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Girls Rock! C-U winter workshop is February 17th

From the press release:


Registration Now Open

Urbana, Illinois, January 26, 2018– Girls Rock! Champaign-Urbana will host a winter workshop at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center from 9 AM until Noon.

The February 17th workshop offers attendees “a chance to learn about guitars, bass, drums, keys, turntables, and yourself!” Registration is open to girls, transgender folks, and gender non-conforming folks. The age range for the Girls Rock! workshop is 8-18. No musical experience is required.

For more information, go to the Girls Rock! C-U website.

Top photo from Girls Rock! C-U's website.


Illinois Student Government votes to remove Chief logo from U of I buildings

After a proposal by ISG President Raneem Shamselidin, the student government passed a resolution to remove the Chief logo from all university buildings. Not sure how this is implemented or what happens next, but it's another nail in the proverbial Chief coffin. You can read the full story at The Daily Illini. Just tread lightly into the comments.


Jon Ebel meet and greet is Thursday at Quality

Urbana's Jon Ebel is a Democratic Primary canditate for Illinois' 13th Congressional District, which at this point in time is a seat held by Rep. Rodney Davis.

Ebel will be hosting a meet and greet on Thursday at Quality from 6:30-8 p.m. Check out the Facebook event and the information below:

Jon Ebel will be at Quality Bar downtown Champaign for a meet and greet. This is a great chance to speak with Jon one and one.

Jon Ebel of Urbana is a candidate in the March 20th, 2018 Democratic Primary for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Ebel is a husband, father of three daughters, and teaches in the Religion Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ebel also served as a Naval Intelligence Officer, is a graduate of Harvard, and has a PhD from the University of Chicago.


Parkland College hosting series of events for Black History Month

Black History Month kicks off in February, and to celebrate, Parkland College is hosting a series of events. This years theme is: "Protest: Tools of the Powerless," and will includes planetarium shows, lectures, presentations, a soul food luncheon, and more. 

Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Skywatchers of Africa Planetarium Show
8 p.m., Staerkel Planetarium

This show, to run every Friday and Saturday during February, is a celebration of diverse African cultures and their explanations of the yearly cycles of the heavens. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and kids.

Feb. 5
"Black Activism through the Years" by Evelyn Reynolds
Noon–1 p.m., U140

Black activist movements will be explored, from Nat Turner to the current Black Lives Matter movement.

Feb. 6
"Protest: Power of the Powerless" by Dr. Joe Walwik
Noon–1 p.m., U140

The presentation will explore how groups of oppressed peoples from around the world have used protest as a way to make their voices heard.

Feb. 7
Black Student Success Project: Relationships I
1–2 p.m., U140

This in-depth discussion of romantic relationships in the African-American community is a popular one with students.

Feb. 8
"Hidden Features: Unknown Heroes" by Dr. Marietta Turner
Noon–1 p.m., U140

The presentation will highlight African Americans who have made significant contributions to society in a variety of areas but who have not received much acclaim for their contributions.

Feb. 9
Health Services Fair
11 a.m.–1 p.m., Student Union atrium

Parkland College's Health Professions department and Wellness Center coordinator will conduct a health fair for students, staff and the community. Enjoy free massages and health assessment tests as well as other complementary items.

Feb. 12
“Affirmative Action: Will it Survive?” by Dr. Willie Fowler
10–11 a.m., U140

Take a critical look at the current policy of affirmative action and whether it will still benefit people of color in the near future.

Feb. 13
"Cornerstone: Celebrating Three Black Writers" by Aaron Geiger
Noon–1 p.m., U140

This talk focuses on a “trifecta” of African-American writers: James Baldwin, Ethel Morgan and Tyehimba Jess and their most notable works highlighting life in America for the African American.

Feb. 15
Together We Achieve (TWA) Presentation
Noon–1 p.m., U140

Parkland’s student group TWA will present on topics related to be a black male in our country.

Feb. 16
Soul Food Luncheon
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Student Union atrium

Sample an array of culturally prepared foods including baked or fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, rolls and cookies. Water will be provided as well. The luncheon will be catered by Caribbean Grill. The price will be $10.

Feb. 20
"No Leadbelly, No Beatles" by Hilary Valentine
Noon–1 p.m., U140

Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, was an African American folk/blues musician who influenced many notable acts including the Beatles. Find out how and why he has been forgotten.

Feb. 21
"Exploring the World of Black Fraternities and Sororities" by Dr. Willie Fowler
11 a.m.–noon, U140

Should community college students be allowed to join Greek organizations? This presentation will highlight black Greek organizations and their future.

Black Student Success Project: Relationships II
1–2 p.m., U140

This in-depth discussion of romantic relationships in the African-American community is a popular one with students.


Polyvinyl donating a portion of today’s online proceeds to Girls Rock! C-U

One Friday per month, Polyvinyl Records is going to be donating 10% of their sales proceeds to a good cause — and this month, the first month of 2018, happens to be a local cause: Girls Rock! C-U.


Neil Street Corridor open house workshop is Thursday, January 11th

There's a lot of discussion happening around what the future of the northern portion of Downtown Champaign, and this Neil Street Corridor discussion is a part of that. PlanOurPlaza is one portion of that in a way, but a separate project lies in this Neil Street Corridor, which is up for discussion this Thursday at Champaign Public Library.

Here's the information from City of Champaign:


Junior League of Champaign-Urbana Trivia Night is January 25th at Papa Del’s

Join in the fun and help the Junior League of Chamapign-Urbana raise funds for our community projects like Kids in the Kitchen, Bright Starts and our Community Assistance Fund grants.  You’re invited for an evening of  trivia, food and fun.  Bring your friends and family and test your knowledge at our second annual Trivia Night. Create your own team of up to 4 people or we’ll help to create teams at the event.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Doors Open at 6:30 PM
Trivia Starts at 7:00 PM

Papa Del’s Pizza Factory
1201 S. Neil Street, Champaign

Tickets include both entry into Trivia as well as pizza, gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Cash bar will be available.

Tickets Online – Click Here: $20 per person
Ticket @ Door: $25 per person

JLCU’s Trivia Night prizes are generously supported by these local business:

  • Flying Machine Avioincs
  • Findings Boutique
  • Hammerhead Coffee
  • Art Mart
  • TCBY
  • Houlihan’s
  • Meatheads
  • Seven Saints
  • Slowride Pedal Tours

Ashar African Market opening in Urbana

Ashar African Market, a grocery store specializing in African groceries, is opening in Urbana at 501 N. Cunningham Avenue. Check out their Facebook post here.

Their Facebook page is linked above, and they'll be hosting a ribbon cutting this Friday, December 22nd at 11 a.m. While I'm not certain to whether the store is currently open or not, the dates read 18th-23rd, below, so it is possible. We're waiting word back from the store, and will udpate when we get that information.

UPDATE: 7:51 p.m.: A representative from Ashar got back to us about the opening information:

Thank you for reaching out to us. Ashar African Market is opening fully on Friday. The ribbon cutting will be at 11am. Token gifts will be available to our customers.


Founder Thad Morrow returning to Bacaro kitchen for NYE dinner

Bacaro's founder Thad Morrow will make a return to the kitchen he once owned (before heading to take job with Blue Apron) on New Year's Eve to ring in 2018 as a part of the restaurant's Cooking with Friends series.

Morrow made an appearance back in October at MIGA, and this time he'll return to his old stomping grounds. You can check out the Facebook event for all the info, but here is the text, as well as the menu below that:

We are honored and excited to announce that Bacaro's founder and Champaign/Urbana's favorite chef Thad Morrow will be returning to BACARO restaurant as the guest chef for our dinner series 
Cooking with Friends - New Year's Eve Edition

December 31, 2017
5:00pm-10:00pm (last seating for dinner)
Wine Pairing Options-1)$50.00 or 2)$100.00 selected by Chef Morrow
Check out the MENU HERE.

Reservations can be made by: