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Religion calendar, May 17-24, 2019

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Chorale sets concert with Sycamore Brass, scholarship winners for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The Chorale, the Sycamore Brass Quintet and winners of this year's Young Artist Scholarship competition will hold a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Admission is $15 and goes toward scholarships that will be given to outstanding area high school seniors who plan to pursue music studies at the university level.

'Just one small moment and one instant with someone can help'

URBANA — Elijha Booker was at the top of everyone's mind Wednesday.

Dozens of community members packed Salem Baptist Church in Champaign awaiting instructions to fan out into the neighborhood and hand out information that may help prevent the type of violence that killed the Franklin STEAM Academy eighth-grader last weekend.

Courage Connection to close Lincoln Square resale store June 30

URBANA — Connections, the resale store operated by Courage Connection at Lincoln Square, will close June 30, the agency said.

Michael Ujcich, Courage Connection's development and outreach director, said the agency is closing the store to focus on its mission, which is providing services for survivors of domestic violence.

Study: Illinois sometimes brushes aside abuse allegations

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents even when they have strong evidence of abuse that it has sometimes left those children in grave danger, a study released Wednesday found.

Top of the Morning, May 15, 2019

Champaign West Rotary's Buddy Bench Project is off to a rousing start.

On Tuesday at Robeson and Booker T. Washington elementary schools in Champaign, dedication ceremonies played out.

More are on tap this week at Stratton, Garden Hills and Bottenfield. On May 30, Kenwood unveils its bench.

Top of the Morning, May 14, 2019

The philanthropic crowd at last week's Power of the Purse event didn't disappoint, with United Way of Champaign County reporting a fundraising total of $100,500.

That brings the total raised in the event's five years to over $320,000 that goes toward, among other projects, the Emergency Shelter for Families and a Power of the Purse Scholarship at Parkland College.

For the retirees, May 12-19, 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: Kevan Melchiorre

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Kevan Melchiorre, a wealth manager at Busey Bank and the host of WDWS 1400-AM's "Busey Money Talk," chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Melchiorre is on the Crisis Nursery board and is a superhero fan.

Where did you grow up?

Religion calendar, May 10-17, 2019

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