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Charity auction will support Piatt senior citizens

CISCO — Faith in Action of Piatt County will have a charity auction Saturday at Cisco Center, 325 N. Main St.

For the retirees, Oct. 5-12, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Camp offers kids 'a safe place to talk'

MONTICELLO — Last year when her mom told her about a special camp for kids who had lost a loved one, Diana Siedenburg wasn't sure if she wanted to go.

Her jitters disappeared as soon as she arrived and saw scores of counselors and volunteers dressed like pirates.

Salt & Light reopening with changes after monthlong closure

CHAMPAIGN — When the Christian ministry Salt & Light reopens Monday after a monthlong closure, folks accustomed to going there for such things as food and clothing distributions are going to find some changes.

That includes a new thrift store, where people can come shop for clothing at their convenience, and a new food co-op with service work required to obtain food.

Champaign County Head Start meeting attendees to get pumpkins

CHAMPAIGN — Chief/Bauer Heating and Air Conditioning will donate pumpkins to families attending the Champaign County Head Start family committee meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday at 809 N. Neil St., C.

The first 100 families attending the meeting will receive pumpkins, the company said.

Religion calendar, Oct. 3, 2014

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Urbana firefighters raise money to fight breast cancer

URBANA — On-duty Urbana firefighters will once again wear pink shirts during October to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer.

Buddy Walk raises awareness, funds for those with Down syndrome

URBANA — For Urbana High School freshman Tiffany Hand, the annual Buddy Walk is the big event of the year.

It's like a big birthday party. It's what she looks forward to every year, says her dad, Bill Hand.

"This is her day," he said. "All the kids with Down syndrome, it's their day."

Oktoberfest coming back in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — C-U Oktoberfest, a music, dancing, beer and food festival to benefit Developmental Services Center and its work, is coming Oct. 11 to downtown Champaign.

Conference to discuss support groups

URBANA — The Family Service Self Help Center will hold a biennial conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Carle Foundation Hospital Forum.