Gardens may hold big yields - fun, nutrition, exercise - for families

CHAMPAIGN – The way Julie Pryde sees it, one of the best ways to reverse the obesity epidemic in America is to teach people how to grow their own fruits and vegetables and give them an opportunity to try it.

40th Earth Day bringing week of C-U activities

The 40th annual Earth Day on Thursday is the inspiration behind a week of activities in Champaign-Urbana.

Events include a campfire at a meditation center, talks on environmental initiatives and a concert.


The Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center offers tours of alternative energy technologies at its site from 2 to 6 p.m.

UI releases first budget review report

URBANA — The University of Illinois released the first of its reports from budget review teams Friday, on possible wastefulness in scholarships and waivers, with some students getting more money than it costs to attend the Urbana campus. 

Thousands of volunteers still needed for Million Meals event

If you've thought about volunteering at the Million Meals for Haiti event next weekend, now's the time to stop thinking and start doing.

Just one week out, the Salvation Army of Champaign County has registered 1,700 volunteers for the two-day effort but needs 6,300 more, said administrator Kris Fuqua.

Books that don't just lie there

CHAMPAIGN – When Apple announced its iPad in late January, Theo Gray decided he would adapt his book "The Elements" as an e-book application for the tablet computer.

"I've got 60 days. Can I make this happen?" said Gray, a co-founder of Wolfram Research in Champaign.

Workshop scheduled on basics of using Twitter

If you're interested in using Twitter but aren't sure how to get started, the Champaign Public Library has a workshop that can help.

A Tech Talk next week will focus on teaching Twitter to beginners. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library's Busey Computer Room.

4-H seeking volunteers for project to 'adopt' military families

CHAMPAIGN – The local 4-H is looking for volunteers to a military initiative here.

April has been the "Month of the Military Child" since 1986, as a way to recognize the sacrifices made by the children of the nation's military personnel.

Volunteers sought to help get rid of training wheels

DANVILLE – The David S. Palmer Arena is gearing up to host Danville's fifth annual "Lose the Training Wheels" camp June 7 through 11.

The camp is an adaptive bicycle program that teaches students with varying disabilities how to ride two-wheel bicycles without the aid of training wheels.

Students get together to learn about making a difference

DANVILLE – When groups of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were asked to draw a picture of an ideal community, one drew trees, parks and recycling bins, and another drew a big red heart with the word "love."

Another drew Planet Earth and made a list of things they didn't want: terrorists, drugs, poverty, sickness, criticism, racism, pollution, war.

Claims not so 'exaggerated' 50 years after PLATO

URBANA – The PLATO computer system at the University of Illinois innovated both in hardware – including plasma display and touch screens – and software – educational innovations, email, interactivity with other users and even instant messaging as early as 1961.