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Champaign holds community service day

CHAMPAIGN — A number of Champaign neighborhoods will get a sprucing up on Saturday, courtesy of city officials and about 200 volunteers.


Hessel Park event to feature variety of entertainment

CHAMPAIGN — The 17th annual SAFE House Benefit Gospel & Jazz Fest will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hessel Park in Champaign.

The event will feature a variety of entertainment, including the return of Champaign native the Rev. Pam Pirtle.

Food will also be sold during the event.


116,000 in area rely on food pantries, meal programs

URBANA — One out of five people in a 14-county area of East Central Illinois relies on food pantries and meal service programs to eat, according to a new report released Monday by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Feeding America.


For the retirees, Aug. 17-24, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.


All in the Jeans Day turns 17: five bucks for dressing down

DANVILLE — Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Foundation is asking local businesses, schools, and civic organizations to participate in the 17th annual It's All In the Jeans Day Oct. 3.

For a $5 donation, employees and students can buy the right to wear denim on this day at participating locations.


If you scream for ice cream, here's the event for you - and the food bank

URBANA — The Common Ground Food Co-Op is holding its third annual ice cream social from 2-4 p.m. Sunday as a fund-raiser for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Held outside in the parking lot, it will feature build-your-own sundaes with local Kilgus Farmstead ice cream and an organic toppings buffet.


Harvest sweetens pantry giveaways

Freshly picked sweet corn a bonus for pantry families

DANVILLE — Each summer, Madison Smith looks forward to sinking her teeth into ears of hot, buttered corn.

But she realizes that not all kids have a chance to eat fresh produce.

That's why the 14-year-old Danville girl enjoyed helping with a project to bring free sweet corn to them and their families.


For the retirees, Aug. 10-17, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.


Donated-clothing agency plans fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — His Kid's Closet will hold a fall fashion show Saturday to help raise money to serve more families.

It will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 2901 Watterson Court, C, with a suggested admission donation for adults of $3. Kids get in free.


NAMI offers program for families of veterans

CHAMPAIGN — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a new, free program for family members of veterans affected by major mental health conditions.

Called NAMI Homefront, it is based on the organization's family-to-family education program and adapts the curriculum to veteran issues such as post-deployment and post dishcharge transitions.


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