w Tickets available for Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Willie Pickens of Chicago; 7 p.m. March 4 at Pontiac Township High School auditorium. Costs: $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children junior high age and younger. Spaghetti dinner served, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call (815) 844-6239.
w Tickets available for March 25 benefit for Arlen Freeman, heart transplant recipient; spaghetti dinner, 2 to 7 p.m.; disc jockey, 2 to 7 p.m.; and band, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Goodfellas Pub & Pizza, 1414 N. 8th St., Pekin. Tickets: $7. Call (309) 635-9712 or (309) 635-9692.
w Benefit for Bloomington Knights of Columbus; 4 to 8 p.m., Culver's Restaurant, 901 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of all proceeds during those hours to Bloomington Knights of Columbus.
w "The History of the Ku Klux Klan in Central Illinois" program by Terri Clemens; 7 p.m., Gridley Library, Gridley.
w Advance registration required for Bloomington District 87's free vision, hearing and developmental screening; March 8 and 9 at Sarah E. Raymond School of Early Education, 1402 W. Olive St., Bloomington. Call (309) 827-0308.
w Register for defensive driving course through Livingston County Farm Bureau; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 14 and 15 at United Methodist Church, Pontiac. Costs: $10 per person for drivers 55 and older. Nonmembers may attend for $12.50 per person. Call (815) 842-1103.
w Bloomington-Normal HR Council; 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Chateau, Bloomington. Guest fee: $30. Program at noon.
w YWCA walk-in insurance counseling service for seniors; 2 to 3 p.m., Normal Senior Activity Center, Normal. Call (309) 454-1451.
w Christ the King Episcopal Church's Shrove Tuesday pancake supper; 4 to 8 p.m., at the church, 1210 S. Fell Ave., Normal. Tickets: $6, adults; $4, children under age 6. Call (309) 454-4903.
w "Yours, Mine and Ours"; 6:30 p.m., Mount Hope-Funks Grove Library, McLean.
w Old House Society annual meeting; 7 to 8:30 p.m., Normal Public Library Community Room, 206 W. College Ave., Normal. Call (309) 821-9787.
w Freedom of the press panel discussion; 7 p.m., Government Center, downtown Bloomington. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of McLean County.
w Pro-Life Action League's Joseph Scheidler; 7 p.m., Hansen Student Center, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. Call (309) 556-2927.
w Oxford Union-style debate sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta, Illinois State University's undergraduate communication honors organization; 7:30 p.m., Room 138, Schroeder Hall, Normal.
w Eureka Rotary Club meeting; Noon, Cerfn; Centern; atn; Eurekan; College, Eureka. Speaker: Jeffn; Wiegand,n; onn;Mangoldn; Ford-Mercuryn; carn; dealership inn; Eureka.
w Appointments taken, Chatsworth District 8 preschool screening; March 9-10. Call (815) 635-3555.
w Reservations accepted, murder mystery benefit for Morefield triplets of Mahomet; March 18, doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., at Lincoln Trail School, Mahomet. Tickets: $25 each. Call (217) 766-2979.
w "Cartoon Controversy: Freedom of Expression or Religious Sensitivity?"; noon, 401 Stevenson Hall, Illinois State University, Normal.
w Tickets on sale, LeRoy Boy Scout Troop 50's annual pancake and sausage breakfast; 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25, LeRoy United Methodist Church. Tickets: $5, adults; $3, children ages 6 to 12.
w Registration accepted, March 11 Indianapolis bus trip to visit three quilt shops, sponsored by Hands All Around Quilt guild. Trip costs $45; includes dinner. Leaves Bloomington at 6:45 a.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m. Call (309) 828-3003.
w Pearls and Lace bridal show; noon, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community Auxiliary's spring luncheon. Call (309) 747-3628.
w William Thomas Jackson Lecture in Science; 7:30 p.m., Becker Auditorium, Cerf College Center, Eureka College. Also 4 p.m. in the auditorium.
w "History of Chenoa Churches"; 7:30 p.m., Chenoa Heartland Bank & Trust. Sponsored by Chenoa Historical Society.
w Toddler story time session; 10 to 10:30 a.m., Bloomington Public Library story room. Also March 9 and 16.
w Dr. Seuss birthday party; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., children's room, Bloomington Public Library.