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Entertainment listings, Jan. 18-25, 2018


This weekend


3 things to know: Austin's Place women's emergency shelter

The extreme cold temperatures have been driving up demand for beds at Austin's Place, a volunteer-staffed winter overnight shelter for homeless women at First United Methodist Church, Champaign.

-- Capacity: Eight per night.

-- December 2016: Over the course of the 15 days the shelter was open, beds were filled 29 times by eight different women.

Motorcycle club's bowling tournament to raise funds for C-U at Home

Calling all bowlers who want to have fun while helping the homeless this weekend.

The Blue Crew Motorcycle Club of Central Illinois is hosting a bowling tournament Sunday to benefit the C-U at Home' One Winter Night project, intended to help the homeless in Champaign and Urbana.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 18, 2018

Not everyone is complaining about the latest cold spell. Like VANESSA DUNCAN, who puts on the Polar Plunge in these parts for Special Olympics Illinois.

"Polar Plunge wouldn't work in Florida," she said. "We need it cold."

Tolono youths' mission: Warming up C-U at Home's fundraiser

TOLONO — Some local youths are taking on a project to help the homeless.

Children from area churches' youth groups are meeting Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Tolono to make no-sew fleece blankets that will be distributed at C-U at Home's One Winter Night fundraiser Feb. 2.

Frigid winter has men's emergency shelter overflowing

CHAMPAIGN — A harsh winter has been heaping extra demand on local emergency shelter beds, and an extra, overflow site has opened for homeless men.

The men's emergency shelter housed at New Covenant Fellowship Church can hold up to 30 per night. Last winter, it ran below capacity, averaging 22 men a night.

Getting Personal: Ramona Sullivan

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, attorney and activist RAMONA SULLIVAN, 46, of Savoy chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She talks about two serious issues close to her heart in February: domestic violence and a rare disease.

For the retirees, Jan. 14-21, 2018

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.

Weekend Planner: A hunger for giving

The parishioners of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church who will be flipping pancakes and cooking sausage today are doing more than filling the bellies of hundreds of guests. They are also raising money for local charities.

Religion calendar, Jan. 12-19, 2018

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