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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.



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.


Champaign County Restaurant Week!

by Rose Price

Explore the best culinary delights Champaign County has to offer during Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!! On Sunday, January 29th, through Sunday, February 5th, Visit Champaign County will be hosting the first ever restaurant week throughout all of the greater Champaign County area. Discover the best restaurants in communities all over Champaign County. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals all week long! Enjoy special lunch menus starting at $8 and special dinner menus for $15, $25, or $35. All you need to do is ask your server for the special restaurant week menu! During the week, share your mouthwatering pictures with #CCRestaurantWeek to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. Check out the list of participating restaurants below! More will likely be added before the start of Restaurant Week. Come discover some delicious new meals at one of these awesome Champaign County restaurants!



Baxter's American Grille | 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano | 2235 South Neil Street, Champaign

Big Grove Tavern | 1 East Main Street, Champaign

The Bread Company | 706 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Crane Alley | 115 West Main Street, Urbana

Hamilton Walker's | 201 North Neil Street, Champaign

JT Walker's | 401 East Main Street, Mahomet

Minneci's Ristorante | 2501 Village Green Place, Champaign

Nando Milano Trattoria | 204 North Neil Street, Champaign

Piato Cafe | 201 Lincoln Square Village, Urbana

Radio Maria | 119 North Walnut Street, Champaign

Siam Terrace | 212 West Main Street, Urbana

V. Picasso | 112 North Neil Street, Champaign

Watson's Shack & Rail | 211 North Neil, Champaign

Yoder's Kitchen | 1195 East Columbia Street, Arthur

There are many reasons why the Champaign/Urbana area is filled with amazing communities for families to live. One of these reasons is the excellent school districts. Top notch school districts ensure that children are receiving the highest quality education and helps improve home values!



Educational review website Niche recently ranked 404 school districts within Illinois to find out which were the best of the best in 2017. The website looked at several key factors from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews from millions of Niche users. The factors looked at included academics, athletics, teacher quality, diversity, resources and facilities, administration, and more.


Once the results came in, 4 area school districts came in the top 85! 


#30 Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 | Mahomet


This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and college readiness. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, administration, health and safety, sports, and food. Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 was ranked as the 24th best district for athletes in Illinois!


#33 Monticello Community Unit School District 25 | Monticello

This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and health and safety. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, college readiness, and sports. Monticello Community Unit School District 25 was recognized for being the 20th Illinois school district with the best teachers!


Other area school districts that ranked high in our area include (#78) Urbana School District 116 | Urbana and (#85) Champaign Community Unit School District 4 | Champaign.


If you are interested in Buying a home in one of these great local public school districts, give me a call today or visit my website at

New Year's Eve Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

This Saturday marks the last day of 2016. Celebrate all that happened this past year and all you have to look forward to for 2017 this weekend. There are many incredible New Year's Eve events planned for December 31st throughout the Champaign-Urbana area. Check out these great events for you to enjoy with your family during the day or for an adult night out on the town.




Noon Year's Eve

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Children’s Discovery Museum (101 East Beaufort Street, Normal)

Cost: $2 per member, $9 per non-member

Your kids do not have to stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year! Head to the Children’s Discovery Museum for a special countdown to noon! There will be a confetti blast! Also, enjoy fun activities, arts and crafts, face painting, noise makers and more. Register HERE.


Party Like It’s 1900! New Year’s Day Noon Day Celebration!

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie (950 North Lombard Street, Mahomet)

Cost: FREE!

Learn all about the history of New Year’s Eve celebrations and traditions, such as resolutions, the story of Baby New Year and Father Time, and more. Party like it’s 1900 with music, snacks, games, and crafts popular at that time. There will also be a balloon drop at noon!


Noon Day Drop

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm  

Location: Orpheum Children’s Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per member, $8 per non-member, $28 for group of 4 people

Celebrate the New Year with your little ones at the Orpheum Children’s Museum. There will be crazy hats, arts and crafts, noise makers, and music. There will be a countdown to noon with a balloon drop!


New Year's Eve Countdown Party

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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

Cost: FREE!

Have a fun, unique New Year’s Eve celebration at Riggs Beer Company. Enjoy a delicious buffet with German food, beer-braised beef sandwiches, stew, drunken chicken, and more. There will also be a special keg of 100% Riggs Estate Barleywine especially for the celebration. Play fun games throughout the night.


Speakeasy New Year's Eve Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 5:00 pm and 2:00 am

Location: Seven Saints (32 East Chester Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Step back in time as you look forward to 2017. Get dressed up in your most dapper gear to celebrate at a speakeasy themed party. Dine on delicious appetizers and featured cocktails as you celebrate.




NYE at Jupiter's at the Crossing

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: Jupiter’s at the Crossing (2511 Village Green Place, Champaign)

Cost: $60 per person (general admission), $90 per person (prime rib dinner package)

Come to the largest New Year’s Eve party in Champaign! There will be an open bar, pizza buffet, musical performance by 90’s Daughter, photo booth, party favors, and more. Cheers to 2017 with a champagne toast. Enjoy an after party with DJ Shane Canfield. Tickets can be purchased HERE.  


WCIA 3’s Champaign Toast to the New Year!

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: Corner of Market and Main (Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Celebrate with WCIA 3 for their New Year’s Eve Toast! There will be a two story bottle of champagne in downtown Champaign! Dance to live entertainment provided by Radio 6. This free event will help you ring in the New Year right!


Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2017!

Election Day Polling Places for Champaign County!

by Rose Price

Election Day, November 8th, is here! No matter which candidates you are voting for this year it is important to have your voice heard! It is one of the great freedoms that we get to enjoy in this country. There is still plenty of time to get to the polls today. All polls in Illinois will be open until 7:00 pm. As long as you are in line by that time, you will be allowed to vote. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.


Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all polling places for Champaign County:


To find your exact polling place, click HERE!



  • Douglass Center Annex (804 North Fifth Street)

  • Cohen Hillel Center at UIUC (503 East John Street)

  • University YMCA (1001 South Wright Street)

  • Student Dining and Residential Programs (301 East Gregory Drive)

  • The Church of the Living God (312 East Bradley)

  • Skelton Place Community Room (302 South 2nd Street)

  • Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) (201 East Peabody Drive)

  • IL Employment and Training Center  (1307 North Mattis)

  • Holy Cross Parish Center (405 West Clark - West Entrance)

  • E.H. Mellon Administration Center (703 South New)

  • Faith Methodist Church (1719 South Prospect Avenue - South Entrance)

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (2101 South Prospect Avenue - North Entrance)

  • Jericho Missionary Baptist Church (1601 Bloomington Road)

  • Farm Bureau (801 County Fair Drive)

  • Salvation Army Corps (502 North Prospect)

  • Grace Lutheran Church (313 South Prospect Avenue)

  • St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (905 South Russell - Main Entrance)

  • Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church (700 West Kirby - East Entrance)

  • Hays Center (1311 West Church)

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church (509 South Mattis Avenue - Mattis Entrance)

  • Champaign Church of Christ (1509 West John - South Entrance)

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (1700 Crescent Drive)

  • Leonhard Recreation Center (2307 West Sangamon - Main Entrance)

  • Free Methodist Church (1913 South Mattis Avenue)

  • Meadowbrook Community Church (1902 South Duncan Road - North Entrance)

  • Parkland College Tony Noel Ag Center (2400 West Bradley Avenue)

  • Bresnan Meeting Center (706 Kenwood Road)

  • Stratford Park Bible Chapel (2801 West Kirby)

  • Carpenters’ Local No. 243 (402 South Duncan Road)

  • Windsor Road Christian Church (2501 West Windsor Road)

  • First Christian Church (3601 South Staley Road)



  • Mahomet Area Community Center (510 East Main Street)

  • Hatchers Cars (103 West Oak)

  • Lake of the Woods (Pavilion No. 1)

  • Mahomet Nazarene Church (702 Turkey Farm Road)



  • The Gathering Place - First United Methodist Church (200 South Century Boulevard)

  • Eagle’s View Retirement Center (200 West International)

  • American Lutheran Church (500 Church Drive)

  • Thomasboro Fire Station (101 North Church Street)

  • Rantoul Youth Center (1306 Country Club Lane)


St. Joseph

  • St. Joseph Township Building (400 West Sherman)

  • Living Word Fellowship Church (1000 Park Avenue)

  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (802 East Douglas)



  • Tolono Public Library (111 East Main)

  • Savoy Municipal Building (611 North Dunlap)

  • Tolono West Fire Station (202 West Linden)



  • Church of Christ (2601 South Philo Road)

  • Carroll Fire Protection District Building (1811 Brownfield Road)

  • Vineyard Church (1500 North Lincoln)

  • Edge-Scott Fire Department (201 Smith Road)


We look forward to seeing everyone in Champaign County at the polls today! Happy Election Day!

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Champaign/Urbana Communities!

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the neighborhood Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Champaign/Urbana area communities! All trick-or-treating for the listed communities will occur on Monday, October 31st.


Champaign: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Mahomet: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Monticello: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Paxton: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Rantoul: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Savoy: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Urbana: 6:00 to 8:00 pm


It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:


  • 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 look out for children.

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



Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Fall Home Buying in Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in Champaign-Urbana? Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall and not wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year.


Sellers with Homes still on the Market are Anxious to Sell

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.


Sellers in the Fall are Looking to Move

Sellers that leave their homes listed in the fall are doing so for a reason….they need to move. Whether it’s for a new job or because their new home is ready, these sellers are more serious about moving on to their new homes and need to have their current homes sold as soon as possible. They will likely be more open to negotiation in order to close the deal, especially before the upcoming holiday season.


You will have less Competition from other Home Buyers

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!


You have Lots of Resources at your Disposal

Since spring and summer are the peak real estate seasons, industry professionals such as agents, lenders, and movers, are incredibly busy. When the weather starts to cool and with many clients settled into their new homes, realtors and others have more time time opening up….meaning that you can have more of their undivided attention. This is extremely beneficial when you are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of all of the resources out there. An Experienced Real Estate Agent is dedicated to helping you move into your dream home this fall.


Crime Rates Go Down in the Fall

The end of summer tends to be the main months in which home related crimes, such as burglaries, occur. If you are buying your home in the fall, this allows you the opportunity to do more research prior to purchasing in order to find out about crime rates in the area and take precautions in your new home to protect yourself, if necessary.


Spruce Up Your New Home With End of Year Sales

The fall months are prime shopping season when it comes to home appliances, decor, maintenance goods, and more. Major retailers always offer these consumer goods at great discounts in the fall in order to prepare for next year’s trends and models. You can outfit your new home with amazing deals! Update your home with fresh paint and carpeting in September, when these goods are often put on sale. Prepare for next spring by purchasing your lawn mower in October. Create your dream kitchen in November with the help of new appliances and cookware at a discounted price.


Use Tax Deductions to Your Advantage

Regardless of which calendar month you purchase your home, homeowners can claim deductions on property tax and mortgage interest for your entire year’s worth of income. Payments completed prior to the loan closing will be considered tax deductible, even if they occur in November or December! You can save a considerable amount of money on the taxes you owe by purchasing your home later in the year!


Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Champaign-Urbana!! Call me today or visit my website at

Resource: Forbes

Home maintenance is considered a chore for a reason. Between work, taking care of the kids, and other cleaning that needs to be taken care of around the house, it often gets pushed to the side. It’s something that no one wants to spend their free time doing and can seem tedious. However, it can help cut energy costs and preserve your Home's Value the future. By doing regular, easy home maintenance tasks you can keep your Champaign/Urbana area home in tip top shape! Follow these Top 10 Tips for simple home maintenance.

  1. Do a Deep Clean

Perform a deep clean on everything inside of your house. Remove accumulated dust, dirt, and grime buildup throughout the rooms in your house. Clean appliances. Get rid of any mold and mildew buildup in rooms where moisture accumulates. Not only will this clean help your home looking its best but it will also allow to identify any potential problems in your house that might need further attention and repair.

  1. Clean Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer vent is one of the leading causes of house fires. Ensuring that this does not happen is incredibly easy to do! Along with cleaning out your dryer lint trap every time you use the dryer, you should regularly clear the dryer connection. The dryer connection is the tube/pipe that attaches the appliance to the outdoor vent. Pull the tube out and vacuum it clean of all the lint that has been accumulating within the pipe and the pipe connection. After cleaning it out, reattach the pipe to the dryer and make sure that it is properly connected.

  1. Clear Out Your Drains

No one wants to shower while standing in water up to your ankles. Make sure to keep your drains cleared out to avoid more serious problems such as a sewer backup. For less severe drain clogs, pouring boiling water down the drain can fix the issue. If that doesn’t fully clear it up, use a snake to remove the blockage. Always keep your plumber’s phone number handy if problems persist. Purchase a hair strainer to prevent the issue in the future.

  1. Replace Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet tank can prematurely wear out the toilet and cause water damage to the bathroom floor. If you notice that your toilet is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced. After turning off the water supply to the toilet using the valve in the back, empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Remove excess water left in the tank and the flush chain from the lever. You can then slide the existing flapper off and replace it with the new one. Reconnect the chain and turn the water supply back on.

  1. Fill Holes and Cracks in the Wall

There are very simple and cheap fixes to cover small holes and cracks in your drywall. A cosmetic sponge can be used to fill those holes. Cut it down to size, push it into the hole, and spackle over it. For those small cracks, add a bit baking soda to strong, fast acting glue and spread the mixture over the crack. This will create a strong surface that can easily be smoothed down by sanding it.

  1. Fix Your Windows

Avoid high energy bills by ensuring that your windows are keeping in the cold air or heat. With the cold winter months approaching in Illinois, you want to make sure that heat does not escape your home. Check the caulking around your windows. If there are any cracks or holes, remove the existing caulk with a box cutter and then apply a new line of it along the seam. To get a straight line of caulk, use painter’s tape. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. You can also fix a drafty window by applying an inexpensive insulating window film to the glass. Find a tiny hole in the glass? You can repair it with clear nail polish! Allowing the nail polish to dry in between applications, keep adding layers of the polish until it is flush with the glass.

  1. Get Rid of the Squeak Below Your Feet

Do you hardwood floors squeak when you walk of them? There is an easy fix for that. The culprit of the creak is moisture. Identify the floorboards that are creaking and sprinkle talcum powder on them. Take a makeup brush and sweep the powder in the cracks between the boards. This will help to soak up the moisture and remove the noise.

  1. Clean Your Fridge Coils

Your refrigerator is one of the items in your home that uses up the most energy. To help cut your utility costs, there is a simple fix. By vacuuming the coils underneath or in back of your fridge, you will keep it running as efficiently as possible.

  1. Inspect the Safety Features in Your Home

Make sure you and your family stay safe in your home by inspecting your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For the fire extinguisher, make sure that it is in an easily accessible spot, check for adequate pressure, and ensure that no wear and tear has occurred. For the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dust them off, ensure that they are working properly by pushing the test buttons, and replace batteries if necessary.

  1. Take Care of Your Gutters

Protect the exterior of your home and avoid more serious damage by regularly clearing your gutters of debris and buildup. If your home isn’t too tall, you can safely clean the gutters yourself by using a ladder. Remove all the muck that has been accumulating in the gutters. Then, take your garden hose to flush any remaining debris out and to make sure that water flows properly through them. If you notice that your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house, replace the fasteners and hangers. As the leaves begin to fall this Autumn, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for any weather that comes our way. 

Two Great Festivals This Weekend in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

There is always something exciting going on during the summer in the Champaign/Urbana area! And this last weekend of August is no exception!!! This Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th, your family will have tons to do at one of two great festivals in our area…..the Mahomet Sangamon River Music Festival and Urbana Sweetcorn Festival!


Sangamon River Music Festival in Mahomet

Head over to Downtown Mahomet this Friday and Saturday for their Annual Sangamon River Music Festival. This great family friendly event features incredible live music, bags tournament, parade, carnival rides and so much more!


This festival takes place from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday evening and all day Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm. Both days you can dine on delicious food and buy crafts from the numerous vendors. Pop into the Mahomet Lion’s Beer Tent for a frothy beverage. Carnival rides will be available both days. Buy a $20 armband for unlimited rides!


The highlight of this festival is truly the music. Both days are jam packed with incredible live musicians and bands. Check out the headliners on Friday and Saturday night, Uncle Kracker and Phil Vassar, respectively! For a full schedule of the bands playing, click HERE


Saturday will have additional fun events for you and your family to enjoy. Set up along the Festival Parade route, starting at Lincoln Trails School and ending on Franklin, on Saturday morning between 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Grab a friend and enter the Bags Tournament for a chance to win cash prizes! Print out the Bags Tournament Registration and bring $40 cash at 12:30 in front of the fire station to join in the fun!


Event Details

Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016 and Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) and 9:00 am - 11:30 pm (Saturday)

Location: Main Street, Mahomet

Cost: FREE admission, including all musical performances!

Parking: FREE festival parking with Shuttle Service in Mahomet IGA’s grassy area on Eastwood Drive.


2016 Sweetcorn Festival in Urbana

Can’t make it over to Mahomet, or want to make the most of your weekend by hitting up an additional festival?? Check out the Sweetcorn Festival in Downtown Urbana this Friday and Saturday. Dine on perfectly steamed sweetcorn, marvel at vintage cars, see your favorite bands, and much more.


This long running annual festival takes place from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am on Friday evening and on Saturday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Did you know that offer 30,000 ears of corn are consumed at this festival annually?! See what the hype is about as you mow down on delicious corn provided by local farmers! If you aren’t a corn enthusiast like the rest of us, there are plenty of other incredible festival food options for you to choose from.


Delight your ears with the talented local, regional, and national musicians performing both days. There are 3 different music stages at the festival! Check out the headliners on Friday and Saturday night, Diamond Rio and Smash Mouth, respectively! For a full schedule of the bands playing, click HERE!


In addition to the food and music, there are lots of other entertainment for you and your family during this festival. Your kids will love all the activities provided specifically for them. Check out the merchandise and informational vendors. On Saturday, head over to the Motor Muster Car Show, which showcases vintage automobiles!


Event Details

Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016 and Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - Midnight (Friday) and 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Downtown Urbana

Cost: FREE admission. $1 per food, drink, and game tickets.

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