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Great Events coming up for Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

It's the last month of Summer but there are still plenty of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy. Savor these warm days in Champaign/Urbana by exploring all that our great area has to over. Here is a list of the top events we recommend to keep you entertained over the next week!

 

Friday, August 5th

40 North's Friday Night Live

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign - intersections of Neil & Church, Neil & Park, and Walnut & Chester

This amazing free street side performance is a summertime favorite in Champaign. Held every Friday during the summer, it features the talents of some of the best local musicians. Whatever your musical tastes, there is something you will love to hear during August 5th’s performances. At Walnut & Chester, blues musicians Jeff Arrigo and Reverand Robert will be performing. Swing by Neil & Park, to check out indie rock band Northern Border and R&B/Reggae band Nfinite Soul. For those that prefer Americana or country music, head to Neil & Church to hear Riders of the Golden Maize and the Caleb Cook Band.

 

Rogue Flyer's Art Show Opening Reception

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Gallery 217, 9 East University Avenue, Champaign

Come to the opening reception for the upcoming Rogue Flyer’s Art Show, which will be on display August 6th through 28th. The show features the work of local artists Hugh Bridgeford and Kelly Hieronymus. Later this month, catch a special artist talk with them both on August 17th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

 

Oklahoma!

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign

Come to this spectacular historic venue to see the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company perform Oklahoma! with live musical accompaniment. See your favorite songs from this beloved award-winning musical. Purchase Tickets.

 

Dreamgirls

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Talented local performers from the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy will be presenting Dreamgirls, the story of the trials and tribulations of a 1960s R&B female group. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (217)333-6280 or stop by in person.

 

Saturday, August 6th

Read in the Park

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Location: Carle Park, 400 West Indiana, Urbana

Grab your favorite book and a blanket for this awesome free event. Join other book lovers of all ages as you enjoy quiet reading time for 45 minutes. Afterwards, you will have a chance to socialize and delicious treats.

 

Midsummer’s Night Swing

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Courthouse Square, 101 West Washington Street, Monticello

Put on your dancing shoes and swing the night away at the 4th Annual Midsummer’s Night Swing. From 6:00 to 9:00 pm, enjoy live music from Peoria band Jim Markum Swing Band. This free event will be fun for the whole family!

 

Adult Swim Party

Time: 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Location: Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center, 1401 North Broadway, Urbana

Adults want a day at the pool too! Beat the summer heat and come to the Adult Swim Party. This event is for ages 18 and up. Admission is $4 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Wondering what to do with the kids as you splash around? A special late night event will be held for them at Anita Purves Nature Center from 8:00 to 10:30 pm. Cost is $3 per child and includes a snack.

 

Wednesday, August 10th

Tour the Virginia Theatre

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign

Get unique access to this national historic landmark during a free one-hour tour. Learn the history of this newly restored movie palace and live performance space, including information about the amazing 1921 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

 

Thursday, August 11th

Sunset Paddle

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Location: Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 South Homer Lake Road, Homer

Watch the sunset as you enjoy a canoe ride at the beautiful Homer Lake Forest Preserve. All equipment will be provided. Admission is $8 per person. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate and accompanied by an adult.

Photo Credit: Patrice Raplee

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!

Champaign IL Top 10 Things To Do In Summertime!

by Rose Price

Summertime in Champaign Illinois is a great place to be! We have so many fabulous things to do ranging from outdoor fun; canoeing, swimming and fishing, to indoor fun at our fabulous children's museums and art centers. Or you can check out the local calendar's and visit one of the many festivals or events that take place on any given weekend during the summer months.  Whatever you and your family may choose to do....I know you will have a great deal of fun! 

OrpheumChildren's Science Museum The museum strives to inspire, engage and educate children through the exploration of Science and Art.  Great fun for families, schools, field trips, special events and birthday parties.  The building itself was actually a 1914 vaudeville and moving pictures theater.  

Kaufmann Lake is 24.2 acres of beautiful lake park.  Great for a day in the sun.  Families can canoe, swim and fish and there are plenty of picnic tables around the lake.  The park organizes a number of activities throughout the year, so check the Champaign park district website for more information.

Fannie May Chocolates Located at 402 S Neil Street, stop in and treat that sweet tooth.  Fannie May has been making gourmet sweets for 95 years and I think they've perfected the art of chocolate and they do have seasonal specialties...chocolate covered strawberries anyone?!

Zahnd Park Batting cages, baseball diamonds and football fields, set in a beautiful 20 acre park with a playground for the little ones.  Excellent for summer strolls or jogs. This park is especially busy with softball leagues in the summer.  

University Avenue Tree Walk  Join Champaign forester Bill Vander Weit and UI Educator Sandy Mason and learn some simple tricks in identifying trees.  A fun, interesting and educational walk on University Avenue.  For more information contact slmason@illinois.edu

Hessel Park Cool off! Get wet at the Waterplay Spray Ground in Hessel Park.  Kick back at the nearby shelter and let the little ones loose where they can go back and fourth from sprayground to playground!

Market At The Square The market is currently in its 34 season and was recently ranked one of the biggest and best markets in Illinois.  Each weekend roughly 5,000 people come to the market to shop the 70 or so vendors.  There's live music and a whole lot of fun.  One of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning in Urbana.  Stay up-to-date by checking the Market At The Square Facebook Page

Museum Of The Grand Prairie Fun and educational, this museum, located in the Lake Of The Woods Forest Preserve, inspires a connection to the natural and cultural world of Champaign.  Attend with or without your children, it's fun for young and old alike and best of all, it's completely FREE. 

Anita Purves Nature Center Located at the North End of Crystal Lake Park, is a great place for your family to experience the outdoors.  You'll see sakes, owls, beehives, birds and the staff there offers classes throughout the summer and are always willing to answer any questions you have.  

Lake Of The Woods Forest Preserve Located in a rolling wooded area near Mahomet, Illinois this 900 acre preserve along the Sangamon River is a popular spot for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country.  There is also a Botanical Garden and Lake Of The Woods Golf Course. 

 

Champaign IL It's the 17th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival!

by Rose Price

The College of Media at Illinois presents:

The 17th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival!

April 15th-19th

Held every April inside downtown Champaign’s Historic Virginia Theatrea restored movie palace with state-of-the-art 35/70mm and digital projection.  REFF celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs, giving these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.

Staying true to Roger’s vision, the twelve films screened during the five day event represent a cross-section of important cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics and/or distributors. Some of the films come from lists Roger drew up over the first 15 years of the festival.  Additional films are selected based on Roger’s established criteria for an Ebertfest film. 

You can also watch the film panel discussions live.  How cool is that?!

Patrons buying a festival pass will receive a confirmation ticket for each pass they purchase. Confirmation tickets must then be exchanged for an actual pass – the ones you wear on a lanyard around your neck. The actual festival passes will become available for pick up at the Virginia Theatre box office beginning Monday, April 13, 2015.

Seating: General Admission

Tickets: Festival Passes – $145 (available 11/1/14) Additional per pass processing fees apply (online, phone or box office)

– $2.75 service fee (per festival pass)

– 2.5% credit card fee (per festival pass)

Individual Film Tickets (available 4/1/15)
– $14 Regular Admission
– $12 Senior
– $12 Student

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO BUY TICKETS OR PASSES 

PLEASE VISIT THEVIRGINIA.ORG

This festival is part of what makes the Champaign/Urbana community such an awesome place to live, work, attend college and raise our families. If you find yourself looking for a home in our little neck of the woods, give me a call. I'd be honored to show you around the area and partner with you to find the home of your dreams.

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