On the Town: Paint Night Party

Paint Night Party event benefiting the American Cancer Society in Champaign on November 6, 2017.

Letter from Birdland: A good time to take a break

The frost teases us in Birdland. It caught about 90 percent of my basil, but a few stalks are still bravely green. I'm going to go out today and cut it and the rest of the parsley, oregano, thyme and marjoram for one last herb frittata.

Library events, Nov. 12-18, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday at the main library, Manzanar survivor Yuki Llewellyn will return to Champaign to share her story about living with her mother in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese-Americans.

Kelly Strom: Cookbooks to help you plan your holiday menus

As the days get colder and leaves are quickly falling, it's time to take a look at some our new seasonal cookbooks. It's been a couple of years since we've reviewed these specialty books, so let's start planning early and start perusing for perfect dishes and desserts. As always, we have a wide selection of cookbooks, so the ones I've mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg.

C-U haiku, Nov. 12, 2017


Hike through Busey Woods

Molten mass of sunlit gold

November's great hoard

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

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.

Travel/Tennessee: Gifford man making a splash at 90


As a 90-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, Ray Buck of Gifford is used to adversity. So taking on new adventures is something that he looks forward to as of late.

Patricia Hruby Powell: A novel for the girl who needs to be empowered

By its name, "What Girls Are Made Of" (Carolrhoda Lab 2017) by Elana K. Arnold might be a women's health book like "Our Body, Ourselves." But it's a novel. However, it could serve as a woman's health guide.

Getting Personal: Adam Wisnewski

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with 49-year-old Adam Wisnewski of Champaign, the owner of Breakfast, Life and Dinner Cooking Classes & Meal Services. He has a lot of good tips on using mustard and has even been to the museum dedicated to that condiment.

For the retirees, Nov. 12-18, 2017

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.

In the Garden: Leave those leaves alone