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Today is CSA Day

Today is CSA day, a day intended to encourage people to sign up for community supported agriculture. 

In and around C-U we have plenty of CSA options for produce, meat, cheese, and fowers. Though the 3rd Annual CSA Fair isn't until next Friday, March 3rd, you can still take a look at local options by checking out SP's coverage from last year's fair. The information from last year may not be currently accurate, so be sure to check out next week's fair for specifics. 

In the meantime, you can look into or sign up for Prairie Fruits Farm's cheese and gelato CSA, or Brackett Farm's CSA. 

Top photo by Jessica Hammie. 


Triptych Brewing hosting Day of the Dude at The Art Theatre on March 6th

Finally - the combination we've all been waiting for: The Big Lebowski and locally-crafted beers from Triptych Brewing.

On Monday, March 6th, The Art Theater in Downtown Champaign and Triptych Brewing will be collaboration on a one-of-a-kind showing of the Coen Brothers' classic.

A special imperial stout from Triptych will be made available exclusively for the event, and you'll be able to take home a special Triptych teku-style glass.

Admission to Day of the Dude is $20 and includes the film, the glass, and two beers. Tickets can be purchased now at Triptych Brewing's brewery in Savoy.

For more information, and to RSVP, click here.


Allerton Park hosting community art exhibition on March 10th-11th

In a couple of weeks, Allerton Park will be hosting Art & Soul, a community art exhibition, running both Friday evening and Saturday through the afternoon. Packages that include a room for the night and brunch in the morning, are available. As a Monticello-to-Champaign transplant, I can assure you, a night at Allerton is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Central Illinois - especially when it involves live music and brunch.

Tickets are available here, and for more information, check out the event description below and RSVP here:

Allerton's Art & Soul: Community Art Exhibition will showcase the work of specially selected area artists at the historic Allerton Mansion. Enjoy local jazz combo West of Staley, appetizers, and a cash bar as you peruse the work of professional artists and fine crafts persons at Friday's Opening Reception (7-9pm). As the Reception comes to a close, linger over a drink and conversation, gather with friends in the basement rec room, or retire to your guestroom. A mouth-watering brunch buffet will be waiting for you in the morning (10am or noon), featuring challah french toast, vegetable egg frittata, hash brown casserole, ham, seasonal fresh fruit, and freshly baked breads (plus Mimosas available for purchase!). Individual tickets for the Opening Reception / Brunch / Exhibit (no overnight) are also available.

Get away for a weekend at Allerton – enjoying fine works of art and the good company of friends!

Double occupancy (2/room): $80/person
Single occupancy (1/room): $130/person
Package price includes: Opening Reception, overnight accommodations, and brunch.

Opening Reception Only (3/10, 7-9pm): $10/person
Saturday Brunch (3/11, 10am or noon) + Exhibit Entry: $30/person
Saturday Exhibit Entry Only (3/11, 10am-2pm): $5/person

Lodging and brunch tickets are limited.


State Sen. Scott Bennett and Rep. Carol Ammons hosting town hall meeting on 3/13

While we're waiting for our Representative in Washington to give us an actual town hall meeting, there is some good news on the town hall front today, courtesy of State Senator Scott Bennett and State Representative Carol Ammons.

The two lawmakers will be hosting a meeting, open to the public, covering Illinois state politics on March 13th at the Champaign Carpenter's Hall (402 S. Duncan). Doors open at 5 and the discussion starts at 5:30.

Even in a state in such gridlock as Illinois, it's refreshing to see politicians who aren't afraid to meet with their constituents, face to face, and hear their concerns. 

For more information, RSVP to the Facebook event here, and read the description below:

Join State Senator Scott Bennett, 52nd District, and State Representative Carol Ammons, 103rd District for their third joint town hall update on what’s happening in the Illinois legislature. They will discuss legislation passed, budget status, and answer questions.


Urbana’s Market at the Square and The Land Connection hosting CSA Fair March 3rd

Urbana's Market at the Square and The Land Connection are teaming up (with some help from Urbana First Fridays) to host the 3rd annual CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair on March 3rd.

The fair will last from 4-7 p.m., and will take place at the Urbana civic center. For more information, check out the press release below:




Urbana’s CSA Fair to Feature Local Farmers, Food, Cocktails, Music and More!

Please join Urbana’s Market at the Square, The Land Connection and Urbana First Fridays for the Third Annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair on Friday, March 3rd from 4-7 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center, located at 108 East Water Street in Urbana.

At the Third Annual CSA Fair, customers will have the opportunity to meet local farmers and businesses that offer CSA programs and buying clubs, learn about their farms or businesses and select a share or club that best meets their needs!  In addition, the CSA Fair will feature music by Pinecar, a Sprouts at the Market activity table, and, for adults, a delicious selection of freshly prepared vegan-friendly cocktails artfully crafted by Lumen Events featuring freshly squeezed juices from The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery.

What is a CSA? It allows customers committed to the local economy an opportunity to connect on a deeper level than purchasing from a retail store, and even differently than making purchases at a farmer’s market.  With the CSA method of doing business, farms offer fresh food products through annual subscriptions, or a flat fee, that a customer pays for up front once a year in exchange for a portion of those farmers’ products. The products are then delivered weekly or monthly to a central pick-up location or made available for pick up at Urbana-Champaign farmers markets.

“We’ve been encouraged by the turnout at the past two annual events and now we’re expanding the event to include more farmers, local cocktails and samples” noted Natalie Kenny Marquez, Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square.   “It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house after a long winter, support downtown Urbana businesses during the Urbana First Friday events and stop in at the Urbana Civic Center to connect with area farmers and secure your share of a local farm for this growing season.”

We encourage customers to connect with farmers and producers directly to learn about their specific parameters around sign-up. For a complete listing of vendors participating in this CSA Fair, please visit There is still plenty of shopping to be done at the local farmers markets, and you’ll never want to skip a market day; however, by participating in a CSA you’ll have the opportunity to help your favorite farmers at a whole new level.

To learn more, please call Urbana’s Market at the Square at 217/384-2319, or email or visit


Polyvinyl Records hiring Finance Director

Polyvinyl, Champaign's very own independent record label (and home to some really amazing bands), is hiring a Finance Director for their office in Champaign.

The full details can be found here, or read below:

Polyvinyl is currently seeking a Finance Director in our Champaign, IL office.

This is a full-time (Monday - Friday) position in Champaign, IL, and is open immediately.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Daily accounts receivable/accounts payable tasks such as paying invoices, receiving payments, etc, maintenance of customer and vendor accounts, collections, etc...
  • Reconciliation of financial accounts, credit card statements, etc...
  • Invoicing of sales statements from a variety of sources
  • Maintaining album budgets and tracking spending
  • Royalty calculations and payments


  • Must possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and multitask with great attention to detail.
  • Proven strong communication skills and organizational skills are essential.
  • Proficiency in Google and Microsoft applications such as Google Drive, Word and Excel.
  • Prior knowledge of Quickbooks is preferred.
  • Should be self-motivated and goal-driven, solving challenges proactively.
  • Ability to set priorities and set deadlines.
  • Must effectively manage multiple, concurrent projects against aggressive timelines without compromising quality.
  • Must have the ability to work in a tight-knit, community-oriented atmosphere.
  • Must have a passion for music and the desire to grow alongside the Polyvinyl family.
  • Previous accounting/bookkeeping experience (or degree in field) is a strong plus.
  • Minimum two-year commitment preferred.


  • Salaried position
  • Health insurance and retirement plan
  • Ten annual paid holidays
  • Paid vacation days

We’re excited to hear from you and want to learn more about what you can bring to this position! For consideration please send a cover letter and resume by March 6, 2017 to:

Please note that only qualified candidates will be contacted.


City of Urbana now hiring Public Arts Coordinator

More good news for those in Champaign-Urbana who may be seeking employment - the City of Urbana is seeking to fill the position of Public Arts Coordinator.

The position is full-time, and involves overseeing the City's arts programming, as well as working very closely with the Public Arts Commission.

For more information on the position, including how to apply (due by March 5th), check out the job listing below:


The successful candidate will be responsible for administering the City's public arts programs, promoting the incorporation of art within the community, organizing special events related to the arts, providing staff support for the Public Arts Commission, collecting and developing information related to arts-related initiatives within the community, coordinating a variety of arts-related tasks for economic development, and assisting with other economic development and community development activities.  To learn more about Urbana's Public Arts program, visit:

Application Deadline is Sunday, March 5th, 2017.



Espresso Royale in the Undergrad Library is now open following renovations

Good news, coffee lovers of Champaign-Urbana (especially those who spend their time in Campustown) - the Espresso Royale in the basement of the Undergrad Library is now open, following some fairly extensive renovations.

Check out the Instagram post from Espresso below, as well as a picture from the UGL: