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Learn the art of storytelling to promote your nonprofit’s mission

EFFINGHAM -- Making a compelling connection drives everything in the nonprofit world. The best way to make that connection is through storytelling, the topic of the next convening hosted by Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and Forefront. This convening will address how to encourage new partnerships and attract donors through the use of stories.

The storytelling seminar is being held on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Dieterich Bank Corporate Center at 300 Sur Woods Drive in Effingham. The cost of this event is $15 for Forefront members and $25 for non-members. To register, visit

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages more than 130 funds that serve the immediate and long-term needs of communities in southeastern Illinois. For more information, contact Joedy Hightower, President/CEO, at 217-342-4988 or visit

Registration open for OCC Baseball Winter Camp

OLNEY -- The Olney Central College baseball team and coaching staff invite players ages 5 to 12 to participate in the annual Winter Youth League Camp.

The camp will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25 in the OCC Gymnasium and Britton’s Bullpen. Participants will enjoy a fun afternoon of working with and learning baseball skills from the OCC coaching staff and players.

The cost is $60 and those attending will need to bring a bat, glove, helmet and shoes.

To pre-register or for more information, call Coach Dennis Conley at 618-395-7777, ext. 2131, or 618-843-0333. You also may contact him by email at

Regenerative medicine presentation to be held

CHARLESTON -- The community is welcome to attend a free presentation by Dr. Chris Wolf, DO, sports medicine and regenerative orthopedic specialist and Brianna LaBarbera, ATC, of Bluetail Medical Group in Chesterfield, Mo., from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at the Brick House Bar and Grill, Unique Suites Hotel, 920 West Lincoln Ave., Charleston, about the benefits of regenerative/stem therapy as an alternative treatment option to surgery.

Come join a discussion on the benefits of regenerative/stem cell therapy for the treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other orthopedic conditions including:

  • Partial Tendon & Ligament Tears;
  • Muscle Tears; and
  • Heel Pain.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for attendees.

Kansas holding Preschool Round UP, kindergarten preregistration

KANSAS -- Each year, the Kansas school district and Project HELP (Helping Educate Little People) conduct Preschool Round Up for children ages infant to 5.

This free developmental screening gives parents information on how their child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech and language skills. A vision and hearing screening is also provided.

Preschool Round Up will be held at the Kansas School's new gym, 310 S. Front St., on March 8. Parents should call Angela Haynes at 217-948-5174 for an appointment or for more information.

Kindergarten preregistration is also made available at this time and location. To preregister a child for kindergarten, bring a certified copy of the child's birth certificate, immunization records, Social Security number, proof of residency, and emergency contact numbers.

There is no charge for the screening. The screening will last approximately one hour. Walk-ins are always welcome.

For more information about the event and to reserve your seat, please e-mail Brianna LaBarbera at


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