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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

More Information

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

 

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Safety in Champaign IL

by Rose Price

Christmas Tree Safety for Families in Champaign

For many people it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until there is a tree in the house. However, Christmas trees often present a few safety issues, even though they are much fewer than they were years ago. Each year home fires occur from Christmas Trees- Faux or Real for a variety of reasons.  Below are some tips to help ensure your Holidays are burning brightly....but in a good way, not with flames!

Choose your tree wisely: If you decide, like many people do, to go with a lovely fresh pine tree, there are certain things need to look for:

  • The tree should be flexible and fragrant NOT dry and brittle.
  • Shake the tree and make sure it doesn’t lose too many needles, this is a good indicator that the tree is fresh.
  • Examine the bark and make sure there are no insects crawling around.
  • Lastly, and often an after thought, bring a tape measure and make sure this tree will fit in your home.

Set it up right: Sounds simple, but there are things people overlook. Here's what you need to do:

  • Keep your tree at least 3 ft away from any heat source, including fireplaces, vents, radiators, and even light fixtures!
  • To keep your Tree fresh longer, always saw off the bottom 1-inch of the fresh tree- this ensures maximum hydration.
  • Make sure it is secured well; preferably in a tree stand and screwed in tightly!
  • Never put it in the path of traffic in your home. Find a nice, out of the way, focal point in your home.

Fa La La La Light it Up Safely! Faulty wires from Christmas lights is one of the main causes of Christmas tree fires. Although our Christmas lights are much safer now than they have ever been, caution and common sense should still be demonstrated.

  • Make sure your lights are working properly and meant for indoor use.
  • Always check for broken bulbs & exposed filament....replace before putting on the tree.
  • NEVER, EVER USE REAL CANDLES!! If you like the old fashioned look of candles in the tree, use the electronic version!

Your Tree Gets Thirsty....Water Often: Sure the tree is going to come down soon, it may not seem all that important to keep it watered, but having a well hydrated tree makes all the difference in preventing a fire. If you’re planning to keep your tree up for a while, don't forget to water in the New Year - almost as many Christmas tree fires occur in January as in December.

 


Faux vs. Real Christmas Trees:

Most people have already answered this question themselves, but for those of you still on the fence, here are some pros and cons of each to consider.

  • If your priority is minimum cost and maximum convenience, Faux Christmas trees may be the best way to go, especially since faux trees don't look all that "fake" anymore. You just purchase a quality artificial Christmas tree once and you will be set for years.
  • Most environmentally-minded groups advocate real over faux trees because they benefit local farmers (the great majority of trees currently come from farms and not forests), they are also 100 percent recyclable, and don't contain potentially harmful plastics or chemicals…all good things.
  • The whole faux trees are safer, hasn’t been proved, especially since most holiday fires are started by overloaded electrical outlets…in these cases, both types of trees are equally likely to catch fire. Even "flame resistant" artificial trees have been known to ignite if the temperature is high enough, and unlike real trees, they emit harmful toxins while burning.

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Our Conclusion: Do what makes you HAPPY!  If you prefer a Fresh Cut Tree...then get a beautiful fresh cut tree!  If you'd rather have a terrific Faux tree, then do a Faux Tree!  As long as you're happy and celebrating the season with love, joy, family & friends that's all that matters! 

If you are interested in looking for a home in the lovely Champaign/Urbana IL area, please give me a call! I'd love to show you around our Charming Community. 217-202-8843.  

Champaign IL Upcoming Events!

by Rose Price

7th Annual Folk and Roots Festival November 5-7

The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations.  There will be over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song-circles, family activities, storytelling, instrument-making and much, much more!  The festival is interested in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, notably forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while at the same time preserving local traditions and histories.

Official Site

Full Schedule

Volunteer

The 36th Annual Chris Cringle Craft Show --> November 6th & 7th 

Friday 3pm-9pm & Saturday 9am-5pm

@ 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign IL

The Chris Cringle Arts & Crafts Show is one of the Midwest’s largest craft shows, featuring over 155 booths and a wide variety of handcrafted items by local and area artists, as well as artists from all over the Midwest. There is free parking at the Fluid Events Center, but please DO NOT park in the County Market lot across the street, you may be towed. 

Illinois Heartland Decorative Artist sponsors a raffle featuring a holiday quilt, painted and pieced by our members. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds from our show support our many projects, including art student scholarships, Memorial 4-H Camp, Decorative Arts Collections, memory boxes for hospitals, sponsoring families through the Department of Children and Family Services, area food banks, seminars, demonstrations, displays and a weekend retreat.

Visit the Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists Website for more information.

CUSR Cupcake 5K --> Sunday November 8th @ 9:00 am Parkland College

The only race that ends with a cupcake! Pretty Sweet!

The CUSR Cupcake 5K is  is a timed race ending with a cupcake. Funds raised will go into CUSR’s scholarship fund, which supports individuals who need financial assistance in order to access CUSR programs and services. Runners, walkers, and registrants who use a wheelchair are all welcome. A valid ID must be provided in order to receive pre-race information.  You can also check the CUSR Facebook page for more information.  The event will be held, rain or shine and there will be no refunds given, which is good because all proceeds go to the CUSR Scholarship fund.  For more information visit the CUSR Facebook Page.

Register

Check back often to my website, blog and Facebook page for more events, Holiday Festivals and more!

CHAMPAIGN IL HALLOWEEN 2015

by Rose Price

HALLOWEEN FUN FEST 2015

Tuesday Oct 27, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
SPOOKTACULAR HAUNTED HOUSE!

Market Place Shopping Center, North Neil Street, Champaign, IL


One of the best FREE family events for 30 years!  Join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts, along with Market Place Mall, in Dressing up in your favorite costume and trick-or-treating.  There will also be games and one of our favorite parts..... a costume contest!! Take a walk through the spooky (family friendly) haunted house…if you dare! Don’t forget your bag to collect all the goodies and a camera to capture all the great memories of your child’s Halloween night! There will be Event images posted to the Champaign Park District’s Facebook page, so you can download, share, and enjoy! 

TRICK OR TREATING SCHEDULES FOR THE AREA:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 31st

Champaign: 5 to 7 p.m.
Mahomet: 6 to 8 p.m.
Monticello: 5 to 9 p.m.
Paxton: 5 to 8 p.m.
Savoy: 6 to 8 p.m.
St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Tolono: 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Urbana: 5 to 7 p.m. 

BEST PARTY APPETIZERS FOR HALLOWEEN

Now, it's time to engage your inner Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray!  If you're brave enough to host a Halloween party this year, don't skimp on the details.  Cleverly themed appetizers and drinks are a must.  Here are some super- duper appetizer ideas, sure to impress your guests for many Halloween moons to come! Just click on the names of the appetizers for the recipes!

MUMMY DOGS

WITCH'S BROOM 

BRAINS 

CHEESY BATS

SPIDERS

WORMS IN DIRT

PUMPKIN VOMIT

MINI PUMPKINS

Hopefully you feel inspired!  Halloween is one of the best parts of Autumn and certainly one of my favorites.  If you have any unique costume, appetizer or drink ideas, please share on my Facebook Page so everyone in the community can enjoy!  I'm always on the look out for fresh creative ideas to help make the season better each year. 

Champaign IL Top 3 Haunted Houses for 2015!

by Rose Price


A cold, sleeping dread creeps amongst the moonlit forest of the Central Illinois night…Something evil in the woods, something dark and ominous.  There have been reports of paranormal happenings at the​ Bonesaw Mill... Or maybe some biological freaks of a recent military experiment roam the forest, bloodthirsty, angry for vengeance... Or maybe it's the eerie laughter of an insane clown wandering through a cannibal circus from hell?  If you're looking for the best haunts in Central Illinois, look no further.  The New Haunt at Bonesaw Mill and the newest attraction "The Freak Show" are two of the best haunted experiences of the season.  Come explore, if you dare

Looking for the best HAUNTED HOUSE in Central Illinois? Visit the All New Haunt at Bonesaw Mill and Brand New Haunted House attraction, The Freak Show. Come explore what you’re afraid of, if you dare!

Midway Of Madness

Every year The Midway of Madness takes over the Champaign Co Fairgrounds, now in it's 4th season, the haunts get better every year.  Make your way through a dark ominous maze of crazed carnies and fantastic scares around every corner....ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH FOR THIS HAUNT?? Check out their facebook page for more info.

Upcoming Dates

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Friday, October 23, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Saturday, October 24, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Friday, October 30, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Saturday, October 31, 2015, Starts at 7:00pm 

Haunt Masters

Two more great haunts in 1 Spectacular Location: Head to Rantoul, IL.  Haunt Masters present their Fear Factory & Psychosis Haunted Houses this October, and are more than ready to scare you! 

Visit Illinois Haunted Houses for more great Haunts in Illinois

Champaign IL CU PRIDE FEST!

by Rose Price

 

The UP Center presents:

The Sixth Annual CU Pride Festival

September 19th-20th 

One word describes the CU Pride Fest and that's VARIETY! This Saturday, people and families will attend this large festival and kids area.  There will be groups selling pride swag while others spread awareness about the issues gender and sexual minorities face.  Champaign-Urbana Public Health and local government will also be sharing information. There will be children's entertainment; bounce houses and carnival style games. There will also be education  workshops at the Hyatt Place and Big Grove Tavern from 12 noon to 3 PM, which will include subjects like Family Law, Biblical Self Defense, Sexual Assault and Awareness, Nutrition and Health and Substance Abuse.  But, the parade is the real treat, which will be Downtown Champaign around 5 PM.  After the parade, there will be activities and entertainment at local bars and restaurants.  Sunday will be the Drag Brunch at V.Picasso  featuring Leiloni Start, Calexus Carrington and Jade from Rupaul's Drag Race Season One.

All proceeds will support the UP Center of Champaign County, whose mission is to be a multi-service agency for youth and adults; to support and promote human care, education, and community-building activities directed at furthering the well-being and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, non-gendered, gender-nonconforming, and gender-fluid people and the ally community of Champaign County. 

 

Visit Uniting Pride for more information about Workshops  Entertainment Schedule and Event Schedule

 

Champaign IL September Highlights of Things To Do!

by Rose Price

45th Annual Broom Corn Festival

Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13

Celebrate Arcola's Heritage as the Broom Corn Capital of the World at the 45th Annual Broom Corn Festival.  Located at Main Street in historic downtown Arcola; an all day/all weekend affair, with plenty of family fun.  Visitors can see Broom activities as well as arts and crafts, children's activities and of course, the parade with the famous Lawn Rangers.  Visitors can also participate in a 5K or 10K race.


Ellinora Guitar Fest

September 9, 10, 11

The Extraordinary Ellinora Guitar Festival at the Krannert Center.  3 Incredible Days; 7 Performance Spaces with 29 Performances.  Come experience a prestigious array of the world's most distinctive and influential guitarists and best of all, it's FREE! 

Performance Schedule             The Musicians            Who Is Ellinora?           Welcome

6th Annual Pride Fest & Parade

September 19 & 20

The event includes a parade and a kids area full of children’s activities, bounce houses and carnival games.

Make A Wish Illinois WALK & RUN For Wishes

Saturday September 19 at Hessel Park, Champaign

Come dressed as your favorite character! Registration opens at 8 a.m. A short children's parade will follow at 9 a.m. The actual walking and running begins at 9:30 a.m. Both individuals and teams can participate and raise funds for the foundation.  Participants can join the 5K fun run or a 1 mile fun walk.  There will be Refreshments, Music and other entertainment, which will end with prizes awarded for the top fundraisers and best youth and adult costumes.  Register with Make A Wish

Punkin Chunkin

September 26 at Hessel Park

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Kid Friendly! Live music, food, games, mazes and of course a pumpkin chucking contest! 

11th Annual Race Against Racism

Sunday, September 27  Brought to you by YWCA of U of I 

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

One of the main goals of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and their annual 5K aims to support that Mission; promoting equality in a fun, active and creative way.  Anyone 10 years and older can sign up to participate; choosing to walk or run.  You don't need to be a serious runner to participate!  Everyone is welcome!  Help create social change, one step at a time!  

Lunar Eclipse Party

Sunday, September 27 at the Staerkel Planetarium 2400 W Bradley Avenue

A total Lunar Eclipse will be visible from Central Illinois on Sunday night.  The main eclipse will begin around 8 p.m. and will end around 11:30 p.m. What better place to view this event than the CU Astronomical Society?  Viewing will take place right outside the planetarium, where attendees can view the eclipse through a telescope!

Oh how I LOVE CHAMPAIGN/URBANA in the Fall! So many great choices of things to do...and there's even more! Give me a call if you'd like some more great idea's, I'm always willing to share. 217-202-8843.

Urbana IL Sweetcorn Festival celebrates it's 40th Year!

by Rose Price


ARE YOU READY?  It's time to help Urbana IL celebrate this festival's "Sweet" 40th Anniversary!   What am I referring to?  The 40th Annual Urbana SweetCorn Festival! 

WHEN:   Friday (08/28)- Saturday (08/29)

WHERE: Downtown Urbana IL

TIME:     Friday- 5:00- 11:00 pm, Saturday- 11:00- 11:00pm

COST:     Admittance to the festival is FREE, and that includes see the bands! You will need to purchase tickets for food, drinks and games. The tickets are $1.00 each.

 A little HISTORY of the fest:

The first Urbana SweetCorn Festival  took place in the parking lot at Main & Race St, downtown Urbana, and was put on by the Busey Bank employees.... in August 1975. 

The Urbana Business Association is now responsible for the planning of the festival, over the years adding a local car show, an expanded family area, live music on multiple stages, food, vendors, and beer all in the heart of downtown Urbana. It is also the LARGEST FREE FESTIVAL in Champaign County!

FESTIVAL FACTS:

  • Around 30,000 ears of sweet corn are consumed each year at the festival.
  •  The wonderful Sweet Corn comes from FRESH, our own LOCAL FARMERS! It's what makes it so delicious! 
  • Bet you didn't know that they use an antique steam engine to cook the corn. (I thought that was amazing!)
  • The festival promotes "Green Efforts" by offering recycling receptacles throughout the festival, and they even compost all the corncobs!

                      

Some Common Q & A:  Check out this link- Commonly Asked Questions

There is a FANTASTIC line-up of music this year!  Bands from the The Psychedelic Furs to the Urbana High Marching Band! For the Complete Schedule click here: Musical Line-Up

Vendors, Vendors and more Vendors! Check out this link for a complete list: VENDORS

This is going to be a KIDS DREAM ZONE! From Bounce Houses to Meeting Box Turtles and more....the kids will have a blast! Here's the complete kids schedule: KIDS ZONE

BELOW IS THE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL:

                         

I hope you all enjoy the festival as much as I have over the years! If you've never attended, make this year your first.  It's the 40th Anniversary after all, there's never a better reason that that!  HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY URBANA SWEETCORN FESTIVAL!!                 

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