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Celebrate Urbana at First Fridays!

by Rose Price

Celebrate all that the community of Urbana has to offer every month at their First Fridays! Downtown Urbana becomes a fun, free, family friendly street festival every first friday. The festival highlights local Urbana businesses, activities, performers, and more. April’s First Friday on the 7th promises to be one of the best ones yet!

 

From 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, head to the Cohen Building (136 West Main Street) for the Revelry Market. There will be art, body care products, home goods, jewelry, and more available for purchase. Sip on a delicious cocktail by Lumen Events as you watch live performances by Dewclaw. Get a boost of energy at UIUC’s pop up booth.


The fun continues outside from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for the Main Street Carnival. The highlight of the evening is the live performances by flow artists Satina and Michael Moxie along with special guests. Swing by the IMC for the DISRUPT art show by Ghardzadegi Art Collective. See a fashion show at H2O Salon. Try to escape within 10 minutes at the fun LabEscape. Relax with some free yoga at Amara Yoga & Arts or with acupuncture at Urbana Acupuncture. Try some wine at Pizza-M. Common Ground Food Co-op will also be offering free food and drink tastings. Take advantage of great deals throughout downtown Urbana at restaurants such as Siam Terrance and Crane Alley and stores like Bohemia and See You CD & Vinyl.

 

Champaign Rose can't wait to see you this month and every First Friday in downtown Urbana! 

 

Image Credit: Imbibe Urbana

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.

 

Eggs-ploration!

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.

 

Starting this weekend, you can marvel at the work of amateur artists throughout our local area at the Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show 2017. This great annual event allows nonprofessional artists throughout the state to showcase their creative, visual works of art.

 

The show for Champaign County will be held at the Springer Cultural Center located in downtown Champaign. It will be held March 18th through April 29th. Come marvel at art work in a variety of mediums, including digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, pottery, sculpting, and more.

 

 

There is a youth and adult division for the artists. There will be a public critique by the show's juror at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 29th, to conclude the art show. Blue Ribbon and Best of Show winners at the Champaign County show are eligible to enter the Illinois State Town & Country Amateur Art Show this upcoming fall.

 

 

Come support the incredible works by these talented, amateur artists of all ages and cheer on the winners who will be heading off to state to showcase their work to the rest of Illinois!

 

 

Event Details

Dates: Saturday, March 18th - Saturday, April 29th

Times: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (Mondays-Thursdays) | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Springer Cultural Center (301 North Randolph Street, Champaign)  

Cost: FREE Admission!

University of Illinois Engineering Open House This Weekend!

by Rose Price

Located in the heart of Champaign/Urbana, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

is one of our nation's best public universities. It is not only a great institution of higher learning for the students that attend it but also helps to strengthen our community. We are incredibly proud of the academic and extracurricular achievements of UI students.

 

Did you know that the University of Illinois is home to one of the world’s top ranked engineering programs? Come celebrate the innovative work and research completed by remarkable UI engineering students at the Engineering Open House 2017: Illuminate New Horizons this Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th!

 


Since the 1920s, this FREE event has become a highlight for the community every year. It is open to all ages and offers fun programming both days for students and community members to explore all areas related to science and engineering while showcasing the work of the university's students. Here's a list of the weekend's events that you cannot miss! 

 

On Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, check out the 250 Student Exhibits in the Engineering Quad and other campus buildings. Overwhelmed by which exhibits to visit? Take a tour leaving every hour from the Visitor’s Booth on the south side of Grainger Library. The tour will take you to the biggest exhibits and will also be able to recommend exhibits to check out!

 

From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, elementary and middle school students can Discover EOH! This fun scavenger hunt takes students on a journey to find the best exhibits. Participants will collect signatures as they explore and can receive a prize upon completion at the Engineering Council Office (103B Engineering Hall).

 

From 9:00 to 3:00 pm, all community members can participate in the Illini Engineering Challenge! This fun experience allows the public to join in on an onsite design challenge for a chance to win a prize!

 

There will be two special events held on Friday evening. At 7:00 pm, attend a lecture by Guest Speaker Vilas Dhar, a social impact investor and attorney, in the Grainger Auditorium (ECEB 1002). Stay for the Tesla Coil Concert at 8:30 pm for a stunning light show choreographed to renditions of everyone's favorite songs.

 

The Engineering Open House also allows area students to get involved with engineering and design. Local high school students are competing in the Engineering (Bard) Quad High School Design Competition. The teams have built a Rube Goldberg machine. Come check out all the amazing designs by these teams throughout the event at the I Hotel and Conference Center (1900 South 1st Street). On Saturday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 6th and 8th grade students can enter the Middle School Design Competition. Students are challenged to build a bridge. The winning bridge will have the best design and hold the most weight. This competition will take place at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. 

 

 

Come celebrate the achievements of our area's students and have fun learning more about science and engineering with our community. We cannot wait to see you at the Engineering Open House 2017!

 

Great Events in Champaign/Urbana This Week!

by Rose Price

As February comes to an end and March begins, there is much to do to celebrate a new month. Throughout Champaign/Urbana, there are events occurring all week long to give you something fun to do. Here are our recommendations for fun events to attend this week.

 

 

Tuesday, February 28th

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Guido’s Bar & Grill (2 East Main Street, Champaign)

Join Lola’s Brush to celebrate Mardi Gras with a special painting party! The public painting party will allow you to create a special holiday themed piece of artwork that you can display in your Champaign/Urbana home. Enjoy time with friends during this fun event. The cost is $30 per person.

 

Sense and Sensibility

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign)

Watch Ang Lee’s film adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility. The 1995 drama stars Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Enjoy an evening at the beautiful Virginia Theatre for only $5!

 

Friday, March 3rd

Urbana First Friday

Time: 4:00 - 11:00 pm

Location: Downtown Urbana

Head to downtown Urbana for this free event filled with fun activities all evening long. This evening will feature the 2017 Community Supported Agriculture Fair at the Urbana Civic Center from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Learn more about local growers, try some delicious vegan cocktails, watch a flower demo, and enjoy live music. Other highlights from the evening include 10 minute games at Lab Escape, food and drinking tastings at local establishments, live music at the Iron Post, an art opening at Amara Yoga & Arts, and so much more!

 

Tastings - A Night of Food, Wine, and More

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

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

Help raise money for educational programming for children during this fun event. The evening will include over 200 wine samples from vineyards around the world and an auction with unique items. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP admission, which includes hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. All guest must be at least 21 years of age.

 

Saturday, March 4th

Hinamatsuri: Girls' Day at Japan House

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Location: Japan House (2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)

Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and craft session to celebrate Girls’ Day, a traditional holiday in Japan. Marvel at the traditional Hinamatsuri dolls on display. Everyone who attends will also receive a special sweet to take home! Children 12 and under cost $10 and accompanying adults are $6.

 

Twin City Squared Presents Broadway Backwards  

Midsummer’s Night Swing

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: SoDo Theatre (111 South Walnut Street, Champaign)

Come to this special one night only show put on by Twin City Squared. Broadway songs will be “backward”, meaning women will sing men’s Broadway tunes and vice versa. It is sure to be a fun filled night of entertainment. Tickets are $20 per person.

 

Tips for Spring Home Buyers and Sellers in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring is fast approaching. As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, home buyers and sellers start looking to enter the real estate market. If you are ready to Buy or Sell you home in Champaign/Urbana this spring, it is important to be prepared and know what to expect. Here are my helpful tips for spring buying and selling in our area.

 

Spring Buyers!

As a buyer, your first step is to know the Champaign/Urbana market. Research what housing options are available to you as well as the current list prices. Before you begin to seriously search for your new home, it is important to have your Financing situated ahead of time. This allows you to accurately know what you can afford and makes you a more attractive buyer when you enter negotiations with a seller. Realize that the spring market means increased competition from other potential buyers. Once you find your dream home, you want to stand out from other offers. Consider writing a personal letter to the seller expressing why you love their home and know that it would be a good fit for you and your family. Also, remain flexible during the negotiation process to ensure that you can get the home you want.  


 

Spring Sellers!

As a seller, you need to know Your Home's Value before you list. This will enable you to price your home correctly. Since other sellers will be listing their homes this spring, you want to stand out from the competition. You can do this by improving your home’s curb appeal, staging your home, and completing any home improvement projects. Consider some updates to your home that will give you a great return on investment. To get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly, work with Champaign/Urbana’s Top Realtor!






Champaign Rose is here to help you buy or sell this spring!  Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ to get started today.

Ways to Take Care of Your Champaign Home this Winter

by Rose Price

Although winter is slowly winding down, there is still a chance for more snowfall in the Champaign-Urbana area before the season is through. It is important to protect your home during these cold winter months to make sure that you do not have any lasting problems into the future. Before and after the next snowfall, examine these areas where damage can occur and take measures to prevent and correct any potential issues. Doing so will keep your Champaign-Urbana home looking and working its very best!

 

Driveway and sidewalks. Ice and snow on concrete can lead to cracks. On top of that, it makes for hazardous walking conditions for your family and your guests. Be sure to remove all ice and snow immediately. Use eco-friendly gravel or salt to melt ice and remove those slippery areas.

Dead, large branches. Large branches that hang over your home, garage, or yard can cause serious damage. When the branch is dead, it can easily break away under heavy snow. On nicer days, go outside and cut away these branches to avoid any potential problems.

 

Roof. Large accumulations of snow on your roof can lead to cracking. This can turn into water leaking into your home and causing damage. After the snowfall, make sure to remove any areas with heavy accumulation. Also, check inside your home for water spots or bends that could indicate that the roof has already been damaged this season. If you find any problems, hire a professional to fix it as soon as possible.

 

Foundation. Moisture can enter into your foundation if there is too much ice and snow up against your home. After the snowfall, be sure to shovel around the base of your home. Also, check inside your home to make sure that there aren’t any new cracks.


Pipes. Pipes will burst if they become too cold. This can lead to a huge expense if they do due to flooding. Always keep your home’s temperature at least at 55 degrees. Add insulation to the pipes if they feel cold to the touch.

Chocolate Fantasy in Downtown Monticello!

by Rose Price

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the 14th Annual Chocolate Fantasy in historic downtown Monticello. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with your sweetheart or have a fun evening on the town with friends on Friday, February 10th!

 

This favorite annual event in Monticello features all things deliciously chocolate! 20 businesses downtown will be offering unique and decadent chocolate concoctions from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Whether you love chocolate mousse, chocolate stout beer, or a chocolate chicken mole, there will be something to satisfy your chocolate craving. Explore all that downtown Monticello has to offer as you dine, shop, and socialize during Chocolate Fantasy.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets can be bought in advance for $10 online HERE or at one of these locations throughout town:

Monticello Mercantile (116 East Main Street)

Out of the Blue Polish Pottery (223 East Livingston Street)

These Four Walls (101 South State Street)

 

To redeem your advance tickets, please visit one of the following check-in locations:

Bergie's - The Occasional Place (106 South Charter Street)

Canvas & Corks (208 South Market Street)

Monticello Mercantile (116 East Main Street)

Zybell House Baking Company (116 East Main Street)

 

 

Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $20. But, don’t delay! Tickets are limited and past events have sold out. You don’t want to miss out on this year’s Chocolate Fantasy!

 

Event Details

Date: Friday, February 10th, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Cost: $10 (in advance); $20 (day of)

 

What Happens Before, During, and After the Home Inspection

by Rose Price

You’ve found your dream home in Champaign/Urbana! Congrats! You are ready to head into the final stages of the home buying process, namely closing. But before you start packing the moving truck to head over to your new address, it is important to take one last look at your potential new home….this time with a Home Inspector!

 

A home inspection is an important step to protect the buyer. It allows you to find out about any potential structural or mechanical issues with the home. It will help you determine whether or not you want to move forward and close on the home or if you need to renegotiate the agreement with the seller. No matter what is revealed in the home inspection, it is important to remember that knowledge is power and you are getting the necessary assurances for your investment. Don’t know where to begin or what to expect in the home inspection? Don’t worry! Champaign Rose is here to help.

 

 

Before the inspection

 

Your first step is to find the best home inspector for the job. In order to do so, you should interview several different inspectors to discover their background and areas of expertise. Ask to see their past inspection reports. If you find one with a highly detailed report that offers recommendations for found issues, they are a keeper. If you would like a list of great home inspectors in our area, contact me today!


During the home inspection.

 

The inspector will spend several hours examining the home. They will look at the physical structure of the home, including roof, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, and floors, as well as mechanical and electrical systems. The plumbing and major appliances will be reviewed. It is highly recommended that you attend the home inspection. This allows you to find out about issues as they are find and ask any questions. There is one important thing to remember during the home inspection. It is not a total x-ray of the home. There are still some issues that can remain hidden within the home or that the home inspector simply isn’t qualified to recognize. Keep this in mind as you continue to budget for your new home. While you can renegotiate your deal based on the findings of the home inspector, you should still expect some potential costs once you move in.

 

After the inspection.

Review the home inspection report. Discuss the findings with your realtor to determine how your deal can be renegotiated if issues were find or if it makes more financial sense to walk away from the home and find a different property. 

 

Check out my other Home Buying Tips! Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ so that I can help you find your dream home in Champaign/Urbana today.

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