Community Events

Community Events

For the retirees, Feb. 26-March 4, 2017

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.

Weekend Planner: Getting ready for an icy surprise

After a spate of unseasonably warm weather, Mother Nature might cooperate with much lower temperatures today for the Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet. JACKIE WALK, Area 8 director for Special Olympics Illinois, said 315 "plungers" have signed up to take a dip into the still-frigid water at noon today.

Clergy Corner, Feb. 24, 2017

A few things you should know about the Rev. AMY THOREN, pastor at St. Andrew's Lutheran in Campustown: "I love beer, enjoy wine and even put down the occasional cocktail."

But when it comes to what she's learned in her year here about the sloshfest known as Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, "my gut tells me I'm not a huge fan."

Illini Veterans helping comrades affected by Danville fatal fire

URBANA — When University of Illinois student and Marine veteran Jason Sakowski heard about a fatal fire in Danville that claimed the life of one veteran and displaced others, he wanted to do something to help.

"It sounded so horrible," said Sakowski, coordinator for Veteran Student Support Services on the UI campus.

Religion calendar, Feb. 24-March 2, 2017

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EVENTS

Top of the Morning, Feb. 24, 2017

While the rest of us watched the Super Bowl at home or at a bar, CAREY DAVIS went for a different venue: Afghanistan.

The former Illini and NFL fullback was part of a USO tour that visited with U.S. troops.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

TRIVIA NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION

What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

Balloons over Vermilion putting kids to work

DANVILLE — When Jessica Alyea's students at Northeast Elementary Magnet School in Danville learned they would be getting more homework this year, they cheered.

Doors to open earlier for State Farm Center shows with more security

CHAMPAIGN — You might have a longer wait for some events at State Farm Center.

Doors will open earlier to accommodate new security procedures, including increased use of electronic wands, that will be employed at some events, beginning with Thursday night's Florida Georgia Line concert.