Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

Green Book (PG-13) ***** There should be a run on old Don Shirley recordings. The snippets heard in this film will make music fans drool, they are so good. And the odd thing is that the trio is a bass,…

Shop Talk

Photo | Pam Schipper Local family owned and run, Kyo Sushi opened Nov. 7 at 3532A Urbana Pike in Casabella Commons

Urbana Advanced Aesthetics Skin Spa to Open Urbana Advanced Aesthetics Skin Spa will be opening the first week of December at CasaBella Commons, 3532 D Urbana Pike. Services offered will include skin facials and enhancements such as Botox and Juvederm,…

Out & About

Sol Yoga: Good Cause Class Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Urbana Regional Library This free yoga class is offered by Sol Yoga’s Good Cause Division. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. Donations accepted.…

Around Town

Photo | Terri Stilwell Urbana Cub Scout Den 10 packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child at their den meeting on Nov. 14. Organized by Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies to children in more than 160 countries.

Troop 81632 Donates Thanksgiving Meal Girl Scout Troop 81632 donated a huge Thanksgiving meal for a large food bank family. The girls, under the leadership of Corey Magill, each brought items in to be included in the dinner. Jo Ostby,…

Capturing Nature in Clay

Photo | Marylou Bono Jennifer Hamilton’s current series focuses on farm life

On a fiercely rainy day, I met Jennifer Hamilton at her Dickerson studio, Dusty Road Pottery. The studio is located on a picturesque country road in a converted dairy barn that is only a 10-minute drive from the Villages of…

Shop Talk

Photos | Submitted Local businesses celebrated grand openings this month. They are (L to R) Sweet Babe’s Creamery and Sage Physical Therapy & Wellness at CasaBella Commons on Urbana Pike, Kiddie Academy of Urbana in Landon Crossing on Urbana Pike, and Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy on Gateway Center Drive in Clarksburg.

Jasmine Mediterranean Grill to Open in November The iconic Jasmine flower that flourishes in the warmer Mediterranean climate is the inspiration behind the name of this family-owned restaurant looking to make its soft-opening in CasaBella Commons in early November. Look…

Around Town

Photo | Submitted Held on the Fingerboard Road future site of the Green Valley YMCA, Smorefest featured stories by the campfire.

Smorefest Sweet Success More than 150 participated in the first annual Green Valley YMCA Smorefest. Urbana High’s Interact Club gave more than 25 tours of the Kooky Spooky Trail Walk. Participants also enjoyed glow-in-the-dark games, crafts, a bounce house and…

Out & About

Sol Yoga: Good Cause Class Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Urbana Regional Library This free yoga class is offered by Sol Yoga’s Good Cause Division. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. Donations…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Warner Bros. / Everett Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga power the fourth remake of “A Star Is Born.”

A Star Is Born (R) ***** Never a Lady Gaga fan entirely, I am now! What a performance she gives, both dramatically and musically in this fourth remake of the classic “rising star, falling sponsor” franchise. The film has previously…