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Neutral Cycle introduces the Chambana Bike rental

Neutral Cycle recently announced that they're introducing a new system for bike rental in C-U: Chambana Bike. Check out the information from the website:

We’re offering the Chambana Bike through a semester-long bike rental program, so you won’t have to worry about storing your bike while you’re gone during breaks. Our free maintenance ensures that you don’t have to deal with expensive tune-ups. For $69.00 you can rent any one of our bikes for the entire semester. A deposit for the cost of the bike is required, but once you return your bike, you’ll get all your money back, minus the $69 rental fee. We will only be renting out fifty bikes for this semester so take advantage of this offer while you can!

Looks like an awesome idea, especially for students that come and go in the community.


Tonight on SP Radio: The Champaign County Historical Museum

Tonight on Smile Politely Radio we'll chat about the future of the Champaign County Historical Museum, which is in danger of closing its doors for good. We'll talk about the history of the museum itself, its collection, and the challenges it's currently facing.

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.


Kenwood kids go fishing

Every year Van Grissom of the Department of Natural Resources pairs up with the PTA at Kenwood School to put together a family fishing night at Kaufmann Lake in Champaign. "We stock the lake with about 1,000 fish" says Grissom. "Then we bring the families out, provide poles and bait, give them a little safety lesson and then help them fish."

It was fun watching the kids fish. They would squeel whenever they pulled a little blue gill out of the water. Parents were pretty relaxed too. It was a nice way to end of evening. 



Illini Volleyball is (almost) here

The excitement that is Fighting Illini Women's Volleyball returns to Huff Hall this Friday at 7 p.m. Head Coach Kevin Hambly and his team have one goal in mind this season and that is to be in Omaha, Nebraska this December for the NCAA Championship. The team will host the Illini Classic this weekend, facing off against Louisville on Friday night, Miami (Ohio) Saturday morning (10 a.m.), and Creighton on Saturday night (7:30 p.m.). General admission seating is still available. Don't miss it!

Defensive Specialist Danielle Davis

Setter Jordyn Poulter

Middle Blocker Maddie Mayers

Opposite Hitter Naya Crittenden

Defensive Specialist Julia Conard

Setter/Defensive Specialist Allison Palmer

Outside Hitter Michelle Strizak

Outside Hitter Beth Prince

Middle Blocker Kathryn Polkoff (F) and Setter/Defensive Specialist McKenna Kelsay (B)


Take a moment to be Intrigued at the IMC

The IMC Gallery has been hosting an exhibition curated by artist Tim Stone, from the Chicago Studio of The Arts of Life. Tim has credited his own art with many things, from improving his mood, to helping him with his perceptive disorder, eventually allowing him to obtain a driver's license. That kind of focus, unique to artists as they attempt and re-attempt to create reality from an idea, has been the uniting theme of the works he has chosen for the current show. 

The same way that the participating artists hope to inspire curiosity, Stone hopes to spread the word about The Arts of Life beyond Chicago, inspiring others to create more communities like it. These artists will be at the closing reception happening this Friday, August 28th from 5-7pm at the IMC (in Urbana's old post office at 202 S. Broadway Ave).

Being outside Chicago ourselves, this is a great opportunity for us to learn, experience, connect, and spread the word. Take a moment to join Tim and the other artists, and become Intrigued.

For more information contact Travis: travis.hocutt@gmail.com


Illinois football games to be broadcast in Mandarin Chinese

Today, the University of Illinois announced that football games will be broadcast in Mandarin Chinese via online radio. This seems like a natural fit for the U of I, seeing as though more than 4,500 of the undergraduate population is from China. For an atheltic department and sport that could use a substantial boost, this seems like a fantastic marketing move as well, as American football is now more accessible to an international population than ever before. Maybe now we won't consistently get ripped on by Deadspin for having the saddest student section in the country.

The broadcast will feature David He and Bruce Lu behind the mic, and will be available starting this season. More info can be found here.

To anyone who doubts Champaign-Urbana's status as an international city (or cities), what's more international than this? Every day we're more connected, and every day it's more exciting than before.


Nominations open for 11th Annual ACE Awards

40 North recently put out their call for 2015 ACE Awards nominations.

The ACE (arts, culture, and education) Awards are presented annually by 40 North as part of National Arts and Humanities Month, and honor the work of artists, teachers, businesses, individuals, organizations, volunteers, community and government leaders. Each award highlights a different part of the cultural life of our community and celebrates those that, through hard work, dedication, and creative energy, cultivate the arts of Champaign County. The seven ACE Award categories are: Advocate, Artist, Volunteer, Business, Teacher, Student, and Lifetime Achievement. Nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of community-based judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County.

Here are the nomination guidelines (from the press release):

Anyone can submit a nomination for an ACE Award. You may nominate multiple candidates and self-nominations are accepted. Must be 14 years or older and a resident of Champaign County to be eligible to win an ACE Award.  Previous nominees may be resubmitted.

The ACE Awards categories:

  • Advocate ACE: This award will honor the individual, organization, or group that has advocated on behalf of the arts effectively and consistently, forged creative partnerships, or stimulated collaborations that result in broader awareness, accessibility and participation in the arts, culture and entertainment of Champaign County.
  • Artist ACE:  This award recognizes an individual artist for their creations and contributions to the excellence of the arts of Champaign County.
  • Volunteer ACE: This award will be presented to an individual or group that, through their volunteer efforts and service, has made a significant impact on the art and culture of this community.
  • Business ACE:  The award will celebrate the business that has demonstrated outstanding support of the arts.  The winner will have cultivated opportunities and relationships that support local artists and/or organizations in Champaign County.
  • Teacher ACE:  This award recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator, or group that has demonstrated a unique and creative approach to merging the arts and education. The winner will have, through outstanding commitment and dedicated service to arts education, been an inspiration to students, teachers, and the community.
  • Student ACE:  This award will be presented to an individual student with outstanding artistic achievements who strives to promote understanding and appreciation of the local arts community.
  • Lifetime ACE: This award will honor the accumulated successes of an individual for continued, outstanding support of the arts in our community.