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Second annual C-U Oktoberfest announced

The second annual C-U Oktoberfest will take place Saturday, October 11 at 3 p.m. Admission is $5, and all proceeds benefit the Developmental Services Center. Food and drink information is not yet available, but here's the music line-up:

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

In the meantime, you can check out my thoughts on last year's event


Tapas dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm this Thursday

Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana are teaming up for a tapas style dinner party at Prairie Fruits Farm on Thursday, August 28th. Tickets are $40 plus $3.19 for processing. Purchase them here

Here's the info:

Join Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana for a tapas-style party at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery on August 28. The meal will feature cherry tomatoes, tomatilloes, melons, okra and basil grown by Heirloominous Farm's Shea Belahi. Live music and a tour of the farm are other features of the night. As with all events at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, the evening is BYOB.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Aioli
Black Bean Chalupas with Verde Sauce
Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini with Chevre and Marjoram
Pickled Watermelon Feta Salad
Pulled BBQ Chicken on Biscuits with Okra Pickles
Rice Pudding with Blackberries
Iced Tea

All proceeds will go to helping Heirloominous Farm go to Terra Madre 2014.

Slow Food International puts together Terra Madre as an international gathering of chefs, farmers, fishers, academics, artisans and more to exchange ideas and practices which strengthen the sustainable, local, and slow food movement every two years. Diversity and commitment to good, clean and fair food traditions are at the heart of Terra Madre.


The News-Gazette launches redesigned site

If you hadn't noticed yet — due to a specific set of circumstances for visiting their site — The News-Gazette has launched their brand new website with a full redesign. Check it out, as it is much cleaner than the previous site, and we all know how the last redesign went.

It'll take a bit of use to see how things are going with the new site, but overall, looks pretty good. Nice work, N-G!


Dodds Park opens frisbee golf course

Dodd's Park now has an 18 hole frisbee golf course complete with baskets and concrete pads to throw off of. It opened last Wednesday. The course starts near the softball fields. It is most easily accessed from Mattis Avenue.


WCIA’s Maggie Hockenberry is the most awkward reporter in town

Jesus Christ, this is so hard to watch.

First off, what line of people is she talking about behind her? 

And for the love of all things, Maggie, why not just take a bite of corn like a real human being? It's corn! So delicious and good. Buttery, salty. What's the problem Maggie? You look like you are dying out there. 

But props to the anchor for busting her out afterwards: "You're gonna finish that, after we go to the next story?"
UPDATE (10 p.m.): OK — So, apparently this isn't the first time Maggie has reported on corn. Check this tweet from July 29th. Amazing. (PS)

UPDATE (10:45 p.m.): It's been made clear to us that this was Ms. Hockenberry's first live television report. Obviously, we hope she can laugh with us, and take it lightly. (SF)

UPDATE (Saturday, 11:45 a.m.): Now the story has been posted on Deadspin. Big thanks to that crew for sharing.


Champaign Cycle named one of America’s Best Bike Shops

We just received notification that Champaign Cycle is one of America's Best Bike Shops. Check out the listing here.

The National Bicycle Dealers Association is proud to announce that your shop has been named one of America's Best Bike Shops for 2014!

Thanks to all of our customers for helping us be one of the best!


Tonight on SP Radio: Matt Duco

Join us tonight on Smile Politely Radio as we chat with Matt Duco, an attorney and Mayor Don Gerard's campaign manager, about the Champaign mayoral race, the City of Champaign, and other local political races to be decided on November 4th.

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.  


The Y’s Dump & Run Garage sale this weekend

Truly garage sale prices, folks. From furniture to bikes to many other reusable, quality household items, find great stuff at a fraction of the cost and support one great cause.

$2 admission. U of I International students get in free.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: $3 bag sale and 1/2 price furniture

The University YMCA's Dump and Run keeps multiple semi-trailers worth of used, but quality goods out of Champaign-Urbana’s dumpsters and landfills each year. This project reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing and apartments, provides inexpensive items for folks to purchase in the fall - and acts as a major fundraiser for the University YMCA.

The Y: Working For Social Justice; Protecting Our Environment; Encouraging Faith in Action; and Promoting Global Engagement.



Fitness Center under construction

I may be behind on this but wow! Holy construction. The fitness center has been around a long time and now it looks like it's getting a major overhaul. What's the story here? Will it still be FC? When will it be done?