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Religion calendar, Dec. 8-14, 2017

To submit items for this calendar, visit news-gazette.com/living and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit.

Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 7 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY WONDERLAND

Austin's Place shelter opening early after strong volunteer response

CHAMPAIGN — Austin's Place, the winter overnight shelter for homeless women housed at First United Methodist Church in downtown Champaign, will open four days earlier than planned this season.

That's thanks to a great response to a request for volunteers to help with this all-volunteer shelter, according to Kelli Kemper, a co-leader.

For the retirees, Dec. 3-9, 2017

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.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 2, 2017

The popular fruit sale sponsored by Champaign Central High School’s band raises lots of money for the program, but there’s a side benefit for charity.

Each year, customers can buy fruit or designate their purchase for one of three local charities dedicated to ending hunger.

Religion calendar, Dec. 1-7, 2017

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Entertainment listings, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Nov. 30 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

For the retirees, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2017

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.

Combat 'Christmas creep' by expanding your giving

Christmas creep doesn't just refer to that guy in the apparel aisle. It's about the chance that you spent some of this weekend in a big box store, fighting for things family members didn't know they wanted.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 25, 2017

One of the area's longest-running fundraisers kicks off this morning.

A truck carrying 400 Christmas trees is due in town in time for the C-U Optimist Club to start selling at 10 a.m. underneath that familiar white tent at the northwest corner of Mattis and Springfield at Country Fair in Champaign.