For the retirees, Feb. 10-17, 2019

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.

On The Town: One Winter Night 2019

One Winter Night event in Downtown Champaign on February 1, 2019

In the Garden | Loss of ash trees is history repeating itself

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an insect from Asia that has plagued native ash trees in Illinois since 2006. This pest was first introduced in 2002 around the Detroit area and has rapidly spread across Michigan and Indiana to infect most of Illinois today.

Religion calendar, Feb. 8-15, 2019

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Jupiter Quartet's strings attached to fancy footwork for Sonic Illinois

URBANA — The Jupiter String Quartet performs with veteran Tai Ji master Chungliang Al Huang and explores tango history as part of Krannert Center's Sonic Illinois.

The quartet, in residence at the University of Illinois, performs at 7:30 tonight. Krannert's box office can be reached at 217-333-6280.

Director excited to tackle 'Come Blow Your Horn' for Parkland's student production

CHAMPAIGN — Neil Simon's comedy "Come Blow Your Horn" comes to Parkland's theater starting tonight as the 28th annual student production.

The story of totally different brothers Alan and Buddy Baker launched the career of America's most famous comic playwright.

And now it's launching student careers.

Illinois Ancestors | Historic German newspapers available online

Newspapers can be an import source of family information (births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, intentions to migrate, retirements, etc.) Genealogists have learned to depend on English-language newspapers and noted genealogist Ernest Thode has provided an easy way to conduct similar searches in German-language newspapers in his book, "Historic German Newspapers Online." (This second edition incl

My Amish Home | Hunkering down before the deep freeze

"I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right,.shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool." Jeremiah 17:10-11

To Your Health | Warm up with chicken-and-vegetable chowder

As the temperature outside dips even lower this week in central Illinois, warming up with a tasty bowl of soup or chowder can really hit the spot.

This recipe is surprising in its simplicity and flavor. It's adaptable, and you can modify it with what you have at home — limiting any last-minute trips to the store.

Family Checkbook | Steps to reduce tax-preparation stress

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed, I thought it might be a little extra stressful to prepare my tax return for 2018 with all the different changes. Well, now tax-filing time is here, and the number crunching begins! Let’s look at steps you can take to reduce tax-filing stress.