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WILL premiering Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois this Saturday, October 21st

WILL is premiering a radio documentary called Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois on Saturday, October 21st at 3 p.m. You'll be able to hear it on WILL-AM 580

There's a page on their website which serves as a catch all for locally-created content in regards to the Vietnam War, and its impact throughout the region, which is worth checking out if you're interested in learning more about this topic. That, and some more amazing vintage local content they've put together about this war — interviews, book discussions, and others things, to go with the documentary. Check it out.

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Neutral Cycle doing free Bicycle Clinic Series for quick repairs and tune ups

This looks like a great option for all your cyclers out there to get a quick and free tune up of your bike from Neutral Cycle. Check out the Facebook event info below, as they are kicking off their Bicycle Clinic Series this weekend at the Urbana Market:

Does your bike need some TLC? Bring your bicycle over and let Neutral Cycle FREE Bicycle Clinic series do it for you!

As part of the giving back to the community, Neutral will provide FREE quick repairs, check-ups, and tune-ups for your bicycle on site.

Bring out your commuter, your kids' bikes, your speed wagon.....let us have a look!

You can catch us at following places:

10/14 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market
1PM - 3PM Orchard Downs Community Center (International Food Festival)

10/21 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market
10AM-3PM Urbana Boulders (Boulder Cup)
1PM - 3PM Orchard Downs Community Center (Pumpkin Carving Event)

10/28 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market
3PM - 5PM Orchard Downs Community Center (Before the Halloween Party)

11/4 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market

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Urbana Park District celebrating America Recycles Day on November 4th

Urbana Park District is celebrating America Recycles Day, which is Saturday, November 4th. Check out the information below via their website:

AMERICA RECYCLES DAY: THREE RS IN THE TUB - FREE!

Sa, Nov 4, 11am-3pm

Anita Purves Nature Center

All Ages (under 15 with adult)

How can you Recycle, Reuse and Reduce waste in the bathroom—the most overlooked room when it comes to recycling? Join us to learn what to do with boxes, bottles and containers from the bathroom.

  • A drop-box will be available where you can recycle toothbrushes (including electric) and empty tubes of toothpaste (squeeze out all of the toothpaste first!).
  • Bring your own empty toothpaste tube and transform it into a coin pouch during the event!
  • Donations of new/unopened toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo will be accepted during the event and donated to C-U at Home.

Make your own creation from reused or repurposed materials at home before the event, and to win an award in the fourth annual Creative Reuse Competition. Visit https://goo.gl/forms/0Fa5UI9CELHgHf4P2 to sign up. The entry deadline is October 28.

Call 217-384-4062 for more information.

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U of I alum, Tatyana McFadden, wins 2017 Chicago Marathon

Tatyana McFadden has won the Chicago Marathon for the seventh (!) consecutive time and eighth overall, taking home the victory earlier today up north. She's an alum of the University of Illinois.

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C-U Folk & Roots Festival looking for volunteers

C-U Folk & Roots Festival is coming up — taking place November 2-4 in Urbana. You can check out the whole lineup at their website, and if you're interested, you can be a volunteer for the festival.

Check out all the information below, which was sent out via the CUFRF newsletter:

It’s time to sign up to help out your favorite community festival! A mere four hours of volunteering gets you a free full-festival wristband and a festival t-shirt. Come out, help make the festival happen, AND listen to some great music while you do it!

Click here to check out the wide variety of volunteer tasks available November 2-4, 2017.

To make sure you feel prepared and comfortable volunteering at the festival, we are offering two different Volunteer Orientation Meetings this year, either October 25 or November 1. After selecting your volunteer shifts, please sign up for one of these meetings by clicking on this link.

The all-volunteer Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is truly a grassroots effort, from steering committees to ticket collectors. Come and join our community and make friends, have fun, and support the folk arts!

Check out our review of 2016's installment of the festival.

Photo by Daniel Shoemaker

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City of Champaign launches PlanOurPlaza for public input for Downtown plaza

PlanOurPlaza is the new initiative from the City of Champaign to gather public input about the plaza space in Downtown Champaign, which is under the microscope for redevelopment into a different and more useful space.

A parking lot, as it exists now, is not the best use of the space. So, this is happening.

Here are the basics, per their website:

The City of Champaign and MKSK have partnered to explore the possibilities of a new urban space for Champaign’s downtown core. The future Neil Street Plaza is perfectly positioned to become a dynamic space that will attract a diverse range of people throughout all seasons. We will provide a framework for a Plaza that is vibrant, comfortable, and well-used on a daily basis, while also providing flexibility for larger gatherings and events.

Your opinions are critical to the success of this project, as we aim to create a plaza that is both inviting and exciting for all residents and visitors of Champaign. Sign up for project updates and participate in our events and online activities!

I used this map for the Hotel VIB SPlog post, so I'll repost it here — as you might guess, the plaza being developed is the triangular lot next ot the Orpheum, east across Neil Street from where Hotel VIB will exist.

If you have input, go to the link above and check out how you can participate as a citizen of Champaign.

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Here’s what SaladMeister’s Monthly Munch is about

I wasn't aware of this Monthly Munch that SaladMeister does — so I asked Owner Rob Meister about it, and he filled me in a bit. Now is the time where I share that information with you, reader. They take a few things on the menu and use a fresh protein — wild caught salmon, or tuna — or a special produce item — Curtis Orchard apples (this month) — in their salad.

Check out the information posted on their Facebook page, and read up on Brittany's review.

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Polyvinyl’s second pop-up shop happening October 14th

Next Saturday, October 14th, Polyvinyl Records is hosting their second pop-up (a follow up to this one a few months ago) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Check out the details below, they are located at 717 S. Neil Street in Champaign.

It's the 2nd ever Polyvinyl Pop-Up Shop! We'll be slingin' the latest and greatest Polyvinyl releases, merch, and more, PLUS:

* Hear new music *
* Vinyl & Poster Giveaways *
* Fresh Coffee & Donuts *
* Raffle for a $50 PV Gift Card *

Saturday, October 14 | 11 AM - 3 PM
717 S Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(Parking and entrance in the back off Randolph St)

Hope to see you there!

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Baldarotta’s Porketta & Sicilian Sausage Food Truck will debut in spring

Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage food cart will hit the streets of C-U sometime in the spring of 2018. 

Helmed by Jordan Baldarotta, this food cart will feature porchetta and sasusages, as well as "authentic Sicilian and Italian food." 

You can get a taste of what Baldarotta's will offer on Tuesday, October 3rd at The Land Connection's Downtown Champaign Farmers' Market (cooking demo scheduled from 3:30 to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, October 7th at Urbana's Market at the Square (cooking demo scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m.)

More information is available on Facebook and on Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage website

Photo from Facebook.