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Adopt-a-Family for Courage Connection this year

Looking for a meaningful way to give back this holiday season? Every year Courage Connection establishes an adopt-a-family program to help make the season a bit brighter for it's clients. You sign up using their Google form, then they will assign you a family to purchase gifts for. The family's identity is not given, only ages, sizes, and wants and needs. Sign up now and you can take advantage of those Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday sales. Sign ups continue until December 5th. 

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Brixx is closing permanently December 9th

The wood-fired pizza joint on South Neil (2043 S Neil Street to be exact), Brixx, is set to close December 9th. The news came via News-Gazette's report, as it discussed that the ownership would wait until that date so employees could seek other jobs.

Jess featured it here and there in her Five Things column from time to time.

There's still pizza of a similar style available in C-U, namely Pizzeria Antica and Dragon Fire.

Top photo from their Facebook page.

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Rally against Trump and Rodney Davis’ tax plan November 15th

The tax plan proposed by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans is being voted on in the House this week and local group C-U Indivisible is holding a rally Wednesday at noon at Rodney Davis' Champaign offices, 2004 Fox Drive.

From the event's description:

The Repulican Tax Bill that Rodney Davis has voted to advance is a disaster for middle-income Americans, students, for health care, and for all Illinoisans. The only ones who benefit from it are large businesses and the wealthiest 1%.

Find out more about the rally here.

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Common Ground offering Thanksgiving in the Deli on November 22nd

Back in October, Common Ground announced their pre-orders for turkeys for Thanksgiving was available, and now they're offering this on the day before the holiday. Thanksgiving in the Deli will happen November 22nd starting at 11 a.m., running until they are sold out of food.

Check out the menu and info from the Facebook event below:

Stock up the day before Thanksgiving, when our Salad Bar and Grab 'N Go Case transforms into an entire Thanksgiving Menu, where all of our foods featured are made from scratch in the Co-op kitchen!

Family-size portions are available & ready to heat and eat in our Grab 'N Go. You can also portion up your favorites at the Salad Bar. We feature organic & local ingredients, as well as vegan, wheat-free, & allergy friendly main dishes and sides that are delicious and great for families with different dietary preferences. Did we mention we have 6 different dessert pies for you to choose from? How about herb roasted Triple S Farms turkey, our famous Stuffed Seitan with cranberries, leeks and mushrooms, and our wheat-free stuffings and gravy?

The Thanksgiving Menu will start at 11am Wednesday, November 22nd and will go fast until SOLD OUT. We sold over 430 pounds of Thanksgiving meals last year and we're looking to help you again this year. Save the Date!

Questions? Need 10 pies? Private message us!

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On this day in 2008, the Metropolitan Building fire happened in Downtown Champaign

On November 7th, 2008 — the Metropolitan Building in Downtown Champaign burned.

This is where Hyatt Place currently exists, and you can read more on the history of the building Michael put together in 2009.

Just watch this video. Can you imagine watching this in real time? If you did, tell us your thoughts in the comments.

This photo is by Richard Urban:

h/t to Robb Tobias for mentioning this on Facebook.

Top photo from the YouTube video.

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Concert for victims of natural disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico happening November 12th

Faculty members of the UI School of Music present a concert on November 12th at 4 p.m. of classical music with proceeds to benefit victims of recent natural disasters in Mexico City and Puerto Rico.  

Music by Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Ysaye, Sarasate and more

Yulia Fedoseeva, piano
Nelson Lee, violin
Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Dmitry Kouzov, cello

Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign

309 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801

Suggested donation: $20 adults; $10 students.

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Jay Rosenstein's new series, "The Multimillion-Dollar Headfake", published by Huffington Post

U of I Media scholar Jay Rosenstein has a long history of research in relation to the University of Illinois — namely his landmark In Whose Honor? discussing the Chief. (Read back on the documentary here, and check it out via PBS.)

This time around, he's diving deep into the financing of Illinois Athletics with his newest series, The Multimillion-Dollar Headfake: An investigative expose about the financing of UI Athletics. The first two parts of the four part series has been published by Huffington Post: Part one is called "U Of I Athletic Director Gets A Raise, And Taxpayers Get The Bill", and Part two, "‘No Taxpayer Dollars’ For Coaches At the U of I? You May Be Surprised".

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the continuation of the four part series at his website.

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University Library acquires Roger Ebert's movie archives from Chicago Sun-Times

The University of Illinois Library has received the archives of U of I alum, and Urbana native, Roger Ebert thanks to a donation from the Chicago Sun-Times.

The library has acquired the motion picture press kit files used by Ebert when he served as film critic for the newspaper, including 35mm slides and black and white glossy photographs, press release information promoting films from the 1980s through the early 2000s, as well as tear sheets of reviews.

In addition to the donation, the Sun-Times will also be residing closely with the new Roger Ebert Center being established within the College of Media at Illinois. The center will offer undergraduate scholarships and mentoring, along with other programs to those interested in filmmaking and film criticism.

At Ebert Fest this past spring, an online exhibit was created and debuted in honor of Ebert and showcases excerpts of his writing while a student as well as correspondence with his mentor, Dan Curley. The exhibit is available for viewing here.

For more information on the archives, check out the Facebook post and press release.

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50th annual Turkey Trot by Urbana Park District happening November 23rd

The 50th annual Turkey Trot by Urbana Park District is coming up — November 23rd at Crystal Lake Park. Of course, a post like this should make you aware it is happening, but this year, they are asking for people to submit memories from past Turkey Trots — you can email memories (whether fond, goofy, exciting, etc) to urbanaparks@urbanaparks.org by November 1st. Email those things, plus contact information, if you'd like to participate. Plus shirts go on sale on the 1st as well.

Turkey Trot is Urbana Park's annual fundraiser for the UPD Youth Scholarship Fund. The Urbana Park District offers partial fee waivers for those with demonstrated financial need so that you can better afford to participate in programs, especially in summer camps.

You can register in advance at the Phillips Recreation Center or on day of at 8 a.m. at the Lake House.