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Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

DINNER, AUCTION AND ENTERTAINMENT

What: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.

Urbana mayor will urge to preserve financial commitment to social service programs

URBANA — Mayor Diane Marlin said she'll recommend that the Urbana City Council maintain its current financial commitment to social service programs it funds alongside Cunningham Township, despite planned expenditure reductions in the budget.

Getting Personal: Anthony Pendleton

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, one of our 40 Under 40 honorees, Anthony Pendleton, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. He's a senior manager in the business advisory services department at Martin Hood. He served in the Marines and is involved in several charities.

For the retirees, Feb. 17-24, 2019

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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Illinois opioid helpline has received 10,000 calls

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois hotline that supports people addicted to opioids and other substances has received 10,000 calls since it was set up in late 2017.

The Illinois Department of Human Services also said Thursday the Illinois Helpline website created last June has been visited more than 14,000 times.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

SPURLOCK MUSEUM'S 17TH ANNUAL WINTER TALES CELEBRATION

What: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.

When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Pritzker releases 11 transition reports

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker released his transition-team reports on his 20th day in office.

Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton on Friday publicized 11 reports covering topics ranging from the budget to future leaders.

For the retirees, Feb. 10-17, 2019

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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Getting Personal: Erin Tarr

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 39-year-old Champaign resident ERIN TARR chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She has a day job, but in her spare time, she has created Be the Benchmark to help young women. Tarr mentors girls, loves "Friends" and has a deep faith in God.

Canteen Run out to spread love, food to those in need

Words begin to catch in Jimmie Dorris' throat as he stands in front of an old, retired ambulance across the street from the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign, rain misting down.

Two and a half years ago, he hit bottom. The Canteen Run, which gives out clothing, food and hygienic materials out of the back of that old ambulance, helped him recover.

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