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CUDO Plays Season 2 Grand Exhibition this Sunday at Urbana Civic Center

From the Facebook event:

You've seen their alphas. You've seen their betas. Now, play the finished games at the CUDO Plays Season 2 Grand Exhibition! Come and support all of the teams at the Urbana Civic Center, and experience the games they've worked on for the past six months!

Game play will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the awards ceremony is at 7:30 p.m.! Bring all your friends and family and share these amazing games!

The Urbana Civic Center is located at 108 E. Water Street, Urbana.


News-Gazette makes it easy to call the mayoral election

The News-Gazette is doing god's work and offering a scientific poll to see which mayoral candidate is going to get the most local support. I'm a little disappointed there's not a write-in option because I feel like Herp Derpson or Brian Scalabrine might take this one down.

In all seriousness, this poll is doing a pretty damn good job of calling the mayoral race already. As the results show above, Deb Feinen, Joe Petry, and Karen Foster are going to eliminate each other's votes in this fatal four-way match and Don Gerard is going to retain the title easily.


Market at the Square hiring seasonal staff

Do you love Urbana's Market at the Square so much you want to work there? The market folks are hiring for seasonal staff. The job description and application can be found here


Urbana Boulders crowdfunding from Indiegogo campaign

There's a pretty interesting project happening in Urbana called Urbana Boulders, where Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr have plans to build an indoor rock climbing space. They currently have an Indiegogo campaign in the works, where they've hit about half of their goal of $10,000 thus far. Pretty awesome project, I'll say — check it out and the video below. Perhaps you can help them reach their goal in the process.


2015 Hatch event schedule announced

The I.D.E.A. Store's Hatch, their creative re-use arts festival, is happening soon: February 26th-March 14th. The schedule of events was just released, which you can check out below.

Thursday, February 26

7:30 – 8:30 pm  Lecture: “Garden of Dreams: The Work of Artists David and Roberta Williamson”

Champaign Public Library

200 W. Green St.

Champaign, Illinois 61820

(217) 403-2000

Free and open to the public


Friday, February 27

All day Artists-in-Residence David and Roberta Williamson at  Centennial and Jefferson schools

6 pm Hatch Trashion Show: Recycled fashion hits the runway!

Lincoln Square at Urbana

201 Lincoln Square

Downtown Urbana, Illinois

Designer entry deadline: February 1, 2015. $15 per entry item (enter here)

Show:  Free and open to the public


Saturday, February 28

9 am –  5 pm

An advanced-level workshop with Jewelry-makers David and Roberta Williamson

University of Illinois Metals Studio

University of Illinois Campus

Age:  18 and older

Class limit:  20

Cost:  $100 per person (includes materials, tools and instruction and lunch)


Saturday, February 28

7 – 9 pm Opening Reception: Hatch Art Exhibition

Indi Go Artist Co-op

9 E. University Ave.

Downtown Champaign, IL

Open to the public, $5 suggested donation


February 28 – March 14

Hatch Art Exhibition

11 am – 5 pm Saturdays

1 – 5 pm Sundays

6 – 8 pm Monday – Friday

Indi Go Artist Co-op

9 E. University Ave.

Downtown Champaign, IL

Free and open to the public


Friday, March 6

7:30 p.m. Lecture-Demo by Colten Jackson

“Electric Waste Orchestra: Learning and Teaching Music, Electronics, Programming, and Repurposing”

The technology to turn e-waste into musical instruments is free, open source and waiting to be fully explored. At this talk, you’ll learn how the computer junk piling up in IT departments everywhere can be transformed into novel input devices, allowing kids and adults alike to create physical instruments to control electronic music.

Indi Go Artist Co-op

9 E. University Ave.

Downtown Champaign, IL

Free and open to the public


Saturday, March 7

10 am – noon    Art Teachers’ Hatch Clatch: “Corks, Crafts, Connections”

The I.D.E.A. Store Classroom
28 E. Springfield Ave.
Champaign, IL

Open to any/all art teachers – registration required with $5 fee, limited space available (includes materials and continental breakfast with mimosas!)


Sunday, March 8

2 pm – 3 pm Gallery Talk

Indi Go Artist Co-op

9 E. University Ave.

Downtown Champaign, IL

Free and open to the public


Saturday, March 14

10 am – 6 pm Hatch Art Fair: 30+ artist/vendors sell their work at this unique, high-quality sale

Gymnasium, Savoy Recreation Center

402 Graham

Savoy, Illinois

$2 entry fee per person


Saturday, March 14

10 am – 6 pm Pop-up Hatch: Community Art Show

Activity Room, Savoy Recreation Center

Free and open to the public

For more information about any of these scheduled events, please contact Hatch@the-idea-store.org

All published events subject to change if unforeseen circumstances arise.


Conversation with Patrick Hammie and Chris Kienke at Figure One

From the Facebook event:

Join us for an afternoon discussion with Patrick Earl Hammie and Chris Kienke. Both artists are represented in the Painting Is Dead?! exhibition and are Illinois faculty members in the School of Art + Design.

The event takes place tomorrow, Saturday, February 21st from 2-3 p.m. at Figure One, located at 116 N. Walnut in Downtown Champaign.

Above artwork by Chris Kienke.


JT Walker’s is giving away a $100 gift card to a lucky SP reader

JT Walker's in Mahomet is doing a giveaway that you should definitely pay attention to: They're giving away a $100 gift card to a lucky reader, and you can enter here.

Remember when we ate there and had that insane horseshoe? We do:

They also have a ton of great beers on tap across the street at their brewery. Who doesn't want to go drink and eat for free? What do you have to lose? Nothing at all, honestly.


Champaign County EDC announces Elmore as new SBDC Director

From the press release:

Champaign County EDC announces Elmore as New SBDC Director

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce Don Elmore as the new Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC. Elmore was chosen as the top candidate after a search and evaluation that included EDC Board members and community leaders. Elmore’s first day of work is set for Monday, March 2, 2015.

As the SBDC Director, Elmore will be responsible for creating and managing programs to expand small business development opportunities in the community including minority and women owned businesses. He will also develop, coordinate and administer SBDC programs and activities, develop appropriate programs for client groups, and provide client counseling.

“Don has the best combination of small business operation and advising experience to operate the SBDC and provide business assistance to new and established small businesses,” said Craig Rost, EDC Executive Director. “The SBDC utilizes federal SBA funding and state DCEO program management and funding to provide free advisory help to any area resident interested in starting a small business or growing their existing business. Don is well qualified to provide these services and advance the SBDC mission and reach.”

“I feel excited and very fortunate for the opportunity to work with small businesses in our community,” stated Elmore. “Craig Rost and the EDC staff already do a great job of advancing business and economic development in the area, and I will use my skills, experience and energy to make this Small Business Development Center the most accessible, effective resource in the community for anyone who wants to start or grow a small business. Our area offers a great environment for developing businesses of all kinds. I look forward to doing my part in making our business environment even stronger.”

To learn more about the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC or schedule an appointment with an advisor, visit www.cusbdc.org.

About the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC:

The mission of the Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is to assist in job creation, support entrepreneurship, business start-up, expansion, productivity, and to sharpen small business management in the region. Our organization and partners accomplish this through one-on-one counseling, technical assistance, training seminars, information provision, networking opportunities and business development and real estate expertise.

The Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois DCEO, the University of Illinois and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation.