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Fundraising feat could carry slight health risk

CHAMPAIGN — It's fun, and doing something to help fight a debilitating and invariably fatal disease. But is dumping a bucket of icy water over your head safe for everyone?

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising campaign for the ALS Association that's exploded via social media, has raised $53.3 million as of Friday, the organization said.

Weekend update: Call to breakfast

Willis Kuhns asked that we order cool weather for today's Mennonite Relief Sale at the Otto Center, a half mile south of Arthur, in Amish country.

Champaign holds community service day

CHAMPAIGN — A number of Champaign neighborhoods will get a sprucing up on Saturday, courtesy of city officials and about 200 volunteers.

Hessel Park event to feature variety of entertainment

CHAMPAIGN — The 17th annual SAFE House Benefit Gospel & Jazz Fest will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hessel Park in Champaign.

The event will feature a variety of entertainment, including the return of Champaign native the Rev. Pam Pirtle.

Food will also be sold during the event.

116,000 in area rely on food pantries, meal programs

URBANA — One out of five people in a 14-county area of East Central Illinois relies on food pantries and meal service programs to eat, according to a new report released Monday by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Feeding America.

For the retirees, Aug. 17-24, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

If you scream for ice cream, here's the event for you - and the food bank

URBANA — The Common Ground Food Co-Op is holding its third annual ice cream social from 2-4 p.m. Sunday as a fund-raiser for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Held outside in the parking lot, it will feature build-your-own sundaes with local Kilgus Farmstead ice cream and an organic toppings buffet.

All in the Jeans Day turns 17: five bucks for dressing down

DANVILLE — Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Foundation is asking local businesses, schools, and civic organizations to participate in the 17th annual It's All In the Jeans Day Oct. 3.

For a $5 donation, employees and students can buy the right to wear denim on this day at participating locations.

Harvest sweetens pantry giveaways

Freshly picked sweet corn a bonus for pantry families

DANVILLE — Each summer, Madison Smith looks forward to sinking her teeth into ears of hot, buttered corn.

But she realizes that not all kids have a chance to eat fresh produce.

That's why the 14-year-old Danville girl enjoyed helping with a project to bring free sweet corn to them and their families.

For the retirees, Aug. 10-17, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.