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Spotlight on Service, May 12, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: C-U Optimist Club

About the club

Presidents: Bobbie Herakovich and Fred Neumann

Origin: Chartered in June 1948.

Meets: For dinner at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of every month at Perkins Restaurant in Urbana.

School board OKs leasing land to United Way

CHAMPAIGN — It may never be home to a new high school, as originally planned, but 40 acres of fertile farmland the Champaign school district paid $1.6 million for will soon see some activity — growing soybeans.

For the retirees, May 10-17, 2015

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.

CU-CitizenAccess: Head Start can't do enough for kids

Editor's note: CU-CitizenAccess operates under the Department of Journal

For the retirees, May 3-10, 2015

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.

Building something special

More than 60 women, among them University of Illinois athletes and staff, will use hammers and other tools today to help put up a house in Urbana as part of 2015 National Women Build Week, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and Lowe's. Among the heavy hitters today: UI Chancellor Phyllis Wise and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing.

Wheelathon fundraiser set

URBANA — Here's a chance to experience what it's like to navigate life in a wheelchair.

The annual Wheelathon, sponsored by PACE, Inc. (Persons Assuming Control of their Environment) will be held from 9:30-2 p.m. May 9 at Urbana's Meadowbrook Park.

Inspection finds violations at housing authority facilities

Editor's note: CU-CitizenAccess operates under the Department of Journal

Aruna run set for Saturday

URBANA — The second annual CU Aruna Run will take place Saturday at the UI Arboretum in the 2000 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

The event benefits women in south Asia who are enslaved in the brothel system. The Aruna Project raises money to help provide holistic care to the women and to find them jobs after they leave the brothels.

Family Checkbook: Financial education is not the whole story

By Kathy Sweedler

I believe in the importance of financial education; I am a financial educator.

I believe with good information people can avoid many costly errors and use their money to reach their dreams and goals. However, before people can make educated decisions and use their money wisely, they need to have enough available income to be out of survival mode.