Oriental Mart owner 'totally surprised' by non-renewal of lease

CHAMPAIGN — Chang's Oriental Mart has weathered the financial crisis, recessions and competition during its 30 years at Royal Plaza in Champaign.

"But we can't survive without the support of our own landlord," said Paul Chang, who with his wife Wendy caters to the grocery needs of Asian and African customers.

Letter from Birdland: Unveiling the cracks in egg definitions

Last week, I opened the Birdland mailbag and wrote about the letters I found. I promised to tell you more about some articles a reader sent from Mother Earth News about a project comparing commercially produced eggs and those from pastured poultry.

Concert/dinner scheduled Friday

CHAMPAIGN — St. Luke CME Church's New Life Choir will present its annual "Taste of Heaven" gospel/jazz concert and catfish dinner on Friday.

The dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. in the lower level fellowship hall of the church at 809 N. Fifth St., C. Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased in advance from any member of the New Life Choir.

Meg Makes: Combining two hearty winter dishes

Cornbread Chili Bake combines two of my favorite winter dishes — can you guess which ones? It allows for spreading cornbread mix over the top of hot chili in a Dutch oven and baking the whole thing.

My Amish Home: Riding out the cold in a borrowed buggy

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:7-9

Today's Special: What's cooking? Check your table

CHAMPAIGN — A dining experience like no other in Champaign-Urbana awaits you when Hot Pot Lab opens in Campustown later this month.

Tables in the restaurant, at 112 E. Green St., C, are equipped with induction burners, and guests can cook their own "hot pot" concoctions in less than a minute.

Weekend update: Mahomet brewery hosts event for homebrewers

Beer drinkers, unite! Members of the American Homebrewers Association will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. today at JT Walker's Restaurant & Brewery, 401 E. Main St., Mahomet, for an AHA Rally that will feature a VIP tour of the brewery, a meet-and-greet with brewery staff, beer samples and a chance to win prizes from the brewery and the association.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 19-26, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Meg Makes: Pockets of warmth on cold winter nights

This delicious dinner is perfect for a chilly winter's night. Chicken pockets are a simple enough concept — they're like a chicken sandwich with the bread baked around them. But they come out of the oven steaming and delicious, and could even be portable if you have an evening activity.

My Amish Home: Weather brings out the best and worst

"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9:9-10