she was asking me something about police officers, and then said: Why can’t they be nice? Why can’t they just tell people ‘Don’t do that,’ and not give them a ticket?

Target recalls trunks after 18-month-old pinned by lid

It's hard for parents to keep up with all the children's product recalls issued in the last few months, from cribs to hooded sweatshirts to toy dart guns.

Shop, pirouette or gaze at the stars: weekend Family Picks

If you like garage sales, the arts, or watching the skies, you and your family will have plenty to pick from this weekend.

If you build it: Family Picks

What child doesn’t love an opportunity to use a hammer – with permission?

The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum will host its 18th annual Kids Building Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, a free event with activities for the whole family.

Library self-checkout, revised edition

Self-checkout and I are not good friends.

I try not to be a techno-phobe, but after a long trek through the grocery store with two kids in tow, I’m ready for someone else to do the math.

So when the new Champaign Public Library opened in 2008 with a new self-checkout system, I was dubious but willing to give it a try.

The motherhood dream

Lately I haven't been the best mother in the world.


Life feels so busy that I find myself being short-tempered for no apparent reason, hurrying my children to do something every minute of the day.


How popular is your baby's name? Check the 2009 list

If you named your baby Cullen or Maliyah (sound familiar?) in 2009, you're part of a trend.

Those were the fastest-rising boy and girl names, respectively, on the Social Security Adminstration's annual list, released Friday.