UI students schedule dinner Friday to aid rural China youths

UI students schedule dinner Friday to aid rural China youths

CHAMPAIGN – Chinese students will have a fundraising dinner starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the University YMCA, 1101 S. Wright St., C, to raise money to help students in rural China.

The University of Illinois chapter of the Overseas China Education Foundation, a nonprofit charity in the United States, has helped more than 150 children cover fees for books, stationery and other items in rural China. Generally, the fees total $50 a year per student.

For the fundraising dinner, area Chinese restaurants donate food, with each giving enough to serve eight to 10 people. Last year, 13 restaurants donated 13 trays of entrees and five trays of fried rice and noodles, as well as soups and desserts.

Volunteers also prepared traditional Chinese "tang yuan," or small stuffed rice balls, as the dinner took place around the Yuan Xiao Festival, a traditional Chinese festival.

While the Chinese Student Association limited those attending the dinner to its community, it is now opening the event to others. Last year, 57 guests were served. This year, volunteers seek more support from restaurants, hoping to serve more people.

People who wish to register for the dinner may e-mail ocef.uiuc<@>gmail.com.

Preservationists set Saturday emporium

URBANA – The Preservation Working Group will present "Heirlooms, Artifacts and Family Treasures: A Preservation Emporium," a free event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Members of the public may take to the emporium small, hand-held items or images of larger items to discuss specific preservation questions with specialists. Experts will be available in a variety of specialized areas ranging from antiquities to modern digital media.

Mark Pohlad, associate professor of art history at DePaul University and a specialist in photo history, will deliver the keynote address, "The Camera and Abraham Lincoln," from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium at Spurlock.

For more information about the Preservation Working Group, visit http://will.illinois.edu/pwg/.

Danville library offers Lincoln sticker

DANVILLE – The Danville Public Library is offering a special sticker for Danville residents who have or want to apply for a free library card.

The sticker commemorates Abraham Lincoln's years in Vermilion County with the logo "Celebrating Lincoln in Old Vermilion, 1809-2009, A Year of Remembrance."

"Abraham Lincoln was the first person to borrow a book from the Illinois State Library on Dec. 16, 1842," according to Barb Nolan, library director. "We would like all residents to get a library card and share the love of reading with their children.

Nolan said a library card allows access to millions of dollars of books, magazines, movies, recorded books and large-print books for children and adults.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Use of materials inside the library is free and open to everyone.

To get a library card to take items outside the library, the applicant must show a photo ID and one other item showing the applicant's name and current street address.

Children in the same family will also receive library cards.

People living outside a library taxing district but who own property within a library's taxing district may obtain one free card for every parcel of land they own.

The Danville library honors cards from other Illinois libraries. People who live outside any library's taxing district may buy a nonresident card from an Illinois library and use it at other Illinois libraries for a $102 fee.

For more information, call the Danville library at 477-5220.

Thursday classes

to teach beekeeping

URBANA – For those who would like to learn the basics of beekeeping, the Central Eastern Illinois Beekeepers' Association will host its annual beekeeping class on six consecutive Thursdays at the Anita Purves Nature Center in Urbana.

Classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 26 and concluding April 2. The nature center is at 1505 N. Broadway Ave.

Topics of the six sessions are:

– Feb. 26: "History and Biology" and "Hive and Equipment."

– March 5: "Basics of Hive Work" and "Package Bees/Spring Management."

– March 12: "Overwintered Colony/Spring Management" and "Summer Management."

– March 19: "Honey Harvest," "Fall Management" and "Winter Preparation."

– March 26: "Summary of Management Practices" and "Urban Beekeeping."

– April 2: "Panel of Instructions" and "Questions and Answers."

Cost of the course is $65. Sign up by going to http://www.ceiba.us/classform.pdf, printing the registration form and mailing it and a check to the address printed on the form.

For more information, contact Lorraine Wirges at momwirges<@>aol.com or Karen Pruiett at kspruiet<@>illinois.edu.

Seminar planned on grief recovery

DANVILLE – Provena United Samaritans Medical Center's Pastoral Care Department will offer a "Loss and Grief Recovery" seminar beginning March 3.

The seminar, which will be on Tuesdays through April 7, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants must call to register for this bereavement support group.

The group, for people 16 and older who have experienced the death of a loved one, is an opportunity to learn about the process of grieving and meet others who have had a similar loss.

The seminar is free. Call Provena at 866-766-8362 to register for the group. Prior to the first session, the facilitator will contact registrants to confirm attendance and inform them of the meeting location.

Georgetown Lions set retinal screenings

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown Lions Club will host retinal screenings in conjunction with Illinois Retina Associates from 9 a.m. to noon March 25 at the former senior center, 102 S. Walnut St. in Georgetown.

Computer images are taken that will be reviewed by professionals at Illinois Retinal Associates. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of retinal disease will be notified to seek the help of an ophthalmologist.

Early detection of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and other retinal disorders is critical to preserving sight, especially for people with diabetes or those 55 and older.

Last year, Lions of Illinois screened about 1,600 people. Forty showed signs of undiagnosed diabetes; 76 were diagnosed with complications of macular degeneration and diabetes, but it was caught in time to still receive professional assistance.

For more information or a free ride to the screening, call Dennis Davidson at 662-2321.

Vermilion pageant looks for past queens

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Fair Queen pageant directors are still looking for a few of the fair's past royalty.

In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the county fair queen pageant, the fair will honor its past queens July 7 at this year's pageant.

Former pageant winners still to be located are: 1960, Carolyn Clark Jacklyn; 1961, Carolyn Walker; 1962, Donna Doran Gericki; 1963, Karen Geades Pierceall; 1964, Sharon Sheetinger Oakwood; 1965, Connie Damery White; 1966, Sandi Burow Burmeister; 1967, Cindy Tanner; 1968, Julie Wright Cravens; 1970, Darlene McAllister Wakeley; 1972, Vickie Cozatt Martin; 1976, Tina Perrone; 1979, Kelly Mayoras Blacker; 1981, Cindy Mahan; 1982, Molly Irwin Coleman; 1983, Mary Neely Woods; 1984, Rachel Ross Bennett; 1985, Michelle Meeker Schafer; 1986, Heather Hill Alford; 1990, Andrea Miller; 1991, Tammy Noggle Zieglar; 1997, Amy Kinney; 1998, Heather Snedeker; and 1999, Katie Ryder.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these former queens should call 286-5058 or 748-6470.

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