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Strawberry Fields closing December 14th

Per a report in the News-Gazette, it appears that Strawberry Fields Natural Food Store in Urbana will be closing its doors on December 14th.

URBANA — Strawberry Fields will close its store at the end of business Dec. 14, with the possibility of another store opening in that space in 2015, General Manager Jack Wallace said.

A liquidation sale at the natural foods store and cafe will begin Dec. 1 and run through Dec. 14, with discounts starting at 30 percent off.

"A purchase of the business is under way, with the hope that it will reopen under new ownership sometime in 2015," Wallace said.

But he said he didn't know whether the new owners will use the Strawberry Fields name.

So, the store could reopen under different ownership, or be turned into something new. We'll just have to wait and see. 

Check out a couple of recent articles Jess put together about Strawberry Fields here and here.

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Win a pair of tickets to SP + buzz Presents: Heirship Records Showcase

As you may or may not know, we've teamed up with buzz Magazine to present this Friday's Heirship Records showcase at Cowboy Monkey. Three awesome local bands: Motes, Terminus Victor, and The Chemicals. As a part of that, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show, and as you can see per this tweet — all you have to do is retweet for a chance to win the pair.

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Triptych Brewing launches Frequent Filler’s Club

Here's an opportunity that fans of Triptych Brewing in Savoy might be very interested in hearing more about. As of today, the brewery has launched a Freqent Filler's Club — which gets you some good perks if you're, well, a frequent filler.

Check out the information below, posted on their website. Check out Jess's recent feature on Triptych.

The Frequent Filler's Club is our way of recognizing and rewarding our customers who make having fresh Triptych beer a priority. Upon joining the club, all members receive their very own 32oz stainless steel growler. Membership costs $45 for the first year, with annual renewal costing $25 each subsequent year.

Membership benefits

  • 15% off every growler fill of your 32oz Frequent Filler Club growler
  • 20% off all Triptych merchandise (excluding glass growlers)
  • You're the first to receive invitations to all special ticketed Triptych events including: beer release parties, beer dinners, and holiday gatherings
  • Exclusive access to other limited edition merchandise (coming soon!)
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JT Walker’s Brewery celebrating one year anniversary November 20th

Per the JT Walker's website, they will have a party in a couple of weeks celebrating the one year mark since the opening of their brewery in Mahomet.

One Year Anniversary Party – Thursday, November 20th | 4pm – 10pm Wildwood playing from 7pm – 9pm. We will also be releasing our 1 year anniversary beer The Grand Chief. It is a double version of our Hale to the Chief. It is an Imperial Corn IPA that has a 10% ABV with 105 IBUs. We will be serving it that night and selling special 22 oz Bomber bottles to take home. We will also be serving some special offerings from Chester’s BBQ Truck. The event goes from 4pm – 10pm. We will also be releasing our Barrel-Aged Chester’s BBQ Ale that night as well.

Head over and grab a brew and a bite to eat — those are some seriously good local brews.

Top photo by Mahomet Daily.

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Former locals Santah launch Pledge Music campaign

Santah might live in Chicago nowadays, but they started out here, and they are looking for some help from the public. They've recently launched a Pledge Music campaign (a Kickstarter/Indiegogo of sorts) to fund their upcoming second full-length record. Check out the campaign linked above, and if you're feeling generous, throw a few dollars their way to help them along. 

Check out our reviews of their debut White Noise Bed, and the follow-up EP, You're Still A Lover.

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Wedge adding second location at the Crossing

Per their Facebook post, Wedge is adding a second location in C-U. This one will be located at the Crossing, while their location in Downtown Champaign will remain there as well. Check out Jess's review of Wedge here.

 
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Hatch Art Exhibition & Art Fair seeking creative-reuse artists

Calling all creative-reuse artists! The Hatch Creative-Reuse Art Festival is seeking artists to participate in the 2015 festival's Hatch Art Exhibition at Indi Go Artist Co-op in Champaign Feb. 28-March 14 and the Hatch Art Fair, March 14 at the Savoy Rec Center. Both are juried shows, and the entry deadline for both is Nov. 16.

Applications are available online here. 

Hatch is produced by The I.D.E.A. Store, Champaign-Urbana's premier creative-reuse marketplace and an earned-income social enterprise of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation.

Questions about Hatch? Send them to hatch@the-idea-store.org. Also, check out the Hatch Facebook page for more information, including a look at past years' activities, https://www.facebook.com/AboutHatch.

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Registration now open for 2015 Master Gardener Training

University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign County is hosting Master Gardener training in January 2015. Since 1992, over 500 Champaign County residents have completed the program. University of Illinois Extension sponsors the Master Gardener program and trains adult volunteers to help disseminate up-to-date, research-based horticulture information to home gardeners. Master Gardeners are passionate people who embrace the state motto of “helping others learn to grow.”

Master Gardener trainees attend an all-day class once a week for eleven weeks. Each class covers a different garden-related topic such as botany, vegetables, fruits, plant diseases, and organic gardening. Training costs $175 which includes a Master Gardener manual developed by University of Illinois Extension educators and is specifically written for Illinois gardens.

The University of Illinois Extension office also offers online Master Gardener training. Online training costs $250.

Once training is completed, Master Gardener interns have two years to perform 60 volunteer hours in approved projects. Interns can work at educational community gardens in the county including the Idea Garden at the University of Illinois Arboretum, the Juvenile Detention Center garden, Crisis Nursery garden, and the Champaign County Nursing Home. Other projects include the Horticulture Hotline, a help desk used to answer home gardeners questions, and the annual Garden Walk held in June.

Visit the University of Illinois Extension website to apply for the Master Gardener program: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/. Applications are due by November 28th.

For more information please contact the Champaign County Extension office at 217-333-7672.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. University of Illinois*U.S. Dept. of Agriculture* Local Extension Councils Cooperating.

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Champaign, U of I featured on The Onion

These are always fun to see. Check out this hilarious column in the Onion, which features "a study" from the University of Illinois. Check it:

Researchers: Quality Of Sleep May Be Affected By Abandoning Family In 1994

CHAMPAIGN, IL—According to a study published this week by researchers at the University of Illinois, an individual’s ability to get a good night’s sleep may be directly influenced by having made a decision 20 years ago to walk out on their family and never return. “In many cases, we found that chronic insomnia is strongly linked to reaching one’s breaking point on a winter evening back in 1994, waiting until everyone in the house was in bed, and then driving off into the night without looking back,” said study co-author Tim Liu, who noted a close correlation between erratic delta waves during stage 3 of the sleep cycle and not having spoken to your daughter since you tucked her in that night when she was 7. “Additionally, we saw that while nearly everyone who deserted their loved ones experienced some form of sleep loss, those who exhibited the most restless nights were the ones who told their new families they were off working on container ships 20 years ago instead of coming clean about the spouse and three children they left behind halfway across the country.” In a related finding, the researchers also concluded that individuals who carry on extramarital affairs with someone their spouse trusts sleep eight hours every night and always awake fully rested.

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Ticket giveaway for Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar at the Highdive

Hey readers. We're doing a ticket giveaway on Twitter currently for The Pygmalion Festival's Show Series installment of Pallbearer, Tombs, and Vattnet Viskar at the Highdive. The show is this upcoming Sunday, October 19th.

Check out the tweet below and RT for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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