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Kathy Wicks: Dishing out Italian recipes

For me, the aroma and taste of Italian food will always paint a picture of past holidays and other celebrations.

Throughout the years, I have learned how to create many traditional dishes — Pizza Rustica, Lasagna and Pasta Fagioli.

Ruth Siburt: Writing secrets spelled out

If your young readers are in fourth grade or above, chances are they know, and probably love, Jack Gantos' books.

In particular, his funny, yet poignant (Don't tell the kids about the poignant part, OK?) Joey Pigza books flew off the shelf of every school library I ever womenned.

Library events, Dec. 31, 2017-Jan. 6. 2018

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 1:30 to 5 p.m. today at the main library, find bargain books and more at the library's FriendShop Bookstore on the lower level. Most of the 20,000 books, CDs and movies are $2 or less. At today's tag bag sale, take home a bag of books for $1.

C-U haiku, Dec. 31, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Bare branch wraps gold orb

Leaf trips across glassy lake

Spring gifts lurk beneath

— Maeve and Seamus Reilly, Champaign

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, along with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 28, 2017-Jan. 4, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 28 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

Library events, Dec. 24-30, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, kids will jump in their jammies during 30 minutes of stories and music. The program is designed for children 2 to 5 with a caregiver.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Contrasts between two cultures

Desi, a smart nerd and president of her senior class, has never had a boyfriend in "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (FSG 2017) by Maurene Goo. Desi's attempts at flirtation are so disastrous that her two closest friends, Wes and Fiona, call them "flailures" — flirtation and failure. Get it?

C-U haiku, Dec. 24, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Holidays are here

Time with family and friends,

presents are here too

— Thomas Southey, seventh-grader, Savoy

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, along with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 21-28, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 21 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

C-U haiku, Dec. 17, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

fall sunset

all the color

in her words

— Joshua EricWilliams, Carrollton, Ga.

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, along with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.