Free screenings are planned at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Anybody can feel anxious sometimes, but how do you know when your anxiety is getting out of hand?

Here's an opportunity to find out: Counseling professionals will offer the public free information and screenings for anxiety disorders from noon to 1 p.m. April 6 at Parkland College, Room D-244.

There will be a video and discussion about symptoms and treatments for such anxiety disorders as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and generalized anxiety disorder.

Event to recognize teachers, showcase students

DANVILLE – The Danville Public School Foundation will recognize four outstanding teachers and showcase student musical ability at its annual "An Evening of Singing and Dancing" event.

Musicians confirmed to play three-day festival in Chillicothe

Several acts recently confirmed that they will perform at the Summer Camp 2010 Music Festival in Chillicothe. They are Public Enemy, Slightly Stoopid, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, ANA SIA, Boombox, Jennie Arnau, Future Rock and Groovatron.

Also, the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Dubskin, Big Gigantic, The Hue, 56 Hope Road, The Uglysuit, The Station, Alabaster Brown, Van Ghost, Big Light, Mountain Standard Time, Strange Arrangement, Spare Parts, Zmick and The Morningsides.

Search for UI Research Park phase developer down to two

Two companies have been named finalists to develop the next phase of the University of Illinois Research Park, and both firms will make presentations on campus Monday.

The UI Research Park Board of Managers, a group appointed to oversee the south campus development, will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign to hear presentations from current research park developer Fox/Atkins of Champaign and Atlanta, Ga.-based real estate firm Carter.

Two Champaign women each face charge of prostitution

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police arrested two women Friday in north Champaign on charges of selling sex.

Police reports said at 12:40 p.m., Phoebe Bramley, 45, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Champaign Street, Champaign, was arrested on a charge of prostitution at Eureka and Neil streets.

About 5:10 p.m., Brenda E. Townsend, 50, who listed an address in the 200 block of West Vine Street, was arrested on the same charge at Fourth Street and Bradley Avenue.

Law on nutritional supplements helps Champaign firm grow

CHAMPAIGN – Looking for a business resistant to recession?

Charlie Li thinks he has one.

Li's company, American Analytical Chemical Laboratories, does independent testing of nutritional supplements and other substances.

Six years ago, the company had 13 full-time employees and two part-timers. Today it has 20 full-time employees and three part-timers.

So far, Legislature's budget savings have been minuscule

The Legislature is taking this week off, making it a good time to assess where things stand a little more than a month from the unusually early adjournment date (May 7) scheduled by Democratic leaders.

With the swift passage of a bill last week that put limits on retirement plans for many public employees hired after Jan. 1, 2011, potentially saving billions of dollars well into the future, lawmakers made progress on one significant issue.

UI prof bringing series of concerts to downtown area

CHAMPAIGN – Masumi Rostad, who jokingly refers to himself as a dual citizen of Champaign and New York City, grew up on the Lower East Side in Manhattan but now calls downtown Champaign home.

He's been here since 2003 and is not alone in noticing all the arts and activity in his adopted small city. And as a University of Illinois music professor, Rostad is well aware of the breadth and depth of talent on its faculty.

Bowling club brings generations of Westville women together

WESTVILLE – Every Tuesday morning, the bowling center in the American Legion hall is filled with the sounds of two dozen women who come to bowl and socialize.

The Tuesday Morning Ladies' Bowling Club, which has existed for at least two decades, boasts 20 members from as far away as Paris, Hume and Indiana, three sets of mothers and daughters, one set of a grandmother, mother and granddaughter, and two women who are 90 years old.

Luxembourg: A garden with a valley running through it

With spring just around the corner in central Illinois, my thoughts naturally turned to Luxembourg City, where I spent three weeks from mid-May last year, sponsored by Luxembourg Income Study. Linking the two places is the rhythm of nature: lilacs, rhododendrons, peonies, irises and daylilies bloom from late April to late June in central Illinois, in that order; they blossomed within the span of those three weeks in Luxembourg City, perhaps to give my wife, Keiko, and me the feeling of home of the entire spring.