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The I.D.E.A. Store hiring new General Manager

We need to hire a new General Manager of The I.D.E.A. Store!  The I.D.E.A. Store is a special place and is near and dear to the community.  We need a special person to watch over it, help it grow and make it even better!  If you think you are the right person, we need to learn a little about you through the following process.

1.  Fill out the online quiz by April 25, 2015. 
2.  We will contact you if we want to get to know you better. 

Sending us a resume won’t really help if you haven’t taken the quiz first and then been contacted by us requesting it.  So don’t just send us the resume, or come by the store.  Really, it won’t get you an interview.

So, what are we looking for?  The first thing is if you can follow instructions and take the quiz.  We want you to be energetic, creative, either artsy or believe in repurposing – or both.  We definitely want you to have retail experience and to know how to work with staff, volunteers and our dear customers.  You gotta love to work, too and be in good physical condition.  This position requires passion – lots of it.  You gotta believe.  You gotta want to make magic happen like The I.D.E.A. Store.

And, you are wondering when it starts?  As soon as possible with transition training.  So, if this could be your thing, get busy and take the quiz.  You got nothing to lose and so much to gain by working with the most innovative little organization in Illinois, maybe the country.



Triptych wins silver medal at World Beer Cup

Savoy's own Triptych Brewing won a silver medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup on Friday. It was one of seven Illinois breweries to receive a medal in the international commercial beer competition and the only downstate brewery to receive a medal. Almost 5,000 entries from more than 1,400 breweries representing 58 countries participated in the biennial event.

Triptych's winning entry was an English style brown ale known as Dirty Hippy. Headbrewer and one of Triptych's three owners, Anthony Benjamin, expressed elation and gratitude upon learning of the award. "It is really awesome to be able to bring something like this back to our community and to do it just a month or so after our one-year anniversary really makes it special," Benjamin said. Benjamin went on to note that while the award-winning batch of Dirty Hippy has since run out at Triptych, plans are well underway to brew more.

You can stay informed of Triptych's latest releases by watching their Facebook page or dropping into their tasting room in Savoy at 1703 Woodfield Drive.


Free music at Krannert this Friday

From a Krannert Center press release:

Krannert Center Presents:
INTERVAL: Brasstastic

FREE, Friday, April 11 at noon

Your midday break, reimagined: high-step it over for Big Easy style fun packaged in a little lunchtime respite! Get info and perks from community partners BodyWork Associates, Campus Recreation, and the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, tasty lunch specials at Intermezzo cafe, and don’t forget to strut over to Promenade for the latest eclectic and affordable fare!

Special thanks to The News Gazette and an Anonymous Patron Sponsor
500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana | 217/333-6280


Free fungal feast happening April 15th

Beer. Soy Sauce. Citric Acid. Wine. Cheese. Bread. What do all of these foods and countless others have in common? If you answered that they are made with fungus, you’d be right!

University of Illinois Extension Educator, Diane Plewa, will share different types of fungi, some historical uses of fungi, and how we interact with them daily without knowing it. Participants will enjoy a fungal feast featuring samples of different kinds of food prepared with fungi.

Join the Champaign County Master Gardeners for a FUNgal evening. This program is free and open to the public. It's a big world out there where fungi are concerned! Join us on April 15th at 7 p.m. at the Extension Auditorium (Champaign County Extension Office 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D Champaign, IL 61821) to learn more about this fascinating subject.

Unable to attend? Learn more about University of Illinois Horticulture Programming here: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/hort.html


Champaign County EDC announces Rost as new Executive Director

From the press release:

Champaign County EDC Announces Rost as New Executive Director 

CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 9, 2014 – The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce Craig Rost as the new Executive Director. Rost was chosen as the top candidate after a search and evaluation that included EDC Board members and community leaders. Rost’s first day of work is set for Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Rost has been dedicated to expanding the local economy for more than two decades. An experienced economic developer, he has been an integral part of many development projects and company expansions. In his previous role as Deputy City Manager for the City of Champaign, he has worked with local leaders, elected officials, and businesses to add economic value and create jobs in Champaign County. With a degree in Urban Planning and concentration in economic development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is uniquely equipped to lead the organization and drive the Strategic Plan forward. “This is an excellent opportunity,” said Rost. “Leading the EDC to create jobs and advance the region’s economy fits perfectly with my economic development experience and passion for continuous improvement. I look forward to working with the professional staff and EDC Board to advance the Strategic Plan and enhance the profile of the EDC in the county.”

In addition to leading the implementation of the Strategic Plan and managing day-to-day operations, Rost will actively participate in promoting Champaign County for attraction, retention, and expansion efforts. “All of the pieces are here – we have great employers, location advantages, a world-class university, and the drive to improve and grow. The EDC is in a unique position to advance that growth and I am excited to work with our business and community leaders to make that happen,” Rost said.

“Craig Rost intimately understands the significant impact that the EDC has on the retention, attraction, and growth of businesses in our county,” stated Lori Gold Patterson, EDC Chair. “The staff is very strong and the Board is aligned and driven to support the execution of our new Strategic Plan. Craig is an exceptional addition to the organization and will, without a doubt, be the catalyst to pull all of the energies together.”

“It is both thrilling and humbling to be selected by the EDC Board as the Executive Director,” stated Rost. “The EDC is crucial to the expansion of the county’s economy and I really look forward to leading that effort.”


Chambanamoms and Allerton Park hosting children’s concert featuring Justin Roberts

From the press release:


“A master of conjuring up images that resonate with the young ones.” — Entertainment Weekly

“He has a remarkable ability to see through a child’s eyes... the Judy Blume of kiddie rock” — New York Times

“Hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” — USA Today

MONTICELLO, Ill. — Chambanamoms.com and Allerton Park are excited to announce that one of the nation's top family musicians, Justin Roberts and his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, will return to Central Illinois for two concerts on May 4.

Singing and dancing are not only encouraged, it will be contagious!

The Chambanamoms.com Children's Concert at Allerton shows will start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; each set will last approximately one hour. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids (any age), and everyone must have a ticket.

Tickets are available online here and here; reserve over the phone by calling 217-333-3287 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.). Stay update with information at chambanamoms.com.

"After the success of the U of I Employees Credit Union Concerts at Allerton Park last year, we knew we wanted to offer even more performances this season. We are excited to host our first annual Children's Concert with Chambanamoms.com. It has been great partnering with them and several community sponsors to bring Justin Roberts here for this exciting morning and afternoon," said Derek Peterson, associate director for park operations.

The event will also include a community expo and fun children's activities (including a bounce house!) starting one hour before each show. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, but picnics are encouraged and tables will be available. There will be door prizes with great items from the event sponsors.

This event will take place in the Allerton Barn on the southeast corner of the Park, rain or shine.

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players last performed in Champaign in 2011, at a concert also organized by chambanamoms.com.

Learn more about Justin at justinrobertsmusic.com.


Whatsa Alma Mater?

The beloved University of Illinois Alma Mater sculpture has been gone nearly two years for restoration. The sculpture returns Wednesday, April 9th.

The Alma Mater trio is expected to arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The process is expected to take 2 to 4 hours. If you don't happen to have anything scheduled mid-morning, you can view the event on site. For a creepier, work-friendly option, watch it all on the Alma Mater webcam.

The base of the Alma Mater sculpture will hold a time capsule, telling generations to come that "those from the past send greetings!" Some of those greetings are on DVD, so I think the time capsule will need to be opened 5 years ago...