Letter from Birdland | Signs tell us to stay home

Today in Birdland we are celebrating the third day of spring with a wintry mix.

Wind blows tree over on Lincoln

URBANA — Urbana public works and arbor department employees are cleaning up the remains of a mature tree that fell across Lincoln Avenue on the University of Illinois campus this afternoon.

The wind apparently blew over the tree, which appeared to be rotting, said Urbana police Sgt. Kary Keleher. It was reported to Urbana police about 4:10 p.m.

Entertainment listings, March 29-April 5, 2018


Park district egg hunts


What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Registration on-site, 7 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 to 9 p.m. March 30.

Letter from Birdland | We're gathering eggs again

Although the equinox is this week, spring just teases us. Bulbs push up green, strappy leaves, but seem to be growing more slowly than usual, and the daffodil bulbs sit like tightly wrapped cocoons, just as they have for the past two weeks. I guess they are waiting for the perfect moment to show their golden petals hidden inside.

Entertainment listings, March 22-29, 2018


Park district Easter-egg hunts

This weekend


What: A good, old-fashioned egg hunt for ages 0-13. Hunting in waves this year, with the first egg hunt starting at 12:15 p.m. for ages 0-4 years. At 12:30 p.m., 5-8 year olds, and 9-13 year olds at 12:50 p.m. Bring a basket.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. March 24.

Letter from Birdland | Searching for the right word

It's a clear, cold morning in Birdland, and I am searching for a word.

I was writing a letter to my friend, trying to make a joke about our addiction to memberships at museums and botanic gardens.

I started this sentence: "Michael thinks we are big-time arts ... something." and I can't finish it. I'm looking for a word that means "philanthropist," but that's not it.

Just Askin' | Get those yard-waste bags ready

Q: When is yard waste being picked up this spring?

A: It depends on what city you're in, but probably some time in April.

Vermilion County Conservation District's longtime leader: 'It's just time' to retire

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Conservation District board will be launching a search for a new executive director after longtime leader Ken Konsis retired this week.

Weekend Planner | They're on the hunt

Children with special needs and their brothers and sisters will gather at Prairie Farm, 2202 W. Kirby Ave., C, this afternoon for the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Program's Sensory Egg Hunt.

Entertainment listings, March 15-22, 2018


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