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Rantoul auditions for Babes in Toyland on Sunday the 28th

From a Rantoul Theatre Group press release:

Babes in Toyland Extended Audition Date:
Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Grissom Hall, Rantoul Theatre Group
914 Arends Blvd. Rantoul, IL 61866
Office answering machine: 217-892-1121

Babes in Toyland auditions are being extended for a final time, this Sunday (September 28) from 1-4pm.

Seeking children to play a variety of Mother Goose characters, elves, and gypsies.

Don't let a lack of musical theatre/singing experience discourage you from being a part of this fun production—there are parts for all levels of musical experience. Feel free to email katie@rtgonline.org with any question or concerns (or even for help with picking an audition selection ).

We are so excited to see you there!

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Sounds of Science brings together plant biology and new music

The Sound of Science is a collaboration between composers and plant scientists from the University of Illinois. Musicians and scientists paired up to produce original compositions based on the sonification of primary research data. The performance is the results of this collaboration and explores the edges of both biology and new music. There will be a reception following the performance where the audience can ask questions. Come prepared to have both your mind and ears educated.

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The Urbana Free Library celebrates The Secret History of Comics

From an Urbana Free Library press release:

"The Secret History of Comics"
Urbana Free Library Celebrates Banned Books Week
Saturday, September 27 from 2 - 3pm at the Urbana Free Library

In 1954, comic books were put on trial by the United States government. A Senate investigation prompted the birth of the Comics Code, a censorship body that shackled the medium for decades. New research by scholar Carol Tilley reveals a secret history behind the trials, including insights into the methods of Dr. Fredric Wertham, whose findings weren't merely faulty, but also fabricated. Go behind the scenes of this fateful moment in comics history with Wertham researcher Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and learn the untold stories of Fredric Wertham, Estes Kefauver, and the kids who tried to fight the tide of the anti-comics momentum.

This program is being presented during Banned Books Week—The American Library Association's annual celebration of the Freedom to Read.

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Donation parking meter

I spotted this meter downtown just outside of Big Grove. The idea behind it is that you can put your change into it and the money will go to helping local homeless people. RealChangeCU.org is the website associated with the meter and touts that a mere 65 cents donated will pay for a nights stay at a shelter including meals. The program is sponsored by our local mental health program Community Elements. 

What do you think about this idea? Will it "change" anything?

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Tonight on SP Radio: Pygmalion 2014

Tonight on Smile Politely Radio we talk all things Pygmalion with the inimitable Seth Fein and Caleb Curtiss. Music, literature, handmade and vintage items... This year's Pygmalion has it all, and we'll be getting the scoop tonight on WEFT.

Smile Politely Radio airs each Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign and is available as a podcast the following week. You can find our past episodes here.

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BBQ Thursdays at Billy Barooz

Billy Barooz, located in southwest Champaign at The Crossing, is serving up some BBQ tonight and every Thursday. Chef Patrick Spahr is plating up some tasty brisket for sandwiches and nachos, and ribs, all smoked on site.

Check out those smoke rings on that brisket! Come taste it yourself. You can catch the NFL game tonight while you're at it.


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Botanical Illustration at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Botanical Painting on the Farm

Please join us for a day of painting, wandering, and eating on the farm. Artist Cara Cummings is excited to partner with Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery to offer a day on the farm where you will have the opportunity to learn about botanical illustration, make a painting, tour the farm, eat a lunch prepared on the farm with local ingredients, and end the day with a fun discussion of everyone’s work while tasting artisan cheeses and, if you choose, sip some wine (BYOB).

When: Sunday, October 12th, 2014 — 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

What: A botanical illustration workshop

Price: $55.00

Register: www.carasgarden.com

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JSM open leasing

Let the apartment hunt begin! Fall 2015-16 open leasing for JSM’s large apartment category has started. If you’re new to the apartment searching scene, this time may feel overwhelming but JSM is here to help. Call our leasing office at 217-359-6108 with any questions you may have or to schedule a showing.

So, what JSM properties are classified as large apartments? Here are a few of our most popular ones:

Green Street Towers: 616 E. Green Street, Champaign

These luxury four bedrooms, two (or four) bathroom apartments are located between Sixth and Wright Street in the heart of Campustown. Arranged around a private central courtyard, these units feature custom designed interiors with ceramic tile floors in the kitchen and bathrooms along with coordinating with furnishings, carpet, and textured walls. Modern GE appliances combined with the designer countertops complete the contemporary appearance. NEW for 2015/16: LED kitchen lighting, new bedroom blinds, accent walls, and painted contemporary kitchen cabinets.

Green Balcony Apartments: 508 E. Healey Street, Champaign

Conveniently located on the corner of Sixth and Healey Street in Campustown, these four bedrooms, two bath apartments offer secure access with an electronic entry system, wall-mounted book cases,  beverage chillers, 2-flat screen televisions, in-unit washer/dryers, and more.

Johnstowne Apartments: 508 E. John Street, Champaign

Located on John Street between Fifth and Sixth Street, these four bedrooms, two bath apartments offer a new electronic secure access system, stainless steel GE appliances, granite countertops and a dining bar area with beverage chiller. NEW for 2015-16: LED kitchen lighting, kitchen and bath flooring, granite countertops, and new appliances.

These are just a few of our great large apartments now available for lease for Fall 2015-16. For a complete list of apartments, visit www.jsmliving.com or call 217-359-6108. Hurry, these won’t last!

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C-U’s second annual Oktoberfest line-up announced

The second annual C-U Oktoberfest will take place 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, October 11th in Downtown Champaign. Event entry is $5, and the event will benefit the Developmental Services Center. White Horse Inn and Chester's BBQ will do the food, and there will be beer from Triptych, Destihl, JT Walker's, and The Blind Pig. Check the press release below, and our thoughts on last year's event

The 2nd Annual C-U Oktoberfest

September 8, 2014—(Champaign, IL) —The C-U Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of music, beer, and food held in downtown Champaign, at the corner of Neil and Washington Streets (parking lot area in front of the Children’s Orpheum Science Museum) on Saturday, October 11th from 3:00 p.m. to midnight. Cost to enter the event is $5.

Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music...mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Beer from local brewers, including The Blind Pig, JT Walker’s, Destihl, and Triptych as well as traditional German beer will be served. An official C-U Oktoberfest beer, produced from a collaboration of local brewers, will be unveiled the night of the event.

Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen (or come as you are) and dance the night away!

To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be steins, hats, and t-shirts available for purchase.

White Horse Inn and Chester’s BBQ will be selling a variety of food during the entire event including 1,000 pounds of authentic Oktoberfest sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad, schnitzel, kroketten and baked goods. Bavarian pretzels are being offered by Destihl.

Bands will be playing beginning at 5:00 p.m. with Die Musikmeisters and The Bolzen Beer Band returned by popular demand from last year’s event. Also joining us the year are the ever-popular, party polka band....The Polkaholics from Chicago. This line-up is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.

Speaking of dancing, David Lin from the Regent Ballroom will offer a free polka demonstration/ lessons at4:00 pm under the big tent! Come watch local dancers polka and then join in the fun!

The festivities for the evening include:

3:00 pm Gates Open

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Face Painting, Balloon Making, Polka Dance Lessons

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Die Musikmeisters-Live Music

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm The Polkaholics ~ Live Music

10:30 pm – Midnight Bolzen Beer Band-Live Music

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Volunteers are needed and opportunities are still available. Please visit www.dsc-illinois.org

The C-U Oktoberfest is a celebration that will support children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities in our community; proceeds from the event will benefit Developmental Services Center (DSC) and helps to further our mission, “To enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing services and supports which enable them to live, work, learn, and participate in their communities.”

Please join in the fun! Prost!

For more information, go to www.cuoktoberfest.org or find us on Facebook.

This event is generously sponsored by Busey Bank, Honda/BMW, DCF, the Robeson Family Benefit Fund, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Hyatt Place, Atkins Group, BankChampaign, Champaign Telephone Company, Cozad Asset Management, Ippatsu Salon, Martin, Hood, Friese, and Associates, Pavlov Media, Reynold’s Towing, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, and Wells & Wells Construction. Sponsorships are still available by contacting Janice McAteer at jmcateer@dsc-illinois.org or (217) 356-9176.

The mission of DSC is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing services and supports which enable them to live, work, learn and participate in their communities. DSC was formed in 1972 by the merger of four community organizations serving people with disabilities. The result is a comprehensive organization that is able to provide multiple services in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Piatt Counties. DSC serves individuals who may have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, developmental and intellectual disabilities or other disabling conditions. It is through the programs and services offered at DSC that these individuals are able to pursue a more fulfilling life.

Interviews and photo opportunities the day of the event are available by calling Janice McAteer at 217.898.5117.

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