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Champaign yard waste collection has been extended

Since we have experienced 382 months of winter this year, you may not have gotten a chance to do any yardwork. Therefore, the City of Champaign has given you some extra time to get it in before they come along and pick up your yard waste. Read on for the specifics:

Due to this year’s unusually late winter weather, one additional yard waste collection has been added for all Champaign residents.

All residents, in both the Orange Zone and Blue Zone, should place their yard waste materials at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018.

City crews will move through every zone to collect these additional materials as quickly and efficiently as possible.

This additional collection could take a few days, but all yard waste properly left at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on May 7, 2018  will be collected.

We hope this additional collection opportunity will be of value to our residents.

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The 2018 C-U Herb Society plant sale is taking place May 12th

Just in time for Mother's Day, the C-U Herb Society will be hosting their annual, fundraising plant sale on Saturday, May 12th at Lincoln Square Mall. The sale will be offering a variety of herbs and perennials. 

Proceeds from the plant sale will go towards book donations to area libraries, mini-grants to schools, and to educational public herb gardens at Meadowbrook Park.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page or check out the flyer below. 

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Urbana’s lunchtime Food Truck Rally series is back

The City of Urbana's lunchtime Food Truck Rally series is back for 2018. The lunchtime event (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) happens on the last Tuesday of each month, starting this Tuesday, April 24th and continuing through October. 

Food trucks park in the Urbana Civic Center lot at 108 E Water Street; there is indoor and outdoor seating available. 

Right now confirmed food trucks include Chester's BBQ, Dragon Fire Pizza, Fusilli Tony's, and Piato Cafe, though more trucks are likely to be added to the roster as we move into the summer months. 

For a recap on past years' events, visit our reviews here and here

Top photo by Jessica Hammie


Instagram Story Takeover with Erin Erdman of Page Roasting Company

Erin Erdman of Page Roasting Company will be taking over our Instagram Story this Wednesday, April 25th. Follow us at @SmilePolitely on Instagram to follow Erdman as she goes through a day in her shoes at Page Roasting. Her handle is @PageRoastingCompany on Instagram. Erdman's roastery opened last year.

Be on the lookout for more Instagram Story Takeovers from our end in the coming weeks.

Page Roasting Company is located at 202 S 1st St in Champaign.

Photo provided by Erin Erdman.


Robbie Fulks will headline the 10th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival

C-U Folk & Roots Festival returns October 18-20 for their 10th anniversary, and they've revealed that Robbie Fulks will headline this year. Fulks headlined their very first festival back in 2009. Beyond that, Fulks is no stranger to this area, performing a number of times in and around C-U.

Alongside Fulks, CUFRF has announced that Linda Gail Lewis, Redd Volkaert, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, and Mother Banjo will all be performing as well. Certainly, they will have more updates to share in the coming months.

Top photo by Andy Goodwin


The first Matthew C. Farrell 5K Run/Walk will happen in June


Farrell was a well known local artist and graphic designer who was tragically killed in 2016. The 5K will benefit the Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund and Scholarship, set up shortly after his death. You can register for the event here.

First Annual Matthew C. Farrell 5K Run/Walk

Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund and Scholarship

Urbana, IL- On Saturday, June 2, 2018, a fun run/walk benefiting the Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund and Scholarship will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park (101 W. Windsor Rd, Urbana). 

Check-in and onsite registration for the fun run/walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Windsor street pavilion. The fun run/walk is approximately 3 miles and can be taken at any pace. Runners, joggers, walkers, families, and leashed dogs are welcome to participate.

Registration is required and early online registration is encouraged. Early registration is $25 per participant and onsite registration is $30 per participant. Those who register online before May 19, 2018 will receive a $5 discount and memorabilia t-shirt.

This event is in memory of Matthew C. Farrell, who was a longtime supporter of the Arts, Education, and the Champaign-Urbana community. All proceeds for this event will go to The Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund giving a graduating UHS student who plans to study the Arts, a full ride to Parkland College.

“This event is fun and for a great cause,” Memorial Fund board member Rose Barnes said. “We invite everyone to get active with us on our first annual Matthew C. Farrell 5K Run/Walk.”

For more information and online registration:



There’s a parking lot art pop up happening on Saturday

We've all driven by the somewhat raggedy B-22 lot at the corner of Goodwin and University in Urbana. It sits in a space just on the edge of the university and long stretch of gas stations, fast food restaurants, and hospital buildings. On Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. it will be the site of an art exhibition, which is pretty cool.

NOLAS is a play on the French "salon", and seeks break down conventions and create something that is the opposite of a traditional art exhibition. Organizers Aimee Schneider and Samit Sinha plan to fill the lot with visual and participatory art, music, food, and discussion.

Check out the flyer below for details on this unique event:


Lodgic Everyday Community is hosting a Free Coworking Friday this week

Lodgic Everyday Community is opening it's doors this Friday, April 20th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a sneak peek into their workspace area. And hey, you can actually bring your work along and test out the new digs. Here are the details:

"Free Coworking Friday" – This is an opportunity for the public to engage with the Lodgic brand and concept – on a smaller scale, in the pre-opening office – and experience coworking in a fresh, new way. All are welcome and invited to drop by and learn more about Lodgic. Guests are encouraged to work in the shared workspace, take phone calls or meetings in the private offices, or utilize the Board room, which seats up to 10. The space will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout the day. Hard hat tours of the full-scale, Lodgic construction site – slated to open early Summer – will take place at 10 AM and 2 PM, limit ten per tour. Tours will begin in Little Lodgic, and guests will be escorted to the construction site; closed–toe shoes must be worn.

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Mutt Strut 2018 is May 6th at Colbert Park

Mutt Strut is an annual fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society, and includes a dog walk, games, activities, contests, food, and Triptych brews from 4 to 7 p.m. Dog owners are encouraged to register their dogs for the dog walk, then raise money for the organization by creating a fundraising page. You get prizes for your fundraising efforts, and the top fundraiser will have their dog featured on the label of Triptych's Fall Brew. 

Even if you don't have a dog, you should definitely attend the event and enjoy some cute puppers and Triptych beers on a spring afternoon. You can see some of last year's fun here

Photo by Sam Logan


The UP Center is hosting a Queer Prom on May 12th

Like spring, Prom season is upon us. To celebrate this, The UP Center is hosting a Queer Prom on May 12th. The dance is open to youths ages 13-18, and is free to attend. The location is TBD. You can RSVP to the dance here.

The UP Center is looking for volunteers for the event as well as donations of decorations, prom dresses, and shirts/pants/suits. You can contact them at for more info. 


Illini Hillel is celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Cohen Center on April 29th

On April 29th, Illini Hillel will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Cohen Center, which was founded in December of 2007. The event will be honoring the Takiff/Cohen Family, Maury Fertig, and Barry Weiner for their contributions to Illini Hillel.

The event will include lunch, special guest speakers including Dean Brown of the Gies College of Business, and graduates ranging from 1965 to 2017. To attend, RSVP on the event page.