HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Public Library and the University of Illinois Extension, Vermilion County office, will present "Pumpkin Fall Fun" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 110 N. Fourth St.
The event is for children ages 5 through 13 and their families. Activities will include pumpkin and gourd decorating and making pine cone birdhouses and easy pumpkin treats.
CHARLESTON – National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien will present the third annual James Jones Lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at the Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.
The lecture is part of the James Jones Symposium on Friday and Saturday at EIU.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police officers and firefighters will compete on the football field Saturday afternoon to help raise money for a planned memorial for officers who died in the line of duty.
URBANA – AmerenIP officials will have an open house next week to address outage concerns for residents of southeast Urbana.
Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said the event will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Stone Creek Church, 2502 S. Race St., U. Utility officials will be available to talk to residents one-on-one about reliability issues or other questions, he said.
MAHOMET – Holly Cassano was a single mother devoted to her daughter and her friends. She worked two jobs for a while and was struggling in a relationship with the father of her child.
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CHAMPAIGN — The United Way of Champaign County is providing an emergency payment of $18,000 to A Woman’s Fund to allow the organization to remain in operation.
CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign father whose 5-year-old son has cerebral palsy is selling his artwork to raise funds for special equipment for his son.
In an exhibition called "Downtown Champaign in Vivid Color," Michael Downs is showing at the Old Vic Art Gallery, 11 E. University Ave., C, paintings and drawings of downtown Champaign scenes. The opening reception will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge for admission. Michael Downs will be at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; his son, Jack, will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., "as his patience allows," his father said.
DANVILLE – Friends of the Toys for Tots campaign will host its fourth annual Sarge's Tap Guest Bartending Fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the local Sarge's, 409 E. Main St.
Volunteers from various local businesses will take turns being harassed by friends and associates while tending bar.
DANVILLE – Over its 115 years of caring for children in need in the Danville community, a Danville agency has gone from a home where children stayed full time to a home for programs serving babies through teens.
The Center for Children's Services will honor its long history with a showcase of local talent at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Danville High School auditorium. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.
CHAMPAIGN – "Memories of War – Iraq & Afghanistan" is the topic of a panel discussion involving local veterans.
Panelists include Sgt. Bryan Abbott, Gunnery Sgt. Shawn Johnston, Staff Sgt. Katie Maglia, 2nd Lt. Shannon Potts and Staff Sgt. John Robinson.