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Bulk Items 5% off today at Common Ground

To celebrate Earth Day, all bulk items are 5% off today at Common Ground Food Co-op. This includes food, tea, coffee, supplements, and herbs. 

Here are some fun facts about buying in bulk: 

- A shopper can save an average of 89 percent by purchasing natural and organic foods in the bulk foods aisle of a grocery store.

- If coffee-drinking Americans purchased all of their coffee in bulk for one year, nearly 240,000,000 pounds of foil packaging would be saved from entering a landfill.

- Americans purchased all their almonds in bulk for one year, 72,000,000 pounds of waste would be saved from a landfill.

- If the average American family bought peanut butter in bulk for 1 year, 7 lbs. of waste saved from landfill per family.

SOURCE: Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Center (FILC) on behalf of The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)


Champaign-Urbana Herb Society Annual Plant Sale

The Champaign-Urbana Herb Society will hold its annual Herb Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9th, inside Lincoln Square.

Herb Plant Sale
Saturday, May 9th, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until sellout)
Inside Lincoln Square, Urbana

Our annual plant sale, offering a wide variety of herbs, is our only fundraising event and has become a much anticipated community tradition. All proceeds from the plant sale will go towards book donations to area libraries, mini-grants to schools, and to our educational public herb garden at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana.
This event will be held in conjunction with the plant sales of Grand Prairie Friends, African Violet Society, CU Orchid Society, Marlin Woodland Plants, Hoyle Woodland Plants, and Bonsai Society of Central Illinois.

Please visit our website and our Facebook page.

Click here for full press release. For the flyer, please visit: http://cuherbsociety.org/plantsale/flyer2015.pdf.

​​Contact: Satomi Wakita cuherbsociety@gmail.com


Common Ground hosting Owner Drive to help fund new location

We announced back in March that Common Ground Food Co-Op is planning to open a new location in Downtown Champaign. When that happened, Common Ground mentioned that they would be looking to bring 900 new owners on board by September to raise equity dollars for the new store.

To help get the ball rolling, Common Ground has started an Owner Drive to incentivize locals to become new owners. The team has put together a pretty bonkers list of monthly prizes that new owners will be entered to win once they sign up. Prizes include a Market Monday meal from bacaro and giveaways from local farms to help folks stock up on fresh goods for the summer. The best part about these monthly giveaways is that signing up early allows new owners more opportunities to win prizes.

Common Ground hasn’t forgotten about the current owners, either. They’ve incentivized referrals from current owners and the gifts include gift cards, items from Common Ground, and opportunities to be featured in “owners only” drawings.

It’s the perfect time of the year to stockpile fresh produce and goods, and there’s no better way to get ready to stock up than by supporting the expansion efforts of a great local establishment. It looks like they're well on their way:

Radish-O-Meter Update from Don! Common Ground has welcomed *108* new owners since April 1! Our goal is reach 150 new...

Posted by Common Ground Food Co-op on Monday, April 20, 2015

Illinois Marathon will affect MTD bus service

The Illinois Marathon returns this weekend and with that comes the yearly street closures and public transportation re-routing. On Friday there will be limited changes that mostly affect Campustown. Saturday, however, every MTD route will be affected and travelers are asked to be prepared.

From the release:

MTD bus services will be affected by the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races on Friday, April 25, 2014 and Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Friday reroutes begin between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm depending upon the route. Friday reroutes are primarily confined to the campus area and affect the 5/50 Green, 13/130 Silver, 22/220 Illini, 27 Air Bus, and 100 Yellow. Visit cumtd.com for details. The reroutes are expected to last about 1.5 hours.

Saturday reroutes start at the beginning of the service day. Saturday's service changes affect every MTD route. Saturday's reroutes will last most of the day; service will return to normal when it is safe to do so and the time is uncertain. The downtown Urbana stop is moved to Illinois Street south of Lincoln Square.

Customers are advised to expect delays and plan accordingly. Details of all reroutes are available on the MTD website at cumtd.com.


Sudden Sound concert series continues April 23rd at KAM

On April 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., Krannert Art Museum will host the next in its "Sudden Sound" concert series with a performance by Gerald Cleaver's Black Host.

Per the KAM website:

This improvising "super" quintet from New York City features Cooper-Moore
(keyboards, synthesizer), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Their 2013 debut release Life in the Sugar Candle Mines (Northern Spy) was acclaimed by reviewers and noted by Ben Ratliff in The New York Times as "a possible dream band for anyone interested in the new intersections between jazz and rock, as long as you expel preconceptions of that idea."

The Sudden Sound Concert Series presents leading artists in the fields of improvised music and the jazz avant-garde, establishing Krannert Art Museum as a destination for enthusiasts of today's most progressive music from the U.S. and abroad. Curated by Jason Finkelman.


Aaron Bennett to replace Dave Benton on WCIA newscasts

After the sad news that Dave Benton was stepping down last week, WCIA had to make a choice for how to replace the longtime anchorman. Today they announced that Aaron Bennett will be moving from the Sports Director's desk to the anchor chair.

Many of you have been asking what we will do now that Dave Benton has stepped down as our evening anchor. Under very...

Posted by WCIA 3 News on Monday, April 20, 2015

Celebrate Earth Week at U of I with “7 Days to Sustainability”

It's Earth Week this week and the UIUC Environmental Communications course created a "7 Days to Sustainability" campaign that will help students make changes to make positive impacts on the environment. 

From the release:

Champaign, Illinois - This Earth Week, April 19th- April 26th, students at the University of Illinois are gearing up to change their unsustainable habits! A UIUC Environmental Communications course has created a “7 Days to Sustainability Campaign” that advises students on simple changes they can make in their daily lives to reduce their environmental impact.

The Environmental Communications course consists of 25 students with majors as diverse as Geology and French. Throughout the semester, students have learned about environmental issues and strategies for mobilizing and educating the public through traditional and social media outlets.

Each day of Earth Week the campaign will focus on one eco-friendly product or practice:

Monday, April 20th: Buy local food by supporting the Student Sustainable Farm selling produce on the Quad: The average distance food travels in distribution is 1,500 miles. Buying local saves energy and transportation costs.

Tuesday, April 21st: Donate/Sell your clothes to Karen’s Kloset (Mattis Ave) & Habitat for Humanity Restore (University Ave): The average American trashes 65 lbs of textiles each year.

Wednesday, April 22: Use toxic free cleaners, check the labels for “danger or fatal if swallowed or inhaled”: 1 out of every 3 chemical cleaning products contains ingredients known to cause human health or environmental problems.

Thursday, April 23: Recycle used electronics at Best Buy & Staples: Recycling one lithium ion cell phone battery prevents the contamination of up to 60,000 liters of water (3 swimming pools).

Friday, April 24: Check personal hygiene products labels for “Triclosan”: This major ingredient in toothpaste and soaps can interfere with muscle activity and hormone regulation.

Saturday April 25: Recycle old office supplies at the IDEA Store: The average American uses up to 700 lbs of paper a year, but only half of that amount is recycled.

Sunday, April 26th: Recycle your furniture at the end of the school year through the YMCA “Dump and Run” Sale: 90% of furniture contains wood, which can be recycled. The campaign features a 3-minute video addressing the themes and an appealing infographic.

Additionally, the campaign will have a strong social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and “Earth Week is an important event that raises awareness for sustainability and provides students with an outlet for acting upon environmental issues,” said Drew O’Bryan, president of the UIUC Students for Environmental Concerns. We encourage everyone to participate in the 7 Days to Sustainability by liking/sharing our social media posts and incorporating these actions into their habits this Earth Week and beyond. Every small change is significant in mitigating environmental harm and safeguarding our health.


Amasong Spring Concert happening on April 25-26

Please plan to join AMASONG, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian Chorus
in a Celebration of Women's Work and Women's Worth.
This concert has its roots in world music influences from Chinese folklore to Georgian polyphony and even a dash of 90's punk rock.
Saturday, April 25th at 7 pm or Sunday, April 26th at 4 pm.

The Celebration will be held at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 South Fifth St., Champaign, IL (the corner of Fifth and John)

Suggested Donation: $15-$25; "more if you can, less if you can't)
About Amasong:
  • Amasong is an award-winning amateur chorus with an enthusiastic local following. We perform folkloric, women-oriented, and classical music.
  • Amasong provides an opportunity for lesbians and feminist women to gather together in the pursuit of choral excellence.
  • Amasong’s repertoire draws most heavily upon folk music from various world traditions, music written by women, and other music reflecting women’s experiences.
  • Amasong accepts women at varying levels of experience and ability.

Visit Jet’s Pizza tomorrow and help fund Kenwood Elementary’s new playground

If you asked a random group of elementary students what their favorite part of school is you might get a mixed bag of answers that revolve around lunch and recess. No doubt, both of those things are important and wonderful things for youngsters.

I think back to my time as an elementary school student and the idea of running around outside with limited supervision on the playground still makes me pretty happy. Sliding down slides head first despite the teachers’ wishes and jumping off of swings to see how high and far I’d be able to land is something I wish I could still do as an adult. I was fortunate to have relatively new playground equipment when I was that age so that my safety wasn’t ever in question.

Kenwood Elementary School was recently refurbished and they’re looking for some help to fund a new playground for students in Fall 2015. Luckily for KES, Jet’s Pizza is ready to step in and help them reach that goal.

Tomorrow, the new Jet’s location at the corner of Springfield Ave. and Mattis Ave. is hosting an open house where 15% of each regular priced menu item goes to the Kenwood Elementary PTA to help fund their playground. It’s a family affair with free samples of menu items and Jet Man will be making an appearance for the kids.

It’s a celebration of the community and proceeds are going to a good cause. If you bring the flyer below Jet’s can track sales and make sure that this playground gets funded.