Daughters in charge

I ran into a friend the other day with her 6-year-old, who had just celebrated her birthday with a long-awaited party. I asked how it went.

“It was fun,” the 6-year-old said, “but we didn’t get to do everything on the schedule.”

Flashback to my daughter’s sixth birthday party.

C-U from space

Astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Mike Hopkins posted a photo of Champaign-Urbana today from space.

Hopkins is aboard the International Space Station. 

Danville friends relate highlights of Oscar trip

Mimi Myers and Suzy Smalley are back in Danville after a weekend of star-gazing on the Oscars red carpet.

While the People magazine movie fan contest Myers won didn't come with front-row seats — the best friends sat high up in the stands, under a golden arch — they still got a good view of the rich and famous as they stopped to wave to the crowd or chat with ABC's Robin Roberts.

Area history, March 4, 2014

Today is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

Schools foundation to honor alums

Four graduates of local public schools have been selected for recognition by the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation.

To be honored at the foundation's alumni recognition gala April 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign:

Top of the Morning, March 4, 2014

As Gifford braces for today's statewide tornado drill — our story, B-2 — more signs of progress:

— On Monday, Champaign Rotary Club followed through on its promise to do more for Gifford than its donation of $10,000 made in November. President John Calderon announced at a luncheon that the club's spring project will be to plant up to 350 trees in the tornado-ravaged village,

UI meteorologist to speak at safety event

URBANA — University of Illinois meteorologist Jeffrey Frame, who takes students to the Great Plains each spring to observe tornadoes and thunderstorms, will speak at a free weather-safety event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Beckman Institute auditorium, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

Area history, March 3, 2014

Today is Monday, March 3, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

Top of the Morning, March 3, 2014: From the archives

The best way to see it for the first time is as a kid. In the winter. In the evening.

At least for me.

My parents, my mom's mom, and some of my siblings did just that many years ago. We drove to Champaign from my hometown, Danville, to see the Ice Capades.

I remember nothing of the show, but I've never forgotten the first time I saw the Assembly Hall.

Studio Visit: Peter Bodnar

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with artist Peter Bodnar, 85, Urbana.

Q: Have you been showing your work at other places besides here at the Cinema Gallery in Urbana?