Reluctant Townie: How to tell your kid a weird bedtime story

My 4-year-old requires me to improvise a story every night before she goes to bed. The stories cannot repeat, and they have an ongoing mandate to "be weird."

After a recent bedtime story, I was presented with the following criticism.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 8, 2015

Where were you in 1980, when poofy hair was in, President Carter was out and Casey Kasem couldn't get enough of a Champaign-bred band new to the American Top 40? That's the question we posed to 10 familiar faces on the eve of REO Speedwagon's homecoming concert at the Virginia Theatre.

Getting Personal: Stefanie Pratt

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 42-year-old Stefanie Pratt of Savoy, a Realtor/broker at Coldwell Banker Honig Bell, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Pratt is deeply spiritual, and she is totally into the Greatest Generation.

What's something nobody knows about you?

With Dietz at helm, ISU recovering from low point

NORMAL — Three weeks ago, Illinois State University Student Trustee Connor Joyce felt a sense of deja vu while talking with an alumnus who was on campus for homecoming weekend.

The alumnus recounted he was tailgating when a man in Redbirds attire approached him, shook his hand and struck up a conversation. During their chat, he asked the man if he worked for the university.

For the retirees, Nov. 8-15, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Business listings, Nov. 8. 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Little Learners Daycare, 3917 Summer Sage Court, C, Christelle Panumpabi and Henriette Panumpabi, same address.

Luxury Nail Spa, 115 Calvin St., Savoy, Cindy Diep, 106 Bradford Ave., Savoy.

Studio Visit: Lori Serb

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Lori Serb. The station manager at WEFT community radio and an accordion player in the Cretaceous Band of the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How long have you been playing accordion?

Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 8, 2015

Has UI art faculty member Guen Montgomery finished her "printformance" yet?

She will from noon to 4 p.m. Friday in a field just north of the School of Art + Design building. There she will pull five to 10 large-scale prints as the culmination of her woodblock-carving performances inside the museum in connection with the 2015 Faculty Exhibition.

Favorite REO song? Here are 10

Monday is welcome-home day for dozens of Champaign-Urbana natives who love REO Speedwagon.