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Local Spots for Holiday Gift Shopping!

by Rose Price

Still have family and friends to buy for this holiday season? Skip the mall or the internet and find them an unique gift they will love or get a gift card from one of the fabulous, locally-owned stores and businesses throughout the Champaign-Urbana area! Our friends over at Visit Champaign County released their Local Shopping Guide for this year's holidays. We thought it was so great we just had to share! Stop by these fantastic establishments OR swing by your own favorite local spot for EVERYONE on your list! Happy Shopping in Champaign/Urbana!

 

For the Artist

Art Coop

Cinema Gallery

Cracked Glass

Prairie Fire Glass

 

For the Athlete

Body N’ Sole

Champaign Park District’s Leonhard Center

Champaign Surplus

Neutral Cycle

Urbana Boulders

Urbana Park District’s Indoor Aquatic Center

 

For The Book Worm

G-Mart Comic Books

Jane Addams Book Shop

Orphan’s Treasure Box

 

For The Fashionista

Bluebird Boutique

Circles Boutique

Fira

Joseph Kuhn and Company

Rumours Hat Shoppe

Small Town Chic Boutique

 

For The Gourmand

Alto Vineyards

Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch

Hopscotch Bakery + Market

Page Roasting Company

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Wyldewood Cellars

Area Resturants

 

For the Illini Fan

GameDay Spirit

Illini Athletics

Illini Union Bookstore

The Illini Shop

 

For The Interior Designer

Furniture Lounge

Monticello Mercantile

Ms. Becky’s Country Primitive Gifts & Décor

Texture Home

 

For The Little Ones

Art Mart

Brainstorm Escapes

CU Adventures in Time & Space

Dr. G’s Brainworks

Dallas & Co.

LabEscape

Live Action Games

Spark Museum + Play Café

 

For The Musician

Exile on Main St.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Skins-N-Tins Drum Shop

The Upper Bout

 

 

 

Celebrate the holidays at the beautiful Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road) in Monticello! The Allerton Park & Retreat Center is truly one of the gems of our area. It becomes even more spectacular at this time of year! Fill yourself with festive good cheer this weekend at these fun, holiday events!

 

All is Bright

Date: Friday, December 8th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy a magical evening filled with delicious treats, sparkling lights, beautiful music, and so much more! Sip on hot cocoa and dine on light snacks in the Visitor Center. Take a tour of the museum at 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm. Make some holiday decor to take home with the Monticello Area Art’s Council during their Natural Ornament-Making Workshop from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. And, check out these special events kicking off this evening:

  • Holiday Showcase

    • Dates: Friday, December 8th - Sunday, December 10th

    • Times: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Friday) | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Weekend)

    • Admission: $10 (Showcase ONLY) | $28 (Showcase & Lunch)

    • Find unique Christmas gifts for the whole family from local artisans and businesses. As you stroll through the handmade wares, enjoy refreshments and live entertainment! Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at the Mansion on Saturday or Sunday.

  • Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

    • Dates: Friday, December 8th - Saturday, January 6th

    • Times: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Tuesdays - Saturdays)

    • Admission: FREE, Donations appreciated

    • Take an enchanting stroll through a garden of lights around the center’s outdoor campus.

 

Holiday Affair

Date: Saturday, December 9th

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate the season with an evening of elegance. Dress up in your finest cocktail attire and enjoy a delicious dinner, bubbly champagne, delectable dessert, and more before dancing the night away to vintage holiday records! Tickets are $90 and can be purchased online HERE!

 

 

Photo Credit: Allerton Park Photography Group

Tips to Winterize Your Champaign/Urbana Home!

by Rose Price

The winter season is upon us in Champaign/Urbana! Keep your family warm and toasty all winter long in your home! Winterize your home by following these simple tips and see your energy costs lower with the temperature outside!

 

  • Install an Energy Monitor to discover where and how your home uses the most energy.

  • Use a Window Insulation Kit to add an additional buffer against cold air.

  • Dodge the Drafts by caulking and weatherstripping around drafty doors and windows.

  • Install Storm Doors and Windows for added energy efficiency.

  • Change Furnace Filters to increase airflow and keep your family healthy all season.

  • Clean and Adjust Your Heating System to help lower your energy costs and keep it working properly.

  • Upgrade to an Efficient Furnace that will reduce your heating costs for many years to come and increase your home's value.

  • Adjust Your Thermostat anytime you leave the house and do not need to use as much heat.

  • Insulate Your Pipes to cut back on hot water costs and avoid burst pipes.

  • Add Insulation between walls, on the basement ceiling, and the attic floor to help heat remain in your home.

Festive Holiday Events!

by Rose Price

After enjoying your Thanksgiving feast with family and friends, it is time to get in the festive spirit! Kick off the holiday season throughout the Champaign/Urbana this weekend at two great community events! Jingle your way to fun!

 

Reds of Christmas 2017

Date: Friday, November 24th

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with some good old fashioned fun in beautiful Monticello! Enjoy unique shopping, delicious treats, beautiful carols, and more while sampling red wine. Take a fun carriage ride and have your photo taken with Santa and his reindeers! Tickets must be purchased in advance online. The cost is $15 per person through November 22nd and will increase to $20 on November 23rd.  Purchase Tickets HERE! You must print off your receipt and bring to one of the following check-in locations:

 

Christie Clinic 17th Annual Parade of Lights

Date: Saturday, November 25th

Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign

Enjoy endless holiday fun at the 17th Annual Parade of Lights! See Santa on his sleigh along with all the festive floats, marching bands, and more as they head down Neil Street. Be sure to check out all the free activities taking place before and after the parade for even more celebrating!

Event Schedule:

  • 2:00 pm | Classic Christmas Shorts | The Art Theater

  • 3:00 pm | Visits with Santa | Big Grove Tavern

  • 3:30 pm | Horse & Carriage Rides | Orpheum Children's Science Museum

  • 4:00 pm | Kris Kringle Kids' Scavenger Hunt | Jane Addams Bookshop

  • 4:30 pm | VIP Ticket Holder Reception | Hamilton Walker's

  • 5:00 pm | Pre-Parade Entertainment & Carolers | Various Locations

  • 6:00 pm | Parade

  • 7:00 pm | Christmas Tree Lighting | One Main Plaza

Festival of Trees 2017

by Rose Price

Come to one of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite holiday traditions this weekend…..the FESTIVAL OF TREES 2017!!! Join the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana for their 22nd annual event. Head to the Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center (1501 South Neil Street, Champaign) this Saturday, November 18th (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) and

Sunday, November 19th (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) for some festive fun! Shop for great holiday gifts and enter win raffle and silent auction prizes. All proceeds from this event benefit families and children in the Champaign-Urbana area. Help support a great cause and celebrate the start of the holiday season!

 

TICKETS

Adults | $5.00

Senior Citizens and Children (ages 4 to 12) | $3.00

Children (ages 3 years & under) | FREE

Tickets available for purchase at the door.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Date: Friday, November 17th

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AND 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets are $25 per person — Includes dessert, dancing, raffle prizes and auction items! Admission for guests under 3 years old are included in the adult ticket price. Purchase tickets HERE!

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

Date: Saturday, November 18th

Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Tickets are $15 per person with free admission for children under 3 years old. Tickets include breakfast plus free admission to Festival of Trees public hours. Every family will have the opportunity to take their own photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus during the event, so bring your phones & cameras! Purchase tickets HERE!

FESTIVAL OF TREES GALA

Date: Saturday, November 18th

Time: 6:00 pm

Includes heavy appetizers, dessert, and open bar.  Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today to make sure you have a place at the premier event of the holiday season!

$85/person or $680 for a table of eight. Purchase tickets HERE!

PICTURE WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

Date: Sunday, November 19th

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

Image Credit: Junior League of Champaign-Urbana

Find Spectacular Holiday Decor in Champaign/Urbana

by Rose Price

It might seem hard to believe but the holidays are fast approaching! Christmas will be here before we now it! Get your Champaign-Urbana home ready for the holidays by stocking up on some incredibly festive decor! Your home will be glowing with cheer and the Christmas spirit. Find beautiful, unique decorations to help your home look its best ever this Christmas and one of these fantastic sales taking place this weekend!

 

38TH ANNUAL CHRIS CRINGLE CRAFT SALE

Date: Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th

Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Wyndham Garden Urbana Champaign (1001 Killarney Street, Urbana)

Cost: $5 per adult | FREE for children (ages 12 & under)

Featuring 80+ vendors, this holiday arts and crafts shows is one of the largest in the Midwest. Find a wide variety of handcrafted items created by local and regional artisans. There will also be refreshments available for purchase. Be one of the first 100 attendees on either day to receive a great goodie bag. Enter the raffle for your chance to win a stunning holiday quilt. All proceeds from the show support the charitable work of Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists.

 

 

HOLIDAY TREES/WREATHS AND CRAFT SALE

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium (801 North County Fair Drive, Champaign)

Cost: $2 per adult | FREE for children

Find the most beautifully decorated trees and wreaths for your home at this great sale sponsored by the Champaign County Home and Community Education. There will also be unique handmade crafts and delicious holiday baked treats for you to stock up on!

Fall Housing Market Update for Champaign County!

by Rose Price

Fall is a great time to buy your dream home! Less competition from other home buyers, pleasant weather, and year end tax breaks are just some of the benefits of buying during the season. The strength of the housing market in Champaign County this September reflected strong buyer demand and confidence in our area's economy. The stats for the month show that home sales increased with this buyer demand and inventory of homes was able to keep up, reflecting a robust and healthy market.

 


Champaign County saw a 5.9% increase in the number of homes sold in September 2017 compared to September 2016, with 199 sold this year compared to 188. The communities of Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet all saw more homes sold in September of this year, as compared to last year. While the month of September had a stronger showing throughout the county, the year-to-date number of homes sold is down 1.2% at 2,042 from the same period last year. Median home sale price for single family homes and condominiums is down 1.4% from $154,325 in September 2016 to $152,200 in September 2017. The average number of days on market for all home sales was at 62 days in September 2017, compared to 58 in September 2016.

 

 

Although these stats reflect benefits for buyers in particular, sellers should take advantage of the tight inventory of homes on the market and high buyer interest.

 

Now is the perfect time for Champaign County homebuyers, especially first time buyers, to take the plunge. Interest rates are below 4%, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.

 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Champaign County home this fall, give Champaign Rose a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

 

 

Information from Champaign County Association of REALTORS®

 

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.

University of Illinois Homecoming Week 2017!!!

by Rose Price

It's time for all Champaign-Urbana to don their best blue and orange. It's University of Illinois Homecoming Week 2017!!! Get ready for the 150th Homecoming! The celebration will take place throughout our beautiful community on Sunday, October 22nd, through Saturday, October 28th. Whether you are a student, alumnus, or just a proud Champaign-Urbana resident, there is something for everyone during the week long celebration. Come enjoy everything that makes the University of Illinois unique and show of your pride! Here is the full list of Homecoming activities. Click on the links below for all the details!

 

Sunday, October 22th

Monday, October 23rd

Tuesday, October 24th

Wednesday, October 25th

Friday, October 27th

Saturday, October 28th

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Homecoming Week!!!


 

Image Credit: University of Illinois

 

Does your family have a home escape plan in case of a fire?

by Rose Price

It's National Fire Prevention Week

Ensure your family's safety by following these critical safety tips:

1. Draw a map of your family home with every room included.

2. Plan two exit points for each room.

3. Keep all doorways & windows clutter free and clear of any obstacles.

4. Designate an outside meeting spot once all members have exited the home.

5. Practice your fire drill home exit plan with all family members.

6. Make sure to test all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors for full functionality.  Each room in the home should be equipped with these.

7. Do all family members know how to call the Fire Department?

8. Make sure your house numbers are clearly visible from the street...especially at night.

For more information and family tips, visit the National Fire Prevention Association.

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