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Urbana’s next First Fridays taking place on April 7th

The collaboration between the City of Urbana and Imbibe Urbana pushes on this spring, as they host their April edition of First Fridays, taking place on April 7th.

April's version will feature two-days of a Revelry Market, featuring local businesses, and a Main Street Carnival on Friday evening.

For more information, check out what the City of Urbana has to say below:

 

 

APRIL 7, 5-9PM: REVELRY MARKET DAY 1 at the Cohen Building, 136 West Main Street

  • Art of Living at UIUC (Energy Boost Booth!)
  • Cara's Garden (Home goods)
  • Casey Lowry (Paintings)
  • Crass Stitching (Home goods)
  • Dewclaw (Live Music)
  • Evelyne Tardy (Jewelry) Reverly Market and Carnival Poster for Urbana's First Fridays
  • Glow by Lola (Body care)
  • Hilary Pope & Karissa McDermott
  • Kelly Hieronymus (Paintings)
  • Lumen (Cocktails and Decor)
  • Old Town Flowers (Natural Decor)
  • Phil Strang (Paintings)
  • Piper Pottery & Crafts (Pottery)
  • Rich Gouinlock (Paintings)
  • Same Street Textiles and Scrapyard (Home goods)
  • Steve Schaberg (Drawings)
  • WEFT Community Radio (Music inspired art)
  • Will Arnold (Zines and Photography)
  • The Wright Soapery (Body care)

APRIL 7, 6-10PM: MAIN STREET CARNIVAL*

Performance artists, Michael Moxie and Satina, are curating a whimsical, dazzling showcase on Main Street between Race and Broadway. Fire dancing, jugglers, hula-hoopers, poi spinners, live music, live art, DJ's and more! They are bringing in professional entertainers from around the Midwest! Don't miss it! Special guest stars: Urbana Fire Department with their fire truck for the kids!

APRIL 8, 11AM-3PM: REVELRY MARKET DAY 2 at the Cohen Building, 136 West Main Street

  • Art of Living at UIUC (Energy Boost Booth!)
  • Cara's Garden (Home goods)
  • Casey Lowry (Paintings)
  • Crass Stitching (Home goods)
  • Dewclaw (Live Music)
  • Evelyne Tardy (Jewelry)
  • Glow by Lola (Body care)
  • Hilary Pope & Karissa McDermott
  • Kelly Hieronymus (Paintings)
  • Lumen (Cocktails and Decor)
  • Old Town Flowers (Natural Decor)
  • Phil Strang (Paintings)
  • Piper Pottery & Crafts (Pottery)
  • Rich Gouinlock (Paintings)
  • Same Street Textiles and Scrapyard (Home goods)
  • Steve Schaberg (Drawings)
  • WEFT Community Radio (Music inspired art)
  • Will Arnold (Zines and Photography)
  • The Wright Soapery (Body care)
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This local photo goes viral, inspiring birthday party do-over

On February 25th, a photo was posted showing Kinley Montgomery anxiously waiting for kids to show up to her 6th birthday party. No one, except one friend, showed up.

This captured the interests of many, and now volunteers through the Spotted in Chambana Facebook page are coming together to create the Birthday-Do-Over; a party for any kid who has ever felt disappointment on their birthday.

In response to this, there's a make up party on March 18th. You can find the Facebook Event to RSVP here.

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These are great shirts by Flying Machine you can buy to support Planned Parenthood

Tomorrow night (Friday, March 3rd) at the Accord in Downtown Champaign, there's a Planned Parenthood Benefit concert featuring a lot of local performers to help raise money for PP. Flying Machine Coffee created a pretty awesome shirt that will be for sale, printed by the fine folks at Weiskamp, and designed by Ellen Page (Armstrong). Check it out:

In case you can't see all the text, here it is:

flyingmachinecoffee: Being a cafe in Urbana, I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone what our sociopolitical views are. I do my best to talk with the staff every year so we can agree on a few organizations that can benefit from the little extra cash we have to give. Until now we have not announced when we will give, or who we will give to. It's hard these days because every time we turn around it seems another organization is in dire need. One day at a time I suppose. This year we thought of something too good to pass up. In conjunction with the Planned Parenthood fundraiser Friday night at the accord in downtown champaign this tshirt will be available to purchase, proceeds going toward the nights totals. We are really excited and proud to show our support to women and the countless others that PP helps daily. And given recent events at cafe&co, the staff and I feel this show of support couldn't come at a more appropriate time.

flyingmachinecoffee: Oh ya thanks @weiskampscreenprinting for the shirts and huge thanks to my dear old Chicago friend @killhatsumomo for the image!

Raising money for a good cause, with a hilarious plane dropping condoms and other goodies to humans below. Good stuff, all.

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Check out this scorecard from the old Par 3 golf course on Neil St.

For those of you who miss playing golf off Neil St. — not off Dunlap in Savoy — take a look at this buried treasure I found on Champaign-Urbana History on Facebook

Situated where Biaggi's and Women's Health Practice and Le Peep is now located, this old Par 3 course was a classic part of old Champaign, back before Tiger Woods was even a glint in the Master's eyes. 

The course, an 27-hole course of short holes which were all "Par 3", was operated by Midwest Television Company, which owned WCIA-3 amongst many other media outlets. 

H/T Mark Veatch via Facebook

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U of I NAISO giving out free Illini shirts in exchange for racist Unofficial shirts

The good people over at the University of Illinois' Native American & Indigenous Student Organization have taken it upon themselves to offer to take your racist Chief Illiniwek apparel (including those dumb Unofficial shirts) off of your hands through March 10th at the Native American House on Nevada St. in Urbana.

All you need to do is show up with your undesirable apparel, and turn it in for a more accurate (and less culturally insensitive) piece of apparel. A win-win, really.

For more information, check out NAISO's Facebook post below:

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City of Champaign announces spring yard waste pickup dates

The City of Champaign has announced the dates that they will be picking up spring yard waste as you start to hollow out from the (relatively tame) winter.

For information on when they will be picking up from your neighborhood, check out the release below:

Spring Yard Waste Pickup Dates Announced

Champaign's Spring Yard Waste Collection is scheduled to begin with the Orange Zone on Monday, March 27, with Blue Zone collections commencing on Monday, April 3. Collections will continue to alternate on subsequent weeks through April 21. The collection is available to all residential properties within the City limits.

Collection ScheduleYard waste must be placed in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags. NO plastic bags or containers will be collected.

Twigs and branches may be bundled with non-metallic twine or placed in paper yard waste bags. Branches cannot be larger than 2 inches in diameter or 3 1/2 feet long.  Bundles cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter.

Materials must be placed within 5 feet of the curb of a public street by 6 a.m. to ensure pickup on your scheduled day. Do not place materials near trees, light poles, power poles, mailboxes or other hazards.

On heavier collection days, pickups may be later than normal or even the next day. If your materials have not been collected by the day after your scheduled collection, please contact Public Works at 217-403-4776.

Visit our website for more detailed information: champaignil.gov/yardwaste.

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Hello, C-U: Ania

"I am from Poland originally but I've been here in the states since the 1980's. My family came here to escape the communism in Poland. To get here we crossed borders, illegally. One time we got caught crossing the Yugoslavian border. The wall was about this high [holds up hands to about 4 feet]. They kept us overnight and my father was in handcuffs. We had to go to trial too. Eventually, another officer let us go. He said to just go to another spot on the wall and cross one by one. I spent years here in the states and then went back to Poland for a visit. There was a school starting up and they needed someone to teach the children English. I was nervous but they encouraged me to do it. I found out then, that I loved teaching. I came back here to get my masters degree at Southern Illinois University and now I teach English as a second language to students at Parkland College. I love my job, I can really empathize with the immigrants. I don't know what would have been of my life if my family had stayed in Poland. I can't say if it would have been better... or worse."