For the retirees, Feb. 18-25, 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.

Environmental Almanac: The world has a place for pesky blood suckers

On Saturday, the 35th annual Insect Fear Film Festival will take place in Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois. As part of the celebration, this week's Environmental Almanac features the writing of UI graduate students Nicholas Anderson, Samniqueka Halsey, Todd Johnson, Tanya Josek and Erin Welsh, who conduct research on insects and related arthropods.

Library events, Feb. 18-25, 2018

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

From 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Douglass Branch, visitors of all ages will read together at the African-American Read-In. Participants can choose from the library's selection of books by African-American authors or bring a favorite of their own.

C-U haiku, Feb. 18, 2018


Stable genius

Vile iceberg of corruption

Nuclear winter

— Alex T. Valencic, Savoy

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, along with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Calling the shots: Public gets look at Best in Show photo winners today

If you like the photos in the gallery at right, you have an opportunity to share your view and maybe meet some of the photographers at the Best in Show Public Critique from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Lincoln Square.

The contest is sponsored by the Champaign County Camera Club and the Urbana Park District. Judges mulled over 470 prints this year.

Tricia Stiller: Station's 'Silent Sky' a shining example of breaking down barriers

For centuries, women have been raising social consciousness, which though once set at a constant and steady simmer has more recently erupted in a full rolling boil.

In the Garden: A weighty difference


Historically, our part of Illinois has been more prone to ice storms than the northern or southern parts of the state.

Religion calendar, Feb. 16-23, 2018

To submit items for this calendar, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

Illinois Ancestors: New book provides info on Scottish Jacobites

The supporters of James Stuart, the king of Scotland, England and Ireland who abandoned his throne in 1689, were called Jacobites and were persecuted because of their military actions.