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Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

DINNER, AUCTION AND ENTERTAINMENT

What: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.

Krazy is a Perk | It's safer to keep cats behind closed doors

By KRISTA VANCE

"Wouldn't this be cool?" Thomas asked, showing me a picture of a three-level, chicken-wire-wrapped wooden frame sitting on a patio.

"What is it?"

"A 'cat-io'," he explained. "The cats can use the dog door to access it.""That's amazing!"

I've always been opposed to having outside cats, but the "cat-io" seemed like a nice balance.

Letter from Birdland | Where did the snow go?

We left Birdland yesterday on a sunny afternoon for Chicago to do our weekend work. This morning, we woke to a grave drizzle, but that just keeps the distractions down so we can get busy.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

SPURLOCK MUSEUM'S 17TH ANNUAL WINTER TALES CELEBRATION

What: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.

When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Pet Talk | UI Vet Med personnel help quell big cats for dental work

By BETH MUELLER
UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Think your cat is uncooperative during a veterinary examination? Image if your cat weighed more than 400 pounds and had 3-inch-long teeth and claws.

Unsurprisingly, lions, tigers and other wild cats must be anesthetized before they can be examined closely by a veterinarian.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

What: Guest speaker is Dr. James C. Harden and performance by Leadership Development Academy. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul. Rescheduled from Jan. 19.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Letter from Birdland | A winter stroll in the woods

Snow has come to Birdland, blanketing the fields and settling on the trees.

Last summer's corn stubble pokes through, stippling the white with tan bristles, and Michael and I are on our way across the field to the Benson timber to walk and cut brush to groom our little trail.

Rantoul man facing animal-cruelty charges after dogs left out overnight

RANTOUL — A 68-year-old man is facing animal-cruelty charges for allegedly leaving his two dogs outside all night Wednesday, when temperatures were well below zero.

Police assisted the village's animal-control officer, who retrieved the two small dogs from the backyard of Vennie Q. Broadnax's property in the 1100 block of Briarcliff Drive.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2019

EVENTSThis weekend

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: The Love For All Poetry Crawl celebrating the poetic talent of Central Illinois residents and students. Poems, prose-poems and song lyrics will be chosen by the committee, printed and spread through participating downtown businesses. Also multiple readings by those interested in performing. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 30, 2019

This week's cold snap prompted MARK SHAFER to make his heated shed available to anyone with an outside dog or cat in need of shelter.

The 47-year-old Arcola farmer and his family said if you provide a leash and food, "we'll provide the couch, warm shed and love for the animals."

How cool is that?

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