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Activist returning to Urbana to speak, show films

Bhavia Wagner started out being an activist 45 years ago when she was Carol Hartstirn, an Urbana student working to save Allerton Park from a dam project.

Now she lives in Eugene, Ore., and the 1974 Urbana High School graduate works to help children in Cambodia get a good education.


'Art of Science' exhibit opens Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Now in its third year, the "Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology" exhibition will open on Thursday evening at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.


UI student play this weekend

URBANA — University of Illinois students will present the medieval "Play of Antichrist" on Friday and Saturday at the McFarland Memorial Bell Tower on the UI's south quadrangle.


Busy trumpeter making stop at Krannert

In early March, monster trumpeter Arturo Sandoval sent a tweet to a younger but equally awesome trumpeter, Alison Balsom:

"Italian Concertos. Congratulations, dear Alison, you are simply amazing."

He then suggested the two of them play duets. Looks like that might happen.


Best friends prepare to canoe to Gulf

ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.

In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.


Business listings April 14, 2013

The following applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

1512 Productions, 642 Ashford Court, Unit C, C, by Mallory T. Dugar, same address.

Carolyn Marie Photography, 408 S. Main St., Homer, by Carolyn Marie Slavenas, same address.


Letter from Birdland: It's starting to look like spring

In Birdland, spring seems to be settling in. For weeks now, since before that last blizzard, in fact, the bulbs in my yard have been pushing up their greenery more slowly than usual.


Wheelchair athletes at the University of Illinois remain on the fast track

Spectators were crowding along the sides of the road next to the start line of the Boston Marathon. The wheelchair participants were lined up, and the top racers in the world were being introduced.

And Aaron Pike was pretty pumped up for his first Boston Marathon.


Environmental Almanac: Ditch the vehicle and start pedaling

Does the warming weather awaken in you the desire to ride a bike — maybe even use one to get to work someday? Then why not do it?


Ted Kooser: American life in poetry April 14, 2013

There's something wonderful about happening upon a musician playing for his or her own pleasure, completely absorbed in the music. Jeff Daniel Marion is a fine poet from east Tennessee. And here's a woman playing the bagpipes.

Playing to the River

She stands by the riverbank,

notes from her bagpipes lapping

across to us as we wait