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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:


Fired food truck coming to C-U this spring

A new food truck is coming to Champaign-Urbana, and while details are on the sparse side, we do get a few nice tidbits of info. The truck, which is called "Fired," will be opened at some point in April, and will feature comfort food. As far as what "comfort food" means, we will have to wait a while to find out.

Check out their Facebook post that answers a few questions below:


Art Mart hosting “Hot Stuff” tasting

Art Mart is hosting a "Hot Stuff" tasting on Thursday, February 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and will include:

...classic hot sauces [and] chili crunch, hot mustard, ghost pepper chips and more. Can you make it all the way to the spiciest? 20% off any tasting item if you can! Admission is $10, all you can taste. There will be $2 cans of Dale's Pale Ale available to cool off your palate.

Can you take the heat? You might want to consider buying some milk to cool the capsaisan. Keep your hands away from your eyes!

Photo from Facebook. 


Bacaro unveils extended Valentine’s special through Wednesday

It's that time of the year again - time to get fancy with your Valentine. Luckily, the good people at Bacaro in Downtown Champaign have crafted up a special seven-course tasting menu (with wine pairings) for a cool $100.

The special, which kicked off last week and wraps up on Wednesday, is all yours if you mention "Six Days of Valentine's Day-Tasting Menu" to your server.

Reservations can be made by calling (217) 398-6982. You can also RSVP to the Facebook event here, and check out the menu here.


Japan House hosting Hinamatsuri event on March 4th

Hinamatsuri, known as "Girl's Day" or a Japanese Doll Festival is a holiday celebrated every spring in Japan, and this year the celebration makes its way to Urbana, courtesy of the University of Illinois' Japan House.

The event, which will take place on Saturday, March 4th, will feature a special tea time for kids, as well as multiple craft sessions. For more information, including ticket links, check out the press release below:

Celebrate the traditional Japanese holiday of Girls’ Day or Hinamatsuri (Japanese doll festival) at Japan House. A traditional Japanese tea ceremony for children 12 and under and a special Girls’ Day craft session will be offered. Two tea times are available, with one overlapping craft session to learn origami and ikebana (Japanese floral arranging). Children 12 and under are $10 for the tea ceremony and accompanying craft session. Adults accompanying the children (tea ceremony only) are $6. There will be displays of traditional Hinamatsuri dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in the traditional court dress of the Heian era (794-1185). All participants will also receive a take home Japanese sweet! Times are 1:00 to 2:15 pm, and 1:45 to 3:00 pm.

At 3:30 we will offer a special Girls’ Day tea for University of Illinois students for $8. Students will receive a bowl of matcha tea and a sweet during the tea ceremony and will have the opportunity to view, and take pictures with, the display of Hinamatsuri dolls.

Tickets available at

Space is limited.


Triptych hosting inaugural Pop-Up-Pin this Thursday at Seven Saints

This Thursday, Triptych Brewing will be hosting their first Pop-Up-Pin at Downtown Champaign's Seven Saints, starting at 5:30 PM.

At these pop-ups, Triptych will be tapping a small cask of one of their beers, and serving them until they run out. Staff will be on-site to give away some prizes, including one for whoever finishes the cask's last pint.

For more info on Thursday's festivities, check out what Triptych had to say on Facebook: