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[May 02, 2014]  Local post office food drive May 10

The Lincoln post office will once again conduct a postal carrier food drive. This year the drive will be on Saturday, May 10.

Those who wish to donate are asked to leave their bag or box of food by their mailbox. Carriers will pick up the donations as they do their mail delivery.

As a reminder, the food products donated should be nonperishable boxed or commercially canned products. Homemade goods, frozen foods or other items subject to quick spoilage should not be donated to this food drive, and no glass containers should be used.

Food collected will be distributed among local food pantries.

Upcoming CICBC blood drives

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, the Central Illinois Community Blood Center is offering opportunities Monday, May 5, to donate blood in Lincoln:

  • Lincoln Masonic Center, 2022 N. Kickapoo, noon-6 p.m.

  • Lincoln Christian University, 100 Campus View Drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For your convenience, call the blood center toll-free to sign up at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), or schedule an appointment online at Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.

Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of lifesaving blood for 14 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital. CICBC is a division of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which collects over 180,000 units of blood annually and serves a total of 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Logan County Arts presents second annual LCHS exhibit

The opening reception for the second annual Lincoln Community High School exhibit at the Lincoln Art Institute will be on Thursday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. The "Functional and Fine Art" exhibit will feature a variety of pieces made of fabric, metal and wood, along with paintings and drawings.

There is no admission charge. The show runs through May 28.

Teachers with students exhibiting in this year's show are Brenda Silano with fabrics, Arlyn Musselman in metals, Cheryl Spove in fine arts and Jason Hoffman with woodworking. Names of the students participating are not available at this time.

The Lincoln Art Institute is at 112 S. McLean St., on the northeast corner of the downtown square, next to the post office.

For more information, call Toby Prange, Lincoln Art Institute curator, at 217-651-8355.

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Artist's talk and critique at Keest Center on May 12

As part of the effort of Logan County Arts to educate the public and create awareness of all types of visual arts in the community, there will be an artist's talk and critique at 7 p.m., Monday, May 12, at the Salvation Army Keest Center, 307 N. Kickapoo in Lincoln.

Brian K Simpson, life drawing instructor at the McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, will present a talk, "Discussing Techniques of Life Drawing."

Simpson will show several of his own drawings and discuss them, critique LCA members' drawings as well as those of the general public, and give tips and techniques to help improve figure drawings.

Simpson left the academic world in 1984 after completing his graduate exhibition in photography at Illinois State University, then spent the next 20 years exploring life drawing while making a living as a bookseller — he owns and operates Babbit's Books in Normal. He has been affiliated with the McLean County Arts Center for a number of years.

Admission will be charged at the door. People attending are asked to bring a few of their drawings to share with Simpson.

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