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The Champaign Farmer's Market Officially Opens May 5th!

by Rose Price

 

 

 

 

 

It's almost time for the Grand Opening of the much anticipated CHAMPAIGN FARMER'S MARKET!  

When:  Tuesday, May 5th

Time:   4:00- 7:00 pm

Where: Just North of 1 Main Plaza in the parking lot outside of Big Grove Tavern and KO-Fusion & several other area businesses.

This is such an exciting time for everyone in Champaign, especially our downtown residents! We have so many local farmers and merchants that have registered to be part of this incredible new event and even more residents who have wanted a permanent downtown Champaign Farmer's Market for years.

The main mission of the Champaign Farmer's Market is this:

* Healthy Food: increase access & availability of fresh, local produce

* Healthy Farms: Support small family farms with sustainable practices

* Healthy Communities: Connect local food growers & producers with the public

Some Questions you may have....and the Answers that I've been told:

What can I buy at the market:  They want this to be the kind of market where you can do all your food shopping for the week – not just vegetables, but eggs, meat, and bread too. Because these things all have to be grown, raised or produced locally, the food available each week will change as the seasons change.

Will my favorite farmer from the Urbana Market be there?  They are currently recruiting producers. If you have a farmer you’d like to see at the market, please let them know!

Can I bring my dog/cat/iguana?  They are tentatively allowing pets of all kinds for the first season. Please be a good owner and only bring animals who are well-behaved and enjoy being around people, and be considerate of their behavior.

Where will there be bike Parking?  They are currently working with the City of Champaign to finalize details like this.

I’m a farmer. Can I have my CSA pickup be at the market?  Yes! CSA produce may not be on display, however.

Can I use my credit card?  Hopefully! They are working on applying for an EBT machine. Other options, such as Credibles, or card readers like Square, are things vendors must set up themselves.

Can I use my SNAP benefits?  Hopefully! We are working on applying for the machine.

Why shop at the farmers market instead of the grocery store?  Eating locally grown, in season food tastes better! Knowing the farmer that grew your food personally is something many people like

THAT'S IT...I CAN'T WAIT FOR TUESDAY MYSELF!   SEE YOU ALL THERE!

What a great community we live in!  You Rock Champaign!

Champaign IL It's the 17th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival!

by Rose Price

The College of Media at Illinois presents:

The 17th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival!

April 15th-19th

Held every April inside downtown Champaign’s Historic Virginia Theatrea restored movie palace with state-of-the-art 35/70mm and digital projection.  REFF celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs, giving these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.

Staying true to Roger’s vision, the twelve films screened during the five day event represent a cross-section of important cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics and/or distributors. Some of the films come from lists Roger drew up over the first 15 years of the festival.  Additional films are selected based on Roger’s established criteria for an Ebertfest film. 

You can also watch the film panel discussions live.  How cool is that?!

Patrons buying a festival pass will receive a confirmation ticket for each pass they purchase. Confirmation tickets must then be exchanged for an actual pass – the ones you wear on a lanyard around your neck. The actual festival passes will become available for pick up at the Virginia Theatre box office beginning Monday, April 13, 2015.

Seating: General Admission

Tickets: Festival Passes – $145 (available 11/1/14) Additional per pass processing fees apply (online, phone or box office)

– $2.75 service fee (per festival pass)

– 2.5% credit card fee (per festival pass)

Individual Film Tickets (available 4/1/15)
– $14 Regular Admission
– $12 Senior
– $12 Student

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO BUY TICKETS OR PASSES 

PLEASE VISIT THEVIRGINIA.ORG

This festival is part of what makes the Champaign/Urbana community such an awesome place to live, work, attend college and raise our families. If you find yourself looking for a home in our little neck of the woods, give me a call. I'd be honored to show you around the area and partner with you to find the home of your dreams.

Santa Claus and the Magic Champaign/Urbana Key!

by Rose Price

"You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.....Santa Claus is Coming to Venice!"

Yes, that’s right! The countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus is quickly winding down and that means one thing to us! We MUST be on our BEST BEHAVIOR if Santa Claus is to shimmy down our chimney with his enormous red velvet bag of wonderful toys.

While you are decking the halls, and hanging the mistletoe, you may be wondering how Santa is going to be dropping off your presents if you're part of the 55% of homeowners without a fireplace. With only 45% of homes in the U.S having a fireplace, according to the Hearth and Home, it looks like good ole' Mr. Santa Claus needs an alternative entry point into 55% of the homes in Champaign/Urbana on Christmas Eve this year!

No need to fret, Champaignrose believes in the Magic of the Home & family, especially around the holidays! I knew Santa had to have a very special way of getting to all those good children in all the homes that didn't have the Fireplace for him to come down.....so I asked his head Elf. "How does Santa get into a home that doesn't have a chimney for him to get in?" 

He looked up at us with his snow, sparkling face, smiled and said.....that's easy!  Magic and his special Champaign/Urbana Key!

Santa’s Magic Key Poem                                                                      

Dear Santa, we have no chimney                                                                                                                                                                                       as you can plainly see,

And I was terribly worried

that you would pass over me.                                                                                                                

We hung this very special key

right by the door.

Then Mom told me to jump into bed;

and not to worry anymore.

Your magic will make this key fit,

to open our door.

So you can come in tonight

and tip-toe across the floor.

So you see, Santa has his special key he uses whenever he can't get in a chimney, or if a chimney is a little too small from all the Christmas Cookies Santa has eaten at the houses he has already visited. So little ones rest assured that Santa will always be able to bring you your presents wherever you may be. Just remember to leave him some cookies and milk...... and maybe some carrots for the Reindeer too.

If you'd like to become a homeowner in Champaign/Urbana IL, please give us a call or check out our website at www.champaignrose.com

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES AROUND THE CHAMPAIGN/URBANA AREA

by Rose Price

The Champaign/Urbana area definitely loves their scary, ghoulish and gory time of the year!  We found so many activities that are taking place between now and Halloween....so get ready for the low down:

* 10/19  3:00 - 5:00 pm  Trick or Tureating With The Stars- U of I Womens Basketball Team

* 10/24  6:00 - 7:00 pm  Trick or Treat with the Illini Womens Soccer Team

* 10/25  10:00 - 11:30 am  Fall Scavenger Hunt  Mahomet IL

* 10/25  3:00 - 3: 45 pm  Howl-o-ween! ~Champaign Public Library

* 10/26  2:00 - 4:00 pm  Howl’Oween at the Bark District ~ Champaign Bark District Dog Park

* 10/26  4:00 - 6:00 pm  Mayfair Park Halloween Parade ~ Mayfair Park Champaign

* 10/27  6:00 - 8:00 pm  Trick or Treat Street (must pre-register by Oct. 20!)

Give your costume a trial run before Halloween night!  Music Games & Haunted House.

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Ongoing Scheduled Halloween Events:

* 10/30 5-7 pm Trick or Treat TangerStyle

Calling all ghosts, goblins, ghouls, princesses and super-heroes! Join in for Trick or Treat TangerStyle 

* 10/31 5-7 pm  Halloween at the Co-Op

Bring the kids by the Common Ground Flatlander classroom for some Halloween themed fun! They’ll have a few festive stations set up. Kids can making healthy Halloween snacks like ghost bananas and pumpkin tangerines, paint gourds, and if your child stops by in their costume, they will receive an extra treat from their friendly staff.

* 10/31 7:30 - 9:30  UI Wind Symphony: Halloween Concert

Expect frightful songs and spellbinding melodies at this concert held on the spookiest night of the year.

* 10/31 7 - 9 pm  An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at Allerton Mansion 

* Shocktober Filmfest 2014- ART THEATER

   Our Late Night at the Art committee present their 2nd annual month of horror       this October!

* The Haunted Hide-a-Way    http://www.thehauntedhideaway.com/home

* CU SCARED-   https://www.facebook.com/cuscared

* Ghost Stories: Gruesome, Gory, and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls

* The Haunt at Bone Saw Mill  http://bonesawmill.com/

* An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at Allerton Mansion: 10/31  7=9 PM

Champaign/Urbana Summertime is Winding Down!

by Rose Price

I can’t believe July is over! Summer is winding down and students are getting ready to go back to school. For Champaign-Urbana, that means Campustown is getting ready to welcome back thousands of college students. Don’t worry though; you still have a few more weeks to enjoy the peaceful streets before the crowd comes in! So get out and explore the cute shops and restaurants downtown, while receiving the best deals in town.  There are only two weeks left of 13 Thursdays. Check out a list of the participating stores and restaurants below. 

13 Thursdays Participating Businesses                                              

If you are looking for a fun night with the family, be sure to head downtown on Friday night. The sidewalks along Main Street will be filled with color this weekend! Come on out for the 2nd Annual Friday Night Live Kids Sidewalk Chalk Contest. This free event is the perfect way for your kids to show off their art skills in the heart of the city. The contest starts at 6:30 PM in front of Big Grove Tavern.  

HAVE SOME FUN IN THE CITY WHILE THE SUMMER IS STILL VISITING OUR TOWN!

 

Champaign IL Mariposa Music Festival

by Rose Price

 

The Mariposa Music Festival is the latest of the Champaign Park District's signature Summer events.  Held right in the heart of Downtown Champaign, this fun , Summer event will feature Nationally known musicians and food and beverages from your favorite downtown venues. Be sure to come out Saturday July, 12 at 6:00 for a night of Downtown Champaign fun, food and music. 

Click Here for Schedule

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Champaign/Urbana IL.....Snow, Snow and ........More Snow!

by Rose Price

                                                               

It's pretty amazing looking at all the snow the Champaign/Urbana IL area has gotten this year. Even though we are not at record totals for year to date, the combination of snow accumulation mixed with the extensive number of days with frigid wind chills makes this a record year already.

All we can do is get out and enjoy what mother nature has blessed us with, and hope that the chirping sounds of spring will be here soon.  In the meantime, get out and enjoy some of the greatest sledding hills around!  Here are the Top 5 for the Champaign/Urbana IL area:

Homer Lake Forest Preserve

* Crystal Lake Park                                                                      

* Morrissey Park

* Orchard Downs

* Centennial Park

I'm personally yearning for the sailing season to begin.....but in the meantime......I'll be heading for the hills and outdoor fun with my friends!

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