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Event to raise money for King students' backpacks

URBANA — Piato Catering and Cafe is hosting a $5 buffet to benefit King Elementary in Urbana.

It's scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at Piato Cafe at Lincoln Square in Urbana.

Danville youth club signups open

DANVILLE — The Boys & Girls Club of Danville has launched its membership sign-up for the 2013-14 school year.

The school year session begins Aug. 26 and runs through May 30.

The membership fee is $75 per youth. Membership is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Poker run to benefit veterans

CHAMPAIGN — The seventh annual Richard L. Pittman Marine Corps League poker run will benefit local veterans and wounded warriors July 27.

Rain or shine, the ride will start and end at Hooters of Champaign, 1706 S. State St.

'Citizen diplomats' from Urbana visiting China

URBANA — City officials and other people involved in Urbana's sister city program left for China on Wednesday, hoping to involve another international community in their efforts.

Challenger League to play at UI softball field Thursday

The stars of the Tom Jones Challenger League in Champaign-Urbana will play on the big stage on Thursday.

The group will hold a doubleheader at Eichelberger Field in Urbana, home of University of Illinois Softball. 

Habitat to get $2 million from state share of mortgage settlement

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County will share in a $70 million settlement fund for housing relief announced Wednesday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The local Habitat organization will receive $2 million to apply to the cost of building 18 more homes on top of its current building program, according to Executive Director Sheila Dodd.

Event will help buy school supplies

URBANA — A fashion show this weekend will raise money for school supplies for local kids.

The show, which will benefit the Heavenly Seven, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, 1401 E. Main St., U.

It will feature fashions from Dress Barn and hats from Gretchen Potter's collection.

Habitat group aims to build in Monticello

After successful projects in DeLand and Hammond, the Habitat for Humanity group has turned its sights on Monticello.

A project dubbed "The Walnut Street Rejuvenation Program" has already begun, with groundbreaking on one lot and plans to build homes on five more lots on the street.

Boys and Girls Club seeing progress, director says

The head of the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in Champaign said he's seen a large increase in participation in the group's programs during the last year.

Executive Director of the agency Sam Banks made those comments Friday on the WDWS Morning Show.

Students come to town to help others

URBANA — Five students from around the country spent the week painting in an Urbana attic, getting to know each other, singing along with recorded music and spending time with Claire Douglas, the homeowner hosting them.

The attic room hadn't been painted since the 1970s, Douglas said, which was helpful to her because she couldn't have done it otherwise.