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Social Services

Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2017

Our On The Town feature has become so popular, we've added an online option.

Today at, you'll find a photo gallery from this month's Dancing With The C-U Stars, the wildly popular Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club fundraiser.

Religion calendar, Nov. 17-23, 2017

To submit items for this calendar, visit 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.

Clergy Corner, Nov. 17, 2017

One thing ANGELA BRADLEY discovered when she handed out her very first free turkey dinner while working a four-hour volunteer shift at Stone Creek Church's food pantry: There's no meal like a Thanksgiving meal.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 16-23, 2017


This weekend


What: Free horse and carriage rides, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa! Over 30 vendors from seasonal decor to baked goods. Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, breakfast and lunch provided by food vendors. Shop at the local village shops. Brochures and maps available day of event.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank sets food distribution Dec. 9 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Gifford State Bank will be teaming up to distribute food to needy families.

All Champaign County residents who are financially eligible can pick up food from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County, 520 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul.

Gifford Lions, first beneficiary marking 6 decades of thriving

GIFFORD — When Mike Busboom was born premature 60 years ago, he was placed in a hospital incubator. But he received too much oxygen, which caused him to go blind.

Gifford Lions Club members took it upon themselves to help Busboom however they could.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of both Busboom's birth and the formation of the Lions Club. Their story is intertwined.

Salvation Army's 2017 Red Kettle Campaign starts Friday

CHAMPAIGN — Just in time for the start of your holiday shopping, those shiny red kettles and shivering bell ringers are on their way to a store near you.

Maj. Tom McDowell of the Salvation Army of Champaign County is hoping donors will be generous.

Courage Connection seeks gifts for 'Adopt a Family' holiday program

CHAMPAIGN — Local nonprofit agency Courage Connection is seeking donations of holiday gifts for its clients and their children as part of its "Adopt a Family" program.

Wired In: Kathleen Hu

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KATHLEEN HU, a University of Illinois student who is heading the technology side of DIBBS, a start-up to fight hunger and reduce food waste. Her web platform connects food retailers to food pantries so that excess food doesn't go to waste.

For the retirees, Nov. 12-18, 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.