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Red Herring hosting Herbal Body Care class April 5th

The Red Herring in Urbana is hosting this event next week, as per their Facebook post:

 

Sign up for our class next Tuesday April 5th from 7pm-9pm, come and learn about Herbal Body Care!

Posted by The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant on Sunday, March 27, 2016
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Volunteer for the Illinois Marathon - April 30th

The Illinois Marathon is only one month away, and if you aren't interested in running in any of the races but still want to do something that makes you feel good about yourself, then volunteer! There are still plenty of volunteer positions available including "Expo Volunteer Concierge" and spots on the "Vintage Clothing Team".

Follow the link here for the full listing of volunteer opportunities.

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March for rape advocacy happening in Urbana

Join the march against sexual violence. This event is sponsored by Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services & the University of Illinois Women's Resources Center.

  • WHERE: Gather at the corner of Race St. and Green St. in Urbana, march to the main quad
  • WHEN: Thursday April 28th. Gather at 6:30 p.m., march at 7 p.m.
  • HOW: The event is free and open to anyone and everyone. 

The march will go on no matter the weather. There will be a "speak-out" event in room 217 in Noyes Laboratory following the march. 

There will be "I <3 Consent" t-shirts for sale ($15). Pre-order is recommended as supplies are limited. The funds can help survivors in crisis as well as support the operations of the Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services agency. Your generous support is vital to the staff and volunteers who support their mission every day. 

Pre-order your "I <3 Consent" shirt here.

Read more about the event by checking out the Facebook event page. 

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Urbana reaches “compromise” to lower marijuana fine from $300 to $50

After the discussion surfaced about the City of Urbana potentially lowering fines for marijuana possession from $300 to just $5the News-Gazette is reporting that the new agreement lowers the fine from $300 to $50.

From the Gazoo:

URBANA — The Urbana City Council moved toward lowering the fine for possession of small amounts of marijuana from $300 to $50 on Monday.

At a standing-room-only meeting, the council, acting as a committee of the whole, reached the compromise and approved it with a 4-3 vote. It will take a final vote next week.

The lowered fine is a result of a compromise of two proposals — one by Alderman Aaron Ammons to lower the fine to $5 and one by Mayor Laurel Prussing to lower it to $100.

The move to $50 was made to gain a fourth vote, from Alderman Dennis Roberts, who said he would support no less than that amount.

He voted "yes" along with Charlie Smyth, Eric Jakobsson and Ammons, while Diane Marlin, Bill Brown and Mike Madigan voted "no."

It goes to a final vote next week.

Just legalize it, people. This is getting silly. 

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Urbana Park District announces cricket programs

Ever known about cricket but haven't learned the rules? Now you're in luck, because Urbana Park District is offering various cricket events at Lohmann Park in April.

First is a free introductory cricket demo for those aged 8 and up, featuring members of the University of Illinois cricket team on April 2nd from 9-10am.

Second are two-week Cricket Clinic sessions with the Cricket Club of Central Illinois. The sessions are April 9th & 16th and April 23rd & 30th from 9-10 am for those aged 8 and up, as well. 

Participants will learn the rules and sport-specific skills before playing a shortened game at the end of each session. Registration for Cricket Clinic is here

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Giant ex-Greek house for sale in Urbana

Have you ever wanted to live out Animal House but in real life? You're in luck. As it happens, we live in a college town with a massive fraternity/sorority population, and occasionally these houses go unused, and sold to the general public, if a Greek-life entity moves away or is kicked off campus.

CBCDR has just listed one of these massive (18,448 square feet) houses, which sports 29 bedrooms, local historic landmark status, and the potential for some crazy sick parties. The house sits at 1404 S. Lincoln in Urbana, right across from Pennsylvania and Florida Avenue Residence Halls, and has been sitting unused for quite some time.

All this could be yours for the low, low price of $795,000. Though I'm not really sure you can put a price on reliving your glory days.

Find the full listing here.

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U of I Community Credit Union launches new website

After the initial announcement of the rebrand back in January, the U of I Community Credit Union has announced the launch of their brand new website.

Check out the information below about the new site:

From the press release:

U of I Community Credit Union Launches New Website

Champaign, IL – U of I Community Credit Union launched a new website on Tuesday, March 22nd as part of its ongoing commitment to serving both campus and community.

“Our members asked for a better online experience, and we listened! In conjunction with our recent name change and brand update, we are excited to showcase our commitment to campus and community through our newly designed website,” said Susan Toalson, CMO.

The new site offers updated information, greater responsiveness for mobile devices, and a more streamlined experience to help site visitors easily find the financial information and resources the credit union provides. In addition, custom imagery of the local community and University of Illinois campus demonstrate the credit union’s deep local commitment. You can see the new website by visiting http://uoficreditunion.org.

Current U of I Community Credit Union members will be able to continue using their current online banking information and passwords to access online banking through the new website.

 

U of I Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of financial products and services to anyone who lives or works in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, Douglas, and Vermillion, IL counties as well as University of Illinois employees and other select employee groups. To learn more, visit uoficreditunion.org.

Media Contact: Susan Toalson 217-840-4152 or susan.toalson@uoficreditunion.org

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Allerton Park announces 2016 concert series

Allerton Park has announced their concert series for 2016, which begins in May and runs through the end of September. Check out the series below, per their website:

“The goal of these concerts is to excite and inspire people, and to deliver cultural experiences to the masses in an environment that is special.” -Derek Peterson, Associate Director

Pack a picnic, grab a chair or blanket, and catch a variety of music with your friends and family at Central Illinois’ best kept secret. Click on the dates below for more details on the 2016 Concert Schedule.

May 1: Children’s Concert
10am-Noon + 1-2pm | Allerton Music Barn
$5/kid or $7/adult, advanced purchase required

May 6: Kick-off Concert 
6-9pm | Gate House Lawn
$5/person or $10/family

June 3: Irish Fest
6–9pm | Gate House Lawn
$5/person or $10/family

July 1: Reds, Whites, & the Blues 
6-9pm | Gate House Lawn
$5/person or $10/family

August 12: Allerton August Concert
6-9pm | Meadow
$5/person or $10/family

September TBD: Allerton Festival
6-9pm | Meadow
Advanced ticket purchase required.

September 22-23: Music Barn Festival
7-9pm | Allerton Music Barn
Advanced ticket purchase required.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol for all events, please.

Top photo from Allerton Park's website.