The Reluctant Townie: I'm ready to dedicate myself to curling

I've been trying to get my children interested in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but it's been a real uphill slalom.

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.

Kelly Strom: Author Q&A with Molly MacRae

Champaign Public Library staff member Molly MacRae has earned a gold medal for her latest book in the Highland Bookshop mystery series set in Scotland. After "Plaid and Plagiarism" a year ago, Janet, Tallie and friends are back. Running Yon Bonnie Books bookshop, tea room and bed and breakfast certainly keeps these ladies busy. This time, they've really got their hands full.

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.

Letter from Birdland: Rebuilding bonds with seeds

A few weeks ago, I promised to tell you about the seed lecture at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Rowan White's talk was inspiring on many levels: spiritual, historical, personal and agricultural.

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.

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.