Social Services

Social Services

For the retirees, July 9-15, 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, phone 217-359-6500.

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

Holiday weekend leads to drop in blood donations

URBANA — If you're a blood donor, or think you could be, now is a great time to step up.

The Independence Day holiday weekend added up to fewer blood drives and donors in the early part of the week, according to Kirby Winn, spokesman for Community Blood Services of Illinois, which has a blood center in Urbana.

Religion calendar, July 7-13, 2017

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Courage Connection raises $391,000 to offset loss of state funds

CHAMPAIGN — Courage Connection has exceeded its goal of raising $350,000 to help fill a funding gap caused by the state budget impasse.

In 10 weeks, hundreds of donations from organizations, businesses, churches and individuals raised $390,991, allowing Courage Connection to continue serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, the agency said.

Entertainment listings, July 6-13, 2017

EVENTS

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Main Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed to cars and open for festival fun. Unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. July 7.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

For the retirees, July 2-8, 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, phone 217-359-6500.

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

Today's Special: Daily Bread Soup Kitchen averaging 270 meals a day

CHAMPAIGN — A downtown Champaign soup kitchen is serving more meals than ever.

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at 116 N. First St. distributed 280 meals on June 23, treasurer Stevie Bennett said. That's a record for a Friday, she said.

Overall the soup kitchen is averaging 270 meals a day.

UI to host national conference on student hunger

URBANA — The University of Illinois will host a national conference next March targeting college-student hunger, an issue gaining wider attention in higher education circles.

Religion calendar, June 30-July 6, 2017

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Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

FORD COUNTY FAIR

What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.