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Environmental Almanac: Ditch the vehicle and start pedaling

Does the warming weather awaken in you the desire to ride a bike — maybe even use one to get to work someday? Then why not do it?

'Steel Magnolias' opens Friday at DHS

DANVILLE — The DHS Players will present their spring production, "Steel Magnolias," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.

The play, written by Robert Harling, depicts the story of the ladies in Truvy's small-town beauty parlor who love each other, even as they argue and gossip about practically everything.

Winners of baroque competition to be featured in concert

CHAMPAIGN — The winners of the Young Baroque Artists Competition will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.

The program will begin with the presentation of the first- and second-place winners and the three honorable mention performers.

Building permits April 14, 2013

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

CHAMPAIGN

Sunbuilt Commercial, repair/replacement work to storefront at 55-57 E. Main St., $60,000.

Business and professional briefs April 14, 2013

New jobs

First State Bank adds Gensler. Justin Gensler has joined First State Bank as branch manager of the facility at Neil Street and Windsor Road in Champaign.

In addition to operational oversight of the branch office, he will focus on mortgage lending and community engagement.

Activist returning to Urbana to speak, show films

Bhavia Wagner started out being an activist 45 years ago when she was Carol Hartstirn, an Urbana student working to save Allerton Park from a dam project.

Now she lives in Eugene, Ore., and the 1974 Urbana High School graduate works to help children in Cambodia get a good education.

Story will make you quack up

"Lulu and the Duck in the Park" (Albert Whitman 2012) by Hilary McKay is a perfect chapter (early middle grade) book from an author who understands how to make both kids and adults laugh.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry April 14, 2013

There's something wonderful about happening upon a musician playing for his or her own pleasure, completely absorbed in the music. Jeff Daniel Marion is a fine poet from east Tennessee. And here's a woman playing the bagpipes.

Playing to the River

She stands by the riverbank,

notes from her bagpipes lapping

across to us as we wait

'Ebert Remembered' set to air Thursday

URBANA — WILL-TV will air a new special, "Ebert Remembered," at 8 p.m. Thursday. It will highlight excerpts of WILL-TV interviews with Roger Ebert in which he talks about his childhood in Urbana, his experiences at the University of Illinois and his role as a movie critic.

Asian-American art exhibit on view through July 1

URBANA — "Many Cultures, One Community," a group art exhibit featuring the diverse cultures of Asian Americans in Champaign-Urbana, will be on view through July 1 at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St.