Social Services

Social Services

For the retirees, Feb. 26-March 4, 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, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

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

Weekend Planner: Getting ready for an icy surprise

After a spate of unseasonably warm weather, Mother Nature might cooperate with much lower temperatures today for the Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet. JACKIE WALK, Area 8 director for Special Olympics Illinois, said 315 "plungers" have signed up to take a dip into the still-frigid water at noon today.

Religion calendar, Feb. 24-March 2, 2017

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EVENTS

Clergy Corner, Feb. 24, 2017

A few things you should know about the Rev. AMY THOREN, pastor at St. Andrew's Lutheran in Campustown: "I love beer, enjoy wine and even put down the occasional cocktail."

But when it comes to what she's learned in her year here about the sloshfest known as Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, "my gut tells me I'm not a huge fan."

Illini Veterans helping comrades affected by Danville fatal fire

URBANA — When University of Illinois student and Marine veteran Jason Sakowski heard about a fatal fire in Danville that claimed the life of one veteran and displaced others, he wanted to do something to help.

"It sounded so horrible," said Sakowski, coordinator for Veteran Student Support Services on the UI campus.

Cunningham home's new $14 million school to open in fall '18

URBANA — The Cunningham Children's Home will open the doors to a new $14 million school in the fall of 2018.

Radio station manager embarks on 27th pilgrimage to Israel

He has so many Israel stamps on his passport that the customs agents there almost always ask Mark Burns if he's a citizen.

And his accompanying blood-donor card — showing eight donations in the country — does nothing to offer clarity.

"They're intrigued. They wonder: Why this tourist is donating blood there?" Burns said. "I leave that in there intentionally."

For the retirees, Feb. 19-25, 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, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

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

Religion calendar, Feb. 17-23, 2017

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EVENTS

Champaign council OKs funding for temporary men's shelter

CHAMPAIGN — After financial issues caused two of the city's men's shelters to close, the Champaign City Council on Tuesday initially approved one-time funding with the United Way of Champaign County for an emergency shelter.