Speaker at UI's upcoming climate conference laments U.S. policy reversals

Like other climate scientists, John Holdren braced for major change when President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January.

But Holdren, President Barack Obama's chief science and technology adviser, didn't expect it to happen so fast.

Urbana event to have electric vehicles available for test drives

URBANA — More than 15 electric vehicles will be on display Saturday in Urbana as part of National Drive Electric Week.

Those attending the event will be able to take test rides and drives in many of the vehicles on site, including a Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 14-21, 2017


This weekend


Wife plants seeds to allow late husband's legacy to grow at Allerton

MONTICELLO — In the late '70s, Christie Roszkowski's husband, Mark, introduced her to Allerton Park. From then on, the couple spent a lot of time there, believing nature is good for the psyche.

In fact, Mr. Roszkowski became a Master Naturalist, aiming to do volunteer work on the trails at Allerton. A Master Gardener, his wife planned to volunteer in the gardens.

Scaring up a good time at Monticellobration — Festifall

It's not technically fall yet, but the orange and brown colors are already out in Monticello, where Monticellobration — FestiFall arrives Saturday with scarecrows and pumpkins, as well as classic cars and some bands.

The pretty-darn-lifelike scarecrows are already up around the courthouse square, more likely to scare off birds than the guy in "The Wizard of Oz" ever did.

Volunteers sought for cleanup event at Danville's Ellsworth Park

DANVILLE — Organizers are looking for volunteers to participate in a cleanup day Saturday at Ellsworth Park.

The event, sponsored by the Danville Parks and Recreation Department and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon during the Vermilion River Festival. Volunteers will remove litter from the banks of the North Fork River and the surrounding park area.

Letter from Birdland: Eclipse seared into my memory

It's good to be home in Birdland, though we returned to tomato plants ravaged by worms and anxious dogs who missed us, despite the kindness of their caretakers.

I'm sitting on the front porch in the wind. It's chilly, and in a minute, I'll either go in or put on a sweater. The sun is lowering itself into a cloud bank above the cornfield, while cicadas sing their industrious buzz.

Mimi's two-wheeled adventure

URBANA — Back in the day, when I was younger and lighter, I would often bicycle after work from Danville to Indianola and back, making for a nice 38-mile round trip.

Such distances were nothing to me. I had long been into bicycling, enjoying the simple freedom of wheeling through nature and the countryside on my own power and the wind through my hair, and seeing nature up close.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Lifelong storm tracker in his element

URBANA — After teaching an Introduction to Meteorology class on Wednesday morning — where he covered the developing story of Hurricane Irma — Jeff Frame retreated to his second-floor office in the Natural History Building on the University of Illinois campus, plopped down in front of two monitors and continued following the path of the storm.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017


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What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.