In the Garden | Idea Garden at UI getting picked over

Since its beginnings in 1997, the Idea Garden has been maintained by the Champaign County Master Gardeners and ever-improved throughout the years. This beautiful yet educational community garden has grown to occupy more than 15,000 square feet of the University of Illinois Arboretum, near the corner of Lincoln and Florida avenues in Urbana.

Religion calendar, Sept. 21-28, 2018

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'I got that soul deep inside me': A few words with singer Danny Gokey

DANNY GOKEY, whose Sunday concert at the Virginia Theatre also includes TAUREN WELLS and RILEY CLEMMONS, was the third-place finalist on the eighth season of "American Idol." He embraces country and Christian music.

Meg Makes | Cast-iron skillet key to tasty cobbler

Donna Huls is a special co-worker and friend — and also keeper of the best recipes.

For example, today's dish, which originated on the "Family Savvy" blog. Huls says it's the best blackberry cobbler she's ever made, and that the secret is likely in the cast-iron skillet.

My Amish Home | Back to our usual routine with the horse

"Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:3-6

A date with history in soggy shoes

There I was, walking my dog in the rain on the morning I might be meeting the president.

I wasn’t certain at that point, knowing only that I would be covering Barack Obama’s speech at Foellinger Auditorium, along with more than two dozen reporters.

Family Checkbook | Financial coaching a new trend

"Where can I receive help with my money management?" is a question that I hear regularly.

Many financial professionals, with different credentials and approaches, assist people with investing decisions but historically not many help with personal financial goals related to managing daily spending, saving for personal goals and managing debt.

Parkland Gala 2018

“Creating Impact” was the theme for the Parkland College Gala on Thursday at Parkland’s Student Union. The event, which included a 50/50 raffle, drew an estimated 160 people.The gala is a fundraiser for general scholarships and the college is doing a Scholarship Appeal, asking people to raise their paddle and give different levels of tuition help to Parkland College students.

Library events, Sept. 16-23, 2018

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

For the retirees, Sept. 16-23, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.