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Illinois Fighting Illini Football is Back!

by Rose Price

Our beloved University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football season kicks off on September 3rd at Memorial Stadium (1402 South 1st Street, Champaign)! Cheer our team on as the take on Murray State at the season opener. Games will be every Saturday through December 3rd, with a bye-week on Saturday, September 24th. Here is the 2016 Fighting Illini Football Schedule! Whether you make it down to the stadium or are watching from the comfort of your home, it's time to support our boys in orange!

 

Coach Lovie Smith and the rest of the UI coaching staff have developed an impressive team for the 2016 season. Here are 5 of the top players to keep your eye out for on the field:

 

1. Hardy Nickerson, Middle Linebacker: A senior transfer student from California, Nickerson is expected to make big plays this season. A master of tackling and for causing turnovers, he will help strengthen the Illini's defensive line.

2. Wes Lunt, Quarterback: The backbone of the team, this quarterback is an excellent passer. As a senior, Lunt has much experience behind him and is ready to lead the team to victory on the field.

3. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Running Back: Getting a team high of 6 rushing touchdowns last season, Vaughn is expected to make big plays once again. Now that the team also has a fullback, this player will have any more opportunities to run the ball.

4. Dawuane Smoot, Defensive End: An opposing quarterback's nightmare, Smoot is excellent at getting the sack. With a coaching team dedicated to the defensive line, we expect this player to improve from his impressive season last year.

5. Desmond Cain, Wide Receiver: This young player is expected to continue to be a favorite target for Lunt. His ability to get open on the field for passes will help lead the team to success in the end zone.

 

 

We wish the Fighting Illini much success in this upcoming football season!!!

The Great Farmer's Markets of Champaign County!

by Rose Price

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: Every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, May through October

Where: Downtown Champaign in Parking Lot M (310-330 North Neil Street)

 

Wednesdays

Rantoul Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, June through October

Where: Rantoul Market (133 South Gerrard Street)

Homer Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm 

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

 

Thursdays

Sustainable Student Farm

When: Every Thursday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (or when supplies run out), May through November 

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

Paxton's Market on Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Majestic Park (135 South Market Street)

Monticello Farmer's Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, June 16 through October 6th

Where: Corner of State Street and Livingstone Street

 

Saturdays

Urbana's Market at the Square

When: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, May through November

Where: Downtown Urbana, Corner of Illinois Street and Vine Street

It's Time for the 2016 Champaign County Fair!!!

by Rose Price

County fairs are a great summertime tradition and there are none better than our beloved CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR! Celebrate our great CHAMPAIGN/URBANA community and the surrounding area at the fair Thursday, July 21th, through Saturday, July 30th. That’s 10 days filled with family fun and amusement!

 

Head on down to the Champaign County Fairgrounds located at the intersection of Coler Avenue and Fairview Avenue 525 South Randall Road in Urbana for all the festivities. There is something for everyone on the Midway! Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddie Land, animal shows, and much more! For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand to watch several different special events such as the demolition derbies and the 25th Annual Custom Car, Truck and Semi-Truck Show on July 23rd! On Thursday, July 28th, groove to the music of Granger Smith and Dylan Scott. The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase Tickets Here.

 

Start of the Champaign County Fair tonight from 5 to 9 pm for a special Benefit Preview Night. Admission is free with a can of perishable food. Donations will go to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. A portion of the proceeds from the carnival and food vendors will go to fund future agricultural programs at the fair! 

 

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult. A season pass can also be purchased for $25. Carnival ride tickets are $1.25, with each ride usually costing two tickets. Take advantage of the bracelet days on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 9 pm, Sunday, July 24th, from 12 to 5 pm, and Saturday, July 30th, from 12 to 5 pm where you can get unlimited rides for $25!

 

Schedule of Events

 

We cannot wait to see you this week at the 2016 Champaign County Fair!!

4th of July Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

The 4th of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout the Champaign/Urbana area that we wanted to share with you! Spend the holiday with live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!

CHAMPAIGN

67 Years Champaign County Freedom Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: University of Illinois campus locations

This amazing annual event has something for everyone to celebrate Independence Day. Start the day off participating in the Youth Run or 5K Race/Walk which takes participants along the parade route. After being active in the morning, find your spot along the parade route. The parade starts at 11:05 am and will feature great patriotic bands, live music, and much more. Finish off your celebration at the evening program which starts at 7:00 pm and will be located along Kirby Avenue. The festivities include musical entertainment, kids activities, and a great fireworks display at the end of the night.  

RANTOUL

Rantoul Freedom Celebration

When: Saturday, July 2nd – Monday, July 4th

Where: Wabash Park (Saturday), Rantoul National Aviation Center (Sunday), RTHS Cafetorium (Monday)

Rantoul offers a full weekend of activities to celebrate Independence Day. On Saturday, check out a great car show from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm before watching the Rantoul Rocks Talent Show and the band 90s daughter in the evening. The following day bring the family for more fun at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. Watch the excitement of monster trucks or participate in the 5K. There will also be food, live music, inflatables, and many more activities available all day. Wind down the holiday weekend on Monday with a delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary from 7:30 am until noon. The 4th of July parade begins at 9:00 am so be sure to claim your spot to watch all the fun!

MONTICELLO

Monticello Freedom Festival

When: Sunday, July 3rd | 4:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Lodge Park

Cost: FREE!

Bring the family to this great event filled with live music, inflatables, delicious food, and a spectacular fireworks show.

MAHOMET

Light Up the Lake Freedom Fest

When: Monday, July 4th | 3:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 S. Lake of the Woods Rd.)

Cost: $2.00, Free for children 5 and under

Watch the lake light up under the fantastic fireworks display the night of the 4th. Before the show, enjoy family activities, food, and live music all day in the beautiful setting of Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.

PAXTON

July 4th Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: Pells Park (700 E. Pells St.)

Enjoy a full day of activities at Paxton’s July 4th Celebration. Check out the car show and flea market in the morning starting at 9:00 am. Listen to patriotic music from the Community Choir. Kids will love the games area and reptile exhibit in the afternoon. Play bingo or participate in a watermelon eating contest! Marvel at the fireworks at the end of the night.

Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in Champaign/Urbana!

Champaignrose & Landmark Real Estate wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day! Time to celebrate the dad in your life. No matter what your dad loves to do, there is something for everyone happening this weekend around CHAMPAIGN/URBANA. Here’s a list of the top activities for you to show your dad how much you appreciate all that he does!

SHOLEM FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION. Head over to the Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign for a fun filled day at the pool. Let dad lounge on the lazy river and speed down the three slides. Your dad gets in for free. Enjoy half priced root beer floats while you watch your father in the entertaining cannonball competition.

FATHER'S DAY CAR SHOW. For the car loving dad, check out some hot wheels at First Christin Church (3601 South Staley Road) in Champaign for the Father’s Day Car Show on Sunday, June 19th. The show will feature awesome cars, a bounce house, and food.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET CONCERT. Enjoy a relaxing evening on Father’s Day at Eisner Park in Champaign for the Sounds at Sunset Concert. Listen to great music and snack on the picnic that you packed with all of your dad’s favorite foods.

TAKE ME FISHINGGrab your fishing rods and your father and head to Walnut Hill Shelter Homer Lake Forest Preserve for the free Take Me Fishing event. From 9 until 11 am, enjoy the great outdoors with your dad. Kids can win awards for the fish they catch and beginning lessons will be offered.

MONTICELLO RAILWAY MUSEUM. Enjoy a vintage train ride with dad at the Monticello Railway Museum. Dad gets to ride for free on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. After your train ride, explore the museum to see railway artifacts and exhibits.

FATHER'S DAY STORYTIME. For the little ones, head over to Barnes and Noble (65 East Market View Drive) in Champaign for a special Father’s Day reading of two children’s books, Grandpa Loves You by Helen Foster James and Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke. There will be activities held afterward for the fathers and children.

CRYSTAL LAKE PARK FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER. Dad’s swim for free on Sunday at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center when accompanied by one child. Beat the summer heat and have a day at the pool!

A big thank you to the dads in our community for all that you do!

Habitat ReStore logo preferred

June begins the “Honey-Do Season”!

DID YOU KNOW that Habitat for Humanity ReStore will pick up an entire truckload of your items for just $10!

Here’s a list of some of the items that the ReStore will happily take off your hands:

  • Furniture, couches, desks, tables, shelves-please no rips tears, stains, broken parts or animal stains.
  • Large and small appliances; in working order, 7 years old or less; washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, blenders, coffee makes 
  • Building supplies; doors, kitchen and bath cabinets with working doors and drawers, counter tops, new flooring; wood, ceramic, vinyl, and carpet; working power, hand, and garden tools 
  • Household linens, dishes, utensils, arts and crafts/office supplies

However, the following items cannot be accepted:

  • Clothing/toys/pianos 
  • Toxic materials, lead based paint or used tires 
  • Single pane windows, parts or pieces; hollow doors 
  • Older style box televisions 
  • Mattresses or box springs

All proceeds from your donations go to support Habitat local building programs in Champaign County. Call today 217-359-0507 to schedule your pick up---and start making your Honey-Do list that much shorter!

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Champaign IL 18th Annual Ebertfest: 2016!

by Rose Price

It's that special time of year, where film lovers from all over Illinois come to Champaign to celebrate and enjoy films inspired by the Great Roger Ebert's exquisite taste and his dedication and passion to the art of film. Founded in 1999 by Roger himself, the film festival features films that didn't receive the recognition they deserved the first time around.  Though he passed in 2013, he is a constant influence on the festival.  Some of the films come from Roger's own lists of possible films for his festival while others are selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn, based on Roger's criteria for a Ebertfest film of course. Having both worked closely with Roger for 15 years, they know pretty darn well what he would approve of and what would make him cringe.   

As Roger himself said:

"Every great film should

seem new, every time you see it."  

Well at EbertFest every film will certainly seem new!  It's core mission is to celebrate films, genres and formats that have been overlooked by distributors, audiences and/or critics; including independent, international and studio films that did not win wide audiences; overlooked formats such as 70mm; and overlooked genres such as documentaries and musicals. One of our favorite parts of the festival is that it screens one film at a time, so everyone sees the same films at the same time, which promotes a strong sense of community among audiences, filmmakers, guests, students and scholars.  

"No good movie is too long

and no bad movie is short enough." 

We know that not everyone has the same taste in movies, but if you're going to trust one critic's opinion, it should definitely be Roger's, so hopefully the above quote won't apply this week.  Come see some great films, meet fascinating directors, actors, and filmmakers and celebrate the art of film and the life of one of the world's most beloved Film Critics.  

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March 24th is the 75th anniversary of Chanute Airfield's Tuskegee Airmen! Champaign Illinois was the birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen. These brave men showed incredible heroism and courage at a time of severe racism in our country and a belief that black soldiers were inferior to white, that they didn't have the capacity or fortitude sufficient to fly warplanes into battle. 

It wasn't until 1941 when A. Phillip Randolph pushed President Roosevelt to include Black Americans in combat roles, that they became eligible to fight. However, St. Louis and Detroit were the original designated locations for training sites, but neither city would allow these men to train in their airspace. it was Champaign County that stepped up and supported the program and offered Chanute Army Air Field to host the training.  This historical event took place during the week of March 19-26, 1941 at Chanute Air Field, Rantoul, IL for the Black Fighter Pilots. 

Later that fall, these fighter pilots were transferred to Tuskegee, AL but Chanute Air Field was kept as an integrated base for weatherman, armorers, fire fighters and mechanics.

On March 24, 1945, three Tuskegee Airmen shot down 3 German jets, marking the very first time American pilots shot down enemy jet fighters. 

While only 14 of the original Tuskegee Airmen are still alive today, there are many pilots who helped integrate the Army Air Corps. 

Our Illinois National Guard Armory will host a kick-off celebration on Thursday, March 24, designating Champaign County as the Birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen March 1941.” The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. and last one hour. Following the event, the Champaign County Engineers will install the “Birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen March 1941” signs on all US and IL highways entering Champaign County.

Various Veteran organizations throughout Champaign and Douglas counties will be on hand to commemorate the designation. The public is also encouraged to attend to celebrate the role of Chanute Air Field in this monumental time in our country’s history.

Photo Credit- VisitChampaign.org

Easter Extravaganza in Champaign IL

by Rose Price

Friday, March 25

Nite Lite Egg Pursuit XXIII

@ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm | $10

Ages 18+
What's better than starting your weekend with an Easter Egg hunt?  Starting your weekend with an Easter Egg Hunt...at night! Yup, this Easter Egg hunt takes place at night! So, bring your basket, grab a flashlight and find your inner child.
Join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS for the opportunity to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. Be on the lookout for the Bronze, Silver and Gold eggs for a chance to win some really great prize packages!

Register on-site: 7:15-8p, $10
Hunt starts promptly at 8:10p
Hessel Park

*Eggs disappear quickly. Don’t be late!

Saturday, March 26

Eggs-ploration-FREE

Douglas Park 512 E. Grove St

Join the community at Douglass Park for a good, old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. There will be face-painting before the hunt and inflatables to jump away! The hunt begins at Noon, so be prompt…eggs go fast! Remember to bring your basket so you don’t have to fill your pockets.   Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.com

26th Annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza- FREE 

West Side Park 400 W University

Thousands of eggs will be hidden around West Side Park. Free hayrack rides will be offered from 10-10:45am before the hunt begins. There will be a special guest attending for the little ones to meet. Bring your basket and get ready to hunt some eggs.  The hunt starts at 11 am Sharp! 

CGA 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Champion Gymnastic Acedemy, 219 S. Matis Ave

 

It’s time for CGA’s  4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. FREE and open to children ages 10 and under, the hunt will begin at 10 am. Participants do not need to be members of the gym. Children will be divided into 4 age groups to search throughout the gym for candy-filled eggs. Don’t forget your basket!

 

10:00 AM – 3 years old and under (accompanied by a parent)

10:25 AM – 4-5 years old

10:50 AM – 6-7 years old

11:15 AM – 8-10 years old

Please arrive before your child’s time to avoid congestion in the lobby.

Monticello Parks and Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt

Forest Preserve Park - 1600 North State Street - Monticello

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Ready for some serious egg hunting?  Kids 10 years will have a chance to fill their baskets with eggs and goodies.  Hosted at Forest Preserve Park, the hunt will begin at 10 am.  The park will be divided into 2 age groups.  4 and under/5-10 year olds.  There is a participation fee of 1$.  Registration is not required.

Leaders of Life Easter Egg Hunt

Leaders of Life Martial Arts 2413 Village Green Place

1-2pm

Join Leaders of Light for an indoor Easter Egg Hunt! Why indoor?  Well, then no matter what the weather is, we can still hunt for eggs! 

Sunday, March 27

Illini Men's Tennis and Easter Egg Hunt

12-2pm

Free sundae to first 100 fans
Easter Egg Hunt with visit from the Easter Bunny
Poster making station for kids

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Friday, April 1

Fetch! Pet Care Hoppin' Hound Egg Hunt

Champaign Bark District Dog Park Windsor Road, east of Staley Road

Is your pooch feeling a bit left out this Easter season...well bring your WHOLE family to the only Easter Egg Hunt for dogs.  Your pup will have just as much fun as you hunting for treats and refreshments, both for pets and humans!  can enjoy as much as you do. Enjoy treats and refreshments for dogs and humans, activities for the kids, pet photography, and prizes. The hunt starts right at noon! Event images will post to the Fetch! Pet Care and the Champaign Park District Facebook pages for you to download, share, and enjoy!

 

Top 100 School Districts in Illinois!

by Rose Price

Once again the Champaign/Urbana IL area has 3 area school districts that have earned spots on the highly coveted list of the TOP 100 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN ILLINOIS for 2016! With 863 School Districts in Illinois, earning a spot on this list isn't an easy task, you have to be truly outstanding in virtually every category. For the 3 School Districts that have found their way to this list, I feel they exemplify this type of achievement in their school programs on a daily basis. These districts are:

URBANA SCHOOL DISTRICT #116

 

 

TUSCOLA COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #301

 

MOUNT ZION COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #3

 

 

 

 

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