It's Your Business: Yoga shop opening with art show

In conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival this coming weekend, the new Amara Yoga & Arts will debut with an art show in its new space on the east of Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

Amara aims to showcase work by local artists, offer art workshops and art therapy for kids and adults. Yoga classes also will be offered. Yoga begins in May. The owners plan to have a variety of different yoga classes available, including classes for children, plus Pilates and meditation courses.

Couple barreling ahead with container manufacturing

When Wendi Lindsay was planning her green products store, B. Lime, in Champaign, she knew she wanted to sell rain barrels.

But since B. Lime is an earth-friendly store and she wanted to keep the carbon footprint low, the last thing she wanted to do was order rain barrels from a distant place like Canada, she said.

New UI business dean set to tackle challenges

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois farm boy. Economist with degrees from Bradley and Cornell.

Thirty-year University of Illinois faculty member. Long-suffering Cubs fan.

That's Larry DeBrock, newly appointed dean of the UI College of Business.

DeBrock, 56, faces several challenges – and opportunities – in the years to come, according to Ira Solomon, co-chair of the search committee that recommended finalists for the position.

Prom-dress trends veer toward sexy, shorter, glizty

Electric rainbows of color greet customers who walk through M2's doors. Glittery beads sparkle from every direction. Layers of tulle cluster against each other in bids for attention.

As an employee of M2 in Urbana, Tiffany Newberry inspected all these colorful gowns in preparation for her senior year prom, and snapped hers up in January.

Delightful children's opera emerged from terrible time

Once upon a fairy tale, two children had a sick mother who needed milk to make her healthy.

The children went to town to buy some, but could not afford it. They sang for money, but no one could hear their little voices in the crowd.

Meanwhile, an evil organ grinder named Brundibar grew jealous of the children and tried to stop them from singing. But three animals came to their rescue with a plan. They recruited all the children in the town to sing with the two siblings, defeating the organ grinder and emerging victorious.

Once upon a horror, Jewish children in the Terezin concentration camp sang "Brundibar," a children's opera about banding together to fight a bully and, allegorically, to fight the big bully: Adolf Hitler.

On April 19, the Central Illinois Children's Chorus will bring "Brundibar" to Champaign as part of Sinai Temple's service for Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, a memorial by Jews around the world for the 6 million killed in the Holocaust, said the Champaign temple's rabbi, Norman Klein.

Restaurateur to speak at Japan House's open house

URBANA – The owner of a Japanese restaurant in Milwaukee will be the featured presenter at the spring open house on Saturday of Japan House on the University of Illinois campus.

Richard Kaiser, owner of Na-nakusa, will speak about Japanese cuisine at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The open house at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.

Mattoon native traces film career to love of 'toons

Do you want to become a famous Hollywood script writer?

Then follow the advice of Mattoon native Craig Titley, who wrote the upcoming "Percy Jackson" film, along with "Scooby-Doo" and "Cheaper By The Dozen."

Titley's plan doesn't involved any deep study or heavy lifting. But you have to start young.

N-G writer's list of family-friendly films full of favorites

Up front, I have to disclose that my knowledge is based almost entirely on my own family's preferences. It's a bit heavy on Disney movies (my apologies to you Disney-haters). There are several I haven't seen that could probably be on here – "The Princess Bride" and "Akeelah and the Bee" to name two – and I could have filled half the list with Pixar favorites ("Monsters Inc.," "Cars," "The Incredibles," etc.)

But here goes:

Catlin High School track repairs planned

CATLIN – Some worn areas of the Catlin High School running track will receive spot repairs this spring, school officials said Thursday, but a full resurfacing of the track is still a few years away.

Catlin school board members voted Thursday to have S. Bollinger & Associates, LLC of Hillsboro, Mo., inspect and repair worn areas of the track for $2,000.

Survey to take look at Unit 4 racial climate

CHAMPAIGN – A survey of the Champaign school district, to be conducted later this month, will tell officials how perceptions of race have changed in the last 10 years.