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Today

Community

West Olive United Methodist Church's annual spring group sale; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., church, 1306 W. Olive St., Bloomington.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Chicago, staff hours; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave. Call (217) 492-5089.

Normal Public Library Teen Advisory Council; 4 p.m., community room, library. Call (309) 452-1757.

Friday

Community

YWCA Rules of the Road review course; 9 a.m., Miller Park Pavilion, lower level, 1020 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington. Call (309) 454-1451.

John Kirk, theater professor emeritus, and John Walsh, "Tell Me Your Story" classes; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Emerson Street and Towanda Avenue, Bloomington. Cost: $15.

"Friday/Saturday Night Live" variety show; 7 p.m., Olympia High School auditorium. Also Saturday.

Book signing, "We'll Always Have the Movies"; 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1701 E. Empire St., Bloomington.

For kids

Prairieland Elementary fourth biannual "Aware Fair"; 8:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., with lunch break between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 E. Raab Road, Normal.

Bloomington Public Library's mall story time; 10 a.m., Eastland Mall carpeted area near Mrs. Fields Cookies.

Saturday

Community

Register for McLean County Museum of History's step-on tours of historic Bloomington-Normal; May 6 and June 8. Deadlines are May 1 and May 22. Cost: $20. Call (309) 827-0428.

City of Refuge large group sale; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., The Elks, 101 N. Madison St., Bloomington.

Earth Day; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Green View Nursery, 1813 Industrial Park Road, Normal.

Rummage sale, arts and crafts sale and car wash; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heartland Community Church, 1811 N. Linden St., Normal. Call (309) 452-7335.

Planning and caring for perennials with Mary Merritt, 10 a.m., and noon pruning and composting with Lyle Merritt, 10 a.m.; Towanda District Library.

McLean County Foster Care Coalition community conference; 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 801 W. Market St., Bloomington.

Friends of Fell Arboretum tree walk; 1 p.m., Sassafras Grove seating area, Illinois State's Quad near Hovey Hall, Normal. Also 4 p.m. April 28 and 1 p.m. April 30.

Gary Clem benefit; noon, Copper Top Lounge, 1107 W. Locust St, Bloomington.

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County house blessing; 1 p.m., 701 S. Fell Ave., Normal.

Caldecott Award-winning children's author, Eric Rohmann; 2 to 3 p.m., Normal Public Library community room.

For kids

Taste of 4-H after-school mini showcase; 10 a.m. to noon, Farm Bureau Building, 402 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington. Call (309) 663-8306.

STAR story-time; 2 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1701 E. Empire St., Bloomington.

Teen game fest; 5 to 8 p.m., Arends Gym, Kingsley Junior High School. Sign up online at www.bngamefest.org or call (309) 452-1757 or (309) 454-9540.

Sunday

Community

McLean County Genealogical Society 40th anniversary meeting; 1:30 p.m., McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington. Call (309) 662-3472 or e-mail mcgs488@hotmail.com .

"Book Gossip"; 2 to 3:30 p.m., Bloomington Public Library board room.

Minority recognition ceremony; 2 to 4:30 p.m., Brown Ballroom of Bone Student Center, ISU.

For kids

Halloween in April; 1 to 3 p.m., Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington. Dress up as an animal or make a mask at the craft table. Free with regular paid zoo admission. Call (309) 434-2250.

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