Audio / Link / Photo / Quote / Video / Word / Submit to the SPlog! +
Category: Word

Krannert Uncorked’s free wine tasting returns for 2014-15

Almost every Thursday evening, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts presents Krannert Uncorked. The concept is simple, local vendors present a FREE tasting complimented by cheese, crackers, and food to nosh on (also FREE) and a few times per month local musicians are featured as well. The event takes place in the Krannert Center lobby and lasts from 5-7 p.m. Parking is FREE too and the event is suprisingly family-friendly with a casual vibe, a place for little ones to run around, and plenty of tables and chairs for end-of-the-day meetings, group meet-ups, or simply to enjoy the lively ambiance. Stop in this Thursday, August 28th to see for yourself!


“Small House Addition” opens September 6th

From a press release:

On Saturday, September 6th, from 2-5 p.m., artist Alberto Aguilar will be the debut artist in a brand-new art space — a little hut in the backyard of Urbana resident Albert Stabler. Stabler is calling the artspace the Outhouse. Aguilar will be creating a site-specific installation: a collage he created using an image of the backyard space.

According to the press release: "Using common materials, Alberto Aguilar will confuse the scale of the inside and outside of a small house confounding its neighbors and guests."

The opening will take place at 709 E. Sunnycrest Drive, Urbana, otherwise known as the Stabler backyard. The show continues through October 5. Visit the Facebook event page here.


Second annual C-U Oktoberfest announced

The second annual C-U Oktoberfest will take place Saturday, October 11 at 3 p.m. Admission is $5, and all proceeds benefit the Developmental Services Center. Food and drink information is not yet available, but here's the music line-up:

3:00 pm  Gates Open
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Face Painting, Balloon Making, Polka Dance Lessons
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Die Musikmeisters-Live Music
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm The Polkaholics ~ Live Music
10:30p – Midnight Bolzen Beer Band-Live Music

In the meantime, you can check out my thoughts on last year's event


Tonight on SP Radio: Matt Duco

Join us tonight on Smile Politely Radio as we chat with Matt Duco, an attorney and Mayor Don Gerard's campaign manager, about the Champaign mayoral race, the City of Champaign, and other local political races to be decided on November 4th.

Smile Politely Radio airs each Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign and is available as a podcast the following week. You can find our past episodes here.  


The Y’s Dump & Run Garage sale this weekend

Truly garage sale prices, folks. From furniture to bikes to many other reusable, quality household items, find great stuff at a fraction of the cost and support one great cause.

$2 admission. U of I International students get in free.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: $3 bag sale and 1/2 price furniture

The University YMCA's Dump and Run keeps multiple semi-trailers worth of used, but quality goods out of Champaign-Urbana’s dumpsters and landfills each year. This project reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing and apartments, provides inexpensive items for folks to purchase in the fall - and acts as a major fundraiser for the University YMCA.

The Y: Working For Social Justice; Protecting Our Environment; Encouraging Faith in Action; and Promoting Global Engagement.



JSM announces Fall 2015-16 Open Leasing dates

Mark your calendars: Open leasing for Fall 2015-16 is only a few weeks away! Don't miss your chance to lease a great apartment for next year. Please see open leasing dates below for each corresponding apartment category. For more information visit www.jsmliving.com or call JSM's leasing office at 217-359-6108. 


The Big Fat Ugly eating contest coming to Campustown on Quad Day

The Champaign Center Partnership is thrilled to partner with Fat Sandwich in Campustown to bring you the First Annual Big Fat Ugly Eating Contest on Sunday, August 24th at 4 p.m. at Fat Sandwich located on John Street in Campustown.

“We were absolutely devastated when a huge storm blew through the area during our Summer Stage event at the end of July causing us to cancel the eating contest that was scheduled for the evening and the concert as well,” Executive Director Erin Lippitz said. “Our staff and event committee really wanted to see this contest happen and give that area of Campustown some attention with this event so we’re making a second attempt at it.”

The contest will take place on Quad Day to encourage the students exploring Campus that day to stop by the restaurant to watch the contest and even participate in it.

“Our goal is to introduce that part of Campustown to the students, especially the freshman and transfers,” Lippitz said. “There are great businesses on John Street, as well as Daniel just one street over, that we really want our student population to discover. And this contest gives them one more fun event to participate in that day.”

Contestants will be asked to attempt to eat the 7-pound Big Fat Ugly sandwich in 15 minutes or under. Contestants do not necessarily have to finish the sandwich to win the contest. The three contestants that get the closest will be awarded prize bags containing gift cards and swag from Campustown businesses.

Up to 10 contestants may enter the contest and space still remains. Interested contestants should contact Erin with any questions at erin@champaigncenter.com or visit the website champaigncenter.com and click on the eating contest entry button on the homepage. Contestants must fill out an entry form in order to participate.


O’Brien Auto giving away car to UHS student “In Good Standing”

From the press release:

O'Brien Auto Park of Urbana to donate vehicle to Urbana High School for student "In Good Standing"

Urbana – As part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Urbana High School, O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana is partnering with UHS for their “In Good Standing” program.  This program will have eligible students in a drawing for a car donated by O’Brien Auto Park at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana will donate a vehicle ($5,000 value) at the end of the year to a student who has met the criteria set by Urbana High School, to be considered “In Good Standing”.  “We are excited to be a part of a program that supports Urbana High School students and works to reward positive behavior,” said Jim Turner, President of O’Brien Auto Park.  “We believe that encouraging and rewarding this kind of upstanding behavior will lead to those students making better choices in the years to come. Encouraging productive and positive citizens is a win for both the students and the community in which they reside.”

“We are very excited to have O’Brien Auto Park as a community partner with us to help celebrate 100 years and also help reward our students for doing things that will help make them successful now and in the future,” said UHS Principal Matt Stark.

“In Good Standing” is a new designation that all students at Urbana High School are eligible to achieve. On a weekly basis, if a student is passing at least 5 classes, have no unexcused absences, have no delinquent detentions, and no referrals for the previous week, they are “In Good Standing.”  Recognition and other rewards will be provided to these students on a monthly basis, cumulating with the end-of-year drawing for the O’Brien Auto Park donated-vehicle. “In Good Standing is a pulling together of academic, behavioral, and attendance data, things that we have always emphasized with our students,” explained Principal Stark.  “This program tracks those behaviors and it gives our students a pro-active stance on positive outcomes.  Our hope is, by pulling this together, we can assist students in staying in good standing.”

Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit www.usd116.org. You can find us on Facebook at Urbana School District #116 or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.

About O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana

Situated on 42 sprawling acres, O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana is Central Illinois’ largest volume dealer.  We have new car franchises for Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Scion, Toyota, and Volkswagen. With over 2,000 new and used vehicles in stock, and two state-of-the-art automotive service departments, we guarantee an exceptional experience each time you visit us.  We have been in business in Champaign-Urbana since 1990.  We employ 200 individuals from the surrounding communities, many of whom have been with our company since the year we opened.  This year we donated to over 50 local and national charities and organizations. We bleed Orange and Blue and show our love for the Illini by supporting the University of Illinois to a high level each year.  We continuously receive some of the highest customer service ratings from all of our manufacturers.  At O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana, “We Stand By You.”  Contact us at 217-367-1222 or urbana@obrienteam.com for more information or visit us on the web at obrienautoparkurbana.com


Upcoming workshops from The Land Connection

Today is the last day to register for the Basics of Beekeeping and Honey Extraction workshop offered by The Land Connection, which will take place this Saturday, August 23.

Here's more about the workshop:

Arvin Pierce, an expert in treatment-free beekeeping, will present a detailed slideshow on what it takes to start keeping bees using his own photography and extensive experience. He will also demonstrate honey extraction and open one of his hives to show off the nitty-gritty details of his craft. Attendees will leave with knowledge of the basics of beekeeping and be ready to pursue the craft on their own property.

A Seed Saving Workshop will be offered on September 27th at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery.