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Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

VERMILION COUNTY FAIR

What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

Mary Wilkes Towner: Two tales to get started with romance

I'm a proud romance-novel reader. I'm drawn to the escapism, the happy endings, the strong characters and, lately, the diversity. Focusing on relationships, these titles run the gamut from sweet to sassy to sexy, and offer all sorts of plots and protagonists.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Book tells 'Bitter Side of Sweet'

Ever wonder where your chocolate comes from? Cocoa, Hershey bars, brownie mix — you name it — chocolate. I wasn't sure why I was buying "fair trade" chocolate. That changed when I read Tara Sullivan's young adult novel "The Bitter Side of Sweet" (Putnam 2017).

C-U haiku, June 18, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Empty walnut shell

strategically placed proof

squirrel's amuse' bouche

— Eileen Gifford, Champaign

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, June 18, 2017

By TED KOOSER
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Kelly Madigan lives in Nebraska and this poem is from her book, "The Edge of Known Things," from Stephen F. Austin University Press.

Did you think that you were all that different from a porcupine? Well, poetry reaches for and seizes upon connections, and here's an example of that.

Library events, June 18-24, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, listen to the adventures of "eclipse chaser" Andy Jones, who chases eclipses around the world, and learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug.21. Part of The Sky's the Limit Summer Series.

United Way's book drive aims to get kids ready for kindergarten

CHAMPAIGN — The United Way of Champaign County is seeking the community's help to get more local kids fully ready to start kindergarten.

The agency will be holding a book drive next week, hoping to collect 2,000 preschool-level books to pack in kindergarten-readiness kits to be distributed to families in September.

Entertainment listings, June 15-22, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

What: Live street-side performance series. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, along with a cappella music, belly dancing and live painting.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 16 through Aug. 25.

Champaign library's Douglass Branch: Small but mighty

CHAMPAIGN -- On Friday afternoon, two kids surf the web on a couple of the 25 computers available to the public at the Champaign Public Library's Douglass Branch.

A few seats down, a woman clicking away at a mouse searches for jobs while an elderly woman across the way catches up on email.

C-U haiku, June 11, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Excuse you green frog.

Your croaking is disturbing

the wood's solitude.

— Millie Sims, Urbana

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