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Trick or Treating Hours for Halloween 2017!

by Rose Price

Halloween is here! Time to don your best costume, grab your goodie bag, and stock up on all the candy! Each of the communities in our area are having special trick or treating hours on Halloween night. Worried that won’t be enough candy?! Be sure to check out the other fun trick or treating opportunities on the days leading up to this festive holiday!

 

Community Trick or Treat Hours

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Special Trick or Treating Events

Friday, October 27th

Sunday, October 29th

Monday, October 30th

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Make sure everyone has a happy and safe Halloween by following these trick or treating safety tips!

  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.

  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.

  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.

  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.

  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the lookout for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.

Frightful Fun in Champaign-Urbana

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy spooks, frights, and more all October long throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for family friendly frights or the ultimate terror filled adventure, check out these great Halloween activities in our area!  Happy Halloween!!

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Baldwin Asylum

Prepare to scream at one of Illinois’s top 10 haunted attractions! Find terror hidden in every corner of the 10,000 square foot space. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.

 

Freak Show

For one weekend only, test your nerves at Freak Show. This truly terrifying haunted attraction is not for the faint of heart. Check it out on Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st. It is open from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $10 per person. Skip the line by purchasing a fastpass for $20. Come see all the “freaks” at 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign.

 

Midway of Madness

You won’t find furry farm animals or fun entertainers this October at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana). The fairgrounds have been overtaken by zombies, monster, ghouls, and more! This favorite haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person.

EVENTS

 

All-Nite Horror Marathon

Date: Friday, October 13th

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: The Art Theater (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person

Will you survive an all night movie marathon? Enjoy screenings of all your gore filled favorites, including Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Last House on Dead End Street, Eaten Alive, and Nightmare Sisters.

 

Haunted Hike

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: River Bend Forest Preserve (1602 West Mid America Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $3 per person

Explore the River Bend under the crescent moon. Don your best costume and enjoy a spooky hike with creatures of the night! Register by calling (217) 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

 

Halloween FunFest

Date: Thursday, October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Market Place Mall (2000 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This great family friendly event is filled with Halloween fun. Enjoy trick-or-treating, festive games, costume contest, and a haunted house.

 

An Evening with Poe

Dates: Thursday, October 26th, Sunday, October 29th, & Monday, October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $20 per person

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most haunting. Listen to his suspenseful stories and poems while sitting in the mysterious setting of the Allerton Mansion. After the Poe readings, enjoy a candlelight tour of the Mansion. There will be a cash bar available at the event.

 

Monticellobration FestiFall!!

by Rose Price

Celebrate the beginning of the fall season in the beautiful community of Monticello! Come to downtown Monticello on Saturday, September 16th, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, for the Monticellobration FestiFall!!!

This favorite annual community festival is filled with fun for the whole family! Paint The Town on Washington Street with the Monticello Area Arts Council. Head to Independence Street for the SunDowners Car Club’s Car Show. See the adorable animals in the Pet Parade hosted by the Monticello Animal Shelter. Check out all the incredible vendors and kids activities around the square. Other great activities include Pony Rides and Horse & Buggy Rides, Joyful Bubbles creations, bounce houses, and so much more. After grabbing a bite to eat from one of the many delicious restaurants or food trucks on hand, walk around downtown to for the Scarecrow Walk and vote for your favorites!

 

Live Music Lineup

 

 

Champaign Rose hopes everyone has a fun filled weekend at the Monticellobration FestiFall!  

 

Image Credit: Monticello Main Street, Inc.

 

Back to School in Champaign County!

by Rose Price

School bells are about to start ringing throughout Champaign County! The first day of school is fast approaching for students throughout our area. It is time to pack those back packs with your new supplies and start the 2017-2018 school year! Here is a list of all the first days of school for our area districts!

 

 

Champaign Unit 4 School District | 703 South New Street, Champaign

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: Grades 1-9

  • Thursday, August 17th: Grades 10-12 and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Friday, August 18th: ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools | 1301 South Bulldog Drive, Mahomet

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Monticello CUSD #25 | 2 Sage Drive, Monticello

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Paxton Buckley Loda CUSD 10 | 700 West Orleans Street, Paxton

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul City Schools District #137 | 400 East Wabash, Rantoul  

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-8

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul Township High School District 193 | 200 South Sheldon, Rantoul

First Day of School

  • Tuesday, August 22nd: All Grades 9-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

St. Joseph CCSD 169 | P.O. Box 409, St. Joseph

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-8  

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Tuscola CUSD #301 | 409 South Prairie, Tuscola  

First Day of School

  • Monday, August 21st: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Unit Seven Schools | P.O. Box 720, Tolono

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Urbana School District #116 | 205 North Race Street, Urbana

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: Grades 1-6, 9, and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Monday, August 21st: All High and Middle School Students and ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar   

Villa Grove CUSD #302 | 400 North Sycamore, Villa Grove

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

 

Champaign Rose wishes all of the students in Champaign County a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

 

It's time to celebrate dad in Champaign/Urbana. Looking for something truly unique to do this Father's Day weekend? Beyond taking your dad to out to eat at one of his favorite local spots, check out one of these fun fantastic community events for a Father's Day celebration he will never forget!

 

 

Father's Day Weekend at Monticello Railway

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Monticello Railway Museum (992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello)

Hop aboard a vintage train with the family this weekend in Monticello. Each ride runs approximately 1 hour. You may board at the main Museum site (Nelson Crossing) or downtown Monticello (Wabash Depot). After the ride, check out all the fun train exhibits in the museum. The best part? Dads ride FREE this weekend with the purchase on a paid fare!

 

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Times: 11:30 am (Saturday & Sunday), 10:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: The Art Theater Co-op (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Watch Indiana Jones on a great adventure with his own father during the special Father’s Day screenings of this Steven Spielberg film. Bring your dad and snack on some yummy popcorn during this fun movie.

 

Sholem Father's Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Sholem Aquatic Center (2205 Sangamon Drive)

Enjoy a fun filled day at the pool! Along with all the regular water attractions at the center, this day will feature a “Hop & Flop Daddy Drop” cannonball contest, “Draw your Dad” picture contest, and half priced rootbeer floats! Dads get in FREE with one paid child admission.

 

Sounds at Sunset Concert Series

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Toalson Park (502 Bardeen Lane, Champaign)

Celebrate dad in beautiful Toalson Park with a fantastic performance by Katie Flynn! This great jazz singer hails from Champaign. Pack a picnic with all of dad’s favorite food and beverages and enjoy a relaxing evening with live music.

 

Champaign Rose wishes all the fathers in the Champaign/Urbana area a very happy Father's Day!

Summertime means the return of fresh produce to Champaign/Urbana and the surrounding communities. There is a FARMER'S MARKET throughout the area almost every day of the week!! These great weekly events connect local farmers and artisans to the community, help economic development and promote a healthy lifestyle. Stop at any of these markets to stock up on fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, baked goods, flowers, handmade goods, and so much more!!!

Tuesdays

Land Connection Farmer's Market

When: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: Parking Lot by Neil & Main in Downtown Champaign

 

Wednesdays

Homer Farmer's Market

When: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Caboose Park (Corner of Main Street and First Street)

 

Thursdays

Sustainable Student Farm

When: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (or when supplies run out)

Where: University of Illinois Quad (1401 West Green Street)

Paxton's Market on Market

When: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Majestic Park (135 South Market Street)

Monticello Farmer's Market

When: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm **Starts June 15th**

Where: State Street in Downtown Monticello

 

Saturdays

Urbana's Market at the Square  

When: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Corner of Illinois & Vine Street in Downtown Urbana

 

Unique Ways to Celebrate Mom this Weekend!

by Rose Price

It's time to celebrate mom in Champaign/Urbana. Looking for something truly unique to do this Mother's Day weekend? Beyond taking your mom to brunch at her favorite local spot, check out one of these fantastic community events for a Mother's Day celebration she will never forget!

 

 

Mother's Day Tea & Hat Show

Date: Friday, May 12th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Douglass Annex (804 North Fifth Street, Champaign)

Cost: $3 per person

Mother's Day can be celebrated no matter your age. Honor all mothers with this fun hat party. The best hat will win a special prize! There will also be plenty of rounds of bingo!

 

 

Mother's Day Weekend Special

Dates: Saturday, May 13th - Sunday, May 14th

Times: See site for departure times

Location: Monticello Railway Museum

Cost: FREE for moms! | $10 per adult | $6.00 per child (ages 2-12) | $8 per senior (ages 62 & up)

Take a relaxing vintage train ride through the area with mom.

 

Mother's Day Painting

Date: Saturday, May 13th

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Guido’s Bar & Grill (2 East Main Street, Champaign)

Cost: $35 per person

Create a beautiful painting with mom while you enjoy some delicious appetizers. There will also be great raffle prizes to win!

 

Mother's Day Picnic

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Riggs Beer Company (1901 South High Cross Road, Urbana)

Cost: FREE admission!

Bring the whole family out for this fun picnic. Moms can show off your best potato salad recipe! Gregory Street Catering will provide the rest!


Champaign Rose wishes all the mothers in the Champaign/Urbana area a very happy Mother's Day!

Fun Shopping Events in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

Whether you are looking for unique gifts to surprise mom this upcoming Mother's Day or just want some new items for your home, there are several great shopping events planned this weekend in the Champaign/Urbana area! Check out these 3 events to pick up some incredible gifts, housewares, plants, and so much more!

 

 

The Whites of Spring

Date: Friday, May 5th

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Cost: $15 per person.

Enjoy an evening of wine sampling and shopping in historic downtown Monticello. Check out the great variety of stores and restaurants in this charming town. Participating locations will be offering white wine samples and spring refreshments as you shop your way around Courthouse Square. Purchase tickets HERE now through Thursday, May 4th, at noon. Tickets can be picked up from one of the 4 check-in locations (Bergie's: The Occasional Place, Canvas & Corks, Monticello Mercantile, and Out of the Blue Polish Pottery).

 

 

Lincoln Street Market

Date: Saturday, May 6th

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Downtown St. Joseph

Cost: FREE admission!

Head to beautiful downtown St. Joseph for this great outdoor market. There will be 50 vendors set up on 2 blocks of Lincoln Street. Find food products, antiques, housewares, repurposed items, handmade arts and crafts, and so much more. There will also be music and children activities between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm around Sherman Street. Come discover all that St. Joseph has to offer!

 

 

Fourth Annual Plant Sale

Dates: Saturday, May 6th - Sunday, May 7th

Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (daily)

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: FREE admission!

Bring some spring beauty into your Champaign/Urbana home by stocking up on flowers at Allerton's annual Plant Sale! There will be Allerton Bluebells, annuals, arranged hanging baskets, herbs, perennials, and more. The sale will be located next to the Visitor Center. All proceeds benefit Allerton Park!

 

Happy shopping this weekend in Champaign/Urbana! 

Family Fun Easter Events Throughout Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Easter is a few weeks away! You can get into the holiday spirit in the weeks leading up to the big day at fun events throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy. Come enjoy all the Easter festivities in the communities throughout our area.

 

10th Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Elks Lake Pavilion - Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 South Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $5 per child

Come meet the Easter Bunny while you fill your basket with eggs. The child that finds a golden egg will win a special prize! There are 3 separate egg hunts. Children ages 0 to 3 can participate at 9:00 am. Children ages 4 to 6 can hunt at 9:30 am. The hunt for children ages 7 to 10 starts at 10:00 am. All proceeds from this event benefit the Mahomet Parks & Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. Register HERE.  

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Pells Park (Paxton)

Cost: FREE!

The Paxton Emergency Response Services is hosting an egg hunt at Pells Park. Each child has the opportunity to find 10 eggs. There will be prizes for children children ages 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10.

 

Eggs-ploration!

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Fill your basket with eggs at this old-fashioned hunt. The hunt is open for children 13 and under and will begin right at noon.

 

Hoppin’ Hound Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Champaign Bark District (5001 West Windsor Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE! (residents) | $5 per person (non-resident)

Your furry friend can get in on the Easter fun! Let your dog participate in their own egg hunt. There will be treats for dogs and their owners, family activities, pet photography, and more!

 

Sensory Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Prairie Farm (2202 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This special event is for children with special needs and their siblings. The eggs will be specially designed with lights, sounds, and textures. There will be opportunities for socializing and enjoying treats after the hunt. Register HERE.  

 

Fabergé Egg Decorating Party

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Zahn Learning Center - Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $3 per person

All ages can decorate their own Fabergé eggs! Get creative as you design the papier-mâché eggs with fun embellishments. All materials will be provided.

 

Nite Lite Egg Pursuit

Date: Friday, April 14th

Time: 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Hessel Park (1400 Valley Road, Champaign)

Cost: $10 per person

Harken back to your childhood as you participate in this adult's only flashlight egg hunt. Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS has filled the eggs with great prizes. Search for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze eggs to win spectacular prize packages.

 

2017 Egg Hunt with a Splash

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center (102 East Michigan,  Urbana)

Enjoy a special egg hunt in the pool! Grab your plastic bag to fill with the eggs you find. Register HERE.  

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Forest Preserve Park (1411 North Market Street, Monticello)

Cost: $1 per child

The Monticello Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their egg hunt. There are two designated areas for children 4 and under and children 5 to 10 years old.

 

27th Annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Start the morning with hayrack rides between 10:00 and 10:45 am. Then, fill up your basket with all of the eggs that you find throughout the park. There will be a special guest there as well!

 

Bunny at the Ballpark

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Illinois Field (1605 South Wright Street, Champaign)

Come cheer on the Fighting Illini as they take on Northwestern. After the game, stay for an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny!



Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

It is officially the first day of Spring! Warmer weather is ahead and plants and flowers will soon begin to blossom. The Champaign/Urbana area is home to great outdoor recreational spots to enjoy the first couple weeks of spring and throughout the warmer months of the year. Be sure to check out our favorite spots to explore nature and have fun in the sun this spring!

 

 

Meadowbrook Park  (2808 South Race Street, Urbana)

Come discover all that Meadowbrook Park has to offer. There are great natural spaces to explore along the walking and bicycling trails. The park is dedicated to restoring habitats that are native to central Illinois. These areas include the Timpone Ornamental Tree Grove, McCullough and Douglas creek corridors, and 80 acre prairie. Spend time in the park’s plant and herb gardens, as well as the amazing Wandell Sculpture Garden. The highlight of the park is PrairiePlay, a 13,000 square foot play structure!

 

University of Illinois Arboretum (1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)

A favorite outdoor spot in the Champaign/Urbana area, the Arboretum covers 160 acres of the University of Illinois’s south campus. While it serves as a spot for university students to learn, it is open to the public to explore. Visitors love spending time in the arboretum’s numerous Gardens, which boast a wide variety of plant life. Be sure to swing by the Idea Garden and nearby Japan House. The arboretum is truly one of our area’s most peaceful and beautiful spaces to spend time outside.

 

Crystal Lake Park (206 West Park Street, Urbana)

Crystal Lake is a community park filled with spectacular amenities. Everyone in your family will find something they love in this park. Residents that enjoy spending time exploring natural landscapes should visit the Anita Purves Nature Center and wander through Busey Woods. If you prefer spending time in or on the water, be sure to check out the Family Aquatic Center for swimming or the park’s lake for boating and fishing.  This park also offers a playground and picnic areas for a family fun afternoon.

 

River Bend Forest Preserve (1602 Mid America Road, Mahomet)

Spend time in the great outdoors in this beautiful forest preserve. Covering over 280 acres, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife and marvel at the natural landscape. There are several miles of trails to enjoy throughout the forest. Visitors can also spend time on crystal clear waters on one of the preserve’s two lakes. Boating and fishing are available on both.

 

Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Allerton Park is considered one of Illinois’s Seven Wonders. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city within the 1,500+ acres included in this spectacular park. With 14 miles of hiking trails, 500 acres of contiguous forest, opportunities for bird watching, 30 acres of prairie land, and part of the Sangamon River, there is much to explore this spring. Be sure to also stop by the Formal Gardens, which houses some of the most beautiful flowers and sculptures you have ever seen.

 

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