That annual mass slinging of flapjacks, Kiwanis Pancake Days, returns Saturday and Sunday to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts' lower-level ballroom. Hours for this, the 66th edition, are from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days. The event's much-loved pancake-and-sausage breakfasts are $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free to little flapjack freaks under 5. Also part of the event is the annual Scholastic Book Fair, which goes from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
Time to guffaw, and then some: the 10th annual FunnyRaiser at Heartland Community College’s Challenger Learning Center will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the Campus Cafe. The evening of amateur stand-up comedy is for adults 21 and older, with proceeds going to the CLC's scholarship fund. Featured comedians this year are Justin Boyd, Frank Hoffman, Rick Pearce, Mark Peterson, Jim Sikes and Amanda Wycoff. A cash bar, food, silent auction and people's choice award for best comedian are also part of the merriment. Tickets are $35; for more information, call 309-268-8125.
Black History Month events are in full, celebratory swing this weekend and into next week on the Illinois State University campus. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, the traveling True Black History Museum makes an artifact-laden stop in Hewett-Manchester Hall's Escalante Room. At 7 p.m. Sunday, the annual Black Heritage Ball takes over the Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom with a dance, music, dinner buffet and special guest Teju the Storyteller. At 4 p.m. Monday in the BSC Old Main Room, the Distinguished Geographer Lecture Series presents Derek Alderman on Civil Rights as Geospatial Work: The African American Freedom Struggle as Counter-Mapping and Radical Place-Making. Next up is the acclaimed film Selma, which will be screened twice: at 6 p.m. Monday in ISU's Stevenson Hall 101 as part of the free Civic Film Series and at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Normal Theater as part of the Six-Week Film School, also free. Last but not least: author Adrienne Dixson speaks on Are We There Yet?: Race, Protest and the Challenge of Multicultural Education at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the BSC Prairie Room.