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What's Going On In Champaign This Weekend?

by Rose Price

Prairie Skies

Every Friday at Parkland College from 7pm-8pm there is a live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight from your backyard. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Admission is $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, and children under 12, all at the door. No shows on February 6, March 6, March 27 and April 3.


The Drowsy Chaperone

Check out the talented actors at Parkland College.  Musicals of the Jazz Age, past and present hilariously in this unique musical! A die-hard musical theatre fan is playing his favorite cast album “The Drowsy Chaperone,” on his turntable.  As he listens, the musical literally bursts to life in his apartment, telling the story of a vivacious Broadway starlet trying to find her true love! Throw in a hostess, who's less than bright and two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, an intoxicated chaperone, and you've got an evening of musical comedy gold! Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, April 30-May 2 Shows Start at 7:30



Every Sunday

Come out and shop from local farmers and vendors. Shopping, Music and food. 8am-4pm (EVERY Sunday, year round) Where: Fluid Event Center 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL

Does Your Champaign/Urbana Home Have Curb Appeal?

by Rose Price

You've heard the old saying.."Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover", well  this rule simply DOES NOT apply in the Real Estate Market! A good looking face isn't just memorable, the exterior of your home can make or break a sale! It can be the difference between you getting your asking price or settling for much less. First impressions are everything in the Real Estate business. According to the National Association of Realtors;  63% of people will stop by to view a home they found and liked online.  What will they see? Sometimes only the front of the home, driveway,landscape....the facade of the house. Meaning you have to focus just as much attention on the outdoor impression of your Champaign/Urbana home as the indoor. You want the Home Buyer that sees your Home online or driving by, to call you up and make an appointment to see the inside of your home. A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION is what is needed so that potential Home Buyer says WOW...I NEED TO SEE THE INSIDE OF THAT HOME!

So check out these simple, but low-cost, home improvement tips that create great Curb Appeal!

1. Bring a Splash of Color to your Front Door. Make your front door & whole house stand out from the others by giving it a bold blast of color. If you have a solid wood door that's in good condition you can prepare it to paint a new color, if not buy a new door in an already bold color and forego having to do any of the painting yourself.  Then choose a fantastic door fixture.  Finish with a nice wreath, swag or other ornament that reflects your personal style.

2. Install Outdoor Lighting.  Any type of low voltage landscape lighting provides a big impact on curb appeal and gives the added benefit of safety & security to you and your guests. It is also an added value when selling your home. 

3. Container GardensMany times we hear from Cheshire Homeowners that they don't have the time or space to put in flower beds or landscape gardens. This is where Containers Gardens are excellent! You can buy ready-made containers or create your own. You can use varying sizes and styles of containers and of plants and flowers to give your garden an asymmetrical look. It gives you such a unique look with a personal stamp and you can use these containers in the yard or on your porch.

4. Window Boxes. An easy way to bring Curb Appeal to your home, as well as whimsy & charm, are window boxes! Just remember to choose copper or iron for a more traditional look and painted wood for a cottage feel. Flowers should be mixed and matched to suit lighting and color schemes.

5. Outdoor Art! We love this category! So many things can be art to different people, but we'll keep it in the basic range.  The key is to choose pieces that complement your home's natural color palette and exterior elements. Water Fountains, Birdbaths, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. In fact, water sculptures can serve a dual purpose functioning as yard art and allowing the burbling sounds to soothe;  making hot days seem cooler.

6. Keep your Lawn & Greenery Manicured. One of the cheapest and easiest things you can do is keep your grass mowed and your shrubs and trees pruned and trimmed regularly. Nothing looks better than a well manicured yard and it also shows your attention to your homes maintenance, which in turn let's your prospective buyer know that you "Care" for your homes exterior. That's important because if you Care for your home's exterior, the logical conclusion would be that you MUST CARE for your Home's Interior. Therefore, they will be calling to set up an appointment to see your home.

For more Homeowners Tips visit my website or Facebook page. If you are interested in looking for a home in our wonderful communities around the area of Champaign/Urbana IL, please stop by the office or give me a call!  Id be happy to help in any way that I can.


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



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.







It's finally here! One of Champaign/Urbana's most anticipated events, the Boneyard Arts Festival! I'm even more excited this year because I am sponsoring an event that is near and dear to my heart...the Center City Art Walk Tours          

The City Art Walk Tours will be of select Boneyard Arts Festival venues in Center City as well as Public Art League installations. All Tour participants will have the opportunity to view the art at venues Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and meet some of the artists that have their work on display.                               

Friday’s tour includes:  the 40North offices, WEFT, Cracked Glass and the Lincoln Building artist studios. Tour participants will meet Kelly Eddington (the Boneyard Arts Festival signature artist) and Lisa Kesler as well as attend the Cracked Glass opening reception for their displaying artists. Saturday’s tour will begin at 2 p.m. and will include visits to Jane Addams Bookshop, Skins n Tins, the Lincoln Building artist studios and Flatland Gallery. Tour participants will meet author, Matt Banach, and artists Lisa Kesler and Dirt Dorner.

The Center City Art Walk Tours are free to the public but registration is required. To register visit and click on the Art Walk Tours image on the homepage.

If you've never had a chance to participate in the Boneyard Arts Festival, I'll give you a quick overview: This is a celebration of all the different Arts Genre's, by 100's of local artists and artists from around the state that come to showcase and sell their art at different venue's all around the Champaign/Urbana area.

The Goals of the Festival are:

  1. Provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors 
  2. Demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses 
  3. Illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business 
  4. Demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces 
  5. Promote the cultural vibrancy of our community -- a great place to live and visit
  6. Bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts 
  7. Provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community 
  8. Celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County​

​​So you see, this is a spectacular community event you won't want to miss! Pick a day, or go to both...but don't miss what this fantastic event has to offer!

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